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Latest Blog Posts
  • Information Management

    Big Data and Database Management Rundown - Favorite Posts of the Week

    It’s Friday - the perfect time to look back at some of our favorite Big Data and Database Management posts of the week!  You can find these posts and more on our Facebook page!  If you love what you've read, LIKE our page for more tools, tips, and resources!

    Now, without any further delay, here are our top 5 favorite posts of the week!

    Hone your skills and keep the balls in the air without falling short of management's mark.

    Posted by Dell Information Management on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
     
    Learn to deploy faster and automate everything - Get the e-book “DevOps for Oracle Databases”http://del.ly/6182Bkhtp

    We have a brand new #ThinkChat for you! #Technology Predictions for #2016 http://del.ly/6184BkoTr Special guest @JohnLMyers44 & @joschloss

    Posted by Dell Information Management on Monday, January 25, 2016
     

    The Greatest Hits of #Dell #DBA Days, Vol. 2: Checking Wait Stats to Maximize #SQL Server Performance http://del.ly/6189BkP6h

    Posted by Dell Information Management on Thursday, January 21, 2016
     

    Overcome the barriers to rapid #data analysis with these expert tips! http://del.ly/6184BXOTI

    Posted by Dell Information Management on Monday, January 18, 2016

    About Ryan McKinney

    Ryan McKinney has been a Social Media and Communities Advisor for Dell Software since 2014.

    View all posts by Ryan McKinney | Twitter

  • Foglight for Databases

    What path did my SQL take? SQL Server Edition.

    The attached post shows how to use Foglight Performance Investigator for SQL Server to analyze and compare historical execution plans.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Recommended Hardware for Getting Started with the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview POC

    This blog post was originally written by Michael_Schroeder

    Comments are welcome! To suggest an Azure Stack topic or other feedback, please contact us at WinServerBlogs@dell.com or leave a comment below.

    Microsoft recently announced the first technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack (MAS). This release is for a single server proof-of-concept (POC). It’s a great way to evaluate many of the new components as a part of this new architecture and platform. It’s designed for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features. The first Technical Preview of Azure Stack will be released here later today.

    Before we get to our recommendations, here is the original Microsoft announcement detailing the general platform hardware requirements: Microsoft Azure Stack: Hardware requirements

    For those interested in purchasing a new system today specifically for evaluating this technical preview release, we’ve listed a few recommendations on some of our PowerEdge platforms to help ensure a good experience.

     

    Note:

    • For networking, the MAS POC documentation states “Make sure only one NIC is enabled and that it has Internet connectivity”.

    • For storage, the HBA330 controller is the preferred card for utilizing pass-through and emerging technologies like Spaces Direct.

    • Keep in mind the POC is all on a single machine so there are limited networking & storage scenarios at this stage.

    Disclaimer- The Technical Preview bits for Microsoft Azure Stack are provided as-is. There is no support from Dell for this proof of concept. This is just a great way to kick the tires early on and to evaluate the new features available.

    Dell has been working with Microsoft for over five years to bring you the best possible hybrid cloud solutions. Dell was the first to validate and offer a hybrid cloud solution with Microsoft Cloud Platform System Standard and we are the only vendor providing an end-to-end integrated hybrid cloud system with Microsoft Cloud Platform System Premium. The Microsoft Azure Stack POC is an early look at what is coming down the road for future hybrid cloud solutions. Expect more from us as our journey together continues.

  • Foglight for Databases

    What plan did my SQL take? Oracle Edition.

    The attached post shows how to use Foglight Performance Investigator for Oracle to analyze and compare historical execution plans.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Blue Medora and Dell Servers - VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Monitoring

    In today’s IT landscape, downtime is expensive. Blue Medora, a leader in VMware integrations, has released the new Blue Medora VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Dell Compute, which is designed to help reduce mean time to recover (MTTR) for Dell servers in a VMware vRealize environment.  This Management Pack monitors the health of Dell PowerEdge servers by offering insight into resources like the server, power supply unit (PSU), fan, and chassis from VMware’s vRealize Operations Manager (vROps).

     

    Figure 1 - A dashboard from the Management Pack for Dell Compute showing Dell server health

     

    All monitoring for the Management Pack occurs through vROps, which enables monitoring of the physical servers within the virtual layer, provides visual representations of the relationships between Dell server resources and their corresponding virtual components, and allows for the creation of custom dashboards to provide at-a-glance insight into Dell server health.

     

    The Blue Medora Management Pack for Dell Compute utilizes the native capabilities of vROps to provide end-to-end visibility for Dell servers. One such capability is relationship mapping, which automatically connects Dell server resources like PSU, fan, and chassis, along with resources from the virtual layer like CPU usage and memory. Combining relationships with the alerting of vROps provides administrators with an efficient system for identifying and resolving issues before they affect an end user. For example, if a PSU is not working, an alert will be triggered in vROps. The relationships provided by the Management Pack relate the alert to the appropriate server so that the virtual administrators can be alerted and the PSU can be replaced.

     

    Figure 2 - Example of an alert from the Blue Medora Management Pack for Dell Compute

     

    The Blue Medora Management Pack for Dell Compute can also be used to determine whether or not a problem originates at the Dell server. If somebody complains that their application is slow, an administrator can quickly check to see whether or not the server might be overheating, causing slowness for the end user.

     

    For more information on the Blue Medora Management Pack for Dell Compute, please contact Blue Medora or visit bluemedora.com.  For information about how to get information like this within vCenter, please see Dell's OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter for more information.

  • KACE Blog

    How Advantage Waypoint Merged Nine Company Networks in 30 Days

    If you’ve been reading my last few blogs, you’ve seen the value of having centralized management for all your connected devices. With the number and variety of endpoints accessing your network skyrocketing, and attackers becoming ever more creative and sophisticated, you need end-to-end insight and control. A toolbox full of point solutions won’t cut it; you need a single pane of glass that shows you everything that’s accessing your systems and enables you to keep all those endpoints up to date and secure.

    Lovely as my prose is, though, you may have had enough of it. Maybe you’re ready to hear what an integrated endpoint, mobility and security management solution has done for a real-world organization like yours. If so, you’re in luck.  Harry Folloder, CIO of Advantage Waypoint, has graciously agreed to tell how such a solution helped him from the very start of the company. Here’s what he had to say:

    How Advantage Waypoint Merged Nine Company Networks in 30 days

    “Our parent company, Advantage Sales and Marketing, merged nine companies overnight to form the first national sales and marketing company for the away-from-home food business,” explains Folloder. “I had to bring together nine disparate companies very quickly and build a data center from the ground up.

    “The first problem was that we had no visibility. We had no idea where employees were, which endpoint devices they used or what was running on the devices. Our other big problem was that each company had its own set of processes, but we couldn’t idle hundreds of employees while we pulled our networks together. Solving those problems in the middle of a nine-way merger meant that we needed day-zero management of all endpoints across all companies.

    “By partnering with Dell and taking advantage of their integrated solutions, we were able to stand up our new data center in just 30 days. First, Dell KACE appliances gave me a view of all the new systems I had to inventory through the merger when the only connection I had to them was over the internet. And as we continue to acquire and integrate companies, they give me a single point of insight and control for asset inventory and management, including deploying applications and patches, tracking changes to critical data, and even identifying the users with the most trouble tickets so we could provide them with additional training.

    “Second, Dell Data Protection | Encryption (DDP|E) encrypts and protects both client data and our own intellectual property as it moves around the network — and it’s nearly transparent to users. The KACE appliances verify that DDP|E is installed and active on target systems. This tight integration is invaluable. If a laptop is stolen, for example, we’d know that the data on the machine was protected, so we wouldn’t have to pay millions of dollars providing identity theft protection to clients or employees, as other companies have been forced to do.

    “Completing the solution is Dell AppAssure. AppAssure offers both business continuity and disaster recovery in a simple, non-invasive way. It lets us restore everything from a single document to an entire machine. My ops team likes AppAssure because it’s up 100 percent of the time and they know they can easily recover from anything to keep the business going.

    “Whenever a new technology need arises, I always turn to Dell first and ask, ‘What solutions do you have for this?’ They take the time to understand what we do, how we generate revenue, who our clients are and how we make them happy to ensure that their product is a good fit. The Dell solutions we’ve deployed have helped us create a stable, reliable, innovative foundation for making our clients raving fans.”

    See What Integrated Endpoint, Mobility and Security Management Can Do for You

    I bet your organization shares at least some of the challenges that Advantage Waypoint faced. If an integrated endpoint, mobility and security management can help a company being born out of a nine-way merger, think what it could do for you. It won’t make you breakfast, but it just might save your bacon.

    To learn more about how you can empower your IT team to efficiently manage and secure a wide range of corporate and user-owned devices, be sure to read our new e-book, “Technology Tunnel Vision, Part 2: Centralized management for all connected devices.”

    David Manks

    About David Manks

    David Manks is a Solutions Marketing Director for Dell Software focusing on endpoint management and security products.

    View all posts by David Manks  | Twitter

    About Harry Folloder | CIO at Advantage Waypoint

    Folloder led the technical team that successfully integrated nine regional foodservices brokers to create Advantage Waypoint. He is also president of Folloder Foodservice, Inc., and former partner and founder of Net Guyz, LLC.

  • Dell TechCenter

    Dell PowerEdge Servers certified for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

     

    Important

    The official support for Windows Server 2016 by Dell is aligned with the commercial release of the operating system (OS) from Microsoft. Technical Preview builds are pre-release software that are not intended nor supported in production environments, labs, or full evaluations. The customers who have selected the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview builds are NOT promised a technical support solution from Dell if they run into failures.

    Windows Server 2016 is the next Operating System developed by Microsoft. The latest milestone release is Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. It provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

    Dell is happy to announce its enablement plans for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 with

    1. Dell is the first OEM to achieve Windows Server 2016 Assurance logo tag for the following Dell PowerEdge Servers carrying TPM 2.0 (TPM 2.0 is one key criteria for the Assurance logo).
      • PowerEdge R730xd
      • PowerEdge R630

           2. Dell has also received the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 Compatible logo for the following Dell PowerEdge Servers carrying TPM 1.2.

      • PowerEdge R730xd
      • PowerEdge R730
      • PowerEdge R630
      • PowerEdge T630

    For more information please refer the below link and navigate to the listing: https://www.windowsservercatalog.com/default.aspx

    Home -> OS Versions -> Compatible with Windows Server 2016 -> Dell Inc (from Vendor category) 

    A Server is Assurance logo’d only if it passes the following verification tests:

    1. TPM 2.0
    2. Secure boot
    3. Adherence to UEFI specification v2.3.1c or greater
    4. IOMMU device presence and verification
    5. PPI Provision/Clear flags needs to be set to TRUE

    For more information – Please refer this requirement Specification - System.Server.Base.EnhancedPlatformIntegrityProtectionForCloudServices from this link

    For enabling the TPM 2.0 on Dell platforms please refer to the below steps.

    The boot mode on Dell PowerEdge Servers with TPM 2.0 must be UEFI.  TPM 2.0 is only supported in UEFI, per TCG specification.  Attempting to use TPM 2.0 in legacy bios mode will result in an error.

    Refer this Microsoft KB for more details - (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3123365

    Dell recommended BIOS settings for TPM 2.0:  

    Boot mode:

     

    Set TPM Security as “On”:

    Enable the recommended TPM 2.0 PPI flag settings:

      

    References:

  • KACE Blog

    Analyzing the Costs of Systems Lifecycle Management — White Paper

     Cost is always a concern when you’re buying new software. But it’s critical to consider not only software licensing costs but all financial components.

    In this series of blog posts, I’ve been talking about systems lifecycle management solutions in particular. Whether you’re looking to invest in your first solution or thinking about replacing your existing solution, be sure to ask about licensing costs. But also be sure to ask questions like these:

    • What are the real costs associated with all the manual effort required to manage your IT environment today?
    • What are the costs and frustrations of having to juggle multiple point solutions?
    • Are the risks of a security breach or the costs of lost productivity becoming too high to ignore?
    • Is your existing systems management solution too complicated to use or too expensive to upgrade?

    A Complete Financial Comparison of Systems Lifecycle Management Solutions

    For help identifying and quantifying all the cost factors involved in executing a successful systems lifecycle management implementation, look no further than “Best Practices in Lifecycle Management,” a paper from Enterprise Management Associates, Inc. (EMA). This report provides not only a detailed functional comparison of the four most popular systems lifecycle management solutions on the market, but a complete financial comparison as well. It explains how to evaluate all the cost components:

    • Pricing model — This includes the list price, which varies from one-size-fits-all to graduated pricing tailored to the size of your organization. It also includes the annual maintenance costs to keep the product up to date.
    • Infrastructure costs — How much additional hardware and software you will need varies widely from solution to solution. The paper will help you calculate the costs associated with all the server-plus-OS configurations, client access licenses, database licenses and maintenance contracts each solution requires.
    • Operational and training cost — Systems lifecycle management products that require more infrastructure will almost certainly require more people to administer that infrastructure. How many more people will you need to add to your IT staff? What will it cost to train them? Is there a way to get around adding staff?
    • Non-computer device support — With more smart, non-computer devices connecting to your network, lifecycle management now extends beyond PCs and servers to devices like printers, projectors, scanners and even universal power supplies. Only two of the four products offer this functionality, and the paper compares the associated costs. If you choose a product that doesn’t support these devices, be sure to consider the costs of managing them (or failing to manage them) outside of your systems lifecycle management solution.

    For each of these costs, the paper builds out a total implementation cost based on size of organization, number of servers, length of maintenance contract, number of locations and other variables. It’s easy to follow and it’s designed to help you pencil out your own costs.

    Get your free copy of “Best Practices in Lifecycle Management” and review EMA’s detailed cost comparison of the four products, including Dell KACE appliances.

    Sean Musil

    About Sean Musil

    Sean Musil is a Product Marketing Manager for Dell KACE. He believes the internet should be free and secure.

    View all posts by Sean Musil  | Twitter

  • Information Management

    DBAs: Is Your Head in the Cloud? Should It Be? [Survey Results]

    As a DBA, you don’t work in a vacuum. You’re responsible for database uptime, performance, capacity, security and the like, but you also work in a macrocosm of related trends and technologies that affect how you do your job.

    In The Real World of the Database Administrator, Unisphere Research asked 300 DBAs, managers and developers about the external factors they believe will have the greatest impact on database administration over the next few years. The graphic above shows that almost two-thirds of respondents think they’ll be dealing more with cloud computing in the future. About half of them think virtualization and big data will be of importance.

    Look farther down the list. I posted a couple of weeks ago about technologies for managing non-relational information, such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Even though most DBAs believe that it will eventually fall to them to administer those technologies, only about one-third of them think NoSQL and Hadoop will play much of a role in their job.

    So the writing on the wall indicates that you will do well to focus on your usual DBA duties while keeping cloud, virtualization and big data in your peripheral vision. They represent good directions for broadening your skill set and maintaining your effectiveness (and marketability).

    Which trends and technologies do you see coming? Let me know in the comments below, and have a look at the Unisphere report, The Real World of the Database Administrator, to find out more.

     

    Download the Report>>

  • Information Management

    #ThinkChat- Technology Predictions for 2016

        Special Guest, John Myers


    Topic of the day –sharing views on what to expect and look forward to in the coming year, 2016. 
    At this month's #ThinkChat, we will have a John Myers (@JohnLMyers44) from EMA guest tweet alongside our usual hosts, Shawn Rogers (@ShawnRog) and Joanna Schloss (@JoSchloss) from Dell. 

    In addition to our special guest, we will have other industry analysts, VPs of big data, and all knowledge works tweeting together as we discuss and deliberate the changing tides of the technology market place. 

    Follow #ThinkChat on Twitter and join the conversation!

     

     

     Questions discussed on this program will include:

     

    1. What was your favorite trend from year 2015 – sad to see it go?
    2. Where do you go to learn about data and analytics market trends? Share a few links and places with us and hopefully we all broaden our resource list.
    3. Predict a data or data management trend you see emerging in 2016.
    4. Why do you think this particular data/data management trend will emerge and start trending?
    5. Analytics, analytics, analytics – we talk about it all the time, but will this year be the year it comes to fruition?   Share your thoughts for yea or nae.
    6. Cell phones are the norm – see any phone applications that will start trending this year?  
    7. What about IoT?  Do you see this market getting hotter?  Colder?  What are your thoughts on this trend?  
    8. The connected user – can we be more connected?  Trends on personal connectedness? Any predictions here?
    9. Trending now – what is trending now in your world. We would love to hear about it!

    Where: Live on Twitter – Follow Hashtag #ThinkChat to get your questions answered and participate in the conversation!

    When: February 5, at 11:00 AM PST

    SAVE THE DATE