Dell EMC is certainly proud to once again be recognized by Gartner as a leader in the recently published “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”, but to look at this MQ in isolation would be missing the forest for the trees. Instead, it’s important to interpret Dell EMC’s placement in the larger context of our customer’s transformation journey.The Journey is the End-StateDell EMC declared 2016 the “Year of All Flash”, and many organizations are rapidly adopting our all-flash solutions to help them accelerate their IT and business transformation journey. But no two organizations are alike when it comes to transformation and not surprisingly many organizations still rely upon traditional general-purpose arrays within their data centers. This is why Dell EMC’s positioning as a leader in the General-Purpose Disk Array market is so important.Customers want and need complete choice and flexibility on their transformation journey and they want to rely upon one vendor to address all their challenges. And while Dell Technologies and Dell EMC both have individual positions in this year’s MQ due to research and customer reference checks happening pre-merger, the important takeaway is that our solutions are recognized within the Leaders quadrant – and will only get better now that we’re one company.Furthermore, a core tenet of our portfolio strategy is to provide customers with the ultimate in choice and flexibility regardless of the problem they are trying to solve. That means offering market-leading solutions for both general-purpose arrays as well as solid-state arrays. We’re also enabling choice and flexibility with software! Dell EMC recently announced we have boosted the capabilities of our mid-market proven SC Series (formerly Compellent™) storage arrays by making them interoperable with the world’s leading portfolio of storage management, mobility and data protection solutions formerly only available to EMC customers. By rapidly extending key software capabilities to include the SC series, we enable our customers to mix and match our storage products and services within their enterprises while taking advantage of a common user experience with the same storage management, data protection and mobility capabilities.Isilon is a another mainstay in general-purpose disk arrays that lends its success as the #1 scale-out NAS array to Dell EMC’s overall storage market leadership. With more than 10 years of market growth and over 7,000 customers, Isilon continues to rapidly evolve and innovate to meet our customers’ growing demands for storing and analyzing unstructured data-based workloads. In fact, Gartner’s first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File System and Object Storage published last month provides a more detailed look at Isilon. Click on the link above to find out what Gartner thinks. If you ask us, t’s pretty clear the industry recognizes that Isilon is leading the scale-out file system market due to its stability, high data efficiency, management simplicity and the high level of customer satisfaction.It’s All in the JourneyUrsula K. Le Guin once wrote, ‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” This adage is as true in business as in life; transformation is the journey and organizations need to be able to rely on their trusted vendors to help them get from where they are to where they want to be.The good news is that as customers journey towards all-flash storage as a pillar of the modern data center strategy, Dell EMC is with them every step of the way. We believe this bears out as evidenced by our leadership in both the general-purpose MQ as well as our recognition in the leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.Dell EMC has been recognized as a leader in 21 Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel this position in Gartner’s latest report lets the world know what our customers are experiencing every day—that Dell EMC delivers choice and flexibility with world-class products to meet business needs today, tomorrow and beyond. This recognition supports our belief that no other vendor is better equipped to enable digital transformation than Dell EMC.View the full report from Gartner, “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
There’s clearly an opportunity to get ahead of competitors by advancing IT infrastructure automation. Despite low levels of IT infrastructure automation currently, the benefits are many. Furthermore, the greatest benefits are experienced by those with high levels of automation AND modern server infrastructure. Forrester calls these organizations “Modernized IT.” Compared to less automated IT organizations with outdated server hardware, Modernized IT experiences:1x greater reduction in service outages3x greater reduction in operating expenditures5x more reduction in IT staff dedicated to routine, repetitive tasks3x greater reduction in capital expendituresAdditional benefits of IT infrastructure automation include: faster deployment/delivery of services, faster application updates, faster system stack updates, more efficient IT staffing, improved asset tracking, less time spent on troubleshooting, and reduced infrastructure complexity. In fact the list of benefits from Forrester’s research is even longer! Have I convinced you yet? IT infrastructure automation and modern servers really do pack a one-two punch. And we have the data to prove it. Read Forrester’s full research paper on IT automation here.Another key benefit to automating IT is that it can clear the path for IT to focus on next-generation workloads like Artificial Intelligence. 71% of IT organizations surveyed report that a lack of server automation is a key barrier to implementing AI initiatives. AI is an increasingly important tool, leading to better customer experiences and driving business strategy. To remain competitive and avoid the rise of shadow IT, IT departments need to lead AI initiatives. Not follow. IT infrastructure automation can help you do that.How Dell EMC can help you AutomateOnce you’re ready to modernize IT with automation, the best place to start is automating server management. After all, servers are the foundational element of your data center. With modern PowerEdge servers offering scalable business architecture, integrated security, and intelligent automation, your IT organization is poised for business success. Plus, Dell EMC offers a full portfolio of systems management solutions with a wide range of automation capabilities.Those simple server management tasks like monitoring, deployment, troubleshooting, and provisioning? We can automate that. For example, with OpenManage Mobile and Quick Sync 2, reduce the time to view server inventory, firmware, and network details by 77%. With the same tools, you can reduce the time spent on troubleshooting by up to 28%. It’s also faster to perform a basic server setup with OpenManage Mobile and Quick Sync 2 (up to 145 fewer steps).Dell EMC has the tools and the expertise to help you start with the basic and accelerate to the advanced. IT infrastructure automation doesn’t have to be so hard. With Dell EMC it can be simple. It’s time for IT to start focusing on strategic business priorities, not just keeping the lights on.Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at @DellEMCServers Principled Technologies Report: Save server time and effort for IT staff; https://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/Quick_Sync_2_OpenManage_Mobile_0717.pdf Picture this. You’ve arrived at work in the morning, ready to get going on an important strategic initiative you talked about with your boss last week. It’s a project that energizes you and has huge potential to impact the business. Yet somehow, hours later, you still haven’t started it. Email, mundane reports, repetitive everyday tasks, and unexpected fire drills kept you from the work that really matters.We’ve all been there. IT professionals struggle with this problem just like everyone else. Perhaps even more so. The everyday task to an IT pro carries additional significance. Managing IT infrastructure so that the LOB and customers have a seamless digital experience is paramount. Now that all business is digital, it’s not enough for IT to just “keep the lights on.” They’re expected to contribute to business strategy and drive innovation.The Benefits of IT Infrastructure AutomationAutomation is a key component to freeing up IT staff time, reducing outages, and speeding time to delivery for new apps and services. In short, automation is the key to modernizing IT. Most IT managers know this. Yet, even the most mundane IT management tasks reflect low levels of automation. Forrester research proves it. In a recent study from Forrester, 50% or less of survey respondents say any one of nine server management tasks are more automated than manual. The figure below from Forrester shows the data.
Harsh operating environments for both workers and machinery are one of the key challenges in the mining industry. There are still many incidents where casualties happen due to explosions, cave-ins and equipment related accidents. Workers are also facing regular risks due to the toxic operating conditions. To overcome these occupational hazards while maximizing worker safety and efficiency, mining companies are investing in developing smart appliances and systems that harness the power of the Internet-of-Things (IoT).“Connected Mine” is a well-established industrial concept that enables mining companies to infuse IoT within their operations by performing smart data analytics on connected devices at the edge. Worker safety and efficiency procedures such as collision monitoring, remote digging, worker mobility, and augmented reality simulations heavily depend on real-time analysis of a massive amount of telemetry data. This data is generated by thousands of IoT devices and analysed using artificial intelligence to aid in real-time decision making at a mining site. While the public cloud can provide the extensive compute power required for such advanced solutions, connectivity to the surface above and integrating solution components under challenging environmental conditions have always been a barrier for further advancements.This is where hybrid cloud solutions such as Microsoft Azure Stack come into play. As an extension of Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack provides many of the same Azure Services while operating in edge and disconnected sites. It can address latency and connectivity requirements by processing data locally in Azure Stack and then aggregating it in Azure for further analytics, with common application logic across both platforms. The following example is based on the Azure Stack AI at the Edge architecture published by Microsoft. It explains how we can deploy a trained AI model and integrate with local applications running in Azure Stack to provide low-latency intelligence.In this example, an AI model is trained using Azure Machine Learning Service and a Big Data cluster in Microsoft Azure. Next, it is packaged as a containerized application and deployed into an Azure Container Registry. The trained model can then be deployed to a Kubernetes cluster running on Azure Stack. After that, it is integrated with an Azure IoT Hub which receives telemetry data from Azure IoT Edge-enabled devices and the data is scored against the deployed model. The local application places any insights and anomalies from scoring into a queue, for sending to Azure Storage using an Azure Function. The solution in Azure will leverage the data from edge scoring to improve the model while retaining the globally-relevant and compliant insights in the global web application.However, this leads to the question of how to address the challenges described earlier with isolated and harsh operating conditions such as mining sites. An ideal solution would be to leverage the Dell EMC Tactical Azure Stack, a ruggedized and field-deployable product for Azure Stack tactical edge environments. It can provide an Azure consistent cloud to any operating environment with:Limited or no network connectivityFully mobile, or high portability (“2-person lift”) requirementsHarsh conditions, including those requiring military specifications solutionsHigh security requirements, with optional connectivity to Azure Government and Azure Government SecretIn our previous post, we discussed how Dell EMC’s Tactical Azure Stack offering can complement your hybrid cloud strategy with our unique features such as automated patch and update capabilities, PowerEdge hardware management, and integration with Isilon, CloudLink, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Today we are pleased to announce that the Dell EMC Tactical Azure Stack will be generally available in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand from March 22nd onwards. For more information follow Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack and contact your Dell EMC account representative.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says the Chinese manufacturer of the Sinovac vaccine has submitted paperwork for approval in Mexico. Another Chinese firm, CanSino, has submitted partial paperwork. Mexico is running out of vaccines, and has placed its hopes on CanSino’s single-shot dose. But the results of a Phase 3 trial and the estimated efficacy rate has not yet been revealed. Mexico would presumably require those figures for approval. Mexico has been promised 8 million doses of CanSino vaccine by March. Mexico also recently approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, but won’t get that, or more doses of the Pfizer vaccine, until later this month.