Joe Tucci explains the strategic rationale (and value for customers) of EMC’s federation of businesses. Listen to the webcast of his presentation at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference held last Friday in New York.Major players in the IT industry are building technology “stacks”What makes EMC’s stack different
All costs matter. But hidden costs can matter even more. Why? Because they can undermine an otherwise seemingly healthy P&L and balance sheet — if not now, then in the future.Hidden costs can take many forms. They can be ones that are overlooked or ignored. But one thing’s for sure: eventually they must be addressed. Such is the case with outdated IT infrastructure. And, in today’s world of fast-paced technological advances, doing nothing is not an option if an organization expects to keep pace with its competitors.Hidden costs of outdated IT infrastructure — a closer lookLooking at the issue of outdated IT infrastructure from a strictly financial standpoint, the cost of any hardware that’s more than five years old may be fully depreciated, so its only expense is operating it, or OPEX.But often that OPEX can outweigh the capital expense that new IT infrastructure entails. According to a leading IT market researcher, the many advancements of hardware architectures and components in recent years have led to dramatic improvements in performance, consolidation, space savings, management efficiency and reliability.Given these improvements, it’s estimated that, compared to organizations with up-to-date hardware, those with older hardware could be:Losing up to 39 percent of their peak operational performanceIncurring up to 40 percent more in application management costsSuffering up to 148 percent more in server administration costsNow, contrast these hidden hard costs with hidden opportunity costs. Take, for example, organizations that could have their IT staffs working on innovative services to generate new revenue and improve competitiveness instead of babysitting infrastructure. Or, consider those businesses that can respond faster to market trends by developing and deploying new applications much more quickly. Either way can help make them winners.Six ways upgraded IT infrastructure can benefit organizations Today’s hardware can be architected in many different ways, using a variety of hardware designs and combinations of software, flash drives and memory to maximize application performance. Based on benchmark performance research conducted for Dell EMC, the following are the kinds of improvements that can be expected by upgrading hardware that’s five years or older:Performance: 18x the performance in same amount of rack spaceOptimization: 10x the IOPS with SSD flash storageConsolidation: 16x reduction in space, power and cooling costs, due to greater hardware densities, with further reduction in IT staff time requirementsManagement: 92 percent less IT staff time spent doing manual software updates, thanks to simplified and automated server lifecycle management toolsReliability: More uptime via better design, engineering and manufacturing — plus proactive alerts with remote diagnostics and remediation capabilities not previously availableService: Reduced maintenance and spare parts costs due to aging and expiring warrantiesDell EMC PowerEdge webcast Read a success story example hereSource: IDC white paper sponsored by Dell: “Why Upgrade Your Server Infrastructure Now?” July 2016
While it is early in its growth, Edge computing will shake the foundations of IT in a manner we’ve not seen since the advent of cloud computing.Edge computing is certainly not new. Businesses have been deploying technology outside of their traditional data centers for many years. For example, oil and gas companies have been using sophisticated sensors and meters in remote locations for operations. Manufacturers do the same on their factory floors. However, several converging technological trends, such as 5G, smart devices and high-speed connectivity, are now accelerating technology changes at the Edge across a wide spectrum of industries.“Edge computing will shake the foundations of IT in a manner we’ve not seen since the advent of cloud computing.ShareHow will this change things? While today only 10 percent of data is generated outside of a data center, industry analysts predict that 75 percent of enterprise data will be processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud by 2025.¹ Applications, too, are moving to the Edge. Analysts say we can expect an 800 percent increase in the number of applications at the Edge by 2024.²These key trends should be sparking two big questions in every organization:What investments are needed to deliver the infrastructure that can handle this rapid growth in data?What kind of value and opportunities can we extract or discover in this data?Unique challenges at the EdgeTo answer either of these two critical questions successfully, one needs to consider a unique set of challenges that businesses encounter at the Edge as they determine how to:Overcome a fragmented technology landscape to create a complete Edge solution that meets business requirementsEnsure the infrastructure at the Edge functions reliably under multiple physical and environmental constraints, which might include large temperature gradients, dust, moisture and physical shockManage and operate heterogenous systems deployed at a massive scale that are remotely and widely distributedEnsure that Operations Technology (OT) teams and processes can work seamlessly and efficiently alongside traditional ITEngage rapid, reliable services and support for a multitude of devices and locationsSecure, physically and logically, remote devices from malicious actorsMore importantly, to maximize the benefits of an Edge solution, where data workloads need to be managed and analyzed in real-time, it needs to be seamlessly connected to private and public clouds. All these cross-functional, cross-domain activities increase the complexity of deploying at the Edge. This complexity can be addressed by bringing cloud capabilities and flexibility to the edge with a hybrid cloud approach.The Dell Technologies Edge approachFor many years, we at Dell Technologies have helped numerous organizations address and overcome challenges presented by systems at the Edge. In this work, we bring our customers and partners a clear perspective on Edge computing.We define Edge as the intersection of physical and digital domains where data is generated, collected and processed to create new value. We do not consider computing at the Edge as a separate and discrete solution. Instead, we leverage the deep IT experience of designing and deploying private and public cloud environments to build capabilities at the Edge, while reducing the complexity of managing data and application services across these domains.To that end, we successfully deploy systems at the Edge by providing:Infrastructure that is optimized for the Edge (dimensional, physical, connectivity, etc.)Software-defined data networks that provide flexible connectivity across domainsConsistent management and operations from the Edge to the hybrid cloudThe ability to support demanding, cloud-native applicationsA comprehensive industry-leading ecosystem, including VMware, to support unique requirementsA reliable support services and global supply chain to help ensure no disruptions to operationsAnd an intrinsic security approach that robustly protects every layer across all domainsWe have helped thousands of organizations modernize their infrastructure and deploy essential Edge solutions critical to their businesses. We have built the technology stack to simplify systems at the Edge while providing the capability to extract value and deep insights from data at the Edge.To further the cause, we are investing in the seamless integration of the IT infrastructure and management at the Edge with private and public clouds, along with the advancement of the technologies, services and consumption models for Edge computing.Why Edge mattersLet’s take a step back and look at the big picture. A successful deployment at the Edge presents a significant opportunity for companies to gain a competitive advantage. As data grows and more advanced analytics and AI applications are run at the Edge, exciting possibilities arise for businesses to:Expedite actionable insights from dataAccelerate the digitization of key business processesRefine and redefine the customer experienceAnd we’re not stopping there. We believe it’s our mission to drive new and innovative technology that will free our customers from the current constraints and complexities at the Edge. We are also focused on helping customers to better use their information generated at the Edge innovate for their businesses.Learn moreTo learn more about the broad range of Edge solutions, and how different industries are putting them to work to drive measurable results, visit our Edge page or enjoy one of our 17 breakout sessions on Edge and Edge-related topics at Dell Technologies World Experience. ¹ Gartner, Inc. “Hype Cycle for Edge Computing,” 2019, Aug 2019² IDC, “FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2020 Predictions,” Oct 2019
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s Supreme Court has barred a former prime minister from running in the country’s early parliamentary election next month because he was sentenced for a crime in the last three years. The court ruled Friday in a challenge by Kosovo’s Self-Determination Movement to election authorities rejecting the candidacy of former Prime Minister Albin Kurti, the party’s leader. Kurti and other party lawmakers were sentenced in 2018 for using tear gas and other violent acts to disrupt parliament. No one challenged Kurti on that basis when he briefly served as prime minister last year, but election authorities said this week that he could not run in the parliamentary election set for Feb. 14.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher’s “Mank” has topped Golden Globe nominations with six nods, while Netflix dominated Wednesday’s announcement thanks to both its films and television series. The film about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, landed nominations for best film, drama; best actor for Gary Oldman; best director for Fincher, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried; best score; and best screenplay for Jack Fincher, the director’s father who penned the script before dying in 2003. In addition to “Mank,” the nominees for best motion picture drama are “The Father”; “Nomadland”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman.” Netflix’s “The Crown” led all television nominees with six.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the threat from the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups in conflict areas including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. But they say the threat remains comparatively low in non-conflict areas despite a series of attacks in Europe. The panel of experts said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Thursday that the threat continued to rise in conflict zones in the last half of 2020 because “the pandemic inhibited forces of law and order more than terrorists” who were able to move and gather freely despite COVID-19 restrictions.