Together with Vmware, the introduction of the VxRail appliance family back in February marked the first joint product announcement where EMC and VMware engineers have worked side by side developing, testing and validating a fully integrated hyper converged appliance.Add to that the addition of All-Flash Configuration in June combined with unprecedented customer demand, 6 months later #VxRailDeliversThe VxRail appliance family offers massive scalability, simplified management, simplified IT and industry-leading data services that extend beyond the traditional appliance model including: deduplication, compression, replication, backup, and cloud tiering to public clouds, such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure.I caught up with Colin Galagher (@WorldC3), Sr. Director, Hyper Converged Infrastructure Marketing at Vmworld 2016, shortly before the Dell EMC merger and creation of Dell Technologies.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #63: #VxRailDelivers 6 Month Check InAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_63_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
ISC pitted the world’s biggest names in HPC against each other in a Vendor Showdown Session — and gave the top nod to Dell EMC’s Jay Boisseau.The annual international supercomputing conference (ISC) is a time when the world’s biggest and best HPC system vendors come together to share their insights in presentations, showcase their latest innovations, and compete for the attention of the industry and its customers.That was certainly the case this year at the ISC 2019 conference in Frankfurt. The approximately 3,500 attendees who made it to the five-day gathering got a look at the best of the best in the HPC world and to hear from some of the brightest minds in the industry. And that’s the way it was when distinguished technologists went head-to-head in the annual ISC Vendor Showdown session.Unique to ISC High Performance, the Vendor Showdown comprises an afternoon of presentations by industry powerhouses in computing, networking, data and storage. Speakers are allowed just a few minutes to present their organizations’ newest strategies, products or research developments. A panel of expert moderators asks each speaker a few in-depth, follow-up questions, and the speakers have just five minutes to offer their responses. When the presentations are complete, the audience votes to select a winner.In this fast-paced showdown, Dell EMC’s Jay Boisseau, an AI and HPC technology strategist, gave the Dell EMC presentation. Here are a few highlights from his presentation:Dell EMC has 20 years of leadership in the HPC cluster space. The company built it first HPC cluster in 1999, and now builds TOP500 clusters for the likes of Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), and the University of Michigan — to name a few of the organizations that have recently rolled out new Dell EMC supercomputers.The Dell EMC solutions portfolio covers the wide world of HPC needs, from simulation and data analytics to artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. It’s a portfolio based on open standards, optimal configurations and customer choice, and it includes technologies from such HPC leaders as Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, Mellanox, Bright Computing and OpenHPC.New entries in the Dell EMC server portfolio include the Dell EMC DSS 8440 server, a computing powerhouse built for the challenges of machine learning. It packs up to 10 full-size accelerator cards in 4U of space, up to 205W CPUs with accelerators in 35C environments, up to 10 drives of local storage and extensive I/O options. Even better, it’s all based on a design that enables accelerators, storage and interconnect on the same switch for maximum performance.Let’s add a little drama here. The competition in the Vendor Showdown session was stiff, pitting Dell EMC against such HPC powerhouses as Amazon Web Services, Cray and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. And now, the envelope, please…After all of the speakers had their 15 minutes of fame, the audience voted to give the top spot to the Jay Boisseau presentation made on behalf of Dell EMC. So hats off to Jay for a great presentation that knocked the socks off the ISC audience.To learn moreTo hear some of Jay insights, check out the just-released video with Jay discussing the convergence of AI and HPC with Bill Magro, Intel’s chief technologist for HPC, at ISC 2019.
I recently had the opportunity to attend The Channel Company’s Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East conference (WOTC), which was held on December 10-11, 2019, in New York. As a first-time attendee, I felt excited to be among so many accomplished women from across the IT channel – and to hear first-hand the reflections and experiences of speakers including cosmetics titan and entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown; co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman; and Dell Technologies CMO, Allison Dew. I looked forward to networking with peers and leadership, and to learn from each interaction.I did not anticipate, however, that I would leave the conference with a full heart, and a feeling of pride to say that I work for Dell Technologies – an organization who truly believes in the power of our ability and responsibility to transform lives.Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking with [email protected] and Willow [email protected], the charitable arm of The Channel Company, selected Willow International as the WOTC East 2019 charity partner. Willow International’s mission is to “end human trafficking through restoration, prevention, and partnership.”Willow International founder, Kelsey Morgan, shared the horrifying reality of human trafficking today:There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwideExploiters earn more than $150-billion annuallyThe average human trafficking victim’s age is just 13 years oldFewer than 1% of human trafficking victims are rescuedMuch of Willow International’s work is focused on Uganda, which has become an epicenter of human trafficking activity. Due to its incredibly high unemployment rate, civil instability and large youth population, enterprising exploiters find it easy to target and prey upon victims.However, through their tireless efforts to educate and collaborate with Ugandan and international government and law enforcement agencies, to identify and rescue human trafficking victims, and to provide restorative care and legal aid to victims, Willow International is making an impact – in Uganda and around the globe.Through their efforts, Willow International has:Restored more than 600 lives (mostly women and children)Driven a 95% success rate in preventing re-victimizationTrained 40% of Ugandan courts on anti-trafficking lawsTrained 20% of Ugandan police districts to identify and stop traffickingIncreased the number of human trafficking cases filed in Uganda by 165%[email protected] in Service Project Sponsored by Dell Technologies Women’s Partner NetworkOn Tuesday, December 10, Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network sponsored a [email protected] volunteer and give back event to benefit Willow International. Women from Dell Technologies, our partners, and The Channel Company came together to meet founder Kelsey Morgan and to learn about the transformative and lifesaving work of Willow International.During this emotional session, Kelsey shared a video from a rescued trafficking victim who received not only restorative care but also a new life of hope from Willow International. We also virtually connected with a restorative home and some of the youngest trafficking victims served by Willow International. The children shared some of the skills they’re learning while in restorative care and performed several self-written songs about their experience with Willow International. Their stories, as well as their joy to have found a new life with the help of Willow International, deeply moved everyone present – there was not a dry eye in the room.Following, we worked together to assemble bags for the women and children served by Willow International – each containing personal and self-care items, along with hand-written notecards of encouragement written by attendees. Together, we created more than 120 care packages that Willow International will distribute to victims in their restorative care homes.Realizing the Power to Transform Lives … TogetherDid you know? On average, it costs Willow International $6,000 to rescue and restore a single human trafficking victim.Stephanie Ford, Mitel’s Vice President of Enterprise Sales, shared during the [email protected] session, “Woman were born with two hands. One to pull herself up and one to pull others up with her.” This sentiment resonated throughout WOTC East, as the women in attendance came together in support of Willow International.Through WOTC’s Raffle for a Cause, attendees purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win fantastic prizes donated by the event sponsors, with all proceeds to benefit Willow International and their critical, life-saving work.On behalf of Dell Technologies, Cheryl Cook presented Willow International with a donation of $10,000; and Anna Dorcey, VMware’s Vice President of Americas Marketing, presented Willow International with a donation of $5,000.“I am so inspired and moved with the meaningful impact Willow International is having on the lives of women and children who are victims of human trafficking. Dell Technologies is honored to help Willow International further their mission,” shared Cheryl Cook.In all, the Women of the Channel raised over $33,000 for Willow International! These donations will help Willow International continue their critical and life-saving work. “We are amazed by the incredibly generous support of Dell Technologies, VMware, and the Women of the Channel community. They welcomed us with open arms and showered us with love, support, encouragement, and financial support. This results in tangible human impact – lives are being saved and hope is being restored,” said Kelsey Morgan, founder and executive director of Willow International.The compassion of the WOTC attendees and the enthusiastic solidarity with which they supported a single worthy cause deeply moved me. If one thousand women could accomplish this in just a few days, imagine what we could do to impact lives and help drive human progress during the remainder of the year. I feel immensely thankful to Dell Technologies for the opportunity to attend WOTC; and to be a part of this incredible demonstration of human kindness.Learn more about Willow International; or donate to support their efforts to combat human trafficking.
LONDON (AP) — Anti-poverty organization Oxfam warned Monday that the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will lead to the biggest increase in global inequalities on record unless governments rejig their economies. Oxfam said in a report that the richest 1,000 people in the world have already managed to recoup the losses they recorded in the early days of the pandemic last spring because of the big bounceback in stock markets. By contrast, Oxfam said it could take more than a decade for the world’s poorest to recover their losses. It issued the report to inform discussions at the World Economic Forum’s online gathering of business and political leaders this week.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is facing a $9.9 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission after he sent racist, anti-Semitic and harassing robocalls to tens of thousands of phones across eight states. The Daily Inter Lake reported Wednesday that the 2018 calls targeted Black and Jewish politicians, a journalist, an Iowa community grieving the killing of a local college student and the murder case against an avowed white supremacist who drove into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia. The FCC announced the fine on Jan. 14 and said Scott D. Rhodes repeatedly violated the Truth in Caller ID Act by manipulating the calls to make them appear local.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are clearly rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. They are moving rapidly to block any new demonstrations – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching an elaborate media campaign to discredit him. The mass rallies last weekend resulted in over 4,000 people detained and dozens of criminal investigations opened. Scores of Navalny associates have been jailed, and his top allies face criminal charges that carry prison terms. President Vladimir Putin likened organizers of the protests to “terrorists,” and lawmakers charged that Navalny was a Western stooge and betrayed his country to the benefit of Russia’s adversaries. Navalny’s team says it won’t give in and is calling for more demonstrations Sunday.