As digitization takes hold in every field, Data Center architectures must keep pace with the enormous new workloads to be managed, and applications and services need to possess characteristics of immediate availability, fluidity and dynamism. In this new environment, old corporate IT structures are obsolete and need to be combined with or completely replaced by new ones. On the topic at hand, there was recently a panel discussion organized by ChannelCity in collaboration with Icos, a value distributor of Commvault, Huaweiand Syneto. Characterized by a strong attitude to innovation, these three vendors were the protagonists of the event and exposed their strategies to enable modern paradigms.

  • Corporate data -explains Vincenzo Costantino, Emea South Technical Services Director of Commvault – are the raw material of the digitized era: they are increasing exponentially, they must always be safe and at the same time accessible. “Beyond back up” is the motto of Commvault, a program whose approach can be placed side by side with the concept of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – that is, a model of distribution of application software where the producer develops, operates and manages a web application that is made available to customers via the Internet and that allows all data to be indexed and classified, making it useful information for both the individual’s business and the company’s. Translated with (free version) This topic is very topical considering the countless integrations with the cloud that Data Centers around the world are undergoing in recent times, and even more topical because it is linked to the compilations of the GDPR, which will be in force in less than a year. In fact, Commvault, through a single Management Console, allows each company to index the entire amount of its own data – both the online data and those in backup in the historical archive -, to migrate them to any type of Data Center and Cloud and to move them from one Cloud to another in total security, also ensuring a complete Exit Strategy. In this way, anyone dealing with compilance will be able to search for any useful information for the company and export it within the timeframe and in the manner required by European legislation.
  • As for Huawei– a Chinese multinational company already well established in the provision of “physical” infrastructure for Data Centers – it now intends to focus on public cloud services, continuing to invest in building an open and reliable public cloud platform. Huawei is also poised to captain the new era of wireless communications by ensuring, through 4.5G, wireless broadband for data services, voice, IoT LPWA, positioning services, and more. Stefano Andreotti, Senior Channel Sales Manager, Enterprise Business Group Huawei, explains: “All this is applicable to use cases such as metering in the energy sector, Smart Manufacturing, Automated Logistics and Smart Cities. Huawei’s arsenal to ride the wave of digitization thus boasts cloud, networks, and next-generation hardware channeled into an integrated, secure, and ultra-high-performance communications system. One of the most innovative areas that Huawei is focusing on is Smart Cities. “A Smart City,” according to Yan Lida, president of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, “is like a living thing with a complex brain and nervous system working together to enable it to continuously learn and improve. Its growth and evolution depend closely on platforms that are open to collaboration, where all players cooperate to promote innovation. By integrating ultra-wideband networks, cloud computing, big data, and IoT, Huawei is committed to helping cities become more context-aware, more interconnected, and more intelligent’.” Translated with (free version) In 2016, Huawei built 100 new smart cities in 80 countries including Italy, in Sardinia, where LTE infrastructure, video surveillance, cloud and Data Center were installed. While all of this achieves the purpose of ensuring security, it also creates and moves a huge data set, and in this regard Huawei provides very high-speed storage solutions based on SSD technology.

This is where Commvaultdevelops and delivers innovative Data Management, Huaweioperates in Digital, Cloud and wireless communication, Syneto -a company with Italian-Romanian origins born from an Italian idea in 2000, today appreciated in the international field- third partner of Icos, in support of the concept of hyperconvergence.

  • Synetoproposes a ready-to-use hyperconvergent system, priced around 30-40,000 euros, characterized by being integrated with Disaster Recovery and having the option of instant restore.. Thanks to this type of technology, explains Alessandro Freddi -Country Manager Italy, Syneto- “for an infrastructure with 30 virtual machines, the Syneto appliance is able to return to production within 15-20 minutes by coping not only with computational but also physical damage, such as a fire.” With hyperconvergence, Syneto can benefit enterprises by reducing their heavy traditional infrastructure to a single appliance capable of amortizing energy, maintenance, etc., expenses by 30-40%. But the application branch in which Syneto has recently been making the most of its potential is that of Industry 4.0 in the manufacturing sector, in particular in the context of machine tools, where the design activity (CAD, CAM) is carried out more intensely, leading to an inevitable increase in the amount of data to be managed. Syneto has a personal interpretation of RAID, which is embodied in a sort of hybrid RAID in which, in a single environment, RAM, SDS and HDD work and collaborate fluidly. In addition to this, the company is able to provide customized solutions in order to optimize database performance through multi-level caching areas, generated in the same machine and based on the speed of ssd disks. Translated with (free version)

Recently Commvault and Huawei, already partners for a few years, in order to develop their value within the ongoing technological transformation have extended and marked their collaboration by creating a joint laboratory in Chengdu, China, and an executive briefing center. The lab will focus on ensuring full compatibility between the two companies’ products, but beyond that it will focus on incubating, testing and demonstrating cloud backup, Data Protection-as-a-Service and other innovative solutions thoughtfully designed to extend companies’ ability to address their customers’ critical data management and protection needs.

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