Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery just received a Sheltered Harbor endorsement!
Find out what this means for financial services organisations looking for a Sheltered Harbor-certified turnkey data vault!
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : Endorsed by Sheltered Harbor!
On 10 November 2020, Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery was officially endorsed by Sheltered Harbor – the non-profit initiative to improve the stability and resiliency of the financial sector.
This is the culmination of two years of work between Dell and Sheltered Harbor teams, to develop a solution designed for financial services organisations.
If your organisation is a Sheltered Harbor participant, or eligible to be one, you can now purchase and quickly deploy the Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery – a turnkey data vault that meets all of the stringent Sheltered Harbor criteria.
The Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery Solution for Sheltered Harbour helps participants achieve compliance with data vaulting standards and certification, and plan for operational resilience and recovery against any cyber attack.
If your organisation is not part of the Sheltered Harbor community, you can still deploy PowerProtect Cyber Recovery to protect your data with the same stringent Sheltered Harbor standards.
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : What Is It?
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery is an on-premise turnkey data vaulting solution that protects customers from all kinds of cyber threats.
Its CyberSense analytics and machine learning capabilities allow customers to monitor data integrity, ensuring the continued quality of their data.
It also comes with forensic tools to let customers discover, diagnose and remediate ongoing attacks.
Dell Technologies just introduced Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads on VMware vSphere 7!
Join us for the tech briefing on both new Dell EMC computing solutions for VMware, and find out how it can simplify your advanced computing needs!
Simplified Advanced Computing With Dell EMC Ready Solutions
Let’s start with the Dell Technologies briefing on the two new Dell EMC Ready solutions for both AI and virtualised HPC workloads.
Based on VMware Cloud Foundation, they are designed to make AI easier to deploy and consume, with new features from VMware vSphere 7, including Bitfusion.
Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service (GaaS)
GPUs in individual workstations or servers are often under-utilised at less than 15% of capacity. The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service fixes that and maximises your investment with virtual GPU pools.
The newest design includes the latest VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion, making it possible to virtualise GPUs on-premise. Factory-installed by Dell, VMware vSphere 7 with Bitfusion will let developers and data scientists pool IT resources and share them across datacenters.
Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI : GPU-as-a-Service also uses the latest VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 support for Kubernetes and containerised applications to run AI workloads anywhere. Containers make it easier to bring cloud-native applications into production, with the ability to move workloads.
Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC
Most HPC workloads run on dedicated systems that require specialised skills to deploy and manage. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Virtualised HPC can include VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware vSphere 7 featuring Bitfusion.
That should make it simpler and more economical to use VMware environments for HPC and AI applications in computational chemistry, bioinformatics and computer-aided engineering. IT teams can quickly provision hardware as needed, speed up initial deployment and configuration, saving time with simpler centralised management and security.
For very large HPC implementations, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for vHPC can include VMware vSphere Scale-Out Edition for additional cost savings.
Dell EMC OpenManage for Dell EMC Ready Solutions
The new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Virtualised HPC ship with the Dell EMC OpenManage systems management software, which helps administrators improve system uptime, keep data insights flowing and prepare for AI operations.
New Dell EMC OpenManage improvements include :
OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter, supporting vSphere Lifecycle Manager, automates software, driver and firmware updates holistically to save time and simplify operations.
The enhanced OpenManage Mobile app gives administrators the ability to view power and thermal policies, perform emergency power reduction and monitor internal storage from anywhere in the world.
Dell Technologies just announced a slew of major updates to Dell EMC PowerMax, including Storage Class Memory (SCM) and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)!
Find out what Dell EMC has just announced for their PowerMax data storage family!
Industry First : Dell PowerMax With Storage Class Memory + NVMe over Fabrics!
Dell EMC PowerMax is the first-to-market with Storage Class Memory (SCM) as persistent storage. Specifically, they are offering the new dual-port Intel Optane SSDs that they co-developed with Intel.
Dell Technologies also announced that NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is now available for all PowerMax arrays, delivering true end-to-end NVMe for better performance and lower latency.
The new end-to-end NVMe on PowerMax capability is made possible by :
newly-qualified PowerMax 32Gb FC I/O modules,
32Gb Connectrix switches, directors and NVMe host adaptors
Dell EMC PowerPath multipathing software
Dell EMC PowerPath is the first enterprise-class SAN multipathing software with full support for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF).
According to Dell Technologies, this combination of Dell EMC PowerMax and Storage Class Memory will deliver these performance improvements :
Up to 15 million IOPS
Up to 350 GB/s bandwidth
Up to 50% better response time
Sub 100 µs (microseconds) read response time
In addition, PowerMax has a built-in machine learning engine that leverages predictive analytics and pattern recognition to automatically place data on the correct media type – SCM or Flash, based on its IO profile.
Dell PowerMax Now Supports Automation, Management + Containerised Workloads
Dell EMC PowerMax now allows for automated infrastructure operations and DevOps workflows, including containerised workloads, through these new features :
VMware vRealise Orchestrator (vRO) plug-in, available in the VMware Solutions Exchange, allows customers to develop end-to-end automation routines including provisioning, data protection and host operations.
Pre-built Ansible modules, available on Github, allow customers to create Playbooks for storage provisioning, snapshots and data management workflows for automated operations.
New Container Storage Interface (CSI) plug-in for PowerMax, available on Github, allows customers to provision and manage storage for containerised workloads running on Kubernetes.
Dell PowerMax Now Offers Cloud Flexibility
Customers can now incorporate Dell EMC PowerMax into their multi-cloud strategies in a variety of ways.
The newly-released Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Design for Dell EMC PowerMax lets organisations build their own hybrid cloud infrastructure with deployment flexibility for unique workloads, independent capacity scaling and integrated data protection.
Both PowerMax and Unity XT are the first to be validated by VMware Cloud Foundation with Fibre Channel as primary storage, in addition to existing support through Network File System (NFS) protocol.
At Dell Technologies Forum 2019, Dell Technologies announced their next-generation Data Domain protection storage appliances – the Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Appliance.
They also announced changes and improvements to Dell EMC Cyber Recovery and PowerProtect Software.
Here is everything you need to know about the new Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Appliances, as well as Cyber Recovery and PowerProtect software updates.
The Need For Dell EMC PowerProtect DD
As businesses become more data-driven, there is a corresponding increase in the amount of data they create and retain.
According to Dell EMC, organisations in Asia Pacific and Japan manage an average of 8.13 petabytes of data in 2018 – a 384% increase over 2016.
All that data is vulnerable, even if they are stored in the cloud. That’s where Dell EMC comes in with their PowerProtect DD Series Appliances.
They are designed to protect a business’ data storage, with the ability to quickly restore their systems in times of disruption to ensure business continuity.
Dell EMC PowerProtect DD for Multi-Cloud Data Protection
The new PowerProtect DD appliances are the latest addition to the Dell EMC PowerProtect portfolio. Designed to offer data protection for multi-cloud workloads, PowerProtect DD offers :
The PowerProtect DD appliances offer up to 38% faster backups, and up to 36% faster restores.
They can provide instant access and instant restores of up to 60,000 IOPS for up to 64 virtual machines, with support for 25 GbE and 100 GbE network speeds.
PowerProtect DD can provide up to 1.25 PB of usable capacity in a single rack, with hardware-assisted compression to increase logical capacity by up to 30%.
Its small footprint also saves power and cooling requirements by up to 35%, increasing ROI for organisations.
PowerProtect DD is scalable, with grow-in-place capacity expansion from 1 terabyte all the way to 1.25 petabytes.
Data Protection For Multi-Cloud Workloads
PowerProtect DD supports multiple public clouds, and can natively tier deduplicated data. It can also scale across on-premise and hybrid cloud environments.
Single Pane of Glass Management
Its PowerProtect DD Management Center allows for the aggregated management for multiple systems. Customers can monitor the health and status of all their appliances on-premise and in the cloud, as well as manage capacity and replications.
Improved Cyber Recovery + PowerProtect Software
Dell EMC also announced improvements to Cyber Recovery and PowerProtect Software :
Cyber Recovery now supports workloads protected with PowerProtect Software and stored on the new PowerProtect DD Series Appliances
Cyber Recovery can now automate restores from a secure and isolated vault, giving customers an additional layer of data protection
PowerProtect Software adds more integrated with VMware vSphere, offering simplified data protection management and self-service recovery
PowerProtect Software also now supports Dell EMC Cloud Disaster Recovery, allowing the automated disaster recovery of VMware workloads in the public cloud
Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Availability
The three new PowerProtect DD Series Appliances – PowerProtect DD6900, PowerProtect DD9400 and PowerProtect DD9900 – will be available globally 30 September 2019 onwards through Dell Technologies channel partners
Dell EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition and Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300, now branded Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition and Dell EMC PowerProtect DD3300, are available now
Enhancements to Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery and PowerProtect Software are available globally, with immediate effect.
Dell Technologies just revealed the final report for the 2020 Legacy of Good plan, which shows them ahead of schedule! Here are the full details…
The Dell 2020 Legacy Of Good Final Report
In 2013, Dell Technologies introduced the 2020 Legacy of Good with ambitious sustainability and social goals to put its technology and expertise to work to do the most good for people and the planet.
The final report, which was released today, details how Dell Technologies advanced progress and led many initiatives to solve complex global problems. Goals completed or that the company has made significant progress against so far include :
Reused 100 million pounds of recycled content, plastic and other sustainable materials in Dell Technologies’ new products (achieved 2020 goal ahead of schedule).
Developed and maintained sustainability initiatives in 100% of Dell Technologies-operated buildings (achieved 2020 goal ahead of schedule).
Reduced wastewater discharge in manufacturing by 4.56M cubic meters.
Reduced 64% of product portfolio energy intensity footprint.
Delivered 5 million service hours to communities globally through initiatives that focused on but were not limited to :
– Skills-based volunteering,
– mentoring students, and
– developing new nonprofit technology solutions (achieved 2020 goal of service hours).
Enabled eligible team members to participate in flexible work options and increased global participation to 60% (surpassed 2020 goal of 50%).
Achieved 89% or higher favorable responses in team member satisfaction globally (surpassed 2020 goal of 75%).
Allocated more than $3 billion dollars annually to diverse suppliers within supply chain programs and continued to qualify for the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
Rolled out company-wide foundational learning program focused on mitigating unconscious bias called Many Advocating Real Change (MARC) – with 100% participation from all executives globally.
Recognised byLinkedIn as a 2019 Top Company, by FairyGodBoss as a Top 10 Tech Company according to women working at Dell Technologies, by the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index as one of the best places to work for LGBTQ Equality (15 consecutive years) and by Ethisphere Institute as a World’s Most Ethical Company (6 consecutive years).
In other words, Dell Technologies is on track to complete or exceed over 75% of the goals ahead of schedule.
2020 Legacy Of Good : A Roadmap To 2030
The 2020 Legacy of Good plan set a strong foundation for Dell Technologies’ new 2030 social impact vision, Progress Made Real, which focuses in on three key areas :
cultivating inclusion, and
transforming lives with technology.
This new vision accelerates a path toward 2030 in an effort to begin tackling the greatest challenges facing Dell Technologies’ business and the world over the next decade.
Dell Technologies plans to release specific goals over the coming year and will continue to demonstrate transparent reporting practices.
Dell EMC just announced the availability of ADVA Ensemble on their Virtual Edge Platform (VEP), which adds more than 50 virtual network functions! Here are the full details!
ADVA Ensemble Now Available On Dell EMC VEP!
Dell EMC announced that they certified ADVA Ensemble, and will offer Ensemble on their VEP multi-function network device.
This gives Dell EMC VEP users a choice of more than 50 new virtual network functions like a virtual firewall, WAN optimisation, IoT, virtual test, voice, wireless and more!
These new capabilities by ADVA Ensemble will further elevate the universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) above and beyond the traditional and expensive fixed-function access hardware.
uCPE solutions like Dell EMC VEP use software-defined architecture, open networking and virtualisation to improve network access at a lower cost, and with much greater flexibility.
This allows servicer providers to leverage the benefits of the cloud, and accelerate their digital transformation, while taking advantage of new market opportunities more quickly.
ADVA Ensemble Connector on Dell EMC VEP
The Dell-ADVA agreement gives customer access to the ADVA Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem. This multi-vendor environment lets customers avoid vendor lock-in with access to a wider number of vendors and solutions.
With ADVA Ensemble Connector running on the Dell EMC VEP family, service providers and other enterprises will have the freedom to try out product offerings and create “try before you buy” programs.
ADVA Ensemble will be available on Dell EMC VEP worldwide by the end of June 2019.
Beth Phalen (President & General Manager of Dell EMC Data Protection), and
Chad Dunn (Vice President of Product Management, Dell EMC Hyperconverged Infrastructure)
The 2019 Dell EMC Unity XT
The next-generation Dell EMC Unity XT midrange storage system is up to 2X faster than its predecessor, and 67% faster than its nearest competitor.
Optimised for greater data efficiency with up to 5:1 data reduction and 85% system efficiency, the Unity XT is built for a multi-cloud world.
The new Unity XT can run in a public cloud, seamlessly move data to the cloud, and is available as a service through the new Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services. It can also be used as a building block for Dell Technologies Cloud, as part of a validated design.
Unity XT storage arrays use an active-active architecture, and is NVMe-ready. They are designed to simultaneously run applications, process file and block inline data reduction, while delivering operational data services.
Dell EMC Isilon Update
Dell EMC also announced a new Isilon release with greatly improved scalability, as well as enhanced cloud integration and security.
The new Isilon OneFS 8.2 provides up to 75% greater cluster scalability – up to 252 nodes, 58 PB of storage, and 945 GB/s of aggregate throughput per cluster!
Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services
To support enterprises looking to extend their on-premise infrastructure to public cloud, Dell Technologies is introducing the Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services.
The new Cloud Storage Services uses Dell EMC storage directly connected to the public cloud through a managed service provider, to give customers multi-cloud agility.
Furthermore, VMware customers can also leverage the automated disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) in VMware Cloud on AWS.
Dell EMC PowerProtect
Dell EMC also introduced their PowerProtect Software platform, and the Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 multi-dimensional appliance.
The Dell EMC PowerProtect Software platform delivers data protection, replication and reuse, as well as SaaS-based management and self-service capabilities. The data owner now has the autonomy to control backup and recovery operations.
VMware customers will benefit from a simple data management solution for their vSphere environments, with automated policy-based backup and recovery, as well as integration with vRealize Automation.
Available as a hybrid, or all-flash data management appliance, the Dell EMC PowerProtect X400 can scale-up with grow-in-place capacity expansion, and scale-out compute power and capacity.
It is also the first Dell EMC data management solution to leverage machine learning for intelligent load balancing.
Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance
For small- and medium-sized businesses looking for improved data protection in an integrated appliance, Dell EMC is offering the Dell EMC DP4400 Integrated Data Protection Appliance with 8 to 24 TB of storage.
The lower storage capacity version of IDPA DP4400 makes it ideal for smaller organisations. yet, it has the ability to grow-in-place up to 96 TB, with the purchase of licence keys and an upgrade kit.
In partnership with Intel, Dell Technologies announced the launch of five Dell AI Experience Zones across the APJ region!
Here is a quick primer on the new Dell AI Experience Zones, and what they mean for organisations in the APJ region!
The APJ Region – Ripe For Artificial Intelligence
According to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be amongst the top spending priorities for business leaders in APJ.
Half of those surveyed plan to invest in AI in the next one to three years, as part of their digital transformation strategy. However, 95% of companies face a lack of in-house expertise in AI.
This is where the five new Dell AI Experience Zones come in…
The Dell AI Experience Zones
The new AI Experience Zones are designed to offer both customers and partners a comprehensive look at the latest AI technologies and solutions.
Built into the existing Dell Technologies Customer Solution Centres, they will showcase how the Dell EMC High-Performance Computing (HPC) and AI ecosystem can help them address business challenges and seize opportunities.
All five AI Experience Zones are equipped with technology demonstrations built around the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. Powered by the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors, they are paired with advanced, open-source AI software like VINO, as well as Dell EMC networking and storage technologies.
Customers and partners who choose to leverage the new AI Experience Zones will receive help in kickstarting their AI initiatives, from design and AI expert engagements, to masterclass training, installation and maintenance.
“The timely adoption of AI will create new opportunities that will deliver concrete business advantages across all industries and business functions,” says Chris Kelly, vice president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies, APJ.
“Companies looking to thrive in a data drive era need to understand that investments in AI are no longer optional – they are business critical. Whilst complex in nature, it is imperative that companies quickly start moving from theoretical AI strategies to practical deployments to stay ahead of the curve.”
Dell AI Experience Zones In APJ
The five new AI Experience Zones that Dell Technologies and Intel announced are located within the Dell Technologies Customer Solution Centres in these cities :
One of the biggest stories from Dell Technologies World 2019 was the new Microsoft – Dell partnership. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself joined Michael Dell to talk about it!
The 2019 Microsoft – Dell Partnership
Dell Technologies and Microsoft have been partners for a long time now, but at Dell Technologies World 2019, they announced that they were expanding their partnership in a number of digital transformation solutions.
Let’s take a look at what the components of the 2019 Microsoft – Dell partnership…
Azure VMware Solutions – VMware On Azure!
For the first time ever, Microsoft will offer VMware on Azure! The new Azure VMware Solutions are built on VMware Cloud Foundation, and deployed in Azure.
This would allow companies to capitalise on VMware’s trusted cloud infrastructure and the mission-critical performance of Microsoft Azure.
Hybrid Cloud Connectivity
With Azure VMware Solutions, customers will be able to seamlessly migrate, extend and run existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Microsoft Azure without the need to re-architect applications or retool operations.
They will also be able to build, run, manage, and secure new and existing applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure, while extending a single model for operations based on established tools, skills and processes as part of a hybrid cloud strategy.
Tapping Into Azure Capabilities
Azure VMware Solutions enable organisations to tap into Azure’s scale, security and fast provisioning cycles to innovate and modernise applications while also improving performance.
By integrating with native Azure services, customers can easily infuse advanced capabilities like AI, Machine Learning, and IoT into their applications enabling new, intelligent experiences.
Azure VMware Solutions are first-party services from Microsoft developed in collaboration with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).
Both CloudSimple and Virtustream run the latest VMware software-defined data center technology.
This ensures that customers enjoy the same benefits of a consistent infrastructure and consistent operations in the cloud as they achieve in their own physical data center, while allowing customers to also access the capabilities of Microsoft Azure.
New Microsoft – Dell Workspace Solutions
The 2019 Microsoft – Dell partnership also sees a collaboration in digital workspace solutions between Microsoft and both Dell Technologies and VMware.
Microsoft 365 + VMware Workspace ONE
Customers who use both Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE will now be able to leverage both solutions to maximise their investments.
Specifically, they will be able to use Workspace ONE to manage and secure Office 365 across devices through cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory.
Dell Provisioning Services Integration
Through the new Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, customers can leverage the integration of Microsoft Windows Autopilot and Dell Device Provisioning and Deployment Services, like Dell ProDeploy – all enabled by the integration of Microsoft 365, Workspace ONE, and Dell Provisioning Services.
Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft also announced Windows Virtual Desktop, the only service that delivers a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps.
As a part of this agreement, VMware will extend the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop to enable customers to further accelerate their cloud initiatives, leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
Initial capabilities are expected to be available as a tech preview by the end of calendar year 2019.
VMware + Azure Integration
Microsoft and VMware are also exploring initiatives to drive further integration between VMware infrastructure and Azure such as integration of VMware NSX with Azure Networking and integration of specific Azure services with VMware management solutions.
They will also be exploring bringing specific Azure services to the VMware on-premises customers. Through this collaboration, the companies aim to give customers a more seamless experience across VMware and Azure environments.
Find out how this new DCaaS platform combines the benefits of public cloud and on-premise security, control and performance, with a subscription model!
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Unveiled At Dell Technologies World 2019
The new VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is a cloud service that combines the attributes of public cloud – economics, simplicity and agility; with on-premise security, control and performance.
This is a Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering that lets organisations manage and maintain infrastructure like a public cloud service, in data center and edge environments.
First previewed as Project Dimension at VMworld 2018, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC combines Dell EMC VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure with VMware’s compute, storage and networking infrastructure.
It differs from Dell Technologies Cloud (also announced at the same time), by delivering and managing all of the infrastructure on-premise, or at the edge.
VMware Cloud On Dell EMC – Delivered By Dell, Managed By VMware!
The first thing to note is that VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is a VMware service. Dell EMC only provides and deploys the necessary hardware on-premise or at the edge, after which VMware takes over management and maintenance of the entire infrastructure.
VMware will be the single point of contact for the customer, who will have visibility to their entire system and track the steps undertaken by VMware engineers to resolve service issues.
As this is a subscription-based DCaaS model, the initial startup cost is significantly lowered. VMware is expected to offer flexible consumption and payment options.
VMware Cloud On Dell EMC Key Benefits
Simpler Operational Processes
End-to-end management of data and edge infrastructure will be greatly simplified, including :
one-click hardware ordering
automated patching, upgrades of software and hardware
monitoring and remediation
global view of infrastructures on all premise locations
Consistency in operations across cloud, data centre and edge
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC promises to offer a consistent compute, storage and networking infrastructure, with consistent cloud management. It will allow organisations to more affordably tackle issues like :
data centre and edge location modernisation
global and local data latencies
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC will be able to connect to, and manage, public cloud services, but will maintain applications on its own infrastructure. The organisation will own and be responsible for its own data which is available on-premise at data centres or edge locations.
Security Across Data Centre And Edge Locations
The micro-segmentation capabilities of VMware NSX provides extra security for both traditional and modern applications. Data at-rest and data in-transit are also protected by encryption.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC Availability
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is currently in beta testing.
VMware is expected to make it available in the U.S. in the second half of 2019.
They will both enable a flexible range of IT and management options with tight integration and a single vendor experience for purchasing, deployment, services and financing.
More importantly, they will offer a consistent cloud experience across all cloud types and more than 4,200 VMware Cloud Provider Program providers and hyperscalers.
This hybrid cloud approach is delivered through a powerful integration of hardware, software, services and consumption options from Dell Technologies and VMware. Organisations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud can:
Increase agility Employ familiar VMware tools to provision, govern, automate and orchestrate applications across multiple cloud deployment options.
This gives organisations workload placement flexibility through a single operational hub across public, private and edge clouds, backed by a broad, global network of cloud service providers.
Accelerate innovation Adopt a simple and quick path to deploy hybrid cloud.
With VMware Cloud Foundation now available natively on Dell EMC VxRail, it offers the industry’s first jointly-engineered, hybrid cloud infrastructure stack tightly integrated with VMware’s flexible, full stack HCI architecture.
Customers can also opt to extend the cloud experience on-premises by deploying Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 converged infrastructure and Dell Technologies validated storage, compute and networking options.
Improve cloud economics Manage applications seamlessly across various clouds while saving time and cost by eliminating unnecessary application re-platforming.
Organisations also can align how they pay for IT with how they do business through a range of options to buy, rent or consume IT as a service through Dell Financial Services.
IDC research found that Dell Technologies Cloud can reduce total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.
Help reduce business risk Enhance confidence in operations through the delivery of IT services backed by built-in security and automated lifecycle management.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC for Data Center and the Edge
First previewed as Project Dimension at VMworld 2018, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC combines Dell EMC VxRail with core technology from VMware.
This Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering enables organisations to consume infrastructure, like a public cloud service, in data center and edge environments. This lets IT organisations eliminate the need for basic tasks, such as infrastructure management and maintenance, with subscription-based pricing.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC also offers a bi-directional connection to public clouds for application and data portability via a hybrid cloud control plane.
Data Center-as-a-Service Model
Delivered in a Data Center-as-a-Service model for their on-premises environments, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is co-engineered and delivered by Dell Technologies with the ongoing service fully managed by VMware.
This means organisations can leave infrastructure management, troubleshooting and maintenance to VMware, and instead focus on their core business activities.
They also can take advantage of enterprise-grade data services, security and resiliency, built into the solution, and provision add-on services such as backup, disaster-recovery and bursting capabilities.
Dell Technologies Cloud Availability
Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms are available globally now.
The Data Center-as-a-Service option, delivered as VMware Cloud on Dell EMC with VxRail, is currently available in beta deployments with limited customer availability planned for the second half of 2019.
The 2019 Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index is out! Here is a summary of its key findings!
The 2019 Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index
The 2019 Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index is the third survey conducted by Dell EMC in collaboration with Vanson Bourne.
The survey involved 2,200 IT decision makers from public and private organisations (of 250+ employees) across 18 countries and 11 industries. It was designed to reveal the state of data protection in the Asia Pacific and Japan region.
What Did The 2019 Data Protection Index Reveal?
The 2019 Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index revealed a large increase in the amount of data managed – from 1.68 petabytes in 2016 to a staggering 8.13 petabytes in 2018.
They also saw a corresponding increase in awareness about the value of data, with 90% of the respondents aware about the value of the data they manage. However, only 35% are monetising their data.
The Index also noted that despite an impressive jump in the number of data protection leaders (from 1% to 13%) and “adopters” (from 8% to 53%) since 2016, most of the survey respondents still face challenges in implementing the right data protection measures.
Organisations in Asia Pacific & Japan managed 8.13 PB of data in 2018 – an explosive growth of 384% compared to the 1.68 PB managed in 2016
90% of businesses see the potential value of data but only 35% are monetising it
94% face data protection challenges, and 43% struggle to find suitable data protection solutions for newer technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning
More than a third (34%) of respondents are very confident that their data protection infrastructure is compliant with regional regulations, but only 18% believe their data protection solutions will meet all future challenges
The State Of Data Protection In APJ
Data disruptions and data loss happen more frequently in APJ organisations, than the global average. Some 80% of the APJ respondents reported experiencing some type of disruption over the last 12 months.
This is higher than the global average of 76%. Even worse – 32% were unable to recover their data using existing data protection solutions.
Although system downtime is a problem, the loss of data is particularly expensive. On average, 20 hours of downtime cost businesses US$ 494,869. The average data loss of 2.04 terabytes, on the other hand, costs nearly twice as much at US$ 939,703.
Challenges To Data Protection In APJ
The vast majority of respondents (some 94%) report that they encounter at least one barrier to data protection. The top three challenges in APJ was determined to be :
The inability to keep track of and protect all data because of growth of DevOps and cloud development – 46% agree
The complexity of configuring and operating data protection software/hardware – 45.6% agree
The lack of data protection solutions for emerging technologies– 43.4% agree
They also struggled to find adequate data protection solutions for newer technologies :
Artificial intelligence and machine learning data – 54% agree
Cloud-native applications – 49% agree
Internet of Things – 40% agree
Cloud Is Changing The Data Protection Landscape
According to the 2019 Dell EMC Global Data Protection Index, organisations have increase their use of public cloud services – up from 27% in 2016 to 41% in 2018.
Nearly all of those organisations (99%) using public cloud, are leveraging it as part of their data protection strategy. The top use case – backup or snapshot services to protect data and workloads.
More than 60% of the respondents also consider the scalability of data protection solutions important, in anticipation of the inevitable boom of cloud workloads.
Regulation Is Not A Key Concern
Compliance with data privacy regulations like the UE’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a key concern for most of these organisations. Only 36% listed it as a top data protection challenge.
Dell EMC just announced major software operating system updates to Dell EMC Unity and SC Series storage arrays, giving customers powerful new features and a big boost in the performance, functionality and longevity of their investments.
Dell EMC Unity and SC Storage Arrays Get Major Updates!
As part of the software built into both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series All-flash and Hybrid storage arrays, customers can upgrade their operating system non-disruptively and at no cost (for customers with active ProSupport agreements) to improve workload performance, storage capacity and data protection and availability.
New Dell EMC Unity OE features
The new Dell EMC Unity operating environment gains the following new replication, data mobility and security features to ensure uninterrupted operations of applications that support the business:
Array-based file replication
New Metrosync array-based file replication protects transactional file applications with rapid recovery and automated failover to a secondary data center
2-Way NDMP improves performance for better NAS backup times while reducing WAN/LAN network congestion
Built-in data mobility capabilities to migrate block data from third-party storage arrays directly to Dell EMC Unity
LDAP/AD enhancements for performance, availability, and search flexibility for Microsoft environments
The addition of Metrosync for file delivers a complete complement of array-based replication, with synchronous and asynchronous block and file replication options now included with every Dell EMC Unity Hybrid and All-Flash configuration. These replication options combine to improve transactional application data RPO and RTO, long distance disaster recovery, and data aggregation and distribution.
Dell EMC SC Series Improvements
For the past several quarters, Dell EMC engineers have embarked on a top-to-bottom code optimisation of SCOS to extract higher performance and efficiency from SC Series hybrid and all-flash arrays, while also improving management, analytics and monitoring. New SCOS 7.3 features include:
MajorIOPS performance boost
Now up to 2.2M max IOPS per array, over 20M in federated multi-array environments
2X increase in maximum IOPS across every current SC array model
50,000-100,000 more mixed-workload IOPS across every SC array
Improved management for single and multi-array environments
New Unisphere for SC HTML5 Web UI simplifies and automates common storage management tasks; shares common look and feel with Unisphere for Dell EMC Unity
Easier, more cost-effective upgrades and expansion
Up to 2X increase in maximum capacity per array
Data-in-place upgrades for the popular SC4020 offers cost-effective option for customers to migrate data to newer SC models
SCv2000 can now federate/replicate with other SC Series arrays
More enterprise-class efficiency and availability
Support for 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI network hardware offers customers future-proof solutions and buying assurance
Distributed sparing, for greater I/O efficiency and up to 500% faster rebuilds
Live Volume enhancements designed to deliver lower latency and reduced network traffic in high availability environments
By upgrading to the new SCOS 7.3, SC Series customers can gain an overnight boost in workload performance. Three SC array models now provide over 1 million IOPS. Dell EMC tests show real-world applications such as VDI and SQL OLTP can perform 33% to 54% faster with SCOS 7.3.
Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 and SC Series SCOS 7.3 Availability
Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 and SC Series SCOS 7.3 are now available in Malaysia as no-cost software upgrades for customers with an active Dell ProSupport agreement.
Dell teamed up with Marvel Studios’ for the Ant-Man and The Wasp film. From Ant-Man’s and The Wasp’s suits to Hank Pym’s Lab, technology plays a lead role throughout the film.
Dell Helped Bring Ant-Man and The Wasp To Life!
Behind the scenes, Dell hardware played a vital role in creating the visual effects in the film. Marvel Studios enlisted VFX vendors, several of which utilised a breadth of Dell technologies, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, and Dell Precision workstations, as the core infrastructure to provide the immense computing power and storage capacity necessary for visual effects designers to bring the movie’s characters and places to life.
Among others, artists at the VFX studio DNEGrelied on Dell Precision workstations for front-end operations. In their Vancouver studio alone, more than 300 Dell Precision 7910 workstations were used to create the visual effects in Ant-Man and The Wasp. They also used :
Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 rack servers with MD3460 RAIDs
Dell EMC PowerEdge M1000e Blade Server Enclosures
Hundreds of Dell monitors
Dell’s Latest Technology Stars In Ant-Man and The Wasp!
Technology plays an integral role in the Ant-Man and The Wasp, so it’s fitting that fans will be able to see the new Dell G5 15, a powerful gaming laptop, and the award-winning XPS 13, on the big screen when the film hits theaters. In the film, Dell devices make several appearances in settings like Hank Pym’s lab and at the X-CON security offices.
The Dell “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Advertising Campaign
Dell just launched a global advertising campaign around the Ant-Man and The Wasp movie. The campaign integrates the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop and features print, digital advertising, and out-of-home placements. Marvel Studios fans can also catch a glimpse of the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop in Dell’s newest TV spot.
Marvel Custom Comic Book Featuring Dell Computers
Ant-Man and The Wasp fans can now enjoy even more Ant-Man and The Wasp adventures with an exclusive custom comic featuring Dell computers. The comic is distributed both digitally on marvel.com/dell and on Dell social channels.
Ant-Man and The Wasp World Premiere
Dell’s new G series high performance gaming laptops played a leading role at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp on June 25 in Los Angeles. Guests walking the red carpet had an opportunity to feel like they have shrunk… next to a giant 7’ Dell G5 15 laptop.
Dell G-Series Price + Availability
The new Dell G-Series Gaming Laptops are now available at the following prices :
Dell EMC just announced the availability of Dell EMC HCI appliances on the new 14th Gen PowerEdge servers.
With the 14th Gen PowerEdge server platform, designed and optimised for Dell EMC HCI appliances, customers of all sizes can expect even more powerful and predictable performance with even greater configurability for hosting a wide-range of mission critical software applications on Dell EMC VxRail and XC Series appliances.
Dell EMC HCI Appliances Now Available On 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers
Dell EMC now combines the simplicity, agility and scalability of the industry-leading Dell EMC HCI portfolio with the power and flexibility of next generation servers, designed and optimised for HCI. This offers greater performance and reliability to meet customer demands as HCI moves into core data centers and is relied on to run a wider range of applications and workloads.
The 14th Gen Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, based on Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, include 150 custom requirements for software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, making it uniquely optimised for HCI.
This includes improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments; faster initialisation and streamlined data storage management; increased drive cooling for improved reliability; and, optional, common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities.
The upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7X more processing power and up to 62% higher internal bandwidth.
Dell EMC HCI appliances include the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance family, powered by VMware vSAN and jointly engineered with VMware, and the Dell EMC XC Series, designed for customers seeking choice of hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V, or multi-hypervisor environments.
These HCI appliances help simplify the entire lifecycle with advanced automation – with unique software that simplifies deployment, management, scaling, support and maintenance – making it easier for customers from day one.
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge servers offer more powerful and predictable performance across millions of flexible configuration options to meet any HCI use case and more demanding, mission-critical workloads in VMware environments.
VxRail Appliance customers can expect:
Better performance for the most demanding applications with up to 2X more IOPS (input/output operations per second), and more than 2x faster response times
Highly dependable performance with 9x more predictable response times sustained at sub-one millisecond
More options for perfectly right-sized deployments with millions more configurations including more processor options, new SATA SSDs, additional network connectivity options, and more GPU expansion to precisely match customers’ HCI requirements without over provisioning
Software-defined NAS support with Dell EMC Isilon SD Edge for remote office or edge-to-core file deployments, joining VxRail’s remote replication, cloud object storage and manageability capabilities
Dell EMC XC Series Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers
Dell EMC XC Series on 14th Gen PowerEdge servers enables higher performance for workloads, faster networking speeds and new NVMe/SSD configurations.
More specifically, with the new Dell EMC XC Series appliances, customers can expect:
Increased performance for compute intensive workloads with up to 50% additional cores per appliance
Up to 93% increased compute capability for workloads with storage density as a primary need
Expanded use cases in VDI environments for sophisticated compute needs with up to 50% more GPU power
Dell EMC HCI Appliances Availability
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers are orderable today and will be generally available starting December 12, 2017.
Dell EMC XC Series models XC640, XC740xd and XC740 on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers are generally available today.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Dell Inc. just reported their first 2020 Legacy of Good update that recognises key CSR achievements for the combined company, following Dell’s merger with EMC. The new Dell 2020 Legacy of Good plan outlines Dell’s long-term commitment to society, team members and the environment.
As a result of the merger, the company has a broader technology portfolio, more engaged team members and greater resources to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The report summarises the efforts of Fiscal Year 2017 (Feb. 1, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017).
The Updated Dell 2020 Legacy of Good Plan
The updated plan and goals reflect how Dell and EMC came together with a shared commitment to people and the planet. For example, the combined company has increased its investment in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education for underserved youth. The company has also extended its partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for the third year running to promote the importance of STEM through mentoring program and scholarships.
To help cultivate an inclusive culture, Dell is extending its flexible work program to legacy EMC team members and offering more employee resource groups, connecting team members who share interests, lifestyles, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or background.
The initial plan was developed during Dell’s Fiscal Year 2014 (Feb. 1, 2013 – Jan. 31, 2014). The new Dell 2020 Legacy of Good update includes original goals, adjusted goals as well as new goals to reflect the opportunities, scale and expertise of our combined organisation. Report highlights include:
Dell has offered expertise and technology for 2.3 million underserved children directly and over 10 million people indirectly through strategic giving programs, reaching 59% of Dell’s direct impact goal and 84% of the indirect goal.
Since FY14, Dell employees provided over 3.3 million hours of community service in the areas in which they live and work. Dell’s goal is to provide 5 million cumulative hours of service by 2020.
Dell’s partnership, funding and technology enables TGen to accelerate and improve treatment plans for cancer patients. By working with Dell, the increased computational and storage capacity has reduced the time it takes to sequence a genome from multiple weeks to just six hours, logging over 1 million computational hours per month.
The first activity for the integrated Dell EMC Japan targeted the one-in-six children living in poverty in the country. Team members donated their books in support of the Teach for Japan non-profit organisation.
Dell Malaysia’s annual ‘Charity Engaged’ event raise donations for various charity organisations, which include the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, a Dell Giving recipient. The 2016 (FY17) edition raised more than MYR225,000 (~US$50,000), for a total of MYR1.8 million (~US$400,000) since its inception in 2006.
Dell offers 14 different employee resource groups (ERGs) to help instill an inclusive culture. As of December 2016, 23% of team members are engaged in employee resource groups. Pride, Dell’s ERG for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender team members and allies, is one of the fastest-growing ERGs. Much of that growth came through new chapters in Asia and Latin America, locations where identifying as LGBT is not always widely accepted. In APJ, Dell launched the Sydney chapter of Pride employee resource group – the first chapter in the region. Its success led to the launch of a remote chapter to meet immediate demand from others in the region outside of Australia.
Dell further expanded its flexible work programs to Dell EMC team members, encouraging eligible employees to work where, how and when it is most productive for them. Dell’s goal is to increase global participation to 50% by 2020.
Dell continued to be recognised as an Employer of Choice, garnering awards in over 20 countries. In November 2016, Dell launched its first employee survey as a combined company, with positive results: 82% of team members said they felt inspired, exceeding the goal of 75%.
More than 40 volunteers from Dell EMC in India mentored teams at the world’s biggest hackathon, Smart India Hackathon 2017, organised by India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development. The event saw 32,000 students work on more than 600 problems provided by India’s government, with first and second place going to teams mentored by Dell engineers.
Dell exceeded the initial Dell 2020 goal of using 50 million pounds of sustainable materials in its products and adjusted the goal to use 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials.
Dell began shipping the XPS 13 2-in-1 in packaging made from ocean-bound plastics and made a public commitment to increase annual usage 10x by 2025 as well as open source Dell’s supply chain to encourage broad use of ocean plastics by other companies.
Dell has recovered 1.8 billion pounds of electronics, 88% of the way toward its 2020 goal to recycle 2 billion pounds of used electronics by 2020.
Dell Malaysia celebrated Earth Day 2017 with a series of activities such as the #ShoreUp initiative where over 300 team members volunteered in cleaning up local beaches in Port Dickson, and Monkey Beach and along trails located in the Penang National Park.
Dell gave team members the opportunity to select where they wanted a tree planted to commemorate the first day as an integrated company. More than 41,000 employees participated and Dell added additional trees to bring the total number planted up above 140,000. Many team members chose to have theirs planted in Indonesia (in areas to support the Malaysian Tiger’s habitat) via WWF.
Dell also introduced new supply chain sub-goals focused on EICC audits, emissions reporting and water risk mitigation plans to help drive responsible actions amongst suppliers.
In APJ, Dell is also providing joint management trainings to suppliers in partnership with other leading IT companies, for example in Malaysia and Singapore, to build awareness and help identify strategies related to forced labor and human trafficking.
Dell EMC just announced the worldwide availability of the 14th Generation PowerEdge servers, as well as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) advancements, at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Join us for the media briefing on these two new developments at the Dell EMC Forum 2017, with KT Ong and William Tan from Dell EMC Malaysia!
The Dell EMC Business Update For 2H 2017
The media briefing kicked off with a business update on Dell EMC by KT Ong, Country Manager of Dell EMC Malaysia. He also briefed us on the maturity of the industry’s digital transformation process.
Some key points from his presentation :
Dell EMC is the market leader in Converged Infrastructure.
They recorded 17 consecutive quarters of gain in the PC market.
Their PowerEdge server business continues to deliver double-digit growth.
Their Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) business is growing in triple digits, and they expected to be the market leader by the next quarter.
Only 5% of organisations that responded to the Dell EMC survey had fully completed their digital transformation, with 12% of organisations still stuck with legacy IT.
Transformed organisations are more than twice as likely to report exceeding their FY2016 revenue goals than those still stuck with legacy IT.
The 14th Generation PowerEdge Servers
The bedrock of the modern data center, and Dell EMC’s infrastructure solution strategy is their PowerEdge servers. In this video, William Tan, Director of Compute & Marketing, Dell EMC Malaysia, details their server strategy and how the new 14th Generation PowerEdge servers fit into it all.
The new 14th Generation PowerEdge servers are now optimised for NVMe storage, software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), promising :
Accelerated database performance and lower latency – up to 12X more database IOPS, and up to 98% less database latency in a VMware vSAN cluster
Faster and seamless live migration of virtual machines – up to 58% faster migrations, with up to 75% less CPU usage when using 25 GbE with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA).
Faster storage performance – with up to 6X more NVMe drives, and up to 5X more flash storage, 30% more I/O slots and 25% increase in density.
The 14th Generation PowerEdge Line-Up
The 14th Generation PowerEdge servers are powered by the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors. With 27% more CPU cores and 50% more memory bandwidth, they will offer more compute performance than ever before. Here is the current line-up as announced at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 :
Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 – ideal for dense scale-out datacenter computing and storage in a 1U / 2-socket platform.
Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 – workhorse 2U / 2-socket platform with 50% more VDI users per server, and up to 50% more GPU accelerator support for Hadoop analytics.
Dell EMC PowerEdge R740XD – this 2U / 2S platform has best-in-class storage performance and density for software-defined storage.
Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 – this 3U / 4S platform handles extremely demanding, mission-critical workloads like ERP, e-commerce and very large databases. The PowerEdge R940 can save up to US$600,000 in Oracle licensing fees, and performs up to 44% faster in an SAP SD Sybase Environment.
Dell EMC PowerEdge M640 & FC640 – these are modular servers with best-in-class storage density in a blade / modular platform.
Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 – ideal for high-performance computing, with maximum density, scalability and energy-efficiency in a 2U / 8S modular platforms.
Dell EMC just announced the worldwide availability of the 14th Generation PowerEdge servers, as well as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) advancements, at the Dell EMC Forum 2017 here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Join us for the media briefing on these two new developments at the Dell EMC Forum 2017, with KT Ong and William Tan from Dell EMC Malaysia!
At the Dell EMC Forum 2017, Dell EMC announced that they will be integrating their Dell EMC PowerEdge servers into the Dell EMC VxRail Appliances Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).
VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge servers deliver 40% more CPU performance for the same price, increased flexibility and scalability with more configurations, all-flash nodes equipped with double the storage capacity and a new 3-node entry point that is more than 25% less expensive.
This allows Dell EMC to address new workloads or use cases like :
Storage heavy workloads including Big Data Analytics and Microsoft Exchange can take advantage of VxRail Appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd platform that has highly dense storage nodes coupled with the latest Intel processors to provide high-performance processing.
Graphics-heavy client virtualisation workloads that require increasing levels of performance found in the latest operating systems including Microsoft Windows 10, as well as productivity applications and graphics-intensive CAD/CAM, research and development applications based on the PowerEdge R730.
Remote Office/Branch Office environments can leverage the low-end 3-node entry option based on the PowerEdge R630 with a starting priced as low as US $25,000 for a three-node cluster, allowing customers to cost-effectively deploy HCI to simplify IT management at multiple remote sites.
In addition, Dell EMC announced the availability of Dell EMC VxRail Appliances 4.5 that delivers these new enterprise features :
Enhanced enterprise deployment features – Streamlined installation and implementation experience designed to help enterprise customers manage VxRail Appliances at scale. The VxRail Appliance deployment experience, which is optimised to deploy a single appliance in only 20 minutes, now can be applied to larger cluster sizes, allowing customers to add and manage 10 or more appliances as easily as a single appliance.
Additional hardware flexibility lowers total cost of ownership – New single processor options, reduce the cost of deploying processor-based licensed software for scaling up to 64 nodes. New network options, including up to 12 additional ports, allow VxRail Appliances to be deployed in environments requiring physical network segmentation of workloads.
Support for the latest VMware technologies – New VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSAN 6.6 support adds optimised data service algorithms to accelerate flash performance, software-defined data-at-rest encryption to protect against unwanted access to data, and enhanced protection for stretched clusters.
Improved interoperability with Dell EMC technologies – Customers deploying VxRail Appliances now can leverage a centralised Dell EMC Secure Remote Services (ESRS) gateway to provide a single point of secure, two-way remote support for their entire Dell EMC infrastructure.
Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on PowerEdge Availability
VxRail Appliances powered by PowerEdge servers is now available for order in Singapore, India, and Korea starting 14 August 2017.
VxRail Appliances powered by PowerEdge servers have planned available in October 2017 in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Guam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dell EMC today announces Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, a new, turnkey, hybrid cloud platform that offers a simple and fast path for implementing and sustaining a hybrid cloud based on Microsoft Azure Stack.
The new platform helps organisations standardising on the Microsoft Azure ecosystem to accelerate their digital transformation with automated IT service delivery for traditional and cloud-native applications. As a result, organisations can better engage with their customers, reduce time to market for new services, and free-up resources to focus on adding business value.
Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack
The new Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack combines Dell EMC’s leadership in worldwide cloud infrastructure with its long history of partnering with Microsoft, which includes shipping the industry’s first Microsoft-based hybrid cloud in October 2015.
The new offering complements turnkey platforms Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, introduced more than three years ago, and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud that integrate hardware, software and automation to simplify IT service delivery and reduce time to market for customers around the globe.
Consistent Experience for On-Premises Private and Public Cloud
Interoperability between public and private cloud resources has quickly become a top requirement for many organisations’ IT infrastructures. The turnkey Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers a consistent experience across Azure public cloud and private with Azure Stack. It is engineered with industry leading Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Networking. As a Hybrid Cloud Platform, it is built, sustained and supported as a singular platform with a turnkey stack.
Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack offers a true hybrid cloud that speeds application development and deployment by providing a consistent programming surface between Azure and Azure Stack. As a result, organisations can cost-effectively access, create and share traditional and cloud-native application services securely in Azure and Azure Stack to ensure business results, without sacrificing security, protection, service quality and availability.
Integrations with Dell EMC best-in-class backup and encryption technologies provide a consistent means of protecting and securing data across customers’ Azure-based public and on premises cloud environments. Furthermore, the adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Azure will extend to Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, continuing to deliver the promise of hybrid models with consistent services, APIs and consumption models for on- and off-premises.
Dell EMC Services Simplify Deployment and Management
Dell EMC services are available for every step of the journey—from strategic planning through implementation, operations and ongoing support. Dell EMC experts provide hands-on guidance to optimise and expand the customer’s hybrid cloud platform to meet business objectives. These activities include developing and customising service catalogs, enabling identity and access management systems, and extending monitoring and metering systems to Azure Stack.
Dell EMC provides support throughout the lifecycle of the platform with each component backed by automated proactive, predictive tools and a dedicated Technical Account Manager with ProSupport Plus. With Hybrid Cloud Platforms backed by Dell EMC Services, organisations can focus on delivering differentiated application services rather than building and managing their infrastructure.
Availability Of Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack
Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is expected to be available direct and from partners worldwide in the second half of calendar year 2017.
On 12 April 2017, we were invited to the Dimension Data Technology Summit 2017 in Bangsar South. It showcased a host of industry experts and leaders who lend their expertise on new digital strategies that businesses can adopt to stay ahead, specifically in the areas of digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity.
Digital Disruption – Do or Die!
In his “Digital Disruption, Do or Die” keynote address, Andy Cocks, CTO of Dimension Data Asia Pacific, reveals how digital disruption can be harnessed to gain market share. He revealed the key trends that offer opportunities for innovation and business growth, as well as lessons from successful digital disruptions. They offer great insight in the development of your own digital disruption business strategy.
The 2017 Global Customer Experience Report
Andy Cocks then followed up with a short overview of the 20th anniversary edition of the Dimension Data Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report. A total of 1,351 organisations across 80 countries in Asia Pacific, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe contributed to this report.
Some key takeaways from this key report :
Less than 14% of Asia Pacific organisations polled said than they had an optimised strategy for digital business.
Over 44% of Asia Pacific organisations reported that they don’t have a plan at all, or at best, are in the process of developing one.
The top factor driving digital transformation is improving customer experience, followed by customer demands.
In Asia Pacific, over 88% of organisations reported an uplift in revenue due to improved customer experience, while 85% reported cost savings.
Only 40% of Asia Pacific organisations have appointed a board level executive who is responsible for customer experience.
Dell EMC On Omni-Channel Engagement
Micheal Hoo, Principal Solution Engineer at Dell EMC, spoke about omni-channel engagement. Omni-channel engagement basically offers customers a seamless shopping experience through multiple channels. That means they can reach businesses through various methods, whether it’s by phone, social media, physical stores or websites.
Dell EMC, formerly EMC and the new subsidiary of Dell Technologies, held the Dell EMC Forum 2016 at Hilton KL on 2 November 2016. The focus this year is digital transformation, from applications to data, to the infrastructure that powers businesses and the security that protects it.
Our hosts at Dell EMC Forum 2016 : Sumash Sing (Dell EMC, Enterprise Business) and KT Ong (Dell EMC, Commercial Business)
The Dell EMC Forum 2016 Tour
If you could not attend the Dell EMC Forum 2016, don’t worry. Here is a quick tour of the new Dell EMC products / solutions on display.
Digital Transformation At Dell EMC Forum 2016
Digital disruption is shaking up all types of organisation in all industries. In a recent Dell Technologies study, half (48%) of global business leaders from mid-size to large enterprises confessed they don’t know what their industry will look like in three years.
They agreed that moving toward a cloud model, expanding software development capabilities and enabling faster innovation and deeper insights from data are key strategies to digital transformation. However companies are struggling to evolve their data centers, with 69% saying they are being held back by too many traditional applications.
They are challenged with reducing sprawl and spend, while bringing systems up-to-date. New products and solutions announced at Dell EMC World, held from 18-20 October 2016, are designed to help organisations accelerate their transformation and manage costs.
“To ensure that they’re not “Uber’d”, “Airbnb’d” or “Tesla’d” in their marketplace, today’s organisations must embark on a digital transformation. To truly realise their digital future, we believe the vast majority of organisations will transform their IT through a hybrid cloud strategy,” said David Goulden, president, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell EMC. “The first ‘no regrets’ step is to modernise their data center through the most advanced converged infrastructure, servers, storage, data protection, and cybersecurity technologies to name a few. This week we are launching a wave of new products and solutions designed as the building blocks for this endeavor.”
On September 22, 2016, Dell revealed the 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops to meet the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs). They are designed to offer a combination of the latest technology at affordable prices with outstanding support and security features.
This generation, the 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops boast the latest 7th Generation Intel Core processors(codenamed Kaby Lake), as well as solid state drives and fingerprint sensors. Let’s check out the launch event videos, and then take a look at the three 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops.
2016 Dell Vostro & Latitude Launch Event
KT Ong, General Manager of Commercial Business, Dell Malaysia, kicked off the event with a short keynote on Dell’s recent acquisition of EMC. He detailed how Dell EMC would fit into the Dell Technologies organization, and how the PC is still a major focus of Dell Inc.
Then Bruce Howe, General Manager of Consumer Channels Group, Microsoft Malaysia, gave a short speech on transforming small businesses with Windows 10.
Finally, Christopher Choong, Field Marketing Manager of Clients Solutions Group, Dell Malaysia, revealed the new 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops as well as the newly upgraded Precision Tower workstations!
Now, let’s take a look at the three new 2016 Dell Vostro and Latitude laptops!
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2016 Dell Vostro 14 5000 Series (Model 5468) Laptop
The new Vostro 5000 Series 14-inch laptop provides sleek design with easy portability at only 18.5mm thin and a starting weight of only 1.59 kg [i]. The model offers an optional FHD display. The Vostro 14 5000 Series provides a premium look and feel with a smooth metal cover that comes in multiple colour options.
The laptop delivers powerful performance and expandability with Intel 7th Generation Core processor, up to GDDR5 4GB video memory, up to 1TB HDD, 256GB SSD or an optional dual drive HDD + SSD for easily adding more storage.
The laptop also offers up to 16GB memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB. Keeping security top of mind, the laptop provides an optional fingerprint reader with Windows Hello that lets customers log in with just a touch, and delivers commercial-grade security by providing hardware protection and storage for encryption keys with hardware TPM 2.0 (based on regional availability). The laptop’s HDMI and VGA ports allow users to connect to external devices, including multiple monitor displays with legacy ports.[ii]
[i] When equipped with optional UMA graphics and an SSD.
2016 Dell Vostro 14 3000 Series (Model 3468) Laptop
The next generation of the Vostro 3000 Series 14-inch laptop (model 3468) provides security options and reliable business productivity features for budget-conscious small-medium businesses. The laptop offers a lightweight and thin build, with multiple colour options (based on regional availability). With Intel 7th Generation Core processor, up to 1TB HDD, the new laptop provides the right productivity tools for small- to mid-size organisations. The laptop has multiple graphics options including 2GB discrete graphics for a performance boost when working with graphics-rich applications.
In addition, the Vostro 14 3000 laptop offers optional hardware TPM 2.0 for commercial-grade security and an optional built-in fingerprint reader with Windows Hello that enables users to log in quickly and securely with just a touch. The laptop’s HDMI and VGA ports allow users to connect to external devices, including multiple monitor displays with legacy ports.
2016 Dell Latitude 13 3000 Series (Model 3379) 2-in-1 Laptop
The Latitude portfolio was founded upon business-class security, manageability and reliability. This feature-packed Latitude 13 3000 convertible offers an upscale set of standard feature wrapped in a sleek, brushed aluminum design. The device works in 4 modes – laptop, tent, stand and tablet – to help make the most of the 360-degree hinge versatile design while Windows 10 Pro makes it easy to switch quickly between tablet and desktop mode.
The Latitude 13 3000 2-in-1 comes equipped with the latest Intel Core processors, memory up to 16 GB DDR4 213 3MHz, Intel HD graphics 520, and SSD up to 512 GB. The 13.3-inch display of this device features a FHD (1920 X 1080) Truelife LED-Backlit touch display with Wide Viewing Angle (IPS).
The Dell Support Advantage
Dell understands that many small-medium businesses don’t have their own IT department. That’s why the new Dell laptops and two-in-one are backed by Dell’s award-winning support service, ProSupport Plus.
With Dell’s innovative SupportAssist technology, ProSupport Plus is the only complete support service combining 24×7 priority access to expert support, accidental damage repair, and proactive, predictive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution. With the top quality support, small-medium businesses are equipped with a true partner in managing their end-to-end IT infrastructure.
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Austin, Texas, 7 September 2016 – Dell Technologies today announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating Dell EMC – a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.
This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio that solves complex problems for customers in the industry’s fast-growing areas of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity.
Dell Technologies serves 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and comprises several market leading businesses. The two largest, and most well-known, are the Dell client solutions business and the Dell EMC infrastructure solutions business – both of which are supported by Dell EMC Services. In addition, Dell Technologies contains Boomi, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware.
This unique structure combines the focus and innovation of a startup with the global scale and service of a large enterprise. Dell Technologies’ scale will enable it to deliver more innovation and investment in R&D, sales and marketing, services and support and deliver more efficient and cost-effective solutions for customers.
Furthermore, while the company will publicly report its financial results, it is privately controlled, enabling it to better focus investments on its customer and partner ecosystem over the long term.
Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, said, “We are at the dawn of the next industrial revolution. Our world is becoming more intelligent and more connected by the minute, and ultimately will become intertwined with a vast Internet of Things, paving the way for our customers to do incredible things. This is why we created Dell Technologies. We have the products, services, talent and global scale to be a catalyst for change and guide customers, large and small, on their digital journey.”
Dell Technologies blends Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers and EMC’s strength with large enterprises and stands as a market leader in many of the most important and high-growth areas of the $2 trillion information technology market, including positions as a “Leader” in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants and a portfolio of more than 20,000 patents and applications.