Tracking the World on a Vblock

first_imgAs creatures of the 21st century, we all benefit from geographic information technology, which, among other things, provides maps to vacation spots, tracks upcoming super-storms, and offers insights into our ecosystem. In fact, gathering and analyzing geographical data is becoming increasingly essential to building a more sustainable and resilient future.One company developing the tools to do this is ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. GIS software links geographic information (where things are) with descriptive information (what things are like). With a simple map, what you see is what you get, but with a GIS-enabled map, there are many, many layers of information that you can add to increase your understanding of that geographic space. Such understanding could lend itself in myriad ways to many different types of disciplines – health, agriculture, city management, natural resources, telecommunications, and transportation, among them.ESRI knows just how powerful GIS can be – and has the user base to prove it. ESRI’s software product, ArcGIS™, enables organizations to utilize spatial information for analysis, understanding data, and making informed decisions. It provides data visualization for business analytics and location analytics for geographic intelligence.More than one million people in more than 350,000 organizations use ESRI’s solutions, including most US federal agencies and national mapping agencies, all 50 US state health departments, transportation agencies, forestry companies, utilities, state and local government, schools and universities, NGOs, and commercial businesses.More and more each day, these organizations are utilizing GIS software for mission-critical decisions, showing the limitations of existing IT infrastructure architectures. ESRI looked to VCE to provide high value enterprise software products deployed on the Vblock Systems’ converged infrastructure. Through the benefits of application virtualization, ArcGIS desktop, mobile, and server modules are deployed much faster and can share predefined pools of virtual compute and storage resources. This provides more efficient utilization of hardware resources, easier scalability, and a more resilient platform for ArcGIS operations. As a result, ESRI customers are able to speed their path to market, improve reliability, simplify their operations, and reduce the expense associated with their core ArcGIS software deployments.As an official reseller with VCE, ESRI’s core ArcGIS product suite can be prepackaged as an appliance on a Vblock for data centers. In addition to the standardized architecture, the Vblock provides a seamless global support and validated interoperability matrix, ensuring a highly reliable and easily scalable solution to ESRI’s ArcGIS customers.The Vblock solution enables ArcGIS administrators to take advantage of high-class compute, storage, networking, and virtualization. Through these technologies, administrators can manage their environment with service profile templates and an automation engine that was specifically optimized for the Vblock system.The solution greatly simplifies provisioning and configuring for ArcGIS instances on blades and servers, allowing administrators to focus on adapting ArcGIS to respond to business demands instead of infrastructure deployment.With the expanded reseller agreement, ESRI’s customers will be better equipped to analyze and manage large quantities of data, which will enable geographical scientists, disaster recovery teams, and governments to do their jobs faster, more efficiently, and with a greater understanding of the local and global impact on the Earth.“VCE Lifecycle Assurance: Doing the Hard Work So You Don’t Have To“ESG’s July solution brief discusses how Vblock Systems from VCE aren’t just a sum of its parts, but a new way of implementing and supporting mission critical infrastructure, such as ArcGIS software. Read the brief now.Sharelast_img read more

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Introducing XtremIO X2 – Next Generation All-Flash Array

first_imgToday, Dell EMC refreshed its entire industry leading All-Flash portfolio – including the introduction of the next generation XtremIO platform – XtremIO X2 and XIOS 6.0 software.XtremIO X2 is the latest in Dell EMC’s premier enterprise storage offerings, following up on the spectacular success of the previous generation of the XtremIO platform that set the benchmark for consistent performance, efficiency and agility with its unique content-aware, metadata-centric architecture and integrated copy data management (iCDM) capabilities.X2 builds on the incredibly successful X1 platform to strengthen both these capabilities to bring new levels of efficiency, agility and performance. Highlights of the new platform include:Unmatched Storage Efficiency: X2 now offers up to 25 percent on average better data reduction[i] to minimize the storage footprint even further – making XtremIO the ultimate platform. In addition, with support for 2x the number of XtremIO Virtual Copies (XVC) per cluster, customers can make XVCs more frequently, and retain them for longer periods – expanding the incredibly popular iCDM capabilities. In fact, with over 3,000 XtremIO customers, we have found that more than half of the 1.5M XVCs created on XtremIO arrays are writable and being actively used for things like test/dev.Dramatically Improved Density, Multi-dimensional Scalability:X2 provides 4x the rack density with over 100TB effective capacity per U and additional flexibility with the ability to scale up in increments as small as 6 SSDs up to 138TB raw per X-Brick – 3x more capacity per X-Brick than the previous generation. In addition, it can scale out with full or partially populated X-Bricks as needed. It will be able to scale out to 8 X-Bricks in any increment – odd or even for up to 5.5PB effective capacity per cluster.Extreme Performance:New X2 hardware and XIOS 6.0 software greatly improves performance including up to 80 percent better response times and support for up to 40 percent more concurrent users for VDI[ii]. It offers 2x faster[iii] VMware storage operations with a single X2 X-Brick offering up to 40GB/s bandwidth.Dramatically Lower Price:With software innovations along with a brand new XtremIO hardware platform, X2 is as low as one third the price ($/GB effective).[iv]Consumer Simplicity with Enterprise Capabilities:XIOS 6.0 introduces a new version of XtremIO Management Software (XMS) with a new HTML5 GUI and a variety of enhancements. These include innovative, contextual, automated workflow suggestions for management activities as well as advanced reporting and analytics for easier troubleshooting. In addition, new global search means you can quickly find that needle in the haystack.The next generation XtremIO X2 solidifies XtremIO as the ultimate platform for workloads like VDI and iCDM (large scale snapshot) use cases including Test/Dev, analytics and more.Want to Learn More? Check out this XtremIO video, and be sure to follow @DellEMCStorage on Twitter for the latest and greatest on XtremIO.Visit DellEMC.com/All-Flash for more information on Dell EMC’s All-Flash portfolio.[i] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2017, compared to the previous generation XtremeIO X1.[ii] Based on Dell EMC internal testing in February 2017 using the LOGINVSI benchmark test to compare to the previous generation XtremIO X1. Actual performance will vary.[iii] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2017, compared to the previous generation XtremeIO X1.[iv] Feb. 2017 Dell EMC list price / effective capacity  compared to previous generation XtremIO X1.last_img read more

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Small Businesses Can Win Big

first_imgIt’s that time of year again. We’re approaching Small Business Saturday and the famed dedicated day per year where consumers double down on supporting local businesses.At Dell, we’re constantly committed to supporting this message – making small businesses a priority and showcasing them as the backbone of our economy. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’re launching the Small but Mighty contest, a fun and powerful way to highlight the small businesses that bring character, culture and passion to our communities.Last year we received several entries from such interesting companies with fascinating and heartwarming stories highlighting how they’ve reached where they are today, that we knew we wanted to continue to ride that wave again. It’s amazing the variety of small businesses out there that are truly driven to innovation, sustainability and making change in their industries.Here’s a look at some of last year’s winners:“We at Harlem Blue are especially thankful to Dell and the Small But Mighty contest award.  Knowing that others out there recognize our hustle.  Our passion.  Our community, is so important.  These laptops truly make our business more efficient.  I’ve never had a laptop that turns into a tablet.  So cool.  Even made me switch from Mac (smile).  Most importantly, the award selection makes us feel special.  Feel mighty.  And sometimes when running a small business, that’s all you need.Thanks again!!” – Julian Riley, Harlem Blue Beer“For us, being  “small but mighty” means using our voices to change the ruralnarrative and bring more awareness to all the unique opportunities small and rural communities offer by helping showcase what they DO have -vs- what they think they Do Not have.Having won the Small But Mighty contest last year has enabled us to give better presentations (the great features on the Dell make it easy to create them for this non-techie) and allowed us to work from anywhere.  “ -Katy Kassian, Tait and KateTo enter the contest, check out our entry form on Inc. and simply tell us your:Story of perseverance, creativity and drive in facing and overcoming adversity – how did you turn a challenge into an opportunity?What role did technology play in your journey? How have the right partnerships helped you to grow your business?What have been your biggest security challenges as a small business owner?We want to hear from you – enter now until November 14! Five winners will be announced on Small Business Saturday and receive an incredible prize package of Dell Small Business laptops and McAfee security. Check www.inc.com/dell/smallbutmighty for winners.In addition, we’re working alongside Fast Company to create a video series focused on small business owners and their successes. Upload a 60 second video here of your small business story by October 31 and your company could be featured amongst other unique businesses doing mighty things.We can’t wait to hear what makes your company small but mighty. Tell us!last_img read more

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Dell Wyse ThinOS – PCoIP Connections to Major Cloud Providers

first_imgDownload and install the Teradici CAS host to set up your VM.Now, apply your license to turn on the agent and you are setup for connections.Checking out the connection to the remote desktop from ThinOS is quite simple. First, you define a remote connection by inputting the address of the target VM (or physical system) using the AWS connection type. It doesn’t matter if you are connecting to a physical workstation, Google Cloud, VMware Cloud, Azure or Amazon EC2 –the AWS broker type will work with any of those. In a future software release we will update the terminology so that it is clearer to users. Figure 1 below shows the panel where you make the connection. Note that if you are using the Cloud Access Manager (CAM) broker from Teradici versus a direct machine connection, the process will be the same.Figure 1 – AWS Broker ConnectionNext, the client will connect using https and you need to ensure the TLS version is set correctly as the client currently defaults to TLS 1.0 and the CAS host will reject the connection. The following INI configuration file entries should be placed on the ftp server for your client or if using Wyse Management Suite, set appropriately. I used the following for my Azure desktop connection.Now when you log in to your client you will get the following dialog as shown in Figure 2 and will be able to connect to your desktop:Figure 2 – Login DialogHere’s an important tip: If the virtual desktop is not joined to a domain, just put the machine name in the domain field and it will log in correctly.So that’s it – you should be up and running with one of the industry’s premier connection protocols accessing either physical desktops or virtual machines on any of the major cloud services all from the most secure and easily managed thin client platform available today.Enjoy!  And feel free to tweet at me regarding this post or any thoughts on future topics.Figure 3 – Dell Wyse 5070 with dual FHD monitors connected to an Azure desktop We recently received numerous requests and questions about using ThinOS to access cloud resources directly from the terminal environment using the Teradici Cloud Access Software (CAS) solution.For those not familiar with PC-over-IP (PCoIP), it delivers remote access to computers and virtual machines using a secure, high-definition and highly responsive connection protocol.  Given the level of interest we’ve received, I thought it would be a good idea to share what’s possible with this technology from a ThinOS based device along with some “how-to” tips and tricks to get things setup.Dell is proud of our long history of supporting Teradici-based clients. We have offered customers zero clients based on a hardware implementation of the PCoIP protocol, as well as software-based PCoIP clients with our ThinOS firmware solution. More recently, our ThinOS clients also support direct connection to Amazon Workspaces solution as of our 8.3 release launched back in 2016.Since then, Teradici has launched their All Access subscription plans that offer PCoIP connections to physical desktops, engineering workstations with Dell Tera2 PCoIP Remote Access Host Cards and powerful cloud hosted desktops from all of the major cloud providers. With the advent of NVIDIA GPU technology powering virtual workstations, there is almost no limit to the power available from these cloud providers!The PCoIP-enabled ThinOS client supports all of these connections today and the process to make a connection is quite simple. Since connecting to Amazon Workspaces is already covered in our documentation here, let’s focus on Teradici Cloud Access Software (CAS) connections.Provision a suitable desktop VM that you wish to connect with.You can purchase a license (or obtain a trial license) from Teradici.last_img read more

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Get Camera-Ready with the PowerEdge R740xd2

first_imgThere are a few reasons why the PowerEdge R740xd2 is ideal for video surveillance. First, the R740xd2 offers large internal storage — up to 364TB within a 2U server. This gives you the ability to store up to 500,000 HD video hours in a single server![1] It’s also designed with front-serviceable, hot-swappable drives to help ensure uptime, which is important when you need constant access to data. The R740xd2 also offers two-socket performance and SSDs options for fast file retrieval. And to ensure the confidentiality of your video data, the R740xd2 has layers of security built into the software and hardware.With these validated video surveillance solutions featuring the R740xd2, you can quickly be ready for “lights, camera and action” within your organization. We are interested in hearing about all the innovative ways you are using CCTV, so join the conversation with us on Twitter @DellEMCservers.To learn more about the full PowerEdge server portfolio, visit dellemc.com/servers.[1] Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, October 2018. Hour calculations simulated using the R740xd2 with 24 active drives and 2 spares drives per chassis and RAID 6 configuration with HD 720P resolution, 10 FPS, 16K per frame and 700 cameras. Actual results will vary. We live in a recorded world with increasing security risks. While it’s no surprise that video surveillance has expanded past banks, retail shops and airports, more organizations are now using CCTV for reasons beyond safety or legal requirements. That means if you have a bad hair day, it is definitely recorded somewhere.Setting up a reliable camera and storage system has its challenges. Video files are large, and they are only useful if you can quickly access them. And the video data itself needs to be kept secure and easy to manage. Plus, setup and testing of a new video surveillance solution can take time away from other demanding projects. Thankfully, Dell EMC offers a few options that make it a lot easier for you to set up video surveillance within your organization.In the Dell EMC Surveillance Validation Lab, dedicated engineers utilized the PowerEdge R740xd2 server with three leading video surveillance management systems. The tests included normal operations and simulated disk failures to create “real world” scenarios. Read more about how these validated solutions can help you reduce risk, streamline solution set-up and help ensure successful operations:Genetec™ Security CenterVerint® EdgeVMSMilestone xProtect®last_img read more

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Edge Is The New Core

first_imgLearn more about NVIDIA Aerial and the Aerial SDK Developer Program. Let’s face it, the debate is over when it comes to whether telcos should create innovative and localized services in the core or at the edge. If past performance is an indicator of future success, it’s clear telcos need a radical transformation of their self-defined legacy network hierarchies. This allows them to get away from rigid network boundaries and focus on net-new opportunities to drive growth and revenues. To create these new opportunities, they must go closer to the edge — where the users are — and have a flexible and nimble architectural approach. While this is a new model from a telco perspective,  it is business as usual for cloud providers, their real competition.Looking at the 5G vision from the perspective of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT-2020) requirements, there are three key network focus areas:Throughput – to accommodate eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband) use casesLatency – to accommodate uRLLC (ultra-reliable low-latency communication) use casesMassive Connections – to accommodate mMTC (massive machine type communications) carrier IoTThese key areas mandate a different network infrastructure, meaning a shared common infrastructure focusing on the route to market and how the telco chooses to monetize the specific use cases tied to it. The monetization can target B2C use cases or B2B with a vertical focus. The key theme emerging here is that the network infrastructure is designed to drive business outcomes and telcos must look at it through the lens of an end-to-end transformation incorporating the following principles:Architectural adjustments – Essential Network functions migrating from core to the edge. The idea is to leave the control plane functions in the centralized locations and move the user plane/throughput-intensive functions to the edge. These simple architectural adjustments shave off a good amount of latency and roundtrip traffic time. Having a common cloud fabric that allows the workload positioning on-demand will only increase reliance on containers.Network Infrastructure Sharing – Focus is on common x86-based compute infrastructure that drives multiple workloads. By decoupling network functions from the processing hardware and a variety of workload software from different vendors, they can share the same compute infrastructure. The workloads can be real-time and bandwidth constrained, such as vRAN or AR/VR, but at the same time able to accommodate a volume of connections such as narrow band IoT (NB IoT) and LTE-M scenarios for industrial IoT use cases. These workloads can coexist on the same shared compute infrastructure and are further segmented, or sliced, to guarantee SLAs and KPIs in a managed services scenario led by the telco.SLA-based services focus – Network slicing concept is to create SLA-based service opportunities as network infrastructure becomes a shared resource. While B2B scenarios largely look like a telco managed service, it is an ecosystem or partnership-based service model in the end. Telcos may choose to partner with MSPs or CSPs to create a bundled service offering and therefore the network itself must be flexible to provide this capability. After all, network slicing is a borrowed enterprise concept where it is widely known as multi-tenancy. The idea is very much the same, which is to provide guaranteed services without disruption.Dell Technologies’ vision is to transform the network through workload virtualization and deliver greater flexibility via software-defined networking and open compute infrastructure with telco-grade servers to meet a variety of deployment options. In addition to these telco-grade, highly reliable servers, platform partnerships with VMware and Red Hat facilitate workload orchestration and provisioning to onboard new use cases quickly. Dell Technologies has a dual-prong strategy related to the 5G Transformation, which is essential for the Telecom Transformation and is integral for the Telecom Digital Transformation.As workloads demand localized content and traffic flows allow offloading, aggregation and distribution of real-time and cached content, use cases such as vRAN, AR/VR, and AI/ML require a common compute infrastructure with plenty of acceleration methods. This is an area where Dell Technologies is actively collaborating with NVIDIA to bring GPU-based acceleration at the edge.NVIDIA is building a programmable, cloud-native and scalable edge compute platform stack for telcos. The NVIDIA EGX platform is designed to deliver new AI services to consumers and businesses while supporting the deployment of 5G, virtual RAN infrastructure. This flexibility enables the convergence of B2C/B2B applications and network services in a single commercial off-the-shelf platform.NVIDIA EGX enables a new GPU class for accelerated AI computing designed to aggregate and analyze continuous streams of data at the network edge. NVIDIA EGX includes an optimized software stack for Dell infrastructure that features NVIDIA drivers, a Kubernetes plug-in, a container runtime, and containerized AI frameworks and applications, including NVIDIA TensorRT, TensorRT Inference Server, DeepStream SDK and others.Through this collaboration, Dell Technologies and NVIDIA are bringing the most advanced telecom transformation to market and helping our customers to be #5GReadyNow. In fact, Dell Technologies and NVIDIA have launched a Telco focused solution on SwiftStack.Dell Technologies and NVIDIA are collaborating to transform the telecom market and help our customers to be #5GReadyNow.last_img read more

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EXPLAINER: Myanmar, Burma and why the different names matter

first_imgWhen it comes to Myanmar, also known as Burma, a lot is contained in a name. The military upended years of quasi-democratic rule in Myanmar this week, with soldiers taking control of the country in a carefully orchestrated coup. But where exactly did the coup happen? Was it in Myanmar, as the the country is officially called these days? Or was it in Burma, the name used for generations and the one that Washington continues to use?  The answer is complicated. Because when it comes to Myanmar, pretty much everything is political. Including language.last_img read more

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