With the growth of cloud, virtualization, IT-as-a-Service, and Big Data, organizations today are contending with major technology shifts. The impact spreads beyond implementing the technology itself; organizations must reinvent themselves, and new skills and roles are required.Back in 2004, EMC realized that education was key to helping our customers get the most from their technology investments. Since that time, EMC has put tremendous effort into developing the EMC Proven Professional education and certification program to help fill the industry’s skills gap and facilitate successful storage, cloud, and Big Data implementations. In fact, our research shows that after completing EMC virtualization, cloud, and Big Data courses, IT managers report significantly improved results.Since EMC launched the Proven Professional program in 2005, it has grown rapidly, been broadly adopted, and received industry recognition. Today, I am excited and proud to share that we have hit the milestone of 100,000 Proven Professional certifications!We believe Proven Professional is now the largest certification program in the Information Storage and Management industry. Through the Proven program, there is now a vibrant community of highly skilled partners, customers, EMC employees, and IT professionals across the industry, helping their organizations achieve new levels of success.Proven Professional certification provides IT professionals with credibility and increased market value—up to a 10-14% salary premium for EMC’s Cloud Architect certification, according to Foote Partners in a recent CIO magazine article. Being Proven ensures that IT professionals keep current, connect, and collaborate through such programs as the EMC Knowledge Sharing awards.Brian Miller, Operations Integration Manager, Digital Technology Group, for leading U.S. multimedia company Tribune, recently attained his EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services and EMC Cloud Architect certifications. “My company is still very siloed, and I am trying to bring the silos together,” Miller said. “The certification training has helped me ask the right questions. I’m not walking into meetings saying I know everything about cloud; I am in there trying to find out what cloud means to us. The certification absolutely adds credibility.” (Listen to testimonials from Proven Professionals including EMC partner David Vogel, employee Jon Hyde, and customer Katreena Mullican and others here about how certification helps them do their jobs.)EMC’s education efforts also extend to building the next generation of IT professionals. The EMC Academic Alliance Program (EAA), also launched in 2005, has just achieved its own significant milestone. There are now more than 1,500 academic institutions participating in the Academic Alliance program, which provides universities worldwide with technology curricula to educate and prepare tomorrow’s IT and data science professionals and helps meet the industry’s growing demand for advanced technology skills. Through the EAA, EMC provides faculty with its industry-standards-based “open” curriculum, free training, and resources to teach information infrastructure technologies that prepare students for future technology careers.The excitement about EMC’s education initiatives is spreading across social media as well. Facebook pages for the EMC Academic Alliance and EMC Proven Professional are attracting more than 1.1 million fans. This is a real testament to the global interest in these programs and recognition of the importance of education to the industry. Education accelerates IT transformation and drives better, faster results for organizations. As we like to say, lead the transformation and get Proven!
9:58 am PTOne thing that everyone at the show is excited to learn is how EMC is “Redefining” itself. Wordplay aside, the old slogan about EMC as “where information lives,” may be soon be about “where innovation lives… and breathes.”10:10 am PTThe news from EMC World has just been released! Take a look at the EMC releases on ViPR software-defined storage and hybrid cloud innovations:New ViPR Software-Defined Storage Brings Cloud-Scale Capabilities and Economics to the MassesEMC Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance Up To 28% Lower TCO Than Public Cloud; Brings Hyperscale Cloud Ease-of-Use, Agility and Cost Benefits to EveryoneEMC Rolls Out Breakthrough Hybrid Cloud Innovations at EMC World 2014 11:15 am PTWith ViPR 2.0, EMC is also announcing the geographic replication and distribution – which can automatically serve as a truly global cloud solution. This will be part of the larger software-define storage story from EMC.11:22 am PTGoulden also announces the Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) appliance, stating three things to remember:CompleteCloud scale – exabyte scaleAny data center – enterprise or service providersThis is important because EMC is taking the appliance motif and extending it to a variety of storage configurations. 10:20 am PTJonathan Martin, Chief Marketing Officer of EMC, just walked on stage with a guitar and pumped up the crowd! What a great start to the show! 10:26 am PT Joe Tucci, CEO of EMC, takes the stage with some traditional mariachi band.Tucci starts off his presentation discussing how the industry is changing, how companies are changing to meet the new industry needs.He states that IDC’s recent study discusses that there will be a need for 8 million more IT professionals in he industry, but they’re going to need to do more with less. In fact 5x times more.10:42 am PTEMC is redefining themselves to be more relevant to customers and more relevant for the third platform of IT – mobile, cloud, social, and big data. In fact, EMC just announced its acquisition of DSSD. Andy Bechtolsheim is welcomed on stage to discuss the new technology, which is meant to accelerate deployments with Hadoop and SAP HANA.10:49 am PT 11:02 am PTEMC puts a million dollars in an EMC XtremIO machine!11:12 am PTGoulden announces that ViPR 2.0 has been announced and will ship this quarter. He also notes that Scale IO is showing that EMC is committed to support for VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft. 10:50 am PTThe third platform is redefining business in every sector and every industry – its the applications you can build that is redefining what is happening – David GouldenGoulden says we’re seeing applications redefining many industries. You can see it in Uber, Tesla and Nest. But the new application wave will also redefine storage. However, customers shouldn’t ignore the second platform. They need to invest in the third platform through these new applications, but they also need to support their second platform.10:55 am PTGoulden states that EMC has close to half of the entire market for reference architectures and converged infrastructures – thanks to VCE Vblock Systems! 11:25 am PTGoulden concludes by stating that most IT spending in 2014 is on prem, in fact EMC cites $2 trillion, but 25% of spending is off-prem. So EMC thinks that the cloud will be hybrid. EMC is dedicated to standing up a hybrid cloud in days vs month or weeks. In fact, two days. EMC is announcing a hybrid cloud solution with EMC and VMware technologies. For example, this can accelerate the natural extension of any private cloud infrastructure built on a Vblock System to become a hybrid cloud environment in just two days.Stay tuned for a later blog on our participation in Build a Hybrid Cloud Live! Today marks the beginning of EMC World in Las Vegas. With the booth complete, speaking sessions prepped and meetings lined up, VCE is ready for an exciting event. I’ll be live blogging the general session keynote today, providing news, pictures and analysis on the presentations and tweets throughout the web. 9:48 am PT 10:58 am PTNow Goulden is reviewing the strength of EMC’s flash array – EMC’s dominance in flash is evident and it’s clear from the keynote that the lead will only extend. 9:52 am PTJust caught a VCE featured quote! Less than 10 minutes to go until the keynote starts.
Ceph is ideal for implementing software-defined storage (SDS) environments. We are proud to have delivered advanced SDS solutions powered by Ceph for our customers like University Alabama Birmingham, and Monash University. At Red Hat Summit we are previewing new SDS architectures jointly designed by Dell and Red Hat and powered by Ceph. These new SDS architectures illustrate how to fine tune and optimize Ceph storage for IOPS performance and scalability. Visit the Dell kiosk in the Storage Ecosystem Showcase in the expo hall to learn more.Red Hat has announced Ceph Storage 2, At Red Hat Summit Dell will preview a new open source storage solution – the DSS 7000 storage server with Red Hat Ceph Storage 2. We built the DSS 7000 to deliver maximum density and performance. It provides up to 720 TB of storage capacity using today’s 8TB drives. Visit the Dell expo booth #701 to experience the DSS 7000 and Ceph 2 live in person!Cloud performance benchmarking – Dell leading the way The SPEC Cloud IaaS 2016 Benchmark is the first specification by a major industry-standards performance consortium that defines how the performance of cloud computing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) can be measured and evaluated for cloud platforms, either public or private. Get more details on SPEC Cloud in this recent blog. Dell is the first – and so far only – cloud vendor either private or public to successfully execute the benchmark specification tests and to publish results. Learn more in our session on SPEC Cloud, Wed 06/29, 3:30 PM, room #2007. OpenStack Cloud – yes we have containersThe Dell Red Hat Cloud Solution is now in its 5th generation and is built on the solid foundation of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, and we integrate the latest generation PowerEdge server platforms with Intel Xeon E5-2600 V4 family of processors. Working with Intel and Red Hat we have completed phase one in our “on-ramp to cloud” program that developed and refined enterprise capabilities for VM migration, Instance HA and Host maintenance capabilities in OpenStack.At Red Hat summit we are pleased to introduce two new validated extensions for our OpenStack cloud solution powered with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.OpenShift by Red Hat: Platform-as-a-service (Paas) empowers developers to easily develop, deploy, and run applications. Integrates with a standardized container model powered Docker and Kubernetes to provide container-based write once/run anywhere capabilities.Red Hat Cloud Forms: Implements a unified management framework with advanced life cycle management and hybrid cloud capabilities across OpenStack and other infrastructure and cloud platforms.Extensions to our core architecture are all thoroughly validated just like the core architecture to ensure a consistent seamless cloud environment that just works. Guidance for implementing and optimizing all of the validated extensions is provided in technical guides posted on Dell Tech Center. Visit the Dell expo booth #701 to learn more about Dell and Red Hat OpenStack cloud solutions.Dell Sessions at Red Hat Summit 2016What is Red Hat Summit without some interesting and compelling sessions! Experience open source with Dell in our sessions and in Tuesday’s general session.Dell Keynote – Tues June 28 1:45pm, Jim Ganthier, Vice President and GM, Engineered Systems, HPC, and CloudEnterprise Ceph: Everyway, your way Tues, June 28, 10:15 am, Room #3007, Amit BhutaniRepeatable, reliable, OpenStack deployments –pipe dream or reality? Thurs, June 30, 4:45pm, Room #2007, Randy PerrymanMeasuring performance in the cloud: A scientific approach to an elastic problem Wed, June 29, 3:30pm, Room #300, Nicholas Wakou Red Hat Summit 2016 is upon us and the theme this year is “Learn. Network. Experience open source.” Dell is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Red Hat Summit 2016. We invite attendees to experience Dell and Red Hat’s industry propelling solutions powered by open source engines. At this Summit we are showcasing our OpenStack Cloud and Software-defined Storage solutions with Red Hat Ceph, and exploring developments around new cloud performance benchmarks.Storage formally known as Inktank Before Ceph was acquired by Red Hat they were known as InkTank Storage. We have been integrating Ceph into our solutions for a number of years, and it has been a fun journey to work with the Inktank and Ceph teams and watch Ceph evolve and grow into a de facto standard for open source storage. Dell has probably the widest set of solution offerings with Ceph in the industry. At Red Hat summit we are showcasing Ceph in multiple solutions:Ceph plays a key role and is the default storage environment in our Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution. Ceph delivers massively scalable block and object storage and we have engineered this architecture to bring together the combination of a powerful, scalable core architecture with a portfolio of validated extensions. Visit us at Red Hat Summit expo in booth #701, connect and network with Dell experts, and take a deep-dive into trending topics. We hope to see you there!
The following is a guest post from Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and Dell Precision influencer, Ondi Timoner. Powered by Dell, Ondi’s new series #WeTalk is about women shaping our culture. My name is Ondi Timoner, I’m a filmmaker and excited to be a guest blogger on Direct2Dell to tell you about my new show that I produce and host, WeTalk. The inspiration for WeTalk came to me, as I was sitting on a Women in Film panel at Sundance this past January. I thought ‘What can I do to contribute to the change we need to see in our culture? How can we build upon the momentum and move the conversation from #MeToo to #WeDo – to demonstrate that women are not just victims, but an equally driving force in all aspects of our culture?”I thought I can create a traveling talk show that is also a live event, which brings together some of the incredible women who are transforming how we live. By bringing them together, we can accelerate the changes they are making in the world, and discuss topics ranging from technology to social justice, from media to business and then distribute our panels across the web. So far, it’s been an absolutely transformative experience for all involved!The show launched at SXSW in March, yielding six episodes with a diverse group of guests ranging from Editor and Chief of Latina Magazine, Robyn Moreno to former CTO of the Obama administration, Megan Smith and rave reviews from the live audience.Watch the first the three episodes now and check to watch the other episodes that will be released throughout April:Seattle Storytellers with Lynn Shelton & Megan GriffithsLatinas En Media with Robyn Moreno & Cristina CostantiniStartup Sparks Teamwork Makes the Dream Work with Arlan Hamilton, Emily Best & Jen ConsalvoDirect Democracy & Our DYI Future with Megan Smith, Neha Narula & Samantha SnabesVoice to Power: Films for Social Justice with Alexandria Bombach & Hayley PappasWe will continue in TriBeCa, NY on April 24th at the Roxy Hotel, where every panel will be anchored by a film that premieres at TriBeCa Film Festival. Learn more about panels and guest here.Over the next year, we will bring the show to a variety of cities and WeTalk SXSW will mark our one-year anniversary.Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice – for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between two bands, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about Internet visionary Josh Harris. See full bio on IMDB
There’s no mistaking that the world of gaming has changed dramatically over the years. From the days of Pong and Space Wars, to the more recent Fortnite, the gaming industry has experienced dramatic changes—changes that go beyond just the technology. But what exactly is it that’s changed? How have these changes impacted the global gaming industry?Jeff Rubenstein, Content Creator & Strategic Platforms lead at Microsoft, along with 5 passionate panelists, discussed the gaming evolution at The Alienware Outpost at SXSW last Friday evening. The panel included Naz Aletaha, Head of ESports Partnerships at Riot Games, Alex Trumpower, Brand Partnerships & Sales at Red Bull Media House, Jordan Fisher, Actor, Singer, Dancer and Gamer, Trisha Hershberger, Online Host and Producer, and Trey Smith, musician, philanthropist and gamer. This diverse group provided a unique and powerful discussion. Read on to discover several key takeaways on the evolution of the gaming industry.The GamerGone are the days of the one size fits all gamer stereotype. In today’s world, gamers come from all walks of life. From unexpected gamers like WWE wrestler Xavier Woods and Nerdist host Jessica Chobot, or Grandpa Gaming, the gamer stereotype has absolutely been “smashed into oblivion,” as Trisha notes. We see parents, grandparents, men, children, professionals, artists, all self-identifying as gamers.The industry has also seen an increase in participation from women. According to Dell’s State of Gaming Report, 72% of U.S. gamers are aged 18 or older, with women being 31% of that number. In addition, one in two players (47%) has a female friend who plays videogames, almost a third (29%) have a sister who plays, and 21% said their daughter does.Not only does gaming attract a variety of demographics, but it also welcomes all types and levels of gamers; PC gamers, console gamers, mobile gamers, beginners, professionals, et cetera. The State of Gaming Report concludes that just under 6% identified as noobs, while 14% consider themselves to be just beyond noob level; 40% identify as casual gamers, 25% as “pretty darn good”, and 8% feel they can compete with pro gamers.“You don’t have to be a certain type of person to play video games and it mean something. Anybody and everybody should try it.” Jordan explains.The GamesAs technology advances, as do the game offerings. There is a game for everyone, regardless of level or style. “Just like there’s all different types of genres of music, there’s also all different genres of video games.”The scope and variety of game offerings has become limitless. Games like Warcraft and Starcraft appeal to those who enjoy real-time strategy. Portal and Half Life cater to gamers focused on single player storytelling, while Call of Duty attracts squad-based gamers. Unreal and Doom are among the most popular first-person shooter games and League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena video game, has become increasingly popular with the rise of eSports (electronic sports).The OpportunitiesSo much has changed in the way of career opportunities for gamers. eSports, which is being evaluated as an official sport by the International Olympics Committee, has become a viable and lucrative career path for many. Professional video gamers, often in teams, compete for money, with prize pools in the six digits. They are treated like professional athletes, working to “master their craft”. eSports gamers receive rigorous physical and mental training, detailed meal plans and strict practice schedules at state of the art facilities like the Alienware Training Facility in Los Angeles.College scholarships, professional team sponsorships, financial aid and worldwide tournaments provide far greater opportunities than what the industry saw a short 5 years ago. In addition, significant investments from celebrities and entrepreneurs aid in the growth of eSports. The industry is expected to see global revenues of $1.4B by 2020.The AudienceOne of the biggest changes in the gaming industry has been the massive audience expansion. Over 2.6 billion people are fans of gaming, surpassing traditional sports like basketball, baseball and American football.Technological advancements have made streaming capabilities more accessible throughout the world. Fans have ample opportunity to participate, whether it be by playing, streaming or chatting with other gamers. eSports can be watched on traditional television and cable networks, but, the rise of platforms like Twitch and YouTube have made it possible for audiences around world to watch around the clock.Gaming also reaches a unique audience through its corporation into pop culture. In addition to celebrity participation, we see gaming in fashion, movies, TV shows, and even on stage in music performances. These new and innovative partnerships help make gaming more of a lifestyle than just a hobby.The CommunityReiterated throughout the 40-minute panel, was the unmistakably strong community that exists in the gaming world. As Trisha nicely summarized, “gaming brings people together in a really unique way, that other forms of entertainment right now cannot.”Gamers not only focus on playing at a very high level, they also prioritize entertaining and engaging with other gamers. As a result, fans have become much more than just a group of viewers—they have become a true culture of people who genuinely care for and love each other.The increased use of social media has made digital relationships more acceptable. Online relationships have begun to transcend the internet, infiltrating “real-life”. Connecting with others who share the same common passion for gaming has become a focal point in the industry. Trey even admits that he’s made some of his closest friends playing online. The network of gamers is one that is entirely inclusive. Gender, race, sexual orientation or preference are irrelevant in this world. “It’s a language that we can all speak,“ Jordan claims.Gamers are not shy about sharing their love of gaming with others and inviting others to share in the enjoyment: 27% having introduced three to four friends or family members to gaming, and 25% having introduced five or more. One in four survey respondents have made new friends (26%), become closer to certain friends who game (25%) and made close friends through gaming (25%).Interested in learning more about the evolution of gaming? Check out the full video from Friday’s panel at The Alienware Outpost below.Connect with Alienware via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Alienware.TVWebsite: www.dell.com/gaming Dell’s State of Gaming Report Forbes CNBC: stats attributed to research company Newzoo
Want more? Check out the 5 things to consider when buying your first server. These are great tips to help get you started on your server selection if you are unsure where to begin.For additional information about PowerEdge servers, visit dellemc.com/servers, or contact your Dell Technologies Advisor for more information at 877-BUY-DELL.Be sure to follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers. Did you know? Although power and cooling technology has changed a lot in 15 years, racks and towers operate in the same temperature ranges. In the corner of the officeTower On, under, or near a deskTower Data center or Collocated spaceRack Many of the modern servers available today also have an extended operating temperature range. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers can continuously operate even if temperatures get as cold as 41°F (5°C) or as hot as 104°F (40°C). And if there is a temperature spike to 113°F (45°C) for a couple of hours a year, the server can handle it.Fans and heat sinks help to move hot air away from these components and out the back of the server. But if the server is in a coat closet without a vent, the closet will get warm and the air surrounding the components will be warmer. And if the server components get warm, the server fans will speed up and make noise. I’ve personally cracked the door on a converted closet. I’ve also heard of people installing a vent or replacing the door with a felt screen. In both cases, a tower server is the better option. Why? When you open the closet door, the noise is no longer confined. Listening to the sound of a rack server’s fan can be distracting, if not annoying, for office workers and especially customers.Here’s a simple decision matrix a small business can use to help them decide on a rack or tower server. Most decisions will come down to noise first and temperature second. Wiring closetRack or Tower What server should you buy for your small business? Find out what two things you must consider when buying a server for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.Should you buy a rack or tower server? The answer may not be as simple as it used to be. Fifteen years ago, it was a foregone conclusion that small businesses bought towers and large enterprises bought rack servers. That’s how we built them. That’s how you bought them. But it’s not that clear now.Our latest tower servers can do things only rack servers used to be able to do. And we sell rack servers to small businesses. So, how do you decide? The answer will likely hinge on two factors.1. Where will you physically put the server?If the server is going to be installed in a data center, then 98% of you are going to need a rack server. The other 2% will buy a rackable tower server, such as the T640 or T440. But since most small businesses don’t own their own data center, colocation (or renting space in someone else’s data center) is the more likely data-center-placement scenario. A rack server is still the answer for a colocation.If you are going to install it under someone’s desk or in the corner of an office next to a plant, then all of you are going to want a tower server. Why? In general, tower servers are quieter than rack servers. Tower servers traditionally have more space for air while rack servers are usually space-constrained. Less air flow usually means more fans running at faster speeds, which translates into more noise.In some environments, noise can be a huge distraction to people working. Recording studios are measured at about 20 dBA. Quiet offices are at about 35 dBA. Data centers and vacuum cleaners measure in at 75 dBA. The noise difference between a rack server and a tower server running in a quiet office would likely make it unbearable for people in that environment to concentrate or talk with co-workers and employees. For instance, the T340 is a 1-socket tower server that would likely put out 23 dBA while idle (running OS only) and up to 30 dBA while operating at peak. A similar rack server, the R340, would likely put out 38 dBA all the time.Fig 1. Acoustical reference points and output comparisonsIf the server will not live in a data center or a place where people are, the decision becomes harder. Locations like a server room, wiring closet, or a coat closet are all places where servers could live. If this is where yours will operate, then you must evaluate consideration number two.2. What is the temperature where you want to physically put the server? Servers run optimally when the temperature of the air is within its normal operating range. Rack servers require physical racks, known as cabinets or server racks, that allow you to mount servers. And when you mount a bunch of rack-installed devices like servers, storage arrays, networking switches, and uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), the temperature of the air around them rises. This makes temperature control a requirement for continuous operation. In data centers, conditioned air flows up from a raised floor to keep the temperature at optimal levels.Small businesses generally don’t have access to raised floors and chillers. However, some server rooms may be air conditioned. If the server is going to be installed in a temperature-controlled environment, a rack server will likely be the best option.If the server will be installed in a former coat closet or other tight space, it’s likely that the temperature of the air will increase (sometimes substantially). If the internal components of a server get too hot, the risk of failure goes up. The same thing happens when it gets too cold. That’s why servers are designed to shut down when the temperature exceeds their standard operating range. It’s a protection mechanism. In general, today’s servers have a range of 50°F – 95°F (10°C – 35°C) with no direct sunlight on the equipment. Where will the server be placed?Best server form-factor Coat closetLikely a Tower Server roomLikely a Rack