One Technology Provider for All Your Media Pro Needs

first_imgNAB Show 2018: Dell EMC Storage Helps Media Professionals Keep Pace with Digital Content DemandsThousands of global media and entertainment organizations, including content creators, television broadcasters, and content delivery providers rely on solutions from Dell Technologies.We are thrilled to be able to showcase our end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutions at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, spanning Dell EMC storage, servers and networking, VMware virtualization solutions, and high-performance Dell Precision workstations and displays.At the 2018 NAB Show, Dell EMC and our established partner ecosystem will demonstrate the latest solutions that help media professionals keep pace with increasing demands for content creation, playout across multiple platforms, and active archives for content monetization in Dell EMC’s booth #SL9111 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.For BroadcastersFor broadcasters, we will be showing the latest generation of our Isilon scale-out NAS storage solution. This range of file storage products sets the benchmark for high-performance and high-efficiency storage for content production, management and delivery. With a proven ability to deliver consistent high-concurrency, Isilon is designed to provide a low total cost of ownership (TCO).We will also showcase the Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) object storage platform that offers media and entertainment organizations a true active archive that can be more cost-effective and more dynamic than public cloud or tape-based alternatives.Speaking of ECS, Dell EMC is collaborating with leading media asset management (MAM) solution providers Dalet and Vizrt for in-booth demonstrations on ECS.  Dalet has certified the ECS object storage platform for interoperability with Dalet Galaxy, a leading MAM and orchestration platform. The combination of Dalet Galaxy and ECS enables broadcasters to simplify data management, lower the total cost of ownership for infrastructure, and enable new types of operations. Vizrt will demonstrate integration of its MAM solution with ECS, moving files seamlessly to object storage and highlighting features such as partial restore.Dell EMC has also integrated our ECS object storage platform with Oracle’s DIVA content storage management solution. In today’s evolving media landscape, a wide variety of new delivery mediums are providing broadcasters an unprecedented opportunity to monetize their content. The combination of Oracle Front Porch Digital, Isilon and ECS enables media organizations to unify their media assets in a centralized, immediately accessible archive, providing the foundation for a cost-effective, multi-format distribution model.For Content CreatorsFor content creators, Dell EMC will be showing the Isilon F800 All-Flash scale-out NAS supporting industry-leading creative applications. The Isilon All-Flash array gives visual effects (VFX) artists and editors the power to work with multiple streams of uncompressed, full-aperture 4K material, enabling collaborative, global post- and VFX pipelines for episodic and feature projects. For the first time, content creators can get a true scale-out architecture with high concurrency and super-fast All-Flash network-attached storage with consistently low latency to turbo-charge both high-throughput and random access workloads.In our booth at NAB, we will be demonstrating how easy it is for users of Adobe Premier to perform 4K editing of uncompressed DPX files on a shared Isilon F800 All-Flash array. Similarly, we will show how Isilon F800 has the All-Flash horsepower to support demanding uncompressed 4K and UHD workflows for users of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.Many of our leading animation and VFX customers have already adopted the Isilon F800, eliminating the requirement for “performance silos” in customer environments to help them accelerate their projects and dramatically reduce render wall-clock times.For Pay-TV, Telco, and Over-the-Top OperatorsFor pay-TV, telco, and over-the-top (OTT) operators, Isilon provides a choice in how organizations scale. Isilon F800 All-Flash performance storage nodes accelerate live and catchup workflows, together with high capacity H500 storage nodes for video on demand (VOD) or cloud digital video recording (CDVR) Origin storage. Dell EMC continues to simplify the way that content providers create and manage high definition (HD), ultra-high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) programming while enabling content delivery to any device, anywhere, at any time.For System AdministratorsFor system administrators, Isilon brings the inherent simplicity of network-attached storage, enhanced by the simple to use management tools of the OneFS operating system, and powerful monitoring utility of SyncIQ – freeing valuable system administrator time and resources.We take great pride in our work with customers and partners from all corners of the media and entertainment industry – including organizations in post-production, animation, visual effects, broadcast, pay TV and subscription video on demand – who rely on Dell Technologies’ comprehensive technology portfolio to assist with content creation, management and delivery.We’re looking forward to connecting at the 2018 NAB Show – let’s discuss how Dell Technologies can help your organization enable next-gen media workflows with high-performance solutions ranging from storage, networking switches, servers, workstations and displays.last_img read more

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Applied to 5G

first_imgFrom architecture to operations, 5G networks have the potential to drive industries towards digital transformation in ways that we’ve not seen with prior generations of mobile technologies. Whether it be the architectural flexibility to add new capabilities incrementally (prior G’s required end-to-end generational updates), or the industry-centric perspective of 5G use-cases (prior G’s focused on singular consumer experience), I often find that my team and I focus extensively on Four Pillars of 5G Transformation:Network Modernization, towards a virtualized and software-defined networkIT and OSS/BSS Transformation towards data-driven decisionsDigital Transformation, delivering joint enterprise solutions in partnership with SPWorkforce Transformation, focused on defining the skill sets and new operating models for realizing cost efficiencies and new revenue modelsAs the Dell Technologies representative in the World Economic Forum, Global Future Council on New Network Technologies, I am also exposed to the implications of 5G far-reaching beyond the technology and business opportunities being developed on 5G. The societal value and social good that can be achieved by applying cloud operating economics to mobile networking is one that I am seeing first-hand and, seeing these use-cases, provides a new sense of purpose in our 5G work.  This purpose is bigger than any technology, or architecture, or path to revenue, and it led me to reflect on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and how the work Dell Technologies performs applies directly to helping achieve that end-goal of benefitting society.  I modeled this as follows:Infrastructure Needs: While it might be a bit self-serving for Dell Technologies that the 5G platform necessary to achieve the top hierarchy is built on a foundation of technologies that align directly to our portfolio, there is no denying that the foundational layer of Infrastructure Needs is driven by the ability to modernize network infrastructure, with virtualized and containerized functions residing on a software-programmable architecture integrated with multiple radio technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands.Platform Enablers: Realizing the infrastructure components as a platform enables a new set of capabilities to be exposed to services, driven by APIs that enable new service functions. Technologies such as network slicing and multi-access edge computing are paramount to creating lower-latency, more immersive, and data-driven service offerings.Services: In the context of 5G, the services layer is the unifying framework upon with new use-cases that can be built. These services – orchestration, assurance, analytics, and AI – provide the “glue” between the capabilities of the underlying individual platform functions/capabilities and the requirements of the use-cases. In other words, services make the platform enablers and infrastructure consumable.Use–Cases: We tend to focus on the capabilities of 5G to deliver new services to both consumers and industries, such as retail, energy and manufacturing.  The ability of 5G to impact society, ranging from government services to military operations, and to deliver step-function improvements in education and healthcare by integrating new technology, expanding the reach of knowledge and personalizing experiences is sometimes overlooked as we focus on nearer-term, direct correlations to driving economics.Societal Value / Social Good / Economic Benefits: Let’s not overlook, however, the benefits that a healthy, well-educated, connected society can provide. There are several studies performed over long-time horizons that highlight the benefits of education and healthcare to driving down unemployment, increasing global GDP, lowering crime rates, and improving civic engagement. By connecting today’s unconnected population with a range of new network technologies, including 5G, we are all set to benefit.As Maslow has often described, the lower four layers of the Hierarchy of Needs are driven by deprivation – or having “needs” that are unmet. As I look at 5G positioning in the industry, from use-cases offered by service providers to infrastructure provided by vendors, we are motivated by satisfying the need to build a common platform, operate that platform in new ways, and utilize that platform to drive new service offerings across multiple industries.Over time, however, the industry will realize these benefits and the “need” will have been met – while the benefits to society and the global economy will persist well after 5G networks have been architected, deployed, and scaled for global operations. Just looking briefly at some use-cases that we can expect to see:5G and Education: AR/VR-based immersive experiences, personalized teaching methods tailored to learning styles, special needs assistance, etc.5G and Government Services: Improved first-response, road safety, improved security (esp. cybersecurity), transmission of safety information, improved civil services.5G and Healthcare: Improved remote patient monitoring, TeleHealth / TeleMedicine, movement of vital health information (such as medical imagery), robotic surgery.It’s beneficial to put the daily grind of activities that we do for work into the context of a higher purpose – we are making an impact. Dell Technologies believes in #technologyforgood. We have already made advancements in many of these areas as we continue to keep health, education, environment and social good top of mind as we build the most powerful network the world has ever seen.last_img read more

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Gaining Speed – The Momentum around Data Protection for Kubernetes

first_imgPhysicists define momentum as “the impetus gained by a moving object.” That may be the technical view, but in the world outside of physics, momentum commonly means “gaining speed.”Many things thrive on momentum. An underdog sports team can gain momentum and work their way to a championship. Politicians can ride a wave of momentum into office. Even personal relationships build upon their momentum to blossom into love. In business, momentum is seen as a good thing. It’s a sign that you are doing something right, getting the attention of buyers and solving problems for customers.For any new technology, there are few attributes more valuable than momentum and it’s no secret that the adoption of containers is seeing accelerated momentum. Kubernetes (K8s) usage is gaining momentum as the container platform of choice. Cloud monitoring company DataDog recently surveyed container users to discover that over 45 percent were using Kubernetes – representing a 20 percent increase over 2018.So, what’s all the fuss? Containers seem to be the answer to the customer problem of how to continually run applications across multiple computing environments. Kubernetes, specifically, is an open source platform that provides orchestration of containerized applications. One of the benefits of Kubernetes is that it is ideal for hosting cloud native applications with requirements for flexible demand and/or rollback of applications.Enterprise adopters of Kubernetes such as Goldman Sachs, Nordstrom and Comcast (to name just a few) rely on Kubernetes to help transform internal applications as well as make their products more dynamic, scalable and portable. Comcast, for instance, leverages K8s for their cloud DVR service – recording and managing content from millions of customers in multiple geographies – enabling them to become a more agile organization by rescaling, managing data center capacity and deploying content faster.Whether it’s a cloud DVR or even ordering your favorite coffee via your phone app, IT is focusing on creating new business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements. There’s plenty of orchestration and coordination needed to deliver these changes; all made possible through microservices and cloud native architectures. Kubernetes and containers are fast emerging as a key platform to enable these changes and becoming a key to modernizing development fabrics and IT transformation.With momentum come challengesOne thing is for sure, Kubernetes is a part of many companies’ transformative plans to modernize. Whether internal or customer facing applications, K8s is a part of their development fabric. The recent “Conference Transparency Report” from KubeCon 2019 by The New Stack showed that of 380 respondents, over 55 percent are deploying database workloads in Kubernetes containers – a 23 percent increase over 2018. This kind of rollout does not come without complexities or challenges.One such challenge is the backup and restore of Kubernetes. With all this development happening in the background:How are organizations protecting their Kubernetes workloads?How are IT teams managing the protection and restore of Kubernetes environments?Kubernetes momentum and rapid adoption may have left some IT organizations behind as they focus on delivery.To maintain momentum and continue to innovate, IT teams using K8s are challenged to continually release new features. Implementing a backup and recovery strategy is a part of this release process. Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager has integrated with Project Velero, a VMware-originated open source tool that can backup, restore, perform disaster recovery and migrate Kubernetes cluster resources, persistent volumes and storage attributes. Dev/Test teams can work from existing data sets.PowerProtect Data Manager enables customers to place either existing production workloads or new workloads into Kubernetes production environments, knowing they will be protected. IT operations and backup admins can then manage Kubernetes data protection from a single management console, as K8s admins define protection for their workloads from the Kubernetes APIs.PowerProtect Data Manager protects production and Dev/Test workloads in Kubernetes environments, ensuring that the data is easy to back up and restore, always available, consistent and durable in a Kubernetes workload or DR situation. App owners gain the benefit of an intuitive, easy to use UI while IT Ops can take advantage of centralized governance separate from Dev/Ops.Organizations can protect Kubernetes directly into PowerProtect DD or Data Domain and gain benefits from secondary storage with unmatched efficiency, deduplication, performance and scalability. PowerProtect Data Manager is creating momentum. It is an answer to the data protection challenge for Kubernetes namespaces. It allows organizations to take existing production workloads or new workloads and start placing them in Kubernetes production environments, with the confidence that they will be protected. PowerProtect Data Manager is leading the way, enabling both data owners, K8s admins and IT Ops to discover, define and manage protection of Kubernetes as part of their complete data protection strategy.As organizations jump onto the wave of momentum with Kubernetes, it is critical that they consider a data protection solution. Regardless of whether it’s IT operations or development teams, the work that is done in Kubernetes requires protection. PowerProtect Data Manager protection is an excellent option to discover, protect and restore K8s containers in production and Dev/Test environments.See for yourself how the need for Kubernetes Data Protection is paramount: DevOps Meets Data Protection with Nelson Hsu and Alex Almeida For more information visit: PowerProtect Data ManagerLearning more / Resources:  velero.ioReferences:https://www.datadoghq.com/container-report/https://www.cio.com/article/2924995/what-are-containers-and-why-do-you-need-them.htmlhttp://dpstechinsider.lss.emc.com/?p=2257https://www.statista.com/topics/1002/mobile-app-usage/https://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2016/02/24/big-changes-in-goldmans-software-emerge-from-small-containers/Conference Transparency Report: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, North America 2019 (November 18 – 21)https://thenewstack.io/this-week-in-numbers-more-stateful-apps-as-kubernetes-packaging-improves/last_img read more

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CEO of social media app Parler says board fired him

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — John Matze says he has been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Matze’s announcement followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 decision to remove Parler from its web-hosting service over its unwillingness to remove posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and others. Google and Apple also removed Parler’s app from their online stores. Matze, in a post on the professional networking site LinkedIn, thanked Parler employees. He wrote, “This is not a goodbye. Just a so long for now.”last_img

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