If you’ve been researching hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), you’ve surely noticed that it comes in a variety of flavors. Differentiators for consideration will include things like integration with VMware’s software stack, choice of hypervisor, workload uses cases and integrated networking.The last one in the list is a hot topic of conversation because it is what often sets most solutions apart. So how do you decide if integrated networking is for you?Basically it comes down to your overall IT strategy and consumption model preference. If you have the staff, time and desire to build and maintain a network then an appliance, like VxRail or XC Series, is for you. This option gives you maximum control and choice to implement or leverage an existing networking system of your choosing.If you are looking to go all in on software-defined transformation (which is a much bigger undertaking but delivers high value and low risk) and anticipate a need for extreme scalability, then a solution with integrated networking like VxRack would fit the bill. It’s a turnkey system with all of the components accounted for – you buy everything pre-assembled and call it a day.One option isn’t better than the other, the reality is that it depends on what your needs are: scale, SDN, IT staffing requirements, budget, consumption preference, etc.So now that we’ve laid the groundwork, let’s say that you’ve decided that integrated networking is the path you want to take. Let’s take a closer look at the crucial role that networking plays.A recent IDC report described networking as such: “In an HCI environment, the network effectively provides the interconnected nervous system for the applications that ride over it… Integrated networking moves data into and out of the system. In a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) system, however, it also provides the inter-node fabric over which all the software-defined components communicate to deliver the virtualized compute, storage and network services. This inter-node fabric becomes more critical to application performance as the SDDC systems scale.” It comes down to this: the reliability, availability and scalability of the network is what determines the overall performance of the HCI system in your datacenterBecause I love analogies, here’s another way to look at it: It’s like buying a high end sports car (your HCI), but then driving it on an old dirt road. You’re not going to get the speed, agility and handling that the car is capable of when you’re spinning your wheels in the mud and hitting pot holes, you need a smooth race track (in this case your network architecture) to hit peak performance. Your HCI’s performance is dependent on how well-maintained and up-to-date your networking is. Some companies have the staff and knowledge in-house to ensure this. For others, networking can be an after-thought or a crucial component that is overlooked.If you’re in the camp of wanting a vendor to ensure your smooth race track, then what are some of the integrated networking attributes you should be looking for in an HCI solution? Here are some snippets from IDC:A solution that integrates compute, storage, networking and software tightly together to operate as a single entityAn architecture that provides the same level of network performance as dedicated, physical devicesA fully validated, end-to-end network that is optimized for HCI workloads and software-defined storage and hypervisor flows.If an HCI solution with integrated networking sounds like the right choice for you, you can read the full IDC White Paper to learn more: The Importance of Integrated Networking to HCI.
It’s that time of year again when our three favorite things are coming together; golf, technology and community outreach!On March 21-25th Dell Technologies Match Play will be entering its third year in Austin for the third of four World Golf Championships events on the PGA TOUR schedule.Why are our fans so excited about this event? Not only are we bringing the world’s top golfers together, but fans can attend knowing that they’re making strides towards making the city of Austin a better place.Dell Technologies and the PGA TOUR share a mission to give back to the community. The money raised at the tournament will be invested into giving back to youth development and wellness.If you are attending the tournament this March, you will have the pleasure of helping us support Austin Parks Foundation, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Boys and Girls Club of Austin, Helping Hand Home, and Keep Austin Beautiful.The five benefitting charities have been chosen based on their alignment with that mission. In the past two years, this event alone has contributed over $2.1 million to local charities. The event has generated more than $17 million for charity since its inception, including prior title sponsors.Our fan zone will be filled with virtual reality, remote controlled race cars and Alienware gaming stations to ensure there is never a dull moment at Dell Technologies Match Play.We can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year. Will you be there?Join us in our efforts of making the Austin a better place and have fun doing it!To follow along with the event happenings, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
All around the world students at schools and universities are preparing for year-end exams and graduations, and this time every year makes me think back on my own student days. The choices of programmes were way fewer, and the types of jobs to prepare for much clearer. It was nothing like the future today’s students will have to face.Where my generation is still often astonished at the impact of new technology, the younger generations are hyper connected. They navigate naturally in a world with voice assistance, self-driving cars, and not least information available at the touch of a screen. They leverage technology in everything they do and will demand the same level of innovation and personalisation at school and in their future jobs that they experience in their personal lives today.Although today’s technology changes and innovations present today’s businesses with interesting challenges, it will be even more challenging for our education system to adapt to the reality of tomorrow. How can teachers, schools and universities prepare our children for jobs that do not even exist yet? How can they help future generations make the shift from learning and storing information to digesting knowledge? How can they apply new technologies in the classroom and include both soft and hard skills?In a recent study – Realize 2030 – commissioned by Dell Technologies, 3,800 CxO business leaders from around the world shared their views on how they prepare for the future by working together with intelligent machines and new technologies in a so-called human-machine relationship. More than 42 percent believe they will get more job satisfaction by giving the most boring tasks to intelligent machines. And an impressive 82 percent of leaders expect humans and machines to work as integrated teams in their organisation within five years.What is even more interesting is that almost 60 percent say that our education system will need to change to teach students how to learn and how to digest information on the fly, rather than to continue to teach them facts and memorise data. This will be critical if we want to help students prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet – taking into account that an incredible 85 percent of jobs that are likely to exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the next generation will need to work in teams even more than today and increasingly integrate solutions and components from other teams in their own work. To do so seamlessly, they will need a strong set of soft skills ranging from creativity and adaptability to interpersonal skills. An open, inclusive and culturally aware mindset will prove invaluable as boundaries between companies and nationalities blur and crowdsourcing play an ever-increasing role.Future new technologies will not only provide the next generation with some incredible opportunities, it will also push their ethical boundaries and present them with difficult choices of how far they can and should go. Hence, a strong ethical foundation bundled with increased technological understanding will be key. In order to offer students the right set of hard skills and stimulate them to feel comfortable in a technology-heavy world, schools need to immerse students in a broad range of computer science domains from an early age. It is critical to secure at least some basic technological understanding, but clearly even better to help students discover a higher level of passion for technology – ranging from robotics to computational mathematics such as statistics, probability and logic.From what I have seen when travelling around the region, the future of our next generation is bright. More and more educational institutions already make use of new technologies that are available, providing students with great insight into what the future holds. But we can do better – I still see an increased opportunity and an important role for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) at the schools of tomorrow.With mobile VR, students would have the world at their fingertips. A VR history class could transport students to anywhere in the world and offer them an immersive history lesson without leaving the classroom, thus democratising knowledge and allowing children from all social classes access to the same experiences. Medical students could use the technology and VR videos of real-life surgery to practice steps of surgery in detail, and it could give architect and design students an instant virtual view of their projects. With AR, static images in books can be brought to life and bring an extra dimension to the learning experience.If today’s educational sector continues to utilise the available technologies with a strong focus on teaching soft collaborative skills combined with the right set of hard digital skills, they can offer tomorrow’s data-driven workforce everything needed to start their professional life – in jobs that are yet to be created.As the exam season nears I wish all students the best of luck with their exams – and the rest of us congratulations on a much better educated and technology savvy workforce of tomorrow.
They say everything’s funny when you’re making money, and boy are we having an absolute blast together. We set out with our Acceleration Strategy last year and you delivered! We increased our scale and leverage and you bet on Dell Technologies as your standard Go to Market engine. For that I must say, THANK YOU, to all of our incredible Global Alliances partners.2018 was one of the most memorable years in my professional experience. We literally soared to new heights and seized opportunities. The industry is playing right into our trajectory and the opportunities fit right into our wheelhouse. If you consider the trends our Vice Chairman of Products and Operations, Jeff Clarke, lays out in his 2019 predictions, we’re poised for success because they fit perfectly into the trends that pretty much every customer you or I have talked to is looking to implement.So as we soar into 2019, we must focus on how we can AMPLIFY, DRIVE and ELEVATE our efforts this year. These are our priorities for the year and we must focus on them with as much intent as we did our 2018 priorities.Amplify – It’s time to turn up the volume! What we’ve been doing has been working, but we must continue to up our game. Leverage Partner Preferred and the enhancements to the Dell EMC Partner Program.Drive – Your passion rings loud and clear and your energy and ambition is contagious. It’s the reason I love leading Global Alliances and working with each and every one of you. When we care deeply about something, it never really feels like work. We must tap into this drive and think big in order to truly soar.Elevate – In order to win new logos, grow your business and enhance our partnership, you must elevate yourself in every way. Learn everything you can about Dell Technologies and our products and solutions. Expand your skill base. Understand the industry trends. Align with your Dell EMC counterparts and ensure your Partner Growth Plans are equally aligned with the business, your customers and industry trends.We have an incredible 2019 in store, and if we amplify the volume on all our success, keep the drive for perfection we share front and center and finally the focus to elevate our game, we will do the unimaginable, and likely have a little fun at the same time.If you want to hear more about our success in 2018 and our goals for 2019, head on over to the Dell EMC Partner Portal to listen to a replay of our Global Alliances Kickoff Broadcast. Now let’s soar through 2019 with triumph!
5G is not just about building a new telecom network or standard – that’s only half the story. What about the story of how telecom is intersecting with other industries, industrial plants, transport infrastructure companies, oil fields and ships, all of whom are leveraging 5G and LTE technology, to transform their business models? Picture everything from oil rigs in the North Sea reporting their daily yield back to base, search and rescue missions at sea, companies connecting buildings for efficient energy usage, and industrial plants making medicines.Smart factoriesAs a case in point, ABB Power Grids – who provide solutions to meet the growing demand for electricity with minimum environmental impact – is now using the 5G-ready Ericsson Industry Connect solution (based on the Virtual Edge Platform 4600) in a shop floor production environment at its factory in Sweden. The advantages are clear: low latency, a robust and secure private network, efficient and improved production quality, plus increased flexibility in the maintenance and upgrade of production lines.Opening up new possibilitiesIt’s clear from this example that while 5G is a huge enabler in its own right, it’s also advancing the already strong trend towards IT and OT convergence, serving as the glue to connect diverse technologies on the factory floor with everything from edge computing, predictive maintenance and vision-based quality systems through to machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Over the last four years, Dell Technologies has been working to build the most comprehensive ecosystem of partners in order to solve business challenges for customers in different vertical industries across a range of use cases. All these solutions run on top of our Industrial IoT/data architecture, built for scale-up with predictable cost.As we couple all this with 5G technology, we start to access a whole new world of data possibilities and business insights. Imagine the power of combining autonomous vehicles for material transport on the factory floor or mine, cameras on the conveyor belt, a drone to inspect the quality of parts, IoT data from the sensors on the production line, plus structured telemetry data from control systems, all interlinked through a 5G mobile network.Uniting expertiseI believe that designing and delivering these next-generation communication networks demands a range of expertise from multiple partners working together. To address this need, Dell Technologies Design Solutions has structured its organization to work with both the leading communications infrastructure providers and the largest industrial companies, all under one “OEM G20” team umbrella. In this way, we’re bringing together expertise in telecoms, IoT, IT infrastructure and industrial automation.As we have the same teams working with both industries, we can support both sides in their 5G ambitions, helping to design the right communications infrastructure and ensuring its subsequent deployment into industry. This puts us in a wonderful position to support innovation in the first instance, and importantly ensure that is made quickly available to industry.Partnership will determine the futureI hope that our shared work will influence other industries and help accelerate 5G and LTE deployments around the globe. In turn, that should help drive broader innovation as the more we can automate and seamlessly interlink technologies, the more time we all have available to develop new products and services. While it’s impossible to predict all the possible solutions that might emerge, I believe that having an open and responsive ecosystem to help deploy that ingenuity is critical.How are you deploying 5G in your company? Do share your stories. Interested in learning more? Take the first step and contact us today. Learn more about Telecom Solutions from Dell Technologies Design Solutions.Learn more about IT/OT Convergence in the 5G arena by listening to a recorded editorial webinar, hosted by RCR Wireless News here.Follow us on Twitter @DellTechDesign and join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies Design Solutions Showcase page here.
Next-Generation Infrastructure for HCI and BeyondIn computing, architecture is all about finding balance by taking advantage of cheap, plentiful resources and maximizing utilization of scarce, expensive ones to optimize yield, performance and cost per computation of applications.Project Monterey which VMware introduced earlier today creates a new type of disaggregation and, therefore, composability options to balance those resources. Modern applications and operating environments require modern infrastructure. At Dell Technologies, we are reimagining next-generation building blocks to enable closer cooperation between the future VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) infrastructure overlays and our future infrastructure underlays.Redefining the Balance Equation in Compute ArchitecturesAs business and society increasingly digitize, the same architectural concepts apply to organizations. For decades, we focused on building and deploying systems of record – databases and transactional computing. The emergence of the internet and social media led us to develop systems of engagement. Increasing digitization and pervasive connectivity, enabled by 5G, are compelling us now to develop systems of insight to build intelligent businesses.Systems of insight capitalize on the vast amount of digital data being created today. A Chief Digital Officer for a leading medical research institution recently told me: “In the past, we were asked to do more with less (consolidation); but now, we’re being asked to do more with more.” The latter “more” referring to the data deluge surrounding us all.Interestingly, that data deluge is increasingly being generated at the edge – witness autonomous transportation, wearables, remote monitoring, and so forth. And since compute follows data – it’s much cheaper to bring compute to data than to move data to compute – we have the emergence of an enterprise trend toward edge computing.The same edge trends are occurring inside computing systems. The emergence of cheap, ubiquitous compute cores inside network adapters (SmartNICs) and inside actual storage media (computational storage) are redefining the balance equation in computing system architectures and present us with unique arbitrage opportunities.Disaggregation and Intent-Based ComputingWorkloads are increasingly evolving toward data-centric computing. As such, these workloads tend to be optimized by specialized offload engines and accelerators such as GP-GPUs, FPGAs and emerging specialized training and inference silicon engines.This silicon diversity – x86, ARM and specialized silicon – as an ensemble combined in systems lead us into heterogeneous computing. The ratios required to optimize data-centric workloads among these varied types of engines may be such that they cannot be realized within the mechanical/power/thermal confines of a classic server chassis. This leads us into an era of disaggregation where, rather than deploy intact systems, we aim to deploy smaller, malleable building blocks that are disaggregated across a fabric and must be composed to realize the intent of the user or application. The provisioning of engines to drive workloads is completely API-driven and can be specified as part of the Kubernetes manifest if using VCF with Tanzu. We call this intent-based computing.The concept of composability is not new. We could think of prior mainframe and Unix-based systems as implementing capabilities of this genre. On x86, however, what has been extant to date is coarse-grained composability with constructs like VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), which carved up SW-defined infrastructure assets out of intact server or storage systems.What we require moving forward is fine-grained composability. We need smaller and simpler specialized-function infrastructure building blocks that can be more flexibly combined by a composability or intent manager to optimize computational yield across core data center racks or edge sites.VMware Project Monterey – Evolving beyond HCI toward Hyper-Composable InfrastructureVMware’s Project Monterey provides that close cooperation between the infrastructure overlay and underlay to enable this new type of fine-grained composability. By making the most of general-purpose compute available on SmartNICs, VMware is extending disaggregation to the hypervisor. The benefits of a hypervisor and its associated infrastructure services being disaggregated across compute hosts and SmartNICs are many, including:Increasing customer-usable yield out of the underlying host hardware by removing contention between application and infrastructure virtual machines (VMs)Enabling higher, customer-visible performance for applications and application services through improved asset utilizationExtending a common control plane across virtualized/containerized and bare metal workloads, enabling VMware to provide bare metal as-a-serviceProviding air-gap isolation between computing domains for higher intrinsic securityImproving network response time and performance by offloading networking functions from the server host to the SmartNICAs the leading infrastructure partner in Project Monterey, Dell Technologies’ objective is to deliver a new class of infrastructure. We are working closely with our SmartNIC partners to accelerate the transition in the market, moving beyond hyperconverged to hyper-composable infrastructure for service providers, telcos, and large enterprises.In hyperconverged systems, like our industry-leading VxRail offering co-developed with VMware, infrastructure and application VMs or containers co-reside on relatively coarse common hardware and contend for resources. As we introduce hyper-composability, we will develop finely disaggregated infrastructure expressly enhanced for composability and therefore tightly integrated and optimized by both soft- and hard-offload capabilities to SmartNICs and/or computational storage.Customers will benefit from the simplicity afforded in VMware’s infrastructure overlay and the flexibility of having tailored hardware infrastructure in Dell Technologies’ underlay with no waste relative to workload demands.We have already demonstrated joint working prototypes internally and have committed to deliver offers to the market. Stay tuned!Service providers that deliver as-a-Service and Telco customers building their 5G clouds will find this solution very attractive. Large enterprise customers, who increasingly behave as service providers to their internal customers, will also be interested. But the real benefit of this architecture is that we can express the value in back-end core data centers as well as at the edge to create a seamless computing continuum between core, edge and cloud. This is the foundation of our next-generation service delivery platform.While hyperconverged systems can easily compose software-defined assets (compute, storage, networking), we envision that hyper-composability will extend that ease of dynamic (re)composition to the hardware building blocks to take advantage of silicon diversity. Project Monterey will help enable this new type of fine-grained composability. As a result, we will have new opportunities to balance the computing system architecture to increase yield, maximize performance and reduce cost per computation of workloads.Attend VMworld to find out more. We’ve got breakout sessions on this topic including:Next Generation Infrastructure Enabled by SmartNIC – Sept. 29, 2:00-2:230pm PTDell, VMware and NVIDIA – Sept. 29 12:00-12:30pm PT for the Americas and Sept. 30 for EMEA at 4:00-4:30pm PT CEST.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has reported 82 new coronavirus cases, hours after confirming the first two infections in nearly two months. Seventy-two of the cases came from an electronic company in Hai Duong province, where a 34-year-old female employee tested positive after her colleague was found to carry the virus from Osaka, Japan, several days earlier. The Health Ministry says the woman who was tested in Japan carried the U.K. variant, which could spread faster. The company with over 2,200 workers was closed for disinfection and the provincial authority locked down surrounding communities to curb the outbreak. Over 3,000 people in the area will be tested. In neighboring Quang Ninh province, 10 people tested positive after a man working at the airport was confirmed to be infected.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Army officials say nine of the 11 Fort Bliss soldiers sickened last week after drinking a component commonly found in antifreeze have been released from a Texas hospital. Fort Bliss officials said Monday that two soldiers remain hospitalized in El Paso, including one who is in intensive care. Fort Bliss said all 11 soldiers were hospitalized Thursday after drinking ethylene glycol that they believed was alcohol. The soldiers had been on a 10-day field training exercise. It’s unclear why the soldiers believed what they were drinking was alcohol. Base officials say the incident remains under investigation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from the breach. Richard Barnett was arraigned Friday in federal court on seven counts from the Jan. 6 riot, including entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, theft of government property and disorderly conduct. His next hearing in his case is March 4. Barnett was among supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol. Prosecutors say the 60-year-old man was carrying a stun gun when he entered the building.