The north star of our innovation continues to be “Data Protection Everywhere.” We pride ourselves on providing customers with best-of-breed data protection solutions where they need it and how they want it. Customers are utilizing a wide variety of consumption models, from on-premise traditional infrastructures to virtualized environments, including hybrid and public clouds. Protection and availability of this data is dictated by the required service levels for recoverability. EMC proudly covers all consumption models and protects data across the continuum of availability requirements with a portfolio of offerings that is both broad and deep. We credit our long-standing success to the belief that one size does not fit all in terms of data protection solutions.At EMC we are constantly innovating to stay ahead of the continuous shifts in data protection challenges faced by our customers. The fact is that most of our customers are currently living in two worlds—the first being traditional IT centric, and the second with their eye on a more modern approach. With that, their mindset and needs are evolving. We address the need for protection for the modern data center by continuing to deliver new ways to reduce cost and complexity enabling organizations to accelerate their IT transformation.With established data protection solutions such as the EMC Data Protection Suite Family, we ensure our customers meet their current business needs to protect their data, while also taking advantage of new approaches with technologies required to transform for the future. EMC bridges the gap between the two worlds with offerings such as ProtectPoint, as well as the recently announced Enterprise Copy Data Management and VCE Data Protection Appliance. These solutions were created to meet the evolving needs of our customers in today’s world, enabling greater levels of agility, management, and simplicity.Gartner’s continued positioning of EMC as a leader in this category we believe validates that we are consistent in continuing to provide our customers with innovative data protection solutions built for the modern data center. Learn more about EMC’s Data Protection portfolio by visiting www.EMC.com.Check out the full report here. EMC has maintained its leadership position in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software for the 17th consecutive year– a triumph no other vendor in the IT industry has achieved. We believe, with this recognition, EMC’s consistent commitment to enabling customers with industry-leading data protection offerings they can trust rings loud and clear. With products like the Data Protection Suite and ProtectPoint, EMC continues to lead customers through their data protection transformation.
No matter where you are on your transformation journey, Dell EMC can help. We have expertise in translating applications into infrastructure needs based on our deep institutional knowledge. Additionally, we can be prescriptive where requested with our validated systems or flexible with infrastructure and platforms within an ecosystem of service provider suppliers. Let us know how we can help you. For enterprise networksDell EMC validated systems for virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) – delivered with Versa Networks to modernize CPE at branch sites to deliver network services such as routing, firewall security and intrusion detection from one virtualized system.Dell EMC validated systems for software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) – delivered with Versa Networks to blend legacy multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with public internet connections, making it easier and more efficient to add sites to the virtual private network as traffic patterns change. As traditional enterprises shift investments to enable their Digital Transformation and cloud delivery models, they increasingly rely on modernized, flexible and agile service providers. When I say service providers, I mean all types: communications service providers; cable multiple system operators; hosting/co-location providers; public cloud providers; vertical market cloud specialists; and consumer webtech providers.To adapt to this shift, most service providers already are embarking on a transformation journey requiring new architectures and technologies. They are building differentiation into how they manage and operate the cloud services sold to their customers and how they interface with upstream services, partners, advertisers and digital content. This change is rich with opportunity.First, these investments will help service providers build out their own operations and capabilities, so they can increase agility and speed time-to-service delivery to increase customer satisfaction. It will also enhance flexibility to address their customers’ digital transformation needs. Finally, these changes will help service providers to better position for cloud and as-a-service consumption models.Dell EMC and the Dell Technologies family are investing to enable the modern service provider. We have deep experience with these models from our work with enterprises. We know what service providers need to evolve and what the future state should look like. This forms the basis of the expanded service provider partner program in the Dell EMC Partner Program and the newly created Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions Engineering Practice.The Cloud Service Provider track in the 2017 Dell EMC Partner Program features an expanded go-to-market engine. Participating partners can leverage the program to create differentiated cloud services, shorten time-to-market and accelerate time-to-revenue. Key investments include strengthened partner compensation benefits, enhanced rewards for cloud resale partnering and increased Dell EMC sales and marketing investments.The Dell EMC Service Provider Solutions Engineering Practice offers a wide range of tested and validated systems for various service provider use cases. The new validated systems include industry-leading compute, storage and open networking solutions, providing industry-standard building blocks that virtualize and automate workloads. Initially, we are focused on network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions for communications service providers:For mobile operatorsDell EMC validated systems for virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) – delivered with Affirmed Networks to virtualize the functions required to converge voice and data on networks.Dell EMC validated systems for virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) – delivered with MetaSwitch Networks to use IP for all packet communications – including email, fax, and direct messaging – over wireless and landlines.
Virtual Reality (VR) – what does it really mean? What does it encompass? Is everyone of the same mindset when it comes down to describing exactly what VR is and, more importantly, is not?I know it is bad form to start a topic where you are looking for answers and then more questions come at you right off the bat, but in a world with a lack of definitions currently. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology has a great academic explanation for classifying VR and hopefully we can distill that down even further as we go through the musings.There are several different experiences available on the market which give a range of different experiences. Hopefully, the overview outlined here will give you a better understanding of what to expect from each device and to have the correct expectation of performance. Is it unreasonable to think that a phone encased in cardboard and held onto your face by your own hands is going to yield the same experience as a full headset with inbuilt audio and full room tracking immersion being driven by a full-fledged PC? The short answer is yes. For a longer explanation and to see the ‘working out rationale’ then please – continue reading.At this moment in time there are three ways of consuming VR content with differing levels of experience – phone-based, console-based and PC-based.Phone-Based VRPhones are ubiquitous. They are now such a part of our everyday lives that they do far more than just keep us in voice contact with the rest of the world. They now tell us what is involved in our day, traffic conditions to make sure we are on time for a meeting, ordering takeaways and filling our social calendars with suggestions and recommendations. It makes sense then that the highest volume of VR ready devices are phones. The most common example is 360 video, and this forms the gateway to VR – a user can pan around inside the video and experience more than just a limited area flat screen.For other forms of VR the phone would normally reside inside a housing using two lenses to give separation of the left and right view and immerse the user that way. This increases the load on the phone as it is now doing far more than just answer calls and so can dramatically use up precious battery life and heat up the phone considerably. To some this is a trade off of experiencing VR on the move at a low price point and without cables or wires and is a good starting point in the VR journey. However, to others, this is a half-way house to experiencing immersive VR which requires higher spec equipment.I always find it an interesting data point when it is said phone VR starts at $15 (about the price of a Google Cardboard for instance) and that VR is too expensive further up the chain as it requires a headset and PC to drive it. This makes an assumption that the user already has a phone and yet the same assumption is not made that a user already has a gaming PC that is capable of driving VR. If we compare like-to-like, then VR on a phone is the price of a phone plus a headset which significantly reduces the price differential.Console-Based VRImage courtesy Creative Commons by Marco Verch.The Playstation VR offering has been available for some time now and offers an experience above that of a phone. Increased resolution, a more immersive experience driven by better graphics and central processing unit (CPU), as well as the introduction of external controllers can increase interactivity and thus immersion.If you are already a Playstation 4 user, the addition of PlaystationVR headset, camera and controllers can be a good option if you are not looking to purchase a PC-based solution. It also has a certain family acceptance value in that you are not dedicating space in the house to a VR setup and can be accessed in the family TV space relatively easily. However, for full immersion and the ability to look, aim and shoot behind you quickly then we need to look at other solutions.PC-Based VRThe top level of VR offering is the PC-based experience and here you can have multiple different offerings, again giving some unique benefits and limitations. Windows Mixed Reality has recently been announced by Microsoft and this supports both augmented reality (Hololens) and virtual reality devices. It is important not to be confused by the name of the technology and think that anything that uses Windows Mixed Reality is indeed a device where you are overlaying graphics on your view of the real world. This assumption could be costly as family heirlooms, the TV set, and possibly the pet dog, fall foul of the thinking that the inside of the spaceship you are liberating was in fact your living room.Several PC manufacturers have announced headsets to work on Windows Mixed Reality including Dell, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP. These were all based off the Microsoft design and unique touches have been made by each vendor. However, remember, these are VR devices.The resolution of the Dell Visor (which I wrote about previously) is increased over console and phone based VR and also offers the six degrees of freedom controllers (up/down/left/right/forwards/backwards) for full immersion. Simple things were also taken into account to increase comfort for the wearer such as making sure the cables exit the rear of the unit to help with balance and that the visor can be lifted without removing the headset. If you are having a group VR session with friends then you also have the removable/replaceable foam surround for comfort and also an easy to use tension wheel for head adjustment.One area of VR that can cause friction in households is the placement of the cameras/lighthouses/trackers to detect movement of the user in 3D space. Whilst some may think they are a talking point of interest and fall in the same category as photos on the mantle or the artistic arrangement of twigs in a tall glass vase, then others in the household may beg to differ. The Dell Visor operates through inside out tracking by examining the environment via two cameras in the headset and mapping spatial location to fixed points in the room. This means no external cameras or sensors to clutter the environment. The controllers are also tracked via the cameras and so the whole unit is contained to the space of the user – as you turn the cameras work out the difficult stuff and ensure you have a smooth, immersive experience. The one drawback to this is that if the controllers are out of view of the headset cameras for an extended period of time then the tracking on the controllers is lost.Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are the top devices on the market today. Offering two lighthouses, in the case of Vive, and three USB sensors for the Rift then full 360 tracking can be achieved. This comes at the expense of a dedicated space to set up the cables and play area but offers the best overall experience. The screens are based on OLED technology, rather than LCD, and this can give a better image via the refresh and latency advantages.So, in summary, every experience comes with tradeoffs and it is important to consider budget, the experience you want, and the impact to others around you. Costs and experience generally track each other – the more you spend the better the end result – seems to be an immutable fact of life. All the way from the entry level costs of a phone device as an affordable entry point, all the way up to the highest end today – the HTC Vive.How To Choose PC ConfigurationNow we come to the question of ‘You want to go with a PC experience but how do you choose which PC configuration is right for your needs?’There are lots of stickers, logos, marketing statements that basically say ‘VR Ready’ or ‘Certified’ for individual components in VR. However, the solution is only as strong as the weakest part. If you put a GPU into an underpowered system then the CPU cannot feed the pipeline quick enough to give a good experience. This would be like putting an 800BHP engine into a small family car. Sure, it might fit, but then as soon as you press the accelerator expect it to look and feel like a clown car as the tires melt and bits and pieces fall off or break off the chassis. Not a funny experience if it is your car.At Dell we have put a lot of work behind our new ‘Ready for VR’ testing and logo and it spans both consumer and commercial products. By choosing a system that is labelled ‘Ready for VR’ then you can be assured of a great experience whether you choose a Windows Mixed Reality headset, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive – we are making the choice easier and eliminating confusion and doubt that the system may not be able to take full advantage of the new wave of VR functionality. The logo will be displayed on the website against all systems so buyers can purchase with confidence.The More You KnowWith all that said, then hopefully this has helped in positioning some of the key technologies available today. Ultimately it is your choice as to which experience is right for you and how much time, space and finance you want to put into it.VR is maturing and the ecosystem is growing, product offerings are continuing to increase and, as they do, so does complexity. All of the choices can lead to analysis paralysis – the fear of choosing the wrong path. At the same time, the technology is growing in the consumer space as well as the commercial and there is a FOMO effect – the fear of missing out on this new technology.My advice in all this? Try them all.There are location based experiences, stores, tech shows, friends who have already taken the plunge, VR Centers of Excellence for our commercial customers – there are places you can see and touch (and in some cases smell) various levels of VR experience and work out what is right for you. Do not believe that if you have tried a phone VR experience that that is as good as it gets and also do not run away with the notion that the entry cost for VR runs into the thousands of dollars. Dell and the market at large are working to reduce the entry costs of VR to give more access and experiences to all and we are seeing the fruit of that labor starting to appear today.Above all, whichever path you choose, have fun! It is, quite literally, a different world out there waiting to be explored and all that is missing is you.
Social enterprises and entrepreneurs are close to my heart. Dell has continuously embraced the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship since its inception and Michael Dell, our chairman and founder, is a strong advocate as the United Nation Foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. Technology is a driving force for society as well as business and, by enabling entrepreneurs using the power of technology, we’re contributing positively to human progress.Sixteen finalists from across the region at the DBS-NUS SVC Asia awards ceremonyBut technology’s power isn’t only in taking ideas and turning them into reality, enabling innovation or creating new solutions. It also helps create ecosystems – it can facilitate new connections, accelerate working relationships and help organizations discover best practices. It can democratize access to resources, people and technology – for social entrepreneurs, these connections are invaluable and necessary. It can be used to better understand and quantify the problem to be addressed – proving why there is a need for a solution and investment. It can also help organizations move quickly from proof of concept, to proof of application.This year, Dell became the first official Digital Partner for the 2017 DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge (SVC) Asia. Organized by DBS Foundation and National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise, SVC Asia is an annual APJ-wide competition, creating a platform to identify and support new ideas and existing social ventures that have the potential to generate positive, scalable, and sustainable social impact.Taking our commitment further to supporting social entrepreneurs, earlier this month Dell’s judging panel chose two inspirational social businesses among the 16 finalists at SVC Asia, that stood to benefit the most from digital technologies, and presented them the inaugural Dell Digital Award:Pang Yee Beng (right), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Nguyen Thi Van, co-founder of Imagtor (left)Imagtor in Vietnam helps People with Disabilities (PwDs) have a successful career by equipping them with employable skill sets and providing an empowering work environment. It employs and trains PwDs to provide competitively priced high-quality digital services for international clients, such as video and photography editing. Imagtor aims to expand its connected workplace (home office and partner network) with an upgraded IT infrastructure and software.Pang Yee Beng (left), Senior Vice President – Commercial, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, with Maral Dipodiputro, co-founder of TEMU (right)TEMU in Indonesia aims to break the cycle of poverty in urban slums through providing low-skilled workers with access to job opportunities. Their mobile and web application collects data from job providers and job seekers, and synthesizes the data to match individuals with the right job opportunities. TEMU aims to further improve its application in areas such as security and automation.I am deeply inspired by these entrepreneurs and their mission to help the underserved by transforming mindsets and business. I have been fortunate to help social enterprises such as Imagtor in setting up their computer center to train PwDs earlier this year. Meeting the co-founder, Nguyen Thi Van, in Vietnam, I had the privilege to observe the extent to which Van has gone to ensuring a sustainable means of income for PwDs and changing perception of the handicapped – something that is difficult to achieve in many parts of the world even through government initiatives.Over the next six months, Dell executives and our team members will be investing their time in mentoring these businesses to help them realize their social and business ambitions. By providing its expertise, support, resources, and access to a network, we’re hoping to encourage other budding social entrepreneurs in the region to start their journey’s and use technology to their advantage.In short, the power of technology is immense, and can help address society’s challenges from beginning to end and enable more businesses to do good and be successful. These awards are just one example of how this can be put into action. If you feel you have knowledge and skills that would be useful to social entrepreneurs across the region, including our winners, I’d love to hear from you. Together, let’s build a network for good.Learn more about the SVC Asia awards here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally profited off his presidency. The justices on Monday threw out Trump’s challenge to lower court rulings that had allowed lawsuits to go forward alleging that he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting payments from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. The high court also ordered the lower court rulings thrown out as well and directed appeals courts in New York and Richmond, Virginia, to dismiss the suits as moot now that Trump is no longer in office.