Health Network Laboratories’ Journey to VDI Nirvana

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage

Health Network Laboratories (HNL) is a leading regional diagnostic and anatomic pathology services company. With 10 laboratories, over 50 patient services centers, and 6 supporting hospitals, HNL services the Pennsylvania/New Jersey markets with over 3,000 clinical diagnosis testing and pathology services. They deliver over 40M test reports annually.

As business expanded, HNL was going through the growing pains. The challenges HNL had in their data center revolved around performance, uptime, business continuity, and disaster recovery. Their original focus was primarily on core systems and critical enterprise applications from a redundancy and backup perspective, but HNL quickly realized that the end users – clinicians, pathologists, laboratory technicians – still needed a desktop to be able to utilize these core systems.

To achieve a 24×7 operation with access from anywhere, HNL focused on a VDI implementation that could really drive performance. They also wanted the VDI deployment to have features and functionalities that were as good, if not better than traditional desktops but with all of the redundancy that a data center VDI solution should be able to provide.

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When Seconds Matter: Improving Patient Care at Lafayette General Health

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage

EMC_WhenSecondsMatter2Lafayette General Health (LGH) is the largest hospital system in the Acadiana Parish, serving all of south-central Louisiana. With Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) as the flagship hospital, LGH also owns or manages five other area hospitals, nine professional centers, and several physician clinics. They have over 3,000 employees, and touch every aspect of healthcare in every area of the Acadiana Parish.

We recently sat down with their Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Amanda Case Logue, MD, as well as their IT Director, Michael Mickey, to discuss IT’s role in improving patient outcomes at LGH. What we learned was startling.

LGH uses Cerner as their Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. “It’s no secret that EHRs don’t really make you faster,” said Dr. Logue. “They’re great at collecting a lot of data, and helping improve outcomes. But they don’t necessarily make you more efficient. So this was just adding to our frustration. And we were hearing it from all of the medical staff, and we were feeling it every single day.(more…)

Better Together: VMware Horizon, App Volumes and XtremIO

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage

VMware announced the general availability of Horizon 7 couple of weeks ago. Packed with many new innovations, it is a very important release of VMware’s industry-leading digital workspace solution for delivering and managing virtual desktops and applications.

Storage has always been an integral part of a successful end-user computing platform deployment. From the storage viewpoint, couple of new capabilities in VMware Horizon 7 stands out to me:

  • Just in Time Delivery: Formerly known as Project Fargo, the new Instant Clone Technology provides a new, dramatically accelerated means to provision virtual desktops. With Instant Clone Technology built into vSphere, a booted-up parent VM can be quiesced and “hot-cloned” to produce derivative VMs rapidly while leveraging the same disk and memory of the parent. The cloned VMs start in an already “booted-up” state!
  • Application Lifecycle Management: VMware App Volumes, now included in Horizon 7, is a transformative solution for delivering applications to virtual desktops. Applications installed on multi-user AppStacks or user-specific Writable Volumes attach instantly to a desktop at user login. The App Volumes user experience closely resembles that of applications natively installed on the desktop.

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XtremIO TCO Story: The Sequel

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
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Last year, the ESG analysts studied the 5-year TCO and business impact of consolidating production, development, test/QA, go-live testing as well as VDI environments of a mid-market software development company generating $54M in annual revenue on to a single XtremIO X-Brick.

The analysis contrasted XtremIO benefits against the traditional hybrid storage arrays (dedicated flash and disk-based systems) that the company originally had. The study showed XtremIO offering a 5-year storage TCO savings of $2.8M along with an additional $3.2M in business impact, for a total of $6M advantage.

Often times we get the question: This is exceptionally good, but aren’t modern era all-flash arrays designed to solve the same business challenges? Don’t they all offer same advantages?

Of course we know that this isn’t true. Architecture matters – the design choices made in architecting an all-flash array significantly affect how efficiently it can solve modern data center challenges. We explain the differences between XtremIO and other leading all-flash arrays from different vendors, but customers like to see a quantified result.

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The Synergy: EMC XtremIO
for Citrix VDI Deployments

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage

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Citrix Synergy 2016 kicks off here at Las Vegas today. EMC and Citrix have been working together for a while now, and I am happy to announce that a portfolio of EMC products have been verified as part of the Citrix Ready® VDI Capacity Program for Storage Partners.

Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program is designed to help guide customers regarding their VDI storage needs. The program enables Citrix storage partners to test their solutions against a turnkey “VDI Capacity” test environment that contains the necessary compute resources needed to generate a reference deployment for a pre-specified number of desktops (e.g. 1,500- or 3,000-desktop environments), thus demonstrating the appropriate storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design.

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Transforming Patient Data Access for Healthcare Providers with XtremIO

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

VDI with XtremIO is a win-win proposition for both the end-users and the IT organizations across the industries. Earlier I highlighted customer perspectives on virtualizing graphics workstations for engineering and visualization applications. Let’s focus on healthcare today. (more…)

Hello Citrix Summit, XtremIO calling to simplify VDI deployments

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

Citrix Summit 2016 kicks off in Las Vegas today. XtremIO has always been a leading storage platform for Citrix XenDesktop VDI deployments. In fact, a couple of months ago, Citrix and XtremIO jointly held a webinar to showcase how XenDesktop and the XtremIO all-flash array are better together for desktop virtualization. Last month, Citrix published Design Considerations for Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Disaster Recovery leveraging XtremIO Virtual Copies (XVC) and its native integration with the industry’s best data protection solution, RecoverPoint. You can find details about Citrix & XtremIO jointly bringing immense business values to the partner community in my earlier post here.

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The Why, What, and How of Integrated Copy Data Management

Andy Fenselau

Andy Fenselau

XtremIO Senior Director of Product Marketing at EMC

In my last blog about XtremIO Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM), we looked at WHY database, application, development, and infrastructure teams need a new option to consolidate workflow copies and finally solve the business process agility challenges around them. Now I’d like to look briefly at WHAT customers are getting from iCDM and HOW  the XtremIO iCDM stack enables it. And we’re delighted to announce our little holiday gift for all XtremIO customers: free bundled AppSync to further enable your application teams!

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XtremIO Solves Copy Data Sprawl Issues That Thwart Oracle Workloads

Andy Fenselau

Andy Fenselau

XtremIO Senior Director of Product Marketing at EMC

This week at Oracle OpenWorld, DBAs, data center admins and application owners are flocking into sessions for new insights on ways to get more business value out of their Oracle applications and databases. Unfortunately, missing from the agenda this year are specific sessions on database sprawl and how to manage it. That is why we feel there’s no better time to take the wraps off a unique, killer feature built into EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays that, until now, hasn’t been widely promoted. XtremIO is the first all-flash array (AFA) product to offer in-memory copy data management (CDM) at the storage layer. We call it integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM), and it’s baked into XtremIO’s core architecture.

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XtremIO Top 10: Why customers choose us for VDI?

Chhandomay Mandal

Chhandomay Mandal

Solutions Marketing Director for EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

This blog was written by Chhandomay Mandal, Solutions Marketing Director for XtremIO

XtremIO transforms the way you deliver VDI. Whether you are rolling out 100 or 100,000 desktops, whether your users are call-center employees or sophisticated CAD designers, whether you are an 8 to 6 organization or you follow the sun with 24×7 operations, XtremIO delivers an incredibly cost effective, agile VDI storage platform with an amazingly consistent user experience.

Here are the top 10 reasons why our customers deploy virtual desktops on XtremIO:

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