Month: February 2021

The Journey to Rack Scale

first_imgThe Converged Infrastructure market today is an accelerating mainstream IT trend because it is the proven way to break down technology silos of compute, network and storage, while simplifying and transforming IT processes and operations.Within this backdrop, we are seeing the emergence of platform 3 applications that have different characteristics from the legacy client-server applications prevalent in today’s data centers. As client-server applications grew to be more business critical over the past decade, increasing levels of robustness and data services were built into enterprise storage arrays, Storage Area Network fabrics and compute blade systems to provide business continuity, disaster recovery and data protection capabilities. In contrast, platform 3 applications – which were born in the cloud and largely tied to the megatrends of mobile computing and social media – were conceived to incorporate composite micro-services that eliminate the need for complicated IT infrastructure.IT innovators and early adopters eager to explore platform 3 applications have often moved to public cloud for their platform 3 development projects. Others are adopting hyper-converged appliances created from industry standard servers with software defined storage, clustered together through high speed ethernet switches.Together, public cloud and hyper-converged appliances represent a decentralization trend, driven by the rise of individual departments inside companies striving to meet their departments’ unique requirements – usually without regard of the ramifications to rest of the company or the company’s overall IT strategy.The new reality now is the emergence of islands of hyper-converged offerings stacked together, and unmanaged public cloud consumption. Central IT, when they are unable to provide economical, scalable, easily provisioned resources to their departments, find they have decreasing influence with their lines of business. The result is cluttered, disparate collections of resources that can’t, and aren’t, shared across the company. It’s an inefficient use of budget dollars, as well as an inefficient use of the pools of resources that underpin the entire data center infrastructure.The industry really has not fully considered the ramifications of this ad hoc approach.But at VCE, we have. We believe you must design and engineer scalability upfront to plan for growth, and we have contemplated massively scalable, shared hyper-converged resources with independently scalable, industry standard based compute and software defined networking, all managed through a single interface. The next phase of evolution of CI is not simply the addition of hyper-converged capabilities, it’s hyper-converged at scale.Today, VCE expands its portfolio with the introduction of VxRack Systems, a hyper-converged rack scale system that fits seamlessly together with our Vblock portfolio within the VCE Vscale architecture.While the main focus for many large enterprises will continue to be the consolidation of mission critical applications into Vblock Systems and our recently announced VxBlock Systems, the next VxRack Systems represent the path to highly scalable platform 3 and XaaS for distributed tier 2 applications for those ready to deploy hyper-converged offerings that can start small and scale to many thousands of rack servers.Please click here to learn more.Treylast_img read more

Dell Adds Multiple 2016 CES Awards to Distinctions in the Field of Monitor Design

first_imgWorkspace maximizing: Complementing arm offers greater adjustment flexibility and integrated cable managementUnparalleled screen performance: Colors look consistent no matter what angle you view the screen fromColor-accurate: 99 percent sRGB color coverage at deltaE < 2 right out of the boxExtensive connectivity: HDMI 1.4 (MHL 2.0), DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, DP-out, USB 3.0 x 4, Audio line-out  Latest environmental and energy efficiency standards: These monitors are recipients of a 2016 CES Award in Eco-Design for their compliance with the latest environmental and energy efficiency standards, including  ENERGY STAR®, TCO Certified Displays and EPEAT® Gold and because they contain more than 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials in their chassis. These winning monitors are part of Dell’s closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain in which materials are recycled and reused multiple times rather than just once.Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless Monitor (U2417HWi)The Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless (U2417HWi) and Dell 23 Wireless (S2317HWi) monitors allow wireless connectivity where users can display and manage content from a Windows laptop and an Android smartphone concurrently, making them ideal for professionals who use mobility products like a laptop and smartphone. They also received 2016 CES Innovation Award in Computer Peripherals.And, the Dell 23 Wireless (S2317HWi) monitor comes with another unique feature that has been generating a lot of attention here at #CES2016. The Verge said it “might make it doubly worth the money…”It will wirelessly charge your smartphone!Features include:Wireless convenience: Wireless connectivity via Miracast to display content from a Windows laptop and Android smartphone/tablet on a single monitor screen without wiresNo-wires experience:U2417HWi – Expand productivity with wireless convenience and easy-to-view content from both devices on the same screenS2317HWi – In addition to wireless connectivity, enjoy built-in dual integrated 3W speakers and a wireless charging stand for compatible mobile devices with sleek, high gloss design If you work in an office environment, you’re no doubt confronted by dozens of small and silent productivity killers every day, perhaps without you even noticing. Think of the monitor screen that becomes unviewable from certain angles or the crowded desk that leaves no room for your notepad — you might not be aware of how often these small hindrances throw off your working rhythm and take a toll on your comfort and output.As the number one monitor brand in the world for three consecutive years, we’re bringing Dell’s industry-leading technology and design to reimagine the workplace — from monitors to keyboards to printers and beyond — to eliminate the tiny hindrances that slow productivity on a day-to-day basis. It’s this marriage of innovation and a productivity-centric approach that has made Dell the 2016 recipient of three CES Innovation Awards in design for our newest monitors, the Dell 23 Wireless monitor, Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge monitor, Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge monitor, Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless monitor and the Dell UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor.What’s OLED?“Unlike conventional monitors that use LEDs or fluorescent tubes to light them, organic light emitting diodes or OLEDs create their own lighting,” explains Gordon Mah Ung in PCWorld. “This allows OLED displays to be thinner and smaller while offering superb black levels and contrast levels.”Our new 30-inch 4K monitor is our first to come equipped with an OLED panel, marking the first time Dell has used an OLED panel on a monitor catered toward PC use. This monitor is ideal for professionals working in color-critical environments, such as photography and graphic arts, and more generally will appeal to customers in brand management, including creative agencies, talent agencies, creative studios and companies that sell premium services and experiences, such as wealth managementDell UltraSharp 30 OLED Monitor (UP3017QA)Other features include:Infinite contrast ratio: Delivers a cutting edge typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1, including “True Black”Broad color coverage: Provides 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage; 97.8 percent DCI-P3, the color standard used in video editing and animation designUltimate in resolution: Ultra HD 4K resolutionFast response time: Ultra-fast response time of 0.1 msWorkspace maximizing: The monitor comes with USB type C, which provides video, data and powers (up to 100W) in a single cable solution; ability to charge a notebook while connected, eliminating need for a DC jackOur Dell UltraSharp InfinityEdge Monitors feature the world’s first InfinityEdge displays with ultra-thin borders on all sides, offering a beautiful, virtually borderless monitor screen ideal for multi-monitor setups and are mounted on arms to optimize desktop workspace. Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge monitor (U2717DA) & Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge monitor (U2417HA) received 2016 CES Awards in Innovation and Eco-Design.Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Monitor (U2717DA)Other features include:Super thin borders:U2717D – 7.3 mm (left, top, right) and 8.4 mm (bottom) bordersU2417H – 5.3 mm (left, top, right) and 8.3 mm (bottom) borders Each of these monitors is a sign of our commitment to creating more productive ways to work, designed to fit your needs and budget, and supported by the industry’s most innovative technologies and proven reliability. Pricing and availability is available in the announcement released today.We look forward to sharing these innovative new displays with you and hearing how they enhance your workday in ways great and small.last_img read more

Episode #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory – Live from FMS 2016

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini) The Flash Memory Summit is an annual gathering of “People Making Flash Products Happen”.   The conference was held in Santa Clara August 9-11, 2016.  EMC was a premium sponsor of the event, showcasing the latest in AL-FLASH product design and direction.   In addition, EMC was invited to participate in the General Keynote Sessions.EMC Fellow, Vice President of Emerging Media and friend of EMC The Source Podcast, Dan Cobb (@dcobbweb), hosted the Keynote – “Flash Storage Meets Persistent Memory – The Modern Data Center Changes Forever!”I was able to catch up with Dan as he headed into his keynote address.  That interview and the full content of the Keynote Session are this week’s 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 #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory Danny Cobb, Live from Flash Memory Summit 2016last_img read more

Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

first_imgThis blog is the third in a three-part series written for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. [previous post]People were surprised a few months ago when we announced we were introducing an air gap version of the Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise solution. Aren’t air-gapped devices secure in and of themselves? And do organizations even need air gapped systems with the wide range of security solutions available today?Organizations related to critical infrastructure frequently rely on air-gapped devices to reduce the points of exposure for their most sensitive departments. In fact, in the worlds of manufacturing, energy and exploration, transportation and finance, organizations often rely on air gap devices to perform critical functions securely.For these companies, it’s never been more important to employ the most rigorous security precautions available. On October 20, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released a joint technical alert revealing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have discovered a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by threat actors targeting low security and small networks to gain access and move laterally to networks of major, high value asset owners within the energy sector.” The alert called out the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing industries as targets of interest for these advanced persistent threats.The fact is, these industries have been under threat for a while. Last year, 68 percent of oil and gas companies suffered security compromises. And as we move into the era of smart grids and IoT connectivity, 88 percent of American utility executives say cybersecurity is a major concern in smart grid deployment, and 77 percent also feel IoT will be a potential threat.Employing an air gap model can be one of the most effective ways to ensure cyber attackers don’t succeed in creating a ladder of compromise that disrupts our country’s critical infrastructure. But while air gap is highly secure, it isn’t flawless. Air-gapped devices are still vulnerable to physical attacks that leverage compromised USBs, Firewire connections and other external storage devices.For this reason, many companies that use air-gapped devices deploy anti-virus solutions for additional protection. Ironically, these solutions can actually become a threat vector, as they typically require organizations to connect to the cloud frequently – often on a daily basis – to download updates. This neutralizes the effectiveness of an air gap system and exposes organizations to the risk of downloading zero-day viruses, which often aren’t recognized by signature-based anti-virus solutions. In other words, most air gap solutions won’t stop the advanced persistent threats the U.S. government is issuing warnings about.Dell’s Approach to Air GapThe reason we introduced an air gap endpoint security solution is because we came up with a better way to do it. The Dell solution offers advanced threat protection (read: it stops zero-day threats) by detecting anomalies using Cylance’s artificial-intelligence-based mathematical models. Rather than relying on signatures that need to be updated daily, our models only need to be updated a few times a year, greatly limiting the need to take devices out of air-gap mode. And even when a device is connected for updates, it’s safer because our solution leverages file-based encryption to make sure the company’s data is safe whether it’s being used, shared or stored.Think about what this means for companies whose projects are located in an area with limited Internet access. Where they would previously have to go without anti-virus protection, cross their fingers and hope they didn’t become the victim of a physical attack, they can now deploy an on-premise security solution that doesn’t require connectivity to operate or manage.In the end, the goal behind our new air gap endpoint security solution is simple: We want to ensure companies who want to use air-gapped devices are able to do so effectively, consistently and without interruption to their workers’ productivity. There’s nothing more disheartening than employing a security strategy only to have it backfire through the introduction of either new threat vectors or inefficiencies in workflow.If there’s an overarching mission for the Dell, it’s enabling companies to achieve the perfect balance between productivity and security. With the right technology, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.If you’re interested in learning more about our air gap solution, we invite you to read on and get in touch with us. With the “gaps” in the air gap model finally closed, you just might find it’s the endpoint approach that’s been missing from your larger cybersecurity program.last_img read more

Telecoms at the Edge Offers Huge Opportunity

first_imgWe’ve talked previously about the role Dell Technologies will play in 5G transformation and the huge opportunity that the combination of 5G, the edge and IoT will deliver to business but what about the telecom industry, which is at the very heart of that transformation?New services and incremental revenue streamsWhile the edge is just one individual component, its inclusion in the telecom network changes some important fundamentals. Effectively, the telecom network now becomes a mobile platform with radio, core and IT workloads all running on a common infrastructure, capable of providing new services and delivering incremental revenue streams. And so, while 5G will turbocharge the intelligent edge revolution, I believe that the edge will also drive 5G adoption and help to create new and revolutionary communications platforms.Dell Technologies and Intel recently commissioned independent research on this very topic, entitled ‘The Edge Opportunity’, which presents a huge range of exciting, new market opportunities for telecom players. I’ve highlighted just a few of these below along with some of my own observations. Video caching and transcodingFor example, for operators, who provide video-on-demand services, the edge is an obvious location to place content caches. Reducing the latency in streaming video is great in its own right but by keeping popular content close to the subscribers and end-users, you can also reduce bandwidth and preserve network capacity. Of course, this is not a new concept, but commoditization of infrastructure supporting 5G will certainly simplify implementation directly into the mobile network.ComplianceAnother good example is copyright enforcement, which comes into play during concerts, plays and sports events when members of the audience are prohibited from transmitting the video via their cell phones. In this scenario, an edge application could either disable the upstream transmission completely or reduce the resolution to make the transmission compliant. With new data privacy laws, some data has to reside in a particular geography. Edge applications can enforce these laws, and add value by processing the data locally, within the appropriate jurisdiction.Virtualized Radio Access NetworksGiven the location of edge platforms, elements of virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks fit perfectly. For example, the BBU (Base Band Unit) as part of a CRAN solution can run on edge platforms, taking advantage of commodity platforms and flexible component configurations. Once commercialized, these virtualized networks will enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.Third-party edge applicationsOn that note, I believe that the edge offers the perfect ecosystem to encourage third-party application developers to create new applications that can take advantage of the unique nature of the edge platform. Some of these new applications areas already enabling more immersive, real-time experiences like visual recognition and augmented or virtual reality. Other applications like gaming are also benefitting from the lower latencies near the edge, improving the real-time, online game experience.And of course, there are still environments with either intermittent, highly constrained, or no connectivity support. These include planes, mines, farms, oil rigs, trains, pipelines, wind farms, solar power plants, and power grids. Having a standardized edge platform in these places will undoubtedly enable new applications to be build out more cost-effectively.AnalyticsLooking at the bigger picture, IDC estimates a total of 41.6B IoT connected devices by 2025[i], including connected cars, medical devices, factories, hospitals, homes and cities. As that sprawl begins to happen, operators will need to figure out fast how to manage and optimize the network. In addition to analytics, I expect to see increased levels of automation with the ability to connect and disconnect devices remotely. Inevitably, we will also see machine learning and AI being deployed to help with security and the overall quality of customer service.Current trendsInterestingly, I am currently seeing two key trends in the marketplace. In large venues, like sports stadiums, some operators are converging elements of the network to create a single, consolidated platform for live replay instead of each operator installing its own infrastructure. Alternatively, some commercial companies like large enterprises, mining customers, airports and factories are actually installing their own private mobile network solutions for maximum security and bandwidth.Where is the Edge?This leads me to the next big question – what locations can be classified as the edge? Of course, there isn’t one edge, but multiple edges across a continuum but if we stick with the topic of sport, one of the most interesting examples has to be a venue like a sports stadium, where an edge application could, for example, allow the audience to watch a game from numerous perspectives.Imagine augmented reality, where you could use VR googles to view incremental information to complement the live replay on the pitch. The stuff of dreams for avid sports fans! Ultimately, it’s all about offering personalized, high-definition content without burdening upstream bandwidth.Practical considerationsIn practical terms, what do telecom operators need to consider when planning edge deployments? My customers tell me that they need tough, ruggedized products, resistant to shock, dust and vibration, capable of operating in temperature of up to 45 degrees C and certified for telecom usage, where failure is not an option.Space is often limited and so light-weight, small, compact products are important, with cabling and cooling designed in a ‘nonstandard’ (for IT) way. This is exactly why we offer shallow-depth servers and provide equipment enclosures and shelters. As access for maintenance is often challenging, the hardware platform should provide extended long-life and include tamper-detection capabilities.The right partnerDell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions provides hardware and software solutions that can play at every level from the edge to the core, to the cloud. Think scalable, secure, manageable and open infrastructure architecture, IoT, Edge, and big data expertise, the ability to customize, plus a sophisticated global support and supply chain.As Intel’s largest customer, we have early insight into technology roadmaps and offer a full ecosystem of wrap-around solutions and services including virtualization and security solutions through sister companies like VMware and SecureWorks as well as high-end from partners like Nvidia. To learn more about how we enable telecoms with embedded and edge solutions and to talk to a sales expert visit us online.Do join the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts on #Telecoms at the #Edge. Read ‘The Edge Opportunity – Platform Matters’ research report from AvidThink here. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @ronatdell. Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.[i] “Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019-2023” read more