Introducing Industry-Leading Innovations for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Needs

first_imgIs your data center enabling you to transform how you operate and be the strategic partner to your business that you want to be? Let’s face it, today’s data centers are challenged with poor resource utilization, growing complexity, limited and stringent scalability, siloed resources and perhaps the biggest challenge is the time spent and IT resources dedicated on “keeping the lights on.” Also, let’s not forget that the increasing cost pressures, technology changes and the advent of game-changers like the third platform applications, such as cloud, big data, mobile and social applications, which are forcing IT executives to look at how to deliver IT differently.So what do you do? Well, the good news is that solving these challenges is why VCE was created, and it’s also where VCE provides tremendous value. And we are further expanding our value proposition to customers by introducing brand-new converged infrastructure platforms and solutions to drive your “Speed to Value”.Introducing Vblock System 540Today, we’re introducing three new Vblock Systems – the VCE Vblock System 240, 540, and 740.  The Vblock System 240 and 740 are driving some fantastic incremental leaps in performance and capability.  The big news, however, is the new Vblock System 540 – the industry’s first all-flash converged infrastructure for high performance mixed workloads and emerging third platform applications, delivering scale-out performance at ultra-low latency and superior flexibility to handle multiple tier one workloads.Let’s take a closer look…Lighting Speed Application Response – Vblock System 540 is based on industry’s leading EMC XtremIO all-flash array, delivering >1M IOPS, with uniquely consistent sub-millisecond application response times.Linear Growth – The scale-out architecture uniquely allows our customers to expand both performance and capacity, starting with a single XtremIO X-Brick and adding X-Bricks as the consolidated workloads grow – with no single point of failure. In addition Vblock System 540 supports up to 192 Cisco UCS M4 blade servers bringing 1.5X compute memory compared to M3.Optimal End-user Experience – Rich data services like in-line de-duplication, storage compression, space-efficient writeable copies, and thin provisioning delivers scale-out performance and optimal end-user experience. It also ensures that flash data services are optimized for predictable performance at low latency, inline, all the time!Superior Performance – The scale-out system requires no tuning for any workload combinations and leverages a unique flash-optimized data protection algorithm (XDP) to deliver superior performance, protection, and usable capacity. The next-generation Cisco Unified Computing M4 blades, Cisco Nexus ACI-ready networking and MDS also provide unprecedented performance for application deployment and operations.Automation – Vblock System 540 with Cisco Nexus 9396PX switches and ACI will take full advantage of application policy-based templates that automate the provisioning of network resources, application services, security, segmentation and workload placement.Superior TCO with a smaller data center and power footprint – Vblock System 540 only includes a half-rack footprint, all-flash data reduction and the highest CPU availability. Designed for optimal energy efficiency, the new VCE intelligent cabinet 2.0 enables advanced power and environmental monitoring and security.And let’s talk about the range of use cases the Vblock System 540 covers…Mixed high performance workloads, such as databases, virtual server, data warehouse, business applications and end-user-computing environments, can be virtualized and consolidated where extreme performance and scalable capacity is needed, while meeting all SLAsDev/Test Environments – With space-efficient snapshots and cloning, hundreds of full-performance writeable instances can be deployed instantly with no capacity impactReal-time Analytics and On-Demand Reporting—Production OLTP, ETL, and OLAP can be combined onto the Vblock System for instant business intelligenceMission-critical workload virtualizationBig Data / Analytics and End User Computing – Vblock System 540 combined with VCE Technology Extension for Storage with IsilonIntroducing the VCE Integrated Solutions for Cloud ManagementThe second big thing we are unveiling today are VCE Integrated Solutions for Cloud Management.  These solutions build on the proven success of the “VCE Experience” by extending our approach of factory pre-integration, pre-testing and pre-validation to cloud management software.  These new solutions, incorporating software from both Cisco and VMware, are delivered and supported by VCE as a single product, with seamless component-level updates, lifecycle management and end-to-end vendor accountability, VCE Integrated Solutions for cloud management empower IT to focus on innovation and be a strategic business enabler.Simplified Operations – By integrating VMware and Cisco cloud stacks and technologies, VCE offers an out-of-box private cloud solution to deliver virtual machine as a service (VMaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), paving the path for higher level services and giving customers choices based on their preferences.Choice and Flexibility – VCE introduces two integrated solutions for cloud management with VMware and with Cisco, respectively. Customers can select solutions based on their existing partnership with vendors and deployment preferences.Fast Time to Value – The pre-integrated, pre-validated cloud management software stacks with essential, brief on-site configuration recommendations and services provide everything needed to rapidly deliver VMaaS in a cost-effective way.Introducing VCE Technology ExtensionsThird up in the big announcement line-up are the new VCE technology extensions – platforms from EMC and Cisco that are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated to enable additional flexibility and scalability for new and existing Vblock Systems.The first of these is the VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon storage.  This solution allows a “side-car” approach to the Vblock System with powerful scale-out storage to cost-effectively consolidate and manage enterprise data and applications. As a result, customers can now expand and extend their Vblock Systems to incorporate large-scale user data for VDI, highly efficient enterprise data lakes for big data and Hadoop data analytics, as well as scale-out NAS.  Additionally, by enabling multi-use, multi-protocol and multi-tenant capabilities, the VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon storage accelerates adoption of emerging applications, such as Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).The second of these is the VCE technology extension for Cisco UCS compute.  Just as exciting as the Isilon extension, this solution utilizes an enclosure of Cisco Unified Computing technology to power compute-intensive applications, such as specialized graphics processing, performing seismic modeling, handling digital media transcoding and complying with HIPAA privacy and security regulations.Bottom lineOur customers select VCE as their partner and Vblock Systems as their converged infrastructure in their journey to cloud and delivering IT as a Service. True converged infrastructure and now the new VCE Technology Extensions and Integrated Solutions enable data centers to be more easily expandable, optimized, agile and flexible, significantly simplifying application deployment and overall data center operations. This in return, frees up your IT staff to concentrate on taking care of initiatives that really matter to the business and increasing your bottom line!“To learn more about the new introductions, please visit“Vblock 700 Family“Vblock 500 Family“Vblock 200 Family“VCE Technology Extensions“VCE Integrated Solutions for Cloud ManagementSharelast_img read more

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Our Customer Journey from Big Data to AI

first_imgAnalytics – A journey to AIArtificial intelligence (AI) has been around in concept since the 1950s when Arthur L. Samuel, created a learning algorithm that allowed a machine to beat the local state checkers champion.  Yet, it took the largest supercomputer at that time and all its compute power to run that single algorithm to teach the machine how to play.The barrier to entry was so high it was out of reach for most business and research facilities, thus it never took off. Fast forward to today—the game has changed; the cost of compute and the amount of data will be the catalyst that enables customers to implement AI. The barrier to entry is much lower and customers believe AI will lead the Digital Transformation.Thanks to Moore’s Law compute has become vastly more economical. This, married with innovations like GPUs, FGPAs, TPUs and other accelerators, has allowed the enabling technology to be more affordable and powerful enough to analyze data at scale.At the same time, as business has become “real-time”, the window of relevancy of the data has shrunk – and the time to make decisions has become critical to making those decisions successful. And as data and data sources have exploded, AI has become economically and technically viable for customers, and a differentiator in their own operations, security, and business objectives.This inflection point has also given rise to a powerful new career field,  Data Science.  Data scientists utilize these compute platforms and scientific methodologies to provide data-driven insights that directly impact the business they support.The Data Science JourneyThe Data Science jouney began with performing data analytics leveraging universal data warehouses.  Dell EMC was already helping customers with designs that provided ready-to-use infrastructure with tuned performance, partnering with Apache Hadoop distributors.  As our customers have matured on their Hadoop implementations with growth in clusters, more experimentation is taking place and there is a need for integration with business intelligence tools and streaming analytics.  This journey centers on unleashing the power of analytics to bring data to life within the shortening windows to achieve more “real-time” insights.  These steps advance data science toward machine and deep learning.How is Dell EMC helping?Dell EMC’s experience positions us to help customers develop AI strategies and projects within their organizations. The Dell EMC portfolio remains in line with common methodologies for exploration and application of machine learning to a given problem. Starting with a small subset of data from a larger data set, we can start our investigation and understanding of our data set. Once a model is developed we can scale the training process from a single instance of compute on to a cluster of n+1 nodes, and carry that model on through to production once satisfied with our results. Based on our history with Hadoop and HPC, Dell EMC has the ability, credibility and experience to help customers minimize risk while maximizing the value of their data as they move toward the application of machine learning in their businesses.Dell is announcing the next step in the analytics journey with Ready Solutions for AI with a concentration on machine learning and deep learning workloads. With these Ready Solutions, Dell EMC is providing the most optimized and stable solution stack for customers implementing machine learning and deep learning. Dell EMC’s objective is to help organizations enable their data scientists to actually do data science, and provide a platform that helps operationalize the underlying platform for organizing data more efficiently. This is exactly what Dell EMC does well – optimizes and integrates a compute, storage and networking stack for particular use cases, in this case, AI.But wait, there’s more…Dell EMC is also augmenting the solution with data science tools, model definition and training on through to deploying these models in production to enable data scientists to accelerate training, inferencing and algorithm development.  Some highlights include Data Science Provisioning Portal on Bright Computing, radically simplifying cluster deployment with a single intuitive point-and-click GUI. Dell EMC Data Science built on top of Cloudera Data Science Workbench, enables a containerized data science environment will all the libraries, frameworks, set-up scripts for customer-specific use cases. And the Dell EMC Data Science Engine enables data scientists to start leveraging frameworks on top of Hadoop and Spark without any CLI.Dell has scaled this engagement model for many diverse environments and will provide consulting services to assist with data discovery, data flow and curation.What’s Next?Investigate the website and follow me @kshatzka to learn more.last_img read more

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EU urges US to draft joint rule book to rein in tech giants

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging U.S. President Joe Biden to help draw up a common rule book to rein in the power of big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter and combat the spread of fake news. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech to the Davos World Economic Forum on Tuesday that the way online platforms are doing business impacts on “our democracies, our security and on the quality of our information.” Meanwhile. Hungary’s justice minister says her government wants to place restrictions on tech giants that she said arbitrarily silence users of online platforms, including by suspending the accounts of government leaders like former U.S. President Donald Trump.last_img

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HBO docuseries to explore Woody Allen, Mia Farrow fallout

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A docuseries about the relationship between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and its fallout is coming to HBO. The four-part documentary series is titled “Allen v. Farrow.” HBO said the film will include the pair’s courtship and daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations that Allen abused her as a child. It will also have interviews with Mia and Dylan Farrow among others. A representative for Allen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the filmmaker. Allen has long denied sexually abusing Dylan Farrow. The four-part series will debut Feb. 21 on HBO, with episodes airing weekly.last_img

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