Today, organizations with a modernized infrastructure (aka “modernized” firms) are much better positioned to handle emerging technologies than their competitors with aging hardware. Modernized firms can quickly scale to meet changing needs. They understand the importance of flexibility, especially when it comes to handling demanding applications and processing the insane amount of data inundating us from all angles!The right software-defined data center (SDDC) solutions can help organizations address those heavy demands and accommodate future growth. SDDC breaks down traditional silos and plays a critical role in a firm’s data center transformation. Since all elements in an SDDC are virtualized – servers, storage, and networking – they can easily adapt and decrease the time to deploy new applications.With all these benefits, it’s no surprise that most organizations see value in SDDC as a long-term strategy. They want to be there, and know they need to be there to succeed long-term. But getting to that point is a journey – and one that must start with the right foundation.Setting the Record StraightWhen it comes to SDDC, one of the biggest misconceptions is that hardware doesn’t really matter. Those of us in hardware don’t take it personally (after all, it is SDDC, not HDDC). But that mindset couldn’t be further from the truth. Having the right hardware doesn’t just matter, it’s critical. Why? For one thing, SDDC runs on hardware. This may seem like a given, but without the right servers in place you can’t do all the other cool stuff that comes along with SDDC. Servers are the foundation of SDDC, and without a solid foundation? Well, we all know what happened to the guy that built his house on the sand…To provide a little more context, here are 6 Reasons Hardware Matters in an SDDC: Increased Capacity: Because SDDC runs on hardware, performance is constrained by the capacity and limitations of your servers. You’re forced to operate within the boundaries of resources available, and if those resources are limited, your SDDC capabilities will be, too.Faster Deployment: A modern infrastructure helps reduce the time it takes to deploy new applications. Automation tools such as zero touch deployment make life a lot easier for your IT staff. With aging infrastructure, it can take IT organizations days, weeks, or even months to deploy new versions of applications in their data centers. Modernized servers help to drastically reduce this time. Scalability – The right hardware enables you to more easily scale to meet your changing needs. Modernized servers support data growth, because they give you the capability to add additional resources such as memory. You can scale out to meet business demands, avoiding infrastructure “sprawl.”Emerging Workloads – Today’s workloads are more complex than those of the past. Emerging workloads that require large amounts of parallelized computation need modernized servers designed specifically to support them. If your organization uses (or plans to use) predictive analytics, machine learning, or deep learning you need to have the right infrastructure in place. A recent study by Forrester found that 67% of servers purchased in the next year will be used to support emerging technology workloads including IoT, additive manufacturing, computer vision, predictive analytics, and edge computing.Customized Workload Placement – Another benefit to modernized servers is the ability to customize your workload placement based on your specific needs and resources. This means you can run some workloads on-premises (such as data-sensitive applications), while keeping others in the cloud. For example, PowerEdge MX7000, which was designed specifically for SDDC, is a modular, software-defined infrastructure that can assign, move, and scale shared pools of compute, storage, and fabric with greater flexibility and efficiency.Improved IT Staff Productivity – With aging infrastructure, your IT staff likely spends a large chunk of their time managing day-to-day tasks. This doesn’t leave much time to focus on strategy or work on things that will contribute to overall business results. Modernized servers help you automate tasks, making it much easier to deploy, monitor, and maintain, so your staff can add more value in other areas.The journey to an SDDC can be challenging, and unfortunately the path to get there isn’t clear cut. But if you start with a solid foundation, including the right servers, you’ll be positioned to adapt and grow to meet your changing business needs.For more info about the importance of server refresh and modern infrastructure, check out Forrester’s recent study Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success or the Dell EMC eBook The Journey to a Software-Defined Data Center.To learn more about PowerEdge, visit dellemc.com/servers, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers. A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, “Why Faster Refresh Cycles and Modern Infrastructure Management Are Critical to Business Success,” May 2019.
Thank you. Thank you to all the Dell Technologies customers we are privileged to support with powerful infrastructure utilizing the latest technologies that business-critical applications demand — from core data centers to public clouds and edge locations. A recent roundup of IDC Tracker articles offers proof points that more customers and partners are choosing Dell Technologies as their infrastructure provider, across these 15 technologies:Public & Private Cloud IT Infrastructure (servers, storage, and Ethernet switch)Total Enterprise Storage SystemsAll-Flash ArraysHybrid Flash ArraysExternal Enterprise Storage Systems (Entry, Midrange, High-End)Hyperconverged SystemsConverged SystemsServers (Revenue and Units)x86 Servers (Revenue and Units)Purpose-Built Backup ApplianceNASOpen SANEnterprise Storage for Private Cloud IT InfrastructureStorage SoftwareCertified Reference Systems and Integrated InfrastructureThis achievement would not be possible without the many customers who look to us for the infrastructure modernization that can transform business and unleash new levels of performance across entire organizations.Our unwavering focus on listening to customers is what drives the relentless innovation, comprehensive portfolio and open, standards-based approach we take.This is how we do it:Breakthrough innovation We invest heavily in creating high-speed and highly resilient compute, storage, and data protection systems, data management and mobility solutions, and hybrid cloud solutions to ensure customers benefit from industry-leading innovation.Comprehensive portfolio From Dell endpoint devices to Dell EMC core infrastructure to Dell Technologies Cloud, our end-to-end capability stands in stark contrast to the limited portfolios of pure-play technology providers that have the same answer for every problem. We know that no two customers are alike. So we provide choice, acting as trusted consultants with a broad portfolio of leading solutions.Open, standards-based approach While others may take a closed approach to lock in customers, Dell EMC embraces collaborative partnerships through driving industry standards efforts and with leading providers, investing for customers to support 3rd-party technologies and open standards, bringing interoperability within and across the full edge-to-core-to-cloud continuum.Flexible payment and support solutions Whether you’re a global organization needing pay-per-use technology or a rapidly growing company with technology needs that outpace your current budget, our payment solutions can help you meet business challenges. Add to that our range of global support services that maximize productivity and uptime so you can focus on innovation, not maintenance.Clearly, what puts us first is that we put our customers first. It’s acknowledgment that we’re doing a good job of understanding the challenges of organizations of all types and sizes. It’s recognition that we’re delivering the advanced infrastructure with the latest technologies customers need to attain the success they seek. For that, we are beyond grateful. For that, we say again to our customers, thank you for trusting Dell EMC as the strong, safe choice to help you succeed today and for years to come.Sources:IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q1, Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, 2019Q1, Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, 2019Q1, Vendor Revenue (Servers and Storage)IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, 2019Q1, Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Server Tracker, 2019Q1, Units & Vendor RevenueIDC WW Storage Software and Cloud Services QView, 2019Q1, Vendor Revenue
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defense lawyer says a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol attack hasn’t been recovered by investigators. Public defender A.J. Kramer told a federal judge Tuesday that investigators didn’t find it in Riley Jean Williams’ car or home in Harrisburg. The 22-year-old Williams is accused of helping steal the laptop, which a Pelosi aide has said was only used for presentations. Prosecutors say there’s evidence Williams directed others to delete data after the attack. A judge in Washington restricted Williams’ internet access while she awaits trial.