This has been an exciting week for us here at the Converged Platforms Division at EMC and our counterparts at VMware! We announced VxRail Appliance, an exclusive hyper-converged infrastructure appliance—the market’s first and only fully integrated VMware hyper-converged solution.While the concept of using appliances to scale out compute and storage in the data center is hardly new, finding a way to do it that is so tightly integrated with VMware software that it substantially reduces the total cost of infrastructure virtualization in an IT environment most certainly is.Working in collaboration with our sister company VMware, our engineering teams have created VxRail, a lineup of highly configurable appliances delivering over 112 configuration variations utilizing the latest Intel Xeon class processors enabling IT organizations to completely provision a turnkey infrastructure in a matter of minutes.Rather than having to design, build and configure an IT system, VxRail appliances are specifically optimized for VMware hyper-converged software that unifies the management of compute and storage. Priced starting at under $60,000, a VxRail appliance can be configured with a mix of solid state drives and magnetic storage, right on up to 76TB of raw Flash capacity. Because the appliances are tightly integrated with VMware software, everything from data deduplication and erasure coding to the ability to backup and replicate virtual machines utilizing EMC’s data protection functionality embedded into the appliance architecture.As a result, IT organizations not only reduce the headaches associated with acquiring IT infrastructure, the total cost of supporting that environment is sharply reduced because there’s no need to acquire additional third-party software to provide those capabilities.In contrast, other approaches to hyper-convergence deploy VMware software on top of a platform; as opposed to providing a level of integration that enables IT organizations to not only eliminate the roughly 200 manual steps required to provision VMware today, but also de-provision an entire cluster with the push of single button. Perhaps best of all, by providing that level of IT automation inside the appliance platform, IT organizations gain all the patching and update benefits provided by IT automation without having to acquire or dedicate highly coveted IT skills to enable it. VxRail will free those skilled resources to focus on tasks that differentiate a company and its business versus being dedicated to tasks that simply keep the lights on.While clearly there’s still a much needed role for Converged Infrastructure in the form of Racks and Blocks to supporting environments with thousands of virtual machines, it’s clear that when it comes to deploying new environments with smaller form factor deployment requirements, an appliance model provides IT with unmatched flexibility. For example, a VxRail appliance might be initially configured with only four nodes. But from that base platform IT organizations can scale the deployment, one node at a time, to support thousands of virtual machines. This modular scale-out VxRail architecture makes it possible to consistently add capacity to an IT environment in a way where costs remain highly predictable.Just as significantly, those VxRail appliances participate in the same VCE CI Management framework we’ve developed for Racks and Blocks of servers, VCE Vision. That’s critically important when our customers at any given time are going to find themselves managing a mix of the entire VCE portfolio. The management framework commonality will turn information about the infrastructure into information that cannot be ignored because it is in context and comprehensive in view.Whether it’s a new application for an enterprise department or a remote branch office with a well-defined set of requirements, appliances enable IT organizations to collaborate on the management of compute and storage in ways that are simply unprecedented. The opportunity now is creating an appliance platform that makes use of hyper-converged computing enabled by the latest generation of VMware software.Obviously, VMware software can be found in many deployment models. But when it comes to jointly engineering hardware and software together there’s nothing quite as elegant as an appliance that has been created by teams that have a vested interest in the ultimate success of our joint customers.
What does the movie ‘Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes‘ (Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog) – a comedy about an apple orchard, communism, and the utopic world of art – have to do with IT innovation? Surprisingly, a great deal! It was screened last year at the 67th Berlinale, one of the most important events in the film industry. Movies have long gone digital, and this work by up-and-coming filmmaker Julian Radlmaier is no exception; it was digitally transmitted overnight to the screening venues.That doesn’t sound particularly spectacular. However, over 1,200 films are screened at the Berlinale, distributed within just a handful of days via a rapid fiber optic network to 25 screening locations with a total of 60 screens: all at the click of a mouse. Those are some pretty impressive figures! The process involves an enormous 500 terabytes of data, plus over 300,000 film fans who can hardly wait for the screenings. It’s all made possible by the Isilon storage cluster from Dell EMC, which offers 68 petabytes of memory. This ensures that everything behind the scenes of the Berlinale runs smoothly. The cluster can be scaled as desired, is incredibly easy to manage, and is wholly fail-safe – fans would show no mercy if there were even the slightest delay, to say nothing of a cancellation.Digitization has revolutionized the film industry via highly innovative IT systems, and we are proud to have made our small contribution to that field. As those responsible for IT at the Berlinale – especially after a fling in 2016 – are more than satisfied with the existing Dell EMC solution, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ a whimsical animated film by Wes Anderson about a corrupt mayor, his son, and many mutts, will also be transmitted digitally at this year’s 68th Berlinale. So will 1,200 other films – without interruptions. We hope the thousands of movie fans at the screening locations around Potsdamer Platz enjoy the show.If you speak German, make sure you also check out the video Dell [email protected] 2018!
The importance of transforming IT to thrive in today’s digital economy was a key theme at VMworld 2018 that concluded last week. We are hand in glove with our customers in their IT transformation journey. Our high end storage portfolio of Dell EMC PowerMax and XtremIO is helping customers to modernize their data centers, automate their IT processes and transform organizational dynamics. We saw several evidence of this IT transformation in our numerous customer interactions during breakout sessions, meetings and Solutions Exchange conversations at VMworld.In his keynote, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger highlighted the needs of bridging across silos of innovation with the help of emerging tech super-powers of cloud, mobile, AI/ML, and IoT/edge. Powered by a built-in Machine Learning engine, PowerMax bridges the needs of traditional enterprise applications of today and real-time analytics-driven modern application workloads of tomorrow by automatically learning from the shifting workload patterns. This powerful, future-proof next-generation storage architecture delivers the quintessential high performance and extremely low latency required for these rapidly evolving mixed-workload environments in an end-to-end NVMe storage design.Launched in early May, PowerMax is already making significant impact in our customers’ IT transformation journey. Rackspace, the world’s largest multi-cloud managed service provider, expects to empower their customers with cloud-like control in a multi-cloud managed environment, simplify their IT infrastructure management, gain efficiencies in power and cooling with a much reduced data center footprint, and vastly lower operational expense. Check out the discussions of Sean Wedige, CTO of Enterprise Solutions at Rackspace, and our rock-star VMworld presenter, Scott Delandy (@scottdelandy) here.The other star of our high-end storage portfolio is XtremIO, the purpose-built all-flash array designed from the ground up to take advantage of the flash media. Its content-based addressing mechanism and 100% in-memory metadata architecture lead to excellent inline, all the time data reduction efficiencies coupled with industry’s unique integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) solutions. And the proof is in the pudding!VMware IT’s Cloud Infrastructure team is leveraging XtremIO X2 for their virtualized SAP HANA environment. They tested cloning a 2TB VM on traditional storage – it took 2.5 hours. In contrast, XtremIO X2 performed the same cloning task in 90 seconds! VMware IT meets their 140TB of SAP HANA storage capacity requirement with only 40TB of physical capacity from XtremIO X2 – a 3.5:1.0 data reduction ration. Their 1.2PB of ESXi production storage capacity requirement can be met with 280TB of XtremIO X2 physical storage. To put that in perspective, VMware’s 3 rows of storage footprint can be reduced to 3 racks of storage, and they can enjoy significant power and cooling as well as OpEx savings. VMware’s Kandy O’Mara discusses the benefits they are seeing is this video.Dell EMC CloudIQ, a key part of the Dell EMC Cloud Marketplace announcement at VMworld, is like a fitness tracker for your storage environment. With this cloud-based storage analytics system, you can get access to the status of your PowerMax and XtremIO systems from wherever you are and whenever you need it. With the Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty Program, you get peace of mind with no hidden costs or fees, invest protection lowering the risk of your investment, and most importantly, a path forward to your digital world fueled by modern IT infrastructure future.So how does the world of PowerMax, XtremIO, CloudIQ and Future-Proof fit together in your VMware-powered IT environment? Check out my interview with theCUBE at VMworld.
Designing things as a reflection of our personality is by far nothing new in the fashion industry. Here’s a unique combination: traditional Bavarian outfits with colorful African print fabrics. The first Dirndl à l’Africaine that my sister Marie Darouiche designed was the starting point for our label NOH NEE, which is Swahili for “gift of god.” We base our ideas on the classic style of the dirndl of the 1950s, while our fabrics feature wax prints from Ghana and reflect the unique colors of Africa. It is how we envision combining these colors. I don’t think that it’s only our collections that tie together two vastly different cultures in an exciting way. Fashion and technology can also be an unbeatable team. Basically, my sole tool here in Munich is my Dell XPS 13 notebook. It’s the ideal portable computer for me: When we discuss a collection, the displayed images radiate the colors of our fabrics as vividly and colorfully as they would in nature. I can communicate via conference call with my team, some of whom work in other parts of the world while maintaining absolute flexibility over where I work. The XPS 13 is extremely practical and easy to carry anywhere. The borderless display maximizes the screen size. It’s something you wouldn’t expect from a notebook of this size. I definitely don’t need an additional monitor.Dell Technologies provided us with a second XPS 13 for our Project Justine. Every year we travel to Africa to find new fabrics for our creations. Nevertheless, we also wanted to make a difference locally and contribute to a fair and transparent production chain and better working conditions. With further support, we have created an educational and meeting place in Benin, West Africa, according to the “train the trainer” principle. Young people will be trained and educated there, and they can then pass on what they have learned to others. Justine, the project’s namesake, has earned a degree in tailoring and completed her master craftswoman training with us during several stays in Munich. The project started with training as a tailor, with further disciplines to follow. We make it possible for the tailors to secure a livelihood through the sale of the products in Germany.I am just as proud of a project that we are currently planning with the support of the non-profit organization Engagement Global, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. If everything goes according to plan, we want to organize a youth exchange program next year and invite young people from Benin to Germany so they can pursue an internship or attend training, thus granting them prospects for the future.It is important for us to empower women and young people, in particular, with NOH NEE and to enable them to lead a more self-determined life. These two notebooks from Dell Technologies are a great help for us.
The IT Manager challengeYou are an IT Manager. Perhaps, you manage hundreds of servers and dozens of modular infrastructure systems. You want to deploy infrastructure devices the moment you receive them, keep firmware and drivers updated, monitor them regularly for uptime and efficiency, and retire them securely.Sounds difficult? Not if you have the right tools!Dell EMC steps inFortunately, the Dell EMC OpenManage portfolio provides you with all the tools you need to do this efficiently and securely. Whether you prefer to manage your infrastructure devices 1:1, through a console, or simply through your current tools (VMware, Microsoft or Ansible consoles), Dell EMC offers you multiple options that make it simple to manage your IT infrastructure through their entire lifecycle.But how do I manage my IT if I am always on the road?Managing your IT infrastructure when you are in the data center is all fine and good – but what if you are away from the data center and a device needs your attention? OpenManage Mobile to the rescue – you can monitor and manage your infrastructure devices from a mobile iOS or Android device anytime, anywhere. You can also receive proactive notifications and take appropriate action as needed.Can you make it even simpler?When you are in the data center, OpenManage Mobile can communicate directly with a PowerEdge server or an MX chassis with Quick Sync 2, an optional Bluetooth module embedded in the server or MX chassis.It is simple to use. Run the OpenManage Mobile app on your mobile device and tap the Quick Sync button on the hardware to connect with the app via Bluetooth. You can now access information about your server or MX from the app. You can browse the screens to view inventory, health status, or even do the basic configuration. You want to change the IP address – sure! You want to change the password or key BIOS settings – no problem!With an MX7000 chassis, OMM utilizes Augmented Reality to make monitoring even simpler. Simply view the chassis through the camera in OMM app. You will see the chassis image with health overlays on top of individual components. See how the technology works in this video: In summary, you can follow these three easy steps to monitor your modular infrastructure systems using your mobile device. In the OpenManage Mobile app with Quick Sync activated, focus your camera on an MX chassis.Step 1: Identifies the MX chassisStep 2: Puts health overlays on top of every component on the MX imageStep 3: You can click on any health overlay and get more details.But how does all this work?OpenManage Mobile uses Augmented Reality (AR) to provide an overview of health updates by looking at the MX chassis through the mobile device camera.How does OpenManage Mobile use AR Technology?By calculating the plane of the chassis’ front face and identifying key shapes that make up important components, such as the fan or power button, OpenManage Mobile creates a 3D boundary of where the chassis exists in the real world and overlays a blueprint of all the chassis parts and components on top of the boundary.How does Quick Sync feed into AR?In order to draw meaningful data onto the detected chassis, OpenManage Mobile reads details about the chassis health status from the Quick Sync 2 module on the chassis. Quick Sync 2 utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy to wirelessly host its health and component data, allowing OpenManage Mobile to connect and read the server. All Quick Sync 2 communications are encrypted with a secure handshake like what is available in HTTPS connections. If OpenManage Mobile has connected to the chassis at least once before working with augmented reality, the broadcast address and chassis certificate will quickly and automatically match and validate the Quick Sync 2 connection.What else can OpenManage Mobile do for you?A lot.Get Push Notifications – proactively – from OpenManage Enterprise consoleReceive alert notifications from OpenManage Enterprise on your mobile deviceAcknowledge, forward and delete alerts from your mobile deviceMonitor and Manage PowerEdge servers or MX chassisBrowse server details, health status, firmware inventory, system event logs, and LC logs of individual servers. Share/Forward as needed.Use your tablet as a crash cart to access the system consoleAccess and share SupportAssist reports, or crash screens and videosAccess server warranty informationAccess system console through VNC to view server OS desktops with iDRAC VNC enabled servers. (This requires 3rd Party VNC client app available for Android and iOS devices.)Perform server management functions such as Power On, Power cycle, Reboot, or ShutdownConfigure and Provision PowerEdge servers and MX modular infrastructureConfigure one server manually, or multiple servers simultaneously. You can even update the Auto-Update flag in the server from OpenManage Mobile. Same is applicable for compute sleds in MX7000 chassisProvision PowerEdge servers or MX infrastructure: plug the power cable, connect the mobile device to server or chassis, assign an IP address, change credentials, and update BIOS attributesRun RACADM commands and get output directly on the mobile deviceHow do I get more details?Download OpenManage Mobile for iOS or AndroidVisit our OpenManage Mobile website for more informationRead the white paper Understanding Augmented Reality Monitoring in OpenManage MobileIf you have a specific question, please send us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you.
Dell Technologies is pleased to announce that thanks to our fantastic customers, Dell EMC HCI has been recognized as a March 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). There is nothing more important to us than our customers, and so our team understandably takes great pride in this distinction.In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.For this distinction, a vendor must have a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars or higher in the past year. With more than 80 verified published reviews of Dell EMC VxRail and VxFlex, we feel confident that we are meeting our continued commitment to delight customers with HCI and software-defined storage (SDS) solutions.Here are some excerpts from your peers that may be of value as you make your IT infrastructure decisions:“They promised us a ‘mythical unicorn’ of IT; VxRail definitely delivered” – Senior Network Analyst II, Education (read full review)“VxRail is a must for any IT leader looking to improve performance and ease operations”– Global Director of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Manufacturing (read full review)“VxRail helped us deploy VDI for 1000+ students & teachers easily. It’s a huge success” – Manager of Technology Service Operations, Education (read full review) “Build your Future with Dell EMC VxFlex”- Vice President of IT, Retail (read review)Read more reviews for VxRail here and VxFlex here.As demonstrated above, customers choose Dell EMC HCI and SDS offerings for its ease of use and improvement in performance.We are deeply proud not only to be honored as a March 2020 Customers’ Choice for HCI but also as a January 2020 Customers’ Choice for Primary Storage and Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Gartner Peer Insights markets. We know that the majority of our customers will have a need for both HCI and storage for the foreseeable future, and Dell Technologies can deliver industry-leading offers in both.To all our customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews inform our products, shape our services, and help define our customer journey. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you to deliver products and solutions that simplify IT and building upon the customer experience that has earned us this distinction!If you have a Dell EMC story to share, we encourage you to join the Gartner Peer Insights crowd and weigh in.Disclaimer: Listed as “Dell EMC” on Gartner Peer InsightsThe GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS CUSTOMERS’ CHOICE badge is a trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says troops have killed a Palestinian suspected of trying to attack soldiers at a West Bank intersection. In a video released by the army, a female soldier says the attacker approached her with a knife and jumped on top of her. She says she managed to fend him off, and her commander then shot him. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the suspect as a 17-year-old resident of a nearby Palestinian village. No soldiers were wounded in Tuesday’s incident. Israel has seen a series of shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks in recent years, mostly carried out by lone attackers with no apparent links to armed groups.
BEIJING (AP) — China National Nuclear Corporation says its first nuclear power unit that uses Hualong One, a third-generation nuclear reactor, has started commercial operations. The reactor, located in the city of Fuqing in China’s southeastern Fujian province, is designed to have a 60-year lifespan, with its core equipment domestically produced. Each unit of the Hualong No. 1 has a capacity of 1.161 million kilowatts and can meet the annual domestic electricity demand of 1 million people in moderately developed countries. The commercial use of Hualong One will also reduce carbon emissions and help achieve China’s low-carbon goals such as carbon neutrality before 2060.