With so much talk around the unveiling of VMware NSX and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, network virtualization is certainly having it’s day in the enterprise sun, and rightfully so. The introduction of application-based policy into the physical and virtual networks that support enterprise workloads is an exciting thing.But networks aren’t the only part of the infrastructure that is benefiting from the focus that “software defined” is bringing to the architectural and operational disciplines used in the enterprise. As we see the evolution of the abstraction point between the control and data planes in every part of the infrastructure, the tools and processes needed to manage things on a day-to-day basis are evolving too. VCE and VMware have done a significant amount of joint development work, and together we are excited to examine the possibilities where a fully API-accessible, multi-vendor converged infrastructure overlaps with market-leading management, monitoring, analytics, orchestration and logging tools.The key to all of the integration that VCE does with VMware and all of our ITSM partners is the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software. Being able to provide a holistic API that provides visibility and context to all of the individual components within a Vblock, and using that collected dataset to intelligently inform any and all upstream tools is a key part of our strategy. As we transition from inbound visibility to coordinated management, discovery and compliance, that API layer will only become more and more valuable. With so much of the cost of a hardware platform contained in the day-to-day management and operations, anything that can provide that context and programmatic access to individual hardware components is going to be valuable, and the VCE Vision API and developer community will continue VCE’s commitment to being more than the sum of the components alone.There are a number of places where this joint development and strategic alignment are visible, but none more so than in the VCE Vision™ Plugin for VMware vCenter. Across enterprises of all sizes, vCenter sits at the core of the day-to-day operation of a virtualized infrastructure. As such, it’s a perfect place to be able to integrate the visibility and status of the infrastructure itself into the traditional virtualization objects like Data Centers, Clusters and Resource Pools. Giving native access to the individual element managers is valuable, but being able to leverage the VCE Vision™ System Library for Vblock Systems to give vCenter administrators access to the Discovery, Identification, Validation, Health and Logging functions native to the VCE Vision software provides more of the visibility needed in today’s enterprise.On the trending and analytics side, the VCE Vision™ Adapter for VMware vCenter Operations Manager has brought the same context and hardware visibility into another fantastic tool. With VCE being able to OEM vCenter Operations Manager and include the plugin, which again leverages the VCE Vision API directly, customers can take something which was perfect for infrastructure virtualized with vSphere and make it even more operationally valuable. Earlier in the month, VMware announced VMware vCenter Log Insight. Log Insight provides real-time insights from log data produced by applications, physical hardware and virtualized infrastructure helping to minimize troubleshooting times as well as improve operational efficiency. VMware announced the availability of “content packs” to capture logs from a number of products, including VCE Vision Intelligent Operations software, which is available directly from the VMware Solution Exchange marketplace. Interestingly, the value of the VCE Vision API is readily apparent here as well, as VCE is the only company out of the nine released at launch that does more than plug into a single element manager. While being able to integrate one component at a time is a good first step, being able to address the entire infrastructure that is supporting your workloads at once is far more efficient and valuable.Finally, we continue to see more and more customers adopting vCloud Director as their customer provisioning portal of choice, and VCE continues to help customers and VMware both understand the strengths and potential of that product. Our document Designing VMware vCloud Director On Vblock™ Systems continues to help provide best practices and architectural guidelines for how to create an enterprise-class ITaaS implementation.As VMware’s vision of SDDC becomes clearer, the emphasis on tools and operational process to maximize the return on this fundamental change will become stronger and stronger. VCE and VMware are committed to leading this charge together.
2016 is the Year of Flash storage for transactional processing. The transition to flash has been journey for the industry. EMC introduced flash storage media and Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) into our products starting in 2008. Our customers often realized 5x better performance for their transactional workloads with a small amount of flash capacity supplementing high performance hard disk drive technology. Over the past several years it has become more affordable for our customers to move more transaction processing data to flash media. The price for the flash media decreased. In conjunction we introduced new space efficiency software functionality such de-duplication, and compression while enabling more efficient garbage collection processing. In 2016 the cost of flash and high performance hard disk drive technology has intersected. Many of our customers are seeing a 20X performance improvement utilizing flash storage media for their transaction processing. The bad news is with the avalanche of new digital data creation and the exploding use of new data analytics the performance of flash media will not be sufficient for long.The good news is I believe this is just of the beginning of a transition to a new set of non-volatile media (NVM) that will perform similarly to traditional non-persistent memory (DRAM) with much larger capacities. There are a number of new media types that we believe will become available at enterprise scale by the end of this decade. These new data media types’ will enable new classes of applications capable of processing larger data sets, in near real time. These applications will increase the use of modern in memory data processing and create disruptive business value for early adopter companies.This is an exciting time in the IT industry and transitioning your transactional workloads to flash storage is the first important step in this journey. There is still much work to be done to be able to use the new media, and in memory application technologies at enterprise scale. The transition from hard disk drive technology to flash media for transactional processing took about eight years. The transition to the next generation of media at scale will happen much faster, with even greater business impact. EMC has a rich product portfolio capable of leveraging these new media types and a long history of successfully and safely transitioning our customers to new media types, and data processing architectures in a reliable and cost effective manner.
Five short years ago, Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) was a disruptive technology, and today it’s become a mainstream IT solution for all virtualized workloads. Customer adoption and year-over-year demand growth – estimated at 60% in 2018 – are evidence this trend is undeniably real and will continue.As the leading HCI system sales vendor, according to IDC, Dell EMC has played a primary role in enabling and supporting this transition, and our goal is to offer a broad set of approaches that deliver the best fit for customers’ unique needs. One example of this is our XC Series, the best platform for those customers who have committed to Nutanix software.We are continuing to expand the XC Family, and today we are announcing XC Core, a new offering that provides customers with an additional way to acquire Nutanix software licensing while leveraging the benefits of the Dell EMC XC platform. XC Core, available today, uses the same Dell EMC hardware and software as the XC Series appliances while the software is licensed and supported directly by Nutanix. This alternative lets customers buy Nutanix software licenses directly from authorized partners, and then add the licenses to pre-validated XC Core systems that are configured, built and tested by Dell EMC. It also enables license portability across infrastructure components and separate management and support of hardware and software lifecycles.The XC Family – comprising XC Series appliances, XC Xpress appliances and now XC Core – is arguably the most complete and robust platform for customers deploying HCI with Nutanix software. Here’s why:The XC platform is based on industry-leading and proven Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that are configured and optimized for HCI and Nutanix software. These latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers were built with more than 150 custom requirements specifically for software-defined storage (SDS).PowerEdge server BIOS and firmware for the XC Family are tuned and optimized for performance to run Nutanix software.The XC platform includes Dell EMC IP that enables streamlined deployment, rapid restore to factory settings and bare metal recovery, rich in-band hardware monitoring and management, 1-click firmware and software upgrades, and workflow orchestration across a cluster.Customers can choose the Nutanix licensing and support model that is best for their needs while still leveraging the benefits of the XC platform.The XC Family comes with an ecosystem that includes reference architectures, network validation tools and integration with other Dell EMC and Microsoft technologies, including Pivotal, Avamar, Data Domain and Azure.Customers can rely on global service and support that includes support centers and teams in 167 countries, over a thousand spare parts depots around the world, and technical experts fluent in 55 languages.Dell EMC’s HCI leadership is based on building a world class portfolio of industry-leading technologies and solutions to address essentially any adoption model for consuming HCI. Working with customers around the world, we know there’s no single way—no silver bullet—to address every opportunity or challenge. Customers know they can turn to Dell EMC to find the solution that makes the most sense for their own unique requirements.Based on our industry leading portfolio, we’re excited to offer yet another onramp to Dell EMC and our proven technologies and support. As customers increasingly turn to HCI, we look forward to continuing to offer them the industry’s best options to simplify and transform their IT.
Despite technological advances, some things remain constant in our ever-changing world. I shared the story a while back about how customer feedback led to the establishment of our now global, multi-billion dollar OEM business. 22 years on, customer feedback is as important as ever. We’re always keen to understand changing market trends and what we can do better.Listening to OEM decision makers across EMEATrue to form, we recently commissioned the analyst team at Futurum Research to conduct an independent, global OEM Partnership Survey which included canvassing the views of 272 senior decision makers in OEM-type business models across EMEA, mainly in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. 94 percent of those surveyed were either primary decision makers or key influencers.The survey included the full spectrum of businesses from 500 to 50,000 plus employees with the majority coming from the category of 1,000 to 4,999 employees. In line with our diverse customer profile, industry sectors included Consumer Products, Healthcare/Pharma, Defense, Energy and Utilities, Banking and Finance, Industrial plus Media and Technology.Key EMEA takeawaysAs we move into 2019, I believe that the report provides valuable insights into current trends and provides a window into the future of the OEM market. My marketing colleague Ethan Woods has already shared his views on the overall survey here. Today, I want to share the key EMEA takeaways.Overcoming barriers to innovationWhat jumped off the page for me? As head of Dell EMC OEM in EMEA, it’s gratifying to see that over 80 percent of respondents in the region say that OEM relationships and solutions have helped them overcome barriers to innovation.Faster time to marketIn the competitive marketplace, it’s no surprise that decision-makers say time to market matters more than ever and that finding the right technology can make the difference between winning and losing. How do you keep up with complex and rapidly evolving technology? Well, 82 percent say they’ve been able to empower their business and embrace new and emerging technologies by outsourcing development efforts to OEM partners.At present, over a quarter of businesses have leveraged OEM partnerships to deploy Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions (currently the single largest area of focus), but I anticipate that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (currently at 24 percent), IoT (currently at 13.5 percent) and Blockchain (currently at 16 percent) will grab more of the spotlight this year.How much faster?Drilling down, the ultimate question is, how much faster do OEM partnerships help in translating ideas into market offerings that can drive business value? While 55 percent said their incremental increase in deployment was between 11 and 30 percent faster, it’s great to see that 21 percent cite between 31 percent and 50 percent faster time to value.Moreover, the majority of EMEA respondents cite OEM partnerships as either very or critically important in achieving measurable business goals centered around competitive advantage, increased revenue and improved customer experience.Partnership speeds internal transformation Faster to market for customer-facing products and services is great but being innovative within your business is equally important. When asked, if OEM relationships had specifically helped “your organization accelerate product/service innovation efforts”, 89 percent give a resounding yes. However, the value of OEM partnerships doesn’t stop there.In fact, over two-thirds say OEM partnerships are very or critically important to improving or accelerating their efforts in digital transformation (82 percent), IT transformation (75 percent), security transformation (74 percent), and workforce transformation (68 percent). Relatively speaking, while workforce transformation lags at 68 percent, I believe this is largely due to the complexity of it being a technology, people, and physical asset play and I believe this will increase over time.Cost reduction benefitsIn terms of cost reductions, the results highlight a clear “OEM over internal” benefit with at least 35 percent of respondents estimating a 21 to 40 percent cost reduction for initiatives in customer service, manufacturing, sales & marketing, distribution & logistics, plus research & development.The right technology matters mostAnd now, we come to the burning question – what matters most for customers? Respondents rate product performance and features, scalability, cost reduction and business unit requirements as the most critically important decision drivers when choosing to go with an OEM partner, highlighting a common theme in technology today: more for less.And while custom engineering and contractual flexibility are currently ranked behind these factors, I believe that this will change over time to reflect the growing importance of emerging technologies. In my experience, customers are already beginning to opt for more flexible contracts along with financing options as this enables them to be more agile and adopt new solutions faster.OEM partnerships set to increaseLooking ahead, over 71 percent of respondents say they expect their use of OEM partnerships in EMEA to increase over the next year with 12 percent predicting a dramatic increase while only 23 percent predict that it will remain steady.Huge opportunity for sales growth and cost reductionsInterestingly, the report predicts that the global market opportunity for adoption of OEM partnerships is significant, indicating that it could grow by a CAGR of 20 to 25 percent over the coming decade. The good news is that Futurum also believe that companies that engage in above-average levels of OEM partnerships can accelerate sales growth and cost reductions by an impressive 35 and 45 percent by 2025.Finally, according to the report, as emerging technologies, such as AI, Blockchain, AR/VR, mature, they will become increasingly “table stakes” for businesses looking to establish long-term trust with their customers – if you don’t have them you won’t find a seat at the table.Are you in the OEM business in EMEA? What do you think about the market? I’d love to hear your comments, predictions and questions. Learn more about this survey! A summary global infographic is available here or you can access the survey report here. Learn more about Dell EMC OEM.Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem and @dermotatdell
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) enables organizations to provide secure desktop environments for use by their employees. The use of VDI can be extended to non-employees for tasks requiring the use of corporate resources deemed necessary. VDI can run on mobile devices as well as the traditional desktop/laptop platforms and can be provisioned and de-provisioned securely and rapidly whether provided through on-premises datacenters or via cloud-hosted services such as VMware cloud services.VMware Horizon 7 enables organizations to deliver a scalable and automated solution for VDI deployments. The common management tools and uniform Horizon platform simplify extending the VDI environment across both cloud and on-premises deployments. While VDI deployments can be for either stateless/non-persistent desktops or stateful/persistent desktops, there is a need to retain and protect user data and possibly replicate this data to other sites. Virtual desktop deployments that replace a user’s typical desktop client environment with a VDI platform typically require support for persistent data including user home directories. Providing persistent file shares on-premises is something that is easy to provide using a platform like Dell EMC Unity storage, but when running in a public cloud, a solution like Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition is needed.Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition, provides a ready-made solution for storing file data including user home directories, with a robust set of enterprise-level file services developed to meet the needs of large-scale multiuser and transactional file environments. The Unity filesystem allows for scalability, efficiency, and flexibility that provides for cloud and large-scale on-premises VDI environments.Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition can be easily deployed in a VMware Cloud to provide multi-protocol file access over SMB, NFS, FTP, and SFTP. There is a wide spectrum of feature sets supported in Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition such as, but not limited to, pointer-based snapshots, NDMP backup, user and tree level quotas, file-level tiering to cloud object repositories based on user-defined policies, ability to seamlessly shrink and extend file system size without disrupting client access, and a Common Event Enabler that allows applications to scan for viruses and receive file event notifications for auditing, quota management, search/indexing, and more. Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition supports replication with other physical and virtual instances of Dell EMC Unity systems across multiple sites.Additionally, Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition Unisphere provides a powerful unified management framework composed of an HTML5 graphical user interface, command line interface, and RESTful API allowing novice and experienced administrators alike to easily manage their file storage environments. Wizard-based file provisioning enables novice administrators to quickly get a file storage environment up and running. The CLI and RESTful API allow more seasoned administrators to create complex scripts to facilitate specific use cases, while still using the Unisphere GUI for daily provisioning and management tasks.For a demonstration of the Unity Cloud Edition VDI user file shares solution in action, see the video available here.The VDI use case described here is one of the opportunities for improving private and public cloud application deployments using the capabilities of Dell EMC Unity delivered by the software defined Unity Cloud Edition. Learn more about Dell EMC Unity here.
If you’ve got questions about this episode, or a question you’d like Matt to answer in the next episode, comment below or tweet Matt using #BakersHalfDozen.If you have finished Netflix, not a problem. You now have a new Baker’s Half Dozen to watch!On today’s episode we discuss how you, the viewer, can help fight the coronavirus at home by using your PC. We also discuss the importance of keeping Atomic Time, and how your car is a snitch!And finally, we want you to share what piece of old technology you refuse to part with. We discuss all of this and more in episode 12 of Baker’s Half Dozen.Episode 12 Show Notes: Item 1: Help fight the coronavirus by folding at home.Item 2: Is Atomic Time more accurate?Item 3: 75% of enterprise data will be created outside.Item 4: Tesla Sentry Mode is helping solve hit and run cases.Item 5: AWS Billing MythsItem 6: Cloud computing is not an energy hog!Item 6.5: What is the oldest piece of tech you refuse to part with?
BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish forces in northern Syria say they have ended a weekslong siege on government-held neighborhoods in two northeastern cities as part of a deal brokered by Russia. The move came as government forces allowed supplies to enter Kurdish-held areas in the northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday, according to an opposition war monitor. The announcement comes two days after Kurdish fighters shot one person dead during a pro-government protest. The Kurds, Syria’s largest ethnic minority, have carved out a semi-autonomous enclave in Syria’s north after the conflict started in 2011. Tensions are not uncommon between the two sides in northern Syria.
The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,100 troops to five vaccination centers in what will be the first wave of increased military support for the White House campaign to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two of the five new military teams will go to vaccination centers opening in California. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt says military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Three additional centers are expected to be announced soon.