With its compact, quiet mini-tower design, the PowerEdge T30 operates non-disruptively and can be installed nearly anywhere. Also, with the PowerEdge T30 in your own office, you have peace of mind that your data is safe onsite and won’t be exposed to any vulnerabilities or security breaches in the public cloud. And if you need help, Dell EMC Services can provide strategic guidance, technology and deployment expertise to help SOHOs like you to realize a quicker time to value.From our ongoing conversations with SOHO customers like you, the PowerEdge T30 is engineered to provide you with an ideal platform to address your unique business challenges with the right technology. The PowerEdge T30 will be generally available globally this month so there is no need to wait for improved efficiency. As always, we are very interested in staying in touch with you, so please follow us on Twitter or leave a comment below. As your IT partner, we understand the many challenges with running a small office/home office (SOHO). At Dell EMC we want to ensure as our SOHO customers you are able to focus on outpacing competition rather than worry about managing IT. We also understand that you may not have the time or IT resources to efficiently manage business data or maintain a complicated IT solution. This often leads to multiple copies of files on various laptops and mobile devices, making it difficult for your employees to access the right data at the right time.Securing company data while keeping files accessible is an important step in SOHO growth but it is a challenge to find a scalable and easy-to-use technology solution.Moving company data and files to the public cloud can be one option that seems to have a lower initial investment. However, if you look at the fine print of cloud providers’ subscription pricing and contract terms, it can dramatically increase the overall cost of using the public cloud over time. At the onset the cloud seems infinite but overall performance can be limited by your available WAN — and increasing bandwidth can add to the overall cost of managing your IT through the public cloud. What if on-premises technology can offer greater data control, predictable performance, and a lower TCO than the public cloud? In fact, a typical public cloud service can exceed the cost of a new Dell EMC PowerEdge T30 server in just 4-7 months*. The Dell EMC PowerEdge T30 is the newest 1-socket mini tower platform tailor-made to be your ideal first server for small offices/home offices (SOHO), and so simple to use and manage that you won’t need any dedicated IT staff.The PowerEdge T30 enables you to cost effectively:Increase employee productivity by securely consolidating your business-critical information, eliminating the concern about misplaced or lost files with automatic data backupEnable faster business transaction response times with quick and easy access to files, data and applicationsScale your business as it grows leveraging all the expansion capability for adding memory, internal storage and external devices *Based on Dell internal analysis in December 2016 comparing the publicly available price of a similarly configured cloud service provider to the average street price of a Dell PowerEdge T30 server. Actual results may vary depending on configuration. Contact a Dell sales representative for additional information.
Few technologies have had as much hype and publicity in the manufacturing and industrial space as the Internet of Things (IoT). Magazines feel the need to cover it. Marketing people weave it into any press release that they can.If you really want to know what the Internet of Things is, along with some of its potential, the place to go was the IoT and OEM booth at Dell EMC World Expo.The Dell Gateway was the core piece of technology connecting all the disparate elements.Control Valve Condition MonitoringThe reality of the working system for manufacturing was demonstrated by a real-world working demonstration of control valve condition monitoring—such as might be found on an oil pipeline. An instrument on the control valve communicates data such as usage, temperature, and the like to a Pi database (a standard in the industry from OSIsoft) housed in a Dell Gateway 5000 via the industrial HART IP protocol.The Gateway stores the data and uploads to the cloud, where another OSIsoft Pi database. Data is sent to a smart device such as a tablet or phone for information or action by appropriate plant personnel.Why is this important? By continuously monitoring the state of the control valve, operations and maintenance can plan for condition-based maintenance. Since so many of these are in remote locations, saving trips to the site for repair reduces both cost and risk of failure.Should there be an interruption of the communication link of the Gateway to the cloud, no problem. The Gateway stores data and then uploads upon restoration of the link.Food SafetyAnother demonstration of a real case study was from IMS Evolve. This company monitors refrigerated equipment throughout the food processing and delivery supply chain. It takes only a slight variation in temperature to ruin food meant to be refrigerated or frozen. Companies need to identify potentially contaminated food in order to target recalls. Better yet, tracking the data can reveal trends and enable customers to proactively maintain equipment thus avoiding problems.Augmented RealityPerhaps the hit of the booth was the DAQRI augmented reality hard hat. You can walk through a construction site and visualize where HVAC ducts and wiring conduits are designed to go. The contractor can detect interferences and layout problems at the design stage before wasting time and material from rework.IoT Advisory ServicesMany teams evaluating IoT implementations wonder if they can do a good implementation with internal resources or if they would be ahead to hire consultants who have been down that road before.IoT Technology Advisory Service is a new consulting offer from Dell EMC Services to help organizations determine the key capabilities and architecture required to leverage IoT data (e.g., sensors, beacons, gateways, mobile phones, wearables, connected devices). This information can be used for initiatives such as optimizing key operational processes, reducing compliance and security risks, uncovering new revenue opportunities and creating more compelling customer engagements.Open Source EcosystemAll of the above are applications of IoT that you can actually implement today. This is not some Star Trek future dream. Although there is plenty of room for dreaming up new applications.To me the significant announcement is the EdgeX Foundry open source project. The Dell EMC IoT team has assembled an impressive array of companies contributing to the ecosystem with many more on the way. A couple of those considering are ones that I do a lot of work with. I hope they join.The project features a set of open source micro services donated by Dell EMC from the FUSE project that provide the connectivity layer for the various sensor inputs and applications. The use of standards and open APIs enables an IoT platform very much like the Web where any application can join as long as they use standard, interoperable connectivity.I previously wrote about EdgeX after my interview with Jason Shepherd in Hannover, Germany. You can read it on my blog.Disclosure: I attended the Dell EMC World event with my expenses paid by Dell.Gary Mintchell, [email protected], is a manufacturing technology writer and consultant and the Founder of The Manufacturing Connection (www.TheManufacturingConnection.com). You can follow him on Twitter @garymintchell. The following is a guest post from Gary Mintchell the Founder and CEO at Manufacturing Connection. Mintchell is an expert in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and has followed the strategy, partner ecosystem and roadmap of Dell’s IoT Group since its inception in 2015. He has had deep dives on the topic with Dell’s IoT Group leadership and Dell’s CTO for Client Solutions, Liam Quinn, during this year’s Dell EMC World.
Boost Performance and Capacity of SC Storage with Free OS UpgradeEvery IT customer wants maximum value from their storage infrastructure at the lowest cost at the time of purchase and over the full lifespan of the product. And why not? They should! But the reality is that not all vendors can deliver on this commitment. Most storage products become slower and overburdened over time, use obsolete technology, and require a short-term replacement. What if a vendor provided no-cost upgrades to their customers, adding substantial new features and functionality with each release, dramatic performance gains, and tools to reduce the management overhead? Now, that would be game-changing.At Dell EMC, we’re taking a different approach than most vendors. We recognize the investment customers have made in the SC Series platform, and we’re taking bold steps to ensure the platform provides compelling value time and time again, at the lowest cost and complexity. I’ve yet to meet a customer that doesn’t need more performance from their storage system. We’ve optimized the internal code top to bottom, extracting every ounce of performance wherever we could, and the results are truly amazing.Affordable Flash Arrays, Now 2X FasterDell EMC today announced the new SC Operating System 7.3, a free upgrade for customers with an active ProSupport agreement that offers major performance gains, plus a variety of new management capabilities. With this release, the SC Series offers an astounding 2X increase in maximum IOPS for every current array – from our largest to our smallest models.1Three SC platforms now exceed 1 million max IOPS – and SC9000 tops 2.2 million.1 Dell EMC tests show real-world applications such as VDI and SQL OLTP perform 33%2 to 54%3 faster on SCOS 7.3 – all for no cost, and virtually no effort.But it’s not only performance. SCOS 7.3 also makes SC easier to manage with the new “Unisphere for SC” HTML 5 web interface (same look and feel across SC Series and Dell EMC Unity platforms), introduces data-in-place upgrades for the popular SC4020 array, enhances our Live Volume feature for reduced latency and network traffic in high availability environments, increases maximum array capacity up to 2×4, and adds support for 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI networking.Best of all, current customers of either our SC All-Flash or SC Hybrid arrays can easily upgrade their firmware to experience an overnight performance boost, while continuing to benefit from the leading economics of our sophisticated tiered storage architecture and intelligent data placement.All in a Day’s WorkThis release highlights a guiding philosophy of the Dell EMC Midrange storage team. With programs such as the Future-Proof Loyalty Program, which gives customers and partners guaranteed satisfaction and investment protection for their future technology changes, we’re working to ensure customer satisfaction over the long haul. The new SC Series continues our tradition of adding great value through new features with no hidden costs to the end user.Compression and deduplication – No-charge data reduction on both SSDs and HDDs gives customers more usable capacity (for example, up to 50% savings in VDI environments)Increased performance – No-charge upgrades (such as this release) accelerate workloads and delay future hardware expenseEnhanced management – No-charge for tools and 3rd-party integration/interop to ensure SC stays in sync with diverse application and ecosystem needs.Multi-array federation – No charge for increased system scale, flexibility and availability, now supported by the entire family of SC productsCustomer ReactionIt’s not surprising customers and partners alike are responding favorably to the way SCOS 7.3 allows them to move ahead quickly with new solution strategies. Here’s what some of them had to say:“The 7.3 release will free up additional time for IT departments,” said Donald Weaver, President of Weaver Technologies. “Instead of having to replace [hardware] with new gear, now we can use existing gear and attain more IOPs and more capabilities, without having to do a physical upgrade. This will essentially be like getting a [new] array for free.”————“The SC Series is a staple in our Dell storage portfolio and has been for a number of years,” said Scott Winslow, President, Winslow Technology Group, LLC. “It’s a time-tested platform, and our customers have benefited from the way Dell provides significant new features over time. Dell EMC has shown a steady, regular cadence for innovation that allows current and new customers to get more out of their existing system. “We’re really excited about this release, as test results show a 2X increase in maximum IOPS across every current platform in the SC Series. The very idea that a free software download can give this level of improvement is a rarity in the IT industry. We’re big fans of the SC Series, and with performance gains like these, it really helps us. More importantly, it really helps our customers.”There’s simply a lot to love about this release. I encourage you to contact your Dell EMC representative or authorized partner to learn more. To our existing customers, thank you for the opportunity to ensure we meet and exceed, your expectations. We know you’ll be delighted with SCOS 7.3. For those customers running VDI, SQL, or any other databases, we’re confident you’ll see the difference in performance. And if you’re not a customer yet, we welcome you to join our SC Series customer family.1 – Based on internal tests performed in February, 2018 on SC9000, SC7020, SC5020 and SCv3020 arrays running 7.3 vs. 7.2 firmware on 100% sequential reads with 4K sector transfer size. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.2 – Based on internal tests performed by Dell EMC on an SC9000 with 7.3 vs. 7.2 firmware. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.3 – Based on internal tests performed by Dell EMC in February 2018 running TPC-E like workloads (95% reads, 8K sector transfer size) on an SC9000 with 7.3 vs 7.2 firmware. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.4 – SCOS 7.3 increases the maximum raw capacity for SC9000, SC7020 and SC5020 arrays. SC9000 increases from 3PB max to 6PB max, assuming 2MB page sizes.
Cyber threats are all around us. The cost of data loss through inadequate methods of protection, along with more sophisticated hacking, has escalated to an even more serious level in the past few years. Organizations are dealing with several risks associated with securing data: from hacking and other brute-force attempts, to mounting compliancy concerns to address privacy mandated by internal policy and GDPR. It has become even more imperative for businesses to guard their data, on top of customer data and intellectual property (IP). But how do you secure your data in a manner that is not as intrusive and is more transparent?The key elements of an effective data protection strategy include the enterprise hard drives in your data center, inside servers and dedicated storage. Without proper protection, the storage in these devices can be readily removed physically and forcefully hacked using many of the data retrieval methods available. Proper security methods require an extensive approach to assembling a data security strategy (also called data-at-rest) for enterprises.To create an effective data-at-rest security approach, you need to know where your data is, what is its level of sensitivity and how it should be secured. You also need to know how your data moves within the organization, across multiple networks, to remote sites, or even into the cloud. The advent of key management systems has helped relieve many of the concerns associated with data-at-rest protection, while addressing the need to secure data across the business.These systems reduce the risks of servers and/or hard drives potentially walking out of a secure or non-secure location, and then being unencrypted by a third-party, if keys are in the device being stolen. A central key manager helps you to create and manage keys in a secure manner, while encrypting hardware in your business. Key managers leverage and adhere to a variety of cryptography standards including FIPS and KMIP. Enterprise Key Managers store keys on a separate, highly available system to avoid keys being taken with devices, such as servers.To further help with transparent, near real-time encryption, businesses can use self-encrypting drives, also known as SEDs, for their servers. With their built-in encryption feature, deploying SED drives helps secure data quickly. SED drives with a key management system, which helps encryption and decryption become more transparent and faster. Enterprise key management works to scale your data protection as you scale storage capacity across your data center.Dell EMC is announcing new security capabilities to address data-at-rest protection requirements for businesses. The Dell EMC OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager is embedded in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and works in conjunction with leading Key Management Servers. Businesses can now scale-up to meet demanding data growth, while effectively maintaining secure keys for encryption across the enterprise. The solution is a primary component of Dell EMC OpenManage FlexSelect, providing integrated security features that enable cyber-resiliency across your server infrastructure.Now you can readily scale up from one drive to many with a dedicated key management solution and meet global compliance security and privacy standards. Find more peace of mind, knowing that your business and customer data is secured anywhere in the world, whether inside or pulled out of a server, with the right key.Learn more at dell.com/openmanage
FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — Search and rescue efforts continue in Alabama, where officials say a tornado killed a 14-year-old boy sheltering with his family in the basement of their home. The storm blew down a tree and trapped them in the basement Monday night. Fultondale police Chief D.P. Smith says several other family members were critically injured. The tornado left a swath of destruction 10 miles long in the suburbs north of Birmingham. Fire Chief Justin McKenzie says 30 people were injured. The school superintendent says Fultondale High was so heavily damaged, he doubts students will be able to return to classrooms this year.
In North Carolina’s largest city, Magena Morris, Tyler Bone and Nic White are on a mission to help homeless people, a population that has grown during the pandemic and economic downturn. Once a month they bring racks loaded with clothes into Charlotte’s largest homeless encampment and invite residents to shop their free store. The idea behind the racks is to give residents of “tent city” the feeling of browsing a normal store and spare them having to dig through piles of secondhand apparel. Through donations collected in drop-boxes and online, they’re providing not just clothes but much-needed goods from batteries to books.
GENEVA (AP) — Leaders of the World Economic Forum say their annual gathering — usually held in the Alpine snows of Davos, Switzerland — is being postponed again because of “the international challenges in containing the pandemic.” The forum, which staged a successful virtual “Davos Agenda” meeting last month, says the in-person event this year will take place in Singapore from Aug. 17-20 and not May 25-28 as previously planned. It marks the latest change of plans for the elite gathering of government leaders, business executives, civil society advocates and artists, actors and musicians.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian military official said Israel fired surface and air missiles at targets in southern Syria, causing only material damage. The official said the late Wednesday attacks prompted Syrian air defenses. The unnamed official said the Israeli attacks came in from over the Golan Heights but didn’t identify what the target was. Residents in the capital Damascus reported hearing the sound of explosions. State media said the explosions in Damascus were those of the Syrian air defenses responding to the incoming missiles. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted a military post for government troops and allied Iranian militias in rural Quneitra province.