Today, EMC kicks off the 16th annual EMC World conference in Las Vegas. Nearly 10,000 IT professionals from over 100 countries will gather to learn about the strategies and technologies that will transform IT and business.Our theme for EMC World is “Modernize”. Here, we will demonstrate how we help customers modernize the way they build and deliver IT services to drive innovation and compete as a digital business. We’ll show customers how our best-of-breed technology, legendary customer service, and broad ecosystem of technology and services partners stand apart from our peers and how we are committed to helping customers transform and grow by decreasing costs, increasing agility, removing risks and driving innovation.Joe Tucci will kick off our lineup of general session keynotes today at 1PM ET/10AM PT, where he’ll discuss how the industry has changed. Then, we’ll be joined by special guest Michael Dell, who will share his vision of the future of the industry and the combined Dell and EMC business. David Goulden will then outline how EMC enables business and IT transformation, and will be joined on stage by Rodney Rodgers to discuss running mission-critical applications in the cloud and Kevin Roche who’ll introduce new services innovation.Tomorrow, we’ll hear from EMC leaders Jeremy Burton, Guy Churchward, and Chad Sakac and Ray O’Farrell of VMware on how to modernize your data center by transforming the way IT operates and delivers services.On Wednesday, Jeremy, Chad, CJ Desai and team as well as James Watters from Pivotal and Kit Colbert of VMware will highlight technologies that will modernize your business to deliver new products and services to enhance customer experiences in a digital world.With the rise of mobile devices, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and other disruptive forces, IT leaders face complex data center priorities. Beyond addressing these priorities in general sessions, you’ll find a deep and broad range of educational tracks, breakout sessions and labs to highlight how we help IT leaders:Modernize IT infrastructure to support not just the traditional applications that support today’s business, but also new cloud native applications that will drive tomorrow’s business.Automate to deliver a self-service experience for business users, so that IT goes from being a provider of infrastructure to a provider of services.Transform IT roles and responsibilities to support delivery of IT as a Service, injecting the new skills needed to support transformation initiatives.Whether you’re at the show in Las Vegas, in your office, or at home, you can experience EMC World 2016 and join the conversation virtually. Here’s how:Visit our virtual EMC World site and watch each day’s general session. Follow @EMCWORLD & @EMC_News for a steady stream of updates and major buzz straight from the show floor.Be sure to use #EMCWORLD on Twitter to engage in the conversation directly! We’d love to hear what you have to say!
Did you know that only two percent of women entrepreneurs in the U.S. make over $1M in their companies? There is a super hero that Dell is helping launch this week named “Alice,” that is going to change that stat to 98 percent!Today at Dell EMC World the Circular Board, a data-driven, scalable ecosystem connecting women entrepreneurs to sources of capital, mentorship, events and resources, Dell and Pivotal announced “Alice,” the world’s first artificial intelligence platform for women entrepreneurs.Through data analytics, Alice can access resources for founders in real time, specific to their industry, stage of growth and location. As Alice populates, machine learning will allow her to predict the needs of founders to guide them to referrals, events, mentors, access to capital and ecosystems.Dell’s commitment to the business value and social importance to women founders is why I am most proud to be the entrepreneur-in-residence at this great company. Through countless discussions with women entrepreneurs, we’ve learned that issues around access to capital, technology, networks and talent often stand in the way of their success. These four ‘pillars’ of innovation, as we call them, are where we see the most potential to change the course of their careers:Technology: At Dell, we believe in empowering people around the world to do what they dream, to achieve every goal imaginable, and use technology to make that happen. Women face so many hurdles when starting their own companies – but technology shouldn’t be one of them.Capital: Tracking down funding can be a major challenge for women entrepreneurs, whether it’s venture capital or angel funding in developed countries or having the connections to financial institutions and loans in the emerging economies.Networks: For many professional women, getting their foot in the door is sometimes the hardest step. Women entrepreneurs and business owners are increasingly turning to each other for help. One way we help facilitate these connections is through Dell Women’s Entrepreneurs Network ( DWEN).Talent: Finding the right talent to make your business successful can be a serious challenge. But by partnering with expert organizations, women entrepreneurs are better able to make logical decisions that their ventures to scale.In the fairytale classic, Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “Where should I go?” and he responded with, “That depends on where you want to end up.” Our goal is that Alice will provide women entrepreneurs with the resources and guidance to chart their own paths, and to not only believe in the impossible – but achieve it. Together we can change that stat today. Please tweet to #HelloAlice to tell everyone entrepreneur your best piece of advice so we can all achieve the impossible.
So…. Not only did we have tons of shiny new STUFF… we had a dog petting area, we had Gwen Stefani, and we had our biggest and best ‘World’ event yet… and our customers loved it! To relive some of the highlights whether you were there with us or not, check out some of the highlights here and if you weren’t, then there’s always next year! Pre-register here to receive updates as and when they become available for Dell EMC World 2018. See you there! DELL EMC WORLD 2017 was the biggest and best yet and our customers are at the heart of everything we do. But don’t just take it from us – hear directly from our customers, speaking to The Cube whilst they were in Vegas:Tim Bicio, CTO at Lightstorm, explains how technology has influenced the evolution of the film industry. “We have seen a transformation from 100-percent film to 100-percent data,”Lightstorm Entertainment is best known for producing the films “Terminator 2,” “Titanic,” and “Avatar.” Bicio explains “our future
As business users become more comfortable and even dependent on mobile computing, virtual desktops have seen a resurgence as a way to serve users the resources they need, where they need them and in a secure managed environment. These objectives are only further complicated by larger trends in end-user computing such as the continued migration to Windows 10, further adoption of GPU-accelerated applications, and a growing, just-in-time and remote workforce. With the launch of Ready Solutions for VDI on VxBlock, you can easily deploy virtual desktops on one of the leading converged infrastructure platforms available.At VMworld, Dell EMC announced new validation and guidance for the VxBlock 1000 for VDI workloads. This documentation is designed to streamline the design, sizing, and deployment of VDI workloads running in dedicated or mixed environments on the VxBlock 1000. With specific guidelines based on typical user workloads from basic, knowledge worker, and power users, you can now easily build a non-unique environment on tier-1 technology for your unique business needs.For external validation, we asked the Evaluator Group to conduct research on the true cost of running VDI over a three year period. As with many workloads, customers are always considering whether it’s viable and cost-effective to move workloads to the public cloud, and virtual desktops are no different. Even for us, the results were pretty surprising.At 10,000 users and the lightest user-type they tested, VxBlock was 20% less expensive than the public cloud. For power users, the savings jumped to 45%. This is before factoring in the improved manageability, security, and reusability of the VxBlock 1000, which closes the book on the question of where to run VDI workloads.This announcement is only the start of what we have planned around VDI, with more coming later this year. Leave us a note in the comments on how you’re using virtual desktops, and what you’d like to see next from us in this space. All the research and documents referenced can be found in the notes below.Read the Evaluator Group report on running VDI on VxBlock vs AWSDownload our latest validation and documentation on the VDI Info HubKeep in touch on twitter @DellEMC and @DellTechcloud.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police have seized a haul of 324 kilograms (714 pounds) of pure cocaine and arrested three people in the northern city of Thessaloniki. They say the suspects planned to mix the cocaine with other substances and sell it in Greece and other markets. It would have had a street value of 100 million euros , police said. The police operation was conducted jointly with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Athens office Friday.
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — No active Black farmers are left in a historic Kansas community where hundreds migrated a century ago to escape racism and poverty. The lack of Black farmers in Nicodemus illustrates a nationwide decline. In 1910, Black farmers made up 14% of the U.S farming population but today account for just 1.4%. Most family farms across the country have been hit in recent years by such things as market volatility, poor weather and consolidations spurred by technological advances. On top of that, many Black farmers say racial bias at all levels of government has effectively pushed them off their land.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has received its first batch of foreign-made coronavirus vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East. The shipment consists of 500,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines, semi-official Fars news agency reported. They arrived at Tehran’s Imam Khomeieni International Airport on Thursday from Moscow. Iranian state TV quoted Tehran’s ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, as saying that Iran has ordered 5 million doses from Russia. Last month, Iran announced it was banning the import of American and British vaccines and had began in December the human test phase of its homemade vaccine.