While Las Vegas is known for its bright lights, vibrant atmosphere and clattering casino sounds, I was most enamored and impressed with the energy and enthusiasm at my very first EMC World conference.I spent my first 120 days with the company drinking from the proverbial fire hose – getting to know the company’s employees, business units and products and services. However, I was equally inspired by the unvarnished conversations I had with the more than 70 CIOs attending EMC’s CIO Summit at EMC World.As a former EMC outsider and host of the Summit, I understand and empathize with the challenges and opportunities facing CIOs today. After all, I have walked a mile (or two) in their shoes as a CIO over the last 20 years. Sure, there was excitement around the latest product news during the conference, but a lot of our conversations revolved around how we, as CIOs, should approach the 3rd platform, defined by IDC as the next-generation compute platform comprised of mobile, cloud, big data and social media.While the panels and discussions delved into the practical and tactical, there were a few major themes that rose to the top for me.Now more than ever, CIOs are under pressure to get the most out of resources and rein in operational expenses. Like most of the CIO Summit attendees, EMC’s IT organization turned to virtualization, converged infrastructure, consolidation and cloud computing to tackle this challenge.Although return on investment (ROI) is always a critical measure, today’s CIOs must find ways to reduce disruption, increase IT effectiveness and improve an organization’s time-to-value. Behind the scenes, we are striving to be highly automated while embracing IT Service Management and offering IT as a Service.CIOs have always grappled with getting the most value from data. However, telemetry data generation is exponentially outpacing traditional data growth, so we must embrace new technologies and approaches to unlock the potential of Big Data analytics for speeding time-to-market and time-to-value.The 3rd platform is all about delivering a high quality experience for our data-driven mobile and social users. For CIOs, this means enabling users’ freedom and agility, while continuing to secure your company’s intellectual property. The future is still being written in this area, but it is sure to be a compelling topic in 2013 and 2014.Last, but not least, CIOs must navigate the organizational evolution that accompanies our journey to the 3rd platform. This includes advancing the skills and capabilities we have throughout the IT organization to meet the needs of tomorrow, as well as establishing executive-level rapport and relationships to dynamically evolve to meet the needs of the business.Ultimately, the CIO Summit at EMC World offered me an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas to focus on what is on the mind of like-minded CIOs. It was also a pleasant reminder that I am not alone on this journey. Together, we can break the confines of traditional IT and share best practices to contemporize IT and drive real world and real-time business results.
“And the award goes to…”The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently hosted its annual 88th Academy Awards recognizing excellence in filmmaking. From the performances onscreen to the technical prowess behind the scenes, and of course, the fashion critics on the red carpet, this year’s honorees seemed to demonstrate how technology is helping bring the brilliant ideas from creative visionaries in filmmaking to fruition. We were excited to see when longtime Dell customer, Double Negative, took home the Best Visual Effects Oscar for “Ex Machina,” surpassing major blockbusters in the category like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The accolade means that Dell technology has now powered five of the last six Academy Awards in Visual Effects, including “Inception” (2010), “Hugo” (2011), “Gravity” (2013), and “Interstellar” (2014), along with numerous nominees. Double Negative was also the studio behind “Interstellar” and “Inception.”“Ex Machina” is a science fiction thriller that explores the intersection of humans and artificial intelligence at a whole new level. Double Negative helped introduce us to the character “Ava,” the world’s first artificial intelligence robot, who was portrayed by actress Alicia Vikander, also an Academy winner this year in the supporting actress category for “The Danish Girl.”Bringing Ava to life is a prime example of continued innovation in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and involved a mix of powerful, modern Dell technology. The team at Double Negative used a range of solutions, including Dell Precision workstations, Dell PowerEdge M1000 blade servers and Dell PowerVault MD storage. Our Dell Precision workstations are purpose-built inside and out for the high performance, customization, reliability and certification that filmmakers need to manage massive and critical workflows, like major motion pictures.Dell has been powering the media and entertainment industry for decades, and we’ve enjoyed working closely with VFX studios over the years to deliver the right solutions they need to enhance the experience for moviegoers. In addition to the CGI advancements of today, we’re also working with studios for the filmmaking needs of the future.Dell supports projects and movie making of all kinds, from major blockbusters to independent films, and enable filmmakers to bring great stories to life. Last fall, we partnered with the Austin Film Society to introduce the first-ever AFS Powered by Dell Grant to award funding and technology to independent filmmakers from Texas. We also partnered with actor Adrian Grenier, Dell’s Social Good Advocate, on a documentary film contest to create inspiring stories on the circular economy movement and the role of technology in creating a better future.We use our partnerships, activities and events to showcase the power of Dell technology in filmmaking and to drive positive impact on film society and culture. It is our passion to design and deliver solutions that can meet the demands of some of the most creative professionals in the world. So if that’s you and you want to learn more about how we can supercharge your creativity, check us out on YouTube or see the latest solutions online.
It’s a long-running, but not really funny, joke that the best thing about being a woman at a tech conference is there’s never a line for the restroom.“Men discovering lines for the restrooms at a tech conference. Welcome to our world for a visit.“— Karen López (@datachick) May 10, 2017ShareBut yesterday at Dell EMC World there was a line for the Women Advocating for Change luncheon. The room was full and there was a waiting list!Both Dell and EMC have historically held women’s luncheons at their customer conferences, so the popularity of this event, like so much else at Dell EMC World, is a realization of being better together.Americaʼs First African American Female Combat Pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour speaking at the Women Advocating for Change event at Dell EMC World 2017It’s also a testament to the fact that our customers want this. I sat next to one woman who was there because as the only female pre-sales engineer at her company, she welcomed the opportunity to mingle with other women in the tech industry. Encouraging that sort of opportunity is not just a once-a-year thing for our company, though.Dell Technologies’ people strategy is centered on building diverse, inclusive teams that make our global team members feel valued, engaged and inspired to do their best work in service of our customers and communities. It’s earned Dell a seventh year on Diversity Inc.’s Top 50.And it starts at the top. Yesterday’s luncheon wasn’t packed with just women. There were several “smart men,” as our guest speaker called them, also in attendance – including Michael Dell who graciously accepted many selfie requests while there.“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and the recognition,” Dell, who chairs our Global Diversity Council himself, told the crowd. “But we could do a lot more and that’s clearly our objective.”I asked one of the other men in attendance what brought him to the event and the thought of what the future holds for his daughter was his answer. He’s just one of our customers that Chief Customer Officer Karen Quintos says have told her they care about the issues of diversity and inclusion. She noted that they want to work with a partner who reflects them and their values.To help inspire attendees, Quintos brought to the stage Americaʼs First African American Female Combat Pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour. She’s certainly able to understand what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field.One of my main takeaways from her motivational message was the “tangibility of the possibility” and how important it is for women to be role models for future generations. Armour shared how she would have never thought to become a pilot if she had not seen another black woman in flight gear at a career day.So it’s heartening to think that all of these women at Dell EMC World will be going out there showing young girls that they can have a career in the tech industry. Then one day they’ll have the good fortune to endure waiting in line for the restroom at conferences like this.
It’s great to be a midrange storage customer. It’s a buyer’s market and there are literally dozens of vendors offering myriad data storage array choices to meet all kinds of workload needs. And if the wide variety of products wasn’t enough, vendors are also throwing in all kinds of extras to help lure customers to go with their product.It’s not enough to have the best product or even the lowest prices. Midrange storage buyers want assurances they’ll be getting the best customer experience and performance guarantees that will give them confidence they made the right purchase decision for their organization.Rather than play along with what other vendors offer, Dell EMC decided to go big with our new Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program, offering stronger and longer guarantees, and unique benefits such as a free cloud-based solution to store snapshots forever; a great new way to protect your business.The Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program gives customers a simple, cost-effective path to adopt new technologies and helps lower concerns about technology obsolescence.Looking for satisfaction and efficiency guarantees? Check. Those are in the program. Need worry-free migrations to new technology, coupled with hardware investment protection? Check. That too is in the program. Looking to try cloud storage in your midrange project? That’s free and you guessed it – in the program. And all of this is offered through our regular support agreements – no extra cost maintenance tiers or forced long-term support agreements.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ9dicRrL6sLet’s take a deeper look into these programs that our customers and partners can benefit from.Three-Year Satisfaction Guarantee*We’re so confident that our products will deliver on what we say they’ll provide, we’ll back this up with a long-term satisfaction guarantee. While some vendors may appear to have a similar program, ask them about the actual duration of their guarantee. Dell EMC is providing a three-year satisfaction guarantee, the longest in the industry. Our products will do what we say they will, or we’ll take it back.4:1 Storage Efficiency Guarantee*When moving to All-Flash storage, overall data efficiency is very important. You want maximum performance at minimal cost. Simply follow the best practices we recommend and we’ll back that up with a guarantee that we’ll reduce your storage capacity needs by 75%. We’ll make this offer without complex pre-assessments and restrictions as other vendors often do.Never-Worry Data Migrations Technology obsolescence is the top concern for some customers. With the rapid pace of technology innovations, getting stuck with old IT products is a potential liability. To dramatically change the game, we’re offering a simple plan to move to next generation Dell EMC technology, with seamless upgrades and built-in on-line data migration technology. For other vendors, this path often requires downtime or third-party products to facilitate data movement. With Dell EMC, we actually help remove the risk and worry.Hardware Investment Protection*We’ve talked about the rapid pace of IT infrastructure innovation. For many CTOs, technology obsolescence is a large liability. We understand that concern, and we’re announcing a solution to help our customers. With the hardware investment protection guarantee, we’re providing flexible credit that can be used towards newer technologies. This can used by our customers to continue with our midrange storage products, or they have the flexibility to use this credit for hyper-converged Infrastructure systems or almost anything else in the Dell EMC portfolio. This offers even greater choice, something that CTOs may not receive from other suppliers.All-Inclusive Software Applications*Business growth and IT needs are hard to determine at the onset of a storage project. Yet storage companies have traditionally required customers to either buy their storage software system up front, or offer complex line-item pricing. Customers want simplicity and everything they need over time to be included with the initial storage purchase. Everything you need to store, manage and protect data is included with your Dell EMC Unity or SC All-Flash purchase.Built-in Virtustream Storage Cloud* (for Dell EMC Unity at This Time)Snapshots provide fast, granular recovery intervals. As an alternative to tape or other data backup methods, customers are looking for the lowest possible cost to store their long-term snapshots and often the lowest cost option is the cloud. Now with the Built-in Cloud Storage Guarantee, Dell EMC Unity customers get “cloud in a box”. What could be easier – just automatically tier snapshots to their built-in Virtustream Storage Cloud for long-term snapshot retention. This is the most cost-effective way to create long-term system recovery points, and it’s all part of the Future-Proof program. Snapshots can live forever in the cloud.Today’s midrange storage customers require more than simply “good” products. They require full-featured, efficient products that are easy to purchase and configure, and provide key functionality to protect their data. To address the rapid pace of technology, which can render products obsolete, they also require innovative programs to ensure lasting value. We believe our new midrange storage products and programs will give our customers and partners added confidence to continue their IT Transformation efforts with Dell EMC as their most trusted supplier.Find out More: DellEMC.com/Future-ProofRead today’s companion blog: “New Products and Programs Will “Future-Proof” Your Dell EMC Midrange Storage Investments”[i] Customer must purchase a three year ProSupport agreement. Any refund would be prorated. Satisfaction is based on product compliance with product specifications.[ii] System must be setup according to best practices; 4:1 All Flash Storage Efficiency Agreement must be signed before purchase.[iii] Subject to terms and conditions of Dell EMC trade-in program.[iv] Includes all on-array and select off-array software needed to store, move, and manage data.[v] Free storage cloud capacity is limited to 20% of purchased storage capacity.
Michael Dell often says what we do here at Dell matters – to our customers, our employees and to people around the world. That belief drives me personally day in, day out for the last 30 years to deliver the best products and to take everything we do to the next level…from PC and infrastructure innovation to creating a closed-loop supply chain that reduces waste.Well, I’m incredibly proud to announce that Fortune has taken notice, naming Dell Technologies to its 2018 Most Admired Companies listing. This is, by far, one of the most exciting honors we’ve received – and in just our first year as our newly combined organization.I had the opportunity to share my perspective on what sets Dell Technologies apart, what I’m most proud of, the keys to our success and how we’re driving innovation. I, of course, had a lot to say – but there’s only so much room on one page! Fortune’s spotlight captures what makes Dell Technologies a global powerhouse. But there’s more to our story – so I’m sharing the Q&A conversation below.As our Chief Human Resources Officer Steve Price said on Direct2Dell, we owe a huge thank you to our employees, our customers and partners, and our leadership team. This honor is a reflection of our collective commitment to delivering game-changing technology, services and innovation – responsibly.What does it mean for Dell Technologies to be named one of the world’s most admired companies?It’s a real honor, especially for our 140,000 team members, and testament to the value of Dell Technologies – a unique family of businesses that exist to provide the essential infrastructure organizations need to realize their digital future and drive progress around the world. With the edge, data center and cloud capabilities of Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, Virtustream, RSA, Pivotal and Secureworks, customers can turn to us as their one-stop-shop for the full IT stack. We have a totally unique value proposition in the market. To be recognized by our customers and the entire business community as one of the most admired companies in the world just a year-and-a-half after Dell Technologies was born, is an incredibly proud moment for us.What company initiatives, products, or services are you most proud of? Innovation in our supply chain is a soft spot for me. Supply chain is a big part of Dell’s legacy we are extending across Dell Technologies. Through our supplier relationships, diversity in sourcing, operational excellence and transparency, we have one of the most innovative and effective supply chains in the world. This gives us scale that benefits our customers and makes technology more accessible to more people everywhere around the world.A little known fact: 70 percent of all the commercial RFPs we respond to ask about our sustainability commitment. A big part of that commitment is our sustainable supply chain. From reclaiming carbon fiber from aerospace, to upcycling ocean plastic into packaging, to recycling plastic back into our products and now piloting reuse of recycled gold from motherboards, sustainable business is smart business today.A few numbers worth touting. Since 2012, we have recycled more than 50 million pounds of content into new products. Since 2015, we have reused two million pounds of aerospace grade recycled carbon fiber in new Dell products that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. In Dec. 2017, we formed a working group called NextWave along with the Lonely Whale Foundation, GM, Trek Bicycle, Herman Miller and Microsoft to open source our ocean plastics supply chain work to expand use cases of this trash. We anticipate that together we’ll divert more than three million pounds of plastics from entering the ocean within five years. The equivalent to keeping 66M water bottles from washing out to sea. While this is only a drop in the ocean of plastic trash, it’s a good start. Plus, we’re able to do it while cutting our own packaging costs.What is Dell Technologies’ approach to ongoing success? As a 30-year veteran of the company, I’ve seen us grow while maintaining our risk-taking, fast-decision-making culture. A bias to action is a real strength for us. Michael has said it many times that our unique structure as Dell Technologies allows us to be nimble and innovative like a startup with the scale of a global powerhouse.That is one attribute the strategically aligned businesses, like VMware, especially add value. Dell has a big footprint in many large markets creating access and acceleration in products we develop together like VxRail – the only fully integrated, preconfigured and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance on the market. VMware’s success just earned them the No. 6 spot on Fortune’s inaugural Future 50 list, the ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth. Put the scale of Dell and Dell EMC with the growth potential of VMware, Pivotal, Virtustream, RSA and Secureworks, that’s a winning combination. That’s what gets us excited about the future and what we can deliver for customers.What are the key ways Dell Technologies is driving innovation?When it comes to innovation, culture is everything. Yes, we heavily invest in R&D – approximately $4.5B annually – but it’s our approach to innovation, I think, that sets us apart. It is iterative. We don’t innovate for innovation sake. We focus our investments on technologies that will make the biggest difference for customers and society. Emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and immersive computing like Augmented and Virtual Reality.In a world where the cost of processing power is decreasing and every object is becoming smart – we’ll soon have 100 billion connected devices, approaching one trillion soon after that, IoT is one focus area where we’re betting big. In October 2017, we announced a $1 billion investment in IoT bringing together capabilities from Pivotal, VMware, Dell EMC, Storage and Server innovation, and Dell IoT gateways designed to enable IoT applications. Combine all that with what we’ll see made possible through the power of AI, we’ll accelerate automation, speed decision making and drive a new level of business innovation.We are also very progressive when it comes to accessing and cultivating talent. We have a talent plan just like we have a business plan – and the needs of each business dictates our strategy.At Pivotal, for example, the combination of technology and people gives customers what they need to accelerate the digital transformation. Pivots are what set Pivotal apart. Developers working together in open, inspiring workspaces around the world where they can teach and learn from each other, demonstrate empathy, trust, respect, communication, feedback, and collaboration at every turn.At Dell and Dell EMC where location is less important, we approach work as an activity not a place. This mindset gives us flexibility to access the very best talent no matter where they live. Technology now makes it possible to work from almost anywhere — and we lead by example as we help our customers go through their own workforce transformations to create sustainable and innovative business models.How does Dell Technologies continue to serve its customers in the face of dynamic change?It’s all about anticipating the technology advancements, trends and market dynamics that will have the most meaningful impact on the way we work, live and do business and then partnering with customers like GE, Salesforce and millions more to ensure they have an IT strategy in place that helps them realize their digital future.Take PCs. Whether processing power, bandwidth, storage capacity or display technology – everything improves 10X every five years. That means 15 years from now, we’ll have another 1000X the power, speed, efficiency and capacity we have today. Think of the possibilities this creates for end users. Combine what PCs will create with the immense data generated by those 1 trillion IoT devices, and it’s clear that having an infrastructure game plan that spans the edge, the data center and the cloud is critical. This is a huge undertaking for IT organizations and where we come in to help make digital and IT transformation possible.Like helping companies think through their multi-cloud approach. Having a multi-cloud strategy is key to meeting business needs, but with it comes the risk of cloud siloes and the inability to fully exploit data analytics and AI initiatives. Where we see cloud going is the emergence of the ‘mega cloud,’ weaving together multiple private and public clouds that operate as a holistic system. To make this possible, we’ll need to create multi-cloud innovations in networking (to move data between clouds), storage (to place data in the right cloud), compute (to utilize the best processing and acceleration for the workloads), orchestration (to link networking, storage and compute together across clouds) and, as a new opportunity, customers will have to incorporate AI and ML to bring automation and insight to a new level from this next generation IT environment.Living in a world of dynamic change is challenging, but it’s one reason I love what I do and is an attribute of the Dell culture our people love, too. And it’s why we are a trusted partner to our customers to help them make business sense of all this change. The companies that understand and embrace the changing way we work will be the leaders in IT and digital transformation. They will be the ones who unlock the power of their people; free up IT to manage change not technology; and invest in strategic priorities and innovate for the future. I’ve never been more optimistic about the future than I am today.
I’ve said it many times on the show, “Without an application, you don’t need infrastructure,” it’s as true today as ever. A cloud is… Infrastructure, sometimes it’s in your data center, sometimes it is managed by someone else.Simplifying the deployment of the infrastructure to support those applications provides the speed to market needed to deploy applications faster. Dell EMC Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes and Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Oracle provide the infrastructure needed to deploy quickly and successfully the first time.The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes has been carefully designed to streamline SAP landscapes to reduce complexity and maintenance costs, while giving you better performance and investment protection for your mission-critical data.The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Oracle is purpose-built to support OLTP, OLAP and test/dev at the same time without sacrificing performance or storage space.The Dell EMC Ready Solutions portfolio encompasses a wide selection of options, purpose-built for today’s top IT transformation goals. Whether you’re tapping into the power of HPC, enabling better decision-making with big data analytics, streamlining the data center with software-defined infrastructure, or giving a boost to the latest mission‑critical business applications, Dell EMC has a solution ready for your key workloads.I spent some time with Sam Lucido (@sam_lucido) from our technical marketing team on the show floor of Dell Technologies World 2018 to get details. Listen in on our conversation in this latest episode:Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Editor’s note May 21, 2020: This blog identifies Dell Provisioning for Workspace ONE. Please note we have since rebranded this solution to ProDeploy in the Unified Workspace. To learn more about how to Deploy, Secure, Manage and Support your devices click here.You’re the resident IT decision maker for a fast-growing company that has recently opened a new office. A new hire named Leah started this morning. Your company mission statement of efficiency and innovation aligns with her personal values. It’s near the end of her first day and you still haven’t been able to set up her workstation. While you’re spending precious time chasing down the device and trouble-shooting issues, her opinion of her new IT team and new employer begins to sour.Whether a company is expanding and onboarding new employees, or is deploying replacement PCs, Dell Provisioning for VMware Workspace ONE could save the day.Why is it so hard to get the right PCs into the hands of employees? We’re talking about a process that hasn’t changed for years. Change can be good – the way forward. My team at Dell wants to give IT the time and headspace to focus on bigger problems, rather than spending more time than necessary setting up new hires and deploying new devices to existing end users.That’s why we created Dell Provisioning for VMware Workspace ONE, which provides a ready-to-work experience for employees. Here’s how it works:We streamline configuration and delivery by provisioning PCs with applications, settings, domain and directory join info and more, in advance.The PC is delivered, and at first boot the user sees a few setup screens, then signs in to Workspace ONE.Once authenticated, employees can access a personalized app catalog.There’s no need for unhappy employees – whether it’s end users waiting for PCs, or IT departments mired in manual configuration and imaging, repackaging and reshipment. It’s all done for you, from edge to core to cloud. And if you are looking for more support, we can provide services throughout the lifecycle with PC as a Service.Cloud-based management from VMware Workspace ONE is integrated with the Dell Client Command Suite tools that customers already love for BIOS and system updates, and power management, to name a few.We are committed to supporting our customers, wherever they are on their journey to cloud-based management. Our new provisioning solution delivers value to customers, efficiently and intelligently. We are committed to you.
Converged infrastructure (CI) drives complexity out of IT and transforms daily business operations so organizations can focus on what sets them apart. I hear these points from Dell Technologies customers all the time—like a mantra!As the VMworld 2020 online event begins, I’m reminded how VMware innovations (including vSphere virtualization) have always been at the heart of that amazing Dell Technologies CI value proposition. We focus on delivering perpetual value by continually building in the latest and best VMware technologies through our CI engineering best practices.One example is Dell EMC VxBlock Central—software that provides system-level awareness, automation and analytics. We’ve integrated it with VMware vRealize Suite to support and facilitate the VMware-based cloud operating model for VxBlock customers. A new VxBlock Central cloud dashboard extends that value by providing a lifecycle management view with key milestones for all system components across the stack (VMware and more), making upgrade decisions easier.Mission-critical private and hybrid cloud will become easier than ever with the release of expanded VMware technology options for VxBlock 1000:VMware NSX-T 3.0 Data Center, upgradable from 2.5 – available nowVMware vSphere 7.0, upgradable from 6.7 and 6.5 – planned availability Q4 2020A new VMware vSAN-based model of the VxBlock management domain, also known as the Advanced Management Platform – planned availability Q4 2020We’ve developed and tailored this solution to take advantage of the strengths of proven three-tiered infrastructure. It enables customers to:Deploy a strong, prescriptive network virtualization and security foundationMore easily develop a mix of traditional and cloud-native applications for the same infrastructureDerive more value from their Fibre Channel (FC) storage arrays (i.e. for workload domains)Scale the benefits to diverse end points (multiple systems and sites) with required high availability and reliability via the vSAN-based management domainTake advantage of flexibility to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) on the same infrastructure in the futureI invite you to learn more about the solution in the related on-demand technical session [VCNC1766] presented by Dell Technologies VxBlock 1000 Product Manager Martin Hayes for VMworld 2020.Learn more about the perpetual value of VMware in Dell Technologies converged infrastructure.
The upgraded supercomputer gives TGen the processing power of 3,000 Intel® Xeon® processing cores, giving researchers 1 million CPU hours per month to perform 50 trillion operations per second. The genomics sequencing system also offers more than 3 petabytes of Dell EMC Isilon scale-out network-attached storage.The upgrade cuts the data processing time from two weeks to just eight hours. This dramatic performance improvement enables TGen to deliver personalized treatments that save lives, sooner. It’s also helping TGen unravel the secrets of infectious diseases, which are also DNA-based organisms. That’s helping the institute take an active role in the fight against COVID-19. TGen has developed an RNA test for COVID-19 and has been testing local patients since March 2020. The researchers are sequencing all of the positive test results and building a biobank of genetic signatures for the disease over time.Researchers at TGen can then use the insights gained from sequencing the virus to search for drugs that might be effective against it. As part of this project, TGen can analyze data on the Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab’s Zenith supercomputer. As an affiliate of City of Hope, TGen is contributing to the preclinical development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.According to TGen CIO James Lowey, “Over a number of years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many people at Dell who are really passionate about what they do and believe in the mission. I think Michael Dell puts it best when he says it’s not just about building technology for technology’s sake. It’s about building technology to solve problems, to work in the real work and to make a difference. That philosophy aligns very closely with what we are trying to do here at TGen. Having a partner who is truly invested in trying to change things for the better is absolutely critical. That’s something we value immensely.”A new case study outlines the long relationship between TGen and Dell Technologies, as well as the technical details and astounding results of the recent NGS system upgrade and its impact on COVID-19 research.To learn more read the case study and Come visit us at SC20. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:30Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Located in Phoenix Arizona, TGen is a nonprofit medical research institute affiliated with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for life-threatening diseases.TGen leverages multiple Dell Technologies supercomputers to unravel the secrets of the human genome and develop precision medicines for diseases such as COVID and other infectious diseases, cancer, neurological disorders, and rare childhood disorders. TGen uses its supercomputing power to identify more precise and personal treatment options, sooner, to save more lives.For example, TGen is already running an HPC cluster used primarily for pathogen genomics and is in the process of building a newer system based on Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Servers with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Dell EMC Isilon storage and Dell EMC PowerSwitch networking.TGen and City of Hope also have a GPU-centric system based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 and R640 Servers with NVIDIA® V100 GPUs, Dell EMC PowerSwitch networking and Dell EMC Isilon network attached storage that they use primarily for molecular dynamics simulations.Now, an upgraded HPC system, originally built by TGen, Dell Technologies and Intel in 2012, is enabling TGen to handle the massive quantities of data involved in genome sequencing. Building the system was no small engineering feat, because next-generation sequencing (NGS) typically captures a terabyte or more of data each time a sequencer runs, and TGen runs multiple sequencers run around the clock. TGen needed an HPC system capable of storing, processing and computing against those massive data sets—with a goal of dramatically reducing time to results.
PARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital. With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. The designer says he started out learning how to draw, but now he realizes he also needs to learn how to become a filmmaker. He was speaking at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. The fashion industry — along with the retail industry in general — has been hard-hit by pandemic restrictions.