HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
prnewswire | May 04, 2023
Pure Storage® (NYSE: PSTG), the IT pioneer that delivers the world's most advanced data storage technology and services, today announced that Cumulus VFX, a premium VFX provider, is leveraging FlashBlade®, Pure Storage's unified fast file and object platform, to manage ever-growing data demands, achieve enhanced security, and minimize the environmental impact of its data center - all supporting the company's growth into a leading global VFX provider.
Cumulus VFX, a premium visual effects (VFX) provider having worked with the likes of Netflix and Foxtel, has grown rapidly since its founding in 2010, gaining a global reputation for quality and reliability in the VFX world.
Visual effects are at the center of modern film production, and managing the sheer volume of information required to produce photorealistic imagery presents a growing challenge to the industry. With the rapid growth of its global client-base, Cumulus VFX faced critical storage capacity challenges, a common problem in the industry as the amount of technology and data applications continue to grow.
To manage heightened demands, and ultimately support its rapid growth, Cumulus VFX turned to Pure Storage and Agile Data Services, a leading supplier of new and used enterprise IT hardware and maintenance solutions, to build a future proof, enterprise-grade, integrated data storage environment based on FlashBlade, Pure Storage's unified fast file and object storage platform.
Cumulus VFX now operates its entire production environment on a 7x52 TB FlashBlade – including current projects for Disney, Warner Bros and Bazmark. Benefits include:
Improved Scalability and Performance: Cumulus VFX reduced the management time of applications from hours to minutes and, in some cases, even seconds with Pure Storage's RapidFile Toolkit and its advanced Linux integration. Pure also supports Cumulus VFX's management of applications like Houdini, Blender, Autodesk Maya, Silhouette FX, 3D Equalizer, and Adobe Photoshop. With improved speed and scalability, Cumulus VFX increased the number of rendering artists from 20 to 60.
Enhanced Data Security: Due to the nature of Cumulus VFX's business, an outage while executing massive workloads with developers could lead to catastrophe. Pure Storage enables enhanced data security as mission-critical data can be encrypted at rest.
Reduced Data Center Footprint: Pure Storage's FlashBlade, helping global organizations achieve up to 67% in direct energy savings versus competitors, enabled Cumulus VFX to minimize carbon emissions with higher rack density and improved performance.
"As an IT decision maker, there's an obligation to put the most efficient, lowest impact solutions in place across our IT environment. What Pure Storage provides in four to six units would take competitors 96 units. Pure Storage not only ticked all the performance and technical requirements, but it had the best energy footprint. Cumulus VFX's decision to move to Pure Storage FlashBlade was a no-brainer - the company is leaps ahead of the competition." – Nicky Ladas, Chief Technologist, Cumulus VFX.
"The visual effects industry has highly demanding computing requirements with tremendous volumes of unstructured data. Companies like Cumulus VFX are right on the cutting edge of innovation and are doing Australia proud. Pure is delighted to be able to support the great work that they do with our unified fast file and object platform to tame all that unstructured data." - Amy Rushall, Area Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, Pure Storage.
About Pure Storage
Pure Storage is a leading data storage company that simplifies data management for organizations. Its cloud-based solutions empower customers to optimize data utilization while minimizing infrastructure complexity and costs. The company's commitment to providing storage-as-a-service enables customers to quickly and easily adapt to changing data needs, regardless of workload or application. With an industry-leading Net Promoter Score, it is dedicated to customer satisfaction and continually expanding its roster of delighted clients. Additionally, the firm prioritizes sustainability in all aspects of its business, striving to reduce the carbon and energy footprints of data centers worldwide.
Businesswire | May 19, 2023
New Relic the all-in-one observability platform for every engineer, announced a new, deeply integrated experience for its infrastructure monitoring and APM capabilities that correlates the health and performance of applications and hosts in real-time. Engineers, DevOps, and ITOps can now quickly diagnose application and infrastructure performance issues, and avoid context switching or missing critical insights due to siloed infrastructure monitoring tools. Unlike competing tools that price on peak usage and auto-scale penalties, New Relic pricing is based on actual usage, eliminates bill shock, and is one-third the cost of competitors. Now organizations can afford to analyze all of their telemetry data without sampling, ensuring they have the necessary data to quickly identify and resolve issues when something breaks.
“Infrastructure monitoring is business-critical for every engineering team in a digital business. It's also an area of ballooning costs and surprise bills as more workloads shift to the cloud and teams enable auto-scaling,” said New Relic Chief Product Officer Manav Khurana. “This release addresses both those concerns by adding best-in-class infrastructure monitoring to easily monitor and debug infrastructure issues, with a unique pricing model that saves customers money compared to other tools on the market.”
“APM and infrastructure silos impede performance. Our applications need to keep pace with our customers, and integrating multiple tools is a timely and costly process,” said Digicert, Inc. Director of SRE Engineering Operations Rizwan Nazir. “With New Relic's all-in-one infrastructure monitoring solution, we can diagnose host-driven performance issues by correlating the health of our applications and hosts in real-time, quickly detect anomalous behavior, and deploy fixes—all while reducing operational expenditures.”
Using siloed tools to monitor applications and infrastructure performance prevents users from understanding how the layers of their stack impact each other. New Relic gives users a connected and opinionated observability platform to correlate performance across infrastructure, APM, and the rest of their stack, so they can identify and fix problems before they impact their customers. With host performance directly in APM, users can quickly triage which layer of their stack is causing performance issues. Deep links in APM take them to a brand new infrastructure monitoring experience that includes embedded APM data and is pre-filtered for the service they’re investigating so they can remediate problems faster than ever. And the New Relic pricing model charges only for exact usage and does not charge higher rates for custom metrics or third-party data, resulting in 3x the value compared to other vendors.
Key features include
Integrated infrastructure experiences inside APM: View CPU and memory for hosts, containers, and VMs within APM to instantly identify under-provisioned resources that are impacting applications.
At-a-glance estate view: See the status and count of hosts, applications, and events (dynamically adjusted as data is filtered), along with an alerts activity stream to understand overall system health.
In-context application health: Dynamic charts provide host- and APM-specific metrics to correlate drops in performance across infrastructure and the applications running on them.
Embedded change tracking: Analyze how application deployments impact host performance, with change tracking embedded directly in the new infrastructure experience.
No peak billing and one-third the cost of competitors: Consumption-based pricing, with no additional charges for custom metrics, providing up to 3x the value of competing observability solutions.
Unlike competitors that become prohibitively expensive as the number of hosts increases, the New Relic all-in-one platform with single SKU pricing enables all engineers to access the same data and workflows for better value. New Relic infrastructure monitoring is included at no additional cost to all New Relic full-platform users. New customers can sign up and start using the experience for free, no credit card needed.
About New Relic
As a leader in observability, New Relic empowers engineers with a data-driven approach to planning, building, deploying, and running great software. New Relic delivers the only unified data platform that empowers engineers to get all telemetry—metrics, events, logs, and traces—paired with powerful full-stack analysis tools to help engineers do their best work with data, not opinions. Delivered through the industry’s first usage-based consumption pricing that’s intuitive and predictable, New Relic gives engineers more value for the money by helping improve planning cycle times, change failure rates, release frequency, and mean time to resolution. This helps the world’s leading brands including adidas Runtastic, American Red Cross, Australia Post, Banco Inter, Chegg, GoTo Group,
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
businesswire | April 13, 2023
Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency of the United State Department of Defense (DoD) headquartered in Fort Meade, MD, is modernizing and securing multi-class wireless networks with HPE Aruba Networking ESP (Edge Services Platform) solutions. As part of DISA’s digital transformation strategy under the Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) initiative, the deployment will include HPE Aruba Networking Wi-Fi 6 Access Points (APs) and HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass in support of approximately 400,000 DoD users and warfighters worldwide.
The 4ENO initiative includes an upgrade to a unified HPE Aruba Networking wireless infrastructure and new security capabilities at DISA Headquarters, for 4th Estate Agencies, and across DISA’s new DoDNet. The 4th Estate is a group of approximately two dozen DoD agencies that support the armed services and intelligence communities. DoDNet will provide secure as-a-service networking, IT systems, and business applications to participating 4th Estate agencies in support of DISA’s vision for establishing a single digital enterprise.
To enable its desired outcomes for reducing complexity and increasing interoperability with open standards-based technologies, DISA selected HPE Aruba Networking Wi-Fi 6 APs to be deployed at its Headquarters. HPE Aruba Networking’s advanced Wi-Fi 6 capabilities will provide DISA employees, mission partners, and guests with secure, high-performance connectivity. The deployment also supplies an enterprise-wide unified user experience for mobile, IoT, and operational technology (OT) devices across numerous business applications, including Microsoft 365 and other information systems.
Adopting Wi-Fi 6 enables DISA to fortify a Zero-Trust posture with built-in security capabilities such as Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) for improved password and guest access protections. Looking ahead, DISA also gains the future capability to establish seamless and secure transitions from 5G cellular networks onto internal classified and unclassified networks.
As the DoD’s information services provider, DISA is also deploying a secure HPE Aruba Networking WLAN for DoDNet, including HPE Aruba Networking Wi-Fi 6 and HPE Aruba Networking ClearPass. This will enable DoDNet to provide unified, streamlined, and secure wireless access for government furnished equipment (GFE) across all classification levels. The HPE Aruba Networking technology delivers device visibility, policy control, workflow automation, and cybersecurity threat response, all in one cohesive solution that provides built-in Zero Trust security.
About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open, and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.