first_imgAdoption trends for containers and microservicesIt is clear containers are garnering a lot of attention and are evolving at an incredibly rapid pace. At Dell EMC, we were curious to understand how and where containers are actually being used, why they are being used, for what types of workloads, and what challenges have been encountered.Dell EMC, Intel and Red Hat commissioned  Forrester Consulting to conduct a study surveying IT professionals who are actively working with containers and microservices technologies to document adoption and usage trends and key challenges. We captured online survey responses from 195 senior manager-level and above IT decision-makers at organizations in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany in early 2017.In this post we highlight a few of the surprising findings from the survey research. The survey study available here provides all of the results.All applications are benefiting from container deployments There is a common sentiment that containers are well suited for building and delivering cloud-native apps. While the survey did confirm this sentiment with 44 percent of respondents indicating containers are used to support new cloud-native applications, it was surprising to discover that an even larger percentage of respondents — 52 percent — indicated containers are being used to support traditional enterprise applications. Additionally, 46 percent of respondents told they use containers for IoT or machine to machine environments, and more than 50 percent deploy containers with virtual machines. We believe these results indicate containers are already playing a key role in helping to modernize and streamline delivery of traditional applications – the payoff being more efficient operations and infrastructure utilization for traditional applications.These survey results align with recent data provided by Docker during this year’s DockerCon event. Docker reported that 50 percent of its users start using containers to improve the delivery of traditional applications. View the DockerCon 2017 keynote at the 10:00 mark to learn more. In addition, Docker recently introduced the Modernize Traditional Applications Program to help enterprises make their existing legacy apps more secure, more efficient, and portable, without modifying source code or re-architecting the application.Surprise: Only 48 percent are using microservicesA surprise uncovered by the survey is that microservices adoption lags significantly compared to current use of containers. The survey found that only 48 percent of container users are currently leveraging microservices. We expected microservices adoption to be much higher. In many ways, containers are standards based wrappers that can be used to envelop microservices, making them easier to distribute, deploy, and orchestrate on any platform. While still somewhat nascent, current thinking is that microservices and containers are a match made in heaven and should be deployed together.We interpret the slower adoption rate of microservices is likely related to the fact that many organizations are using containers to deploy traditional applications first, with plans to implement cloud native applications coming later. Also, adopting microservices architectures requires a significant change for code development teams and involves a significant learning curve. With all the forces currently impacting IT, such as DevOps, cloud, and becoming agile, it is easy to see how microservices adoption could be a lesser priority these days.Containers and cloud native platforms go together The research results indicate 78 percent of respondents are provisioning and managing containers with cloud native platforms and PaaS environments. Clearly many organizations are leveraging pre-packaged integrated application systems (examples include Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat OpenShift, and Scalr) to build, orchestrate and manage containers. While it is possible to leverage a collection open source tools and technologies in a “do-it-yourself” model for orchestration and management of containers. This is a somewhat daunting task for many organizations and is made all the more complex by the rapid evolution of these tools and resulting complicated dependencies that need to be managed.We can expect this trend of leveraging “opinioned” or ready-made cloud native software stacks for supporting containers to accelerate as many organizations are choosing to focus effort and investment on building compelling new applications versus investing time, people talent, and budget in building out and maintaining the multiple tool chains and technology environments required to operationalize containers and microservices.Thanks to containers, a longstanding software development objective of “write once, run anywhere,” is becoming more readily achievable. We think our survey work with Forrester clearly shows that containers are helping with traditional application modernization now and are a key foundation for the creation new cloud native applications. At Dell EMC we believe containers, microservices, and virtual machines will co-exist, as each provides a combination of benefits and trade-offs, and we can expect to see cloud, containers, and microservices all playing significant roles in the future of IT.The survey results reviewed in this post are just a small sample. To learn more and view the entire set of results, please download Forrester’s survey study here. Dell EMC is actively contributing to the development and refinement of containers and microservices technologies.Learn more with these resources:{Code} by Dell EMCDell EMC Native Hybrid CloudPivotal Cloud FoundryCloud Foundry Foundationlast_img read more

first_imgEdge, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intelligent automation, software-defined…once “emerging” technology trends that have all now become pillars of virtually every conversation about today’s IT infrastructure and its evolving needs.  In fact, the data center is now at the “core” of a distributed infrastructure spanning the edge and cloud that has organizations of all sizes and in all markets driving towards IT transformation to realize better business outcomes made possible in today’s digital information age.Data exists everywhere – generated by seemingly every “thing.”  The Internet of Things has driven new innovation in both hardware, device and cloud compute – creating new IT requirements for how that data is secured, managed, stored, analyzed at the edge, core and the cloud.  And we’re just getting started…it’s what I’ve been calling “Lots of Data Everywhere,” or L.O.D.E. – perhaps the “Mother LODE.”And the pressure is on to meet new IT demands that require an end-to-end strategy that ensures that organizations can transform all that data…in real-time…into game-changing insights.   Add to that the orchestration of virtual machines and the balancing act of legacy and new emerging data workloads…seems daunting, but I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy and see this as an amazing opportunity for IT, and quite frankly, the global economy.Modernizing the data center is critical for any organization competing to win in the market. ESG recently polled more than 4,000 IT decision makers and asked them to agree or disagree with the statement: “If my IT organization does not embrace IT transformation, we will not be a competitive company.”  Eighty-one percent agreed. That is a 10 percentage point increase from last year’s ESG survey with the same question.That competitive edge lies in being able to turn your data into business insights through AI and machine learning – which requires an infrastructure that leverages automation to process and move varying workloads at a scale and speed that in the next decade, would require millions of people to process all those zettabytes.  And besides – you need that talent putting their human intelligence into making sense of all that new business intelligence, and collaborating with machines in new ways that transform how they work.“Software-defined IT takes AI and machine learning from buzz to business outcomes…ShareThis future IT world, driven by machine intelligence, requires a move to an agile and flexible software-defined infrastructure. Dell Technologies’ Realize 2030 study with Vanson Bourne polled 3,800 global IT executives on realizing digital transformation, and 89 percent believe they would have completed their transition to a software-defined business by 2030.I believe that organizations will need to get there a lot faster or they’ll have missed a critical window of opportunity for their business. In fact, my bet is that we’ll see a shift to software-defined in the next 3-5 years as organizations realize that their ability to evolve and scale their increasingly diverse and distributed data center relies on having an incredibly dynamic infrastructure. Why?Data moves and shifts rapidly – you need to be able to respond quickly to make sure that your data center can scale at a moment’s notice – to off-load workloads quickly and easily access private or public clouds, reroute heavy AI and machine learning workloads to help ensure mission-critical systems are never impacted – or even more importantly – quickly deploy that security update to ensure your organization isn’t the next victim of a data breach.Also, when we bring machine learning into our IT architectures, data consumption will increase as it becomes the fuel for new and extremely valuable data insights, which we’ll see at rates previously unachievable without AI. This turbo-charged intelligent IT environment will need hardware innovation such as Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) and NVMe over Fabrics, new accelerated silicon (GPUs and FPGAs), and new media such as Storage Class Memory to deliver even faster and more intelligent storage and compute capabilities for ALL of your data – legacy, new and the unknown. Software-defined infrastructure will give us the ability to evolve the hardware infrastructure in real time (via software) when new innovation hits the market allowing you to future-proof your IT investment.In fact, this is at the core of our new PowerMax storage array launched at Dell Technologies World, and NVMe-ready becoming far more pervasive throughout our full portfolio – including the new PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840.ESG recently found that organizations that successfully make the leap from legacy to modern IT are:18x more likely to be faster at data-driven decision making22x as likely to be ahead of the competition when bringing new products and services to market.6x more likely to have IT involved in driving business strategy initiativesAnd, IDC recently concluded that organizations will realize revenue gains worth $206 million per year, representing a five-year CAGR of 3.7 percent and total revenue growth in five years of 20 percent once IT transformation takes shape.More innovation, getting to market faster, driving greater revenues and…IT gets an overdue seat at the table for informing your organization’s business strategy.  Software-defined IT takes AI and machine learning from buzz to business outcomes – creating new opportunities in healthcare, education, manufacturing, banking – the possibilities are endless.So get ready for the Mother L.O.D.E…it’s coming in hot with the data that will give you a stronger competitive edge that transforms your business for the better.last_img read more

first_imgConcept Ori is a foldable device which gives you a familiar-sized, 13” screen that folds into something you can easily carry around. It offers similar experiences and benefits to dual screens, but with the added advantage of no seams. This “seamless” experience is perfect for reading articles in vertical mode and scrolling down the page, watching movies and more. You could switch between the single screen experience with stunning visuals, your favorite apps, and great pen experience; or a dual screen experience that opens new avenues for multitasking and notetaking – and everything in between.So, what do you think? Each concept we are showcasing has been developed with spectacular user experiences as our primary focus. We’ll keep enhancing these experiences as the concepts advance. While some concepts may never be commercially available, we use the learnings and apply them to other products in the future.I’m excited about our new approach this year at CES, and we hope you enjoy this glimpse into our labs. This is only a small fraction of the ideas, experiences, hardware and software our teams are constantly developing. Who knows, if response is positive, you may see more of our early work in the future.As these are concept devices, we are not sharing availability or roadmap information, pricing or specs right now. However, you will have the opportunity to see these devices up close, see demos (based on currently available software and technologies), and talk to our lead designers and engineers to learn more.We’ll kick off activities tomorrow, Jan. 7, at the #DellExperience LIVE event at 10AM PT, before doors open at the #Dell Experience at The Sugarcane. Hope to see you at CES!Follow / Join the #DellExperience #CES2020 conversation this week on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook This week, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we’ll be doing something a little different for Dell Technologies. We want to give you a glimpse into our thoughts on what could become the future of the personal computer and will share some concept devices.In previous posts, I’ve talked about how innovation happens on a continuum, enhancements and refinements on a concept driven over time. PCs will continue to play a key role in our daily lives in the coming decade, making it possible for us to act on data, to create, innovate, collaborate and play. They are one of our most important portals into the artificial intelligence engines that will live at the edge and in the cloud, driving millions of inferences per second on our behalf.PCs will become more intelligent, self-aware, and user-aware. Form factors may change to enable new usage models; and as technology continues to evolve, so will the ways in which we experience it. Within our Dell Technologies Experience Innovation Group, we are constantly developing and testing solutions to help us work faster, play harder, stay connected and be more productive, working closely with our partners to explore how we can deliver the best experiences together.Allow me to first introduce Concept UFO.Devices shown are illustrative of concept designs and are not currently available for purchaseAlienware’s primary mission is to deliver the most immersive PC gaming experiences possible, and our goal is to create a gaming PC worthy of the Alienware brand, in a handheld form factor that gamers could use to play their favorite AAA PC titles, wherever they are.Concept UFO features an 8” screen with 1900×1200 resolution. It also includes detachable controllers, so you can game in a range of modes: as one unit, with controllers attached to the screen; separating the controllers and using the kickstand on a surface to game or stream your favorite show (for example, a table, or a tray on an airplane or train); or connect it to an external display and play using the detached controller, or use a mouse and keyboard as you would any other PC.With anything you’re going to hold in your hands while you play, it must feel “right” as soon as you pick it up. Our teams have invested hundreds – if not thousands – of hours on the controller design features and ergonomics. And we’ve spent the last few months testing and enhancing the buttons, the weight, all to strike a perfect balance between performance, ultra-mobility and battery life. Using 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors along with WiFi, Bluetooth, and Thunderbolt for high performance gaming, networking and connectivity, Concept UFO offers uncompromised on-the-go performance.Concept Duet and Concept Ori shouldn’t be too much of a surprise for those who read my last blog post in which I wrote about Dell’s exploration of multi-screen devices over the past decade.Concept Duet is a dual screen device with two stunning 13.4-inch displays that adapt to the way you work and play. While it may look like an ordinary notebook, Concept Duet would allow you to take a pen and touch-enabled second screen experience with you wherever you are. Innovative features have been incorporated to create intuitive interactions with the device and enhance the user experience. Devices like this will help customers to multitask more efficiently. Consider the productivity benefits of being able to compare and edit images, scenes or documents on each display. With the extra screen real estate, users will also be able to easily host conference calls, check emails and take notes simultaneously on-the-go.last_img read more

first_imgWelcome the new XPS 15 and 17 with a virtually borderless, 4-sided InfinityEdge display. (Check out 360° view of XPS 15 and XPS 17)Often imitated. Never duplicated. Highly anticipated. The new XPS 15 and XPS 17 are here! We’ve redesigned the XPS 15 and introduced an all-new XPS 17 with larger screen sizes so you can see and do more.While these new additions to the XPS family offer beautiful new designs and the latest technology innovations, there’s much more to XPS than meets the eye. It’s every little detail that makes up the entire XPS experience.Introducing the new XPS 17 (Check out an augmented reality demo of XPS 17 using your iOS or Android phone)After a near 10-year hiatus, the XPS 17 returns as the most powerful XPS laptop ever.1 But it’s not just about muscle, the XPS 17 is also the smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet2. The virtually borderless, 4-sided InfinityEdge display makes it smaller than 48% of 15-inch laptops available today3, putting the XPS 17 into a class of its own.More power for your creative projectsIntensive projects, gaming and VR are no match for the XPS 17 Designed to be the most powerful XPS laptop ever made, the XPS 17 features the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. Packing this much performance into a laptop of this size requires engineering ingenuity to keep the system performing smoothly. Under the hood, we’ve packed a unique thermal design for increased fan airflow4 to fuel demanding projects.Meet the redesigned XPS 15(Check out an augmented reality demo of XPS 15 using your iOS or Android phone)The redesigned XPS 15 is the smallest 15.6-inch performance class laptop5. But don’t let this compact footprint fool you! It’s got an immersive audiovisual experience like no other in its class, thanks to a larger 16:10 display and new up-firing speakers.XPS 15 strikes a balance between power and portability to fuel content creation at home or on-the-goWith the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics with Max-Q design and up to 25-hour battery life6, you can easily stream your favorite shows, edits photos for Instagram, render 4K videos or create original sounds and textures on your DAW.New experiential features extended across XPS 15 and 17Masterfully crafted from premium materials like CNC machined aluminum and aerospace-inspired carbon fiber. (XPS 17 pictured above)The XPS 15 and 17 are crafted from two pieces of machined aluminum, so they’re lightweight, yet strong and durable for folks on the move. We also designed a new hinge to make room for the new stunning 4-sided InfinityEdge display.Stunning color accuracy100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI P3 color gamut delivers saturated, bright and accurate colorWhether creating content or consuming it, the XPS systems have your back with immersive  visuals. Optional 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) resolution provides pinpoint accuracy, precise detail and sharp images. And the XPS equipped with Eyesafe display technology reduces harmful blue light while maintaining the vivid color you need to deliver your best work. Ready to collaborate securelyDesigned into the new XPS is MaxxAudio® Pro by Waves, the suite of studio-quality audio and voice optimizations Our smallest ever HD webcam is discretely hidden at the top of the display, ready at your command for video meet-ups and virtual get-togethers. You’ll come across loud and clear thanks to top-mounted mics with advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction technologies.To make sure you’re not running late to virtual hangouts with friends and family, the XPS family features Windows Hello – a fingerprint reader built right into the power button – so you can safely unlock your PC and get to visiting without entering a password.Surround sound 3D audio XPS 15 and 17 audio architecture are tuned by multi-Grammy Award® winning producer, Jack Joseph PuigXPS 15 and 17 are the first-ever laptops7 featuring Waves Nx® 3D audio for speakers tuned by multi-Grammy Award® winning producer, Jack Joseph Puig. On headphones, Waves Nx® can track your head movement to align the direction of sound to your visual point-of-view, and on speakers, Nx® headtracking puts you in the best seat of the house.Unleash your creativity Laura Lawson Visconti, Professional PhotographerXPS 15 and XPS 17 badged with Creator Edition on have been carefully selected to support hobbyists and creative enthusiasts like Laura Lawson Visconti, above, who uses her laptop for content creation. Laura told us, “Editing on my XPS15 has been a game-changer due to the speed and portability of the laptop. I take it everywhere with me!” These configurations are built with creative tools that speed high-resolution video editing and graphic design processes. Colby Brown, pictured below, stated: “For me, the XPS name represents performance, reliability and portability. Core elements that any photographer or creative needs in order to focus on what we do best…creating amazing content!” Colby Brown, Professional Photographer, Photo Educator and AuthorXPS sustainable packaging becomes more recyclable Every XPS 13, 15 and 17 arrives wrapped in a gift-box style package made from sustainably sourced materials (XPS 13 pictured above)On a planet with almost eight billion people, every action we take makes an impact. Dell has set a goal of using 100% sustainable packaging by 2030, made from recycled or renewable material. We have eliminated foam and single-use plastic bags8 with the new XPS family, getting us steps closer to that Moonshot Goal. You can toss the entire XPS box in the recycling bin without thinking twice since it contains recycled ocean-bound plastics, locally recycled plastic, sustainable materials and recycled corrugate.Final Words – it’s more than new productsThere’s more to XPS than meets the eye. While XPS devices speak for themselves, our customer’s journey goes well beyond the hardware. Here’s the software, support and services that complete the XPS experience. With Dell Mobile Connect, you can seamlessly integrate your XPS PC with your smartphone. Both Android and iOS users can now make calls, send texts, fully mirror your phone screen to use your apps, and get notifications and drag and drop files9 between your phone and XPS. Dell Mobile Connect is available to download for free from the Microsoft Store.Dell Migrate, a new, simple, do-it-yourself tool from Dell Technologies Services, moves important and hard to replace data and files from any Windows-based PC10 to your new XPS device—so you can get up and running fast. With the automated tool, customers can prioritize and move files with ease.Dell Technologies supports its customers with 24×7 phone support11, automated issues detection or onsite service after remote diagnosis12. Learn more about Dell Premium Support Plus services here.See below for more details on pricing and availability. Please share your comments with us  on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.Pricing and availabilityXPS 15, starting at US $1,299.99, available in the U.S. and Canada today and across participating European and Asian countries throughout this week.XPS 17, starting at US $1,499.99, available in the U.S., Canada and participating European and Asian countries this summer.Dell Mobile Connect is available to download for free from the Microsoft Store and will come pre-installed on all Dell consumer systems this spring.Dell Migrate, starting at US $39, is available in the U.S. for Dell XPS, Inspiron G Series and Alienware PC customers today. Meet the full family. Pictured left to right: XPS 17, XPS 15, XPS 13, XPS 13 2-in-11 Based on internal analysis, April 2020.  2 Smallest: Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, May 2020, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks. Full report found here. 3 Based on Principled Technologies research commissioned by Dell, comparing width of Dell XPS 17 to competitor laptops in the 15-inch class, April 2020. Full report found here. 4 Based on Dell analysis, April 2020, using direct flow bench testing to measure airflow with ISO Acoustics, and thermal testing to measure system temperature. Actual results will vary. 5 Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, April 2020, “Comparison of 15-inch Class Laptops”. The smallest performance class refers total surface area of the laptops with both H-class processors and discrete graphics.  Full report found here.6 MobileMark 2014 battery benchmark: XPS 15 tested with 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Intel UHD graphics, FHD+ display and 86WHr battery. Based on testing using the Mobile Mark 2014 battery life benchmark test in April 2020. For more information about this benchmark test, visit Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.  7 Based on third-party analysis, March 2020.8 The packaging features a molded tray made from recycled ocean-bound plastics (25%) and locally recycled plastic; unwrapped drop-in-the-box accessories (no plastic baggies); and a gift-box style package made from sustainably sourced materials. The outer shipping box is 100% recyclable cardboard corrugate.9 Dell Mobile Connect is available on all Bluetooth-enabled, Inspiron, Vostro, G-Series, Alienware and Consumer XPS devices with Windows 10, purchased after January 1st, 2018. Not available on Windows 10 in S Mode.  Dell Mobile Connect’s smartphone Companion App must be downloaded from the App Store for your device, and requires Android 6 (or above) or iOS 11 (or above). For iOS devices, file transfer capabilities are limited to photos and videos.10 Compatible with Windows 8 and above.11 In some countries, support after local business hours may be provided in a language other than the local language.12 Onsite Service after Remote Diagnosis is determination by online/phone technician of cause of issue; may involve customer access to inside of system and multiple or extended sessions. If issue is covered by Limited Hardware Warranty and not resolved remotely, technician and/or part will be dispatched, usually in 1 or 2 business days following completion of Remote Diagnosis. Onsite Service is provided by Dell Marketing L.P.  Availability varies. Other conditions apply. For complete details about Onsite Service, see Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:40Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:40 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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first_imgQUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani dissident and civil rights activist who died in exile in Canada last month has been returned to Pakistan and laid to rest in her home village in southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security. Only immediate family members were allowed to attend the funeral of Karima Baloch on Sunday in the village of Tump. Her supporters claim that troops had sealed off the village and prevented them from attending her burial. Her body was brought to Pakistan from Canada earlier on Sunday. Toronto police have not treated her death as suspicious though there were allegations she was killed. She was a vocal critic of Pakistani spy agencies.last_img read more

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court has ruled that it can hear a case brought by Iran against the United States in a bid to end sanctions re-imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 after pulling out of an international deal aimed at curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program. Lawyers for the United States had argued that the case should be thrown out by the International Court of Justice for lack of jurisdiction and admissibility. However, the court’s president, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said Wednesday that judges rejected U.S. arguments. Iran filed the case in July 2018 a few months after then-President Donald Trump said he was pulling the U.S. out of a 2015 international agreement over Iran’s nuclear program and would re-impose sanctions on Tehran.last_img read more