In recent weeks, this blog has been home to several articles focused on the changing dynamics of business, technology, and how organizations are dealing with the new realities of a modern approach to IT enabled business outcomes. Vic Bhagat, EMC’s Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions & Chief Information Officer, focused on the relevance of traditional IT when faced with the modern business challenges of today’s fast-paced, real time environments, and emphasized that in order “to evolve with the times and become a more client-centric, business savvy IT organization, we need to question all aspects of our technology, people and processes.” Then, Mike Koehler, President of EMC’s Professional Services Organization, discussed the challenges of IT Transformation and the “Headwinds” related to Resistance, Inertia and Misalignment. In both cases, these discussions focus on an approach to IT that supports the day-to-day needs of the business while reducing costs – a difference in cost savings that can and should fuel next generation capabilities. This, as you can imagine, poses some challenges for customers and prospects, and is a challenge that we had to overcome ourselves. While once upon a time we relied on specific products and feature sets, dying are the days of domain specific (compute, storage, network, etc.) disciplines, and dead is the idea of traditional application development methodologies. Instead, the winners in this next wave of IT-enabled businesses are those adapting flexible, automated, cloud-based infrastructures that support agile application approaches and embrace mobile, social, analytics, and data in real-time. So, how do we best enable that for our customers?We start by changing the conversation.The conversation began changing a few years ago as we focused on hybrid cloud and big data analytics. Now we see the conversation continuing to evolve, focusing on business relevant insights for customers and how our solutions address their opportunities to achieve quantifiable business outcomes. We need to holistically help customers accelerate their capabilities while simplifying the complexities of managing infrastructure and applications. As the conversation uncovers business outcomes, we need to help traditional IT translate and communicate outcomes to others outside of their organization. I have seen customers walk into a session at our executive briefing center expecting the conversation was going to be about the technology, and the result of the meeting is the development of a list of the appropriate people from their IT organization and the business to attend a workshop focused on prioritizing the potential outcomes and developing a plan to get there. As one customer said after recent briefing, the “value is tremendous when you can discuss the problem, identify a solution, and then see it in action.”Instead of speeds and feeds or slots and watts, EMC aims to holistically help customers accelerate their capabilities while simplifying the complexities of managing traditional infrastructure and applications. Those are the keys to future success: simplification and acceleration. Not just in the data center, but across the entire enterprise.To engage with EMC’s Executive Briefing program visit them at EMC.com/EBC or talk to your EMC Sales Representative.
Today, entrepreneurs are able to access large amounts of data that are generated throughout the enterprise. But the quantity alone is of little use, it’s necessary to gain business-related knowledge in real-time. For this reason, and to be ready for the digital business, many companies are planning to migrate their SAP ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA – a real-time Enterprise Resource Management Suite, based on the SAP HANA in-memory platform. With the help of state-of-the-art IT infrastructure solutions from Dell EMC, which build a reliable and future-proof foundation for SAP HANA environments, this is particularly successful. For organizations, the digitization offers a lot of opportunities, but it also challenges IT. Often, existing ERP systems contain large amounts of data. The question, however, is how to automatically and quickly gain relevant insights from this data. SAP S/4HANA does exactly that.Digital transformation is changing the companyAnyone who “digitizes” the organization does not just introduce a few new technologies and update the hardware. No, they change the company fundamentally. The first car from Henry Ford still looked like a carriage without horses, but with an engine. Modern cars have nothing in common with carriages. In the meantime, it is often not even about products like cars, but the outcome of using a product. Cars are no longer sold just as a single product, they can also be sold on a pay per use model. Or by means of Internet of Things technologies, new and different services can be offered in the “connected car”, such as the automated scheduling of the next service inspection date based on the permanently measured data in the car. To realize these new IT enabled business models, all data must be made measurable. That means all processes need to be digitized in order to collect, to connect, to process and to analyze a variety of data and finally to predict and to affect results.And so it is with organizations before and after digital transformation. The most important changes are:IT becomes the driving force of change in everyday business.Business value will be created via new and different ways, because there are many new possibilities.The Internet of Things (IoT) enable people to work differently and processes become much more efficient.New business models are created, such as pay-per-use selling instead of just product sellingProcesses can be analyzed much better in order to act predictively and proactively and to optimize outcome.SAP S/4HANA is designed to enable entrepreneurs to manage these changes and achieve the new goals. The real-time enterprise resource management suite can quickly and efficiently process the complex data that are generated by digitization.Finding the right infrastructure foundation for S/4 HANAIn order to realize the advantages of SAP S/4 HANA in its entirety, a modern and high-performance infrastructure foundation is necessary. Depending on the requirements of the organization, different routes can be effective on the journey of digital transformation. One goal of migrating an existing ERP system landscape to SAP S/4 HANA is to consolidate, automate and simplify IT to reduce costs and increase the productivity of SAP and database administrators and IT operations staff.Dell EMC provides a wide range of SAP-certified hardware, as well as a variety of deployment options that include on-premises, off-premises cloud, and hybrid environments. The Dell EMC portfolio covers the full continuum of solutions: from build (ready nodes, bundles, and systems) to buy (converged and hyper-converged systems, hybrid cloud platforms). Read about an example customer deployment of a new SAP HANA infrastructure environment.Dell EMC as a partner with decades of experienceIf your company plans to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, you can avoid possible pitfalls with the expertise of Dell EMC and technical support for the appropriate infrastructure foundation. Even if your organization has already begun the migration, involving our experts is possible at any time. We have been working closely with SAP for over two decades and can guide infrastructure choices for organization and provide input into deployment options to best fit our customers’ needs. We have implemented hundreds of solutions for customers in a variety of industries. We are also specialized in the entire infrastructure solution spectrum for SAP S/4HANA, such as converged and hyper-converged systems as well as hybrid cloud platforms.Dell EMC Blueprints make it easier to move to SAP HANAIn order to enable your company to successfully implement the transition to a modern and simplified IT infrastructure within a very short time, we created the Dell EMC Blueprints program, including a dedicated program for business applications, such as SAP. At the core, the Blueprints program is focused on accelerating our customers’ IT to effectively address all infrastructure and data center challenges.Our customers may take advantage of consulting and guidance of the Dell EMC Global SAP Center of Excellence (GSCoE) either on-site at the PartnerPort on SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, or at the customers’ location supported by GSCoE members around the globe, or remotely. Our experienced specialist team, located around the globe, provide thought leadership, best practices, research, guidance and training in SAP business and infrastructure solutions.This leading offer also includes joint development of concepts up to architectural recommendations, individually tailored to the customer’s specific requirements, as well as the analysis and testing of concrete SAP solutions, such as diverse SAP infrastructure and business showcases.For this purpose, our state-of-the-art high-end data center, optimally equipped with Intel® processor based servers and a total of 48Tbytes of memory for the development and proof-of-concept testing of SAP environments, is available and enables our customers to deploy SAP solutions faster, more efficiently and effectively, and finally to give them a competitive advantage through the new IT-generated business value.ConclusionOrganizations are increasingly confronted with the challenges of digital and IT transformation. With Dell EMC infrastructure solutions and a variety of deployment options, a modern, high-performance, and reliable foundation can be created for the next generation of SAP’s Enterprise Resource Management Suite – SAP S/4 HANAIf you are thinking about implementing SAP S/4HANA, please contact the experts at the Dell EMC Global SAP Center of Excellence. And Visit us at SAPPHIRE 2017 in Orlando (FL) at booth #758
Four months ago I started working as a graduate at one of the most important technology companies of the market and I am so glad of being part of the team of Dell EMC Spain.Due to some work experience and some studies, I realized how important the technology is and how it is changing our ways of life, and I started to have interest about the movement of data that is generated nowadays and how it is managed, so for that, Dell EMC was the perfect company to develop my career in this industry. Dell EMC is not just a company that helps its customers to manage their information and helps them to transform their business, it also helps their employees to grow, personally and professionally.Every week in Dell EMC is more interesting and we have tons of events, in each one, we learn something new. My first event at the company was a meeting about the importance of cyber safety and how we must manage our social networks, especially in a professional way, to become more attractive to users.Session of Cybersafety and LinkedinA few weeks later, we had another event organized by Dell for Entrepreneurs about virtual reality. We had testimonies of three different companies that were devoting themselves to help users (companies, hospitals, employees, patients…) with the most advanced technology.For example, one of them was helping people to overcome their fears through virtual reality glasses. It was not as good for me, because testing the glasses made me discover I’m afraid of heights!But the event of the year was yet to come: Dell EMC Forum Spain held on December 12th. A technology journey developed for professionals of the IT sector to discover new strategies, acquire innovative perspectives and explore new solutions that the company offers. There were around 1.500 participants!!It was a great opportunity for me (mostly because I had only been working for the company for a month at that time) to meet some clients, partners and especially, colleagues at Dell EMC.And also to know the new technologies of the market, the most amazing products of the company and how is Dell EMC introducing and modernizing the technology in this digital age.It was a very interesting and entertaining day since where we didn’t stop learning, and connecting with a lot of people.Dell EMC Forum SpainWe also had another gathering about the tendencies of employment nowadays and the new options and opportunities we have inside and outside the company and how we can collaborate to improve them. We have English lessons every week for free, we also had a session about financial planning and a contest about some associated products to Dell EMC.Undoubtedly, we do not get bored at the company, we have a lot of interesting activities that are managed by the different organizations (Employee Resources Groups) such as Conexus, Genext, Planet, Pride, True Ability or Woman in Action dedicated to support different groups with events and activities.To sum it up, Dell EMC is a great company to develop yourself both personally and professionally. Thanks to the events that the company holds you have the opportunity to grow up both, individually and also as a team.
The server management market is moving more and more to automation, and so too is Dell EMC, with the release of OpenManage Ansible Modules. Ansible is software that automates provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. It is one of the fastest growing DevOps tools in the industry with over 50 percent user base growth in 2017 and over 5000 repositories of content on GitHub.With OpenManage Ansible Modules, Dell EMC PowerEdge users can easily automate updates of all your PowerEdge servers in a cluster without losing any workload productivity.With the ever-increasing utilization of hybrid and private cloud services, web-scale architecture, and the growth in Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) type operations, a revolution is underway. Some say that this is the biggest transformation in IT since the mainframe era. Enabling new and agile models such as Cloud, Web-Scale or SDDC architectures requires a seamless interconnect of management solutions, tools, and processes to rapidly deliver scalable, on-demand infrastructure, while at the same time ensuring the high security, standards compliance, and reliability.Delivering enterprise IT services on-demand and at-scale requires automation that is enabled and pervasive from day one. However, the reality is that traditional data centers are operated in a silo’d manner which makes IT processes resource-intensive. The result is that the dynamic workloads cannot scale without significant, manual efforts spent on re-provisioning and configuration of hardware infrastructure.Moving to Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC)To move beyond past historical data center management practices, enterprises are embracing DevOps-inspired initiatives: processes, tools and toolchains for faster deployment and easier management of their data center infrastructure. Management automation builds the path to SDDC by capitalizing on agility, elasticity and open interfaces provided by Next-Gen RESTful APIs that can seamlessly integrate with leading DevOps tools.Further down that path, Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) is gaining prominence globally as it defines the configuration of compute, network or storage infrastructure through source code that can be treated just like any software. Dynamic infrastructure can be provisioned in a matter of seconds rather than days by just running the software commands, guaranteeing a consistent and compliant infrastructure every single time. Rinse and Repeat comes to the data center.With the advent of vast numbers of servers operating at scale, this has been an effective way for institutions to efficiently use their staff, and this practice has spread rapidly from and through cloud service providers to all manner of industries, activities, and practices. One such solution which has gained significant usage in the last five years or so is Ansible (ansible.com), a solution that allows an IT administrator to define a given configuration once and then execute/automate at tremendous scale. Ansible lets IT admins treat their OS and applications as code, so that many typical IT tasks can simply be written up one time and then executed as needed.What’s new from Dell EMC then?Dell EMC has released OpenManage Ansible modules that now allow our customers to treat their PowerEdge server infrastructure in the same way as applications or an operating system: as code. The desired state of server firmware and configuration settings can be described and deployed using the OpenManage Ansible modules.The modules tap into the powerful automation capabilities of the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) that is embedded in every PowerEdge server. That automation includes iDRAC REST APIs, based on the Redfish standard, for server configuration, deployment, and updates. Each PowerEdge server’s BIOS settings and configuration are stored in a Server Configuration Profile (SCP) that is also available through iDRAC to the OpenManage Ansible Modules.Now, using Ansible and these OpenManage tools, Dell EMC customers can easily describe and deploy a desired state management every single time and vastly simplify the automation of complex configuration tasks such as BIOS settings, RAID configuration, or firmware updates.For current Ansible users, these Dell EMC modules will be a natural extension of what they are already doing.What now?Dell EMC OpenManage Ansible Modules are open-source and offered to customers and community as stand-alone software. If you want to take advantage of the new features when they are implemented and want to contribute to the ongoing development, then you can go to Dell EMC Github repository using the following URLs and either clone or download the modules.OpenManage Ansible Modules: https://github.com/dell/Dell-EMC-Ansible-Modules-for-iDRACOpenManage Ansible Modules Documentation: https://com/dell/Dell-EMC-Ansible-Modules-for-iDRAC/blob/master/docs/ADDITIONAL RESOURCESDell TechCenter URL: http://community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/12422.dell-emc-openmanage-ansible-modulesOpenManage Python SDK:Github repository: https://github.com/dell/omsdkPypi URL: https://python.org/pypi/omsdk  https://www.ansible.com/blog/2017-community-year-in-review Redfish API Specificationhttps://dmtf.org/standards/redfish iDRAC Redfish API Reference Guidehttp://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/iDRAC9-lifecycle-controller-v3.00.00.00_API%20Guide_en-us.pdf Dell EMC Redfish API Whitepaperhttp://community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20442330
The STEMAspire program is a life changing experience for me. It has opened a lot of opportunities in which I can progress and discover more about myself and my career.I feel fortunate to be in an IT course which has provided me with the opportunity to be a part of this program. This program is a huge step for me to discover more about a work place because Pam (my mentor) and I, we both usually prefer meeting up in the office where she works. I think that this 12-month program will help me learn a lot about how things work in an IT industry and how I can progress within this sector. My goal out of this whole program is not only to prove that us women are as smart and capable of being in an IT industry but also to inspire more young women to sign up for this program in the future to prove themselves.As well as inspiring other young women to get on board and prove themselves, I also want to find a suitable job opportunity for myself within DELL. Pam and I have some plans on how we can arrange a meeting with the people working in different sectors of IT so they can give me a shot of how it would be like to work in that department. That will help me decide the specific job I would want to choose as a career.Our blog was kept on delaying due to that fact that I had college and it was that time of the year where I had my final exams and whole lot of other project work for my classes. Hence why I was unable to set up my Twitter and LinkedIn account.But now that I am back in the saddle, I am quite excited to blog about my journey as a Mentee as well as a woman in an IT industry. I am excited to sit down with some of the experience staff within Dell so that I can learn from them about how things work and what challenges they must face. I am also very excited to get connected with some of the amazing people on my LinkedIn and twitter so that I can hopefully inspire more women and get them to join this amazing program too!
As high-performance computing systems incorporate higher-wattage processors, liquid cooling is gaining momentum.The annual Supercomputing (SC18) conference is always a great showcase for leading-edge technologies for high-performance computing, and that will certainly be the case this year as SC18 gets underway in Dallas next week. One of these technologies in the spotlight will be liquid cooling, which is emerging as one of the keys to even-more-powerful HPC systems.A convergence of trends is fueling the momentum for liquid cooling. For starters, the thirst for higher throughput in HPC clusters is unquenchable. With every new generation of systems, HPC users expect faster processing resulting in more heat, requiring more efficient cooling. Over the years, system builders have met this need with air cooling, yet data centers continue to push the limits of rack density. Processor capacity and wattages are also starting to bump up against the limits of conventional approaches to cooling.Air cooling has worked OK for systems with CPUs that top out around 150 watts, which is what we have had for the past decade or so. But today, we’re seeing more HPC systems with processors that run at 200W and above, and the years ahead will bring even higher wattage processors. These are causing people to take a serious look at liquid cooling, which is a more efficient way to cool off the processors.Among the organizations that have opted for liquid cooling is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), which is building a massive new supercomputer called Frontera. The primary system, supplied by Dell EMC, will have more than 8,000 dual-socket Intel® Xeon® nodes with 205W processors, all packed into 91 racks. For a system of this size and wattage, air cooling is no longer practical. Instead, the primary compute racks will leverage liquid cooling from CoolIT, a Dell EMC partner.CoolIT’s Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC™) technology uses the exceptional thermal conductivity of liquid to provide dense, concentrated cooling to targeted surface areas. The technology uses warm or room-temperature water to cool CPUs, eliminating the need for chilled water and reducing the cost of cooling by as much as 56% over traditional cooling methods.So how does it work? The concept is pretty simple, actually. The technology uses a metal plate, or cold plate, that functions as a heat sink. This plate is placed in direct contact with the processor casing surface. Water flows through micro-channels in the plate to capture heat from the processor, and then flows on to a heat exchanger, which dissipates the heat. The cooled water coming out of the heat exchanger travels back through the system, and the cycle repeats itself. It is a hermetically sealed closed system, so the processors are not in direct contact with the water.While liquid cooling is a new concept for some people in the IT world, it’s actually been all around us for years. Liquid cooling is used widely in desktop systems with GPUs, which run hot — the current generation runs at 300W, and GPUs are expected to get even hotter in subsequent generations. Liquid cooling has also been used widely in desktop computers and various other devices.At Dell EMC, we now provide DCLC technology from CoolIT in our PowerEdge C6420 server, which is built for complex and demanding HPC and scale-out workloads. Liquid cooling allows the server to support higher wattage processors for increased performance, energy efficiency and rack-level density. If you’re at SC18, you can get a firsthand look at these servers and the cooling technology in the Dell EMC booth.So, is liquid cooling the only future for HPC systems? I wouldn’t go that far, but I would ask how many cars are still air cooled? I would also say that liquid cooling is a future for HPC, and an important one at that. The more we push for higher performance in systems, the more wattage we require in processors, and that equates to more heat. Liquid cooling is one of the ways to deal with that heat in an efficient and cost-effective manner.For a closer look at liquid cooling in an HPC server, take a look at the Dell EMC-CoolIT solutions brief. Find out a bit more in this quick video with CoolIT systems. You can also see liquid cooling in the HPC and AI Innovation Lab.Follow the action at SC18 on Twitter at @DellEMCservers