Pro athletes aren’t the only ones at MetLife Stadium working on their competitive edge. There’s much more to a successful fan experience than what’s happening on the field. Let’s take a look beyond the sidelines, through the chanting fans and past the concession stations… we’re going into the depths of the data center.What does IT have to do with sports? A lot, actually.MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and Giants, was proud to be named the Venue of The Year at the Stadium Business Awards 2017. For the 6th time in its first 7 years, MetLife Stadium was ranked the #1 grossing stadium in the world in 2016, by Billboard Magazine and the “Top Stop of the Year” by Venues Today.Athletes and entertainers can’t take the credit for these accolades alone. It’s the combination of talent and an innovative, cutting edge facility. MetLife Stadium intends to be able to implement every technology that is available today and in the future without hesitation.Each electronic item, from the massive HD video display boards to the concessions check out register is digitally connected. Tickets are scanned instantaneously to eliminate long lines and concession stands transactions are much faster. Video highlights are shown immediately in HD throughout the building so fans will never miss a single second of the excitement. In addition, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the venue to enhance the “second screen experience.” If you want to check in on your fantasy football teams at any given moment? Do you want to snapchat your favorite artist playing live? No problem!Before anything else, MetLife Stadium prioritizes safety. Prior to implementing the Dell EMC solutions, the old security system stored only six days of video and required hours of downtime for backup, meaning the stadium could not review reported incidents or identify disruptive attendees in a timely manner.With Dell EMC’s Isilon and Genetec’s surveillance cameras, MetLife Stadium now monitors every seat in the venue and increased real-time video storage retention from 6 to 45 days and enabled archival capacity to hold more than three years of video footage. Saying goodbye to old tape backups and gaining more storage capacity meant a drastic reduction in the time to manage video storage. Fans could now enter the stadium feeling protected.So what did the IT team do with the time and money saved? A streamlined, automated, cost-efficient data center means IT teams can take their hands off of the mundane, redundant tasks and focus on the future of stadium. MetLife set out to cultivate one of the most technologically-advanced stadiums around.These technology advancements the IT team brought to life play a critical role in the stadium’s astounding reputation. There are clearly no plans of slowing down when it comes to innovation, either!Creating the cost efficient and faster data center with Dell EMC allowed MetLife’s IT team to reallocate its resources and go full speed ahead with innovation. The technology refreshes enabled the organization to act quickly and implement the things that keep them competitive.
In a recent blog posted to CIO.com, Dell EMC’s Global VP, Global CTO for Sales and Distinguished Engineer, Patricia Florissi, Ph.D. outlined how the unique characteristics of the Internet of Things (IoT) create the need for federated analytics, an approach that allows data to be analyzed wherever it resides — at the edge, at the distributed core, and in the cloud. I invite you to read more from Florissi in the blog below, “Capturing Value from IoT Data with Federated Analytics.”Capturing Value from IoT Data with Federated AnalyticsAs the Internet of Things comes of age, industry observers warn that we need to get ready for exponential growth in the numbers of connected devices. Are you ready for a really big number? The predictions say we will have a trillion connected IoT devices in service by the end of the century. Sooner than that is the estimated 20 billion – 30 billion connected devices that are expected by 2021.With all those connected devices at work, we won’t have any shortage of data. The challenge will be to gain value from massive amounts of data generated by sensors and captured by gateways in local data zones scattered around the world. This challenge becomes even harder when you consider three unique characteristics of IoT data: streaming, scale, and system of systems.Let’s walk through each of these three “Ss” of IoT data, and think about the associated challenges for data analytics.Streaming With the IoT, there is a streaming nature to a great deal of data generated by devices. These devices might be sensors on patient monitors, on airplanes engines, or on autonomous vehicles. And they might be on land, on water, or in the air — such as drones. Devices like these generate continuous streams of data that can require continuous real-time analysis over individual subsets of this stream, often referred to as batches.A Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) system, for example, calculates the distance to an object by illuminating the object with a pulsed laser light and by using a sensor to measure the reflected pulses. A typical LiDAR system takes 1.3 million readings per second, and these readings need to be analyzed on a continuous basis. This is in sharp contrast to discrete data sets that are first collected and, only after the collection completes, analyzed at different points in time. Furthermore, for analysis in real time, the data may demand to be analyzed locally — because time, like response and reaction time, is lost when data is transmitted.ScaleWith the IoT, you gain limited insight by analyzing data generated by sensors of a single type or located within a close-proximity area. Instead, data from a variety of sensors provides different perspectives on a physical environment, such as temperature, air quality, vibration levels of devices, and human occupancy. The real value lies in analyzing the data generated by tens of thousands or even millions of sensors. With this scale, you can improve the accuracy and reliability of the digital representation of the environment. The more data you get, the more informed you are about whatever it is you’re looking at — the performance of a product, energy usage, transaction analysis, or the flow of traffic on a freeway.At the same time, the more value you get from more sensors, and the more sensors you deploy, the more data you get in return, and the more accurate and reliable the analysis. All of this generates a positive feedback loop where scale continuously drives the need for more scale. Yet for all its benefits, this scale comes with its own challenges. You end up with data in a multitude of local gateways, data nodes, and multiple clouds. So how do you analyze that data when it’s all over the place?System of systemsMany functionally-related IoT devices tend to form a system in and of itself. For example, all the sensors from the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) devices, the LiDAR technology, and the cameras used to calculate the exact geo position of a vehicle form its localization system. Sensors within the same system typically communicate with each other in order to align toward a common objective, such as triangulating data from several types of sensors to adjust and cross-correct the most accurate location of a vehicle.The ultimate value of an IoT device, however, is obtained only when different systems work together to align toward higher-order goals. For example, greater value emerges when the localization system connects with a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system to adjust the home temperature when the vehicle is a couple of miles from home. Further value emerges when the localization system connects with the home security system to automatically open the garage door as the vehicle approaches the driveway. The systems forming the larger system of systems are heterogeneous in nature, and a system may require that additional analytics be performed by other systems in order to improve its decision-making process.Let’s consider another example. A smart electric grid system may require the HVAC system in all homes in a given area to perform a one-week demand analysis to better estimate consumption in the area, while the HVAC systems may require the calendar systems to predict the expected times each family member will be at home during the upcoming week in order to better estimate the energy required for each household. This creates the need to run analytics across the multiple data zones, where each data zone represents a system for a system owner, while all come together in the connected system of systems.Overcoming analytics challengesOn one hand, the combined unique characteristics of streaming, scale, and system of systems impose severe challenges on the ability of enterprises to deploy a centralized IoT analytics architecture, where all the data moves toward a single location and is then analyzed. On the other hand, in many cases, IoT data can’t be moved to a centralized location for analysis anyway, for reasons ranging from regulatory requirements and security concerns to bandwidth constraints and the need for real-time analysis. In other cases, the data could be moved but it’s hard to get to it because it is generated in places with poor connectivity.So, what do we do about this? In this new world, which is now unfolding all around us, we will increasingly take analytics and compute to the data. Under this new approach, data is analyzed locally, and only the results are shared outside of the local data zone. Results from different distributed data zones are collected and fused together for further analysis. This approach is called federated analytics, which I have written about in multiple recent blog posts.The Dell Technologies approach to federated analytics is called World Wide Herd (WWH). WWH creates a global network of data zones that function as a single virtual computing cluster. The WWH orchestrates the execution of distributed and parallel computations on a global scale, across data zones, pushing analytics to where the data resides.In the context of IoT, a data zone can be as contained as an IoT gateway, or it can be an appliance aggregating and analyzing streams of data collected by several gateways, or it can be a data center, such as in a manufacturing facility, or it can be a cloud, private or public. Regardless of the deployment model, the data itself stays in place. This approach enables the analysis of geographically dispersed data without requiring the data to be moved to a single location before analysis. Only the privacy-preserving results of the analysis are shared, and made available for further analysis.WWH answers the questions raised by the three “Ss” of IoT data. Continuous streams of data can be analyzed in place, and in real time, as batches of a stream becomes available, while the continuous stream of results can be shared with other data zones. Distributed data can be analyzed at scale, as analytics is pushed to where the data is, minimizing data movement and conserving bandwidth, while leveraging available computing capacity that is scattered across the edge-core-cloud continuum. And datasets residing within each of the system of systems can be analyzed right within their data zones.All of this opens the door for analysis of ever-growing volumes of IoT data in our connected world — as we head toward the day of a trillion connected devices. IEEE Spectrum, “Popular Internet of Things Forecast of 50 Billion Devices by 2020 Is Outdated,” August 18, 2016. read more
With more and more enterprises adopting a multi-cloud strategy, it is important that you have a solution that can protect data across multiple clouds. The explosive growth of data and public cloud computing is changing the way enterprises look at their backup strategy and policies. Snapshots are an efficient and cost-effective way to protect workloads in the cloud.Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot ManagerDell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager is a SaaS solution that makes it easy to protect workloads in public cloud environments – without requiring any installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery. Dell EMC breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool for the protection of workloads across multiple clouds. Designed for any size cloud infrastructure, CSM scales as your organization and data grows. The automatic assignment of resources to protection policies based on tags is essential to achieve auto-scaling in the cloud with the peace of mind that your resources are protected.Why Cloud Snapshot Manager?CSM is designed from the ground up for any size cloud infrastructure and scales as your organization and data grows. There are many benefits of CSM:Automated cloud data protection from one pane of glass, breaking cloud silosProtection, compliance, and disaster recovery of public cloud workloadsMulti-tenancy capabilities enabling multiple accounts and usersAutomatic deletion of snapshots per retention policies for cost savingsApplication consistent framework in AWS and Azure for consistent restoresEmail reports for visibility into the health and overall status of your CSM environmentDiscovery of existing snapshots in AWS for better control over snapshot sprawlWhat’s new in Cloud Snapshot Manager?Enhancements to our service this quarter include:Expanded AWS DBaaS protectionAuroraRedshiftDynamoDBSecuritySupport for Federated Identification with SAMLGroup restoresExpedite the recovery of all the VM’s in a protection plan to a point in time via group restoresEnhanced reporting automationEmailing of any report based on scheduled cadenceCloud Snapshot Manager is breaking cloud silos and providing a better way to consolidate and manage the entire lifecycle of snapshots and recovery from a single management console. If you would like to demo CSM hands on we have a free 30-day trial. If you would like to learn more about CSM check us out online. Lastly, check out this video for an overview of CSM. Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection and we look forward to hearing from you. read more
What our partners had to sayWe are encouraged by the strong positive feedback we received from the attendees. Our post-event survey reveals that 97% of the participants found the topics relevant and insightful and 96% of them enjoyed the event. My inbox has been flooded with feedback and comments, some of which are captured below.Partner from Australia: “On behalf of the Tech Data team, I would like to thank you for putting on such a fabulous event, not only was it engaging, but you and the team were also able to drive inspirational session and capture key channel feedback.”Partner from Malaysia: “…the Dell team did a wonderful job and I am very appreciative of the work put in. Well done! As a marketing practitioner, I find that there are so few marketing conferences like this that are designed just for marketing practitioners and I really value the marketing trends, best practices, testimonials that were shared so that we learn what can be done, and what is being done to help us in our work. Well done!”Partner from Philippines: “Thank you very much for the opportunity to learn new techniques and to network with fellow marketing practitioners. Since Marketing is also in charge of planning and staging learning sessions and events, it is such a rare and delightful treat for us to be on the other side.”Beyond SPARKWe are committed to enabling and building future-ready marketers and are putting all rounded effort to engage, enable and empower our partner marketers. While SPARK is an annual event, we also hold quarterly marketing webcasts and newsletters on the latest marketing trends and campaigns in the channel space. We also produce a digital e-book, twice a year, to share marketing best practices undertaken by partners. It is indeed, as quoted John F. Kennedy said about partnership, a continuous process and we’ll continue to strive towards marketing excellence with our partners. “ Partnership is not a posture but a process – a continuous process that grows stronger each year as we devote ourselves to common tasks.Share— John F. KennedyReal Partnerships, Real MarketingHere at Dell Technologies, it is our constant endeavor to build lasting relationships in everything that we do. This holds true for our engagement with our partner community as well. As we continue to grow as a business and work towards building better experiences for our customers, our partners play a crucial role in helping us define this journey.83% of CEOs see marketing as a major driver of growth (McKinsey CxO Survey, 2018), and 70% of partners say marketing is important or critical to their future (The State of Partner Marketing by iPED Consulting). Conversations with several partner principals and their marketing leads regarding new marketing trends and the challenges around knowledge and enablement, sparked an idea. An idea, that led to the creation of SPARK – a unique platform where we come together with marketing leaders in our partner organizations to understand trends that are fueling the evolution of marketing and to share best practices, with the ultimate objective of building marketing campaigns that truly matter to our customers.SPARK 2019In Melbourne this July, we held the second edition of SPARK, hosting over 100+ partner marketers from Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and Korea. Spread across two and a half days, the event provided us with the opportunity to exchange ideas, network and gather feedback. There were presentations, workshops, discussions and breakout sessions with customized tracks for Distributors, Solutions Providers, Cloud Service Providers, System Integrators and Outsourcers.Key presenters included Karinne Brannigan, Senior Vice President, Head of APJ Field & Partner Marketing, as well as Roelof Holwerda and Kimberly Lasseter from the Global Channel Marketing team.Along with our partners, we learned the importance of leveraging brand purpose to grow the business, got insights on the latest trends fueling the evolution of IT marketing, and shared marketing best practices via ‘Voice of Partner’ sessions. We were challenged to shift our thinking to be more effective in today’s buying environment, received tips on finding better commercial insight, and even rolled up our sleeves to learn how to make good coffee!Essentials for today’s Dell Technologies Partner MarketerBased on what we learned, here are some of the recommended skill-sets that are a must-have in the market we operate in today:Know how to plan, execute and measure Integrated Marketing campaigns; retooling old capabilities and developing new ones – leveraging digital, data & analytics, as well as account-based marketingKnow the best practices in Digital Marketing – gathering and acting on buying signals, data-driven customer engagement, leveraging AdTechKnow how to identify marketing outcomes that matter, be operationally ready, and maximise MDF funds and support for successLearn the evolution of B2B Marketing – understand change in the buyer’s journey and leverage tech across the journey as well as align the seller’s journey.Leverage the wide variety of assets in the Partner Demand Generation Center, on the complete Dell Technologies end-to-end solutions portfolio, to maximize business growth and make IT real for our customers.Recognizing our partner successesWe were also incredibly proud to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of our partners. These were partners who truly raised the bar across each of the award categories. read more
ROME (AP) — Italy’s president has tasked a parliamentary leader with determining whether the squabbling parties in caretaker Premier Giuseppe Conte’s collapsed government can unite anew in a viable coalition. President Sergio Mattarella’s office announced Friday night that Chamber of Deputies leader Roberto Fico must report back to him by Tuesday on prospects for a revived coalition. Fico is a prominent figure in the populist 5-Star Movement, which ruled in coalition under Conte since 2018. Conte quit on Monday after losing a dependable majority in the Senate when a small coalition partner led by former Premier Matteo Renzi yanked his ministers in a dispute over how EU pandemic recovery funds will be spent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient.,Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Senate Democrats on a private call Tuesday to take bold action to address the pandemic and economic crisis.,Senate Democrats marshaled their slim majority to vote, 50-49, on a first step toward approving Biden’s plan with or without Republican votes.,The procedural vote launches a lengthy budget process toward passage by March.,Biden told Republican senators late Monday he’s unwilling to settle on too small a coronavirus aid package after meeting for two hours over their slimmed-down $618 billion proposal.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are calling on North Macedonia’s government to crack down on private messaging groups sharing unauthorized and often explicit photographs and videos of women and girls. The demonstration on Wednesday followed revelations that one chat group on the encrypted platform Telegram shared photos and videos with more than 7,000 members. Some users posted the names and addresses of the featured girls and women. North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev threatened last week to block Telegram if it refused to provide greater assistance in shutting down the chat group and others like it. The interior minister says four people were recently arrested in connection with the case.