Month: February 2021

first_imgVCE partnered up with Presidio and Cisco at the Jets House in New York City during Super Bowl week. Jets House is the New York Jets official hospitality venue where season ticket holders, team partners and guests gather to experience all of the week’s excitement. Throughout the five-day experience, current and former Jets players, coaches and cheerleaders participated in meet-and-greet sessions with guests. Each day there were different programming and interactive guest opportunities such as Q&A sessions, cooking demonstrations, and Chalk Talks.In conjunction with the Jets House event, VCE, along with ecosystem partners Cisco and Presidio, hosted two days of executive briefings and client panel discussions that included sessions on IT as a service, mobility and security, and capacity on demand.IT leaders presented to a group of their industry peers across multiple verticals, which sparked an interactive dialog between the audience and the VCE customers. The most common questions were around how these IT leaders were able to shift their day-to-day tasks from infrastructure concerns to delivering business demands.The two sessions provided several unique insights:Tangible benefits of getting the first Vblock SystemOrganizational impacts of Vblock SystemsVelocity towards multiple Vblock SystemsShifting from IaaS to platform as a service (PaaS) to software as a service (SaaS) to IT as a service (ITaaS)Tangible benefits of getting the first Vblock SystemThe CIOs listed VCE’s speedy service delivery as the first benefit to visibly impact their organizations. The word “faster” echoed throughout the discussions. Of course, the speed to value is apparent, but even greater value came from longer-term deployment. With VCE, the CIOs are able to meet the increased expectations and demands from different departments again and again.By assessing the system as a whole, there is less time wasted on isolated concerns of compute, network, storage and management. Indeed, IT leaders were able to shift from infrastructure centric to more workplace centric views. Over time, the leaders realized that a vibrant and stable service catalog, relying on a true converged infrastructure with lifecycle assurance, is the key to unlocking even faster time to value than ever before. In short, standardization on Vblock Systems empowers teams to focus more on what matters – business needs – and less on IT for the sake of IT.Organizational impacts of Vblock SystemsInterestingly, the organizational impact of Vblock Systems takes place over different timelines. If an IT department was radically siloed, then the organizational impact will be greater than a system-oriented environment. This sparks the classic debate among the network team, the compute or virtualization team, the storage team, and even the security and compliance teams. Combining these teams yields greater operational awareness, which is only possible with a system view of how services are delivered. Further, it is a system view that provides assurances to security compliance teams not available in the old silo views.The standardization on Vblock Systems unlocks the capabilities within organizations to expand from only providing management tools to exploring deeper levels of automation and ultimately a complete orchestration alignment to meet business needs. So, while the workshops presented two different journeys of varying silo-oriented history it was apparent that the outcomes aligned to more streamlined operations than the silos ever afforded.Velocity toward multiple Vblock SystemsAs organizations continue to consume services that reside on Vblock Systems, lines of business begin to equate speed and the repeatable outcomes with the “new IT.”  Previously, these lines of business might have attempted to outsource their own IT, and then foist that solution upon internal IT teams to support. Now, in the wake of adopting Vblock Systems, these same application owners seek out the IT teams to understand how they can achieve tenancy goals from development to test to QA to production in a single conversation – all centered around a single IT relationship.For the first time in many organizations, the IT conversation is internal to the private cloud as a viable option, whereas prior views might mandate looking outside to so-called public clouds more often than not. Additionally, many CIOs found that standardizing their organization’s intellectual property on multiple Vblock Systems within their own data centers was more cost-effective than public clouds.Shifting from IaaS to PaaS to SaaS to ITaaSPerhaps the most exciting part of the discussions were centered around shifts to leverage new consumption models and going higher in the value stack for business. This was realized by working closely with Presidio to take advantage of an on-demand capability on Vblock Systems, which allowed customers to quickly expand the infrastructure to meet new business goals.In fact, this moved discussions along from IaaS to presenting platforms to developers (PaaS) as well as managing full stacks for lines of business (SaaS) and handling quick assimilation of mergers and acquisitions to seasonable IT needs (ITaaS). It was clear that Presidio had tapped into a need and delivered a commensurate solution for the IT leader. Finally, VCE’s on demand financial and technology models allow for use of Vblock Systems on an event or seasonal basis as OPEX (rather than CAPEX), which helps enterprises quickly address new business needs.last_img read more

first_imgLike any other industry, healthcare is striving to reduce costs and increase productivity. Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to find the most effective combinations of new technology to realize these improvements.In my second industry-themed blog post, I will be examining healthcare, exploring the four key drivers that are transforming the industry:Healthcare utilizationHealthcare financial modelsPatient and healthcare provider interactionsMedical scienceHow are healthcare providers’ IT strategies changing in the coming years?Healthcare providers in developed economies around the world are facing similar challenges, including rising costs and a fundamental shift in the way healthcare services are accessed.As populations age, there is a measurable increase in the cost of providing healthcare, which is compounded by shifts in the rates and types of illnesses being treated by clinicians. This has resulted in an influx of new financing and payment models to decrease provider costs while giving more value to the healthcare consumers.To combat disease and illness, medical professionals are becoming more innovative in their treatments, while expanding their areas of treatment from traditional medical sites (e.g., hospitals) to engage patients in mobile settings.Healthcare utilization is transformingOne of the by-products of an aging population is an increase in the treatment of chronic disease. By their very nature, chronic diseases are expensive to treat and time consuming for both patient and provider. Another by-product is access to healthcare services across borders, whether patients are across counties, states or nations.Healthcare providers are looking to technology to help solve these problems, specifically through the use of telehealth services. Telehealth services extend the range that healthcare can be delivered while reducing the need for clinicians to travel, which increases efficiency and productivity.This convenience and efficiency is complicated for IT professionals to deliver because they are heavily bound by regulatory requirements, security implications of patient records being outside the firewall and the need for gold standards in network, application, device and compute performance.Healthcare financial models are evolvingRevenue models for the healthcare industry are also under pressure. In countries such as England, the Nordics and Australia, government funding is changing from being calculated on process measures to outcome-based models, which factor in quality of life and early disease detection. The trend for healthcare costs is increasing across the globe, with one of the key metrics being the ratio of healthcare cost to GDP.Expect to see more business intelligence (BI) platforms that enable various organisational elements to become less reliant on one another for information, therefore increasing speed to decisions as they utilize more sophisticated reporting and dashboard tools. This can be achieved by linking together disparate data warehouses, which reduces data compartmentalization and increases visibility. Finally, analytical capabilities can be built on top of these BI platforms, which will provide real-time prediction of performance, losses and process failures.Patients are interacting with healthcare providers differentlyFrom a technology perspective, this change in interaction between patient and provider can be looked at as enabling patients with better information, creating tools that help patients self-diagnose or monitor illnesses, and creating social communities to provide additional services to patients ranging from support groups to treatment resources.It is in this area that we see rapid deployment of small, mobile applications and the use of private or customized social networks, which can intersect with analytical tools and bring deeper diagnostic capabilities (such as using IBM Watson as an invisible front line doctor!). In fact, according to Gartner, “By 2017, 30% of patients will regularly use mobile social commerce apps to engage their healthcare provider and access their health information.”[footnote]Predicts 2014: Healthcare Delivery Organization IT Leaders Published: 27 November 2013 G00258117[/footnote]Therefore IT will evolve patient portals from simple tools that access tests or medical records to robust platforms that can send messages to enhance and personalize patient engagement and experience. IT will be tasked with the development of these tools to be more personalized, meaningful and impactful for building relationships.Medical science is constantly transforming Historically, IT has been one of the most important drivers behind the transformation in medical science. Areas such as genomic sequencing, industrialization of medicine and diagnostics all owe their success on the ability to take advantage of IT.In the coming years we can expect these areas to expand to include personalized medicine as well as better point-of-care tools with real-time, individualized patient risk predictors and actionable care metrics. However, the technology that is getting the majority of attention from the industry is electronic health records (EHRs).EHRs are large-scale transformational projects that aim to simplify the complex and disparate nature of medical record keeping. They are considered to be the most complicated, expensive and politically charged project currently being deployed in the industry. According to Gartner, through 2017, annual spending on medical informatics needed for EHR optimisation will trend toward five times the initial informatics costs.[footnote]Predicts 2014: Healthcare Delivery Organization IT Leaders – G00258117[/footnote]The VCE perspectiveVCE offers specific industry-based solutions that are geared to solving the most critical issues faced in healthcare IT departments today.Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications deliver VDI solutions to provide a foundation for building out the latest healthcare services, such as telehealth and mobility capabilities, which can securely connect the clinician with patient records, irrespective of device or location.High-end systems provide the perfect solution to the problem faced by IT in healthcare as they scramble to implement EHR projects. With the large amount of storage, processing and network power needed to support an EHR, we understand that IT will require scalable and high-performance systems that can expand to support the rapidly increasing amounts of data being pushed through.last_img read more

first_imgThe battle to attract top talent in the technology industry has been raging worldwide for years. As Meghan Biro, an author and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, puts it, “The talent war is rampant in the tech industry, and engineers are now attracted not only by financial prospects, but also because of a brand’s name and reputation. When they join these companies, the workplace culture is so strong that every little detail embodies what the company stands for. This is what makes all the employees feel like they belong to a family, not just a business.”At Dell Technologies, this is in our DNA. We know people want to work for a great business, and also for a great place to work. When it comes to our brand reputation, and more importantly to our team members and the culture that so strongly binds and unites us, our business serves as its own talent magnet. In fact, LinkedIn just recognized Dell Technologies as a top company where the U.S. wants to work now. We’re honored to be on LinkedIn’s list of top companies for being a respected brand and innovator, and attracting consistently heavy interest from job seekers. In addition to the U.S. market, Dell Technologies also made the coveted lists for the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia for 2018. It’s also in line with research recently carried out by Indeed, which ranked Dell at the very top of its list for Ireland’s best places to work list.I wrote about building an exceptional brand after Dell Technologies was recognized among Fortune’s Most Admired Companies for 2018, and, of course, how market-leading products and services are instrumental to this endeavor. But who makes that happen? Our people. Our people embody our Culture Code, which defines our values and is made real every day by how we work and lead. Our people are the heart and soul of Dell Technologies’ success and they drive the industry-leading, award-winning innovation behind our products and services, while always putting our customers first. And it’s our people who are the reason we’re being recognized again as a top company by LinkedIn.The 2018 lists from LinkedIn represent the companies where professionals most want to work today, based on the actions of LinkedIn’s 546 million professionals (with 146 million in the U.S. alone), including a brand’s reputation, reach and engagement with job seekers, and also how well a brand retains its new hires, a critical measure of success. The passion and dedication of our people across the company is truly inspiring and helps serve as a magnet for more top talent in search of a great place to work. I’m happy to say we’re hiring. Learn more about our career opportunities today.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers at Cardiff University are using the power of genomic sequencing and high performance computing to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.In scientific laboratories around the world, efforts are under way to put the power of genomic sequencing and high performance computing (HPC) to work in the fight against COVID-19. At Cardiff University in Wales, a team of scientists is working with the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK), to unlock the secrets of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.This team is led by Dr. Thomas Connor, a distinguished researcher of the Cardiff sequencing center under the umbrella of COG-UK. The COG-UK organization brings together experts from across the UK National Health Service (NHS), academia and public health agencies for large-scale, rapid genomic sequencing and analysis of the coronavirus. This information can then be quickly shared with hospitals, the NHS and the government to help inform their responses to the pandemic.“Genomic sequencing will help us to understand coronavirus and its spread,” Dr. Connor says in a Cardiff University news release. “By analyzing samples from people who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19, scientists can monitor changes in the virus at a national scale to understand how the virus is spreading and whether different strains are emerging. Having this information available will help in the clinical care of patients — and ultimately help to save lives.”COG-UK also benefits from another project where Cardiff University has played a key role: the MRC CLIMB project. Dr. Connor leads the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) project at Cardiff University with support from Supercomputing Wales to supply COG-UK with the computational resources needed to share and analyze the large volumes of COVID-19 genomics data now being generated across the UK.Working with Dell TechnologiesIn these efforts, Dr. Connor and his colleagues are building on a longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies. The team works to enable CLIMB’s capacity to share and analyze large volumes of COVID-19 genomics data. With this solution in place, the University has the potential to sequence samples within 24 hours, allowing for real-time responses.“CLIMB has become an essential national capability for microbiologists in the UK,” Dr. Connor says in a Dell Technologies case study. It serves more than 1,000 users and over 300 research groups from 89 research institutions, including universities, public health agencies and governmental organizations. In addition, CLIMB has provided training in bioinformatics to thousands of academics, students and clinical microbiologists across the UK and as far afield as Palestine, Gambia and Vietnam.A look under the hood of MRC CLIMBThe core infrastructure for CLIMB is a Dell EMC cloud system running the open source OpenStack operating system. To enhance resiliency, CLIMB is spread over four sites, each with 500 TB of local scratch storage.At the heart of the CLIMB environment is a large shared object storage system that provides about 2.5 petabytes of HPC data storage, which can be replicated between sites. This storage system is based on Red Hat Ceph Storage running on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® processors. This community system provides a place where researchers can store and share very large microbial datasets.In addition, the CLIMB cloud environment offers access to a huge amount of memory — more than 78 terabytes of RAM. With all this muscle under the hood, CLIMB can run more than 1,000 virtual machines simultaneously, and each of these VMs can be preloaded with software, customized by end users and saved as snapshots for reuse by others on the infrastructure.“For seven or eight years, I’ve had a really great relationship with the HPC team at Dell,” Dr. Connor notes. “They answer our questions and help out whenever we need help. They have been really accommodating in terms of helping us to get the solution that we need to do the work that we do. That’s a really positive thing that has come from my interactions with Dell.”Another positive outcome is the results of the research powered by the HPC clusters that drive the high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics used to fight infectious diseases and enable personalized healthcare.“In the last 12 months, we have sequenced around 8,000 to 9,000 patient samples across our genomics programs,” Dr. Connor says, “and all of that has been processed through our hardware supplied by Dell.”To learn moreFor a closer look at the work of Dr. Thomas Connor and his colleagues at Cardiff University, see the Dell Technologies case study “Unleashing the power of genomics.” And to learn more about the global effort to fight the deadly COVID-19 disease with the power of HPC, visit the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. The goal of the order would be to use the $600 billion the federal government spends on procurement to boost domestic factories. Administration officials say the order being signed Monday would require more components of the goods bought by the government to be domestically produced and make the waiver process more stringent. To help enforce these goals, the order establishes a job at the White House Office of Management and Budget to monitor the initiative and focus on ensuring the government buys more domestically made goods.last_img read more

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to coordinate and strengthen their campaign against they say is international discrimination against palm oil, the countries’ main commodity. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s largest exporters of palm oil, which plays an important role in their economic recovery. Together they account for 85% of global palm oil production. But they are hampered by the European Union, which they allege favors producers of other vegetable oils. After meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters that it’s better for the countries to fight palm oil discrimination together. They object to the EU policy on palm oil that categorizes it as unsustainable and lays out plans to phase out its use in biofuels by 2030.last_img read more