Hurricane Sandy was not an isolated event. As the world becomes more densely populated these natural events will cause bigger impact. The world is becoming more interconnected too. More organizations rely on intelligent systems to support their operations than ever, and these systems need infrastructure.Latin America is no exception. Our digital economy is new but rising, growing fast and catching the eyes of investors all over the world. And nature challenges us at times just the same.How can you overcome these challenges while reducing costs and improving your service levels? Here are a few high level guidelines:Virtualization is a proven technology that can dramatically reduce infrastructure costs and in many cases, make business continuity projects viable. While server and storage virtualization are already mainstream, network virtualization solutions are just beginning to emerge and promise to bring much value to enterprises as they continue to move workloads to the cloud.By decoupling workloads and infrastructure, virtualization provides the foundation for flexible deployments, hardware independence and mobility. If you need to invest in infrastructure to build protection, think virtual.Disaster Avoidance is a new term that is rising as an evolution to the usual Disaster Recovery architecture. This architecture is based on highly virtualized infrastructure (server, storage and networking) where both Data Centers will be active (Active-Active), allowing organizations to recover from unplanned events (traditional Disaster Recovery) and even eliminate downtime by proactively moving workloads to the remote infrastructure. For instance, you can migrate workloads from a highly exposed Data Center to a facility that is not in the path of a natural disaster, without losing any downtime.Efficiency in disaster recovery is key. Technologies like data deduplication and data compression not only help cut costs on capacity, but also impact a very expensive part of the solution: telecommunication costs.Flash storage brings performance efficiency, the ability for the infrastructure to support bursts of demands without multiplying the size and costs of the platforms and quickly adjust to moving workloads.But the most critical dimension of efficiency is on the management side. The ability to have automated and orchestrated recovery procedures for the business applications landscape is essential to keep business running as usual. Manually supported scripts will not keep up with the speed of changes and will either have exponential costs or fail to keep all the elements protected.Finally, Cloud is a great opportunity for organizations that need protection but cannot afford the investment on a fully redundant infrastructure. Public cloud services allow pay per use alternatives and an easy-to-scale model.There are many emerging offerings for Backup-as-a-Service or even Recovery-as-a-Service that can help your organization improve service levels. Also, many of these Services Providers use similar virtualization, efficiency and mobility technologies, but at a scale that allows a viable economic model for both consumers and providers.As Latin America enters the digital universe, uptime is more critical than ever. Considering our particular challenges in both geography and infrastructure, it is very important to choose a partner that can help you protect your business with the highest value and the lowest risk.
History has shown that the advent of revolutionary new technologies brings about great disruption to existing businesses and business models, while at the same time creating new, larger, opportunities in virtually every industry. We are now in one of those times, and it is being driven by the accelerating adoption of new fundamental technologies—in mobile devices, in social networking, in cloud computing, and in new ways to harness the power of very large data sets, or Big Data.As a result, virtually all businesses need to rethink how they engage their customers and partners, and build new digital capabilities and business models. Many traditional industries are being redefined by digital upstarts that use mobile applications backed by sophisticated algorithms made possible by the power of the cloud and Big Data. This wave of disruption will accelerate as sensors get incorporated into every imaginable product or thing. Responding to these opportunities will require enterprises to rethink how they do product development and how technology and business can reinforce each other in more agile ways. This is not just a technology challenge but a cultural mindset challenge, a major transformational challenge for many businesses.As inevitable as these forces are, enterprises cannot walk away from their existing systems and applications. These systems are and will remain critical to running their businesses for many years to come. Business transformation therefore requires building new capabilities while enhancing, simplifying, and taking cost out of existing systems.Continue reading Joe Tucci’s letter to shareholders.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas formally launches its new Frontera supercomputer today — a system ranked at No. 5 on the latest TOP500 list.There’s good cause for excitement today at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas, where the center is formally unveiling one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.This blazingly fast system, named Frontera, makes its debut at No. 5 on the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.1 Even better, Frontera has the distinction of being the fastest supercomputer at any university.At Dell Technologies, this is a system that is close to our hearts. Frontera is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers, Dell EMC Isilon unstructured data storage solutions and a lot of other amazing technologies. It includes Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, CoolIT® Systems high-density Direct Contact Liquid Cooling and a high-performance Mellanox® HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect.To deliver its world-class levels of compute performance to scientists and engineers across the United States, Frontera draws on the power of more than 16,000 processors and 448,448 cores spread over 8008 compute nodes!So just how fast is Frontera? This massive new machine achieved 23.5 PetaFLOPS on the high-performance LINPACK benchmark, a measure of the system’s floating-point computing power, according to TACC. The main system’s theoretical peak performance will be 38.7 PetaFLOPS. The center says that to match what Frontera can compute in just one second, a person would have to perform one calculation every second for about a billion years.2While they are amazing, those performance numbers don’t begin to tell the story of Frontera. What really matters is that Frontera, which takes its name from the Spanish word for “frontier,” will enable our nation’s top researchers to explore the frontiers of science at an incredibly large scale to drive the next generation of discoveries.Frontera will help researchers blaze new paths to discovery in virtually all fields of science, from astrophysics to zoology. Some of the initial projects are running on Frontera are focused on understanding the influence of distant stars, eradicating emerging viruses, diagnosing and treating rare brain tumors, and creating a new generation of flexible solar photovoltaics.I like the way in which TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione summarizes the impact of Frontera on the problems we face. “Many of the frontiers of research today can only be advanced using computing,” Stanzione said. “Frontera will be an important tool to solve Grand Challenges that will improve our nation’s health, well-being, competitiveness, and security.”2So, let’s push on, and work together to blaze new paths to discovery.To learn moreLearn more about Frontera at tacc.utexas.eduSee this video overview of the Frontera system.Find out more about the servers that power Frontera at com/servers.Explore Dell EMC solutions for HPC and AI, visit our HPC and AI Innovation Lab.Join the conversation @dellemcserversCitations:TOP500 List – June 2019.Texas Advanced Computing Center, “Frontera Named 5th Fastest Supercomputer in the World,” June 17, 2019.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is warning that the world economy is “on a cliffhanger,” still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic whose impact will be felt for years. But a new economic report launched Monday forecast a modest recovery of 4.7% in 2021, which would barely offset the 2020 losses. It said the once-in-a-century crisis sparked by the pandemic’s global impact caused the global economy to shrink by 4.3% in 2020 — the sharpest contraction in global output since the Great Depression which began in 1929 and far higher than the 1.7% reduction during the 2009 Great Recession.
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A mother and her four daughters were killed in a fire that swept through their apartment in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as six-year-old Renata Espinosa, five-year-old Genesis Espinosa, three-year-old Allizon Espinosa, 1-year-old Grace Espinosa and their mother, 25-year-old Citahaly Zamiodo. The father of the children wasn’t at home at the time of the blaze. Des Plaines Fire Chief Daniel Anderson the fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday at a duplex. The cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined. Anderson says a firefighter was injured while battling the blaze, but didn’t require hospitalization.
Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89% effective, based on early findings from a British study. The shot also seems to work against new mutated versions of the virus circulating in that country and South Africa, though not as well. Thursday’s announcement comes amid worry about whether a variety of vaccines being rolled out around the world will be strong enough to protect against worrisome new variants – and also the world needs new types of shots to boost scarce supplies. Novavax says it needs some additional data before it can seek British authorization for the vaccine’s use, sometime in the next month or so.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two freelance journalists are recipients of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize, which comes with $100,000 awards. The California-based Heising-Simons Foundation honors journalists for excellence in long-form or narrative work reporting on underrepresented or misrepresented people and cultures in the United States. Atlanta-based David Dennis, Jr., who writes about intersections of race, politics, civil rights, sports and entertainment, is one award winner. Dennis also teaches journalism at Morehouse College. Michelle Garcia, who splits time between New York City and Texas, is being honored for work that focuses on people living in limbo at the U.S.-Mexico border. She’s writing a book about borders and their influence shaping U.S. identity.