John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, and Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer, sit down with Calvin Smith, Principal Manager, Global Innovation & Marketing, to talk about the current state of organic innovation at EMC.Innovation at the EMC Centers of ExcellenceThe EMC Centers of Excellence are an “incredible fabric of global brains” – a network of offices around the world focused on expanding EMC’s innovation footprint. John posits how innovative ideas coming out of the developing world are ultimately translating into solutions that address problems in the developed market in different ways and at a different scale than we ever thought possible.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)Internal Innovation vs. External InnovationThe global innovation ecosystem involves both internal innovation and external innovation. One example of a nontraditional model is the EMC Open Innovation Lab, which engages customers and partners in prototyping solutions. Vic asks rhetorically, “why should we have to helicopter in talent when we have local talent that understands the local market?” and goes on to passionately express how service model innovation offers a huge benefit.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)Redefining Enterprise ITThe IT paradigm is changing from one defined by individual platform performance to one defined by the end user experience. The consumerization of IT will lead to embracing technology that you don’t see, but that just enables you to be productive and effective as a business user. In this clip, John lays out the consequences of this shift.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)To watch the full video discussion including a conversation around Big Data, visit the Innovation Network, one of several EMC online communities.
About 10 years ago, I took part in a mission team on behalf of the European Commission, Research & Innovation, studying the rate of participation by women in industrial R&D. The findings were wretched – the rate was very low. Things have improved since then, but very little.It’s said that gender segregation starts in academia, but we would do well not to simply accept that this is so. It is our culture that causes women to assume from early childhood that certain technological professions are “male”.After university, women face the same process of finding work as men, including negotiating pay. Women consistently have difficulty getting the same terms as men with the same qualifications.Many have tried to explain the gender wage gap. The argument that women work less hours has long since been refuted. Just as frustrating is that many women accept the social precept that they aren’t worth the same pay as men. These women bring that attitude into pay negotiations and employers exploit it.Increasing the involvement of women in high-tech R&D positions is critical to success. Gender inequality inevitably causes talented researchers to be lost. Diversity is crucial to achieving excellence and is known to be a key to success among multinational organizations.However, increasing the participation of women in R&D isn’t enough. Equality in employment conditions must be encouraged too.I am proud to say that the percentage of women in technology and engineering jobs at the EMC Center of Excellence (CoE) in Israel is relatively high, and our employment terms are the same regardless of gender. Also, women constitute more than 50% of Israel CoE management. The more women there are in top management, the more comfortable other women feel expressing themselves. As things are, there is no need for reverse discrimination since gender equality develops in any environment that does not depress it.I call on both women and their employers to aspire to gender equality in all aspects of the labor market until we can assure that the future of our sons and daughters will be rooted in an equal society that evaluates all workers based on their skills, capabilities and performance, not their sex.
Henry Ford once said, ‘before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.’ Most, if not all business leaders will agree that getting ready; having a plan; being on offense vs. defense; all these things will help your business survive and thrive in today’s digital world.Dell Technologies’ recent Digital Transformation Index Study shows that businesses around the globe are thinking about digital transformation, and they’re getting ready to seize the opportunities their data holds. Leveraging the insights from this study, my last blog, Hindsight to Insight: Why Digital Transformation is Not an Option, discussed the barriers most companies are facing when it comes to digitally transforming their business. Security and data concerns ranked as the top barrier to transform; the very reason businesses should transform, is the number one reason why they are struggling to do so.To compound this, data is growing at unprecedented rates. 5G technology is being rolled out to mobile devices this year. This technology is set to completely disrupt the market, paving the way for emerging technologies such as AI and ML. 5G is a complete infrastructure change and will realize the convergence of computing, cloud and IoT. Think of it as the era of hyper connectivity. The implications are huge.Following the Digital Transformation Index study, Dell Technologies published the Global Data Protection Index Study. From this study we learned that on average businesses managed 9.70PB of data in 2018, compared to the 1.45PB managed in 2016. This represents an explosive growth of 569% in just two years! With this enormous growth in data, what will you do to prepare for continued advancements in disruptive technology and the data it creates?If you plan to attend Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas this month, I encourage you to attend the general sessions as they are insightful, thought leadership discussions around current industry trends. If your schedule is tight I recommend you focus on the IT Technology Track. Below is a list of break-out session recommendations for you to prioritize. These sessions will help you gain a better understanding of why you should digitally transform your business, what steps you need to take to make that happen, and you’ll hear from customers who will share their own digital transformation experiences.While Henry Ford is not here today to see our world of big data and human-machine partnerships, his legacy endures because he knew that being ready and getting ahead of industry trends was the best way to position his company for success. Regardless of where your digital transformation journey will take you, the secret to success in a digital world is to be ready, data is coming!Monday, April 29th:8:30 am – 9:30 am: The Dell Digital Way: A Streamlined People, Process, & Technology Approach For Digital Transformation – This is the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation story told from our CTO. He’ll share with you what’s required for digital transformation and the things you can expect on your journey.4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Dell IT’s AI/ML Journey: Evolving From Data To Insights To Enabling The Digital Enterprise – In this session you will learn how Dell IT is enabling Dell Technologies to become a data driven enterprise.Tuesday, April 30th:8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Customer Case Study: How Aon Corporation Saved $25m A Year Through Application Transformation – Nothing is better than hearing from industry leaders who have embarked on a transformation journey and are now reaping the rewards. In this session, Aon Corporation will share their own story of Application transformation including their approach, pitfalls and lessons they learned along the way.1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Get Your Strategy & Transformation Programs On Track – In 2018 lack of senior support and sponsorship still ranked as one of the top ten barriers to Digital Transformation. In this session you’ll learn how to create a visionary strategy to help gain the support you need to move your transformation forward.Wednesday, May 1st:8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Customer Panel: The Need For Speed: Learn From Customers How Dell Has Helped Them Deliver When The Stakes Are Highest – In this customer panel you’ll hear from your peers who will be discussing some of their biggest challenges and how Dell’s commercial products and services help them remove traditional barriers and achieve industry-leading performance.12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Your Data Is Telling You Something: Are You Listening? – Data is a game-changer if you know how to tap into its potential. In this session you’ll hear examples of companies who have embraced the digital economy and use data to disrupt industries.
Expanding database use case with VM MS-SQL app aware & centralized protectionUsability enhancementsFewer clicks for an admin to monitor backup job statusOrchestrated single upgrade package to provide a simplified upgrade experience Proactive monitoringAlerts for enhanced appliance health monitoringPowerProtect X400 is powered by PowerProtect Software. And with this offering, Dell EMC is delivering on the promise to release new enhancements and operational improvements on a quarterly basis. New features and functionality brought to PowerProtect Software will be integrated into the appliance via simple and easy upgrade paths.If you are interested in having a conversation about transitioning to the next-gen data management solution, now would be a great time to get in touch with your Dell EMC account executives. We believe in the power of choice. Therefore, whether you are considering scaling out with a turnkey integrated appliance such as PowerProtect X400, or you are more interested in building your own solution and scaling up with PowerProtect DD and PowerProtect Software, we’ve got you covered. For more information on Dell EMC’s Data Protection and Data Management offerings, please visit DellEMC.com/PowerProtect and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements. Between announcing PowerProtect Software and PowerProtect X400 at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, introducing Data Protection for Kubernetes at VMworld in San Francisco, and the announcement of PowerProtect DD Series Appliances earlier this month at the Dell Technologies Forum in New York City – it has certainly been a busy year for Dell EMC Data Protection. Not only has Dell EMC been busy with multiple new announcements these past months, but also our new rapid release cadence fast-tracks the availability of new capabilities more quickly than ever before. In this case, just 3 months after the availability of X400 we are delivering our first enhancements, significantly accelerating time to value for our customers.PowerProtect Software enables your IT organization to go above and beyond the ability to set protection policies, deduplicate, backup, and recover database, Windows and Linux filesystem, and VMware workloads. PowerProtect Software and the X400 appliance provide a new platform to help customers unlock business value from their data capital – including but not limited to accelerating migrations, empowering DevOps, maintaining compliance and of course, protecting data.PowerProtect Software leverages a modern, services-based architecture to ensure the ease of deployment, scaling, and upgrading that all customers desire. This approach highlights Dell EMC’s internal development focus on a rapid release cadence, which means that new features will be delivered to PowerProtect Software at an even faster pace.PowerProtect X400 benefits from this rapid release cadence as well. This modern services-based development approach is built on a trusted protection storage architecture. Dell EMC protection storage is known for delivering data integrity and advanced deduplication technology, and the PowerProtect X Series is no exception. PowerProtect X400 – just like PowerProtect DD, Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) and Data Domain appliances – features our Stream-Informed Segment Layout (SISL) scaling architecture and our data invulnerability architecture.Today, we are announcing the next release of PowerProtect X400 that will bring the following PowerProtect Software benefits to the appliance:Tighter integration with VMwareSimplified and integrated user experience for a VM admin who can now restore protected VMs from within vCenter
From DCOps to DevOpsInformation technology began its journey with mainframes. Then came the x86 revolution. x86 ruled the world by providing a platform to run applications and databases. Next came the age of virtualization, which shifted the focus from hardware to a software-defined infrastructure that allowed IT workers to run multiple applications on a single server with simple portability between servers.As the business landscape continues to evolve, there is a new wave of “as-a-service” solutions to address everything from infrastructure (IaaS) to platforms (PaaS) to all manner of software applications (SaaS). It is clear that “as-a-service” is going to be here for a long time, as it provides greater flexibility in terms of commercial models (e.g., OpEx over CapEx, subscription-based) and operational agility (e.g., on-demand, self-serve, API-driven, automation).Bare metal, though a foundational element for all the XaaS solutions, was buried under abstractions. Today, we see a revived interest in bare metal across industries; and for some, bare metal is a fundamental substrate in the legacy IaaS definition that, when isolated, brings key benefits to enterprise customers.What is bare metal, and why is it regaining its lost glory?Bare metal is a physical server with no software/hypervisor—just processors, memory, NICs, and storage. A key advantage of bare metal is that it allows applications to access hardware resources directly, whether in the form of CPU, DDR4 RAM, NVMe, GPU, FPGA, or SmartNICs.Dell Bare Metal ServerSo, what’s driving the revival in bare metal demand?Resource intensive workloadsApplications & Databases are demanding more compute, memory, and storage resources. Use cases like Gaming, video transcoding, and augmented/virtual reality applications require predictable performance. Latency-sensitive applications such as autonomous vehicles and telco workloads will need access to physical NICs to offload data plane processing.The rise of artificial intelligence and machine learningEnterprises have started embedding AI/ML in their business processes. These are compute-intensive processes that require additional resources in the form of GPUs for accelerated training and inferencing.The maturity of the cloud-nativeAs more and more workloads are created with a microservices-based architecture, technologies such as containers and their orchestration have matured. Containers on bare metal are gaining momentum, as they provide significantly lower latency for memory access and much better CPU-utilization metrics. Other initiatives like Metal operator, MetalLB, and Metal3 are also making it easier to run containers on bare metal.Security and complianceWith full control and access to the hardware components, bare metal lets you choose how a server is being used and who has access to it, ensuring data protection for sensitive applications.Real-time analyticsMany enterprises are looking for hyper-customized, in-memory data processing to leverage real-time analytics on their streaming data. Bare metal offers high performance with access to NVMe, DDR4 RAM, and other accelerators, providing millions of IOPS.Bare metal provisioning is a complex task that involves multiple tools and time-consuming processes. But what if the same bare metal is made available in the cloud, where it can be consumed in mere minutes? This new approach of bare metal as a service would allow users to have full access to the servers with cloud-based automation so that users can focus on their applications without having to worry about underlying server provisioning and hardware maintenance.Dell Technologies has partnered with Equinix to provide Equinix Metal to provide a Bare-Metal-as-a-Service solution. Equinix Metal offers the same user experience as Dell bare metal servers but in a service-based consumption model. In this model, Equinix manages the server procurement, installation, and hardware lifecycle, while customers still enjoy complete server access with the full advantages of automation, thus accelerating innovation.BMaaS solution layers Hardware layer. This layer is powered by the industry-leading Dell PowerEdge series of servers. Users can access these servers through API, CLI, SDK, or UI without maintaining their own data centers. Southbound abstraction layer. This layer is responsible for bootstrapping the bare metal server, power management, and firmware management—all without any human interactions. This layer is also being made open source for community participation.Cloud API layer. This layer provides user access to bare metal servers. It allows on-demand consumption of servers, self-serve portal, API access, and billing management. It facilitates programmatic interaction with all aspects of the server—including cloud-init and metadata—using conventional HTTP requests. Native API libraries in all popular languages (Golang, Ruby, Python, Java, PHP) are also available.Bare Metal as-a-service stackThe entire solution has been designed with DevOps principles in mind, where the full server can be consumed as a piece of software. Users can leverage tools like Terraform and Ansible and integrate the server deployment in their CI/CD pipeline.Terraform template variablesWhat does BMaaS do for your business?This new operating model is aimed at:Eliminating CapEx outflowAchieving predictable OpExAccelerating application deploymentMaking a business more agileAllowing hybrid-cloud strategySimplifying infrastructure managementPromoting Cloud-native development with APIs & DevOps tooling support for bare metalServing high performance compute services to all bare metal hungry workloadsChoosing the right compute platform is critical for success. Doing it the right way can move your business priority shift from data center operations to DevOps, where you manage the apps, and we manage the ops. Lastly, bare metal is the catalyst for the anticipated promise of a true multi and hybrid cloud platform. Dell Technologies is committed to our bare-metal-as-a-service solution, contact us to learn more.
Come racing with us at conf20Read the McLaren case studyFind out how Dell works with Splunk Buckle your seatbelts for high-octane Formula 1 racing successIt’s no understatement to say that McLaren Automotive’s Formula 1 team runs on data—and that for them, performance is everything.Each of McLaren’s Formula 1 race cars carries more than 300 sensors and generates over 13,000 data points for fuel levels, tire pressure, speed, battery health and more. One car generates 1.5 terabytes of data over a race weekend, with the whole fleet generating 12 billion telemetry points during a single race season. But as McLaren’s Head of IT Infrastructure for McLaren Technology Group points out, “data is useless unless you apply some insight to it.” That’s why McLaren teams up with Splunk and Dell Technologies.The Splunk Data-to-Everything Platform will allow McLaren to capture unstructured data from across their infrastructure, in addition to data from the Formula 1 cars. Then, Splunk’s powerful insights and machine learning capabilities will enable McLaren to turn data into action, helping them make better decisions, anticipate and address problems faster, and — ultimately — accelerate performance.Of course, applying machine learning to massive amounts of raw data requires a huge amount of computational power and storage. But instead of just throwing more hardware at the problem, McLaren decided to take a strategic approach, making use of Dell Technologies solutions for high performance computing to provide the huge computational performance and storage capacity they needed. Even better, they were able to do it within the same footprint and with a public cloud experience delivered from their own on-premises data center.“McLaren decided to take a strategic approach, making use of Dell Technologies solutions for high performance computing to provide the huge computational performance and storage capacity they needed.ShareWith the partnerships with Splunk and Dell, McLaren can use every piece of data to deliver insights to the driver and racing support team, enabling split-second decisions to improve performance and edge out the competition. But McLaren doesn’t stop there. They take the same technology that powers their vehicles and use it to power innovation in other industries via McLaren Applied.According to Duncan Bradley, Health & Human Performance Business Unit Director at McLaren Applied, “In the F1 world, it’s all about maximizing race performance, but in healthcare it could be recovering from a surgical procedure, managing a disease or weight loss.”McLaren Applied is using technology that was created and tested on the racetrack to drive better patient outcomes in stroke recovery. They actually monitor patient progress using the same smart sensors developed for their Formula 1 race cars, then apply predictive analytics to the biometric data to provide a host of winning innovations for healthcare—all deployed, secured, managed and supported by Dell Technologies.Splunk is now teaming up with McLaren as an official McLaren Technology Partner, starting with the 2020 season. With this new partnership, McLaren is excited to continue its legacy of performance, using Dell Technologies and Splunk to bring data to every question, decision and action across its business.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it is ending its “America This Week” show with former Fox News personality Eric Bolling. The company said in a statement that Bolling has decided to pursue other professional opportunities. The show was distributed to Sinclair’s 81 stations across the country but has attracted negative attention for comments about the coronavirus. The company had to pull one show last summer when Bolling interviewed a woman who peddled a false conspiracy theory about Dr. Anthony Fauci and the virus’ origination. He has also questioned the effectiveness of masks. Bolling tweeted that he’s starting a podcast featuring “fun banter” with former NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s Communist Party has reelected Nguyen Phu Trong to be its chief, which makes him the nation’s de facto leader as well for a third five-year term. The vote at the 13th National Party Congress in Hanoi took place a day earlier then planned, as the meeting, scheduled to end Tuesday, was being shortened to lessen the threat from a coronavirus outbreak. The challenges facing Vietnam’s new regime include long-term economic planning and dealing with pressure from neighboring China, which asserts claims over offshore territory in which Vietnam is seeking to develop oil and gas resources.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police say person with gun taken into custody after 6 people, including 5 children, killed in Oklahoma.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.N. report says that nearly a third of all detainees held in Afghan detention centers say they have suffered some form of torture or ill-treatment. The report was released on Wednesday. U.N. officials interviewed a total of 656 detainees held in 63 government facilities across the country during the period between January 2019 and March 2020. The alleged torture included beatings, suffocation and electric shocks. The U.N. says 30% of those interviewed provided “credible and reliable” accounts of abuse and mistreatment. Afghan officials did not immediately respond to Associated Press calls for comment on the U.N. report.