The era of instant gratification is upon us with the proliferation of cloud computing and software-as-a-service, Big Data and the latest analytical tools, and anywhere, anytime access to information on our mobile devices.Our true test as IT professionals will be our ability to evolve quickly to create contemporary and innovative solutions and apps that enable our users to be more productive, to analyze Big Data for real-time information, and to make decisions that unlock value for the business.At EMC, we are partnering even closer with our business users to better understand their needs, and embrace a “fail fast, learn quick” mantra to provide cloud solutions that are elastic, on-demand and flexible. We are also in the midst of offering the same flexible and “social” experience they have in their personal lives through tools for mobile devices, Syncplicity and other unified communications, which enable users to more seamlessly connect and collaborate via phone, email, IM and video.This is much easier said than done, and it involves honestly assessing where we are today, determining the quick wins and highest priorities, putting the right people and skills in place, and doing it quickly because we need to be competitively agile. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is truly transforming and contemporizing how we make IT happen.—More Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, EMC IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Global Services
This week Gartner established VCE in the Leaders’ quadrant of the first Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems.[footnote] Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, Andrew Butler et. al., 16 June 2014.[/footnote] As you might imagine, this is big news for us at VCE!“Click to Tweet: @VCE was recognized as a Leader in the @Gartner Magic Quadrant! Learn more bit.ly/1rpCNnk“Download the reportShareThe Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems serves as a tremendous validation for us in that converged infrastructures can help customers transform the economics, agility and profitability of their infrastructures as they transition to cloud-enabled business models.What’s more, our leadership position is a testament to VCE’s focus on exceptional customer experience, groundbreaking innovation and simplifying the journey to the cloud.While all of us at VCE are thrilled that the Vblock true converged infrastructure is being recognized by one of the world’s leading analyst firms, we’re even more proud of the numerous customer success stories that have fueled Vblock System adoption across the globe.Sure, Vblock Systems provide seamless integration of best-of-breed data center technology – along with our own unique technology innovations through the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software. But as much as customers want the best technology, they want results.“Customers want solutions that extend beyond incremental benefits. CIOs are seeking transformational solutions to help them gain agility and efficiency to serve the business.ShareAnd that’s what the VCE experience is all about.The Vblock System technology is only part of what makes VCE special. There’s a lot that goes into delivering a true converged infrastructure experience – from engineering to manufacturing to support to management and beyond. And while we live and breathe this philosophy every day, what gets us really revved up is when our customers understand and embrace this idea.Fox Sports Australia is a great example. This a company that broadcasts 23 hours of live sports to 2.3 million homes every day, and one that must move fast to capture market share in live sports programming, while reducing the risk inherent in deploying and operating a very visible production environment.The company adopted VCE Vblock Systems for a new datacenter infrastructure, and almost immediately saw results – IT support calls reduced by 75%, operational costs reduced and core applications had better performance. In the words of Michael Tompkins, Fox Sports Australia’s CTO, “consumers actually receive coverage faster through the Vblock System on the Internet than they do on their TV at home.”Another great story is how Eclipse Aerospace transformed its data center into an agile, highly efficient virtualized environment by working with VCE. The process consolidated the three computer rooms of data center equipment into three racks with excess capacity on the Vblock System. They significantly saved on power, air conditioning and space, as well as reserved room to grow.Every industry relies on IT resources for services and applications that keep their businesses running. By focusing on the customer’s experience and needs, we simplified the operation and management of IT resources, helping customers get back to what really matters – delivering innovative technology to drive business value and advance their company’s mission.With dramatic improvements in agility, availability and reliability, we’ve transformed how enterprises manage, operate and understand IT. But we’re just getting started! Incredible things certainly happen here!
It’s Throwback Thursday, so hopefully you’ll excuse me if I reflect back one week to the #DellExperience at #ces2017.Last Thursday we unveiled several innovations and some totally new products that had cameras flashing like the paparazzi. Granted, the fact that the new Spider-Man Tom Holland was sharing a peek into how our PC gaming systems play a role in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie might have added to that feeling. While he’s often mistaken for Spider-Man, that’s actually Sam Burd, executive vice president of Dell’s Client Product Group, speaking above at the Dell Experience.But, I won’t give Holland all the credit because our products themselves have received 57 62 awards related to CES, and the press coverage continues to come.Our XPS line has generated a lot of that buzz with the new XPS 13 2-in-1 leading the pack. The Verge used it as a key example of how “The PC is Interesting again.” Which is the same comment I heard from Cnet when I took our new Insprion 15 Gaming system over to them for their “Best of CES” segment.But according to Eric Abent of SlashGear, our 8K monitor was one of the “most impressive” introductions of the day. And the brand new Canvas elicited this response from Engadget:“It’s unlike anything we’ve seen from Dell so far, and it’s yet another reminder that there’s still plenty of room for innovation on the desktop front.”Another desktop, our XPS 27 All-in-One made waves at CES – sound waves, actually.“With a beautiful 4K touch screen, an adjustable stand, and 10 speakers, the Dell XPS 27 (7760) is a multimedia powerhouse masquerading as an all-in-one desktop,” PCMag said. “You may want to invest in some noise-canceling headphones for your family or roommates, though… Ten discrete speakers deliver full-bodied audio that will also blow your ears off.” </p><p> Grammy award-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig not only joined us at the Dell Experience, he also collaborated with Dell on the design and development of the new XPS 27 All-in-One.And while CES may have once been known as the Consumer Electronics Show, the new products we brought to the event cross from the home to the office. Our business-focused Latitude 7285 drew high praise from the venerable TIME.“After spending just a few minutes with the Latitude, I immediately noticed how durable its attached keyboard was,” wrote Lisa Eadicicco. “The key travel was also pleasantly deep, providing richer feedback than most keyboard accessories, including those made by Microsoft and Apple.”The benefit of our leveraging common design for both consumer and commercial products is something analyst Charles King noted on his Pund-IT blog:“Overall, the new and enhanced Dell offerings announced at CES 2017 underscore the efforts of a vendor intent on addressing both the immediate and emerging needs of consumers and business professionals. There are many circumstances where those discrete requirements overlap profoundly. From what I saw at CES, Dell’s offerings are likely to satisfy its customers no matter what their needs are or when they arise.”
Isilon is uniquely differentiated from traditional storage to enable organizations manage high volume of safety and security data with greater reliability and scalability. With traditional NAS solutions, the larger the data environment becomes, the more complex and time-consuming it is to manage the growing number of storage silos. And at some point, system performance begins to degrade. As shown below, Isilon OneFS is a single file system with single namespace and enables a single volume to be shared by all the camera streams—thus saving enormous amounts of time in initial set-up. Isilon enables organizations to build a scale-out data lake where they can store their safety and security data, lower management costs and eliminate islands or silos of storage.Figure 1: Management of Data (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)Due to their inherently complex architecture, traditional storage systems are difficult to scale – from both a performance and capacity perspective. Another issue with a traditional system is that, as data volume grows and the system begins to fill, system performance typically begins to decline, making it harder to meet SLAs and line-of-business user requirements. Figure 2 shows it’s easy to expand capacity and performance with Isilon’s scale-out architecture – simply add additional Isilon nodes as needed to your existing cluster. This means that with Isilon, it is easy to maintain and improve SLAs as your data environment grows in scale and with additional workloads. Organizations can increase cluster capacity to PBs of storage by simply adding another node — with no downtime or disruption of their safety and security solution.Figure 2: Ability to Scale (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)Traditional NAS storage environments are management intensive. Storage tiering can be done but it is typically a very manual process. Traditional NAS solutions also often require manual tracking and relocation of volumes to eliminate hot spots. Unlike traditional NAS which uses RAID for data protection, Isilon uses a much more efficient and highly resilient Reed-Solomon erasure code data protection that enables 80 percent or more storage utilization. This means with Isilon, you need less raw storage to support data storage requirements than you would need with traditional NAS. As shown in Figure 3, Isilon offers automated, policy-based storage tiering between All-Flash, Hybrid and Archive performance tiers so that you can optimize your storage resources. Features such as auto-balancing and auto-failover help IT admins / system administrators sleep better at night knowing their data is safeguarded.Figure 3: Data Availability and Reliability (Traditional NAS vs. Isilon)To learn more about how Dell Technologies can help modernize storage infrastructure to support your digital transformation goals, visit our website. Ranking by 3Q2019 vendor revenue. IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q3 historical release, December 6, 2019. IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019 Q2, September 5, 2019 – Vendor Revenue Technology is disrupting the safety and security world. Increasingly higher pixel resolution, a growing number of cameras, and longer video retention requirements are examples of the challenges many organizations currently face.Dell Technologies provides the infrastructure that will enable organizations to meet the challenges of storing, managing and retaining data sets while reducing risk and cost of ownership. As the number one provider of enterprise storage, we bring years of experience and expertise to the safety and security market. And Dell EMC Isilon, the industry’s #1 family of scale-out network-attached storage systems, is purpose-built for demanding and data intensive safety and security workloads.This video shows how Isilon scale-out NAS enables organizations to effectively meet top challenges in safety and security: Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:07Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -3:07 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.
The American Film Institute on Monday announced its top 10 films of the year, including Pixar’s jazz themed “Soul” and two of Chadwick Boseman’s final films: the August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Spike Lee’s Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods,” both of which are Netflix films. Other selections included “Mank,” “Nomadland,” “One Night in Miami…,” “Minari” and “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The organization also included a special citation for “Hamilton.” In lieu of the annual luncheon celebrating the honorees, the AFI will hold a virtual benediction on Feb. 26 streaming on YouTube and the AFI website.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to put off arguments over two controversial Trump administration policies that have been challenged in court now that President Joe Biden has taken steps to unwind them. The Justice Department asked the justices Monday to cancel arguments on Feb. 22 in a case over President Donald Trump’s decision to divert billions of dollars in taxpayer money to construction of portions of a wall along the border with Mexico. The new administration made a similar request for arguments set for a week later over the Trump policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.
HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier has been charged with murder after his wife was found dead at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks. Raul Hernandez Perez, an Army specialist from Florida, was charged in the killing of 25-year-old Selena Roth. Hawaii News Now reported that Roth was found dead in a trash can on Jan. 13 after concerned family members requested a welfare check. Roth and Hernandez Perez had filed for divorce in October. The Army says a trial date has not yet been set. Hernandez Perez did not respond to a request for comment by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.