27 Feb
2021

Telecom is in Motion Now

first_imgHaving a fast path to deliver new services, value and enter new markets is the motivation to move forward. A necessary step to do this is the deployment of a new class of software oriented virtualized infrastructure. The list of new markets and offerings at MWC was huge and included connected cars, Internet of Things, home security, personalized services, cloud mediation and brokering, collaborative communications, health and wellness, and smart cities. Beyond these new services, most operators see that moving their existing network functions to a new infrastructure will have huge impacts on capital expenditures, operating expenditures and agility. There are no longer debates over impact on current and potential future business opportunities. Almost universally, telecom operators are moving to production. Last year the industry was mostly in evaluation mode, looking for one clear model to adopt. Candidly, it did not exist. What most of the industry has determined is that there are many paths forward and all of them improve operators’ capital expenditures, operating expenditures and opportunity to create and deliver new services. The only wrong answer now is to wait. Over time new technology and new architectures will emerge, but there is now enough technology available with suppliers and partners to assist in implementation that moving forward on any of these paths is now realistic. The telecom industry is huge and attracting even more interest and investment than ever. More than 93,000 people attended MWC from over 200 countries. Beyond that, more than 2,100 companies exhibited (including EMC, VMware & Pivotal). Technology disruption happens best at scale and MWC showed that this scale of involvement is expanding rapidly, so we should see plenty of radical and interesting innovation fueling the shift. Based on Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month, we are now entering another time when the telecom technology landscape is evolving rapidly. There will be a huge shift to virtualized, agile, software oriented and common building block-based telecom clouds. This shift is at least as big, if not bigger, than any of the prior changes and my bet is that it will also spawn huge indirect IT ecosystem changes over time.I have been involved in telecom for a few decades and have seen the industry change significantly. It’s hard to predict exactly what the end state will be, but it is both exciting and terrifying in that with these huge changes, lots of status quo perspectives will be challenged and new models will start to emerge. Personally I love this kind of change. In an industry that invests hundreds of billions in capital expenditures alone, change at this scale can be transformational for many more than just the operators themselves.Here’s my short list of conclusions from this year’s Mobile World Congress:center_img The infrastructure that will underpin the new services is not universal or consistent. In fact, what we see is that there will be many ways to build out these next generation virtualized, agile, software oriented infrastructures.There is a spectrum of options. On one end are the telecom clouds based on proven architectures of modern enterprise environments at scale. They use what works, including VMware, EMC storage arrays, vBlocks, x86 servers and IP networking. These are the building blocks of the biggest banks, governments and manufacturers in the world and many telecom operators are starting with these tools and moving quickly. At the other end, some operators are exploring technical components that come from the webscale world. The tools used in that environment include container-based virtualization, heavy use of white box hardware and software-based infrastructure tools such as EMC ScaleIO or ViPR.However given the scale and complexity of most operators, the toolkit of choice is a combination of proven infrastructure and new technology. This is not surprising since the workloads on a modern telecom cloud will range from core mission critical to exploratory and experimental. Having a host of tools in the cloud architecture gives the platform the flexibility to support that diversity. As long as the technology results in an agile, software oriented, shared, virtualized cloud, there is no wrong answer. Finally, this next phase of the telecom ecosystem is a huge opportunity for the EMC Federation. We have spent the past decade virtualizing the enterprise world and the impact has been huge. Efficiency in data centers is up dramatically, costs per unit of compute and storage are down dramatically, time to deploy applications is down by orders of magnitude and resiliency and agility are both better than they have ever been in modern IT.In this next phase of telecom (NFV, telco transformation, telco clouds, etc.), the end state is similar even if the technology continues to evolve to better serve specific telecom needs. EMC Federation efforts over the past few years have not just delivered the existing building blocks, but added new hardware capabilities, new infrastructure tools, and higher level technology focused on big data and application development and delivery.Our engagement model with operators is focused on leveraging this massive toolset of modern infrastructure capability plus deep technical expertise to collaborate on building out next generation infrastructures. Our telecom customers are engaged and looking for the kind of deep collaboration EMC does well.Having seen telecom evolve before, I know it’s always a long journey. However, I am convinced that the industry is now fully in motion and I look forward to the innovation once these next generation telecom infrastructures become available to the world. Overall a very exciting indicator of things to come.last_img read more

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27 Feb
2021

Transforming Business, Not Just IT – EMC’s Executive Briefing Program

first_imgThe growing digital economy is disrupting industries and pressuring organizations to transform business models. More than ever before, consumers expect to get what they want, when they want it and conduct business in a mobile, 24×7 marketplace. IT needs to enable the new speed and expectations of business. So, how does IT keep up? How do they meet the needs of their company’s workforce as well as the expectations of customers?I am proud to announce the opening of EMC’s 11th Executive Briefing Center (EBC) in London, U.K to service the EMEA theatre. Our global Executive Briefing Program is committed to helping our customers overcome challenges and realize the full potential of true digital transformation. Through personalized one-on-one sessions with EMC Executives and Subject Matter Experts, our customers can better understand how to use our modern infrastructure to create entirely new operating models, experiences, revenue opportunities, and value.Adrian McDonald, President EMEA once said, “The EBC is about fostering collaboration and the conversations that lead to transformation. It’s about helping our customers understand how technology solutions can further enable their business. It’s about finding a better way.”Be sure to schedule a briefing today by visiting EMC.COM/EBC.last_img read more

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27 Feb
2021

Are You Ready to Bundle?

first_imgAt VMworld US, we talked to many customers, partners and other attendees about some exciting new advancements to our Ready Bundle for Virtualization. Version 2.0 of this powerful solution includes compelling features and benefits, delivering greater flexibility, confidence and time to value.We are also excited to announce that the Ready Bundle is now VMware Validated Design (VVD) certified. This makes it easier than ever for customers to build a private cloud solution following prescriptions for deployment, operation and updates. Learn more by visiting the VMware Compatibility Guide.The Ready Bundle includes the newly designed, 14th generation of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge server portfolio, giving you a secure, scalable compute platform ideal for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.According to Michelle Bailey, Chief Research Officer at 451 Research, “The next transition in enterprise architecture will increasingly be built on flexible hyper-converged infrastructures, those that simplify procurement and ongoing operations with a single supplier, lowering risks of implementation while helping speed time to delivery. Dell EMC’s new generation of servers is geared toward addressing many of these issues with intelligent management and automation capabilities.”[1]Storage also gets an upgrade in our Ready Bundle update, so customers can get exactly what they need for your specific application requirements. They can now choose all-flash from our Unity Storage portfolio to suit their performance, capacity and cost parameters.Build a Ready Bundle for Virtualization in Minutes.The Dell EMC System Builder can help customers quickly configure their system, with a comprehensive recommendation optimized for interoperability, performance, and stability.Anxious to learn more? Let’s get ready to bundle! Check out the Ready Bundle for Virtualization solution overview and our handy System Builder.__________________________________________________________________________[1] Press Release – “Dell EMC Drives IT Transformation with the New 14th Generation of PowerEdge Servers,” May 8, 2017last_img read more

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8 Feb
2021

India says China ties at crossroads amid border standoff

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India says its relationship with China is at a crossroads with the months-old military standoff in mountainous border areas profoundly disturbing the ties. India’s external affairs minister said in a speech that if peace and tranquillity in the border areas are disturbed, so will the rest of the relationship, and there will be profound repercussions for the entire world. Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled again last week, after 20 Indian troops died last year in a fist fight with the Chinese along the disputed border. The standoff has continued despite nine rounds of meetings involving local military commanders and the political dialogue by foreign and defense ministers.last_img

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8 Feb
2021

Estrin, Copeland, Cray among Blues Music Awards nominees

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The bands Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones have each received five nominations for the annual Blues Music Awards. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, The Blues Foundation said the awards will be held online on June 6. The awards honor blues music recordings, performances and songwriting. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones are nominated in the band of the year category, along with Anthony Geraci’s Boston Blues Allstars, John Németh & the Blue Dreamers, and Southern Avenue. Shemekia Copeland is nominated four times. Other nominees include Robert Cray, Bettye LaVette and Samantha Fish.last_img

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8 Feb
2021

Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?

first_imgIt’s best to avoid certain painkillers before and after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, unless you routinely take them for a medical condition. Although the evidence is limited, some painkillers might curb the very immune system response the vaccine is trying to generate. Symptoms such as arm soreness, fever, headaches and body aches are common after a vaccine and are signs the body is mounting a defense against the virus. Medical experts say people should not take painkillers preventively before getting a vaccine unless a doctor has advised them to.last_img

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8 Feb
2021

3 dead, including gunman, after home invasion in Wisconsin

first_imgKEWASKUM, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead, including a man who exchanged gunfire with deputies, following a home invasion in eastern Wisconsin. Someone at a residence in the Town of Kewaskum called 911 on Wednesday afternoon after a man forced his way into the Washington County home and demanded keys to a vehicle. Authorities say the man then fatally shot a resident of the home. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and exchanged gunfire with the man, who ran away and was eventually found dead from a gunshot wound. During a search of nearby properties, SWAT officers found another person who died of an apparent gunshot wound.last_img

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8 Feb
2021

Andrews, Evans, Mirren pay tribute to Christopher Plummer

first_imgJulie Andrews, Helen Mirren and many more are paying tribute to Christopher Plummer, who died Friday at 91. Plummer’s “Sound of Music” co-star Andrews says the world has lost a consummate actor and she has lost a cherished friend. Mirren, who co-starred with Plummer in 2009’s “The Last Station,” called him “a mighty force both has man and actor.” Chris Evans, who starred with Plummer in 2019’s “Knives Out,” tweeted that he was a “lovely man and legendary talent.” And Dan Rather tweeted that Plummer “lit up screen and stage over a lifetime of art.”last_img

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