Five years ago this month, Cisco revolutionized the data center with the introduction of the Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco’s innovative technology and strong partner ecosystem fueled impressive momentum throughout the year and led to a second pivotal moment in November 2009 when VCE was formally announced: “Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, introduced the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, an unprecedented collaboration of three IT industry leaders – now known as VCE.ShareVblocks from VCE converged Cisco UCS compute and Nexus networking, EMC storage and VMware virtualization, helping to create a new market category now known as converged infrastructure. Today, VCE leads the industry with more than 50% market share, according to Gartner, with Cisco UCS continuing to be a key element of our Vblock Systems. A recent report by IDC found that Vblock Systems provide customers with 5x faster deployment and 96% less downtime for half the cost of traditional systems. Other technology partners have also recognized the potential of UCS, allowing Cisco’s partner ecosystem to grow and thrive, yielding new capabilities for virtualization and applications.The numerous partner attendees at this year’s Cisco Partner Summit have helped propel the success of UCS, and many have built their practices in whole or in part around the opportunities offered by UCS. It’s also reflected in their interest in Cisco’s next-generation Application Centric Infrastructure and its new cloud services.“This buzz and excitement isn’t surprising since Cisco now ranks second worldwide in x86 blade server revenue market share and nearly 4,000 partners around the world sell Cisco UCS.ShareI would be remiss not to mention our own partners’ contributions to the continued success of VCE and Cisco UCS. Just like Cisco, VCE has a global partner network delivering products and services that improve business agility and speed time to market while dramatically reducing the cost of IT.Cisco UCS is a cornerstone of the Vblock and represents VCE’s strategy of first and best integration of new investor company technologies. Since then, VCE has built a cadence of rapidly integrating new, innovative technologies released by Cisco, EMC and VMware into Vblock Systems.As Cisco, EMC and VMware continue to innovate and improve their products, VCE Vblock Systems will continue to lead in the integration of their best-in-class components. And with the help of both of our partner networks, we’ll continue to lead the charge in providing solutions that will also contribute to our customers’ overall success. IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Q3 2013, December 2013, Revenue Share
In November, a group of EMC and Pivotal data scientists and platform architects teamed up with members of the Earthwatch Institute and the Schoodic Institute, braving the driving wind and freezing temperatures in Acadia National Park in Maine to study bird migration. The goal? To showcase how, with best of breed data lake architecture, big data can do more than just predict our grocery lists; it can illuminate and illustrate the impact of climate change on the environment we live in.Climate change isn’t always easy for us, as individuals, to get our arms around. For starters, the information we receive can seem maddeningly contradictory. We hear that climate change is responsible for warmer winters with less snow, and then we hear it’s the culprit behind bigger blizzards. On top of that, scientific research is often presented in a way that only a climate-focused scientist can decipher.This is where big data has the opportunity to make a big impact. This week, EMC announced Big Data vs. Climate Change, a new project in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative. The goal of the project is to take publically available nature and climate data and present them in a relevant and digestible form. In addition, it should enhance researchers’ ability to explore data sets that have not been connected in the past in order to draw deeper, more meaningful insights.So why did our data scientists and platform architects need to journey to Maine during one of the coldest months of the year? Besides bringing their unique skill sets to the program’s design, they got to participate in citizen science work. Citizen scientists are a critical component of scientific research, every day adding to the mountains of new data on climate change.The new Big Data vs. Climate Change program aims to harness the data being captured by citizen scientists and provide analysis and visualizations that help them follow the progress of the research to which they contributed. Through their experience in Maine, the EMC team experienced the genuine connection between their day to day work in technology and the greater good of big data insight. I am delighted that it is through a company-sponsored citizen science experience that they have realized their own personal interests in the environment. Experience inspires determination; it enables action.As I’ve discussed before, at EMC we see climate change as one of our most relevant sustainability factors. I am so excited that we will be able to leverage our own technology – and our talent – to make a positive impact in the science community. As the program expands, we plan to leverage our solution to allow more people access not only to citizen science, but also to data science, by providing a sandbox platform for learning data analytics and visualization skills using the climate data.The more that visual data can show us the impacts of a changing climate in a way that is personal and meaningful, the more action we are likely to take in the future.
“Am I likely to read this data?”Yes – Then choose the normal servicesNo – You can reduce your storage costs with the Infrequent Access services Fortunately, the Virtustream Storage Cloud is flexible, so your choices need not be perfect.For enterprise developers looking to leverage the Virtustream Storage Cloud, the service follows the common S3 APIs. It is compatible with most open source libraries that facilitate using cloud storage. This service also works with open source tools such as Cyber Duck for browsing and manually controlling object content.Customers trust their data, their most precious asset, to EMC and its storage products. Now they can seamlessly extend that trust into the Virtustream Storage Cloud. With a Virtustream connected product, EMC customers receive a unified support experience and avoid three-party calls as EMC and Virtustream collaborate behind the scenes to resolve any cloud storage challenges. At EMC World, Virtustream announced Virtustream Storage Cloud, a hyper scale object storage platform. While this offering may be new, the cloud itself has grown organically over the past four years. What started as a small proof-of-concept has blossomed into an enterprise-class object storage service boasting 1.78 Exabyte total capacity, supporting a Terabit per second of network ingest globally, and containing 130 billion objects.Our announcement includes EMC storage products enabled to support Virtustream Storage Cloud, such as EMC VMAX, XtremIO, UNITY, Isilon, and Data Domain, as well as the EMC Data Protection Suite. EMC customers have a choice of a variety of cloud storage providers. With Virtustream Storage Cloud, our mutual customers receive a seamless, single-source EMC billing and support experience. Customers can extend their infrastructure investments into the cloud for longer life and greater agility.On May 10, Virtustream Storage Cloud will be available in the US and in Europe, though clients may connect from anywhere in the world. There are four primary offerings: Standard, Standard Infrequently Accessed, Premium, and Premium Infrequently Accessed. The Standard services offer local storage protection with high durability, but for more critical data or workloads, the Premium service provides an unparalleled 13 9s durability and can withstand the loss of an entire data center, whether temporarily or permanently. Customers may also choose Infrequent Access for archive data workloads to save on monthly data storage costs.When customers select a Virtustream Storage Cloud offering, they should consider these general recommendations in conjunction with the advice of their experts. Traditional storage array extensions into the cloud, as from VMAX, XtremIO, and UNITY, should generally be paired with the Premium (normal) service. Data Protection Suite related data represents a strong candidate to benefit from the lower cost of the Infrequent Access storage services. Analytics workloads from Isilon would be effective on any of the services. When considering this choice, I recommend asking two questions:“Do I consider this my only copy of the data?”Yes – Then choose the Premium service with its extreme level of data protectionNo – The standard offering is probably sufficient
First introduced in 1810, tin cans were a great innovation for food storage but did you know it took 48 years to develop the can opener? Up until then, the consumer had to resort to chisels, hammers and knives to open the can. Of course, today, we don’t even need a can opener – we simply use the ring-pull mechanism and the job is done in seconds.The story shows that innovation – no matter how great – will never be broadly adopted if things are too complicated. In my experience, the best ideas are always simple, easy to execute and designed with the customer in mind.KISSing the IoTTake the Internet of Things. Our research shows that companies understand the benefit of the IoT and are keen to develop new business models and revenue streams. However, despite increased levels of adoption and investment, a high number of projects still fail because of too many partners and too much complexity. The problem is that up until this point, there has been no one-stop-shop solution with a single vendor offering the full package.That’s why I’m so excited about our partnership with Software AG and the launch of Cumulocity IoT Edge. Remember the marketing tag line, Keep it Simple, Stupid? Well, get ready to apply KISS to the Internet of Things!Think minutes not weeks and monthsDo you agree that connecting devices should take no more than two minutes? Want to create a real-time, interactive dashboard? If you think like me, you’ll want things done and dusted quickly and efficiently. The same applies if you’re creating and validating common analytics rules.Integrating applications to create an end-to-end solution should be a breeze and sorted in less than three minutes. The bottom line is that you need a model where setting up IoT is as easy getting a coffee to go.An integrated out-of-the-box solutionThe good news is that you can now do all this with Cumulocity IoT Edge, a joint plug-and-play solution from Dell EMC OEM and Software AG. Available through our channel partners, the solution comes in three sizes – small, medium and large.You get high quality, customisable hardware from a tier one vendor with the IoT software fully loaded, tested and licensed at the factory. We offer defined, cost-effective packages (hardware, software, support and services (three to five years).Flexible, powerful and quickPlaced at the edge of a network with connectivity to local IoT devices, the appliance prepares, filters and aggregates data before sending it onto enterprise applications or the cloud for further processing. The software layer is flexible, can run on top of other software and enterprise applications and be used in literally any environment. In fact, it includes time-saving, industry-specific software solution modules, for example, for mechanical engineering, manufacturing and/or logistics.Customers can connect any number of different end devices and sensors in just a few minutes. With features like integrated streaming analytics, preconfigured smart rules and field bus connectivity, it helps to create complex IoT solutions quickly and smoothly.Just like Star Wars’ C-3P0What’s so unique about the solution? If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll be familiar with C-3PO, a humanoid robot character who is fluent in over six million forms of communication and designed to assist in etiquette, customs, and translation. That description paints a great picture of what Software AG does!Picture a software layer that can translate the various language protocols spoken by the different sensors. All the data from the various sensors is collected by our IoT Edge Gateways. Once harmonised, the data can be streamed, visualised and analysed in real-time at the Edge before being exported to Big Data for further back-end analytics.Designed to grow with your businessThis powerful, plug-and-play solution is fully scalable with customers expanding as required by simply adding another module. You get hands-on support from our channel partners, who understand the ins and outs of your business, all backed up by the reassurance of our global supply chain and award-winning support model.Dell EMC OEM is the first major vendor to offer a complete out-of-box IoT experience. I believe that this innovation will revolutionise the market and make it easy for you to apply IoT to your business.What has been your experience of IoT and digital transformation to date? What’s your reaction to this announcement? I would love to hear your comments and questions.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: www.dellemc.com/oemTo learn more about Software AG, visit: www.softwareag.comLearn more about getting to ROI faster with your IoT strategy: https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/internet-of-things-solutionsKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/DermotAtDell and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & Iot Solutions Showcase page here.
Early in 2019, we are seeing businesses fully-engaged in modernizing IT for this digital era. This presents the potential for a “Perfect Storm” (good movie, by the way) for IT. What I mean is simply this, disruption is happening throughout IT (applications and infrastructure) and customers turn to Dell EMC to help them navigate this journey.Consider for a moment the transformations at SAP and Microsoft;Both organizations have invested in next-generation application and database platforms, embracing in-memory processing, real-time analytics, AI and machine learning.Couple that with end of support and maintenance plans for legacy SAP Business Suite and SQL Server 2008 – business and IT departments have decisions to make and work to do.Let’s use SAP to illustrate the implications. IT departments need to plan and execute a roadmap to adopt SAP S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation Intelligent ERP that is core to the business transformation.Migrating to SAP HANA and S/4HANA while deploying the optimal infrastructure is easier said than done. CIOs and IT managers would love to simply redirect a chunk of their budgets to quickly enable next-generation SAP intelligent applications. But it’s really not that simple.Listening to customers has inspired Dell EMC to invest in solutions designed to address common themes important to IT organizations looking to sustain classic SAP deployments while migrating to SAP HANA and S/4HANA.Customers often face strained IT budgets and have to allocate valuable resources to spend time maintaining, monitoring and managing sprawling, complex SAP system landscapes. Historically, IT has run SAP production and non-production systems on siloed infrastructure, whether by design — to protect production performance — or ad hoc as new projects get added.Considering it is common to see four, six, or more SAP applications running – each with its own landscape of development, test and quality assurance – we built a solution designed for SAP landscape consolidation to reduce TCO while simplifying IT management and operations.Additionally, with organizations looking to mainstream and scale SAP HANA and S/4HANA, it is imperative to run SAP HANA just like any other database in the data center. It has to be capable of leveraging preferred infrastructure, existing processes and tools for reduced TCO and risk. Dell EMC invests in SAP HANA’s Certification Program for hardware designed to help customers’ fast track implementations with reduced risk.Increasingly we have been participating in customer discussions emerging (and may I add – “game changing”) data-driven use cases powered from edge to core to cloud with SAP Leonardo using AI, machine learning, block-chain and big data.We are busy in this area too!We are enabling a data management framework to complement the SAP Data Hub in pipelining, orchestrating, storing and protecting all data types. To this end, we now have SAP HANA certification for Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS storage at the core and SAP Leonardo Edge certified Dell Edge gateways for collecting, aggregating and managing data at the edge.We are also working with SAP and partners on industry and application use cases such transforming manufacturing with SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Blockchain Smart Contracts.For organizations looking to run SAP in a cloud operating model, Dell EMC’s modern infrastructure provides strong integration with VMware, providing a cloud-enabled infrastructure foundation ready to enable a unified applications and IT management experience. Additionally, if you are looking to host SAP ERP, Business Suite and S/4 HANA off-premises in a cloud, consider Virtustream a premium certified provider of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services.There are topics I did not get a chance to introduce such as automating SAP system copy / refresh with SAP Landscape Manager and Dell EMC storage, so I encourage you to check out Dell EMC for SAP for more information!
In June, the U.S. – and the world – galvanized to accelerate racial equity. Sadly, we continue to experience tragedies and injustices that make it clear we still have a lot of hard work to do.We are at an inflection point, and companies like ours play a key role in creating environments where differences are valued and celebrated. Where everyone has a sense of belonging and can achieve their full potential. This will take time, and we are hard at work.We rolled out an initial set of actions and commitments largely focused on the inside-out progress we need to make as a company. This work was shared with the Dell Technologies Board of Directors last Friday. We recapped insights from the recent listening sessions our executive leadership team hosted with Black team members to understand their experiences at Dell and the changes they’d like to see. In those 26 sessions, four consistent themes rose to the top. Our Black team members want:More people who look like them at Dell TechnologiesEqual opportunities to succeedChampions to advocate and put them forward for advancementTo see action and measurable progress toward our 2030 Progress Made Real gender and ethnicity goalsThese align with the 2030 commitments we made – and the immediate progress we’re driving. We know people don’t want to wait 10 years to see progress; they want action and progress now. And that’s our focus. By setting goals and providing regular updates to our stakeholders, especially our team members, we’ll stay accountable and on track to achieving a workforce that is more representative of the world we serve.Here’s an update on some of the actions we’ve taken since June.We’ve been working with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) for years. But if we are to increase representation across the company, we need to go faster and increase our investments. We’ve done that by providing HBCUs and MSIs with – and even teaching – our own technology curriculum in areas like data science, cloud, cybersecurity, sales engineering. And starting in Spring 2021, we’ll begin recruiting from nearly two dozen U.S. community colleges, opening up new career opportunities at Dell for people with 2-year degrees. As our Black team members called out, a big part of growing your career is having equal opportunities to succeed. HR is partnering with our Black Networking Alliance (BNA) ERG on new development programs that will equip high-potential Black team members with skills to grow and advance. A program for directors launched last month, while another program for high-potential talent at mid-career levels launched last week.Attracting and advancing top talent is especially important at the mid-career level. Developing people of color at the early and mid-level career stages will change representation at senior levels over time.We joined Time to Vote and A Day for Democracy, national campaigns to increase voter participation and guard against voter suppression in the U.S. elections. By participating, we are ensuring U.S. Dell Technologies team members have the tools, resources and paid time off to make their voices heard. These resources were shared last week in a town hall hosted by Government Affairs and our ERGs.And our team members continue to volunteer and give generously, accompanied by our company $ for $ giving match up to $10,000 annually per employee, to organizations including Black Lives Matter, National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), Amnesty International and 100 Black Men of America. Organizations with a proven track record of advocacy for racial justice and equity.Leaning into our culture of inclusion In addition to these commitments, we want experiences at Dell to be consistent for all team members—and that begins with accountability for our people leaders and holding all team members to the highest standards. Inclusive behaviors and leadership – measured annually as part of our employee engagement survey – have been more clearly defined in our Culture Code, leaving no room for doubt about our expectations and the role each of us plays to contribute to an inclusive environment.I’m proud of the investments we’re making to grow our diverse workforce and build upon our inclusive culture. We will keep putting in the hard work – steadfast in pursuit of our diversity commitments and racial equity. Check back here for regular updates and watch for our annual progress checks through our Progress Made Real Report and Diversity & Inclusion Report.In the words of Gandhi, let’s “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s put in the hard work to be the employer of choice for ALL.