Easier Decisions Through Better Computer Storage Classification

first_imgWhen naming their “Best Business Laptops of 2017,” PC Mag noted that the right desktop can mean the difference between your company running smoothly and not running at all. This can be especially true for a creative professional running a small business that needs the high performance of a workstation.And, more than ever before, today’s workstations come in an incredibly diverse assortment of form factors with a range of storage options. It can be confusing to determine what you need.So our team developed a white paper to help you decide on the best storage option for your systems, in terms of performance, without needing to consult a technical guide on the architecture of modern SSDs.Lost you already? Let me step back a bit.In the days before solid-state storage devices (SSDs), the complexity of storage usually revolved around whether and what type of redundant array of independent disks (RAID) to use in your systems. Rotational hard disk drives (HDDs) improved in performance and predictability over so many decades, that the selection criteria for these kind of drives narrowed to capacity and rotational speed as performance within these categories was so close between different drives.As SSDs became more broadly available in lower-priced and higher-capacity packages, we started to see some peculiar performance patterns. Most everyone knows that with each generation the performance was increasingly dramatically in SSDs, distancing them further and further HDDs and exceeding the bandwidth of the SATA III connection. But these “growing pains” had a side effect: increased variation across SSD models. While the same model might provide very consistent results across many different samples of the same drive, different models (especially across different drive vendors) were showing dramatically different performance at the same capacity and using the same interconnect.Now, much of these differences can be explained by the ingredients inside the SSD – things like the flash type and the controller, or even the bus connection and device protocol. But the complexity of the internal components of the SSD are not something that most workstation customers should have to concern themselves with. They need a better way to distinguish the various devices beyond capacity; something that is relevant to the ways that they use the system in the real world.Ready to go even deeper now? Dive into our white paper. And feel free to hit me with questions in the comments below.last_img read more

Accelerating Efficiency with Dell EMC Enterprise Drives

first_imgWhen buying a new car, people are usually focused on the exterior or the engine. However, the optional features like four wheel drive can also significantly impact their daily lives. The same holds true when adding new servers to your office or data center.It is easy to get swept away with the powerful processors and chassis design instead of focusing on features like enterprise drives that can save time and money in the long run.If your goal is a smooth-running modern data center, you need to determine what drives deliver the right balance of performance, cost and capacity for your unique workloads. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers offer flexible configurations that allow you to easily mix and match drives. Dell EMC provides a range of capacities, speeds and interface options for each drive type (HDD, SSD and PCIe SSD). Working with leading drive manufacturers, Dell EMC continually offers new technologies.Just recently, Dell EMC released the high performance 2.4TB 10K HDD that offers the highest capacity in the 2.5” drive portfolio. These new drives offer storage efficiency for everyday workloads such as OLTP and VDI.Just like you wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive, you shouldn’t consider components for your server that have not been properly qualified. Dell-branded Enterprise HDD, SSD and PCIe SSD have been through a very stringent qualification and validation process and are thoroughly tested with PowerEdge platforms and OpenManage Systems Management tools. Each drive has unique Dell firmware, which is tuned, tested and validated for PowerEdge Servers. This results in seamless performance, optimal stability and easy lifecycle management integration.In order to provide ongoing support through the service life of enterprise drives, Dell EMC provides an online firmware update capability. The Dell Update Package (DUP) process translates to less downtime due to firmware maintenance.  Plus Dell EMC offers a hardware warranty for Dell-branded drives that you purchase for your PowerEdge server with an option to choose the ProSupport extended warranty offering. This means you have one less thing to worry about.Whether you are choosing a new car or server, safety measures can provide peace of mind. PowerEdge next-generation servers offer integrated security to safely protect your data through your server lifecycle. PowerEdge embedded security can ensure that only valid, signed updates are permitted for the server BIOS, iDRAC, and peripheral devices. In addition, PowerEdge servers support FIPS-certified self-encrypting drives in different SSD and HDD capacities to protect data from physical breaches. Using the System Erase function, you can easily repurpose and retire servers by securely erasing data storage devices (HDD/SSD) and non-volatile storage (NVMe/caches/logs) in mere moments.At Dell EMC we are always interested in what drives your data center.  Please follow us @DellEMCServers and LinkedIn to let us know “what revs your engine.” Contact your Dell representative to discuss optimal PowerEdge configuration options to turbocharge your data center.last_img read more

Real Innovators Use VR for Social Good

first_imgWow. Just wow……The past year of 2017 has been a phenomenal journey at breakneck speed into the new and unknown. Virtual reality (VR)/Augmented reality (AR) revenue estimates were forecast in the billions for 2017 and sure enough, sales grew and grew throughout the year. In fact, VR headsets passed the milestone of one million headsets per quarter in the 3rd quarter of 2017.At CES 2018, we made a few VR announcements with new ‘Ready for VR’ gaming desktops and that Dell will now be selling HTC Vive and Meta headsets on Dell.com. Dell Alienware also hosted the Alienware VR Cup National in Las Vegas last week and introduced a new category of eSports with VR gaming.However, new ways of using AR and VR have emerged to prove that there is a place for this technology outside of 360 videos and shooting zombies that makes it a far more enduring technology than some of the naysayers at the start made it out to be. It has captured the imagination and innovation of a far larger audience in areas where perhaps VR and AR was not even a consideration before it became affordable and accessible. Areas where the prime consideration is for societal good rather than a ‘quick buck/pound/insert denomination here’ and innovation improves the quality of life for us and future generations to come. Therefore, we find it important to shine a spotlight on our partners that are doing exactly that and have highlighted some trailblazing examples here.VR to save the planetWe’re excited to announce a new VR series with National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki. Mike has been on more than 75 expeditions to the most remote areas of the planet and at CES, we’ll debut the first two experiences in the series, including Greenland: Unexplored Earth. The episode will be available to anyone with a headset starting today. Mike and his team used the power of Dell Precision workstations to create these experiences with the goal of inviting people to join him on these adventures and build a stronger appreciation for the planet, particularly with the growing impact of climate change.VR treatment to save war heroesDr. Skip Rizzo, Creative Technologies Institute, University of Southern California, has been using Dell VR-ready PCs to revolutionize rehabilitation practices for soldiers suffering from PTSD, patients that are post stroke or recovering from traumatic brain injury, and for prosthetic use training. He is also working on building VR scenarios to address social and vocational interaction in persons with autism.Advancing VR through academiaCarolina Cruz-Neidra, the world-renowned inventor of the CAVE virtual environment, is currently leading the University of Arkansas Emerging Analytics Center for faculty, researchers, and students to explore advanced applications of VR, mixed reality (MR) and visualization. She’s been using her CAVE VR for applications to advance business, but also to promote computer science work and research in education, including computer science programs in public schools.Building the next generation of VR innovatorsMarie Graham is a teacher at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. With help from Dell, NVIDIA, Oculus and HTC, she helped introduce a VR lab for students to learn content creation, certifications, and other VR focused curriculum using our Dell Alienware and Precision hardware. These are the kids who will change the world.There’s much to celebrate in VR innovation, but at the heart are the people using the technology to do amazing things which will leave a greater mark on the world. Whilst there are still many that are skeptical of whether VR will really “take off,” we are looking forward and committed to its potential, particularly the positive impact it could have on our world with the accessibility of technology. Oh, and by the way, 2018 looks like it is going to be another year at breakneck speed for VR/AR so buckle up and join us in the ride ahead!Hear more from Mike Libecki and Carolina Cruz-Neidra in this video from CES 2018:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2iUKdYNs-glast_img read more

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

first_imgTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s environmental agency is approving construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes. State officials have awarded permits to Enbridge for the $500 million tunnel project. The company is resisting Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. State officials say the tunnel is a separate issue from the fight over the existing line. They say Enbridge’s application for the project satisfied legal requirements. Another agency will decide whether to approve a new pipe to run through the tunnel, which is scheduled for completion in 2024. Federal approval also is needed.last_img read more

Fugitive Tigray leader reportedly speaks out after months

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has reportedly made his first public comments in three months, urging the international community to investigate what he called genocide and other abuses by forces including those from neighboring Eritrea. It is not immediately possible to verify the audio comments by Debretsion Gebremichael posted late Saturday by a Tigray-allied media outlet. He has been on the run since shortly after fighting broke out in early November between Ethiopian and allied forces and those of the Tigray region who had dominated the country’s government for nearly three decades.last_img read more

Israeli protesters call on PM Netanyahu to step down

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand his resignation. The protesters have been gathering each week in central Jerusalem for over seven months, saying Netanyahu should step down because of his corruption trial and what they say is mismanagement of the country’s coronavirus crisis. The country on Sunday is to begin easing its third lockdown. But most restrictions will remain in place, with coronavirus infections soaring despite one of the world’s most successful vaccination campaigns. Netanyahu’s corruption trial is set to resume this week.last_img read more