Are you ready to start your hybrid cloud journey? Why not start with a test drive? It’s easy and no registration required. Start now!Learn More:https://www.emcfederation.com/solutions/enterprise-hybrid-cloud.htm At EMC we’re passionate about hybrid cloud solutions. Why? It’s pretty simple; our customers are. Customers are racing to deliver cloud solutions, private or hybrid, within their organizations. These solutions need to address mixed workloads including traditional enterprise workloads such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. Most recognize buying an engineered solution is the fastest way to get there, while also minimizing risk and lowering cost. Some have tried to build their own and in most cases have fallen short. That’s why we built the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VCE infrastructure from EMC’s Converged Platforms Division and continue to deliver new enhancements. Today we’re announcing general availability of the 3.5 release with new features to speed the software delivery lifecycle along with more choice and scalability for even the most demanding workloads.A hybrid cloud consumption model is about increasing agility and lowering the cost of IT services and application development through automation and on-demand self-service. Let’s have a look at some of the new features that do just that.Reduce Operation Costs and Speed Application Delivery With the 3.5 release, the focus is on helping customers increase agility and reduce their operational costs by speeding up the software delivery lifecycle with a new add-on option based on VMware vRealize Code Stream. This new add-on automates the software release pipeline for application development. By automating the tasks required to build, deploy and test at each stage in the release delivery pipeline, it enables continuous delivery, allowing application developers to push the latest enhancements fast and efficiently.Co-Existence Architecture for OpenStack EnvironmentsVMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware OpenStack distribution that makes it easier for IT to run a production-grade OpenStack-based deployment on their existing VMware infrastructure, leveraging VMware management tools they’re already familiar with. It co-exists with Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, both leveraging much of the same infrastructure, each running independently. VMware Integrated OpenStack functionality is designed to deliver continuous application development integration and deployment, so that the business can deliver new services as soon as code is ready on VMware vSphere and VMware Integrated OpenStack deployments as well as other OpenStack deployments.Optimize Data Protection with Expanded ServicesCustomers appreciate the benefits of any point-in-time recovery services delivered by RecoverPoint which is why we’re now delivering it for the most business critical workloads including SAP, Oracle and Microsoft that run on EMC VMAXᶟ and EMC XtremIO arrays. And, because workload requirements can change over time, our data protection services can too. This release now gives customers the flexibility to add, remove or modify backup and disaster recovery services at any time – via the self-service catalog.New Infrastructure Options and Increased ScalabilityWe’re always looking to update the solution with the latest hardware and software and the 3.5 release is no different. If customers want an all-flash array within the hybrid cloud for tier zero workloads, EMC now offers it with XtremIO 4.0 and will soon be supporting EMC VMAX All Flash arrays. With so many customers racing to deliver hybrid cloud solutions, VCE converged infrastructures offer the fastest and simplest path to get there. That’s why with the 3.5 release we’re now offering even more choice with the addition of VCE VxBlock Systems, and coming soon VCE VxRack Systems.For customers running the most demanding workloads from Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, the 3.5 releaseoffers 2x more compute power and 4x more memory capacity with VMware vSphere 6. It also showcases new integration with third-party management tools, such as Puppet®, providing simplified automation management for provisioning application resources.Hybrid Cloud is A Game Changer Hybrid cloud is truly a game changer and a great enabler for business.It puts business users in the driver seat and makes heroes of the IT organization.With on-demand access, business users are unencumbered to innovate and respond to market demands.For legacy SAP Netweaver® and DBMS workloads, it’s an enabler for driving out cost associated with just keeping the lights on; and instead focuses investing in IT to run applications in the digital economy.
The IoT space is rapidly evolving. In the past 12-18 months, customers have told me they’re focused on designing IoT solutions around a clear set of business outcomes, that drive business impact and that can deliver near-term ROI. IoT solutions have matured beyond science experiments, and today Dell Technologies is helping companies collect data to make informed business decisions.At the forefront of this evolution is the shift to edge computing. I recently joined the IoT For All podcast to define edge computing, discuss its benefits and describe the challenges associated with using edge computing in IoT. I also shared what a typical customer engagement looks like for our Embedded & Edge team, who deliver value to original equipment manufacturers every day by embedding our edge computing technology into their customer solutions.One of the early challenges we observed in the IoT space was the abundance of snowflake solutions that had no chance of scaling for global capacity. Today, we’re seeing much more standardization—which offers businesses more ability to create scale and capability. And Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to help our customers design IoT and edge computing solutions in 3 ways: 1) compressing their time-to-market, 2) building a “non-snowflake” solution on Tier-1 technology, and 3) scaling their solution globally.Take a listen and let me know your thoughts on the evolution of IoT. Where are you seeing advancements in IoT and Edge Computing today? Read our white paper with Forrester on IoT and Edge ComputingExplore customer stories of IoT and Edge Computing deploymentsJoin our LinkedIn Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @DellTechOEM and @BryanEJones read more
Risk Mitigation: Many organizations are also hesitant to rely too heavily on a single cloud provider. If a provider stops investing in — or worse, cancels — the service you value most, what happens then? Diversifying your clouds prevents lock-in and reduces exposure to future risk. As in the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” you should also be wary of putting all your workloads in one cloud. Technology investments are always challenging; picking a platform that can sustain for the next decade is critical to fueling your success. Organizations must be aware that the technology vendor of today may not have the roadmap that adequately addresses tomorrow. They could even wake up one day in direct competition with their vendor or experience a significant service-level event that warrants using multiple cloud vendors. Organizations oftentimes begin their cloud journeys without a centralized strategy. Rather, they are driven to the cloud by lines of business striving to meet an immediate need. This decentralized and siloed planning brought on by shadow IT creates challenges in managing everything. While often viewed as a negative, shadow IT is simply a reality for many organizations. The trick then becomes, as you put your house in order, how to address all those existing investments.It is essential for organizations to invest in technologies that will best solve their business problems. While the public cloud is effective for many workloads, private clouds and edge environments will see continued investments. As discussed previously, addressing cloud sprawl is essential in maximizing budget and resources. For this reason, many organizations look to hybrid cloud to streamline their multiple clouds. No matter what your current environment looks like, defining a centralized strategy for your organization that accounts for the complexity of multiple environments is critical to your success with cloud. Mergers and Acquisitions Unique Capabilities Across Each Cloud: You may hear organizations talk about the desire to reside in a single cloud. But, in reality, few organizations ever fully achieve that goal. No single technology provider has a monopoly on innovation, and organizational needs are often quite diverse. In fact, competition among these technology companies is what drives innovation. With that in mind, organizations must plan for the reality they’re likely to face: multiple clouds (public and private) as well as new edge locations. Here are four reasons why being in multiple clouds will be your reality: Merging two companies is not as simple as moving a couple of apps and calling it a day. Deals of this nature usually involve substantial technology investments, both for those previously made and those that will follow. The greater number of IT environments involved in the integration, the more complex the deals will be. In these deals, an organization may unintentionally or unexpectedly inherit new cloud environments. But each organization’s core functions cannot be cut out without massive disruption. It is nearly impossible to circumvent an environment with multiple clouds, and a single-cloud environment would require the time-consuming and costly process of moving the workloads of the acquired company onto the existing cloud. The success of mergers and acquisitions deals can be greatly impacted by the IT integration, and implementing multiple clouds can greatly streamline these deals. Maintaining workloads in multiple clouds allows customers to leverage the best features from each cloud. While one provider may have a broader set of storage options, another may have better developer tools. One provider may specialize in AI and analytics, while another may boast more industry- or vertical-specific offerings (such as for retail or healthcare). Given this, many organizations will optimize for a best of breed approach instead of going all in with inferior solutions. Shadow IT: read more
President Biden has extended the interest-free payment pause for most federal student loan borrowers through Sept. 30. But after that break ends, paying $0 may still be a necessity for some borrowers. You may be able to qualify for a $0 monthly payment at that point by enrolling in an income-driven repayment plan or suspending payments altogether via deferment or forbearance. An income-driven plan is usually the best choice because of benefits like potential loan forgiveness, but compare all your options if you’ll need longer-term relief. While you can’t switch repayment plans while payments are paused, you can figure out a strategy and prepare now. read more
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say an avalanche killed four skiers and injured four others in a popular recreation area, making it one of the deadliest avalanches in Utah history. The Unified Police Department told local media that it was alerted to the avalanche about 11:40 a.m. Saturday after receiving a faint distress call from an avalanche beacon in Millcreek Canyon. The department says all eight skiers had avalanche beacons. The survivors were able to dig themselves out of the snow and ice, but their medical conditions are unknown at this time. The survivors were also able to locate and dig out the other four, but they had already died. read more