Cloud Storage

first_imgI’d like to introduce myself. My name is Eric Kuzmack and I recently joined Dell as an Architect in the Data Center Solutions group. I came to Dell after 15 years at Gannett, the USA’s largest newspaper company and the publisher of USA TODAY along with more than 1000 other publications, television stations, and other ventures. I spent much of my time at Gannett working on large scale Identity Management, Server, and Storage architectures.I just returned from Storage Network World in Dallas hoping to hear about what’s going on with storage infrastructure in the cloud. I’m not talking about what services are being offered by companies such as Amazon, Mozy, or Nirvanix, but what’s new on the infrastructure side to allow companies such as these to offer new and unique storage services to customers. With all the talk about cloud storage opportunities, what surprised me was how little there actually was at the show aimed at that space.An interesting tidbit: I attended an IDC presentation where they mentioned that they expect cloud computing spend to grow from $16B in 2008 to $42B in 2012. In 2008, storage is 5% of the spend, but in 2012, it’s 18%. Combining that potential along with the financial meltdown that many expect will hasten the adoption of cloud based services, I would have expected the show to be packed full of cloud storage goodness.Are we going to see a radical change from what’s worked for years or are we just going to see incremental changes along the way?I suspect that many of the traditional players in the storage space aren’t quite sure how to deal with the cloud within their existing product portfolio. Monolithic storage solutions become too expensive to deploy in the hyper-scale environment. A new way of thinking needs to come from the vendors. For example, at DCS, we have what I think is an interesting storage chassis. We call it the J23 – JBOD with 23 drives. What makes it cool is that it holds 23 3.5” SAS/SATA hot plug drives in just 2U of rack space. We mount drives in both the front (12) and rear (11) of the chassis but still use front-to-back cooling.Much of the cloud architecture that my colleague Jimmy talks about here focuses (rightly so) on the services end of the cloud. But there seems to be a lack of discussion in the blogosphere about the underlying infrastructure.Stay Tuned…last_img read more

Learning What’s Next at the Nutanix .NEXT Conference

first_imgHyper-converged infrastructure and enterprise cloud company Nutanix held its annual customer conference .NEXT in Las Vegas this week, and as usual Dell team members were on hand to share in the excitement and meet with partners and customers. You can read up on all of the many announcements on the Nutanix website.In addition to the many product announcements, Dell’s Alan Atkinson took the stage to speak about the shrinking data center, and announced an extension of our now two-year partnership with Nutanix in the hyper-converged space. In his keynote, he explained that storage, server and software architectures are reshaping the datacenter, leading to entirely new paradigms that simplify and reduce the cost of the traditional datacenter. He emphasized that we will continue to see changes that will disrupt the data center and IT Infrastructure over the next four years.Tony Parkinson, Vice President for North America Enterprise Solutions and Alliances also spoke with SiliconANGLE’s The CUBE at .NEXT about renewing the Dell-Nutanix partnership and the evolving converged and hyper-converged infrastructure landscapes. Check out the full interview in the video below.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Episode #54: EMC AppSync

first_imgEnabling our customer Business Applications is at the heart of everything we do.  EMC AppSync is designed to simplify and automate the process of generating and consuming copies of production data.  By providing an abstraction layer between applications and underlying storage replication technology, AppSync simplifies the process or Application Replica creation.   This Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) tool provides an intelligent and simple to use interface that can provide application owners and VMware admins the ability to restore and clone their data, with or without leveraging the storage team.  The AppSync team recently released version 3.0 of the product, and Boaz Michaely ( AppSync Product Manager, gives us the details this week on EMC The Source Podcast.Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #54: EMC AppSync with Boaz Michaely Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_54_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Hadoop Is Growing Up.

first_imgAs a part of my regular duties, my job is to pay attention to macro-level movements of various industries and technology sectors. One of those sectors is facing some rather large tectonic shifts as of late is the emerging and rapidly growing sector often referred to as big data. More specifically, the topic is Hadoop.Hadoop is much decried as being too hard to implement, and many complain about the lack of talent and expertise in Hadoop. Much of this is overblown, but it is undoubtedly true that running the network and compute on 10,000 nodes of Hadoop is FAR more difficult than running a lab of 10 Hadoop nodes with 3 master nodes. The level of complexity past 1,000 Hadoop nodes is a logarithmical curve. It is also true that hiring polymath talent to do all things Hadoop is very competitive.Lately, there have been some very interesting polls and studies around organizational interests in Hadoop, as well as benchmark studies that line up with that interest. IDC released a customer survey last year that made it into my hands a few months ago (Source: IDC, Hadoop Adoption Rationale and Expectations, September 2016). Based on responses from 219 private and public sector organizations in the U.S., the results in this IDC poll showed a very interesting quandary:The most popular architecture for Hadoop was centralized enterprise storage (selected by more than 35 percent of survey respondents who indicated they were considering or had already deployed Hadoop). However, performance was the number one primary driver for selecting a Hadoop architecture (indicated by more than 50 percent of respondents).Based on this data, it’s clear that enterprises want enterprise storage for Hadoop and they are also very concerned about performance. This is a contraction to the traditional Hadoop reference architecture from just a few years ago (i.e. direct-attached storage).Indeed, now when I talk to our customers about their hopes for Hadoop, they talk about the need for enterprise features, ease of management, and Quality of Service. These are the signs of Hadoop moving out of its infancy and awkward teenage years, and becoming part of a more mature enterprise technology sector.Intel also recently released a performance benchmark study that showed no performance slowdown for Hadoop when run in Docker containers. This too is fascinating.The benchmark study shows that performance for Hadoop on the container-based software platform from one of Dell EMC’s partners, BlueData, now rivals the performance of a bare-metal Hadoop instance. The BlueData platform also provides enterprise security and multi-tenancy for large-scale containerized Hadoop deployments. Again, the traditional reference architecture for Hadoop has historically been all about bare-metal clusters; containerized Hadoop was perceived as potentially slower, less secure, and/or not scalable. The study’s findings clearly fly in the face of “conventional wisdom” for Hadoop.[The chart above shows the overall performance of containerized Hadoop running on the BlueData software platform compared to Hadoop on bare-metal for 10, 20, and 50 node clusters. In this case, higher is better].From a Dell EMC Isilon perspective, we have responded to the same sentiment illustrated in this study. Our new Gen6 Isilon comes with 11 times the throughput of previous models. This can be seen in an increased backplane and the 40 Gb network cards achieves > 15 GB per second per 4U chassis on the all flash model and > 12 GB per second per 4U chassis on a spinning disk model.  The ability to pair greater performance on a centralized scale-out storage platform helps to make that apparent disparity in the IDC polls more realistic.If I pause and consider these things in tandem, the thought that comes to my mind is that Hadoop is really starting to grow up. Customers are increasingly seeking enterprise-grade, IT-based capabilities such as backups, redundant clusters, and better storage efficiency (versus the triple-mirroring of traditional Hadoop deployments).  And they are looking to achieve operational efficiencies by using their existing staffing and technology investments.The benefits of a containerized solution such as BlueData can help in this regard, by delivering the on-demand elasticity of Big-Data-as-a-Service in an on-premise or hybrid deployment model. It’s now possible to spin up instant Hadoop clusters for short-term usage (e.g. special jobs or special projects), while tapping into data from shared enterprise storage. And secure multi-tenancy with fully containerized clusters for Quality of Service amongst different Hadoop users is now viable. All of this defies the conventional wisdom of running Hadoop on bare-metal with “pizza box” servers, supported by a few polymaths in a lab.Let’s tease this apart a bit more. If we build a stack that corresponds to the IDC poll and the Intel benchmark study, we have containerized Hadoop on shared storage and commodity compute with no special storage subsystem needs. From an operational perspective, we could peel back more layers of that onion to reveal additional opportunities: The storage team could manage the centralized storage, the DBAs could manage Hadoop, he server team could manage the compute (using BlueData’s software to manage containerized Hadoop) along with their other servers. And with BlueData, the data science teams and analysts get instant access to the Hadoop-based environments they need without having to understand the underlying infrastructure and operations. This seems to remove some of the concerns around Hadoop operations and the elusive hunt for unicorn polymaths to run the whole stack.  Federation of the pieces could easily be supported by almost any internal IT team or outsourced provider.Peeling back the layers of this onion even further, the density of shared storage and the use of containerized compute shrinks the footprint of a Hadoop environment. Rows and rows of Hadoop nodes can be condensed into a manageable set of cabinets. Containerization and multi-tenancy delivers the potential for Quality of Service and mini-clusters. This removes the dependency on massive clusters with a few master nodes.  (The 10,000 nodes to five master nodes brings other challenges, but I can tackle that in another blog…)Maybe Hadoop really is growing up. Dell EMC and our partner BlueData see a lot of demand for this type of architecture as of late. In fact, we conducted a recent webinar together (you can watch the replay here) to help companies avoid common mistakes and outlined new best practices for Hadoop in the enterprise. If you have any feedback, thoughts, or questions, please feel free to ping me on Twitter @KeithManthey.last_img read more

Data Capital: Separating the Winners and Losers of Tomorrow

first_imgIt’s undeniable; digital transformation is reshaping the world around us. Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2021, at least 50 percent of global GDP will be digitized, with growth in every industry being driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations, and relationships.1 Less obvious, however, is the fact that data is driving this change. In fact, the ability to put data to use is what will separate the winners and losers of tomorrow.Data is rapidly becoming any organizations’ most valuable asset and will be a strong indicator of future success. IDC also predicts that by 2020 investors will use platform, data value, and customer engagement metrics as valuation factors for all enterprises.1 Dell EMC discovered examples of valuations heavily influenced by data during a recent data valuation project with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center.  Notable examples include:The most valuable asset in Caesar’s Palace bankruptcy filing is their Total Rewards Customer Loyalty database, valued at one billion dollars.Ninety percent of the value from LinkedIn’s $1.5B acquisition of Lynda.com was attributed to their data.Tesco internally valued their Dunnhumby data asset, which contained the shopping habits of some 770 million shoppers, at over a billion dollars.View the entire report – MIT’s Sloan Management ReviewIt’s time to change the way you look at your dataThe data platform shouldn’t be an afterthought or ancillary decision that you cede to a technology provider; it must be a centerpiece in your decision making to achieve success.Your focus must be on maximizing your Data Capital.We define Data Capital as:Wealth in the form of value derived from organizational data. Used to power digital experiences and/or unlock business insights. A source of competitive differentiation across all industries.As we’ve seen, this can be the difference between success and failure in this digital age.However, making use of data isn’t easyOrganizations that were not born in this new digital world have to augment or adapt existing business processes and technologies to leverage their data. They must also account for the massive amounts of unstructured data new digital experiences will create and consume. It is estimated that Unstructured Data will account for 80 percent of all data.When looking at how to unlock your Data Capital, there are three challenges to overcome:Data often goes unused. Analysts estimate only .5 percent of data is ever put to use. Data is often siloed and strewn across an organization’s footprint, limiting its usefulness. Without data consolidation, gathering and exposing it to the right users and applications requires substantial effort.Keeping up with data growth can stifle innovation. As data grows, management overhead, infrastructure costs, and the inability to rapidly add capacity can be problematic. It is vital to optimize infrastructure and processes so you can continue innovating while keeping costs in check.Properly aligning data with organizational goals. As my colleague Bill Schmarzo is fond of saying, “You don’t need a big data strategy, you need a business strategy that utilizes big data.” While it’s not always apparent, it is critical to ask the right questions and be thoughtful about the role data will play in your success.Crossing the Data DivideNo matter the industry, we will see data increasingly important to differentiating among competitors. Ultimately, successful organizations will need to overcome these hurdles to put their data capital to use. However, those who do not take the necessary steps to integrate their data will find it difficult to succeed in this digital world.In the coming weeks, we will discuss ways in which you can set your strategy to maximize your data capital, and provide real-world examples of companies that have already begun this journey.1IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2018 Predictions Oct 2017 – – Doc # US43171317last_img read more

Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race: Introducing Dell Rugged Ambassador Heather Broadbent

first_imgThis is an ongoing series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. Each yacht is equipped with two Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme notebooks and a Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme tablet to provide the onboard teams with access to critical navigation and communications throughout the challenging race.Organization is keyLast-minute preparations have meant that all I have done is sleep, eat and breathe this race for weeks. It is a real dichotomy as I wanted to spend every minute with my family, but I also know how important it is to make the best possible preparations for myself and my team. I seem to have become the go-to person for general team enquiries; emailing, phoning and messaging daily for updates and info. This means I must be super organized with the information always to hand above or below deck. Having the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme tablet to hand really eased the load as I am comfortable to have it on deck without the worry of it getting damaged.Once the race started, my needs changed. With no emails to answer, my priority is to keep track of my race. The day we set off, I waved for over six hours nonstop to my family and friends who had travelled down to London to see me off. What a day it was, the culmination of all our preparation. Tens of thousands of spectators at St Katharine Docks meant that the atmosphere was absolutely electrifying. After feeling so calm for so many weeks, the emotion finally got to me. Seeing my beautiful daughters, Alex and Megan, made me the proudest mama in the land.After the emotion of race build-up and the parade of sail, it was a huge relief to start racing. It was great to get those sparkling white new sails up and pulling us along.Our first weekThe first few days of the race were pure madness. The words that sum it up are: Seasick, BIG waves, fast sailing, disasters, injuries, despondency, tiredness, exhaustion and aching muscles.The next few days took their toll on us all, draining everyone both mentally and physically. We were on our way to Portugal, beating hard into the wind.During my downtime, I kept up to date with my blog writing lying in my bunk with the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme tablet on my knee. I had the night mode switched on and, using the onscreen keyboard to type, it was super simple to keep track of the days. I decided from the start to commit to writing every day as I knew that the days would run together – after a few days at sea you lose all track of time. Some days it was great to watch a movie, just to clear my head and rest.Team spirit was high, and crew roles were starting to become more established. Everyone is looking out for each other and every single person brings something to the crew.Wind holes and toffee cakeThe race was a game of cat and mouse with boats jostling for places. With a wind hole looming, we executed a tactical well-placed jibe, and soon we were back in second place with everything to play for. The dreaded wind hole showed up as a pale blue/green image in the Nav Station on our Dell Rugged notebook. It’s an area with no wind and it was touch-and-go as to who was going to get there first…and more to the point IF they get there first, would it matter? One of the slower boats could catch up and even though they had been hundreds of miles behind, they snuck into a podium place right at the last minute.What a disaster! I woke after three hours of sleep to start my midnight standby shift only to find that we were practically last. The wind hole had hit us hard. After looking good for third place, the slower boats had caught us up and by sticking to the rhumb line they snuck past us on the inside. It wasn’t a huge surprise and the possibility of this happening had been discussed, but we had pushed hard to try and sail around the wind hole. Unfortunately, that strategy had left us further out than the rest of the chasing pack.The toffee cake that I had cooked before I went to bed had been a triumph. That was the only saving grace of the day.Eventually, we finished in seventh place – not a brilliant result but it has brought us together as a team. I already know I have made friends for life with my crew. Bring on race two – I can’t wait to get going again.last_img read more

Three Ways Your Servers are like a Good Pair of Boots

first_imgNo, you can’t walk all over them. Our PowerEdge servers are stress-tested for natural disasters, but I digress.I recently had a conversation with a cobbler about the construction of his boots and what differentiated his product from some of his lower-priced competitors. He emphasized the importance of a good pair of shoes constructed with good materials that move with your feet and stand ready to endure the occasional repair. After this conversation, I got to thinking about the relationship between shoes and servers, as one does.I found myself talking to the cobbler that day because I, like many people, wear my boots into the ground, quite literally, before I make the trip to the shoe store. However, by purchasing “white box” boots and wearing them down, I was unnecessarily subjecting myself to foot pain and sole blowouts. Bringing this back to servers, I was making the same mistake as 40% of companies do by ignoring the need to refresh until it is too late.So how exactly are servers like a pair of shoes?Servers are the bedrock of your core operations and play a huge role in your day-to-day performance Your servers may seem fine after four years of use and even perform well during day-to-day tasks, but it’s not Carl from accounting’s email archive that keeps you up at night – it’s your company’s mission-critical applications that do. Your servers, like shoes, are always running in the background. You probably won’t give servers much thought unless something goes wrong because you just accept that they will get you where you want to go.There is a myth circulating that servers are a commodity. If that is true, then shoes are a commodity as well. Sure, technically you can walk in any shoe, but you and I both know that we don’t want to just walk in shoes. They need to support our feet, mold to our gait, and not fall apart. Every. Single. Day. So, in that respect, servers are in no way a commodity. Construction, performance, and service matter in servers and boots. Construction, performance, and service don’t matter in true commodities like corn and oil.  Good servers won’t last forever, but they will adapt to fit your needs “White box” boot companies cut corners under the hood by swapping in cheaper materials, failing to vet vendors, and ignoring customer needs throughout the lifecycle of the shoe. Three months later, you’re running to a meeting and your heel comes unglued.While your servers aren’t held together by glue (at least I hope not. If so, we should talk…), the analogy still holds. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are assembled from a trusted supply chain of vendors carefully monitored with your performance and security top of mind. We don’t cut corners in our own data centers, so we certainly will not cut corners in yours.When you purchase a Dell EMC PowerEdge server, much like a good pair of boots, your relationship with us continues well beyond the purchase. With our OpenManage software and iDRAC BMC, we are with you every step of the way, ensuring your servers are operating at peak performance when it matters most. If something goes wrong, we are here to get you back up to speed.Of course, even the best servers and boots need a refresh due to changing times. If your toe is poking out or those Spice Girls platform boots just aren’t your style anymore, you’ve probably waited too long to refresh your boots. If you are slogging through data-intensive AI applications on a four-year-old server, you probably should have refreshed last year. But no worries, Dell Technologies is there to get you plugged in, back up, and running. Trusted materials and construction matter A good pair of shoes will mold to your foot and flex throughout the day depending on your activity. A good server will do the same.PowerEdge servers scale to your needs, freeing up more space to run more critical applications or helping you reduce your data center footprint. Further, our kinetic infrastructure moves us closer to full composability by running the right resources for the right workloads as your business needs fluctuate. What does all this mean? Your data center will flex like a shoe, hugging the sides of your feet, providing comfort and preventing blisters from morning to night.So, in conclusion…Don’t let your servers wake you up in the middle of the night with blisters and foot pain. Refresh regularly with trusted Dell EMC PowerEdge servers – optimally every three years.To learn more about PowerEdge, visit dellemc.com/servers, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Dell Technologies Data Protection is Helping Under Armour Transform Their Road to Cloud

first_imgIt’s always a proud moment for me to see that the products and solutions that our talented data protection team delivers are helping to drive innovation and success for our customers. Under Armour is one of those customers. With a cloud-first approach, they have selected Dell Technologies to help transform their future.Under Armour selected the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) to help them protect the data that is the fuel to their organization. Their brand reputation and the integrity of their products depend on the data that the IDPA protects. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:41Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:41 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Like all industry trailblazers, Under Armour pushes limits – and their IT organization is looking for solutions that drive agility. The IDPA all-in-one appliance model fits Under Armour’s roadmap to simplify and move to hyperconverged hardware perfectly. They no longer need to manage individual data protection components, but rather a solution as a whole.What makes the IDPA special? The all-in-one data protection for multi-cloud, core and edge. And the fact that it enables fast, simple recovery for data everywhere with a single appliance. This end-to-end model makes Under Armour’s team work smarter and not harder.Under Armour has over 1000 virtual machines running on VMware vSphere.  With the IDPA, Under Armour has experienced zero downtime, reduced costs and has been able to holistically manage data that is segregated and dispersed globally – making data available to teammates and consumers at faster rates than ever before. As Nicolas Hennessy, Under Armour Senior Manager, Compute and Storage put it, “Using Dell Technologies and Dell EMC Data Protection for our disaster recovery program allowed us to not only replicate our data to where it’s needed, but also cut down on utilization and deduplication and get ratios that we’ve never seen before…We sleep easy knowing we’re protected 100% of the time with Dell EMC data protection.” To me, that sounds like innovation and success in the making.The IDPA deploys 10x faster1 than alternative solutions, simplifies data protection management and offers blazing backup and recovery speeds. And, for Under Armour, it does it all at a lower cost-to-protect than competing solutions (mostly likely due in large part to an amazing data reduction percentage of 97% – how’s that for unparalleled performance?).By adopting a cloud-first approach, Under Armour is looking to drive innovation and success even further. They are looking to embrace Dell technology for both on-prem and backup of cloud infrastructure. Remarking on this, Patrick Duroseau, Global Head of Under Armour’s IT Infrastructure and Operations commented, “Dell Technologies is helping us innovate in the data protection space because we are a cloud-first organization.” With Dell Technologies’ extensive data protection portfolio, Under Armour has one vendor to go to for designing new solutions, one vendor for support, one place to make sure that Under Armour can transform its future.Learn more about IDPAsIDPAs deliver all-in-one data protection for multi-cloud, core and edge environments. They offer fast, simple recovery for data everywhere—with a single appliance.Trust the #1 Data Protection Appliance & Software vendor2 with recovery solutions that deliver performance and cost-savings. To learn more about the IDPA, check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.1 Based on Dell EMC internal testing, February 2020, compared to traditional deployments. Actual results will vary.2 Dell is #1 in Data Protection Appliance & Software – based on combined revenue from the IDC 3Q19 Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Tracker, with select Storage Software segments from the 3Q19 Storage Software and Cloud Services Qview. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:33Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:33 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:27Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:27 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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Navigating Through COVID-19

first_imgCreating a successful remote working environment takes more than just the right technology. Organizations also need the right HR and leadership policies and guidelines. Later this month, we will be inviting you to join us for webcasts featuring our HR, IT and Security experts who are responsible for shaping and implementing our flexible work policy and environment. We’ll share more information here and directly with our customers through our sales teams.Please let us know how we can help you implement technology to help keep your employees productive while they work from home now and in the future.Creating a successful remote working environment takes more than just the right technology. Organizations also need the right leadership policies and guidelines. We invite you to view and share webcasts featuring our HR, IT, Facilities and Security experts who are responsible for shaping and implementing our flexible work policy and environment. You can learn more and view the webcasts by following this link.Ensuring Business ContinuityOur services and sales teams, supply chain and partners are working together to meet our customers’ business-critical technology needs.We are managing the impact on our business and supply chain operations through order lead times. Up-to-date information is visible to customers, partners and our own sales people during the order process.All Dell Technologies’ products are manufactured in accordance with our global health and safety policy and undergo rigorous screening prior to shipment regardless of factory location.Our Tech Support teams continue to serve our customers’ needs globally, by working from home where needed or shifting support calls to other locations. Blog Updated April 7, 2020As the impact of COVID-19 spreads, we have two main priorities: caring for the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities, and doing everything we can to take care of the needs of our customers and partners.We are rolling out our own work-from-home guidance and supporting our customers as you do the same. We are going virtual with events like Dell Technologies World and Executive Briefing Center experiences. We have our own business continuity plans in place, and our supply chain and services teams are working around the clock to help customers meet business-critical technology needs.We will use this space to provide our stakeholders with broad information and updates on how we are taking precautions, supporting communities, and enabling our customers and partners. If you have questions or comments, please post them. Happy to answer everything we can.We’ve put policies and guidelines in place to help keep each other and our communities safeWork-from-Home (Section Updated March 15, 2020)We have established a global work-from-home policy for team members capable of doing so. We will reassess the situation frequently and update policies as we have more information.Fewer people onsite makes it safer for those team members who must come in to an office, factory or lab to do their jobs and support our customers. In addition to “social distancing,” we continue to fully sanitize our sites several times a day, wiping down frequently used surfaces and disinfecting common areas with alcohol-based solutions. We’ve also increased the number of hand sanitizer stations around our facilities and encourage team members to practice healthy habits. Any employee not feeling well should stay home.Team Member and Third-Party Visitor Travel PolicyWe’re limiting international and domestic travel for Dell team members and contractors to business-critical and customer-critical only.And, when employees travel to or through countries that have travel bans in place – for personal and non-Dell reasons – they must self-quarantine, refrain from entering any Dell Technologies facility or customer site, nor interact with any Dell personnel or customers for 14 days upon returning home.We’ve put a third-party policy in place, ensuring visitors adhere to the same policy as our team members.  Our Customer Engagement programs have developed virtual offerings to ensure that customers and partners are getting what you need to fulfill your technology needs.We’ve advised that if a person is feeling unwell or has recently had any symptoms of illness, they cannot enter our facilities.Events We are evaluating all event attendance and participation in the best interest of our team members, customers and partners. This includes decisions on events across the Dell Technologies family.We have decided to make Dell Technologies World 2020 a virtual event. The core of what we set out to accomplish together in Las Vegas is still important, which is why we will deliver keynotes, select breakout sessions and live chats with experts as a virtual experience. We will share more details soon via DellTechnologiesWorld.com.The city of Austin called for the cancellation of SXSW 2020, so we will not hold the Dell Experience at SXSW. Austin is our home, and we will continue our commitment to the city and our community.The PGA TOUR has cancelled all PGA TOUR events through the Valero Texas Open in April. This means WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play will not be taking place. This was done out of abundance of caution given the COVID-19 outbreak. We support this decision for the health and safety of all attendees.Supporting Communities and CustomersWe are working with our team members around the world to support our communities, customers and partners during these challenging times.Giving and our Technology on the Front Lines (Section updated April 7, 2020)We provided an initial donation of two million yuan ($284,000 USD) to fund badly-needed materials including surgical masks, protective clothing and eye protectors for local hospitals, under the guidance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the assistance of China Youth Development Foundation and Hubei Youth Development Foundation.We have extended our support in China, delivering an in-kind IT infrastructure donation valued at 6 million yuan ($853,000 USD) to the Hubei Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in China. This donation has helped upgrade the IT infrastructure of Hubei CDC and enable the centre to respond to the epidemic situation more effectively. It has also substantially enhanced the Center’s ability to provide public health services over the long term by optimizing service support and enabling new capabilities such as hybrid-cloud-based PaaS.We have set aside another $3 million USD in funds and in-kind technology donations to help meet the greatest needs of our communities and the front-line organizations working to treat and contain COVID-19 around the world. As the situation evolves, we will continue to assess opportunities to leverage our technology to deliver support where it is needed most. We will update you here with more information.Through our Dell match program, we will match every team member donation to support the COVID-19 response, dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee per year. To help in the relief efforts worldwide, we have set up a targeted fundraising effort for global team members to donate to one of four charitable partners including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization via the United Nations Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and CARE.We are also working with customers in the area of infectious disease prevention and control.  For example, our advanced computing clusters are being used to understand disease outbreaks, including how diseases like COVID-19 are spreading and how to better track them. For example, The University of Texas at Austin and other institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and France used the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Wrangler system to analyze comprehensive travel data from location-based services to develop a model of the spread of the virus through China.The Governor of Texas announced the creation of a temporary Supply Chain Strike Force — immediately naming Keith Miears, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Procurement at Dell Technologies, to serve as Supply Chain Director for the state of Texas. Miears will be supported by former State Representative John Zerwas, MD, who will assist with hospital relations and preparedness, Clint Harp, Vice President of Transmission Strategic Services for the Lower Colorado River Authority, who will assist with asset research and procurement, and Elaine Mendoza, Chair of the A&M Board of Regents, who will assist with statewide child care infrastructure for critical workers. The Supply Chain Strike Force will be tasked with guiding collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure health care facilities have the supplies and resources they need to respond to COVID-19. In addition to working with the federal government and businesses to secure necessary personal protective equipment, the team will work to ensure day-to-day resources (including food) are available for Texas’ medical personnel, first responders and those who have contracted COVID-19.Together with the City of Round Rock, Round Rock Community Foundation and the Round Rock Chamber, Dell Technologies is a founding member of Round Rock Cares, a fund with an initial investment of $100,000 USD to support small and local businesses in the Round Rock, Texas community.To further support our local Austin community, Dell Technologies has made a donation to the All Together ATX fund, a joint initiative between the Austin Community Foundation (ACF) and the United Way for Greater Austin. This fund will support the Greater Austin community during the COVID-19 pandemic with needs including food insecurity, basic and medical needs, employment and child care. The fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations working with vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Dell Technologies will also serve on the advisory committee set up by the Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin made up of philanthropic public sector leaders and community advisors.Dell Technologies has provided the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – a Dell Technologies strategic non-profit partner in the area of pediatric cancer – with access to Dell Technologies’ Zenith Supercomputer. TGen is conducting population-level sequencing for rapid genomic analysis, which gives public health organizations the ability to rapidly identify which strains of COVID-19 are circulating more than others, what might be causing focal outbreaks, and how fast the genome is mutating and changing. By comparing the results within the context of global genomic information, this COVID-19 sequencing program could inform biomedical researchers in the hunt for better targets for new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.To support [email protected]’s efforts to simulate the dynamics of proteins involved in COVID19 and hunt for new therapeutic opportunities, Dell Technologies is engaging users of our Alienware PCs to ‘lend’ their computing power. Each simulation a person runs on their own PC increases the chances of finding possible ‘druggable sites’ on the proteins, which can lead to treatment options for the disease. Learn more by visiting this site.Dell Technologies is supporting Ventilator Challenge UK, a consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors producing medical ventilators for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).Michael Dell’s family foundation, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, is doing its part to respond to COVID-19. They have dedicated $100 million to initiatives and projects to fight COVID-19 around the world. The contribution supports two priorities: 1) The eradication of the virus as quickly as possible through a commitment to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard, and 2) relief for the communities MSDF serves with a focus on  healthcare, education, small businesses and social enterprises. You can learn more about the initiatives at msdf.org.Our team at Boomi got together to hack ways to help our communities at this time. They came up with 100 ideas in just 24 hours. The idea that rose to the top was ‘Answers on Demand’ – a completely free question and answer ‘bot’ which can sit on an organization’s website and handle the huge influx of questions they are fielding during this time. It means that questions like ‘should I come into the clinic if I feel unwell?’ or ‘how can I access my school work online?’ can now be answered automatically, leaving them free to focus on how they can best support those they serve. And recognizing the limited IT resources at these organizations, Boomi designed Answers on Demand to be easy – it can be configured in as fast as 10 minutes with only the most basic technical skills required to set it up.Working with the i2b2 tranSMART Foundation and its members, Dell Technologies are supporting the Foundation’s open source platforms to rapidly create a federation of translational research centers. This federation will enable large-scale population monitoring of COVID-19 patients, mobilizing the data from their network of more than 200 institutions worldwide to identify and collect datasets and tools that can be leveraged to study COVID-19 by the scientific and clinical research community. This timely, comprehensive data on COVID-19 patients across the globe is helping to broker research on prevention and cures, including identifying “hot spots” for where medical resources are most needed.We have provided an in-kind laptop donation to the largest public health hospital in Brazil, SP Hospital das Clínicas. These laptops will provide a mobile solution to enable the team leading 3,500 physicians, nurses and support staff to collaborate in real time as they open up additional treatment areas to meet anticipated demand for those infected with COVID-19.Enabling Remote Work (Section Updated March 26, 2020)Like you, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our teams, their families and the communities where we live. As you arm your teams with the ability to work remotely, we are sharing key elements of our Connected Workplace Policy and Program, established in 2009 to give our employees the power to choose the work style that best fulfills their work and life needs. It’s become a core component of our culture.For technology needs:Provide notebooks with supporting components like docks, monitors, headphones and software, all designed to work together, with built-in security.Deploy these systems to employees, straight from our factory to their homes, with the apps and settings they need pre-installed, using Unified Workspace to manage Windows 10 devices remotely and help users get to work instantly and stay productive.Arm users who have more heightened security needs with Virtual Desktop solutions.Set up additional virtual desktops quickly with our HCI and cloud solutions.To meet the dynamic demands of your organization, move applications to and from on-premises and public clouds with Dell Technologies Cloud.last_img read more

Fed up judge sets meeting at LA shelter on homeless crisis

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A fed up federal judge in California says last week’s rainstorm created extraordinarily harsh conditions for homeless residents of Los Angeles. He ordered city officials to meet with him at a Skid Row shelter to discuss how to address the worsening crisis of people living on the streets. The action involves a lawsuit accusing officials in greater Los Angeles of failing to comprehensively address the homelessness problem. The judge said during a visit downtown last week that he witnessed the impact of the wet, cold weather on homeless residents, including a woman who was naked and suffering from hypothermia.last_img