Digital Business Transformation Requires IT Infrastructure Agility

first_imgDigital business transformation has become one of those catchphrases that is defined by the eye of the beholder. There is no such thing as a turnkey digital business transformation that an organization can buy to magically solve every challenge they face. There are, however, modern IT infrastructure platforms that enable digital business transformation projects to move rapidly forward.When most business executives talk about digital business transformation they are really seeking to inject agility back into the business. They want to be able to develop and test new digital services enabled by advanced applications with the least amount of risk possible. Not too long ago it would take an IT department six months or more just to acquire and configure all the components needed to create such an IT platform. Not surprisingly, that lack of alacrity gave rise to demand for public cloud services that application developers now routinely employ to access IT infrastructure resources on demand.The trouble is that over time those monthly public cloud computing bills start to add up. Before anyone in the organization realizes it the total cost of computing for the enterprise starts to spin out of control. What’s really required is a more cost efficient approach to IT infrastructure defined by software that provides all the agility associated with a public cloud. To achieve that goal Dell EMC has been investing millions of dollars in converged and hyper-converged infrastructure that unifies the management of compute, storage and networking.Arguably, it’s the separation of compute, storage and networking into isolated silos that accounts for why most IT organizations are not up to the digital business challenge. When managed in isolation each of these functions develops its own unique set of specialized tools, processes and procedures. For the first time converged and hyper-converged platforms enable IT organizations to manage compute, storage and networking at a much higher level of abstraction. Instead of manually provisioning each component, an IT team can now think in terms of defining templates and polices to meet the specific IT infrastructure requirements of different classes of application workloads in a matter of minutes. The templates can then be implemented by IT generalists in a way that frees up compute, storage and networking specialists to focus their efforts on more pressing issues.Just as significantly, it also means that rather than being whollydependent on costly public cloud services to achieve IT agility an IT organization can now create a software-defined data center capable of servicing multiple types of application workloads in a way that doesn’t wind up busting the IT budget. In effect, converged and hyper-converged systems provide the foundational layer of a private cloud that enables developers to self-service their own IT infrastructure requirements without requiring the IT organization to sacrifice either governance or security.We invite you to download a copy of the Dell EMC Getting Started with VxBlock and Vblock Systems  that describes in detail what’s involved in setting up and managing these systems. We’re confident that you’ll discover that Dell EMC converged and hyper-converged systems provide both the simplest and most elegant approach to managing IT infrastructure at scale for the digital business age.last_img read more

Dell EMC Recognized by Microsoft as Its #1 Deployment Partner for Windows 10

first_imgWindows 10 is on track to be the fastest-growing Windows operating system in history. I’ve heard it referred to as “the best of Windows 7 and 8,” “the most secure Windows,” and the “best PC operating system ever.” That’s pretty impressive.You would think everyone would want that, especially big and successful companies looking for ways to empower their employees to move faster than the competition. But numbers showed that adoption of Windows 10 had been slow in enterprise accounts. This might be because many customers only recently completed their Windows 7 migration or were discouraged by the usability of Windows 8.To help companies past this hurdle, Microsoft and Dell EMC set out specifically to work with enterprise accounts and help them understand the benefits of using Windows 10. We also wanted to help clients understand the migration path from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (which is much easier, I might add, than moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 — especially around application compatibility).Dell EMC Services led this effort by performing customer workshops, proof of concepts and security briefings to provide a roadmap for both migration and ongoing update planning. You see, Windows 10 creates an environment where quality and feature updates are pushed to PCs multiple times a year, allowing your teams to stay current on new features.This approach and hard work was acknowledged by Microsoft this month when they recognized Dell EMC as its #1 Enterprise Deployment Partner for Windows 10! “Dell has been a fantastic Windows 10 advocate this year, driving more Windows 10 Proof of Concept and Pilot projects through the Windows Accelerate Program than any other partner. While this by itself is a significant accomplishment, the Dell team has also worked to enable even more Windows 10 customer deployments through the launch and sale of great new Windows 10 devices, and even a new PC-as-a-Service offer than hundreds of other partners can use,” said Stuart Cutler, Global Director of Windows Product Marketing.“Additionally, Dell has pushed the envelope around Windows-as-a-Service efficiencies, application compatibility testing, and new Windows Enterprise E5 security service offers.” He said, “Dell brings a lot of great talent and creativity to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Their energy and innovations help not just Dell and Microsoft, but many other partners around the world, too.”Erica Lambert, Dell EMC Vice President, Global Channel Services Sales accepts the Microsoft Partner Network Windows & Devices Partner of the Year award from Ron Huddleston, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner OrganizationWe believe in Windows 10 and our new modern devices as the foundation for workforce transformation and we have world class expertise and resources to help our customers around the world.Want proof? I’m proud to say we won a total of four Partner of the Year awards for our work with customers on Windows 10 deployments. In addition to the prestigious Windows and Devices Partner of the Year, US Windows Marketing named us the Enterprise Deployment Partner of the Year, US EPG named us Windows 10 Consumption Partner of the Year, and the global Consulting & SI Partner team named us the Windows Deployment Partner of the Year.The Dell EMC US Support & Deployment team celebrating for being recognized by Microsoft’s US Windows Marketing team as the Enterprise Deployment Partner of the Year.We started with helping our customers with Windows 10 migrations, and now, at the request of our customers, we’re taking it to the next level with two new managed services offerings: Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) to manage the continuous updates, and we’re providing enhanced security through our Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection program.So, if you are looking for help to get to Windows 10, contact your Dell EMC representative and let’s work together to bring these expert deployment practices to work for you. Let us be your Deployment Partner of the Year too!last_img read more

Data Protection Strategies for VxRail in a Multi-Cloud World

first_imgThese data protection approaches discussed in the webinar provide customers with the performance and simplicity that they need to address the operational and compliance requirements for the modern SDDC. Business needs combined with financial constraints drive the right solution for any given application and customers with variety of applications may elect to have a variety of solutions, but PowerProtect covers most of the space. With VxRail and VMware, Dell EMC offers the full spectrum of data protection solutions for any environment. This is just another example of how Dell EMC and VMware are better together.To learn more: Resources:Click here for the Moving DR to the Cloud WebinarClick here for How VMware and Dell EMC simplify, automate and protect your organization blogClick here for the Optimize Data Protection for VxRail Brochure The Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 particularly makes sense for the VxRail because it has the same hardware, making it a fit for HCI. The hardware is optimized for data protection instead of having a separate VxRail cluster for data protection, and it can scale-out like a VxRail.VxRail currently offers two end-to-end hybrid cloud DR solutions. The two hybrid cloud DR solutions satisfy Tier-2 and beyondTier-2 DR or VMware site recovery for VMware Cloud™ on AWS combines the power of Site Recovery Manager with vSphere replication and the elasticity and simplicity of the cloud. This solution provides a 1-click DR automation for low RTOs, as well as a hypervisor based VM replication, which copies snapshots to the remote site. VMware site recovery for VMware Cloud™ on AWS is equipped with ready-to-go infrastructure in the cloud and offers DR as a Service (DRaaS).RP4VMs replicate the data to AWS S3 storage, offering customers a low-cost DR site. Cloud DR recovers to VMware Cloud™ on AWS on-demand, provides consistency, and a familiar UI for vAdmins. Additionally, RP4VMs can be combined with local and remote snapshots for any-PiT protection. As customers are facing explosive data growth in their data centers – 163 ZB of data by 2025 – it has become imperative for businesses to protect and manage that data as well.  However, data protection in the traditional data center can be inefficient, expensive, complex, and require multiple vendors. Dell EMC’s data protection solutions can simplify these complexities through integration, scalability, and automation to empower data owners with the necessary tools to meet the needs of fast-growing organizations of any size.Colin Durocher, Product Manager from Dell EMC, and KJ Bedard, VxRail Technical Marketing Manager from Dell EMC, recently presented about VxRail leading the HCI market by combining best-of-breed technologies to simplify the path towards the VMware cloud.Powered by VMware vSAN, VxRail transforms IT faster. VxRail consolidates compute, storage and virtualization with end-to-end lifecycle management. VxRail customers see a 52% reduction in time spent on infrastructure deployment tasks. VxRail includes a full suite of software including data protection and recovery provided by snapshots and stretched cluster technology, ensuring data efficiency services that are ready for any virtualized workload. VxRail’s resilient architecture protects the integrity of virtual machines (VMs) as well as the individual profiles for each VM.With VxRail, Dell EMC can meet any RPO/RTO service level objective and covers the widest ecosystem of applications and environments. Specifically, the VxRail data protection deployment schema has five data protection solutions in private and hybrid cloud disaster recovery (DR).The three private cloud data protection solutions satisfy Tier-0, Tier-1 and local data protection.VxRail Active – active stretch clustering for Tier-0 data protection. This solution provides continuous availability with local clusters for site level protection with zero data loss and near instantaneous recovery, as well as automated failover in case of site failures. Stretched clusters can also support a minimum of 3 nodes per site (local and remote) and a maximum of 15 nodes per site; 15 on local and 15 on remote. Benefits include using stretched clustering for disaster avoidance, planned maintenance activities, zero RPO, and upgrades are not customer driven and require contacting support. With site failure, vSAN maintains availability with local redundancy in surviving site, while requiring no change in stretched cluster configuration steps.Tier-1 DR between sites, powered by RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines (RP4VMs). Architecturally, RP4VMs provide no single point of failure in non-cloud deployments, as well as sync, async, or dynamic replication. This enables data recovery to any point-in-time (PiT), locally or remotely. RP4VMs can be used in a multitude of use cases such as operational recovery in case of data damage, migration and data protection, automated disaster recovery, and data reuse. However, RP4VMs are not licensed with the PowerProtect X400 appliance.Local data protection because modern data centers need next generation data management software, and customers can extend Dell EMC on-premises with the Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 appliance and software, powered by Data Domain’s deduplication technology.last_img read more

5 Pitfalls to Avoid During your Cloud Migration

first_imgA purpose-built cloud operating model needs to be an integral part of every organization’s technology strategy. Some organizations have implemented a cloud operating model and made substantial cloud investments. Many, however are still in the early phases of their cloud journey.Early cloud adopters sometimes moved with much exuberance towards the cloud and paid the price when the wrong workload was moved; either due to escalating costs, poor performance, or service levels. As a result, they’re rightsizing their clouds and repatriating the workloads that run better in their data center.Cloud isn’t going away; it’s only going to become an even bigger part of organizations’ IT strategy. And, in most cases, poor cloud experiences are the result of poor planning and execution. For this reason, it’s important to be thoughtful in how you approach your cloud journey. With that in mind, let’s look at the pitfalls to avoid as you progress through the stages of cloud adoption.1. Not aligning with business objectivesIf the organization prioritizes expediency over practicality, and cloud investments are made without consideration for your business model, or organization structure, you are on a surefire path to cloud failure. Additionally, unrealistic expectations about how quickly users can adopt new processes or technologies can create misalignment and jeopardize the project. The greater the change, the more the tendency to disrupt the flow of business. IT Ops should take a leadership role and help ensure that the organization’s cloud strategy accounts for the needs of both business and IT stakeholders in a cohesive way.2. Making sweeping mandates instead of incremental changesFor years “cloud-first” and “we’re getting out of the data center game” were the rallying cries for many companies. But the reality is that on-premises is still a better option for many workloads. Per ESG, nearly nine of ten organizations expect most (35%), or at least half (54%) of their applications/workloads to be running on-premises in three years.Instead of moving applications to the cloud wholesale, look at each application, and assess whether it is a good candidate for cloud or not. Important considerations include its service level requirements, how the business uses it, and regulatory requirements. For most organizations, public cloud, private cloud, and edge infrastructure should work together as part of a cohesive IT strategy. By taking this prescriptive approach to cloud, you can deliver the right experience out of the gate and reduce the churn and rework often associated with repatriation.3. Creating disjointed experiences for developers and ITWith some applications and data living on-premises, and some in the cloud, it is very easy to create a situation where both developers and IT operations are working in a series of disconnected siloes. By having two sets of processes and tools, it becomes more difficult for teams to work together, and establish best practices for both environments. This creates a rift between environments, decreasing the pace of innovation, and increasing the costs of managing and developing across your entire IT landscape. Approaching IT from a hybrid perspective and establishing a common infrastructure and management experience across these disparate environments can go a long way to delivering consistent experiences.4. Wasting existing skills and investmentsReducing the data center footprint, revamping operational models, and adopting new technologies sounds appealing to many organizations considering a cloud migration. Essentially by starting from scratch, the hope is to eliminate complexity and technical debt. The problem is that this wastes all the skills, processes, and infrastructure investments that your organization has spent years accumulating. This waste means onboarding unfamiliar practices and can create exposure to risk as the organization struggles to consume these new technologies and surround them with the right skillsets. Finding a way to leverage your existing investments in conjunction with cloud services can greatly reduce the amount of retraining and additional upfront investment that is required during this transition. By relying on your strengths and incubating new technologies or operational paradigms, you will move a little slower, but also in a more controlled and secure manner.5. Being trapped in a single cloudBefore making a move, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re going to do if it doesn’t work. Different workloads work better in the cloud vs. on-premises, on one provider’s cloud vs. another, etc. Looking at the hyperscaler options that are available, you would be hard-pressed to pick a clear-cut victor, each will dominate the landscape for many years, and will find their niches. For this reason, you must figure out how to make applications portable and how to protect critical data in such a way that you won’t experience data loss or be prohibitively penalized for moving it. It’s important to note that the concept of data gravity will greatly impact your ability to move later, so having a strategy on the front end that rationalizes all cloud investments is critical. Thinking through these risk factors and creating a contingency plan will ensure that you’re at least going in with your eyes open.In ClosingI hope that you find these tips helpful. When we were looking at our cloud strategy for Dell Technologies Cloud, we saw organizations running into many of these challenges. That’s why we built it—to help companies avoid these pitfalls and thrive in this multi-cloud world. We’ve partnered with some of the largest hyperscale cloud providers to offer choice, built an offering that removes a lot of the complexity, and designed professional services to help our customers decide where to go and what to move. Ultimately, our goal is to be your partner, so we can help you get away from generic approaches and focus on defining and executing your winning cloud strategy—no matter what that looks like.last_img read more

Is Data the New Crude Oil?

first_imgLet’s drill down into the metaphor.Moor Insights & Strategy argues that an optimally tuned infrastructure is key to deriving all the rich benefits that go along with effective data management and analytics. They claim that data is the new crude oil and intelligence is the new gasoline, fueling business wins. If we break down this metaphor, it becomes clear that servers play a pivotal role in data management and analytics.It starts with data. Lots of it. If you’re like most companies, you’re probably drowning in data. But raw data brings little value to your organization. It’s through processing and refining that data into intelligence where the value is created. Crude oil must be refined into gasoline to deliver value to the combustion engine. The same thing is true with data. Raw data must be refined into intelligence to achieve business outcomes and attain actionable insights.If only this process were as simple as proceeding directly from Point A (raw data) to Point B (intelligence). There is an important middle step involving your IT infrastructure. You’re probably already aware of the power of popular data management and analytics applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and SAP HANA for making sense of the data chaos. There are many others that play a role.However, what you may not have realized is that these applications are only as good as the hardware they run on. If apps are the industrial workers bringing order to your data, servers are the refinery juggernauts upon which the whole process relies. As Moor Insights puts it, “Without the right infrastructure, businesses will never realize the full benefits of real-time analytics.”[1]Recent ESG research bears this out: Organizations with modern servers and infrastructure are nearly 7x more likely than organizations with aging servers to report their analytics environments are “very effective” at driving business value. Businesses with modern servers are also 5.3x more likely to report that their research and development function is market leading.[2] In the important process of refining data into actionable intelligence, servers matter.Moor Insights outlines major infrastructure considerations you should keep top of mind:Processor core count and per core performance. More cores can process more data and fast performing cores crunch that data more quickly.Processor optimizations. These can provide noteworthy performance gains in data analysis.Memory bandwidth and memory capacity. How much data can be stored and how quickly it can be moved are a key factor.Location of data. The shorter distance data sets must travel to get to compute, the faster your intelligence can be gleaned and used as fuel for your business.Dell EMC’s new eBook, Modern Servers are the Key to Organizing the Chaos of Data and Analytics, walks you through important infrastructure concerns as you pinpoint the best way to make business gold out of crude data. The eBook focuses on the technology behind the servers that are most optimized to process these heavy-hitting workloads. We also highlight several options for your IT shop designed to meet you where you are in your journey, all keeping in mind that without the proper “refinery” in your server room, you can’t refine data into insights quickly and accurately.Download the Dell EMC eBook and read the Moor Insights & Strategy paper for more information about how to make the most of your data.To learn more about how Dell EMC servers can assist you with data management and analytics workloads, visit our server page and follow us @DellEMCServers.[1] Moor Insights & Strategy, Leveraging Server Architectures to Win in the Datacentric Era[2] ESG, Measuring the Value of Data and Analytics Inside Modernized IT Departmentslast_img read more

AP Exclusive: DOJ rescinds ‘zero tolerance’ immigration rule

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo to federal prosecutors across the nation, saying the department would return to its longstanding previous policy and instructing prosecutors to act on the merits of the cases. The “zero tolerance” policy meant any adult caught crossing the border illegally would be prosecuted for illegal entry. Because children cannot be jailed with their family members, families were separated and children were taken into custody.last_img

Dangerous Liaison: New Zealand virus quarantine flaw exposed

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities say a woman returning to New Zealand who was placed in a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine and a man working there were found in an inappropriate encounter. The incident earlier this month has highlighted a very human weak point in New Zealand’s virus elimination system. Authorities say the pair’s behavior was totally unacceptable and an investigation is underway to determine whether additional security measures are required. Brigadier Jim Bliss, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, says the worker was immediately sent home and told to self-isolate. He was later fired. The returning traveler, meanwhile, was given a formal written warning by the police. Authorities breathed a sigh of relief after both returned negative coronavirus tests.last_img read more

Super Bowl 55: A Viewer’s Guide to get you through Sunday

first_imgSunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers marks the biggest day of sports broadcasting for networks. CBS is doing the big game for the second time in three years after agreeing to a trade with NBC, which originally had the rights. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo team up for their second Super Bowl. This will be a record 10th Super Bowl pregame host assignment for James Brown and his sixth for CBS.last_img