Today marks an exciting day for Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and all-flash customers. Today, we unveil Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, comprised of modern Dell PowerEdge Servers pre-qualified and pre-configured to run ScaleIO Software to provide a software defined, all-flash storage foundation for your modern data center – there is no need for a separate SAN network or array.Lessons learned from web-scale deployments about hardware simplicity, pervasive virtualization, provisioning and management commonality, and containerization are paving the way for widespread adoption of software-defined storage in an effort to modernize the data center.The Dell PowerEdge server configurations have been tuned and optimized to run ScaleIO, ensuring enterprise customers attain the premier levels of performance possible with this hardware configuration. Dell PowerEdge Servers also provide the proven reliability and manageability necessary to be the foundation of an enterprise class SDS solution. Key features include:Next-Generation ScaleIO Ready Node Hardware—Key Facts:Based on 13th Generation Dell PowerEdge serversProven enterprise class reliability and manageabilityUtilizing the latest generation Intel’s Broadwell ProcessorsConfigurations tuned and optimized for ScaleIODesigned for hyper-converged or storage-only environmentsAll-Flash ConfigurationsChoice of high-density and high-capacity All-Flash configurations for mission critical applicationsEnhanced Caching LayerIntegration with SanDisk DAS Cache making the most actively used data readily accessible on HDD configurationsBroadest Operating System and Hypervisor CompatibilityTested and supported for use with VMware ESX, Linux and Windows Server (Hyper-V)World Class SupportA single vendor, world-class support model for both the hardware and softwareOur interactions with customers have shown that customers are looking for a purpose-built solution to support their mission-critical application workloads delivering scale, performance, elasticity and resiliency. This solution should offer flexibility of choice when it comes to deployment models, configurations and broad support for operating systems and hypervisors. This solution also should be pre-configured, qualified and supported by a single vendor.The All-Flash Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node fits the bill. Customers may start with as few as three nodes and scale out seamlessly and non-disruptively to over one thousand nodes, making it the perfect foundation for private cloud infrastructures. Enterprise customers can reap the benefits of deployment simplicity, cost containment, high performance and operational ease.Historically, having server-based flash led to poor resource utilization because performance and capacity were only supporting local applications. Today, with the power of software defined storage in ScaleIO Ready Nodes, the ability to abstract, pool, and automate storage devices across a multitude of servers, and in turn allocate as little or as much performance and capacity as needed to individual applications, is just as easy as allocating compute and memory resources in a virtualized environment.A decade ago, hypervisor technology vastly improved the operational simplicity and flexibility of compute resources, making it efficient to allocate the right amount of CPU and memory from a common pool, and to maintain and update that pool over time. ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready Nodes deliver that same operational simplicity, and that same ability to efficiently pool and allocate resources to the world of storage – all under software control. The result is an increasingly efficient data center. One that is easier to build, easier to maintain, completely flexible, and insanely powerful. The promise of the private cloud is being delivered.Learn more about ScaleIO Ready Node, available today. Follow @DellEMCScaleIO on Twitter, or try ScaleIO software – for free.Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI as its commonly referred to, has been around for a few years now. Clearly, it offers a ton of benefits to organizations who embrace it; these benefits range from better security to easier manageability to greater workforce productivity.Why, then, is it that VDI has and continues to be perceived as a complex project to undertake?The answer lies with the solution stack that must be put into place to deliver even the first virtual desktop or virtual application. You see, in typical spaghetti-like fashion, different elements of the solution stack must be sourced, typically from different vendors, and then stitched together. For most organizations, this means spending weeks, even months trying to put a technology stack in place in the hope that when it finally comes together, it works… and when it does, that nothing goes wrong resulting in a troubleshooting nightmare.At Dell EMC, we believe there’s a better way to address this challenge for organizations embarking on (or expanding upon) their VDI journey face. Based on countless customer data points, we delivered a solution to the market in mid last year that broke new ground.Called Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, this new approach to procuring, deploying and supporting a VDI stack was revolutionary, and ever since its launch in April 2017, we’ve changed the way organizations think about VDI. VDI Complete was updated for VMworld 2017 based on customer feedback to deliver virtualized applications and graphics acceleration for knowledge users.At Dell Technologies World 2018, I’m proud to announce the latest release of VDI Complete that makes VDI adoption even easier. In this rev, we’ve integrated our most powerful 14G based VxRail appliances and vSAN Ready Nodes, which offer greater user density and the ability to accommodate more graphics cards. There’s also an all-flash version to boot.We’re also enhancing our support for workstation level graphics desktops and applications. Powered by NVIDIA P40 graphics cards and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS) software, power users such as those using CAD/CAM or PLM software can also take advantage of the many benefits of VDI.Last, but not least, we’re also making it even easier for customers to buy VDI through use case driven easy-to-pick bundles. These bundles are optimized and priced attractively on a per-user, per-month basis. The beauty, however, is that these bundles can easily be customized based on your organization’s specific needs.Join us at Dell Technologies World 2018 for more on what VDI Complete Solutions has to offer and the transformative force it can be for your organization. We invite you to join us in the exciting breakout sessions planned and visit us at the VDI Complete booth (#1043). We’ll see you there!
Dell Technologies World 2019 is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. This event means a lot to me personally. Not only does it provide an opportunity to listen closely to the needs of our customers and partners, it’s our chance to share the latest product updates we’ve designed to address your most pressing technology and business challenges.One common theme of my conversations over the last year or so, is that we are all living in a world where digital transformation is defining winners and losers, and data has quickly become the most valuable asset for many organizations. Data is fueling new products and services, next-gen business applications, and powerful game-changing technologies such as artificial intelligence and IoT. As this data capital landscape becomes increasingly complex, more attention must be paid to where your data resides, how it is managed and how it is protected. I’m very excited to share the latest Dell EMC storage innovations, designed to unlock and maximize the value of your data capital.Introducing Dell EMC Unity XT – No Compromise Midrange StorageDell EMC Unity originally launched almost three years ago and thousands of customers have embraced this midrange solution for its simplicity, performance, and affordability – in fact, we have now sold over 40,000 systems. This unique system consolidates your data capital across block, file and VMware workloads onto a single solution and has a well-deserved reputation for operational simplicity. CloudIQ adds additional storage monitoring and analytics – putting infrastructure insight in the palm of your hand.We’re thrilled to announce Dell EMC Unity XT Series, the next-generation of Dell EMC Unity. We’ve taken this best-in-class solution to a new level including drastically improved performance, greater efficiency, and new capabilities and services designed for a multi-cloud world. With Dell EMC Unity XT, we set out to deliver a storage array without compromise at midrange price points. Some midrange platforms, especially those that are active-passive architectures, struggle with processing data, running data reduction, and data services like replication at the same time without impacting application performance. Others force you to make tradeoffs – like sub-par file capabilities, which limit the value it can provide your business. Dell EMC Unity XT has eliminated these tradeoffs.Designed for PerformanceCompared with the previous generation, Dell EMC Unity XT delivers up to 2x the performance with 75% better response times and supports up to 52% more virtual desktops without any performance impact. Furthermore, it is up to 67% faster than its closest competitor. Dell EMC Unity is NVMe ready, which will accelerate performance even further. These performance improvements mean faster operations, enabling you to improve the level of service you provide to your customers.Optimized for EfficiencyDell EMC Unity XT improved its data reduction capabilities, now enabling you to realize up to 5:1 data reduction rate. While that data reduction rate is impressive, the overall system efficiency is just as important, and Dell EMC Unity XT can utilize 85% of its system capacity (from raw to usable capacity). Combining written data reduction guarantees and system utilization rates, Dell EMC Unity XT is now 29% more efficient than the competition Speaking of guarantees, we are excited to now offer a 3:1 data reduction guarantee with no assessment for Dell EMC Unity XT as part of the Future Proof Loyalty Program.Built for Multi-CloudYour data center is most likely evolving towards a model leveraging not just one, but multiple public clouds in conjunction with your on-premises infrastructure. At Dell Technologies, we are focused on providing solutions for your multi-cloud journey – including both the Dell Technologies Cloud and Dell Technologies Cloud enabled infrastructure. Dell EMC Unity XT is a core part of that strategy, as it can be a building block for the Dell Technologies Cloud, as part of a validated design. In addition, you can run Dell EMC Unity XT in a public cloud, seamlessly move data to the cloud and is available as a service via the new Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services.Dell EMC Unity XT will start shipping later this quarter and will be available in both All-Flash and Hybrid configurations.PowerMax Innovation from Intel Optane to ContainersSince its introduction last year, Dell EMC PowerMax has delivered breakthrough innovation for data storage. Recently named 2018 enterprise storage product of the year and technology innovator by CRN, PowerMax solves demanding online transactional applications where low latency is critical, and the highest resiliency is paramount. PowerMax is defined by a powerful architecture, simple operation and trusted innovation. Market leaders tend to partner with other market leaders, and Dell EMC and Intel are great examples of this. We have a partnership focused on innovation that spans decades. To that end, we have been working closely with Intel as the lead development partner for the new Dual Port Intel® Optane™ Technology drive – the next generation of media designed for the most demanding enterprise storage environments. Dell EMC PowerMax will be the first true scale-out storage array to ship with Intel Optane DC drives used for persistent storage by year end. With these Storage Class Memory (SCM) drives, PowerMax system latencies will be reduced by up to 50% – pretty impressive for a system that already provides sub 300 microsecond response times. PowerMax’s real-time machine learning engine automated data placement maximizes SCM investment. The modern architecture of PowerMax, with end-to-end NVMe, combined with SCM, maximizes the performance of your mission critical applications and harnesses the untapped value of your data capital.I’m also excited to announce some ‘outside the box’ innovation with expanded automation and container support. We’ve taken automation even further for VMware customers and now offer integration with a VMware vRealize Orchestrator plug-in. This complete set of workflows, actions and APIs available as a PowerMax plug-in, automates operations and improves agility for VMware users. For non-VMware users, this summer, we are releasing a comprehensive set of Ansible Playbooks which can be used to build, configure and manage heterogeneous environments for the upcoming wave of new IT requirements.As containers are increasingly leveraged for production applications, persistent storage has become a requirement. To support this, the industry recently finalized a standard API for container orchestration to talk to storage plug-ins – called the Container Storage Interface (CSI). I’m excited to announce that the CSI plug-in for PowerMax is coming this summer. PowerMax – the only platform in the industry that can support everything from Mainframe to Containers – all in one system.Isilon – Manage the Data Deluge, Not Your Storage SystemIndustries such as automotive, life sciences, media and entertainment have been experiencing explosive data growth for years. This growth is now expanding across multiple organizations because of the need to drive next-generation workloads such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, as well as cloud native applications. Organizations need to run these workloads on-premises and in the cloud. This data deluge in unstructured data is what Dell EMC Isilon is designed for and why it’s become the industry leading scale-out NAS platform.I’m excited to announce the latest Isilon software and hardware, designed to ensure you can spend more time unlocking your data capital and less time managing your storage environment.Designed for Simplicity at ScaleAs you’re inundated with more data, you usually can’t add resources to manage the growing environment. Isilon changes this narrative by providing scale out without the headcount. Our latest software release, OneFS 8.2, enables scale up to 252 nodes which means you can manage up to 58 PB, as if it were terabytes, and with a 945 GB/s aggregate throughput per cluster, your workloads can excel.Architected for Workload AgilityNot only are our customers struggling with data management and growth, they are struggling with data center space and have been looking for an Isilon node with the performance of a hybrid and capacity of an archive node. Which is why I’m excited to announce the Isilon H5600 with 40% better rack density, almost double single stream throughput, 31% better write throughput, double the memory and SSD caching, all in a 4U chassis. This has a massive impact on markets like media and entertainment, since Isilon H5600 will be able to support one 4k uncompressed edit stream per node.Optimized for Multi-cloudWe love giving our customers flexibility – especially as it comes to extending your data center to the cloud. I am thrilled to announce a few cloud enhancements for Isilon. Our new Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provides two paths to consume Isilon in a public cloud. We are officially announcing early access to Isilon file data services through Google Cloud Platform (GCP) this summer. This provides a seamless experience to leverage the industry leading scale out NAS system directly through GCP. In addition, Cloud Storage Services provides multi-cloud agility with a direct connection to multiple public clouds – ideal for disaster recovery, analytics and more. This service will allow customers to combine Isilon storage with the public cloud providers agile compute. Finally, we have enhanced Isilon CloudPools software to provide policy-based automated tiering that lets you seamlessly move data from on prem to public cloud – ideal for archiving. We have now expanded support to Alibaba Cloud in addition to existing support for Amazon Web Services (AWS), GCP and Microsoft Azure.As you can tell, my team has been busy innovating across our entire storage portfolio based on your feedback over the last year. We’re confident that this investment will enable you to unlock the value of your data capital and help you on your multi-cloud journey. With the significant investments we’ve made to modernize our product portfolio, maximizing the value of your data growth can be easier than ever. For more information about our unique portfolio of data storage products, visit DellEMC.com/Storage.Dell EMC Unity XT footnotes Based on Dell EMC 2019 internal testing of the Dell EMC Unity 650F with the Dell Unity XT 880F @ 8K block size for 100% Reads, 100% Writes, and 70:30 mixed R/W Based on Dell EMC 2019 internal testing of Dell EMC Unity XT 880F 70K IOPS, 32K block size and 70:30 R/W Based on internal application testing with VSLogin comparing Dell EMC Unity 650F with Dell EMC Unity XT 880F Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, March 2019, comparing 100% Read at 32KB testing results on a Dell EMC Unity XT 880F vs. a key competitor. Actual results may vary. Based on a Dell EMC Unity 2019 review of installed base efficiency rates indicating specific customers with 5:1 DRR Based on February 2019 Principled Technologies test data and internal technical sources. Actual results may vary.PowerMax footnotes Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of SCM drives used for persistent storage versus competitive mainstream true scale-out storage arrays, April 2019. Based on Dell EMC internal analysis using the Random Read Miss benchmark test in March 2018. Actual response time will vary. Based on Dell EMC internal analysis using the OLTP2 HW benchmark for a single PowerMax 8000 array, March 2018. Actual response time will vary.Isilon footnotes Based on Dell EMC internal testing, March, 2019 Based on IDC Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, March 2018
At Davos this week, global leaders are talking about the pressing issues of the day. One of the most important is the strategic shift to a circular economy – something Dell sees as an opportunity for innovation, new market development and a more sustainable approach to the future. It is, therefore, both humbling and exciting to be included in the new book, The Circular Economy Handbook, released on January 20 during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.For those not familiar, there are a lot of models and theories on what the circular economy is. I prefer a simpler explanation that starts with its opposite: the linear economy.In a linear economy, manufacturers take resources, make products, and then consumers throw them away. It’s a one-way conveyor belt. In a circular economy, manufacturers reuse the resources they already have: products get recycled and they use the recycled material or other renewable resources to make new products. They also look for ways to create value without creating more stuff at all.So what is all the excitement about? The new handbook is a follow up to Waste to Wealth, also published by Accenture under Peter Lacy’s guidance back in 2015. It demonstrated that a shift to the circular economy had the potential to create $4.5 trillion in value by 2030 through the adoption of five key business models: circular supplies, resource recovery, product life extension, sharing platforms, and product-as-a-service.At that time (also during the World Economic Forum), Dell was awarded the inaugural Accenture Award for Circular Economy Pioneers. They recognized us for our work developing a closed-loop process for recycling plastics from old computers back into new ones. This was on top of our existing programs for recycling and using recycled-content materials, as well as finding innovative new materials for our packaging. We were engaging some of those circular business models, if even just in a basic way.Now, five years later, I am very proud that Dell is recognized multiple times within the handbook for our vision, our creativity in product circularity, our contributions to thought leadership and as a case study for the way we bring the power of multiple circular business models together.Maybe more exciting for me, however, is where the future can take us. Last fall, we set our most ambitious goals ever in this realm as part of our Progress Made Real Social Impact Plan for 2030. By 2030, for every product a customer buys, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. 100% of our packaging will be made from recycled or renewable material. More than half of our product content will be made from recycled or renewable material.Success will require ingenuity, further research and development, and continued strong partnerships with our customers, suppliers, academics and the nonprofit community.The payoff is worth it. The social and environmental pressures the world is facing are daunting, but as the authors make clear in The Circular Economy Handbook, circularity offers an alternative. It has the potential to give organizations a competitive advantage while helping society address those challenges in a positive way.The Circular Economy Handbook: Realizing the Circular Advantage is available at Amazon. Learn more about Dell’s approach to the circular economy here.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen great resolve from our customers and partners as we all work together to overcome a new set of challenges every day. I’m in awe of our customers and partners around the world as they continue to innovate while adapting to the ever-changing landscape. It’s our honor to support your journey by delivering the technology needed for business-critical operations while helping you preserve capital and manage cash flow.In April, we launched the Payment Flexibility Program (PFP) and announced $9 billion in financing to help fund your critical technology needs. Today, we’re announcing an extension of the Payment Flexibility Program through October 30, 2020, with payment deferrals until 2021.With Dell Technologies On Demand, our customers gain access to a broad range of financial consumption models to keep their technology infrastructures running while continuing to innovate. The Payment Flexibility Program is unmatched in its value to organizations in every aspect. From payment deferrals to partner relief programs to low rate financing offers, we are here to help and best prepared to assist customers with flexible IT solutions. These programs give you access to industry-leading technology, resources to innovate and cash flow for business continuity.Our partner Shane Michna from SHI Capital said, “All of the various promotional options have been highly leveraged by large and small clients alike. Many of our clients have needed the ability to acquire technology and defer payment to 2021. The six-month deferral and zero percent promotional offer on Dell Technologies storage and servers has been the most utilized and sought after by SHI sales clients.”Introducing new updates to the Technology Rotation payment solution We’ve seen that many of our customers want to acquire technology by paying over multiple years utilizing low cost financing. To meet your organization’s core infrastructure and remote workforce technology needs, we’re offering the lowest rate and total cost of ownership (TCO) ever for PowerStore storage arrays, PowerEdge servers, and Dell laptops and desktops as part of the Technology Rotation payment solution. At the end of the term, customers have the flexibility to return and upgrade their equipment with the latest technology to support hybrid cloud, on-premises workloads, or remote workforce initiatives.This program helps customers better control IT costs by:Saving significantly compared to the full purchase price on laptops, desktops, storage and server solutionsConserving cash by deferring their first payment until 2021Extending payments on servers and storage using up to two fixed 12-month extensions for flexibility to return or acquire hardware over five yearsExpanding or enhancing PowerStore performance and capacity at any time in the contract through Anytime UpgradesThese new options are available in addition to the current features of the Payment Flexibility Program which include:Zero percent interest rates and deferred payments for Dell Technologies infrastructure solutionsShort term options for remote work and learning with six- to 12-month terms and refresh options for laptops and desktops to help with back-to-school and return-to-work plans.A one-year term flexible consumption offering to better align payments to an end user’s technology usageCredit availability to our valued channel partners through our Working Capital Solutions Program extending payments terms up to 90 days, and when combined with a Dell Financial Services** (DFS) payment solution, the partner is paid within a few days, improving their cash flow Dell Technologies On Demand is helping customers prepare for tomorrow, today. Customers are finding immense value in creative technology financing solutions and flexible consumption models. IDC recently interviewed organizations using Dell Technologies On Demand and found significant cost savings when using on-demand consumption models. Customers cited the ability to acquire the newest technology at a much lower cost as one major advantage, stating, “We can essentially get the newest technology for a fraction of what we would pay for it outright.”Dell Technologies On Demand helps enterprises align their IT spending with business demands and deliver more predictable outcomes. Customer demand for these flexible consumption-based and as-a-service models prompted us to expand our offerings to include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, and China. Dell Technologies is here for the long haul!The Payment Flexibility Program is the most comprehensive infrastructure financing program in the industry, made even stronger by Dell Technologies On Demand flexible consumption models. This is our commitment to help you run your business, take care of your people and access essential technology as you seek respite in the storm.For more information, visit Payment Flexibility Program and Dell Financial Services sites for flexible, customizable payment and remote working solutions.**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through Oct. 30, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. 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BERLIN (AP) — Europe’s aviation safety agency says a modified version of the Boeing 737 Max, incorporating multiple safety upgrades, has been approved to resume flights in Europe, following nearly two years of reviews after the aircraft was involved in two deadly crashes that saw the planes grounded worldwide. Changes mandated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, include a package of software upgrades, a reworking of the electrical system, maintenance checks, operations manual updates and new crew training. “We have reached a significant milestone on a long road,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said Wednesday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. gambling industry wants additional financial aid from the next round of coronavirus stimulus legislation, and promises to fight new or higher taxes on its operations as it works to recover from the pandemic. Bill Miller, president of the American Gaming Association, says the industry also wants liability protections as it continues to reopen amid the virus outbreak, and would like to see federal stimulus of tourism, including meetings and conventions. In an online speech Thursday, Miller predicted the gambling industry’s fortunes will improve this year, particularly in the second half, as more people become immunized and economic activity picks up.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Sen. Gary Peters will lead Democrats’ efforts to expand their current razor-thin Senate majority in 2022. Peters, who won a tough reelection race in the fall, will head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Next year, Democrats will have chances to pick up seats in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Democrats will need to protect incumbents in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and New Hampshire in the midterms, when Republicans have an opportunity to break Democrats’ monopoly on Congress. The Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker for Democrats.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government has welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to formally halt the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman argued on Friday that the troops’ stationing there is “in our mutual interest.” Last year, then-President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out about 9,500 of the roughly 34,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany, but the withdrawal never actually began. Biden said Thursday that the pullout would be halted until Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviews America’s troop presence around the globe. Trump announced the troop cuts after repeatedly accusing Germany of not paying enough for its own defense.
All students and staff members associated with Notre Dame programs in Chile are accounted for and safe after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, a University press release said. “For the second time this semester, we are immensely grateful that Notre Dame students, faculty and staff are safe in the wake of a devastating natural disaster,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said. “As was the case last month for Haitians after an earthquake hit that nation, the prayers of the Notre Dame family now are with the people of Chile.” Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross working in Chile were also reported to be safe. The University will monitor the situation in the coming days to determine whether to continue with its programs in Chile this semester. The Notre Dame study abroad program in Chile was established in 1993 and is based in Santiago. Students take most of their courses at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica. The Alliance for Catholic Education program in Chile is an 18-month program that involves teaching for one year at St. George’s College in Santiago, certification in teaching English as a new language and Spanish language immersion. The University has 19 undergraduate students and two staff members studying and working in Santiago, the site of the University’s study abroad program. Five graduate students are also in Santiago for Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program, along with one staff member from the MBA program.