In this Q&A, David Goulden provides color on EMC’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results and what’s in store for customers in 2014.
Month: February 2021
You’ve no doubt heard of the superhero that has everyone’s hearts, and capes, fluttering with excitement. Only months ago Vblock Man zoomed into Data City, and already incidents involving complicated and faulty infrastructures are on the decline. Vblock Man is striking fear into any IT baddie who dares try to cause chaos in our fair city. As Data City’s award-winning reporter, I was the first to sit down with Vblock Man for an exclusive interview.Charlene Mazza: You began your career as an engineer at VCE. What inspired you to leave your position and get into IT crime fighting?Vblock Man: The truth, Charlene – to expose the truth about the transformational power of Vblock Systems. It all started late one night in the VCE R&D lab. I spilled my energy drink into an experimental Vblock unit and, when I reached in, the force of the true converged infrastructure seized my hand. I lurched back, but the metamorphosis had begun. A bright blue light burst in front of me. I collapsed.CM: But when you woke…VBM: When I woke, I realized the power and intelligence of the Vblock had transformed my body. Within 48 hours, I had the strength, speed and agility of 20 system administrators and I could fly! But I was plagued by the cries from my fellow administrators. I could hear them scream in anger and frustration.CM: You could sense their anguish! How was it possible?VBM: My VCE Vision points the way to faulty, inadequate infrastructures and helps me expose the evil imposters that have been wreaking havoc on the heart of an enterprise.CM: Some people would use that power and influence to benefit themselves. What keeps you in the struggle to solve IT injustice?VBM: “To right IT wrongs and promote product truth, customer justice and the VCE Experience.” That’s my motto and I live by it. I’ve seen a lot of imposters out there, fooling people into believing they offer a converged infrastructure when that’s simply not true. And as long as I have my power of flight, my super strength and speed, and my Vision to sense IT infrastructure trouble, I will keep up the fight.CM: Speaking of imposters, you recently saved the city from the vile “Super Alliance.” What can those of us who don’t have super powers do to protect ourselves from these imposters?VBM: We must educate all of Data City’s citizens about the qualities of a true converged infrastructure. Ask yourself, is your infrastructure engineered, manufactured, managed, supported and sustained as one product? If you answered “no,” I’m afraid you’re dealing with an imposter.CM: You’re fighting a battle as big as my nightly ratings war with that plastic hairpiece from the Evening News. Fortunately you don’t have to go it alone.VBM: Yes! Our IT administrators are rallying together, arming themselves with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to combat imposters. These converged operators hold the same powers I’ve developed – speed, agility and strength – to provide transformative results to Data City’s enterprises.CM: Thank you for continuing the fight for the true converged infrastructure. This has been Charlene Mazza reporting.
Admit it. For many, the best part of watching a major sports event on TV is the commercials. In between tackles and touchdowns, and extra visits to the snack table, we get to enjoy a collection of 30- to 60-second spots of entertainment. While these ads are a win for the companies and brands they represent, the spots are also a culmination of months and months of complex and technical work from artists and creatives in TV and advertising.At Dell, we’re continuously working to make the right technology solutions for all kinds of professionals, including the artists behind the ads and programs we see on TV. We aim to make our Dell Precision workstations a platform that enables creators to overcome challenges, with the growing pressures of the industry, and deliver amazing work, in less time.As part of our work to meet these needs, we have a rigorous process for qualifying our hardware to provide the best experience for various software applications used by creators today. Our team works with our software partners to test, and retest, until our Dell Precision workstations are optimized for running these professional applications.Today, I’m pleased to announce we’re adding one more to the list of qualified applications for Dell Precision. Autodesk Flame software offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects (VFX), finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, color grading, conform, editorial, and look development.Since November 2015, Autodesk’s flagship VFX and finishing software has been available to artists as software only with a new pricing and subscription model. Flame has never been more affordable or accessible for new artists looking to use it for the first time or those looking to scale up and down on a project basis or as their business grows.These changes have given artists more options in their choice of hardware, including the opportunity for new storage and workstation platforms to be qualified for approved use. We are very excited that Dell Precision is now included in this select list of expanded offerings.The Dell Precision™ Tower 7910 Workstation presents a new option to customers that want to combine the legendary performance of Flame software with Dell’s world class hardware and support. The Dell Precision Tower 7910 has been self-qualified with the help of Autodesk to meet the exhaustive requirements of the Autodesk Flame family of software products to support 3D VFX, finishing, compositing, color grading and other intensive workflows for production environments.We are delighted to welcome Flame artists to Dell Precision and look forward to the incredible work they will create. Flame joins a list of hundreds of qualified professional applications on Dell Precision, and we’re committed to further building the best experience for more applications used by today’s professionals.For more information on Dell Precision and the exciting things driving professional creators, keep an eye on #DellPrecision, check us out on Facebook, or even watch some great storytelling of our own on YouTube. Learn more about Flame here:(Please visit the site to view this video)Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and Autodesk Flame are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.
This is the fifth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the first post from Samantha Harper, and the most recent post from Marek Omilian, on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The legendary Southern Ocean gave us a run for our money in Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race. The first few hours of out Cape Town harbour were met with poor winds and tricky sailing which saw us, Dare To Lead, and Sanya Serenity Coast pull away from the fleet. Sanya Serenity Coast continued to lead as the first night progressed and held a 100+ nautical mile lead from then until nearly the end – but more on that later!Less than 24 hours into the race, we received the sad news that CV24 (Greenings) had run aground. Many of our team had trained with Greenings crew and their skipper Andy – all great sailors and great people. As we were racing, we were spared from seeing photos and videos of that beautiful boat washed up on the beach in the immediate aftermath – a sad sight to behold. Fortunately, all crew came away from the incident unharmed and have since then been assigned to other boats, including ours. We look forward to sailing with our two new crew additions, Matthias and Jenny, during the All-Australian Leg 4.The next two weeks tested the mettle of even the hardiest and most experienced sailors on board. Instead of the downwind surfs that the Southern Ocean is known for, we sailed upwind, the boat beating along the entire time. No smooth ride for Dare To Lead! Some of the fleet went more north, others headed more south, but no one could escape the relentless wind conditions and progress was slow across the board. The ‘Rugged Race’ lived up to its name! Our boat clocked a wind speed of 74 knots during one bad squall, which might be a fleet record. One of our spinnakers did not survive the race – blown apart by a surprise wind gust.“As the medic on board, I was a bit apprehensive starting this leg, given the complete remoteness and isolation we would face being at the bottom of the world…ShareAs the medic on board, I was a bit apprehensive starting this leg, given the complete remoteness and isolation we would face being at the bottom of the world, with no possibility for evacuation in the event of disaster. I’m happy to report all CV25 crew escaped relatively unscathed. Lots of mysterious bumps and bruises, a few epic falls around the cockpit in rough seas, but nothing an icepack and some ibuprofen couldn’t handle. Team Garmin had a crewmember fall ill with an abdominal problem – their impressive rescue effort in conjunction with the Australian Navy can be seen on the Clipper Race website and is worth a look!The final week of the race saw the fleet picking up speed as wind conditions became more favourable. News of a fatality on team GREAT Britain shocked the fleet, and in the last few days, our team focus became more on finishing the race safe and healthy as opposed to pushing our limits racing. Despite the tragedy, GREAT Britain found themselves in a favourable pocket of wind while many of us were stalled in a ‘wind hole’ and arrived in second place. They dedicated their victory to their fallen teammate.Despite the 5000+ nautical mile distance, the boats arrived in quick order. Anticipating a sixth place finish, Dare To Lead was shocked to see Sanya Serenity Coast creeping up on our AIS (Automatic Identification System, kind of like a close proximity boat radar) during the final day. They had seen their massive lead evaporate due to bad winds and were giving 110 percent to catch up. We held them off until the final sprint to the finish when they managed to squeak past us on the final tack. A 200m margin, or 57 seconds after 26 days at sea. As gutted as we were, it made for thrilling racing and crazed viewers at home!The upcoming All-Australian Leg 4 will feel like a pleasure cruise compared to what the Southern Ocean has thrown at us. Many thanks to Dell Rugged for their continued support of the race. The next Leg will see us take part in the legendary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, and for many of us from the Great White North, a first Christmas in the summer heat! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a Leg 4 wrap up in a few weeks! About Samantha Harper, crew member, Dare To LeadSamantha is a 37-year-old doctor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop was made for people like Samantha; when she is not sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world on board Dare To Lead, Samantha splits her time between working in remote communities as a GP, and pushing herself to the limits mountaineering and running ultra-marathons (she has done the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 250 kilometre race in the Sahara Desert, five times). However, the Clipper Race is Samantha’s first sailing experience, and after initially considering only doing three legs, she signed up for the whole circumnavigation, knowing that once she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop until she completed and experienced the entire thing.
From supporting AI workloads to providing access to hybrid cloud services, today’s HPC shops are expanding the definition of high performance computing.For IT shops focused on delivering high performance computing services, the pace of evolution has accelerated in recent years. It’s in high gear as HPC shops have taken on roles and responsibilities that go far beyond the operation of supercomputers for limited numbers of scientists and engineers.In this new data era, many HPC shops now function as multi-cluster, multi-cloud HPC and AI operations. Versatility is the road here, as HPC shops expand into the domain of the cloud service provider and the general-purpose enterprise IT shop.Let’s look at some of the characteristics of these next-gen HPC shops — and do some rethinking along the way.Think that HPC shops don’t virtualize? Think again. In years past, HPC workloads have run primarily on bare-metal, unvirtualized servers. Today, these practices are changing, as IT leaders are recognizing the benefits of virtualization for even the most demanding HPC systems and applications.Here’s a case in point: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has implemented a virtualized infrastructure for its weapons simulation program. As a VMware white paper explains, with the virtualization of compute-intensive applications on the VMware vSphere® platform, the lab was able to more than triple the average utilization of its hardware, reduce costs due to more effective resource sharing, and run a more diverse set of applications.In another example, the HPC team at the University of Pisa virtualizes its Microsoft SQL Server environment with the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. As a Dell Technologies case study notes, a virtualized software-defined storage environment makes it easier for the university’s IT Center to deploy, manage and scale storage for the SQL database.Think that HPC shops don’t have containers? Think again. Just as they have embraced virtualization, HPC shops are embracing the use of containers that bundle up software applications, virtualized operating systems, and all of the pieces and parts needed to deploy and run HPC and AI jobs. As Dell Technologies data scientist Dr. Lucas Wilson explains in an blog on the advantages of containers, the container approach simplifies the provisioning, distribution and management of the software environments that run on top of the virtualized hardware layer.Here’s a real-life use case: Data science teams in the Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab are leveraging Kubernetes containers to streamline and accelerate the development of deep learning solutions. As data science systems engineering specialist John Lockman explains in blog on the power of Kubernetes, the lab uses Kubernetes containerization to speed up and streamline the production and distribution of deep learning training workloads to thousands of CPU and accelerator nodes in two supercomputing clusters.Think that HPC shops aren’t cloud service providers? Think again. The use of OpenStack, virtualization and containerization has helped HPC shops pave the road to hybrid cloud environments. In fact, many HPC shops now function as multi-cloud service providers that offer their users access to internal and external clouds, as well as centralized compute resources with multiple storage choices. Via self-service portals, these next-generation HPC shops streamline the path to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and managed services.The Cloud and Interactive Computing (CIC) group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, for example, operates multiple national-scale production clouds that provide self-service academic cloud computing capabilities. And on top of the lower-level IaaS offerings, the CIC group develops, deploys and administers higher-level cloud and interactive computing platforms, applications and tools.Elsewhere in the HPC world, the University of Liverpool provides public cloud bursting to Amazon Web Services. And back in San Diego, the SDSC Research Data Services team offers its users access to both cloud storage and cloud compute options, along with a separate cloud storage system for data that needs to comply with PHI/PII or HIPAA regulations.Think that HPC has nothing to do with AI. Think again. HPC and artificial intelligence applications used to live in different domains. Not so anymore. Today’s AI workloads often require the compute performance and storage capacity of HPC clusters.As I noted in an earlier blog on the convergence trend, HPC shops are in the business of running AI training and inferencing workloads, along with traditional HPC workloads like modeling and simulation. And that makes sense, because these workloads often have similar infrastructure and performance requirements.Think HPC shops don’t function like a business? Think again.Whether they are in an enterprise or academic space, many of today’s HPC operations now function like businesses that recover their costs from their users. This is the case for the University of Michigan, where supercomputing investment decisions for campus-wide machines must factor in 100-percent cost recovery, along with exceptional performance, usability and management characteristics. As noted in an article in The Next Platform, we’re talking about an academic supercomputing site that operates under constraints similar to those of any ROI-driven enterprise.Let’s also consider the Triton Shared Computing Cluster at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego. This system is operated under a “condo cluster” model, in which faculty researchers use their contract and grant funding to buy compute nodes for the cluster. Researchers can also rent time on the cluster for temporary and shorter-term needs via a “hotel service” model. Sounds rather business-like, doesn’t it?Key takeawaysFor HPC shops, these are exciting times. We are in a new hybrid world that is blurring the lines between HPC, AI and more conventional IT services. As they navigate this changing world, HPC shops are opening their doors to a wider range of users and offering ever-larger menus of services to make sure people get what they need to do the things they need to do. From modeling complex systems to training machine learning algorithms, from delivering on-premises HPC clusters to enabling access to hybrid cloud services, HPC shops now do it all.To learn moreFor a deeper dive into the changing role of the HPC shop, check out the CIO.com blogs at Dell Technologies and Intel: Innovating to Transform. Learn more about Dell Technologies high performance computing.
A conversation with Daniel Stine from Lake|Flato ArchitectsDaniel Stine is a registered architect, author, blogger and educator with more than two decades of experience in the field of architecture. Passionate about architectural visualization and building performance, Dan is a leading advocate for technology and innovation in architectural planning. He’s the director of design technology at Lake|Flato Architects, a nationally renowned, award-winning architectural firm in sustainable design.As a #DellInsideCircle member, Dell Precision workstations are integral to bringing Dan’s architectural visions to life. I recently sat down with him to discuss remote working, VR-enabled design, and the role of technology for architects.Chris: Dan, could you share some insights into the life of an architect today?Dan: The pandemic has accelerated the architecture industry’s trajectory towards full digital integration. Physical gatherings will no longer be considered a necessity for our practice, but as a tool to enhance contextual understanding and to facilitate relationship-building with clients.Many of us are adapting to not being in the office daily, but the nature of architectural design still requires a lot of social collaboration and raw computing power. The office offered the ideal environment to support both needs!How has Lake|Flato adopted different technology solutions in 2020?As our team members moved to work from home, we provided all staff with a full technology package including PCs, dual monitors, docks, peripherals, and more. The goal was to get it as close to the office setup as possible.Most of our team members are used to working on high-powered Dell Precision tower workstations to support different stages in the design workflow. Since all our designs are modeled three-dimensionally as well as visualized and analyzed using sophisticated software, we require a high-quality CPU, GPU, RAM and solid-state drives to support our workflows. With all this computing power initially centralized in the office, we decided to remote into the systems. Using VMWare Horizons, we could turn a single desktop into a virtual machine accessible anywhere. VMware’s Blast technology provides access to a desktop’s graphics card, unleashing tools like real-time rendering. We are even able to use remote input devices such as 3D Connexion’s 3D mouse.We’ve uncovered that technology today allows us to be productive and balance work/life no matter where we are. We see opportunities to support a hybrid work week, with team members alternating days they work from home or the studio.Can you tell us more about Lake|Flato’s design process and how you currently collaborate with your team and clients?In this period of social distancing, our workstations allow us to effectively engage our clients through an interactive and collaborative virtual design process. We can align on proposed design solutions more quickly and make revisions on the spot.It all comes down to what works best for the client. There are some clients that we are engaging with 100% over Zoom. Often they are on site and testing out and visualizing our ideas. We’ve also tested cloud-based collaboration tools on 2-in-1 devices that connect to our higher-powered workstations back in the office. We already do a lot of sketching within Miro and Zoom meetings.Any emerging tech trends that you are excited about? Is VR playing a large role in Lake|Flato’s design process? Yes, we are already seeing VR, AR, drones, and laser scanning play a larger role in the design process. We have been sending some clients standalone VR headsets to which we push design updates and they enjoy the experience of being immersed in our designs. I recently led a proof-of-concept using the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Teams, to deliver a safe and remote AR experience. For those not trained to read 2D drawings or static 3D views, it’s a great tool for making a design relatable.We are in the process of remodeling our office here in San Antonio. To accurately capture the existing conditions, the entire building was laser scanned, resulting in a 20 GB dataset with billions of points. Our Dell Precision desktops handle this large dataset very well. We also have our own drone to capture accurate site data for new projects.Where does Lake|Flato draw inspiration for architectural designs? The answer to that question is suggested in the title of our new book, Lake|Flato, Nature | Place | Craft | Restraint. We strive to create unique environments that enrich communities and nurture life. Unashamedly free from convention, our inspiration comes from nature, a project’s micro-climate, and often simple yet elegant design solutions that promote the health and wellbeing of its occupants.Any tips for upcoming student architects?I’d recommend that students explore and embrace next-gen energy analysis tools so they can be active participants in mitigating the climate crisis. Students who have experience with these tools will likely have an advantage when seeking future roles!What tools are most important to your role?As someone who has written books spanning topics like Revit and architectural hand sketching, I tend to use a lot of tools. Organizational tools like Outlook, Teams, and OneNote are critical. I also use social media to connect with others and learn about new trends and important tech issues within the AEC industry.
A group of 10 Senate Republicans have sent a letter to President Joe Biden calling for him to meet with them to negotiate over his proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. Meanwhile, frustration is growing at long-term care facilities over the pace of COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Home operators and residents’ relatives across the country have grown more irritated as states open vaccine eligibility to other populations before work is complete at long-term care homes. In other virus news, Biden’s goal to reopen K-8 classrooms by late April could leave out millions of students even if it happens. Many of the omitted students are minorities in urban areas.
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a teenager who is still on the run in a fatal shooting at a mall in eastern Wisconsin. According to a criminal complaint filed in Outagamie County Circuit Court on Tuesday, 17-year-old Dezman Ellis and 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto were at the Fox River Mall in suburban Appleton with friends Sunday afternoon and had a chance encounter. The complaint says Ellis was with his girlfriend who used to date Frausto. According to prosecutors, witnesses told police that an argument began between Ellis and Frausto and that Ellis pulled out a gun and shot Frausto.