Cisco’s Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) refocuses the data center on the driving force of businesses – applications. E-commerce, CRM, ERP and collaboration applications are just a few examples of applications that support mission-critical services to users throughout an organization. And increasingly, growing business demands are forcing IT professionals to manage even more applications with fewer resources, in less time.Cisco’s innovative ACI is a new infrastructure architecture that unifies applications management with a centralized approach. ACI supports a programmatic, application centric policy framework, which simultaneously simplifies management of the entire datacenter while confirming that applications can receive the network infrastructure security and services they demand. ACI represents transformational improvements in networking architecture and capabilities, and VCE is thrilled to bring these new technologies to our customers.VCE was founded to deliver the “first and best” integration of technologies from our investor companies. We closely collaborate to align with the technology roadmaps for Cisco networking and compute, EMC storage and data protection, and VMware server virtualization and cloud management technologies. We productize and deliver the industry’s leading converged infrastructure, the Vblock™ System. VCE employees are data center-focused professionals with a single purpose: To integrate and productize the innovations from our investors while enabling the best customer experience, something we call “The VCE Experience.”Vblock Systems are standardized on Cisco data center products, such as the Unified Compute System (UCS) and the Nexus and MDS families of switches. With the new Cisco Nexus 9000 data center switching portfolio, we will be able to deliver the “first and best” ACI-enabled converged infrastructure system.With the new integration, Vblock Systems will scale to meet peak network performance demands and allow unprecedented agility, reliability and simplicity for application deployment. VCE converged infrastructure solutions for the Cisco ACI policy framework will help to provide many benefits to customers, including:Visibility – Customers will have a detailed application-centric view of their infrastructure. Without impacting other applications, IT administrators will be able to scale application resources to meet user demands, quickly identify and address application performance issues, and maximize IT resources.Agility – IT organizations will be able to quickly deploy new technologies with significantly reduced risk to their IT infrastructure, allowing them to effectively manage, optimize and shift those resources.Open standards – The joint solution will simplify integration into existing and emerging management frameworks with an open, standards-based aggregation of Vblock Systems’ functional, environmental and operational characteristics.Simplicity – VCE roadmap integration with Cisco as well as our unmatched support, configuration and release management provide customers with streamlined operations management.Automation – VCE automation capabilities simplify and standardize error-prone processes associated with maintaining and deploying IT infrastructure and applications.Reliability – VCE provides customers with among the lowest risk and fastest path to implementing new Cisco technologies by integrating closely with the Cisco technology roadmap and providing defined engineering processes and procedures for manufacturing and sustaining Vblock Systems.As Cisco expands its technology investments with ACI, VCE will introduce the new Nexus 9000 series switches as modular options within the Vblock Systems portfolio. Customers will be able to quickly realize all the benefits of the Nexus 9000 family and be prepared to take advantage of ACI’s powerful capabilities.Cisco ACI triggers a new wave of data center engineering. By focusing on applications, IT professionals will be able to shift their focus from the challenges of managing autonomous components to the opportunities to better support and power business initiatives through an agile, systems-based networked infrastructure fabric.
Almost a year ago, Patricia Florissi Blogged about a Distributed Data Analytics platform and the World Wide Herd (WWH). The concept of creating a global network of distributed Apache Hadoop instances forming a single virtual computing cluster.More recently, Florissi talked about how the challenge at the heart of federated analytics is when you decentralize data analytics, you have to take steps to ensure that you can verify the integrity of all the participants and all the data sources in the analytics process.“How do you get there?” she asked. “The answer is to bring together the unique capabilities of federated analytics and blockchain technology, which adds a distributed ledger to the federated analytics solution. This is the approach Dell Technologies uses in our WWH.”The concept opens the door to an amazing amount of possibilities, orchestrating computations across the globe from edge to core to cloud. While at Dell Technologies World 2018, I caught up with Ahmed Osama, (@Ahmed_OZ) senior innovation manager and Lori Schlesman (@LoriSchles) lead program manager for the WWH project to find out what our customers have been using the platform for various use cases.For more information drop an email to [email protected]!Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Elements of HCI Fabric proposal through Fabric Design CenterThat’s all it takes to join the HCI revolution. We make it easy, and we’re always here to help along the way if you have questions—just use the feedback button at the bottom right corner of the Fabric Design Center.Check out Fabric Design Center right now at fdc.emc.com. In a world that is increasingly software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a fast mover. Analysts expect adoption to accelerate at a 42% CAGR from 2016 to 2023, reaching $17B. Done right, it’s an IT dream because it makes deploying private cloud services much easier, faster and more reliable. But if you don’t get the most overlooked part right – the network design – it quickly becomes a nightmare.According to IDC, “While considerable emphasis was placed on the compute and storage capabilities of HCI systems, less attention – and sometimes none at all – was accorded to integrated networking for HCI.”We gave it serious attention. Too many customers spend too much time and effort researching, specifying, designing, validating and revising designs to best fit their solution. Many are new to HCI and have to devote even more time to understanding the network requirements and mapping those to the switch and OS capabilities. This can take weeks.To solve these challenges and take weeks down to mere minutes, we developed Fabric Design Center (FDC). It is an easy-to-use web-based tool with four simple steps that automate the HCI network design process.Four-step process to design the HCI fabric within minutesDesign and customize HCI fabrics with confidenceIn an HCI solution, it’s critical that the network design meets the performance objectives and is sized appropriately, with the ability to scale as needed.Allow me to describe the four easy steps that allow you to design an HCI fabric in minutes, instead of weeks:Select a network design template from the Fabric Design Center libraryInput networking parameters specific to your environmentReceive and review the recommend design from Fabric Design Center wizard tool (inclusive of installation recommendations; network topology; wiring diagrams; ordering bill-of-materials)Input specific network addressing (IP address, VLAN assignments) to receive production-ready configuration files and away you go
*Based on internal testing in Dell labs, running the system on idle, using an Alienware m15 equipped with the optional 90Whr battery as well as the Intel Core i5 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. m15 with Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti configuration available in Mid-November based on regional availability.Sign up to learn more – https://home.application-app.dell.com/DELL_US_Cons/US_ALIENWARE_2015 Engineering is the branch of science and technology involved with the design and building of machines and it’s not every day that a machine gets smaller and lighter while maintaining premium performance. Today, Alienware is proud to announce the Alienware m15 with our “Epic” industrial design featuring magnesium alloy surfaces built for both power and portability. Available in Epic Silver and Nebula Red, Alienware m15 lets gamers play where, and how, they want to play – without sacrificing the performance they have come to know and love from Alienware. Whether heading to a friend’s house to chew up opponents in a late-night battle royal game, spectating your favorite esports tournament on-the-go or dominating from the hotel on your next road trip, it’s a light-weight piece of artillery that will deliver powerful PC gaming experiences. Available for sale now starting at $1,379 USD, direct from Alienware.com and in retail stores. Please note, regional availability will vary.Adding to a growing and award-winning portfolio of gaming systems, the Alienware m15 is the lightest and thinnest 15” gaming laptop ever from Alienware and the best solution for gamers who prioritize weight and thinness allowing for even more portability. Attuned to the evolving on-the-go lifestyle of our gaming community, Alienware has in its DNA a 22-year history of designing premium, high-performance desktops, laptops and other PC gaming devices. Both Alienware and Dell share a commitment to innovation driven by visionary pride, consumer need and community.Did we compromise performance and quality by going thinner and lighter on the m15? If you know Alienware, you don’t need to ask. Optimized for performance, quality and maximum mobility, our design and engineering teams worked tirelessly to pack it all into a form factor approximately 14.3” by 10.8” and less than .83” from front to back cover, weighing a mere 4.78 pounds. Its sleek design features a narrow side bezel to maximize screen space to view explosive action and another first, a numeric keypad on a sub-17” Alienware laptop. The new Alienware mSeries keyboard even features 1.4mm of key travel, anti-ghosting keys and four Alien-FX enabled zones to light up the room during any gameplay, while also supporting in game lighting reactions for over 150 game titles.The Alienware m15 cranks up the performance with 8th generation Intel processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 OC and 1070 Max-Q graphics cards capable of VR and beyond, with additional support for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Of course, it comes with all the bells and whistles you expect, including our Alienware Command Center technology with AlienFX customizable RGB-lighting across six unique zones, Alienware Cryo-Tech 2.0 for superior thermal management, and while on idle up to a maximum of 17 hours of battery life* with the optional 90Whr battery. It’s a lean and efficient gaming machine.GAME ON! Any Time! Any Where!
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could pay off up to 80% of most people’s unpaid rent because of the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s top two legislative leaders announced a bill Monday that would use federal relief money to pay off the debt. But landlords would only get the money if they agree to forgive the remaining 20%. The proposal also would extend a state law until June 30 that prevents landlords from evicting tenants who pay at least 25% of what they owe. The state Legislature is scheduled to vote on the plan Thursday.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A prominent Pakistani rights activist living in exile says her father was arrested in the northwestern city of Peshawar after a court denied him bail on charges of terror financing and sedition. Gulalai Ismail tweeted that her father, Mohammad Ismail, was arrested on Wednesday. The father is wanted in a long-standing case that also charges his wife and daughter since 2019, when Gulalai Ismail fled to the U.S. to avoid harassment by Pakistani security agencies because of her investigations into alleged human rights abuses by soldiers. Pakistani activists and journalists have increasingly come under attack by the government and the security establishments, restricting the space for criticism and dissent.
MOSCOW (AP) — In a note from jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny is urging Russians to overcome their fear and “free” the country from a “bunch of thieves.” Meanwhile, the Kremlin on Thursday cast the arrests of thousands of protesters s as a due response to the unsanctioned rallies. Navalny, who was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison earlier this week, said in a statement posted on his Instagram that “iron doors slammed behind my back with a deafening sound, but I feel like a free man.” He said his imprisonment was “Putin’s personal revenge” for surviving and exposing the assassination plot.