Today kicks off the beginning of Cisco Live Melbourne, where my colleagues and I will spend the week discussing key topics changing the industry – specifically converged infrastructure and its intersection with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).ACI will accelerate application deployment for customers from months to minutes, allowing IT administrators to quickly respond to application and user demands while reducing the total cost of ownership for their company. As one of our investors, Cisco has worked closely with VCE to start bringing the benefits of ACI into the Vblock System infrastructure.“Make sure you check out Trey Layton’s blog on Bringing ACI to Vblock Systems for more information.ShareVCE has two prominent speaking sessions that attendees won’t want to miss. Specifically, FOX SPORTS will discuss their Vblock System use case on Wednesday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m., Level 2, Room 207 of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.As a leader of technology and innovation in sports broadcasting, FOX SPORTS broadcasts about 23 hours of live sports each day to 2.3 million Australian homes. Michael Tomkins, CTO, FOX SPORTS, will explain how the company uses Vblock Systems for an internal private cloud to store their live high-definition content online: check out the sneak peak below:“As we started working through the different technologies, two key issues became apparent: the time to build and our in-house skills. The beauty of the Vblock System is that it minimized my risk while delivering in 45 days a system configuration that would take us three to six months internally to build. With this speed of delivery I had total control over exactly what I wanted,” Michael Tomkins, CTO, FOX SPORTS.ShareI will also be presenting “The Importance of Flexibility and Velocity in a World Defined by Speed” on Wednesday, March 19 at 12 p.m. in the World of Solutions Partner Theater. I’ll explain how to realign IT business initiatives to be more agile for the fast-paced, changing enterprise.My team and I will also be available on site at stand #G8 for those that want a deeper dive into VCE technology, services and solutions.We hope to see you there!
Monthly Archives: February 2021
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but for the telecommunications industry, a comet is perhaps a more appropriate analogy. The telecom industry is going through a high speed evolution, zooming into new technologies and destroying the status quo. No longer is it acceptable to wait; the future will not be sustained by ‘long-fingered’ business approaches. Organizations must develop ahead of the wave. And believe me; doing this is not as easy as it sounds.A Look Back So We Can See the FutureIn the past, large network equipment providers (NEPs) were providing systems as appliances for operators. They purchased customized OEM equipment (from our team amongst others) and sold it onto service providers. Dell EMC continues to do this today as the worldwide leader in OEM solutions.However, with the introduction of NFV (if you haven’t read that seminal manifesto from 2012 where the NFV fire was lit, you can check it out here), there is a paradigm shift taking place. If operators want to generate more revenues, they have to become more agile in spinning up (and down) new services.Customer demand for instant everything and data everywhere is putting huge pressure on the system.And with this comes the urgent need to virtualize networks. In this new paradigm, if the operators are to make money out of bringing new services to market, we’re talking about multiple services and multi-tenancy on multi-vendor environments, all operating on the same infrastructure. In short, the infrastructure almost becomes independent of the services and appliances.So what does all this mean for network builders?Network Builders Must Future-ProofThe network builders that I regularly meet with are heavily involved in product development. This includes everything from niche solutions as components of a wider network role, like video transcoding, network monitoring, network acceleration, network analytics and data packet security, through to the bigger network equipment providers building complete solutions for service providers directly. All are focused on providing the building blocks for a dynamic infrastructure environment, fueling hyper scale cloud environments and supporting network virtualization.So where does OEM come into play? While the model is evolving, telecom is still a high touch technical business and realistically one cannot just go out and buy equipment off the shelf, install, and just walk away. Network builders need to provide agile, sustainable solutions through partnerships with experts from the broader ecosystem. In my view, the best approach to future proofing is to invest in a partnership with a world-class OEM solutions provider. At the end of the day, it’s all about ensuring that the right suppliers and partners are at the table to build the best solutions for customers.My Top FiveWhile all of the new telecommunications technologies are critical enablers, I believe that network builders need to be actively exploring additional transformative business models to fully deliver the advances and breakthroughs required in this industry, 5G is not far away. This is most relevant for Network Builders who are also OEMs as they are constantly looking for ways to innovate and achieve the most effective services for their customers.In my book, these are the top five requirements, network builders should be demanding of future OEM partners.An ability to create interoperable software environmentsAsk your OEM provider: do you have testing and lab facilities? Can we create proof of concepts together, and can you help me build out a robust environment for service providers? An ability to provide infrastructure building blocks: compute, storage and networkingA stellar supply chain with global reach and scaleA flexible consumption model with flexible and scalable options for growthAbove all else, insist that your OEM solutions provider adopts a customer-first approach. To succeed, we must all put ourselves in the shoes of an operator and service provider. This must be the starting point for your dialog.Think of it this way – today might be the slowest day ever. Tomorrow’s pace is going to be so much faster. Are you ready?I work for one of the most dynamic businesses in Dell EMC, the OEM Solutions Division, where we have a dedicated team of experts working with telecom industry network players and stakeholder. We are committed to developing and contributing to the broader telecom ecosystem.We’d love to hear from you and welcome your comments and questions.Learn more about Dell EMC OEMKeep in touch! Follow @DellOEM on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page here.
Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is making massive strides, development of the associated technology – which, in my opinion, numbers among the most exciting IT innovations over the past few decades – is still in its early stages. We still don’t know where the IoT will take us, but analysts have yet to revise their predictions for IoT development. Some of these are quite lofty: For example, certain sources predict that 26 billion IoT objects will be in circulation by 2020, while others have estimated this amount at a staggering 50 billion. Recently, I was surprised to read the following claim regarding IoT development: “In the future, we will be able to integrate nearly any desired physical object into the digital world.”Enough is enough: I feel compelled to set the record straight. The purpose of the IoT can’t be to integrate ‘nearly any’ object; the underlying principle isn’t to exhaust the limits of technical possibility. There needs to be a practical business model in place behind any IoT application; without this, even the most impressive-seeming networking will not really amount to anything. As I see it, precisely therein lies the most important IoT-related gain that has been made over the past year: The IoT has outgrown the trial stage and become an established, integrated component of business models. The focus has shifted from trying to identify all the possibilities that the IoT has to offer towards using the IoT to make processes more efficient, as well as to enable entirely new processes. In concrete terms, this involves leveraging the IoT to generate revenue and/or save on costs. As such, the IoT is increasingly becoming a fixed component of many business models. Over the course of this development, several preferred areas of application have emerged. Below, I’ve put together a brief overview of the IoT projects we have implemented.The smart home is often considered the IoT field of application par excellence, incorporating intelligent heating, sensor-controlled curtains, and, of course, the famous IoT refrigerator. While these applications elevate user comfort and security, they are not critical (except, perhaps, to the manufacturers behind them) in the sense that they haven’t become indispensable. For that reason, smart home innovations remain a niche market. Moving beyond the scope of user homes, I feel that the IoT is being put to excellent, practical use in commercial applications.Industry and production: I don’t want to dredge up the well-worn example of elevators – that would be a disservice to the vast breadth of exciting applications currently used in the field of industry. For example, an Irish company is using an IoT solution to seamlessly monitor concrete production through all phases, from the manufacturing stages to provision at construction sites. This lets employees know precisely when concrete is dry, which allows them to further process it accordingly. Doing so no longer requires estimates or security buffers – which saves a great deal of time, and, therefore, costs.Agriculture represents a frequently underestimated area of industrial production. The IoT has also taken root in this field – for example, a farm in India uses the IoT to control the health and milk production of its 6,000 head of cattle in real time. This immediately results in improved yields.Retail: What works for concrete, also works for food: A large British supermarket chain with around 3,000 stores is using the IoT to ensure that the refrigeration chain for frozen products remains uninterrupted from the manufacturer’s facilities through to points of sale, and that the relevant cooling systems are used efficiently so energy isn’t wasted and food doesn’t spoil.Energy: Many IoT applications are used in the generation of alternative energies. For instance, a Spanish manufacturer is using an IoT solution to monitor and control decentralized photovoltaic systems in a centralized way. This solution also includes weather sensors to enable quick responses to local conditions.Meanwhile, in the field of healthcare, the frequently discussed fitness trackers are just the tip of the iceberg. In this industry, IoT systems are also used to monitor patients’ cardiac activity or blood sugar levels in their home environment so that the duration of hospital stays can be shortened; automatic alerting of emergency services can be life-saving in this context. Meanwhile, a retirement home in Thailand used an IoT system to reduce service response times by 50 percent, improve resident satisfaction, and reduce the number of nursing staff.The IoT also plays a decisive role in the smart city. Municipalities use IoT applications to measure traffic flows in real time, which allows them to respond very quickly to congestion on particular routes. Other IoT applications enable intelligent control of street lighting, which sinks energy costs without sacrificing comfort or security for citizens.All of the above examples illustrate that outside of corporate environments – or ‘out in the field,’ so to speak – IoT solutions often represent the sole means of receiving information about processes in a timely manner and, conversely, of immediately taking measures on-site that are necessary to optimize said processes. The IoT is already being put to practical use, but there is still a great deal of untapped potential as far as this is concerned. We can look forward to new and exciting application scenarios in the future.
Several states are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving cautiously, in part because of the more contagious variant taking hold. While the easing could cause case rates to rise, health experts say it can work if done in a measured way and if the public remains vigilant. The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has climbed past 425,000, with the number of dead running at close to all-time highs at nearly 3,350 a day on average. But newly confirmed cases have dropped over the past two weeks.
VILLETA, Colombia (AP) — A social media death threat aimed at an 11-year-old environmental activist has roused outrage in Colombia, a nation where attacks on social leaders are common and threats are taken seriously. Colombian officials say they are investigating the death threat against Francisco Vera and President Ivan Duque recently promised in a television appearance that his government would find “the bandits” behind the Twitter message. For his part, the boy says he will continue to lead environmental campaigns and urged other young people to use social media to “support causes they believe in.” Vera has drawn comparisons to teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Republican Party has voted overwhelmingly to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Only eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee stood to oppose censure in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count. The censure document accused Cheney of voting to impeach even though the U.S. House didn’t offer Trump “formal hearing or due process.” Censure proponents said at the state central committee meeting that by voting to impeach, Cheney opposed the wishes of the 70% of Wyoming voters who chose Trump in the election.