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Dell EMC Advances World’s Top-Selling Server Portfolio

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 2, 2019 by itnerd

Dell EMC has announced several advancements to Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, the world’s top selling server portfolio, offering improved management, security, performance and scalability for customers’ everyday and most demanding workloads. These advancements to PowerEdge servers and OpenManage systems management further enable a secure, scalable compute platform as the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics and software-defined data center initiatives.

According to IDC’s latest research, Dell EMC continued to be No. 1 in both x86 server revenue and units shipped globally in an industry that saw its greatest demand ever during 2018. The analyst firm’s research found worldwide server vendor revenues increased 12.6% year-over-year to $23.6 billion, during the fourth quarter of 2018, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth and the all-time high for total revenue in any quarter ever. For x86 servers, Dell EMC has held or shared the No. 1 position for revenue for six consecutive quarters and for units shipped for over the past two years.

 

Dell EMC offers advanced infrastructure to tackle for more advanced workloads

Dell EMC PowerEdge servers deliver an automated, secure and scalable platform, allowing businesses to balance operational efficiency and strategic initiatives. This supports organizations tasked with driving higher engagement with customers and meeting strict SLAs while adopting new workloads and meeting new business objectives.

Advancements to Dell EMC PowerEdge and Dell EMC OpenManage systems management offer customers more control to manage their server infrastructure and to mitigate threats, backed by a new boost in performance and scalability. Among the new features, the introduction of OpenManage FlexSelect Manage and FlexSelect Secure provides improved flexibility for managing and securing PowerEdge systems.Customers can expect to gain several new benefits and capabilities:

 

Greater Control 

  • Launch of the FlexSelect Manage architecture offers customers new flexibility to choose among specific OpenManage Enterprise capabilities. Delivered first by an innovative power management plug-in, this reduces the number of consoles necessary to match users’ own specific needs and further streamline management efficiency.
  • New enhancements to the Redfish-compliant Dell EMC RESTful API for control of even more server operations and devices including new flexibility to manage servers directly from an operating system in addition to a typical management network. This enables users to more easily integrate PowerEdge servers into their existing processes for a more consistent server management experience.
  • New augmented reality on OpenManage Mobile offers customers a graphical representation of exactly where incidents occur within their environment to accurately identify target areas in their PowerEdge MX infrastructure and help speed resolution—from any mobile device. Customers can reduce time to maintain server health by 28%, through fewer steps, compared to manually retrieving server logs.
  • Through Dell EMC and Intel close collaboration, PowerEdge servers can discover, monitor, configure and update supported Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel Optane DC SSDs with OpenManage agent-free management. This enables customers to save time by automating configuration of BIOS, drives and memory. Through auto-discovery, these configurations can be replicated across multiple servers without further manual intervention, freeing up IT staff from manual tasks, so they can focus on more strategic work.

 

Enhanced Security

  • Scale data protection and streamline management of self-encrypting drives with new OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager. This enables customers to centrally manage keys for self-encrypting drives to better secure data at both the drive and server level.
  • New OpenManage FlexSelect Secure capability gives customers the flexibility to adapt and scale their security solutions to meet their own business requirements. For example, new security and encryption options added to the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) offer flexibility to allow communications among server components and outside connectivity based on one’s own security policies.

 

Improved Performance and Scalability

  • With new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, PowerEdge customers can better drive their digital transformations with improved performance. PowerEdge servers with these new processors offer up to a 40% increase in performance for core business applications, helping to improve organizations’ overall internal and external customer experiences. Easy BIOS tuning with workload-optimized server configuration profiles allow customers to configure optimal performance as they add new technologies or workloads.
  • According to a new benchmark, a single Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 server with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors can successfully host 69,500 simultaneous users within the SAP Sales & Distribution Standard Application Benchmark. This demonstrates up to a 60% increase in supported users from a single server compared to the PowerEdge R930 server.
  • With new Intel Optane DC persistent memory, customers can accelerate in-memory databases, virtualization and data analytics workloads with up to 2.5 times more memory capacity for select PowerEdge Servers. The PowerEdge R740xd enables up to 2.7 times the transactions per second with an Intel Optane DC persistent memory compared to NVMe drives in a virtualized Microsoft SQL Server 2019 preview environment with VMware ESXi.
  • Dell EMC Ready Solutions enable customers to drive insights faster for high performance computing and artificial intelligence (AI) applications, and, with the new Intel® Deep Learning Boost, make it easier for customers to tackle parallel use cases, such as deep learning, offering nearly three times faster inferencing performance in deep neural networks.

These new features are enabled and supported by Dell EMC OpenManage systems management portfolio, which removes complexity, allowing customers to effortlessly manage their infrastructure. Additionally, the iDRAC is a foundational element of the PowerEdge portfolio that enables automation of server deployment, configuration, updates and maintenance procedures.

 

Availability

  • Dell EMC OpenManage updates will be generally available across the PowerEdge portfolio throughout the second quarter of 2019.
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, R740, R740xd, R740xd2, R640, and C6420 servers with 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors have planned global availability on April 16, 2019. Additional PowerEdge servers, including those for PowerEdge MX, will be globally available with the processor upgrade in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Intel Optane DC persistent memory will be available for hands-on trials through a Dell EMC customer proof of concept program and through Dell Technologies Customer Solution Centers beginning this April and generally available globally later in the second quarter of 2019 on select two- and four-socket PowerEdge servers.
  • Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC with Intel Deep Learning Boost will be globally available on April 23, 2019.
  • These updated PowerEdge servers will become available as the foundation for Dell EMC Ready Solutions and the Dell EMC hyperconverged infrastructure portfolio in 2019.

 

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Dell EMC Study Says That 97% of Canadian Businesses Recognize Value of Data Protection

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 21, 2019 by itnerd

Amid massive data hacks like Norsk Hydro ASA which just happened this week, rising consumer distrust in how companies protect the personal data of its’ customers and stricter regulations on data privacy like GDPR, the way a business manages and protects data is one of the most important decisions it can make today.

Today Dell EMC unveils a new global study revealing that while most businesses now recognize the value of data, they continue to struggle with implementing adequate data protection measures. And while Canadian businesses scored above average with 97% recognizing the value of data, on average they are actually less confident in their data protection infrastructure and ability to meet future challenges. The study also reveals a wide gap between Canadian businesses’ understanding of the importance of data protection, and the maturity of their own strategies.

Key findings from the Global Data Protection Index offer insight into how Canadian businesses are faring in today’s evolving data protection landscape, notably:

  • Canadian businesses managed 11.45PB of data in 2018, higher than the global average of 9.70PB and representing an explosive growth of 941% compared to the 1.10PB managed in 2016.
  • 72% of Canadian businesses experienced a disruption in the last 12 months, and 16% percent experienced irreparable data loss. Comparatively, 76% of businesses globally experienced disruption in the last 12 months with 27% experiencing irreparable data loss.
  • Nearly half (44%) of those surveyed are struggling to find suitable data protection solutions for newer technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, while globally the average is 45%.

The study is located here and is very much worth reading.

Canada Is More Digitally Mature Than Global Average: Dell

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 29, 2019 by itnerd

Despite the relentless pace of disruption, the latest Dell Technologies Digital Transformation (DT) Index Global Results shows worldwide many businesses’ digital transformation programs are still in their infancy. Canadian businesses, however, are making strides to become digital adopters and leaders on the world stage. This is evidenced by only 21% of Canadian businesses believing they’ll struggle to meet changing customer demands within five years, while the global average is 51%.

Dell Technologies, in collaboration with Intel and Vanson Bourne, surveyed 4,600 business leaders (director to C-suite) from mid- to large-sized companies across the globe to score their organizations’ transformation efforts. The Canadian specific results were initially revealed in October 2018.

The study revealed that emerging markets are the most digitally mature, with India, Brazil and Thailand topping the global ranking. In contrast, developed markets are slipping behind: Japan, Denmark and France received the lowest digital maturity scores. Canada ranked in the middle, but slightly higher the global average. Notably, Canada is only one point behind the UK and five points behind the US.

Behind the curve

The DT Index II builds on the first ever DT Index launched in 2016. The two-year comparison highlights that progress globally has been slow, with organizations struggling to keep up with the blistering pace of change. While the percentage of Digital Adopters has increased, there’s been no progress at the top. Almost four in 10 (39%) businesses are still spread across the two least digitally mature groups on the benchmark (Digital Laggards and Digital Followers).

Here’s how Canada ranks on the global stage:

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Barriers to transformation and confidence 

The findings also suggest business leaders are on the verge of a confidence crisis, with 91% held back by persistent barriers. Canada is slightly lower with 89%.

The top five barriers to digital transformation success:

  1. Data privacy and security concerns (2nd place for Canadian businesses)
  2. Lack of budget and resources (1st place for Canadian businesses)
  3. Lack of the right in-house skill sets and expertise (4th place for Canadian businesses)
  4. Regulation and legislative changes (not listed in the top 5 for Canada)
  5. Immature digital culture (not listed in the top 5 for Canada)

These barriers are hampering digital transformation efforts. Regardless, there is a sense of urgency among business leaders and right now 83% of Canadian businesses believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout the organization. This figure is higher than the global average of 78%.

Plans to realize their digital future

Leaders have reported common priorities and investments to aid future transformation, including an increased focus on workforce, security and IT. In Canada, investments in initiatives which enable digital transformation to occur is up and is expected to continue rising.

Top technology investments for the next one to three years:

  1. Cybersecurity (also the top investment priority for Canadian businesses)
  2. Internet of Things technology (ranking 4th for Canadian businesses)
  3. Multi-cloud environment (ranking 2nd for Canadian businesses)
  4. Artificial intelligence (ranking 3rd for Canadian businesses)
  5. Compute centric approach (ranking 5th for Canadian businesses)

Digital maturity score rankings

Most digitally mature countries:

  1. India
  2. Brazil
  3. Thailand
  4. Mexico
  5. Colombia

Least digitally mature countries:

  1. Japan
  2. Denmark
  3. France
  4. Belgium
  5. Singapore

Research methodology

During the summer of 2018, independent research company Vanson Bourne surveyed 4,600business leaders from mid- to large-size companies across 42 countries/sub-regions to gaugetheir organizations’ place on the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index. Vanson Bourne classified businesses’ digital business efforts by examining their IT strategy, workforce transformation initiatives and perceived performance against a core set of digital business attributes.

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Infographic: OEM Partnerships Are Driving Business More So Now Than Ever Before

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 19, 2019 by itnerd

Dell and Intel released a Futurum Research study sharing insights on the evolution of OEM partnerships in the digital economy. In order to unlock these insights, they had to ask, “What drives OEM partnership?”

The overwhelming answer to this question was that OEM partnerships are driven by Digital Transformation and the desire to embrace emerging technologies for an innovation-ready future. See below for some great insights that evolved from this discovery.

Key report findings:

  • 75% of enterprises expect use of OEM partnerships to increase
  • 25% of enterprises anticipate a dramatic increase in OEM adoption
  • Top growing sectors of OEM partnerships: Banking & Finance, Media & Technology and Consumer Products (Retail, E-Tailers, etc.)
  • The use of OEM Partners to meet critical product and services needs is on the rise, a trend we expect to increase dramatically over the coming 3 to 5 years
  • 87% of organizations agree that OEM partnerships help enterprises embrace emerging technologies for an innovation-ready future
  • Top benefit of OEM partnerships: Helps organizations accelerate product & services innovation

Dell has published a blog post on this here here.

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Dell Makes A Number Of Announcements At CES

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 9, 2019 by itnerd

Dell Updates G Series Gaming Laptops

For those looking for an affordable yet powerful gaming system or purchasing their first gaming system, look no further than the new G Series. The G5 15 and G7 (in both 15” and 17” models) are redesigned to deliver enhanced performance with upscale features in a sleek chassis. The thinnest G Series to date with beautiful narrow borders, the G5 and G7 incorporate 8th gen Intel CFLH quad and hex core processors and the latest NVIDIA graphics to optimize demanding AAA game titles and versatility for everyday use. In addition to the option of a blazing 144Hz refresh rate and G SYNC display panels, the G5 and G7 are offering Alienware Command Center and 4 zone RGB keyboard with customizable backlighting for the first time. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition is also available in alpine white, with a clear panel on the bottom of the system to show off the blue fans of the cooling system.

  • Dell G5 15 available Jan. 29th, 2019, starting at $999.99
  • Dell G7 17 available Jan. 29th, 2019, starting at $1,380
  • Dell G7 15 available Jan. 29th, 2019, starting at $1,099

Dell Cinema

Dell Cinema is a combination of innovative technologies all working in concert to transform the entertainment experience on PCs, taking you into a world of vibrant life like color, brilliant sound clarity and uninterrupted streaming on Dell PCs.

  • CinemaColor provides richer, more vibrant color and details enabled by Dell Color Profiles, Dolby Vision.
  • CinemaSound is powered by Waves MaxxAudio® Pro which boosts volume and clarifies every tone, so you experience studio quality sound.
  • CinemaStream with Killer Wireless or Rivet SmartByte channels maximum bandwidth to your videos or music for a seamless, stutter free experience.

Dell Cinema is available this month.

Dell Mobile Connect

Ever since smartphones were introduced more than a decade ago, PC users have had to split their attention between the two devices they use the most. Available on all new Windows 10 Dell PCs, Dell offers a complete wireless integration between smartphones and PCs, allowing Android and iOS users to make calls, send texts, get notifications, mirror the phones screen on Android phones, and even drag and drop files between the phone and PC on Android.

Dell Mobile Connect is factory installed at no additional charge on XPS, Alienware Inspiron & Vostro.

 

Dell Technologies Says 2019 Will Be The Year Of The Data-Driven Digital Ecosystem

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 6, 2018 by itnerd

Society is fascinated by what’s in store for the future of technology, and Dell Technologies predicts that this will be the year of the data-driven ecosystem, bringing us one step closer to where we’ll be in the year 2030, the next era of Human-Machine Partnerships, and a society where we will be immersed in smart living, intelligent work, and a frictionless economy.

This means virtual assistance and virtual intelligence will be more immersed in our work and life than ever before; 5G paving the way for micro-hubs to line our streets, and the opportunity for real-time insights; and multi-cloud environments driving automation, AI and ML processing into high gear to name a few.

2019 Tech Predictions:

  1. Virtual assistance and virtual intelligence will be more immersed in our work and life than ever before
  2. The spark of the next gold rush in tech investments, spurred by the greater value to be derived from data
  3. 5G will pave the way for micro-hubs to line our streets, and the opportunity for real-time insights
  4. Multi-cloud environments will drive automation, AI and ML processing into high gear
  5. Move over Millennials: Make room in the workforce for Gen Z
  6. Greater investments in intelligent cybersecurity that spans edge to core to cloud
  7. Stronger, smarter and greener supply chains

What are your thoughts on Dell’s predictions? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Only 6% of Canadian Businesses are Digital Leaders: Dell

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 1, 2018 by itnerd

Just 6% of Canadian businesses are Digital Leaders, according to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (the DT Index). The DT Index, which was completed in collaboration with Intel, maps digital transformation progress of mid to large-sized companies and examines the digital hopes and fears of business leaders. While Canadian businesses have a ways to go before the majority are Digital Leaders, they are hopeful that they can get there with the study revealing that 31% of them believe they’ll disrupt rather than be disrupted.

The DT Index’s calculations are based on companies’ perceived performance in the following areas: delivering against the core attributes of a digital business**, their existing IT strategy, workforce transformation strategy and planned investments.

Two years after the DT Index’s initial launch in 2016, Dell Technologies and Intel have more than doubled the scope of the research, from 16 countries to 42 and benchmarked 4,600 businesses using the below groupings. Here’s how Canada ranks this year compared to 2016:

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While there is minimal growth in the Digital Leaders group, the Digital Transformation Index has tracked dynamic movement across other groups. For instance, 29% of businesses now are categorized as Digital Adopters (up 17% from 2016). These companies have advanced digital plans and innovations in place to power their transformation.

However, the Digital Transformation Index also reveals that too many Canadian companies are still coasting in the middle group or stuck in the bottom two groups meaning they’re either moving too slowly or don’t even have a digital plan in place.

Barriers to digital transformation

According to the research, 89% of Canadian businesses are facing major impediments to digital transformation today.

The top five barriers to digital transformation are:

  1. Lack of budget and resources
  2. Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
  3. Information overload
  4. Lack of the right in-house skill sets and expertise
  5. Lack of the right technologies to work at the speed of business

These barriers are hampering digital transformation efforts. Regardless, there is a sense of urgency among business leaders and right now 83% of them believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout the organization. This figure has jumped 15% since 2016.  

Conquering their challenges

The research indicates that businesses are taking steps to overcome their barriers and combat the threat of being outmaneuvered from more nimble, innovative players. Progress is definitively being made and the below statistics explain the spike in Digital Adopters this year:

  • 28% of Canadian businesses have embraced agile software development allowing them to code and securely launch new applications within much shorter cycles (up 6% from 2016).
  • 50% are building security and privacy into all devices, applications and algorithms, up from 45% in 2016.
  • More companies are taking action to resolve the workforce skills gap by developing the right skills sets and expertise in-house, such as teaching staff how to code (42%; up 18% from 2016).
  • 45% of businesses are sharing knowledge across functions, by equipping IT leaders with business skills and business leaders with IT skills (up 25% from two years ago).

Investments in initiatives which enable digital transformation to occur is also up and is expected to continue rising. Below are the top five planned investments in the next one to three years, as indicated by Canadian business leaders:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Multi-cloud environment
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Internet of Things technology
  5. A compute-centric approach to data centre design and workload enablement/optimization

Research methodology

This summer, independent research company, Vanson Bourne surveyed 100 business leaders in Canada from mid to large-size companies to gauge their organizations’ place on the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index. Vanson Bourne classified businesses’ digital business efforts by examining their IT strategy, workforce transformation initiatives and perceived performance against a core set of digital business attributes. The global results (based on 4,600 respondents from 42 countries) will be released in early 2019.

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Attributes of a digital business

In 2015, business leaders defined a core set of digital attributes businesses must embrace to succeed over the next decade. These are:

  • Innovate in agile ways
  • Predictively spot new opportunities
  • Demonstrate transparency and trust
  • Deliver unique and personalized experiences
  • Always on, operate in real time