Why Converged APIs Matter

first_imgSuperna has been busy focusing on new product developments (monitoring and configuration management databases) that will show how APIs will change the way software is written. In fact, APIs can help Internet service providers build applications faster, reduce complexity, and accelerate deployments with less effort.I realized the importance of converged infrastructure APIs when Superna was integrating its data center API for converged infrastructure using VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations’ software API. VCE’s easy integration with the Vision API illuminates one real problem with data center software today: neither an object model nor an API exists that can connect data center objects across domains. APIs should make developers lives easier, by allowing them to focus on adding value without re-inventing software modules that collect information every time a new application is written.For example, let’s say I want to simplify and automate resource management and alarm correlation across domains (storage, compute, network). I’d need to build a virtual machine (VM) provisioning application or even a fault monitoring application. So what does my software application need to know?VMware host I want the VM to run onThe data store it will be stored onThe disk array the data store is stored onThe network links that connect my VM to the networkThe network links that connect my ESX host to the storage for policies, quality of service, security settings to be appliedThe logical or physical connections between all the devicesThe interface to the devices (SNMP, CLI, passwords, password rules, deal with password changes, etc.)The list goes on and on.In order to get this information, the app will need a couple software functions (device discovery and topology, which typically depend on SNMP and several different MIBs), as well as alarm processing that needs to run and build a model for my provisioning application. These
two functions will return device-by-device information, as well as enough data to allow physical or (at a minimum) logical topology to be determined. Then it will allow the overlay alarm data and meta device data into the topological model and try to correlate the alarm data to allow my app to make decisions and automate some IT functions (i.e. the reason for building the app in the first place).Today’s multi-vendor data centers return insufficient data to reliably build a topology that is accurate enough to handle move/add changes to the infrastructure and allow my provisioning/monitoring application to do its job without breaking if a link, MIB, command syntax, firmware, device password or software changes. For developers, these glue modules are a necessary evil to build the provisioning and monitoring applications. However, the provisioning and monitoring application is only as good as the discovery detection and topology data it collects.This is where converged APIs come in and allow developers to use a simple API to gather this information in a reliable way so developers can focus on building high value applications and spend less time worrying about device discovery. Since converged infrastructure is connected in a reliable way, the network topology and relationships are much easier to model and make decisions on.We used Vision API to build two applications in less than two months! This wouldn’t have been possible if we had to first build discovery and topology functions. There’s more to Vision than just topology, but it’s a huge requirement to start building converged infrastructure applications.last_img read more

Over 900 IT Executives Answer: What Does Hybrid Cloud Do For Digital Business?

first_imgA few months back you might remember David Goulden offering EMC’s perspective on how hybrid cloud enables digital business. So you know what we think. But we wanted to find out what you think.  So we partnered with IDG to survey over 900 IT executives to dig into the connections between the two. What did you tell us? In short, hybrid cloud is not only an enabler of digital business– it’s an accelerant as well.How much of an accelerant? The survey found that those IT execs that most embraced hybrid cloud are three times more likely to be approaching their digital business goals than those that have not.Why might adoption of hybrid cloud act as such an accelerant? More than three quarters of respondents reported that hybrid cloud speeds IT delivery while enabling greater agility and innovation. But it also delivers savings. How much? Respondents reported IT savings of 24% on average, which is a huge number. Imagine being a big bank with a multibillion-dollar budget … this would suggest that running a hybrid cloud could deliver savings of a billion dollars! And even if your budget isn’t quite so high, I’m guessing you’d still be quite interested in reducing costs by a quarter.Digging into the numbers a bit more revealed another interesting item: a multiplier effect. The more workloads executives reported placing on hybrid cloud, the more their savings grew – from 24% to 29%. So the more enthusiastic you are about hybrid cloud, the more enthusiastic it is about delivering you savings!So what happens with those savings?  Respondents reported re-investing them at a rate of 40% on average – with digital business being a top investment target. So not only does Hybrid cloud deliver agility, it delivers the savings used to fund digital transformation.What this all nets out to is a fairly simple conclusion: hybrid cloud is the key enabler of digital business – and the more you embrace it, the faster you can move towards running one.For more details, check out the full reportlast_img read more

Chasing Electrons for Our Customers and Our Planet

first_imgThe energy efficiency of IT equipment is not a new topic.My partner in this energy intensity endeavor, Dell Enterprise Energy Strategist Gary Verdun, tells me that for notebooks energy efficiency has been a part of the design focus since the product category existed and became much more important for other product categories around the 2005 time frame. Prior to 2013, our Dell products’ energy goals had relatively short timeframes and focused on specific product types.This approach had value, as we have many different types of customers with different IT energy efficiency concerns and interests. For example:The notebook user experiences energy efficiency most directly through battery life.A large IT organization may be interested in the total energy-related IT costs across a large installation.The data center manager may be concerned about his or her ability to provision power to newly deployed equipment – maybe at the rack level, but possibly at the level of the entire data center as well.As useful as these goals were, we knew we needed something more comprehensive to guide our work to reduce the energy intensity of our Dell products, on behalf of our customers and the planet.So, when we launched our Legacy of Good strategy in the fall of 2013, we included our industry’s first portfolio-wide energy intensity goal. With this goal, Dell announced its intent to reduce the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 80 percent by 2020, from a Fiscal Year 2012 baseline (Dell’s fiscal year 2012 runs from February 2011 through January 2012).We’re now halfway through that goal and have year-over-year information that goes back to our baseline year. That’s six years of data on product introductions, energy use, and performance. And it shows we’ve made a lot progress. From our FY12 baseline through FY17, we’ve reduced our portfolio’s energy intensity by 54 percent. This is slightly off the pace required to hit our target, but it still shows that all of our product categories are moving aggressively in the right direction.Six years is also long enough to see some interesting trends – trends that show how our products, and our customers’ preferences have changed.To calculate the metrics for our goal, not only do we have to estimate the lifetime energy use of our product, we also have to estimate how much compute power we are delivering to our customers. During our baseline year, our calculations suggest that we shipped over four times as much compute capability in our notebooks, desktops and tablets than we did in our servers. Last year, that “4x” was down to “1.6x”. In other words, more and more of the compute capabilities we are providing to our customers are coming from our server products.When we look at data on our tablets, notebooks and desktops, we’ve seen that “graphics-heavy” products (our Precision Workstations and Alienware products) are becoming a greater share of our client system footprint. This is, in part, due to the popularity of these products with our customers. It is also partly due to the significant success we’ve had with respect to improving energy intensity across our more general product lines.We’ve also found that Dell monitors are a significant and increasing portion of our total energy footprint. The data even suggests that, sometime in the next few years, the operational energy footprint of our Dell monitor portfolio will surpass that of our Dell notebook and desktop portfolios combined, including the “graphics -heavy” products we’ve already mentioned! This isn’t because we’re somehow slacking in our focus on Dell monitor energy consumption, but because our customers are increasingly interested in having multiple, larger monitors with greater screen resolution and because of the longer lifetime of these products. In the future, our customers’ monitor(s) will be the main IT power consumer on their desks.The data and fine detail is all “well and good,” but what does this mean for our customers?As mentioned earlier, each customer’s experience may be slightly different. But, there’s one thing they all have in common – they’d rather not spend money on purchasing unnecessary kWh of electricity. Our goal shows we’re helping there as well.To power the products they purchased from us last year, our customers will spend $2.2B to $2.3B over the lifetime of that equipment. This is $700 million less than they had to spend on the equipment they purchased from us back in fiscal year 2012.Reducing energy intensity also reduces emissions intensity; we estimate a reduction in use-related carbon emissions on the order of three million metric tonnes of CO2e over the lifetime of products sold last year. And we are doing this while we are also delivering greater and greater compute, storage and network capabilities to our customers.As Gary notes, “Our customers continually ask for us to push the boundaries on our technology, whether they’re looking for faster performance, larger displays with greater resolution, or new features. Part of Dell being a responsible corporate citizen is our commitment to meet those needs, but doing so in a way that promotes an energy efficient and sustainable future. This guides our development activities and our participation in programs such as ENERGY STAR® and the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).”“Part of Dell being a responsible corporate citizen is our commitment to meet those needs, but doing so in a way that promotes an energy efficient and sustainable future.ShareThis is just a sample of what we’ve discovered. Through our goal, we have learned much about our products and the relationship between industry trends and energy intensity. And we have every reason to believe that as we continue both with our goal and our focus on energy, we’ll both continue to learn about our portfolio, support our customers, and continue our history of success.We talk more about our overall focus on energy efficiency here.If you’re interested in learning more about what we’ve seen and Dell’s efforts on energy-efficient IT, you can find a mid-term report on our energy intensity goal here.This article shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.Explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyofgood.dell.com.last_img read more

A Perfect Blend of Power Efficiency and Cooling

first_imgClick here to find out more about PowerEdge Server Power and Cooling Technology Introduce your customers to the advantages of innovative PowerEdge cooling systemsWhen it comes to specifying an optimum server infrastructure, power efficiency and cooling issues are often key considerations.As well as operating as efficiently as possible, the best-suited servers in this instance will offer built-in automation features and resilient system design to ensure continued, optimal performance even when power or thermal conditions in the data center change.Perfect blend of power efficiency, automation and resiliencyThe latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are built to perform using the least possible energy, to offer high server/rack density, and to be optimized to suit your customers’ specific operating environments.Leading system design combines with embedded Dell EMC OpenManage software and the Integrated Dell EMC Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) – which monitor operations, automate routine maintenance and let IT policy drive actions – to ensure ongoing operations and simplified IT management in all circumstances.An essential aspect of modern IT infrastructureTo help your customers to modernize their IT while also reducing costs, it makes sense to suggest that they take a closer look at ways to operate their data center servers as efficiently as possible.Powered by next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers incorporate efficiency at every stage of system design. The immediate operational benefits are further enhanced by intelligent built-in automation and innovative internal cooling systems.Did you know that Dell EMC reports each PCIe slot’s cooling capacity? The industry-leading thermal and mechanical designs across the entire portfolio of next-generation Dell EMC PowerEdge servers support greater density, extreme environments, higher power CPUs, NVMe, NVDIMMs, GPUs and FPGAs – all while delivering maximum performance and uptime.Built-in efficiency advantagesWith their inherently efficient system design, new PowerEdge servers allow more airflow, while Multi Vector Cooling automatically calculates and delivers the proper airflow needed for optimal cooling. Customers can also use Dell EMC OpenManage Power Center to optimize their servers’ power consumption, with power capping functionality ensuring the greatest possible density.A wide range of power supplies suits every need and size of workload, and the option of Direct Contact Liquid Cooling is also available. Using liquid to dissipate heat from PowerEdge servers typically delivers:Higher server performance and reliability;Greater density;Decreased operating expenses.PowerEdge thermal architecture, control algorithms, embedded iDRAC and OpenManage tools are all designed to ensure that component reliability and workload availability are the top priorities at all times.Predictability and protection in changing operating conditions Robust engineering and advanced Dell EMC PowerEdge power and cooling technology prepares your customers’ data centers for the unexpected.With PowerEdge servers, customers can benefit from peace of mind that workloads will keep running and data will be kept safe in the event of demanding power or thermal conditions.Power efficiency, by design – reliable performance that enables effective scalability in all data centers:Leading system design;Optimized power management;Scalable management.Intelligent automation that maintains key workloads at desired performance levels:Putting power where needed, automatically;Optimizing performance in response to changes in operating conditions;Increasing density with automated management of power/thermal demands.Resiliency that protects IT operations and secures business continuity:Infrastructure safety, despite thermal or power events.last_img read more

It’s America Recycles Day: Let’s Engineer Out Waste

first_imgI’ve always been drawn to examining how design affects us; the reason you like your favorite mug, the smartphone that easily guides how you swipe and click, why you like the layout of your go-to grocery store. I’m an engineer in the Experience Design Group at Dell. My team designs products and services with a focus on the quality of the user experience.Sometimes design is done well, but frequently it’s not, and that can have significant implications for sustainability.I’m reminded of this today, America Recycles Day.Those implications are especially important in the world of tech, where electronics innovation continues to move at an impressive rate – with personal electronics usage soaring. More people are buying more electronics, more frequently. According to the latest annual Visual Networking Index Forecast by Cisco, Americans will have 13 networked devices and connections per person on average by 2021!Let’s pause here for a minute: Can you imagine managing 13 devices? If you start to count what you own now, it may not seem that unreasonable.All that IT adds up to a lot of global e-waste. Waste in general is growing – and in the U.S., many municipalities struggle with recycling e-waste and plastics. A lot of it, therefore, ends up getting trashed or shipped to developing nations where recycling may be unregulated and hazardous. Now that China and many countries in Southeast Asia won’t take it, the rest of the world needs to find a place for an estimated 111 million metric tons of plastic waste that will accumulate in the next dozen years, according to University of Georgia researchers.The great news is that product companies and product designers are in a prime position to make a really positive impact through designing out waste and supporting recyclability.Yes, sustainable design is more important than ever – and it’s driving some pretty amazing breakthroughs here at Dell through our commitment to design with circular economy principles and to use sustainable materials.We are continually looking for opportunities to use recovered materials instead of raw materials as we design our products, packaging, peripherals (like laptop backpacks and bags) and operational processes. Going a step further, we also look for opportunities to put materials from your used electronics into new Dell products. More than 125 different Dell products have your old computer parts if you recycled your used IT with Dell. It takes approximately 6 months for the materials to go from old computers, get melted down and turned back into a new computer.My work meetings can get pretty interesting. We talk through things like how we can use more ocean-bound plastics and use less solvents in our painting processes – to ways we can use bio-based materials and how we might utilize materials used in space.Back in 2013, when the push to create thinner and lighter notebooks began, my work focused on how we could create the lightest material with the best rigidity to meet our demanding Latitude laptop performance specs. Carbon fiber became our choice to achieve these objectives.My first step was to engage with our suppliers to explore our use of this material. Our suppliers understand our focus on sustainability and are willing to develop these new materials with us because of our scale. So, when we were able to identify a way to be mindful of our environment and our budget, we were thrilled. The solution we came up with was to incorporate reclaimed carbon fiber from the scraps of the aerospace industry, repurposing it into select Dell laptop designs!Carbon fiber was first used in 2015 in the Latitude 7450 and is now being used across the entire Latitude 5000 series. The latest material used in our Latitude 5000 laptop covers was recently improved and contains 50 percent recycled content (20 percent recycled carbon, 30 percent post-consumer recycled plastic).The result is a laptop comprised of reclaimed materials with no trade-offs in durability or performance.To consider our use of sustainable materials, I need to look at things early in the product design process. The use of reclaimed, recycled materials in a product helps determine how it is designed from the get-go. I consider how we can optimize the material’s characteristics for our needs – and whether we can source it for the long-term. In the case of reclaimed carbon fiber, we spent two years developing this material with our supplier before we identified how we’d use it in our products. We needed to overcome the challenge with consistency in the batches of reclaimed plastics that we use to make our parts. Consistency is a very common obstacle to using recycled materials.Since we have implemented this material, we have prevented several millions of pounds of scrap carbon fiber from being landfilled.  A great thing about carbon fiber is it can be recycled repeatedly without losing its properties.Our teams at Dell are examining how we can use more green materials in more ways in more Dell products. We’re up for the challenge. But we need your help.While consistency is a very common obstacle in using recycled materials, scaling these materials is equally a challenge. In order to continue our reuse of e-waste, we need to recover a steady stream of materials back from our customers. Dell needs your used IT to repurpose and recycle valuable materials – and your recycling aids the economy in increasing employment.Whether a tossed device becomes someone else’s next device, a pair of recycled gold earrings made from Dell’s collected e-waste, or the inner workings of the next new device — what is yesterday’s trash might just become tomorrow’s future!Here’s a couple easy things  we can all do today: in support of America Recycles Day, take their pledge and help your old, unused electronics achieve their dream to #BeRecycled. Consumers can drop off their unwanted electronics at a Goodwill® participating in the Dell Reconnect partnership. This program provides free and responsible computer recycling through Dell and helps support local communities by creating jobs for individuals with challenges at Goodwill. Dell’s Asset Resale and Recycling Services can help businesses resell, recycle or return to lease any brand of retired IT in a secure and responsible manner. If you’re not in the U.S., check out Dell’s global recycling services.You can also explore Dell’s trade-in program at dell.com/tradein for used Dell equipment that may still have value.last_img read more

The New Normal: Perspectives on What’s to Come and How We’ll Adapt

first_imgThe days and weeks navigating our “new normal” during the global pandemic have been a whirlwind. I am personally hitting my stride with new routines. I’m eating lunch and dinner with my family every day – I can’t remember the last time we did that. I get to have my dogs around 24×7.We face “life-work” balance where the two are now more intertwined than ever…and I know for some, the realities of the virus are hitting too close to home. This has been an exercise in balancing priorities, being flexible and creating boundaries – and the resilience and commitment I’ve seen across our teams to support our customers and each other makes me proud to work for Dell Technologies.But I’ve been thinking about what comes on the other side of this experience. How will we evolve? How will this experience influence business relationships and our personal lives? The optimist in me believes we will come out of this pandemic even stronger and more connected.I see four major acceleration points.We’ll have a larger remote workforce, expanding talent pools and reducing environmental impact.The debate on whether a large remote workforce can be productive is over – we’re learning that it’s not only possible, it’s successful. Until a couple months ago, many organizations had run the traps on a fully remote workforce as a tabletop exercise – now it’s been turned on like a light switch in a matter of days. For most companies, approximately 20% of their workforce was remote before COVID-19. [1]At Dell Technologies, we had already been leaning into flexible work. Before March 15, when we announced a global work-from-home policy, 65% of team members were leveraging our flexible work policies, and we had approximately 30% of team members working remotely on any given day. Our connected workplace infrastructure set us up well for the unexpected – over a weekend, our IT team had 120,000 people up and running to work remotely. Today more than 90% of our workforce is remote.The remote workforce is here to stay. 451 Research finds approximately 40% of organizations expect expanded work from home policies to remain in place long-term or permanently.[2]  Our own pulse survey among customers validates this view, with up to 40% stating they’ll shift to a more robust work-from-home environment. I’d go a step further and predict upwards of 50% of the professional workforce will work remotely post pandemic – those who predominantly work on a PC for day to day work. Of course, this will vary across organizations and industries, notably in jobs where being on-site and on the front lines is a requirement.We see this in three phases. First, do it “light” – quickly expand the work from home strategy – giving teams that can do so the ability to be productive and connected with secure, stable systems.  For many – we’re already through phase one.Next, make sure to do it right – team members having the right mix of technology and balance to have the best remote work experience for the long-term. This requires organizations to evolve their lifecycle management strategy and virtual desktop infrastructure capabilities.Third – drive further innovation to create the best work from home experience. Making sure team members have the apps and services they need for a contactless IT experience – just as powerful if not better than what they would have experienced on-site. Give people the ability to do their best work from anywhere in the world.And there are added benefits. the span of talent pools around the world just got a lot bigger – proximity to a specific location won’t be a priority. For example, we’ve had our engineering teams innovating from home – iterating with agile methodology, writing code, and quality testing capabilities in virtual environments – all ahead of important product and services releases this year.  We’re still running on schedule. That’s powerful. And, less people traveling in planes and cars could have a compelling impact on reducing the carbon footprint. Passenger vehicles account for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce the amount of traffic and transportation – make a significant change on the environmentGlobal supply chains will undergo rapid transformation – diverse, resilient and digitalSupply chains quickly learned the importance of diversity and flexibility over the last couple of months. Companies found their supply chains weren’t as global and local as they needed to be – lacking the ability to source materials from different localities or suppliers and quickly navigate local workforce health and safety protocols. As importantly, there was a wakeup call on how transparent and secure the end-to-end supply chain truly is.This is an exercise in supply chain resiliency – how quickly you are able to pivot defines how strong you’ll come out on the other side. That requires a data-driven digital supply chain and quite simply – relationships.For Dell, we’ve built incredibly strong global relationships throughout our supply chain over decades. And we’ve been undergoing our own digital makeover that put us in the position to be more agile during one of the greatest moments of uncertainty we’ve ever faced.We’ve got powerful data sets that give us real-time visibility, intelligence and automation across planning and delivery, procurement, manufacturing and warehousing. We can apply predictive analytics to model a variety of outcomes to make smart decisions with speed. And with the world shifting to an accelerated digital existence – an automated, intelligent, visible and secure supply chain will be paramount to business continuity.This resiliency is core to being able to meet customer needs now and in a post-COVID world.The 4th industrial revolution will arrive faster and gives us a path to economic recovery The shift to a remote workforce and the “just stay home” movement have underscored the importance of digital transformation for organizations – to innovate and rapidly put technology to work to create new ways of doing business.Companies and governments are investing in even more secure, scalable IT resources to support high-volumes of virtual, online business. This touches almost every industry – groceries, fitness classes, banking, shopping for both essentials and non-essentials, entertainment. It’s all moving online. That’s a lot of data to manage, analyze, store and protect – and secure.We’ve been talking about the fourth industrial revolution for a while – where data enables breakthroughs in AI and automation to deliver autonomous machines, connected cities – a digital world.  Now, we’re on an accelerated timeline. Organizations have had to pivot quickly – those able to adapt and evolve will survive and come out stronger. I see technology as a key path to economic recoveryMy conversations with customers have moved from “what do we do right now” to “how do we plan for the future” with investments in technology and innovation that ensure business continuity for the long-run. It’s unclear how long the recovery will take – there are a number of models and predictions. But as an optimist grounded in the realities of how our customers are thinking about what’s next – we can’t miss the opportunity to drive greater connectivity, automation and outcomes through data. This applies to small, medium and big enterprise business. Digital transformation creates a new path forward.Companies that have started optimizing for digital experiences are a step ahead as others grapple with creating the same – or even better, a seamless experience online as they offer in-person. AI and Machine Learning play a big role to glean meaningful business insights from vast amounts of data – customize experiences that make it easy to find, easy to buy, and easy to receive goods. AI bots and virtual chat will evolve further to partner with humans to deliver outstanding customer care, with more predictive analytics that can spot potential issues before they arise. Sure beats standing in a customer service line.Healthcare and education will transform to have the greatest impact on society if we get it rightEmbracing digital transformation means positive changes for healthcare and education, creating the ability to reach everyone to close skills gaps and prepare the workforce of the future. The challenge? There are still parts of our country and the world that are in need of network bandwidth and support at scale.First – healthcare. Right now, many physicians are offering well-checks virtually. At Dell, we’ve been using TeleDoc for some time, and recent stats for the month of April in the U.S. show a nearly 50% increase in usage year over year. Imagine what’s possible for preventative care when you can extend the reach of healthcare through technology. For instance, in India we worked with the government and non-profit organizations to launch the Digital LifeCare Solution. Designed to support health workers, doctors and health officials with mobile apps and services, this solution has the potential to reach more than 500 million people in rural India as part of a plan to reduce the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases.Let’s look at education. Schools have had to shift to virtual online learning platforms in a matter of weeks at every level – elementary through higher-education. Educators are hosting virtual classrooms with upwards of 20 students at a time, facilitating homework and lessons in a variety of education applications. That’s a heck of a learning curve (pun intended). Just like moving to a remote workforce – there’s a triage period where we need to get it working well and then innovate to make it an incredible experience. Think about the reach we could have with greater accessibility for children in rural or underserved areas to close the homework gap with access to online classes and enrichment.And in higher-education – we can work to get distance learning right and give equal access to all. The number of students taking at least one online course grew from just over 30 percent in 2016 to almost 35 percent in 2018.[3]  We need to move faster to create hometown jobs and ultimately close the skills gap to ensure the workforce of the future is ready for the digital future – no matter where that workforce resides.The gaps in the digital divide need to close. Government stimulus can further accelerate the speed at which education and healthcare organizations can digitally transform to serve their communities in new ways. 5G and scalable technology infrastructure can drive these necessary changes, like what the City of San Jose is building to ensure 5G touches every community with a specific focus on digital inclusion. Dell Technologies is part of a telco-technology cross industry effort to support a national strategy for 5G, invest in rural connectivity and modernize telecommunications through open, interoperable network innovation. Our communities can’t afford for us to miss this opportunity.While some aspects of our lives have slowed down – less rushing from here to there – the speed of digital transformation is moving quickly. While I’m certain some elements of life will return to the way they were, somethings will never be the same. And that’s OK – perhaps necessary. Now is our opportunity to rethink and redefine the future of work, business, healthcare and education – and how we balance all those things to create a stronger, more resilient future. As the phrase implies, “the new normal” will eventually evolve into what’s expected.[1] Dell WW Worker Study, IDC FoW[2] 451 Research, Mar 2020[3] https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/12/11/more-students-study-online-rate-growth-slowed-2018last_img read more

Protecting the Telecom Network

first_imgOur reference architectures facilitate faster deployments, simplified management, and optimized performance. We are excited to be able to provide a single end-to-end solution for VMware Cloud NFV that includes data protection.Dell Technologies is committed to offering telecommunication-optimized, modular, and open standards-based solutions to deliver infrastructure that is designed for CSP clouds and accelerates 5G monetization. vSphere performance and security improvementsAdditional NUMA balancing featureEdge-centric featuresIPv6 support Telecommunication networks are becoming more and more essential every day and, in the process, gaining new opportunities. These opportunities will drive new business growth and create exciting areas for revenue generation. However, as with all opportunities, challenges exist. And for communication service providers (CSPs), these challenges include cyber threats, increasing network decentralization, timing requirements, and more.To help our customers meet these challenges, Dell EMC Ready Solution for VMware NFV brings together industry-leading technologies optimized for telecommunication networks, yet customizable for any unique need. This solution continues to offer new value with the latest release including newly integrated Data Protection capabilities for streamlined and trusted performance.Fortifying your Data Protection Strategy with Dell EMC Data Protection SolutionsCyberattacks, can have far-reaching effects resulting in downtime and data loss. Since CSPs are at the center of the modern transformation controlling and operating critical infrastructure, it is even more important to have a robust data protection strategy built around the principles of high availability to ensure service continuity. These trends and the continued evolution of cloud environments are causing CSPs to fortify their data protection strategy.¹Dell Analysis, February 2020Dell EMC’s data protection suite offers network administrators a simplified approach to control backup, recovery, and replication management with over 2.7 EB (exabytes) of data in the cloud. It is optimized for virtual environments, with a unique, client-side, global deduplication technology that eliminates redundant backup data before it is sent over the network and stored.Designed for the unique requirements of CSPs, this data protection suite seamlessly integrates with VMware Cloud Director (vCD) through Dell EMC Data Protection Extension (DPE) for vCD. Dell EMC DPE for vCD provides unified end-user NFV infrastructure management. This facilitates tenant self-service access through vCD’s tenant user interface (UI), allowing for tenant-level policy configuration and setup of tenant repositories. Additionally, for those with VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO), we have also validated and documented the integration of VIO with Dell’s Data Protection Suite.Dell EMC’s data protection suite includes both Avamar (source-based deduplication software) and Data Domain (target deduplication software) integrated through DD Boost (solution for optimized software interaction). These leading components provide fast, reliable, and flexible data protection that scales to the needs of the largest CSPs while allowing for expansion to the public cloud. Additionally, Dell EMC data protection suite provides encryption and file locking for data security, protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats.Key features of the data protection suite include:VMware Cloud Director UI integrationTenant self-service accessClient-side global deduplicationDD Boost enhanced backup speedMulti-cloud environmentEncryption and file lockingNon-disruptive policy-based enforcementCBT and FLR for efficient data restoreDell EMC Ready Solution for VMware NFV PlatformWith Dell’s powerful data protection suite integrated with Dell EMC’s VMware NFV solution, there has not been a better platform to position CSPs for success. Built using NFV best practices for disaggregation and validated for carrier-grade performance, this solution ensures the flexibility and capability to execute on strategies with complete peace of mind.This integrated solution is built on top of leading Dell EMC hardware and VMware software, providing an exceptional NFV foundation. With a broad offering of components from Dell Technology, customization is made simple for a prescriptive and optimized network. Benefits include:Enabled agility with peace of mind through validated and disaggregated infrastructureOperate with performance and efficiency, leveraging ideal tools for assurance, automation, orchestration, and analyticsStacked to win with a co-engineered solution built on top of leading Dell EMC assets and VMware software for NFV use casesInvestment protection with a carrier-grade solution meeting SLA requirement via features such as Long-life Intel® Xeon® processors in PowerEdge R-Series serversWhat’s New?Dell EMC reference architectures for VMware vCloud NFV are central to delivering the value of this solution. The most recent reference architecture, Dell EMC Ready Architecture for VMware vCloud NFV, includes the latest VMware release with vCloud Director 9.7.  This architecture facilitates a unified deployment from the core to edge with VMware’s vCloud Director plus data protection.Enhanced data protection using Dell EMC Data Protection Extension, Avamar, and Data Domain Based on vCloud NFV 3.2.1 Single integrated solution for network Edge and Core Facilitating end-to-end deploymentEdge architecture designed for unique requirementsCore offload of edge site overhead DPE Plugin seamlessly integrates Dell’s data protection capabilities with VMware through vCD UIUp to 47% lower monthly cost of in-cloud data protectionUp to 1.5x faster backups on Day 1Up to 3x faster incremental backupslast_img read more

Report: Trump campaign listed payment to legislator’s firm

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — A newspaper reports that former President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign says it paid over $6,000 to a business belonging to an Arizona lawmaker who sought to have the Legislature overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. The Arizona Republic reported that the campaign’s financial disclosures include a December payment of $6,037 to a corporation belonging to Republican Rep. Mark Finchem for an expense labeled “recount: legal consulting.” Finchem told the newspaper that that was reimbursement for “crowd control and security costs” for a Nov. 30 meeting he convened in Phoenix for presentations by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others. The Associated Press’ attempts to obtain comment from Finchem were not immediately successful.last_img