- Featured Video Of The Week: Windows 7 Deployment On Dell Clients With MS ConfigMgr
This week's featured video is from Dell TechCenter's client evangelist Warren Byle (@WarrenatDell). This short video walks you through the steps to deploy Windows 7 on a Latitude E6410 with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager using the Dell System Deployment Pack. For more information be sure to check out the Client Deployment page on DellTechCenter.com.
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- Dell storage – What Dell’s acquisition of Compellent means to OEMs
With the recent acquisition of Compellent, I wanted to provide more insight on how the acquisition impacts Dell’s OEM customers. Compellent products fill out the high-end of Dell’s storage portfolio providing more storage options. Customers can start with a simple JBOD and go all the way up to enterprise robust storage systems all from the same source – Dell.
Here is a closer looker on what the Dell Compellent storage brings to the party to address you storage needs.
- Enterprise Ready – Dell Compellent product family can scale up and out to support the demands of enterprise level applications’ storage requirements.
- One Model Design – No matter at what point you initially configure your Dell Compellent products your investment is protected. Your first storage system can grow into a large and more robust system without have to swap out the initial hardware. Your customers will love you.
- Fibre Channel – At Dell we believe the future is Unified Fabric but today there is still a large installed base of FC customers (IDC estimates the Fibre Channel market in 2011 is over $10 billion worldwide). The Dell Compellent’s Fibre Channel provides excellent SAN storage products to address this large market. It means that you do not have to go elsewhere to address your FC requirements.
- Advance Storage Features – Dell Compellent has a lot of advance management functions (many come standard) which are too numerous to cover in this posting but I do want to highlight just a few great ones.
- Advance Automatic Tiering – The ability of the storage system to place data at the right tier of storage based on usage both up and down the storage tiers. The Compellent product is best in class in manage data placement. OEMs benefit from being able to lower cost of storage without having to rewrite your application code to take advantage of this feature.
- Thin Provisioning – Is standard and by default enabled to provide you a smarter way to provision your customer storage requirements. Currently customers have to buy total storage requirements up front but with thin provisioning your customers can purchase storage as they really need it and not forced to buy more storage up front. That means a more attractive acquisition price for your solution and a built-in way to proactively sell additional storage when your customer needs it.
- Live Volume – Spanning volumes over different storage arrays. This means higher performance by having more disk drives available to move your data faster.
- Charge back – The ability of IT to account for storage usage for accounting charge back to users cost centers. Charge back allows your customer and you to make billing for storage service much easier.
- Performance Tuning – Provides you with the ability to adjust the performance characteristics to meet your specific application’s storage requirements.
- Perpetual Licensing – Similar to the Dell EqualLogic SAN licensing when you buy Compellent products the software license is one-time. This really becomes a deal winning feature when you do five year ROI analysis that shows what the other guys charge for license renewals and software upgrades.
If you would like to drill down on any of these additional features or learn more about storage options for OEMs, please visit the Dell Storage website or contact one of our storage reps. I look forward to more discussions around storage solutions for OEMs and stay tuned to my next blog where I’ll compare Dell’s EqualLogic and Compellent products for OEMs.
- Dell highlights from CeBIT 2011
Dell’s participation in CeBIT, the digital industry's biggest, most international event, was a resounding success this year. The Dell team got to meet with thousands of customers and our leadership team gave several keynotes at the event. We shared our perspectives on how use of technology is changing and that Dell has the right end-to-end solutions and services to meet these changing needs. We had a much larger stand this year and displayed four solution areas: mobility, security, scalable IT infrastructure and efficient data management.
A highlight of the event was the keynote from Paul-Henri Ferrand, Dell’s CMO for Consumer Small and Medium Business. He spoke to an audience of over 350 delegates about how entertainment, mobility and social media are driving dramatic changes and leading to the Consumerization of IT in businesses of all sizes. In his talk, Paul-Henri discussed how the mega trend of Consumerization of IT is changing the way we work and play, what Dell is doing to help customers seize this opportunity, while putting in place policies and safeguards to protect data and assets, minimize costs and boost productivity.
Barbara Wittmann, GM for Dell Germany, delivered her keynote on Demystifying the Cloud at BITKOM Cloud Computing World, providing the audience with an overview of Dell’s vision, approach, and growth in this area. In connection with the keynote she conducted a video interview with BITKOM for their www.cloud-practice.de web site, talking about Dell’s view of Cloud Computing and challenges that companies’ face. Barbara was also connected to Initiative Mittelstand’s IT innovation awards ceremony (the Innovationspreis-IT 2011) at CeBIT. Dell was proud to be one of the sponsors for these IT industry awards and Barbara delivered a keynote at the ceremony on the importance of the small and medium-sized businesses for the national (German) economy.
All in all, Dell’s participation at CeBIT was a success. We received commentary from publications like Notebookjournal and PC Welt as well as being featured in interviews on CRN TV and CeBIT TV featuring Barbara Wittmann. Customers as well as prospective clients were responding very positively to the featured solutions.
All in all, Dell’s participation at CeBIT was a great success. We have seen extensive media coverage, receiving commentary from publications like silicon.de, IT-Business, Notebookjournal and PC Welt as well as being featured in interviews on Netzwelt, CRN TV, Chip Business and CeBIT TV featuring Barbara Wittmann and PH Ferrand. Customers as well as prospective clients were responding very positively to the featured solutions.
- Tools for teaching – supporting IT uptake at schools
We often talk about the benefits of bringing IT into the classroom – how it helps teachers and students explore new ways of learning and sharing information. But the cost of keeping a school equipped with the latest and greatest technology and the effort involved can be daunting.
When the Norwegian municipalities of Lillehammer, Gausdal and Øyer wanted to ensure that the schools in the region had the IT tools they needed, it was a great opportunity for us to prove that the latest technology doesn’t have to be out of reach.
We introduced our X-Image service along with our online imaging tool ImageDirect to IT provider, Ikomm so it could to supply pre-imaged desktops and laptops and carry out ongoing image maintenance more efficiently. Schools get the get the stable, consistent technology they need without having to recruit additional staff, while students and staff don’t have to wait as long for their machines to be updated. Now it’s easier to integrate IT into day-to-day activities and lessons.
Erich Keller, IT Image Manager at Ikomm, told us: “Our teachers say that the technology they have is more advanced than the systems in place in other municipalities. Dell X-Image and ImageDirect help us keep those systems running optimally.”
It’s gratifying to know that we can help schools provide resources like this to help prepare students for the future.
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- And the semi-finalists of the Dell Social Innovation Competition are…
Last week we announced the 115 Semi-Finalists in the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition. These student teams represent more than 27 countries and 250 students with inspiring, innovative ideas for how to tackle problems, including poverty, disease prevention, and alternative energy.
This year’s competition began with more than 1,400 entries – more than double the year before! We also expanded our geographic reach with more than 85 countries represented in total, including 297 entries from India, 41 from China and more than 60 from Latin America. We also added new countries, like South Korea, Czech Republic, and Costa Rica.
As part of our focus on engaging more students and expanding our global impact, we have added several new prizes and programs to this year’s competition. For example, in addition the $50,000 First Place prize, this year we have added a $20,000 Second Place prize and a $10,000 Third Place prize. We also added a special “Dell Technology Award” for the social innovation that best makes use of technology.
Dell team members are more engaged this year than ever before. We were very grateful to have had 85 Dell team members volunteer for our Round 1 judging. Each judge read up to 30 entries and provided insightful feedback on whether the students’ idea met our three key criteria of innovation, sustainability and scalability. This week we will launch our new Semi-Finalist Mentoring program for which more than 60 Dell team members have volunteered to provide one-on-one mentoring and business plan advice to our 115 Semi-Finalists. These mentors will be matched with students from around the world according to geography, language, and areas of interest.
In the below video, 2010 winner, Kennedy Odede of Shining Hope for Communities, and 2009 winner, Emma Clipinger of Gardens for Health, talk about the impact of the Dell Social Innovation on their lives and communities:
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It’s truly amazing and inspiring to see both the boundless vision and direct impact that our Dell Social Innovation Competition students are having around the world. Our program recognizes their talent and success through a critical investment of seed capital as well as a prestigious award that they then often use to attract more partners and investors. As we continue to expand the program worldwide our plan is to engage thousands more students and to provide many more of them with the knowledge, tools, networks, and technology they need to go out and change the world.
The Final Event of the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 16th at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas Campus. We are actively looking for advisors and volunteers for the program, so if you have a relevant expertise, interest or would like to get involved as a judge or mentor, please contact Michele Glaze, the Director of US Giving. And, be sure to check out our amazing Semi-Finalists!
- OpenStack heads into Interstellar Overdrive
One small step for OpenStack, one giant step for mankind! Ok, that may be taking it a bit far but today there is some exciting news that Dell and Rackspace have announced.
If OpenStack is new to you it’s the open source cloud platform based off of the Nebula cloud code base donated by NASA (hence all the rocket allusions) and the storage code base from Rackspace. The project is now about eight months old and its community is over 50 organizations strong including NASA, Citrix, AMD, Intel, NTT, cloud.com, RightScale, Dell, Opscode and Puppet labs.
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To help the community and organizations get up and going building out their own OpenStack based clouds we are announcing the following:
- Proof of Concepts: Rackspace and Dell are working together to deliver an OpenStack solution to market later this year. As the first step along the way we are currently seeking customers for OpenStack proofs of concept (POC). If you are interested in learning more about the POCs and possibly participating or getting engaged, email: OpenStack@Dell.com.
- Code: Dell has developed an OpenStack installer that can be used to quickly install OpenStack on bare metal Dell PowerEdge C servers. This tool is being field tested, and Dell will contribute the code to the OpenStack community once testing is complete. To help users out further, once the OS is installed, the servers can be updated with all the latest packages and be automatically configured by Opscode’s Chef to provide their services in the OpenStack infrastructure.
- Technical whitepaper: A technical whitepaper, “Bootstrapping OpenSource Clouds” which lays out the design of a hyperscale OpenStack cloud on Dell PowerEdge C servers.
But wait, there’s more, “Cloud Builders”…
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To help support OpenStack deployments, Rackspace announced today that its launching a new division, “Cloud Builders.” Cloud Builders “will provide training, certification, deployment services and ongoing support and management to enterprises and service providers via the team of OpenStack experts and its partner network.”
Specifically the offerings will include (taken from the Rackspace blog):
- Training & Certification – Rackspace Cloud Builders will provide training classes and certification testing for designing, developing and administering OpenStack Clouds. Rackspace also plans to empower a network of training and certification experts.
- Deployment Services – Rackspace Cloud Builders, in conjunction with other experts from the OpenStack community, will help customers design and deploy OpenStack Clouds.
- Support & Management – Customers will have ongoing access to remote support and escalation assistance from the OpenStack specialists, including proactive monitoring and fixes.
OpenStack is picking up momentum, stay tuned for more and in the meantime, set the controls for the heart of the sun!
Extra-credit reading and resources:
- OpenStack: A New Foundation for Open Cloud Computing – Dell.com
- Bootstrapping OpenSource Clouds – A technical whitepaper
- Dell, Opscode and Rackspace Demonstrate First Fully Automated Provisioning of Multi-Node OpenStack Compute Clouds – Press release
- Rackspace, Dell push OpenStack cloud OS – Network World
- Dell juices PowerEdge-C servers with OpenStack – The Register
- Web Host Rackspace Launches ‘Cloud Builders’ to Support OpenStack – The WHIR
Pau for now…
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