We all have heard of the often used phrase that technology is experiencing exponential growth with the common reference point being Moore’s Law – the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months. During the first session of some university courses I’ve taught, I ask students to describe common technologies from 10 years ago. Then we compare that to today’s widespread use of technologies like wireless Internet, smartphones, social networking and its pretty eye opening.Today’s business world is experiencing a similar feeling when taking snapshots of technology advancements and how they need to adapt in almost real-time. IT data centers are being challenged on a daily basis from advancements like virtualization, changing workflows, new methods like containers and more.Unfortunately, there is one critical infrastructure within data centers that isn’t keeping up – the network. Organizations are struggling with the rapid technology change and user demand while still running and managing outdated, inflexible, proprietary network infrastructures. A good analogy is handling modern traffic flows in and out of major metropolitan centers using the highway system of the 1960’s. Good luck.Open Networking and WhyIt departments need to take a closer look at their data center network infrastructure and ask some serious questions. Am I in control of my network or is it (and my networking vendor) in control of me? Does my network allow me to take advantage of the rapid technology innovation I’m seeing in areas like network virtualization, cloud and orchestration? Can I pick and choose best-of-breed solutions that help me specifically address my unique needs? If not, it might be time to look at open networking solutions.Open networking is a new approach for network infrastructures where the data center switch hardware is disaggregated from the operating system software. It also incorporates key standardized technologies like off-the-shelf merchant silicon and the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) that provide a cost-effective environment for installing different network OS’s on the same hardware platform.By adopting open networking solutions into their data center, organizations can ensure they are positioned for optimum choice of field-proven switching hardware, network operating systems and open source tools and applications. By taking this initial step they can bring innovation back to their network infrastructure, while also laying a clear path to a software-defined, future-ready network environment.Dell: A leader in Open NetworkingDell was the first major networking vendor to introduce the concept of open networking with the announcement of our support of Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux OS on our switching platforms in January of 2014. Since then we have introduced over 7 new open 1GbE to 100GbE networking platforms, added 3rd party OS partners like Big Switch Networks, Pluribus Networks, and IP Infusion, and helped hundreds of customers implement open networking solutions in their data centers.Dell Networking was able to accomplish this major feat through our existing experience as a market-leading networking vendor, participation in global standards organizations like OpenCompute, OpenDaylight, Open Networking Foundation and Ethernet Alliance, and a proven history of leveraging component standardization and openness with our computing products. We were recently acknowledged in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking as the only major networking vendor in the visionary quadrant. And this is just the beginning.SummaryIt’s doubtful that we’ll see a slowdown of innovation and technology advancements anytime in the near future. Change is here to stay. Doesn’t it make sense to start now with transitioning your data center infrastructure to open networking? It’s a win-win proposition to help satisfy today’s growing demands on your network while also paving the way to a software-defined environment of the future.
[UPDATE 6/25/18]Congratulations to the finalists!We are pleased to announce our two finalists for the first-ever Dell EMC AI Challenge:Cognitive Scale – AI-based Patient Scheduling AdvisorUniversity of Florida – A Heterogeneous Computing System POC for High Energy PhysicsWe are very excited for them and wish them the very best as they leverage the powerful HPC cluster to showcase their innovative ideas.The winner of the Dell EMC AI Challenge will be announced on November 12 at Super Computing 2018.Itching to solve a technical or business problem using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like machine learning and deep learning? The Dell EMC AI Challenge is your chance to get noticed—and maybe even get your innovation off the ground through the Dell EMC Global Solution Center.Abstracts and proposals will be accepted through May 31, 2018, and will be reviewed according to the following three criteria:Most innovative use of AI technologyBiggest economic or social impactHighest potential for commercializationAfter careful consideration by a panel of experts—including Michael Jones, senior director of Strategy at Halliburton; Matt Hall, CEO & founder of Agile Scientific; and Matt Grover, principal technical architect at Walmart—five finalists will be selected between June 24 and June 26, 2018. All five finalists will receive exclusive remote access to a Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab cluster, powered by a Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that include C4140, to prove out their ideas.At the end of September each of the five finalists will complete their testing and prepare a presentation for the judges describing their hypothesis, results achieved, what they learned and what the next steps are. Following a final round of judging, two awards will be made on November 12 at SC18 https://sc18.supercomputing.org/.The Dell EMC AI Innovation Award will go the entry that demonstrated the highest overall levels of innovation, economic or social impact and commercial potential. The winner will receive 200K core-hour access to a Dell EMC Top 500 Supercomputer and a guest blog on the Dell EMC HPC website, in addition to a spotlight in Dell EMC’s booth at the SC Conference.The Global Industries AI Innovation Award will go to the entry that demonstrates the highest commercial potential in one of Dell EMC’s six global industries—energy, healthcare, video surveillance, automotive, financial services, and manufacturing. The winner of this award will receive a route to commercialization and/or joint go-to-market plan developed jointly with the Dell EMC Global Industries Group, access to Dell EMC Labs for solution testing and validation and will be a featured solution at a relevant industry conference or event.To enter and get more information about the Dell EMC AI Challenge, please visit www.InsideHPC.com/AIChallengeWe’re looking forward to helping you bring your innovative ideas one step closer to reality.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Contest ends 5/31/18. For Official Rules and prize descriptions visit www.InsideHPC.com/AIChallenge.Sponsor: Dell Marketing, L.P., One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682.
“We don’t produce, consume, manufacture, sell, or interact with beer drinkers without technology being a critical component in all of that,” said Travis Morrison, IT Director of New Belgium Brewing, in the most recent episode of Cloud Talks. Cloud Talks is a new video series, produced by Dell Technologies in partnership with Intel, that features IT and industry leaders conversing about life in a multi-cloud world. By uniting these voices, these conversations dive into industry-specific use cases of cloud and edge technologies.The newly released 4th episode of Cloud Talks features Travis Morrison and Shelly Kramer, a founding partner of Futurum Research. Morrison and Kramer discuss how beer manufacturing is actually quite technical, and how data plays a significant role in brewing beer that tastes just right. The episode also addresses the collaboration of edge and cloud technologies when harvesting value from real-time analytics, “Cloud is the platform for every part of business operations. It’s not just migrating business to the cloud… it really is about business intelligence, it’s about analytics and having access to those real-time analytics. And I think it really requires a restructuring of how you think about IT,” stated Kramer.Cloud Talks blends unique perspectives from education, healthcare, manufacturing, and other verticals. This variety of vertical use cases gives viewers insights about how cloud technologies improve the efficiency and productivity of all types of organizations. “It’s a cloudy world for IT and business leaders, which brings complexity and forces critical decisions. Our goal with this series is to match industry leaders in conversation to uncover their challenges, identify best practices and bring their thought leadership to life in a real way,” said Chad Mack, Cloud Talks series director. Mack looks forward to the exploration of new use cases for cloud and edge as the series grows.Featured Episode:Episode 4: Edge Computing and Overcoming Latency Obstacles in ManufacturingShelly Kramer and Travis Morrison discuss how taking advantage of edge technology and cloud services boosts operational efficiency in beer brewing.Previous episodes:Episode 3: Security in the Digital Economy and Partnering for Success Across the BusinessJo Peterson and Bob Bender discuss how extending compute and security through hybrid cloud combats banking fraud and protects member privacy.Episode 2: Sophisticated Cloud Models and Securing Large Amounts of Personal DataMatt Eastwood and James Lowey discuss how diagnosing sensitive, bio-medical research data with urgency demands the highest level of security and a sophisticated, hybrid cloud model.Episode 1: Curation, Utilization and Protection of Data for the Long TermTom Stein and Nick Brackney discuss how archiving and sharing NASA’s moon and other planetary data with the science community requires a flexible multi-cloud strategy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says two pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees, discovered just before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, had actually been placed the night before. The FBI says the investigation revealed that the explosive devices had been placed outside the two buildings between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The devices were not located by law enforcement until the next day. It is not clear whether that means the pipe bombs were unrelated to the next day’s riot or were part of the riot planning. Both buildings are within a few blocks of the Capitol.
BERLIN (AP) — Calls are growing in Germany to punish people who squeeze to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines after several cases in which officials allegedly queue-jumped and received shots. The head of a trust that operates three hospitals in northwestern Germany apologized to staff members Wednesday for getting vaccinated ahead of doctors and nurses at the facilities. German public broadcaster NDR reported that fewer than 400 of the 2,500 staff members at the hospitals have gotten shots against the coronavirus so far. The trust’s chief executive, said he accepted an invitation to his first jab on Jan. 9 because doses had to be used quickly and has since received a second shot.