Sometimes simple is just better, even when complex financial and IT strategies are at stake. So it wasn’t totally surprising that EMC IT’s simple approach to creating financial transparency for its transformation to IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) struck a positive note with financial leaders at two recent conferences where I gave presentations last month.The first was a Finance Management Board meeting of The Research Board Inc. in late January, where I got to discuss EMC’s financial transparency program with some 15 IT finance leaders from other Fortune 500 companies. The following week, I gave a presentation on “The End of Flat-Tax Funded IT” to CFOs and other financial leaders from a cross-section of industries at the Corporate Performance Management Conference.Attendees at both were extremely interested in our simplicity-first approach to making the shift from a traditional lump-sum IT service budget to a financial transparency system that shares with users the true costs of IT services they consume. Leaders whose organizations are in the throes of transformation to ITaaS wanted to hear more about how we created five broad “buckets” of services from which to allocate costs and establish a chargeback system to our IT users. Some admitted that when their IT Finance organizations tried a more complex approach—attempting to set up cost transparency with more than one hundred service categories out of the gate—they got so bogged down in the details that they never got the transformation off the ground.The feedback I received highlights the fact that our experience in achieving financial transparency, and our ongoing efforts to refine the resulting collaboration between IT and the business units, can be applied to similar ITaaS projects across many industries. The basic steps we took can be found in IT-as-a-Service: Guiding Principles for Achieving Financial Transparency.The positive response from conference-goers also validates the fact that we did it right when we decided to stick to the basics to start our transition and then determine later what areas to do deeper cost-structure dives. For example, our initial approach to apportion service support costs was on a per-head basis. After looking at our service support details, however, we decided to set up a system to improve cost efficiencies by channeling calls to the most efficient and least costly service channel for resolution.Organizations working toward financial transparency need to look at which aspects of their particular cost model warrant a more detailed cost strategy. The idea is to get the first chunk done and then start probing and seeing what other data sets are available to you to address cost challenges.Other key points that I was able to share with financial leaders are the importance of data quality in establishing a chargeback system for ITaaS, insights on how we provide our business units the total cost of ownership for each application they use, and the details of our hosting model.Perhaps the most important advice I am able to offer to my fellow finance leaders is more spiritual than structural: Be passionate about your transformation effort, be persistent and keep driving forward. Transforming IT operations is possible and is a necessary step in delivering more value to the business.
[i] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2017[ii] Based on Dell analysis comparing peak brightness, November 2019. Introducing the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme TabletNo different to other industries, the Agriculture, Chemical, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas sectors are undergoing a digital transformation. There’s a demand to train more skilled workers in these fields, along with a growing desire – and often regulatory need – to continuously modernize equipment so that engineers and field workers can operate safely and efficiently. Reliable, durable Dell Rugged devices are often a must have in these specialist roles. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics[i], workers in the Oil & Gas extraction industry continue to be one of the groups at the highest risk of injuries and fatalities on the job.When discussing Dell Rugged and challenging environments, we are not just talking about extreme temperatures or risk of drops, we have customers around the world that work in hazardous environments daily. Many customers encounter flammable components, with gases, vapors and combustible dusts increasing the risk of dangerous explosions. Examples include scientists, energy engineers and oil rig workers – not forgetting those operating industrial machinery and technicians responsible for delivering fuel to gas stations.Recognizing the importance of rugged devices in this equation, we are giving engineers around the world a new tool in their arsenal: the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet with ATEX and IECEx certification for use in potentially explosive environments.Dell customers in North America and Canada can expect to see Class 1, div 2 certifications on the existing Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet in the coming months. With these additional ATEX and IECEx certifications which meet EU and International standards respectively, the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme tablet will make it easier for customers to procure and deploy one platform across various regions.The Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme is a powerful and high-performing 11.6” fully-rugged tablet featuring the brightest-screen in an ATEX-certified tablet, for use in potentially explosive environments[ii]. It includes a 1000-nit screen, which increases direct sunlight viewability, and also offers glove-touch capacity. To balance the security of the device with user accessibility, the Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme features a built-in infrared camera with “Windows Hello” facial recognition and an optional next-generation fingerprint reader.Dell has a long, established history in the Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Manufacturing and Energy sectors – this will expand with the introduction of Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme. We speak with customers daily and know there is demand for this tablet as part of broader digital transformation projects around the world.The oil sector continues to make huge strides to modernize their operations, ensuring that their rugged devices connect with broadband networks, analytics, and back office applications to create a robust operational infrastructure to support what really matters most – working to ensure the safety of their employees and the environment.It is against this backdrop that the Dell Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet is designed to offer intrinsic safety, military-grade durability, and productivity, even in potentially explosive environments.
New Restful APIs help automate rich capabilities available in Horizon, including monitoring, entitlements, and user and machine management. IT can easily interact with Horizon for added flexibility, distributing and accessing information, and modernizing services with speed.Dell EMC and VMware provide a turnkey, end-to-end VDI solution that is easy to buy and quick to deploy to any cloud. Learn more about how to plan and implement a future-ready remote workforce powered by a hybrid cloud VDI solution that’s simple, flexible, and cost-effective. Instant Clone Smart Provisioning technology in Horizon 8 can rapidly provision full-featured, personalized virtual desktops and apps, instantly delivering a persistent desktop that satisfies the user’s specific needs. There are also improvements made to optimize audio and video support for Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other communication and collaboration tools, providing a better user experience to improve productivity. Manage silos with a single console – With Horizon 8, IT can take advantage of a single control plane to efficiently deploy, manage, and scale desktops and apps, across private and public clouds, and across Horizon pods. For example, IT can utilize a common set of tools and a unified architecture to seamlessly and smoothly migrate on-premises VDI workloads to VMware environments in the public clouds. This allows IT to provision additional capacities such as launching hundreds of virtual desktops in a short time or enabling disaster recovery (DR) by having an on-premises active primary site and a secondary passive site in the public cloud. Co-authorsThomas Wallen, Product Marketing, VDI, Dell TechnologiesRichmond Ang, Product Marketing, Dell Technologies CloudThe way we work is rapidly changing, and organizations around the world have responded quickly to the challenge. In order to move fast to meet end user access requirements and demands, organizations have taken advantage of desktop and application virtualization, deploying on-premises and in the cloud. Businesses want to take full advantage of a hybrid cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution for the rich features and manageability of on-premises deployment and the immediate availability and scale with public cloud. However, the hybrid cloud VDI architecture needs careful consideration – such as the locality and security of desktops, apps, and data are relative to end users and whether their current on-premises environment supports easy VDI workflow migration to public clouds. In addition, deploying and managing desktops and apps in multiple clouds and locations can produce management overhead.What if you could deploy desktops and apps on both private and public cloud, to provide the best experience for your end user at the best cost profile, with one management system? Tolday, we are pleased to announce the availability of Horizon 8 with the Dell Technologies Ready Solutions for VDI.Top 3 Challenges of Hybrid Cloud VDI Deployment:Inconsistent deployment of VDI – Organizations with an on-premises VDI solution need to quickly scale capacity to the public cloud when needed. The reverse is also true: organizations with a cloud VDI deployment may need to move some workloads back on-premises. This requires different SLAs, different images, different cost structure, different location of virtual desktops and apps and potentially a different user experience. Scaling and moving VDI environments across different deployment models can be slow and difficult to execute.Inconsistent end-user experience – With VDI environments being deployed across clouds, employees often experience inconsistent load time, high latency, and poor application performance with their virtual desktops. This drastically reduces employee productivity and job satisfaction, negatively impacting business outcomes.Complex Management – Deploying desktops and apps on-premises and in the cloud often comes with multiple management platforms. It can be hard to gain real-time visibility to resolve issues quickly, can significantly increase security exposure, and a multitude of expertise is required for each management system.A Simple Solution – VDI Made for Hybrid Cloud: To help organizations take full advantage of a hybrid cloud VDI solution while avoiding any downsides, VMware launched Horizon 8 with new and improved features that help quickly and flexibly scale your VDI environment across clouds. Together, Dell EMC and VMware create a one-stop, end-to-end solution that’s a simple path to a hybrid cloud VDI strategy.Scale to any cloud with flexible VDI deployment models – Customers can freely choose where to deploy their VDI environments with Dell EMC and VMware solutions. For customers who want to refresh their on-premises VDI environment or bring some workloads back to on-premises from the cloud, we encourage them to rethink their data center structure and consider VMware Horizon on Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail), delivering simple operations through automation across the VDI and app stack. Customers can deploy and configure virtual desktops at lightning speed through native integrations across Dell VxRail, VMware SDDC, and Horizon virtual desktops and apps, with built-in security from the hardware layer to the end-user virtual desktops.For customers who plan to scale their VDI environment from the on-premises data center to the cloud, Horizon on DTCP provides an easy and fast way to extend the capability to public clouds. Horizon 8 expanded the number of new cloud platforms support for native VMware stack, including support for Horizon on VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. These extensive cloud deployment options truly enable a hybrid model so IT can take advantage of cloud resources where they need to.Enable a delightful end-user experience – A new universal brokering solution available with Horizon 8 helps federate brokering across multiple clouds. This cloud brokering service automatically connects end-users to their personal desktop in any pod on-premises or in the public cloud, globally, resulting in low latency and high-quality connection regardless of the user location.
¹ Research and market press release, 2020 Data Center Liquid Cooling Market Study – Market to Grow from $1.2 Billion in 2019 to $3.2 Billion by 2024, January 2020. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:09Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsdefault, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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In fact, Dell Technologies has collaborated with CoolIT Systems to offer Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 Servers with Direct Liquid Cooling specifically for high performance and hyperscale workloads.Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab increases densities and lowers costsOur own innovation lab uses the CoolIT racks as well. Together, CoolIT and Dell have worked together on innovations such as offering Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 Servers with Direct Liquid Cooling for HPC and AI, allowing customers to deploy 23% more equipment within existing space constraints. CoolIT and Dell EMC have also developed a configuration that utilizes rack-scale Coolant Distribution Units to service multiple racks. These offerings can help reduce energy costs for cooling by up to 56%.Co-locate in Iceland with Verne GlobalFor customers who choose to consume HPC and AI as a service with a lower carbon footprint, there’s Verne Global. This Dell Technologies partner uses 100% renewable hydropower and geothermal energy to power their data center, and naturally cool outside air for free air cooling. They also offer the ability choose direct liquid cooling for higher-density configurations.Lowering power consumption for HPC and AI is no small consideration. Cooling is becoming a major limiting factor for data center capacity, and poorly planned cooling systems can actually require more power than running the system itself. Dell Technologies has the expertise and partnerships to help you plan and execute an optimized cooling strategy for lower costs and better density for HPC and AI workloads.To learn more, come visit us at SC20. Market for effective, cost-efficient liquid cooling predicted to more than double by 2024As artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) workloads mainstream and become more commonplace, they’re driving adoption of denser computing stacks that pack more power into less space. Denser infrastructure consumes more power and puts off more heat, threatening to surpass the capabilities of traditional data center cooling methods.This trend toward hotter equipment is driving exploration of different cooling methods that are more efficient than today’s typical air-cooling techniques. That may be why Research and Markets is predicting that the data center liquid cooling market will grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2019 to USD 3.2 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 22.6%.¹Many of Dell Technologies supercomputing customers and partners are on the leading edge of this trend. Here’s an overview of how some of them are using — and benefitting from — liquid cooling.Ohio Supercomputing Center (OSC) saves 5% on powerBack in 1987, the OSC was cooling its supercomputers with a liquid submersion technique, but eventually moved to more mainstream air-cooling methods as data center architectures changed and racks became less dense. As rack density starts rising again, the center is now going back to the future, with their newest Dell EMC supercomputing cluster, Pitzer, taking advantage of liquid cooling to handle denser equipment. According to the center, the ability to run the server fans at a lower speed saves them about five percent on their power budget.Durham University doubles the COSMA supercomputer’s performanceDurham University was able to double the performance of its COSMA supercomputing cluster in the same footprint by using processors with 64 cores instead of 28. The denser compute environment is made possible by AMD processors, Dell Cloud Service C-series chassis with a 2U form factor, and custom liquid cooling provided by CoolIT.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America’s new top diplomat takes the helm of the State Department. The administration is placing at least temporarily holds on several big-ticket arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, new Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he is looking urgently at a terrorism designation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels that his predecessor enacted shortly before leaving office. On his first full day on the job Blinken also said the administration has initiated a comprehensive review of the U.S. relationship with Russia and is examining details of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed nearly a year ago.
Nearly three months after Kelsey Townsend gave birth to her fourth child, the 32-year-old Wisconsin woman was finally face to face with her. Lucy, now bright-eyed and alert, flashed her a smile. Kelsey Townsend was in a medically-induced coma with COVID-19 when she gave birth to Lucy via via cesarean section on Nov. 4, not long after getting to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She ended up spending 75 days on life and lung support. She finally met Lucy on Jan. 27. That’s the day Kelsey was discharged from University Hospital in Madison. Kelsey Townsend says she had her daughter instantly bonded.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.