So you’ve taken the leap. At this point you’re probably at least 90% virtualized and climbing. And you’ve converged your infrastructure so you’re no longer operating in a world of vertical stovepipes across your storage, compute, network, and virtualization layer. Alongside many of your peers in the industry, you prefer a fully-integrated solution as your path to the cloud and you’re not afraid to Defy (VMworld pun intended) traditional architecture of rolling your own solution.But what about your data protection storage? Do you have an architecture that’s designed to integrate with your converged environment? Or is your backup and recovery an accidental architecture of sorts, where applications and virtual machines are protected haphazardly based on needs of siloed IT application owners, database administrators, and virtual machine administrators. Where the strategy may be BYOB (bring your own backup) instead of an intentional strategy.Backup administrators – this is your call to action. You can “keep calm and converge on” in the hands of the VCE solution and EMC backup and archive technology.That’s because EMC backup and archive is, by design, an intentional protection storage architecture that’s perfect for an intentional converged infrastructure, like your VCE Vblock Systems. Time to erase an accidental data protection architecture from your vocabulary.EMC backup and archive for your Vblock Systems is anything but accidental. EMC software and purpose-built backup appliance solutions, EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain systems, are optimized for highly virtualized environments like the Vblock System, and supported by great partner products from Cisco, VMware, Intel and EMC. Because of a strong coupling to virtualization in a converged solution, backup and recovery must be optimized for a virtual environment; the Vblock System has baked optimized backup and recovery right into VCE’s Data Protection solution powered by EMC technology.All you have to do to press the easy button is implement VCE backup and recovery solutions with your Vblock System purchase. Not only are VCE backup and recovery solutions pre-configured, pre-integrated, and pre-tested to work across all hardware and software components in the Vblock System, they also are built right into the VCE cabinetry with 10 Gig-E cable direct connects, so setting up a secondary backup network is no longer necessary and you can eliminate backup resource contention. VCE serves as a single point of installation and support for the entire integrated solution, backup and recovery included—by deploying VCE’s solution, you therefore end up with a simplified management strategy across your architecture, while taking advantage of leading edge technologies from individual vendors like EMC.With EMC backup and recovery for the Vblock System, your de-duplicated backups (both for physical and virtual environments) can be workload and use case optimized to fit the needs of your data center, with flexible targets of the Avamar Data Store or Data Domain Systems. And with tight coupling to your virtual environment through VMware’s vStorage API for Data Protection, Avamar allows you to not only protect your business critical applications running on your virtual infrastructure by setting up application specific backup agents, but also by setting up backup proxy virtual machines to offload your backup jobs away from your production environment and universal proxy server load balancing to ensure backup processes are evenly distributed across these virtual machine proxies.With Avamar, restore is a snap. Through tight coupling with VMware (vStorage API for Data Protection), Avamar agents leverage Changed Block Tracking (CBT) backup and restore so that you are only sending unique “changed” blocks across the network; this allows you to recover 30x faster than traditional VMDK restore (you can learn more about Avamar here).What’s not to love about a simple, best-in-class backup and recovery architecture to protect your Vblock Systems? That’s rhetorical, obviously. At the risk of using a double negative, there’s nothing NOT to like.So go ahead, push the easy button on backup and recovery with VCE and EMC so that you can keep calm and converge on.For more information:Replay EMC Backup Recovery Systems’ EMC World session on Avamar and Data Domain for a VCE Vblock System.Download the white paper written by expert industry senior analyst Jason Buffington from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).Watch Jason sum up data protection of a virtualized, converged environment in a short video.Learn how you can transform your data protection with a solution that’s optimized for virtual environments from our webcast.Hear Steve Rayda, CTO of Purdue Pharma, discuss how EMC backup and recovery solutions was instrumental in transforming and accelerating his Vblock Systems infrastructure.
Media impacts everything, from end user devices to enterprise storage platforms and everything in-between. Moore’s Law continues to drive the media evolution along with von Neumann’s Law or Memory Design, basically stating that the fastest memory will always be as close to the CPU as possible while memory size will increase, along with latency, but cost will be reduced. That theory is as true today as it was in the 1940s.At Dell EMC World, I sat down with Danny Cobb (@Dcobbweb), Dell EMC Fellow and VP of Emerging Media, and we talked NVHMCI, NVMe, M.2, 14G, new form factors and the ultimate question, what’s next? But I feel like every time I talk to Danny, it’s the same conclusion. From the original NVMHCI (Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification) created by Dell, Microsoft and Intel in 2008, NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Extension), NVMe represents the next step in that evolution. But like traditional Flash, it’s not NVMe that unlocks customer value, it’s the software and architecture.Software Enables Media, from the Client to the Cloud.The Source Podcast: Episode #87: Emerging Media Platforms with Dell EMC Fellow Danny CobbAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_87_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Bryan Jones (@BryanEJones), senior vice president and general manager of OEM and IoT Channel Solutions joins me on this episode of Dell EMC The Source to provide some insight into the Internet of Things (IoT) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) strategy at Dell Technologies.Last October, we held an event to discuss that strategy with media and analysts, after which one noted:“…under the Dell Technologies family of companies, the company can deliver more of a complete bundle at the infrastructure, management, and development layers,” said Patrick Moorhead. “Dell Technologies simply has most all of its bases all covered, and I am sure this will give the competition something to think about.”Senior IoT analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, Chris Wilder, published a research paper on Dell’s new strategy following the event, which you can read here if interested.The IoT business unit is leveraging technology from all seven strategically aligned Dell Technologies businesses to create IoT Solutions for our customers. The OEM component is taking those IoT solutions, adding intellectual property, and taking the enhanced solutions to market to make a difference. For more details visit www.dellemc.com/en-us/oem/index2.htm.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
For gamers desiring a larger screen size to dominate their competition without the excess weight that usually comes with it, the new Alienware m17 makes its triumphant debut at CES. Alienware’s thinnest, lightest 17” laptop at only 5.79 lbs., which is 40% lighter than its predecessor, combines sizable graphics, uncompromised performance and easy mobility. Available in Epic Silver and Nebula Red, the m17 derives its light strength from such premium materials as magnesium alloy and copper.Along with exceptional thermal management, gamers will marvel at its gameplay performance with the option of 8th-gen Intel Core i9K processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs for the ultimate laptop gaming experience. The GeForce RTX 20 Series graphic processors for laptops are powered by Turing architecture with real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading that enable Alienware’s thinnest, fastest and quietest laptops.The Alienware m17 follows the recent launch of the thinnest and lightest 15” Alienware laptop ever made, the Alienware m15, which is custom-designed for gamers on-the-go who value lightness and thinness (only 4.76 lbs.). With the power to run high-graphic games, m15 features industry-best 8th-gen Intel Core i5/i7 and now i9 CPUs featuring dynamic CPU overclocking alongside NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics.Expert Reviews says “I’ve had some hands-on time with the m15 and can confirm that it’s an impressively slim laptop, considering the high-end hardware that’s packed inside.” Tom’s Hardware praised its “thin, sleek design; strong performance; long battery life; tactile keyboard; bright, vivid display”. While LaptopMag says “Overall, the Alienware m15 is a top contender for the thin-and-light gaming crown.”And we’re incredibly proud that both the Alienware m15 and m17 have earned a 2019 CES Innovation Award in the gaming category for outstanding product design and engineering. And this is just the start of exciting gaming news coming from Alienware and Dell at CES. On Tuesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. CT we are announcing some ground breaking new hardware, software and partnership news. You don’t want to miss this. Come see us in person at Dell’s CES launch event at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian or tune into the livestream to hear Dell and Alienware’s gaming news.I’m looking forward to an exciting week and hope you get a chance to come visit us at the #DellExperience, located at The SugarCane with the Venetian during #CES2019.
Digital Transformation in Retail is Acquiring MomentumWith all the exciting changes underway in the retail industry, it appears that retail itself is getting some therapy. The retail industry has been transforming itself for quite a while, beginning with the online commerce trend as brick and mortar stores expanded into an omni-channel strategy. Given the hyper-competitiveness of the industry, retailers continue to strive to differentiate themselves with data-driven strategies for enhanced customer experience, faster & reliable services, and improved operational efficiencies.Digital transformation has been well underway for the past few years. Most retailers have an online presence and many have expanded their online interfaces beyond e-commerce to offer improved services. Now guests and customers can browse the store inventory, locate their purchase, and accelerate in-store pickups by informing their arrival at stores. Retailers are increasingly relying on data analytics for store operations including product placements, inventory optimizations, and supply-demand forecasting.These and other digital transformation efforts have already provided positive impact in improving sales and reducing costs. Recent events have caused supply chain disruption due to asymmetrical demand and supply, and shift in customer purchase behavior driven by health and safety. Recent earnings offer a glimpse of the impact of this shift. The earnings of major retailers of general merchandising, home improvements and grocery show record earnings and profits witnessed across the spectrum. Grocery chains show similar strengths. High-end apparels did not fare as well. Here are some common themes that we were able to observe:E-Commerce is growing fast: Retailers with a strong online presence were quite successful. E-commerce transactions saw tremendous growth, doubling or tripling in some cases. Retailers who were ready with a scalable and capable e-commerce platform were able to grow despite dynamic market conditions. How Dell Technologies Can HelpDell Technologies empowers retailers to expedite actionable insights, digitize business processes, and transform their customer experiences by applying the right technology solution for every environment. To help unlock the value of data at the Edge, our broad portfolio delivers consistent infrastructure, consistent operations and intrinsic security paired with experienced support around the world. Here are three additional areas where Dell Technologies is supporting our retail customers in their efforts:1. Fast growing e-commerce We can help capacity augmentation to process increased volume of transactions. Dell Technologies has been helping customers transform their existing e-commerce platform into scalable infrastructure for scale and resiliency using our server, virtualization and enterprise application orchestration portfolio.2. Increase in Curb-side pickupCustomers are looking at ways to improve the curbside pickup process for faster servicing. Dell Technologies, working with our partners, are enabling Computer vision-based solutions for faster processing for curbside pickup service.3. Increased visibility into inventorySame day and curbside pickup requires in-store fulfillment. Retailers need to have better insight into their inventory for availability and count to enable the transaction.To know more about Dell Technologies Retail, please visit our retail solution portal. Contact your Dell Technologies Sales rep to schedule a meeting with our Retail Solution experts. Buy-Online Pick-up In Store (BOPIS) and “curbside pickup” saw significant increase in demand. Big retailers like Walmart and Target saw their curbside pickup traffic setting record volume registering triple digit growth. This trend is seen across the spectrum including rural chains like tractor supply. Focus on touch-free commerce: Driven by the health safety needs, retailers are looking into touch-free commerce wherever possible, including social distancing and touch-free commerce. The process for touch-free commerce is rapidly evolving and we’re seeing it beginning at the check-out counters.Role of the Stores (or the Edge) Though e-commerce is picking up, brick and mortar stores continue to play an important role. As mentioned, stores are transforming themselves to offer new services like curbside pickup and BOPIS. The changes require improvements to store-side processes including:Increased inventory visibility with accuracyInventory protection (perishable goods)Order fulfillment at the storeCurbside pickup coordinationEnsuring a consistent customer experience
This week’s new entertainment releases include new music from British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks, who can count former first lady Michelle Obama as a fan. If a wacky sci-fi series sounds appealing, check out SyFy’s “Resident Alien.” Alan Tudyk plays an alien masquerading as a small-town doctor — and a human — after crash-landing on Earth. In “Palmer,” Justin Timberlake takes a rare leading role in a predictable but tender redemption drama. In the film, debuting Friday on Apple TV+, a bearded Timberlake plays an ex-convict and former college football star who returns home from prison and strikes up a friendship with a boy.
PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a northeastern Pennsylvania shooting stemming from an argument over snow disposal during Monday’s storm left two people dead, and the suspect was later found dead at his home. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said a husband and wife were shot in the street outside their Plains Township home just before 9 a.m. Monday. Police identified them as 50-year-old James Goy and 48-year-old Lisa Goy. Forty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Spaide was found dead in his home across the street of a self-inflicted wound. Chief Dale Binker of the township police department said the Goys had a 15-year-old son with autism who is now staying with his grandparents.
BEIJING (AP) — China has complained to Canada over T-shirts ordered an embassy worker that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson says China called on Canada to “thoroughly investigate the incident and give China a clear explanation.” The incident arose after a T-shirt maker posted on the Chinese internet that a staff member from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing had ordered T-shirts with a bat print. The virus is suspected of originating in bats, and the illnesses first emerged in Wuhan. Canadian media said the T-shirt print instead was a homage to Wu-Tang Clan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows