10:03 am PTVMware notes that they believe in containers without compromise. They’re partnering with Google and Docker to deliver containers and virtual machines. 10:10 am PT 10:19 am PTVMware is discussing security and control through secure micro-segmentation in the datacenter, which provides controlled communication paths and specifies which virtual machines can talk to each other.10:26 am PTVMware will now be discussing the hybrid cloud. They’re doing a demonstration on vCloud Air with vSphere Web Chat. They’re showing the power of the hybrid cloud through the seamless network replication and extension of vCloud Air.10:35 am PTVMware concludes by showing a demo of vCloud Air and notes that it is the true hybrid cloud by seamlessly extending customer datacenter to the cloud and back on-premise. 9:55 am PTVMware notes that the power of “and” is essential, where IT and developers must work together to deliver true business value.9:57 am PTRaghu noted that vSphere 6 is now in beta. It has several innovations that will be important for customers:Fault Tolerance for Scale Up Applications – 4 virtual CPUs for scale out applicationsApplication Mobility – Includes cross vCenter vMotion for mobility between vCenter instances and long distance vMotion from one side of a country to the other. 9:00 am PTBen Fathi, CTO at VMware, just took the stage at VMworld. Ben starts off talking about how the new world of IT needs a friction free environment, where the brave will thrive. He notes that business organizations are stuck in silos. These businesses should not be focusing on this “or” that, but instead use the power of “and” to have it all. After a fantastic first day at VMworld, day two is kicking off with a general session on end user computing, mobility, cloud and the software defined data center.Below is a live blog from the VMworld keynote. 8:58 am PTThe general session is about to begin. People are filed in and eagerly waiting for VMware to take the stage. 9:40 am PTRaghu Raghuram, EVP of the Software Defined Data Center at VMware just took the stage. He noted that VMware’s cloud management platform is the #1 platform in the industry. 9:46 am PTRaghu notes that there’s three approaches to the software defined data center, customers can build their own or utilize a converged infrastructure or a hyper-converged infrastructure. 9:54 am PT 10:12 am PTVMware dives deeper into vRealize Suite, which includes cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business together as a suite of services. These services can manage assets, whether they’re physical, virtual, or in the cloud. It can be on-premise or as a service through vCloudAir. The software defined data center will be policy-based cloud management.10:15 am PT 9:10 am PTSanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End User Computing at VMware, just took the stage to discuss VMware’s vision in a mobile-cloud era. He’ll be focusing on three pillars: desktop, mobile and content.9:12 am PTSanjay noted that VMware is leading the desktop industry with:Horizon View – Unified VDI and App PublishingDesktop as a serviceCloud Volumes – Real-time app deliveryRich User Experience 9:24 am PTSanjay is now discussing content collaboration, delivered anywhere, anytime, as a hybrid deployment. United Airlines is already using mobile and AirWatch.9:31 am PTVMware is also announcing Workplace Suite to unify mobile, desktop and content management – VMware Unifies Mobile, Desktop and Content Management With VMware Workspace Suite.Kit Colbert, End User Computing CTO at VMware, is providing a demo for Airwatch in the healthcare industry. As a doctor, the same Airwatch app resides on the desktop and mobile, providing secure content for patients. The app allows doctors to move around the hospital without needing to constantly log in to applications as well as share private content between hospitals – while remaining HIPPA compliant.9:34 am PTKit is also introducing Cloud Volumes. In a simplified way, it delivers all applications to the desktop through the cloud.Kit also discussed Project Fargo, which is 30x faster to provision a desktop, it only takes seconds. It helps provision desktops by cloning a virtual machine, then it uses Cloud Volume to provision the apps.9:38 am PTKit and Sanjay outlined three key takeaways from their section:Unified experience, any device, anywhereCustomers driving industry changeOptimized for the software defined data center 9:17 am PTSanjay announced a new partnership with NVIDIA and Google to redefine the user experience.“VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud DesktopsShare9:21 am PTSAP and VMware are partnering to accelerate the mobile experience. They’ll be seamlessly integrating with SAP Mobile Secure EMM and AirWatch MDM. SAP noted that they’re working to accelerate mobility in the enterprise – with 3,500 SAP HANA customers now virtualized, this partnership will advance this even further forward.Learn more in the news release – VMware and SAP Collaborate to Deliver Mobile Security and Simplified User Experience for Mobile Applications
Last week, Gartner released their first ever Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays (SSAs), also known as All-Flash Arrays (AFAs). We’re proud to have EMC recognized in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant (Figure 1), a testament to EMC’s flash strategy and the execution of bringing XtremIO to market near the end of last year. Flash arrays have been around for quite a while, anywhere from years to decades depending on the vendor. So why is Gartner only now beginning to track a Magic Quadrant specific to them?I believe the answer is straightforward. Until recently, flash arrays were very expensive, very limited devices that were targeted only at boosting performance where price was no object. The market for them was small as were the use cases. They weren’t enterprise-ready, serving only a niche performance market. EMC never entered this niche. At our scale you need to be bolder to move the needle and that’s why in 2012 we acquired XtremIO, bringing it to market in November 2013.Since then, in well under a year, EMC has surpassed all others in the SSA/AFA market and XtremIO has assumed the leadership position. Why is this? I believe this answer is also straightforward. XtremIO is magic technology.“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. ClarkeShareIt’s easy to think about XtremIO as just another flash array that’s great for boosting performance on some critical application. But if that’s the only way you think about it, you’re missing the huge value it brings across your data center. It’s common for XtremIO customers to begin with a targeted workload in mind, but quickly find out they can expand the use cases for the array with additional applications and workloads, and to revise their flash strategy to use XtremIO across the board. Consider what a couple of XtremIO customers recently said:“When you’re doing a 100,000 IOPS why wouldn’t I put everything on this? We get a boatload of business value for OLTP. I’m having a hard time saying ‘why not?’” – Steve Vogler, USI Holdings“After our great experience with VDI, we had a SQL server that was on physical infrastructure that took 6-7 hours to process and load. I reached out to the application owners, and said ‘Let’s try to put this in a virtual infrastructure’. I gave them a virtual machine with less CPU and memory but on the XtremIO flash storage array. It outperformed the physical server by 2-3x.” – Craig Englund, Boston ScientificShareTo these customers, XtremIO is magic. It transforms their datacenters. It transforms their businesses. It transforms they way they spend their time because they no longer worry about provisioning or tuning complexity. If you haven’t taken a hard look at XtremIO, you’re missing out on one of the most important technological shifts to come along in a decade.Don’t wait any more! Sign up for an XtremIO demo today and begin to redefine your business. If you are interested in viewing Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SSAs, please follow this link.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Mobile World Congress is starting this week. It’s one of my favorite industry conferences and the premiere industry event for the telecommunications and service provider market. Coming out of Mobile World Congress 2015 I predicted this industry would move from analyzing the next generation infrastructure architectures needed to support more flexible, and agile service delivery to actual execution. EMC was fully committed to partnering with the industry in this transition. In 2015, this is exactly what happened.As this shift to execution occurred, EMC realized there were two types of customers, tier one global scale players, and regional, moderate scale players. The tier one global operators were leading the transformation. They were building out bespoke, customized architectures where EMC’s product toolkit was very useful, but the solution stacks were new and untested. We created a new engagement model based on Open Innovation principles where we could combine our best in class product toolkit and our technology expertise to collaborate with the transformation leaders to create new custom solutions. These engagements with the early adopter global tier one operators allowed us to learn the patterns to implement new services based on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and next generation data analytics technologies. What we learned allows us to create repeatable, packaged offerings that smaller scale regional operators can deploy quickly and reliably.The purpose of this transformation is to enable the industry to provide more agile, less expensive, and new differentiated service to their customers.This is an exciting time for the Telco and Service Provider industries and I look forward to meeting with the customers we worked with in 2015 to share with them our plans for 2016 at Mobile World Congress. We’ve got some exciting news to share and we look forward to seeing you there. Until then, the entire EMC federation events schedule is available at: http://www.emc.com/emctelco/index.htm.
Build on a legacy of innovation. That was one of the six lessons John Powers, principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, says was learned from the merger of Dell and EMC.It’s one that we continue to leverage as today Dell EMC World officially evolves to become Dell Technologies World, happening April 30 – May 3, 2018.As Sam Pudwell of Silicon UK said after Dell EMC World last year, trying to get your head around the breadth of Dell Technologies is a seriously complex task.“The sheer scale of products and services on offer from the companies under its umbrella is staggering,” Pudwell said. “Which has been reflected this week in the size of the conference, the first time the whole ‘family’ has been in one place.”Since we will be bringing the whole family back again, it only made sense to change the name of the event to reflect the full power of seven technology leaders, all in one place.And you can register now to join us and discover emerging trends, get hands on with the latest tech – CRN highlighted “15 Hot Products Unleashed At Dell EMC World 2017” – and meet up with the gurus who make it all happen.And we mean really make it happen. Make it real. That’s the theme this year for Dell Technologies World.Attendees will not only hear about how digital transformation has accelerated disruption across industries, they will also learn practical insights and actionable next steps to make transformation real.“The company appears to be firing on all cylinders across several fields…Share“There was clearly plenty of announcements and stories to digest from Days 1 and 2 of Dell EMC World,” Analyst Patrick Moorehead said in his recap of last year’s event.“The company had to show continued synergy across all the Dell Technologies companies as well as success in the singular areas. That’s a hard thing to do because synergy typically requires giving up on singular features to pay for the synergistic features,” said Moorehead. “The company appears to be firing on all cylinders across several fields—servers (gaining share), HCI (gaining share), data protection, storage (gaining share), IoT (EdgeX Foundry leadership), AR/VR.”You can expect to hear and see more of this at Dell Technologies World this year.Register now and join us to take your thinking beyond infrastructure towards business applications, management, cloud, mobility and security.P.S. Wondering about what this means for VMworld, RSA Conference or Spring One Platform? Our CMO Jeremy Burton answers that over on Direct2DellEMC.
It’s 2018, a new year with new data analytics trends. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and IoT are all leading contenders that have been talked about a lot, but I would still argue that machine generated data analytics is still just as relevant in 2018. Machine data makes up about 80%-90% of the data that’s out there and can help drive critical use cases around security, IT Ops, App Delivery and much more. When it comes to machine data analytics, Splunk immediately comes to mind. They are by far the leader in this space and have been making moves to incorporate things like Machine Learning and IoT into their platform. I have written a couple other blogs about Splunk here and on Big Data Beard and suggest you check them out too. Most of them are about what Dell EMC is doing with Splunk, the optimal solutions for Splunk and the apps we have for Splunk. The one thing we never had, however, were Splunk services… until now.I’m pretty excited that Dell EMC has begun to develop pre-deployment and post-deployment services that help customers get the most out of their Splunk deployment and truly be able to “Ask any question” from their data. Prior to this, Dell EMC focused on developing solutions that comprised of optimal hardware and Splunk software. With our new services capabilities, our tripod is complete. I am reminded of the 30 Rock episode that talks about the “Third Heat” convection oven— cue Tracy Morgan yelling “I am the third heat”!Why Are Services Important?Splunk is the easy button for analyzing machine generated data. Deployment is a lot less complicated than other data analytics tools like Hadoop and users can quickly get access to data, create searches, reports and dashboard. However, this is just scratching the surface and we have seen organizations struggle to fully optimize their Splunk deployments and get the most out of their data. I spend a good amount of my time talking to Splunk customers and one trend I’ve noticed is that as organizations grow with Splunk, issues start to arise. Initially, the deployment might have worked but as more users within the company adopt Splunk, searches become more complicated and ingestion grows, the initial deployment model might not be ideal. To solve their scaling issues, admins add more resources hoping that will solve user issues, which might not be optimal. Here is where services can really help! Whether it’s before the initial deployment or after, our services professionals can set organizations up for success or pinpoint the pains and make recommendations to fully optimize Splunk.What Can We Do?Here are some of our pre- and post- Splunk offerings:Health Checks: Define and Assess gaps and provide recommendation and best practices. This includes perform optimization and efficiency tests.Pre-deployment site check: Support Strategic Initiatives: Use-Case development, capacity planning. Architecture validation to meet the client needs.Splunk Deployment: Install and configure components (Indexer, forwarder, search head etc..). Assist in configuration of custom apps as needed.Implementation: Assist in development of Custom Dashboards, Reports for visualization of data. Develop policy for data retention and governance.Optimization: Validate High availability, check on configuration, Indexer/Query performance issues in the deployment.I would be remiss not to mention the great things Secureworks is doing in the area of Splunk. Secureworks is a part of the Dell Technologies family and our brothers and sisters over there have created an all-encompassing portfolio of managed services for Splunk security use cases. Security accounts for probably half, if not more of customer uses for Splunk. Splunk has wonderful products for this space like Enterprise Security but it can still be difficult for some organizations to achieve their goals. This is Securework’s bread and butter. Their abilities range from helping set up dashboards to setting up and running your SOC with Splunk and everything in between.2018 is already shaping up to be a great year. Dell EMC is now a one-stop shop for customers looking to deploy Splunk and get the most out of it. If you want to learn more about our services reach out to your Dell EMC account rep and they can set up a meeting with our Splunk services team or email us at [email protected] Splunking!
New today, the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) has become more advanced with simpler management and monitoring, increased cloud-readiness with cloud disaster recovery and improved data protection for VMware workloads.IDPA, launched last year, is converged data protection appliance that offers integrated protection storage and software, search and analytics, and cloud tier for long-term retention.Powerful Ease of Use: Centralized Management and Monitoring IDPA now boasts a new IDPA System Manager UI for centralized monitoring and management with easy-to-use intuitive navigation.The IDPA System Manager helps organizations looking to modernize their infrastructure to simplify backups and automate tasks, including monitoring, management and reporting. Users are able to monitor and manage IDPA for the majority of their daily activities from a centralized, customizable dashboard.Comprehensive reporting is also included to ensure visibility into the backup environment, and it is available on-demand with a single click.Watch the video:>Modern and Comprehensive Cloud-Readiness Across Cloud JourneyModern and efficient cloud readiness is the centerpiece of Dell EMC products and strategy. We continue to evolve our products to support all aspects customers cloud journey. IDPA was launched with native Cloud-tiering for long-term retention and archiving to public or private cloud.With this release, we are introducing Cloud Disaster Recovery for IDPA. This new add-on feature enables virtual machine images protected on IDPA to be copied to object storage within Amazon Web Services for a modern, cost-efficient disaster recovery solution that takes advantage of the cloud. This service enables the orchestration and automation of disaster recovery (DR) testing, DR fail-over and failback to/from the cloud in a disaster scenario. No data protection infrastructure is needed for the failover/recovery within AWS, and no compute resources are needed until a failover occurs, greatly reducing costs. With Cloud Disaster Recovery, IDPA enables customers to leverage cloud across diverse cloud use-cases and benefit from the cloud economics and efficiencies for data protection with minimal additional learning or operational costs.Wait, there’s more… VMware functionality and operational improvementsIDPA now also offers VM file-level recovery, enabling recovery of multiple files, single files or folders.And, we’ve made many more operational improvements —making modern and simple IDPA even easier to maintain.With this new version, IDPA takes a massive step forward by providing enhanced simplicity, ease of use and more powerful data protection for our customers and help them take advantage of the cloud as part of their data protection.To learn more about the Dell EMC IDPA, check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.
LONDON (AP) — Britain is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen more than 6 million people get the first of two doses — even as the country’s death toll in the pandemic approaches 100,000. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Sunday that three-quarters of the U.K.’s over-80s have received a vaccine shot. He said three-quarters of nursing home residents have also had their first jab. More than 6.3 million doses of vaccine had been administered by Sunday. Health officials aim to give first shots to 15 million people, including everyone over 70, by Feb. 15. Britain’s vaccination campaign is a rare success in a country with Europe’s worst confirmed coronavirus outbreak. The U.K. has recorded 97,939 virus deaths, the fifth highest in the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says “we can’t wait any longer″ to address the climate crisis, and that’s driving his ambitious effort to stave off the worst effects of global warming. Biden has issued executive orders to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines. The orders target federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. But there’s political risk for Biden and Democrats as oil- and coal-producing states face job losses from moves to sharply increase U.S. reliance on clean energy.