The Winning Formula – Elasticity, Flexibility and Productivity

first_imgPerhaps he had Formula 1 racing on his mind during the CIO Summit in Montreal, but one CIO compared the hybrid cloud to using multiple modes of transportation.  For instance, throughout the year, we may drive our own car, rent a car or take a taxi.  The key is choosing the appropriate, convenient and flexible option based on our unique needs.At EMC, we built a state-of-the-art private cloud to run our business.  However, as we strive to provide our users with more elastic, on-demand and contemporary IT services, we must look beyond the private cloud.  Of course, as you know, this raises many questions.  Here are just a few on my mind:Functionality:  What application and data is the user accessing through the cloud?If it is consumer-based information, it can live on an external cloud.  For instance, our users are on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media daily.  However, if the application manages mission critical information like engineering designs, or accesses regulated healthcare, banking or financial information, we want more robust governance and greater service level agreements than the public cloud offers today.Trust:  Is the application safe for proprietary information or intellectual property?Whether it is an internal or external application, we must partner early on with our Chief Information Security Officers to assess the sensitivity of information the app is accessing; its potential vulnerabilities; its compliance and governance requirements; and its need for elasticity.  This will help us determine if we use private, hybrid or public cloud.Cost:  How is the application going to consume IT?  Not only do we need to know who will use it, where the data will live and whether it will be accessible via mobile devices, but we need to have a clear picture of its cost and software development lifecycle.  This enables us to build for the users’ requirements and provide the flexibility and scalability we need for the future.The bottom line is we need to provide the contemporary IT applications and appropriate access our users need to be productive, while ensuring we minimize risk to our business and intellectual property.  At EMC, we recently introduced a hybrid version of Syncplicity, which provides public cloud convenience and experience while leveraging our on-premise infrastructure.  As a result, more than 36,000 employees have embraced and are using the tool to easily (and happily) sync and share files with colleagues.What questions are you asking with regard to the hybrid and public cloud?last_img read more

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#67: Introducing Isilon All-Flash

first_imgThe rapid growth of unstructured data represents a significant challenge for many enterprises across industries. As the volume and sources of data have expanded dramatically, traditional techniques to store and analyze information have proved to be too expensive and too slow to handle the massive data volumes modern enterprise product and manage.  Dell EMC Isilon is designed to directly address that challenge, taking your data lake strategy to the next level with new scale-out offerings providing breakthrough efficiency, scale and agility from edge to core to cloud.Earlier this week at Dell EMC World, Isilon became the latest member of the Dell EMC All-Flash Portfolio. This week on Dell EMC The Source, Ed Beauvais (@EdBeauvais), Director Isilon Product Marketing stops by to talk Isilon and the impact of All-Flash for density (68 PB) and performance (25 Million IOPS). How does that translate to your workloads?  Find out this week on Dell EMC The Source.  For more visit www.emc.com/isilonDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #67: Dell EMC Isilon taming unstructured data in a flashAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_67_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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What’s Next for Dell EMC Servers

first_imgThe numbers are in and the analysts have ranked Dell EMC as #1 in server shipments units, but that is just one milestone of the many along the Dell EMC journey. In an interview on theCUBE at Dell EMC World, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, President of Server Solutions at Dell EMC, shares insights into how Dell EMC will continue evolve servers to better connect the world… and even power driverless cars.last_img

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Thinner, More Powerful, Literally Cooler, XPS 15 Systems

first_imgMother Nature may have played an April Fool’s joke on the northern U.S. by covering them in snow two weeks after spring officially began, but the new products blooming here at Dell today are all for real.The new assortment of systems we launched highlight our commitment to creating devices that prioritize performance and smart design, and they build on our partner Intel’s new 8th Gen Intel Core processor.“Dell did not waste any time utilizing the new CPUs, as it has gone and revamped several of its product lines,” noted Hot Hardware.Yes, our engineers worked to extract maximum performance from Intel’s new, top-of-the-line processors. And, if you really want to dig into the many different aspects of Intel’s processor strategy announced today, AnandTech has an in-depth post.But there are other design innovations now available that go beyond processing power. In a try-it-before-you-can-buy-it moment at CES 2018, we shared that the new XPS 15 2-in-1 would have a maglev keyboard design.“The keyboard mechanism is similar to the Maglev trains at various airports,” Deccan Chronicle noted at that time. “The keys are held together physically but they ‘float’ magnetically.”Development Manager Kevin Turchin explains it a bit more in this new video:Power efficient, designed with smarter materials, sustainably packaged and recycle-friendly, the XPS 15 2-in-1 is also one of our most environmentally sensitive products. It includes our Ocean Plastics Packaging — plastic trash that’s been recovered from waterways and remade into useful materials.The innovative maglev keyboard design mimics the feel and travel of a standard keyboard in a thinner design. While going thinner, the XPS 15 2-in-1 designers also found a way to lower the temperature of the system to enable greater performance using GORE™ Thermal Insulation.Perhaps these new ways of approaching the design are why it was also recently called our version of a concept car by Digital Trends’ Luke Larsen.“For Dell, it isn’t just a 2-in-1 version of the XPS 15 — it’s a way of experimenting with future technology without having to sacrifice the familiarity of its premium laptop line,” Larsen said.“got to check out the amazing work @azorfrank and @dono1528 are doing with the XPS line at Dell a few weeks ago. here’s the first of my reports on the kind of innovation they’re working up: https://t.co/Hjt7PWeSOP“— Luke Larsen (@lalarsen11) April 2, 2018ShareLarsen also noted that from the outside, you might not be able to tell the XPS 15 2-in-1 from the non-convertible XPS 15. The new Coffee Lake version of that smallest 15.6” performance laptop (and the only InfinityEdge display in a 15”) will be available for pre-order later this month.“Despite being more compact, Dell says it can hit up to 21.5 hours of battery life. That will naturally depend on your components and what you’re doing. Still, even if it’s a few hours shy of that mark with normal use, it still be a lot of time away from a charging cable,” said Cnet.Gordon Mah Ung, executive editor at PCWorld was impressed with the number of cores we’ve been able to squeeze into the XPS 15 because it means faster video encoding and faster photo editing.“Know why the MacBook Pro 15 is so thin? It’s because of all the times Dell’s powerhouse XPS 15 has stomped on it,” he joked. “Yes, that’s a cheap shot, but it’s been mostly true—and Apple’s beatdown will only get worse as the newest XPS 15 (model 9570) ups the ante to a 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8750H.”last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Acquires DataFrameworks

first_imgThis week, Dell Technologies completed the acquisition of DataFrameworks, a technology partner that provides a key data analytics and management solution for both file and cloud storage. To help our customers and partners better understand this move, allow me to provide some context.This spring I shared my thoughts about Digital Transformation and data capital, and I posited that organizations that are able to put their data capital to work will thrive, while those who can’t will lose. Of course this evolution can have many challenges, but we are committed to delivering the solutions that enable organizations of all sizes, in every industry, to transform their infrastructure as a means to accelerate Digital Transformation. Dell EMC Unstructured Storage systems provide the foundation to capture and organize massive amounts of data, allowing organizations to unlock the value of their data capital.Dell EMC Isilon enables the consolidation of file data onto a single, massively scalable, high-performance NAS cluster with automatic tiering to low-cost storage or to the cloud.Dell EMC ECS helps businesses further modernize their IT infrastructure by bringing cloud-scale object storage into the data center.While modernizing the IT infrastructure is an essential first step to driving digital business initiatives, being able to effectively manage the data is imperative. One of the major challenges organizations still face is the ability to properly align data with business goals. While IT staff are able to use tools and policies to move files, their limited understanding of the actual data can be an impediment to determining the optimal location. This could result, for example, in a situation where files are archived to a low performance tier even when the workloads they support are active and require high performance.Ultimately, no one knows the value of the data better than the people who create it.That’s why I’m excited that our acquisition of strategic technology partner DataFrameworks (DFX) is now complete. DFX ClarityNow is a data analytics and management solution that gives organizations a holistic data view across file and cloud storage, and allows end users to locate, use and align their file-based workflows with business schedules. Production workflows, like those we see in industries such as Media & Entertainment (M&E) and Life Sciences, are demanding, time-sensitive and fluid. Ensuring that the right data is in the right place at the right time requires more than storage management – it requires data management. ClarityNow does just that – it is designed to help organizations be more productive and efficient by empowering the individuals who have deep knowledge of business workflows and the relative importance of the data that powers those workflows.By bringing DataFrameworks into the Dell EMC unstructured data portfolio, we are helping to bring IT and business together to unlock data capital. DFX allows customers to:Break down data silos: We hear from our customers that they rely on a variety of file and object storage systems, both in the data center and off-premises. DFX allows IT admins and content owners to get a “single pane of glass” view across heterogeneous file and cloud storage to better understand where all project assets reside. The powerful search capabilities of DFX can locate data in seconds, no matter where it resides ̶ something that would take many days with a standard tool like Linux find.Empower the business user: While tools like Isilon CloudPools allow storage administrators to move data to lower-cost storage in an automated, policy-driven manner, some of our customers find that certain workflows are too complex or unpredictable to be served by file system policies. In such situations, content owners prefer the capability to move data in a self-service manner when their workflows require it. With an interface that’s as intuitive as a file browser, DFX allows content owners to easily and quickly move data from high-performance file storage to the cloud for archive and back again as the project demands.Data-enable the business for more efficient collaboration DFX enables fast discovery of shared data across multiple users and facilitates integrated data movement within business workflows. In industries that rely on large data sets or those with multifaceted projects involving disparate teams, DFX allows all contributors to have a collective understanding of where project assets are available and where they reside. Content owners can find, use, and organize content to accelerate the creation, processing and delivery of workflows.Now IT can work with business users as partners to provide a business-centric view of data to help unlock its value. We’re excited about the possibilities and are glad to welcome DataFrameworks to the Dell Technologies family, joining us as new members of our Dell EMC Unstructured Data Solutions team.last_img read more

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Simplified Converged Infrastructure Operations: 10 Things to Know About VxBlock Central

first_imgSource: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, 2Q18 The demand for increased automation and clouds where converged infrastructure (CI) plays a vital role create an opportunity for partners. Customers want more value from their CI investment and are looking to improve management, simplify operations and provide a path to a cloud operating model. The introduction of VxBlock Central software can help partners deliver the solution customers want.VxBlock Central brings enhanced system-level awareness, automation and analytics to VxBlock Systems, and significant sales opportunities for partners.Ready to make the most of this product introduction and the converged opportunity? Here are 10 key things to know about the new solution for converged management and automation of VxBlock Systems.The #1 Converged Systems leader continues to innovate. VxBlock Central is all new, leveraging the best of Vision Intelligent Operations and adding additional functionality that improves management and automation—all from the industry’s Converged Systems leader.1Simplify customers’ ability to consume storage. By automating hardware expansions and other tasks via Dell EMC-developed workflows, VxBlock Central makes it easier for customers to consume—and buy—more storage.Improve operational efficiency. VxBlock Central simplifies and automates processes for deploying and implementing infrastructure changes in new and existing VxBlock System deployments.Enable proactive visibility into operations. A single unified interface gives IT visibility into system hardware and software components, including a dashboard that provides 24×7 real-time CI alerts, inventory, health and Release Certification Matrix (RCM) compliance guidance.Analytics help improve capacity and performance. By enabling users to understand the state of the infrastructure and analyze deviations from its known good state, VxBlock Central gives IT the tools to improve capacity and performance.Flexible tiered packages. Customers can choose from three VxBlock Central packages—basic, advanced and advanced plus—designed to deliver the right experience for their business.A path to private and multi-cloud operations. It’s easy to extend the VxBlock Central infrastructure with additional vRealize software to automate service delivery and management.Break the physical boundaries of traditional converged infrastructure. Dell EMC gives businesses simplicity and flexibility to meet all their application data services needs with the next-generation, all-in-one engineered VxBlock 1000—one of the fastest, easiest ways to modernize infrastructure.Bringing it all together. As a worldwide leader in converged infrastructure,1 Dell EMC brings together best-of-breed technologies from VMware, Cisco and Dell EMC to simplify IT and accelerate innovation.On November 6, it begins. Invite your customers and prospects to the online Converged Management and Automation launch video broadcast and to a customer workshop session immediately after the broadcast. You can also replay the video at a later date and time for your customer workshop event.It’s time to take this powerful converged message to market and begin talking to customers about VxBlock Central. You can start by accessing the complete library of assets for VxBlock.last_img read more

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Power Up Your Network, from Edge to Core to Cloud

first_imgAnother Dell Technologies World is upon us! With it comes the opportunity for us to share the power of our portfolio with customers, partners, media and analysts from around the world. And when it comes to the network, power truly is the name of the game.Why? Data, and massive amounts of it. As all data center managers know, staying ahead of the traffic demands—and doing it cost-effectively—is a business-critical imperative. It’s also more of a challenge than ever before, particularly as organizations become increasingly reliant on multi/hybrid cloud operations to put data where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, to achieve desired business outcomes.In line with those demands, today Dell EMC Networking is announcing the Dell EMC PowerSwitch brand for our family of Open Networking switches. We’re powering up customers’ network environments with their choice of OS software, integrated fabric automation with OS10 SmartFabric Services and tight integration with VMware NSX, on industry-leading Dell EMC Networking hardware. Our PowerSwitch portfolio helps customers break free of vendor lock-in and proprietary, monolithic architectures that simply don’t deliver the level of flexibility, cost-effectiveness and scale that’s needed in a multi-cloud world.We’re also pleased to welcome the two newest members of the PowerSwitch family—the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON, the first in the industry to offer 12x25GbE ports, and the S5224F-ON with 24x25GbE ports. These switches are designed for demanding hyper-converged and software-defined storage environments. The powerful 25GbE ports offer increased performance, lower CAPEX and OPEX, and a future-proof path to 100GbE. These low-density switches deliver 2.5x the performance over existing 10GbE solutions—and in the case of the S5212, deliver that power in half the size!Both switches support the Open Networking Install Environment (ONIE), which gives customers the choice of running Dell EMC Networking OS10 Enterprise Edition software with integrated SmartFabric Services or approved third-party operating systems.Choice, flexibility, investment protection, technology that’s designed for today and the future—that’s the power of Open Networking and it’s why we pioneered the disaggregation of networking hardware and software five years ago, disrupting traditional networking. It’s why last year our Networking business grew 2x the market, according to Dell’Oro. It’s why customers look to Dell EMC Networking to transform their IT to deliver the business outcomes they need in this era of data. And it’s why Dell EMC was recognized in 2019 by Gartner Peer Insights with a Customers’ Choice distinction for Data Center networking.Living on the Edge      We are also transforming IT at the edge. To help customers modernize and evolve their WANs to handle the demanding requirements of a new, hybrid-cloud world, we are announcing the new Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge powered by VMware. This integrated platform dramatically improves the SD-WAN customer experience by providing a validated and bundled solution that offers a better-together experience completely unique to Dell Technologies.With VMware’s leadership in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, and Dell EMC’s innovative uCPE hardware, enterprises and service providers will be able to scale their WAN infrastructures more quickly and cost-effectively while reducing complexity.The Dell EMC SD-WAN Edge powered by VMware, available this summer, will offer the flexibility of subscription options and the ease of a single support number to call. Customers will also be able to take advantage of new SD-WAN consulting services.The Power of Open NetworkingAt the edge, core or cloud, this is what Open Networking is all about – giving customers the freedom to choose the right solution for their use cases, the ability to break costly vendor lock-in and the power to keep up with the demand for data in order to drive your business into the future. And we go beyond the hardware and software to help you transform by offering industry-leading global services and support, a world-class sustainable supply chain and a commitment to driving human progress in everything we do. That’s the power of Dell Technologies.If you’re at Dell Technologies World, be sure to stop by the Dell EMC Networking booth to learn more about how Open Networking can transform your operations. And if not, be sure to check out  www.DellEMC.com/Networking.last_img read more

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Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The entry of highly contagious variants of the coronavirus, coupled with poor enforcement of safety rules in ultra-Orthodox communities, has contributed to one of the world’s highest rates of infections. It also has threatened to undercut Israel’s highly successful campaign to vaccinate its population against the virus. On Sunday, police clashed with ultra-Orthodox protesters in several cities where residents have resisted lockdown orders.last_img read more

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Paul Crutzen, who shared Nobel for ozone work, has died

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Dutch scientist Paul J. Crutzen, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work understanding the ozone hole, has died. The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany confirmed that he died Thursday at the age of 87. Crutzen won the Nobel Prize in 1995 together with Mexican chemist Mario J. Molina and American F. Sherwood Rowland. In 2002, Crutzen published an article arguing that, because the effects of humans on the environment had escalated so greatly in the past three centuries that global climate could be significantly altered, the term ‘Anthropocene’ should be used to describe the period since the late 18th century. The term has since gained widespread use in scientific and environmental discourse.last_img read more

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Greece: Restrictions reimposed in Athens after case spike

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have reimposed tougher lockdown restrictions in greater Athens after a January decline in infection rates was reversed this week. Most retail stores will close in the capital Saturday, retaining pickup services only, after being allowed to reopen on Jan. 18. Plans to reopen high schools in Athens Monday have been limited to the first three grades, while older students will remain in online classes, officials from Greece’s Health Ministry and Civil Protection Agency said.last_img read more

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