Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node combines powerful Dell PowerEdge servers and the software-defined block storage capabilities of ScaleIO to deliver endless server SAN possibilities. Offering All-Flash and Hybrid configurations, the ScaleIO Ready Node is pre-validated, tested and configured to provide the best performance possible. Meet your business objectives while greatly simplifying the process of procuring and deploying a server SAN.I caught up with Brian Lewis (@v_Lewis) at the Dell EMC Forum in Minneapolis, he had on the details of the ScaleIO Ready node family.Get The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
The general session at the 2018 Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World provided a perfect stage to showcase our channel executives as they highlight the Dell Technologies vision, and partner enablement programs.The Global Partner Summit also provides an opportunity to address the specific needs of a global organization. The regional/international breakouts are designed to address those specific needs.I sat down with Tian Beng (@Tian_Beng_Ng), senior vice president and general manager APJ Channels, to get an international perspective of the conference, our channel partners and customers.Ng talks about the “extraordinary year” celebrated by the APJ team in 2017 and looks forward to 2018. With over 500 partners making the trip from APJ to Las Vegas, Ng was more than happy to share the excitement and opportunity ahead for Dell Technologies and our partners.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
How does digital transformation impact Vertical Solution Providers (VSPs) and what are the associated threats and opportunities? In my view, VSPS are to the forefront of the digital transformation charge, increasingly adding sensors and software analytics to their solutions to allow customers extract incremental value.The big game changerOf course, technology continues to be the big game changer. IoT sensors have dramatically reduced in price and with consumption-based pricing models, the Cloud has become a cost effective option for even small and medium sized business to consider. While not yet mainstream, we are increasingly seeing Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning plus Virtual and Augmented Reality being adopted. At the same time, VSPs are under increasing pressure from customers to offer flexible deployment options and innovative pricing models.Data rules OKData continues to be central – the so-called new currency of the marketplace. However, it needs to be captured, secured, managed, stored, and analyzed, sometimes in real-time to trigger automatic actions – just think of autonomous vehicles. Increasingly, data also needs to be integrated and combined with other data sources in order to generate unique business insights and facilitate new revenue streams or customer services.All of this means that Vertical Solution Providers are uniquely positioned to leverage data to transform a whole range of industries and in the process ensure their own businesses remain competitive and relevant.Be data-centric and outcomes focusedThis is pretty exciting stuff as the implications for business model innovation for VPS and their customers are huge. However, to exploit this opportunity, VSPs need to adopt a data-centric approach when designing solutions.It’s all about thinking long-term business outcomes versus short-term product solutions. After all, in our connected world, making money is not limited to physical product sales; other revenue streams after the initial product sale, including value-added services, subscriptions, and apps, can easily exceed the initial solution purchase price.Foster partnershipsThere’s also a need to take off any blinkers and look outside for inspiration. Instead of just focusing on developing your own capabilities – important as that continues to be – you should also think about how you will monetize your product and how your product can allow others to also generate value.My top tips for successDesign solutions that can scale to meet customer’s growing data needs today and in the future. For example, if you are building a surveillance solution that can protect a building, how can it scale to protect the neighborhood or indeed the entire city? Think ahead.Design tailored solutions that will optimize the performance of your application. Remember –not all workloads are created equal. There are horses for courses. Some workloads require rapid response time (low latency). For example, in financial markets, the execution time of a high frequency trade is counted in microseconds. Others like photo and video sharing need the capacity to store and archive vast amount of data.Have a data strategy in mind when building your solutions. How can you monetize the data your solutions are capturing in order to maximize value for you and your customers?Some use cases are becoming more mature such as predictive/proactive maintenance, but keep an open mind as the possibilities for new ideas are endless. I am seeing exciting innovation from start-ups across all verticals, for example solutions that identify patterns to measure customer satisfaction, and offer preventive actions to retain business or detect fraud more efficiently.The good news is that Dell EMC OEM has a long track record of partnering with VSPs. In May of this year, we unveiled hyperconvergence upgrades, designed for customers that are grappling with ongoing digital transformation efforts, and the pressure to deliver higher performance and greater automation.For example, our PowerMax storage enterprise line now includes sNVMe support and a built-in machine learning engine while XtremIO all-flash array offers native replication for the first time and a lower entry-level price. In the server arena, we expanded our PowerEdge portfolio and recently announced bundled server solutions designed to accelerate AI-driven workloads.Leading the chargeIn conclusion, I believe that VSPs are poised to disrupt different industries and drive positive societal change. Just think of the potential for better patient care, more efficient manufacturing plus smarter and safer digital cities.In upcoming blogs, I plan to look at this topic in more detail and discuss how it relates to specific vertical industries. In the meantime, do you have tips to share? What has been your experience of digital transformation? I welcome your comments and questions. Do join the conversation.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: www.dellemc.com/oemCheck out the Dell EMC All-Flash and Hybrid storage portfolio, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors here.Learn more about Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI, Machine and Deep Learning here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/Blopz and @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month. Residents and workers at aged-care facilities, frontline healthcare workers and quarantine workers are being prioritized. Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the provisional approval for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Australia is aiming to complete inoculations by October. Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, health officials in New Zealand say genome tests indicate the country’s most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. They’re investigating how the breach happened.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Hartford Courant triumphed Monday in its challenge to a Connecticut law sealing some juvenile court proceedings, including records in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in Manhattan. It rejected a 2019 Connecticut law that kept secret the identities of juveniles when their cases were transferred to adult court. Records would only be unsealed if they were convicted. A three-judge appeals panel said the law was not narrow enough to be constitutional. The decision came in a lawsuit challenging the law filed by the newspaper and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The Connecticut attorney general’s office said it was considering next steps.
BANGKOK (AP) — The man installed by army leaders as Myanmar’s new president after Monday’s military coup is best known abroad for his role in the crackdown on 2007 pro-democracy protests. Myint Swe was the army-appointed vice president who was elevated after the military arrested civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of her party and declared a one-year state of emergency. But while Myint Swe is president, the real power lies with the country’s top military commander, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. He has been commander of the armed forces since 2011 and is due to retire soon. That would clear the way for him to take a civilian leadership role if the junta holds elections as promised.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say there is no specific threat of an attack connected to the Super Bowl and related events despite concerns about the rise of white supremacist extremism. The FBI has made several arrests in the Tampa area of people who allegedly took part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. But Tampa FBI chief Michael McPherson said Wednesday no links have been found indicating something similar might occur at Sunday’s NFL championship game. It will be different than any other, coming amid the coronavirus pandemic that will limit attendance. Law enforcement officials are still treating the game as a major security event, with 70 different agencies involved.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities face pressure to find more than two dozen people allegedly abducted by security forces before or after last month’s presidential election, whose outcome has been rejected by the main opposition candidate as fraudulent. The internal affairs minister told lawmakers at least 31 of 44 alleged kidnapping victims “are yet to be traced.” It was the first time a top Ugandan official had acknowledged the reported abductions. The election season was the most violent in years, with security forces accused of cracking down on supporters of opposition challenger Bobi Wine. He asserts that 3,000 of his followers are missing.