In April, VCE unveiled the VCE Certification Program, a brand-new technology curriculum to train IT professionals in designing, deploying and managing converged infrastructures. This groundbreaking approach was designed to help IT practitioners drive data center transformation for their organizations by validating real-world expertise in converged operations – breaking down the traditional silos of individual component training to develop the skills needed for converged infrastructure as a seamless, single environment.I am happy to share that in just eight months, the VCE™ Certified Professional Program has seen tremendous success – with more than 4,000 certified converged infrastructure professionals.New Certification ExamToday, VCE is advancing the certification program even further, focusing on IT pros who manage the operations of their organization’s converged infrastructure. This new “Manage Track” includes three certifications:VCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Master Administration Engineer – Certifies highly advanced knowledge and skills in administering Vblock SystemsExam expected in early 2015VCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Administration Engineer – Validates day-to-day skills in operating Vblock Systems for administrationExam available nowVCE Certified Converged Infrastructure Associate – Confirms basic skills and knowledge associated with Vblock SystemsExam available nowA VCE certification signifies that an individual’s skills are vetted, validated and reinforced through rigorous testing and role-based knowledge and experience. Through the new exams, VCE customers and partners can now demonstrate their converged infrastructure management expertise, which will help them deliver the full benefits of IT transformation.To understand just how important this is in today’s IT organizations; consider how VCE’s customer, the University of San Diego, has successfully transformed its IT operations, as well as the skill sets of its people:University of San Diego: IT Transformation and “Converged Operators”Read the case study.For three years, we’ve been working with the University of San Diego to help transform their data center to better serve their students, faculty and staff. The university’s journey started with the Vblock System, which eliminated time-consuming and disruptive maintenance and upgrade cycles and provided an agile and efficient infrastructure foundation for critical applications and services.They’ve seen terrific results, including:50% reduction in implementation costs75% reduction in time to roll out new systems50%+ staff time is spent on innovation100% perceived uptimeWith the Vblock System in place, the university’s engineering resources were freed from the monotony of keeping the lights on to focus on new, innovative projects that drive strategic value for the organization. Now, the university’s engineers are not simply component specialists, but converged operators. But just like all great engineers, it takes training and experience to hone their skills and knowledge.Mike Somerville, President of the VCE User Group and Chief Cloud Evangelist at the University of San Diego, challenges his IT team to become great engineers by gaining certifications from VCE, engaging with peers at the VCE User Group, and building experience through new projects.“Great engineers are not made overnight. They’re not made after four years at college or even after a couple of years on the job. It’s a lifelong pursuit. It takes years of training, experience, studying, creativity, mistakes, and troubleshooting, as well as engagement with peers, vendors and partners. Great engineers challenge themselves not by doing things the hard way, but by finding the simplest path to do their jobs better and faster.“This is why certifications and user groups are so important. All great engineers strive to innovate and advance technology, but they need to build a foundation of knowledge first, and then constantly refine and test their skills, train on new solutions and discuss best practices with peers. I believe that the VCE Certified Professional Program and the VCE User Group are perfect opportunities for IT professionals to further develop, validate and improve their skills so they can become great engineers.“— Mike Somerville, University of San DiegoShareWith the right skills, training and technology in place, VCE converged infrastructure certifications help put IT professionals on the path to becoming great converged infrastructure professionals, providing data center transformation to enterprises around the world. We’re thrilled to see the success of the VCE Certified Professional Program and excited to hear how customers and partners such as the University of San Diego are using it to deliver true IT transformation within their organizations.
This week nearly 1,800 exhibitors and over one-hundred thousand attendees from 160 countries are attending the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. #NABSHOW is ‘the world’s largest event focused on the intersection of technology, media and entertainment.” It’s a safe bet more than a few conversations are regarding the tidal wave that is online video.Internet video statistics are mind blowing: 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. Facebook alone is generating at least eight billion video view per day. Do a quick search and you’ll find a thousand articles on this very topic. Video sizes and quality are continuing to increase. 4K is here and 8K is on its way. I’m not sure ‘explosive’ is an adequate enough adjective to capture this kind of growth.To help service providers contend with this extreme video expansion, Dell OEM and Intel teamed up to deliver a simple, fast and efficient video transcoding solution. Customers can accelerate to 4K/UHD and HEVC, while reducing infrastructure and development cost with up to 4 Intel Visual Compute Accelerator (VCA) PCIe cards in a 1 RU Dell OEM Dell PowerEdge C4130 accelerator-optimized server. Close collaboration between Dell OEM and Intel VCA teams ensured an optimized fit and thermal operation for an industry-leading PCIe density in a balanced and flexible 1U server that was purpose-built for even the most demanding media and HPC workloads.At NAB this week, attendees can take a closer look as Ateme is on hand in the Intel booth showcasing the Intel VCA, Dell C4130 and Ateme’s own video compression prowess. The Ateme, Dell and Intel joint partnership delivers 200 HD channels with premium video that, redefines the broadcast industry density standards offering significant OPEX and CAPEX savings. If you’re one of those 100,000 at NAB, make sure to stop by the Intel booth and chat with the Ateme team.For more information on the Dell OEM and Intel VCA solution, make sure to check out the Dell/Intel VCA Webinar.Questions, thoughts? I’d love to hear from you. You can comment below or find me on Twitter. Also, make sure to follow @DellOEM and visit the Dell OEM Solutions on LinkedIn.
At Dell, we’re committed to providing our customers with the best technology for their needs, whatever they may be. For Dell Precision, we’re particularly passionate about creators and watching them do amazing things with our technology, from Academy-Award winning visual effects in movies to treating war heroes with PTS using virtual reality toward rehabilitation.It’s been exciting to see how creativity has accelerated with technology and we want to see that go even further. In addition to providing the technology, we’re also committed to providing the resources and training to help teach creatives – from hobbyists to professionals – how they can do cool things with the right technology.At the annual Adobe MAX conference this week, we’ll be hosting some great programs to help creatives learn more about what’s possible with the right technology. In addition to the 232 Dell Precision workstations and UltraSharp monitors used in two of the three onsite Adobe training labs…Dell Campus: A first of its kind activation at Adobe MAX, we’ll host two three full days of sessions from certified Adobe Master Trainers to teach artists and creatives new skills and techniques with Dell technology.Free Training Online: Great news, you don’t have to be at Adobe MAX to take advantage of these training sessions! As a result of our partnership with Future Media Concepts, all the sessions will stream live online and will be posted on our YouTube channel after the event. Check them out for yourselves! Dell Campus at Adobe MAXWindows for Creators Workshop: For the first time, we’re hosting a Windows for Creatives workshop. As more creative professionals transition to PCs for their work, we want to help make the transition easier and make sure they know about all the great features on Windows for creators. The class will be led by Master Adobe Trainer Jeff Greenberg, a post production consultant who specializes in editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression.Upcoming Filmmaking Guide: Later this month, we’re partnering with Adobe and renowned Film Editor Vashi Nedomansky (“Gone Girl,” “Dead Pool”) to launch a publication which teaches creatives how to produce full-feature movies. Stay tuned for more!In addition to the new Dell Campus program developed to help train the next wave of creators and engineers, Dell is also showcasing new and innovative products like our Dell Precision 5520, Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One, and Dell Canvas. These workstations are designed specifically to address the needs of some of the most creative professionals working in these markets.Also at Adobe MAX we’re introducing support for external graphics over Thunderbolt that can augment the performance of our mobile workstations. For example, the Precision 5520 – thinnest and lightest mobile workstation in Dell’s portfolio – can now power an 8K monitor over an externally connected Nvidia Quadro P6000 or an AMD Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics card. With this increased graphics performance, you can be even more productive at your desk. Precision 3520, 5520, 7520, 7720 customers can go to www.dell.com/support to download the Thunderbolt firmware that provides support eGPUs.If you’re in Las Vegas, feel free to stop by booth #143.As creative professionals work reaches new heights, we want to make sure everyone has the skills and technology to perform in fast-moving industries, like media and entertainment. Ultimately, we want to help our customers advance their work to new levels, all while ensuring they have the best experience with our technology.
The Federal government collects and manages more data outside of traditional data centers than ever before from sources including mobile units, sensors, drones, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Teams need to manage data efficiently and securely across the full continuum – from edge to core to cloud.In some cases, operating at the edge means space-constrained, remote, and harsh environments – with limited technical support. Our new Dell EMC VxRail D Series delivers a fully-automated, ruggedized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) – ideal for demanding federal and military use cases. VxRail is the only HCI appliance developed with, and fully optimized for, VMware environments. We built the solution working side by side with the VMware team. Both administrators and end users get a consistent environment, including fully automated lifecycle management to ensure continuously validated states. How? More than 100 team members dedicated to testing and quality assurance, and 25,000 test run hours for each major release. Users can manage traditional and cloud-native applications across a consistent infrastructure – in winds up to 70 mph, temperatures hot enough to fry an egg and cold enough to freeze water, and 40 miles-per-hour sandstorms. Whether you are managing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), or mission-critical applications in the field, your team can take advantage of HCI benefits and ease of use.As Federal teams collect and manage more data, they also have to be able to put that data (structured and unstructured) to work, creating new insights to help leaders deploy the right resources to the right place, anticipate problems more effectively, and achieve new insights. Dell Technologies recently announced a new PowerScale family, combining the industry’s number one network-attached storage (NAS) file system, OneFS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, at a starting point of 11.5 terabytes raw and the capability to scale to multi-petabytes. PowerScale nodes include the F200 (all-flash), F600 (all-NVME), and Isilon nodes. End users can manage PowerScale and Isilon nodes in the same cluster, with a consistent user experience – simplicity at scale. Federal teams – from FEMA managing disaster relief, to the Department of Justice working on law enforcement programs, to the Department of Defense managing military operations, can start small and grow easily on demand. PowerScale is OEM-Ready – meaning debranding and custom branding is supported, while VxRail D Series is MIL-STD-810G certified and is available in a STIG hardening package. Both PowerScale and VxRail D Series enjoy the Dell Technologies secure supply chain, dedicated engineering, and project management support.As the Federal government continues to deploy emerging technology, and collect and manage more and more data outside of the data center, government and industry need to collaborate to continue to drive innovation at the edge, so we can take secure computing capabilities where the mission is – whether that’s a submarine, a field in Kansas, a tent in the desert, or a dining room table.Learn more about Design Solutions for military & defense and our storage-specific capabilities. Follow us on Twitter @delltechdesign.Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies Design Solutions Showcase page here.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released police video shows that an Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin and his mom were fixated on social media comments about them in the hours after his August arrest. The Chicago Tribune reports that police in Antioch, Illinois, on Monday released four hours of video taken after Kyle Rittenhouse turned himself in hours after the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha. After Rittenhouse said he wanted a lawyer, police left him in the interrogation room with his mother. Wendy Rittenhouse spent the next several hours scrolling through her phone. At one point she lamented about people posting derogatory remarks about them on Facebook.
Asian shares have opened mostly higher although markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong are lower. The advance followed a broad rally on Wall Street, with solid contributions from Big Tech companies, banks and other sectors. The S&P 500 rose 1.4%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq each rose 1.6%. GameStop plunged 60% in the latest wild swing for the stock and several others that have become caught up in a speculative frenzy by online traders seeking to inflict damage on Wall Street hedge funds who bet the stocks would fall. UPS rose after reporting record revenue. Treasury yields rose, as did crude oil prices.
CAIRO (AP) — Eastern Libyan forces have welcomed the appointment of an interim government to lead the war-torn North African country through to national elections later this year. The self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces said Saturday in a statement that it congratulated the “national figures” chosen through the U.N.-brokered process. The eastern-based forces are led by Khalifa Hifter, a powerful commander in Libya’s years-long war. The country has been divided since 2015 between two governments, one in the east and one in the west, with each backed by an array of militias and foreign governments.