With the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation. To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformations
Ranks #1 for Combined Computer Categories; Ranks In World’s Top 5 Across All Industries Alongside Google (#1), Apple (#2) and Facebook (#3)Most people believe that Steve Jobs will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest innovators. Jobs is known for purportedly saying that, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Having spent the majority of my career around innovation and intellectual property, I agree.In my role at EMC, I follow the world of patents closely; and it is a great honor for me to announce that IEEE’s Patent Power 2015 Scorecards has recognized EMC’s patent portfolio as being one of the very best. IEEE’s Patent Power 2015 Scorecards, their annual roundup of who has the most valuable patent portfolios, was posted on November 30, 2015. IEEE derives their Pipeline Power score by benchmarking the patent portfolios of more than 6,000 leading commercial enterprises, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies worldwide. They take the size of an organization’s patent portfolio, as measured by the number of U.S. patents it has been granted in the most recent full year, and weight it based on a number of other metrics that reflect the growth, impact, originality, and generality of the organization’s patent portfolio.For Computer Software, Computer Systems and Computer Peripherals & Storage categories combined, EMC is ranked #1 – ahead of HP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.When viewed across all industries and all geographies, EMC stands in rare air as well with the global elite. EMC ranked #5 overall – in good company alongside Google (#1), Apple (#2) and Facebook (#3).My hat is off to EMC’s engineers who continue to innovate in extraordinary ways and our patent attorneys who continue to obtain high-quality patents at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and in patent offices worldwide. Looking at the numbers, EMC has approximately 5,900 patents issued by the USPTO, of which EMC Information Infrastructure owns approximately 5,000. EMC has approximately 4,500 U.S. patent applications pending as well. These numbers are a reflection of the great team effort.This gives EMC an incredible competitive advantage in the ability to develop and deliver consistently the best technologies to our customers to help them with their digital transformations and journeys to the hybrid cloud.What might be overlooked in all this achievement is worthy of a closing mention. EMC’s reputation for attracting the best and brightest talent in a highly competitive market has a direct lineage to a relentless, company-wide focus on and investment in innovation. These IEEE Scorecard rankings are further proof that EMC’s innovation engine is robust and thriving.
Grab your hover board and power on your flux capacitor—we’re going back in time. The date is February 16, 2016. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) didn’t know it yet, but she was in for a wild day. HCI’s morning started routine enough… she woke up to find a handful of friend requests from start-ups. Several established players liked a pic she had just posted. And her latest blog was getting tons of shares (especially from analysts). But this type of thing didn’t get her HDDs spinning… HCI was fairly used to being the center of attention.Then everything changed… Her phone buzzed as someone tweeted to her:@DellEMC launches #VxRail Appliances; sets new standard for #hyperconverged. Jointly developed, optimized, and built with @VMware.HCI set down her coffee and surfed over to Dell EMC’s page to see what all the fuss was about. It was a huge announcement, and everyone she knew was commenting about VxRail. “…creates certainty for customers; leverages a proven building block powered by vSAN; customers can continuously modernize; it’s a simple, agile way to scale on demand; leverages existing tools and processes…”It was new. It was transformative. And one thing was clear. VxRail was about to change everything. HCI then did something that she had never done before. She sent her first friend request.And…. we’re back. Today is February 16, 2017 and one year has passed. From the moment we launched VxRail, we knew it was going to be big. But even we were surprised by its out of the gates success—more than 8,000 nodes sold to over 1,000 customers in more than 70 countries—all in the first year!Even more exciting is that when the dust settles on end-of-year industry numbers, we believe VxRail is the most rapidly adopted HCI appliance ever, and that Dell EMC will be the market leader for hyper-converged.More organizations than ever (over 60% of them) are looking to deploy HCI, if they haven’t already.1 Without question, many of them are choosing VxRail. In fact, with the addition of VxRail in 2016, the Dell EMC HCI portfolio outgrew one of the fastest growing IT markets by more 2x, and now represents more than a quarter of all hyper-converged systems sold.2We see customers that span across industries deploying VxRail for more and more use cases within the data center. Notably, this includes enterprise applications, which aligns to industry research that shows three out of four organizations are already deploying HCI in the core.1So what’s next? I’m glad you asked…Hybrid cloud is fast becoming the new operating model for most IT departments. Sure, transient workloads will continue to benefit from the elastic economics offered by the public cloud. But for long-lasting on-premises workloads, VxRail delivers enterprise performance and ease of manageability at half the total cost of ownership versus leveraging the public cloud.3Today, in addition to celebrating VxRail’s first birthday, we are thrilled to announce Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) on VxRail Appliances . This turnkey hybrid cloud platform helps organizations start small and grow on their journey to transform IT. With EHC on VxRail, customers with smaller deployments can now enjoy the same benefits as larger enterprises—automation, self-service, freeing up resources, minimizing costs, and reducing risk.For more information about this announcement, read the Press Release.Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible through collaboration. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” 30,000 times. In each of the 1,000+ companies who invested in VxRail this past year, there were about 10 stakeholders who contributed to that decision. And each VxRail order was further supported by 20 individuals within Dell EMC and our partner organizations. So that is 30,000 people I need to thank.Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to what we will create together in 2017 and beyond.
Michael Dell and Marc Benioff have been known to be great friends and pretty competitive with each other – especially when it’s for a good cause like their past Fitbit challenge to raise funds for American Heart Association.The two recently reunited on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” to discuss a new strategic technology agreement between Dell Technologies and Salesforce that will expand the use Salesforce’s CRM tools – now with additional artificial intelligence features – to make customer interactions smarter and more predictive.“At Dell Technologies, we are 100 percent focused on our customers and on delivering the best customer experiences in the world,” Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies said in the official announcement of the deal. “Salesforce is helping bring together all of our customer interactions across our family of businesses, which is huge for us, and with the addition of Einstein artificial intelligence, we can make each of those interactions smarter.”This comes less than two months after another announcement about how Salesforce is extending its use of a variety of Dell EMC solutions , including VMAX All Flash and Isilon scale-out NAS storage arrays, Data Domain data protection products and PowerEdge servers. Salesforce’s 25,000 employees will also have access to our Dell Latitude laptops and their comprehensive encryption, advanced authentication and leading-edge malware prevention.“Michael and Dell have been amazing partners contributing to Salesforce’s success. We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with Dell Technologies as we deliver the scale and innovation to support the needs of Salesforce’s growing global customer base,” Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce said at the time of that announcement.In their joint conversation with CNBC, Dell also spoke about Dell Technologies’ cloud strategy and offerings, comparing the benefits of a multi-cloud environment to pure public cloud services. He emphasized that cloud is not a place but a way of doing IT, and noted that in the multi-cloud world, there are places for different cloud services, and Dell Technologies has an absolute advantage.Click the image below to watch the full interview on CNBC.com:
Today Dell Technologies joins with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), industry companies, and academic partners to launch a new blockchain research lab: BlockLAB. SDSC’s BlockLAB Director and Lead Scientist Dr. Jim Short explains the need for primary research on blockchains, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts.“One of our primary goals is to work closely with industry partners to provide foundational knowledge that helps science-based and industrial companies evaluate the potential benefits and risks of applying these new technologies to critical, large-scale transaction and data-intensive business processes.”This is not the first time that Dell Technologies has sponsored research at SDSC. For the past four years Dell EMC has worked with Dr. Short on groundbreaking research into the topic of data valuation. The partnership resulted in the publication of the article What’s Your Data Worth in the Spring 2017 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review.Dell EMC CTO John Roese explained the natural progression of the data valuation research to focus on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies:“Our data valuation research showed that our customers needed to better quantify the relative value of their digital assets to focus on the most important areas driving business results. Blockchain and distributed ledgers, as a new and potentially trusted data exchange platform, show promise in better leveraging enterprise data assets in new ways. BlockLAB will serve as a hands-on lab where our customers and partners can develop strategies to explore and implement new approaches to the data monetization process.”Steve Todd, a Dell EMC Fellow, will coordinate the research on behalf of six strategically-aligned sponsors from the Dell Technologies family of companies: Dell EMC, VMware, Virtustream, RSA, Boomi, and Pivotal. Todd highlighted that the mission of BlockLAB aligns well with the portfolio capabilities of Dell Technologies:“The BlockLAB will focus on two areas: business use cases for ledgers and evaluation of technology stacks. VMware has built an enterprise-class blockchain stack that integrates with multiple offerings from Dell EMC, RSA, Boomi, and Virtustream. We hope to not only demonstrate interoperability with other industry stacks, but also enable developers to quickly write and deploy blockchain applications for various use cases with our Pivotal framework.”The outcome of this research will assist BlockLAB in creating a state of the art, end-to-end solution through the deployment of the VMware blockchain stack in a hybrid cloud environment that will leverage Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.Details of BlockLAB’s research program and events this year can be obtained online at https://www.clds.info/blocklab.html. BlockLAB’s 2018 summary of research progress will be presented at SDSC’s annual Data West technology conference December 5-6 at SDSC. More information is at www.datawest.org.
Who doesn’t love roller coasters? Soaring above the ground in a feat of engineering, flying forward faster than seems as possible. If 2016 and 2017 witnessed hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) climbing that first big hill of customer adoption, 2018 has the industry racing down the other side. HCI continues to grow at an incredible pace—up 70% YoY*. And thanks to our awesome customers and partners, within that red hot market Dell EMC is riding in the front car—taking the No. 1 position in global hyper-converged systems revenue with continued growth more than double the market pace, not to mention VxRail topping $1 billion in total revenue in just 10 quarters.So here we are, racing together down the hill—but what’s waiting for us around the bend? Plenty! At VMworld Barcelona, we’re excited to announce a slew of new features, functionality, and choices designed to transform HCI networking and make the path to the VMware cloud even simpler.Let’s barrel roll through the highlights:Dell EMC VxRail, with Networking OS10 Enterprise Edition SmartFabric Services, is the first HCI appliance to deliver fully automated network awareness and configuration during set up, cluster expansion and during day-to-day management to help create IT certaintyVxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation will bring automation of VMware Validated Design deployments and hardware/software lifecycle management together with network flexibilityFull day-to-day operational transparency between VxRail Manager and VMware vCenter, will make VxRail even simpler to manage and help our customers accelerate agilityFor edge implementations at scale, 2-node direct connect will make VxRail more accessible for more organizations that can benefit from the simplicity of HCI with smaller deployments at each siteIncrease in customer choice through flexible vSAN licensing options, including the option to purchase VxRail with vSAN Enterprise, Advanced, or Standard editions for various capabilities to better meet customers’ own requirements and budgetsSynchronous releases between VxRail and VMware speed time to value with adoption of latest VMware releases within 30 days, starting with ESXi 6.7U1VxRail P-Series all-flash certified to run SAP HANA on HCI for productionSimple, push-button DRaaS available for VxRail customers through VMware site recovery servicesThat’s a lot! In the rest of this blog, I’ll share why I believe these advancements are game changers for our customers. And I’m not the only one! VxRail Product Technologist, Jeremy Merrill is hosting a webcast specifically designed to help customers take advantage of VxRail’s new capabilities. For another perspective, check out this recent CUBE session with VP of Product Management & Marketing, Chad Dunn discussing these new features and functionality. HCI Networking transformed.First, connectivity problems and poor network performance, including difficulty setting up networks on day 1, are top of mind infrastructure performance issues when considering HCI. Like all HCI appliances, VxRail requires BYO networking. For VxRail customers that choose Dell EMC Networking, SmartFabric Services is making networking simple by reducing network configuration and admin by 98%, providing near zero-touch network deployment and management for VxRail clusters. Not only does this streamline day 1 operations, but because customers are now working within a predictable and repeatable HCI and network fabric experience, the business can further reduce risk associated with standing up a VxRail cluster.VMware cloud simplified.Dell EMC and VMware are working more closely together than ever and continuing to make big investments in this joint offering. First in line, a hot tech preview: VxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation – the only jointly-engineered HCI appliance fully integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation – is coming (very) soon! Bringing the benefits of both the VMware Validated Design on VxRail together with the automation features of VCF, VxRail with VCF will deliver a seamless customer experience with automated deployment of VVD compliant SDDC architectures and LCM of the full end-to-end hardware/software stack along with choice of networking. This is the simplest way to deploy an HCI appliance-based software-defined data center with enterprise-rich features, with less risk.In the meantime, we’re breaking new ground with the level of integration between VxRail and vCenter. VxRail will soon be 100% operationally transparent with vCenter—so if you’re one of the 500,000 vSphere customers that have standardized on vCenter, you will have the ability to access all the VxRail Manager capabilities right from that familiar interface.Better together.The tight integration between Dell EMC and VMware also allows us to deliver a fast and easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies. For example, we’re delivering synchronous VxRail and VMware software releases. Now, not only is VxRail removing the burden of lifecycle management from the customer, we’re delivering those packaged updates—from one known good state to the next known good state—right in line with when VMware releases the software.Additionally, Project Dimension, powered by VxRail, will represent a new, transformational capability that combines HCI and a fully managed services approach to reduce the costs and complexity of distributed infrastructure. Project Dimension delivers edge and data center infrastructure as-a-service, combining VMware’s leading compute, storage, networking solutions with Dell EMC’s VxRail hyperconverged appliances, managed by VMware. This VMware Cloud service powered accelerates business innovation, while delivering enterprise-class security and reducing operationally complexity. It will provide an easy path for businesses with remote sites to accelerate innovation at the edge with zero-touch provisioning, enterprise-class security and easy connectivity from edge to cloud.Our “better together” ride with VMware doesn’t stop at production workloads. We’re also pairing VxRail with VMware Site Recovery Services to offer VxRail customers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With VMware Site Recovery Services, VxRail customers will have comprehensive, simple and reliable push button fail-over to VMware Cloud on AWS in the event of a disaster. VxRail customers can get elasticity and cloud simplicity combined with the on-premises simplicity and performance offered by VxRail, all while benefitting from the operational consistency of VMware vSAN that powers both VxRail and VMware Cloud on AWS. VxRail and VMware are better together with tight integration and a fast, easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies from the core (such as SAP HANA and vSAN), edge (with Project Dimension) to the cloud (like VxRail with VCF).Join this exhilarating ride.So, back to roller coasters. I’ll leave you with this: if your business is the cart, zipping along through the market’s twists and turns, your infrastructure is the track that enables your journey. For decades, businesses have been content with status quo wooden track that got you where you were going, but left you reaching for a bottle of aspirin when you got there. Dell EMC and VMware’s collaboration on VxRail provides you with the opportunity to upgrade your infrastructure experience to the smooth modern metal ride the industry is queuing up for. If you’re in Barcelona for VMworld, stop by the Dell Technologies booth for details. Or visit us at http://DellEMC.com/vxrail.*Based on IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, September 25, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — An Alaska illustrator has become the first Native American to win one of the two top prizes in children’s literature. Michaela Goade won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children’s picture story for the book “We Are Water Protectors.” It was written by Carole Lindstrom and is a call for environmental protection. Tae Keller’s “When You Trap a Tiger” won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children’s book overall of 2020. The awards were announced Monday by the American Library Association. Jacqueline Woodson won the Coretta Scott King Award for best work by a Black author for “Before the Ever After.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina-based department store chain Belk says it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Charlotte Observer reports that private equity firm Sycamore Partners made the announcement on Tuesday. The firm owns Belk and says it will continue with “normal operations” as it goes through bankruptcy. Sycamore Partners says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of February. The 133-year-old chain grew from the opening of a store in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1888. The Belk family sold the chain for $3 billion in 2015. Belk has more than 20,000 employees at its nearly 300 stores in 16 Southeastern states.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A World Health Organization official says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in war-ravaged Syria will depend on their availability and distribution and may initially cover only 3% of the population, a World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Akjemal Magtymova, WHO’s representative in Syria, said the country is eligible to receive the vaccine for free through the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots. But Magtymova couldn’t say when the first shipment was expected to arrive, how many vaccines were expected, or how they would be rolled out in a divided country still at war. The COVAX rollout is expected to begin in April.