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EMC doubles down on digital transformation and hybrid cloud with new technologies

EMC recently announced some new tools, and updates to existing products, to make itself more cloud-ready.

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On Tuesday, at EMC World 2016, EMC announced new products and updates to address what it called the four pillars of the modern data center: Flash, scale-out, software-defined, and cloud-enabled.

A big part of the digital present, and future, of the enterprise is cloud computing technology. This is especially true for the hybrid cloud, which is seeing growth in its number of deployments across business organizations.

SEE: Research: Hybrid cloud - deployment, drivers, strategies and value (Tech Pro Research)

One of the first products EMC announced speaks directly to this growing trend. The EMC Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) is a cloud-native application developer platform that can be ready to run in a hybrid environment in as few as two days.

The platform is built on Pivotal Cloud Foundry's cloud-native platform, with further integration from other EMC and VMware products, such as on-premises options based on VMware vSphere, OpenStack, and VMware Photon Platform. Customers who want an off-premises IaaS option will be able to choose among Virtustream Enterprise Cloud, VMware vCloud Air, AWS,, or Microsoft Azure.

The goal of the platform is to make it simpler to build and deploy cloud-native apps, as well as enabling DevOps practices in an organization by breaking down the wall between developers and IT operations. Enterprise customers also have the option of adding on a data science toolkit for big data analytics.

The hybrid cloud is the next big battleground for enterprise tech vendors, and EMC has been addressing it throughout the conference. On the first day, the Federation announced a slew of new products and product updates to show that it was fully embracing the hybrid cloud.

NHC also integrates strongly with the newly-updated VCE VxRack System 1000, which utilizes Neutrino Nodes to make it easier for customers to deploy cloud-native IaaS solutions. The VCE VxRack System 1000 is also available with FLEX nodes and SDDC nodes as well, depending on customer need. Dynamic provisioning and built in automation mean that users can provision resources, for the first time at least, in less than one hour.

The VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes will start at a price point of $300,000. The version configured for OpenStack can be ordered now, but won't be available until the third quarter of 2016. The VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes configured for Photon Platform or Hadoop Apache will be available sometime in 2017.

The VxRack System 1000 will also be available with DSSD capabilities. Additionally, EMC also announced an update to its DSSD D5 rack-scale flash appliance. Users will soon be able to "strip[e] two D5 systems together with high performance databases in a single rack." which will deliver double the IOPS, bandwidth, and capacity, as well as better latency and a lower total cost of ownership.

SEE: 5 major data center announcements from day one of EMC World 2016 (TechRepublic)

Hybrid cloud is a big part of digital transformation in the enterprise. Along with these new product announcements, EMC released the findings of a survey in conducted in partnership with Vanson Bourne.

Of the 4,000 business leaders surveyed, 52% said that their industry had experienced significant disruption. Almost of half of the respondents said that they don't have a clear vision of what their industry will look like in three years, and 62% of respondents had witnessed new competitors enter their space because of digital initiatives. However, the driving force behind the need for digital transformation was customer demand, as cited by 56% of those surveyed.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. EMC announced its new Native Hybrid Cloud platform for developers to build cloud native applications that are ready to run in a hybrid cloud environment.
  2. EMC made its VxRack System 1000 cloud ready with a new option of running it with Neutrino Nodes to assist in deploying cloud-native IaaS tools.
  3. The EMC DSSD D5 appliance got an update as well with the ability to stripe two of these systems together in a single rack for better IOPS, bandwidth, and capacity; and lower latency.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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