Converged Platforms Drive Business Innovation Around the Globe

first_imgAt VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC, we pride ourselves on our ability to dramatically simplify IT management, accelerate time to results and ultimately provide an unsurpassed experience to support a wide range of applications and workloads. We have this focus because we listen to our customers’ needs.In this short video, Fox Sports Australia and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among others, share their unique perspectives on how VCE delivered amazing value and helped accelerate their business growth.Our systems transformed the way Fox Sports Australia delivers content to fans. Vblock Systems are the foundation of a private cloud that decreased the time to deliver video clips to the web from 38 minutes to fewer than three. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is using Vblock Systems to enhance patient care and advance medical research. The solution enabled IT to reduce its maintenance and support costs from 44% of its budget to only 10%. It is the company wide dedication and passion that make these outcomes possible and keep us moving forward.Watch the video and we look forward to hearing how you drive business innovation for your businesses!last_img read more

EMC Unity: A Win-Win for Customers…and Partners

first_imgIT professionals need channel partners more than ever. In today’s hyper-competitive IT market, there are too many vendors making too many claims, which can make it tough for customers to decipher what is the right option for them. As a result, many businesses are looking to partners to help them with storage system selection, overall IT transformation, and a shift to new ways of doing business. By and large, partners are singlehandedly changing the storage game by becoming the trusted advisors their clients need to succeed.With the launch of Unity, EMC is introducing a new class of simplicity and affordability in a family of all-flash arrays for small and mid-sized IT requirements within SMEs and enterprises that is tailor-made for the channel. We know that the first thing on the wish list of many of our channel partners is a solution that outpaces the competition and offers the business benefits that their customers want. The second is a package of marketing and sales support that helps them to deliver additional value to their customers.NC State is already experiencing Unity first hand – find out more in this video:Getting the product rightEMC Unity has been many years in the making, and it’s not just a little bit better – it’s orders of magnitude better, making it more attractive to buy – and more attractive to sell.Unity is:SIMPLE. Setup, deployment, and management has never been easier thanks to a new HTML 5 user interface.MODERN. A completely new design and architecture totally modernizes EMC’s portfolio for midsized IT. Unity is built for flash, providing blazing speed and density and supporting the latest 3D TLC flash drives.FLEXIBLE. Available as a virtual storage appliance, a purpose-built all-flash or hybrid system, or as converged infrastructure with one unified operating system.AFFORDABLE. Optimized for the best combination of performance, density, and cost, it delivers all-flash at an incredibly low entry level price in a 2U form factor.Getting the partner proposition rightBut it’s not just the product we’ve been focused on – we wanted to make the partner proposition just as outstanding. Unity is:Easy to SELL: EMC offers partners intuitive pre-sales tools that guide to the best product configurations for end-user customers to purchase. And, rather than picking from an extensive a-la-carte menu of software options, EMC offers all-inclusive software packaging, simplifying the ordering process and expediting the time to value with the end-user customer.Easy to TRY: EMC helps remove barriers to sales by allowing end users to kick the tires on our products with our try-and-buy programs. And, with more virtual editions of products, testing is easier than ever.Easy to MARKET: Our channel enablement teams are specialists in creating marketing campaigns that can be packaged up and easily rebranded and used by our channel partners. We provide our resellers with complete ‘campaign-in-a-box’ packages as part of our ‘Ready To Go’ initiative. Partners can download materials from the Partner Content Library for self-execution, or conduct integrated marketing programs on our free Digital Marketing Platform.Easy to be in the KNOW: EMC uses tools like our Partner Portal to keep our partners close, communicating constantly to ensure that products like Unity are designed with the needs of the channel in mind and that our channel partners can hit the ground running with the training, tools, and knowledge our channel partners need to successively win with Unity.But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what Scott Miller, Director of Data Center, at EMC channel partner, WWT, has to say:“Our mid-market customers are looking for simple and affordable ways of modernizing their storage infrastructures to best realize the benefits of flash and virtualization technologies.  EMC Unity gives us the flexibility to meet their requirements with a product specifically designed for midsized IT needs. EMC’s outstanding partner support ensures that we are Unity experts the first day of launch, enabling us to best serve our joint customers.”The bottom line? Unity changes the all-flash game by delivering a product that is simple, modern, flexible and affordable, while offering a unique channel value proposition that partners will love.last_img read more

A Message To Customers: CX Day 2016

first_imgAt Dell Technologies, we have an unwavering focus on putting our customers first. The reality is that you—our customers—have always been the driving force behind everything we do. Our leadership team values just as highly what our customers and team members feel as what financial and market share metrics show.And today, as we celebrate the industry-wide Customer Experience Day (CX Day), I am especially humbled to extend a personal video message to you—our valued customers.As a new company, we open a new chapter and you can expect a new experience—driven by a single commitment: the relentless pursuit of your success. Thank you for putting your trust in us. The best is yet to come.And if you feel so inclined, please join me at Dell’s live CX Day virtual event today at 2 pm EST to hear from our customers and leaders and learn more about our CX strategy and customer-centric innovations. I also hope you will share why you are passionate about your customers using #CXDay on Twitter.last_img read more

How Schema On Read vs. Schema On Write Started It All

first_imgArticle originally appeared as Schema On Read vs. Schema On Write Explained.What’s the difference between Schema on read vs. Schema on write?How did Schema on read shift the way data is stored?Since the inception of Relational Databases in the 70’s, schema on write has be the defacto procedure for storing data to be analyzed. However recently there has been a shift to use a schema on read approach, which has led to the exploding popularity of Big Data platforms and NoSQL databases. In this post let’s take a deep dive into what are the differences between schema on read vs. schema on write.What is Schema On WriteSchema on write is defined as creating a schema for data before writing into the database. If you have done any kind of development with a database you understand the structured nature of Relational Database(RDBMS) because you have used Structured Query Language (SQL) to read data from the database.One of the most time consuming task in a RDBMS  is doing Extract Transform Load (ETL) work. Remember just because the data is structured doesn’t mean it starts out that way. Most of the data that exist is in an unstructured fashion. Not only do you have to define the schema for the data but you must also structure it based on that schema.For example if I wanted to store menu data for a local restaurant how would I begin to set the schema and write the data into the database? First task is to setup the tablesItemIngredientsNutritional values All those steps had to be done before being able to store the data and analyze it for new insights. The overhead for having to do the ETL is one of the reasons new data sets are hard to get into your Enterprise Data Warehouse(EDW) quickly.What is Schema On ReadSchema on read differs from schema on write because you create the schema only when reading the data. Structured is applied to the data only when it’s read, this allows unstructured data to be stored in the database. Since it’s not necessary to define the schema before storing the data it makes it easier to bring in new data sources on the fly.The exploding growth of unstructured data and overhead of ETL for storing data in RDBMS is the main reason for shift to schema on read. Many times analyst aren’t sure what types of insights they will gain from new data sources which is why getting new data source is time consuming. Remember back to our schema on write scenario let’s walk through it using schema on read. First step is to load our data into the databaseBoom! We are done! All of the menu data is in the database. Any insights we want to investigate we can try and apply the schema while testing. Let’s be clear though, we are still doing ETL on the data to fit into a schema but only when reading the data. Think of this as schema on demand!Key Differences Schema On Read vs. Schema On WriteSince schema on read allows for data to be inserted without applying a schema should it become the defacto database? No, there are pros and cons for schema on read and schema on write. For example when structure of the data is known schema on write is perfect because it can return results quickly. See the comparison below for a quick overview:There is no better or best with schema on read vs. schema on write. Just like most things in development– it depends on the use case. Is the workload mostly data supporting a dashboard where the results need to be fast and repetitive? It’s going to need to use a schema on write database. Will there be a lot of unknowns with the data and constant new sources? Sounds like a schema on read will work. Next index items to map relationshipsThen write a regular expression to extract fields for each table in the databaseLastly write SQL insert statements for extracted datalast_img read more

Open Networking Turns 5 – Looking Ahead

first_imgFive years ago, Dell EMC embraced a radical notion — the disaggregation of networking hardware and software to give customers more flexibility, better investment protection and a clear path to future innovation. This new networking paradigm gave customers the ability to break free from proprietary, monolithic and costly networking appliances. Open Networking was born.This disaggregated approach, which started in the data center with top-of-rack (ToR) switches, quickly led to a profusion of innovation and efficiency, allowing hardware and software vendors alike to focus on the aspects of the stack they know best.On the software side, Open Networking has created big opportunities for companies such as BigSwitch, Cumulus, Pluribus Networks and even Microsoft with its open source Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). Pure software players have enjoyed a bigger role in driving network efficiency, functionality and capability, and startups can focus on creating innovative networking functions without having to manage investments in hardware development and manufacturing.For hardware vendors, Open Networking has led to a more standards-based, collaborative design approach, using off-the-shelf silicon and enabling manufacturers to deliver better-than-ever performance and quality, at lower costs.And all of that gets us to the heart of what Open Networking is about: Giving customers unprecedented flexibility and choice, cost savings, ease of management, time to value, time to innovation and a network that creates measurable business value.Over the last five years we’ve brought Open Networking to a range of Dell EMC solutions, such as the modular and massively innovative PowerEdge MX platform, and to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with the introduction of Dell EMC Smart Fabric Services, an “easy button” to radically simplify and automate network configuration—the hardest aspect of HCI implementation. SmartFabric Services reduces up to 98% of the network configuration steps and administration through integration with VxRail Manager and VMware vSphere.Dell EMC OS10 SmartFabric Services for VxRail videoSo, where will Open Networking go next?Next Evolution: Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) & CampusThe next evolution takes the same premise of allowing software to play a greater role and applies it to other places in the network beyond the data center, such as SD-WAN.Enterprises have long faced the challenge of enabling their remote sites to connect with each other and communicate. Traditionally, they accomplished this by using function-specific appliances, but today, innovative software like VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud is making it possible to address this challenge running on x86-based infrastructure, or as a virtual machine as part of a larger network function virtualization deployment.In the near future, we can expect the Open Networking model to expand beyond its roots in the data center to campus networks. Dell’s hardware roadmap contemplates this shift, with major updates to our campus portfolio planned in 2019.And of course, there is 5G. As service providers roll out 5G, geographic distribution will be a challenge if they choose to use function-specific appliances. That would mean putting single-use equipment in certain un-serviced locations simply to prepare for the possibility that services will be needed there someday.Instead, they could deploy multi-purpose resources close to the edge and use software to deploy specific services as the need arises. If that is the chosen approach, we can expect to see another wave of innovation and progress, as hyperscale organizations like service providers often drive most of the initial growth for open technologies.It’s been five years of steady improvements in Open Networking, and there is a great deal of opportunity remaining. As always, Dell EMC will continue to be a leader in pushing for and providing standards-based, open technology. The abundance of innovation and unquestionable success of Open Networking is a shining example of why we champion this approach.When every vendor involved in a product is free to operate at their highest level of specialization and in close collaboration with each other, the customer wins. Learn more about Open Networking here.last_img read more

Dell for Entrepreneurs Egypt: reflecting on a successful year

first_imgFour events, thirteen startups, and a team of more than twenty volunteers: as 2019 comes to a close, we look back at the success of the Dell for Entrepreneurs Egypt program and our aspirations for next year.2019 was a year full of activities. In terms of events, we support all the major entrepreneurship and technology events in Egypt including Vested Summit, Startups Without Borders, and Tech Fuse, the most prominent startups’ event in the Middle East and Africa. Even Cairo ICT, the biggest Information Technology conference in Egypt, saw some startup actions. This past year was also unique because Dell Technologies launched its first startups pitch competition in Egypt, in partnership with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurs Center (TEIC).A recurring theme in all our engagements was Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cybersecurity. We also saw a rise in the need for technical mentorship and guidance in DevOps, Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), and an increase in the number of startups talking about modern application architectures. These are all excellent indicators of the technical progression of Egypt’s startups.Improving the technical capabilities of local startups is essential to enhancing human progress using technology. Dell Technologies has a legacy of supporting startups and entrepreneurs. Once a startup itself, we at Dell Technologies always seek to promote entrepreneurial as well as intrapreneurial activities. Since the early days of Dell’s founding, to the company’s privatization, and the acquisition of EMC, Dell Technologies has evolved and transformed with the agility and flexibility of a nimble startup. Although Dell Technologies is now one of the biggest IT companies in the world, you can still walk into a room full of executives and pitch a business or a technical idea.Egypt’s site is one of the most active Dell Technologies sites globally in terms of innovation. In 2014, the site generated the highest number of ideas. And the site continues to be regarded as one of the most engaged and innovative sites across the company. The center of excellence houses nearly 1,500 employees, with technical experts spanning all business units from RSA’s security experts to VMware’s cloud engineers. The site is uniquely positioned to support the ecosystem locally in all technical aspects. The local engineering team’s expertise in federated analytics, machine learning, modern application development, and their exposure to the latest and greatest in technology help bridge knowledge gaps across different technical realms.We consider entrepreneurship to be one of the most critical drivers in any economy, and we know that our success relies on the economic wellbeing and success of our customers. That is the reason we firmly believe that enabling startups with the right technology is critical to our success. Today more than ever, our expanding portfolio puts us in a unique position to be the technology partner of choice for all startups. The VMware experience in infrastructure software, private, hybrid, and public cloud management, alongside Pivotal’s expertise in developing modern cloud-native software, and Dell EMC’s legacy of infrastructure products enables us to help startups accelerate their business using technology. Our partnerships across the globe and in different sectors and technology areas allow us to provide technical guidance to any tech-enabled startup regardless of what vendor or technology they decide to use in their IT environment.We are planning an even bigger engagement next year, adding more workshops to early-stage startups and increasing the intake for our one on one technical mentorship program. For more information, see the details and requirements below:Local Mentorship ProgramAs an enrolled startup, you get one-on-one mentorship time, based on the needs of your startup in one of the areas listed belowProcess AutomationEnterprise readinessInfrastructure scalabilityApplications scalabilityDevOpsInfrastructure, virtualization, backup, and recoverySoftware development methodologyArtificial intelligence (AI)Internet of ThingsCybersecurity BlockchainTo apply, please send your pitch presentation to [email protected] SessionsYou also have access to attend any of our workshops that are designed for startups early in their technical journey and are looking for more information in one of the topics belowMachine Learning and Deep Learning DevOps Microservices IoT and Federated Analytics Agile/Extreme programming Infrastructure ManagementCloud-Native ApplicationsTo apply, please send your request presentation to [email protected] Pitch CompetitionMinistry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) in partnership with and Dell Technologies are developing new startups competitions and mentorship opportunities to support the Startups Eco-System in Egypt.Our focus for this year is using ABCD Technologies (AI, Blockchain, Cloud, and Data Science and Analysis) to solving one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Top startups get business and technical mentorship, and the winner will get the opportunity to visit Dell Technologies World May 2020 in Las Vegas.ELIGIBILITY CRITERIARegistered Egyptian startup.Startups have an innovative product with one or two clients.Startups have been working for more than one year.Startups must serve at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Last day of registration: February 18, 2020last_img read more

US puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to UAE

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump. Officials say that among the deals being paused is a massive $23 billion transfer of stealth F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates. That sale and several other massive purchases of U.S. weaponry by Gulf Arab countries had been harshly criticized by Democrats in Congress. The new administration is reviewing the sales but has not made any determination about whether they will actually go through. The State Department says the pause is a routine administrative action that most incoming administrations take with large-scale arms sales.last_img read more