In Las Vegas last week at Dell EMC World, one of the takeaways was the unparalleled advantages our customers have through our work with strategic alliances. That is certainly on display this week, as we have a strong Dell EMC team (including myself) in Orlando at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, discussing the strength of this longstanding relationship and the benefits it provides our mutual customers.Dell EMC and SAP have a partnership that continues to gain momentum almost 25 years after it began, helping our customers gain faster and more actionable insights from their data. Combined with our Ready Solutions framework and services offerings, Dell EMC has the right solution for S4, HANA and HANA Edge implementations. In addition to our commercial partnership with SAP, we also leverage SAP solutions to run our own business in real time in finance, procurement, supply chain and travel and expenses.Given our great relationship, it was no surprise to see SAP CEO Bill McDermott invite Michael Dell onstage to discuss myriad new innovations our customers have to keep up with every day, from the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.As Michael pointed out, digital transformation is not an IT project it is rather a CEO commitment, and working with SAP, Dell EMC ensures our customers can take advantage of the enormous opportunities these innovations provide, while minimizing the risk to their business.We realize that while our customers share some common challenges and objectives in modernizing their IT to reap the benefits of their SAP investment, each customer’s path to success will be different. Our wide range of solutions for SAP ensures our customers have the right product for their needs, enabling lower cost, reduced risk and simplified IT.We look forward to delighting our customers through our strong alliance with SAP. To learn more about what we do, including our Ready Nodes, Ready Bundles and Ready Systems for SAP, please visit our SAP solutions page.
Dell EMC Data Protection Suite for Applications provides 5X faster backups over traditional methods direct from VMware vSphere® so mutual customers can address the challenges associated with protecting large, fast-changing, mission-critical applications and virtualized databases.Dell EMC Data Protection is also the preferred VMware partner for providing backup and recovery for VMware Cloud workloads running on Amazon Web Services. VMware Cloud on AWS customers will also have the option to easily add Dell EMC data protection through a few simple clicks when ordering new on-demand services.Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, part of our flexible Ready Solutions family, featuring the 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are pre-configured, validated building blocks that offer the most flexibility for customers who prefer to build and manage infrastructure themselves. This represents the first step in transitioning the entire Dell EMC hyper-converged portfolio to 14th generation PowerEdge servers by the end of 2017.XtremIO X2, Dell EMC’s purpose-built All-Flash array, supports 40% more VDI users per X-Brick at up to 30% lower $/desktop. It is designed to provide streamlined automation and modernization while simplifying management and monitoring.We’re just getting started – there is more news to come tomorrow!Not to Be Missed in Las VegasThis year’s general sessions feature VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, COO Sanjay Poonan, and CTO Ray O’Farrell showcasing new technologies and customer use cases. On Tuesday, August 29, special guest speaker Michael Dell will join Pat on stage to share his insights.If you’re attending VMworld in Las Vegas this week, be sure to visit the Dell EMC booth #400 for dozens of theater sessions, a meet-the-experts bar, and conversation stations. Additionally, Dell Technologies is featured in 31 sessions that cover topics from data protection, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure, to workload validated Ready Solutions and empowering the digital workspace. And don’t miss the expert-led and self-paced labs in the VMworld Hands-on-Lab area. Here you’ll find a Dell EMC lab on Getting Started with VxRail among hundreds of other labs and certifications.For more information on all of the activities mentioned above – and MORE – visit our event page here as well as the Everything VMware at Dell EMC community.Coming Soon…VMworld EMEAAbout 10 days from now, we’ll do it all again in Barcelona from September 11–14. Hope to see you there for even more on the trends that matter most to your business and IT. Technology innovation is advancing at an exponential rate, powering a new era of digital business. Most IT leaders tell us their transformation initiatives are still emerging or evolving—and not yet fully realized. Many can’t easily shift resources to innovation fast enough due to dated IT infrastructure, putting their organization at risk of falling behind competitors.Dell EMC and VMware are working closely together to deliver impactful solutions that modernize infrastructure and spur these IT Transformation initiatives. Through our unique relationship, we are driving new levels of cross-portfolio integration and support for our customers. Our tightly aligned strategies and joint engineering result in innovations that deliver greater value for mutual customers while simplifying and accelerating IT service delivery.Dell EMC experts will be on hand at VMworld in Las Vegas this week to discuss our close collaboration on solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. These enhancements help customers fuel IT Transformation initiatives to achieve digital transformation goals. Here are a few highlights from the enterprise space.What’s New?Earlier today we announced new and enhanced products and solutions integrations across our broad portfolio of solutions that support VMware. This includes hyper-converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud platforms, Ready Solutions, data protection, all-flash storage arrays and cloud-integrated storage.Extensive advancements across Dell EMC’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and hybrid cloud platforms will simplify and speed IT Transformation initiatives by modernizing infrastructure for VMware environments and data centers at any scale. These advances include:Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, available in September 2017 with the latest VxRail 4.5 software, will offer simple automation and lifecycle management for the latest VMware technologies.Dell EMC VxRack SDDC is now powered by the latest VMware technologies, including VMware Cloud Foundation which makes it up to 80% more efficient at scale.Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud continues to extend its capabilities to offer greater agility, more flexibility and choice while simplifying the lifecycle management of the platform.Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud built on VxRack SDDC is available today via an early access program.VMware Ready Systems from Dell EMC provide a simple, standard approach to building hybrid clouds.
Are you leaving money on the table by not recommending comprehensive, must-have data protection in every proposal for servers, storage or VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) that you make to your prospects and customers? You could be. Watch this video, also hosted at channel campaign playbook, explaining why Data Protection is a critical criteria when selecting a converged infrastructure solution.In 2016, Dell EMC commissioned the Global Data Protection Index report about the maturity of data protection strategies of 2,200 IT leaders across the 18 most developed nations worldwide. The results of this landmark survey showed vast opportunities for Dell EMC partners to cross-sell comprehensive data protection to their prospects and customers.You may recall reading this report, and it’s worth money in sales to revisit it now because of a key finding: While true IT transformation requires sound data protection, the vast majority of enterprises are still way behind the curve in their ability to provide that. Data Protection Opportunities Are as Big as EverAccording to the survey, 36 percent of organizations had suffered unplanned systems downtime or data loss due to hardware/ software failure or loss of power. The average cost of those losses? $914,000.Of course, since 2016, many respondents may well have deployed data protection solutions. Or they may have just gotten around to upgrading their data protection as part their 2017 plans and budget cycles.Contrary to the above, many IT leaders and their teams are still too busy fighting their day-to-day fires and juggling multiple priorities to have time and resources to get comprehensive, mature data protection in place. That’s where you, as a Dell EMC reseller, can help by adding Dell EMC data protection into every proposal you make for Dell EMC solutions.Fact is, with the explosion of enterprise data, organizations of all sizes simply must have data protection. And it’s absolutely essential for software-defined data centers.Better Together: Dell EMC Data Domain and Dell EMC Data Protection SuiteTo serve your customers as their data protection expert and consultant, you couldn’t have a better partner than Dell EMC. Dell EMC is #1 in the Data Protection1 market. By combining Dell EMC Data Domain with the Dell EMC Data Protection software, your customers can cover the entire data protection continuum, including replication, snapshots, backups and archive and achieve up to 81% lower cost of capacity to protect2 over 3 years vs. the competition.With three core value propositions, it’s:SIMPLE, providing scalable protection with single-pane-of-glass management to reduce administrative burdensFAST, with optimized data deduping and throughputs to meet strict SLA backup windowsEFFICIENT, with highly integrated hardware and software to help reduce costs and better manage risksWhat’s more, Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides specific suites, so you can tailor solutions to your customers’ specific needs: backup, applications, VMware, archive, and cloud-based, long-term retention. The Dell EMC Data Protection Suite Enterprise Edition meets all these requirements. In addition, when combined with Dell EMC Data Domain, your customers can achieve up to 20x faster backup and up to 10x faster recovery for mission-critical apps while eliminating back up impact on servers3.To help you fully capitalize on this must-have, data-protection solution opportunity, we have an array of sales & marketing resources you can take advantage of. They include highly effective sales call scripts and FAQs that you or your sales teams can use to qualify prospects. Customer presentations, infographics and many more assets can help you and your teams highlight core Dell EMC data protection advantages.To find out more about how our Dell EMC Data Domain and Data Protection Suite software can help ensure you’re not leaving money on the table in all your customer deals, visit Dell EMC Data Protection Sales Plays.###1Data Protection defined by Dell EMC as the combination of IDC’s Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Hardware and Data Protection & Recovery Software market segments, IDC 12/17.2Based on ESG whitepaper commissioned by Dell EMC, “The Economic Value of Data Domain,” May 2017. Data Domain deduplication capacity savings based on ESG analysis of call-home support data from over 15,000 Data Domain systems deployed worldwide.3Based on Dell EMC internal testing, July 2016 compared to traditional backup.
With the summer time in full swing, most of us are thinking about vacation, beaches, and finding ways to escape on our next adventure. My idea of an adventure is embedding myself in nature by going on a nice long bike ride.It’s important to spend time with nature to remind us of its beauty, fragility and our responsibility to protect it. Advancing sustainability is a key focus for our 2030 vision. We have a responsibility to protect and enrich our planet together with our customers, suppliers and communities, and to embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that we do.Addressing the fastest growing domestic waste streamFor our part, we are focused on addressing the growing challenge of electronic waste. For those not familiar, e-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams on the planet. Estimates show approximately 50 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide, but only 29% of it is recycled properly. Unfortunately, the other 71% is typically stockpiled in household garages, handled informally, or thrown into the landfill.We do our part to enable our customers to recycle responsibly, and this time last year, we shared news about a new partnership with the Basel Action Network (BAN) introducing an asset tracking pilot program to use technology utilized by BAN to provide greater transparency into our own US electronics recycling programs.1 year later: What have we learned? Well, for starters, we learned GPS-based asset tracking works, and we learned that the majority of our downstream recycling processes are operating as we expect. But the pilot program did expose some early vulnerabilities which helped us quickly take corrective action and addresses the operational gap.Additionally, the pilot has led to us making global tracking technologies part of Dell’s existing electronics disposition partner audit program. As I just shared, e-waste is a significant issue. The numbers above justify how we need more innovative solutions to meet the increasing challenge of recycling electronics. BANS’s e-waste tracking service is one way we are tackling the problem.Ensuring responsible recycling is only one piece of solving this problem.The bigger opportunity is to think circular from the very beginning and remove waste from the entire process. When waste becomes a design principle and an input into our manufacturing process, e-waste goes away. The most recent example of this is a collaboration with suppliers Seagate and Teleplan (a storage device recycling/recovery specialist). Together we’ve created a new closed-loop process to recover the rare earth magnets from recovered enterprise equipment. The magnets are then reformed for reuse in new hard-disk drives – most notably the Dell Latitude 500 series laptop. Not only is this a winning example of circular economy, but it’s finding ways to reuse rare earth metals, which have serious environmental and health consequences if not properly managed.As we embrace a new 2030 vision: Progress Made Real, our success will be dependent on new business models and new ways of partnering with customers, suppliers, manufacturers, or NGOs. This is where the innovation happens and how we will get the scale to make progress real.
LONDON (AP) — Gay dating app Grindr faces a fine of more than $10 million from Norwegian regulators for failing to get consent from users before sharing their personal information with advertising companies, in breach of stringent European Union privacy rules. Norwegian’s data privacy watchdog said Tuesday it notified the company of its draft decision to issue a fine for 100 million Norwegian krone. The watchdog came to the preliminary conclusion that Grindr shared user data with a number of third parties without legal basis. The data included GPS location, user profile information as well as the fact that users are on Grindr, which could indicate their sexual orientation.
WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team is visiting a hospital where China says the first COVID-19 patients were treated more than a year ago. The visit is part of the experts’ long-awaited fact-finding mission on the origins of the coronavirus. The WHO team members and Chinese officials earlier had their first in-person meetings at a hotel. WHO has said they plan to speak to first responders and patients and visit markets and laboratories in Wuhan. The team’s mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Microsoft says it supports Australia’s plans to make the biggest digital platforms pay for news. Microsoft has been positioning itself to increase market share for its search engine Bing after a Google executive told a Senate hearing last month that it would likely make its search engine unavailable in Australia if Google and Facebook had to pay for Australian news. Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement Wednesday that he and the chief executive officer had told Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week that Microsoft fully supports the proposed law. Morrison has confirmed he had an online Microsoft meeting. Bing is Australia’s second most popular search engine.