The amount of information in the Digital Universe is doubling every two years, currently growing at a rate of more than 7,600 petabytes per dayLess than 1% of the world’s data is analyzed today, presenting an enormous opportunity for Big Data analytics, which we at EMC believe will become the “killer app” of the next wave of ITBy 2020, there will be 7.6B people on the Internet… and 200B interconnected “things.” As my colleague and EMC Fellow Steve Todd writes, “embedded systems (e.g. sensors, surveillance cameras, smart meters, appliances, medical devices, toys, etc.) will become one of the major sources of ones and zeros”This machine generated data (driven by what some call the “Internet of Things”) will account for 40% of the Digital Universe by 2020, up from just 11% in 2005Less than 20% of the information in the Digital Universe is protected today, yet “enterprises have liability associated with and responsibility for nearly 80%” of itInformation is much less protected in emerging markets, which will account for the majority (62%) of the Digital Universe by 2020.Clearly, as the volume and complexity of data increases from all angles, IT organizations have a choice: succumb to information-overload paralysis, or take steps to harness the tremendous potential teeming within the new data streams.This year’s study underscores the massive opportunity that exists for organizations that recognize the importance of navigating the Digital Universe with the right balance of technology, data security practices and IT skills. The 2012 Digital Universe study, conducted by the research firm IDC for EMC, is full of eye popping statistics about the amount of information the world is generating.Consider these findings from the study:
Enterprise IT departments are facing unprecedented challenges to deliver consistent and customized IT services to their end users in a timely and efficient manner. It can easily take months to provision for servers, networking and storage resources before applications can be deployed. Being able to deploy applications in a predictable and effective manner is a common challenge. If enterprises cannot do this correctly, it translates into potential business and revenue losses.VCE and Puppet Labs have been working together to alleviate these challenges for customers through VCE’s accelerated path to the cloud and Puppet Labs’ customizable application topology for virtual machines.Cloud computing makes enterprise IT infrastructure more flexible and ubiquitous. End users request and provision IT resources independently in just a matter of minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. However, building a cloud infrastructure is easier said than done. It requires bringing together knowledge and expertise across many IT disciplines. Compute, network, virtualization, and storage teams must work together to build the underlying framework, and tie these pieces together to ensure they work in a harmonic, sustainable fashion. This is normally the most time-consuming part of standing up a cloud infrastructure, but VCE simplifies this process with converged infrastructure systems.Imagine you’re the CIO of a healthcare organization and you need to rapidly deploy an IT infrastructure to support end users. However, it’s more important to have your IT professionals focus on new IT initiatives, such as electronic health records, instead of building a cloud infrastructure from scratch.With VCE converged infrastructure, customers like this healthcare provider can outsource this time-consuming work. VCE provides pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated Vblock Systems with a cloud software stack through the VCE Cloud Accelerator Services to quickly build an operational private cloud environment. From order to delivery, that healthcare organization can have a new private cloud in 60 days. It enables the healthcare organization to focus on adding business value through new initiatives, rather than reinventing the wheel over and over.Having a fully operating cloud infrastructure in which end users can quickly provision virtual machines is not the end of it. The healthcare CIO also needs to enable their end users to provision not only virtual machines, but virtual machines with different settings such as CPUs, memory size, OS, and storage size based on location and/or specific lifecycle of an application, such as testing/development or staging and production. More importantly, the ability to provision different applications, such as custom applications, databases and other enterprise applications, such as SAP and Oracle ERP is also strongly required.Puppet Labs helps VCE address these new challenges by enabling an in-flight customization of virtual machine settings and application topology based on location and the application’s lifecycle. If the healthcare organization is creating virtual machines in the testing/development stage, their application will be deployed to a location where the cost of running the application is the lowest.However, when the healthcare provider wants to move the application into production, it may need the most optimized environment, rather than the cheapest. Therefore, VCE’s customized Puppet modules would be able to detect that and determine the virtual machines’ settings and the application’s topology so that the deployed application can meet its corresponding performance and cost criteria. These workloads are optimized across the available infrastructure resources when they are deployed and throughout their lifecycle to provide the most business value without sacrificing service levels.At VCE, we strongly believe that customers like this healthcare provider would truly benefit from the economies of cloud computing if we are able to reduce their time to provision their applications in a consistent and timely manner. Providing highly resilient and scalable Vblock Systems as a building block for their private cloud infrastructure is the bread and butter of our business. Being able to take this further to reduce our customers’ time to provision their mission-critical applications and optimize the operating costs of deploying and running their applications is one of our key missions in the IT world.“VCE recently discussed this topic at the Puppet Conference in San Francisco. Take a look at the full presentation below for more information.Share
New Release of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack PlatformThis week, we’re thinking about Red Hat, particularly as we are in Boston for the Red Hat Summit (May 2-4) and the week after for the OpenStack Summit (May 8-11). And we have some exciting news to share!Today we are announcing the next generation of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a complete, proven and production-grade cloud platform jointly engineered and validated by Dell EMC and Red Hat. This release features Red Hat OpenStack Platform (OSP) 10, a massively-scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution based on the upstream OpenStack ‘Newton’ release.What’s New?This release delivers new and enhanced capabilities not only in features but also in ordering, deployment, and support capabilities, as well. Savvy readers may notice a slight change to the solution name and release numbering. Beginning now, we are aligning the solution release numbering to that of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, for greater simplicity. So what, then, is new in release 10?Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and Ceph Storage 2 – First, as mentioned, this release is based on OSP 10, which enhances the Ready Bundle by delivering streamlined operations and management, increased system-wide scalability, and improved orchestration, network performance, and platform security. Also included is an upgrade to Ceph Storage 2, a massively scalable, software defined storage platform for cloud infrastructure that supports block, object, and file storage in a single open and unified platform.Dell EMC PowerEdge FX Converged Architecture – Based on customer demand, this release introduces support for the PowerEdge FX-series converged modular server and storage platforms, providing greater choice and flexibility for Dell EMC’s OpenStack customers. In Release 10, we support the groundbreaking PowerEdge FX modular chassis along with the FC630 server for OpenStack compute and controller nodes, and the FC630 server with FD332 storage for massive direct attached storage capacity in easily scalable increments.JetPack Automation Toolkit – One of the hallmarks of the Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform is the rapid and automated deployment experience that we have refined and optimized over the years. With this release, we are pleased to announce the availability of a powerful automation toolkit called JetPack, a single package for configuring the underlying hardware and the OpenStack software in a fully automated fashion.JetPack includes a large set of automation scripts that are used in conjunction with Red Hat OSP Director (based on the OpenStack OOO project) and OpenStack Ironic bare metal provisioning to provide a completely automated software deployment experience, as well as an automated update and upgrade experience. So whether you choose to have Dell EMC experts deploy your system or to do it yourself, you will have access to the same tools and validated deployment guides and the same rapid, reliable, and automated processes. We plan to make JetPack available as open source, and until this process is complete, they will be available for free to any customer of the Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform.Dell EMC OpenStack Software Ordering – As of Release 10, The Red Hat OpenStack Platform software can be ordered via OEM SKUs directly from Dell EMC. This simplifies the ordering and procurement process by allowing the complete solution, hardware and software, to be ordered from a single source. And it makes it easier to leverage the innovative Dell EMC OpenScale Payment Solutions, such as ‘Pay as You Grow’ or ‘Provision and Pay’.Dell EMC OpenStack Sizing Tool – With Release 10, we have developed a brand new OpenStack configuration and sizing tool to enable solution architects to more easily and accurately design and size an optimized solution based on each customer’s projected workloads, storage capacity, growth expectations, and other factors. This includes rack layouts and power requirements as well. This tool, designed for Dell EMC cloud solution architects ensures that customers get the most accurate and optimized OpenStack solution that leverages the best practices, options, and scalability built into the pre-engineered Ready Bundle.Dell EMC Support – New ProSupport Services from Dell EMC enable us to handle all level 1 and level 2 support calls on both the Dell EMC hardware and the Red Hat software, including the close coordination with Red Hat support that we have always had, when the need arises. And Release 10 is a long life version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, which means it has the option of three or even five-year support.This is just a sample of the new features and capabilities in Release 10 of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform.What’s Better?Several components and extensions to the solution introduced in the last release have been updated and expanded.Red Hat CloudForms is a unified cloud management and operations platform with advanced life cycle management and hybrid cloud capabilities for OpenStack, plus other private and public cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. This release contains CloudForms 4.2, and includes support for chargeback capabilities. CloudForms includes a self-service portal and catalog, monitoring and tracking, and policy and governance control, delivering simplified and unified management for the Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform.Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform –The Ready Bundle supports OpenShift on OpenStack as a validated extension, providing a complete, integrated, and efficient IaaS and PaaS environment. Built on Docker and Kubernetes, OpenShift supports bare metal, virtual machine, and container deployment.Dell EMC provides validated deployment and configuration guides for OpenShift on OpenStack, for CloudForms with OpenStack, and a configuration guide for integrating all of them together, thereby offering a Containers as a Service (CaaS) capability.In-place Updates and Upgrades – This feature, introduced with Release 6 and naturally supported in Release 10, enables minor updates and major full-system software upgrades to be performed with minimal-disruption. But now, it is enhanced and fully automated with the JetPack automation toolkit.What’s Great?Well, everything about this release is great. We’re really proud of it. But a powerful example of the speed and efficiency of the solution can be seen in the tangible results of the new JetPack automation. For example, using the JetPack automation toolkit from Dell EMC, the OpenStack software for the Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform can be deployed on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R-series servers in under half the time it takes to deploy using manual methods.* And with greater ease, reliability and consistency as well.What’s more, with the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX-series modular servers, now supported in Release 10, the OpenStack software can be deployed using the JetPack automation toolkit in just over an hour.*These results and our plans for JetPack underscore our commitment not only to enhancing the speed, simplicity, and reliability of deploying and operating the system, but also to supporting the open source community.When Can I Get This?The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform will be generally available in North America in mid-May and worldwide by the end of May. For more information, you can visit Dell.com/OpenStack. For the Architecture Guide and all technical guides including deployment, operations, and best practices, you can visit the TechCenter community, which will be updated for Release 10 upon general availability. And for either sales or technical inquiries, you can always email [email protected] Easy, right?In Boston for either the Red Hat Summit this week or for next week’s Open Stack Summit? Be sure to visit us and get an in-person view of Release 10.*Based on Dell EMC internal testing, April 2017.
This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series “Sweet on Dell Technologies.”We’re a technology company with software, services, security, cloud, PC and enterprise infrastructure businesses. We’re aligned and interconnected to drive synergy and joint engineering across our businesses. We’re about pooling our resources, cross-selling together and, ultimately, creating value for all stakeholders. Compare this with your typical conglomerate, and it’s apples and oranges.Conglomerates are combinations of businesses operating in typically unrelated industries under one corporate roof. More and more, I hear Dell Technologies referred to as a conglomerate, which misses the mark. It’s an easy shorthand, which I get. But it’s misused in our case and sidesteps the bigger picture of why we created Dell Technologies in the first place.In my role, I meet with industry analysts, investors, and customers every week, where I emphasize the advantages of working with Dell Technologies and all the variables in our equation, including:A shared vision and a laser-focus on developing technologies for digital transformationCommitment to R&D across our vast portfolio, totaling $20B in investments in R&D in the last five years aloneAbility to collaborate to bring a differentiated portfolio to market with products that deliver end-to-end IT and data solutionsGiving customers a seamless, comprehensive Dell Technologies experience across sales, services and supportHelping our customers simplify and manage their technology environment in a multi-cloud worldA simplified channel of engagement for partners to cross-sell and procure products and solutions across Dell TechnologiesTake UnderArmour. They recognized these advantages and chose to work with Dell Technologies to manage and protect their data company-wide. As they’ll tell you, data is the fuel to their organization. With our help, we’ve been able to de-centralize their data in a way that supports the global nature of their business, with zero downtime – and still gives them a holistic view. And, our innovative products have allowed their team members to work smarter. Ultimately, our solution set gives them visibility, reliability and scalability, allowing them to continue to design and innovate while knowing their data is in the right hands.Our tightly woven fabric lets us strip complexity out of the IT procurement, installation, maintenance process. And like with UnderArmour, provides a better overall customer experience. We’re removing friction and operational barriers, simplifying terms and conditions and strengthening end-to-end support. To be sure, we know we need to continue to build our capabilities, but we are uniquely positioned to help our customers on their transformation journey. The fact that Dell Technologies is not a conglomerate spread across diverse industries makes this possible.To become the essential infrastructure company – from the edge to the core to the cloud – not only for today’s applications, but for the cloud-native world we’re entering—we must think bigger and be bolder. And that’s the greatest strength of a comprehensive, integrated family of products under the interconnected Dell Technologies umbrella.
Palestinian election officials have invited the European Union to send observers to monitor upcoming elections planned for the Palestinian legislature and presidency. The elections are seen as an important step toward ending a rift that has left the Palestinians divided between rival governments since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007. Past attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed. But Sunday’s invitation to the European Union was a sign that the Palestinians are serious about holding what will be their first elections in over 15 years. An EU official confirmed the bloc’s readiness to “provide everything possible for the success of the electoral process.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite criminally charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sexual abuse of teenage girls testified in 2016 that she had no memory of anything amiss on his properties, but eventually had a falling out with him. That’s according to the public portion of a heavily redacted transcript of the deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell taken for a defamation lawsuit by one of Epstein’s accusers. The transcript was released Wednesday along with other documents pursued by the Miami Herald after the lawsuit was settled. Maxwell has been held without bail since pleading not guilty in July to recruiting girls for Epstein to abuse in the mid-1990s. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews are working to determine when they can rebuild a section of scenic roadway near Big Sur, California, after it collapsed in torrential rain last week. But officials say the damage isn’t as bad as from a 2017 landslide that cut off the tourist destination for over a year. Crews are clearing debris piles and stabilizing damaged sections of roadway. The winding highway is a popular driving route renowned for its ocean views. The head of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce says the damage will force those traveling from Southern California to take a two-hour detour. But he said the majority of visitors come from Northern California.
BERLIN (AP) — A commission in Germany has ruled that a painting by expressionist Erich Heckel that is in a German art museum was likely unlawfully obtained under the Nazis and should be returned to the heirs of a Jewish historian who once owned it. The commission said Heckel’s “Geschwister,” or “Siblings,” was owned by Jewish historian Max Fischer until 1934, the year before he fled Germany. The 1913 painting ended up back with Heckel, and the artist donated it to the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe museum in 1967. The commission said Tuesday that it had to assume Fischer lost possession of the painting due to Nazi persecution. His heirs have said they plan on donating the piece to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.