Month: February 2021

Serving Up A Data Center Winner for OEMs

first_imgThe server-centric data centerWe often hear about the macro trends impacting the industry like security, internet of things (IoT), analytics, and the cloud. However, there is another emerging trend that we don’t hear as much about, namely the rise of the server-centric, software-defined data center.Over the last fifteen years, we’ve seen huge changes with information technology (IT) platforms evolving from interdependent hardware and software through to early virtualization and now hardware-agnostic software. In parallel with these technology advances, the IT department has moved from an operational support function to a center of influence, helping to advise and guide innovation and technology consumption across the organization.An open common framework for maximum flexibility and returnFast forward to today and with the launch of our brand new 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, we are poised to enter the new frontier of the software-defined data center. This latest PowerEdge portfolio is Dell EMC’s response to data center customer demands across all verticals for secure, scalable, high performance solutions with maximum flexibility, efficiency, and automation.Increased performance and more users per serverSo, what’s creating this demand? Many of the macro trends in the industry including IoT, big data, and analytics, are driving an ever-increasing need for system performance. Our 14th generation PowerEdge servers offer increased application performance and response time with up to 27 percent more processor cores and 19X more Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) low latency storage than the prior generation, while one-click BIOS tuning enables quick-and-easy deployment of many processing-intensive workloads. With enhancements to storage capacity and flexibility, storage configurations can be further tailored to match application needs, which is especially critical in software-defined-storage (SDS) environments.Automatic multi-vector cooling enables more GPU accelerators in a single configuration, allowing for up to 50 percent more VDI users per server. Multi-vector cooling technology not only enables increased efficiency with standard accelerator offerings but also works to efficiently enable any non-standard or custom accelerator options.Industry-first security featuresTwenty-eight percent of CIOs say that they have dealt with a major cyber security threat in the last two years.[i] In response, we continue to drive enhanced protection against malicious threats and unwanted internal changes.An industry-first, System Lockdown prevents configuration changes that might create security vulnerabilities and expose sensitive data. We’ve also incorporated features such as SecureBoot, BIOS recovery capabilities, signed firmware and iDRAC RESTful API (compliant with Redfish standards). To meet privacy concerns, System Erase quickly and securely removes user data from local storage devices when a server is retired.Enhanced systems management tools plus easier server configuration and monitoringIn a recent blog, we talked about how you can save money and speed up deployment with the special systems management tools available for OEMs. Important postscripts to add are that the enhanced iDRAC 9 with the new PowerEdge servers now provides up to four times better systems management performance over the prior generation, increasing the responsiveness when leveraging our agentless systems management in an OEM solution.The easy-to-use, next-generation OpenManage Enterprise™ console has also been engineered to unify system management experience. OEMs will also welcome the fact that server configuration, monitoring, and at-the-box troubleshooting is now possible via a handheld smart device with the optional Quick Sync feature, as opposed to the traditional LCD method.OEM-Ready and OEM XLAs OEM is part of our DNA, it goes without saying that our 14th generation PowerEdge servers continue to be offered as OEM Ready, providing you all the flexibility you need — add your own branding or opt for generic packaging, unbranded chassis and de-branded BIOS splash screens, iDRAC and LifeCycle controller menus. The choice is yours.OEM XL offerings also remain in place. Long, stable product life-cycles factor in the time you need for development, validation and certification without unnecessary technology churn. With these latest generation PowerEdge OEM XL servers, you have advanced visibility to product changes, and even more flexibility to make generational transitions on your schedule.Diverse Use CasesThe new PowerEdge is well suited to serve as the core building block for a variety of OEM solutions including everything from industrial automation to video surveillance, hyper-converged appliances, storage arrays, data protection, and many more. Based on open common platforms, it delivers maximum flexibility and return on investment, allowing you and your customers to focus on innovation while balancing operational priorities.ServicesFrom a deployment perspective, the award-winning ProDeploy Enterprise Suite will help you accelerate technology adoption at customer sites with up to 91 percent less IT effort[ii]. Our ProSupport Enterprise Suite, services include ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist, our automated, proactive and predictive technology that can resolve issues up to 90 percent faster[iii].Huge opportunity to better serve customersI believe that OEMs now have the right platform to accelerate digital adoption and optimization. Our 14th generation PowerEdge is the ultimate framework to serve as the bedrock of your modern appliance.The reality is that current legacy data center technologies simply aren’t agile, flexible or efficient enough to meet today’s needs. In fact, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study, commissioned by Dell EMC, showed that only five percent of survey respondents are currently prepared to meet the IT requirements of digitally transformed businesses with modern platforms. Other research indicates that only one in three businesses have developed an enterprise-wide digital strategy [iv] and that 75 percent of IoT projects will also require a new digital platform.[v]The x86 server is rapidly becoming the foundational building component of the modern data center, displacing much of the specialized hardware present there today. This represents a huge opportunity for all of us to better serve our customers. I’d love to hear your reactions and questionsFor more in the OEM spaceMeet the next generation of Dell EMC OEM PowerEdge appliances. I want to invite you to join our OEM customer webinar on July 20. Register here nowTo learn more about Dell EMC OEM, visit: www.dellemc.com/oemKeep in touch. Follow @DellOEM on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page. [i] Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2016, The Creative CIO[ii] Source: Report from PT about ProDeploy (May 2016)[iii] Source:  Third-party lab testing with Principled Technologies (Resolving Server Problems with Dell ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist), September 2015[iv] Harvey Nash / KPMG CIO Survey 2016, The Creative CIO[v] Gartner Keynote: The CIO’s Changing Role, March 2016last_img read more

Dell EMC Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Distributed File & Object Storage for 2nd Straight Year

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Gartner has recognized Dell EMC as a Leader in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. The report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help enterprises manage the rapid growth in unstructured data.Unstructured data is growing at an astonishing rate, and this growth is showing no signs of slowing down with the proliferation of the digital economy, spurred on by mobile and IoT devices. Today’s digital-first world is generating unstructured data at a breakneck pace, and organizations need storage platforms purpose-built for scale and performance. Gartner forecasts in its “2017 Strategic Roadmap for Storage” that by 2021, more than 80 percent of enterprise unstructured data will be stored in scale-out file system and object storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, an increase from 30 percent today.The Dell EMC position in this report was based on our Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platforms. Isilon, Dell EMC’s scale-out NAS platform, is the foundation for building out a consolidated storage pool for file-based data, while ECS, Dell EMC’s scale-out Object platform, combines public cloud storage features and economics with private cloud benefits.Gartner Magic Quadrant reports are designed to help technology decision-makers “quickly ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against Gartner’s market view.”[1] Notably, the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant clearly places Dell EMC in a strong position against all other competitors for “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” Gartner also recognized Dell EMC as a leader in last year’s first-ever Magic Quadrant for File and Object Storage. We feel this recognition underscores Dell EMC’s continued and significant commitment to supporting unstructured data workloads.Our Isilon storage enables thousands of enterprises worldwide to manage large and rapidly growing amounts of data in a highly scalable, easy to manage, and cost-effective manner. Isilon is designed to accelerate workflow productivity and reduce capital and operational expenditures, while seamlessly scaling storage in lockstep with the growth of mission-critical data. ECS is a cloud-scale, object storage platform with a variety of consumption models. With ECS, organizations can cost-effectively manage their unstructured data under a single global namespace with anywhere access to content.We believe this continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage.Read the complete report here.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.[1] https://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/research_mq.jsplast_img read more

Here’s to the Educators

first_imgOver the course of the past few months, the teachers that helped our kindergartners read their first books and readied our high schoolers to step out on their own as adults have seen unprecedented challenges.Educators’ roles dramatically adjusted as schools around the world shifted to remote learning. Many had to completely surrender expectations for the end of their school year, and most didn’t have the opportunity to give their students a proper send-off.Every day is teacher appreciation day, and now, more than ever, we realize we can’t possibly live up to the standards our teachers have instilled. On behalf of our team members from around the world, the millions touched by teachers each day, and the entire technology community, we’re offering our sincerest thanks to the teachers for continuing to better our community day after day.Thank you for providing a sense of normalcy to the otherwise uprooted daily schedules of our children. Thank you for remembering those in our communities with differing needs and providing solutions to keep them learning. Thank you for rising to the challenge and using this opportunity to build up your teams, communities and leaders. The impact of COVID-19 is changing the way communities live, work and stay healthy. We know educators are impacted, in both their professional and personal lives, but they haven’t let the challenges they’re facing show through when teaching our children. They refuse to quit, committed to reaching every student and making the most of the tough situation.All of us have benefited from a teacher at some point in our lives. We recognize how difficult it is for these incredible educators to teach our children, even under normal circumstances.While technology has helped define the human experience for centuries, what we have learned over the past few weeks is that technology is nothing without teachers’ passion and dedication. We are here to help you succeed and listen to your needs as we navigate what the future brings. We are recognizing the adjustments we need to make to ensure we continue to provide the best education to all children. And we promise to continue to partner with you to find new ways to leverage technology as transform the way we teach and learn.To all of our teachers around the world, thank you.Please visit here for Teacher Appreciation Week discounts.last_img read more

At 80, Vermont’s Sen. Leahy ready to run impeachment trial

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has been a fixture in Congress for 46 years. Now 80, he’s stepping into what will be one of his most visible and physically grueling roles. As Senate president pro tempore, he’ll be presiding over former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial. He’s the Senate’s longest-serving current member and just Tuesday night went to a hospital after feeling what he later described as “muscle spasms.” But he was back at work Wednesday, and colleagues and aides say he’ll be ready to handle the long hours of enforced sitting that impeachment trials entail.last_img

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