When it comes to IT, flexibility and agility are not just states of mind. If IT leaders are going to succeed in the digital era those attributes need to be built into modern IT platforms from the ground up.With that simple but powerful idea in mind we at Dell EMC are proud to unveil our latest Dell EMC VxBlock System offering. The Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 is the most extensible Converged Infrastructure (CI) platform ever built. Rather than just building a CI platform that makes it simpler to manage compute and storage within the same stack, we made it possible for IT organizations to also mix and match both compute and storage components anyway they see fit.IT organizations can now mix and match Cisco UCS C-Series rack servers and Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers in the same platform depending on their diverse applications’ processing and scalability requirements. Each platform can be optimized for different classes of application workloads by relying on a proven architecture to create and share pools of IT infrastructure resources. When it comes to storage, Dell EMC now uniquely allows IT organizations to choose four types of storage arrays—Dell EMC Unity, VMAX, XtremIO, and Isilon — each optimized for various classes of workloads, now all within the same system, the VxBlock 1000.Dell EMC Unity provides a simplified approach to employing and managing all flash arrays, while XtremIO provides a higher performance option optimized to deliver maximum I/O performance with great efficiency for demanding services such as enterprise wide VDI. VMAX all flash storage delivers rich data services for mission critical workloads, Dell EMC Unity all flash is a good fit for general purpose workloads and Isilon storage provides a network-attached (NAS) scale-out system that delivers maximum capacity. When it comes to applications, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. The VxBlock 1000 provides a common rack environment that IT organizations can use to mix and match storage systems as needed.The days when separate cabinets were needed for each type of storage system are officially over!This approach not only allows IT organizations to preserve and maximize investments in IT infrastructure, but the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 also increases server scalability by 56 percent (from 512 to 800 servers) and supports up to ten times the number of storage arrays (from one to ten arrays) compared to previous generations. For example, up to ten Dell EMC Unity arrays at 16PB each can be configured to provide a total primary storage capacity of 160 PB. Best yet, all of that is accomplished in a way that reduces the total amount of rack space for multi-technologies being consumed by up to 60 percent depending on the equivalent previous generation systems. For example, the footprint of Dell EMC Unity storage has been reduced by a factor of four, while the footprint of XtremIO storage has been reduced by a factor of two. The footprint of Isilon storage has been reduced by an astounding factor of six.Those gains will only be multiplied as IT organizations make the shift to next-generation NVMe-based storage systems to improve I/O performance. The Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 is one of the first NVMe-ready converged systems to be brought to market.Of course, our engineers didn’t just focus on the hardware. The management platform we make available for the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 can manage up to eight different systems. Previously, IT operations teams would have to navigate separate management software for each VxBlock system. Now Not only has the management for multiple systems been unified: IT organizations canstreamline upgrades because there’s now one common process to be applied across multiple technologies previously found in separate VxBlock Systems or special extension cabinetry now within a single VxBlock 1000. That major innovation will yield as much as a 75 percent reduction in overall lifecycle management time for multi-system environments, as well as an 80 percent reduction in the time it takes to identify critical updates.There’s an excellent reason IDC just confirmed that we are the industry leader when it comes to CI platforms with 48 percent market share. And IDC1 has documented VxBlock systems make IT operations more efficient by 66 percent while lowering cost of operations by 61 percent. Other crucial benefits include 52 percent less time spent on just keeping systems running, 34 percent faster application deployments, and a 99 percent reduction in unplanned downtime. That results in a 640 percent return on investment (ROI) in a five-year period, with the systems paying for that return within eight months of installation.There’s a lot alk these days about the critical importance of IT agility. That issue is naturally putting a lot of pressure on IT operations teams. Application owners now expect internal IT teams to be able to provide them with services optimized for their specific types of workloads and with a cloud-like experience. Provisioning of IT resources that once took weeks to accomplish now need to be completed in hours and minutes. That kind of operational efficiency can be achieved with standardized, yet highly flexible, pre-engineered systems, like the VxBlock.Our customers could not agree more.“We want to create IT almost like a vending machine. Users select the product they want. They put in their cost center and within seconds that product is delivered. “says John Grieco, Chief Technology Officer for The University of Vermont Health Network.Achieving that goal requires a level of standardization that can only be achieved by relying on pre-integrated systems. “Our strategy is to standardize at the hardware and software level ruthlessly using a converged infrastructure platform,” explains Grieco. “I want IT to be a dial tone service that is always there.”IT leaders are being judged not just on how available applications are, but increasingly how quickly IT enables the business to take advantage of new opportunities. The tolerance business leaders have for lengthy IT projects has never been lower. The assumption now is that IT needs to either keep up with or be faster than the pace at which the business is transforming. Achieving that goal starts with modern IT infrastructure based on a Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 that is by far and away the most advanced converged infrastructure platform ever built bar none. We invite you to see for yourself by visiting the Converged Systems space on DellEMC.com to accelerate wherever your organization’s digital business transformation takes IT next._______________________________________________________________________1 These benefits are based on the IDC whitepaper sponsored by Dell EMC, “The Business Value of Modernizing Mission-Critical Applications with Dell EMC VxBlock Systems, October 2017.” (Actual results may vary.)
With Cloud data center providers embracing Canadian soil, the adoption of hybrid cloud strategies in Canada has increased considerably. Or as Peter Near (@pnear), national director of Systems Engineering VMWare Canada puts it, “Canadians have gone from pumping the brakes to pressing the accelerator,” regarding hybrid cloud adoption.In this episode of Dell EMC The Source Podcast, Near explains the benefits to those Canadian customers that needed to wait for local cloud data centers, and the maturity of the tools and processes available to make the move. No longer are we talking about converting and re-platforming. We are talking about taking what we are doing today, modernizing what we are doing in our private cloud and easily integrating with public cloud, and simplifying the ability to move workloads as requirements change.For all my Canadian friends, be sure to follow @VMWareCanada and @DellEMC_Canada for the latest. Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Introduce customers to products specifically designed to drive data analytics and AI workloadsAre your prospects and customers running high-performance computing (HPC), virtualization, database analytics and machine learning workloads? If so, it’s time to start speaking to those businesses about the latest product launches from Dell EMC, the world’s leading server provider.1Award-winning2 Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, featuring Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, are built from the ground up with a no-compromise approach to deliver a real difference to all sizes of organizations.That’s even more the case now that we’ve added two brand new high-performance server solutions to the already comprehensive PowerEdge portfolio.The exciting new PowerEdge R840 and R940xa servers were first revealed at the Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas earlier this month – and now they’re ready to ship.3When businesses are running complex and demanding workloads, they need robust and reliable server technology that can cope with tasks effortlessly and keep operations running seamlessly. These new PowerEdge servers provide high-performance and high-margin 2U and 4U 4-socket alternative offerings to HPE’s ProLiant solutions.Download the updated PowerEdge Rack Server Channel Quick Reference Guide.Dell EMC PowerEdge R840: Turbocharged data analyticsThe new Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 server is ideal for customers with in-database analytics workloads. This powerhouse is coupled with extensive resources to maximize performance for the most demanding applications, such as analytics, in-memory databases and dense virtualization.The PowerEdge R840 delivers unprecedented performance density enabling customers to benefit from turbocharged in-database analytics:Drive 4S performance in a 2U dense form factor.Minimize latency with a direct-attached NVMe drive (up to 24) configuration.Accelerate critical workloads with GPUs or FPGAs.Add capacity with up to 26 internal drives and expand with up to 6 PCIe slots.Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with up to 112 cores.48 DDR4 DIMM slots, up to 6TB of memory.Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa: Extreme acceleration for businessThe high-performance PowerEdge R940xa is expressly designed to help accelerate database applications, to quickly scale capacity and capability, and to drive data center efficiency.This high-end 4U 4S rack solution gives customers the ability to drive GPU database acceleration for business-critical applications, with dynamic scalability that’s ideal for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning workloads:Accelerate workloads with up to 4 GPUs in a 1:1 CPU/GPU ratio or up to 8 FPGAs.Scale on-premise capacity with up to 32 drives (including up to 4 NVMes) and 12 PCIe slots for expansion.Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with up to 112 cores.48 DDR4 DIMM slots, up to 6TB of memory.Promote these new PowerEdge servers to analytics and AI customersThe Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 and R940xa servers are ready to ship right now.3 So this is the perfect time to call existing and prospective data analytics and AI customers to discuss new roadmap opportunities and plan future investments.Everything you need to start the conversation about the benefits of these all-new, high-performance, 4-socket servers is available on your dedicated Partner Portal Page.> Explore all the educational and marketing resources available to you (Partner Portal login required)1 Dell Inc. and HPE/New H3C Group were statistically tied in worldwide server revenue and worldwide x86 server revenue due to a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenue. Source: IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, Q4 2017 2 Channel Pro Reader’s Choice Award Gold Winner: Dell EMC for ‘Which vendor offers the best Server Hardware?’ and CRN Winner 2017 for Industry Standard Servers: Dell EMC.3 New Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 and R940xa servers available in selected countries only, please contact you Dell EMC account manager for details.
Dell’s Human Resources Rotation Program (HRRP) is designed to build a team of well-rounded HR professionals who can innovate and think strategically, engage and act with clients and customers in mind, execute quickly and lead the future of Dell.A part of Dell’s Legacy of Good plan is to “engage 75% of team members in community service by 2020 and provide 5 million cumulative hours of service to the communities in which we live and work”. Within Dell’s HRRP, the HRRP Community Service hosts quarterly events to help team members engage in service in their local communities.For the past 5 years, the summer event has been a meal-packaging event with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization. The meals that are packaged contain enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. Each packaged meal can feed a family of 5, and the packaged meals are shipped to destinations across the globe, to locations such as Haiti, India, Kenya, and Nicaragua.The Rise Against Hunger event is also a great way for team members to get involved with giving back to the community and to promote team work. Wyatt Clement, a member of the HRRP, said “I had the best team at Rise Against Hunger. We were all driven by knowing that we were really helping families in need. That knowledge turned what would have been a mundane task into a meaningful experience.”This year over 70 team members from the Central Texas HR and Facilities group came together and packaged over 26,000 meals. In the 5 years that the HRRP has been participating in this event, they have packaged over 100,000 meals.Najuma Atkinson, the executive sponsor of the event, has been involved with this event for the last 5 years and is an advocate for the cause. “Doing good in the communities where we work and live is a responsibility I feel we all have. I am so proud of the Dell HR/Facilities team for their continued support of this effort and our role in providing nourishment to so many in need.”
A career in technology is rarely a straight line. Many of my peers in technology have experienced unconventional paths influenced by the ever-changing digital landscape — as have I. A career in technology can be hard to telegraph, because many of the jobs of tomorrow do not exist today. However, I believe there are common attributes that can bring clarity to your vision: the drive to shape the future, and the willingness to learn, pivot and explore new directions.Dell Technologies is built on innovation and our people are at the heart of that. They exemplify our ability to adapt, challenge and discover the paths before us. I recently asked a few technical leaders to share their personal career journeys and how they arrived in their roles via untraditional paths. While each had a unique story, there is a common thread: the insight and diverse perspectives gained in a career in tech has made each a stronger leader.Lessons Learned on the Winding PathSkills learned in a previous role can distinguish you for future roles. While it may not be apparent in the moment, the knowledge and skills you gain in one position can uniquely qualify you for your next role, even in a new field. This is particularly true for Deepika Bhayana, an engineer turned IP lawyer. Her career with Dell Technologies began in 1997, as an EMC software engineer working her way through several development teams responsible for technology core to some of our storage solutions. When she decided she wanted to become a lawyer, it was her engineering and technical expertise that inspired her to pursue her law .“My technical expertise shaped my decisions when I made the transition. I think that my time in the storage business unit put me in the right path for my career to explore different technical and career opportunities, and the next one was my decision to go to the law school,” she recalls. “And after that, it informed my decision to join the in-house legal team at EMC, rather than going to a law firm because I was able to apply my technical knowledge of EMC storage products to my role when I transitioned in-house.”Deepika managed to get her law degree while maintaining her engineering management role at EMC, joining the EMC legal team upon graduating. At Dell Technologies, we focus on skill development and aim to support our team members who take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills and follow their passions. She is now a Senior Legal Director at Dell Technologies, managing a team of Intellectual Property attorneys and paralegals. Her technical expertise gave her a major leg up in her current role where she is widely respected by both her peers and the engineers whose IP she supports.If you’re passionate, but feeling stuck, you may just need a different vantage point. It’s no secret – people who work at Dell Technologies are passionate about technology. It’s finding where to channel that passion that can lead you down a winding road.Jaynene Hapanowicz, CTO and Senior Vice President, Technology Transformation, Dell Digital, shared that the greatest lessons she learned were from the pivots she didn’t expect over the course of her 30-year career. “I started out in product development in the early days of cloud. After ten years, I flipped over to IT because I wanted to experience what it was like to be the consumer of products versus the creator of them,” she said. “I used to tour data centers as a kid, so technology was in my blood. I love technology, I just needed to look at it through a new lens to truly find my passion.”Explore your connected workplace. Abeye Teshome has worn many different hats in his decades at Dell Technologies. Starting out in the factory as a line engineer, he now helps build the platform technology architecture for Dell PCs. After immigrating to America in the early 80s, he was focused on building a career for himself based on his goals and accomplishments. At first, he kept his head down, but soon realized the intrinsic value in keeping an open mind, expanding possibilities, finding the right mentors and connecting with colleagues. “It’s hard to seek out mentors,” shared Abeye, “but it’s necessary and valuable to have the perspectives and guidance of experienced colleagues. I believe the key is having a good relationship and building trust. Challenges are opportunities, and it’s important to keep an open mind.”It’s often easy to get siloed in your specific teams and departments, but it’s important to take the opportunity to be a connection point – consider bringing others into the discussion who can offer a unique point of view. The more diverse perspectives, the more potential for groundbreaking ideas. Garima Kochhar, Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies, echoes this sentiment: “I’ve never been good at seeking out mentors and coaches. However, we work with many different people and teams, and collaboration leads not just to better outcomes but to connections. We also have a responsibility to proactively reach out when we have something to offer that could help others. The support I’ve received from such collaborators-turned-champions at Dell is part of our culture and a major impetus for my growth.” Imposter syndrome is real, but you must persevere. Starting a new job can be intimidating, and it can be especially daunting to make a career pivot into an entirely new field. However, it’s important to lean into your experience and the technical principles you’ve learned over the course of your career journey. “It took me seven years before I realized I was the only woman sitting at the table,” shared Jaynene, “[but] I had a right to a seat at the table.” Garima added, “At times it’s very intimidating to be in a group of other experts. You were hired for the job and invited to the discussion because you know what you’re doing and you’re good at it. It took me realizing that I belonged at the table for me to really start speaking up and thriving in my new work environment.”Recognize when you need to reach out and ask your teams, mentors and friends for help. It’s important to surround yourself with supportive coworkers and communities.An Industry Constantly ChangingAs the industry continues to evolve, so too will the journeys of everyone powering it. The expansive community and network of diverse talent at Dell Technologies reinforces the importance of flexibility and growth in one’s career path. I encourage you to keep an open mind as you explore your own path, wherever that may be. Who knows? Perhaps our paths will cross.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has picked three people who have served during the coronavirus pandemic as honorary captains for the Super Bowl along with inaugural poet Amanda Gorman for an original poem. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and Marine veteran James Martin will take part in the coin toss on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida. The trio was picked for embodying the NFL’s message of “It Takes All of Us” this season.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced an agreement with Republicans to organize the evenly split chamber. The Senate approved the agreement by unanimous consent. The deal with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ends a weekslong standoff that prevented the new Democratic majority from setting up some operations. It also soured relations at the start of the new Congress. Schumer says senators can now promptly “get to work, with Democrats holding the gavels.” Organizing the Senate is typically a routine procedure at the start of a new Congress. But Republicans refused to relinquish power without first trying to extract concessions from Democrats.