VCE and VMware: Extending the VCE Experience to Strategically Scalable VDI Initiatives

first_imgVMware last week announced VMware Horizon™ 6 as a portfolio update to its application and desktop virtualization platform, which will enable tightly integrated joint virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions with VCE converged infrastructure. Through a single, unified platform, Horizon 6 delivers centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs. VCE works closely with VMware to integrate its technologies into Vblock™ Systems, and Horizon 6 demonstrates another opportunity for how VCE and VMware can continue working together to enable business transformation for customers.VDI holds the promise of not only consolidating desktop computing into the data center for improved manageability, efficiency and security, but also supporting new services such as bring your own device (BYOD) and desktop mobility.  There are significant cost savings for enterprises that migrate to desktop virtualization, offering increased flexibility and productivity.The workspace can now be delivered to any endpoint device with the same look and feel of a traditional, corporate-owned desktop.  It also enables IT personnel to ensure data security, protect application data within the data center, and comply with regulatory policies while keeping operational costs down. VCE and VMware work closely to provide these end-user computing benefits while solving broader challenges in the data center such as management, data protection and the increased overhead of supporting virtual desktop users.Late last year, VCE introduced a new specialized system to solve many of these issues. The Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications is designed for running just that – “extreme applications” such as VDI that have unique data center requirements.  Integrated with VMware Horizon View, which is part of the Horizon 6 platform, this specialized system can deliver performance and responsiveness exceeding that of physical desktops, enabling a simplified VDI experience to end users while providing massive scalability for IT to easily manage thousands of user environments (up to 7,000 desktops per system).  In addition, this specialized system from VCE helps drive down the cost per desktop through integrated flash-based storage from EMC XtremIO – helping solve the storage complexity that can slow down VDI adoption.VCE and VMware together have partnered to offer a VDI solution that enables IT to transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations.  With VMware Horizon 6, we’re taking our partnership to a new level in helping IT and their end users adapt to this changing and ever more mobile paradigm.last_img read more

EMC Gives Back

first_imgEMC Gives Back is truly part of our company fabric. I’ve had the privilege to travel the globe with EMC, and everywhere I go, teams are working to do great things in the spirit of giving.  What used to be golf or dinner outings are now about repairing roofs or volunteering at local community centers. EMCers are uncovering more opportunities to contribute in their neighborhoods.Case in point: I recently participated in an Urban Farming exercise with my family. We spent the day collecting fruit off trees flagged by their owners as surplus produce. In one day, our group picked enough fruit to support 200 people for a week. Two. Hundred. People. With fruit that would have otherwise just fallen off and rotted.This fall I’ll be working with local Urban Farming leadership to gather EMC resources from across the Bay Area to have even greater impact.  There is a 20-acre orchard now owned by a widow without the means to harvest the fruit.  We do, and we will. I know the day will be rewarding, really fun and a great team-building activity. I’ll meet new EMCers. We’ll share an experience that will build muscle memory for all participants, and create another set of folks motivated to include the practice into the fabric of who they are. And it will build a better EMC in the process.Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” To me, that quote is more than inspiration—it’s motivation. Greatness is as attainable as giving back. Let’s keep going. Two years ago, we launched EMC Gives Back, our employee-led community involvement initiative that built upon employees’ legacies of giving back. And what I wrote then about the program is still very much what I believe today: “giving back” isn’t just about writing a check, a one-and-done thing. It’s not just about how many hours you spend volunteering. It’s about developing muscle memory for being part of a solution, and making that mindset part of who you are.Today, I’m beyond proud of what we’ve accomplished through EMC Gives Back. It’s not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars we’ve raised for non-profits or the many hours our employees have volunteered so far. It’s about the instantiation of the practice into what we do.  The impact is nothing short of awesome – bringing EMC teams closer together, bridging cross functional organizations, and being a foundational element in EMC’s standing as a global top 20 Great Place to Work.last_img read more

Alienware and XPS Getting Oculus Ready

first_imgAs you may have seen, Oculus posted a blog providing some additional detail around what it takes to get Oculus Ready. Alienware has been collaborating with Oculus on their certification program from the start and together we’ve been able to establish the best configuration requirements to drive the ideal VR experience.“Rest your head, jaded traveller. Slip on your goggles and feel the fleshy shackles of your life-that-was fall away with a gentle click,” wrote Rich Wordsworth on the RedBull blog. “Reality is dead.”VR is such a new and exciting frontier and choosing the right amount of performance to power your experience is paramount at this early stage; customers will want to be sure the configurations that power their headsets are tested and proven. With the Oculus Ready program, we hope to indicate to our community that through the rigor applied in our mutual quality testing we have delivered the right solutions with the right performance and at the best price. Pre-orders continue for the Oculus Rift and now, as the Oculus Ready program comes to fruition we’re excited to offer official Oculus Ready configurations beginning today!XPS 8900 SE:  Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 8 GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware X51: Intel Core i5 6400, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA® GTX 970Alienware Area 51:  Intel i7-5820K, Windows 10, 16 GB DDR4 Memory, 128GB SSD + 2 TB 7200RPM , NVIDIA® GTX 980Not only are the Oculus Ready certified configurations uniquely developed and configured for impressive VR performance, we’ve teamed up with Oculus to deliver these systems, when bundled with an Oculus Rift, at a discount. By going through the Oculus Rift pre-order process you’ll automatically receive a coupon for $200 off one of the Oculus Ready Alienware & XPS solutions.  The coupons can apply to any of the Oculus Ready desktops and enable the ability to get yourself a sweet VR desktop for less than $1000. To redeem, look for updates in your Oculus Rift Order History; down the page you’ll see the Special Offers section (as seen below) which will include a link and promo code for your Oculus Ready PC.For Alienware, we’re just as excited to start the VR revolution as anyone, and doing it with our community is what makes it that much sweeter. As we all countdown to product availability and track our pre-order shipments, Alienware will be encouraging the community to speak up on your initial experiences. With an industry transition as big as this, opinions and experiences are sure to vary widely. We hope to drive the conversation around how to get the most from your Alienware VR set-up and facilitate an honest dialogue around the community’s insight and input. After all, we’ve been innovating for PC gamers for nearly 20 years and that would never be possible without the honest and active feedback from our community.So get geared up, get Oculus Ready and let’s all speak up. If you aren’t a member of Alienware Arena, sign up and make sure you don’t miss anything! Follow us on Twitter @Alienware and keep an eye out for us on Facebook. In the immediate near turn, please sign on and watch our Twitter stream as we’ll have the latest updates and information during this awesome, exciting time.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

What You Need to Know About Emerging Architectures for Digital Transformation

first_imgWe are seeing through many real-world examples that business technology has been the backbone of successful digital transformations of organizations. In this blog, I plan to write about emerging cloud native architecture and IT practices that are helping enterprises transform their business operations. The term Cloud Native encompasses modern ways of efficiently building and managing technology organization at scale to deliver business’s digital services faster.While traditional applications built upon monolithic architectures have their own advantages like simpler design, testing and debugging, they suffer when elastic scalability and application agility are required. Monolithic applications tend to have different application components tightly-coupled; due to the risks involved in updating the monolithic applications, IT teams resorted to infrequent feature upgrades, driving end-users and developers away.In the pre-smartphone era, the benefits of building monolithic architectures of applications and infrastructure outweighed their shortcomings. But, the advent of smartphones and their impacts on consumer behaviors are making organizations rethink about how they build and operate their applications or business services. Every business now wants to meet, serve and grow its customers where they are – mobile.As highlighted above, microservices-based architecture allowed splitting up of application into smaller manageable services, which can be developed, deployed and scaled independent of each other. Building applications with microservices architecture improves developer productivity, simplifies application life cycle, and increases scalability in an efficient manner. Developers love it. As application updates are done frequently, end-users love it.Adoption of microservices is often accompanied by two other significant technology transformations that make the implementation of microservices feasible and scalable:Application Portability with ContainersContainer technologies such as Docker isolate software from the execution environments by allowing developers to package software including its dependencies.  Manual deployment of containers is not feasible when you start dealing with hundreds of containers and infrastructure nodes. Container scheduler and orchestration platforms such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, and Cloud Foundry enable IT Operators to easily deploy, scale and auto-heal services running in containers.Cloud Native InfrastructureMuch like monolithic applications, traditional infrastructures are rigid, expensive to own, complex to operate and inefficient to scale. Microservices-based application architectures require a transformative infrastructure approach in order to enable the hardware abstraction, elasticity and software-based automation.  So, what are some of the characteristics of a cloud native infrastructure?Cloud infrastructure is software-defined, hardware-agnostic and built upon industry standard hardware. Container Orchestrators will be able to easily match generic requests for compute, memory and storage made by application services only with industry standard hardware.Cloud native infrastructure is heavily virtualized, multi-tenant and elastically scalable. Elastic scalability without affecting the availability of services is of paramount importance in modern architectures. Only software based infrastructure solutions can enable the hardware abstraction and elastic expansion ‘on the fly’, allowing seamless life cycle operations of both hardware and software.The infrastructure must be programmable too with a RESTful API for easier integration into automated development, deployment and operations workflows. Modern IT teams that are practicing agile development and Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD) should be able to integrate infrastructure resources easily into their workflows without manual intervention.What about data life cycle management for enterprise data? Cloud native and containers were a thing of stateless applications in the beginning. But, that’s rapidly changing. Stateful applications like databases can also benefit from better image management, runtime isolation and simplified life cycle operations offered by containers and container orchestrators (CO). Extensibility of container technology to data centric stateful applications requires a cloud native storage with enterprise features.Are you excited as we are about the cloud native transformation? Feel free to check out the white paper for more details on containerizing stateful applications with Dell EMC ScaleIO. Also, the {code} team at Dell Technologies has got a lot of tutorials to help you get started.last_img read more

Five Tips to Help You Avoid Tech Support Phone Scams

first_imgFor the past several years, we’ve highlighted to customers the technical support scams plaguing companies around the world, including in the IT industry. These scams are not new. Fraudsters continue to design ways — from fake websites to phishing emails— to steal personal information for criminal purposes.One such scam affecting Dell and other well-known companies — the telephone technical support scam — is becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to distinguish from legitimate tech support calls. In this scam, individuals claiming to work for Dell make unsolicited calls to customers and insist there is a technical problem with their Dell product. They ultimately try to defraud customers by pressuring them to pay to fix the issue.Our thanks to those who have alerted us that they have been contacted by scammers. This information has been invaluable to Dell in helping us investigate these scams. We’re also working alongside our industry peers and law enforcement to aggressively address this issue.So, what’s the result? We know that sharing information on these scams has led to positive developments. Scammer websites have been shut down, fraudulent call centers closed, their participants prosecuted, and suspect internet addresses blocked from payment processing companies. However, these scams continue to operate. When we see one successfully shut down, another sprouts up at an alarming rate.As we’ve said before, the best protection from these scams is to hang up immediately if you receive a suspicious call. Here are Dell’s top five tips to help you avoid being scammed:Hang up! If an unsolicited caller pressures you to act quickly and give up sensitive personal and financial information to fix an issue and/or engages in threatening, aggressive behavior, that’s a sign of a scam.Never hand over your financial information to unsolicited callers who try to charge you to remove computer viruses, malware, or ransomware, even if they have specific information about your computer.Never pay for tech support services with any type of gift card or by wiring funds. Dell will never ask you for these forms of payment.Never visit unverified websites and never download and install software that unsolicited callers try directing you to.Never agree to give control of your computer to any unsolicited caller to fix an issue you did not report—despite how convincing they may sound.For our U.S. and Canada customers: If you feel you may have been scammed, contact us immediately via our online form or call us toll-free at (866) 453-1742 Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.For our customers outside the U.S. and Canada, please click here.The battle to protect customers from these fraudsters is ongoing. As long as these scams continue to happen, we’ll continue to fight on your behalf.last_img read more

Bring More Applications to the Cloud with Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs

first_imgEarlier this year we introduced Dell Technologies Cloud, a set of hybrid cloud solutions. Since the launch at Dell Technologies World 2019, our customers have embraced the vision of a consistent hybrid cloud to improve their cloud experience. By combining the power of VMware Cloud Foundation and Dell EMC infrastructure, they are removing operational complexity with consistent infrastructure and operations across public clouds, private clouds, and edge locations—bringing the benefits of automation, scalability, and agility to their workloads.Today, we’re continuing to drive innovation with Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs, which brings cloud to a broader set of workloads that require independent scaling of storage and compute. This new option to consume Dell Technologies Cloud provides deployment guidance for pre-tested Dell EMC storage, compute and networking infrastructure that’s been validated with VMware Cloud Foundation.With more solutions coming soon, Validated Designs are now available for Dell EMC Unity XT and PowerMax storage arrays, and PowerEdge MX servers—which have been the backbone of most companies’ high-value workloads for the better part of the last three decades.Bringing a cloud operation model to enterprise storage Continuing a history of collaboration with VMware, Dell EMC is in the process of validating Fibre Channel (FC) data storage solutions as primary storage for VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains. With FC support coming in October 2019, both the versatile mid-range storage system, Unity XT, and enterprise-class, PowerMax, will support Network File System (NFS) and FC storage classes as primary and supplemental storage for workload domains. This gives customers more deployment choices for workloads that have unique external storage-intensive requirements such as independent capacity.By taking advantage of VMware’s deployment tools, they can drive operational efficiency and rapidly stand up new hybrid cloud environments with attached external storage. In addition, they can also leverage unique enterprise data services such as inline data reduction capabilities, synchronous replication, and more. And for customers with existing Dell EMC storage investments, this delivers investment protection and allows them to easily attach existing data sets to hybrid cloud environments.Rapid resource allocation with a kinetic hybrid cloud foundation Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, along with the onboard management, OpenManage Enterprise – Modular Edition, now supports interoperability with VMware Cloud Foundation based on DMTF Redfish standards. IT administrators can now manage and scale resources dynamically as needed to meet demanding workload requirements. Instead of manually allocating resources, they can now rapidly provision storage, and assign workloads to individual drives across a large network of grouped and connected chassis.Expanded cloud-enabled infrastructure supportCustomers can also expand their cloud-enabled infrastructure by deploying Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition and the Unity Cloud Tiering Appliances directly from VMware’s new Cloud Market Place. Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition provides both Block and File capabilities—and can be combined with Unity Cloud Tiering to deliver file tiering to Amazon S3 buckets for both longer term retention and better cost management.Unlocking value and competitive advantages With Dell Technologies Cloud, customers have more choice to build a consistent hybrid cloud environment for their infrastructure. Using Validated Designs, they can now support new and legacy workloads that have infrastructure-intensive requirements in the most efficient way possible with independent scaling of storage and compute.To find out more about Dell Technologies Cloud and Validated Designs, visit our website or download the Validated Designs Solution Brief, the Dell EMC Storage with VMware Cloud Foundation White Paper, or the Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure Solution Brief.last_img read more

Welcome to Brembo’s Digital Factory

first_imgIoT Drives Innovation for the Cars of the FutureEleven years ago, my husband Simon, baby Ellen and I visited Monaco during the Grand Prix. I was immediately struck by the atmosphere and excitement surrounding the event. You could say that trip was the start of my love affair with car racing!Today, I’m still a big fan and am particularly fascinated with Le Mans. It’s not just about the skill and endurance of the drivers over a 24-hour period as they navigate the track at high speed, making critical decisions in literally a fraction of a second. No, I’m even more fascinated by the whole race strategy, selecting the best car, the right brakes and tyres, understanding track grip and studying the weather forecast. For me, car racing is an amazing combination of engineering and science coupled with human skill and judgement.Digital transformation Knowing all this, you can imagine how excited I was when our team recently participated in an IoT digital transformation project with Brembo, a world-leading manufacturer and innovator in brake systems for high performance cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles. I love the fact that the company is responsible for every part of the product life-cycle, all the way from research and design through to producing the castings in the foundries, manufacture, assembly and test. It’s a real end-to-end process.Monitoring productionTwo years ago, Brembo took the decision to digitally transform its business. The Company’s goal was to develop a heterogeneous environment across all of its factories worldwide and reduce its operational costs. Fast forward to today and our Dell edge gateways and embedded PCs are being used to monitor production lines in all 17 of the Company’s plants across the world.Knowledge is powerWhat has this delivered in terms of business benefits? According to Paolo Crovetti, Brembo’s Chief Information Officer, IoT has helped the Company increase productivity with the team now able to assess the efficiency of each production line in real-time as well as conduct historical analysis. “It’s easier to review quality stats and access data on every single product coming out of the factory every day. We can quickly access information about what materials are being used, what parts take the longest time to produce and what might be causing the production line to fail.”Data-driven decisionsIn the past, the parameters for each line were decided by local production managers and line operators. Now using data mining and machine learning, Brembo can quickly identify what parameters work best in terms of output and quality. Instead of stopping production to conduct routine maintenance, engineers can also monitor the performance of the machinery and are supported in predicting when maintenance needs to take place.Innovation is keyIn Brembo’s world, innovation is key. The team is constantly researching and testing the efficacy of materials such as carbon, carbon ceramic and aluminium. After all, efficient, light-weight brakes can reduce the weight of the car, which is important not only from a safety perspective but also for the environment in terms of reduced emissions. Since 2002, Brembo has been working on mechatronics, a new science that merges mechanics, hydraulics and IT. This innovation is now being road-tested.Safety is keyIn everyday life, we take so many things for granted. We assume that when we hit the brake pedal, the car will automatically slow down. The truth is that your life can literally depend on the car brakes responding. And so, I was fascinated to learn that Brembo considers Le Mans the ideal test bench for technical innovations that will later appear in regular road cars. Read more here.I am proud of the fact that Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions is helping to improve efficiency and drive innovation, supporting Brembo in its bid to develop and manufacture the safest and best performing brakes possible.Have you implemented IoT in your factory? What has been your experience of industrial automation? Do join the conversation. Follow us on Twitter  and join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page.I’d love to hear your comments and questions.View our Brembo video case study here, and learn more about out work in industrial automation at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions. If you would like to speak to somebody, please contact us.last_img read more

Biden signs immigration orders as Congress awaits more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress. His orders on family separation, border security and legal immigration bring to nine the number of executive actions on immigration during his first two weeks in office. With proposed legislation to give legal status and a path to citizenship to all of the estimated 11 million people in the country who don’t have it, Biden has quickly taken aim at many of former President Donald Trump’s sweeping changes to deter immigration, both legal and illegal.last_img

Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

first_imgPARIS (AP) — A Paris court has ruled that the French state failed to take sufficient action to fight climate change in a case brought by four nongovernmental organizations. The court on Wednesday recognized ecological damage linked to climate change and held the French state responsible for failing to meet its goals in reducing greenhouse gases, which the government spokesman did not deny. President Emmanuel Macron, vocal about climate change action, pushed in December for beefing up European Union’s 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 55% compared with 1990 levels, up from a 40% target. The court gave itself two months to decide measures to repair the problem.last_img