Converged Infrastructure Simplifies VMware’s Software Defined Data Center

first_imgAs the journey to the hybrid cloud continues to take shape, the requirements of both traditional and new, ‘born in the cloud’ applications are evolving and putting entirely new demands on IT organizations. Customers are looking for the flexibility of software-defined network virtualization with the simplicity of converged infrastructure and, in recent months, we’ve seen a number of customers look to make VCE the foundation for their VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).I can’t say I blame them.Business is demanding the same agility they see in virtualized compute across the entire converged infrastructure, and the network is holding them back. The network needs to deliver the same operational performance and efficiency enabled by virtualization.By adopting VMware NSX with a VxBlock System, organizations are gaining the ability to deploy new business applications at cloud speed by eliminating the networking deployment and management bottleneck through the innovative networking virtualization technology from VMware. The tight alignment of VCE and VMware makes it simple for IT administrators to manage cloud resources and enable an agile operational model for networking and security to help drive business innovation. VMware NSX further extends the core benefits of VCE’s converged infrastructure by:Enabling customers to provision multi-tier, secure virtual networks as fast as spinning up VMsDramatically reducing risk exposure through security that moves with workloads rather than being tied to hardware componentsReduce DR Recovery Time Objective (TTO) by up to 80%, with virtual networksFrom planning to deployment and management, VCE converged infrastructure is the optimal foundation for deploying a software defined data center that provides flexibility and agility to all aspects of the data center operations.last_img read more

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Cloud Computing Is the next Business Platform: What This Means for Your Organization

first_imgFor IT organizations, cloud computing can dramatically impact not only technical infrastructure but also skill sets, processes and operations—often in unanticipated ways. In fact, cloud computing is fundamentally changing how both IT and businesses “get things done”.  More than just a technology, cloud is now THE core business platform for all digital enterprises.Most successful organizations today are leveraging multiple cloud solutions from multiple cloud providers. It’s now a multi-cloud world. The implications of the rapid and inexorable shift to a multi-cloud reality are still emerging. This creates potential for confusion and uncertainty over the best way to leverage various cloud environments to transform IT, to drive competitive differentiation, enhance customer satisfaction and unlock business value.In this paper we explore how multi-cloud is accelerating digital transformation and outline Dell EMC’s perspective on the implications cloud brings for three significant areas.Security strategies need to be evolved into new shared responsibility models, and new application security-as-a-service technologies can be implemented to apply contextual intelligence at the application level to continually monitor for changes that indicate a threat.“Cloud-native” application architectures are essential for creating innovative new software. Integrated cloud-native platforms create time-to-value and operational benefits, and when chosen carefully, a cloud-native platform can provide flexibility for deploying applications in various public or private clouds.Infrastructure-as-a-Service [IaaS] is a powerful tool to streamline the operation and management of existing applications so that resources saved can be reallocated to innovation. With hybrid cloud IaaS, existing data center and application investments can be protected and extended by creating bridges to public cloud when and where appropriate.You can download a personal copy of this paper here.Cloud computing is now an essential ingredient for every organizations’ business strategy—not just their IT operations. Cloud computing is the next business platform on which all businesses will execute rapid customized delivery of new digitally enabled products and services—all organizations will need to harness cloud to be successful.Your journey to a multi-cloud reality needs to be based on sound strategy and meticulous execution of tactics for enhancing security, building cloud-native applications with an integrated cloud-native platform, and optimizing traditional business applications with IaaS. Organizations that put these elements at the heart of their multi-cloud strategy can best take advantage of the robust benefits cloud technologies provide and achieve their most important business goals as they execute on their digital transformation.Learn more with these resourcesHow Cloud is Transforming Business (and What Your Organization Should Do About It)Dell EMC Cloud SolutionsPivotal Cloud FoundryDell EMC PowerEdge ServersDell EMC Converged and Hyper-converged solutionslast_img read more

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New Server Hits the Machine-Learning Track

first_imgThe new Dell EMC DSS 8440 server accelerates machine learning and other compute-intensive workloads with the power of up to 10 GPUs and high-speed I/O with local storage.As high-performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence converge, the trend toward GPU-accelerated computing is shifting into high gear. In a sign of this momentum, the TOP500 organization notes that new GPU-accelerated supercomputers are changing the balance of power on the TOP500 list. This observation came in 2018 when a periodic update to the list found that most of the new flops came from GPUs instead of CPUs.[1]This shift to GPU-accelerated computing is having a major impact on the HPC market. IDC projects that the accelerated server infrastructure market will grow to more than $25 billion by 2022, with the accelerator portion accounting for more than half of that volume.[2]“With AI manifesting itself in the datacenter and the cloud at a phenomenal rate and with traditional high-performance computing increasingly looking for performance beyond the CPU, the quest for acceleration is heating up, as is the competition among vendors that offer acceleration products,” an IDC research manager notes.Driving accelerated computing forwardAt Dell EMC, the Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group is helping organizations catch the accelerated-computing wave with a new accelerator-optimized server designed specifically for machine learning applications and other demanding workloads that require the highest levels of computing performance.This new 2-socket, 4U server, the Dell EMC DSS 8440 server, has 10 full-height PCIe slots in front, plus 6 half-height PCIe slots in back to create the right balance of accelerators, launching with 4, 8 or 10 NVIDIA® Tesla® V100 GPUs. It also incorporates extensive I/O options with up to 10 drives of local storage (NVMe and SAS/SATA) to provide increased performance for compute-intensive workloads, such as modeling, simulation and predictive analysis in scientific and engineering environments.The new design enables accelerators, storage and interconnect on the same switch for maximum performance, while providing the capacity and thermals to accommodate future technologies. Offering efficient performance for common frameworks, the DSS 8440 server is ideal for machine learning training applications, reducing the time it takes to train machine learning models and time-to-insights. It allows organizations to easily scale acceleration and resources at the pace of their business demands.The rise of a new machineThe DSS 8440 was developed in response to customer demand for even higher levels of acceleration than were previously offered by Dell EMC, according to Paul Steeves, a product manager for the new server.As our customers push further ahead with machine learning solutions, it has become obvious that there was a need for increased amounts of accelerated raw horsepower,” Steeves says. “While accelerated servers exist from our competitors, many of our customers want open solutions, with choice not just now, but also over time as technology advances.In addition, Dell EMC designed the DSS 8440 server specifically with machine learning training in mind, Steeves notes. For example, the system includes 10 high-performance local drives and extensive I/O options to deliver a more targeted solution for today’s growing number of machine learning workloads.Key takeawaysThe DSS 8440 server offers extremely high levels of acceleration with up to 10 NVIDIA V100 GPUs in an open PCIe fabric architecture that allows other open-standard components to be easily added in future versions.The DSS 8440 server delivers the raw compute performance that HPC-driven organizations need today, coupled with the flexibility to adopt new machine learning technologies as they emerge.Putting the system to workThe DSS 8440 server is designed for the challenges of the complex workloads involved in the process of training machine learning models, including those for image recognition, facial recognition and natural language translation.“It is particularly effective for the training of image recognition and object-detection models, where it performs within a few percentage points of the leading numbers — but with a power efficiency premium,” Steeves notes.Another strength of the DSS 8440 server is its ability to enable significant multi-tenant capabilities.“With 10 full-height PCIe slots available, customers can assign machine learning or other compute-intensive tasks to several different instances within a single box,” Steeves says. “This allows them to readily distribute compute among departments or projects.”The bottom lineAs organizations move more deeply into machine learning, deep learning applications and other data- and compute-intensive workloads, they need the power of accelerators under the server hood. The new Dell EMC DSS 8440 server meets this need with a versatile balance of accelerators, high-speed I/O and local storage.To learn moreFor a close-up look, check out the DSS 8440 server walkthrough at ISC19Watch “Introducing the Dell EMC DSS 8440 Machine Learning Server.”For a deeper dive, read the launch blog “Dell EMC DSS 8440: A Dynamic Machine Learning Server.”[1] TOP500, “New GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Change the Balance of Power on the TOP500,” June 26, 2018.[2] IDC, “Worldwide Accelerated Server Infrastructure Forecast, 2018–2022,” March 2018.last_img read more

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Canadian ordered to stand trial in France for 1980 bombing

first_imgPARIS (AP) — France’s court of appeal has said that a Lebanese-Canadian academic wanted in connection with a 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue must stand trial. The ruling on Wednesday came three years after a lower court freed 67-year-old Hassan Diab from French custody owing to a lack of evidence. Diab’s lawyers said they would challenge the reversal. Diab has denied involvement in the October 3, 1980 bomb attack that killed four people and wounded 46. French investigators attributed the unclaimed synagogue attack to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-Special Operations. They accuse Diab of planting the bomb.last_img

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