Month: February 2021

Month: February 2021

first_imgI was talking recently with Mike Libecki, a National Geographic Explorer of the Year and Dell Rugged partner, about the value of Virtual Reality (VR) in the work he does. Now, thanks to 360-degree cameras, Mike can take us with him on his next climb to the top of the world’s mountains – an adventure most of us would take if not for going there virtually.We have developed a VR experience for the Lonely Whale Foundation, immersing people in the plight of the loneliest whale, to motivate people to recycle and clean up our oceans. Virtual hangouts let people sit in a virtual room and share a film or game and chat real time. If your friends are in England and you’re in the US missing the banter of watching a film with them, virtual hangouts become really fun and important to you (I attest to this as a Brit living in North Carolina).But there are folks on both sides of VR, debating how fast it will grow, if at all.True, VR takes up space in the home. True, you are enclosed in a tethered headset (for now). True, you play games that make you look like a marionette in a twisted puppet show. For me, I’m happy to give my friends a good laugh because I am a firm believer that VR, and ultimately augmented reality (AR), will reshape industries.From oil and gas, media and entertainment, construction, engineering and manufacturing to healthcare, VR will digitize businesses to improve customer experiences, train employees, enhance collaboration, and improve product design, speed time to market… It’s already happening.Commercial applications of the technology will be the market opportunity – 11 percent of the market will be media/entertainment/games, 35 percent commercial, 18 percent healthcare and 10 percent education (Source: ABI Research 2015). VR will have 216 million active users and be a $45 billion hardware market by 2025 (Source: Goldman Sachs 2016).At the same time, the PC market is poised to expand into a $30 billion industry by the end of 2018, growing at a pace of $2 billion per year. As the only company with powerful workstations for VR and AR content creation, AND Alienware gaming rigs for consumption, Dell is in a unique and exciting position.To hit these projections, however, we must create content to drive the hardware, and vice versa, both for entertainment and business use. We are now starting to see more AAA content arriving, and as the cost for quality VR headset comes down, we’ll see even more content and greater VR adoption. The lack of content killed 3DTV. This won’t be the case for VR. And because VR is the gateway to AR, this applies to AR content as well.“We’re on this journey together and as a community we all need to strap in!ShareIt’s going to be an exhilarating ride. And knowing it takes a community for progressive technology to evolve, we have a couple of groups and services that are being funded to drive this evolution. One we’re proud to say is kicking off at Dell EMC World is the Dell Technology Partner Program which verifies and/or certifies VR/AR software solutions developed by our partners on Dell hardware platforms.This program is designed to remove the guesswork for customers deploying VR or AR in their environments with best-in-class solutions; as a leader in the VR space, we’re privy to a vast knowledge base for tested and proven hardware and software innovations. Keep an eye out following Dell EMC World as we continue to feature some of the success stories and impressive work coming out of the Dell Technology Partner Program.The other investment that’s been steadily growing over the last year are our Virtual Reality Centers of Excellence (COE). Much like Dell helped usher in the value of virtualization with the Virtualization Centers of Excellence, these VR Centers of Excellence give customers confidence they’re investing in something that works.Our eight Centers of Excellence locations across the globe, including Santa Clara, Austin, Limerick, China, Frankfurt and Singapore, facilitate the introduction and/or maturation of VR solutions within Dell customers’ markets. These centers include all Dell products relate to VR and AR, allowing customers to experiment with VR proofs of concept, testing and validating solutions in a risk-free environment. Solutions feature Precision workstations for rendering VR and Dell EMC servers and storage that support vast quantities of data and ensure security.Here at Dell EMC World, we’re featuring a success story from our VR Centers of Excellence. Jaguar Land Rover is an early adopter of VR to design and develop vehicles, saving fabrication time and money. VR has eliminated their need for a physical wind tunnel, saving significant cost. They even launched their first fully electric SUV, the Jaguar i-Pace, in one of the most progressive VR press conference ever. I was there – pretty cool!Other examples of VR collaborations include:AECOM, a company that connects expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes, used VR to bring their Olympics and World Cup stadium designs to life working with Dell’s software partner ICI.Do.Ford, Bacon & Davis’ chemical plant design was converted to VR to save cost and time and improve safety. When the company’s CEO walked through the plant in VR for the first time, he said he gained a whole new perspective on design, workflow and project review. FB&D President Rick Moore also sees the value of VR for pre-client internal reviews of engineering design work processes and toolsets, as well as enhanced model reviews of designs with clients.The University of Southern California’s Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT) collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as entertainment and game development industries, to solve problems facing U.S. service members, students and society using advanced technology. For example, ICT’s Dr. Skip Rizzo is revolutionizing the role VR can play in rehabilitating returning service members with PTSD and helping autistic teenagers overcome the stresses of interview for jobs, all with Dell workstations and VR technology.At Dell, we’re applying what we learn from these customer applications. Cost is often cited as a reason VR won’t take off, but the cost will come down, and we already see endless applications for the technology for consumers and businesses. Meanwhile, resolution, graphics, performance and optics are improving.Gaming legend and Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney said VR for gamers “is like a super hardcore, badass PC.”  After 20 years with Alienware, we sell a lot of badass PCs – and now they are VR-ready. But experiencing is believing. Ten minutes in a headset – you get it. Try it – you’ll like it!For Dell VR-ready solutions, click here.To set up a VR COE appointment and experience it for yourself; contact your Dell sales person for a visit to a participating Dell Center.last_img read more


Month: February 2021

first_imgDell EMC Data Protection has been named an Advanced Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). AWS Technology Partners provide software solutions that are hosted on, or integrated with, the AWS platform.As an Advanced Technology Partner in the APN, Dell EMC’s integration with AWS creates a powerful cloud backup and recovery solution so customers can deploy and scale the right-sized cloud data protection strategy. Dell EMC Data Protection helps customers protect workloads on AWS to enable greater operational efficiency, performance and scalability throughout the entire cloud journey.Dell EMC offers a complete portfolio of cloud solutions and services for protecting our customers’ data as they embark upon their digital transformations to the cloud including:Cloud backupCloud disaster recoveryCloud tiering and long-term retentionVMware Cloud on AWS data protectionSuperior Deduplication: Brings together industry-leading deduplication (average 55:1 deduplication rate) for data residing both on premise and in the cloud, Dell EMC Data Protection boosts performance and throughput while reducing the consumption of object storage required by up to 71 percent when doing a backup – all sent encrypted to Amazon S3.Increased Efficiency: A single protection instance that can support up to 6 PB of data in Amazon S3. Additional instances can easily be deployed to increase overall scale and flexibility. For additional efficiency, Dell EMC can protect up to 2,000 clients and 1,000 concurrent sessions with a single protection server.Lowest TCO: Customers can lower their monthly in-cloud data protection costs up to 68 percent when compared to other leading competitors.*Most recently, Oath, Inc., a global enterprise digital media company, was able to reduce its data protection costs by 67 percent while realizing increases in scalability and overall performance. Oath now protects a massive AWS environment, including over 40,000 instances of Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS, and over 70 petabytes of data stored on Amazon S3, with Dell EMC.Customers like Oath turn to Dell EMC and AWS to enhance its speed, scale, flexibility, availability, and resiliency while gaining powerful enterprise data protection for its cloud workloads.ResourcesRegister for our May 15 Webinar: 70 Petabytes, One Cloud Backup Solution: The Oath StoryDell EMC & AWS Microsite: www.dellemc.com/awsProtect VMware Cloud on AWS – learn more.Discover Your Cost to Protect in the Cloud – TCO CalculatorVisit Dell EMC in the AWS Marketplace*Economic Value of In-Cloud Data Protectionlast_img read more


Month: February 2021

first_imgAs a graduate embarking on my career, I feel it’s important for me to share my experiences, thoughts and feelings on what it’s like to enter the workplace as a millennial.We are living in a time where there is so much pressure to thrive and show the best version of ourselves – especially when it comes to our careers. Social media broadcasts the ins and outs of people’s lives, mostly highlighting their successes but not often their failures. This can put a tremendous weight on young people when applying for their first full time job. I remember this time last year feeling really disheartened because I hadn’t secured myself a graduate scheme for September. It was difficult to see daily Instagram posts from other students who had. It was a confusing time because I felt this insane pressure to commit myself to a specific career path; though, I didn’t know what I wanted for dinner that night, let alone what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.Fast forward 1 year and thankfully those feelings are nowhere to be seen. I’m writing this blog in the hope that it resonates with future graduates who are in that difficult limbo part of their lives, wondering “what am I going to do for the rest of my life?” or “how do I get there?”. We’ve all been there and there’s no need to stress.My personal transition from university to work lifeTransitioning from being at university and living the student life to becoming a full-time employee is not easy, at least it wasn’t for me. Stepping into the big wide world was something that I found very daunting and if I’m being perfectly honest, I struggled at first. I felt like a little fish in a very big pond. University provided me with some of the best years of my life and leaving it all behind is not something you can fully prepare yourself for. For me personally, it was a very bittersweet feeling to leave behind such an important chapter in my life to make room for the new one. After speaking with friends in a similar position, it was a sigh of relief to find out that I wasn’t alone in this feeling. They also felt slightly lost and apprehensive when starting their first job after graduating. I’m not sure why I felt like this, because I always knew that after university I would go out and find a job, but when reality hit that I’ll likely be working until I’m at least 70, I felt dejected.Having said that, this transition was also exciting and liberating. For the first time in my life, I felt like I could do whatever I wanted, and I loved having this new-found freedom. I felt accomplished and proud to have secured myself a job at such a well-known and successful company as Dell Technologies. On top of this, I was more than ready to not be a student anymore and earn myself some decent money!One thing I found helpful when coping with this big life change was taking the graduate scheme role rather than the standard ISR role. It has provided me with the additional support that I didn’t know I needed or wanted, and also helped me form bonds and friendships with people I wouldn’t have otherwise met.The reason I am being so honest and not sugar coating my experience is that it’s important for young professionals to know that it’s okay to not have everything figured out by the time you graduate. If you feel nervous or a bit out of place during the first few weeks at a job, that’s okey, it’s normal. Give yourself time to adapt and settle in.My first few months at Dell TechnologiesMy first week at Dell Technologies was a whirlwind. I attended the FRS Cascade on my second day, which felt crazy, but a good kind of crazy. It was a great event to attend so early on as I had the chance to meet lots of new people. It was my first opportunity to properly network with other professionals, and not surprisingly I got a bit trigger happy with the connect button on LinkedIn!The following Sunday, I flew to Dublin to begin my 4 weeks of graduate training. I remember sitting in my hotel room slightly overwhelmed, but feeling content at how lucky I had been already.The month in Dublin flew by and was made more fun by the fantastic group of people I got to spend it with. Our training group was made up of graduates from all over. We had representatives from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Slovakia. From the very start, I could see that Dell Technologies was a workplace full of diversity and culture, something that I found very appealing. Returning to Wales after training was slightly deflating. Even though I was more than ready to be back in my own bed and raring to properly start my job, I was gutted to leave behind new friends.Looking back, I think I found my feet very quickly. I truly believe this was a result of having my lifelong friend by my side from the day one. Having a familiar face in the office was comforting. She has always has been a solid support system for me, in and out of work. I was also given a fantastic mentor/buddy who has helped me learn and understand the role and company. To this day he is still willing to answer all my questions, and believe me when I say, I ask a lot of questions.There was one thing that I struggled with during my first few months at Dell Technologies and this was the tiredness. No one warned me quite how tiring it was, which seems silly when my job entails sitting at a desk all day. As a very sociable and extroverted person, I really pushed myself to fill my weekends with plans to see friends, family and my boyfriend. But in hindsight, I think I overloaded myself and around Christmas time I crashed and burned. I learned from this and I now make sure that I give myself enough down time to relax and recuperate instead of packing in plans every spare minute I have out of work.8 months in It’s safe to say I feel a lot calmer and settled now. I’m not exaggerating when I say Dell Technologies is one big family that makes you feel welcome the moment you step through the door. The relationships I have built with my fellow graduates, colleagues and customers has solidified that applying for a job at Dell Technologies was the right decision for me.I work in a small office in Newport, South Wales. There are only 12 of us based there. We are all a similar age and get on like a house on fire – which is a huge relief considering we spend 37 hours a week together. We socialize outside of work and all support each other as if we have been friends of years. I don’t think you come across a dynamic like the one in my office very often and I’m grateful that I can be a part of it. I’m thankful for my colleagues because they’re a big reason why the worries and fears I first had have completely subsided and why I am so happy at Dell Technologies. The culture we created in our little office is a pleasure to be in. The only downfall being in such a small team is the lack of ERG’s. I would love to get involved with initiatives such as Gen Next, Women in Action and Planet, but unfortunately, we don’t have the facilities or resources here.What do we look for in an employer?What an employer must bring to the table is constantly changing. What would draw my fellow graduates and me into taking a job now, will be very different to the graduates in a mere 5 years. After speaking with other graduates and old university friends, I have found 6 key things that would entice us millennials to apply for a job.FlexibilityNow I can’t talk for all my peers, but I live by the motto; “work to live rather than live to work”. A work-life balance is very important to me and it’s an idea that has been reciprocated by those in management roles within Dell Technologies. The typical 9-5 office constrained job is slowly disappearing as the workforce transforms to suit the needs of its employees. This change is fundamentally being driven by millennials. We desire the ability and resources to excel at our job from any location, stemming from the need to create a healthier work-life balance.I recently read an article on LinkedIn that highlighted that many workplaces are changing by giving their employees more time off to enjoy life. This extra time off means that they are generally happier, resulting in a positive effect on their commitment, motivation and performance at work. It’s a win-win in my opinion.DiversityAs previously mentioned, a big appeal for myself and many of my peers is a diverse workforce. Living in such a multi-cultural and diverse country as the UK, seeing this reflected in the workforce and culture of a company is so important. This is something I’m happy to say that Dell Technologies celebrates. I’ve met people from all walks of life and experienced so many ways of living. When attending the first F2F event in Lodz, Poland, I was able to meet and socialize with other graduates from 20+ different countries, every one unique in their own way. It was truly humbling to be among such diversity.I would expect diversity within a company and to be honest if it was something they didn’t have it would deter me from applying.Modern Technology and FacilitiesHaving grown up surrounded by technology, I would be much more drawn towards a job that offers modern facilities and technologies to support my work. I was more inclined to apply for universities which had the best resources and facilities and I kept this mindset when applying for post graduate jobs. Those who have experienced their entire lives through smartphones and similar technologies are entering the workforce in the near future—the demand for employers to have modern technologies is only going to increase.OpportunityWhen interviewing for a job, one of the first questions I ask is in regard to the opportunity to progress through the company. If there isn’t any, it would be a major factor in deciding if the job is right for me. While this is something that has applied to all generations, I believe it’s felt much more keenly by millennials. Moving into such an uncertain world and economy and possibly saddled with a large amount of debt, it’s important to know that the company you are putting your time and hard work into cares about you and will encourage you to develop your skills.TravelOne of my favorite things about working for Dell Technologies is the opportunity to travel. Since September I have visited Dublin, Lodz and Krakow and will be going to Montpellier next month. I always knew that I wanted to see the world and if I could do so when I was working, then I would take every opportunity to do so.Whenever I meet with friends, they constantly tell how lucky I am to be able to travel with my job and how they wish they could do the same. I do believe that this is more of a luxury than a necessity, but the idea of travelling and seeing different countries and cultures is an attractive offering from an employer.Being eco-friendlyWe are amidst a climate change crisis and our planet is at breaking point—it’s important for large corporations to do all they can to be sustainable and eco-friendly. I would always favor a company who shows care and concern for the effects their business has on the environment and acts against it. Dell Technologies’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility was one of the main factors in why I decided to apply.Advice I would give to future gradsIf I could go back to my newly graduated self and give her some advice it would be the following; be open minded, change isn’t always a bad thing and these changes will let you meet the most fantastic people and give you experiences you’ll treasure for life. Take risks. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will only help you grow and realize your true potential. It might be scary at first, but it’s worth it in the end. Don’t let a lack of knowledge about something put you off. You will learn, and you will feel so proud and accomplished for doing so. You’re going to be super tired for a while, so stop watching Netflix and go to sleep before 11pm. Take every opportunity thrown your way, it will help build your confidence. Lastly, apply to Dell Technologies – you most certainly won’t regret it.last_img read more


Month: February 2021

first_imgAs someone who has spent the great majority of my career working for and with the channel, I get very excited discussing how Dell Technologies Design Solutions channel partners can add value to the unique needs of our OEM customers.We all know that no one person – however talented – can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to perform it. In the same way, irrespective of company size, I believe that we all need an ecosystem of partners to bring additional intelligence and skills to the table.Solving challengesOur channel partners serve as a great extension to our team, helping us design and deliver the best possible solution for you. While each partner brings different expertise, there is one commonality across the board – we always work with experts we trust, who can help us to solve challenges, speed time to market, and acquire new business for OEMs.As a tier one infrastructure provider, we have, of course, deep knowledge of over 40 vertical industries coupled with massive supply chain and engineering expertise. However, our partners go even deeper in their vertical expertise, especially when it comes to integration. They can help us get into the nitty gritty to solve your customer challenges.Differentiating your solutionThis is particularly true today. We are seeing a major increase in complexity with the introduction and expansion of 5G, AI, remote working, the build-out of smart cities, and the sheer tsunami of connected, intelligent things. There are also new demands at a vertical level. The end result? The final mile – the last part of customization and solution development – has become increasingly important.This is both a challenge and an opportunity. Research shows that the more complex that last 20 percent of the solution is, the greater the differentiation you as an OEM enjoy in the market. In that last critical phase, we can help get you to market faster and differentiate your solution from the competition.Helping you growWorking with our channel partners, we can blend our processes to help you maximize your total addressable market, meeting your needs on both a regional and global level. For example, we understand it can be difficult to juggle everything simultaneously, managing materials and throughput lead times alongside deployment.As case in point, one of our OEM customers, who held just five percent of its total addressable market, was struggling to grow due to challenges with a recent acquisition. A channel partner was introduced to help consolidate processes and materials management globally. As a result, the customer became more competitive and agile, quickly doubling its business. Getting your solution to market fasterIn another example, one of our Fortune 500 customers needed help with custom software development as well as a simplified go-to-market and deployment process. Our channel partner not only created the custom software code, but also ensured it was optimized, tested and validated on our Dell Technologies platform.Importantly, our partner also worked with us to help the customer scale globally and get to market quickly. This included creating an end customer procurement portal plus providing finished goods inventory, global logistics, global support and technical support. In fact, the customer was so impressed with the combined power of Dell Technologies Design Solutions and our channel partner, that the full solution was never put out to bid.We’ve got you coveredOur channel partners work hand-in-hand with us to address unusual customer requests, streamline recertifications, build and test new proof of concepts, integrate third party components customize testing and manage shipping. In some cases, they carry the cost of inventory and serve as expert boots on the ground, supporting installation and deployment roll outs as well as providing special financing options.Are you ready for the symphony? Leverage our collective reach and services capabilities to tap into new markets and become more flexible and agile to win over your competition. We’d love to hear from you – contact us here and do stay in touch.Learn more about what we do at Dell Technologies Design Solutions.Follow us on Twitter @delltechdesignJoin our LinkedIn Dell Technologies Design Solutions Showcase page.last_img read more


Month: February 2021

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A heavy winter storm is battering Bermuda and has forced the British territory to cancel some flights and close schools early. Forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service warn of sustained winds of up to 58 mph and gusts of up to 81 mph until midnight Thursday. They says there is a small chance of hail Friday, with conditions expected to ease by Saturday. Ferry service has been cancelled, while government offices and the island’s international airport remain open. The government says the storm delayed by one day the arrival of a plane carrying thousands of doses of a coronavirus vaccine.last_img


Month: February 2021

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a former Florida resident has been returned to the United States after traveling to Turkey and attempting to join the Islamic State group. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Gainesville announced Monday that 33-year-old Mohamed Fathy Suliman, a U.S. citizen, has been charged with attempting to provide material support for a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint, Suliman traveled from Orlando to Turkey in June 2014. He was arrested by Turkish authorities and accused of illegally crossing into Syria. Officials say a search of Suliman’s emails revealed attachments that contained various audio files that consisted of messages calling for jihad.last_img