It’s accepted knowledge across industries that companies that don’t undergo a digital transformation will find it difficult to survive in the coming decade. Legacy technology simply can’t support the performance and virtualization that businesses need to operate efficiently and provide modern products and services to their customers.But demand for modern infrastructure really begins upstream, with the Communications Service Providers (CoSPs) that own the networks powering business connectivity. The problem is that many large CoSPs are still operating on a wide range of proprietary, legacy technologies themselves. These technologies require a large number of people to maintain and operate them. In addition, these technologies deliver network speeds and responsiveness that are less-than-optimal for the businesses downstream.To start the transformation process based on this starting point, CoSPs have the seemingly insurmountable task of becoming virtualization experts, sorting through hundreds of vendors and products to architect the ideal infrastructure, and implementing the new technology in an optimal way, all without disrupting existing services.More realistically, CoSPs need a reliable, knowledgeable partner to help them set a digital transformation strategy, prioritize and select technologies, and undergo digital transformation in a way that sets them up for success.5 Key Focus AreasCoSPs’ most pressing need (and opportunity) is to infuse infrastructure with more cloud technology to make it faster, more responsive and more automated. To do so, they need to adopt a significant amount of compute and virtualization technology across nearly every aspect of their infrastructure, starting with the following five areas:CoSP cloud – Central Offices need to evolve beyond physical appliances to provide cloud-based services to customers. This means upgrading to virtual appliances, then implementing virtual network functions, including software-defined networking (SDN). This will serve as a mechanism to stitch services together as well as help scale the networking topology between virtual functions.Next-gen access – Today’s companies need higher bandwidth to support their day-to-day operations and provide products and services in a fast and reliable way to their own customers. Providing next-gen access typically means migrating from static and expensive multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) virtual private network (VPN) circuits and physical customer premise equipment (CPE) nodes to more virtualized CPE nodes and secure access technologies, along with software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).Operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) transformation – CoSPs need to make it faster and easier to launch new services to customers by incorporating automation and telemetry and ensuring the systems they use to deliver network-based services have application plug in (API) -driven capabilities.Edge computing – To deliver services more rapidly across widespread markets, CoSPs will need to adopt enterprise edge computing in the next 12-18 months. There are a number of approaches for doing this, from evolving the Central Office with architectures such as Central Office Architected as a Data Center (CORD), to building an edge services cloud incorporating capabilities such as multi-access edge computing (MEC) to the evolution of the edge outside of existing physical facilities with modular data centers.5G infrastructure – When 5G becomes available in the next 18-36 months, CoSPs will be tasked with a new set of challenges. The requirements of 5G are roughly between 100-1000 times the performance and scale of 4G, at 1/1000th the latency, with significantly different economics on the monetization and operations. SDN will no longer be contained within the Central Offices, and CoSPs will need to embrace end-to-end SDN principles, such as network slicing. Network functions virtualization (NFV) will no longer be a centralized function running inside a virtual machine (VM), but inside containers or even running on top of bare metal.The Partner CoSPs NeedDell EMC makes digital transformation much easier for CoSPs. Not only are we a worldwide leader in compute and cloud-enabled IT infrastructure, we have the partnership framework in place to strategically and holistically guide CoSPs through the process of modernization across all five key areas.Our experts give CoSPs the technology and tools to assemble the right combination of infrastructure and service capabilities to serve their business customers and remain competitive for years to come. Dell EMC’s focus on open-standards-based, disaggregated architecture means CoSPs won’t relive the mistakes of the past, trading proprietary solutions and vendor lock-in for a flexible, future-ready, scalable architecture.The harsh reality is that most CoSPs won’t achieve the levels of virtualization and optimization they need without the right partner on their side. Dell EMC is poised to play a pro-active role in reshaping the future for service providers as they achieve digital transformation and provide the modern technology that will power the coming evolution of business.
Every few years a new-hype technology becomes the shining star. It sucks all the oxygen out of the room and becomes the headline darling for a while. The list of technologies that move the needle forward on managing the business better or help to grow a business are impressive. They provide great gains, but sometimes have a shelf life. This might be due to an eventual lack of impressive results. But more often, they are displaced by a newer, shinier technology that simply does their job better, faster and stronger. Business management software is but one example market that is no stranger to, and beneficiary of, new tech, and the gutter is littered with market losers that failed to adapt.Harvard Business Review recently published an article that points to the peril businesses will face if they don’t adopt AI sooner than later. This initially sounds like fear-mongering journalistic headlines, but they have a few very fine and accurate points. They aren’t claiming AI is the end all be all, but are a natural progression. All the latest shiny tech tools have matured over time to build the AI tools that exist today. They are natural accretions instead of massive replacements. On the flipside, these risks could be disruptive, dilutive, or outright company ending.Are you ready to start with AI now? Or are you planning to wait?My recommendation? Start now.Now, let me tell you why.First, AI systems are accretive. One doesn’t wake up one day with a PhD, completing Ironman Kona, or implementing fully successful AI systems. These things take time. There is a life cycle similar to the crawl, walk, and run analogy of how companies can move from introducing AI, implementing successful models, and then building a fully successful scaled AI implementation. Scaled AI implementations aren’t a few Data Scientists with a handful of GPUs that sporadically create successful models that implement one off results. There is a holistic environment where Data Scientists and Data Engineers can label and wrangle data, visualize results, create models, and review efficacy of those models at scale. This might be multiple models trained off of large data sets per day for each Data Scientist and constant wrangling by Data Engineers.The latest #RapidsAI announcement from Nvidia found here targeting GPUs for Data Science and Engineering is certain to provide yet another disruption in the changing environment. It is another game-changing evolution that is modernizing Data Science and Data Engineering tools. The efficiency of accelerating and scaling Data Engineering tasks with GPUs will take time to roll through environments, however. This is part of the accretive nature of building the large environments. Like Rapids, there will always be a next new innovation.Second, Governance doesn’t happen overnight. Do not confuse governance of AI and advanced analytics with regulatory related oversite. They are complimentary, but not exclusive. Good governance of advanced analytics includes reviews for bias (or the chance a model has some inherent incorrect assumptions and affiliations), for outdated models (where the demographic or historical data set on which is was built has materially changed), and for alignment (where the model and results are in line with the companies mission and don’t broadcast an incorrect statement about the company).In my work with the automotive industry around ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), most of the major model systems for the OEMs and Tier 1 ADAS manufacturers are built for a daily recalibration. To be more precise, they have created an SLA and environment where they can re-train the entire simulation of a model in a single day…. This is an example of an industry where regulatory governance (of safety) is currently limited (but coming). By anticipating the need for fast turn-around, to quickly address any sudden safety issues, their AI governance is ready for any future changes any government may mandate. The ability to get products to market sooner is a bonus. This is what a mature AI governance looks like.Third and probably the most under thought of is the investment path into AI. Regularly I am approached by technology managers struggling to insource their AI endeavor. All to often these companies rushed onto the AI bandwagon without fully mapping the path. These companies all too often relied on a 3rd party’s fully embedded AI technology to bootstrap their effort. This accelerated their first steps into the AI environment and bought them speed in the first bullet above. Unfortunately, this often comes at the lack of any intellectual property (IP). At the end of the day, all the IP is owned by the 3rd party – leaving the company’s product differentiation controlled someone else’s technology. This is often strategically challenging and often leads to issues around cost or around how the company wants to inevitably mature the technology into its own offering. They cannot as they do not own the IP. This is the difference between a platform as a service (PAAS) model where you consume the infrastructure and own the technology and a software as a service (SAAS) model where you only own specific models built on someone else’s technology. It is important to understand the difference and the impact to your business.Are you ready to be enlightened?Dell Technologies can help. We have experience scaling and we have partners who can help operate these on your behalf in a cost friendly PAAS model. We can help you own your intellectual property at your desired cost model.
Dell Technologies and VMware have a long history of bringing new solutions to market together, delivering immense value to organizations of all sizes. As businesses and users rely more heavily on applications and an increased need for business resiliency, VMware and Dell Technologies are announcing a host of new options that customers can leverage to modernize their applications and infrastructure. These solutions will allow organizations to simplify VMware management, automate data protection, and accelerate operational efficiencies.PowerMax SRDF Now Supports VMware SRM with vVolsAs customers modernize their infrastructure and move from a hardware-centric storage approach to an application-centric approach, Dell EMC PowerMax with vVols provides an enterprise-grade platform for running virtual volumes at scale with the world’s fastest storage array¹. Customers can now leverage VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to initiate automated replication with PowerMax SRDF/A to orchestrate VM movement between sites and maximize availability for mission-critical applications. Combining the gold standard in replication with VMware’s Storage Strategy, SRM with SRDF, accelerates the IT modernization journey for our customers and provides peace of mind across the VMware environment.“Customers look to VMware and Dell Technologies to provide a platform that supports their mission critical workloads. VMware’s Site Recovery Manager integrated with vVols is now being delivered on Dell EMC PowerMax with the Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) – the recognized leader in enterprise-grade storage replication. Dell Technologies and VMware customers can use VMware’s continuously availability mechanisms together with Dell EMC high-performance arrays to maximize the availability of their mission-critical environments,” — Lee Caswell, VP, Marketing, Cloud Platforms BU, VMware.PowerProtect Data Manager Provides Modern Protection Dell Technologies and VMware are helping customers change evolve their infrastructure to support modern applications with consistent operations and increased choice across hybrid cloud architectures. Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager brings enterprise data protection for the VMware Tanzu portfolio, on-premises and in the cloud. With VMware running Kubernetes everywhere, enabling the protection of Tanzu is essential for business operations. Additionally, the orchestration that PowerProtect Data Manager provides is critical to the management of the total solution. PowerProtect Data Manager provides protection for Tanzu Kubernetes clusters in vSphere with Kubernetes, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated (aka TKGI).Policy-Driven Management: Simplify and Automate VM ProtectionWe are dedicated to introducing joint innovations that help customers modernize their infrastructure, simplify and automate data protection and maximize existing investment. New PowerProtect Data Manager integrations make it the only solution to provide native vCenter Storage Policy-based Management integration for VM protection. This allows VI admins to save time by using well-known workflows from within their vSphere environment to assign data protection policies. Additionally, this latest release of PowerProtect Data Manager offers a VMware-certified solution to protect the VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure layer.Enhanced Protection of Mission-Critical VMsDell Technologies is previewing a new feature in PowerProtect Data Manager that will eliminate the need to pause a VM during backup. With this feature, large, mission critical VMs can be backed up without business disruption using snapshot and data movement technologies developed by Dell Technologies. Customers who previously had ‘unprotectable’ VMs due to availability concerns impacting their business will soon be able to protect their VMs without experiencing any inactivity.Dell EMC ObjectScale Brings Object Access to vSphere EnvironmentsFinally, building on VMware’s recent announcement of the vSAN Data Persistence platform, Dell Technologies is previewing its next generation object storage platform, Dell EMC ObjectScale, currently in early access. ObjectScale will empower developers to provision S3-compatible, cloud-scale storage for modern stateful applications on demand. By enabling object storage—a critical component of cloud-native application architectures—to be deployed directly through vSphere’s infrastructure management experience, VMware is equipping customers with the tools to deliver modern application experiences and bridge the gap between development and IT. VMware customers can now deploy storage technology which helps them capture and manage all data types, better serving their development partners and ultimately their end users.For more information, please visit here.¹ Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of published bandwidth of the Dell EMC PowerMax 8000 versus competitive mainstream arrays, July 2019.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — About 200 American Eagle flights have been canceled because the planes are undergoing overdue inspections of their nose gear. The planes are operated by PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines. American said Thursday that most of PSA’s 130 Bombardier jets were taken out of service for inspections of bolts on the nose gear. American says a few of the planes have been inspected and returned to service. American didn’t say how long it will take to inspect the remaining planes. American says it is trying to arrange new flights for displaced customers. PSA is based in Dayton, Ohio, and operates many American Eagle flights in the eastern United States.