One of my favorite aspects of being senior vice president of North America Field Marketing at Dell EMC is hosting customers weekly in our Executive Briefing Centers where we can sit down together to talk about the day-to-day needs of a business, learn more about our customers’ goals and help bring to life the technology solutions that will work best for them. The meetings also give our customers a great opportunity to get their hands on the client products to experience them firsthand.Given the value of these meetings, I’m proud to announce the wheels are rolling on Destination Dell, our new mobile Executive Briefing Center hitting the road to visit our customers around the United States. We’re beginning with a 40-stop tour of the west coast, with visits to Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area, including a visit to Intel, our Destination Dell partner, on-the-ground in Santa Clara.So what is Destination Dell? Imagine an RV fully wrapped in the city skyline of our hometown, Austin, Texas, equipped inside with our top-of-the-line commercial products and demos to bring to life our technology solutions. There’s also a conference room fully equipped with Intel Unite, along with an architecture-based VR experience, an outdoor lounge area and often a “best-of” local food truck. Our customers will get a chance to step inside and see what the future workforce will look like as we help them adapt their business to be ready for what’s coming – and our hope is that they’ll have some fun while doing it, too.Why now? There are critical shifts occurring in the way people work and what makes them happy. Based on what we know from our Future Ready Workforce study, it’s important for our customers to have these conversations now. As part of our research we learned:More than 50 percent of employees expect to be working in a smart office in the next five yearsMore than 80 percent of millennials say workplace tech would have an influence when deciding to take a jobHalf of all employees, and three in five millennials, believe technology will make face-to-face conversation obsolete in the near futureMore than 60 percent of millennials would rather receive high tech perks at work versus low tech perks like ping pong and free foodThere is so much to consider about technology in business these days so we’re taking to the open road to make sure our customers feel ready and excited about the future of their solutions. Follow the journey of #DestinationDell and if you have questions, you can reach out to [email protected]
[UPDATE 6/13/17]: The new Inspiron Gaming Desktop with Windows 10 is available in the U.S. starting today, from $599.99 USD.It’s no secret that PC gaming is blowing up. The Open Gaming Alliance has projected it to grow to as high as a $35B market by 2018.At Dell, we’ve been on the front lines and bleeding edge of PC gaming for more than 20 years bringing innovative new systems and technology to market to keep you prepped for battle. While we have honed our craft with our incredible Alienware products, we recognized that there are gamers seeking a competitive advantage at a more accessible price, so we introduced our new Inspiron Gaming notebook line-up in January.That brings us to exciting news from Computex 2017 – we’re adding our first desktop in the Inspiron Gaming line-up, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop with Windows 10, starting at $599.Following the success of the Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop, launched at CES 2017 and already a favorite among reviewers, the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop sports the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors. They feature SenseMI which dynamically optimizes power consumption, task routing and clock speeds to deliver exceptional responsiveness and performance whether you are gaming, streaming or in VR.“The addition of the Inspiron Gaming Laptop makes sense after the success of its laptop counterpart. Not everyone wants or needs a portable gaming machine, so providing a desktop option to those customers could encourage them to invest in a casual gaming device,” said Valentina Palladino in Ars Technica.“’Affordable gaming desktop’ isn’t a phrase that inspires much confidence, but Dell hasn’t cut many corners with the Inspiron Gaming Desktop,” noted Kyle Wiggers in Digital Trends.This new desktop is also built so you can expand, upgrade and update with ease. It comes with power supply options up to 850 watts for dual discrete graphics from AMD and NVIDIA, its ready for VR graphics cards, supports up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, offers advanced CPU cooling options and comes with Waves MaxxAudio Pro with 7.1 Channel HD audio. It also offers a convenient SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ port and up to six SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports total, a wide selection of high-capacity hard drives with responsive SSD and dual-drive options plus up to five storage bays.The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop is currently available on JD.com in China and will be available on Dell.com and at select retailers worldwide in the coming weeks.Stay tuned for more exciting gaming news from Dell and Alienware on June 12 at E3!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0yRFCAGi3E
Dell EMC The Source Podcast #90: Code Dell EMC with Jonas RoslandJonas Rosland (@JonasRosland), Dell EMC Code Community Manager, joins me this week from Dell EMC World 2017 to talk all things Open Source.Dell EMC was a sponsor of dockercon, why? What is the Dell EMC Code Community? What is REX-ray and how does it impact open source deployments? Is open source relevant to Dell EMC? How much is all this going to cost me? Get all the answers this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast.Interested? Join the Dell EMC Code Community here!The Source Podcast: Episode #90: dockercon, container, bars, REX-ray, Dell EMC Code and More!Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_90_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Dear readers, today I would like to put on a cooking show for you. I’m standing in front of the stove, armed with an apron and a wooden spoon, surrounded by bowls, pots, oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and other ingredients. Time to get cooking!Just kidding. Those of you who know me a bit better know that you wouldn’t really catch me on a cooking show. But the parallels between digital transformation and cooking are too obvious for me to resist conjuring up that image.If we’ve learned anything from the discussions and experiences of the last few months, it’s that digital transformation is anything but trivial. It doesn’t suffice to simply declare that digital transformation is happening and then make a few tentative software adjustments. Digitalization causes wide-reaching changes at every company, including structural ones. The difficulty lies in anticipating these changes in advance, but it’s the only way to establish the necessary requirements.While digital transformation may or may not involve new business models, which in turn may differ from one another, one thing is the same across the board: All activities will become more customer-centric. In keeping with this, companies need to better familiarize themselves with as many aspects of their customers as possible: their surfing behavior, their purchasing habits, their expectations for new services, and their acceptance of app content. This new, increased focus on customers alone has radical implications for IT: Data volumes will increase, data analytics will play a central role, and quickly adaptable services and app features will become commonplace.Storage systems will then need to be adjusted, and CRM and analysis applications will have to be whipped into shape or even repurchased; data security solutions will become even more important (especially in the wake of the new General Data Protection Regulation); infrastructure flexibility must be improved, high availability must be guaranteed, sufficient performance must be ensured, and completely new development tools must be introduced. The dynamic integration of cloud solutions and the use of managed services must be considered, and all of the individual components must be precisely and dynamically coordinated with one another – and all of this needs to be done because of one single aspect of digitalization. Digital transformation is truly anything but trivial. Which makes it all the more crucial to partner with an IT service provider that can handle all of the necessary changes and, ideally, can offer a full portfolio from a single source, the contents of which are coordinated with one another to the greatest possible extent.I still haven’t forgotten my cooking analogy, by the way: Just as with cooking, digitalization calls for a precise combination of the right components (ingredients) with one another.If only it were as simple as that.Combining the components is one thing, but successful implementation is something entirely different: When two people use the exact same ingredients and follow a precise recipe, one of them might make an acceptable meal, whereas the other might make a magnificent, prize-worthy dish. Little things often make all the difference, and the same applies to digital transformation.Taste and talent are to cooking what a cultural shift and agility are to digitalization. In both cases, each of the two are indispensable to success. Incidentally, you can use the well-known OSI layer model as a reference point for imagining a new “digitalization layer model” that would include the following important aspects:InfrastructureHardwareSoftwareApplicationsCultural ShiftAgilityYour company must be ready to undergo a cultural shift; in order to promote digitalization, you need to question a wide range of outdated dogmas and structures and, in the event of doubt, break with them. These include existing hierarchies, specialist departments, and positions. Ideally, everyone will work together with everyone else, which will involve some people giving up some of their power. That will not be to everyone’s taste, but that’s not a problem; the important thing is that your cooperation helps you achieve your goals.This calls for mental agility. Agility means much more than that, though: for example, being committed to innovation, loving to shake things up, and accepting creativity as a tool that’s worth just as much as strict analysis. And, of course, agility is specifically required in software development.There are wonderful examples of how this kind of agility works in the field of industry. For example, Volkswagen set itself the goal of transforming “from an automotive manufacturer into a mobility provider,” according to CIO Martin Hoffmann. The company’s IT played a central role in making this happen, especially in expanding its innovation leadership and competitiveness. To facilitate this, the Group opened its Digital Lab in Berlin, and works closely together with our subsidiary Pivotal in order to create a powerful digital ecosystem. “Imagine that you have a great idea one morning, and that by the end of the day you can offer it to your customers as a product that is ready to use,” reads the Pivotal homepage. This approach is not only Volkswagen’s preferred way of developing new business models, but also represents the very essence of agility.I very much hope that your company will also develop a taste for this new agility. Bon appétit.
“How long do we use our servers?”“Until they die.”That was a real conversation I had with another system admin during my first week at a new job in 1998. Google “how long should you go before refreshing servers” and you will find that the topic is still debated. But, why?When you buy something that isn’t disposable, you own it for its useful life. Your goal is to get the most out of it before you have to replace it. A car is a great example. You buy it and plan to drive it for as long as possible. It costs a lot upfront and you need to recoup that cost, right? But, how long before an old car becomes too expensive to maintain compared to buying a new one? Repair cost is the key variable for most people to consider. But, if you commute an hour each way to work, you might factor in the increased fuel efficiency of a new car. But if you don’t drive much, a couple of extra miles per gallon is pretty meaningless. On the other hand, to the owner of a taxi company in New York City, a few extra miles per gallon could save millions.Twenty years ago, most companies thought about technology as a cost to minimize and tried to squeeze every last ounce out of it. Today, organizations of all shapes, sizes, and organizational structures are transforming and rely heavily on technology. For a business to transform, they must embrace doing things differently. An easy place to start is by evaluating your company’s server refresh guidelines. Some companies have learned to maximize their server investment and opt for faster refreshes. But, as the IDC report Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles shows, for many companies, old habits are hard to break. Let’s take a look at the myths leading to an average server refresh cycle of 5.8 years when it’s clearly beneficial to refresh more often.Myth 1: To Get the Most Value From a Server, Use It as Long as PossibleNot true. It actually costs a company more to keep existing servers instead of refreshing them. A lot more. Companies who refresh servers every 3 years have operating costs 59% lower than companies who refresh their servers every 6 years.Myth 2: The Cost to Acquire and Deploy a New Server Is More Than Just Keeping the Old OneWrong. The cost of operating a server in years 4-6 increases to 10 times the initial server acquisition cost. The reason is because the increasing costs are not linear and jump significantly as a server ages past 3 years. In fact, by year 6, a server requires 181% more staff time and exerts a productivity cost of 447% more than in year 1.Myth 3: Upgrading Servers Is a Cash-Flow DrainIt’s actually the opposite. Even when you factor in the cost of acquisition and the cost of deploying new servers, a company that refreshes twice every 6 years instead of just once will have a 33% lower net cash flow. And if servers are a significant investment for your business (e.g. 300 servers), that could translate to a savings up to $14.6 million. Efficiencies of new servers and the benefits of consolidation (e.g. replacing 300 servers with 247 servers) make this savings possible.Myth 4: It Takes Too Long to Realize the Benefits of Refreshed ServersIncorrect. Remember, the cost of a server starts to increase rapidly in year 4. But, if you replaced it instead, you would not incur those costs. The cumulative benefits of user productivity time savings, IT staff time savings, and IT infrastructure cost savings pays for that new server in less than a year. To be more precise, it occurs in about 9 months.Myth 5: Newer Servers Have No Impact on Increasing RevenueFalse. But, this concept can be a little difficult to understand without hearing from the companies who increased their revenue. IDC highlights two different companies in their report: a logistics company and an educational services company. In both cases, the greater agility, capacity, and shorter time to delivery with the new servers helped them win additional business. IDC calculated the additional revenue per server at $123,438.Myth 6: Buying Servers Is a Capital ExpenseNot anymore. There are traditional leasing options as well as new innovative payment options such as Pay As You Grow and Provision and Pay from Dell Financial Services.Don’t let these myths continue to keep your business from moving forward. The new generation of PowerEdge Servers are more scalable and agile, perform better, are more power efficient, and can help you consolidate more than the previous generation of servers released about 3 years ago. And if you embrace a 3 year server refresh cycle instead of every 6 years, you can take advantage of these innovations and say goodbye to higher costs.
Feels like a blink of the eye, but Open Networking is now over 4 years in the making. And by the looks of things the proverbial genie is out of the bottle and there’s no turning back. The proposition back then, remains the same today, disaggregate the traditional networking stack and innovation will follow, for the industry and for the customer.Just like how when the compute industry transitioned from mainframe to client-server technologies we witnessed a massive wave of innovation combined with an inherent democratization of the technologies, a similar effect is now taking hold in the networking industry. This means a whole lot of ‘new’ – new technologies, new architectures, new economics, new ways of operating networks.Organizations deploying and managing real networks are grappling with real and practical issues. Across the board, big and small, network operation teams are faced with a number of critical requirements as demands on the network and overall complexity increases. In spite of differing industries and businesses, the challenges these companies face and the problems they are trying to solve through Open Networking are consistently similar, as evidenced through a recent IDC study. They include:Increasing network agility to support virtualized applicationsMaking the network more automated and programmableImproving securityProviding greater operational efficienciesFrom the interviews IDC conducted with Dell EMC customers, it is evident that Open Networking is having a dramatic effect, in terms of addressing the requirements outlined above—and ultimately transforming operations. For example, according to Alex Kurgan, a senior network engineer at AFEX, a private company that provides global payment and risk management solutions, they chose to deploy Dell EMC Open Networking with Big Switch Networks:“The resulting operational agility and operational efficiencies have been considerable, abetted further by visibility into the VMware vCenter orchestrator and related infrastructure like vSAN and NSX. The provisioning of the systems is now much easier and a lot faster, and it requires a lot less involvement for me and troubleshooting has become easier.”And Andrew Martin, network engineer at LogicMonitor, who is using Dell EMC Open Networking paired with Cumulus Linux is experiencing significant operational efficiency improvements, through automated and self-service networking. Andrew states:“In the past the network team was segregated from the rest of the operations team. Not everyone knew the ins and outs of the various vendor-specific interfaces. This made it difficult and a little bit stressful for the networking team. Now our deployment model is to use Ansible. Everyone on our operations team has access to the Ansible playbook, and anyone can do it. They can deploy the full configuration from nothing to everything in just a few clicks, which is awesome.”These customers’ perspectives are a tribute to Dell EMC’s vision of an open, democratized Networking industry. Today, we offer a complete line-up of Open Networking products spanning data center top-of-rack, fabric, and interconnect; campus/branch; and enterprise access/edge environments all with mix-and-match software capabilities from Dell EMC and Open Networking ecosystem partners. And earlier this year at the Open Networking Summit, we advanced the conversation once again moving the focus of Open Networking toward software disaggregation. And at Dell Technologies World we unveiled our new Virtual Edge Platform (VEP4600) bringing Open Networking to universal CPE (uCPE)/virtual branch environments with our partners Silver Peak, VeloCloud (VMware), and Versa Networks.To hear more from customers like Andrew and Alex, I would encourage you to:Download the report, learn more about these customers, their challenges, and the problems they were able to solve.Determine for yourself what would make sense for your network and your organization.Schedule time to meet with us to explore and test-drive options.Let’s transform together. We’re here to help you every step of the way.https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/it-transformation/index.htm#cobrand=intel&overlay=/collateral/white-paper/idc-how-network-facilitates-datacenter-it-modernization.pdf
Imagine being excited for a new product and ordering it online for in-store pickup. Surprisingly, the self-pickup kiosk does not have your order ready and you are told to return later. Instead, you go to a competitor.Businesses often lose a competitive edge because of the frustration caused by disconnected data and IT silos. Today, technology innovation across your organization is integral to how you deliver value. According to IDC, by 2023, 50%¹ of GDP will be generated by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. Digital transformation is not just about investing in new technologies but integrating the technology into operation and tools.The latest announcements from PowerEdge and OpenManage are designed to help your business unleash innovation by delivering a connected experience, rapid enablement and continuous refinement. Connected experience leads to efficient operationsAccording to IDC, only 10% of data is tagged.² In other words, 90% of data is wasted.The PowerEdge XE7100 server is designed to help organizations embrace data silos and bridge the collaboration gap with a data pipeline that pairs data flow efficiency with leading storage density – support 100 internal hard drives in a standard rack depth 5U server.³ PowerEdge XE7100 has an optimized compute and internal storage ratio to minimize latency and silos. Run data intensive applications with the option of one or two server sleds and a variety of accelerators. It can enhance collaboration and information flow between departments such as supply chain, finance and stores to improve customer satisfaction with accurate order information. – That self-pickup kiosk would have your order ready when you get there. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Rapid enablement to address business requirements intelligently To win in the digital transformation era, your infrastructure needs to expand seamlessly to address business requirements rapidly. Back to the example we mentioned above, if the new pickup technology was enabled intelligently and had the ability to scale with demand, the customer experience would have been seamless.The Dell EMC OpenManage Systems Management portfolio enables rapid deployment and intelligent server lifecycle automation. When your infrastructure is dynamic, IT becomes an enabler of rapid innovation.Minimize IT burdens with intelligent tools that are adaptive to your environment spanning from edge to hybrid cloud:OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter update hypervisor and firmware in an 8-node PowerEdge cluster in less than 4 minutes4.OpenManage Enterprise scale rapidly and monitor up to 8,000 PowerEdge servers and 3rd party devices remotely.New servers can be discovered in OpenManage Enterprise without an IP scan in less than 60 seconds.5The OpenManage FlexSelect pluggable architecture enables native integration and provides ultimate flexibility to reduce the learning curve:On the OpenManage Enterprise console, you can flexibly enable needed functionalities as plugins from Power Manager, SupportAssist and Update Manager.6For ServiceNow users, the OpenManage Integration with ServiceNow reduces IT silos by connecting server management to the broader operation needs from the ServiceNow console. Continuous refinement for a path to build agile business and infrastructure Hidden data is your secret weapon. Uncover the insights to make your infrastructure and business more responsive and agile.PowerEdge XE7100 can store and process more data to refine your business, so you can respond rapidly to competitive changes in the marketplace. More data means you can improve accuracy to unleash powerful insight-driven innovation that matches your target customer needs.Your infrastructure also has insights – iDRAC9 streams over 180 server telemetry metrics for proactive monitoring. By analyzing and visualizing the data, customers can uncover hidden insights between seemingly unrelated events for predictive management. Proactively fine tune your infrastructure by identifying performance bottlenecks which helps you minimize potential downtime. One of the use cases is to improve data center security – monitoring unusual user login activity or physical intrusion events on your servers, so you can take action rapidly.See us virtually at the Dell Technologies World experience on October 21st and 22nd. Join us to discuss how the PowerEdge XE7100 can help you embrace data silos and how to leverage streaming data from iDRAC9 to gain deep datacenter insights. You can also learn more about the latest OpenManage capabilities at the Master Class webinar.¹ IDC The Future of Digital Innovation, DOC #US45720719 , January 2020² IDC What Do You Really Know About Your Data?, DOC #DR2020_T5_MM , March 2020³ Based on Dell analysis, April 2020, The industry’s first standard rack depth 5U Server with support for 100 internal hard drives. AD# G200001144 New VMware vSphere 7.0 features reduced the time and complexity of routine update and hardware compliance tasks, Principled Technologies report, August 20205 Boost data center staff productivity with OpenManage Enterprise, Principled Technologies report, AD# # G200000656 OpenManage Enterprise Update Manager target available in Q4, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Tucci’s pandemic experiences have run the gamut. He has home-schooled little kids. He has, rather famously, mixed cocktails. He has had the virus. He has worked on film and TV sets with new safety protocols. He has written a memoir — the first draft in London’s first lockdown, the second draft in its second. And he is starring in a newly released film in which he gives one of the finest performances of his career. In “Supernova,” Tucci plays Tusker, a novelist on the edge of dementia. The film, currently playing in theaters, will be available to rent digitally Feb. 16.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s prime minister, facing growing protests against him, has gathered his supporters in a rally in the capital in an attempt to show he still has support. Tens of thousands of people waving red Communist flags gathered at the heart of Kathmandu cheering and chanting slogans in support of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli. A splinter faction of Oli’s governing Nepal Communist Party and opposition parties have been holding protests against him since he decided to dissolve Parliament on Dec. 20 and hold new elections on April 30 and May 10. The splinter faction led a nationwide general strike on Thursday, shutting down schools, markets and transportation.