The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market continues to grow in leaps and bounds. VDI offers users instant access to virtual desktops through data center technology, as well as assists administrators by simplifying tasks, enhancing security and data protection and improving remote access. Late last year Computerworld cited a 2013 Gartner report, which predicted that hosted VDI deployments will comprise 15% of professional desktop users by 2014. And Visiongain claims that the cloud-based VDI market was worth $13.4 billion in 2013. Other studies, such as Research and Markets’ “Global Cloud-based VDI Market 2014-2018,” which forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.51 percent in cloud-based VDI between 2013-2018, show a growing comfort level with VDI among businesses that were previously hesitant to deploy VDI because of concerns over security and performance.VCE Vblock Systems, specifically the Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications, provides exceptional performance, responsiveness and availability for VDI implementations while dramatically lowering costs.Early this year VCE began partnering with Citrix, enabling Citrix to expand its VDI approach by integrating its technology with VCE converged infrastructure solutions. The VCE Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications as well as the Vblock System 300 and 700 were verified as Citrix Ready, and in parallel Citrix joined the VCE Technology Alliance Partner program, certifying two of its products as Vblock Ready:Citrix XenDesktop v7.1 delivers virtual Windows apps and desktops as secure mobile services Citrix NetScaler ADC v10.1 provides an all-in-one application delivery controller for high-speed applications, as well as numerous mechanisms for security and high availability through Citrix TriScale technologyVCE customers deploying Vblock Systems with XenDesktop will appreciate an optimal user experience with high availability, security and scalability with Citrix solutions. Customers will have clear visibility into their environments to help ensure seamless performance and maintain SLAs for any user, anywhere, on any device.Citrix’s partnership with Cisco brings additional benefits to Vblock System customers. Functionality in Citrix NetScaler has been tightly coupled with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which will provide customers with unprecedented control of their networks from a unique application-centric perspective.Next week VCE is excited to be attending Citrix Synergy, where the team will discuss Vblock System VDI solutions. Stop by the VCE booth (#514) to find out more about the value of VDI on Vblock Systems.“See VCE at Citrix Synergy Los Angeles 2014 – May 6-8 – stop by booth #514.“Download the XenDesktop on Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications white paper to learn more. We’ll also be handing out copies of the white paper at our booth.Share Computerworld, “The growing importance and network impact of VDI,” August 2, 2013. Visiongain, “The Cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market 2013-2023,” November 28, 2013. Research and Markets, “Global Cloud-based VDI Market 2014-2018,” April 22, 2014.
Data protection everywhere is a fundamental requirement of the modern data center – no matter where data lives, no matter what happens. But every IT organization is in a different place in their data protection journey – some are quickly moving to a modern infrastructure-centric model, where data management and protection are tightly integrated with underlying infrastructure and applications, while the majority of organizations are still using traditional backup tools. No matter where a customer is on this journey, EMC has them covered. That’s why we’re excited about our latest innovations, launched today at EMC World 2016.Global Protection Compliance Across the EnterpriseFor those employing a modern data protection strategy, we’re announcing EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM), a pan-enterprise data management solution to address the $50 billion copy data problem. One of the biggest drivers of the copy data problem today is self-service copy creation without oversight, which is why eCDM will provide global oversight on copies while enabling consistent protection across the enterprise. To learn more, read the press release and blog.We also have big news around our existing data protection portfolio:Protection Storage – Data Domain Cloud Connected; Available However You Want ItTo help customers simplify and automate their path to the cloud, EMC is announcing Data Domain Cloud Tier – native cloud tiering to public and private clouds – including Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and the new Virtustream Storage Cloud, which soon will be generally available. With DD Cloud Tier, Data Domain provides the most efficient long-term cloud-based retention by becoming the only protection storage to natively tier deduplicated data to the cloud. To learn more, check out the in-depth post on the EMC Community Network.EMC is also excited to introduce new VCE Data Protection Appliances – built with Data Domain and EMC data protection software – designed to cut deployment time by 75%. Following the introduction of Data Domain Virtual Edition last month, the addition of the new integrated data protection appliance means you can now get Data Domain however you want it – either as a target or an integrated appliance. To learn more, read the in-depth post on the EMC Community Network.Protect that SaaSMoving to apps born in the cloud – like Office 365 – doesn’t change the need to protect that data. In fact, it highlights the need even more because these applications are outside the company’s environment and control of the IT department. While a cloud provider might protect against a power surge, there are all manner of data-loss events, such as accidental deletion, that a cloud provider may not be liable for. Spanning Backup offers third-party cloud-to-cloud protection to ensure that SaaS data is just as safe as the files on a company’s own network. Today, we are extending Spanning for Microsoft Office 365 to include OneDrive for Business.The Industry’s Fastest and Most Flexible Protection Software PortfolioThe vast majority of data centers today are probably still supporting traditional workloads like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft SQL. Nothing can protect these workloads faster than EMC ProtectPoint and today we’re announcing that ProtectPoint now offers 10x faster recovery than traditional, as well as native integration with Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange; and support for EPIC.The EMC Data Protection Suite family spans the complete spectrum of consumption models and SLAs. Today, we are announcing two new Data Protection Suite offerings. The first is the Data Protection Suite Enterprise Edition, which offers all our best-of-breed software titles, including EMC ProtectPoint, EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker, EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and more. The second is the EMC Data Protection Suite for Applications, which is designed for app owners and database admins by combining ProtectPoint and DD Boost for Enterprise Apps.No matter where you are or where you’re going with your data protection strategy, only EMC can ensure your data is protected no matter what.Follow along with all of the news and announcements at EMC World on www.EMC.com and using #EMCWorld on Twitter.This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) risks associated with the proposed acquisition of EMC by Denali Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Dell, Inc., including, among others, assumptions related to the ability to close the acquisition, the expected closing date and its anticipated costs and benefits; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiv) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xvi) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
Cloud Caffeine – DevOps DiscussionCloud Caffeine – KubernetesCloud Caffeine – MicroservicesCloud Caffeine – Cloud Native Cloud is synonymous with the age of digital services. Cloud stands for the delivery of applications and data which are core enablers for every organization. I have remained curious about applications and software development since studying for my Masters of Science in Software Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This may be the most exciting period yet for our industry!The pace of innovation continues to accelerate. In order to thrive and grow organizations must adopt a modern applications approach– one that is architected to support change and deliver reliable services in a multi-cloud world. The modern applications approach is a combination of new software architectures and operational practices. The old way of operating was with Waterfall development and ITIL change management processes. The new way is with Agile and DevOps featuring rapid iteration which produces quick benefits with IT ops teams that are involved throughout the development and delivery lifecycle.Cloud-native is enabled by new software architectures. Traditional applications architectures are monolithic and while virtualization has increased efficiency, the underlying inflexibility has hampered innovation. In the new architectural pattern, an application is created through a set of independent services accessible through APIs called microservices. They’re typically deployed in containers which can be updated and scaled individually greatly speeding delivery and updating of application functionality.At Dell Technologies we’re working with lots of organizations to help them plan and implement their cloud strategy. Cloud Caffeine is a discussion of cloud-related topics from Dell Technologies. This is one way we’re sharing our experiences to help organizations take advantage of all the powerful technology available today. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join the discussion with Cloud Caffeine!YouTube: Dell Technologies Cloud Playlist
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new audit blames California’s unemployment agency for “significant missteps and inaction” that led to at least $10.4 billion in payments for fraudulent jobless claims during the pandemic. The report released Thursday by California State Auditor Elaine Howle said the true amount of fraudulent payments is likely far higher. The agency itself this week said it’s investigating another $20 billion in payments for possible fraud. Howle said last spring the federal government warned the Employment Development Department it was at risk for increased fraud. But the agency waited four months to make any substantive changes. The agency said the Trump administration did not provide it enough support, while Howle said state officials missed fraud because of their lax approach.
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces and police acting on intelligence have raided suspected militant and separatist hideouts, triggering shootouts that killed seven insurgents and two soldiers. An official with Pakistan’s counter-terrorism department said Wednesday in a statement the first raid took place in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in the eastern Punjab province. The raid left three militants from the outlawed Baluchistan Republican Army dead, he said. The group is known for targeting Pakistani troops, police and gas pipelines in southwestern Baluchistan. Hours later, troops raided a militant compound in former militant stronghold of North Waziristan, triggering a shootout that killed four insurgents and two soldiers, according to a military statement.