Customers and service providers that adopt this approach can benefit from:A predefined converged infrastructure system that enables faster deployment and low-risk changes for sophisticated applications, such as SAP Business Warehouse on HANAOngoing agility and operational control of SAP Business WarehouseElimination of complex, risky, and error-prone manual processesAlignment of network behavior with application requirementsContinuous security and compliance assurance and remediationFind out moreIf you are attending SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2015—which takes place in Orlando, Florida from May 4-7—come see us and learn more about our policy defined converged infrastructure solution and other SAP solutions from VCE. You can visit us at the following booths: EMC #623, Cisco #330, VMware #272, SUSE #172, and Virtustream #413.We encourage you to meet with our SAP Specialists one-on-one to learn about this and other solutions such as replatforming SAP applications to HANA, virtual HANA deployments, Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI), cloud automation for SAP deployments and more. Enterprise application landscapes are not simpleComplex, multitier applications such as SAP® Business Warehouse have application profiles that require thousands of interaction rules to be enforced based on dozens of policies for availability, security, performance, service levels and scalability. That’s in addition to other attributes and requirements related to distributed users, virtual and physical resources, and an ever-changing set of security, governance, and compliance standards.Traditional environments require representatives from multiple disciplines, including application, network, security, storage and other infrastructure teams, to seamlessly work together to successfully handle provisioning, deployment, and configuration. As a result, implementations are usually slow, expensive, and error prone, and are difficult to maintain over time.VCE offers what we think is a better way to deploy and manage applications. One that is based on:An intelligent converged infrastructure platformAbstracting the complexity of infrastructure components and servicesPolicy-based, instead of configuration-based deployment and operationWhy intelligent infrastructure mattersVCE’s Vblock System is the industry leading converged infrastructure, built and tested to a well-defined set of specifications. It is no accident that VCE has garnered the #1 market position in Integrated Systems, according to Gartner[1. Source: .VCE Vblock Systems are pre-engineered, pre-validated, and delivered by VCE out of the factory, and are available for operation within 30-45 days of ordering. In contrast, most contemporary IT deployments involve a huge service modeling and remediation effort on the customers’ data center floor post-deployment.VCE VBLOCK® SYSTEMS: TRUE CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTUREAbstracting complexity VCE’s policy defined converged infrastructure leverages this structured converged infrastructure foundation. It simplifies and accelerates the deployment of advanced applications, while maintaining strict compliance to corporate, governmental and industry policies on an ongoing basis. Innovations in application infrastructure modeling that enable this solution include Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) from Cisco, and an automated, application centric, policy driven, software-defined-everything platform from Vnomic.VCE Vblock Systems provide a well-defined, repeatable and dependable foundation that can be accurately represented in a software model, providing a solid foundation for the operation of the advanced technology from Cisco and Vnomic.Policy rather than configuration-based deployment and operationsAs a result, enterprise customers and global service providers can now simplify and accelerate the modeling and deployment of enterprise applications. SAP Business Warehouse on HANA is the first implementation of this new approach leveraging the VCE Vblock Systems. It’s as easy as:Defining policiesUsing the Vnomic Desired State Controller to automatically create deployment templates for the network, compute, and storage requirements from those policiesDeploying those templates on VCE Vblock SystemsUpdating policies and templates as necessary to maintain the lifecycle management for the application
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A recent report by IDG Research Services commissioned by EMC demonstrates the close connections between hybrid cloud computing and digital business. The report pegs hybrid cloud as the “great enabler of digital business”, but it’s more than a proven enabler. Hybrid cloud can accelerate progress and amplify the benefits of digital business initiatives. There’s a benefits “multiplier effect” when companies put more workloads in hybrid cloud and put the agility of hybrid cloud to work.It probably goes without saying that digital business is high on corporate agendas (90% of respondents to the global IDG survey count it among their top business priorities) and, therefore, high on the agendas of CIOs and IT organizations. Consumer technologies and the Internet have altered forever the expectations of consumers and commercial customers. People and organizations expect to do business quickly, easily, anytime and anywhere. To remain competitive, companies must further digitize their processes and interactions – and deliver engaging customer experiences.How does hybrid cloud play a role? It’s today’s best infrastructure for digital business. It has the necessary underlying characteristics for keeping pace in a fast-changing digital economy: speed, flexibility, reliability, scalability, cost effectiveness. And it enables digital business in specific ways. Hybrid cloud supports rapid testing, deploying, and scaling of new applications by enabling businesses to leverage public and private cloud applications and services together seamlessly. New mobile apps can integrate with core systems so a company can bring all of its capabilities into play.But the hybrid cloud value proposition goes further. The IDG survey showed that hybrid cloud adoption reduces IT operating expenses by a remarkable 24% on average. That’s a big number, both as direct savings and as opportunity to reinvest. But the real kicker is that the surveyed companies put around 40% of their savings into new business and technology initiatives.Then there’s the multiplier effect. The more aggressive adopters – those with a significant number of workloads in hybrid cloud – enjoy the biggest gains. They are three times more likely to be achieving their digital business goals and achieving infrastructure readiness than non-adopters. Their IT operating expense reduction increases to a whopping 29%. This translates into an even greater opportunity to reinvest savings. Hybrid cloud is, indeed, the great enabler.For more on the story of hybrid cloud and digital business, read the press release here. For more on hybrid cloud and IT cost take-out, check out this new video as well. Digital business is a corporate imperative, and supporting – or even driving – digital business is the most important business contribution that IT can make today.Hybrid cloud sets the stage.With help from EMC, it’s now simpler than ever to make progress towards digital business and get in on hybrid cloud. The Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is an engineered solution that combines best-in-class technologies, professional services and one call support. It gets organizations up and running quickly to help drive business agility and reduce costs by automating delivery of secure, always-on infrastructure and IT-as-a-Service for traditional enterprise applications.
Dell’s most powerful 15” and 17” Precision mobile workstations – redesigned to be thinner, lighter and Ready for VR – are now also available pre-loaded with Ubuntu Linux 16.04. This follows the initial announcement back in May, when the Dell Precision 3530 mobile workstation with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 became available.When it comes to pure power, these machines are unmatched. Both feature 8th generation Intel® Core® and Xeon™ Processors with up to 6 cores as well as AMD Radeon™ Pro and NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics. And the 17” 7730 is the first Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning mobile workstation available.“Of particular note is the increased core count and memory,” said Project Sputnik leader Barton George on his blog.“In fact, the maximum memory has doubled to 128GB which helps with cloud developer local workloads. In the case of the 7730, which is the perfect platform for AI developers, it supports up to 8TB of PCIe NVME storage, the most PCIe storage on the market today..”Project Sputnik began back in 2012 when George came up with the idea to load our super sleek Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to give developers the essentials they want. Guided by input from the community the Sputnik team then tailored this system to specifically meet developers’ needs. From there forward it’s been the continued input and feedback from the developer community that has made Project Sputnik a long-term success.“Canonical have been part of Dell’s Project Sputnik project since Day 1, and over five years later we are excited to see continuous innovation in open source computing solutions,” James Donner noted on their blog. “Canonical’s engineers have collaborated with the team at Dell to guarantee a first-class Ubuntu experience out of the box.”Our complete Precision mobile workstation portfolio first became available globally with Linux pre-loaded in 2016. To get to the Ubuntu option, simply click on the “Customize & Buy” button on the system you wish to purchase, then click on “more” to see and select Ubuntu Linux in the operating system section.These newest systems, which represent the fourth generation of the Precision developer editions, have also been Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5 certified.“That being said, the AMD and NVIDIA drivers that come with 7.5 are inbox drivers,” said George. “We will be posting drivers for both graphics cards that will include professional features not included in the inbox drivers. Stay tuned.”Stay tuned also for the developer edition of our thinnest, lightest and smallest 15″ mobile workstation – the Dell Precision 5530. But today, the uber-powerful 7530 and 7730 are now live on dell.com:Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Workstation, developer editionDell Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation, developer edition
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing the previous directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks late Friday. Chao also announced new corporate board directors for the broadcasters. The moves follow the forced resignation of Trump’s agency head, Michael Pack, only two hours after Joe Biden took office Wednesday. Pack had been accused by Democrats and others of trying to turn Voice of America and the other networks into pro-Trump propaganda machines.
BEIJING (AP) — The former head of a Chinese state-owned asset management company has been executed on charges of taking bribes in one of the most severe penalties imposed in a recent corruption case. The government said Lai Xiaomin, 58, formerly of China Huarong Asset Management Co., was put to death by a court in the eastern city of Tianjin. The court ruled in January that the unusually severe penalty was justified because Lai took “especially enormous” bribes that exceeded 600 million yuan ($93 million) in one instance. Most death sentences imposed by Chinese courts are suspended for two years and usually are commuted to life. Death penalties without the chance of a reprieve are rare.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city was reviewing the teachers’ union latest proposal on COVID-19 safety protocols to return to classrooms. The development came hours after her demand for a deal by the end of the day. Lightfoot declined to say what she would do if the Chicago Teachers Union doesn’t reach an agreement by the end of the day. Lightfoot has threatened to lock out teachers from remote learning if they don’t show up to class as expected. Students are already scheduled to have Friday off, so negotiations could potentially stretch through the weekend, although Lightfoot insists that would not be acceptable.