Dell EMC World 2016: Let The Transformation Begin

first_imgOur theme for Dell EMC World 2016 is “Let The Transformation Begin”. What does that mean? When you take a step back, you see that we’re on the precipice of the next industrial revolution. It’s a revolution that will impact every company in every industry. It’s a revolution that potentially threatens the existence of many companies, but one that’s also incredibly rich with opportunity. To take advantage of that opportunity – to play a part in fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another – every business will need to transform into a digital enterprise. What steps must our customers take to begin their transformation? That is exactly what attendees of Dell EMC World will learn.For our general sessions, we’ll kick things off on Wednesday morning. Our Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, will reiterate our vision for Dell Technologies, and the role it will play in driving digital transformation for businesses across the world. He’ll then be joined by David Goulden, President of the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell EMC, who will talk about how to power a digital transformation by modernizing, automating and transforming IT through a hybrid cloud. Now, if the business is going digital and IT is transforming then the workforce must transform. Jeff Clarke, our Vice-Chairman of Operations and President of Client Solutions at Dell, will join David and Michael to describe the latest client devices that enable a digital workforce to access new applications and data in ways never previously imagined.If the Wednesday morning keynote is all about vision, the Wednesday afternoon keynote will be all about showing off our transformational technology in action – and since I’m involved in this one, doing so in a really fun way! You’ll see evil villains. You’ll see superheroes. You’ll see the very best of Dell EMC technology including major advances in converged infrastructure and software-defined storage, running our latest and greatest PowerEdge servers. We’ll be talking live to most of our product leaders and showing demos to make your face melt.Throughout our Wednesday general sessions expect to hear about a host of new products—just a few weeks after forming our new company, we’re kicking our innovation engine into high gear and will be delivering brand new technology through which to modernize the data center and transform IT.Finally, we’ll cap things off on Thursday by talking about innovation. Five-time bestseller Malcolm Gladwell, author and IT visionary Kevin Kelly, Zuora founder and CEO Tien Tzuo, and award-winning NPR technology reporter Aarti Shahani will explore the factors that contribute to innovation and innovation in practice.Of course Dell EMC World is still partly a geek show — so beyond the general sessions, we’ll have 120+ breakouts at which attendees can learn best practices, and of course our Solution Showcase, where you can get under the hood with technology from across the Dell and Dell EMC portfolios as well as that of our 70+ sponsor partners.Now, don’t think I forgot to talk about our party! We got Alabama Shakes performing at the premier party presented by Deloitte!Whether you’re at the show in Austin, in your office, or at home, you can experience Dell EMC World 2016 and join the conversation virtually. Here’s how:If you’re coming in person, maximize your time at the show by downloading the Dell EMC World app and following @dellevents for show alertsIf you’re watching from afar, go to dellemcworld/live where you can watch the general sessions live!Follow @DellEMC and @DellEMCNews for a steady stream of updates from the show and join the conversation by using #DellEMCWorld on Twitter.I hope to see you out at the show – it can serve as your first step in letting your transformation begin! Today, we kick off Dell EMC World in Austin! Nearly 8,000 IT professionals from across the globe will be joining us to learn how they can transform their organizations into digital enterprises.last_img read more

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Discover All the Opportunities around Dell EMC Microsoft Solutions

first_imgLearn how three compelling events will help you drive customer conversations around the need to modernize their Microsoft application environments.Have you investigated the key reasons why you should be embracing and driving customer conversations around new Dell EMC Microsoft Solutions? We’ve now produced a full suite of training and sales enablement materials to help you get up to speed.There are three compelling events that will invariably help you drive business opportunities:Cloud strategy as an essential aspect of Modernized InfrastructureEvery one of your customers is considering how the cloud can help their business, and many have already moved some applications and development activities onto Microsoft Azure Public. However, many (if not most) Microsoft Azure Public users are actually looking for a hybrid cloud option – because of data gravity or application alignment.You can help them as they begin to work with the Microsoft Azure stack. How? By introducing them to Dell EMC VxRack AS for Microsoft Azure Stack, which brings the cloud to the workload, delivering infrastructure and platform as a service with a consistent Azure experience – both on-premises and in the public cloud.Proactively driving the dialog around optimizing development environments in a hybrid cloud model leads to logical conversations around the customer’s on-premise infrastructure status, as well as the key business applications, such as Microsoft SQL.It’s a compelling conversation and provides an excellent pivot point for further discussions around modernization and migration.Hyper-converged infrastructure helps drive tangible operational benefits Are your customers using hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) yet? With approximately >60% CAGR through 2019, HCI is not just a trend – it’s a phenomenon. Customers are realizing tremendous operational and performance benefits from hyper-convergence, and Dell EMC has the industry’s broadest HCI portfolio.Our Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) / Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) deliver all the performance capabilities of Microsoft’s unique HCI design, with additional one-stop support – from the hardware, all the way to the software stack.What’s more, with the added cost benefit of free inclusion with Windows Datacenter Edition licenses, S2D eliminates the investment considerations – making it the perfect solution for customers who have already embraced Microsoft business applications, and a great recommendation for you to suggest to customers who haven’t yet tried it. The SQL Server 2008 end of support opportunity can accelerate application migrationsMicrosoft SQL is the most widely deployed database management solution on the market – approximately 3 times more broadly deployed than all other DBMS combined. So your customer’s SQL environment status should always be a topic of conversation.This is a major, compelling event – it affects 90% of organizations currently running SQL and is a massive opportunity for you as it will force many organizations to migrate to the latest version.You can provide significant business value by helping customers migrate to modernized infrastructure, with a modern operating system running on modern hardware and the most recent version of Microsoft SQL Server.Become a trusted advisor for the entire Microsoft data estateWhether they’re on their journey to Microsoft Azure cloud utilization, reaping the benefits of HCI modernization via Microsoft WSSD/S2D, or leveraging the enhanced data analytics and expanded business benefits delivered by Microsoft SQL, the Dell EMC Microsoft Solutions portfolio addresses your customer’s entire Microsoft data estate.These new pre-tested, pre-validated and fully certified Solutions help you support your customers on their journey towards Modernized Infrastructure, while also positioning you as a trusted advisor for optimal migrations and integrations.The above events will necessitate new infrastructure to support the core Microsoft applications. As a Dell EMC partner, you’re ideally positioned to guide your customers through their options, arriving at an optimized solution that’s specifically designed to deliver maximum operational and performance value.Explore our new Microsoft Solutions campaign on the Partner Portal today and check out the dedicated training and sales enablement materials:> Visit the Partner Academy> Download the Sales Guide> Access the Sales Presentationslast_img read more

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Winning the Red Queen’s Race with Kinetic Infrastructure

first_imgAre you running fast just to stay in the same place?In Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Through the Looking Glass, when Alice meets the Red Queen, she runs as fast as she can, but then realizes they remain under the same tree where they started.“You may call it nonsense if you like,” but the Red Queen’s race can be an all-too real experience in the data center.[1] You are evolving, not to gain advantage, but simply to stand still in a world that is constantly changing. Maintaining the status quo might help you survive, but you won’t thrive.You must constantly innovate to get aheadIf you want to get “somewhere else” you need to take the Red Queen’s advice, “you must run at least twice as fast as that.”[2] This is a good analogy to innovation in today’s business environment. With the digital economy, there can be no equilibrium, only unremitting innovation. Success will belong to those that continually innovate and transform through digitalization of their core businesses, implementation of new organizational and operational models, and investment in state-of-the-art technologies. This innovation is made real with IT modernization, architectures and infrastructure that will make you more nimble, intelligent, adaptive, and competitive. This is how to pull ahead.You must modernize to build the leadThe path to digital breaks all the traditional compute infrastructure that has been deployed over the last 10 to 15 years. Advanced technologies like data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) require specific infrastructure resources that can grow and evolve alongside them.To support this wave of next-gen applications and workloads a modern infrastructure is required.[3] And to achieve a significant competitive advantage,[4] you need to invest in modernizing the compute [5] portion of this infrastructure to include:Scale-out architecture to support data-intensive workloads with very few resources in ways scale-up systems can’t.SSDs/NVMe,[6] and ultimately persistent memory[7], dominate storage because it delivers the faster, denser, and more reliable performance required by next-gen applications with better economics than spinning disk.Accelerators in forms like GPUs, FPGAs and ASICS are used to augment conventional CPUs to speed up workloads.[8]Open industry-standard APIs, like Redfish, replace complex and vulnerable traditional management interfaces.Foundation of trust, which means it is secure and highly available, with world-class support.This modern infrastructure scales to keep pace with business demands to enable faster time to market. It decreases complexity and downtime and provides a more secure and enduring foundation versus traditional hardware.[9] This is how you can put some distance between you and your competitors.You win with composable and kinetic infrastructureAs applications and workloads become more dynamic, infrastructures must become more dynamic as well. As interest has grown in a more modular, integrated, fluid infrastructure, attention has turned to composability.[10] With composable infrastructure, all the data center resources are essentially brought together into a single pool from which the applications can draw whatever they need to run most quickly and efficiently. When the resources are no longer needed, they are returned into the pool. This means a more optimized infrastructure for IT. There is no need to overprovision. There are no stranded assets.This is not about virtualizing the operating system (whether it be one for a server, a storage array, or a switch) to set it apart from the underlying hardware. Rather, it composes the compute, storage, and networking fabric to essentially create on-the-fly hardware capacity. It looks and feels like malleable bare metal. It breaks the tight coupling between CPUs and main and auxiliary memories.Dell EMC uses the term “kinetic” to describe true composability.[11] It includes not only a modular infrastructure design, but also goes deeper by extending the idea of composability to individual storage devices. Eventually, it will be expanded to memory-centric devices like a DRAM, persistent memory, and accelerators, which currently are trapped in the server.The new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, kinetic infrastructure on modern server architecture allows for the composition of compute and storage resources through its built-in SAS infrastructure. Its unique “no mid-plane” design will enable the adoption of the latest interconnect technologies, like Gen-Z, IOs and CPUs as they become available. These technologies will enable full composability of all resources including new emerging “sub-microsecond class devices” like persistent memory.PowerEdge MX kinetic infrastructure that instantly responds, adapts and evolves with shifting needs, will keep you out in front in the Red Queen’s Race.[1] Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking-Glass,” Chapter 2, 1872 (public domain)[2] Ibid[3] Dell EMC, Become A Digital Innovator, Modernize Your Infrastructure, December 2018[4] Forrester Consulting, Modern Compute Is The Foundation For Your IT Transformation, commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel, February 2018[5] Dell EMC, Igniting Innovation with PowerEdge Server Solutions[6] Solid state drives/non-volatile memory express (SSDs/NVMe)[7] Persistent memory is often referred to as storage class memory (SCM)[8] Graphics processing units (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs)[9] Forrester Consulting, Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate, commissioned by Dell EMC, November 2018[10] Dell EMC, What is Composability and Why It Matters to Your IT’s Efficiency (video), August 2018[11] Dell EMC, PowerEdge 101:  What is Kinetic Infrastructure & Why Does It Matter? 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US judge blocks release of Tennessee man in Capitol riot

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the release of a Tennessee man who authorities say carried flexible plastic handcuffs during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The judge in Washington, D.C., on Sunday set aside a lower court’s order concerning the release of Eric Munchel of Nashville pending a review. The lower court judge determined Friday that Munchel wasn’t a flight risk and didn’t pose harm to the public. Munchel is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, conspiracy and civil disorder. He faces up to 20 years if convicted.last_img

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GameStop soars again; Wall Street bends under the pressure

first_imgStocks sank again as a speculative frenzy over GameStop and a handful of other stocks ramps up worries over how much damage an online revolt against Wall Street bigwigs can do to the broader market. The S&P 500 fell 1.9%, giving the index its biggest weekly loss since October. GameStop soared nearly 70% Friday, continuing a saga that’s captivated and confused many on Wall Street and beyond. Calls for regulators to step in, meanwhile, grew louder. GameStop and other downtrodden stocks have become battlegrounds where swarms of smaller investors see themselves making an epic stand against financial elites who bet the stocks would fall.last_img

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Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh dies at 61 from cancer

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh says she has died at age 61 after years of surgeries and treatments for brain cancer. A family spokesman said Saturday that Bayh died Friday night in McLean, Virginia. Bayh was Indiana’s first lady for eight years after her husband, Democrat Evan Bayh, won election to the first of two terms as governor in 1988. Susan Bayh first underwent brain surgery in 2015 to remove a benign tumor. But she later had multiple surgeries and radiation and immunotherapy treatments after a malignant glioblastoma was discovered in May 2018.last_img

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