Is your IT department a zoo or a safari park?

first_imgWhen did you last take a walk around your IT division? What did you see? More importantly, what did you not see? Are the professionals responsible for storage, networking and your server virtualisation program working together or apart? Could any of them step into another’s shoes, move across teams or come into work tomorrow morning prepared to turn things upside down and do it all differently?In short, would you say your IT department resembles a free range safari park or a set of zoo enclosures? The answer is important. The skillset and culture of your IT infrastructure team could make or break your company’s chances of becoming a successful digital enterprise.The simple truth is that you cannot build an agile, customer-centric business on a disconnected IT infrastructure, managed by a disconnected team. To achieve the integration, speed, scalability and resilience, a digital business needs you to converge your IT infrastructure – and to do the same with your team.It is easy to underestimate how radical and unsettling this could be for the IT professionals in your organisation. First of all, IT convergence involves breaking down barriers between organisational siloes, standardising and automating processes and changing the way these are monitored and managed. Converged infrastructures can resemble IT services more than hardware systems. For many of the professionals working in infrastructure, that can be quite a leap, professionally and emotionally. Most IT professionals will instinctively translate these changes into, at best, a loss of familiarity, influence or authority and at worst, unemployment. Few will see it for what it can also be: a chance to upskill, future-proof their professional career and invigorate their skills, or a release from the monotony of maintenance to add creative value elsewhere.Secondly, today’s highly-trained IT professional is likely to have followed an established course of education and professional development, sometimes up to chartered status and beyond. The learning frameworks for these qualifications can be slow to change. Many still reflect the requirements of an earlier, more traditional IT environment, with computing, networking and data storage covered in isolated modules. New courses are needed, and needed now.A converged environment, for example, requires a deep, blended skill set including all the above areas, as well as a good grasp of management, design, software, service delivery and wider business needs.Further, the introduction of convergence supports other emerging IT roles, which themselves combine different skill sets. These include Information Architects, who blend system administration skills with an understanding of how these systems integrate with existing technical operations and business processes; and DevOps professionals who fuse development and operations to transform the speed at which applications are created and deployed.Change in one area influences and is influenced by change elsewhere. One by one established IT operations, development and service roles are being transformed. CIOs and their frontline IT managers need to work with HR to understand and address the implications of this ripple effect.Industry commentators are divided on how well CIOs understand this. According to Gartner, 81 per cent of CIOs are overly focused on the near term, the next three years at most.At the same time, the IT industry trade association, CompTIA expressed surprise at the revelation in its 2015 global workforce survey that in an age of digital technologies it’s the skills gaps in networking, storage and computing that are accorded the greatest priority. There is clearly a gap between the infrastructure skills companies have and the skills they need.Training in new infrastructure solutions such as converged and hyper-converged technologies is becoming business-critical. Not just informal, on-the-job training to meet immediate needs, but robust, certified training. The practical benefit as well as the emotional reassurance of this should not be underestimated. CompTIA’s study showed that a significant 44 per cent of respondents in the UK say that IT certified staff offer more value to the organisation, with certification in infrastructure technologies topping the list in terms of overall added value and ROI.Our own VCE Certified Professionals Program, for example, introduced in April 2014, helps IT professionals to develop the skills needed to design, deploy and manage converged infrastructure as a seamless, single environment. Every month, around 500 newly certified VCE converged infrastructure professionals return to their desks ready to change the world.It’s time to break down the walls of resistance and tradition that are suffocating IT. No-one embarks on a career in technology hoping that every day will be the same as the one before. IT professionals need to rediscover their thirst for knowledge, their passion and their aspiration to become more, and CIOs need to lead by example. The age of cages is over and the open savannah awaits.This post originally appeared on JAXenter.com, written by Nigel Moulton, CTO EMEA, VCElast_img read more

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Transforming the Future of High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage

first_imgISC High Performance 2017 kicks off this week in Frankfurt, Germany. For those who are not familiar, the ISC global community has been coming together for more than 30 years to share knowledge in high performance computing (HPC), and this five-day event is anticipating more than 3,000 attendees from over 80 countries to be in attendance this year.Dell EMC is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference, which will feature power-packed sessions on topics including HPC systems, applications and algorithms, and trends and challenges — such as how deep learning is changing the HPC landscape. Our HPC team is looking forward to Monday’s announcement of the new TOP500 and Green500 systems lists, as well as cheering on the 12 teams participating in this year’s three-day student cluster competition.Showcasing HPC products and solutionsWe’re gearing up to show off Dell EMC’s robust, end-to-end HPC solutions and partnerships, designed to help accelerate discovery and optimize productivity. Topics and demos throughout the week will include PowerEdge 14g servers with optional CoolIT liquid cooling and the PowerEdge C4130 Server with four NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs supporting NVLINK, as well as spotlighting our collaboration with customers. Of note, some of the most intriguing customer stories include the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, featuring the new Stampede 2.0 phase 1 system at 12.8 petaflops Rpeak, which will certainly make the new TOP500 list, the University of Cambridge with two new systems, Wilkes-2 at 1.7 petaflops Rpeak and Peta4-KNL at 0.9 petaflops Rpeak, and the Jülich Supercomputing Center, featuring the upcoming “Booster” system under development now, targeted for about 5 petaflops Rpeak.Already the Dell EMC team has set the pace at the show through our victory as part of the Vendor Showdown! Unique to ISC, the Vendor Showdown Session comprises an afternoon of high-level presentations by industry powerhouses, which are then voted on by the audience. Dell EMC is pleased to participate in this annual ISC’17 tradition alongside our presence in the Exhibitor Forum.  In another ISC tradition, Dell EMC is sponsoring the Student Cluster Challenge team from the Center for High Performance Computing in Cape Town, South Africa. These amazing students are the winners of three out of the last four Student Cluster Challenge competitions.Join the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at ISC17The Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting will kick off with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9:00pm, followed on Thursday from 8:00am to 3:00 pm by:Keynote presentations from Prof. Norbert Eicker, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Dr. Paul Calleja, University of Cambridge, and Armughan Ahmad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC Ready Solutions and AlliancesTechnical and application discussions in a dedicated session on new machine learning/deep learning methods, techniques and solutions​Networking and discussion with other HPC expertsPlease register for the HPC Community Meeting here.  More information on the event is available here.You can also join Dell EMC executives and HPC technical experts for interactive discussions, activities and presentations in the exhibit hall at booth G-731 or schedule a personal meeting with our experts.On behalf of the entire Dell EMC HPC team, I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be another exciting HPC event. Convention center image gallery: http://www.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/media/willkommen/media.htmllast_img read more

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What Cool Things are #DoneOnADell Precision Workstation?

first_imgFrom a desktop with plug-in graphics card of 128MB onboard memory for $12,000, to 4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory in the world’s thinnest, lightest and smallest 15”mobile workstation for just over $2,000 – Dell Precision has come a long way in 20 years.Recently Rahul Tikoo, general manager and vice president of Precision, reflected on those two decades of innovation and award-winning work from customers and partners using Dell Precision workstations. And to continue that celebration, over the coming months we will be sharing amazing things they have #DoneOnADell across multiple social media platforms.From movies and virtual reality experiences to new software applications, hardware advancements and technical work or presentations, there are a lot of great stories to share.Some things you might not expect, like cutting-edge shoe design at Nike and prosthetic leg creation at D-Rev. Or the design of outdoor lifestyle products such as ice chests and vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware by our hometown customer Yeti.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0x6fYSnhtEOthers you may not realize you’re watching every Sunday evening as Pixomondo makes dragons fly through the air on “Game of Thrones.” Or, they will surprise you when 360° VR content comes to your television from 30 Ninjas.Sony has relied on Dell Precision for many projects such as reimagining the classic “Ghostbusters,” reigniting superheroes in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and making “Angry Birds” fly onto the big screen. And we were excited when long-time Dell customer Double Negative’s work on “Ex Machina” joined other Academy Award-winning films powered by Dell.These are just some of the Dell Precision stories we’ve already brought to you here on Direct2Dell. There’s more to come not only here, but also through text, images and videos on a variety of social channels using the hashtag #DoneOnADell.So keep an eye out for that. And remember, even though Dell Precision isn’t 30 years old yet, just like Rick Astley, it’s never gonna give you up. “30 years ago today I said I was Never Gonna Give You Up. I am a man of my word – Rick x pic.twitter.com/VmbMQA6tQB“— Rick Astley (@rickastley) July 27, 2017Sharelast_img read more

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States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers in nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice. Most states require people to do things like get weapons training and undergo a background check to get a permit to carry a gun hidden by a jacket or inside a purse. Groups like the National Rifle Association and state lawmakers who support gun rights argue those requirements are ineffective and undermine Second Amendment protections.last_img read more

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In duel with small investors over GameStop, big funds blink

first_imgAcross most of America, GameStop is just a place to buy a video game. On Wall Street, though, it’s become a battleground where swarms of smaller investors see themselves making an epic stand against the 1%. The funds serving the financial elite are starting to walk away in defeat, after bets they made for GameStop’s stock to fall left them facing billions of dollars in collective losses. The stunning seizure of power gives validation to smaller-pocketed investors. It also has Wall Street asking if the stock market’s in a dangerous bubble about to pop.last_img read more

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Indian farmers begin hunger strike amid fury against Modi

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian farmers and their leaders spearheading a more than two-month-long protest against agriculture laws have begun a daylong hunger strike amid growing fury against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Farmer leaders say that Saturday’s hunger strike will reaffirm that the protests against the contentious agriculture laws were peaceful. The hunger strike coincides with the death anniversary of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. Farmers are demanding the withdrawal of laws, which they say will favor large corporate farms, devastate the earnings of many farmers and leave those who hold small plots behind as big corporations win out. Modi and his allies have billed the laws as necessary to modernize Indian farming.last_img read more

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AP sources: Lions trade Stafford to LA for Goff, draft picks

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Detroit Lions are trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first-round draft picks and a third-round pick, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the deal has not been completed. The blockbuster trade of two starting quarterbacks and former No. 1 overall draft picks will provide a change of scenery for two players who probably could use it. Stafford asked to be traded shortly after last season ended with the Lions’ third straight season of double-digit losses.last_img read more

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