EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci recently visited Japan for an appearance at the Nikkei Global Management Forum. There, he outlined EMC’s strategy for cloud and Big Data and also introduced the Software-defined Datacenter (SDD) concept that will revolutionize the way datacenters are operated and managed.In addition to Joe’s commentary on the industry’s transformation, he also provided some color on EMC’s corporate strategy, vision and the business outlook in Japan.When it came to the topic of Japan’s “stagnation,” in the global economy, Joe was very clear: Cloud computing is the largest wave of transformation the IT industry has ever seen, and Japanese companies must move past their conservatism and take advantage of their skilled IT talent to capitalize on the opportunity.The Software-defined Data Center approach of pooling together compute, storage, networking, security and other services to be delivered as software will allow datacenters to become more standardized, virtualized and eventually, automated. Improved efficiency and lower costs are just what Japan needs right now to help jumpstart economic prosperity.Japan’s strong, dedicated workforce coupled with its history of multi-industry dominance serve as the foundation to carry it through this period of economic uncertainty. The country’s spirit of innovation and record of high quality output are what’s needed to move the country forward. As Japanese companies look for ways to do more with less, as many companies across the world are doing, EMC’s mantra of IT transformation is helping to put theory into action.
More than two years ago, EMC outlined a vision to fundamentally change how storage is managed, through what we call “software-defined storage.” This vision was to turn physical arrays into pools of virtual shared storage resources, enabling the delivery of innovative data services across arrays, even in complex, multi-vendor storage environments. Earlier this year, at EMC World, we primed the market for software-defined storage by unveiling a forthcoming product we named EMC ViPR. Customers and analysts responded with enthusiasm for the boldness of our vision and with confidence in EMC’s ability to execute as promised. This week, EMC delivered on that promise by making ViPR available to customers. ViPR is the only true software-defined storage product in the marketplace, and we expect it to become a significant differentiator for our business.Customers ask for our help in solving increasingly complex problems. The growth of traditional enterprise application workloads, coupled with the explosive growth in new cloud-based and mobile-enabled applications, demand a simple, automated way to align storage and other IT resources to a variety of ways of storing, protecting and accessing data. Over the same time, the rise of public cloud computing models are prompting customers to ask much more of their service providers as well as their storage administrators and IT decision makers. As one analyst from IDC explains, “Customers want to extract more value from their storage investments while scaling back on management, and ViPR meets these needs while embracing open architecture and catering to all arrays.”EMC ViPR includes the ViPR Controller, which automates storage management across traditional enterprise storage architectures while leveraging the full power of underlying arrays. And it includes ViPR Data Services, which can provide the architecture for new web apps with object storage while also leveraging commodity hardware for relevant workloads. With these two capabilities in one product, ViPR is the only software-defined storage platform to bridge the second and third platforms of IT.This achievement represents the culmination of two years of research and development and significant contributions from our early access customers and partners. Thanks to a tremendous amount of hard work and investment, true software-defined storage is here.
There are a lot of things that supposedly go better together but can be argued. Some say chocolate and peanut butter clash, cookies and milk just makes soggy cookies. But some just can’t be argued, especially when you back them up with facts.The Dell EMC hyper-converged (HCI) portfolio, which includes VxRail appliances and VxRack rack-scale systems, have been integrated with Dell PowerEdge Servers. So what does that mean for customers? It means additional customer uses cases while providing more flash capacity. This concerted effort will allow customers to further move the needle toward HCI in the core data center and remote/branch offices.Dell Technologies is #1 in servers for a reason- they bring the most advanced server infrastructure with latest processors, more cores, and more storage. One of the major benefits gained for VxRack is more flash. For example, new PowerEdge can deliver 17TB of useable flash compared to previous version with 7TB. That means a lot more flash in the same footprint. Next, is the ability to make use of DAS Cache which helps with performance (I/Os) of applications such as Microsoft SQL,etc (VxRack FLEX). Finally, existing customers can add PowerEdge to current systems, protecting their previous investment.To give you an idea of what a VxRack System can consist of in a single floor tile, let’s look at some numbers->VxRack FLEX with Dell EMC ScaleIO and Dell PowerEdge can provide:800 CPU Cores19TB RAM428TB useable SSD512 x 10g portsand the full Dell EMC factory built and support experienceThat’s all in a single floor tile. As a result, it is a perfect choice for core data centers where simplicity and scale are required- nothing else in the HCI market can even come close.This update of the VxRack family does a lot for our customers. Imagine a hyper-converged solution for the core data center that is capable of running practically any type of workload all in a single stack at scale. VxRack System supports multiple node personas (FLEX, SDDC, Neutrino), each leveraging different software stacks to address the unique requirements of both traditional and cloud native applications and workloads- running on Dell PowerEdge Servers.Be sure to check out some of the latest VxRack System material to learn more:VxRack System with FLEX ESG White PaperVxRack System InfographicVxRack System Video Overview- HCI at scale VxRack System Overview page
One of the most popular shows is Game of Thrones. Ever since the first season characters have been warning that Winter is coming. Around this time of year as the leaves change colors, we know that Winter is coming. What about in the technology world is AI Winter coming? I think not.Since the 1950’s we have had periods of AI Summers and AI Winters. These AI Summers are times of amazing hope of what AI will do for our future. During these phases Enterprise are investing in the technologies powering AI to stay relevant in the market. In the past these AI Summers have typically been followed by an AI Winter where investments in these projects dry up because of lack of ability to execute in the summer phases. For over half a century we have been through 3 phases of AI Winter. However, since around 2000 we have been in the longest AI summer to date and this time there will be no AI Winter. Let’s look at the top 3 reasons why AI Winter is not coming.Increased Computing PowerThe first element preventing another AI Winter is the continuation of Moore’s Law where we have increased the ability to boost compute power. For years we watched as Moore’s Law has allowed for computing processing to double every 2 years and dropping the cost of that computing power for both CPU and GPU. Building and training models with Deep Learning involves large amounts of processing. Now dream projects like driverless cars (ADAS) are finally coming true because the cost to train cars to drive themselves is starting to make financial sense. In the past the investment would have been astronomical to train a car to drive itself. Remember Deep Learning has been around since the 80’s it just the cost to compute wasn’t there for massive data projects. However, the continuation of Moore’s Law is only one component for why AI Winter isn’t coming.Digital Transformation The second factor in holding off winter is the digitization of everything. The digital transformation is real and the data that powers it is massive. In fact, IDC predicts that by 2025 the planet will have 163 ZB of data. Mind-blowing numbers but most transaction now takes place in the digital world. For example, last night I ordered pizza from my Mobile Application, then paid for it through an online money transfer. Never once during that process did I speak to a human until the pizza arrived at my door. Every part of this process created a digital footprint of data. The data from simple transactions such as pizza ordering or GPS mapping help Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineers build models for the next generation of AI applications in the Enterprise. Massive amounts of data ready to train models can now be can captured, accessed, and analyzed to unlock the value of this data will help hold off AI Winter.Deep Learning Open-source The final solution to guarding against AI Winter is the advance in Deep Learning and Machine Learning Frameworks. Today’s innovation is accelerated by the advances in the open-source data science world with frameworks like Caffe and Tensorflow. In a previous post we talked about the importance that frameworks like these were built by the world’s largest data companies on the planet and yet they decided to release these into the open-source community. Understanding the real competitive advantages comes in the massive data they have collected over years to train these models. Now these powerful frameworks are part of the open-source community where an army of developers around the globe helping to improve this technology. Open-source Deep Learning and Machine Learning Frameworks will deal the final blow to AI Winter.How AI Transformation Begins?Understanding that AI Winter is not coming; how can you accelerate AI innovation? Start by unlocking the value of your Enterprise data by implementing a high performance AI solution that allows for Data Scientist to capitalize on that data. This will accelerate innovation by giving Data Engineers more time back in their day with faster model training and simplified software integration.Dell EMC has been at the forefront of AI providing the technology that makes tomorrow possible. Working with NVIDIA we have solutions that provide the foundation for successful AI solutions which combine best of breed NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute complemented with high-performance scale-out Isilon storage. As the only venders on the market who offer flexibility and informed choice in this space, we offer Build Your Own options with Isilon and the ultra-dense GPU accelerated PowerEdge C-series, and for organizations that prefer to Buy solutions we have the prepackaged Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with NVIDIA which was launched this past August. Most recently, earlier this month we announced, a new reference architecture for AI featuring the Isilon All-Flash F800 and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers. This delivers a 3rd high-performance AI deployment option that reduces risk and compresses the time needed for training and testing analytical models for multi-petabyte data sets on AI platforms.Ready to take advantage of AI? Join us at the AI World event this week at booth #207 discover more about our portfolio of AI solutions. Or register for our “Journey to AI” Webinar on December 11th with customers describing their AI journey.
There are some things that just go together; fire and smoke, hugs and kisses, peanut butter and jelly (or bananas, if you’re Elvis Presley), and finally Dell EMC and VMware. You may not have thought of that last one right away, but when it comes to your data center transformation, you should. You know Dell EMC as the foundation to transform your data center with industry-leading servers, storage, data protection, networking and converged infrastructure. You also know VMware as the most trusted virtualization platform for the data center, applications and clients. Together, we have successfully transformed data centers for the better part of two decades.But what you may not know is just how simple and easy it is to get an exceptional support experience when you are running VMware applications on Dell EMC systems.We develop and maintain an incredibly high level of VMware expertise here at Dell EMC, through training, certifications and tools (such as our technical support lab). Dell EMC currently has 10 of only <300 VCDX professionals globally (including VMware employees), and our team holds a combined 1,900+ VMware certifications worldwide.Because of this extraordinary level of expertise, we can do things most vendors cannot when it comes to supporting VMware. For example, during a period between February 1 to October 31, 2018, our support staff handled over 180,000 VMware-related support issues. Of those, 97% were handled in-house. In other words, our customers only had to call Dell EMC because our team was able to determine the issue and resolve it.Now with ProSupport Plus for Enterprise, we support eligible VMware software installed on your Dell EMC systems whether you purchased the software from us or not. Not only will we diagnose the issue, we will own the issue through resolution.At Dell EMC, we continue to listen and work hard to make your support experience even more proactive, predictive, personalized and most of all… simple.To learn more about ProSupport Plus for Enterprise, visit DellEMC.com/ProSupport-Plus.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A January pandemic surge has stretched medical services in Portugal to its breaking point. By size of population, Portugal has been the worst-hit country in the world for more than a week in terms of daily new cases and deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Portugal is now facing an alarming problem: as soon as new beds come available, they are quickly filled and more are needed. And while extra beds and new wards are relatively quick to produce, trained medical staff aren’t. Experts predict Portugal’s surge will peak only in mid-February, raising the specter of a collapse of the country’s health care system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered hundreds of Pentagon advisory board members to resign this month as part of a broad review of the panels, essentially purging several dozen who were appointed last-minute under the Trump administration. During the last two months of his tenure, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller removed a number of longtime members from several defense policy, health, science and business boards and replaced many with loyalists of former President Donald Trump. More than 30 of those replacements will now be forced to resign, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of people in Myanmar’s largest city have honked car horns and banged on pots and pans in the first known public resistance to the coup by the country’s military. The noise extended to more than a quarter-hour in several neighborhoods of Yangon. Shouts could be heard wishing detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi good health and calling for freedom. A senior politician and close confidante of Suu Kyi also urged citizens to defy the military through civil disobedience. The takeover marked a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate who had lived under house arrest for years and became the country’s de facto leader after her party won elections in 2015.