Ed. Note: This blog was authored by Wayne Pauley, Ph.D, VMware Sr. Director, Dell EMC Global AlliancesAs the season shifts and the leaves change color here in New England I’m reminded of the constant transition in technology. In this case the industry shift to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has really changed the color of infrastructure deployment in the datacenter. At VMware we recognized the power of this new platform early on and working with Dell EMC we co-developed the fastest growing HCI platform in the market –the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance. VxRail is powered by VMware Virtual SAN, an enterprise grade software defined storage technology that integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere and vCenter Server, providing industry leading performance and ease of management.The beauty of the VxRail HCI appliance is that it has some great use cases for the full spectrum of company sizes. Within the mid-market and in smaller IT shops, VxRail represents a system that can be used to consolidate multiple systems and applications in the datacenter or serve as an application specific resource (e.g. Virtual Desktops).In the Enterprise market we’ve seen a similar adoption model with VxRail Appliances being deployed as either special purpose machines at the edge (e.g. DNS, Firewalls, Virtual Desktops, Mobile Device Management) or in remote offices.But we are just at the beginning of this seasonal change and transformation of the datacenter infrastructure. Applications are quickly becoming the new face of business, and they need to be available anytime, anywhere and on any device while providing real-time updates and intelligent interactions. As such, applications need to be developed more quickly and allow for more iterations, while being supported by highly agile infrastructures.Another area that is changing rapidly is the application development and deployment model—where applications can manage the underlying hardware and provide microservices. These are often referred to as cloud-native applications or container-based applications. Earlier this year, Dell EMC announced the Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) solution on the VxRail platform. NHC is a turnkey platform that provides the fastest path to digital transformation by accelerating time to market and enhancing customer experiences. It is engineered to combine self-service cloud-native application development with data analytics into a single hybrid cloud platform, eliminating the months it takes to build your own.Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) – one of the components of Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) – enables developers to provision and bind web and mobile apps with leading application development services, such as MySQL, Rabbit, Redis and MongoDB, on a unified platform. Furthermore, the VxRail Appliance – which NHC runs on – is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform that provides a converged infrastructure for cloud computing. The elastic, scale-out, and hyper-converged design can host multiple services concurrently. NHC helps companies realize the promises of cloud-native, DevOps and Big Data by accelerating the time to market by 77%* and eliminating the time and complexity of building and maintaining your own platform. VxRail Appliances provide speedy set up and easily increases capacity and performance using a scale out infrastructure architecture; features that application developers have come to expect from their IaaS platform.In addition to being put to use as an AppDev system, VxRail is also being deployed with all-flash now, making it a great system for 100s to 1000s of virtual desktops. Standalone VxRails support up to 600 virtual desktops, while a clustered system can support up to 9600 virtual desktops. Many of our customers now use the VxRail all-flash system as a desktop solution for their users.Just add VMware NSX (network virtualization platform) and the system becomes a full Software Defined Data Center, making it more secure and resilient while improving the agility for the workloads it supports. Bring in the EMC or VMware Security and Compliance teams, and they can help harden the VxRail systems for services that must meet ultra-secure or specific regulatory compliance requirements, such as federal, healthcare, and financial.The seasonal changes do not stop there: today, October 19, 2016, Dell EMC made 2 key announcements:Analytic Insights Module (AIM) that can run on Native Hybrid Cloud with VxRail – providing the big data analytics necessary to extract actionable insights, which ultimately improve the customer experience, within days instead of weeks VxRail Appliances with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that offer more granular scalability and a lower the cost of entry – starting at under $45,000 (USD) So, in summary—VxRail Appliances continue to change the color of infrastructure deployments. They are exceeding our expectations as a versatile and resilient system that meets the needs of many different use cases, and small to very large workloads. Are you ready to transform your data center? After all, it’s fall, and change is in the air.*Metrics based on average results from customers utilizing Pivotal Cloud Foundry
Success means nothing unless you use that success to lift others up as well. There are many quotes that all equate to this same belief – a belief and mentality I’ve found is especially prevalent in the Black community. This commitment to lifting others has helped me build a career. I grew up in one of Los Angeles’ most impoverished neighborhoods where the outlook was bleak. This commitment to lifting others is also what drives the Dell Technologies family to push for truly equal opportunity each day.I was thinking about this recently with Black History Month approaching. While Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to U.S. history, it’s also a time to take stock and look forward – have we laid the groundwork for the Black community to impact our nation’s next great chapter in history?2020 marks the beginning of what we at Dell Technologies are calling the Next Data Decade – a time when data, and the tech advancements it will drive, will create history. As one of the largest tech companies in the world, we have a role to play to ensure the exciting technological advancements coming are built by the diverse communities they’ll impact and are inclusive by design. We must lead from the front to change the narrative of diversity in tech. Today, just seven percent of the U.S. tech industry is Black/African American.Recruiting young talent and collaborating on solutions will be key to changing this stat. That’s why we became a signatory to the HBCU Partnership Challenge. The Challenge brings together government, industry and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to “ensure that HBCUs and their students are an equal part of their recruitment and hiring efforts.”As a company committed to keeping our “say versus do” ratio in-check, we quickly got to work on efforts to deliver on our commitment. One program that holds a lot of promise is Project Immersion. Started in January 2019 and growing rapidly, this curriculum partnership between Dell Technologies and select HBCUs and MSIs (minority serving institutions) prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the technology industry. Classes and workshops are available on topics including: data science, sales engineering, cloud infrastructure and more. Partner universities to-date include: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University and Howard University.Back to that commitment to bringing others along as the true measure of success, the biggest value and pride point of Project Immersion is its adjunct instructor model. Courses are led by Dell Technologies team members who volunteer their time to teach students the skills they use in their day jobs.These passionate volunteers come from across the Dell Technologies family of businesses – Dell, VMware, Pivotal and Secureworks. Many are members of employee resource groups for the Black community and are HBCU alums themselves who are doing their part to lift others up and build a more diverse talent pipeline. A big thanks to them for making this impactful program possible!To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month, we launched a new addition to the Project Immersion curriculum – cybersecurity. This rapidly growing field is full of opportunity for career growth and our Secureworks team is eager to train up its future workforce.Just over a year into Project Immersion and in the midst of Black History Month, we’re keeping the momentum going with a roundtable event later this month. Morehouse College will host elected officials, administrators from Atlanta-based HBCUs, Project Immersion students, nonprofit partners and Dell Technologies leaders for a discussion on the types of programs and collaborations that will build a more representative technology industry. Watch out for updates from the event at the university’s historic African American Hall of Fame on social media.In the words of Dr. King, an Atlanta native and Morehouse College alumni, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” I am grateful this month, and every month, for those who use their success to lift others in the Black community.Happy Black History Month everyone.Learn more about some of the initiatives and partnerships Dell Technologies has in place to get more Blacks in tech:2030 goal to have 25% of our workforce and 15% of our people leaders be Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino minorities2019 diversity & inclusion reportReboot Representation Tech CoalitionManagement Leadership for TomorrowNational Action Council for Minorities in EngineeringBlack Enterprise Magazine partnership
BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations at a party organized by a bar on a popular resort island. The raid on the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan also netted 22 Thais, including one identified as the bar’s owner and another who sold drinks there. An immigration police official says the gathering was illegal under a national state of emergency declared last March to combat the coronavirus. Those arrested are from more than 10 countries, including the U.S., Britain, Switzerland and Denmark. Koh Phangan is a popular destination for young backpackers and is known especially for its Full Moon beach parties. However, Thailand has barred virtually all tourists from entering the country since last April.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association predicts the number of people planning to make a bet on the big game will decrease this year. That’s because many people still haven’t returned to work settings, where office pools are filled out, and because fewer plan to bet at in-person sports books including casinos and horse tracks. But Tuesday’s report also predicts the rapid growth of legal sports betting in the U.S. should easily smash records in terms of the amount wagered online on the Super Bowl.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, were among several pets that appeared on screen during Wednesday’s House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting. Later, a colleague later passed along a message from the committee’s Republican chairman that pets are prohibited going forward. But Rep. John Hunt said later he didn’t ban pets, he simply asked whether it was appropriate to have them on screen.