Looking back, it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we announced our Open Networking initiative in 2014. We embarked on the journey with the belief that our customers deserved more innovation and choice than they were receiving from traditional, proprietary networking vendors. At its core was a simple proposition: decouple networking switching hardware from its software. Simple, yet profound for an industry that inextricably tied, monetized and packaged hardware and software together.Our initial step was launching the industry’s first open networking switch using the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) and could run Cumulus Linux OS from our first ecosystem partner Cumulus Networks.In 2015, we delivered more choice to customers by adding OS partners including Big Switch Networks, IP Infusion and Pluribus Networks and delivering a family of open networking switches with connectivity capabilities from 10 to 100GbE. Today, we are the only OEM networking player in the industry that provides this level of choice, flexibility and infrastructure protection.In January of 2016 we introduced the latest version of our network operating system called Operating System 10 (OS10) which further “disaggregates” the networking stack by separating the base OS from the NOS. The base module of OS10 called OS10 Open Edition is offered to customers for free and runs a fully-open, unmodified Linux kernel and Debian distribution. This base is currently being tested and deployed by several customers.In March of 2016, we announced our collaboration with Microsoft on the design and implementation of modules in the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) to help drive industry disruption and adoption. Our OS10 Open Edition software serves as the foundational element for SONiC. From this contribution we are helping customers big and small accelerate adoption of fully-functional Linux networking software based on open source components.That same year, we contributed OS10 Open Edition software to the OpenSwitch project, which represents a fully open, fully disaggregated base subsystem incorporating hardware and platform abstraction layers for networking switching applications.The OpenSwitch project running under the Linux Foundation aims to develop a complete open-source network OS.In Q4 of last year we released the beta version of OS10 Enterprise Edition which provides customers with standard networking features, interfaces and scripting functions including Layer2/Layer3 protocols, policy control and traditional networking switch CLI. One of the OS10 Enterprise Edition beta customers is Indiana University who have already published their initial findings while testing our OS10 Open Edition at OS10 – A First Look.Of the hundreds of customers now running Dell EMC open networking solutions, a key example is Verizon’s deployment of the industry’s largest known Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across 5 of its U.S. data centers. Dell EMC and several partners worked closely with Verizon in developing this OpenStack pod-based design that went from concept to deployment of more than 50 racks in the production data centers in less than nine months.Another innovative customer is Netherlands-based hosting solutions company Hostnet, who implemented a Dell EMC open networking solution to help accelerate the development of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings using DevOps techniques. Their deployment consisted of Dell EMC open networking switches running Cumulus Linux software and Puppet automation software.The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking report recognized both Dell EMC Networking and VMware companies under Dell Technologies, as the most visionary networking vendors. Together we are helping transition the industry towards a new direction in networking which IDC calls the third platform of computing, and who better to pick than the most visionary ones rather than “me too” networking vendors.To kick off 2017, we expanded our open networking offerings into the campus environment with the announcement of our latest N-Series switches with multi-gig PoE ports, 40GbE uplink ports and support for third party OS’s via ONIE. The simplified scalability and OS flexibility offered by these new switches continues our legacy of investment protection that our customers expect and the tools needed to confidently grow their operations.Indeed, it’s been an exciting journey over the last three years as we continue our market leadership with open networking products, partnerships and open source contributions. We aren’t finished just yet. As recent market estimates claim the use of brite boxes will explode in 2017, we at Dell EMC are leading the charge and it is our full intention to continue raising the bar for others to follow.Looking forward, in my crystal ball I can see images that portray a continuing set of launches focused on extending our open networking vision. Some of these pictures look to me like more multi-rate 100GbE and next-generation open networking switching platforms for the data center and campus, increasing adoption of our products into service provider data centers, and even more customers and partners integrating OS10 software into their solutions.I can honestly say that I’m more excited now than I was on that eventful day three years ago. We will continue to deliver on our promise of empowering customers with the networking choice and flexibility they need to help accelerate innovation and new services within their businesses.For additional information on Dell’s Open Networking solutions visit our home page.
Last October we held our first combined partner event at Dell EMC World in Austin. We were just getting started—better together—and the excitement about our future permeated the event. It’s hard to believe it, but we’re already gearing up for the next great Global Partner Summit to be held during Dell EMC World, May 8-10 in Las Vegas.What to expect from Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World 2017We’re still finalizing all of the details, but I can guarantee that Global Partner Summit will deliver phenomenal content, access to executives and, of course, plenty of fun.Take a look at the video below to see what you can expect in May.Video Playerhttps://www.delltechnologies.com/uploads/2017/02/GPS-Landing-Page-A-v1-1.mp400:0000:0002:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Register now!Don’t miss Global Partner Summit … Registration is simple:Go to dellemcworld.com and click on the registration buttonSelect Partner and Global Partner Summit options during registrationWe’ll continue to share updates on the agenda, content and the much-anticipated entertainment as we get closer to the event.In the meantime, follow @DellEMCPartners and join the #DellEMCPartners conversations.
Discover how built-in automation and intelligent systems management technology in the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio can help drive enterprise productivity. Today’s IT departments face significant challenges on several fronts. They need to manage multiple workloads, respond quickly, and decrease downtime across both the IT infrastructure and the wider organization – while also making a positive contribution to the overall strategic direction of the business. Do your customers typically complain about these frustrations too?It’s a demanding task list, of course, but not an impossible situation. The solution lies in the ability to implement successful server automation – because embracing IT automation generally increases performance while also creating business advantage.Automating helps companies to take advantage of a more efficient data center. Which means that, with the right tools and processes in place, your customers can save time and crucial resources. When they’re not required to spend so much time on routine tasks, IT staff can take on more strategic activities that add value to the organization.Server automation can help free up time and resourcesIt’s clear that making a smart, strategic investment to automate the server infrastructure and use intelligent systems management tools can help increase productivity.In a new eBook1, Dell EMC states that server automation helps companies overcome common frustrations such as:Slow response time (only 30% of business users consider their IT to be distributed, agile and flexible);Inefficient management (nearly 70% of time is spent maintaining existing IT environments);Increasing downtime (up to 75% of downtime is caused by manual and disconnected IT processes);Customer retention (IDG predicts a 25% drop in customer retention in 2019 for those failing to incorporate automation into their roadmap);AI implementation (71% of organizations say inefficiencies due to lack of server automation are a challenge to their AI strategies).Meeting all the needs for modern server infrastructureLikewise, in its recently published analyst paper2, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) maintains that the three key components of successful IT automation are speed, security, and efficiency.The report sets out 8 essential tips for implementing successful IT automation – and details how the Dell EMC OpenManage systems management portfolio meets each of the 10 requirements for modern server infrastructure.Share these two documents with your customers today and start talking about how the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers3, featuring Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and with built-in automation and intelligent system management can drive productivity in their business.Download and share the key insights:EMA analyst paperDell EMC eBook1 Dell EMC eBook, ‘How Server Automation Increases Performance and Creates Business Advantage’, 2018.2 Enterprise Management Associates white paper, ‘Automate IT Infrastructure for Speed, Security, and Efficiency – How the Dell EMC Systems Management Portfolio Fits the Bill’, November 2018.3 Not available in all countries – please contact your account manager for more information.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European and North American cyber cops have joined forces to disrupt what may be the world’s largest network for seeding malware infections. The operation appears to strike a major blow against criminal gangs that have used that network for years to install ransomware for extortion schemes and to steal data and money.. Separately, the FBI announced the arrest of a Canadian as part of a bid to disrupt a ransomware that has targeted the health care sector, seizing nearly a half million dollars in cryptocurrency. The Emotet botnet taken down in the multinational operation has served as a primary door-opener for cybercriminals since 2014.
BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran accused, along with his son, of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chair Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box is imploring U.S. officials to block their extradition. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Michael Taylor said he fears they will be treated unfairly in the Japanese legal system and feels betrayed that he would be extradited after his service to the U.S. A judge last week rejected an emergency petition, clearing the way for their extradition to Japan. The White House and State Department didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment about the case.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged in the fatal shootings of his brother and five young children. Court records show Jarron Deajon Pridgeon of Muskogee was charged Wednesday with six counts of first-degree murder and other felony counts. Muskogee police say they don’t yet know why Pridgeon fatally shot 24-year-old Javarion Lee or the children, the oldest of whom was 9. The children’s mother, Brittany Anderson, was also wounded in the shootings early Tuesday and was hospitalized in Tulsa. The youngest victim was 1. Court and jail records do not list an attorney who could speak on Pridgeon’s behalf.
Stocks closed out a winning week with their fifth gain in a row Friday and their biggest weekly increase since November. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% and ended the week 4.6% higher. Small-company stocks rose far more than the rest of the market, a sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy. Treasury yields also rose. The market has been heading higher since the beginning of the month as hopes build that Washington will come through with more support for the economy, and that the steady rollout of vaccines will get the economy on a more even footing over time.