first_img10:23 am PTCisco Cloud Services like Meraki, cloud based security, monitoring services and Webex are a big part of the Cisco cloud story. Intercloud will use public APIs to move workloads to AWS and soon Azure.10:28 am PTCisco is building an ecosystem of cloud service providers globally. This will allow for local data sovereignty. They want to do this irrespective of hypervisor types. They plan to do this by partnering with service providers, ISVs and cloud providers globally.Lloyd announces that NTT and Dimension Data have joined with Telstra to provide IaaS and SaaS with Cisco as a part of the Cisco Cloud Services ecosystem.10:31 am PTHe calls out the partnership with Wipro and SAP as part of the ecosystem.10:35 am PTVCE CEO, Praveen Akkiraju, is part of the video explaining how Intercloud will be used to accelerate hybrid clouds.Sungard will be the first to deploy an ACI-based, UCS-enabled, IaaS-available service as a part of the Intercloud Cisco Cloud Services partner ecosystem.The backbone of Intercloud and ACI-based Cisco Cloud Services is the partners as mentioned above.  Lloyd says that there will be several more partners announced over the next few months. 10:02 am PTBlair Christie takes the Cisco Live stage and does a selfie with the whole audience! 10:06 am PTBlair welcomes Ben Davis, founder of Illuminate the Arts, to the stage. Ben used Cisco Catalyst switches in his art project to illuminate the bridge connecting San Francisco to Oakland. He is describing the challenges he faced to create the installation. 10:39 am PTLloyd says that by using the ACI common Policy Model and more Cisco innovations using Intercloud will allow customers to move applications between disparate hypervisors. For example from vSphere to Xen and back, between different locations.10:42 am PTLloyd invites Soni Jiandani, Senior Vice President, Insieme Business Unit, Cisco, up to the stage. She discusses how we need to support heterogeneous environments with multiple hypervisors and bare metal. 11:27 am PTThe Meraki app also shows who has joined the wireless network, but more interestingly, devices that have “walked by” and did not join. This also allows you to show heat maps by time. By using the cloud based Cisco Sourcefire integration with the Meraki backend they can show any security issues on the entire network. The demo now shows the Meraki iPhone app used to monitor the network remotely.  The Meraki technology is really very easy to use.11:29 am PTSneak peak!Rob is now discussing Cisco’s new software strategy, broken down into three separate suites: data center and cloud, WAN and Access. The suites will allow for software portability between devices.11:33 am PTRob Lloyd concludes by describing the importance of the Internet of Everything and how ACI and Intercloud will help customers get to their hybrid cloud requirements. 10:11 am PTBlair discusses that we need a new model for IT – Fast IT – to simplify and transform IT operations. She then welcomes Rob Lloyd, President, Development and Sales, Cisco, to the stage to discuss the Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. 10:16 am PTLloyd states that new rules are emerging due to the cloud. Cisco is focusing on hybrid cloud. He states that Cisco is #1 in Cloud infrastructure and mentions that products like the VCE Vblock Systems are a big part of this. 10:18 am PTCisco wants to be #1 in the Hybrid Cloud by using the Intercloud and Application Centric Infrastructure, which will be extremely important in the Internet of Everything. The Intercloud will be the platform on the Internet of Everything.10:20 am PT It’s day two of Cisco Live and VCE is right up front and center at the keynote. We anticipate that there will be a lot of exciting news around the Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. 9:53 pm PTEveryone is starting to come into the general session – get your seats fast, they’re filling up! 10:55 am PTSoni covers investment protection for existing Nexus investment by explaining how using Nexus 9300s to aggregate existing Nexus 5000 and 7000s will bring them into ACI fabrics.Soni invites Sean up on stage to do an ACI APIC demo using OpenStack.The demo shows how you can push a three tier application from OpenStack into ACI using APIs. Then they are showing how to create policies in the APIC, by dragging and dropping Firewall and Citrix Virtual LB policies and allowing TCP port 80 traffic to the Outside Web Virtual Machines.11:07 am PTHe is now showing the troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities of ACI, by clicking into the application and showing a helath score as well as throughput and latency numbers.The demo now shows how to de-provision the application to free up resources.He also shows how to move the application to an Azure pack. It allows the policy model to move with the application. 10:44 am PTShe explains that the APIC controller will be shipping by the end of this quarter. The APIC controller is all about automation. She says that the APIC will manage not only the network infrastructure, virtual networks, firewalls and load balancers, but soon compute and storage infrastructure as well.10:52 am PTShe states that openness, such as open source efforts and open APIs, are critical for the success of ACI. She gives examples of projects underway.Centralized security is a foundational piece of ACI. It works for multi-tenancy and visibility and compliance. It is a whole system approach to security integrating both physical and virtual security. 11:15 am PTRob describes APIC Enterprise Module. It is built to understand your campus and WAN networks. It allows you to push policy and “QOS on steroids” to your entire network using a common API. This means that DevNet becomes a critical piece of the story. Developers can design and code to the entire network.11:17 am PTRob now covering Meraki. A cloud based and managed network solution. And now we are going to see a demo of Meraki.The beauty of Meraki really is the fact that all the management infrastructure for the network is cloud-based. Customers do not need to install anything on your machine to manage the infrastructure, it only requires a browser.11:24 am PTThey are showing a live user network and looking at a particular user’s iPad usage on the network. It shows what applications (like Facebook) the user has been accessing. There are over 100 applications that are recognized. It also shows what Websites the user has accessed.Meraki allows you to deny or permit particular types of applications. For example they can allow you to access Netflix, but not to play HD video on the work network. 11:09 am PTSoni invites Rob Soderbery, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco, to cover ACI in the WAN and Campus.last_img read more

first_imgAs Cisco Live 2017 kicks off early next week, the Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has exciting updates to share as we continue joint engineering efforts with Cisco to further simplify the data center for our customers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHr3EbGUVf0Modernizing data centers with converged systems is one of the top requirements for IT leaders aiming to digitally transform their businesses to remain relevant and competitive in their markets. This is not surprising because there’s hard evidence that converged systems simplify operations, so IT staff and engineering can focus less on managing, supporting and sustaining infrastructure, and more on accelerating their business’ digital transformation.The key word here is “simplify.” Our customers continue to seek IT simplification, and we continue to focus on delivering it for them. It’s as simple as that.Along these lines, we have some key Dell EMC and Cisco joint innovation updates around our Converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio and substantial enhancements and customer momentum with the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture to share. It’s this team that has been at the very center of the converged infrastructure trend for the past seven years.Dell EMC and Cisco Innovation and Collaboration Extends the Engineered System Experience across Data CentersSeven years ago, Dell EMC collaborated with Cisco to pioneer the CI market with a simple premise: enable IT to spend less time building and maintaining IT infrastructure (i.e., keeping the lights on), so they can spend more time driving business outcomes by bringing new applications and services to market – faster. The solution: a CI system, where compute, storage, virtualization and network resources are managed, supported and sustained together as a single system throughout their lifecycle.Thousands of customers later and counting, we continue to see great traction with VxBlock and are jointly committed to bringing innovations to market faster than ever. For example, the latest all-flash arrays from Dell EMC–including Dell EMC VMAX 950F/FX, Dell EMC Unity 350F/450F/550F/660F, and Isilon Gen 6 Infinity–will be available for VxBlock this summer.And we’re not stopping there. For the last 18 months, our Dell EMC and Cisco collaboration has been about accelerating IT transformation in a new direction. We are extending the benefits of the individual converged infrastructure systems to the entire data center–and across multiple data centers–through the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld_r3tDbcwcThe Vscale Architecture extends the converged (a.k.a., engineered) system experience of a single block to resources across data centers. This simplifies IT by assuring that upgrades, expansion and patches to those resources are fully interoperable. Imagine this across your data centers. That’s what Vscale Architecture does.Specifically, Cisco’s ACI enables the architecture to scale beyond the capacity of an individual VxBlock and stretches that experience to a pool of Cisco compute and Dell EMC storage and data protection resources across high-performance Cisco spine-leaf LAN network fabrics. The approach to policy-based automation enables open scaling across platforms, both bare metal and virtual, while automatically enforcing rules for compliance and governance using white-list policies. This pool and the network are lifecycle assured, and the pool can be shared by converged infrastructure systems (VxBlocks), new-generation hyper-converged infrastructure, and non-converged systems.Imagine the agility, security and peace of mind this brings across your enterprise. Taken together, the ROI for your organization will be phenomenal.This is for businesses that need to scale beyond a single converged system’s design; share resources between converged, hyper-converged and non-converged equipment; replicate data and move workloads across converged systems and data centers with agility; add quickly to capacity; and, integrate new technologies into the environment.We announced the Vscale strategy in 2015, and with Cisco’s collaboration, we’ve been deploying it across a wide range of businesses: airlines, service providers, manufacturers, government agencies, retailers, financial service companies and more. The business use cases are equally diverse. Customers are using the Vscale Architecture to:Modernize production data centers to support new digital business services with improved levels of orchestration and automationUpgrade disaster recovery data centers to meet new business continuity requirementsBring the cloud infrastructure in-house when managed services are not yielding enough ROIUpdate infrastructure for more agility, faster onboarding and more predictable costs to scale outShare valuable data between old and new systems during Platform 2 to 3 application transitionFreely and securely move evolving data and apps across systems to balance cost and performance trade-offs Since the Vscale Architecture initial announcement, we’ve been busy extending capability and adding several new components that we’re officially announcing today:Single Point of orchestration, automation, and security for compute, network, and storage – UCS Director in conjunction with Cisco ACI automation reduces the risk and time to onboard servicesVscale Border Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus, ASA and Firepower, ISR and ASR, assure secure, high-performance data communications between the Vscale resources and external networksVscale Open Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus and MDS service for third-party equipment integration maximizes ROI of Vscale and non-Vscale assets through resource sharingVscale Fabric Technology Connect for storage – All-flash Dell EMC Unity, XtremIO and VMAX storage and Isilon NAS optimize application performance and cost of scaling out storageNew Services – Cisco Advanced Services for UCS Director and ACI deployment and Dell EMC  Vscale Services speed data center modernization and time to business results Big data analytics projects are a premier use case for this new direction in data center architecture.  Inovalon, a leading big data analytics service provider for the healthcare ecosystem, is an example business that has deployed the Vscale Architecture with outstanding results.“Inovalon implemented Vscale to decrease cycle times dedicated to provisioning resources dedicated to our sophisticated private cloud offerings, most importantly, our Inovalon ONE platform,” said Faisal Khalid, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Inovalon. “With this competitive advantage, Inovalon ONE delivers a highly scalable, flexible Platform-as-a-service capability – unrivaled in the industry today – to enable value-based healthcare across the healthcare ecosystem. Further, the architecture’s level of automation enables my team to focus their time on delivering greater value and innovation for our business.”Our joint work with Cisco is helping customers achieve this success with Vscale Architecture.“Cisco’s policy driven automation with ACI is an important enabler for digital business and Cisco sees strong market momentum with over 3,500 ACI customers,” said Tom Edsall, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Insieme Networks Business, Cisco Systems. “We are pleased to see the adoption of the Vscale Architecture by our largest converged infrastructure customers. We look forward to our continued investment together with Dell EMC to deliver fabric solutions like Vscale to our joint customers using converged systems like VxBlock.”Imagine the experience of receiving a VxBlock on your shipping dock, within 60 days of order, with fully integrated compute, storage, data protection, internal network fabric and a hypervisor that is logically configured to your specifications. Now imagine this benefit covering the breadth of your data center, plus automation and assured interoperability as you add technology options and capacity and upgrade firmware and software releases. That’s Vscale Architecture with Dell EMC and Cisco innovating together.If you’re attending Cisco Live, our team would love to meet with you. As a Diamond Sponsor, you’ll see a lot from Dell EMC during the show. Stop by our booth (#2315) to learn more about our joint offerings, see solutions onsite and hear from our experts.last_img read more

first_imgWith this large increase in overall capacity, the Dell EMC Cloud for Azure Stack’s hyper-converged infrastructure enables customers to successfully support more workloads in less physical space and original configuration size and standardize on a turnkey hybrid cloud platform that offers the flexibility to support expansion capabilities in the future. This is critical for customers who want a consistent experience across Azure—whether it’s Azure public cloud or on-premises Azure Stack—for the long term.Let’s be clear: “cloud” isn’t a place, it’s an operations model, and IT organizations are expected to deliver a consistent end-user experience wherever data and applications reside. Dell EMC’s Azure Stack platform makes all phases of the life-cycle (acquisition, deployment, operation and maintenance) a repeatable, predictable, turnkey experience—in keeping with the public cloud experience. Interoperability between public and private cloud resources has quickly become not just a “nice to have” but an absolute, top requirement for most organizations’ IT infrastructures.Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers unmatched levels of integration, automation and manageability and enables customers to increase IT efficiencies while adopting a Dev/Ops model. We’re the only vendor able to provide an Azure Stack turnkey hybrid cloud platform that offers:A solution from the industry-leading hyper-converged infrastructure provider with a foundation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Networking, offering flexible capacity and performance options.Simple, self-service, policy-enforceable encryption-as-a-service, through Dell EMC CloudLink SecureVM, which provides granular control of where and under what circumstances VMs are allowed to boot and access sensitive data.Dell EMC best-in-class backup and recovery technologies, which allow you to protect your Azure Stack applications with confidence and align service levels to cost objectives.Reduced complexity and risk since we manage the component lifecycle for the entire hybrid cloud platform.Furthermore, the adoption of Pivotal Cloud Foundry® on Azure extends to Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, continuing to deliver the promise of hybrid models with consistent services, APIs and consumption models for on- and off-premises.We believe Azure Stack has great potential, and we’re meeting with several businesses that agree. For example, here’s what our partners, Candidator and Pulsant, had to say:“Dell EMC is the trusted partner of Candidator for Microsoft Azure Stack in the Nordic region. Together, we bring innovation to our customers maximizing the potential with Azure Stack. Dell EMC’s long history and extensive portfolio delivers the foundation for our business, and we see Azure Stack as strategic investment in the future to help our joint customers undertake their IT and digital transformations. Candidator is known for delivering innovative technology to their customers and, with Azure Stack, will continue our promise to customers to be their partner and help them focus on their core business. Azure Stack will deliver the bridge from on-premise to public cloud, leveraging the best of both worlds. Candidator will deliver Azure Stack as a service to our customers to provide a competitive advantage as well as full transparency from cost to delivered services.” — Ketil Neteland, advisor, Candidator“With the recent launch of Azure Stack, the future of hybrid cloud is here. Yet, for many businesses, they feel unable to justify the investment required in the new solution. By working closely with Microsoft and Dell EMC, we have developed AMP Launch Pad, a single node appliance with the latest version of Azure Stack pre-installed on it. It is a cost-effective, low barrier of entry way of getting to grips with the technology and means business can enjoy all of the functionality at a fraction of the price. With an emphasis on hybrid deployments and the changes they can deliver to organisations, many find themselves at the next stage in their cloud evolution journey. As Azure Stack launches, the time has never been better for those businesses that have so far been reticent to take that first step.” — Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, Microsoft cloud strategy director, PulsantIt’s clear that organizations are moving to a hybrid cloud strategy. Chad Sakac, president of Dell EMC’s Converged Platforms & Solutions Division, breaks down exactly why in this Mythbusters video:For additional information, please visit Microsoft’s latest Azure Stack blog and our webpage: www.dellemc.com/mhc. Dell EMC had a very eventful Microsoft Ignite in Orlando just a few weeks ago, engaging with countless customers and partners. While we showcased the breadth of our entire portfolio for Microsoft customers, the HOTTEST topic—across the board—was Microsoft Azure Stack.It’s been an exciting journey on the path to deliver the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and, frankly, we believe we have an incredible and differentiated offering for our customers and channel partners globally. Early interest has exceeded expectations, and our solution is about to get even better—and only weeks after we began shipping to customers.Today, we’re thrilled to unveil Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack on our new Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation (14G) servers powered by Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. Order ability starts this November, and we believe we’ll be the first to offer next generation compute for Azure Stack when we begin shipping globally this December.This is great news for our customers as the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers are purpose-built for hyper-converged infrastructure. This software stack integrated into PowerEdge servers will pack-in power and security while optimizing performance as a result of rigorous testing and validation. Why is this important for our Dell EMC Cloud for Azure stack?With this newest generation of PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure stack will provide customers greater:Price performance – offering even better price for performance with the industry’s latest compute technologyCapacity – including up to 156 percent more workload densityScalability – offering organizations investment protection to run more Azure Stack workloads with a platform that is easily expandable for years to comeTake a look at example density improvements with our 14G platform for the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack:last_img read more

first_imgNext week, the Dell EMC Healthcare-Life Sciences team will join over 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians and executives from around the world at the HIMSS19 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the largest health IT event in the industry. This year’s conference theme is “Champions of Health Unite,” and Dell EMC is helping our customers and partners rise to the challenge of tackling complex issues like next-generation infrastructure, multi-cloud, IoT, high performance computing / artificial intelligence for clinical genomics and pathology, virtual / augmented reality, and cybersecurity. We will also highlight how our technology solutions can, and are, taking healthcare organizations to the next level – from the point of care to the data center to the cloud.The explosion of healthcare data coming from EMR systems, connected devices, high-performance computing for precision medicine (i.e. clinical genomics, pathology), and IoT is forcing organizations to rethink their data strategies and next-generation infrastructure to future-proof their IT environments. To fully leverage the data capital residing across the healthcare ecosystem, we will also be emphasizing two important trends to unleash data: the rise of multi-cloud frameworks, and the need for an IoT strategy to support data analytics at the edge.To optimize the use of data with timely access and a unified view of available data sets for safer patient care collaboration, healthcare organizations must advance their adoption of multi-cloud operating models for standardizing and automating common provisioning, deployment, monitoring, data protection and security services. A multi-cloud operating framework enables IT to become a broker of IT services as it provides the blueprint with the appropriate architectural approach and governance/standards to bring together private, hybrid, public and specialty cloud services into a single comprehensive, multi-cloud operating approach, while reducing risk and complexity.Healthcare providers can also reduce their risk as they build out their healthcare IoT strategy to speed up ROI – from patient to provider to cloud. To take advantage of the IoT opportunity, organizations need to connect the physical world with the digital, starting with real-time monitoring for visibility, then adding analytics and eventually, automation.  Each step builds confidence in the next. The IoT continuum spans the edge, distributed core and cloud, with zones of intelligence that perform analytics while it matters, where it matters and how it matters – optimizing value for the health system. In addition to IoT use cases for video monitoring and patient sitters, we will highlight an open, scalable platform that includes the ability to simplify data collection, manage devices on the network, centralize data storage, provide on-demand analytics, and integrate networking.Leveraging our robust healthcare partner ecosystem and strategically aligned businesses, Dell EMC is helping healthcare organizations across the globe power their Heath IT, Precision Medicine, Connected Health, and Security transformations. The drivers of industry change continue to propel innovation across the patient care continuum: clinicians are looking to unlock the value of patient data with actionable analytic insights to make measurable impacts on patient care delivery, researchers require the latest genomic technologies to push the boundaries of individualized treatment plans, patients expect more involvement in their personal care, and care teams demand improved interoperability to enable timely access to the right information to make the accurate decisions at the point of care.At the Dell EMC booth #3159, please join us to hear directly from our customers on how they are making their digital transformation real every day with essential infrastructure solutions at the center of their services and operations, leading to improved workflows and patient engagement. For speaker schedule times, please click here.No matter where you are in your digital transformation strategy, we look forward to seeing you at HIMSS19 to discuss how we can help your organization modernize, automate and transform your data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage, devices, and data protection technologies.last_img read more

first_imgA simple idea that leaves a lasting impression on customers and the planet.Last week Dell Technologies announced its ambitious 2030 Social Impact Plan as part of the Progress Made Real initiative. Among many inspiring goals, the plan outlined our commitment towards eliminating waste, and keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. The end goal is one we all have an interest in: advancing sustainability and protecting the planet for our collective future.To help drive these commitments forward while also helping our customers with large IT deployment challenges, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure team has been working behind the scenes on a simple idea: a reusable container for shipping large scale orders of IT equipment that eliminates the need for packaging (i.e. corrugated cardboard, foam or plastics). We’re calling this the Transportation Tote.Before: Packaging material from large scale IT deploymentAfter: Transportation Tote eliminates packaging for large scale IT deploymentsWhile most are familiar with multi-packs and other environmentally friendly shipping options, the Transportation Tote is unique in the volume of servers it can hold and its reusable design. The Transportation Tote is a 40U rack enclosure made of steel that can be reused for hundreds of shipments, similar to a shipping container.A single Transportation Tote can hold up to 40 PowerEdge 1U servers, eliminating up to 520 pounds of packaging per shipment. Without all the packaging generally required for shipping, customers can:Reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the number of shipments and doubling or tripling the number of servers loaded on a truckSave time and money by eliminating the need to recycle and dispose of packaging materialsIncrease speed of deployment by simply removing servers from the Transportation Tote and directly installing them without the need for staging or unpacking. While the sustainability piece is huge, equally important is ensuring the protection of the IT equipment during transit. This is where we were able to leverage our experience and expertise shipping integrated racks around the globe. Building on those best practices, the Transportation Tote design includes shock and vibration dampening to ensure protection of the IT gear during transportation. It’s also designed with casters, so fully loaded Transportation Totes can easily move into trucks and data centers without the need for pallet jacks.Transportation Tote Enters Pilot StageWe are excited to get the Transportation Tote in your hands. As we continue to finalize the operational logistics, we will be running a limited pilot with select customers starting early next year. If you’re ordering large shipments of PowerEdge servers and are interested in learning more about the Transportation Tote pilot program or our rack integration capabilities (this is where we deliver fully integrated racks quickly and consistently around the globe), please have your account managers reach out to the Extreme Scale Infrastructure team to learn more.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes as there is new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans. Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country. The administration is also boosting weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the suspension of a multimillion-dollar fund backed by European nations that supported the work of local groups focusing on democracy and good governance. Museveni, who was re-elected last month in a disputed vote, in a letter to his finance minister charges that money withdrawn from the Democratic Governance Facility has been “used to finance activities and organizations designed to subvert Government under the guise of improving governance.” Museveni charged that he was never consulted on the establishment of the fund with cash reserves of up to £100 million and “operated exclusively by a foreign mission” in the East African country.last_img read more