The hallmark of VCE is our ability to take best-in-class production ready technologies and create a true converged infrastructure that enables unprecedented levels of IT efficiency and agility for mission critical environments – a.k.a, Vblock™ Systems. Our roadmap collaboration with Cisco, EMC and VMware ensures that VCE is “first and best” in the integration of their new technology, offering our customers the most rapid, risk-free path to take advantage of technology innovation.Speaking of innovation and new technology, you can’t go very far today without hearing about software defined networking (SDN). There are many interesting and promising strategies with SDN in the marketplace but our research and customer validation indicates that a successful SDN product architecture links physical and virtual networks together with an application centric focus. Our customers have told us that any detachment from infrastructure creates problems with operational network visibility and complicates analysis and performance optimization. Because of this, we see that for any emerging SDN technology to succeed it cannot mask a physical network device’s importance by exclusively delivering software features that have limited device awareness. The answer to operational network challenges is in software and hardware innovation that enables programmatic policy on application-focused endpoint communications, integrating security and load-balancing characteristics with deep operational telemetry.In June of this year, at Cisco Live in Orlando Florida, Insieme Networks was unveiled and the world was given introduction to Application Centric Infrastructure. Cisco has approached every technology transition with innovations based on architecture first, allowing solutions to adapt to wide ranging customer use cases. The Application Centric Infrastructure strategy follows this approach, and it’s advent has enabled VCE to speak publicly about the hard work we are doing to bring Application Centric Infrastructure to our customers as a new pillar of future Vblock Systems networking fabrics.VCE, as a joint venture of Cisco, EMC and VMware was built on the premise that customers were looking for an architecture-based answer for mission critical data center computing, optimized for both virtual and physical workloads. VCE was established to deliver to our customers best in class technologies from each of our investors, utilizing Cisco Servers & Networking, EMC Storage & Data Protection and VMware Server Virtualization & Virtualization Management technologies. Through their investments in, and support of VCE — Cisco, EMC and VMware have realized leadership positions in the converged infrastructure market.Vblock Systems have always used the Cisco Unified Compute System (UCS) as a transformational platform. Cisco’s UCS has enabled new efficiencies to be gained by abstracting the physical attributes of a server and introducing the ability for servers to be managed within a policy framework through service definition and centralized management.Much like UCS did with compute, Insieme Networks will bring transformational technology concepts to network architectures — enabling a programmatic, network-centric policy framework, centrally managed as a system, delivering abstracted identity of network connectivity, security and network based services. Because it will become a key technology capability of future Vblock Systems, this architecture will interconnect business logic in applications running on the underlying physical infrastructure that Vblock Systems are built upon.Application Centric Infrastructure as part of future Vblock Systems will extend the capabilities of these systems by delivering a programmatic, OPEN standard, production ready, scalable and secure converged infrastructure networking fabric. Building integrated solutions with the most comprehensive technology architectures are what our customers demand from VCE and we are proud to deliver.Application Centric Vblock Systems will be introduced in a phasing of technology release, enabling current VCE customers to deploy these advanced capabilities while protecting their existing investments as new innovations are introduced.Stay tuned for more announcements from VCE and Cisco as the world’s most converged infrastructure goes beyond SDN.
In April 2016, the XPS design team was in an impossible situation.We were in the early stages of designing a new flagship 2-in-1 laptop. We envisioned a laptop that had would spark envy at the airport. It needed to be small, beautiful, powerful and have good battery life.Unfortunately, it was impossible to meet all of these goals with the technology that was available to us in January 2016. With the existing technology it could be mobile or powerful or battery efficient but not all three.We didn’t give up. If we couldn’t do it with existing technology, we’d have to create something new.We started by putting a Core I Y based processor in the laptop. The Y series is designed for maximum mobility. It uses less power which means it runs cool and maximizes battery life. The Y series also enables small, quiet, beautiful design by eliminating the need for fans.However, the typical implementation is only powerful enough for light work like web surfing, doing email or writing novels. To meet our goals, we needed to push more power through the Y series processor than we ever had before. This creates a problem: the processor could get too hot to handle.To solve the problem, we turned to our performance engineering team. They regularly have to meet heat management challenges in our super high performance Alienware and Precision designs.They developed a new grounds-up power management technology called Dynamic Power Mode. Every laptop has power management technology built in but Dynamic Power Mode is uniquely efficient.All power management technology keeps the laptop at a usable temperature by throttling the processor when it gets too hot. The typical technology makes an assumption about how hot a processor can get before the laptop is unusable based on prototype testing. Then it uses that assumption to set a fixed upper limit on how hot the processor can get. The problem with this approach is that it isn’t smart enough to adapt to real world scenarios.Dynamic Power Mode does something different; it uses seven thermal monitors spread throughout the computer to measure ambient computer temperature. It doesn’t have to use broad assumptions because it uses more relevant measurements. Dynamic Power Mode can find more opportunities to comfortably increase performance than the typical power management technology. Alex Shows, our performance engineering lead, wrote a white paper which provides more technical details.The combination of a Y series processor with Dynamic Power Mode allowed us to meet all our design goals. The XPS 13 2-in-1 is the smallest 13 inch 2-in-1 with a sleek fanless design and just the right amount of power. It has won 20+ awards including Most Outstanding of CES 2017 and multiple Best of CES awards. The reviews have been great. For example, HotHardware says “There’s plenty of horsepower available here to meet all but the most demanding power user’s workloads.” Laptop Mag, Reviewed.com, and Notebookcheck agree.I’ve been using an XPS 13 2-in-1 as my primary laptop since January 2017 and it’s been an awesome experience.The small size and convertible functionality have proven invaluable to me as I spend far too much time flying in tiny airplane seats every month. E-mail and spreadsheets have run seamlessly and I’ve been able to create and edit even the largest of presentations with ease. I’ve even been playing some old-school games like Age of Empires and Defense Grid on it; they run great.If you’re happy with your XPS 13 2-in-1, please let our engineers (Gary Lusk, Alex Shows and others) know with a thank you in the comments as they made the impossible possible for us all to enjoy!
The Money 2020 conference is in full swing this week, and it is difficult to find a technology more hyped at the event than Blockchain. It promises everything from transforming the banking system to being the “Internet v2.0”.The biggest value of blockchain isn’t in what it is, but in what it enables. One quote that explains this well comes from Mark Buitenhek, the Global Head of Transactions Services @ ING: “Blockchain is not the thing. It’s the thing that enables the thing”. We agree with this perspective. Every encounter with a customer or company across all industries yields the following two key truths:The industry is looking at blockchain to help them optimize and transform themselves and their business processes so that they can outperform their competition;Blockchain is only useful if it is considered as part of a larger ecosystem.Blockchain and distributed ledger technology is transforming the way companies look to address business goals and objectives moving forward. This technology sits at the intersection of a variety of ancillary systems, and it is that ecosystem, when properly constructed, that will allow businesses to achieve their goals or objectives for this technology. As companies look to incorporate blockchain technology into their enterprise class production environments, there are many pieces to consider.Figure 1: The pinwheel of consideration for BlockchainThe figure above shows an example of some of the pieces that are part of that ecosystem. Each element is fully explained here. Taking all of these elements into consideration is paramount to the success of a blockchain implementation. However, the first step in a blockchain engagement, should be the determination of whether blockchain is the right technology for the business problem or objective being addressed. Making that decision is the first step to a successful blockchain or distributed ledger implementation.Dell EMC has developed a set of services to assist our customers in validating their blockchain use cases. Combined with business analysis, and using a sprint-based approach, we work to identify and qualify blockchain use cases in the following areasOn-PremiseMany use cases require blockchain to run on premise. The blockchain implementation will not live in a vacuum but must co-exist with existing server/network/storage infrastructure. This will require new services that assist in the design and architecture of functional solutions. Infrastructure includes servers and HCI with GPUs for extremely fast mining on Ethereum, servers and HCI with huge core counts to power Hyperledger chaincodes, and massive object stores to refer to off-chain data assets.Off-PremiseOther companies, however, do not want the ownership and governance responsibility that comes with implementing a blockchain in-house. For these companies our service can steer the conversation towards our sister company Virtustream. Virtustream is exploring governance use cases for Secure Enterprise Ledgers.ApplicationNewly designed blockchain applications that leverage and interact with blockchain back-ends will be cloud native in nature. Pivotal offers PaaS-based on premise or hybrid solutions focused on simplifying the deployment and management of cloud native applications. Offerings like NHC (Native Hybrid Cloud) or PKS, enable deployment in seconds, and allow developers to focus on the business logic code, versus all the components surrounding their applications.Enterprise-Class BlockchainEnterprise blockchain deployments are still in their infancy, and many businesses will need help deciphering the rapidly evolving landscape. The Dell EMC service can design around any blockchain, but no implementation can deliver a better enterprise-class blockchain than VMware. VMware’s blockchain research is realizing the advantages of a true enterprise class blockchain: scale, security, performance, and fault tolerance.Together with the power of all the companies under the Dell Technologies umbrella, the Dell EMC blockchain service is well positioned to take our customers from start to finish in their mission to transform their business with blockchain technology. Stop by the Pivotal and VMware booth at Money 2020 to hear more about the Dell Technologies blockchain vision.
In my 30+ years at Dell, I’ve had an opportunity to see virtually every element of product design, ideation and innovation come together. I’ve seen some of the best products and concepts…and of course, there’s been a few dogs – but that’s what innovation is all about – taking risks and being bold. Some of the most amazing inventions are born from big ideas and rolling the dice – you have to be fearless, believe and make it happen.So as I consider what fuels innovation, more often than not, I come back to these five key pillars that, in my experience, deliver world-class products and innovation.Customer-FirstAlways start with the customer – what they need to deliver and meet their requirements and demands. The customer has been at the very core of Dell since its inception and today remains at the heart of our culture. Innovation is only as amazing as it is useful…features and functionality need to deliver a benefit – whether it’s improving the user experience, driving productivity or achieving better business outcomes.Innovation with the customer in mind – a true purpose – will also ensure you’re only bringing to market the best possible technologies and solutions. Quality of innovation is critical, and as the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression – it simply has to work and work well. It has to move the needle for your customer.SimplicityCustomers want simplicity in the products and services they invest in, particularly as their IT universe expands in scope with increasing demands on their infrastructure (Cloud, SaaS, analytics, security – the list is long) and on their resources. IT is now a part of the very fabric of modern business – so IT solutions have to be easy to purchase, integrate and use. When there are too many products in a portfolio that overlap – that’s where the confusion lies.We at Dell are working hard to ensure our customers have the BEST set of products across our broad portfolio that all work together, seamlessly integrate and achieve their business objectives. And when we simplify – everybody wins…there is more time spent on innovation internally, which leads to better, faster products that get to market even faster for our customers.DifferentiationWe ask ourselves everyday “why should a customer buy from Dell Technologies?” The answer? Well, there are a few. First – we are focused on driving value through differentiated products that set us apart from the competition – an incredible by-product of simplifying our processes and our portfolio. We do this across our CSG and ISG businesses, and apply this thinking to our supply chain.Case in point: our end-to-end NVMe in PowerMax with a multi-controller architecture that ensures our customers get the best performance and speed in our new Enterprise storage solution1. Further, we innovate based on industry-standard, enabling a quicker path to Storage Class Memory, and allows us to leverage the full scale of Dell’s supply chain.And, we do this across our portfolio, ensuring that storage along with our servers, data protection, cloud and networking offerings are NVMe and NVMe-over-fabrics ready for a true holistic Modern Data Center solution.Second – no other company in the world can advance innovation for a holistic end-to-end IT infrastructure the way that we can with the full weight of the Dell Technologies family. We can take advantage of each other’s strengths to deliver the best solutions the market has to offer – like delivering VxRail on VSAN, and Data Domain on VMware running on AWS for a hybrid-cloud solution.Bold-Yet-Calculated RisksI mentioned earlier that risks are important in innovation – but those risks need to be informed and really solid educated guesses on what’s going to be a success. And they need to be fostered by the deep belief that it’s OK to break out of mold and think differently to solve a challenge. In fact, it’s break the mold or die in today’s fast moving industry.We as a leader in hardware have fully-embraced, if not tackled, the software-defined evolution – systems need to be agile, flexible and cloud-like to deliver all the advantages of today’s emerging capabilities born from data, AI and Machine Learning. And we’re innovating to ensure our customers can manage and analyze data insights in the cloud as a service through CloudIQ.Bold moves also need to be driven by data and insights. And in a world that is digitally transforming with the massive amounts of data hitting our systems every day, there’s never been a better time for innovation.Get input from customers, analyze data, listen to influencers and industry peers…and because I’m a numbers guy I’ll tell you that numbers don’t lie. Data is power. We harness it through our infrastructure solutions to drive better business outcomes for our customers – and we use it to improve our own products and solutions by integrating intelligent automation and machine learning across our portfolio.For example – the PowerMax operating system makes six billion decisions a day2 on where and how to store massive amounts of data – all built on the insights and data we’ve accumulated in our 30+ years of being a leader in storage. And we’re using AI in our ProSupport Plus3 service offering to predict failures4 and proactively service our products and reduce downtime. And all of this data leads to new insights and even more innovation – it’s an amazing cycle of feedback that is changing the way we design and deliver products, and even in how we do business.Focus Focus is incredibly important – it’s the foundation for innovation and overall, leadership in your industry.You have to remain focused on customers and what they need to be successful – that’s what we do. There’s a lot of mud-slinging and FUD when it comes to comparing portfolios and strategy. Some think that’s part of the game…FUDders gonna FUD – but we don’t play that game and it’s not what we do. We know that a commitment to focus drives great results – and improving growth in our markets just happens to be a great key performance indicator. Customers are telling us they believe in what we do.Remember when I said the numbers don’t lie? Well a few numbers I’m really excited about right now are those released by IDC demonstrating that in our Storage business, we gained 5.8 percentage points of share year-over-year (YoY) in the first calendar quarter of 2018. That’s a really big deal. AND, we’re proud that Dell EMC is the undisputed leader in x86 servers in the world for both revenue and units, according to IDC. Combine that with 21 consecutive quarters of growth in our PC business, our #1 position in CI and HCI solutions, Workstations, Displays5, 6, 7 – and you’ve got a winning end-to-end portfolio that is driven by the aforementioned pillars for innovation success.I am so incredibly proud of what we’ve built here at Dell Technologies – we continue to come from a position of strength, and we’re only getting stronger through a team committed to our customers and committed to innovation. And with the technology and macro global trends in front of us, it’s never been a better time to seize the innovation opportunity at hand. And that’s what we’ll go do all day every day. 3x Better Performance Density based on Dell EMC internal analysis comparing maximum I/Os per floor tile of the PowerMax 8000 against the VMAX 950F. Fastest Storage Array based on Dell EMC internal analysis of published bandwidth of the PowerMax 8000 versus competitive mainstream arrays, March 2018. Actual performance will vary.2 Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of a single PowerMax 2000 or 8000 array, March 2018.3 Dell ProSupport Plus availability and terms vary by region. See dell.com/servicecontracts/global.4 Predictive analysis failure detection is limited to hard drives and batteries.5 IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Q4 2017, April 2018, Vendor Revenue.6 IDC Worldwide PC Monitor Tracker – 4Q 2017.7IDC WW Quarterly Workstation Tracker, Q4 2017, February 2018
Influencer relations at Dell Technologies aim to connect our brand with influential industry experts to create long-term relationships of mutual value, based on shared trust. This trust, we believe, is built by facilitating access to information, people and technology at Dell Technologies with the expressed goal for the independent expert to create their own, informed opinion. Our customers and our brand benefit from this informed third-party perspective by influential, independent industry experts by deriving value from these additional data points and perspectives. The relationship creates value for the independent experts by providing them early access to information about new research, insights on emerging technologies and opportunities to speak with our technology visionaries who are eager to share and absorb the experts’ opinions from a multitude of vantage points.An example of a shared value relationship with independent voices is our marquee podcast Luminaries – talking to the brightest minds in tech. Two or our independent experts host the podcast with technology leader guests from our communities of customers, independent, influential experts, analysts and Dell Technologies experts. The hosts, Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr, deeply investigate each episode’s topic and research each guest to create a conversation that is based on their knowledge and evaluation of the topic, the guest and of the Dell Technologies strategy. Our customers benefit from the highly informed, distinctly outside-in perspective.Moving forward all participants in #DellLuminaries program will also be part of the #DellInsideCircle.Core to our approach is that the relationships must be genuine and honest, and that the create shared value for the influencer, the brand and the customer.To showcase our latest technology and initiatives, we often partner with individuals who may be compensated by Dell Technologies for their time or content, but we believe strongly in transparency—it’s one of our five social media principles. So in that spirit we want you to know about the #DellLuminaries community. #DellLuminaries members will always disclose their relationship with Dell by using the #DellLuminaries hashtag in social media posts, in a video or link back to this page.And what is the #DellLuminaries relationship? It can take a number of forms. We may provide loaner systems for an extended period of time or free systems to trial. We may pay travel or other expenses to have someone attend a tech or other industry event. Dell might compensate someone for posting on social media about their experiences or contribute blog or editorial content. Ideally, however, it is a collaborative venture that aligns the goals of both Dell Technologies and those we work with.But, and this is important so we’re putting it in bold and all caps, WE WILL NEVER PUT WORDS INTO A #DELLLUMINARIES PARTICIPANT’S MOUTH. We want our #DellLuminaries members to give you their authentic, independent feedback, opinions and experiences so that you know how they connect to our technology when making your own decision. #DellLuminaries is about building an authentic community, NOT a collection of paid endorsements or advertisements.When you see a #DellLuminaries participant posting about us, know that we aren’t telling them what to say. We may encourage them to talk about their experiences, but we do not review their posts, censor their posts, or do anything except ask them to be authentic and disclose they are part of #DellLuminaries. If you have any questions about the program or see a #DellLuminaries member posting in a way that doesn’t seem to follow these concepts, let us know by commenting here on this post.
Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC incorporate the new 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor and Intel® Optane™ technology to accelerate deep learning and other parallel-processing workloads.This week has brought some great news for organizations that want to deploy artificial intelligence solutions on Intel-based Dell EMC systems. Specifically, Dell EMC launched new Ready Solutions for HPC that incorporate the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, code-named Cascade Lake. This processor has all kinds of optimizations for people running parallel workloads.Among other advances, the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor delivers the groundbreaking Intel® Deep Learning Boost (Intel® DL Boost), known informally as Vector Neural Network Instructions, or VNNI. With this new feature, Intel has reduced the instruction set on the chip, so it will perform faster in the parallel workloads used with many HPC and AI applications, including inferencing. Intel reported that this new technology can increase AI/deep learning inference performance in some applications by up to 17 times compared with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Platinum processors at its announcement.Even when compared to a Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, (Code named Skylake), the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable shines — which is something that we at Dell EMC have confirmed in the HPC and AI Innovation Lab. In benchmark testing, our engineers have realized more than 3x faster inferencing for image recognition with INT8, ResNet50. These tests compare the performance of a 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold Processor 6248 and an Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold Processor 6148 (Skylake) on an inference benchmark for image classification, as summarized in this slide.What does all this mean other than faster speeds and feeds? Well, it means that AI is the future and Dell EMC and Intel are helping you get there faster with your existing applications. To take advantage of the Intel DL Boost feature, you don’t need to re-program.With the launch of the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, Intel also announced two solution architectures for HPC & AI Converged Clusters, both of which focus on augmenting resource managers to support broader workloads. The first is based on the community project Magpie, which automates the process of generating interfaces between analytics frameworks like SPARK and AI frameworks like TensorFlow, so that they can run seamlessly without any modifications to a traditional HPC resource manager such as Slurm.The second is a more integrated solution that builds on the work of Univa Grid Engine and their Universal Resource Broker, an engine that sits alongside a traditional HPC batch scheduler and can interface into resource manager plugins created with an Apache Mesos* framework. Both solutions allow workload co-existence and workflow convergence across simulation & modeling, analytics, and AI.Tests at Centers of ExcellenceIt’s not just Dell EMC that is putting the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor to the test. At least two of our Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the University of Pisa, have been testing Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with the new processor.The new TACC Frontera system will incorporate the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, along with new Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, for extreme-scale science workloads, in fields ranging from medicine and materials design to natural disasters and climate change. When it goes into production this year, Frontera, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, will overtake the TACC Stampede2 cluster to claim the title of the fastest university supercomputer in the United States and one of the most powerful HPC systems in the world.The Frontera supercomputer will also incorporate Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory, which is an innovative new technology. Intel says this memory technology increases server memory capacity with DIMM sizes of up to 512GB, accelerates application performance and, unlike DRAM, offers the benefits of data persistence.A side note: Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is different from Intel Optane Storage.Intel Optane DC persistent memory moves and maintains larger amounts of data closer to the processor, so workloads and services can be optimized to reduce latencies and enhance overall performance. It also supports App Direct and Memory Mode which enable a host of new use data center use cases. Intel® Optane™ SSDs enable data centers to deploy bigger, more aﬀordable data sets, accelerate applications, and gain critical, enterprise-level insights that result from working with larger memory pools.You can explore these differences at Intel Optane Technology.The University of Pisa, meanwhile, has tested Intel Optane SSDs, as well as the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor. The university is collaborating with the IMAGO7 Foundation to use Intel Optane SSD technology to reduce and accelerate the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination process. This collaborative effort determined that Intel Optane SSD technology can significantly reduce MRI scanning time while improving the accuracy of scans.Collectively, the recent advances in the Intel portfolio will make it easier for organizations to dive into parallel-processing use cases, such as inferencing in deep neural networks. And, Dell EMC is making the technologies easier to adopt by embedding them in select PowerEdge servers, and Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC.To learn moreFor a closer look at the Intel technologies in play at TACC and the University of Pisa, visit our HPC and AI Centers of Excellence site. Also, check out dellemc.com/hpc and the performance benchmarking at www.hpcatdell.com. Intel news release, “Intel Innovations Define the Future of Supercomputing,” November 11, 2018. HPCwire, “TACC’s ‘Frontera’ Supercomputer Expands Horizon for Extreme‑Scale Science,” August 2018. Intel solution brief, “University of Pisa Uses Intel® Optane™ SSDs to Significantly Reduce MRI Scanning Times,” November 2017.
Court records show that the leader of the Proud Boys, who was arrested in Washington shortly before the Capitol riot, previously worked undercover and cooperated with investigators after he was accused of fraud in 2012. The details of Henry “Enrique” Tarrio’s cooperation were found in a transcript of a 2014 hearing in federal court in Florida. An email seeking comment was not immediately returned from a lawyer representing Tarrio in his current case. The Proud Boys is a far-right, male chauvinist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies and was a major agitator during earlier protests and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An injured California inmate firefighter has been released from federal immigration detention and is home with his parents and sister for the first time since his arrest more than two decades ago when he was age 16. Bounchan Keola was hurt when a tree fell on him while he was helping fight a deadly wildfire southwest of Redding in Northern California in early October. He was released from a California state prison two weeks later but was immediately picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His attorney says Keola was freed Wednesday under a court precedent that says detainees can’t be held indefinitely if they can’t be deported and if they aren’t dangerous or a flight risk.