At EMC, we are focused on delivering data protection everywhere for the modern data center – enabling customers to protect all data no matter where it lives and no matter what happens. Now, we’re continuing to push the boundaries of data protection with the introduction of Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE), which uncouples Data Domain hardware from its software platform to deliver industry-leading protection storage in a software-only solution. This will enable Data Domain to address new markets and a variety of deployment options including cloud and hyper-converged solutions.In this initial release, DD VE can scale up to 16TB and is ideal for protecting data in remote and branch office environments, where DD VE instances can be deployed across sites and replicate to a Data Domain system at a central data center for disaster recovery. DD VE can also be deployed quickly and easily in smaller environments that do not require a physical Data Domain appliance.Key benefits include:Ease of use: DD VE is quick and simple to deploy and configure through VMware vSphere. Since it can run on existing ESX infrastructure, a DD VE instance can be up and running in just a matter of minutes.Unparalleled reliability: DD VE is built on proven Data Domain software and includes the Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture, which ensures any data stored can be reliably recovered in the event that it is compromised.Flexible capacity: A single DD VE instance can scale from .5TB to 16TB and capacity can be expanded in 1 TB increments – allowing customers to gradually expand capacity as the business demands it. Plus, capacity can easily be moved between virtual systems and/or locations for total flexibility.And, of course, DD VE is built on the core Data Domain software that has won over thousands of customers and continues to lead the market. This includes reducing protection storage requirements by 10-30x with variable-length deduplication and seamless integration with leading backup, enterprise and archiving applications including the EMC Data Protection Suite, Oracle, SQL and SAP. DD VE also includes DD Boost, to speed backups by up to 50%, DD Encryption for inline encryption of data, and DD Replicator, which enables network-efficient replication.Data Domain Virtual Edition delivers industry-leading protection storage in a simple, flexible and agile software solution that can be deployed in minutes and allows customers to grow as they need. We invite you to check out the Try and Buy of Data Domain Virtual Edition when it is available at the end of the month to get hands-on experience with the product.
In today’s fast-paced technology environment, change is a given. New innovations come on the market every day and there are new ways of working, whether that’s from remote or multiple locations or with multiple devices. For years, our customers had two options for managing their virtual desktop infrastructure: they could manage Wyse endpoints on-premises through Wyse Device Manager (WDM), or they could manage and maintain endpoints over-the-air through Cloud Client Manager. Both solutions have worked well for our customers for several years now. However, as we continue to evolve our technology and solutions, and as organizations evolve their IT infrastructure and management, it’s time for our management suites to get an update.Introducing Wyse Management Suite, a flexible solution that lets organizations centrally configure, monitor, manage and optimize their Wyse thin clients. The new Suite will make it easier to deploy and manage Wyse thin clients with high functionality and performance and ease of use. Benefits include:Installation can take place in under five minutes, making it the fastest management suite to install in the industry.Scalable management that can meet the needs of SMB, mid-size and large customer deployments.One tool to manage, maintain and track thin clients.No-touch deployment – policy engines support automated rollout.Secure, HTTPS-based imaging, updates and downloads.Organizations will be able to choose between two main options:Wyse Management Suite Standard (available May 30): a free, on-premises management tool for up to 10,000 endpoints.Wyse Management Suite Pro (coming this summer): a $20 per seat, per year subscription with the option of either on-premises and cloud management – or a combination of both.With the Pro solution, organizations will be able to adopt a hybrid model and ‘float’ their licenses between on-premises and cloud, giving IT the flexibility to manage their thin clients in a way that works best for them. Other benefits to Wyse Management Suite Pro include:A mobile app to view critical alerts, notifications and send commands in real time.Enhanced security through two-factor identification and active directory authentication for role-based administration.Advanced app policy and reportingDell ProSupport for Software with support by phone and online forums 24×7, a single point of contact with collaborative assistance and remote assistance with deployment of patches.So what does this mean for our current and new customers?For new customers, the management suite for either on-premises or cloud-based management will be Wyse Management Suite starting on May 30. One suite with the best of both existing management platforms.Customers who have Cloud Client Manager today will transition to Wyse Management Suite starting May 30. When you log into the management console after that date, you will see Wyse Management Suite and have all of the features for version 1.0 available to you.Current Wyse Device Manager (WDM) customers will continue to use WDM for the time being. We will release a migration tool later this year to help customers transition to Wyse Management Suite. Our commitment is to make this transition as seamless and easy for you as possible.Wyse Management Suite Standard will be available starting May 30. Wyse Management Suite Pro will be available to purchase in mid-summer. Want to learn more? Click here.
Inevitably as a calendar year wraps up – one reflects back on the year past and dreams of the year to come. One thing that is constant is hyperbole and irrational exuberance. We tend to like black and white and struggle with nuance and transition. Our IT industry is always so full change, so dynamic, so disruptive that we tend to bounce from idea to idea. On the upside, this creates a constant “zig zag” of progress.In the end, I find that those that ignore the noise, but have a pragmatic approach to “lean into change,” tend to win.While the debates about one technology replacing another are constant, the essential truth is that most of those debates wind up being meaningless. Every new technology that comes down the pike is not only additive; it usually serves to improve everything that has gone before it. Yes, ultimately there are winners and losers. Yes, over the fullness of time, we’ve even seen some things fully and completely get consigned to the dustbin of history. But the story arc is always a little more nuanced than the headlines.There is no more current an example of this than the rise of public cloud.When public clouds first started to gain traction years ago, prognostications about how every application workload would be moving into the cloud were made. They were wrong.Don’t misunderstand me. Anyone who attended or watched AWS re:Invent 2017, or who looks at the growth rates of Azure, of SFDC and other SaaS options knows that the public cloud is massive and is experiencing massive growth. Public Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, CaaS, SaaS, and server-less models all) are here to stay and are a critical part of every customer’s ecosystem.But in 2017, I know from thousands of customer conversations that we’ve evolved our thinking. We’ve moved to a more pragmatic point of view.“All workloads will be in the cloud” is a load of hoo-ha.There are whole classes of workloads that for economic, governance, and data gravity (compute tends to co-locate with data, because moving data is generally hard – as if it has “mass”) reasons are not ideally suited to run in a public cloud.What public clouds did show us is that there is a better way to build IT infrastructure – and that standardization, simplification, and software-defined approaches are the foundation on which clouds are built. We at Dell EMC took those lessons to heart by developing a wide range of converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions that effectively turn local data centers into a private cloud with hybrid cloud capabilities. Instead of spending months configuring and integrating IT infrastructure, the pre-integrated systems from Dell EMC enable the internal IT organization to function as an internal cloud service provider.In 2017, many IT organizations clearly discovered that for certain workloads, there is an economic imperative to have a real private cloud part of a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategy. Fact: it is much less expensive to deploy long-running workloads, particularly those that have large amounts of data, and are not naturally cloud native in a private cloud in a datacenter or a colo than it is to host them in a public cloud.This is simple “rent, lease, own” economics in action.The result is an era of new found pragmatism in IT circles. Rather than assume everything is going to be automatically deployed on a public cloud, our customers now simply view the local data center as one choice of many clouds. Furthermore, just because an application workload began life in one cloud does not mean it will spend its entire life there.There are many cases of application workloads created in public clouds to be migrated to an on-premises environment to contain costs. At the same time, there are still plenty of workloads, such as legacy applications or databases not used often, that can be lifted and shifted into a public cloud as part of an effort to reduce cost or make room for additional applications deployed in the local data center. And of course – the public IaaS/PaaS/CaaS cloud platforms play a critical workload when you need something for hours or days (and not months/years), or for workloads that have unknown scaling needs.The need to not only be a public cloud consumer, but also to function as a cloud service provider is what’s driving so many organizations to modernize their data centers. And, if they’re making this IT transformation, they’re certainly looking at HCI. International Data Corp. (IDC) recently reported that hyper-converged system sales grew 48.5% year over year during the second quarter of 2017, generating $763.4 million worth of sales. This amounts to 24.2% of the total value for combined integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems valued at $1.56 billion in the second quarter alone. Overall, Dell EMC is the largest supplier of this combined market segment with $763.4 million in sales, or 48.5 percent share of the market segment.The good news is that all these fierce debates about enabling technologies seem to be taking less time to play out.Earlier in the year, container manager/cluster manager debates raged. Now it’s clear that Kubernetes is the standard around which everyone is rallying. Kubernetes can, will be, and IS being deployed on top of virtual machines, public clouds and bare-metal servers.Another debate which seems to have burnt furiously – but has now burnt out, and is in “fierce pragmatism” phase is “kernel mode VMs” vs. “containers.” This was always a silly debate. Who cares? Yes, in some cases, container/cluster managers are deployed on Linux OSes on bare metal. However, in most cases, Kubernetes (and more generally, containers/cluster managers) are being deployed on top of kernel mode hypervisors to isolate applications in a way that not only provides better security, it prevents “noisy neighbor” applications from consuming all the available resources. Oh, and that darn intersection of hardware and software (which is always there). Again, pragmatism has won the day as IT organizations come to realize that containers and virtual machines complement each other.IT leaders are starting to realize that the best way to approach IT is to start at the highest level of abstraction possible. If a simple process can be accomplished using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, chances are high that’s probably going to be the simplest way of achieving that goal. At the other extreme, if the process involves a high amount of differentiated business value, then chances are high that the organization should build a custom application. What IT organizations should not be wasting their time and resources on in this day and age is stitching together disparate pieces of infrastructure to support those applications. It makes little sense for IT organizations to re-invent the wheel, when vendors like us spend tens of thousands of work hours validating and optimizing complete IT systems for repeatable use.That’s why infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment have become so widely employed.IT is increasingly something consumed, not something constructed. The effort of invention, innovation and unique differentiation at each customer is accelerating its move into the application domain.Our aspiration is to make the infrastructure invisible—for the benefit of our customers. We want infrastructure, to some degree, to be boring.Every minute and dollar spent on infrastructure is time and money that gets diverted away from applications and new services. Organizations today differentiate themselves on the quality of the digital experiences they enable for customers. The amount of differentiated business value that can be generated by manually optimizing IT infrastructure is minimal at best. As the business becomes more dependent on IT, there’s a growing appreciation for accelerating outcomes. No business leader especially cares whether an IT administrator could wring an extra 10 percent of utilization out of a server or storage system. They want to have confidence in an IT organization that can responsibly respond to changing business conditions as adroitly whenever and, increasingly, wherever necessary.The biggest decision any IT leader needs to make today comes down to philosophy. Inflexible IT infrastructure has contributed greatly to a negative perception of IT departments everywhere. IT leaders now have an opportunity to greatly enhance the perception of IT departments within their organization by focusing more on the art of the possible versus the constraints that have in many ways held IT organizations from reaching their full potential. None of that means that every IT organization should deploy every application workload on premise. But it does mean that the single biggest benefit of the merger between Dell and EMC and creation of Dell Technologies inclusive of VMware, Pivotal has been the creation of an full technology stack that make internal IT organizations more relevant – by becoming a service provider, not a bespoke infrastructure builder – to the business than any other time in history.
Fabric Design Center automates the entire playbook development process for your network fabric. We generate playbooks based on our best practices and it’s thoroughly tested. Fabric Design Center houses more than 35 network switches ranging from 10G, 25G, 100G switches that users can choose from to create a fabric. All playbooks can be downloaded as a ZIP file with an extensive readme to enable customization of playbooks according to your automation needs.Advance your automation goals with Dell EMC Networking. Design and automate your fabric playbooks in under a minute- All your Fabrics Layer 2 or Layer 3 or BGP-EVPN still under a minute.Ready for a challenge? Sign up to receive a link to take Minute_to_FDC challenge. We are confident you are going to ace this challenge and we will send you detailed instructions in your email. There is enough buzz in every industry to safely conclude that automation is not only the future but is the present that’s defining the future.Networks are no different. As one of the most complex and intricate pieces of the infrastructure puzzle, networks benefit from automation enormously. Ansible is a pioneer in network automation – it’s a simple yet extremely powerful automation engine.Ansible is primarily a configuration management tool that pushes configuration over SSH using playbooks. Playbooks are a collection of YAML files that contains your configuration information. What is YAML? YAML is a data model, that presents data in Key-value pairs. The set of hosts that you execute these playbooks are defined in an inventory file. Modules, roles and Plugins are also part of the playbook, that does the wizardry of converting your data model into actual configurations. Let’s take a pause and BREATHE!Not simple – but still the most powerful automation tool. The benefits of Ansible always outweigh the effort needed to climb that steep curve.Here at Dell EMC Networking, we took it up a notch. We climb that steep strenuous curve for you.Fabric Design Center (FDC) from Dell EMC lets you design your networks at scale and generates Ansible playbooks for the entire fabric. You can auto-generate Ansible playbooks in few clicks – you read that right, Auto-Generate Ansible Playbooks. It’s like self-driving cars but for Ansible playbooks. Like self-driving cars, you can either choose to drive it from source to destination or click few buttons to auto-pilot your ride. You can either design your network, create excel sheets, draw an automation plan, create all your playbook using 20 different modules and roles or you can click to design a fabric and download your playbooks. Now that’s simple – legitimately simple.
If you are interested in Edge, 5G, Dell Technologies products for OEM customers and industries such as Healthcare, Telecom and Industrial Automation, register now for our upcoming Solutions Summit – Virtual by DesignLearn more about what we do at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge SolutionsFollow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @OliviaAtDellJoin our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page Growing up in rural Ireland, one of my dad’s favourite sayings was “Necessity is the mother of invention,” usually in the context of some newfangled farming equipment! At the time, I didn’t always appreciate what he meant. But Dad, as usual, was 100 percent right. In fact, I’ve seen his words come beautifully to life in recent months amongst my own marketing team at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions.Communications voidTo explain, we have a long and successful track record of engaging with customers and generating business via face-to-face events, including huge, global shows like Mobile World Congress for the telecom market and Hannover Messe for industrial automation and manufacturing customers.This year, world circumstances led to both shows being cancelled at short notice, leaving a huge communications void in two major business areas. We also had to cancel our involvement in industry, customer, partner and internal engagement events.Our rapid responseIn response, we had to quickly re-imagine how we could meaningfully reach out to customers through digital communications. As part of our rapid response strategy, we adapted and enlarged our existing digital campaigns to become the main platforms for both shows.By the end of April, over a period of weeks, we had two full-scale, completely digital campaigns in place to increase awareness plus drive lead generation and site traffic. We used both paid media and organic social promotion of telecom and industrial themed webinars, eBooks, podcasts & vEvents. I’m happy to report that customer engagement has been very positive.Virtual by designOur upcoming Solutions Summit – taking place on the 17th and 18th of June – is proudly virtual by design. Over the course of two days, customers can virtually navigate their way through the summit, just like they would at a physical event – visiting exhibition spaces, attending a plenary session, taking part in live webinars, attending group sessions and one-to-one meetings as well as interactive networking breakout sessions. Necessity drove innovationSo, how did the team pivot so quickly? As my father would say, necessity drove innovation. We work in such a fast-paced environment – we simply couldn’t afford to get left behind or sit and wait to see what other teams or companies would do. We knew we had to deliver a 100 percent digital solution. There was no alternative. And it wasn’t just a tick box exercise – we wanted to make it creative and fun, providing an immersive, interactive and interesting experience for customers.We were fortunate to have strong digital expertise onboard, but it was concentrated in pockets. For some of the team, there were understandable fears about their knowledge and experience of some of the digital marketing tools.Developing new skillsAs leader, I believe that my role was to provide a supportive environment, where the team felt comfortable taking risks, learning new skills and reaching out to each other for help. To support personal development, we provided a short but intensive course through the Digital Marketing Institute to increase people’s knowledge, capabilities and most crucially, their confidence.Community of best practiceAs there was a similar dynamic across all of Dell Technologies’ global marketing teams, a virtual community of best practice sharing emerged naturally, pretty much overnight. This facilitated rapid learning-by-doing, which in turn meant planning-to-execution timelines for large, global events have been drastically reduced from an average of seven to ten months down to a mere ten weeks!It has been inspiring to see how the entire team stepped up to the challenge and I’m proud to say that we’re all now comfortable in thinking digital first!How has necessity driven innovation at your company? We’d love to hear from you – contact us here and do stay in touch.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A commission created by former President Donald Trump that promoted “patriotic” education and downplayed slavery’s role in history has disbanded, but lawmakers in Republican states are now pressing for similar action. Several proposals are pending in state legislatures that would put new limits on how race and slavery is taught in the classroom. They include bills in Arkansas, Iowa and Mississippi that would ban schools from using a New York Times project that examines slavery’s legacy. Supporters say they’re countering what they call indoctrination. But the moves are worrying opponents who say students are harmed by efforts to whitewash crucial parts of the nation’s history.