LONDON, UK - February 18, 2016 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced that it has been selected as the official IT storage supplier for Land Rover BAR, the British team conceived by Sir Ben Ainslie to win the America’s Cup and bring it home to Britain for the first time in its 167 year history. Through the use of EMC technology, race and testing data will be consolidated rapidly to ensure that the Land Rover BAR teams around the world are able to run real-time analysis versus waiting until the following morning for information to be ready.
With two operating bases, the 'EMC Mission Control' centre in Portsmouth, UK and a second in development at the America’s Cup venue in Bermuda, plus a mobile centre travelling worldwide to the preliminary events, Land Rover BAR will have all of its data continuously replicated between the three sites. As a result, the Land Rover BAR team in Portsmouth will be able to analyse race and testing data from around the world immediately, allowing them to identify and make improvements right up to and through the finals in June 2017. As a result, the design team and crew will be able to adapt much faster.
“Our primary goal at Land Rover BAR is to win the America’s Cup, and we are focussed on making the boat go faster. The ability to have all of our experts – wherever they are in the world – quickly analyse our testing and race data is a key part of achieving that. EMC’s immense heritage in helping companies squeeze every ounce of value out of their data will make us more competitive,” said Sir Ben Ainslie, team principal and skipper at Land Rover BAR.
To support the telemetry data being collected, high definition video from eight cameras enables more in-depth analysis of the boat in action. All of this data will be stored and accessed for analysis using EMC’s new VCE VxRail™ Appliance, the market’s first and only fully integrated next generation VMware hyper-converged infrastructure, VNXe® and Isilon®, with every single piece of data captured, stored and reviewed. Bermuda’s geographically isolated location in the North Atlantic underscores Land Rover BAR’s critical need to implement technology that will rapidly duplicate all data across the global locations, to ensure everyone on the team is using the most up-to-date information.
“It's a real privilege to become the technical storage partner for Land Rover BAR. They have a tremendous vision and Sir Ben has brought together a truly world-class team. Harnessing this data will play a significant role in the development of both the boat and team. EMC will ensure that it can be rapidly accessed by the whole organisation without interruption, throughout the campaign. We look forward to being part of their journey,” said Ross Fraser, managing director, UK&I, EMC.“Land Rover BAR has expanded very quickly from ten people with a single server to a much larger organisation. We need to ensure our IT systems are secure, fast, reliable and replicable to enable us to meet our goals. As the team continues to flourish and our computer and storage demands increase, I’m confident that EMC is the partner that will deliver. They will provide our IT team with considerable peace of mind and a straightforward system to work with,” said Peter Jones, Head of IT, Land Rover BAR.
Jeremy Burton, President, Products and Marketing, EMC says, “We are excited to support Land Rover BAR in its America’s Cup bid and our storage solutions are ideally placed to deliver the speed and access to data which the team requires. With the introduction of the VCE VxRail Appliance, Land Rover BAR will be able to flexibly and rapidly scale, irrespective of location, ensuring a seamless experience for the team. It’s a perfect fit.”
Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America's Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America's Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben has developed and will lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
Land Rover BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.
Sports teams represent key role models in society. This privileged position is not taken for granted at Land Rover BAR. The team believe our influence should extend far beyond the race course, and have put sustainability at the heart of operations since launching the team with Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing in 2014.
The team have built a new headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team's activities, and will welcome the public into a Visitor Centre hosted by the 1851 Trust. The Trust is the team's official charity, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is its Royal Patron.
Portsmouth will host a second Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series event on 21st-24th July 2016. Almost a quarter of a million spectators enjoyed the action in Portsmouth in 2015, with 25,000 of them taking to the water - more are expected to come back in 2016 to watch the racing and cheer for the home team.
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computin. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyse their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com
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HOPKINTON, MASS. and PALO ALTO, CALIF. - February 18, 2016 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced the new VCE® VxRail™ Appliance family, the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The VxRail™ Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere®, vCenter Server® and VMware Virtual SAN™, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere – all in a single product family with one point of support. Hybrid storage or all-flash VxRail Appliances extend and simplify VMware customer environments and deliver key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.
IT organizations tasked with supporting growing business demands for new applications and services with limited budgets and resources don’t want to waste time constantly evaluating and integrating hardware, software, and networking solutions, nor do they have time to learn new operational tools and processes. The new hyper-converged VCE VxRail Appliances extend the hallmark benefits of VCE converged infrastructure - increased agility, simplified operations and lower risk – to small businesses, medium-sized enterprises, and department or regional offices for virtualization and end-user computing use cases.
The jointly engineered VCE VxRail Appliances tightly integrate virtualization, compute, storage and data protection in one system with a single point of support. Organizations can start small, with a couple of virtual machines (VMs), and easily and non-disruptively scale to thousands of VMs with a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach. VxRail Appliances are available in a broad set of configurations and scale points. Entry systems for small and medium businesses and remote offices start at a list price of $60,000 and options for performance intensive workloads have more than 76 TB of flash – over 2X more flash than any other hyper-converged appliance.
VxRail Appliances are fully loaded with integrated EMC mission-critical data services including replication, backup and cloud tiering at no additional charge. EMC RecoverPoint® for Virtual Machines provides per-VM replication and automated disaster recovery for critical workloads. Virtual SAN active-active stretch clusters provide site level, zero data loss protection. Integrated vSphere Data Protection provides backup and recovery using existing tools and can optionally backup to EMC® Data Domain® for centralized storage and management. VCE VxRail Managerprovides deep hardware awareness with up-to-the-minute holistic notifications about the state of applications, VMs, and appliance leveraging VMware Log Insight capturing events. VxRail Appliances leverage EMC cloud tiering to seamlessly extend to more than 20 public clouds such as VMware vCloud® Air™, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and very shortly Virtustream, to more securely expand storage capacity without limits, providing an additional 10TB of on-demand cloud storage per appliance.
EMC and VMware uniquely simplify the infrastructure lifecycle by eliminating constant evaluation cycles and testing with continuous integration of advancements in x86 technologies and implementation of the latest enhancements to VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN delivering leading efficiency with data reduction technologies - deduplication, compression and erasure coding. The net result: IT organizations can focus more on innovation by creating an automated, dynamic infrastructure that adapts to their business demands.
Customers get a familiar experience with management through VMware vCenter Server. VxRail Appliances also seamlessly integrate with the broader VMware vSphere ecosystem, fully supporting existing management, automation, monitoring, and availability tools from VMware to dramatically simplify IT operations, while enabling lower costs. Additionally VxRail Appliances integrate with VMware’s cloud management platform and end-user computing solutions, including VMware vRealize® Operations™ and VMware Horizon® Air™.
As IT organizations standardize on converged infrastructure as the foundation for their next generation data centers, EMC is extending its leading converged infrastructure to smaller business and the enterprise edge with VxRail Appliances. EMC’s broad converged infrastructure portfolio helps customers deliver world-class cloud and mobile ready IT services to their business, including the only portfolio that can natively replicate between core data center infrastructure such as VCE’s Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems, and edge solutions such as the VxRail Appliance for seamless, consistent operations. VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software includes VxRail appliances in a complete view of all VCE resources from the core data center to remote and distributed locations.
“The new VCE VxRail Appliance family puts IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures with hyper-converged infrastructure while leveraging their existing VMware investments. The VxRail Appliance completes our broad portfolio of Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems to provide customers with a converged infrastructure that meets nearly every workload from the edge to the core regardless of size,” said Chad Sakac, President, VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC.
“With the new VCE VxRail Appliances, powered by VMware hyper-converged software, IT organizations are empowered with a solution that is easy to use and can help them drive innovation as rapid as the business demands. Together, EMC and VMware have worked closely to enable our mutual customers to realize the value of a tightly integrated, hyper-converged solution,” said Yanbing Li, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware.
“We had a flawless experience setting up the VxRail Appliance. With the tightness of the VMware and EMC integration, everything worked like clockwork. The simplicity of deploying and managing the VxRail Appliance enables us to free up our engineers to do what they do best, help our customers deploy IT and imaging solutions that impact patient care,” said Fred Sinclair, Product Manager, Technology Solutions, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.
“I can already appreciate the cost and time-saving benefits we could gain by deploying a condensed, self-contained, standard 2U hyper-converged rack using best of breed storage and compute technology. For trackside, the savings in freight charges alone would be approximately $200,000 per season, and the simplified set-up of the VxRail means we could be up and running much quicker at every race, offering a significantly improved user experience,” said Antony Smith, IS Infrastructure Manager, Renault Sport Formula One Team.
“Software-defined models are changing the operating economics of the data center. VxRail will enable our customers to simplify IT operations and lower associated costs, while at the same time offering more flexibility to serve their rapidly changing business needs. As an all-in-one solution backed by a federation of industry leaders in software-defined converged infrastructure, our customers will appreciate the proven technology of EMC coupled with VMware software innovation and support from a leader in integrated infrastructure, VCE,” said Bob Olwig, Vice President of Business Strategy and Innovation, World Wide Technology, Inc.
"According to ESG’s research on hybrid cloud trends, 70% of IT respondents plan to invest in HCI over the next 24 months. Moreover, 85% of these same respondents indicated that they plan on leveraging their existing investments in private cloud software, like VMware vCenter Server and vCloud Director framework technology, to serve as the foundation for their hybrid cloud environment. As such, the new VMware and VCE VxRail Appliance could make for a very compelling offering to for those looking to implement a highly flexible and highly scalable hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, with private and hybrid cloud computing capabilities, while still leveraging the same VMware management tools that they have been using for years,” said Colm Keegan, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.
VxRail Appliances are sold by EMC, VCE and their channel partners, and are orderable today. All-flash VxRail Appliances with modern data reduction capabilities will be available in Q2 2016.
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.
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