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Latest Blog Posts
  • Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management

    Your virtualization management vision: The perfect bracket [E-book]

    It’s March, when a young basketball lover’s thoughts turn to . . .

    Virtualization management?

    Or not.

    Of course, you’d probably prefer to think about the men's college basketball championship and start working on your vision of the perfect bracket. What fan wouldn’t? But first, envision the perfect bracket in your data center: cloud computing built on the foundation of 100 percent virtualization.

    We’ve released an e-book called “The Definitive Guide to Virtualization Management Software.” In this series of posts I’ll give you previews of Part 1 of the e-book, titled The virtualization management vision.

    The perfect bracket of virtualization management

    The road to cloud computing starts with virtualization. The greater the percentage of servers you’ve virtualized, the closer you are to realizing the value of the cloud.

    Having 100 percent of your servers virtualized is ideal, but for most companies it’s still too lofty a vision. So the first step is to determine where you are today. Start with your testing and development servers, then go to 25 percent of production servers virtualized, then 50 percent, then 75 percent, then 100 percent.

    It’s not a lack of resources but the lack of good virtualization management tools that keeps most data centers down in the 20- and 30-percent brackets. Without good tools, how can you see the trends in what’s happening with your physical servers, virtual machines and resource utilization?

    If you really want to realize your virtualization management vision, think about the advantages of virtualization management software:

    • Insight into your virtualization infrastructure
    • Performance monitoring and capacity planning
    • SLA monitoring
    • Bottleneck troubleshooting
    • Finding and eliminating under-/overprovisioning
    • Forecasting
    • Monitoring and alerting
    • IT chargeback and showback

    Virtualization management software equips you with all the tools you need to visualize, analyze and optimize your virtual environment, taking you one step closer to your goal.

    Or would you rather map out your virtualization infrastructure on the back of an envelope, like tournament brackets?

    E-book: The Definitive Guide to Virtualization Management Software

    Part 1 of our e-book, The Definitive Guide to Virtualization Management Software, is available for download now. Have a look through it to see what it will take you to get to a perfect bracket in virtualization management.

  • KACE Blog

    Green Clinic Images and Provisions 155 Laptops in Just One Day, Saving 80 Hours of Overtime

    Getting a hospital or medical practice ready for electronic medical records (EMR) software is a big enough task, but what if the software was more than your current hardware could handle?

    Green Clinic in Louisiana had to deal with that. The clinic had deployed a new EMR system to centralize patient information, but its aging desktops lacked the processing power and memory to run the EMR software.

    So, what if you ordered 155 powerful new laptops from the company that supplied you with the EMR system, but all of them arrived with the wrong version of the software?

    Green Clinic had to deal with that, too. The new computers pointed to the wrong server and didn’t have any of the other needed apps.

    Nobody said EMR would be easy, but who knew it was a recipe for application deployment and endpoint management?

    Application Deployment for EMR

    The clinic used the Dell KACE K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance to quickly build a Windows 7 image with all the right drivers and software, then reconfigured the laptops and desktops exactly as needed.

    “KACE helped us speed up deployment of the EMR system,” says Jason Thomas, CIO and IT director of Green Clinic. “Without the K2000, it would have taken us up to six hours to set up just one machine. With it, we were able to image and deploy all 155 laptops in just one day. That saved us 80 hours of overtime, or the equivalent of $20,000, in one hit.”

    Now Thomas and his staff regularly use the KACE K2000 to deploy fresh installs of Windows 7 to desktops and laptops throughout the clinic, which speeds up application performance for users. They have reduced the time it takes to rebuild machines that crash due to viruses or operating system issues. They can simply wipe the computer, re-image it from the KACE K2000 and have it up and running in less than an hour.

    Green Clinic enjoys the benefits of comprehensive systems management in a healthcare environment:

    • HIPAA compliance – KACE appliances provide the same level of management for remote and on-site workstations, which HIPAA requires. Thomas’s team can push out software regardless of where doctors are working, provided that they are logged on to the internet.
    • Windows patch management – The IT staff creates scripts in the KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance, which automatically pushes out software and updates, and wipes bad or unnecessary apps from clinic computers.
    • Asset inventory and system information – IT has improved the way it supports users because it can now see all the details about any machine through KACE.
    • Remote administration – By automating most of their routine management tasks, IT staff members are saving about 20 hours each week in administrative time and travel.

    Green Clinic has capitalized on that kind of comprehensive systems management to become an integral part of the medical practice and collaborate for better patient care.

    Read our new paper, Realizing the Return on Healthcare IT Investment, and discover more ways to reduce the complexity and cost of application deployment and endpoint protection in your healthcare organization.

    Christopher Garcia

    About Christopher Garcia

    A ten-year Dell veteran, Chris has had experience in various marketing roles within the organization. He is currently a Senior Product Marketing Manager.

    View all posts by Christopher Garcia 

  • General HPC

    OSC adds new Dell Supercomputer to Help Increase Computing Power and Storage

    By David Griggs

    Ohio’s academic, science and technology communities will be getting quite a lift this year as the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), an OH-TECH Consortium member, adds a powerful new supercomputer from Dell.  The enhancement is part of a $9.7 million investment recently approved by Ohio’s State Controlling Board and stems from a $12 million appropriation included in the 2014-15 Ohio biennial capital budget.

    OSC is a regional center, founded in 1987, that provides supercomputing services and expertise to local industries and university researchers. Currently, it offers computational services via three supercomputer clusters: the IBM/AMD Glenn Cluster, the HP/Intel Ruby Cluster, and the HP/Intel Oakley Cluster. The Dell supercomputer will be replacing the Glenn Cluster and part of the Oakley Cluster, adding a much-needed increase in computing power and storage, as the center is running near peak capacity.  The center’s interim director, Dr. David Hudak, Ph.D., expects that this new addition will greatly help industrial and academic clients alike, fostering new research and innovation.

    For more information, please see the recent articles on insideHPC and HPCWire.

     

  • KACE Blog

    10 Things Every IT Manager Needs to Know About Application Management

    Effective software asset management (SAM) is more important than ever. Applications are increasing in both number and variety, with mobile applications quickly becoming the standard, The ease of cloud application deployment is resulting in more shadow IT, yet today’s global workforce demands 24/7 application availability.

    How can IT ensure security, compliance and availability in this new reality? Here are ten key tips for success:

    1. Start with an accurate asset inventory — Make sure that your inventory is correct and complete from the beginning or it will never be right. Asset discovery tools can be invaluable.
    2. Include mobile — Be sure to include your mobile devices and applications in your inventory, especially as the world moves to a mobile-first mindset.
    3. Remember the cloud — Virtualized and cloud-based resources contain software assets that must also be tracked and managed.
    4. Keep the inventory up to date — Ensure that assets are properly tracked and assets that are no longer part of the company are removed promptly.
    5. Invest in the right tools — That spreadsheet just isn’t cutting it any longer. A SAM solution is vital to ensuring that you are in compliance, that you’re not paying too much or too little for your application licenses, and that you can accurately forecast future software needs and budgets. Assets must be managed through the complete lifecycle of planning, procurement, deployment, management and retirement.
    6. Maintain application and data availability — Downtime is anathema, especially when it comes to the critical applications your organization relies on every day, such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Active Directory and Oracle applications. To meet today’s demanding service level agreements, organizations need a strong solution designed specifically to provide data protection, backup and rapid recovery.
    7. Get the most from your software budget —A solid IT inventory management solution will keep unused and underused software from wasting precious budget dollars and also help in price negotiations.
    8. Always be ready for software audits — To ensure license compliance and avoid penalties, consider running regular network audit simulations using appropriate software license management tools.
    9. Automate — Automating your systems and processes will save time and money, improve accuracy, and enable to reallocate your precious resources to innovation and growth initiatives.
    10. Centralize — Piecemeal asset management wastes resources, limits savings opportunities and introduces risk. Consolidate all software asset records into a central repository to provide a single source of data to consult and manage.

    Following these tips will help you implement effective, centralized application management. To learn more, take a look at the latest chapter in our e-book, “Technology Tunnel Vision, Part 3: Expanding control of your application environment.”

    David Manks

    About David Manks

    David Manks is a Solutions Marketing Director for Dell Software focusing on endpoint management and security products.

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  • Information Management

    ThinkChat- Stemming The Gender Gap


    While advances have been made in recent years, a gender gap still exists and in some cases have widened in the STEM (science, technology, engineer, and mathematics) fields.  Please join us for a ThinkChat conversation to discuss how women today are bridging the gap. Come share your experiences. How have you seen that women in the IT and engineering world have found ways to bridge the gap and share their successes in affecting change in the world we love. 

    Follow #ThinkChat on Twitter and join the conversation!

     

     

    Where: Live on Twitter – Follow Hashtag #ThinkChat to get your questions answered and participate in the conversation!

    When: March 11, at 11:00 AM PST

     Questions discussed on this program will include:

    1. Why is STEM important and why do we need more young people in STEM?
    2. Why do we need more women in technology related fields?
    3. How important is mentorship in STEM?  Who helped you break into the STEM world? 
    4. Do you have an inspirational quotes or words of wisdom for young people in STEM?
    5. Does a gender gap still exist in the STEM world?  Have you found ways to bridge the gap and affect change?
    6. What resources exist to help you in your career? (Groups, Clubs, Blogs etc.) 
    7. According to Stack Overflow's 2015 Software Developer survey, 92% of respondents were male. How do we inspire young women to be interested in a software development career?
    8. What's your vision for women in STEM for the future?

    Joanna Schloss

    About Joanna Schloss

    Joanna Schloss is a subject matter expert in the Dell Center of Excellence specializing in data and information management. Her areas of expertise include big data analytics, business intelligence, business analytics, and data warehousing.

    View all posts by Joanna Schloss | 

  • Statistica

    Thought Leaders in the Mix - Feb. 2016

    Our subject matter experts for Statistica keep busy, staying abreast of current trends with big data and small data, IoT, predictive software and real-world analytics solutions. And they frequently comment in industry publications, professional forums and blogs--or produce videos, in some cases. Here are a few of their recent articles.
     
    Dell Software Joanna Schloss Analytics overload: Why data optimization needs to be balanced
    by Joanna Schloss, senior product marketing manager and BI/Analtyics SME, Dell Center of Excellence

    Discussing how data analytics can enable healthcare professionals to provide a higher level of care, Joanna offers an overview in Building Better Healthcare, where she outline how professionals can apply this tool to drive innovation without losing value.
     
     

    Dell Software Ryan G McKinney Tech Predictions for 2016: The February #ThinkChat Recap
    by Ryan McKinney, social media and communities advisor, Dell Software

    Sad to see 2015 trends slip into the past? What's new in your world? Mix together some Statistica users, talking heads and subject matter experts, combine with a healthy dose of the analytics community on Twitter, and it turns out that everyone’s got something to share! Enjoy this recap of our monthly #TweetChat discussion.  


    Dell Statistica Shawn Rogers
    Looking Ahead: Predictive analytic platforms enable businesses to best serve customers and improve business processes
    featuring Shawn Rogers, chief research officer and marketing director, Dell Statistica

    Using the 2015 Forrester Wave report as a starting point to address the widespread applicability of advanced analytics, author Cassandra Ballentine taps our own Shawn Rogers (among others) for some additional insights. Rogers emphasizes that the application of advanced analytics is best driven by business needs rather than technological capabilities. Company size and data volume are not nearly as important as understanding data so that it can be used to improve the way you do business. 


    Dell Statistica John Thompson
    An Inflection Point for Dell Statistica
    by John K. Thompson, general manager and executive director, Dell Statistica

    John reflects on the journey that Statistica has taken since its inception with StatSoft in 1984 through its aggressive accomplishments with Dell in the past two years. With its latest industry recognition as a market leader, he anticipates the real journey is just beginning and explains why Statistica is up to the task. 


    Dell Statistica Shawn Rogers
    The Denver Broncos' Analytics Game
    by Shawn Rogers (again)

    Touching on key analytics lessons learned from Super Bowl 50, Shawn discusses the importance of getting a jump on the competition, improving current processes and changing organizational culture. In this CMSWire article, he outlines five lessons about winning with analytics that businesses can learn from how Denver went about winning this year’s big game.

     

     

     

  • Information Management

    Choosing an Enterprise Migration Solution that Delivers the Results Your Organization Needs — and Gives You Back Your Life

    In my last blog, I explained why a holistic approach is critical to keeping your New Year’s resolutions. In particular, we saw why keeping your resolution to simplify your Oracle migrations and upgrades requires an enterprise migration solution.

         Photo Credit:  U.S. Army Licensed under CC BY 2.0

    In this blog, as promised, I’m going to help you find the right enterprise migration solution. To truly achieve your goal, you need a solution that:

    • Helps ensure a smooth migration or upgrade by enabling pre-migration impact analysis and load testing
    • Helps ensure the target environment is functioning optimally after the migration by providing diagnostics and SQL tuning

    Let’s look at each of those features in more detail:

    • Impact analysis When you upgrade to a new version of Oracle, you get an new version of the optimizer. Why does that matter? Well, as you know, a given SQL statement can be executed in many different ways (full table scans, index scans, nested loops, hash joins and so on), and each of these options has a different execution time. After an upgrade, the new optimizer might choose a different execution plan than the old optimizer did, potentially causing business-critical jobs to run significantly slower. Therefore, it’s critical to choose a migration solution that enables you to play your workload on the new system and look for changes in execution plans before you go live, so you can take steps to prevent slowdowns rather than scrambling to fix them later.
    • Load testing — In the past, how have you assessed whether your new database can handle your actual workload before you go live with it? If you’ve ever had to try to orchestrate weekend testing with volunteers (or “voluntolds”), you know that process is taxing for everyone involved, and usually doesn’t even achieve the goal of a full normal load. Repeat after me: “Never again.” Look for an enterprise solution that enables you to test the target environment using your production workload, identify and resolve issues, and test again as often as necessary — all during the normal work week without disrupting the production environment.
    • Diagnostics — More than two thousand years ago, Heraclitus noted that the only constant in the world is change. That’s why, after your migration or upgrade is complete, your work won’t be done. You’ll need a tool that will help you monitor the health of your systems as they grow and change, quickly spot and resolve emerging problems, ideally, before users even notice anything was amiss.
    • SQL tuning — Finally, you need to be able to optimize the performance of your new environment. Look for an enterprise migration solution that will identify poorly performing SQL statements, automatically generate alternatives and test all of the options against your data so you can choose the best option for your environment.

    Together, these four critical features will help you deliver a highly performing target environment that management and users alike will consider a success — with far less time and effort on your part. That’s a win-win if ever I saw one.

    To learn more, please read our new e-book, “Simplify Your Migrations and Upgrades: Part 2: Choosing a fool-proof method and toolset.”

    Steven Phillips

    About Steven Phillips

    With over 15 years in marketing, I have led product marketing for a wide range of products in the database and analytics space. I have been with Dell for over 3 years in marketing, and I’m currently the product marketing manager for SharePlex. As data helps drive the new economy, I enjoy writing articles that showcase how organizations are dealing with the onslaught of data and focusing on the fundamentals of data management.

    View all posts by Steven Phillips | Twitter

  • KACE Blog

    Comprehensive Systems Management for Trillium Health Partners

    As healthcare IT grows in complexity and cost, smart organizations look for better tools for systems management.

    Canadian provider Trillium Health Partners runs systems supporting 4,700 users — everyone from heart surgeons and radiologists to hospital lawyers and administrators. Providing performance and uptime in a diverse environment of devices, applications and vendors kept the company’s IT team focused on efficient desktop management.

    Streamlining Desktop Management

    Trillium Health Partners was using a combination of Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and manual, desk-side support to deploy patches, but found that it took up too much IT staff time and required specific skill sets. To streamline desktop management, the company started looking for new patch management software and selected the Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance and the Dell KACE K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance.

    Once they had pushed the Dell KACE agent out to 5,800 desktop endpoints, IT was immediately able to discover the network and see all its PCs and the software installed on them, a process that would otherwise have taken months. With a clear view of all software running on its desktops, IT is doing several things more efficiently:

    • Complying with healthcare industry regulations — The IT team can now see exactly which machines were patched and when. That helps them comply more easily and quickly with regulations for systems management and information security.
    • Upgrading desktops and minimizing migration risks — Knowing which software applications were needed, IT was able to implement Windows 7 on all desktops and upgrade to the latest release of Active Directory.
    • Saving time on compliance reporting for software licensing — IT now sees exactly which Microsoft licenses it has, who is using them and how often, so the company has been able to increase returns on its Microsoft investments.
    • Reducing hours spent on manual upgrades — The automated deployment process lets IT staff complete software upgrades and new software deployments faster, with fewer desk-side visits.

    That kind of comprehensive systems management helped Trillium Health Partners check a lot of boxes quickly. Read our paper, Realizing the Return on Healthcare IT Investment, to find out more about reducing the complexity and cost of endpoint protection, remote administration and systems management tools in your healthcare environment.

    Christopher Garcia

    About Christopher Garcia

    A ten-year Dell veteran, Chris has had experience in various marketing roles within the organization. He is currently a Senior Product Marketing Manager.

    View all posts by Christopher Garcia 

  • vWorkspace - Blog

    Optional Hotfix 594019 for 8.6 MR1 Web Access

    This is an optional hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles :

    ·         Web Access

    Below is the list of issues resolved in this hostfix

    ·        Support for Kiosk mode via Chrome connector.

    ·        ChromeOS connector is incompatible with vWorkspace 8.6 Maintenance Release 1.

    ·        Keyboard input is not passed through to Silverlight application when using the HTML5 connector.

    ·        Applications with parameters cannot be launched using the HTML5 connector.

    ·        Specific characters may not get captured correctly when using HTML5 connector.

    ·        Mouse clicks may be registered incorrectly when used on the HTML5 connector’s RDP connection bar.

    The following issue has been resolved in this release.

    Feature

    Description

    Feature ID

    HTML5 Connector

    Mouse clicks may be registered incorrectly when used on the HTML5 connector’s RDP connection bar.

    391737

    HTML5 Connector

    Applications with parameters cannot be launched using the HTML5 connector.

    506379

    HTML5 Connector

    Keyboard input is not passed through to Silverlight application when using the HTML5 connector.

    596116

    HTML5 Connector

    Specific characters may not get captured correctly when using HTML5 connector.

    598678

    Web Access

    ChromeOS connector is incompatible with vWorkspace 8.6 Maintenance Release 1.

    593936

    Web Access

    Support for Kiosk mode via Chrome connector.

    591850

    This hotfix is available for download at:

    https://support.software.dell.com/vworkspace/kb/187052

  • General HPC

    Student Team South Africa Visits Dell’s Round Rock Campus for HPC Training In Advance of the 2016 International Supercomputing Conference

    The 2016 International Supercomputing Conference is being held in Frankfurt Germany this coming June and with it the fifth annual Student Cluster Competition . Once again Team South Africa, Co-sponsored by the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and Dell, will be competing for a winning title.

    The team, led by CHPC’s David MacLeod, who is responsible for introducing the cluster competition to South Africa students, putting together the first official team in 2011 and leading all subsequent teams. David has an impressive record, with two first place teams and one second place team. His eyes are on clinching the 2016 title at ISC this year, but in addition he aims to raise awareness of HPC as a transformative technology in South Africa, and attract more students to the field.

    This year’s team consists of six bright young students from the University of the Witwatersrand and two reserves from Stellenbosch University who will face off against 11 other teams from around the world. These student squads will compete over a three-day period to build a small cluster computer of their own design and run a series of HPC benchmarks and applications.  In preparation for the competition, Team South Africa spent a week at Dell’s Round Rock campus to meet with HPC experts, check out our next-generation HPC and thermal labs, become familiar with the cluster systems and receive hands-on tutorials and feedback sessions. A special treat for the South African students was a sit down with Jim Ganthier, Dell’s Head of HPC, and Ed Turkel, Dell’s HPC Strategist, to learn more about pursuing a career in HPC.

    Both Jim and Ed discussed the recent progress in the HPC industry, and just how far it has come from the days they worked on monolithic systems, before the advent of x86 servers and clusters. They also talked about how HPC is going beyond the world of academia and scientific research, thanks to the explosive growth in big data, and how companies like Dell are leading the charge to bring HPC to mainstream audiences, with the hopes that the students of today will help make that vision a reality.  The students had many questions from the medical applications of HPC to how the democratization of HPC will affect the way business leaders look at technology, to what a career in electrical engineering would look like in relation to HPC,

    For more on the South African students visit to Dell, please visit Perrin Cox’s post.