What do Pre-Summer fun, EMC & eGRC have in common?

Spring is a time of renewal and typically the final semester before summer

Garth Landers, Lead Product Marketing Manager at EMC

vacation. Do you remember that end of the year feeling before summer vacation started? Usually, there was still work to be done and topics to be learned before final exams and summer of fun in the sun.

This spring, we launched the EMC Active eGRC seminar series. Unlike the final exams, they aren’t a chore, a bore and a lot of work for the audience. From May 18 through June 17, these seminars are about bringing compliance, security, ediscovery and IT professionals together to learn from their peers and from EMC about active Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance to help guide their organizations through today’s information governance and security challenges, while making them more agile and proactive when it comes to managing risk. The seminar agenda includes sessions providing an eGRC overview, active risk management for both information security and information governance with a spotlight on SourceOne.

eGRC Seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Thus far, the sessions we have had in San Jose, Brazil, Los Angeles and Miami have been very interactive and involved, with participants taking an active role in exchanging ideas and posing questions. With June upon us, we have a number of sessions to go in New York City, Vancouver BC, Charlotte NC,   McLean VA,

Hopkinton MA, Chicago and the Philadelphia area.

These seminars offer business professionals from a wide range of organizations the opportunity to meet, learn, network and hear the latest about how organizations are seeking to embrace a comprehensive, agile , enterprise approach to solving their governance, risk and compliance challenges.

Before you head out for the summer, why don’t you come in and join us? Head over to

http://www.emc.com/campaign/global/egrc-seminar/egrc-program-registration.htm  and register for the session in your area.

The Two Most Quoted Customer Statements from Microsoft Teched 2011

The Two Most Quoted Customer Statements from Microsoft Teched 2011:

by Sam Marraccini (@EMCMSFT)

I’m back from a whirlwind tour of Las Vegas (EMC World 2011) and Atlanta (Microsoft Teched 2011). A wealth of information was collected, lots of video to be edited & posted, and lots of customer interaction at both events. I was able to post a recap of ESI, EMCs storage Integrator, between the two shows. (Inside the Partnership #5 – EMC Storage Integrator)

Customer response at Microsoft Teched was phenomenal; I heard the same two comments repeated throughout the show.

#1 “Wow, EMC is everywhere!“

#2 “Wow, I didn’t know EMC did that..!”

EMC was once again a platinum sponsor of the event and the pavilion, and like last year, was front and center!

Check out Inside the Partnership (EMC/MSFT) #6 for a high-level overview of EMC’s Microsoft Teched 2011 sponsorship, and look for more videos from Teched 2011 soon at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini.


The EMC Platinum Pavilion included continued theater presentations:

  • EMC’s Journey to the Cloud
  • Capture for Microsoft SharePoint: Stop Paper from Slowing Down Your Business
  • Total Protection for Microsoft Applications
  • Storage Optimization and Simplified Management for Microsoft Virtualization
  • Microsoft UAG and How it Integrates with RSA Adaptive Authentication
  • BIG Data – It’s on Isilon
  • Brocade Networks and Virtualizing Microsoft Applications
  • Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse on Cisco Unified Computing Systems

The Theater was just the beginning. The pavilion also featured 10 unique workstations each with multiple Subject Matter Experts and demonstration capabilities. They Included:

  • Workflow Automation via Opallis, Self Service Portal
  • Microsoft Pro and Systems Center Integration
  • Powershell Commandlets
  • Backup with Deduplication
  • Exchange Snapshots and Single item recovery
  • SharePoint Archiving and BLOB Externalization
  • On Demand and Sourceone Archiving for SharePoint
  • EMC Captiva for Microsoft SharePoint document Capture
  • EMC Repository Services for SharePoint
  • Seamless Extension of Windows Failover Clustering for Multi-site Configurations
  • Enhanced Geographical Dispersed Clusters
  • Dynamic Workload Optimization of Multi-site Active / Active Solutions for Hyper-V
  • RSA Adaptive Authentication Integration with Microsoft’s UAG Solution
  • Streamline Windows 7 Deployment
  • Simplify Desktop Virtualization
  • Improve Application Performance

And that’s just scratching the surface. EMC’s Isilon division was well represented, and EMC’s
Adrian Simays represented EMC in a Breakout Session titled, “Accelerating the Journey to Microsoft Virtualization”.

Are you an EMC Customer that wasn’t able to attend Microsoft Teched?
I have a deal for you. Send me an e-mail (Sam.Marraccini@emc.com) with the subject “I Want a T-Shirt” along with your mailing address, and I’ll send you one of the EMC Giveaway T-Shirts from Microsoft Teched. Thanks for watching.

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GRC: Another Benefit of A Good Legal/IT Partnership

Jim Shook, Director, E-Discovery and Compliance Practice EMC Corp

Jim Shook, Director, E-Discovery and Compliance Practice EMC Corp

Originally posted by James D. Shook on http://www.kazeon.com/blog

Want some additional job security?  How about a raise?  It seems like one easy way to gain

traction in your job is to learn a new language.  And no, I’m not talking about a foreign language  . . . well, at least not in the usual sense.  Getting legal to “speak IT” – and vice-versa –has another benefit beyond the eDiscovery world.

Governance, Risk and Compliance – or GRC – is a developing cross-functional discipline where companies establish an integrated framework to satisfy governance requirements, evaluate and monitor risk, and track compliance.  This typically requires work across four key domains: IT, operations, finance and legal.  If you haven’t heard of GRC, you may be falling behind – it’s emerging as a top C-suite priority.  But there’s still time – so far, only 20% of respondents in an EMC-sponsored survey by the Ponemon Institute have a clearly defined eGRC strategy.

Even though it’s new, eGRC is already an area where difficulties with cross-functional collaboration and communication creates issues.  In the survey, Dr. Larry Ponemon notes that “Without collaboration across functions – the business is at risk.”

For those of you tracking the eDiscovery space (itself a component of an integrated eGRC plan) – does the cross-functional difficulty sound familiar?  It’s likely that most of the key domains will be able to interact and communicate just fine, they just need to understand the enterprise’s common goals.  But when it comes to Legal and IT working together – I’m not as sure.

Legal and IT have a difficult time working together.  Is it something that can be learned or is it a DNA problem?  The legal department is used to working in very gray areas – very few things are right or wrong, on or off – it’s all about sliding scales like “reasonableness” and “due diligence”.  In contrast, IT deals with specifics – every bit is either backed up or it’s not, and that fifth “9” (99.999%) really matters.  Many lawyers also seem to have a very difficult time – or outright resent — learning enough about IT systems to make them more effective in today’s e-centric world.   In the eDiscovery space, it’s still a rarity to find legal and IT groups that work well together.

And yet there is a big payoff for groups that can meet this challenge.  EMC’s Jeff Bettencourt notes that  “Organizations that truly understand the critical dependencies across domains and can align policies, processes, and technologies, gain greater visibility and control to more effectively manage risk across the enterprise. This can be a key competitive advantage.”

In this new GRC space, challenges abound.  But getting legal and IT together early – just as in eDiscovery –is a strategy that can quickly pay off.

By the way – we’re here to help.  Our new Dummies Books — “EDiscovery For Technologists / EDiscovery For Lawyers” – can help legal, IT (and the business) to better understand the issues that are generally difficult for them.  You can get a free copy here.

Want to learn more about EMC and Microsoft?

While I try to highlight all of the great work EMC continues to do around Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and virtualization, there is so much more that EMC does with Microsoft and many other specialists within EMC who take the time to blog and record highlights, best practices and design guides for Microsoft applications. I wanted to take a minute to share this work with you and encourage you to take the time to check this out; there is some great information available including:

  • WindowtothePrivateCloud - http://windowtotheprivatecloud.com/. This is a site that consolidates all of the blog posts from EMC Microsoft specialists so you can visit one site to learn everything EMC is doing with Microsoft! My blog posts are re-posted on this site (and if you follow my blog to windowtotheprivatecloud then you may just end up in some kind of endless web black hole). Some of the bloggers that are highlighted on windowtotheprivatecloud.com includes:
    • Dustin Smith – Exchange MVP and EMC Global Solutions specialist on all things EMC and Microsoft Exchange.
    • Michael Anderson – SQL Server expert located in Redmond, WA working closely with Microsoft on SQL Server testing and integration and worked for Microsoft prior to joining EMC last year.
    • Paul Galjan – Manages a team of Microsoft specialists across the US for our Commercial mid-size division and one of our top Microsoft specialists in the field.
    • Eyal Sharon – SQL Server and Sharepoint expert working for EMC Global Solutions specializing on all designing solutions and recommendations for these technologies on EMC.
    • James Baldwin – Deep Microsoft specialist who builds EMC and Microsoft solutions in a multi-million dollar lab located in Cork, Ireland and creates design guides and best practices on how to use the latest Microsoft technologies with EMC.
    • Brian Henderson – writes the blog "PowerWindows", Brian has worked as a Microsoft specialist within EMC's Global Solutions team and Tech Marketing divisions and is now focused on Data Protection for Microsoft applications.

Not a bad lineup huh?

If you're looking for something related to EMC and Microsoft, it is likely here. I'm lucky to be part of such as great team as EMC continues to have some of the best technologist focused on Microsoft today!


I/O Density and Exchange: A short history

Turns out that some people are dubious that Exchange 2010 and 7.2k drives are a good fit.   So I’m sometimes asked to justify spending less on storage for Exchange (a seemingly odd, but ultimately honest position to take).

Up until a short while ago, I just trotted out Microsoft’s graphs regarding the IO per “heavy use” mailbox they see in production.  It shows a 10x decrease in IO per mailbox between Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2010.


This can be unconvincing to some of the folks who fought Exchange 5.5, 2000, and 2003 in the trenches, where it was common knowledge that not only did you put Exchange on the fastest storage available, you often had to allocate more disks than you needed for capacity to meet the performance demands of the application.  A 10x reduction in IO workload doesn’t convincingly take you from “put it on the fastest storage you can afford” to “put it on the slowest storage you can buy”.

The story is actually two-fold – at the same time that IO per mailbox was being driven down, the size of the mailboxes were being driven up.  Since storage sizing is and always has been a balance between performance (how quickly you need to move data on and off the drives) and capacity (how much data you need to store on the drive), IO density (or IO per GB) is far more relevant than IO per mailbox.  In short, we don’t just look at how many IOs Exchange is driving per mailbox, we have to factor in how big those mailboxes are as well.  Typical mailboxes were only 50MB-100MB during the Exchange 2003 days.  Nowadays they’re between 10 and 100 times that.  When we do factor in mailbox sizes, it turns out that IO density isn’t 10 times lower with Exchange 2010, it’s orders of magnitude lower in most modern Exchange configurations.

I’ve come up with a graph to illustrate this notion. 

So while we saw “only” a 10x decrease in the IO per mailbox, we saw over a 400x decrease in IO per gigabyte.

Now let’s take a look at the IO density that spinning disks have offered throughout the years.


Clearly these are simple examples – the mailbox IO was far more variable in the 32-bit versions of Exchange, and the IO/GB for the disk drives doesn’t include RAID overheads, there’s no free space factored in and so forth.  But when we interpolate the IO/GB driven by mailboxes and the IO/GB provided by disks, it matches up pretty well with the typical disk topologies I recommend:


In the Exchange 5.5 to 2003 days, every IO counted, and you had allocate more disks to the Exchange workload than you needed for capacity.  Things got a lot better in Exchange 2007, where you could place your average mailboxes on either smaller 10k FC drives or larger 15k FC drives.  With Exchange 2010 and large mailboxes, the sweet spot for the typical deployment is somewhere between 1TB and 2TB drives.

Now this isn’t to say that 2TB or 1TB drives are appropriate for all Exchange deployments.  A large number of factors go into sizing storage for Exchange.  But if you’ve done your homework and factored in all the variables, and it looks like the slower drives are the way to go, then you should trust your sizing and save your organization some money.