The analyst firm IDC has cleverly delineated the evolution of computing over the past 40+ years into three eras or platforms – the mainframe platform of the 70’s, the client/server platform of the 90’s, and the Big Data, Cloud, Social, and Mobile platform of today.One of the interesting trends of this third platform and the rapid and extensive proliferation of mobile technology that has been one of its hallmarks is the consumerization of IT. Companies are giving employees greater latitude in accessing corporate resources and data via their own personal devices (Bring Your Own Device or BYOD).In 2014, we will begin to see the next wave of the consumerization of IT with the emergence of the consumerization of ID or identity. Just as employees pushed for the simplicity of a single mobile device for both their personal and professional needs, they are beginning to push for a simpler, yet controlled, system of identification for authorization of personal and professional device usage.We are witnessing the dawn of Bring (and Control) Your Own Identity (BYOI), which will be marked by two developments:Our digital identities will become consolidated, centralized, and secured on our devices and less entrusted to external parties like Facebook and Google.The security industry’s growing adoption of an Intelligence-Driven Security model will mean identity is less a perimeter-based gateway and more a multi-faceted, continuously authenticating process that is more seamlessly integrated within our workflow.As it turns out, BYOD was only the beginning. Brace yourself for 2014 and BYOI.You can see more of Art’s predictions for 2014 in his end of year letter.—More Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, EMC IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupIT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly by Vic Bhagat, Chief Information OfficerService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Global Services
It’s time again for Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, or Gartner Data Center for short. For VCE, that means another great opportunity to connect with customers, partners, and others face to face. But this year we wanted to make sure no one is left out. For that reason, we will be sharing as much of the conference as we can with you. That includes live tweets from CTO Hyper-Convergence John Lockyer (@Johnloc), Social Manager Paul Young (@youngp2), and myself (@JayCuthrell). In addition we will be running a live blog here on the Vblog with summaries and big takeaways from key sessions. So follow along and let us know in the comments if there is anything you would really like to hear about.So what will we be covering? Here are just a few examples.Solution ShowcaseDon’t miss your chance to speak with the VCE team at our booth (#324) in the Solution Showcase. There will be great learning and hands on opportunities. Talk with the team and get your badge scanned for a chance to win an Apple Watch. For those at home you can still get a walkthrough of the booth here on the Vblog.Booth staff presenting to packed audience at VMworldLeveraging Convergence and Cloud in the Agile Digital EnterpriseIf you are at the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to see VCE, John Lockyer talk with CenturyLink’s Director of Product Management for Cloud Solutions, Michael Joffe on the benefits of converged infrastructure for hybrid IT solutions. Sessions like this are particularly interesting because of the opportunity to hear the customer and solution provider perspectives.The Journey to Best-in-Class, Enterprise-Defined Data Center Starts NowThis opening keynote from Gartner VPs will be a great way to set the perspectives for the conference. It promises to touch on the core competencies required to be successful in the age of the “enterprise-defined data center” no matter what new technologies or services come along.The Integrated Systems Magic QuadrantGartner takes a look at their famous magic quadrant analysis. This session promises to take a look through the challenges and opportunities for vendors in the integrated systems market. It will be interesting to hear how expectations have changed since the 2015 report first came out.VCE Users Group DinnerSome of the best information you can get a conference is had over a late night dinner. There will be an ‘Ask VCE’ discussion panel with guests including CEO Praveen Akkiraju. We will also let you know what users are excited about and what use cases are interesting.2016 CIO Agenda: Implications to I&OAnother great keynote by Gartner, we will get a view into CIO priorities in 2016. Will they match your expectations? Are you prepared for the increase of decrease in spend? This should be a great conversation starter.Your best bet to stay connected is subscribe to this blog and follow along with our Twitter accounts (@VCE, @Johnloc, @youngp2, @JayCuthrell). Again if there is anything that you would like to see specifically, leave a note in the comments or message us on Twitter. See you at the show!
If I were to ask you, what is the most important thing in your life? Most of you would answer, your loved ones.If I said, assume your loved ones are safe and sound, sitting on a beach in Aruba, but there is a disaster happening at your house, right now. Fire, or maybe even more invasively, a burglary. What would you be most concerned about? I think most of you would say, your memories, and some would say your critical files and information.It is no different for the companies you work for. In your work life, the most important assets you have are your people and your data. Back to the home scenario; if I were to ask you how, when and where you are most concerned for your loved ones, memories and critical information, you would likely say: “what a silly question, All the Time, Everywhere and in Every situation.” When you think about work assets, we believe the answers to those questions are the same; you need your assets protected all of the time and in every situation, regardless of where they are.Let’s start with the people, just like your loved ones, you never want your people to be attacked, get a virus or be frightened about which street or dark alley into which they should or should not venture. Now let’s think about information….data. Just as in your home life, how you generate your data and where you use or consume your data has drastically changed in recent years. At home, you were tied to physical photos, paper files, and largely kept your important data locked in a file box or safety deposit box. Today, your photos are digital, your data is on many different devices and is almost exclusively digital. The same is true for your work life. How many of you work outside of the office at least once a week? According to the Dell Future Workforce study in 2016, that number is 52 percent. Ten years ago, or even five, the number of you who did so would have been far less – almost approaching zero.As your employees use more diverse devices, work from almost anywhere, and expose themselves to physical and digital theft scenarios, you need protections in place to help protect your critical assets – and allow you to sleep at night. Your data must be protected at the point of creation, and stay protected when they are shared with partners, or even when they fall into the wrong hands. Wouldn’t you like to have visibility into where your data is being used, by whom, where and on what device?It is now possible to protect data to the file level – and not just when they are at rest on a device inside the network, but also when they’re in motion or in use, and sent outside of the corporate network. Imagine that your marketing team was working with a group of contractors and had to send information about future products to this group in order to develop launch materials. Now your upcoming product strategy is in the hands of temporary external workers. Risky, right? So what if you were able to control that data, determine who has access, apply policies and monitor the activity. This can be as general or as granular as you would like. For example, you want these contractors to have access to these documents to do the work, but when their contract was up next month, set an expiry so they can no longer access them after that date. You can also restrict cutting and pasting, printing or forwarding onwards. Feel more in control? This can all be done without hindering productivity.Dell Data Guardian is the next generation of file-level data encryption. It does exactly what I’ve described above – give organizations control and visibility over their data in addition to protecting it. Companies today need to be able to control who gets access to their data, monitor where the data is and how it is used, and be able to apply rights and policies so that only the right people can access it under the right circumstances. We are here to help. This is what we do every day.For more information, go to http://datasecurity.dell.com
Managing enterprise IT environments can be complicated. And let’s face it, most of our customers are managing hundreds, even thousands, of complex systems. At Dell EMC, our goal is to deliver uncompromised support backed by automated, proactive and predictive technology for those complex systems. You may have heard about the recent unification of our services portfolio under the ProSupport Enterprise Suite. This exciting step forward in Dell EMC’s services transformation means that enterprise customers now have more options when choosing the right level of ProSupport for their new product purchases. We know that as your data center makeup changes and grows, so can that complexity. And understanding the level of support you have for each individual product in your data center is key to your success. That’s why Dell EMC, in alignment with our ProSupport Enterprise unification, is taking the guesswork out of your support experience and making your product service plan levels more visible throughout MyService360TM and Online Support (support.emc.com).Where can you learn your product’s service plan level you might ask? In three key areas:Install Base Overview Section within MyService360 – Visit the grid view within this section to review your service plan levels for your entire Install Base in one aggregated view for your enterprise. Contract Inventory List within MyService360 – Review your service plan levels within the context of your service plan levels as you plan and prioritize renewals. Support by Product ID Page – As you view details for individual products in Online Support (support.emc.com), click on the contract status to review your service plan level for that specific product. Detailed descriptions of ProSupport Enterprise options can be accessed from the ‘Actions’ menu. Please know that your current and renewed service plan levels on legacy EMC products will continue as Basic, Enhanced or Premium. As you purchase new Dell EMC products, you will be able to identify your ProSupport product coverage.To learn more about the ProSupport Enterprise Suite unification, read the Direct2DellEMC blog: Our Services Journey and Our promise. Review the Dell EMC Product Warranty and Maintenance Table for a detailed understanding of the support options we offer by product family.Lauren ContiDell EMCProduct Marketing ManagerFollow us @DellEMCSupport
Why turn out the lights?One of the neat things about Earth Hour is that it creates a “rolling blackout” (of the good kind) across the planet. As each time zone reaches 8:30pm, people turn out their lights to show their support. Last year that included 12,000 landmarks and participants in 187 countries. This visible (or invisible?) display is meant as a symbolic gesture. Its goal is awareness and longer-term behavior change, not simply to reduce the electricity demand for an hour. That said, the connection between turning out the lights and taking climate action is strong. Throughout most of the world, the majority of electricity is created by burning coal or natural gas – both of which create carbon emissions. Think of Earth Hour as your first step toward taking meaningful climate action.So, it’s dark… now what?I hope you’ll join us by turning off the lights where you are at 8:30pm on Saturday night. What you do once the lights are out is up to you (keep it clean, people). Some of the larger cities have public events – Singapore has had a week-long event with concerts, festivals and a count-down to dimming the skyline Saturday night. Some local Planet teams have organized events and learning opportunities. Planet Bangalore, for example, has a selfie kiosk they’ll be setting up for Earth Hour and Planet Malaysia published a list of “Fun things to do in the dark.” Or you may choose to dine by candlelight or even just go out and look at the stars for a change. What you do is up to you.The important thing is to re-establish a connection with nature.And why is Dell involved?Climate change is an economic, social and environmental challenge with increasingly evident consequences. It is affecting the natural systems around us, changing migration patterns and growing seasons, increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather and drought, and damaging our oceans.Our products use electricity, and unless you are purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity, that means you are creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using them. We continue to work hard to reduce the “embedded emissions” on our end: we work with our suppliers to set GHG emissions reduction targets, we sourced approximately one-quarter of our electricity needs from renewable generation (both purchased and electricity we generated on-site), and we’ve reduced the energy intensity of our entire product portfolio by an astounding 54 percent since 2011.This last one is especially important to our customers, because it affects their carbon footprint (and, obviously, their electricity costs).It’s also important because of the role technology is likely to play in helping the world address climate change. It will take a wide range of concerted, collaborative actions, many of which will be enabled by the products and services we provide. High-performance computing, cloud storage, virtualization, big data analytics and the Internet of Things all have important roles to play in understanding how the climate is changing and in changing the way we manage our world to use less energy, water, and other resources.I’m ready – let’s fight climate changeSo Mother Nature thanks you for your commitment to turn out the lights on Saturday at 8:30pm. Help us let the world know Dell has been participating and show us your selfie of what you do in the dark, tagging #EarthHour and #LegacyofGood. No idea what to do? Host a party, have dinner by candlelight, or find some friends and play.Beyond Saturday, there are plenty of resources out there for you:To learn more about Earth Hour, you can visit their site.Join forces with one of the many environmental organizations working hard to preserve the You may even have an environmentally-focused employee resource group at your own workplace.Find out how Dell is Building a Legacy of Good. This Saturday (March 24) at 8:30 pm, millions of people, businesses and landmarks around the globe will set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make some noise for action on climate change.It’s called Earth Hour, and I’m proud that Dell is once again turning off logo signs on many buildings and darkening areas (where it won’t interfere with safety or security) from 8:30-9:30pm local time. Dell Facilities, Planet ERG and the Legacy of Good team have been working together to support the effort. This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyofgood.dell.com
Today Dell is introducing new solutions across its commercial portfolio to deliver the world’s most secure and manageable PCs, as well provide advances in smart design, productivity and sustainability to meet the ever-expanding needs of a global, diverse workforce.Watch the launch video at: www.dellemc.com/innovationmaderealNewsInnovation Made Real: Announcing the New Dell Commercial PC PortfolioBusiness leaders worldwide are balancing two objectives: keeping the business running smoothly by preventing security and productivity disruptions while simultaneously tapping into the incredible potential of new innovations, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and VR/AR. Dell is introducing new solutions across its commercial PC portfolio designed to help businesses of all sizes achieve that critical balance. In addition to being the world’s most secure and manageable commercial PCs, Dell’s updated commercial lineup features advances in smart design, productivity and sustainability to meet the ever-expanding needs of a global, diverse workforce.BlogsDell OptiPlex Celebrates Anniversary with All-New, Space-Saving Solutions by Ralph PearsonPower as Big as Your Ideas by Ralph PearsonThe Legacy Continues with the OptiPlex XE3 by Ron PughA Perfect Blend of Power Efficiency and Cooling by Julie TatumBetter Performance = Better Business by Sean KinneyFind more resources from today’s launch here.
The global economy is going digital. According to IDC, 60 percent of the global GDP will be digital by 2022. Applications are driving this digital transformation. These applications need to scale quickly to potentially millions of users, be available worldwide, manage large amounts of data, and respond in milliseconds. They cover wide-ranging use cases, including web and mobile backends, IoT applications, AI/ML workloads, batch processing, PaaS solutions, micro-service backends, and more.To meet these requirements, modern applications are built with a combination of new architecture paradigms, operational models, and software delivery processes. They allow businesses to innovate faster while reducing risk, time to market, and total cost of ownership. These modern applications are typically based on containers and micro-services to increase agility and time to market.With the recent release of vSphere 7.0 and VCF 4.0, VMware updated vSphere for modern application development through the introduction of vSphere for Kubernetes, which provides native Kubernetes support in the VMware vCenter-vSphere environment. This makes the industry’s leading virtualization platform a unified environment for virtualized and containerized workloads. With VMware Cloud Foundation and Tanzu Mission Control, customers can easily deploy these workloads across a hybrid cloud environment and provide an agile, robust and proven operational platform for the modern applications.Dell Technologies storage platforms, Dell EMC Unity XT and PowerMax are certified with VMware vSphere 7.0 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 and are “Validated Design” storage solutions of the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. This offers our customers the unmatched combination of best-of-breed infrastructure solutions with the flexibility, economics and consumption model of a hybrid cloud that is ready for modern application architectures and deployment paradigms.VMware vSphere 7.0 allows customers to truly modernize their hybrid cloud as well as seamlessly build and run new cloud-native apps alongside traditional applications using the same familiar, proven infrastructure platform tools. vSphere with Kubernetes integrates Kubernetes into the control plane of vSphere 7, so operating your data center is like operating in a cloud that includes valued infrastructure services. This modernization is achieved merely by updating to vSphere 7. This integration truly heralds a full stack mission-critical modern infrastructure platform. And Dell Technologies not only offers a fully integrated hyperconverged infrastructure platform to run this software defined data center (SDDC), but also integrates with best of breed, mission-critical external storage components (e.g. Dell EMC Unity XT and PowerMax) within it. Customers can now modernize their most mission-critical applications by implementing as a containerized solution while retaining the scalable, resilient storage architectures they have always depended on. Thus, the combination of VMware and Dell Technologies solutions herald a new era for our joint customers in their application and infrastructure modernization journey.Learn more about VMWare vSphere 7.0 here, Dell EMC Unity XT here, and PowerMax here.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African president and African Union chairman Cyril Ramaphosa has called on richer nations to release surplus vaccine doses to the rest of the world. Delivering an address to the virtual World Economic Forum dialogue, Ramaphosa highlighted the African Union’s efforts to secure vaccines for African nations and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent. According to Ramaphosa, some countries have acquired more doses than they need to vaccinate their populations. He said he is deeply concerned about the problem of vaccine nationalism, which, unless addressed, he warned will endanger the recovery of all countries.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 599 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow infections at religious facilities, which have been a major source throughout the pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency says 112 of the new cases came from the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 100 have so far been linked to a missionary training school. An affiliated facility in the central city of Daejeon has been linked to more than 170 infections. The Seoul metropolitan area reported nearly 300 cases. South Korea has repeatedly seen big clusters emerge from religious groups, including more than 5,000 linked to the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus that drove a major outbreak last spring.
TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will reopen all schools for in-class learning this month despite the presence of new coronavirus variants and a high number of infections in Toronto and its suburbs. The majority of schools will reopen Monday while those in Toronto and its suburbs will resume in-person learning on Feb 16. There are no plans to vaccinate teachers. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said returning kids to school safely is crucial for their development and mental health.