Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, are the fastest growing segment in automotive electronics, designed to automate and improve safe driving. Today, we use several ADAS features such as Adaptive Light Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, lane departure warnings, traffic sign recognition and many others. Almost all car manufacturers and leading suppliers such as Bosch, Autoliv, Continental, Mobileye and others are working on ADA systems with the final goal of building a car that can drive completely autonomously – without any driver involvement.The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined 6 levels to describe the degree of automation:Six Levels of automation in ADASAs the automation levels increase, so do the validation efforts required to develop these assistance systems. The majority of the ADA systems built into mass-produced cars today are between levels 2 and 4. For these systems, millions of miles need to be captured and simulated before the final control units are ready for production. For ADAS development beyond SAE level 2, data needs to be captured from millions and millions of miles and stored centrally for data enrichment (for example, video frames need to be tagged to provide environmental context, object identification and more). Car manufacturers and suppliers have fleets of cars, equipped with all kinds of sensors, which drive around the world to capture this data. This is the REAL big dataData granularity, resolution of video, radar and lidar is constantly evolving – meaning the amount of data generated per second is growing. Imagine a state-of-the-art front looking radar (FLR) operating at 2800 MBit/s. A typical sub-project for ADAS development and simulation may require 200,000 miles of captured data. Let’s assume the data is recorded at an average speed of 60 MPH.That means: for 200,000 miles at 60 MPH we capture 3,333.3 hours of data.Given the data rate of 2800 Mbit/s = 350 MBytes/s = 21 GBytes/min = 1260 GBytes/hConsidering the 3,333.3 hours to capture, we end up with 1260 GB/h * 3,333.3h = 4.2 PB And this is only for a single radar sensor! Now consider that for SAE Level 3 ADAS and above, usually a million miles or more are required and that a high-end car contains easily more than 10 different sensors. That is HUGE!I recently learned that a typical data set from a single car is about 30TB/day; a fleet of 10 cars would then produce 300 TB per day. All this data needs to be stored, labeled, cleaned, managed, backed-up etc. In addition to the pure data size for an actual development, there are several regulatory and or contractual requirements to consider as well. For example, data must be kept for 15 years (or longer) depending on geographic regulations or contractual obligations. And for every project, at any point in time during this 15 years, vendors may need to run simulations within a reasonable short timeframe (example – in response to a safety glitch and subsequent recall), which means the data must be kept online. At this scale, it’s simply not possible to archive data on tape and restore it in a reasonable time (which could be measured in days). Storage system requirementsThe majority of Automotive OEMs and suppliers, working on ADAS use scale out NAS storage systems to satisfy the above-mentioned capacity requirements. Let’s have a look for the most important requirements to consider in a storage system:Capacity and SimplicityAs explained above, an ADAS environment definitely needs a storage environment that scales up to multiple petabytes in a single filesystem. This means it needs to have a node-based architecture that allows adding capacity when new requirements arise with no downtime or impact on running simulations. At the same time, the architecture must avoid having traditional RAID architectures that force the administrator to deal with hundreds, or even thousands, of RAID-arrays, aggregates, volumes and filesystems.Efficient data retentionAs stated earlier, there are often regulatory and/or contractual requirements to keep raw data online and available for simulation, sometimes for up to 15 years. In order to simulate certain scenarios or to simulate the whole mileage for an update software release, the data cannot be retrieved from tape due to time restrictions. That means that a different method must be used in order to store data on a more efficient media type.Isilon supports data tiering within the filesystem to different media types – including the cloud. With Isilon, this is policy-based and is easy to maintain. Simple policies, for example, could keep new data on the fastest node in the cluster, while data that has not been used could be moved to a lower, less costly tier.AvailabilityADAS features are getting more and more important in the market and new features will enable new business models to emerge. That means time to market is critical. Considering relatively long simulation times, the availability and reliability requirements against the storage system are enormous. Data-loss a very expensive event, and even temporary system unavailability will potentially stop hundreds of simulations and will result in hundreds of wasted engineering hours. Multi-Protocol AccessModern ADAS development and simulation environments require the ability to store, retrieve and modify data through many different protocols at the same time. Isilon offers that capability with a wide range of supported protocols where all protocols leverage the same system services like authentication, authorization and roles based access control within OneFS.ADAS features have become a key business differentiator for car manufacturers and suppliers. Due to the technical evolution of sensor technology, development and simulation of ADAS systems have massive capacity and performance requirements for shared storage that can only be satisfied by a scale-out storage architecture. read more
The cloud can be a powerful tool for optimizing business outcomes, which is why our customers are actively mapping out their cloud strategies. When embarking on the journey to the cloud, you must carefully consider how your cloud data is managed – as data is increasingly becoming the most valuable asset of your business today. A cloud strategy therefore requires a data first approach, where you can ensure your data is: secured, protected, available where and when you need it, delivered at the performance levels required by your applications, and within compliance of your company policies.Dell Technologies is focused on being your trusted partner on your multi-cloud journey with cloud enabled infrastructure. Today, I am pleased to introduce a host of new and enhanced cloud capabilities, designed to help make the cloud work for your business and your data.First, we are excited to announce Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services which delivers Dell EMC Storage as a public cloud service for Disaster Recovery as well as many multi-cloud use cases like analytics, test/dev and more. Cloud Storage Services frees you from system management, while getting the benefits of enterprise-grade data security, performance, capacity, replication, and availability in the public cloud. The flexibility of this offering allows you to optimize cost, while keeping you in control of your data.Disaster Recovery in the CloudSecondary data centers have relatively high overhead. You’re paying for real estate, power, cooling, compute, network, storage gear, and people to manage it. The gear just sits there idling – waiting for an unforeseeable event. Which is why customers are looking to public cloud for disaster recovery, but to get it right you must cover management of applications and the data, for failover and failback.Cloud Storage Services enable organizations running VMware environments to implement an enterprise-grade Disaster Recovery solution, using VMware Cloud on AWS as the secondary site. VMware Site Recovery Manager along with native replication of the Dell EMC storage arrays enable automation of DR operations. This makes it easier and more affordable to achieve lower RPOs and RTOs and provides complete operational consistency from on premises to the cloud. Nobody else has this level of integration!We also have options for customers who want their DR solution to leverage AWS, GCP or Azure. With Cloud Storage Services, customers no longer need to maintain a secondary site. They gain the flexibility and economics of the public cloud, while maintaining control of their data with enterprise-grade Dell EMC Storage.Multi-Cloud Data Services with Zero GravityMulti-Cloud Data Services give you the freedom to choose your cloud and just as importantly, change your mind. One constant we can all rely on is change, and your cloud strategy needs the flexibility to adapt:What if your business requirements change?What if the economics of running your applications change?Are you locked in?In addition, data sharing across clouds is becoming an area of interest for customers:What if different departments of your business want to operate on the same data sets, but are using different applications in different clouds?What if you want to share data sets with your customers with each using different clouds?Are you copying data sets to multiple clouds?Data has gravity, where it takes time, resources and money to move it. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services offers multi-cloud access to data allowing you to leverage multiple clouds and switch between them without having to move the data. That’s zero data gravity! You can avoid vendor lock-in by keeping data independent of the cloud, and you do not have to worry about high egress charges, migration risk, or time required to move data.Infrastructure Insight in the Palm of Your HandDell EMC CloudIQ is a cloud-based application that delivers insight, monitoring and analytics about your storage environment – empowering IT specialists to report, predict, and prevent problems. You can access it from anywhere on the planet, through any web browser or via the CloudIQ mobile app.CloudIQ now supports our core primary storage portfolio – Dell EMC Unity, PowerMax, XtremIO and SC, and we’ve expanded it beyond the storage stack to include support for VMware and Dell EMC Connectrix. We also plan to expand to Isilon and PowerVault by the end of the year. Users now have broader data center visibility through a single, cohesive portal with insights ranging from object level, to storage, to the network.CloudIQ continues to grow smarter with new advanced analytics for capacity forecasting, performance impact analysis, noisy neighbor detection and storage reclaim. Plus, the re-designed interface provides users with a simpler, more streamlined experience. Customers love it! In fact, CloudIQ adoption has grown 3x over the past year alone. Clarity Through the CloudsAs your data continues to grow and become more distributed, spanning clouds, it becomes important to have the right tools to manage it all.Dell EMC ClarityNow enables organizations to tag, locate, access and manage data in seconds – across file and object storage, in the data center or in the cloud. It also offers self-service capabilities to find, use, and move files to the appropriate storage tier. ClarityNow is helping customers take control of massive amounts of unstructured data today, and I’m looking forward to where we’re heading with it.A Data First Approach to CloudThe cloud can be a powerful tool for optimizing your business, and with data increasingly becoming your most valuable asset, your cloud strategy must take a data first approach.Today’s introduction of our new Cloud Storage Services and data management capabilities demonstrates how Dell Technologies is focused on being your trusted partner on your multi-cloud journey. By working with you to understand what you are trying to do with cloud, we can apply a data first approach, and deliver cloud enabled solutions designed to help make the cloud work for your business and your data. Based on Dell internal analysis, April 2019 read more
The good newsThe above list of customer requirements is a lot to ask for from one vendor. The good news is that Dell EMC and VMware recently announced the Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge, which is a high-performance network appliance bundled with industry leading Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge software; and the benefits are:All-in-one simplicity with a pre-validated solution combining industry leading VMware SD-WAN software and Dell EMC high performance appliancesMaximum efficiency with rapid modernization your WAN without the need for continuing disruptive and costly upgradesSingle-contact support providing Dell EMC ProSupport, with a single phone call.VM World Barcelona Nov 4-7, 2019The Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge will be showcased at VMworld Barcelona Nov 4-7, 2019. Please come see the products, demos, sessions, and talk subject matter experts. You’ll also see how Dell EMC is modernizing the Edge to Core to Cloud. Hardware hostPurpose built for the compute intensive demands of networking, not a general purpose serverCapabilities to accelerate packet processing and security encryptionMultiple configurations from small value-based desktop platforms to high performance modular platformsSufficient processing headroom to future proof the hardware host We live at unique moment in time where personal experiences are being ubiquitously digitized. Some of the more common experiences are financial experiences like depositing a check or executing a stock trade with a mobile device. Organizations are continuing to innovate by digitizing their customer’s experiences to improve their competitive advantage. One unique personal example is a sport’s event I recently attended. The sport’s organization digitized their fan experience with ordering food from a mobile app and having delivery to the seat. How cool is that? This ubiquitous digitization ultimately translates into exponential growth of traffic over the WAN.We’re our own best exampleAt Dell, we saw our WAN traffic double every 18 months; and every 18 months we were upgrading our physical WAN infrastructure. Jason Chan, the head of our network infrastructure stressed to me that the growth of our WAN traffic is very similar to what he has seen across a cross section of other customers. Like many customers, Jason, had a decision to make. Does Dell continue to upgrade a physical WAN infrastructure every 18 months, through a non-trivial process of change control, rip and replace of the physical infrastructure, large expenses for WAN appliances and expensive MPLS circuits, months for the upgrade, etc. or look for a better alternative. After many months of evaluation Dell decided to adopt SD-WAN. Dell is running SD-WAN in production today, to support mission critical functions like our global world-class supply chain. There was a lot of motivation to migrate to a virtual WAN infrastructure, including the ability to more quickly scale WAN capacity, future proof the WAN, provision edge device more quickly, and even save money. Dell IT has the freedom to select any vendor for its requirements. In fact, our legacy WAN infrastructure were non-Dell products. Dell IT choose to deploy VMware SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud software hosted on the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform.Many customers have done their homework to conclude that they need to modernize and virtualize their WAN to innovate digital experiences for their customers. Customers have concluded that continuing to upgrade the myriad of physical appliances (branch routers, firewalls, WAN optimizers, etc.) is becoming problematic in a world where WAN traffic is growing exponentially.Customer requirementsCustomers, like Dell IT, want to deploy SD-WAN with minimal risk and ease of deployment; and that translates into some common requirements such as:SoftwareFeature rich SD-WAN softwareSoftware from market leading vendorZero touch provisioningMonitoring feedback loopSLAs IntegrationValidated and bundled software and hardware from one leading vendorSupported by a world-class supply chainManufacturing to scale – large and smallAttention to qualityRapid quotationRapid order fulfillmentGlobal deliveryGlobal certifications and complianceGlobal sales, support and maintenance read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has made his first major foray outside the White House with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers. Biden met Friday with both active duty and retired service members receiving treatment at the facility, before touring the vaccine distribution center there. Biden has a long, personal history with the hospital. Biden’s son Beau served as a major in the Delaware Army National Guard and died at Walter Reed in 2015 after a battle with brain cancer. Even before his son’s treatment at the hospital, Biden and his wife, Jill, were frequent visitors during his time as vice president.