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Leaping ahead

first_imgOur recent Unleash Simplicity event was broadcast live to over 4,000 participants, and attended by customers, partners and executives in San Jose.  It was the largest product launch in VCE’s history, as we introduced a new wave of innovation and extended the value of converged infrastructure to new markets, operations, and industry-leading software applications.Our announcements represent a significant leap forward for VCE and for our customers and partners. Our Vblock Specialized Systems – starting with fully installed SAP HANA® software – bring pre-installed applications to our customers with speed and simplicity. VCE Vision Intelligent Operations is another major step as we evolve and advance the state of IT from converged infrastructure to converged operations, simplifying the management of data centers. The Vblock System 100 and 200 are VCE’s first moves outside of the core data center into remote office, branch office and the mid-market. Finally, the Vblock System 320 and Vblock System 720 represent significant steps forward for our flagship and Vblock System 300 and 700 families.It’s a huge infusion of exciting new hardware and software for our customers and partners.  But it’s also a major leap forward for the VCE brand.  The milestones that we announced, followed by the wave of innovation and the industry recognition that came with it are all further proof that VCE is stronger than ever.  We’re the fastest growing company in one of the fastest growing parts of the IT industry.  Our brand has become one that’s associated with innovation, forward thinking and customer value.  We’re bringing the next generation data center to customers today – and we’re working closely with our partners to make it happen.We were fortunate to have a number of our key customers attend the event live in Cisco Studios, and several of them commented that VCE’s announcements were closely aligned with their wish list for new offerings and they appreciated that we were always listening to them.It was great feedback to hear.  And now, we begin to answer the question that was on everyone’s mind as the event wrapped up: “what’s next?”For VCE, next is going to be about . . . more.  More innovation and execution on our vision.  Working closely with partners to bring more value to customers.  Building our brand so more customers understand the speed and simplicity that converged infrastructure can bring to their business.The past three years have been a major leap forward for VCE and for customers. There is much more to come.last_img read more

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Where Influence Happens: From the Soaring Heights of Digital Transformation to the Deepest Depths of Storage Technology

first_imgThe best days at work are the days when your mind gets blown – literally. I had one of those days last week at Storage Field Day in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the span of four hours, I witnessed the power of our company in the raw. Three Dell EMC storage teams, ScaleIO, Unity and Isilon presented their product line and underlying technology advances to a group of influential storage experts who wouldn’t hesitate to take the presenter apart, should they sense weakness – literally.Talking storage The product presentations were held in the context of Storage Field Day, an event where IT vendors have the opportunity to showcase their latest product developments to a forum of very technical influencers who were hand selected for the technology, in this case, storage. This is not a sales or marketing event, but rather an expert geek-out where no deep technical question is off limits. Gaining the trust of this particular group is crucial for any IT vendor because the independent expert voice of each of the influencers carries weight with CIOs and IT decision makers who are leading their company’s Digital transformation agenda.Gaining trustTrust and mutual respect, at a deeply technical level, is built over time in expert discussions between top technical talent in the industry and at the IT vendor. Often times it’s not for the faint-hearted because discussions can get heated and passionate. Our Dell EMC storage teams knew that and came prepared for deep dives into ScaleIO, Unity and Isilon. Check out the Storage Field Day 13 video playlist on Youtube.Calling out a few of the videos to give a taste of the level of expertise in the room:Dell EMC ScaleIO Vision and Architecture with Erez WebmanDell EMC Unity Product Overview and Architecture with Pierluca Chiodelli and Kaushik GhoshDell EMC Isilon Introduction with John HarDell EMC Isilon F800 Performance with Anton RangEngaging with influencersEngaging influencers around the transformational work the ScaleIO, Unity and Isilon teams are doing, in the larger context of supporting our customers’ IT transformation journey, allows the teams to keep a finger on the racing pulse of technological development and to build trust on via the right conversations with the right people in an open and transparent way.Helping customersIT Transformation is the very first step on an organization’s digital transformation journey. For a company of any size, it means finding a trusted partner who helps them realize that this journey can be completed in steps, at the speed and investment level that is right for their business and, most importantly, that it helps to create a better experience for their own customers. For the IT vendor, it is a great responsibility to build the best possible IT solutions, beginning with the most advanced technology building blocks.Interested in IT Transformation and how your company fares on the IT Transformation Maturity Curve? Check out our IT Transformation podcast series, Luminaries – Talking to the brightest minds in tech!last_img read more

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Simple Steps to Secure Your Online Presence

first_imgThis week kicks off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) which is well needed in light of the recent mega data breaches. Security awareness is becoming more important as consumers are now demanding more security from the organizations they do business with. Yet, it is important to remember cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. When was the last time you thought about taking control of your own security and privacy posture?Take immediate action with these simple quick fix steps:Think Like A CybercriminalTake inventory of the information a cybercriminal would want. (banking, credit cards, SSN, healthcare, etc.) What are you doing to protect it? Ensure you are backing up any important data offline so if you are impacted by ransomware you are prepared.  Clean up your social media accounts by both checking your privacy settings and delete older posts that might compromise your personal information. When you are shopping online think about the information you are providing – would you give it to a clerk at a register? If not, don’t provide it online. Check to see if your information is already being sold in the dark web. Ultimately, by doing this, it will allow you to stop fraud before it happens, reducing identity theft and account takeover. Step It UpMany organizations you do business with now offer simple, convenient and secure step up authentication options– why are you not using it?  It typically is a very simple process to activate and use. Resist The ClickWith all the high tech attacks, the number one vulnerability is still humans.  RSA’s Anti-Fraud Command Center identifies a new phishing attack every 30 seconds and many of them are now linked to ransomware.  The velocity of phishing attacks combined with us letting our guard down while engaging in many digital channels makes us more vulnerable than ever. This is why it is critical when you get a text, email or see a link to a video on social media, take caution before you click.Be On AlertSince most of us don’t proactively check our statements every day, set up these alerts to simplify your monitoring process: activate fraud alerts on all your financial and health related accounts.  Examples of the types of alerts many organizations offer are:  a new payee, money withdrawal, high value credit card transaction, insurance claim submitted, use of hospitality loyalty points or a new healthcare record. Also, you should consider signing up for a security credit freeze with credit bureaus like Equifax, Experian , TransUnion Clean Your HouseChances are that you use the same password for many of your accounts.  With the frequency of data breaches and malware capable of stealing your passwords, it is more important how often you change your passwords, not how strong they are.  Consider making it a sentence so it will be easier to remember.  Also, take a moment and look around and evaluate all your interconnected devices: your watch, phone, tablet, toy, car, light, printer, thermostat, drones, gaming console, etc, We live in an IOT world and need to adapt to it. Any new device you get start by changing the default user names and passwords, installing security updates and turning off devices when not in use.Cybercrime dramatically impacts our entire economy and our personal and professional lives.We all must share responsibility to defending our digital universe – take time to join the good fight!  Learn how by following us on @RSASecurity.last_img read more

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When It Comes to Fighting Ocean-Bound Waste, Collaboration Is Key

first_imgIn the UK right now, there is a huge spotlight on the crisis being created in our seas by plastic waste. The reality of the situation is scary – and hard to ignore. Every single year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our seas, endangering marine life and polluting our waters. And it’s not just marine life being affected. With the vast majority of plastic pieces in the ocean less than 5mm in size, these are often eaten by fish, meaning anyone who consumes an “average amount” of seafood ingests approximately 11,000 plastic particles a year – a scary thought when you consider that over exposure to plastic chemicals can lead to certain forms of cancer, immune disorders and obesity.Thanks to programs like the BBC’s Blue Planet II and campaigns like Sky Ocean Rescue, we are all now aware of the scale of the problem, but awareness is only part of the equation. We also need to take action. At Dell, we were first made aware of this issue in 2016 through our relationship with actor and activist Adrian Grenier and his work with the Lonely Whale Foundation. This led to us looking for ways to address the ocean plastics challenges within our business, and packaging was a natural place to start. So, following an initial feasibility study, we launched a pilot project in early 2017 working with groups from coastal areas around the world to collect plastics from waterways, beaches, shorelines and areas near the coasts. We now use this plastic waste to create packaging trays for our XPS 13 2-in-1 and more recently, our XPS 15 2-in-1 laptops. We anticipate that this pilot will keep 16,000 pounds of plastics out of oceans initially, and in support of UN SDG Goal 14, we are committed to increase annual usage of ocean-bound plastic 10x by 2025.And while we were proud of this meaningful contribution to tackle the issue, we quickly identified a critical barrier to successfully scaling their efforts: absence of an operational and commercially viable ocean-bound plastic supply chain. So, along with the Lonely Whale Foundation, with support from UN Environment, we set out to convene a group of companies to join forces to create an open-source initiative to develop the first-ever commercial-scale ocean-bound plastics and nylon supply chain. Called NextWave, founding members including Dell, General Motors, Trek Bicycle, Herman Miller, Interface, Van de Sant, Humanscale and Bureo, will share responsibility in development of a sustainable model that reduces ocean-bound plastic pollution at scale, while creating an economic and social benefit for multiple stakeholders. We think the work of this group will divert more than 3 million pounds of plastics from entering the ocean within five years, the equivalent to keeping 66 million water bottles from washing out to sea.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=EQ5Sh5HQV8wWe believe collaboration is really the only way we’ll address many of the challenges facing our world today, which is why I was truly honoured to be asked to participate in a recent high-level meeting with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) on ‘Keeping Plastics and Their Value in the Economy and Out of the Ocean.’ Attended by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, C.E.Os and senior executives from a range of organisations including Government, private sector and N.G.Os working to apply principles of circular economy to the current plastic value chain, it was a privilege to represent Dell and the work we are doing, and have an opportunity to discuss best practices with others pursuing the same goals.LONDON – UK – 31st Jan 2018. HRH The Prince of Wales, as Patron, hosts a reception and meeting of the ISU plastics forum at 11 Carlton House Terrace in London Photograph by Ian JonesReflecting on this meeting, what really struck me was the realisation that even three years ago, sustainability was typically limited to a subject matter expert within an organisation, whereas now, it is a critical part of business strategy and every single CEO and senior executive at the table was able to speak with authority on the role their company wants to play in finding solutions to environmental issues. I know in my role as general manager for Dell EMC in the UK and Ireland, I have conversations with customers every single day about how we are creating a more sustainable business for our company and the world around us, and how important it is for them to not only work with companies who are acting responsible, but also learn from us how they can adopt similar practices. It really does demonstrate the huge opportunities that collaboration presents for the corporate world to play a meaningful and measurable positive impact for the future – and I’m very proud to be a part of it.If your company is interested in getting involved, you can apply or find out more at https://www.nextwaveplastics.org/apply/last_img read more

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5G Impact on Healthcare

first_imgWhen you visit the doctor for your yearly check-up, would you rather:Sit in a waiting room reading outdated magazines while strangers cough around you?Virtually connect on your tablet and review your vital trends from a fitness tracking device?If you chose A, you’re part of a shrinking minority. Consider the limitations of this annual tradition. In our fast-paced world, even having the time for a check-up is growing antiquated. And a check-up can only reflect your health at a very specific point in time.What if your actions, vital statistic trends and other data – collected through IoT devices – could be stored in a health profile and intelligently fed to your caregiver in a secure fashion? With this degree of insight, physicals would be more than just 30-minute snapshots into your health, where you lie about exercise and alcohol consumption. Instead, they could become data-driven discussions about your life and what’s been affecting you year-over-year – all done remotely through your laptop, tablet or phone.Smart data and smart devicesThe speed, bandwidth and device connectivity promised by 5G and the cellular transformation will provide the basis for re-imagining healthcare and wellness. By collecting smarter streams of data (rather than points in time) and leveraging AI, healthcare providers – and even patients themselves – can follow trends, detect changes and identify concerns earlier and more accurately than ever before. Healthcare is not only becoming more virtualized to better connect caregivers, expertise and patients, it is also becoming more personalized in how and when care decisions are made. The more data points incorporated into a care decision, the more impactful the results can be for the patient.Right now, the healthcare industry is at a crossroads. While there is an unprecedented amount of data available, providers are not yet able to use that data in the most relevant and meaningful way. To meet the needs of a rapidly changing world, we need an underlying network that can power the speed of connection with the breadth of data. 5G will provide that infrastructure and push smart devices and decisions from the core to the edge, creating secure, smarter data streams and enabling greater personalization.For patients: enabling care from anywhereImagine how these changes could impact the at-home care of an elderly parent. IoT sensors could indicate when your parent is awake, if they are active, if they have eaten, what they have eaten and whether they have taken their medications. If your parent has a chronic condition, these connected systems will record their vital trends on a rolling basis. 5G will ensure this data capture is performed efficiently and in a cost effective way, while using the collected information to make connected devices smarter. Given the sensitivity of the data, it all must be securely transmitted and shared. Since these smart devices are deployed and maintained at the edge, rather than in a centralized hub, this data will feed back into and benefit the overall system.5G will allow users to cut the cord and leverage devices that no longer tether them to specific places or regions. No matter where you are in the world, as you care for your elderly parent, you’ll have access to their health information – providing both peace of mind and a constant stream of insight. These benefits without boundaries also extend to the patient, providing a gateway for more connected health. Daily wellness check-ins and consults at the first sign of illness can increase the likelihood of an early diagnosis, provide faster treatment and reduce the risk of a secondary infection. 5G can deliver at-home senior care facilitation without geographical or metropolitan-based limits.This flexibility also applies to the clinical care of your parent. If they require a specialist consult that isn’t available locally or in a timely fashion, no problem. The new physician can leverage 5G video to share trends and diagnostic information while interactively engaging with your mom or dad. This connection can even extend to critical events, like an emergency ambulance ride or during surgery. While some of these capabilities are available today, 5G makes them more ubiquitous, reliable and immediate. A smart hospital can capture data throughout your parent’s hospital journey and enable personalized clinical decisions based on trends in their health.For providers: improving outcomes and accessNow what does 5G do for healthcare providers? At the most basic level, it helps the provider deliver better care and outcomes for their patients. Improved follow-up practices and virtual connectivity and monitoring can reduce re-admission rates for patients. If a patient needing rehabilitation is asked to perform regular exercises, they are much more likely to be compliant if a friendly nurse can check in with them over video chat… especially if that nurse can also access smart data into whether the patient has done their exercises in the first place.Smart technology and 5G can blur the walls between the hospital and the home, better managing the care of long-term patients who require the most resources from the healthcare system. Ongoing wellness checks and virtual engagement programs can reduce the costs of caring for these individuals, particularly for rural providers. Thanks to 5G, rural hospitals can have access to virtual top shelf resources when needed and can better serve their communities. They can compete for their patients’ healthcare dollars by virtually connecting the right resources and expertise with the patient. In the era of value-based care, providers realize the greatest benefits only when their patients’ experiences improve as well.The advent of 5G is an exciting new horizon for healthcare. It can help power personalized, smarter care capabilities and elevate connected medicine to an unprecedented level. Better healthcare means more than just cutting costs and providing improved service. At the end of the day, it is about letting patients’ voices be heard, finding new opportunities for hope and allowing individuals to live longer and more productive lives.last_img read more

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German firm to remove dangerous material from Beirut port

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Germany’s ambassador to Lebanon says a German company is ready to remove and ship abroad dozens of containers of hazardous material stored at Beirut’s port. The German ambassador tweeted Saturday that the treatment at Beirut’s port for 52 “containers of hazardous and dangerous chemical material” has been completed. He added that the material is ready to be shipped to Germany. The decision to remove the material stored at Beirut’s port came after the Aug. 4 explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrates that had languished for years at the port killed 211 people.last_img read more

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