|By Business Wire||
|February 12, 2013 09:03 AM EST||
Dell has created an energy-efficient, high-performance IT infrastructure for social video start-up Keek leveraging Dell servers, storage and networking solutions. Keek, a new social media platform, enables users to share 36 second video updates. And with more than 200,000 new users registering daily and four million videos monthly, unplanned downtime is not an option.
In the social media space, speed, ease-of-use and 24x7 availability are critical. By using an end-to-end Dell platform and open-source technologies including CentOS Linux, Nginx and MongoDB, Keek is able to maximize performance while minimizing costs associated with space, energy and manpower requirements. By design, Keek’s systems and applications are highly scalable to accommodate the continued influx of new users and increased volume of user-generated video. Using Dell’s scalable architecture, Keek is able to add additional server power and storage resources as required with no downtime, service disruption or compatibility issues.
To minimize both cabling and hardware footprint, Keek selected Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosures and 12th generation Dell PowerEdge servers. Half height M620 blade servers with Intel Xeon processors handle the heavy lifting, while M610 blades carry out load balancing and other less CPU-intensive tasks. Full height M910 blade servers host Keek’s databases, and Dell PowerConnect M8024 10-gigabit Ethernet switches provide core network connectivity and seamlessly support real-time video streams from the server.
Uptime and performance are critical to Keek’s continued success and user satisfaction. Keek hosts all its users’ videos and data on Dell EqualLogic PS6500E iSCSI SANs connected to the servers with Dell PowerConnect 6248 switches, and uses Dell EqualLogic FS7500 Unified Storage Solution for network area storage. This virtualized storage architecture spreads the load and facilitates a 20-fold faster throughput for optimized performance, which in turn makes for a better, faster user experience.
The virtualized environment and remote access cards (iDRAC7) that are integrated in Dell’s 12th generation servers are fully compatible with Linux and allow Keek’s IT team to manage servers remotely, deploying new software, updating systems and trouble-shooting problems directly from head office, minimizing the need for additional IT support staff.
Keek financed its new IT solution through Dell Financial Services. By offsetting costs over a longer period of time, Keek is able to best leverage its working capital – a key consideration for a VC-funded start up.
“We picked Dell for a number of reasons. We wanted an end-to-end hardware platform from a single vendor – one who could offer total reliability, hardware consistency and a clear product road map. We also needed flexible financing options so we could offset the upfront costs of our IT infrastructure over a longer period of time. Dell was able to deliver on all fronts. They have a clear road map of consistent, compatible solutions, so it will be easy to integrate new hardware into our current configuration in years to come. Their track record for product excellence and reliability is second to none, and being able to finance our entire infrastructure through Dell Financial Services made all the difference.” – Isaac Raichyk, CEO, Keek.
“Keek is a start-up operating in an exciting social media space. Its growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. It was clear from the get-go that they needed a highly-scalable solution capable of growing with them as their business continues to expand. Dell was able to provide the one-stop-shop they were looking for with the right blend of customizable server, storage and networking solutions. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as they continue to grow their user base and as ‘keek’, like ‘tweet’, enters the common vernacular.” – David Miketinac, VP and GM, SMB, Dell Canada.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.ca.
Keek is a private, venture-backed, social video platform that allows people to connect and communicate via 36-second video updates. Keek is the fastest way to create and share videos with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Simple to use, extremely fast and 100% free. Keek is available at the App Store and Google Play. Visit www.keek.com.
Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
May. 23, 2015 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 4,239
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, will explain the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is r...
May. 23, 2015 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,402
Collecting data in the field and configuring multitudes of unique devices is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that can stretch IT resources. Horan & Bird [H&B], Australia’s fifth-largest Solar Panel Installer, wanted to automate sensor data collection and monitoring from its solar panels and integrate the data with its business and marketing systems. After data was collected and structured, two major areas needed to be addressed: improving developer workflows and extending access to a b...
May. 23, 2015 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,871
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackI...
May. 23, 2015 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,363
As enterprises engage with Big Data technologies to develop applications needed to meet operational demands, new computation fabrics are continually being introduced. To leverage these new innovations, organizations are sacrificing market opportunities to gain expertise in learning new systems. In his session at Big Data Expo, Supreet Oberoi, Vice President of Field Engineering at Concurrent, Inc., discussed how to leverage existing infrastructure and investments and future-proof them against e...
May. 23, 2015 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,990
SYS-CON Events announced today Arista Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Arista Networks was founded to deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and computing environments. Arista’s award-winning 10/40/100GbE switches redefine scalability, robustness, and price-performance, with over 3,000 customers and more than three million cloud networking ports depl...
May. 23, 2015 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 4,059
Hadoop as a Service (as offered by handful of niche vendors now) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Kumar Ramamurthy, Vice President and Chief Technologist, EIM & Big Data, at Virtusa, will discuss how this is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS soluti...
May. 23, 2015 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,721
The DevOps Institute (DOI) launched on Monday with the mission of serving as the premier source for aligning industry standard quality DevOps training and examination services for enterprise IT. The Institute is led by a Board of Regents who will oversee DOI’s offerings in an effort to codify and promote DevOps’ best practices and standards that enable enterprise IT to deliver more value faster to their customers. The initial Board of Regents includes Gene Kim, Lori MacVittie, Sanjeev Sharma, ...
May. 23, 2015 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,805
Cryptography has become one of the most underappreciated, misunderstood components of technology. It’s too easy for salespeople to dismiss concerns with three letters that nobody wants to question. ‘Yes, of course, we use AES.’ But what exactly are you trusting to be the ultimate guardian of your data? Let’s face it – you probably don’t know. An organic, grass-fed Kobe steak is a far cry from a Big Mac, but they’re both beef, right? Not exactly. Crypto is the same way. The US government require...
May. 23, 2015 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,847
Once the decision has been made to move part or all of a workload to the cloud, a methodology for selecting that workload needs to be established. How do you move to the cloud? What does the discovery, assessment and planning look like? What workloads make sense? Which cloud model makes sense for each workload? What are the considerations for how to select the right cloud model? And how does that fit in with the overall IT transformation?
May. 23, 2015 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,207
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading in...
May. 22, 2015 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,598
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enter...
May. 22, 2015 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,917
Red Hat, Inc. has announced Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) 6.4 and introduced expanded benefits for JBoss EAP subscribers deploying their Java applications in hybrid cloud environments. Enterprises are under pressure to deliver new applications fast; however, many factors, including rigid proprietary stacks, inflexible licensing agreements, and cultural silos in IT can prevent enterprises from achieving the agility they need to stay competitive. Enterprises are incre...
May. 22, 2015 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,676
MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, today announced the results of its new report, "The Agile Advantage: Can DevOps Move Cloud to the Fast Lane?" The study, underwritten by Accenture Federal Services, reveals that approximately two-thirds of Feds say DevOps will help agencies shift into the cloud fast lane - improving IT collaboration and migration speed. But help is needed, with 66 percent saying that their agency needs to move IT services ...
May. 22, 2015 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,730
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. 8th International Big Data Expo, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. As advanced data storage, access and analytics technologies aimed at handling high-volume and/or fast moving data all move center stage, aided by the cloud computing bo...
May. 22, 2015 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,581
Every day we read jaw-dropping stats on the explosion of data. We allocate significant resources to harness and better understand it. We build businesses around it. But we’ve only just begun. For big payoffs in Big Data, CIOs are turning to cognitive computing. Cognitive computing’s ability to securely extract insights, understand natural language, and get smarter each time it’s used is the next, logical step for Big Data.
May. 22, 2015 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,057
There's no doubt that the Internet of Things is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the Internet of Things brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now.
May. 22, 2015 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,711
DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developmen...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,310
In a world of ever-accelerating business cycles and fast-changing client expectations, the cloud increasingly serves as a growth engine and a path to new business models. Dynamic clouds enable businesses to continuously reinvent themselves, adapting their business processes, their service and software delivery and their operations to achieve speed-to-market and quick response to customer feedback. As the cloud evolves, the industry has multiple competing cloud technologies, offering on-premises ...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,036
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
May. 22, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,060