Month: February 2021

What do Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon have in common?

first_imgAt Citrix Summit this week, Dell announced expansion of its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance 4.0 Solution for Citrix XenDesktop. VxRail Appliances, including models based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, have rapidly forged a leadership position in the exploding hyper-converged marketplace. VxRail configure-to-order hardware can address virtually any data center use case including those demanding GPU hardware (perfect for graphics intensive virtual desktops), dense storage and/or high performance computing options.With this announcement, customers can now select either Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon solutions on VxRail. The VxRail with VMware Horizon solution was made available in October, and is enjoying considerable success. Subsequently, Enterprise Strategy Group released a whitepaper discussing how Hyper-converged Infrastructure Shrinks Complexity and Cost for VDI.Since its February 2016 launch, Dell EMC VxRail has attracted customers in over 90 countries. Spanning multiple industries, customers keep choosing VxRail as an easy to deploy, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves their data center challenges, simply and elegantly.Desktop virtualization was among the five most commonly-identified IT priorities in 2016, according to ESG research.1 However, the complexities of implementing a robust, scalable VDI solution have caused many organizations to suspend pilot programs or hesitate deploying VDI in production.Dell EMC VxRail removes complexities of standing up a new VDI solution, dramatically speeds time to deployment and reduces costs. With single-node scaling and storage capacity expansion, VxRail delivers a repeatable, simple and agile way to scale on demand as the number of users grow and requirements evolve.Here are some cool VxRail features that are important for either Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon:Available all-flash models handle peak performance requirements such as boot stormsApplication uptime, automation and policy management are ensured through high availability VMware vSANQuick and easy deployment configuration enables power-on to desktop deployment and management in minutes, and easy VM deployment and management thereafterLinear and granular scalability with as few as 80 to up to 550 virtual desktops per appliance, and single node scaling from three to 64 nodes that takes as little as five minutes per nodeVxRail can host virtual desktops from VMware, Citrix, and other VDI vendorsFor more information about achieving the promise of VDI with VxRail, read this solution brief.1 Source: ESG Research Report, 2016 IT Spending Intentions Survey, February 2016.last_img read more

“Tapping In” With Affirmed Networks and Dell EMC: The Exponential Potential of Integrated Virtual Probes

first_imgTelecom operators rely heavily on real-time network intelligence to boost performance, improve customer experience and retention, identify new services, and rapidly capitalize on revenue opportunities. As essential as harnessing the power of this intelligence is to operators, it is becoming more challenging as the volume, variety, and velocity of data dramatically increases. By 2020, global mobile data traffic for enterprise networks and telecom operators will grow 800%. Over-the-top competitors, such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Google, have already adapted to quickly utilize this valuable data – taking over $23 billion in SMS and $170 billion in voice revenue from traditional telecom operators.To become more efficient, agile, and profitable in the face of these industry trends, 68 percent of telecom leaders are actively implementing or planning to implement Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in their core networks. Unfortunately, extracting value from NFV presents a challenge as traditional measurement and monitoring tools – such as physical probes – are not optimized for these new, virtual networks. Passive virtual probes, another option, represent a necessary advance over physical probes; however, I believe (along with many in the industry) that they will not be sufficient in unlocking the full value of data in virtualized networks. Although less static than physical probes, passive virtual probes still present scaling limitations, performance impacts, and data collection challenges that, taken together, limit the potential of today’s new virtual network functions (VNFs).Telecom operators need full visibility of the events and conditions in their virtualized networks along with the ability to perform real-time analytics on network data in order to enable critical business decisions. Let me illustrate this with a couple of examples where network intelligence combined with real-time analytics results in incremental revenue and improved customer experience. First example: continuously streaming data regarding mobile subscriber location is matched with profile data that indicates whether the subscriber has opted into a particular retail promotion. A real-time alert is then automatically triggered when a customer is in proximity of a retail outlet prompting a coupon to be sent to his or her phone, providing an incentive for the subscriber to shop at the outlet. Second example: real-time monitoring and analytics of data usage is leveraged to send proactive notifications to mobile devices whenever subscribers are about to exceed their data usage thresholds, offering easy ways to top up their data. This increases customer satisfaction while lowering call center costs at the same time.The challenge of executing use cases like the ones described above becomes apparent when you consider the intermittency of data velocity (think of the surge of data that an event like the Super Bowl places on a city’s mobile networks) and the sheer volume and variety of data introduced into networks by new technologies like 5G and IoT. Virtual network functionality needs to be able to dynamically grow and shrink in response to these variable network conditions.Enter integrated virtual probes. An integrated virtual probe is part of a VNF and, as a result, is instantiated and terminated whenever a VNF is. This tight coupling between probe and VNF allows the number of probes to scale up and down in direct proportion to the number of VNFs, bringing linear scalability into the environment. In addition, integrated virtual probes provide performance advantages by eliminating the redundancy found in passive virtual probe deployments. The ability to grow and shrink probes in proportion with VNFs creates the right amount of probing “surface area” in virtual networks. This enables telecom operators to stream network data in real-time and generate the insights needed to achieve significant cost and time savings. It also facilitates revenue generation from the existing subscriber base, better identification and remediation of network problems, improvement of network quality and capacity, and more.Dell EMC has partnered with Affirmed Networks on an industry first implementation of integrated virtual probes with Affirmed’s Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) that streams data in an open format to Dell EMC’s Telecom Data Analytics platform. View our new infographic for more information and to see real world examples of what virtual probes and data analytics can do for telecom.This post was initially published on LinkedIn.last_img read more

PowerProtect Data Manager – Modern Cloud Data Protection Innovation

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps she is the mother of digital transformation too. Two years of digital transformation activities have been compressed into the last two months as organizations of all sizes attempt to rebound from unprecedented economic disruption.At the core of this transformation is data. Data enables organizations to tailor the digital experience to engage and meet the needs of their customers, partners and employees. It is critical to ensure that data is always protected, secure and available wherever it lives.A year ago we announced the general availability of PowerProtect Data Manager as a transformative, next generation data management platform to help you ensure the protection of your critical data assets for any workload across any cloud environment, while simplifying data protection, reducing costs and helping you focus on what’s important – serving your customers.For many organizations, serving customers means anticipating their needs by bringing innovative services to market more quickly. To accomplish this, forward thinking organizations are turning to cloud-native solutions, such as containers, to iterate, innovate and rapidly deploy new application services to enhance the customer experience, drive loyalty and generate new income streams.With the introduction of protection of Kubernetes containers on VMware via PowerProtect Data Manager, you now have the flexibility to deploy workloads on virtual machines or containers using the VMware management tooling you are already familiar with. The outcome is simplified protection and recovery of critical data assets across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. In addition to VMware, you can now leverage PowerProtect Data Manager to protect Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) as well as several additional open source hypervisor platforms. You also have access to powerful search capabilities to perform granular, rapid data recovery. And to mitigate the risks of cyber threats, the PowerProtect Cyber Recovery platform has been integrated with PowerProtect Data Manager to provide you with a highly secure, isolated air-gapped copy of your critical data to ensure you can rapidly recover from a cyber attack.As businesses consume IT resources differently, they need a powerful, efficient and modern solution to protect their data assets, particularly across hybrid cloud environments. To ensure your data is protected and remains available, the introduction of cloud DR support to PowerProtect Data Manager complements its backup-to-cloud and long-term retention cloud capabilities. And for organizations with workloads deployed in AWS, you now can deploy PowerProtect Data Manager in the AWS Marketplace, providing in-cloud protection.We continue to focus on providing a broader and richer hybrid and multi-cloud experience as well as ensuring simplified consumption of cloud data protection. The availability of PowerProtect Data Manager via subscription is an example of consuming technology within Dell Technologies On Demand, which offers a range of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across the full portfolio.Organizations continue to look for ways to automate tasks to simplify IT. With that in mind, you have access to a robust set of REST APIs to fully leverage the PowerProtect Data Manager platform.These are just a few of the examples of how we have taken your input and delivered quarterly enhancements and new capabilities to PowerProtect Data Manager since its inception last summer. Your participation in supporting the evolution of this offering continues to inspire us, which has resulted in an ambitious roadmap to deliver even more enhancements and features to meet your ever-evolving data protection requirements.For example, we plan to continue investing in solutions to make data protection more efficient as data growth continues to soar across edge, core and multi-cloud environments.And we will continue to add support for a broader range of traditional and modern workloads to enable you to centralize and consolidate data protection management for further operational simplicity and efficiency.We also plan to deliver further automation into PowerProtect Data Manager by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to perform routine data protection and recovery tasks, to enable IT professionals to spend more time on innovation and less time on IT housekeeping.While we are thrilled with what we have enabled organizations to accomplish in these rapidly changing times via PowerProtect Data Manager, we are even more excited about what the future holds for helping our customers and partners transform, modernize and compete more effectively in the data era.Learn more about PowerProtect Data Manager here.center_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:17Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

Celebrate STEM/STEAM Day with VxRail

first_imgWhat do VxRail and STEM/STEAM curriculum have in common? They both break down silos. VxRail breaks down operational silos within the data center. STEM curriculum integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into multi-disciplinary educational projects with real world applications. STEM becomes STEAM by incorporating art and creative thinking as subjective counterbalances to what are traditionally objective fields of study. As the pace of global innovation continues to accelerate,  STEM/STEAM curriculum seeks to address a unique challenge facing our children and educators: How do we prepare young people for jobs which may not yet even exist?  Dell Technologies recognizes the impact this curriculum can have in preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce and has donated over $70 million to STEM initiatives since 2014. A great example is our partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization working to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women of diverse backgrounds with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century career opportunities.  STEM/STEAM Day is Sunday, November 8, and it’s a great opportunity to encourage children of all ages to get curious about the world around them. While the day is focused on children’s educational development, children are not the only demographic that benefits from continued learning. They are also not the only ones who want to learn in fun and engaging ways.  Dell Technologies believes in leveraging technology to help make  complicated things simple. We strive to make complex stories easy to understand and share, and to drive creativity and innovation among our audiences. Just in time for STEM/STEAM Day, Dell Technologies has published a pair of apps for iOS and Android devices that provide a surprisingly fun way to explore data center infrastructure!Infrastructure AR is an augmented reality (AR) experience that delivers an immersive tour of the hardware and software that differentiate VxRail. The app launches an interactive hologram right from your phone or tablet that looks and feels real. Within are 13 interactive animated modules to explore—and it truly is an exploration. The AR platform creates an environment in which the user is invited to discover VxRail and the value it delivers in a fun and exciting way.   Speaking of fun, Data Center Sim is a mobile game which puts the player in charge of a data center. She is tasked with balancing budget, staffing, and capacity in order to address the needs of the business. Three-tier or hyperconverged—the decisions made will determine the success and growth of the business and– most importantly– the customer satisfaction score! All the while, the player is learning about data center administration and infrastructure. When someone’s imagination is captured, breakthroughs are possible. And the younger someone is when they experience technology (or science, engineering, art, or math) that moves them, the more impactful it can be. While younger audiences may not be ready for some of the technical content within these apps, the experiences themselves serve as conduits through which new opportunities can be glimpsed. On a personal note, as a result of Infrastructure AR, my own daughter has developed an interest in augmented reality that I anticipate will only continue to expand as she grows. And it is in this spirit that I am excited to share these apps as part of my own participation in STEM/STEAM day.  I hope you will join in the educational fun on November 8th. You can join the conversation on Twitter via #FullSTEAMahead. And if you are looking for engaging STEM activities to share with the young people in your life, Waterford.org has compiled a great list.last_img read more

Rochester officers who pepper-sprayed 9-year-old suspended

first_imgThe city of Rochester has suspended police officers seen in body-camera videos spraying a chemical “irritant” in the face of a distraught and handcuffed 9-year-old girl.  A press release from the city Monday did not specify how many officers were suspended. The suspensions will last at least until an internal police investigation is completed. The action comes as community outrage continues to grow following the release of footage Sunday showing officers restraining and scolding the girl, who was screaming for her father. The police were responding to a report of “family trouble.” New York Attorney General Letitia James says her office is looking into what happened.last_img read more