My conclusion is that the themes and focus of EMC (including VMware, Pivotal and RSA) are central to the evolution underway in the Carrier and Service Provider world. Here are a few observations to validate my conclusion:1. There is a huge opportunity for virtualization. Carrier networks, such as the massive LTE mobile broadband networks that are currently being deployed, have a huge dependency on software and information processing. In fact, the amount of compute and storage capacity in global carrier networks may be at least as large as that in their data centers. While enterprise data centers have clearly seen the cost and complexity improvement through the use of virtualization, this technology has not been utilized widely on the network side of carriers. Applying this model to the carrier infrastructure is one of the single biggest tools to reduce CAPEX and improve the economics and efficiency of these incredibly cost sensitive environments.2. The future is in the Software-Defined Data Center. Beyond just compute virtualization for the carrier network, the entire vision of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) makes sense in the carrier environment. Today, carriers are exploring Software-Defined Network models for their infrastructure and data centers. They are also looking at new models of Software-Defined Storage to better manage and place information assets within their overall infrastructure.3. Carriers are becoming even larger information storage customers. Carrier networks generate huge amounts of data and store/process content such as video files and local advertisements. They also act as the back end of the mobile experience for services, ranging from backup of a mobile device to repositories of our digital lives, housing our collections of pictures and music files. The number of petabytes and exabytes stored by carriers is growing as fast (or faster) than many large enterprises.4. Big Data and Analytics will generate big value in the carrier ecosystem.Carriers have access to subscriber information. When this information is combined with the real time events and information coming from their networks, it can create entirely new capabilities. A cellular network that can dynamically adapt its behavior based on the user, and their historical relationship with the operator, would be invaluable in improving real time quality and overall customer experience. A carrier environment can collect and analyze the behavioral information of the entire system over very long periods of time. This allows them to better predict network degradation or proactively plan capacity expansion and reduce outages and better target CAPEX investment. To do any of these activities, the collection of huge amounts of real time and historical unstructured and structured data, and the ability to analyze it at scale quickly, will be critical. Today the best tools to do this are not coming from traditional carrier ecosystems but rather are emerging in the Big Data and Analytics innovation ecosystems. 5. Interactions with the public part of Hybrid cloud must be seamless.Every large service provider desires to be the public part of the enterprise hybrid cloud. In order to do this, they must not only have a public cloud infrastructure but they must design and implement it so that the interaction between the enterprise infrastructure and carrier ecosystem is seamless. Public clouds, while adequate for some discrete applications, lack the interworking capability with the private data center. This shortfall limits their role within most hybrid cloud models. 6. Enterprise IT wants to use Mobile Broadband, Hybrid Cloud, IoT… but needs an enterprise operating model. While most enterprises are beginning to leverage cellular mobility (LTE specifically) and other carrier infrastructure as a logical part of their IT experience, the Enterprise CIO still has the fiduciary responsibility to protect and operate the enterprise IT experience in a secure and stable manner. Because of this, Enterprise CIOs value carriers that are investing in new security and trust models. Most service providers are also now exploring new trust and security models as their environments are becoming as fluid and complex as the newly extended enterprise is. Sharing learnings, developing better interworking and extending technology capabilities across the public/private security boundary is critical to both the future carrier and the future extended enterprise. Again, many of the most advanced security tools in this new class of behavioral security and trust are originating from the enterprise security ecosystem but are now of significant interest in the carrier environment.In my various dialogues with service providers at this event, almost all areas of EMC’s strategy were relevant. The scale and specific environments for services providers were different but the problems were similar and the interest in finding the best tools to solve those problems was genuine. I am particularly optimistic that after MWC, the carrier and enterprise parts of the hybrid cloud will converge much more effectively that we may have expected.For an unabridged version of these observations, my interview with TelecomTV is linked here. Last month, I took a trip to Barcelona to attend Mobile World Congress. This event is quite possibly the largest in the telecom and service provider industry. My rationale for going was to test a theory about (a) EMC’s focus on Cloud, Big Data, Trusted IT, and (b) our increasing emphasis on the Software-Defined Data Center: are these themes as interesting to Service Providers as they are to the Enterprise?
It’s #NationalBossDay, and along with Marie Claire magazine and Intel, we’re taking 200 “boss” women on the second annual Power Trip.This exclusive invitation-only 36-hour event begins in the sky where some of America’s most prominent female leaders and entrepreneurs on the east coast will take over a chartered JetBlue aircraft to meet 100 of their counterparts on the west coast for a bi-coastal networking extravaganza.“We wanted to demonstrate that work is happening everywhere and at all hours, therefore we no longer need to remain seated in our office Monday through Friday,” Allison Dew explained following the inaugural Power Trip. “And what better way to show this than participate in a conference 30,000 feet in the sky?”“Concentrated networking” is what Analyst Rob Enderle called it when writing about the first Power Trip. He also pointed out that this is only one part of Dell’s long-term diversity program.Our partner Marie Claire magazine called it a “pop-up summit for badass girl bosses.”During the five hour flight, Dell representatives will equip the women with commercial grade XPS 13 2-in-1’s, designed to give them the power to work everywhere and anywhere. This always-on connectivity is a trend that isn’t going away. Fifty-two percent of employees surveyed believe that those working from home are just as productive or more productive than those in the office, according to Dell’s Evolving Workforce Study.And, while what happens in some cities may stay in those cities, what happens on this trip will be shared for all via social media. As you can see, that’s already begun:“Flying on a 100% lady plane today to SFO (pilots, crew etc). #Powertrip courtesy of @marieclaire. There’s even a breast pumping station pic.twitter.com/kxolKfAaVy“— Katharine Zaleski (@kzaleski) October 16, 2017ShareYou can follow along on your favorite social media platform via the #PowerTrip hashtag or watch live sessions on Marie Claire’s Facebook Live, beginning 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Dell Technologies continues to modernize and simplify our trusted data protection portfolio. Dell EMC NetWorker is proven technology that offers comprehensive, flexible and scalable data protection. As businesses evolve, they need assurance that their existing and modern workloads are protected. We invite you to join us for a special webinar on Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST to learn more about the Dell EMC NetWorker Advantage and help you maximize your investment and plan for the future.In this session, we will present NetWorker’s latest innovations including centralized monitoring and reporting of backups and protection storage, as well as protecting VMware, Hyper-V and business-critical applications. We will explore how these comprehensive enhancements can optimize your NetWorker deployments and prepare you for next-generation data management.Please join your Dell Technologies Data Protection Team for this special presentation and product demonstration, including:Presenter: Anjali Munjal, Product ManagementDemo: Ken Voigt, Systems Engineer, Global Technology OfficeRegister now hereFor updates, please follow @DellEMCSupport on Twitter
PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed at mending ties between the historic allies that frayed under Donald Trump. Biden “stressed his commitment to bolstering the transatlantic relationship” via NATO and the EU. The U.S. and French leaders see eye-to-eye on the importance of international cooperation to fight climate change and COVID-19 and in negotiating with Iran. But Macron’s office said the two wouldn’t shy away from thorny issues like trade disputes or taxing digital companies such as Google or Amazon.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the fastest in the world. The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, announced Wednesday that Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise will provide the machine. The supercomputer should rank among the 25 fastest in the world and will be used to study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. It will theoretically be able to perform almost 20 quadrillion calculations per second. The new machine’s maximum speed per second will be roughly equivalent to each person on Earth completing a math equation every second for an entire month.