Month: February 2021

EMC World

first_imgEvery EMC World I’ve been to has certain things in common:Fun!Friends!Learning!Community!Getting to take the detailed covers off things I’ve been hinting at…… And, of course, face-melting reveals of things no one expects!This year is no different – and we keep dialing it up!…..Here are my top 10 things to see and do – from number 10 counting down to number 1!  Read on!Number 10:  The “zLounge”…..We are bringing all the mainframe content to them in one place – the “zLounge”.   It’s not for everyone, which is why this is an exclusive scene – just for them.The zLounge is a dedicated space for Mainframers to interact with EMC experts for all our Mainframe solutions – VMAX, DLm and Connectrix. It features 1:1 teaching opportunities, small group conversation areas, hands on demos, partner interaction, and social events. Also on display is EMC Mainframe compatible hardware and in partnership with IBM we will be showing the new z13. Mainframe customers have a chance to win a VFRIDGE at the end of the show in the zLounge. All of this is presented in a funky, retro environment, of course.Read the full Top 10 Must-See and Do list on Virtual Geeklast_img read more

New Data Protection Capabilities that Enable Your Cloud Strategy

first_imgIt’s Day One of Dell EMC World–and we are excited to announce enhancements to our portfolio that further broaden our cloud data protection capabilities, adding two new uses cases for Disaster Recovery to the cloud and Protection Storage in the cloud.Many organizations today have been given a mandate to have some percentage of their IT infrastructure in the cloud.  In fact, IDC states that 70 percent of CIOs have a “cloud first” strategy.  With increasing amounts of mission-critical data being moved to the cloud, it cannot be taken for granted that this data is protected. Data in the cloud requires the same level of protection as any other workload, across applications and meeting the most stringent recovery objectives.  This is why Dell EMC offers a comprehensive portfolio of multi-cloud data protection solutions.  Currently, more than 150 PB of data in the cloud is managed by Dell EMC Data Protection technology.The combination of Data Domain and the Data Protection Suite can now deliver best-of-breed disaster recovery to the cloud.  With Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery, organizations are able protect their on premises Data Domain using Data Protection Suite by transferring data securely and efficiently into AWS S3 for disaster recovery, eliminating the need for an additional data center and taking advantage of the agility and cost effectiveness of cloud object storage. Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery requires minimal footprint in AWS as well as minimal compute cycles, enabling a disaster recovery solution at minimal cost. In the event of a disaster, failover is fully automated and workloads being recovered can be run directly in AWS.Additionally, customers can now gain the efficiency, reliablility and performance they expect from Data Domain in the cloud with the latest release of Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE).  DD VE now provides backup and recovery for traditional and emerging applications that have been moved to the cloud and cloud native applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Data Domain replication is also supported to, from and within the cloud for additional flexibility. The latest release of the Data Protection Suite can perform orchestration, management, monitoring and reporting of these backups in the cloud further enabling users with a common experience both on-premises and in the cloud with nothing new to learn for purchase. A technology preview of DD VE in the cloud is now available through the Data Domain Community, and a try and buy option will be available when this release is generally available starting in June 2017.Whether your applications are on-premises being extended to the cloud, are born in the cloud or have been moved there, Dell EMC delivers innovative data protection solutions where and how you need them.last_img read more

The Future of Work and the CIO’s Role

first_imgI recently stumbled across an interesting article. It dealt with a topic that affects us all, one that we perhaps do not take into consideration quite enough during our day-to-day work; namely, the future of work. The contents of this article were, to put it mildly, a little unsettling. Quite some time ago, researchers at the University of Oxford discovered that almost half of all jobs could cease to exist in the years to come. In some sectors, the prospects are bleaker still. For example, these British economists actually predict that 90 percent of jobs in the insurance sector could be in jeopardy.The reason for this, according to the researchers, ultimately lies in something which has become intertwined with our everyday lives – the digital transformation. Computerization, networking, IoT, and, more recently, artificial intelligence (AI) enable a high level of automatization; this includes tasks which were previously reserved for truly intelligent beings with the power of judgement. We are all well aware of the fact that digitalization is altering numerous work processes, some of which we could not even have conceived of previously. This has not just had an impact on simple tasks, but also complex activities such as those carried out by journalists, lawyers, or doctors. Even though we still have a lot riding on ideas and projects, we have to ask ourselves whether there will be detrimental long-term impacts on working society. Will intelligent machines really replace the workforce in the near future?Economics would not be described as a science if cases could not be refuted or seen from different perspectives. Accordingly, the aforementioned article refers to researchers from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), who came to the conclusion that the degree of automation of activities is nowhere near as high as this; according to their calculations, in all OECD countries, only nine percent of jobs on average are under threat. In Germany, the figure is approximately 12 percent. Indeed, this is significantly lower, but I do not find it particularly reassuring, as we are still talking about the livelihoods of five million people in our country.Is it inevitable that technological progress will axe jobs? If you think back to the last technical revolution, which many of us even experienced ourselves, the introduction of PCs in the 80s led to extensive computerization and, to some extent, the first stage of digitalization. Ultimately, this resulted in more jobs, not fewer. This was not just because we needed more software developers, system administrators, database experts, and IT consultants; the PC also initiated a whole host of new processes and business models, and whole new sectors emerged, too. The article also includes the following statement: “In 20 years, 80 percent of jobs will have been destroyed”. This originally comes from an edition of the SPIEGEL magazine dated 17 April 1979.But can we simply apply these past developments to today’s world? Or does digitalization have the power to sweep away everything we have learned? Perhaps the disruption we are seeing means that these kinds of analogies no longer apply, since AI may be redefining everything. That would mean that we have just about reached the point where this is like reading tea leaves; it is futile to speculate about it. As I see it, approaching the future does not mean waiting for what either does or does not happen, but rather taking an active part in shaping it.Regarding the subject of the workforce, this can only mean improving mobility, diversity, and creativity. We have to help workers to achieve their full potential and, above all, we have to put them in a position where they can comprehensively work with new technologies, from IoT, to cloud computing, to AI. If, for example, 44 percent of workers are of the opinion that their workplaces do not yet provide enough intelligent equipment, this also shows that many of those who are greatly affected by the workforce changes actually think that more technology should be implemented. When it comes to technology, it really depends on how you use it.In this environment, CIOs face completely new challenges, precisely because the essential leverage during the upcoming changes is to make use of technology. This means that the CIO does not just act as an interface between IT and business. With their high level of technical expertise and social skills, they also are a key component in the relationship between IT and employees. The CIO is the go-to expert on implementing technology in the workplace. Therefore, their competence in this role is crucial for employees’ working potential, both now and in the future.To learn more about the new job profile of a CIO, how current CIOs can prepare for this role, and which key challenges await them, please refer to our new Connected CIO booklet, which is available for download at https://www.dellemc.com/en-gb/digital-transformation/connected-cio.htm.last_img read more

The Research-Backed Reason Why the Best IT Shops Crush the Competition with Data

first_imgAccording to new survey results from ESG, just 1 in 5 respondents are very confident in their IT organization’s ability to properly support data goals over the next three years. However, there is reason for hope. If you are a modernized IT shop, it’s highly (94%) likely that your business does have confidence that you can deliver infrastructure to support these data-driven goals over the next three years. The key lies in that word, modernized.What does it mean to be modernized? New survey results from ESG show modernized IT is nearly 3x as likely as aging IT to report their analytics server infrastructure is less than two years old. The importance of refreshed, up-to-date servers in your mission to organize and crunch data can’t be overstated. Per ESG, “A modernized IT allows organizations to swiftly respond to the needs of the business, act upon opportunities in real time, maintain a competitive advantage, and ultimately improve the bottom line.”Moor Insights & Strategy agrees, finding that without the right infrastructure, businesses will not be able to reap the full benefits of data analytics. Servers that aren’t data optimized come at a price, and that price is reflected in higher total cost of ownership (TCO) for IT and lost business opportunities for your company. Infrastructure with enabling technologies like Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory is key to making sure your data applications run smoothly. As Moor Insights points out, “Data analysis can only transform as fast as the underlying hardware enables it.”[1] Their paper demonstrates it is no coincidence that businesses that have modernized infrastructure are best prepared to capitalize on the bounty of benefits that refined data can deliver.What do these potential business opportunities look like? In short, why should you care? Here’s a look at what you are missing out on if your servers aren’t modernized and tuned for data management and analytics success.[2]Companies with modernized IT:are nearly 7x more likely to report their analytics environments are very effective at driving business value than aging IT companies.are 6x more likely than aging IT orgs to report analytics are increasing customer spend.report that analytics are reducing the cost of business operations at nearly triple the rate of those with aging IT.are 5x more likely than aging IT companies to report that analytics are helping uncover new market opportunities.report analytics are shortening time to market nearly 3x more often than those with aging IT. Conclusion? Data management and analytics, done right, enable businesses to capture value-driving insights that help the business win in the marketplace. In order to run top-notch analytics, you need modern servers with the latest technology to enable your pursuits.To dive deeper into this topic and learn how raw data is refined into actionable insights for your business, read our blog Is Data the New Crude Oil.To learn more about how Dell EMC servers can assist you with data management and analytics workloads, visit our server page and follow us @DellEMCServers.[1] Moor Insights & Strategy, Leveraging Server Architectures to Win in the Datacentric Era, July 2019.[2] ESG, Measuring the Value of Data and Analytics Inside Modernized IT Departments, August 2019.last_img read more

Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began have crossed a million and hospitals in some hard-hit areas are near capacity. Indonesia’s Health Ministry said that new daily infections rose by 13,094 on Tuesday. The total number of deaths was now at 28,468. The ministry’s data showed hospitals in world’s fourth most populous country are approaching 70% capacity nationwide, but there are some areas where that number is higher. The 1 million case milestone comes just weeks after Indonesian launched a massive campaign to inoculate two-thirds of the country’s 270 million people, with President Joko Widodo receiving the first shot of a Chinese-made vaccine.last_img read more