By now IT professionals have seen enough trade shows, listened to enough vendor briefings and read enough product releases to understand the changing direction of the enterprise data center for enabling cloud environments.IT leaders have evolved from deciding “if” they’re adopting an internal cloud strategy, to “how” they’re deploying and operationalizing their own private cloud configurations. The evolution toward a more agile delivery model for IT services has led them to realize that the legacy “do it yourself” approach to infrastructure deployment is becoming marginalized.“It was fun while it lasted, but IT departments can no longer sustain the increasing demands of their users. They are struggling to stay relevant to their business constituents, while being consumed with managing day-to-day activities associated with maintaining individual infrastructure components.ShareMarket differentiation has become more reliant on time-to-market for new and creative application-enabled features and services. Administration of the bespoke infrastructure silos deployed through years of project-based application rollouts has also deferred the movement toward infrastructure convergence.That is, until now.Strategy conversations with IT leaders have been changing. More and more frequently I’m hearing the same comments from IT leaders:“IT Leader: Our CIO and line of business leaders are going outside IT to public cloud providers for applications, development and testing, because it’s faster and easier than waiting for us to provide an internal capability, but can lack the compliance and control organizations require. “We’d like to build our own cloud platform, but my IT staff doesn’t have the time and budget available. I’m not sure how we’ll reprioritize the workload to build our own infrastructure. We have a backlog of projects for my staff to complete. And we don’t have the training or skill sets to do this in a reasonable amount of time – along with everything else we have to do.ShareThis dilemma is not an uncommon one. What options are available to the IT leader looking to adopt an innovative approach to lead them out of this situation? What’s the next step?Enter converged infrastructureVCE Vblock Systems provide converged infrastructures that are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated using Cisco compute and networking, EMC storage and data protection, and VMware virtualization software, and are proven to expedite customer private cloud deployments. In fact, as a result of VCE’s manufacturing processes and deployment expertise, VCE can deliver a production-ready Vblock System from thefactory with a specific configuration within 45 days from order. Following a fast (48-hour) deployment and installation cycle by VCE technicians, end users can quickly consume applications and services and reduce time to market.The Vblock System’s deterministic, tightly integrated architecture enables a highly reliable level of service and provides a streamlined approach to ongoing operations – this removes the time and resources required to stand up production-ready infrastructure while enabling IT to refocus their efforts on projects that drive business value and results. What used to take a dedicated support staff from various siloed infrastructure teams can now be managed with a Vblock System administrator, allowing the opportunity to optimize the operational expense associated with core infrastructure management.Results from industry surveys have shown a 30 to 50% reduction in operational expenditures associated with the ongoing management of a Vblock System over the “business as usual” approach required for separate server and storage implementations.[footnote]IDC White Paper: Convergence with Vblock Systems: A Value Measurement September 2013.[/footnote] The VCE release compatibility matrix (RCM) maintains tested and validated quality assurance, coupled with our world-class customer support service provides the emerging imperative of converged infrastructure to the enterprise.The evidence is in, the market has spoken and the results are documented. The key question becomes not if customers are moving to a converged infrastructure application platform, but how their converged infrastructure will evolve their organization, improve agility, simplify operations, reduce costs and elevate IT’s status within the enterprise.
Customers around the world are seeing great success with the ECS platform. Case in point: ATOS SE, a leader in digital services, has seen exciting results with ECS. ATOS’ 93,000 employees in 72 countries provide tech and transactional services to clients in a variety of industries. In 2015, ATOS was able to transform its services using ECS. Check out their story in this video.The momentum doesn’t end with customers. ECS is compatible with a growing number of ISV solutions such as Hortonworks, and has been certified on four levels of HDP. Check out what Hortonworks VP of Global Channels and Alliances, Chris Sullivan, has to say about ECS:“After rigorously testing and certifying Hortonworks Data Platform with EMC ECS, we are saving customers time to implement the solution, while providing them with an assurance of interoperability. With ECS, customers can benefit from a software-defined object storage system with HDP for analytics and unlocking business insights.”Want to learn more? Check out the ECS homepage, follow @EMCECS on Twitter or test out the ECS Free + Frictionless edition software. Today we are announcing general availability of the newest version of ECS (EMC Elastic Cloud Storage), v2.2. With the industry’s most complete suite of software-defined storage (SDS) solutions, EMC is firmly committed to helping organizations harness today’s digital transformation. A key part of EMC’s SDS portfolio, ECS is a software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform that provides global scale with up-to-exabyte capacity with compelling economics to customers.Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook recently announced his New Year’s resolution is to build an artificial intelligence system that will be able to control his home – way more interesting than the traditional “lose weight” resolutions! The amount of data created and ingested by this “Iron Man” influenced platform will definitely require a storage system with a modern, flexible and versatile architecture.You may not have the resources of a Tony Stark or Mark Zuckerberg, but for organizations trying to keep up with the blazing pace of digital transformation, ECS can help. ECS is built from the ground up to handle the massive burden generated by object data from mobile devices, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), something many traditional storage platforms aren’t designed to handle.Announcing ECS version 2.2With new features under the hood, EMC ECS 2.2 delivers: Software Defined Storage: ECS can be deployed on certified hardware or as a turnkey appliance.A Multipurpose platform: With native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack Swift, HDFS), ECS breaks down dedicated storage silos. With native NFS support, ECS can also support file data without the need for a file gateway.Smart storage: With ECS, users can search metadata across exabytes of unstructured data without a dedicated database. This enables data analytics that can harvest valuable insights while greatly simplifying cloud and IoT application development.”Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Today’s release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios. A new single-pane-of-glass view that provides complete system health can help customers to reduce operational costs.Data Protection: With “data at rest” encryption support, users can apply protection to business-critical data. ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations.
The digital economy offers exciting new opportunities for businesses, but it also brings unprecedented IT challenges. Many IT departments struggle to derive fresh insights from the data they store in disparate ERP systems. SAP S/4HANA addresses those concerns by replacing and transforming complex systems to help organizations reimagine business processes and deliver real-time insights from data that’s always fresh.SAP S/4HANA is a real-time enterprise resource management suite for the digital business. It is built on SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized, consumer-grade user experience with SAP Fiori, deployable in the cloud or on premises.While every company’s path to transforming IT for SAP S/4HANA is unique, most share some common objectives in sustaining SAP ERP deployments while migrating to SAP S/4HANA. These objectives include the need to:Consolidate, automate and simplify IT to lower infrastructure costs and increase the productivity of SAP administrators, database administrators (DBAs) and IT operations staff.Deploy SAP S/4HANA as part of the organization’s standard data-infrastructure design and architecture.Run SAP with the “personality” of web 2.0 applications, bringing greater agility with higher-value features, including self-service, orchestration and application-lifecycle management.Enable new business processes and analytics-driven insights for success in the digital economy. If your organization is considering or already on the path to the benefits of SAP S/4HANA, Dell EMC and Auritas are ideal technology and integration partners. Auritas offers the reach and expertise of a global SAP services company, specializing in providing innovative solutions to enterprise clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Dell EMC offers the experience gained in nearly 20 years of work with SAP, a track record for innovation with SAP and the choice of diverse infrastructure and deployment options — the full continuum of solutions: from build ( ready nodes, bundles, and systems) to buy (converged and hyper-converged systems, hybrid cloud platforms).To accelerate customers journey to a modern and simplified IT infrastructure Dell EMC established the Blueprints program with a dedicated Business Application Blueprint for SAP workloads. At the very core, this Dell EMC Blueprints program is all about accelerating IT for our customers to tackle their infrastructure and datacenter challenges.Working closely with your organization, Dell EMC and Auritas can help chart a clear migration path to SAP S/4HANA. Read this white paper and learn more about:Step by step details for moving your ERP system from any database to SAP S/4 HANA – from infrastructure to SAP applications.Conversion implications – infrastructure choices, from on-premise to hybrid to cloud, and software migration choicesPotential pitfallsPre-requisite to data migration.Tools to address data quality before migration.Migration of sample data from a SAP release to S/4.Dell EMC is a diamond sponsor at SAPPHIRE NOW 2017. Visit Dell EMC at booth #758 or join the Dell EMC theatre presentation on Thursday, May 18th, 2:30 p.m. -2:50 p.m. in area PC202
After attending Embedded World last month in Germany it was clearer to me than ever before – the embedded PC industry is not dissimilar to the desktop computer PC industry 30 years ago. When Dell entered the PC market back in 1984 and in the years shortly following, there were 430 PC companies who were each trying to compete based on some level of unique customization they could offer. Dell turned all this upside down with their direct configure to order model.Today there are 3 PC companies making up 60 percewent of the share. Why? Because scale matters, and because customers realized that price, reliability, and availability trumped customization. Early on in the PC industry often times individual teams within a company were purchasing and managing their own computing – and each business owner had unique requirements. When IT departments came into the picture they valued consistent, easy security and manageability which was another reason why they wanted to standardize their IT infrastructure with a single or maybe a few PC providers.At Embedded World there were over 300 unique embedded PC providers showing off their broad portfolios and touting their customization capabilities. In one case I had a vendor offer me a catalog of their ‘IoT’ PC solutions which was 250 pages long (really). As jaw dropping as that was, it was nothing compared to when the salesman continued to say “but wait… you should also take our Industrial PC catalog” which was another 250 pages! From my assessment, this industry sees this a normal. Vendors really act more as Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) creating a custom solution (4 USBs, 3 VGA ports, 2 PCI expansion slot, 8 GB of RAM, and a partridge in a pear tree) and then they put that in a catalog, and try to sell it to as many other customers as possible since they have already invested in the engineering.The challenge with this model as it converges with the new IoT market is when you value customization over everything else, you end up with many challenges when you try to scale. First you have the challenge of availability, just because a product is in a catalog does not mean you can actually buy it. Often times it can take 12-18 weeks to get the product with minimum order quantities (MOQs) of thousands which does not give you very much flexibility if you are integrating this into your broader solution. The next challenge is reliability, because when you are offering hundreds of custom systems you can only spend one hundredth of the time testing the ruggedness of that particular system. You also do not have the volumes to guarantee the availability of all the components in the system, which means you might have to switch a component in the middle of a production lifecycle. To the end customer this means you get a new shipment of 1,000 plus units in (because you had to buy that many) and you go to load your image and some of the drivers are different causing a pretty significant engineering lift to go back and test everything.Dell stood out at Embedded World. Not only were we the only leading IT provider present at the show, but when you came into our booth the story was pretty simple. Here are our four edge computing products, which we can configure differently based on your core use case needs. We offer the highly configurable Edge Gateway 5000 which is our scalable workhorse and the small and mighty Edge Gateway 3000 which is design to have uncompromised connectivity for mobile/remote use cases and tailored I/O. In addition we offer the highly configurable Embedded Box PC 5000 with I/O and storage expansion slots and the Embedded Box PC 3000 with a smaller footprint, tailored I/O, and lesser compute. That is it!We realize we will not be able to address every use case because certainly some of them like connected cars for example will require very specific embedded PC specs. Our bet is that many of the use cases requirements will converge though. The real difference is you can order in quantities or 1 or 1,000s, get them in weeks not months, and trust that the five year product life includes no component changes because of our scale. On top of that we ensure that you can have a consistent security and manageability solution across all the products. It is because of this different approach to the Embedded PC market that Frost and Sullivan recently awarded Dell for our embedded PC “Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership.”On top of our core product offering of four systems we also work with contract manufacturers to develop custom enclosures, data acquisition cards, etc. where customers have specific requirements. A great example of this is the solution Dell EMC OEM Solutions and Sanmina put together for The Weir Group which we showcased in our Embedded World Booth. In this case Weir wanted to complete predictive maintenance of remote mining equipment and needed the solution to withstand an even more extreme environment, so we developed an explosion proof enclosure which also housed additional I/O to connect to their equipment.It will be interesting to see how the market and conferences like Embedded World change over the coming years. I believe we already began to see a shift at this year’s show with many embedded PC providers attempting to start differentiating through software instead of customization of the hardware. This will be just the beginning as IoT and embedded markets converge and the IoT customers demand significant enterprise level scale.What is your opinion? Do you think the embedded PC market will begin to consolidate as customer demand more scalability of solutions, or do you think the use cases will continue to demand broad customization?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen has been confirmed as President Joe Biden’s treasury secretary in an overwhelming Senate vote. She is the first woman to hold the job in the 232-year history of the department. Yellen is a former chairwoman of the Federal Reserve and is expected to play a key role in gaining congressional approval of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The plan is running into stiff opposition from Republicans who believe the price tag is far too high. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the support for Yellen reflects “just how well suited she is to manage the economic challenges of our time.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, uninsured, low-income Americans are getting a new chance to sign up for subsidized health care benefits. President Joe Biden is ordering government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window. Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the “Obamacare” HealthCare.gov insurance markets to take new applications for subsidized benefits, something the Trump administration had refused to do. He also instructed his administration to consider reversing other Trump administration health care policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and the imposition of work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid. The new health care sign-up period will run from Feb. 15 to May 15.