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Building Cities of Tomorrow with Ford

first_imgThe promise of continued advancement of technology is a massive opportunity for our world’s cities. As we sit in traffic, circle a block for parking, or brake for a pedestrian, we long for new and smarter ways for mobility in cities to become more livable and sustainable. We at Dell Technologies believe that the scale and complexity of mobility in cities – where over half the world’s population now lives – is matched only by its absolute importance to everyday lives.We are proud to work with Ford and other corporate partners to help deliver on this promise through the City of Tomorrow Challenge. This program looks at three cities: Pittsburgh, Miami, and Grand Rapids, Michigan and provides a platform for collaboration between citizens, corporations like us, and nonprofits to propose and pilot solutions to improve mobility. This design-led approach from Ford puts an emphasis on listening to the community through qualitative and quantitative research, co-creation from a wide range of stakeholders, and landing on a real, tangible pilot.The ideas coming into the platform or through the community workshops reflect the unique characteristics of the three communities. In Pittsburgh, one contributed idea is to build new affordable light rail over the old industrial rail infrastructure. Another idea is a call for wayfinding for walking paths that avoid hills and construction. Another idea points out the lack of public transportation for the city’s east side.In Miami, with the 10th worst traffic on the planet,  conversation on the site is dominated with ideas to reduce time on the road. Contributors point out specific choke points, ask for new public transit solutions or, my favorite, recommend that everyone re-take a driver’s test. In Grand Rapids, however, people have an average of a 20-minute commute. Traffic is simply not an issue. This city has an opportunity to, say, rethink parking in the downtown area, or enhance bike paths or walkability.What ideas do you have? Please check out the Challenge website to share your experiences, sign up for community working sessions, and offer insight into the variety of ways people move around the targeted cities today. In early July, the application period will open and participants can submit their ideas for a chance to win up to $100K in pilot funding to test their solutions.In September, semi-finalists will be selected to attend a prototyping session and receive mentoring support to refine their ideas before submitting a final pilot proposal. During the Challenge’s concluding stage, a prize of $100,000 will be awarded to the winner, who will be given the opportunity to use those funds to conduct pilot programs in partnership with their city, Ford, and other corporate partners.This type of challenge perfectly aligns with our purpose, which is to create technologies that drive human progress. We are participating in the challenge alongside the cities and Ford and look forward to sharing ideas and learnings from experiences we’ve had in digital cities projects from around the world.  We will learn from this project as well – and use this knowledge to better support our customers.We believe we can play a key role in making Ford’s vision real. We have built our unique family of companies on the idea that progress lives at the intersection of technology and humanity. Where better to further this idea than in some of the world’s great cities?last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Brings the Power to Oracle OpenWorld

first_imgEvery September, tens of thousands of IT professionals converge upon San Francisco for one of the largest technology events of the year, Oracle OpenWorld.Dell Technologies was at the event in full force this year as a partner with Dell EMC PowerMax storage. Here’s a look at what was most important to us at the show.PowerMax and Oracle, the perfect pairPowerMax, the world’s fastest data storage array, got faster last week with the addition of end-to-end NVMe, storage class memory (SCM) for persistent storage, and real-time machine learning to optimize Oracle workloads. PowerMax SCM powered by dual port Intel® Optane™ SSDs delivers up to 50% better response times compared with SAS flash (NAND), and is offered in 750GB and 1.5TB drive capacities.PowerMax features high-speed smarts to power the most critical Oracle workloads. It also directly aligns to Oracle customer requirements for higher levels of performance, hyper consolidation, simplified storage, and real multi-cloud to truly modernize the data center.This announcement builds on Dell EMC’s already impressive momentum in the high-end market. Dell EMC is the undisputed leader of the high-end storage market according to IDC, with a 43.9% share; nearly triple that of the next highest competitor.[1] PowerMax was also the winner of CRN’s 2018 Product of the Year and Tech Innovator awards.The latest PowerMax announcements help customers better manage their high-value applications with particular focus on:Massive consolidation of multiple concurrent and mixed workloads, especially deployments that require great read response times during heavy write activityLatency sensitive applications that require the lowest response timesMission-critical real-time analytics apps like fraud detection, real-time marketing analyticsHigh demand OLTP systems: trading systems, large scale billing appsLarge ERP systems and demanding Healthcare deployments (EPIC Cache databases)In addition, PowerMax automation support for Kubernetes, VMware and Ansible streamlines provisioning, replication and other storage management tasks. Whether building out an on-premises cloud or private data center, the vRO plug-in for PowerMax enables the automation and orchestration of storage provisioning and management tasks for PowerMax storage systems. Out-of-box workflow libraries include both low-level and VMware-integrated workflows to enable customers to use the workflows as is or customize them to meet their automation needs.But what good is performance if you can’t get to the applications? Like many companies, Dell Technologies runs many of its own applications on Oracle. So integrated features like true “active-active” Oracle stretch clusters for real disaster tolerance, non-distructive migrations, deduplication, compression, and data “snaps” for team application development and testing keep business momentum moving quickly as well.Dell Technologies and Oracle CloudAs we saw this week at OOW, VMware is looking to bring new cloud support to Oracle with VMware Cloud Foundation on Oracle Cloud. As part of this announcement, an Oracle Cloud VMware solution will be supported by Oracle and its partners. The solution will be based on VMware Cloud Foundation and will deliver a full-stack software-defined data center (SDDC) including VMware vSphere, NSX, and vSAN.Dell Technologies Cloud built on VMware Cloud Foundation provides Oracle customers with true hybrid cloud experience in a multi-cloud world, delivering consistent management, operations, flexibility, ease-of-use, and full life cycle management of hardware and software components.Moving ForwardOrganizations of all sizes are striving to achieve a cloud operating model in their IT transformation journey. Multi-cloud environments are a reality. In fact, IDC estimates more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments. Dell Technologies understand that real business moves ahead with an agile infrastructure strategy without leaving existing workloads behind. Now the real work begins. Look to Dell Technologies to explore and bring the latest tested and proven products, solutions, and strategies that enable real transformation from the edge to the data center core to the cloud.To Learn MoreJoin the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCStorageRead the IDC report on multi-cloud environmentsLearn all about the latest PowerMax features[1] IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q2, September 5, 2019 – Vendor Revenue.last_img read more

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Dell EMC PowerProtect DD Series Appliances and DDOS 7.4

first_imgExpanded Data Protection Capacity OptionsThese past few months have been busy at Dell Technologies for our data protection division. In November we announced the DP series of our PowerProtect appliances, the next generation of the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance.Today, we are happy to announce the next rev of DDOS for our PowerProtect appliances, DDOS 7.4. DDOS 7.4 is packed with enhancements ranging from our physical appliances to our virtual appliance, PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE). Not only did we make updates to our products, but we are offering a new way to consume them with Dell Technologies on Demand.PowerProtect DD6900In our last release we lowered the entry level capacity point of the DD6900 to 24TB usable, down from the original 48TB. In this release we are allowing for grow in place capacity expansions in 12TB increments, making the DD series more affordable when it’s time for growth.PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition and Cloud TierThis year we announced the availability of DDVE at 256TB for AWS and Google Cloud. With DDOS 7.4, we will be shipping DDVE for Azure at 256TB, completing our support of the three major cloud providers. DDVE will also support premium BLOB storage in Azure at the 96TB capacity point. Learn more about DDVE in our overview video. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:50Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:50 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. On the topic of Cloud, Dell EMC Cloud Tier with DDOS 7.4 has expanded AWS region support for China, Canada and the EMEA.Dell Technologies on Demand and PowerProtect AppliancesWe are happy to announce that both the DD and DP series appliances will be available to purchase via the Dell Technologies on Demand program. PowerProtect appliances provide workload consolidation, a reduced storage footprint and increased performance to deliver a low total cost-to-protect. You can leverage Dell Technologies On Demand for payment solutions that span traditional financing, flexible consumption and as-a-Service options. We recently launched the Payment Flexibility Program with low rates, payment deferrals, and short term options.If you want to learn more about the Dell EMC Data Protection Portfolio check out the on-demand content from the recent Dell Technologies World presented this past October. If you have any questions about this release, make sure to follow up with your account rep to learn more. If you would like to learn more about PowerProtect DD Series Appliances check us out online. Make sure to follow us on Twitter for up to date information on the Dell Technologies Data Protection Portfolio.last_img read more

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Probe into Italy virus response looks into preparedness plan

first_imgROME (AP) — Prosecutors from northern Italy have traveled to Rome to question the health minister and others as part of their broadening investigation into whether to lay any criminal blame for Italy’s horrific coronavirus toll. Back in June, Bergamo prosecutors questioned Premier Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and other top officials about the delayed lockdown in two Bergamo towns where infections were reported in the early days of the outbreak. Their probe has now expanded to look into Italy’s preparedness going into the pandemic, investigators say. A scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s response has revealed that the health ministry’s influenza pandemic plan hadn’t been updated since 2006.last_img read more

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Biden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive orders

first_imgPresident Joe Biden and aides are showing touches of prickliness amid growing scrutiny of the new president’s reliance on executive orders in his first days in office. The president in just over a week has already signed more than three dozen executive orders and directives aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic as well as a gamut of other issues, including environmental regulations, immigration policies and racial justice. Biden has also sought to use the orders to erase foundational policy initiatives by former president Donald Trump. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says Biden’s reliance on executive action in the early going conflicts with the Democrat’s pledge as a candidate to be a consensus builder.last_img read more

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Tokyo Games offer Playbooks to assure athletes, sway public

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo organizers and the IOC have begun rolling out “Playbooks” to detail how 15,400 athletes will enter Japan for the Olympics on July 23 and the Paralympics a month later. These are the first versions and details are still in flux. The documents will be updated in April and June. Athletes and others will be kept in a bubble at the Athletes Village. Potential spectators and the media will be outside the bubble. The Playbooks spell out strict behavior in regard to entering Japan and leaving the country. They deal with hygiene, testing, immigration questions and behavior that will prohibit athletes from any tourism.last_img read more

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UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Britain’s health chief has hailed a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that the study supports the British government’s contentious strategy of delaying the second shot so it can protect more people quickly with a first dose. Britain’s decision has been criticized as risky by other European countries. Hancock’s comments came after Oxford University released a non-peer reviewed study showing the vaccine cut transmission of the coronavirus by two-thirds and prevented severe disease. An AstraZeneca official said the vaccine’s efficacy appeared to increase up to 12 weeks after the initial shot.last_img read more