This week we’re at Strata+Hadoop World, an event that gives us a chance to hear from our customers about what’s really important to them; and we often hear that they value options. The Dell EMC Hadoop portfolio allows customers choice from direct-attached storage to shared storage to virtualized environments to hybrid clouds. With all of these options, Dell EMC has had great success aiding customers in getting the most out of their Hadoop environments. Here are a few of our favorite customer success stories:To deliver competitive payment processing services to merchants, Intuit must process electronic payments as quickly as possible, while minimizing losses due to fraud and financial risk. In order to do this, Intuit gains detailed risk analysis insights with reports and risk tools that are based on new data sources, including a Hadoop cluster with unstructured clickstreams from web servers. Additionally, Intuit’s Dell EMC SAN handles extract, transform and load (ETL) processes up to twice as fast as the previous storage solution, so they can quickly add new data sources.“We’ve accelerated the data processing of our merchant accounts by as much as 7x, and we have far fewer issues with our risk data warehouse now, because our Dell SAN storage is stable and predictable,” says Alex Lancaster, Data Engineering Manager, Risk Data Analytics Team, Intuit. “Report queries run seven times faster on average, and we’ve had no outages on our Dell storage arrays.”Omneo, a software as a service (SaaS) big data analytics solution from Siemens PLM Software, uses the Dell EMC | Cloudera Apache Hadoop Big Data Solution to help companies gain a 360-degree view of their supply chains by accessing billions of product data records in seconds. The Omneo team evaluated five of the six largest data processing and storage technologies, and the company concluded that a solution based on Apache™ Hadoop® was the best fit in terms of performance, scalability and total cost of ownership. The organization worked with Dell EMC and Cloudera to build a software solution on top of the Cloudera® Distribution of Hadoop® (CDH) platform running on a cluster of Dell PowerEdge C8220 servers, giving customers total product data visibility throughout their entire supply chains“Hadoop gave us the best cost-to-performance relationship and could handle large volumes of data and allow us to find the right big data solution,” says Dave Mitchell, CTO, Cloud Services, Siemens PLM Software. “It also gave us the opportunity to use cost-effective, highly scalable hardware architectures.”Oriental Pearl Media, the largest IPTV service provider in China with more than 16 million subscribers, migrated its video-on-demand (VOD) content platform to Apache Hadoop clusters for private cloud. As processing power was key, the company deployed a range of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, including R420, R620, R720XD and C6220s. “We have multiple systems running across our infrastructure, and the Dell PowerEdge servers combine with our Dell Storage to deliver enterprise-class business continuity and data protection for our subscribers,” said Xu Feng, IT Manager, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Media. “We valued Dell’s commitment to service even after the migration was effectively signed off. It showed the organization’s pledge to serve customers well.”Pechanga Resort and Casino is California’s largest casino, with 3,000 employees, 3,400 slot machines, and 200,000 square feet of gaming space. With a major expansion planned that will double its size, Pechanga wanted to make the best possible use of data and analytics to gain greater insight into its customers, inform its investments, and optimize day-to-day operations. “We’re already a data-driven business. We knew that the next step was to take advantage of the latest advances in big data. We wanted to eliminate silos and aggregate data from all sources in one place where marketing, financial, and other analysts could use it easily to gain insight and make business decisions,” said John Kenefick, VP of IT & CIO. “We wanted a purpose-built solution, so we went with a converged environment on VCE Vblock®, using EMC Isilon and XtremIO® for storage and Cisco UCS. We’re using Pivotal HDB for our backend Hadoop® database and Pivotal Big Data Suite for analytics.”Sensus, a solution provider that uses IoT devices to capture data about gas, water and electric use, then monitor usage to better conserve resources, uses a data lake, based on Dell EMC, Hadoop technologies to consolidate manufacturing, testing and other data streams. The PowerEdge R730xd with Cloudera Hadoop is the backbone of this new Sensus big data cluster and data lake. The company uses the cluster to ingest manufacturing, testing and RMA data streams, as well as supply chain data. “We’ve created a data lake for the company to use as a resource,” says Mitchell Hensley, director of software strategy at Sensus “It isn’t owned by my department or owned by the engineering department. It’s a companywide resource that allows other departments within the company to create new applications, design new processes and be more efficient, because now they have powerful data to use to make those decisions.”For more information on Dell EMC Hadoop customers, visit our customer success stories webpages (Dell and EMC) and follow us on Twitter @DellEMCBigData. If you’re onsite at Strata+Hadoop World, come and see us at booth 501, or at one of these sessions.
Healthcare organizations are rising to meet new patient care and financial realities, including work-from-home capabilities and significantly expanded virtual care options.As healthcare leaders are reopening facilities for non-urgent clinical services, they are also juggling workforce considerations ranging from employee health, to childcare, to mass transit concerns alongside changing patient expectations. At the same time, healthcare IT teams are evaluating smart options to accelerate digital transformation, supporting new clinical workflows and infrastructure needed to evolve virtual care, remote patient monitoring, and secure patient-provider communications.Virtual care presents the opportunity for healthcare organizations to expand their reach with a larger set of patients and the ability to offer enhanced services for new business revenue streams, such as virtual specialty consults in new geographies; scaling remote engagements with home-based diagnostics and treatment for patients with chronic diseases; and expanding telehealth to post-acute care.In speaking to healthcare leaders as they move forward, we are hearing consistent themes across their organizations as they consider upcoming IT investments:Power On-Demand Operations and Data ProtectionEvery healthcare provider is focused on how to best improve efficiencies as they work to overcome severe budget pressures that came from cancelled elective surgeries, as well as unexpected labor and protective equipment costs over the last few months. From the IT side, this means continuing with the optimization of EMRs, evaluating network efficiency, and implementing intelligent/automated data storage across edge, core, and cloud environments to help reduce costs.Health systems are also expanding virtual care, which brings new requirements for data interoperability along with data protection. With healthcare leaders further empowering patients to take a more active role in the management of their care, consumers and clinicians alike will need secure access to growing health data. To provide “secure care,” healthcare organizations need to incorporate solutions that protect people, network, endpoints, data, and recovery.Reimagine Patient Engagement – Extend Secure, Connected CareTwo-thirds of Americans are more willing to try telehealth today than ever before. They value the flexibility to communicate with care providers at a time that is convenient for them from the comfort of their own home, while reserving in-office visits for patient care episodes that require it.As providers evolve telehealth services, they must continue to improve interoperability across the care continuum to gain a complete picture of the patient from all sources – EMR, AI, IoT devices, direct patient input, and more – whether the patient is chronically ill or seeking wellness guidance. To enable data aggregation and seamless data access across the healthcare system, providers need the flexibility to turn traditional on-premises infrastructure into a private cloud and to operate across multi-cloud environments. A consistent infrastructure reduces infrastructure costs by 18 percent and security breaches or outages by 30 percent, according to research conducted on behalf of Dell Technologies, VMware, and Intel.Enable In-the-Moment InnovationA modern multi-cloud digital infrastructure will help empower clinical teams with agile platforms, secure access, and expanded data interoperability. It will also lay the foundation to deploy emerging technologies for precision diagnostics, clinical genomics, and more – which are needed to transform medical diagnostics and automate patient data analysis so clinicians can dedicate more time to decision-making and treatment.To take full advantage of cloud offerings, IT departments must first assess their workloads and applications to determine the best cloud model for each. They must also develop a greater understanding of where data is coming from and going to, in order to achieve flexibility and deliver a seamless experience to providers and patients.Dell Technologies offers a single, integrated strategy that allows healthcare organizations to conduct application portfolio analysis, map dependencies to develop appropriate patterns for application service level agreements and promote automation by adopting Infrastructure as Code (IaC).Healthcare Leaders’ Next Action PlanHealthcare leaders must make smart investments to build agility and accelerate the digital transformation needed to support new workflows, models for connected patient care, and radically enhanced business and clinical flexibility.The progress is certainly not going to be linear. We see pressure on the healthcare system ebb and surge throughout the country. We also see rapid innovation and new opportunities that will transform care, creating a stronger, more innovative, and more resilient healthcare system for the long term.Dell Technologies is working with customers to foster healthcare organizations’ business and clinical agility, including EMR modernization, advanced medical imaging, virtual health, and security. Learn more here.