[Rowe was appointed Chief Financial Officer of EMC Corporation on October 1, 2014]I want to start off by saying how excited I am to be joining the EMC team, and I want to thank everyone for the very warm welcome that I’ve received.As those who know me can attest, I have a passion for the technology industry and enjoy the dynamic nature and far-reaching impact that it has. I have first-hand experience at two very different companies that were both transforming their businesses through technology and leveraging information as a competitive differentiator. Successfully navigating this change is critically important for every company today. I wanted to be at the center of the transformation in IT – at a company that matters. With the rise of the information generation, the opportunity in cloud and big data is exploding. New IT capabilities are changing the way we all live, redefining the technology industry and creating opportunities that are drawing a lot of interest and investment.When I look across the IT industry, EMC stands out to me with a special combination of expansive opportunity, smart strategy and incredible people. As a former customer, I remember visiting the Hopkinton offices and thinking how EMC is a great partner and delivers excellent solutions and service to back them up. EMC has a track record of being able to foresee changes, invest wisely and position itself well — through heavy investment in product leadership, smart acquisitions, and the ability to grow new businesses into strong revenue drivers for the company. Customers like what EMC is doing, see EMC as more strategic than in the past and intend to deepen their relationships with the company. EMC is a leader and a force for change in IT, and I believe EMC will be one of the winners.The ability to be successful comes down to having the right team, and here, EMC has the well-deserved reputation for solid execution. Looking across the EMC federation of businesses, this is one of the most respected and accomplished group of executives in IT. Additionally, EMC’s finance organization has earned an excellent reputation for strong financial management, and I’m fortunate to be a part of such a highly talented team.I’m looking forward to working with all of EMC’s stakeholders — including customers, partners, employees and shareholders — to help achieve our shared success. I believe EMC is the right company in the right place at the right time!
Clouds come in many flavors to suit different types of applications and address a myriad of customer needs, but what if I told you we can now cater to all?I’m delighted with this morning’s announcement about EMC’s decision to enter into an agreement to acquire Virtustream, a leading enterprise-class managed cloud software and services provider with a strong track record of running large scale, mission-critical managed applications, including SAP, in the cloud. They have done this for many recognized global brands, including The Coca-Cola Company, Heinz and Kawasaki. This decision represents a transformational step forward in our Federation strategy, enabling us to offer customers the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end solution, across the full portfolio of applications, and with all cloud models, both on and off premises. Full Spectrum of Cloud Models for CustomersTo date we’ve been able to provide a robust range of hybrid cloud offerings via EMC’s Federation of businesses, but increasingly we’re hearing from customers that they want the option to confidently move all workloads to an off prem managed cloud model, including their most mission-critical applications like SAP. The significance of Virtustream is that it will also extend the EMC Federation’s capabilities to enable us to support everything from the smallest applications to the most I/O intensive enterprise applications, whether on or off prem, as we intend to incorporate this technology into the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution.This set of offerings will be unique to the industry and will enable our customers to purchase their entire cloud infrastructure from one vendor, making their transformational initiatives as seamless as possible across any app, any workload, and any cloud model. Customers will also have the choice to purchase these solutions directly from EMC or via our global partner ecosystem. Enabling Our Business PartnersEMC is blessed with an extensive partner ecosystem, one in which we are truly invested to drive mutual success for our customers. We always develop our go-to-market and delivery models with our service provider partners in mind, and adding Virtustream to our portfolio will provide significant opportunities to our entire global partner ecosystem. Our service provider partners will have access to Virtustream’s cloud management software platform, enabling our partners to adopt and deliver their own branded services.Partners will also have access to our proprietary services methodologies. In addition to IP enablement, we will develop joint go-to-market programs and set up a model for the respective sales teams to ensure neutrality between selling direct and selling through a partner.Virtustream has built a solid business over the last several years and has a stellar list of customers and partners, and a world-class team. I have known these folks for quite some time and am very impressed by their extraordinary passion, their deep expertise and their maniacal focus on customer success. Their DNA is a perfect match for us!This acquisition will be transformational for EMC, our customers and partners. Stay tuned as we work through the acquisition closing and develop the operating details of this new business venture.[In this blog post, EMC refers to the EMC Federation of Businesses.]
Co-authored by Erica HessUsing technology and the internet introduces young people to new ideas and the skills they’ll need to compete in the global workforce. But for far too many youth, the web’s world of possibilities still remains out of reach.Around the world, rural living and poverty, poor infrastructure and health issues, and limited education all present barriers to accessing and using technology. Many young people can’t afford or access a school, and if they can that school may lack clean water, let alone computers.Dell’s newest solar-powered Learning Lab outside of Bogotá, Colombia.That’s why Dell is reimagining the traditional classroom model as we work toward our Legacy of Good goal of applying our expertise and technology to help underserved and underrepresented youth grow and thrive. Working with our 62 local Youth Learning partners in 15 countries, we assess each community’s unique barriers to accessing technology and then develop creative solutions to overcome them. Our local team members also volunteer with these organizations, amplifying the impact of our Youth Learning programs.I’ve had the opportunity to witness some of the challenges these communities face first-hand, in my role as Dell’s Director of Global Giving, as well as in my own travels to emerging countries. Before leading the Giving team, I was focused on growing Dell’s global Cloud Services business. Today, I see how Dell’s technology, combined with our Youth Learning programs and our team members’ expertise, make a real, positive impact on kids who otherwise would not be very prepared for our 21st century, digital world.I would like to share some examples of this impact with you.Let’s start with our record-breaking past year.In FY16, Dell set three major community service records. We logged 811,000 hours of volunteer time, team members from 66 countries volunteered, and our service positively impacted 26,000 charities worldwide—our highest annual totals since we started tracking volunteerism in 2006.Volunteering helps team members gain new skills and insights they can use in service to our customers. In fact, one of our most successful giving endeavors—our solar-powered Dell Learning Labs—started as an idea from a Dell volunteer.In many developing countries people still lack affordable, reliable electricity. In Nigeria, South Africa, and Colombia, we’ve bypassed this issue by creating 11 solar-powered Dell Learning Labs. The labs are housed in well-lit, well-ventilated shipping containers outfitted with solar panels, a steady Internet connection, an air-cooled server, and Dell Wyse™ thin clients. This solution uses less than 4 percent of the energy of a typical PC.Dell Learning Labs have become a community fixture where students can progress from basic computer literacy to graphics and coding under the instruction of Dell’s local Youth Learning partners. Dell volunteers have worked onsite at these labs to install equipment, provide training to teachers, and more.Dell volunteers also offer support to our Youth Learning partners virtually. Lori Manrique-Hyland’s story shows how this can work:Manrique-Hyland was looking for an opportunity to volunteer with her Dell team, but was challenged by family and career commitments that made for packed days. So she and her employer came up with an idea: give her time and talents right from her desk and during work hours.“I work from home and I wanted an opportunity to give in a meaningful way – but virtually, and I knew other people I work with want the same. We’re in Beijing, Ireland, and Brazil,” Manrique-Hyland says.Manrique-Hyland launched Dell’s virtual mentoring pilot program with our partners, Sci-Bono, who manages some of the Dell solar-powered Learning Labs in South Africa.Through phone calls, video chats and emails, Lori and other Dell volunteers from around the world mentored Sci-Bono’s teachers to help them enhance their technology skills.“Now, giving your time and talents from your office is another way to volunteer. At the other end of virtual mentoring are people you are truly helping,” she says.To help our partners more—virtually—my team is now working to make sure our community service strategy will provide Dell team members with more virtual, skills-based opportunities.By tailoring our solutions to each community we serve, Dell has helped 1.6 million underserved youth gain access to technology and education since our FY14, almost half way to our goal of benefiting 3 million by 2020. Examples include the following:In rural Morocco, both connectivity and distance are barriers to educating youth. There we work with our partner Bayti to bring a mobile IT Caravan – a bus outfitted with a Dell technology lab – to remote villages. Dell employees also serve as facilitators to help community members learn how to use technology.In India—where over 1.2 billion people compete for jobs—our Youth Learning partner, Learning Links Foundation, is leveraging Dell tablets and cloud computing to provide educational programs to over 72,000 students across India, many with parents who bring in less than $100 a month. In 2014, more than 3,400 Dell team members volunteered at schools, creating a more interactive learning environment through activities such as classroom makeovers. Additionally, team members used their volunteer rewards (charitable contributions they receive from Dell for volunteering) to fund the installation of solar panels at two schools.It’s an exciting time for Dell. Our culture of giving is making work life at Dell and people’s lives around the world—better. My colleague Jenn Friday Jones, Global Employee Engagement Manager, sums it up well:“Volunteering, personally, gives me the ability to impact people and communities that I may not have ever met or helped before. It opens your heart and mind to others and the selfless act of giving back. It’s therapeutic – everyone should try volunteering. It’s good for the soul!”To learn about other ways Dell’s Legacy of Good goals are paying off for customers, communities and the planet, visit www.dell.com/legacyofgoodupdate.Dell is committed to using technology to improve the lives of young people. Learn more at dell.com/youthlearninghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMMqdv6cSXQ
The VMworld 2017 Solutions Exchange featured over 220 sponsors and exhibitors showcasing their ideas and technology of tomorrow. The Solutions Exchange was not only a perfect opportunity to showcase Dell EMC, front and center as always, the expo was also an opportunity for Dell Technologies to showcase how our efforts are shaping our customers Digital Transformation. And in addition, the Xcape Room, IoT showcase and VDI Complete Solutions expo provided ample opportunity to explore Dell Technologies solutions.There was more than enough time to explore; and as is now tradition, Adeel Omer (@GeekInAustin) and I spent some time walking around the Solutions Exchange doing our best to capture the moment.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comDell EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
For decades, films like Space Odyssey, War Games, Terminator and The Matrix have depicted the future and what it would be like if artificial intelligence (AI) took over the world. Fast forward to 2019 and AI is quickly becoming a reality. The things we only used to see in the movies are improving our daily lives and we often don’t realize it.We’ve been living with AI assistance for quite some time. We use Waze and Google Maps to help us predict traffic patterns and find the shortest driving routes. We let Roomba navigate our homes and keep our floors clean. We trust flight operators to use auto-pilot while in the air, so they rarely focus on anything other than takeoffs and landings. Even our data centers are getting smarter with learning technologies that automate workload sharing, data tiering and data movement. All these functions require AI and are providing us positive experiences. And, we are accepting them into our lives at such a rapid pace, we now are beginning to expect this level of assisted intelligence from the products and services with which we interact.On the flip side, there are many new, broader, more fully autonomous AI applications that really get at the heart of what the sci-fi community has exploited to the point they give us the creeps. Think robot wars, big brother mass surveillance, or the extinction of the human race. It’s human nature to fear the unknown and the fact that technology fast-tracks innovation faster than the pace that society can change continually opens technology like deep learning up to the fear mongering. But, I recently learned first-hand that it doesn’t have to be that way with AI and that things first seen as scary or weird can quickly evolve as you see and realize the value they can bring. Once you experience value, that thing becomes normal, and like a drug you want more of it. At that point, is where there will be an obvious separation of products and services I use; those that have fully embraced the latest technology to pivot their offering (think Tesla, AirBNB, Lyft) and those that are racing to catch-up.I recently had the opportunity to interact with Sophia the Robot – the now famous AI-powered robot known for her human-like appearance and behavior. Using AI, visual data processing and facial recognition, Sophia can imitate human gestures and facial expressions, answer certain questions and make simple conversations on topics she has been trained on. As is the norm with AI, she has been designed to get smarter over time and gain social skills that help her interact with humans, much like other humans would.When I first ‘met’ Sophia, it was awkward. I couldn’t stop staring at her. But, as we conversed, and I asked her more questions, I was surprised at how quickly I adapted to her being part of our environment. In less than 24-hours, anything I had felt creepy about when first interacting with Sophia, was gone. I was referring to her as a person, making jokes with her, and conversing with her, as if it was normal. And, it was.Watch my conversation with Sophia the Robot just a few hours after meeting herMy point being, AI is not future looking, it is already a big part of our lives. As I learn more about the power of AI, I also want to help you, our customers, gain a better understanding of how important AI will be to your businesses. I know that by experiencing advanced AI firsthand, like I have, you will gain new perspectives on what’s possible when you turn creepy into cool to help humanity and sustain a competitive differentiation in your business.Most recently Dell EMC been working with AI thought leaders to demystify AI with our Magic of AI series meant to showcase the ‘Art of the Possible’ with the latest machine learning and deep learning techniques. This series uses first-hand experiences with advanced AI as your muse to help spark ideas about how techniques like video analytics, image detection, and natural language processing can be applied to your industry. For those of you who weren’t able to join us for the inaugural event in NYC with Sophia the Robot, I’m happy to be able to share some of the digital highlights from the experience. You can watch my video interview above with Sophia or check out the highlight reel from the main event from the GMA studios in Times Square. If you prefer the live, in-person experience, please register for our next Magic of AI event at the ABC 7 Studios in Chicago on July 23rd with Dr. Poppy Crum, Neuroscientist & Technologist.
Security is one of today’s biggest IT issues – for organizations of all sizes, across all sectors.Mid-market businesses have many of the same security concerns as larger enterprises – but they don’t always have the same budgets or staff resources.1 So how do they secure their organizations while also transforming their businesses? And how do they ensure their IT solutions will continue to meet evolving user demands?2The answer lies in our powerful new mid-market proposition – it’s specifically designed to meet these needs… And it can also help you grow your business as a Dell Technologies partner.Build your own business while helping customers to protect theirsIn our first end-to-end partner campaign solution for mid-market businesses, we’ve brought together a ready-made portfolio of Intel®-powered devices and data center solutions. These not only help organizations to transform their businesses but also provide complete protection, with industry-leading answers to security concerns.With our modular, Intel-based portfolio, solutions can be designed to suit businesses at every size and stage, and on every budget.Explore our sales and marketing campaign assets and you’ll realize that our powerful and comprehensive mid-market proposition will help you to:Grow your business: Generate leads and gain new customers with our fully packaged, trusted, and secure end-to-end solutions, which have been carefully selected to meet your customers’ IT needs.Be the end-to-end solutions provider: Broaden deals beyond the sale of any one device, infrastructure, or data element, adding value with bespoke design and consultancy.Become the go-to technology partner for powerful securityAs a Dell Technologies partner, you’re ideally positioned to deliver the trusted – and affordable – solutions that medium-sized businesses ask for.Mid-market organizations face a myriad of threats to their business assets, corporate, and customer data – through physical theft and loss, Denial-of-Service (DoS/DDoS), phishing/pharming, ransomware, malware, data attacks, SQL injection, and more.With attacks becoming more sophisticated, frequent, and widespread, these organizations increasingly require enterprise-grade protection – but without the added complexity and cost of larger-business solutions. Now is the perfect time to leverage our new Mid-Market campaign to show how you can help enable your customers’ security transformation.Our end-to-end solutions help ensure ease of implementation and integration, because our pioneering products are explicitly designed to work together. It means you can offer integrated solutions from a single vendor, for additional peace of mind for your customers.Trusted devices, trusted infrastructure, trusted dataBear in mind that each mid-market business has its own challenges and understanding each individual customer’s specific IT landscape is critical. Each customer will require a tailored, all-encompassing, end-to-end solution that addresses and meets their evolving IT and user demands.You can then introduce them to the concept of complete protection for their IT environment with the unseen power of Dell Technologies – and deliver a solution that spans trusted devices, trusted infrastructure, trusted data:Dependably secureEasy to install and maintainFlexible and scalableAll available from a single vendorPowerful and comprehensiveGet started with our Mid-Market campaignThe best way to start unlocking this potential opportunity is to show prospects how you can help them more easily and efficiently manage the security and data integrity issues that most organizations are grappling with today. This is a common and pressing concern for the majority of medium-sized businesses.You’re then sure to discover plenty of additional ways in which you can upsell and cross-sell – so you can demonstrate your knowledge and expertise by adding value across the entire IT ecosystem.> Explore our Mid-Market campaign on the Partner Demand Generation Center 1 Forrester report, commissioned by Dell Technologies, ‘Priorities & Purchase Process of Medium Size ITDMs’, February 2019.2 Forrester report, Exec Summary: ‘Faster Server Refresh Cycles Boost Innovation and Security for Mid-Market Businesses’, May 2019.
The demand for database cloning is growing exponentially as more and more companies invest in DevOps to bring new products and features to market faster. As a result, software developers, database admins, quality assurance, data scientists, analysts and operations teams all need fast access to production data copies of critical enterprise databases.Size and speedThe challenge is that today’s databases are huge, ranging in size from 10 to 100 terabytes. Apart from obvious storage constraints, delay is also a factor. Moving such huge files, regardless of network speed, can take hours, sometimes even days. The data also needs to be refreshed regularly to make sure the copy is as close to the production version as possible.Barriers to innovationIt will come as no surprise, then, that according to customers, it takes too long to provision copies of multi-terabyte production databases to test environments. Those who want to leverage the Cloud for test sandbox environments often struggle to execute on their vision.Customers say that the current process is burdened by long development cycles, poor quality releases, and a general lack of self-service. Apart from slowing down development and testing, the financial impact to business is significant. The big question is – how can we remove these obstacles and accelerate the pace of innovation?Software-defined, scalable and powerfulThis is exactly why I’m excited to offer the Actifio Database Cloning Appliance (DCA), powered by Dell Technologies – an integrated appliance combining the power of Actifio’s copy data management software with our hyper-converged and software-defined platforms such as VxRail and VxFlex with Intel Xeon scalable processors. Together, we’ve blended our IP to create an easy-to-run yet powerful platform, which allows you to transform database test cycles, increase application quality and compress database provisioning, particularly in large environments.Customer reaction says it allSometimes, you can spot a winning solution straight off the bat. For me, the acid test is customer reaction. Their faces said it all when we explained how, using native database tools, they could easily spin up databases that were near-real time on Dell Storage and even use PowerProtect DD appliances when retention lock was needed for regulatory requirements like Financial Services.I listened as Database Administrators responded to the demo, inundating us with questions and scenarios unique to their environments. I heard their excitement when they realized how they could leverage DCA in multiple creative ways to reduce development time, increase QA standards and drive more performance from mission-critical applications.One-stop solutionIf you’re in operations, software development, testing, data analysis or QA, this solution will be music to your ears. It delivers instant database clones of even the largest databases in minutes either locally or in your Cloud of choice with the solution entirely API-driven to enable automation and self-service data access.Accelerate the pace of innovation in your business. Transform the speed and cost of managing complex database environments, while simplifying management and security. Take the first step and contact us today. And of course, I’d love to hear your views on database cloning – join the conversation.Learn more by listening to a recorded webinar hosted by both Actifio and Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions here.Read more about how OEMs can unlock new revenue by leveraging software design and monetizing customer data here. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @DealingPhelan and join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, on the $20 bill. But Tubman’s fate had been in doubt since the 2016 presidential campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move “pure political correctness.”
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s official death toll in the coronavirus pandemic has passed 100,000. The unwanted milestone was reached Tuesday as the government considered imposing hotel quarantines on international travelers to stop new virus variants reaching the country. The government says 100,162 people have died after testing positive for the virus.. The BBC reported that the government plans to make people arriving from most of southern Africa and South America, as well as Portugal, self-isolate in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense. Quarantine hotels have been used to limit virus transmissions in Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Singapore but the practice has not been widely adopted in Europe.