There is a lot of value in building your data center from best-of-breed modular components, especially when those components are from Dell EMC – but our customers have also found a massive benefit moving their core operations to a converged infrastructure platform like the VxBlock 1000.“Dell EMC VxBlock enables us to take an almost 10-year step forward in technology with a single purchase.Share— Ryan Deppe, Network Operations Supervisor, Cianbro Corporation The Beat of Innovation Goes On: What’s New in VxBlock 1000 The genius of the VxBlock 1000 CI architecture and its advantages over previous CI generations is its much higher scalability, broader choice of components for consolidating mixed workloads and the flexibility to incorporate new technology while protecting previous investments in the system. All of this comes in a lifecycle-assured, cloud operations experience to help unburden IT.Our latest VxBlock 1000 enhancements broaden these choices even further, with additions of new Dell EMC storage and data protection platforms, Cisco UCS servers and deeper support for the latest components in the VMware vRealize Suite 2018. New VxBlock features announced today now allow our customers to:Deliver cloud operations faster and more efficiently with new validated support for:VxBlock Central Orchestration workflows with VMware vRealize Orchestrator version 7.5VxBlock Central Operations analytics with VMware vRealize Operations version 7.0VMware vSphere 6.7 virtualization platform Optimize high-value enterprise workloads with the added scale and performance provided by new server and networking options from our long-time partner Cisco:Cisco UCS 6454 Fabric Interconnect (Gen 4)Cisco UCS C480, extending the range of Cisco M5 rack servers available in VxBlock 1000 Consolidate and protect high-value, mission-critical workloads with new storage and data protection options built for efficient backup, archiving and cloud tiering, featuring:Dell EMC Unity Hybrid Flash (Models 300, 400, 500 and 600)Dell EMC Data Domain with high availability (Models 6800, 9300 and 9800) “With the VxBlock 1000, we now have the ability to mix and match technologies within that frame and the trust that Dell EMC will upgrade all those components in a seamless manner, so IT professionals can focus on what’s really important to our business’ mission.Share— John Grieco CTO, University of Vermont Health Network The Beat of Innovation Goes On: Ready Stack Joins the Dell EMC CI PortfolioToday, Dell EMC continues to expand converged infrastructure to meet the diverse needs, practices, and cultures of IT organizations. Joining VxBlock 1000 in our converged infrastructure lineup is Dell EMC Ready Stack, a portfolio of validated designs for those who seek to build their own infrastructure solutions. With sizing, design and deployment resources, Ready Stack enables customers and channel partners to build their own converged infrastructure, with flexibility of component choice and expert guidance, all from a single trusted vendor – Dell EMC.And today we’re announcing the expansion of the Dell EMC Ready Stack validated design portfolio to include:VMware-based IaaS on Dell EMC PowerEdge MX servers and Dell EMC PowerMax storageVMware vSphere on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers and Dell EMC Unity storageMicrosoft Hyper-V on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers and Dell EMC Unity storageBuild your own design using any combination of Dell EMC’s #1 server and storage platforms, as well as open networking and data protection optionsNew digital library of Ready Stack resources available at DellEMC.comOne size doesn’t fit all, and Ready Stack is another way to help unburden IT so they can focus more on what matters most to their business: innovation, new applications and new services.Stay tuned for more innovation, as we continue to offer IT organizations greater speed and agility to deploy infrastructure for high-value apps that matter, ensure that those apps are running on the most optimal and secure infrastructure, and assure greater efficiency in day-to-day IT operations, management and maintenance.You can learn more about VxBlock 1000 here and Ready Stack here.[i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Dec. 18, 2018. Dell EMC 46% share in Certified Reference Systems + Integrated Systems. It’s been 10 years since the first VCE Vblock debuted, the result of innovative collaboration between VMware, Cisco and EMC Corporation that launched the world’s first fully integrated converged infrastructure system.In the world of IT infrastructure, it was a groundbreaking first, and it quickly evolved to become one of easiest ways for organizations to deploy a mission-critical cloud within a hybrid cloud strategy.After more than 4,500 installations, which if stacked up would nearly reach Mt. Everest’s peak, the steady beat of innovation continues for the best-selling Certified Reference Systems & Integrated Infrastruture portfolio in the industry. According to IDC, the portfolio is ranked #1 with 46% revenue share[i]. Today, I’m happy to share some exciting new updates to VxBlock, that in the words of a customer gives them “a 10-year step forward”, demonstrating once again that our innovation engine never sleeps and strives for continued excellence for the benefit of our loyal customers.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
In early 2020, we talked about our vision for “intelligent companion” devices. We shared how PCs will become more aware of their own condition, location, surroundings, level of security and capabilities. We also showcased how multi-screen devices have the potential to unlock new ways of working and increase productivity. We continue to explore different ways technologies like cloud, 5G and artificial intelligence will come together to improve the PC experience.These intelligent, personalized, immersive and modern experiences are core to all we do—and they will continue to take center stage as we look to the future of hybrid work. Our innovation journey continues, and we’d like to share some of our visions for the future of work in – and beyond – the office.Office experiences of the futureFor more than a decade, we’ve built a culture around the idea that work is outcomes based and not anchored to a specific place or time. The future of work will be a hybrid model where employees work from various locations aligned to work schedules and lifestyle. This hybrid model will change the physical office layout significantly. Offices will be re-imagined to foster collaboration. Think reservation-based workspaces and collaboration areas instead of cubicles or permanent desks. Team members will frequently transition in-and-out, as well as around, workspaces.We’re exploring intuitive workplace technologies and concepts to help with this future office experience. As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to features that make our lives easier. Whether it’s our speakers adapting to the music we’re streaming, our cars unlocking as we approach them, or smart thermostats knowing if we’re at home and adjusting the temperature accordingly. That’s the same level of experience we are exploring for our office environment.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Imagine if you could reserve a workspace on an app before you even arrive at the office. AR mapping could help facilities manage the flow of team members and gain insights into utilized space.At your assigned desk, a wireless dock could sense your device, connect you to the network and adjust to your preferred display settings before you’ve even sat down. Wireless charging hidden under the desk could remove concerns about battery life. Surfaces remain clutter free, and you could pick up your device to disconnect upon departure, so the desk is ready for the next user.This could be a typical office experience within the next couple of years, and we want to help organizations create a seamless experience from the moment a team member chooses to head into the office.Beyond the officeWe know first-hand that customers need solutions that adapt to the space around them to do their best work – whether that be on the go or moving between various rooms in the home. Technology should empower us and make collaboration easier, not disrupt our productivity – that’s why features like connectivity and battery life remain important wherever customers choose to base themselves.As we look to the future, we’ve taken our multi-screen concepts journey a step further as we know screen real estate can improve multitasking, productivity and collaboration. Earlier this year, we presented Concept Ori and Concept Duet. Now consider combining the best features of these concepts: a foldable screen with a bigger display for multitasking.Other concept explorations include dual screens within traditional notebooks; where your compute power and dual monitors live within the same system. Or, imagine a thin device that brings the ease and spontaneity of a pen and paper. A wireless, port-less device that, when paired with your main PC, allows users to have an extra surface for taking smart notes or whiteboarding with colleagues in different locations. And if the task requires a face-to-face conversation, simply bend the display to start a video conference. In the future, extra displays will act as a constant window to socialize and exchange ideas.Looking forward to our hybrid futureWe’re excited about the future of hybrid work – how we worked yesterday will not be how we work tomorrow. While we do not have plans to launch these concepts as products immediately, we can promise you one thing: we’ll continue to look at ways to combine innovative device design, materials, software and cutting-edge technologies to create the best customer experiences possible.On that note – my team feels that how we do things is just as important as what we do. Dell has committed to reusing or recycling as much as they produce by 2030. This all starts with designing products with circularity in mind. To learn more about how my team is thinking about sustainable design, read here.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Scores of Moroccan health workers streamed to a spacious white tent erected outside the Avicenne University Hospital in the capital Rabat to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. A mass vaccination effort began Friday in the North African country after the king got Morocco’s first injection. The bustling vaccination center is one of 600 set up in Rabat alone and aims to vaccinate more than 4,000 health professionals within three weeks. While European countries and North America started vaccinating several weeks ago, Africa is only just beginning to receive its first doses, notably from China and Russia.
BERLIN (AP) — Official data show that beer sales in Germany were down 5.5% last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Statistical Office said Monday that German-based breweries and distributors sold 8.7 billion liters (2.3 billion gallons) of beer last year. German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors. They have now fallen 22.3% since 1993. But last year’s drop was unusually sharp, and a month-by-month breakdown pointed to the impact of coronavirus restrictions.