Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data

It’s a big data boom with Ready Solutions for Big Data

It has taken years, but big data analytics has evolved from the latest IT buzzword into a core part of the enterprise. While the term “big data” has been around for quite some time, the big data market is still booming with hundreds of competing technologies in every stage of the data pipeline. Organizations are starting to realize that big data success is not about implementing one application or one piece of technology, but instead requires an optimized technology stack that allows them to get more performance and flexibility out of IT investments, and to scale more quickly and cost-effectively as business needs grow.

At the same time, the perception that “everything should go into the public cloud” because it’s cheaper and easier requires a reality check. When it comes to handling big data, the public cloud is often more expensive and slower than on-premises private cloud solutions, and many times security and compliance policies dictate where data must reside. You can survive the big data boom with a big data as a service (BDaaS) solution that provides the self-service, economics and simplicity of public cloud with the on-premises security and compliance organizations demand.

Dell EMC has worked closely with customers and its partners, BlueData® and Intel® to create an elastic architecture named Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data. This architecture provides self-service access to a variety of Big Data analytics and data science workloads — such as Hadoop, Apache Spark®, Kafka, Cassandra and more — at the same time, on the same infrastructure without sacrificing performance. It includes the latest PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® Processors for maximum scalability and throughput. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data come with the software, hardware and services needed for IT to provide on-premises BDaaS so your team can save up to 12 months in standing up new big data analytics systems.1

How can you use Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data?

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data enables the following use cases:

  • Consolidation of multiple data analytics deployments — Multiple data analytics environments can be difficult and costly to scale while the demand for analytics grows.
  • Create an on-demand consumption model for big data infrastructure and applications — Allow data teams to quickly and easily create big data environments while simplifying IT resource management.
  • Enable self-service job creation — Data scientists and analysts can run a variety of jobs against their data.
  • Leverage the right big data tools for every job — Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data enable data teams to use their favorite tools for big data analytics. It supports Cloudera® Hadoop, Hortonworks® Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra, Kafka, MapR®, TensorFlow™, and custom images for other services. It’s even possible to create multiple environments using different Hadoop distributions, as well as set-up different versions of the same distribution on the same infrastructure.

The ultimate goal of Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data is providing self-service data analytics, lowering costs and simplifying deployment and support.

Self-service analytics

Speed is a key element of success. Data scientists, analysts and developers require on-demand access to real-time analytics to support business needs. Siloed legacy resources can’t deliver the same on-demand access as public cloud providers, but the public cloud has trade-offs, too. On-premises infrastructure integration and deployment for big data analytics applications can be complex and can take months.

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data give data analysts on-demand access to infrastructure resources and analytics tools — such as Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL, Apache Cassandra®, Apache Kafka® and others — in minutes.2 This enables IT to provide self-service data analytics with the performance, compliance and security of an optimized on-premises solution. Data teams can quickly and easily provision their own resources, run jobs using their choice of tools, and even run multiple analytics workloads simultaneously thanks to multi-tenancy enabled by policy-based automation and management. Lines of business can create and execute their own use cases from a single pool of resources with the responsiveness required by modern big data analytics applications.

Lower costs

When it comes to containing costs for big data analytics, customers are caught between legacy IT that requires increasing resources to maintain, and paying skyrocketing monthly fees to a public cloud services provider. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data offer a balanced approach by providing an automated, self-service portal built on a bedrock of Dell EMC servers and networking infrastructure delivered by Dell EMC deployment experts.

Because Dell EMC has optimized and integrated the solution stack, you can reduce stand-up time from months to weeks.1 The savings continue past deployment, with reduced management complexity and no unpredictable, recurring monthly charges. The ability to scale compute and storage resources independently, as well as run multiple analytics instances on the same infrastructure helps eliminate costly cluster sprawl and maximize utilization rates while reducing cost. BlueData® reports that you can save up to 75% compared to bare-metal deployments while increasing server utilization by up to 350%.3

Simpler deployment, simpler support

Reliability and operational simplicity are critical to supporting any enterprise IT environment. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data include everything you need to provide BDaaS, including the hardware, software, consulting, deployment and support services, so you can spend more time on strategic projects. How much time? Customers report that if they tried to implement on their own, it would have taken up to 12 months longer to hire the expertise, figure out the correct configurations, and deploy a solution.1

Dell EMC consultants work with customers from the onset to identify the analytics use case that will have the most business impact, gather requirements and design the solution architecture.

Dell EMC has partnered with BlueData to deploy its EPIC™ (Elastic Private Instant Clusters) software on Dell EMC servers, networking and storage. Our teams install, configure and integrate the hardware and software into the customer’s environment for the prioritized use case, saving the months of time required to configure your own analytics environment.  BlueData enables you to spin up or down environments for analytics in minutes.2 The software provides a simple and easy way to provide self-service provisioning, policy-based automation, and push-button upgrades.

Customers also receive Dell EMC ProSupport to help ensure optimal system performance and minimize downtime through comprehensive hardware and collaborative software support.   They can also opt for ProSupport Plus to get a Technology Service Manager who serves as a single point of contact for the entire solution.

For more information, please visit Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data.

1 “The Total Economic Impact of Dell EMC Ready Solutions Hadoop,” commissioned byDell EMC | Intel, May 2018, https://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/forrester-total-economic-impact-study-dell-emc-ready-solutions-for-hadoop.pdf

2 “Access to instant, personal clusters,” BlueData, August 2018, https://www.bluedata.com/product/solutions/

3 “Streamlined operations,” BlueData, August 2018, https://www.bluedata.com/product/solutions/

Kevin Shatzkamer

About the Author: Kevin Shatzkamer

Kevin Shatzkamer is Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Strategy and Solutions at Dell Technologies with responsibility for strategy and architectural evolution of the intersection points of network infrastructure technologies, cloud and virtualization platforms, and software programmability. His organizational responsibility encompasses industry strategy and investment analysis, business development and go-to-market activities, technical architecture and engineering, and infrastructure evolution / futures-planning. He is also responsible for leading the Dell Technologies 5G strategy in close collaboration with industry-leading telecommunications providers globally. Mr. Shatzkamer represents Dell Technologies on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Futures Council on New Network Technologies (5G-related). Mr. Shatzkamer's ecosystem-wide, experience-centric approach to working with customers allows for the identification and exploitation of synergies between disparate organizations to derive new technology / business models for the mobile industry, especially as “5G” defines transformation from technical architecture to ecosystem and service offerings. With over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Shatzkamer joined Dell EMC in 2016, with prior experience at Brocade (Service Provider CTO, Head of Brocade Labs) and Cisco (Distinguished Systems Engineer). He holds more than 50 patents related to all areas of work. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida, a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Master’s of System Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Shatzkamer is a regular speaker at industry forums and has published two books discussing the architectures and technologies shaping the future of the Mobile Internet (2G, 3G, and 4G networks), from RAN to services.