Data and the Human Spirit

first_imgThe 19-year-old geology and geophysics major at Yale University is starting off on his quest to be the youngest – and fastest – individual to walk to the South Pole in an unsupported Coast-to-Pole attempt. And he has the credentials, having traveled to the North Pole three times by age 18.The Willis Resilience Expedition will kick off on the Ross Ice Shelf next month, sponsored by Willis, the world’s oldest insurance broker, and by EMC. Parker will be walking 12 hours per day in temperatures between -18°F and -76°F for a total of 397 miles not only to set a record, but also to deploy and test a new type of weather station, survey static isotope levels in surface snow, and collect tritium data for more accurate dating of snow and ice cores, all in service of a better understanding of climate change.The science is fascinating (nerdy, but fascinating) and if you’re interested, you should check out EMC’s DataLab to view data visualizations that put Parker’s Antarctic adventure in context. But perhaps just as important will be the conversation he inspires.And that’s the first reason that EMC has chosen to sponsor Parker. Climate change is one of the greatest material sustainability issues for EMC. After all, most of the energy used to run our products at our customers’ sites is still generated from fossil fuels.But more importantly, it is an issue of unprecedented proportions that is facing us all. Every nation will be affected – if they aren’t already being affected – by climate change. There are no communities whose children and grandchildren will avoid its long-term impact. We are hoping that stories like Parker’s will make it personal enough to turn up the volume on climate change discussions, bringing more minds and spirits together to innovate solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.EMC’s other primary purpose is to highlight the role of data and data analytics in understanding complex systems such as the Earth’s climate. The power of Big Data is that even when systems are too complex to fully understand all the linkages and causal pathways, Big Data can still reveal patterns that help us understand and predict behavior. The data Parker is collecting will be used by glaciologists, climatologists, data scientists, and others to gain greater insight into how our climate has behaved in the past and how it is responding to changes that have been taking place since the Industrial Revolution.The third reason may not have been conscious, but I have to think we were inspired by the cultural fit. Parker clearly believes in the power of the individual to make change. He is courageous, energetic, smart, and passionate. And maybe just a teeny bit crazy. In short, he reminds us of ourselves at EMC.Data and the human spirit. What do they have to do with each other? Everything! Data: Cold, impersonal, intellectual, left-brained, inquiring.Human spirit: Hot, personal, emotional, right-brained, inspiring.What do they have to do with each other? Disparate though they may seem, nearly every important advance in the annals of human knowledge has arisen at the intersection of data and the human spirit.There are countless examples throughout history of people who have exhibited incredible courage to collect, analyze, understand, and communicate the implications of new information. Just a few from the past include Galileo, Marie Curie, and Charles Darwin. From the present: Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, and Sylvia Earle. From the future: Who knows? Maybe Parker Liautaud will be one of them!last_img read more

Knowledge Base for OS Upgrades and Thunderbolt Troubleshooting

first_imgDirect2Dell is designed to bring you news and stories about Dell people, products, services, partners and customers. Often those customers need support for their Dell products. For that, our Dell Support team continuously updates a library of articles called the Knowledge Base.In an effort to make that information even easier to find when you need it, each Friday I will bring you a list of the most highly reviewed articles with appropriate responses to the latest trends we are seeing in our customer inquiries.With these publications you can stay informed about the latest troubleshooting guides and resolutions across various client system lines.Questions about these issues should be left in our Support Forums where trained staff are available to assist, rather than commenting here on Direct2Dell.You can also contact Dell Customer Service or Dell Technical Support for assistance. And, as always, our @DellCares and @DellCaresPro teams are just a tweet away for help.This week we’ve seen a lot of interest in these topics:Battery FAQ – Learn all about performance, swelling, lifespan, and more!Chromebook 3180/3189 systems could exhibit an issue in the LCDGet the most out of an aging system with our performance tipsWe’ve taken the guess work out of your OS upgrade and validated the Creators Update on these systemsHow to best troubleshoot issues with a Dell Thunderbolt dockHow to Use and Troubleshoot G-SyncUpgrade and Updates – Windows 10 supportFix errors after clearing TPM in Windows 10 Creator’s EditionAccess UEFI (BIOS) System Setup from Windows on your Dell SystemFind all our best imaging tips & solutions in one placeDidn’t see your question here? Check what was trending last week to see if it’s there.last_img read more

Modern Server Infrastructure can make a Massive Difference for Customers

first_imgIn the third of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we look at how making the move to implement a modern server infrastructure dramatically accelerates IT Transformation. In today’s digital economy, faster IT typically results in a competitive business advantage. A modern IT infrastructure is critical for customers who want to stay ahead of the game, because it comes with higher levels of process automation—which, in turn, drives increased speed, agility, scalability, reliability and cost-savings.Implementing a modernized infrastructure is one of the fundamental steps in any customer’s journey towards transforming their IT. And you have the ability to make it an easy and effective move for your customers—because the entire Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio is designed to deliver IT Transformation without compromise.Encourage customers to modernize their ITWhat makes for a modern server environment? Essentially, it’s an infrastructure that focuses on operational cost-efficiency and puts automation at the forefront.Powered by the latest generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, all PowerEdge servers are built from the ground up around three key tenets: scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security—making them the bedrock of the modern data center.Implementing a smart server refresh to the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge technology is a decision that’s likely to pay for itself several times over in terms of operational improvements and cost efficiencies.It’s also important for your customers and prospects to understand that a modernized server environment has a dramatic influence on an organization’s IT maturity.How a modernized server environment affects IT maturityEarlier this year, ESG conducted a survey of 4,000 IT executives from private- and public-sector organizations across 16 countries to evaluate their progress in embracing IT Transformation1—and rank them as ‘Legacy’, ‘Emerging’, ‘Evolving’ or ‘Transformed’.In general, 85% of the organizations that achieved ‘Transformed’ status met the criteria for a modern server environment. In fact, ‘Transformed’ organizations were 42.5X more likely to operate a modern server environment than ‘Legacy’ organizations. That’s a quite staggering statistic.The research showed that a modern server environment measurably affects an organization’s IT maturity – improving a spectrum of IT- and business-related performance indicators.In its Research Insights Brief on the importance of a modern server infrastructure2, ESG states that a true modern server environment addresses several areas. Servers must have the performance to run distributed and rapidly scaling workloads. At the same time, the environment must be efficient enough to minimize the organization’s capital and operational costs. And servers should have security baked in—that is, embedded into the hardware and firmware of the device itself—preventing unauthorized changes or updates and adding a foundational layer to an organization’s defense-in-depth security posture.Does that sound familiar? It should, because Dell EMC PowerEdge ticks all these boxes and more…Modernized IT delivers tangible business benefitsThe benefits of a modernized server infrastructure are indisputable. The ESG research found that organizations operating modern server environments (with more automated tasks than manual):Enjoy faster application deployments and are more responsive to the rest of the business.Are able to move staff away from routine management to focus on more strategic IT projects.Operate compute environments they believe are as good as or better than public cloud services in terms of cost, agility, scalability and security. An easy way to accelerate IT TransformationA modern, automated server environment is a key component of IT Transformation—and it’s a relatively easy way for your customers to make significant progress on that journey.How many of your customers and prospects haven’t yet made the move to modernize their IT Infrastructure? It’s an opportunity just waiting to be fulfilled…Read and share the full ESG Research Insights Brief >>Learn more about the role of a modern server environment in improved operational performance and start speaking to your prospects and customers today. You can also use the free ESG online assessment tool with them to demonstrate the opportunities and value of IT Transformation.Explore our dedicated IT Transformation campaign and marketing tools >> The full research findings make for compelling reading. In its study, ESG found that companies with modern, highly automated server infrastructures:Completed 14% more IT projects ahead of schedule.Were 2.5X more likely to run an on-site compute environment that is cost-competitive with the public cloud.Were more than 2.5X as likely to be more secure than public cloud services.Managed 82% more VMs per admin.Saw a 39% reduction in time spent on routine management.Were more than 3.5x as likely to operate an on-site compute environment matching or exceeding the agility of public clouds.Were 2.5X more likely to execute most application deployments ahead of schedule. See how a modernized server environment affects IT Transformation—delivering tangible benefits for businesses of all sizes 1 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value’, March 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Brief, ‘Transform Your IT with Modern Server Infrastructure’, May 2018.last_img read more

Magic Three-peat: Gartner Recognizes Dell EMC as a Leader in Distributed File and Object Storage for Third Year in a Row

first_imgFor the third straight year, Dell EMC has been recognized by Gartner as a leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. We feel the report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help enterprises manage the rapid growth in unstructured data. Per Gartner, by 2022, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, up from 40% in 2018.Around the world, organizations are realizing that data is their most valuable asset. As a leader in this space, Dell EMC takes the responsibility to act as a trusted advisor when it comes to maximizing data value and providing solutions that help the world unlock data capital, which is the value created from leveraging data for deriving business insights and operational excellence.The Dell EMC Unstructured Data portfolio consists of Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC ECS. With more than 10 years of proven market leadership, Isilon is Dell EMC’s scale-out NAS platform. Last year, we announced Isilon’s Generation 6 hardware platform, which includes all-flash, hybrid, and archive systems. The modular design of the Gen-6 platform allows customers to easily upgrade performance or capacity independently as their needs evolve.As Dell EMC’s flagship object storage offering, ECS is designed specifically for next-generation apps that demand massive unstructured data storage capacity, global access and cloud-scale economics. In addition to object protocols, ECS supports file and Hadoop (HDFS) protocols, which enable customers to consolidate data from multiple sources into one single, global storage platform. The newly announced ECS EX-Series provides organizations with unparalleled flexibility, starting in smaller capacity increments, while remaining ready and able to grow as their needs change in the future.Not only have we made significant enhancements with both product lines, we have also improved the overall customer experience with Dell EMC.  Both Isilon and ECS are part of Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Loyalty Program, which provides customer satisfaction, efficiency and migration guarantees so Dell EMC customers can enjoy purchase peace of mind when choosing to partner with us.We believe Gartner Magic Quadrants help customers gain a quick overview and understanding of a market’s competing technology providers and their ability to deliver on what end users require today, and in the future [1]. Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant recognizes Dell EMC as a leader in Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute within the Distributed File and Object Storage category.Ready to do more with your own unstructured data? Learn more about Isilon and ECS platforms and contact us for more details.Read the full Gartner report.With this newest report, Dell EMC is now positioned in more than 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel the continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage. [1] https://www.gartner.com/en/research/methodologies/magic-quadrants-researchMagic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object StorageBy Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, John McArthurPublished 18 October 2018This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from [insert client name or reprint URL].Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more

How Your IT Team Can Take Advantage of Predictive Analytics

first_imgIs your company aiming to be a leader in the field of predictive analytics? New research suggests it should. ESG research finds that AI-enabled organizations considered to be the “Most Advanced” IT shops are 2.6x more likely to lead the competition in business intelligence and analytics.Organizations that are categorized as “Most Advanced” use:Modern servers with extensive automation capabilities (i.e., automated updating, monitoring, configuring, provisioning, and issue remediation).Accelerators such as GPUs or FPGAs to support AI workloads.Converged/hyperconverged infrastructure to support AI workloads.ESG refers to the “Most Advanced” AI-enabled organizations as Stage 3, with the “Least Advanced” being Stage 1. Stage 3 companies are nearly 7x more likely to be market leaders when it comes to the development, deployment, and tuning of AI models, including those used for predictive analytics. In fact, 74% of Stage 3 organizations are developing, deploying, and tuning AI models for predictive analytics in production today. Compare this to only 55% of Stage 1 organizations.[1] Being a leader in the field of predictive analytics means reaping a host of benefits like more accurate business planning, better strategic decision making, and an improved ability to identify and take advantage of trends.A new eBook from Dell EMC, The Compute Infrastructure Needed for Predictive Analytics, explores the benefits of being an AI-enabled organization. It takes a deep dive into the ideal infrastructure needed to run a predictive analytics/machine learning environment like Spark on Hadoop. As ESG research shows, in order to boost your predictive analytics powers, it helps to have automated servers.When you replace your aging servers with modern servers that have automation capabilities, you can expect:[2]43% faster deployments43% higher systems reliability38% faster updates of applications37% less time spent on routine, manual IT infrastructure managementWhat does this mean? Modern servers enable your organization to have faster access to insights. Your analytics servers will be up and running lightning fast. Also, you will experience minimal downtime for processing data. All servers recommended for running Hadoop and Spark in the eBook provide compelling automation options. Our premier server management platform, the OpenManage portfolio, offers RESTful APIs. The APIs allow you to script many aspects of your server deployment, maintenance, and provisioning. You can write a script, set it, and forget it. OpenManage Integrations also support the Ansible framework with OpenManage Ansible Modules. These allow IT to automate in a multi-vendor scenario. The modules are delivered as pre-written scripts for fine-tuned automation.To learn more about the two other compute criteria essential for AI, read the ESG paper. To dive deeper into setting up your ideal infrastructure for predictive analytics and machine learning, download the Dell EMC eBook on this topic.[1] ESG, Three Transformational Compute Technologies Verified to Accelerate AI and Business Value, November 2019.[2] Forrester Consulting, Insights from Modernized IT: How to Achieve the Greatest Success as You Automate, November 2018.last_img read more

Bolsonaro allies win in Congress and slow impeachment drive

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has helped elect two allies to the top jobs in both houses of Congress, a success that is expected to help help him blunt a campaign by protesters who have been calling for the conservative leader to be impeached. Deputy Arthur Lira of the center-right Progressive party was chosen Monday as speaker in the Chamber of Deputies and Sen. Rodrigo Pacheco of the center-right Democrats party was elected as the Senate president. Any impeachment move would have to start in the lower house. Analysts say Bolsonaro still faces a tough road. He abandoned his own party shortly after being elected president two years ago, and has struggled to find support for his policies in a complicated congressional landscape of many parties.last_img

Puerto Rico to get billions for storm aid, reconstruction

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials say Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help prepare the U.S. territory for hurricanes and other disasters. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said Tuesday that the money assigned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would be used for infrastructure projects and economic development. He said Puerto Rico also now has access to $3.2 billion to continue rebuilding from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Congress had assigned $67 billion to help with reconstruction efforts after the hurricanes devastated the island in September 2017, but of the $43 billion obligated, Puerto Rico has only received $18 billion.last_img