Dell Technologies and Cisco Reaffirm Joint Commitment to Converged Infrastructure with Multi-Year Agreement

There’s industry chatter about what the growing adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) might mean for the converged infrastructure (CI) space. As a company that retains its top spot in IDC’s Certified Reference Systems & Integrated Infrastructure Tracker with a 48% share — nearly 1.5X that of any other vendor — and serves thousands of customers who rely on CI, Dell EMC thinks it’s clear CI will remain a popular choice for years to come. We continue to invest in energizing the CI space, helping customers to modernize and automate for the cloud era on our VxBlock … READ MORE

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Simple, Scalable, Containerized Deep Learning using Nauta

Deep learning is hard. Between organizing, cleaning and labeling data, selecting the right neural network topology, picking the right hyperparameters, and then waiting – hoping – that the model produced is accurate enough to put into production. It can seem like an impossible puzzle for your data science team to solve. But the IT aspect of the puzzle is no less complicated, especially when the environment needs to be multi-user and support distributed model training. From choosing an operating system, to installing libraries, frameworks, dependencies, and development platforms, building the infrastructure to support your company’s deep … READ MORE

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IDC Vendor Spotlight Underlines IT Modernization Opportunities for Dell EMC Partners

Take advantage of top advice from industry analyst firm IDC on how to best pitch IT modernization to your prospects and customers Are all of your prospects and customers considering how IT modernization can benefit their business? They should be, because they’re in danger of being left behind if they don’t find a way to remain agile and efficient in today’s fast-moving, digitally driven world. As a Dell EMC partner, you’re ideally placed to assume the role of trusted advisor, consulting with key stakeholders and offering guidance on the best technology solutions to suit their specific … READ MORE

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Adding Lustre Storage to the HPC Equation

For organizations that need extreme scalability in high-performance computing systems, Lustre is often the file system of choice — for a lot of good reasons. When it comes to high-performance computing applications, there is basically no such thing as too much data storage. Who doesn’t need more storage? Everywhere you look, HPC applications are ballooning in size. A few examples: AccuWeather, the world’s largest source of weather forecasts and warnings, responds to more than 30 billion data requests daily.[1] The wave of medical data washing over the global healthcare industry is expected to swell to 2,314 … READ MORE

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Pure Storage’s Evergreen Storage Program – A Marketing Solution to Engineering Problems

Pure Storage (“Pure”) makes a lot of noise about their Evergreen Storage program.  With bold claims like “never rebuy a TB you’ve purchased, never do a data migration again and never do another forklift upgrade”, but the devil, and more importantly, the customer costs are in the details.  We think after reviewing the facts you will come to the same conclusions we have.  At its core Evergreen Storage – in our opinion –  is a marketing program with features designed to overlook architectural shortcomings by focusing on specific customer benefits, while netting Pure high profit margins … READ MORE

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Winning the Red Queen’s Race with Kinetic Infrastructure

Are you running fast just to stay in the same place? In Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Through the Looking Glass, when Alice meets the Red Queen, she runs as fast as she can, but then realizes they remain under the same tree where they started. “You may call it nonsense if you like,” but the Red Queen’s race can be an all-too real experience in the data center.[1] You are evolving, not to gain advantage, but simply to stand still in a world that is constantly changing. Maintaining the status quo might help you survive, but you … READ MORE

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Meet the Women of the Dell EMC Partner Program: Shawn Trotter

This is one in our series, Meet the Women of the Dell EMC Partner Program, which provides insight into what drives the inspiring women of the Dell EMC channel. Missed the first posts? Get to know Joyce Mullen (President, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMC), Cheryl Cook (Senior Vice President of Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Julie Christiansen (Vice President, Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Sheri Hedlund (Vice President, US Channel Sales, Dell EMC), Kim Lasseter (Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing Enablement & Tools, Dell EMC), Diane Brode (Director, Global Partner Marketing, Dell EMC) and Heather Wilcox (CSG Channel Field Marketing Director) now.now. … READ MORE

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Mining for Gold in Worldwide Centers of Excellence

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Integrated Data Protection for VMware Environments: Storage and Data Protection for Today, a Cloud-Ready Foundation for Tomorrow

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Data & Deep Learning: Embracing the Art of the Possible

I’m often surprised to find companies that continue to invest in data strategies that fail to respond to their business needs. They are taking a page from an old playbook and expect it to work in their new, rapidly evolving environments. They’re trying to forge a new path with an old map, which won’t help them keep pace with competitors, continue to innovate or ultimately grow their businesses. Companies today need to adopt a new mentality when it comes to data analytics. They should work to imagine and embrace the art of the possible. In doing so, they should ask themselves: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before using new technologies and approaches? It could mean the difference between market leadership or future failure.

As a company’s data sets continue to grow in size and vary in nature, the data management systems in place must allow the organizations the flexibility to grow and change with it. Beyond just the data, company’s also need to be able to execute new techniques to maximize the insights contained within the data, to promote better, faster business decisions, forge new paths forward and create new revenue streams.

One leading technique is Artificial Intelligence (AI) – a concept that has been around since the 1960’s, when AI pioneers began predicting that machines would discern and learn tasks without human intervention. They would quite literally be able to ‘think’ for themselves. Fast forward to 2025 there will be 163 zettabytes of data [1] with an estimated 80% that is no longer human parsable. Those predictions are not just a reality, but also a requirement. With all of this data spanning every industry, the use cases for AI are endless. But, as you look across those use cases there are a common core of AI techniques applied behind each application.

Take Deep Learning, for example – a branch inside of machine learning. Deep learning differs from traditional algorithms by using neural networks to uncover features and solve problems. Organizations have quickly adopted Deep Learning because of the ability to get insights from images, video, audio, and free text. The most common DL methods we come across are:

  • Image detection, allows you to detect whether or not something is present
  • Image classification, allows you to classify what type of thing is present
  • Natural language processing, allows you ask the meaning and intent to words and text
  • Speech recognition, allows you transform audio across languages into a common form for NLP
  • Segmentation, allows you to determine to what extent something is present
  • Prediction, allows you to ask what is the likely outcome
  • Recommendation, allows you to get suggested outcomes
  • Machine generated images and video used in the entertainment industry

Figure 1 below gives a snapshot summary of some of these methods and shows how they can be directly applied to a business case with measurable value. When applied individually or combined these methods provide the foundation for the ‘Art of the Possible’, making business applications that were impossible before, finally possible.

Figure 1: Mapping Data to AI Power Outcomes [2]

While the concepts of AI and Deep Learning still seem untouchable to many, we at Dell EMC are constantly finding new ways to bring AI to the forefront. We are taking our daily learning and turning it into validated infrastructure solutions that will make AI simpler, faster, and more accessible. Our family of validated Dell EMC Isilon and NVIDIA based solutions offer flexibility and informed choice by pairing high performance, high bandwidth GPU accelerated compute with high performance, scale-out flash storage. This puts our customers in the driver’s seat with forgettable scale-out infrastructure that makes nothing seems out of the question.

As an example of the ‘Art of the Possible’, we will be hosting a VIP evening event during the upcoming O’Reilly Conference in New York on April 17. The guest of honor will be Sophia – the humanoid robot who uses a combination of the techniques detailed to interact using human gestures, expressions and language. This will provide our customers a first-hand look at what is now possible and help them understand how these same technologies can be applied to drive innovation and growth within their own businesses. Sophia and I will also be featured on the O’Reilly YouTube channel and Sophia will be in the Dell Technologies booth on Wednesday April 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM where we’re going to be raffling off tickets to the evening event.

If you too are interested in learning more about how AI and Deep Learning can benefit your business, please get in touch with me at the show. We look forward to helping you turn the previously unimaginable into reality.

[1] Data Age 2025 – https://blog.seagate.com/business/enormous-growth-in-data-is-coming-how-to-prepare-for-it-and-prosper-from-it/

[2] Thanks to Tony Paikeday at NVIDIA for the foundation of this chart

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