Big Data is one of the hottest topics in business right now and continues to be at the forefront of organizations’ strategy, particularly as it has the potential to transform IT departments into empowered strategic partners within business. To better understand this trend, we asked customers at EMC Forums this year to tell us about their Big Data strategies.We asked over 10,500 IT professionals, technical architects, data scientists and storage/infrastructure managers from more than 50 countries to share where they currently are in their Big Data implementation and where they plan to be, as well as how IT innovation helps them compete locally and globally.Some of the global results took me truly by surprise. Nearly one-third of the companies report they do not have any current plans to implement Big Data technology. This is the equivalent of leaving volumes of consumer insight unexplored, which could mean lost sales opportunities or inefficient operational processes – both of which hinder business growth and agility.Interestingly, this data point is balanced by 79% reporting that they believe using Big Data will lead to better decision-making. Encouraging to be sure! In fact, 36% said they have already achieved a competitive advantage as a result of using Big Data.Moreover, 76% of these IT decision-makers report that their business believes technology investment is a strategic way to achieve its goals. Further indication that with validation, IT investments are possible in the near future.So the majority recognizes the value of Big Data and is in companies that value investing in IT transformation. I choose to view this optimistically and expect 2014 to be an important year for adopting Big Data in new ways.Our EMC Forum series creates a network of peers learning together and will continue in 2014. Check out the EMC Forum website for more information and click on specific countries to see survey results for IT leaders near you.
Acquisitions can be a bit like buses…you wait around for an hour and then, suddenly, three show up at once. That’s what happened today at EMC. We announced a three-acquisition convoy to accelerate our customers’ adoption of hybrid cloud.Unless you’ve been buried in datacenter sans-Internet for the last few years, you know of the excitement surrounding the emergence of OpenStack, an open source project that enables users to build infrastructure clouds by virtualizing and controlling pools of compute, storage and network resources. The first EMC acquisition announced today is San Francisco-based Cloudscaling, a leading provider of OpenStack-powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud solutions. In case you didn’t know, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias and team also happen to be founding members of the OpenStack Foundation.Cloudscaling’s Open Cloud System (OCS) provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud, and supports a new generation of cloud-based applications that provides the agility, performance and economic benefits of leading public cloud services, but it is deployed in customer data centers and, therefore, remains under the control of IT. The addition of Cloudscaling will provide EMC customers with multiple options for running private and hybrid clouds and will heElp EMC accelerate its OpenStack-powered infrastructure offerings. We have some pretty exciting things planned over the next year, so stay tuned for more updates on EMC’s OpenStack strategy. The Cloudscaling team will join CJ Desai’s Emerging Technologies Division.One of the biggest revelations within the research is that organizations recognizing maximum business value from hybrid cloud also have a deep understanding of the workload requirements of their applications. Through the research, we see six particular requirements rise to the top for consideration: performance, security, compliance, storage, data protection and automation. The other EMC acquisitions announced today target one of these requirements in particular: data protection.The first is Mountain View, California-based Maginatics, whose technology enables organizations to leverage public and private clouds as a backup “device.” The addition of Maginatics extends EMC’s cloud data protection strategy by enabling unified data protection and management across disparate private, public and hybrid clouds. Maginatics technology also enables efficient data mobility across multiple clouds with data deduplication, WAN optimization, handling of large objects and multi-threading. We plan to integrate Maginatics technology with existing EMC data protection software, storage and services as part of our Core Technologies Division, led by Guy Churchward.Last, but by no means least (we’re going alphabetically here, so someone has to go third!), is the acquisition of Austin-based Spanning. Spanning provides subscription-based backup and recovery for born-in-the-cloud applications and data. Spanning solutions prevent business interruption due to data loss in Google Apps and Salesforce.com (with support for Microsoft Office 365 in the first half of 2015). The combination of EMC’s data protection portfolio and Spanning’s capabilities will accelerate our ability to help users confidently deploy data protection solutions across all applications and workloads, regardless of where the data is created or where the applications reside.It goes without saying that we’re excited to be bringing such phenomenal technology into the EMC portfolio. However, as EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden always says: “We’re a people company, focused on technology.” Hence, it gives me great pleasure to personally welcome Randy Bias and the Cloudscaling team, Amarjit Gil and the Maginatics team, and Jeff Erramouspe and the Spanning team to the EMC family.So, with our three buses having arrived … next stop … EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.
VxRack SDDC now has integration with the latest VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 with cloud management and automation for on-premises IT-as-a-ServiceVxRack SDDC has new configurations built on VxRail hardware with Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th Generation servers for more powerful and predictable performance including support for NVIDIA GPUs to support VDI use casesVMware Validated Designs 4.2 with VxRail allows customers to build a complete software-defined data center, reduces risk, and simplifies operations and maintenance by building a validated standardized SDDC design based on VMware best practicesVxRail has continued innovation with addition of NVMe cache drives, 25 GB/s connectivity, Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with high memory options, and NVIDIA P40 GPU processorsIn just two years, Dell EMC has had remarkable customer adoption of its HCI solutions jointly developed with VMware, helping to solidify Dell EMC as a market leader in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), as recognized by both Gartner and IDC. VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the only HCI engineered systems powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers co-engineered and pre-tested with VMware. VxRail is the standard for rapidly and predictably transforming VMware environments powered by vSAN, and VxRack SDDC is the only rack scale HCI system architected in unison with VCF – making it the simplest way to deploy VCF.The continued market success of our world-class HCI solutions is achieved with the help of many including VMware, Intel, our partners around the globe, our Dell team, and most notably, our success is due to our customers who inspire our rapid innovation and demand our superior technology.You can read our full product announcement here. The Enterprise Strategy Group, 2018, “ESG Research Insights Paper: Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value” Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Analyst(s): John McArthur, George J. Weiss, Kiyomi Yamada, Hiroko Aoyama, Philip Dawson, Arun Chandrasekaran, Julia Palmer, Published: 6 February 2018 IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, December 21, 2017. VxRail and VxRack SDDC clear the path to an end-to-end VMware CloudToday’s business climate is a race to disrupt or be disrupted, or more appropriately, get on the cloud or get rained on. The ESG 2018 IT Transformation Maturity Study reveals that 81 percent of customers agree that “if my IT organization does not embrace IT transformation, we will not be a competitive company.” Our customers know that IT must transform in order to be seen as a strategic business enabler.As I visit a lot of our customers around the world, I have learned that HCI has become the new standard for most workloads, small and big, test dev or mission critical. No matter where you are in your transformation journey, VxRail and VxRack SDDC allow customers to reap the benefits of both a hybrid and multi-cloud environment, by simplifying and extending VMware environments with scale-out, software-defined, and cloud-enabled technologies across servers, storage, and HCI systems. Fully automated and optimized for performance, scalability, and user experience, VxRail and VxRack SDDC are designed to support multiple workloads, and serve as the on-premises platform for private cloud environments. Through infrastructure modernization, a distinct path to hybrid cloud is created. IT can then provide the business with a self-service experience and exceptional speed to delivery with automation and lifecycle management.Here are some of our latest and most exciting innovations:VxRack SDDC has the most advanced VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) engineered system with automation & serviceability extensions::Direct access to support, articles, Dell EMC Community, and eServices,Enhanced management experience with events viewable in vCenter and updates integrated into the SDDC Manager LCM and security frameworkProactive call home support and automated dispatch support for parts replacement improves SLA uptime and reducing time to resolution
Do you know that strange mixture of excitement and worry when you switch jobs? Excited to start something new, but also worried to leave behind what you’ve worked so hard for over recent years (and that works so well). Well, I’m in that place right now. And it got me thinking about why I accepted the challenge.The quick answer is this: change is the only constant in life and when opportunity knocks, you’d better act on it. As John Lennon wrote: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”The longer answer sounds like this: at Dell EMC, we pride ourselves in bringing transformation solutions to our customers in the fields of digital, IT, security and workforce.But, to me,there’s an additional transformation that underpins all of them: ‘people transformation’. As people and employees, we have to fully embrace change. It’s the best way to stay ahead and serve our customers better. It’s something everybody should do and every company should enable. People transformation may very well be the most important type of transformation there is.People transformationWhen people are open to transformation, all other forms of transformation will become easier as well. As such, people transformation brings balance to other forms of change.One example of the impact of people transformation is how managers and leaders assume their roles and how this has changed dramatically. These days, top down is out, being an influencer is in. Strong managers and leaders have become facilitators for the employees who now hold the primary ownership role in execution. Managers and leaders now point out to their teams and colleagues how the dots in our complex business world are connected. And really, really smart managers and leaders can consolidate all the available dots and paint, from this, an exciting vision of where we’re heading as a team and as a company.People transformation amongst managers and leaders is about creating the right environment and conditions (open, caring, constructive, inclusive – we will come back to that later) to enable change. It is also about fueling the right transformational mindset amongst individual employees. It stimulates everyone to become an even stronger professional so that we can all serve the customer better. And as we all know: “Customers will never love a company until employees love it first.”*Coming full circlePeople transformation comes full circle when people understand why transformation happens; where we’re heading together and what the role of each of us is. Doing that is an ongoing balancing act for everyone involved. Not just managers and leaders; also for employees who are increasingly considered the leaders of their own destiny and success. And when you combine that type of leadership across your whole organization, you get a multiplier for business success. As the world around us changes all the time, people and businesses must follow suite.This will be a key objective for me in my new role as Chief of Staff for a massive pan-European organization here at Dell EMC. It’s one of the main reasons that made me decide to embark on this new journey. To help my colleagues see how the dots are connected and how it all adds up to a meaningful, well-balanced picture that will ultimately benefit them, as well as all our customers.People transformation is a constant in life, both personally and business-wise.* Quote by Simon Sinek.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve this week will likely underscore its commitment to its low-interest rate policies, even as the economy recovers further from the devastation of the viral pandemic. Chair Jerome Powell is sure to strike a dovish tone at a news conference after the Fed’s latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. He may, in particular, aim to puncture any speculation that the Fed might soon curtail its aggressive efforts to support the economy, including its bond purchase program that aims to hold down long-term interest rates.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A federal lawsuit demanding that Facebook prevent militias and hate groups from using the site after a militia used the platform to draw armed people to anti-police brutality protests in Wisconsin is over. The lawsuit named Facebook, the Kenosha Guard militia and Kyle Rittenhouse as defendants. Rittenhouse is charged with killing two men during the August demonstrations in Kenosha. The lawsuit alleged Facebook was negligent in allowing the Kenosha Guard to put out a call for militia members to go to the city. The Kenosha News reports the plaintiffs’ attorney filed a notice of dismissal on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is backing off for now on a plan to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to the 40 prisoners held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Pentagon chief spokesman John Kirby says in a tweet that the Defense Department will be “pausing” the plan to give the vaccination to those held at Guantanamo while it reviews measures to protect troops who work there. The U.S. military announced earlier this month that it plans to offer the vaccine to prisoners as it vaccinates personnel at the detention center. The plan drew some criticism after reports that the vaccination of prisoners would start in the coming days.
A congressional investigation has found levels of arsenic, lead and other toxic metals in many popular baby foods, including organic brands. In a report released Thursday, a U.S. House Subcommittee said it requested internal data from seven companies, including Walmart and Gerber, in 2019. The data showed levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers those harmful to human health. The metals can remain in the environment for decades from past pesticide and herbicide use. Baby food makers and the FDA say the metals are in many foods, and they are making progress in removing them.