There are things we do innately – check the time, read the news, breathe. For me on the road, it’s second nature to share ideas. Even though I lead a file sharing division (Syncplicity), I’m not the only one who thrives because of sharing, as I learned this week.By publishing its first Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS), Gartner makes one thing clear: the ability to easily and securely share files in the workplace has become a modern day necessity. The report presents sound guidance for mapping EFSS to your own enterprise organization’s priorities.While of course I’m thrilled to see that Syncplicity is furthest on the Completeness of Vision axis, we sincerely believe this Magic Quadrant will help customers redefine how work within their organizations gets done. Strategically understanding how EFSS fits into your mobile and social future will yield benefits far beyond making sharing innate:EFSS empowers employees to cast off time-consuming tasks to automation and focus instead on breakthrough ideas (see the Gartner report’s comments on Syncplicity ease and speed) EFSS thrills IT by providing secure and compliant tools people enjoy, repeatedly use, and will virally transfer to more people without the need for IT support (see report comments on our enhanced user experience, editing docs and integration with mobile apps) EFSS connects you to all of your existing infrastructure, bringing you into the modern mobile-social era without sacrificing all you’ve built already, especially storage systems, SharePoint, and office solutions (see report comments on integration strengths)For EMC, this more frictionless way of working started after the Syncplicity acquisition in 2012. Then we made the leap to 60,000 EFSS users, sharing our lessons learned here. Over the past two years, we have packed in innovations based on enterprise customer feedback.The Syncplicity approach, as the report highlights, confirms a belief we’ve held since the beginning: design matters. Build an app that’s amazing to use, functionally and aesthetically, and uptake will occur organically.It takes functionality that meaningfully impacts all enterprise stakeholders for true ROI.And now in 2014, Gartner is tracking EFSS and has delivered the Magic Quadrant format to guide all of us on next steps. An ecosystem of file sharing market vendors, scrutinized annually by the likes of Gartner, will only further innovation and expedite this new way of mobile working.Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing has arrived in the enterprise. Check out the full report.—Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Whether workers are constantly on the go from meeting to meeting, or just need a comfortable place to anchor down, the key word pushing innovation in today’s office is flexibility.The modern workforce requires versatile technology that can meet whatever needs the day may bring, while ensuring productivity remains at the forefront.Today, we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the world’s #1 monitor lineup: The Dell 34 Curved Monitor (P3418HW) with 2560 x 1080 WFHD resolution, allowing workers to work more comfortably and more flexibly than ever before, and all at an affordable price point.When combined with Dell’s extensive list of curved displays, peripherals and accessories, this monitor can support modern workers on the go, during long deskbound hours, and everywhere in between.Work on a curved monitorRegardless of industry, today’s employees are spending more time in front of a screen than ever before. That’s why Dell has quite literally bent our product specifications to better meet their needs through our curved monitors.With 2560 x 1080 WFHD resolution, our new curved monitor enables an immersive wrap-around experience with a greater field of vision. Not only does this ultra-wide screen help minimize peripheral distractions, it also gives users a 33 percent increase in extended view (vs. a 27” FHD screen), allowing them to see more onscreen content within a single glance. The screen curvature offers a consistent focal length, meaning workers’ eyes don’t have to work as hard throughout the day to view the entire screen.Of course, their eyes aren’t the only part of their body putting in long hours. The Dell 34 Curved Monitor features an adjustable stand, allowing workers to tilt and adjust their screen to the height and angle that works best for them.And this ultra-wide screen was made for multitasking. Workers can utilize Dell Easy Arrange to seamlessly lay out and move between multiple applications or leverage the Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture features to work on multiple tasks across multiple PCs simultaneously.“Our research has shown that 21:9 widescreen monitors are invaluable in office environments, especially given that many roles today require heavy multitasking,” says Bryan Ma, VP of Devices Research at IDC. “Curved panels in particular provide a more productive experience by bringing the sides of an ultrawide display closer to the user without the fatigue and limitations of flat screens.”The Dell 34 Curved Monitor is designed for workers in the financial or data analytics industries, as well as business professionals, engineers or programmers looking for a more affordable curved monitor, which still meets the intense demands of their day-to-day tasks. The three-sided ultrathin bezel adds to the expansive view and makes it easier to use multiple monitors without image interruption. It also displays color beautifully right out of the box with 99 percent RGB coverage.And, as always, workers in creative or visual fields will appreciate Dell’s precise color calibration. This monitor features 99 percent sRGB, and as a bonus, workers’ eyes are also less fatigued from blue light emissions, thanks to ComfortView, and its flicker-free feature.Pump up the volumeFor those times workers need to keep their heads down and focus, we’ve even considered the best way to optimize their motivational playlists.The Dell 34 Curved Monitor comes with built-in dual 9W speakers for clear audio when they need to share, or they can plug in in Dell’s Pro Stereo USB headset to seamlessly switch between playing tunes and taking calls.If our users’ office setup isn’t working as hard as they are — it isn’t working.Dell 34 Curved Monitor (P3418HW) is just the latest addition to our line of displays aimed at supporting our customers as their technology needs change throughout the day, whether working, playing or somewhere in-between. The Dell 34 Curved Monitor (P3418HW) will be available to order Nov. 29 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia and Jan. 9 in the United States for $699.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an event in New York to hear Michael Dell share the Dell Technologies vision and strategy for the Internet of Things (IoT). The number of connected devices and sensors is growing exponentially every day, with analyst firm Gartner predicting the number of IoT devices will hit 20.8 billion by 2020, all of which will generate incredible amounts of data. But the big question is – how can businesses analyze that data and turn it into innovation and progress to transform their business, deliver more for their customers and ultimately drive increased revenue?Data is the next big challenge for every CIO, and their role is to help direct the CEO towards innovation to help turn data into insights, understanding not only the technological aspects, but the broader business implications for IT investments. As Dell EMC EMEA CIO Chris Murphy states in our Connected CIO publication, the CIO is no longer playing a back-office support role. It is this combination of business acumen and technology expertise that define a new breed of CIO – the Hybrid CIO.Hybrid CIOs are exactly what organizations need to embrace digital and leverage it to transform their business and emerge as a winner. Travelling around the region, I’ve had an opportunity to see this transformative Hybrid CIO in action, and would call out seven characteristics that they seem to demonstrate:1. A DNA for Business AcumenThe Hybrid CIO may still be a technician, yet they couple that technical insight with market knowledge. They have the power to focus on those digital trends and technological evolutions that bring added value to the company’s business strategy. Business acumen is also the mindset that the Hybrid CIO instills in the IT Management Team, and the entire IT department. “What value does this project bring to our company”, is the first question that anyone in IT must ask themselves when embarking on a project. It is also a question the CIO will challenge his or her business colleagues with.2. A Driving Force Behind InnovationThis is the part of the job the Hybrid CIO may still be most excited by – with keeping up to speed on all the latest developments in technology being the reason they pursued this vocation. Technology IS important so it is imperative to recognize which innovations make the business stand out. This means the CIO doesn’t only look at large established vendors, but also those with a startup mentality who may have the type of view on the world your business needs. The Hybrid CIO allows the team to experiment and encourages them to learn from their failures.3. Courage to Keep Their Eye on the BallThe most important trait of the Hybrid CIO is courage. At times, they may feel like Columbus, steering a ship to uncharted territories. In charge of the digital agenda, the CIO is the explorer, and not everyone will necessarily agree with the course being mapped out. It is all too easy to give in to demands where other executives have set their own agenda, but this is a temptation that must be resisted. As a Hybrid CIO, they have to stick to their guns, while always keeping an eye on the ultimate goal.4. Diplomatic Skills to Keep Everyone on BoardTechnology has become so pervasive that every line of business has become tech-savvy while feeling entitled to their own IT budget and decision-making power. In many cases, this has led to a situation in which Shadow IT blossomed while the IT department lost control over digital projects, often to the detriment of information security. The Hybrid CIO is able to convince C-level colleagues to involve IT in digital budget decisions and minimally stick to a number of standards that the company has defined. Moments like these are excellent to test the strong communication skills of the CIO, and their ability to motivate and influence others.5. Integrator – Tying Everything TogetherIT is at the heart of any organization’s digital transformation, and the CIO’s office is where it all comes together. Whether projects emanate from IT itself, from the CEO or any other business executive, the Hybrid CIO ties it all together. They set the pace for the innovation, balancing what investments are made to simply keep the engines running, and what buckets are set aside for innovation. The Hybrid CIO has two feet on the accelerator as they are now leading a dual-speed business. As Gartner puts it, they manages two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on predictability and the other on exploration. Constantly revving up the innovative projects, but keeping the infrastructure backbone that supports the business, strong.6. A Strong Partner and Bridge-BuilderThe Hybrid CIO is smart and humble enough to realize that they do not know everything, and that the IT department cannot specialize in every technological domain. That’s why it’s important to forge alliances while drawing in resources from service providers, vendors and consultants, while actively engaging in digital ecosystems. After all, everything is connected and companies that are part of a digital ecosystem outpace growth in their market.7. A Mentor – Keeping Everyone MotivatedIt is often said that people are the single biggest asset in a company. This needs to be recognized more than ever in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where knowledge is the critical ingredient in times of change. Technology changes in seconds and so must the skills of the people working in – and with technology. The Hybrid CIO handpicks the right team members, motivates them and gives them room to develop their own talents in order to achieve the goals of the organization. Hybrid CIOs lead by example, transferring their own leadership and communications skills to their teams.Now, after reading this, you may be thinking that this is just too much for one person to take into consideration and excel in every area. From my personal perspective, I see the above traits as a continuum or journey that the CIO is currently on towards becoming a more ‘hybrid’ leader. It’s not ‘all or none’ – it’s some and some!And I look forward to seeing how this challenging role will keep on evolving in the years to come.
When people think of McLaren they think of Formula One where we have been competing since 1966. What makes us unique today is our diversification into three different businesses including a global, high-performance sports car business, McLaren Automotive, and a game-changing technology and innovation business, McLaren Applied Technologies as well as McLaren Formula One team. While our first goal is to win World Championships, we also strive to be a sustainable ongoing business and today we are recognised as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands.The biggest challenge we face is supporting the growth and speed of innovation across these businesses. IT is fundamental not only to the building of infrastructure and communications technology but also to our high performance culture. Within Formula One our main focus is on improving our performance on the track. Formula One doesn’t operate like a normal business, there are 700 people focused on a getting a car to go around a track as quickly as possible.The way the car is designed has changed significantly over the last few years. Today much more is done using simulation, modelling and data analysis and the concept of a digital twin for every component of the car is now really important to the Formula One team. We have a huge requirement to drive continuous development through virtual, digital twin versions of our components to make sure that everything we design and engineer at the factory leads to a true on track performance when it reaches the car itself.A new component is manufactured every 17 minutes, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, that’s just the pace of innovation, optimization and iteration of every single component on the car that a company needs to operate at to excel in Formula One. From the start of the season to the end of the season around 80% of the components of the car will change. The Formula One car never reaches production status, it’s a continuous-running prototype and all this is underpinned by great technology.Data is the foundation of making the car go faster and IT is there to support this. At trackside, data is critical as decisions are made at the point of knowledge. There are around 300 sensors on a Formula One car and McLaren will collect around 100 gigabytes of data per car during a race weekend. That data needs to be accessed in real-time by the engineers, both trackside and mission control, in order to be able to make decisions on with the car. Using machine learning and analytics we can dig down into what’s important.We are never more than a meter away from a piece of Dell Technologies equipment which we use to support our entire IT landscape. Within Formula One we need to ensure that we are finding marginal performance gains within our server estate, our storage estate and our desktop computer estate in order to support the business. Optimizing our own IT performance enables us to optimize the Formula One performance.
What’s New in vSphere 7 on PowerEdge?There are several new or enhanced features in vSphere 7, including:VMware Lifecycle Manager: One of the most compelling new features of vSphere 7 is VMware Lifecycle Manager (vLCM), a unified software and firmware lifecycle management scheduled within vCenter. It greatly simplifies the management process, offering one solution to configure, patch, or upgrade ESXi clusters. You can set software and firmware baselines, then easily monitor and schedule updates from within vCenter. The pre-check function allows you to preview updates and look for potential conflicts before starting the update process and reduces pre-upgrade planning time. It’s scalable to even the largest deployments and provides a consistent experience. In addition, VMware added vCenter Server profiles to provide desired state configuration management.At the current time, most global x86 server manufacturers do not offer vLCM, so this is a key advantage to running vSphere on PowerEdge.vSphere Lifecycle Manager, one solution to configure, patch, or upgrade ESXi ClustersTo see vLCM in action, check out this 4-minute demo from VMware using vLCM on PowerEdge: vSphere Trust Authority –Security is always a top priority, whether you’re running in your datacenter or in a cloud. vSphere 7 introduces remote validation for sensitive workloads using vSphere Trust Authority. You can better secure infrastructure, data, and access with a comprehensive, built-in architecture and a simple, policy-driven model. In addition, vSphere 7 provides secure vCenter Server authentication using external Identity Federation.vSphere Bitfusion – Shortly after the initial vSphere release, VMware announced vSphere Bitfusion, which leverages accelerators such as GPUs for AI/ML workloads in VMs or containers. This vSphere feature enables users to disaggregate and attach GPU resources to any VMs or containers dynamically based on business needs. The core benefits are the ability to consolidate resources and then increase efficiency through the sharing of GPUs. Bitfusion will be available as an add-on feature to vSphere Enterprise Plus.Mike Adams, VMware Senior Director Cloud Platform Business Unit, does a great job explaining vSphere and Bitfusion in this lightboard video. We also highlighted Bitfusion in a Crowd Chat event last month: Enabling Real AI with Dell; Learn how Dell Technologies is making AI Real for customers through partnerships with VMware (if you missed it, you can catch the replay here). We are excited to add this partnership, so stay tuned for more updates on PowerEdge and vSphere Bitfusion in the months ahead.vSphere with Kubernetes Bridge the gap between Developers and ITFinally, organizations no longer need to have multiple separate systems for their VMs and containers. vSphere 7 enables the DevOps model with infrastructure access for developers through Kubernetes APIs. vSphere with Kubernetes is currently available only with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4. VCF consists of two families of services, Tanzu Runtime Service, which allows developers to build applications with freedom using the upstream conformant Kubernetes distributions, and Hybrid Infrastructure Services, which allows developers to manage consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters. Powered by innovations in vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, these services enable a self-service experience through Kubernetes APIs.A True Game-ChangerIt’s not often that something new comes along and significantly impacts the way organizations manage their operations. In fact, we can probably all recall examples of products that did NOT live up their hype (when was the last time you drove your Edsel wearing your Google Glass and drinking a New Coke?). But in this case, vSphere 7 truly does create a game changer, establishing vSphere as THE platform for modern applications and delivering Kubernetes at scale. When paired with PowerEdge servers, organizations can customize their infrastructure to improve administration, simplify their resource management, enhance security, increase GPU utilization and manage more easily manage Kubernetes clusters. With the right solutions and partners in place, you can move forward with confidence no matter what stage of the journey you are in.For more details on the above new features, as well as additional enhancements in vSphere 7 you can view the full list of new vSphere 7 features or compare versions 6.5, 6.7 and 7. For more information on how PowerEdge and VMware products and solutions can help your organization visit our Solutions Page. With PowerEdge & vSphere 7, it’s full speed ahead on your journey to the modern hybrid cloud When VMware announced Project Pacific at VMworld last fall, Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Platform at VMware, described it as “the biggest evolution of vSphere in easily the last decade.” Now that it’s here, we see that it lives up to the hype. vSphere 7 is truly a game-changer, bringing native support for Kubernetes into vSphere so organizations can run containers and virtual machines on the same platform.Not to mention, in addition to the new Kubernetes capabilities, vSphere 7 includes many other compelling features to improve administration, resource management, and security.vSphere 7 is offered in two editions, Standard and Enterprise Plus, while vSphere with Kubernetes is currently available through VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu. Whether you are just starting with virtualization, already using containers, or looking to improve utilization of your GPUs, vSphere 7 and Dell EMC PowerEdge can help your organization improve productivity and maximize its potential on your journey the hybrid cloud.vSphere 7 on PowerEdge ServersvSphere 7 is now available factory-installed on PowerEdge servers, which means Dell customers can benefit from purchasing their hardware and software customized together. Not only does this provide you with top-level service and support from one single vendor (Dell has over 1,800 VMware-certified support professionals, with virtually all calls handled without escalation to VMware), but running vSphere on PowerEdge means that you can take advantage of our systems management software plug-in, Open Manage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV), which recently added several compelling new features with the launch of version 5.1. Additionally, customers ordering 1 and 2-socket PowerEdge servers can now get vSphere 7 Standard pre-installed and pre-activated, saving up to 40 minutes in deployment time per server.¹Simplified Management Using Open Manage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV)Dell EMC OMIVV is a plug-in that helps bridge the physical and virtual gap by automating and consolidating key PowerEdge server management tasks within VMware vCenter. OMIVV reduces complexity and helps minimize errors for tasks like new ESXi deployments and firmware updates. Using a single OMIVV plug-in, you can manage up to 15 vCenters and 2,000 servers, schedule up to 15 parallel cluster aware firmware updates, and create VMware ESXi deployment jobs in just a few clicks.The newest release of OMIVV, version 5.1, includes several key enhancements including:Firmware updates managed from vCenter – Ability to deploy BIOS and firmware updates from within vCenter, including leveraging DRS for cluster-aware updatesPhysical and virtual server health in one place – physical server inventory, monitoring, and alerting directly within vCenterSpeed up new server deployment – Templates for easy server configuration and hypervisor deployment on a new system without PXE boot, drop it into a cluster and linking to vCenter Host ProfilesvSphere 7 support with vSphere Lifecycle Manager – OMIVV 5.1 can support new vSphere 7 clusters with vSphere Lifecycle Manager, allowing a consolidated scheduler of ESXi image and drivers updates alongside a firmware baseline; OMIVV 5.1 also still administrates legacy ESXi clusters (6.0 U3 and higher) along with the new 7.0 hosts using the standard firmware update process ¹ Only applicable to new customers and based on internal VMware comparison of the typical vSphere installation and activation process as compared to the situation when vSphere is preinstalled and pre-activated at the factory. Typical installation and activation requires nine steps, while the pre-activated and preinstalled process requires three steps.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials and residents in New Mexico’s oil patches are anxious as the Biden administration takes aim at the oil and natural gas industry with a series of new executive orders. But the state’s two U.S. senators support the actions, saying it’s time to rethink the nation’s energy policies and move toward what Democrat Martin Heinrich described as a zero-pollution economy. Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell says the president’s actions are hasty and could have dire consequences given the industry’s effect on New Mexico’s bottom line. National industry officials echoed those concerns Wednesday, noting that America’s appetite for energy is only going to increase as the economy recovers.
BERLIN (AP) — Authorites say several people have been injured in a gas explosion in or near a building in the southern German town of Memmingen. The explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. and damaged the building used by the Bavarian Red Cross, which also had apartments above, authorities told the dpa news agency Friday. Five people were injured, one seriously, police said. The source of the explosion was a defective gas line that ran under the street in front of the building, dpa reported. The building was seriously damaged, police said.