The volume was rising in the room. We sat in pairs facing each other and spoke about our careers and aspirations, our interests and our challenges. Twenty minutes later, the bell rang. Everyone switched partners and began the next conversation. The process repeated once more, until over 150 conversations had taken place. It was another successful session of “Speed Coaching.”The time I spent coaching confirmed the importance of championing diversity and inclusion at EMC. What if we were able to draw out all 50,000 of our employees in the way that we did during this hour? What if we were able to realize the full power of their stories, their passions, and their expertise? As a global company and community, we would know so much more about how to keep EMC innovative, creative, inclusive and competitive. But how do we achieve this at hundreds of locations around the world?As a technology leader, EMC builds lasting customer relationships through the power of our portfolio – the combination of products, solutions and services that are unique to us. Our investments in diversity and inclusion offer the same opportunity to create lasting value. Throughout the world, our efforts are being recognized. We recently received a Disability Matters award for our work with disabled employees in India. We maintained our perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign for offering a positive working environment for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees. We were honored by the government of Spain for our efforts in gender equality. We were named as one of the best companies for veterans, and for the first time we were listed as one of 25 Noteworthy Companies by DiversityInc.We are proud of all of these accomplishments, and they inspire us to continue the work that is still ahead. We realize that our efforts need to extend beyond our company and into the communities where we live and work. Our ongoing commitment to supporting STEM education is helping build confidence and skills for future generations. You will find EMC colleagues volunteering their time for “An Hour of Code” instruction at local schools in Boston and bringing students into EMC labs in Ireland to prepare for robotics competitions. In addition to the practical knowledge they are sharing, our employee volunteers serve as role models for developing careers and giving back.We express our support for gender equality in many ways. Chapters of our Women’s Leadership Forum reach around the world, and EMC was proud to serve as host or lead sponsor at recent regional conferences for women in Boston, Silicon Valley, London and Beijing. As a presenter, I remember looking out at the hundreds of women in the audience and thinking how much power and potential were present. As we prepared for a day of listening to highly accomplished and committed leaders in a variety of industries, I asked everyone to be sure to find themselves in the stories they heard. The differences in our stories are the diversity that makes us stronger, and by considering our own stories through the examples of others, inspiration becomes action.We recently invited all of our employees around the globe to access the online resources of DiversityInc, to learn more about the ways we can be more inclusive as we work together. Our greatest success will come when everyone at EMC is comfortable bringing their full selves to work every day knowing that every idea, every perspective, is valued. We are committed to the journey, and to all that we will learn along the way.
Technology can help educators transform traditional classrooms into flexible environments that enable 21st century learning anywhere, anytime. Dell EMC, the infrastructure solutions business of Dell Technologies, partners with schools to enable them to reinvent teaching and learning in a way that embraces the digital age. Together, we design learning experiences that encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity among teachers and students alike.Dell offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions designed to provide student access in the classroom, in the lab or at home. From Windows or Chrome OS-based laptops and 2-in-1s to projectors and displays, Dell is committed to providing the cutting-edge technology that encourages student exploration and expression of creative thought.New Dell Chromebook 5000 SeriesTo complement our comprehensive offerings of collaborative, mobile and data-driven solutions, we are thrilled to announce the new Dell Chromebook 5000 series . These Dell Chromebooks (5190) are available in 11-inch clamshell or 2-in-1 convertible form factors, and deliver improved performance, more than 13 hours of battery life, the ultimate in durability for students and advanced features tailor-made for the classroom environment.Dell is the only tier-one PC manufacturer that has fully ruggedized laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s in its portfolio. Learnings and design elements from the rigorous testing done on the Rugged portfolio find their way into the education products as well, including scratch-resistant displays, reinforced hinges, spill-resistant keyboards and chassis designed to survive drops.The Dell Chromebook 5000 series is built to withstand common accidents that may happen in the classroom or on the go with a new robust chassis design that survives 48-inch drop tests and 30-inch drop tests onto steel (the approximate height of a classroom desk on the harshest possible surface). Plus, Dell is the first Chromebook manufacturer with the ability to claim its devices can withstand 10,000 micro-drops. With 4-inch drops performed in multiple angles, Dell could replicate student device damage seen at two to four-year usage.Other new features exclusive to the Dell Chromebook 5000 series include World Facing Camera options for creating videos, EMR pen support for a natural pen-to-paper writing experience, USB Type-C connectivity for easy connections to external drives and other peripherals, and dual-core and quad-core Intel Celeron processors for faster performance. The Dell Chromebook 5190 devices will be available starting in February 2018 and pricing will start at $289.Dell at #BETT2018: Redefining the ClassroomThe announcement of the Dell Chromebook 5190 solutions comes as part of Dell EMC’s participation as an exhibitor at the BETT Show, taking place January 24-27 in London. To learn more about how Dell EMC is helping educators transform education, visit stand B320.Visit http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/k-12-solutions to learn more about how Dell EMC can be a partner in helping how schools and institutions to embrace new learning environments, redefine classrooms and drive successful student outcomes.
Chances are, if you’ve ever rented an apartment, you’ve interfaced with RealPage. Rental real estate is a trillion-dollar-a-year market and this Dell EMC customer has the largest database of lease transactions in the country.RealPage specializes in helping property management firms handle everything from rentals and leasing to marketing and accounting on a variety of properties including apartments, single-family homes, vacation rentals and commercial real estate. In addition, some smaller real estate firms rely on RealPage for complete IT-as-a-service solutions. The company provides on-demand, cloud-based software and data analytics 24/7 to more than 12,000 clients in North America, Europe and Asia.When its previous servers couldn’t keep pace with client demands, RealPage turned to Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.“With our previous servers, we were struggling to add properties for one of our largest and best clients. The PowerEdge R940xa solved our scaling problem, enabling us to easily handle the growing workloads and continue to expand our relationship with them.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageBillions of reasons to refreshRealPage is one of the world’s largest software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers as well as one of the ten biggest users of Microsoft SQL—with more than 100,000 Microsoft SQL databases and 11 PB of storage. On peak days, the company processes over five billion transactions and produces two million reports for clients.Recently, RealPage decided to do a rapid server refresh using Dell EMC PowerEdge.“We chose Dell EMC PowerEdge servers not only for their speed and throughput, but also because various models are tailored for different workloads.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageFor its SQL databases in a VMware virtualized environment, the company chose PowerEdge R740 rack servers. For its other spiraling workloads, RealPage opted for the extreme scale and performance of PowerEdge R940xa servers.Workhorse substantially reduces SQL licensing costsMicrosoft SQL licensing is determined by the number of server cores used. With RealPage’s enormous deployment, these costs represent a major expense. The company’s new PowerEdge servers help it deliver on-demand software and analytics solutions much more cost effectively.“The PowerEdge R740 is the workhorse for our SQL Server environment—reducing our server needs by one third with significant license fee savings.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageDiving into a data lakeAnother project RealPage tackled recently was to begin building the nation’s largest shared data repository of lease transactions. This is used for operational and market forecasting, rental pricing and more.RealPage was initially told by numerous vendors that it wouldn’t be possible to dive into a data lake without using “bare metal” solutions. Then, the company talked to Dell EMC.“Dell EMC solved our data lake challenge with PowerEdge servers running in a VMware environment with Dell EMC Isilon network-attached storage,” remarks Carter. “This gave us the power and throughput we needed, while reducing physical storage by two-thirds. We also didn’t have to retrain our IT team to deal with bare metal.”Maintaining a mutually beneficial relationshipRealPage has partnered with Dell EMC throughout RealPage’s two decades in business. Over the years, Dell’s single-provider support has been essential.“With Dell, we get world-class support, so we can avoid the finger-pointing you get with competing vendors. This is a key to our relationship.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPage Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:47Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:47 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Read the case study to learn more about how RealPage runs its business on Dell EMC. For additional information about PowerEdge servers, visit dellemc.com/servers. Join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.
SmartFabric Director – a Joint collaboration effort between Dell Technologies and VMWare – had the following goals in mind, as we embarked on the project:Simplicity: Reduce the steps to deploy a fabric while providing a single point for fabric lifecycle management.Openness: Support for open standards to maximize flexibility, interoperability and technology investment.Consistency: Apply a consistent policy and automation framework across physical and virtual environments to reduce complexity while increasing efficiency.API-First DesignMost Enterprises have a variety of applications and tools to aid the Data Center Networks. It was important for SFD to fit into the Customers’ Software Architecture, which meant supporting programmatic interfaces and not just GUI. SFD has an API-First mindset – anything support through the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is also supported through an API – from Day One. SFD supports a REST based Northbound API to enable orchestration systems to programmatically use the product.gNMIgNMI (gRPC Network Management Interface) is a protocol that provides the mechanism to manipulate (create, update, delete) the configuration of network devices, and state retrieval. The content provided can be modeled with, but not limited to, YANG objects using a path consisting of elements names and map attributes. gNMI uses vendor neutral Openconfig YANG Objects to describe the elements and attributes. gNMI is built on top of gRPC.gRPCgRPC an open source framework developed by Google and managed by CNCF (Cloud Native Compute Foundation). The RPC framework built on top of HTTP/2. The framework allows for Unary, server streaming, client streaming and bi-directional streaming RPCs. gNMI allows for Multiplexing of RPCs over a single channel provided by library.ProtoBufData exchanged between SFD and Switches is encoded using Google Protocol Buffers. Protocol Buffers (a.k.a., protobuf) are language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanisms for serializing structured data.OpenConfigOpenConfig started as an informal working group of network operators with the goal of moving networks toward a more dynamic, programmable infrastructure by adopting software-defined networking principles such as declarative configuration and model-driven management and operations. Initial focus of OpenConfig is on compiling a consistent set of vendor-neutral data models (written in YANG) based on operational needs from use cases and requirements from multiple network operators. Openconfig also enables Streaming telemetry for network monitoring in which data is streamed from devices continuously with efficient, incremental updates. Operators can subscribe to the specific data items they need, using OpenConfig data models as the common interface.For more on Dell EMC SmartFabric Director, visit our website here. As modern, open and software-driven networks change how cloud providers and enterprises approach the data center, the need to simplify management and increase efficiency across virtual and physical network environments has never been greater.The Dell EMC SmartFabric Director enables data center operators to build, operate and monitor an open network underlay fabric based on Dell EMC Open Networking PowerSwitch Series switches. SmartFabric Director automates and simplifies the provisioning and monitoring of the fabric using Openconfig based models and protocols. Tight integration with VMware vSphere and NSX-T allows SmartFabric Director to dramatically simplify fabric provisioning for dynamic virtualized workloads and overlays.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space experts say they will examine soil samples brought back from a distant asteroid in an attempt to find the source of heat that altered the celestial body, in their search for clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say they have made a preliminary examination of 5.4 grams (0.19 ounce) of soil which the Hayabusa2 spacecraft brought back in December from the asteroid Ryugu, more than 300 million kilometers (190 million miles) from Earth. The scientists say the asteroid was exposed billions of years ago to extremely high temperatures, possibly caused by an internal source of heat or planetary collisions rather than heat from the sun.