700 Apply for Big Data Summer School in Brazil

first_imgAs the “B” in BRIC emerging economies, Brazil is at the intersection of massive economic gains and growing pains related to ongoing infrastructure limitations. Energy and transportation are some examples, but the hardest resource to find is also the most valuable: qualified professionals.In IT, there is already high demand for skilled professionals. And given the speed of changes in the industry, the demand will grow even faster for individuals who have Cloud and Big Data knowledge and skills in their portfolio. With this scenario in mind, EMC Brazil put together its first “EMC Summer School on Big Data” at Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) this past February.Why Rio de Janeiro? Rio de Janeiro is home to Petrobras, Brazil’s national Oil & Gas provider, which recently discovered large oil reservoirs within deep layers under sea level. If you have ever heard of the phrase “data is the new oil,” this example is especially true. UFRJ realized the potential of converging the industry ecosystem around deep oil discovery and exploration and created a new research center on its campus that EMC was nominated to participate in back in 2011. Focused on Big Data analysis of seismic data as it applies to oil exploration and extraction, the R&D center aims to uncover news ways to extract value from the data generated by the oil and gas industry.The event provided participants with a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in academia and industry. I had the honor to be among the presenters as well as experience the program as an attendee. What follows are some highlights of the experience.First, the R&D team was caught by surprise with the number of applications submitted. The event was initially designed for 60 attendees, but once the portal was open to the public, there were more than 700 applications to attend. This event was not only popular with academics. In fact, many from finance, utilities, telecommunications and other industries also submitted applications. To keep the learning experience intimate and the hands-on labs to a manageable size, the list of applicants was reduced to 200 to make sure each and every attendee had a meaningful experience. UFRJ is already planning for next year’s event to cater to the growing demand!One of the sessions that stuck with me most was given by Milind Bhandarkar, Chief Scientist, Machine Learning Platforms at Greenplum, which becomes part of the newly-formed Pivotal company in April. Milind was one of the original team members for the initial implementation of Hadoop around 2006. He led a hands-on workshop where attendees got to play with jobs and scripts and went away with more than just the great experience, but also with the virtual machines they had practiced on, powered by Pivotal HD.After four days of learning, sharing and interacting, all I could hear was positive feedback. For many, it was the first experience with Big Data beyond webcasts, white papers and hype. People could finally grasp the power of Big Data technologies and get a sense of the art behind analyzing diverse sets of data, like a true data scientist. And for me, it was clear that EMC is helping Brazil and Latin America build the future technology leaders around Big Data and Cloud Computing.last_img read more

Cloud Client-Computing Streamlines Healthcare Infrastructures

first_imgWhile most people don’t consider how much faster they can spell-check when considering a hardware refresh, IT professionals know that even millisecond improvements in everyday tasks can add up over time. That’s why when it comes to evaluating thin client endpoints and new data center solutions, the ability to accelerate data entry, streamline user access, and enable greater mobility can provide dramatic results, especially across an entire enterprise footprint.In Addressing Changes in the Healthcare IT Legislative and Regulatory Environment, we examine how Wyse thin clients and Dell cloud client-computing solutions can enhance healthcare environments by accelerating several time-intensive functions often taken for granted. We also address how could client-computing solutions accelerate data input and access while maintaining compliance regulations. Most importantly, we discuss how the ability to streamline the storage, retrieval, and analysis has a positive impact on medical care by cutting patient wait times and allowing doctors to spend more time making diagnoses.According to Federal statistics from 2015, the average wait time for patients visiting emergency rooms in the U.S. was 138 minutes, long enough to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest. As a result, some emergency rooms in have recognized that efficiency is a tangible, monetizable advantage. Those that pride themselves on speed have taken to advertising such as St. Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware which posts its 30-minute wait time on billboards along I-95 and St. David’s Heart Hospital of Austin which posts its four-minute wait time on its Web site.In addition to greater security and accelerated intake, the benefits of adopting a cloud client-computing architecture include:Greater reliability – Thin clients do not have moving parts and require no local OS to be loaded on the machine. Since they stream their OS and user data from centralized servers, users cannot customize a thin client with unapproved software which could disrupt its functionality and lead to downtime.Reduced operational costs – On average, traditional PCs can cost more than twice as much as a thin client. This is because PCs typically incur significant annual maintenance costs associated with software maintenance and upgrades, hard drive failure, and troubleshooting. Cloud clients are essentially maintenance-free, and can be easily swapped out when necessary. The lifespan of a thin client averages six to eight years compared to the three to four year lifespan of a traditional PC, thus extending the buying cycle and reducing costs over time. Thin clients also provide a greener solution from an energy perspective, consuming a tenth of the wattage (under 7 watts versus 100 or more) required to operate traditional PCs.Anytime, anywhere access – The streamlined profile of thin client devices allow them to be mounted with flat-screen monitors in hospital corridors, nursing stations, patient rooms, and anywhere else healthcare data is needed. Cloud client-computing architectures can also support mobile workstations. The ongoing shift to EMR’s has enabled a new level of mobility as doctors and healthcare professionals can now access patient data and medical images without having to be tethered to a fixed location.Simplified desktop environment and ease of use – Since information and computing resources reside on centralized servers, thin clients are not encumbered by redundant or extraneous applications which can impact performance and compromise quick access to critical data. It also eliminates the need for multiple desktops and displays to support multiple applications running on separate operating systems. A thin client can run any application and OS supported by the virtual server environment.Dell has been helping healthcare facilities architect and deploy private cloud architectures to ultimately improve patient care. Our Wyse endpoints have helped medical care clinics and hospitals better-protect patient data and accelerate physician log-in times by enabling persistent desktops that move from room to room as healthcare providers make rounds. Additionally, healthcare providers no longer have to wait sidelined while a traditional endpoint downloads virus definitions or OS updates during their shift. With an estimated 7,000 urgent care clinics treating basic emergencies in the U.S., the move to adopt cloud client-computing solutions can be expected have a beneficial effect on patient care nationally. Going forward, medical professionals will be able to spend more time with their patients and patients will be able to spend less time in the waiting room.To find out more about Wyse endpoints and Dell Cloud Client-Computing solutions, please click here.last_img read more

A Simple, Common Experience for Our Storage Customers

first_imgWhew…It’s time to take a deep breath.  We just completed the largest merger in the history of technology by combining Dell and EMC.  We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about helping our customers take advantage of our better together strategy and we have some exciting news on that front.As Guy previously mentioned in his midrange blog, we are fully committed to our SC Series and Unity Systems entry & midrange solutions, and for our customers a big part of our value is in providing them with a common software experience.As I mentioned in our recent announcement, this will enable our SC Series customers to continue using the products they’ve invested in while also having access to exciting new capabilities as Dell EMC continues to integrate our storage solutions into a seamless portfolio.The result is we’re enabling customers to mix and match legacy Dell and EMC storage products in their environments while providing a common user experience with the same storage management, data protection and mobility capabilities across our line-up.SC software support extends across our expansive software portfolio, including:Management & MobilityFrom a management perspective, ViPR controller software, part of our ViPR Suite is available and integrates the SC Series of products into the automated insight and action designed for heterogeneous arrays. Our Intelligent Data Mobility (IDM) offering, which enables a smooth and seamless migration to newer systems at a fixed proportional rate, is also extended to support the SC Series.SC Series is also supported by VPLEX which not only brings high availability but best-in-class data migration and virtualization.  Also included, EMC CloudArray, which extends high-performance storage arrays with cost-effective cloud capacity by providing access to private or public cloud storage.SC Series support is also planned for ViPR Storage Resource Management (SRM), also part of ViPR Suite, and our high performance, high-availability PowerPath multipath software, by the end of 2016.Data ProtectionIn addition, Dell EMC’s industry-leading data protection solutions welcomes the SC Series with open arms – Data Domain, which according to IDC EMC pre-merger was the industries number one Purpose Built Backup Appliance[i], enables deduplicated backup of data on an SC arrays while Avamar and Networker packaged in the Data Protection Suite for backup offer high performing backup and recovery for SC arrays. RecoverPoint for VM’s also support SC Series – RP4VM’s is powerful VM-based replication software which enables storage-agnostic data movement at the virtual machine level. Bottom LineWith our new extended support for SC Series storage, Dell EMC can deliver industry-leading products to customers of all sizes to automate storage management, provisioning and mobility across legacy Dell and EMC storage platforms. SC Series customers also gain access to industry-leading data protection technologies designed to protect business-critical data and applications from outages and enable customers to manage, visualize performance and capacity, analyze configurations for compliance and plan for expected growth. Dell and EMC have always taken care of their customers and now together, Dell and EMC will provide the industry’s best storage technologies to even more customers.We’re just getting started, so look forward to more news as we continue to expand our common software experience.Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements:Statements that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements based on Dell Technologies’ current expectations.  Actual results and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors.  Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that projected benefits may not materialize as expected; that Dell Technologies is unable to successfully implement the plans, strategies and objectives, including the execution of integration strategies; and other risks that are described in Dell Technologies’ Securities and Exchange Commission reports.  Dell Technologies does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.   i IDC Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) Tracker 2016Q2; The ranking is referring to vendor revenue in 2016Q2last_img read more

Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance – Innovation Without Compromise

first_imgFlexibility and choice to fit your needsDell EMC IDPA will be in 4 different models to fit the needs of enterprise and mid-size businesses, with capacity for the entry level IDPA (DP5300) starting at 34 TB usable capacity with the highest end IDPA (DP8800) scaling up to 1 PB usable capacity. Today, we are delivering a major leap in data protection with the new Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), which will enable our customers to transform their protection environments.IDPA is a new pre-integrated, turnkey appliance that is simple to deploy and scale, and delivers holistic data protection with comprehensive feature-set and broad workload coverage. IDPA is specifically designed to solve increasingly complex data protection challenges of modern enterprises.So, why Integrated Data Protection Appliance and why now?Business and technology landscapes continue to evolve. Data growth and democratization are enabling more powerful next gen applications. Businesses are increasingly leveraging cloud for flexibility, agility and economics. Business cycles continue to shrink and the pressure continues to mount for organizations to invest in future-proof technologies with faster time to value.For most organizations today, trying to meet these challenges results in fragmented data protection environments with multiple point products and protection siloes for different applications and platforms.  The end result is significantly increased time to value, costs and complexity, and lower reliability.Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) is purpose-built to solve the data protection challenges facing the modern enterprises.Dell EMC IDPA is a pre-integrated, modern, holistic and future proof solution that is:Converged and ComprehensiveIDPA offers next-generation of data protection convergence by converging across four key vectors:Protection storage, software, search, and analytics integrated into a single appliance, accelerating the time to protect by 10X.Protection across a wide and diverse application ecosystem, both physical and virtual, and support for multiple hypervisors (vSphere and HyperV).Efficient protection and accelerated recovery leveraging the power of flashExtends data protection seamlessly from data centers to private and public clouds with native cloud-tiering for long term retentionAnd IDPA offers customers one-stop support for the entire appliance eliminating the overhead and risks associated with working with multiple vendors and support organizationsFast and ModernIDPA is specifically designed for enterprise needs for IT transformation. It delivers support for modern applications like MongoDB, Hadoop, MySQL, provides boosted application direct protection, is optimized for applications and VMware with faster performance and instant recoverability – up to 20 percent faster than our closest competition, and is built on industry-proven data invulnerability architecture (DIA) for encryption, fault detection and healing.High-Value and Low-TCO: IDPA delivers an average of 55:1 data reduction with the leading deduplication technology for on-premise and cloud. Furthermore, it enables customers to start small and grow as they need, and scale without overhead.Check out the video to learn more how IDPA enables customers to solve complex data protection challenges: To learn more about the Dell EMC IDPA, check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.last_img read more

Applying the Principles of The On-Demand Economy to Technology Consumption

first_imgA peek into how Dell Technologies is helping customers win with innovative everything-as-a-service offerings It is undeniable that we live in exciting times. We are in an economy where we strive to own less, share more, and only pay for what we use. This minimalist movement is called the on-demand economy. Why is this economy trend so ubiquitous, and what is its relevance to technology? Imagine consuming technology like you would an Airbnb package, a ride-share service, or a fitness app.The underlying principles of the on-demand economy are flexibility, heavy reliance on technology, and customization to suit each business and its users. By 2020, 40% of IT infrastructure hardware and software purchases will be based on subscription OpEx models (consumption models), public cloud, 3rd party private cloud, subscription-based on-premises infrastructure SW and HW provided on a pay-as-you-go basis, according to IDC.[1]At Dell Technologies, it’s in our DNA to democratize technology. We were applying the tenets of the sharing economy long before it existed! You may be familiar with leasing and financing to preserve cash, but there’s more to financing than that. Some of the largest, most cash-rich customers choose to finance their technology with Dell’s Financial Services organization (DFS) because they know about the exponential value our solutions deliver.Established in 1997, DFS delivers value at every step of the customer experience. The solutions ease budget constraints, increase operational efficiency, simplify budgeting and payments, and accelerate ROI and Innovation. We enable our customers to thrive in a multi-cloud environment and harness the power of infrastructure and applications alike. Our consumption models have the most expansive channel coverage and choice of leveraging services through Dell Technologies services or DFS. Our services are customizable to the customers’ workloads, use- cases, and utilization scenarios.Voted the best Finance/Support service provider of the year by ITEuropa, our everything-as-a-service model and solutions solve business-critical problems by:Making pricing predictable: PCaaS combines hardware, software, lifecycle services, and financing into a predictable price per seat per monthLowering the cost of computing: Fair Market Value Lease encourages regular technology upgrades and reduces the total cost of computingManaging cash flow by spreading payments over time through Financial Lease, Loan, and Dell Business Credit*Delivering the flexibility to pay as you use and need technology with Pay-as-you-grow models, Flex on Demand and Data Center Utility solutionsFinancing software, including service & maintenance: with our Transformational License Agreement (TLA) and Flexible Software Payments we make acquiring and managing software more flexible.Our thoughtfully designed services have a positive impact on minority communities, partner ecosystem, and entrepreneurs through:Minority financing partnerships* – For customers seeking a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) lessor, DFS can help facilitate financing through a strategic relationship with Pharos Financial Services, L.P. Minority financing programs improve the economic conditions of communities and allow companies to develop a more diverse supplier network.Channel partners programs – DFS solutions are available through channel partners. Partners that use DFS grow twice as fast as those who don’t.Dell Technologies Capital and SMB initiatives – DFS helps the portfolio of companies in DTC and Small and Medium Businesses by simplifying how they do business with their customers and ensuring steady cash flow.A sustainable approach to asset disposition: DFS resells the vast majority of equipment returned at end-of-lease. For obsolete equipment, DFS works with a partner to dispose of the equipment in an environmentally conscious manner that meets Dell compliance standards.Today, businesses are trying to make the most out of emerging technologies like IoT, 5G, AI/ML, and others. To them, everything-as-a-service (XaaS) is a strategic and operational blueprint. Deloitte Insight says that within the next 18–24 months, XaaS will likely begin disrupting business and operational models, and redefining the fundamental goals of digital transformation.To surmount the odds in this journey choose a reliable partner. A partner who shares your vision, is a market leader, and has a multi-vendor approach to doing business.[1] IDC Futurescape: WW DC 2018 Predictions Nov 2017 Doc#US43152417*Solutions are available only in the US.last_img read more

The Industry’s First 5G-Capable Intel-Powered Business PC Launches in Europe

first_img5G is a transformation journey, not an overnight upgrade. But every journey has important first steps, and today marks another step forward in our journey to bring the capabilities of 5G technology to more people and places.Our Latitude 9510 device, launched in May, is now the first 5G-capable business PC with Intel vPro on the market¹. Beginning today with availability in Europe, with plans to expand globally in the coming months, IT administrators can now select an enterprise-grade level, 5G device for their organizations, giving executives and mobile professionals access to ultra-fast 5G speeds and reliable connectivity. The device works on most major European carriers and positions Dell to ramp our 5G innovation work with Orange, while additional mobile carrier partnerships will be announced globally soon.“It has been our priority to deliver a rich and seamless experience that leverages the power of 5G for our enterprise customers,” said Bart Van Kildonck, Head of Connected Products, Smart Mobility Services, Orange Business Services. “With Dell’s 5G-ready laptop now available, we are primed to further innovate always-connected and secured smart mobility solutions for both global enterprises and the smart knowledge worker of the future.”While we are still in the early days of 5G, this is an important launch as we look to a future of ultra-fast networks that have the potential to transform industries, organization and people. Why?Organizations are future proofing now: When the rush to work-from-home kicked off earlier this year, organizations and their IT departments transformed where and how their employees worked almost overnight. As we transition to a work from anywhere world, IT departments don’t want to be caught flat footed. IT admins want to know the devices they are deploying will support their employees 3-5 years from now.Our internal customer research shows that IT administrators are focused on providing amazing connectivity and collaboration experiences, with 5G being a crucial component in enabling fast, secure and reliable connectivity wherever employees are working. In fact, only four percent of ITDM customers surveyed said they would not need 5G capabilities available on their organization’s premium laptops in 2021². It’s hard to future proof without 5G.Innovation begets innovation: Trying to imagine the positive impact 5G will have on our society feels endless, but it has spurred much innovation on our device team. Our goal for the Latitude 9510 was to design the ultimate experience for business users, with AI to boost productivity, machined aluminum materials for an ultra-premium look and feel, and 5G to offer the best connectivity options available. Delivering 5G signals through a metallic device was a sizeable challenge. Thin and light systems provide limited options for antenna placement in the system base, especially when a full metallic enclosure is required and antenna isolation from the base’s internal electronics is critical to performance. Many competitors paint magnesium on the device to hide antenna regions or simply increase the borders of the display so antennas can be built around the screen, but we knew there had to be a better way.Thinking outside the box, our engineers came up with a smart design that cleverly incorporates 5G antennas into the speakers within the system’s base patent. The co-molded plastic trim ring around the speaker looks like an aesthetic design feature, but it provides an advantage by allowing us to pack antennas into the speaker area, so there’s no compromise on being small and having a good connection.5G is about more than the device in your hand: Our early 5G tests show that Dell Latitude 9510 can provide up to 300% improvement in download speeds over 4G³. But there’s more to 5G than speed. The reliability and security it offers mobile executives and professionals over Wi-Fi hotspots will transform productivity during travel. 5G will boost capacity and performance for mobile broadband, provide real-time edge compute capacity, and provide purpose-built connectivity for end devices.The improved wireless capability of 5G networking will bring new use cases and applications, expanding the array of devices, IoT use cases, and services beyond what is possible today. Think automated surveillance of industrial sites, remote maintenance in factories, remote telesurgery, autonomous driving and 3D manufacturing with collaborating industrial robots. It’s more than the 5G device – it’s about the possibilities 5G can enable.So, while we celebrate this step, we continue our march onward. We look forward to sharing more on our carrier partnerships and unique use cases soon. For pricing and availability on the 5G-capable Latitude 9510 in Europe, enterprise customers may call their customer sales representative. ¹Based on Dell analysis of business PCs, August 2020. 5G module is optional and must be selected at purchase. 4G and 3G Backwards compatible. Actual speeds will vary depending on carrier network, users, location and other factors. Subject to service provider’s subscription and coverage area. Additional charges will apply. Contact service provider for details.²Based on Dell Internal Research, May 2020 of 101 IT Decision Makers surveyed.³Based on Dell analysis, May 2020, comparing max download speeds on prior generation cellular radio (4G SDX20) supporting up to 1.0 Gbps vs 5G SDX55 supporting up to 4.0 Gbps.  5G network required.  Actual speeds will vary depending on carrier network, users, location and other factors. Subject to service provider’s subscription and coverage area. Additional charges will apply. 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Country Hall of Famer, actor Kris Kristofferson has retired

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has announced his retirement after five decades and named a manager for his estate.,A press release issued Wednesday said that the 84-year-old actor and singer actually retired last year and his son, John, stepped in to oversee his father’s business, including special projects and his record label KK Records. His estate will be managed by Morris Higham Management, which also manages clients including Kenny Chesney, Barbara and Louise Mandrell and the Roger Miller estate.,Kristofferson, an Oxford scholar from Texas, brought introspective and poetic lyrics to country music with songs like “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee” and was a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen. He has starred in 70 films and earned a Golden Globe for his performance in “A Star is Born.”,He was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.,As for retiring, the release said Kristofferson will celebrate his 85th birthday this June with several special projects.last_img read more