As we approached the end of 2016, I reflected on the storage trend predictions we identified – Containers, 2-Tier Storage, Cloud Portfolio Management, New Media technologies and IT Skills focused on Cloud-native development.While predictions are mostly educated guess, our 2016 predictions played out favorably.So now it’s time to look ahead for 2017… what can we expect this year? 1. Cloud-Native Stacks and Technologies will continue to absorb more of the traditional enterprise workload base. At the end of 2016, we saw that Java Apps could move to systems like Cloud Foundry and get huge operational advantages. We expect this to continue and we also expect that in 2017 we will see other traditional enterprise environments become re-factored into a cloud-native model. Systems of record such as SAP and Oracle will shift to cloud-native application frameworks and in-memory databases more aggressively in 2017. This trend is making its way in IoT and Industrial systems from companies such as GE with Predix and Siemens. These new platforms and applications will still require cloud-oriented IaaS, such as VMware, under them. The enterprise applications will become more separable, flexible and automated by leveraging the work originally done for greenfield cloud-native apps.2. Cloud Data Protection will become a real concern. In 2016, cloud adoption both on- and off-premises accelerated but the enterprise resiliency of the legacy systems has not kept pace. One of the most significant gaps is how to protect data in the cloud era. Most customers are unaware of the liability and indemnification limits of SaaS and public clouds. We have not yet seen massive data loss and consequently the focus has not been on how we handle these situations. In 2017, as multi-cloud enterprise IT designs become more commonplace, the need to protect that data in SaaS systems or across multiple on and off-premises clouds will become critical. Dell EMC, as the leader in data protection, already delivers this service to on-premises clouds and some SaaS applications, but 2017 will be a year of expanded capability including retention, compliance, and recovery and business continuity. Customers can be sure that even if a public cloud or SaaS provider loses, has compromised, or corrupts their data that there is a recovery path.3. The new media evolution will continue. We already see early details of non-volatile memory such as Intel 3DXP but in 2017 we’ll see early access to this and other technology. While we don’t expect mass adoption or a strong applications ecosystem to form around such new memory in 2017, it will be a year where the reality of these media starts to become evident. Performance, endurance and functionality will become characterized in real systems rather than marketing material. The limitations and issues with this shift in a foundational building block will surface and drive innovation that will be required. A great early example is the need for error recovery when using persistent memory – you can no longer just reboot your system to clear the run time memory when using these technologies. How will we reset, recover or roll back to a safe state? Seems like a great area to innovate across recovery, data locality, and media management along with enhancements in the software stacks to leverage this new media.4. The first real availability of post-flash memory in 2017 will start the acceleration of software to exploit massive pools of persistent memory. We call this the era of Memory Centric Architectures. We expect that over time more of the semantics used to access data will shift from storage instructions such as “Read and Write” to memory semantics such as “load and store”. The implication is that our applications will no longer see the memory and storage pools as separate but instead more of them will see data as stored in huge tiered memory centric pools. In-memory processing architectures of databases and applications frameworks will become much more common. The functions of the infrastructure to manage this diverse set of media as reliable scalable memory pools will become the new frontier of innovation in storage technology.5. Multi-Cloud enterprise architectures dominate. We expect 2017 to be the year when enterprises realize that not all clouds are equal. Given the variety of workloads and use cases, the modern enterprise will need a diverse set of infrastructures that deliver the correct set of performance, cost, compliance, security and scale to serve their needs. This means that multiple clouds will be needed; the default objective will be to select the right set of clouds but – more importantly – to unify their operations in ways that enable a coherent set of services to the enterprise users. This will result in a huge shift where innovation will be more focused on how to operate a multi-cloud enterprise rather than how to build or use any one specific cloud.6. Machine Learning and Deep Learning will be the new bright shiny technology for enterprises. While we don’t expect mass adoption of ML/DL due to its early nature and lack of IT skills to exploit, we will see in 2017 that the dialog around using new artificial intelligence engines to create better data-driven outcomes will start to be more dominant in forward-looking IT strategies. This is likely to originate first in entirely new cloud-native application stacks and IoT use cases due to the need to complement relatively unintelligent endpoints with a level of infrastructure artificial intelligence. We are confident that this can happen over time and expect that 2017 will see continued public cloud based ML/DL engines like Google Tenserflow evolve. We are now also seeing dedicated on-premises ML/DL stacks enter testbeds and be leveraged in specific industries; the Toshiba/Dell EMC deep learning is an excellent example – recently approved by the Industrial Internet Consortium.While there will be many other activities in 2017, the six highlighted predictions above indicate that we are settling on a multi-cloud future for IT that will be driven by innovation at the lowest level physical media and will have a significant impact on core functions such as processing and storage. Above that we expect to see a blurring of existing and cloud-native technologies to create more efficient hybrid cloud operating models and development frameworks. Finally, we expect to see some new elements of technology such as machine learning and deep learning make their way into our thinking about IT architectures. The pace of change continues and 2017 is likely to be characterized by expanded innovation driving another very interesting year for IT.
Locked within your data are opportunities to meet real-time business needs and drive new outcomes. The challenge for some organizations is to determine how to best tap into data’s value. At Dell EMC, we believe that you do it by taking IT complexity head-on – addressing rampant data growth, and ensuring your data is protected and available when you need it. The future isn’t only about data protection – it’s also about data management and enabling our customers to get more value out of their data.In May 2019 at Dell Technologies World, the Data Protection Division (DPD) unveiled our first data management offerings: PowerProtect Software and PowerProtect X400. The excitement at the show was palpable – across both the dedicated Dell EMC team who was thrilled to share the announcement and the show attendees who were excited to learn about the new ways we’re helping protect their mission-critical data. Today, we are proud to make these two new products available for customers to order, alongside a revamped version of our Data Protection Suite.Dell EMC Senior Vice President Sharad Rastogi and DPD Chief Technology Officer Arthur Lent recently published blogs regarding our vision of the evolution of data management. Sharad wrote about the need to Redefine Data Protection by transitioning to a data management solution, highlighting the importance of being able to use of “any data source, target, service level objective, location, use case, consumption model and business model.” Then, Arthur shared the Design Principals behind data management solutions by taking a look at the core tenets of a Software-Defined Platform and a Multi-Dimensional Appliance. These insights outlined the critical thinking that went into the development of the PowerProtect Software platform and the PowerProtect X400 appliance.PowerProtect Software was designed as a software-defined platform. It represents a customer’s next step in the transformation from traditional data protection to comprehensive data management. PowerProtect Software and the multi-dimensional X400 appliance enable customers to go beyond the ability to set protection policies, deduplicate, backup and recover database workloads, Windows and Linux filesystems and VMs to protection storage. PowerProtect is a new framework for customers to uncover new business outcomes from the protection of their data – including but not limited to accelerating migrations, powering DevOps, maintaining compliance and of course, data protection. Accounting firm Melanson Heath saw immediate value for PowerProtect X400 as part of their virtualized application data management strategy.As Dell EMC’s first multi-dimensional data management appliance, the PowerProtect X400 integrates PowerProtect Software while delivering critical tenets – scale, performance, resiliency. We’ve all accepted that data growth is not slowing down. A biproduct of this growth is data center complexity. PowerProtect multi-dimensional appliances feature a scale-out and scale-up design – allowing users to not only add capacity cubes for linear performance and capacity increases, but to grow-in-place with capacity expansion packs to meet growth challenges. Customers who tested scale out not only found that PowerProtect X400 meets immediate needs, but has both the compute and storage frameworks to future requirements as well.As I highlighted on stage in Las Vegas, PowerProtect X400 is the industry’s first All-Flash Integrated Purpose-Built Backup Appliance. We are proud to offer all-flash protection as an option and ensure that you can find the level of performance you need within our portfolio, allowing your organization to prepare for the service level objectives of tomorrow:If you are interested in having a conversation about transitioning to data management, now is the time to get in touch with your Dell EMC Sales Rep. For more information on PowerProtect Software and PowerProtect X400 please visit DellEMC.com/DataProtection or view this recent product webinar. Based on Dell internal analysis, March 2019.
Three leading global Chief Financial Officers recently shared their views on the impacts of recent events and their implications for the future of finance leadership.The business landscape is changing like never before – so how can you ensure that disruption works for, rather than against, your business? That was the central question of the Transformation Tune-In virtual event, hosted by Dell Technologies and Intel.Dr Alan Hippe, Group CFO and CIO at Roche – the healthcare giant responsible for producing over 100 million virology tests per month during the pandemic – was the first to discuss the immediate response to the crisis. “Two remarkable things happened. Firstly, we really came together as a team – the first consideration was ‘cash is king’ and we initiated weekly calls with our finance managers in the regions. Second is the appreciation for technology that we have seen. People now appreciate video conferences much more as a key element to make things work and keep things going.”George Davis, CFO at Intel, said that enhanced communication was also key to his company’s response to unexpected events. “It’s easy to get insular when you’re hit with something like this, but if your customers are going through a great deal of change… we found as an organization we needed to be super tied-in to the sales area and the factories in a way that we hadn’t before. All of a sudden the mix of things customers wanted was very different to what we saw just before the pandemic. We had to become much more nimble and focused with our customers.”On the subject of agility, and in response to a question from the audience about the biggest lessons learnt from the crisis so far, Tom Sweet, CFO of Dell Technologies, said, “I’ve been extraordinarily pleased with the capability of the organization to flex and navigate what was clearly an uncertain environment. I believe our workforce and that of many other organizations is going to be much more remote. That unlocks opportunities to attract different types of talent. But it will also bring challenges around instilling and reinforcing culture.”Skills shiftAs conversation moved to the changing role of finance leaders, Hippe said: “In the future, we have to apply even more technologies. We were on that path already, but there is more to be done. Finance will then very much focus on insights. Taking the opportunity that we have now and starting that journey into finance-focused insights – that’s what I’m looking forward to and what we are trying to build.”Sweet agreed that an end-to-end philosophy of ‘process-systems-technology’ will shape the future of effective finance leadership: “In many respects this crisis has been a catalyst for the organization to think differently. We push the leadership to think ‘how can we make our people more productive? How do we eliminate work that is non value-add?’”For Davis, the ability to add such advanced technological capabilities comes from developing cloud infrastructure, as it offers a lot more applications and tools that you can bring into your environment to make data analysts and analytics more powerful. “Leaders need to move more effectively to prioritize the tools that, in this new environment, analysts are going to need – and get what I would call ‘tiger teams’ to implement these much more quickly to have an impact.”And on the ability to use those tools with maximum impact, Hippe said that a workforce skilled in emerging technology is absolutely essential: “People understand now that they have to be savvier when it comes to data insights, how to interpret data, what data is really needed… we encourage people to follow that education and at the same time we bring people in who have that knowledge.”Future finance leadershipLater in the discussion, Davis said that in order to establish a shift to a more agile, efficient, tech-enabled future, finance leaders must show the way for the organization as a whole: “If I want our teams to focus more on analytics and influencing, I have to make sure that I’m role-modelling that behaviour and that they understand the context for questions that I ask, how I try to influence my peers and the CEO. And then I have to put leaders below me that can role-model that same mindset.”I agree with this wholeheartedly. You have to set the expectation and give people the permission to begin this journey and you have to build a supporting environment around that. We also have to recognize that we won’t get it right all the time, the concept of ‘innovate and fail fast,’ learn and continue to move is important part our journey.Watch the full replay for “The Finance Leader of the Future” here (registration required).
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to 779,000 last week, a historically high total that shows that a sizable number of people are still losing jobs to the viral pandemic. Last week’s total dropped from 812,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday, and is the lowest in two months. Before the virus erupted in the United States in March, weekly applications for jobless aid had never topped 700,000, even during the Great Recession.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine is urging the international community to back up concerns over the country’s disputed elections with “strong actions.” Wine, who is contesting his loss to long-time Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni in last month’s presidential elections, told reporters that he hopes “the world will stand with the people of Uganda.” “Gen. Museveni, like all dictators, is not moved by words,” said Wine, a 38-year-old singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. He spoke via video link from his house on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he said he effectively remains under house arrest. “We hope that there will be more action following the strongly worded statements.”