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 revealed their moonshot goals for 2030, that they hope will propel their worldwide social impact.
Find out what are Dell Technologies’ moonshot goals in their 2030 Progress Made Real plan!
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : What Is It?
The Dell 2030 Progress Made Real plan is their moonshot plan for the future, by which they hope to create a positive social impact through these 3 areas :
Transforming Lives With Technology
Dell 2030 Progress Made Real : Goals Revealed!
Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will aim to use their global scale, and broad technology portfolio and expertise to achieve these goals.
Advance Sustainability Goals
We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities.
It is a core part of Dell Technologies business to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that they do, being accountable for their actions while driving improvements wherever and whenever possible.
Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys
Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material
Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging
Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain
Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of their products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030
Dell Technologies believes that closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs. They view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative that will enable them to build and empower our future workforce, while also doing our part to address societal challenges.
Acquire, develop and retain women so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers
Acquire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers
Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege
Transform Lives Through Technology
Dell aims to leverage their scale, portfolio and partners to harness the power of technology in creating a future that is capable of fully realizing human potential.
Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people
Dell Technologies COO and Vice Chairman, Jeff Clarke, reveals his tech predictions for 2020, the start of what Dell Technologies considers as the Next Data Decade!
Jeff Clarke : Tech Predictions For 2020 + Next Data Decade!
It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into the year 2020 – a year that many have marked as a milestone in technology. Autonomous cars lining our streets, virtual assistants predicting our needs and taking our requests, connected and intelligent everything across every industry.
When I stop to think about what has been accomplished over the last decade – it’s quite remarkable. While we don’t have fully autonomous cars zipping back and forth across major freeways with ease, automakers are getting closer to deploying autonomous fleets in the next few years.
Many of the every-day devices, systems and applications we use are connected and intelligent – including healthcare applications, industrial machines and financial systems – forming what is now deemed as “the edge.”
At the root of all that innovation and advancement are massive amounts of data and compute power, and the capacity across edge, cloud and core data center infrastructure to put data through its paces. And with the amount of data coming our way in the next 10 years – we can only imagine what the world around us will look like in 2030, with apps and services we haven’t even thought of yet.
2020 marks the beginning of what we at Dell Technologies are calling the Next Data Decade, and we are no doubt entering this era with new – and rather high – expectations of what technology can make possible for how we live, work and play. So what new breakthroughs and technology trends will set the tone for what’s to come over the next 10 years? Here are my top predictions for the year ahead.
2020 proves it’s time to keep IT simple
We’ve got a lot of data on our hands…big data, meta data, structured and unstructured data – data living in clouds, in devices at the edge, in core data centers…it’s everywhere. But organisations are struggling to ensure the right data is moving to the right place at the right time. They lack data visibility – the ability for IT teams to quickly access and analyse the right data – because there are too many systems and services woven throughout their IT infrastructure. As we kick off 2020, CIOs will make data visibility a top IT imperative because after all, data is what makes the flywheel of innovation spin.
We’ll see organisations accelerate their digital transformation by simplifying and automating their IT infrastructure and consolidating systems and services into holistic solutions that enable more control and clarity. Consistency in architectures, orchestration and service agreements will open new doors for data management – and that ultimately gives data the ability be used as part of AI and Machine Learning to fuel IT automation. And all of that enables better, faster business outcomes that the innovation of the next decade will thrive on.
Cloud co-existence sees rolling thunder
The idea that public and private clouds can and will co-exist becomes a clear reality in 2020. Multi-cloud IT strategies supported by hybrid cloud architectures will play a key role in ensuing organisations have better data management and visibility, while also ensuring that their data remains accessible and secure. In fact, IDC predicted that by 2021, over 90% of enterprises worldwide will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private clouds, several public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs.
But private clouds won’t simply exist within the heart of the data center. As 5G and edge deployments continue to rollout, private hybrid clouds will exist at the edge to ensure the real-time visibility and management of data everywhere it lives.
That means organisations will expect more of their cloud and service providers to ensure they can support their hybrid cloud demands across all environments. Further, we’ll see security and data protection become deeply integrated as part of hybrid cloud environments, notably where containers and Kubernetes continue to gain momentum for app development. Bolting security measures onto cloud infrastructure will be a non-starter…it’s got to be inherently built into the fiber of the overall data management strategy edge to core to cloud.
What you get is what you pay
One of the biggest hurdles for IT decision makers driving transformation is resources. CapEx and OpEx can often be limiting factors when trying to plan and predict for compute and consumption needs for the year ahead…never mind the next three-five years. SaaS and cloud consumption models have increased in adoption and popularity, providing organisations with the flexibility to pay for what they use, as they go.
In 2020, flexible consumption and as-a-service options will accelerate rapidly as organisations seize the opportunity to transform into software-defined and cloud-enabled IT. As a result – they’ll be able to choose the right economic model for their business to take advantage of end-to-end IT solutions that enable data mobility and visibility, and crunch even the most intensive AI and Machine Learning workloads when needed.
“The Edge” rapidly expands into the enterprise
The “Edge” continues to evolve – with many working hard to define exactly what it is and where it exists. Once limited to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s hard to find any systems, applications, services – people and places – that aren’t connected. The edge is emerging in many places and it’s going to expand with enterprise organisations leading the way, delivering the IT infrastructure to support it.
5G connectivity is creating new use cases and possibilities for healthcare, financial services, education and industrial manufacturing. As a result, SD-WAN and software-defined networking solutions become a core thread of a holistic IT infrastructure solution – ensuring massive data workloads can travel at speed – securely – between edge, core and cloud environments. Open networking solutions will prevail over proprietary as organisations recognise the only way to successfully manage and secure data for the long haul requires the flexibility and agility that only open software defined networking can deliver.
Intelligent devices change the way you work and collaborate
PC innovation continues to push new boundaries every year – screens are more immersive and bigger than ever, yet the form factor becomes smaller and thinner. But more and more, it’s what is running at the heart of that PC that is more transformational than ever. Software applications that use AI and machine learning create systems that now know where and when to optimise power and compute based on your usage patterns. With biometrics, PCs know it’s you from the moment you gaze at the screen. And now, AI and machine learning applications are smart enough to give your system the ability to dial up the sound and colour based on the content you’re watching or the game you’re playing.
Over the next year, these advancements in AI and machine learning will turn our PCs into even smarter and more collaborative companions. They’ll have the ability to optimise power and battery life for our most productive moments – and even become self-sufficient machines that can self-heal and self-advocate for repair – reducing the burden on the user and of course, reducing the number of IT incidents filed. That’s a huge increase in happiness and productivity for both the end users and the IT groups that support them.
Innovating with integrity, sourcing sustainably
Sustainable innovation will continue to take center stage, as organisations like ours want to ensure the impact they have in the world doesn’t come with a dangerous one on the planet. Greater investments in reuse and recycling for closed-loop innovation will accelerate – hardware becomes smaller and more efficient and built with recycled and reclaimed goods – minimising eWaste and maximising already existing materials. At Dell Technologies, we met our Legacy of Good 2020 goals ahead of schedule – so we’ve retired them and set new goals for 2030 to recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material, and use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging.
As we enter the Next Data Decade, I’m optimistic and excited about what the future holds. The steps our customers will take in the next year to get the most out of their data will set forth new breakthroughs in technology that everyone will experience in some way – whether it’s a more powerful device, faster medical treatment, more accessible education, less waste and cleaner air. And before we know it, we’ll be looking forward to what the following 10 years will have in store.
Dell just released the new Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet that’s designed to take on desert sandstorms and even the harshest Arctic conditions!
Let’s take a look at this new 12-inch tablet, and find out just how tough it is!
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme : Light + Tough!
The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is a light and powerful 12-inch tablet designed for those who have to work in challenging conditions.
It now comes with an ultra-bright 1000 nits Full HD display, with anti-glare coatings to use in harsh sunlight. This display is also glove-responsive, and multi-touch capable.
High Performance In A Small Package
The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, with vPro Core i7 and Core i5 options.
It comes with a PCIe NVMe SSD, with storage capacities from 128 GB all the way to 2 TB, with self-encryption options for those who work with sensitive data.
Toughened For Extreme Environments
The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is built to withstand the worst environments you can get into. It is IP65-rated against dust and water ingress, and is both MIL-STD-810G/H and Class 1 Div 2 certified.
It has also been drop-tested from a height of 1.2 metres at the Dell Latitude Rugged Lab, and tested to withstand a wide temperature range of -29 to 64 Celsius.
Hot Swappable Batteries!
It has an optional built-in hot-swappable battery design, which gives you the ability to continue working without interruptions.
Mission Critical Connectivity
The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme comes with a plethora of connectivity options to ensure that you can stay connected, wherever you are – 802.11ax Wi-Fi, global 4G LTE broadband, and even a GPS module.
Compatibility With Existing Docks
The Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is compatible with most existing Latitude Rugged Extreme tablet vehicle and desk docks, as well as previous-generation accessories.
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Specifications
Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)
11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1000 nits
– Anti-Glare, Anti-Smudge, Polariser, Glove-Capable
Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Digital Compass, Gyro, Lid, SAR
Combo headphone and mic jack
2 x non-array microphones
1 x USB 3.1 Type A (with Power Delivery)
1 x USB 3.0 Type C (PowerShare / DisplayPort(
1 x combo microphone / headphone jack
Optional mini serial RS-232 port
1 x docking Pogo connector
Optional Backpack Pogo connector
Dell Technologies just shared with us the key findings from their research that explore the future of connected living by the year 2030!
Find out how emerging technologies will transform how our lives will change by the year 2030!
Dell On The Future of Connected Living In 2030!
Dell Technologies conducted their research in partnership with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and Vanson Bourne, surveying 1,100 business leaders across ten countries in Asia Pacific and Japan.
Let’s take a look at their key findings, and find out why they believe the future is brimming with opportunity thanks to emerging technologies.
Technological Shifts Transforming The Future By 2030
IFTF and a forum of global experts forecast that emerging technologies like edge computing, 5G, AI, Extended Reality (XR) and IoT will create these five major shifts in society :
1. Networked Reality
Over the next decade, the line between the virtual and the real will vanish. Cyberspace will become an overlay on top of our existing reality as our digital environment extends beyond televisions, smartphones and other displays.
This transformation will be driven by the deployment of 5G networks that enable high bandwidth, low-latency connections for streaming, interactive services, and multi-user media content.
2. Connected Mobility and Networked Matter
The vehicles of tomorrow will essentially be mobile computers, with the transportation system resembling packet-switched networks that power the Internet.
We will trust them to take us where we need to go in the physical world as we interact in the virtual spaces available to us wherever we are.
3. From Digital Cities to Sentient Cities
More than half of the world’s population live in urban areas. This will increase to 68% over the next three decades, according to the United Nations.
This level of growth presents both huge challenges and great opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens.
Cities will quite literally come to life through their own networked infrastructure of smart objects, self-reporting systems and AI-powered analytics.
4. Agents and Algorithms
Our 2030 future will see everyone supported by a highly personalised “operating system for living” that is able to anticipate our needs and proactively support our day-to-day activities to free up time.
Such a Life Operating System (Life OS) will be context-aware, anticipating our needs and behaving proactively.
Instead of interacting with different apps today, the intelligent agent of the future will understand what you need and liaise with various web services, other bots and networked objects to get the job done.
5. Robot with Social Lives
Within 10 years, we will have personal robots that will become our partners in life – enhancing our skills and extending our abilities.
In some cases, they will replace us, but this can mean freeing us to do the things we are good at, and enjoy.
In most cases, they can become our collaborators, helping to crowdsource innovations and accelerate progress through robot social networks.
Preparing For The Future Of Connected Living By 2030
Many businesses in APJ are already preparing for these shifts, with business leaders expressing these perceptions :
80% (82% in Malaysia) will restructure the way they spend their time by automating more tasks
70% (83% in Malaysia) welcome people partnering with machines/robots to surpass our human limitations
More than half of businesses anticipate Networked Reality becoming commonplace
– 63% (67% in Malaysia) say they welcome day-to-day immersion in virtual and augmented realities
– 62% (63% in Malaysia) say they welcome people being fitted with brain computer interfaces
These technological shifts are seismic in nature, leaving people and organisations grappling with change. Organisations that want to harness these emerging technologies will need to collect, process and make use of the data, while addressing public concerns about data privacy.
APJ business leaders are already anticipating some of these challenges :
78% (88% in Malaysia) will be more concerned about their own privacy by 2030 than they are today
74% (83% in Malaysia) consider data privacy to be a top societal-scale challenge that must be solved
49% (56% in Malaysia) would welcome self-aware machines
49% (43% in Malaysia) call for regulation and clarity on how AI is used
84% (85% in Malaysia) believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout their organisation
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.
Dell Technologies just announced that Dell Financial Services (DFS) will be made available in 7 additional countries, with two flexible consumption models!
Dell Offers Two DFS Flexi Options In These Countries!
With this announcement, Dell partners will be able to offer two Dell Financial Services flexible consumption models :
Pay As You Grow : Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea
Flex On Demand : Japan, Australia, New Zealand
These Dell Financial Services flexible consumption offerings will help Dell partners improve their finances, earn more incentives and establish greater control over their sales and margins.
They will also help Dell customers adopting new technologies, and get a head-start in the digital economy with flexible and predictable costs.
DFS Pay As You Grow
The DFS Pay As You Grow model provides customers with custom payment solutions to support forecasted growth, with flexible deployment schedules and pre-provisioned upgrades.
This model caters to customers with long procurement cycles, and provides peace of mind with buffer capacity.
It is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.
DFS Flex on Demand
The DFS Flex on Demand model is available for all Dell Technologies storage solutions and certain storage products.
It lets customers pay only for the storage capacity needed, which reduces costs associated with over provisioning.
More importantly, DFS Flex on Demand provides instant access to additional buffer capacity during spikes in usage, with payments adjusting to match actual usage.
This model offers a low capacity commitment and a flexible payment period, so customers pay only for what they consume.
This program is currently available in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Dell Working Capital Solutions
Dell Technologies is also offering end-to-end channel financing through the Dell Working Capital Solutions program.
Dell partners can obtain adaptive credit capacity with the ability to scale their credit limit up or down. It also provides extended payment terms, helping Dell partners manage cash flow and take on bigger deals from their customers.
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.
Here is a summary of what Dell intends to advance beyond 2020…
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.
Dell Technologies shared with us a broad outline of what they have already started, and are seeking to achieve.
Progress Made Real : Advancing Sustainability
Looking toward 2030, Dell Technologies will continue to accelerate the circular economy, reduce the impact of Dell’s operations, support customers’ efforts to reduce environmental impacts, and champion the many people who build their products.
After a successful e-waste tracker pilot in partnership with Basel Action Network (BAN), Dell Technologies now makes global tracking technologies part of its existing electronics disposition partner audit program.
The pilot program revealed some vulnerabilities in the downstream recycling process, which helped Dell Technologies to quickly take corrective action to address the operational gap.
Dell recently launched a process to use recycled material, Polyvinyl Butyral (rPVB), from car windshields to create the protective, waterproof lining of Dell laptop bags and backpacks.
Dell is also using an innovative method of solution dyeing for these backpacks, which results in 90% less wastewater and 29% less energy, while generating 62% fewer CO2 emissions compared to typical piece-dyeing.
The first bags and backpacks with rPVB began shipping in February and are forecasted to avoid approximately 74,000 pounds of landfill waste per month.
In partnership with suppliers Seagate and Teleplan (a storage device recycling / recovery specialist), Dell identified a new closed-loop process to recover the rare earth magnets from recovered enterprise equipment.
The magnets are reformed for reuse in new hard-disk drives. In the initial pilot program, we are using the reformed magnets in 25,000 Seagate hard drives for our Dell Latitude 5000 series laptop.
Reusing rare earth metals helps us avoid the need to mine the earth, which can cause environmental damage and health concerns for local communities.
Progress Made Real : Cultivating Inclusion
In the midst of a talent shortage, closing the diversity gap is critical to meeting future talent needs and for reflecting new perspectives of a global customer base.
The neurodiversity hiring program provides training and possible full-time career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In partnership with HMEA, The Arc of the Capital Area and Neurodiverisity in the Workplace, Dell Technologies’ program removes barriers that may limit an individual from showcasing their true abilities and potential during the typical job interview process. The pilot expanded from Massachusetts to Texas in April, 2019.
Re-entry programs like Dell Career Restart offer a re-entry experience for individuals who have been out of the workforce for a year or more, and leverages their previous career experience in a supportive environment. The company launched pilots in the U.S. and India.
Skilling and re-skilling programs include Dell Technologies’ partnership with Northeastern University’s AlignProgram, which enables students from diverse backgrounds to transition into a technology career through intensive coursework to earn a master’s degree in computer science. Project Immersion provides undergraduates at Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges & Universities with skills for the digital future.
Additionally, Dell Technologies’ distance education Laboratory for People with Disabilities (LE@D) online learning platform, teaches technology-based vocational skills to individuals with motor, hearing or other disabilities in Brazil.
Progress Made Real : Transforming Lives with Technology
Harnessing the power of technology enables limitless possibilities for advancing human progress and solving complex societal challenges. Dell Technologies is committed to applying its portfolio and partnerships to create a future capable of fully realizing human potential.
Dell Technologies continued to expand its solar learning labs to help bridge the educational gap in areas that lack access to consistent energy and technology in partnership with Computer Aid International.
These labs are created by transforming shipping containers into classrooms with Dell Wyse Thin Client workstations managed by an air-cooled PowerEdge server for up to 20 students.
With solar panels to generate electricity, the container can be deployed in remote locations.
Dell Technologies has already funded 18 labs in six countries around the world. Microsoft has recently joined in this collaborative effort, awarding Computer Aid with a Technology for Social Impact grant to further provide technology access through the solar learning labs.
To fight pediatric cancer, Dell Technologies’ donated $30 million dollars over 6 years to Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) through a partnership designed to use technology solutions and employee volunteerism.
Through Dell’s technology, TGen increased computational hours by almost 4x, allowing researchers and doctors to identify treatments faster, by turning a patient’s vast DNA and RNA sequencing data into insights.
Progress Made Real : Upholding Ethics & Privacy
Dell Technologies believes that ethics and privacy play a critical role in establishing a strong foundation for positive social impact.
In this time of rapid innovation, big data, an evolving regulatory environment, and increasing expectations from both their own team members and customers, Dell Technologies is committed to leadership in ethics and privacy.
This commitment to continually push to higher ethics and privacy standards will be a guidepost for their Progress Made Real work.
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.
One of the key guru sessions that Dell sponsored was this discussion on how 5G will change our lives and future. Check it out!
This 5G guru session was moderated by Jonathan Zittrain, the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. He is also a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Joining him on this high-powered panel on 5G’s impact on our lives and future were :
Caroline Chan, Vice President of the Intel Data Center Group, and General Manager of the Intel Network Business Incubator Division
Eliza McNitt, writer and director, a 2018 Emmy Awards Finalist and winner of the VR Grand Prize at The Venice Film Festival.
John Ellis, Founder and Managing Director of Ellis & Associates. Formerly the global technologist and head of the Ford Developer Program, he is an author, futurist and expert on big data.
Dell Technologies World 2019 Pre-Conference Briefing
Before Dell Technologies World 2019 kicked off, Dell arranged for an in-depth pre-conference briefing. It summarises the key announcements they would make at DTW 2019.
The Michael Dell Keynote @ Dell Technologies World 2019
The first keynote of Dell Technologies World 2019 was, naturally, by Michael Dell himself.
Dell Unified Workspace
The first major reveal, and this is a big one, was the new Dell Unified Workspace. It is a new platform that will intelligently help IT departments customise and provision new devices for individual users, with all of the apps they need to get working right away.
It also leverages VMware’s Workspace ONE unified endpoint management to maintain the user’s devices in good health, while allowing them to seamlessly access any native, SaaS (Software as a Service), or internal application, with a single sign-on from any device.
Dell Technologies Cloud + VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
Dell Technologies Cloud is a new set of cloud infrastructure solutions that leverages VMware and Dell EMC technologies to deliver a consistent hybrid cloud management platform.
This lets customers reduce the complexity of managing multiple cloud services – public cloud, private cloud and the edge – regardless of location.
Dell also announced a Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) option, in the form of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. This introduces the public cloud delivery model to on-premises and edge locations. For more details, read our articles :
But that was not all, as Pat Gelsinger would soon reveal…
Pat Gelsinger Reveals 2019 VMware Strategy + Plans!
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger comes from a “hardware” background, serving as Intel’s first Chief Technology Officer before taking over as President and CEO of EMC.
A point he makes in his talk about the Superpowers of Tech – Cloud, Mobile, AI/ML and Edge/IoT.
VMware’s vision still focuses on enabling any cloud resource and application, from the past or the present, to work on any device, while improving intrinsic security over time.
The hybrid cloud is the best answer for almost every single workload, because of three “laws” – the laws of physics, the laws of economics, and the laws of the land.
VMware and Dell Technologies are focusing on the hybrid cloud architecture with VxRail as its building block.
To bind together and manage disparate cloud and on-premise solutions with greater visibility, VMware is offering CloudHealth on all VMware Cloud solutions on Amazon, Azure and Google.
VMware is making great investments into Kubernetes as the “middleware for the cloud“.
VMware is partnering with Pivotal to make VMware PKS available as VMware Enterprise PKS, VMware Essential PKS and VMware Cloud PKS.
VMware is also rebuilding their security architecture and products, with AppDefense and vSphere Platinum, giving virtual machines an AI capability to learn the users’ behaviour, as well as end-to-end encryption throughout the network infrastructure.
The newly-announced Dell Unified Workspace leverages VMware’s Workspace ONE unified endpoint management to maintain the user’s devices in good health, while allowing them to seamlessly access any native, SaaS (Software as a Service), or internal application, with a single sign-on from any device.
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 :
At the Dell Technologies World 2019, we were lucky enough to snag a seat at the talk by MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson; and MIT alumni and Affectiva CEO, Rana el Kaliouby, on human-machine partnership.
We managed to record the incredibly insightful session for everyone who could not make it for this exclusive guru session. This is a video you must not miss!
The DTW 2019 Guru Sessions
One of the best reasons to attend Dell Technologies World 2019 are the guru sessions. If you are lucky enough to reserve a seat, you will have the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers and doers.
The Human-Machine Partnership
The talk on human-machine partnership by Professor Brynjolfsson and Ms. Rana was the first of several guru sessions at Dell Technologies World 2019.
Entitled “How Emerging Technologies & Human Machine Partnerships Will Transform the Economy“, it focused on how technology changed human society, and what the burgeoning efforts in artificial intelligence will mean for humanity.
Here are the key points from their guru session on the human-machine partnership :
Erik Brynjolfsson (00:05 to 22:05) on the Human-Machine Partnership
You cannot replace old technologies with new technologies, without rethinking the organisation or institution.
We are now undergoing a triple revolution
– a rebalancing of mind and machine through Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
– a shift from products to (digital) platforms
– a shift from the core to crowd-based decision making
Shifting to data-driven decision-making based on Big Data results in higher productivity and greater profitability.
Since 2015, computers can now recognise objects better than humans, thanks to rapid advances in machine learning.
Even machine-based speech recognition has become as accurate as humans from 2017 onwards.
While new AI capabilities are opening up new possibilities in many fields, they are also drastically reducing or eliminating the need for humans.
Unlike platforms of the past, the new digital networks leverage “two-sided networks“. In many cases, one network is used to subsidise the other network, or make it free-to-use.
Shifting to crowd-based decision-making introduces diversity in the ways of thinking, gaining new perspectives and breakthroughs in problem-solving.
Digital innovations have greatly expanded the economy, but it doesn’t mean that everyone will benefit. In fact, there has been a great decoupling between the productivity and median income of the American worker in the past few decades.
Rana el Kaliouby (22:08 to 45:05) on the Human-Machine Partnership
Human communication is mostly conveyed indirectly – 93% is non-verbal. Half of that are facial expression and gestures, the other half is vocal intonation.
Affectiva has the world’s largest emotion repository, with 5 billion frames of 8 million faces from 87 countries.
Facial expressions are largely universal, but there is a need diversity of their data to avoid bias in their models. For example, there are gender differences that vary by culture.
They use computer vision, machine learning and deep learning to create an Emotional AI model that learns from all those facial expressions to accurately determine a person’s emotions.
Emotional artificial intelligence has many real-world or potential uses
– detecting dangerous driving, allowing for proactive measures to be taken
– personalising the ride in a future robot-taxi or autonomous car
– the creation of more engaging and effective social robots in retail and hospitality industries
– help autistic children understand how facial expressions correspond to emotions, and learn social cues.
Erik Brynjolfsson + Rana el Kaliouby
Professor Erik Brynjolfsson holds many hats. He is currently :
Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management,
Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy,
Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and
Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research
Rana el Kaliouby was formerly a computer scientist at MIT, helping to form their Autism & Communication Technology Initiative. She currently serves as CEO of Affectiva, a spin-off from MIT’s Media Lab that focuses on emotion recognition technology.
The 2019 Virtustream Multicloud Survey results was just announced with some interesting insights into the multicloud strategies being employed globally. Here is our quick primer on what the study revealed!
The 2019 Virtustream Multicloud Survey
Virtustream, a Dell Technologies company, commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct their latest global survey of the multicloud strategy of more than 700 companies globally.
Virtustream commissioned the survey to study the current state of enterprise IT strategies for cloud-based workloads.
The 2019 Virtustream Multicloud Survey Summarised
The survey report, titled Multicloud Drive Mission-Critical Benefits, found that :
almost all (97%) of those companies used multicloud strategies in their mission-critical applications.
two thirds use multiple vendors for mission-critical workloads
multicloud deployments will increase over the next few years, with businesses expanding their multicloud budgets for staffing, investments and training
nearly 90% of companies surveyed will maintain or increase their budget to boost their multicloud deployments
nearly 75% of companies surveyed are using multiple cloud providers for mission-critical applications
nearly 61% of companies surveyed were concerned about security and management of their multicloud strategies.
Benefits Of Multicloud Strategies For Mission-Critical Applications
A majority of business organizations shared that multicloud strategies was used in mission-critical cases that involved customers’ financial data or sales applications.
In fact, the survey found that nearly 75% of business organisations are using about 2-3 cloud providers for business-critical applications.
Among the main benefits of using multicloud strategies were quick and efficient response to business changes and challenges.
An increased performance and savings in operational costs were also counted as additional benefits.
Security + Management Concerns In The 2019 Virtustream Multicloud Survey
Management and deployment of multicloud strategies are complex, which is why many business organisations face issues with its implementation.
Although nearly 61% respondents admit that multicloud strategies complements their own business objectives, there were still concerns of security and management.
Thus, many companies are planning to increase qualified and skilled staff to support their multicloud strategies, and work with cloud vendors with proper expertise and experience.
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.
At an exclusive briefing today, Dell Technologies revealed their DT Index findings for Malaysia, with a very sobering picture of an uphill struggle for the digital transformation of Malaysian businesses going forward.
What Is The Dell DT Index?
The DT Index is short for the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index. Conducted by independent research company, Vanson Bourne, and in collaboration with Intel, the DT Index maps the digital transformation progress of mid- to large-sized companies, and looks at the confidence of their leaders in digitally transforming their companies.
The DT Index’s calculations are based on the surveyed companies’ perceived performance in the following areas :
delivering against the core attributes of a digital business
their existing IT strategy
their workforce transformation strategy
their planned investments
The 2018 Dell DT Index For Malaysia Briefing
KT Ong, Country Manager of Dell EMC Malaysia, gave us the key findings of the 2018 Dell DT Index for Malaysia.
Here are the 2018 Dell DT Index’s key findings
Only 21% of Malaysian businesses have a clear digital plan and strategy in place; a mere 3% are Digital Leaders
One in two Malaysian businesses (51%) are worried they’ll struggle to meet changing customer demands; fear their organisation will get left behind (48%) – all within five years
A large percentage (41%) have very few digital investments, with a further 10% lacking a digital plan completely.
Business leaders identify lack of budget and resources as the biggest barrier to digital transformation
It’s not all bad news though. Malaysian businesses in the study plan to invest in many digital technologies over the next one to three years :
56% intend to invest in cybersecurity
50% intend to invest in IoT technologies
39% intend to invest in multi-cloud
35% intend to invest in Artificial Intelligence
33% intend to invest in a compute-centric approach to datacenter design and workload enablement / optimisation
In short – while businesses in Malaysia have been slow in digitally transforming themselves, they see a need for that and will be investing to do more in the near future.
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.