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VCE to “Redefine Next” at EMC World

first_imgWhile Las Vegas is usually where people come to gamble, next week’s crowd at EMC World will be looking for big IT pay offs without the risk! VCE will be out in full force at the show to highlight how its converged infrastructure portfolio can help IT adapt to changing business requirements without the gamble to accelerate the journey to cloud computing and big data.VCE’s efforts compliment EMC’s strategy to “Redefine Next” and drive businesses forward through advanced technologies and innovation. Just last month, VCE redefined the next evolution from converged infrastructure to converged solutions and promised more innovation. We took the VCE Experience up the stack to include management and orchestration as well as applications, while expanding the CI platform choices. And we introduced an innovative unified data center architecture with VCE Vscale. VCE’s range of converged solutions vastly simplifies IT, enabling rapid deployment of new services and efficiency of operations.  It’s about creating a solid foundation on which to build your business, allowing organizations to simplify their IT operations so they don’t have to sweat IT.“Click to Tweet: No Pain, Lots of Gain. @VCE helps IT beef up. #EMCWORLD bit.ly/1zqXCaPShareFor those of you attending EMC World next week, you can’t afford to miss the opening General Session on Monday, May 4th where our very own CEO Praveen Akkiraju will share significant news around our converged infrastructure portfolio during his keynote. If you are not in Las Vegas, you can watch virtual EMC WORLD 2015.VCE Vblock and VxBlock Systems will be on display at our booth and scattered throughout the show floor – in particular, be sure to check them out in the EMC Glass Data Center and Lotus F1 display. The VCE booth will also be a hive of activity, with presentations, customer testimonials and demos highlighting how VCE drives business value – increased application development, faster time to market with new services/products, less time spent keeping on the lights, and less downtime!Be sure to catch John Lockyer’s presentations with our customer ProMedica and Apollo Education Group to learn how a VCE converged infrastructure helped them transform their IT (Monday from 12:00-1:00pm in Palazzo M and Wednesday from 8:30 -9:30am in Palazzo N) and VCE’s Matt Oostveen’s technical discussion with our customers Fox Sports and Apollo Education Group on how to deploy a hybrid cloud in 2015 (Tuesday 8:30 – 9:30 am in Palazzo N and Wednesday 4:00 -5:00pm in Delfino 4003).  There are several more sessions where you can learn and engage with VCE’s experts and I urge you to attend those that are most relevant to your business critical challenges.VCE is continuing to lead the convergence transformation, and we look forward to showcasing our solutions – both existing and new – at EMC World next week! With VCE you don’t need to sweat IT or gamble on achieving results– even if it is Vegas.  See you there!Follow @VCE on Twitter to stay up to date with what’s happening at the sessions and on the show floor. If you are lucky enough to be in Vegas next week, stop by booth #453.last_img read more

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Dell EMC and VMware – Better Together for Virtual SAN

first_imgData ProtectionProtection of data is critical in any Virtual SAN deployment. Dell EMC data protection solutions extend and enhance the capabilities of VMware Virtual SAN by natively offering industry-leading data protection, operational recovery and disaster recovery for VMware and VMware Virtual SAN environments. The tight integration between EMC’s data protection portfolio and VMware software also empowers vAdmins to provision, monitor and manage the protection of their virtual workloads through the standard VMware interface.  Product integrations include:RecoverPoint for VMs employs advanced multi-site synchronous and asynchronous replication technology, offering up to zero RPO with any point in time recovery via a highly resilient, no-single-point-of-failure architecture for the most advanced Virtual SAN topologies. Because RecoverPoint for VMs is storage agnostic, leveraging VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO), replication is supported between Virtual SAN and non- Virtual SAN environments, enabling even greater flexibility.Data Protection Suite for VMware includes Avamar and RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and enables industry-leading data protection, operational recovery, and disaster recovery (DR) support for VSAN environments. Because the Data Protection Suite for VMware, as well as NetWorker, integrate natively with VMware Virtual SAN, data orchestration happens at the VM layer rather than the SAN layer, thus delivering efficiency and compatibility for Virtual SAN deployments.Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) builds upon the Dell EMC Data Protection Suite and enables protection storage for Virtual SAN deployments such as Dell EMC VxRail. With DD VE 3.0 now supporting scalability to 96 TB as well as support for DD Cloud Tier, Dell EMC has extended the capabilities of VSAN for protection use cases by giving users the ability to leverage low cost object storage for long-term retention.“The VMware Ready for vSAN program will provide assurance to our customers that the partner solutions they deploy in VMware and VMware Virtual SAN-enabled environments will operate and interoperate seamlessly,” said Lee Caswell, vice president, Storage and Availability, VMware.  “Together with Dell EMC, we are delivering uniquely integrated solutions.”Dell EMC is committed to offering exceptional outcomes for customers implementing VMware technology. Through our close relationship and design philosophy of native support with VMware environments, Dell EMC solutions, with the powerful combination of our server, storage and data protection portfolios, are better together with VMware. As customers move rapidly to realize the benefits of a true software-defined data center, huge numbers of businesses look to VMware-based solutions, and products that offer tight integration and support with VMware. For storage, many VMware users leverage VMware Virtual SAN, a storage feature integrated in vSphere that pools disk space from multiple vSphere hosts and provides administration of a cluster and implementation of storage policies natively via vSphere.VMware today announced a new VMware Ready for vSAN program to provide customers with the confidence that file services and data protection partner solutions will seamlessly deploy, run and interoperate with Virtual SAN. The goal of the program is to accelerate customer time-to-value by helping them to quickly find a qualified solution partner. Within the program there are two specific focus areas: File Services partners with Virtual SAN, and Data Protection partner solutions for Virtual SAN.Because adoption of virtual infrastructure is critical to any organization’s modern data center strategy, Dell EMC is a charter member of the VMware Ready for Virtual SAN program. Additionally, based upon the breadth of our portfolio and close relationship with VMware, Dell EMC is also the only vendor to deliver Virtual SAN integrated solutions across both file services and data protection. Our integrated solutions include:File ServicesVMware has chosen to work with Dell EMC to provide file capabilities for Virtual SAN storage environments. The UnityVSA unified storage offering runs atop VMware environments and consumes VMDKs provided on the Virtual SAN Within UnityVSA, the Unity File System differentiates itself in several key ways:The interface was designed for radical simplicity. An HTML5 graphical user interface, with integrated file and VMware provisioning, enables novice administrators to get a file storage environment up and running quickly.It’s flexible enough for traditional and transactional NAS use cases. Whether configuring home directories or deploying performance-intensive applications on file storage, the Unity File System provides the feature set and deep virtualization integration necessary for any storage environment.Finally it’s designed for today’s modern data center with a 64TB file-system size, full RESTful API, full multiprotocol support, file shrink and reclaim, self-optimizing, support for NDMP backup, asynchronous replication and integrated quota management.last_img read more

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Transforming Healthcare IT with Converged Solutions

first_imgInformation technology is revolutionizing the medical and healthcare sectors. Whether it’s something simple such as booking an online hospital appointment or complex, such as mapping the human genome, stem cell research or trailblazing developments in bionic limbs, we only have to scratch the surface to discover the crucial part played by technology in making these advancements happen.For healthcare organizations to continue this advancement and focus on what is important to them, e.g. carrying out revolutionary medical research or providing the best possible patient care while adhering to a stringent set of regulations and medical standards, they need a robust IT infrastructure. Their IT teams need to implement innovative IT initiatives that support and advance their organizations and clinical transformation demands rather than simply ‘keep the lights on.’At Dell EMC, we understand the needs and challenges facing healthcare providers. That’s why our Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has a comprehensive ‘build’ (which includes reference architectures, bundles, validated systems) to ‘buy’ (engineered systems such as Blocks and Racks) portfolio that can help our customers transform their journey to the cloud regardless of where they are on that continuum.A recent IDC study found that it is a common experience for our Dell EMC healthcare customers to employ converged infrastructure to transform their businesses, improving agility, efficiency, simplicity and control. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has worked with the healthcare sector businesses and organizations on nearly $1B in converged and hyper-converged sales since its inception and over $700M over the last two years.Here are some recent success stories that showcase how customers have realized benefits from Dell EMC’s converged solutions:ProMedica is a locally owned, nonprofit health system providing quality healthcare services to people living and working in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Rapid growth had created numerous IT issues around availability, performance, management, and support. With the help of Dell EMC converged solutions, ProMedica has been able to realize significant benefits: unplanned downtime has been eliminated and 12 data centers have been reduced to four, resulting in cost and time savings.  And further growth will be trouble free as virtual machines can be provisioned in minutes and upgrades are seamlessly applied.ProMedica is a fantastic success story where IT is delivering real business value. Click here for more details. Watch this video to find out how forming a converged infrastructure team delivered immediate benefits to the healthcare provider and view this video to understand how converged infrastructure led to improved patient care and supported rapid growth of the health system.Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a nationally recognized, fully integrated academic medical center and health system. The customer needed to replace aging IT infrastructure with next-generation technologies and avoid project delays due to infrastructure and space constraints. Using Dell EMC converged infrastructure, Wake Forest migrated to a stable, converged IT environment that ensures a fast time to value, is easy and less costly to support and maintain, is highly secure, and lets Wake Forest focus on strategic priorities around enhancing patient care and advancing medical research. To find out more details, read the full case study here and watch the video here.HealthEast Care System is the largest, locally owned healthcare organization in the East Metro area of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The IT team was facing a dire situation in its data center. Space, power, and cooling were at 89% of capacity. The team’s intentionally thin staff was having difficulty meeting requests for new servers, reallocating storage, or providing other support for new services or improved care. By deploying Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure, HealthEast Care System was able to respond to new server requests in hours. It also secured a five-year projected TCO of 30% less than before for its data center and first-year operations costs were 50% lower than before. Read more here.Gordon Memorial Hospital, a small, 25-bed facility located in Gordon, Nebraska, needed to replace a badly aging infrastructure, enhance IT staff efficiency, and lower IT costs. With the help of Dell EMC’s converged infrastructure, Gordon Memorial Hospital was able to dramatically reduce costs to install, operate and refresh IT infrastructure to produce substantial savings over a 10 year time horizon. Read the full case study here.An outstanding example of a healthcare customer who identified the importance of hyper-converged infrastructure early is Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging products and medical informatics solutions. A pioneer in technology awareness and deployment in medical imagery, Fujifilm Medical Systems wanted to help its customers modernize their IT infrastructure in order to deliver the best possible patient care. It will use the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance to deliver its imaging solutions, such as MRIs, CAT scans, digital x-rays, ECGs, echograms and ultrasounds. To find out more about how Fujifilm Medical Systems improved patient care while positively impacting their bottom line, watch this video.Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to help healthcare and life science customers advance healthcare within a digitally enabled future. We are at HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition, in Orlando, Florida, February 20 -22, booth #3161. If you are attending the event, be sure to drop by and find out how we can help you transform your IT.We are also hosting a VUG HIMSS Executive Meeting on Monday, February 20. If you are interested in attending, please join by registering here.last_img read more

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Island Adventure: How One Teacher Found Connection With the Planet & Her Classroom

first_img“We looked for harmful algal blooms – and we learned about how this is happening because of people and climate change. Fish eat these algae. Sea lions eat the fish. Scientists are seeing how harmful algae is affecting neurochemicals of the sea lions’ brains – and that was a memorable lesson for me,” says Clara Herrera, a fifth-grade teacher at Clayton Elementary School in Austin, Texas.Herrera is excited and descriptive when she talks about her recent five-day research expedition as a JASON Learning Teacher Argonaut. Herrera was selected as an Argonaut and in September, she joined a group of students, educators and scientists from around the United States in a weeklong trip on Catalina Island – one of the eight Channel Islands off Southern California.Since 1989, the JASON Argonaut program has provided hands-on, scientific field work to more than 1,000 students and educators worldwide, many of whom have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in science. Each year, JASON’s Argonaut program sends selected students and educators on one of several expedition opportunities to work directly with the world’s leading scientists and engineers. Past Argonauts have studied the rainforests in Peru, volcanoes in Hawaii, ecosystems in Florida, and much more.Herrera and her students are now looking at water in a whole new way. They are studying it – and even recycling their unused, clean water after their science experiments into a homemade sifting bucket and pouring it into the earth to feed the Edwards Aquifer that surrounds their school.Herrera’s students are true water conservationists – and Herrera is an impressive citizen scientist, equipped with real-world experience to teach her students these sustainability skills after her Argonaut experience.Dell and JASON work together as part of Dell’s Youth Learning program. The partnership has provided free access to JASON’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning materials to students of the Greater Austin Area’s public schools – including digital labs, content and activities, to utilize in the classroom and on their own. Dell’s support also included the sponsorship of two Austin area Argonauts to enter this year’s Argonaut program.Herrera was selected for one of these spots after submitting a personal essay, reference letters and a personal video profile as part of the application process. An enthusiasm for science is key in the selection process as well.Herrera says she has always loved science. She credits her Argonaut experience for strengthening her appreciation for water.“I was always conserving water, but I’ve come back from this trip in a whole new way,” she says. “My mind has been spinning on how important water is – globally and where we live. I’m talking to my students about what I’ve learned – like how ocean plant life produces more than half the world’s oxygen!”The strong connection between people and the planet was a focus of Herrera’s Argonaut journey. This year’s Argonauts helped on a project named “Conserving Marine Life Along Catalina’s Coast,” in partnership with Earthwatch and hosted at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Catalina Island features stunning coastal scenery and nine Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – which function by setting boundaries that exclude extractive activities from occurring in special marine places, much like nature reserves on land. By doing so, they protect more than just one or two species, but all the important organisms and linkages within those ecosystems.“We counted animal life and recorded our data into the online system. This was added to a global data bank and seeing that was remarkable,” Herrera says.By documenting the daily activities and conditions of Catalina’s MPAs, Herrera and her fellow scientists helped gather critical information as part of a larger study on the influence of climate change on MPAs. The work by Herrera and her co-Argonauts will help scientists tell the story of the critical role that MPA’s play in coastal conservation and the health of our coasts amidst a changing planet. They hope their work will inspire policies to help safeguard our coastlines.Back at home in Texas, water conservation is a hot topic for Herrera and her community as drought conditions worsen, and new water sources are scarce as the population grows.Herrera believes hands-on learning prepares students for the real-world – and helps them understand the reality and urgency behind environmental challenges. She is grateful for how her three sons – ages 20, 17, and 14 – support her appetite for adventure and her passion for the environment.“I’m trying to show my children and my students what you can achieve on your own,” she says.Herrera recently completed a fellowship to study at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Coastal Systems Teacher Institute, and she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro after helping raise money and awareness for the need for clean water wells in Africa through the Austin-based charity Water to Thrive.All Argonauts are encouraged to be peer role models for their students and teachers back home.“There’s this pervasive belief that the only people allowed to ‘do science’ are the academic elite, and only after decades of study and degrees. Our Student and Teacher Argonauts show that everyone can contribute to the scientific process, and that it can be fun, engaging, and inspiring,” says Patrick Shea, executive vice president of JASON Learning.Herrera learned about quadrants, and how to use this tool, from the scientists at the Wrigley Marine Science Center.Herrera will share her Argonaut experience with her students and their parents by inviting them to hear more about her trip and by building their own quadrats for her classroom. These are made of PVC piping and used to study a specific area out in the field. Once placed on the school grounds, students can monitor the racks and study environmental changes over time.“Teaching is hard work and it helps in the payoff when you can consider the joy of teaching. I encourage other teachers to try for these opportunities and get out and experience things to avoid the burnout,” she says. “It means a lot to feel that you can teach something because you actually experienced it. I can say to my students, When I was with scientists I saw this! That is exciting to kids. This experience has helped me to recharge.”Explore more information on the JASON Learning Argonaut program. Learn more about Dell’s Youth Learning program at dell.com/youthlearning.last_img read more

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Indonesia detains Iranian, Chinese crews of seized tankers

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia says it has detained the Iranian and Chinese crewmembers of two tankers that were seized for illegally transferring oil in Indonesian waters. A spokesperson for the Maritime Security Agency says documents from the vessels were also seized. He says the tankers are suspected of a variety of violations, including illegally transferring fuel at sea, spilling oil, not displaying national flags, covering the names on their hulls, shutting off their identification systems and anchoring illegally. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says authorities are investigating the ships’ actions.last_img read more

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German financial oversight head out after Wirecard scandal

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance ministry says the head of the country’s financial supervisory authority is to leave the job as the agency is reorganized in the aftermath of the accounting scandal at payment systems provider Wirecard. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said after the scandal erupted last year that he wanted to revamp the country’s financial oversight system. One-time tech star Wirecard filed for protection from creditors through insolvency proceedings after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion) that was supposedly held in trust accounts in the Philippines probably didn’t exist. The finance ministry said that it and BaFin president Felix Hufeld decided by mutual agreement on Friday that, as well as organizational changes, a “new beginning” is needed in the agency’s leadership.last_img read more