Month: February 2021

Dell EMC and Microsoft Deliver for the Data Center with Windows Server 2019

first_img[i] Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report[ii][iii] Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Get flexible, feature-rich datacenter management at a lower cost”, June 2018 Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.[i] Promising seamless integration on-premise, in the cloud and everywhere in between, the new Windows Server 2019 is designed to support you at every stage in your transformation journey. Dell EMC is excited to partner with Microsoft on the announcement of Windows Server 2019, with a full-range of proven solutions.Enhanced agility and performance for on-premise solutionsDell EMC and Microsoft have partnered to deliver Windows Server 2019 as a factory installed option on PowerEdge servers. In support of Microsoft’s announcement, Dell EMC is announcing certification on six PowerEdge server platforms. Over the next few months, Dell EMC will complete certification for all currently shipping PowerEdge servers (both 13th and 14th generation).If you’ve been waiting to modernize your IT infrastructure, now is the time. With Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end-of-life on the horizon[ii], modernizing your infrastructure will not only save costs but it will enhance security and increase performance. In recent testing by Principled Technologies, a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.[iii]Enhanced performance is only one benefit of infrastructure modernization. Flexibility is also important. With Dell EMC, you have options. When you purchase Windows Server 2019 as a factory installed option on PowerEdge servers, you can be assured that the OS and drivers have been pre-tested and optimized for current workloads and will be ready when you move to the cloud. Factory installed software can also enable faster, easier deployment. Learn more about the benefits of factory installed software from this report: Spend less time, effort and money by choosing a Dell EMC server with pre-installed Microsoft software.When you purchase a PowerEdge server that has been certified for Windows Server 2019, you can be assured that it is eligible for end-to-end Dell EMC service. Start with ProDeploy or ProDeploy Plus services, which provide expert setup of server, operating system, virtualization and storage. After deployment, your ProSupport or ProSupport Plus server contract provides full support for server and server OS, when Windows Server 2019 is purchased as a factory installed option. When Windows Server 2019 is installed on certified Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms through a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement, server OS support is provided through your ProSupport for Software agreement.Previewing the next level of performanceDell EMC, Microsoft and Intel are also partnering to improve overall system performance and lower latencies by putting more data closer to the processor on nonvolatile media. If you’re joining us this week at Microsoft Ignite, visit the Dell EMC booth (#1100) to experience a Technology Preview of SQL VNext, based on Intel persistent memory. Learn how Intel persistent memory can enable greater operational ability and business continuity by remembering data after a power outage or planned IT maintenance.Optimally designed and validated, WSSD based hyper-converged infrastructure solutionsThis week, we are announcing Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD), a portfolio of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to help customers build or expand their Microsoft Windows Server software-defined data centers. This portfolio is comprised of Microsoft WSSD certified designs built on S2D Ready Nodes, certified PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Networking and Dell EMC Services. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Microsoft WSSD provide the confidence of known good configurations that are tested and validated by Dell EMC and Microsoft, convenient deployment and lifecycle management, delivered with the ease of solution-level support.In addition to our existing PowerEdge R640 and R740xd S2D Ready Nodes, we are adding PowerEdge R440 as a WSSD certified server that is ideal for remote and branch offices (ROBO) and edge use cases.Microsoft Windows Server 2019 based hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions are coming in early 2019! For customers who have Dell EMC Windows Server 2016 based S2D Ready Nodes and want to upgrade, Dell EMC is excited to share that we’ll have an upgrade service available to make it easier than ever to transition to Microsoft Windows Server 2019.Visit the Microsoft HCI booth at Microsoft Ignite 2018 to see a demo of our new QuickStart for WSSD – a 4 node, 2 switch highly available, fully packaged HCI solution that simplifies design, ordering, deployment and support.Also, stop by the Dell EMC booth #1100 at Microsoft Ignite 2018 to learn more about the full portfolio of WSSD solutions.Simplified, centralized management for hyper-converged infrastructure solutionsWith Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations and Microsoft System Center, you can deploy Windows servers in 97% less time and update firmware 89% faster, with Intelligent Automation management features.iv Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center gives you the tools to perform your critical server management tasks all within Microsoft System Center. The latest release adds integrated management for Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software-defined, enabling identification, custom deployment, health status and logical switch creation from the System Center console.Visit the Dell EMC booth (#1100) at Microsoft Ignite 2018 and request a demo of our latest release of Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center.For more information on the full portfolio of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, visit read more

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A Basic Need Meets High-Tech Solutions

first_imgSaving Human ResourcesDell Technologies has designated the advance of sustainability as one of its four social impact goals— and one of the most valuable resources our world has is the humans that populate it. Agricultural output is predicted to decline by up to 30% in the coming years, yet the demand for food is expected to increase by a possible 98% by 2050. Technology is powering a number of solutions to help both increase the production of food as well as protect those consuming it around the world.In India, farmers at the Chitale Dairy often feed their entire family from the milk of one or two cows. A program to improve the quality and amount of milk production by analyzing milk samples is also improving their quality of life. Using basic SMS technology, the farmers are notified that, based on the analysis, their cow needs more protein or a certain medication to improve the amount and quality of the milk being produced.IoT solutions can be used help monitor the quality of foodstuffs—strawberry supplier Driscoll Berries ensures that their fruit stays within certain temperature parameters to protect quality, while AI technology can help detect spoilage. In addition, blockchain enables precise tracking that can help quickly identify the source and location of contaminated food, allowing for faster, more accurate recalls.The benefits of these advances include not only less waste, but also improved food access, quality, and safety. Better nutrition and avoiding consumption of spoiled goods can prevent sickness, which in turn increases productivity and reduces the demand on healthcare systems.Protecting the PlanetThe world has begun bumping up against our planetary boundaries. In response, we must find ways to produce more food with less land and water, while protecting the environment by reducing pesticide usage as well as farming or transportation emissions.Agro drones and AI algorithms are being used to identify areas of potential infestation, be it of blight or of pests, and then spot spray rather than having to spray thousands of hundreds of acres of fields. This microanalysis not only reduces the use of pesticides but helps stops the area of disease in a very targeted way. Pesticide usage is also being reduced by using AI engines to better understand botany and apply techniques such as planting marigolds underneath tomato plants to redirect harmful bugs.“I look at this from a Big Data perspective. What data sets are out there? How can we look at them? How can we identify challenges? Are there better ways of doing things?”“ Jeff McCann“Director & CSC Global Lead, Edge & Telco Solutions, Dell TechnologiesShareSmart farming techniques powered by IoT sensors and data analysis can have a multi-layer impact. For example, pioneering greens grower Aerofarms produces more food while using 95% less water, zero pesticides, and less than one percent of the land required by traditional farming. Logistics also has a role to play because better logistics equals less transportation emissions. And speaking of emissions, improved farming techniques enabled by technology can also reduce the emissions produced by heavy farm equipment.Priority Number OneWhile every advance that contributes to circularity is valuable, CSA technologies that support the maintenance and protection of the land we grow food from are foundational. Due to climate change, there are already places in the world that used to grow food but cannot produce anymore. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how well we improve food’s transport or how well we improve wastage in the fridge if we can’t grow it in the first place. Whether that’s due to desertification, flooding, or similar factors, the end result won’t be the current one billion hungry people—it will be an entire planet of 12 billion. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:05Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The principles of circularity—designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems—are most often thought of in terms of manufacturing. But the area that might be the most impactful from a circular standpoint comes from applying those principles to agriculture.Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) takes an integrated approach to managing resources such as cropland and livestock to address the twin challenges of food insecurity and accelerated climate change. By combining CSA technologies with other advances that focus on improvements to what happens after the food is grown, circularity in agriculture can be promoted from field to fridge to fork. Together, the impact holds amazing potential for protecting global resources of all kinds.Preventing Food WasteAccording to the World Food Program USA, approximately one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year, an amount that could have fed two billion people. That wasted food also impacts the environment in a huge way—if wasted food were a country, it would only rank behind the US and China in the production of carbon dioxide.The ability to save produced food begins the minute it leaves the field or farm. Technologies such as blockchain and food-safe bar codes stamped right onto produce can track food and ensure it’s being treated properly from transport through production. This means that goods aren’t bruised or damaged when they reach the grocery shelves. Other technology enables grocers to carefully track the sell-by date on their stock for better management.Preventing food waste will also require taking a harder look at the logistics of where food is grown versus where it is sold. For example, Ireland and Japan are both large beef producers, yet they export to each other—across 5,934 miles. In addition to increasing carbon emissions, long transportation distances reduce the shelf life of food at its final destination.Finally, technology solutions in the storage of food can be leveraged to reduce waste. Warehouse or grocery store refrigerators can utilize preventative and predictive analysis to forecast equipment failure. Right now, the minute the fridge fails the products inside are lost. But if a company knows that a unit is going to fail in a matter of hours, they have time to move perishables out before failure happens. On the consumer side, the introduction of smart appliances has opened the door to food-saving features such as a refrigerator that reminds you a piece of cheese will expire in two days. The same systems can also enable “just in time” food re-ordering, so waste of staple items is minimized without the risk of running out.last_img read more

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Chicago Teachers Union: City has stopped negotiating

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union says Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school district officials have walked away from negotiations about COVID-19 safety protocols. The Chicago Teachers Union news release Friday came hours after Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said they have made their “last, best and final offer.” The union’s statement says that offer is woefully inadequate. Lightfoot and Jackson went even further Friday evening saying in an emailed letter that pre-kindergarten and cluster teachers and staff without approved or pending accommodations “will be deemed absent without leave” if they fail to report to classrooms Monday.last_img read more

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