Month: February 2021

  • Infrastructures Are As Unique As Finger Prints, We Should Manage Them That Way

    first_imgThe best IT managers can sense the difference between routine and complex tasks. Routine tasks help you practice your skills. These tasks require minimal effort and focus. Not because they are unimportant, but because they have been mastered. Complex tasks are situations that are, at first, unfamiliar. They require intense focus and planning. Complex tasks increase your skill as an IT manager.Dell EMC OpenManage system management solutions give IT managers the right tool for the right task. It’s what we call OpenManage FlexSelect. With OpenManage FlexSelect, you can apply the best-fit tool to each area of IT. You can also select your preferred level of effort, based on the IT challenge or the skill of your IT professionals.Systems management tailored to your needsWith OpenManage FlexSelect, you can select the best options for IT. You can choose automated deployment, remote management or enhanced monitoring, to name a few. You can also choose how to manage — through commands, guided menus or fully automated scripts. Finally, you can choose your scope. OpenManage FlexSelect provides solutions that scale from single servers to multi-vendor, global data centers.Manage modern IT with OpenManage FlexSelect Adding to the intuitive interface, OpenManage Enterprise will also include a new plugin dashboard, where users can easily install, update and disable plugins. The first plugin will be OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager[1].Installing the OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager plugin adds power management to the OpenManage Enterprise console. With this easy to install plugin, you can view and monitor server power and thermal status by server and group. You can also set group policies to throttle power in response to events (brown outs, rolling black outs, room cooling equipment failures). With OpenManage Enterprise – Power Manager, you can extend the up-time of business-critical applications through efficient power management.We are also announcing out-of-band management support[2] for the new Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory and Intel Optane DC Solid State Disk. IDRAC9 gives you the ability to create a Server Configuration Profile that automates the configuration of BIOS, memory, storage and networking. This automation speeds deployment times and reduces human error. We are pleased to be able to support Intel Optane DC offerings through the iDRAC9.Managing while on the move is also a very important for IT staff. Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile with Augmented Reality Scanner helps increase efficiency when managing at the rack or from across the globe. Today, we are announcing the addition of augmented reality to OpenManage Mobile[3]. Using your mobile phone or tablet, you can view the status of your MX7000 modules through augmented reality. This adds a greater level of efficiency when identifying and remediating issues.Manage security risk with OpenManageThere is a level of security that everyone expects from IT. Dell EMC PowerEdge and OpenManage provide integrated security features in every server. However, every area of IT does not require the same level of security. That is why OpenManage solutions give you tools to apply the right security to the right IT. Today, we are announcing the following additions and enhancements.OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager provides enterprise data security to protect sensitive data. Local key management provides data protection in the event of a drive theft. Enterprise key management provides protection in the event of a drive or server theft. Enterprise key management also streamlines management of encryption keys with a centralized key management console.Delivered as a solution, the OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager supports the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), which is an open, industry standard for enterprise encryption key management. Solutions that support the KMIP protocol enable flexibility and help prevent vendor lock-in.New features added to iDRAC9 include Cipher Suite Selection and HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). With Cipher Suite Selection, you can limit the ciphers negotiated by iDRAC9. HSTS limits web browsers to interact using only the secure HTTPS protocol.Let us help you leave your fingerprints on IT With Dell EMC OpenManage FlexSelect, you can deliver solutions that are as unique as your IT infrastructure. With FlexSelect, you have all the tools you need to discover, deploy, configure, monitor, update, remediate and secure.Lean more about our full portfolio of OpenManage systems management solutions at[1] Available July 2019[2] Full support (inventory, monitor, update and configure) for Intel Optane DC SSD available as of March 5, 2019. Inventory and monitor for Intel Optane DC persistent memory as of March 5, 2019, update and configure capabilities for memory mode available 2Q2019, update and configure for all modes available in 2H 2019.[3] Available for Android and iOS mobile devices. Available for download on April 22, 1019last_img read more

  • Introduce Customers to the Concept of ‘Cloud Without Chaos’

    first_imgAre your customers struggling to keep track of cloud services and their impact on business performance? The new Dell Technologies Cloud Platform delivers simplified management for today’s multi-cloud world.Last week’s Dell Technologies Cloud Platform launch presents a range of exciting new opportunities for you to position yourself as your customers’ go-to cloud technology partner.The best way to start unlocking this potential is to show prospects how you can help them more easily and efficiently manage the multi-cloud environments that most organizations are grappling with today.Introduce the concept of ‘cloud without chaos’There’s no denying that cloud is here to stay. Moving certain workloads to the cloud makes perfect sense. As a result, cloud services continue to grow rapidly, making up an ever-larger portion of IT spend. The reality is that we now live and work in a hybrid and multi-cloud world.But traditional data centers haven’t gone away. They’ll continue to be a necessary foundation for many organizations, due to legacy applications that are difficult to move to the cloud, workloads whose characteristics are a poor fit, or because of business requirements and regulatory concerns.All that means is that most organizations find themselves with an unenviable juggling task. IT teams are trying to maintain disparate operating models, relying on multiple clouds, and often not having a strong understanding of what their IT landscape looks like – or how it will impact the business.The new Dell Technologies Cloud Platform delivers ‘cloud without chaos’.Now you can help your customers deploy a hybrid cloud solution that simplifies the management of private and public cloud resources – all thanks to a common management approach that enables consistent operations.Help customers cut through multi-cloud complexityDell Technologies Cloud Platform is a brand new cloud infrastructure and management solution, which was unveiled at the recent Dell Technologies World.It’s the operational hub for seamless management of hybrid cloud services. With Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, customers can benefit from the flexibility of deploying applications in the right cloud – whether that’s a private cloud that’s fully under their control, a public cloud that provides the efficiency of a shared-resource infrastructure, or at the edge so that data can be processed and stored close to its creation. As a trusted Dell Technologies partner, you can help organizations choose the right approach to suit their specific business needs.The latest RightScale State of the Cloud Report finds that 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and that, on average, organizations are using 5 different public and private cloud services.[1]Interestingly, the report also reveals that cloud users are typically wasting up to 35% of their spend.[1]The best of all worldsYou can help organizations improve their cloud experience and optimize their spend by introducing them to a consistent operating model that provides simplified management across private, public, and edge. The new Dell Technologies Cloud Platform enhances agility through the use of consistent infrastructure across all cloud options, avoiding application re-work so that your customers can deploy their workloads to the right cloud for the specific purpose.It means that organizations can bring the best of public cloud to their data center, transfer their management and security best practices to all clouds, and extend both to the edge.Using the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, you’ll be able to help customers to:Improve cloud economics – lower TCO by aligning how they pay for IT with how they do business.Increase business agility – maintain autonomy and control while keeping data and workloads portable.Accelerate time-to-market – cut through multi-cloud sprawl and operational complexity to advance innovation.Reduce business risk – take advantage of trusted services that introduce consistent operations and infrastructure.Become their go-to cloud technology partnerCloud services and the use of multiple options are here to stay. So there’s a massive opportunity for you to position your business as your customers’ trusted cloud technology partner.It’s time to start to capitalize and standardize on the hybrid and multi-cloud realities that almost all commercial and enterprise customers are facing.In addition to generating demand for the new Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, you can open up opportunities to grow your business by developing managed private cloud offerings, providing expert deployment and support services, and delivering consultative cloud transformation services.This is an exciting opportunity to leverage your trusted partner status and work hand-in-hand with Dell Technologies to address all your customers’ hybrid and multi-cloud requirements.Discover more about Dell Technologies Cloud Platform[1] RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera: read more

  • Generation Z – Ambassadors to the Future of Work

    first_imgIn the Digital Age, the landscape of the modern workplace is in constant flux. The rapid pace at which emerging technologies have evolved has begun to pay off big dividends for organizations who have embraced digital transformation. Both hard and software solutions have learned to integrate with one another to create new, more flexible business models designed to increase a company’s reach and offer greater opportunities for personalization, collaboration, information sharing and mobility.Bridging the generation gapThe influence of these changes on today’s workforce cannot be underestimated, especially when we consider that this meteoric rise has resulted in considerable discrepancies in the ways different generations view not just their work environment, but technology itself. To keep their employees happy across the board, companies are now placing greater emphasis on Diversity & Inclusion programs to address the generational divide within their ranks.With this in mind, Dell Technologies has recently commissioned a study by Dimensional Research to examine the impact today’s technology has on the mindset of Generation Z, aged 24 and below, who are expected to represent 20% of the workforce by 2020. By better understanding the changing needs, priorities and skills they require to succeed, organizations can form a more accurate picture of their own specific digital transformation requirements for enticing this younger breed of hyper-connected workers who consider technology second nature, and create a bridge between generations that will allow this new group to become ambassadors of digital change going forward.The changing definition of diversityBy definition, diversity comes in many forms. Whereas a decade ago it was measured primarily in terms of an employee’s sex, Gen Z does not show the same gender issues as its predecessors. As they begin to rise in popularity in the workforce, this issue is poised to resolve itself.This is further highlighted by the ways in which the human / machine partnership is changing job roles, leaving more automated tasks to computers and freeing up employees to orchestrate, innovate and plan new ways of working. As AI and other emerging techs begin to interact more closely with one another and increase emphasis on creativity in planning and team interaction, IT becomes more interesting to what were once considered stereotypically female traits. This has resulted in a greater number of women in IT roles across the board, a trend which shows no sign of stopping.Changing priorities, evolving methodsEngaging the interests and imagination of young workers is a highly productive way for organizations to discover interesting insights and create new methods of collaboration, while increasing the loyalty of a group who does not envision working for the same company for a lifetime. To better understand how to accomplish these goals, we must first examine Gen Z’s mindset:78% want to work with cutting edge technology to further their careersFor a generation who has grown up constantly connected and technologically advanced, the ability to use the same tech tools they have at home is extremely important. Companies unwilling to invest in digital transformation run the risk of frustrating younger workers, resulting in higher turnover and reduced efficiency. Personalization of the workplace is a key component for keeping them satisfied and loyal.47% want the ability to learn new skills and have new experiencesFor Gen Z, having the latest technology at their disposal not only means increased efficiency in the workplace, it also provides them with the proper tools to better their skills, keep them happy with their jobs, and discover new ways of working that rely more and more on the innovations found in emerging technologies.33% want to work for a socially or environmentally responsible organizationMore so than their predecessors, Gen Z is very concerned with the policies and ethics of the company they work for. Initiatives such as well-defined Corporate Social Responsibility programs and an environmentally aware outlook are important factors in attracting and retaining the younger set. Gen Z does not simply want a paycheck – they want to make a difference.44% want work that has meaning and purpose beyond just getting paidGen Z is socially active and places more emphasis on the concept of work / life balance than its older counterparts. They want more than just money for their efforts. This includes a stronger team mentality, greater mobility and the chance to work from home with a more fluid work schedule that better suits their personal and family needs. They see work as an extension of themselves, rather than a definition of who they are. To earn their loyalty, modern organizations need to prove their own.The value of reverse mentoringSurprisingly, though Gen Z relies more heavily on technology than their predecessors, they show an eagerness for more human interaction. They have made it clear that just because they are on their phones does not mean they are not interacting. In fact, 76% say that social media can be a valuable tool in the workplace.This desire to be part of a team and increase human communication in its various forms has resulted in a trend of reverse mentoring. Gen Z shows an eagerness to teach older generations when it comes to tech, not only to make their department as strong as possible, but so they themselves get the data they need quickly. A stunning 70% are willing to be mentors to others on the job, as they consider technology to be a strong ally for improving communication and the transfer of information, be it personal or work related. This gives added confidence and ability to potentially less tech savvy employees. From a company standpoint, this means that any investment in Digital Transformation will pay dividends more quickly.This same idea is mirrored in families, as grandchildren are teaching grandparents computer and mobile phone skills to improve communication and stay better connected. When mirrored in a work environment, efficiency is greatly increased for all.Changes in learning, changes in leadershipAs Dell Technologies’ Realize 2030 Vanson Bourne study has shown, the concept of learning is changing from what a potential employee has learned to how quickly he or she can learn as new solutions emerge. This highlights the increased need for forward thinking organizations to focus on how to entice and retain the best and brightest of this new breed of tech ambassadors. Investing in a solid digital transformation initiative with a focus on creating a personalized workplace that suits every generation is the surest way to keep your ambassadors of the future happy and eager to raise the overall level of IT expertise within your company.As the human/machine partnership solidifies and evolves, the changing of roles is inevitable. In the days to come, the uniquely human skill remains the ability to envision ways to improve and drive business, not the tech behind it. To achieve this, the insights of tomorrow’s leaders are of absolute importance.last_img read more

  • The Hidden Gems of Data and Analytics: An Interview with Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot

    first_imgThe following blog features a Question and Answer session with Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, hosted by Alan Brumley, Chief Technology Officer of Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions. A business intelligence, data and analytics expert with over 20 years’ experience, Cindi is recognized as one of the world’s top analytics and BI influencers by Onalytica, Simplilearn, Solutions Review and others industry watchers.Alan Brumley, CTO of Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions: Hi Cindi, thanks for taking a minute to talk with us. What’s your role at ThoughtSpot?As Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, my role is to be our customers’ strategic advisor on their journey to digital transformation. Some have likened me to a “CDO whisperer”, acting as a sounding board to CDOs and analytics leaders on their vision and challenges. That may mean helping them evolve their culture, measure success, address the talent gap, plan a strategy to leverage the cloud, and of course, position the right analytics tool for the right use case.Brumley: What do you see happening regarding accessibility to Data in the industry today and in the near future?As an industry, we’ve done a good job at capturing and creating data, but a mediocre job in accessing it for insight and action. Also, much of the data access has been on small data sets and at a summary level, whereas the “hidden gems” and most valuable insights may require access to granular dataBrumley: How is ThoughtSpot solving those customer experiences in accessing data?Products like ThoughtSpot open up access to data to the every-day decision-maker by offering a search-based interface, whether by typing in key words or using voice to pose a query. Easy interfaces are an important aspect to broadening adoption, but I also see embeddability – putting insights within an operational context – as another way of improving access to data.Brumley: How does Dell Technologies assist you with solving those customer challenges?Dell is a valuable partner in providing high performing servers that power ThoughtSpot’s in-memory engine. As a global technology provider, Dell is also a pre-approved supplier for many customers that can ease the procurement process.Brumley: When you aren’t finding creative ways to build data and analytics solutions for your customers, what do you like to do in your free time?I love the beach, any beach, but especially the Jersey Shore with my family. I’m an avid reader so hanging out with my neighborhood book club over the last 17 years has brought me a solid network of friends. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I am also a football and swim mom, married to a Brit, so we travel. If I’m watching the Packers or Rutgers on TV, then my cat is probably on my lap, with the dog at my feet (until someone fumbles, then my cheering scares them both away).Brumley: Thanks for taking the time with us today, Cindi.If you’d like more info, please visit and Cindi and Alan for further discussion on their upcoming webinar, Designing Customer Experience for Next Gen Data and Analytics, which takes place September 19 4:00 pm CET. Register now for this insightful event.Find out why customer experience expectations demand innovative solutions that can process data and provide access to real-time insights.Learn how Dell and ThoughtSpot partnered on a solution that took advantage of modern architectures to create a next gen customer experience.Gain knowledge on new and upcoming technologies to help you design creative solutions to address your industry’s challenges. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Office at ThoughtSpotA business intelligence, data and analytics expert with over 20 years’ experience, Cindi joined ThoughtSpot in 2019 as Chief Data Strategy Officer. From 2015 to 2019, Cindi served as Vice President in Data and Analytics at Gartner, where she led the analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, with research in data for good, NLP/BI Search, and augmented analytics. Prior to this, she was founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing, contributor to Information Week, and author of several books including: Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Data and SAP BusinessObjectsBI 4.0: The Complete Reference.Cindi holds an MBA from Rice University and serves on the board for Rutgers University Big Data Certificate program. She has been recognized as one of the world’s top analytics and BI influencers by Onalytica, Simplilearn, Solutions Review and others industry watchers. Stay in touch with Cindi on LinkedIn and Twitter.last_img read more

  • From On-Prem to the Edge: Making AI a Reality

    first_imgMLPerf is an industry consortium established for Machine Learning (ML)/Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution benchmarking and best practices. MLPerf benchmarks enable fair comparison of the training and inference performance of ML/AL hardware, software and algorithms/models.MLPerf Training measures how fast a system can train machine learning models. This includes image classification, lightweight and heavy-weight object detection, language translation, natural language processing, recommendation and reinforcement learning, each with specific datasets, quality targets and reference implementation models. You can read about the latest Dell MLPerf training performance in my previous blog.The MLPerf Inference suite measures how quickly a trained neural network can evaluate new data and perform forecasting or classification for a wide range of applications. MLPerf Inference includes image classification, object detection and machine translation with specific models, datasets, quality, server latency and multi-stream latency constraints. MLPerf validated and published results for MLPerf Inference v0.7 on October 21, 2020. While all training happens in the data center, Inference is more geographically dispersed. To ensure coverage of all cases, MLPerf is further categorized into a datacenter and edge division.Dell EMC had a total of 210 submissions for MLPerf Inference v0.7 in the data center category using various Dell EMC platforms and accelerators from leading vendors. We achieved impressive results when compared to other submissions in the same class of platforms.  A few of the highlights is are captured below. Dell is also the only vendor to submit results on virtualized infrastructure with vCPUs and NVIDIA virtual GPUs (vGPU) on VMware vSphere. Datacenter operators can leverage virtualization benefits of cloning, vMotion, distributed resource scheduling, suspend/resume of VMs with NVIDIA vGPU technology for their accelerated AI workloads. The breadth of solutions and performance leadership across multiple categories make it crystal clear that we enable our customers to be on the fast track for their inference needs from on-premises datacenter to edge AI infrastructure.We’re proud of what we’ve done, but it’s still all about helping customers adopt AI. By sharing our expertise and providing guidance on infrastructure for AI, Dell EMC helps customers become successful and get their use case into production. Performance details and additional information are available in our technical blog. Learn more about PowerEdge servers here.¹ These are derived from the submitted results in MLPerf datacenter closed category. Ranking and claims are based on Dell analysis of published MLPerf data. Per accelerator is calculated by dividing the primary metric of total performance by the number of accelerators reported.center_img Dell EMC portfolio meets customers’ inference needs from on-premises to the edgeDell EMC is the only vendor with submissions on a variety of inference solutions – leveraging GPU, FPGA and CPUs in the datacenter/private cloud and Edge.last_img read more

  • Seattle hospitals rush out vaccines after freezer failure

    first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Seattle hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed. The Seattle Times reports that it’s not clear what caused the freezer failure Thursday night, but the UW Medical Center’s Northwest and Montlake campuses and Swedish Medical Center received hundreds of doses that needed to be used before they spoiled at 5:30 a.m. Friday. Word of the unexpected doses spread on social media, and a line of hopeful vaccine recipients snaked out the clinic door and through a parking lot at UW Medical Center-Northwest. Cassie Sauer, president of the Washington State Hospital Association, says no doses were wasted.last_img read more

  • Fighting climate change in America means changes to America

    first_imgPresident Joe Biden’s moves to fight climate change are aimed at transforming the economy in a way that experts say will eventually change how Americans live. Biden’s ultimate goal is no additional carbon pollution by 2050. Experts say getting there will mean changes in how people drive and where they get their power, but it can be done. They say that because wind and solar energy is getting cheaper, changes in America’s electricity supply should be quiet and not so painful. But the nation moving from gas guzzlers to all-electric cars will be more obvious.last_img read more