In case you haven’t heard, Dell’s Plant a Tree for Me program has played a key role in restoring 775 acres of forestland in the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Kansas.More than 230,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be sequestered by these trees throughout their lifetime, which is especially welcome news considering that, according to estimates from the World Bank, 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused by deforestation.“Protecting the environment is a task that crosses both geographical and generational lines,” said David Frink, senior manager of Dell Corporate Affairs. “We’re excited to partner with our customers, The Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in broadening the impact of our ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ program and helping ensure the well being of our natural resources.”So far, more than a hundred thousand trees have been planted through the “Plant a Tree for Me” and “Plant a Forest for Me” programs, and more planting projects are in the works. In the United States, contributions to these programs start at only a dollar, and the money goes a long way to help reforest hard-hit areas. If 775 acres of trees land can clean our air that much, imagine the impact we can all have if we continue to put our heads together to save the planet!
Traditionally, IT organizations have provided infrastructure and basic support to the business as a monopoly. We used to think of (and deliver) projects in ERP terms with complex, multiyear investments. And, the business had little choice, but to work with us regardless of how long it would take or what it would cost. Those days are slowly disappearing as times and technologies are changing.Today, the users of IT – the information generation – want the convenience and near instant gratification they can get elsewhere through mobility, cloud applications, software as a service and shadow IT investments. Consequently, CIOs and IT professionals must evolve how we run IT as a business to maintain our relevance.Last month at EMC World, Joe Tucci said we must transform IT to lower costs for our existing applications and infrastructure while dramatically improving innovation, performance and reliability. Sure, we can implement new technologies and automate and digitize business processes, but it is also critically important to strengthen our partnership with our business clients to deliver or broker contemporary IT services that unlock value.I am not alone in this view. It has been a common topic with my peers at a number of recent EMC and industry events. Here are just a few thoughts to consider as we redefine IT for the future.We must evolve from a commodity IT provider to a strategic partner for our business. Case in point, as CIO of a Fortune 500 company I don’t look for technology vendors. I look for a partner that understands and helps me achieve my objectives by proactively recommending solutions. Our internal clients want the same thing from us.We must change the conversation from technology speeds, feeds and features to the strategic value they will gain as a result of working with us. At EMC, we recently realigned our senior IT leaders to improve partnering with our line of business leadership. While it is still early, this is a major step towards delivering a more contemporary IT experience for our users.We must make it easier for our clients to do business with IT. For years, we added processes, bureaucracy and budget complexity that erased our agility. As a result, to remain relevant, we now have to ask ourselves, “how can we simplify, digitize and automate our processes to deliver transparent, innovative solutions faster?”That said, transformations are never easy. To evolve with the times and become a more client-centric, business savvy IT organization, we need to question all aspects of our technology, people and processes. Are we continually evaluating our stack to ensure we have the most reliable, highest performing infrastructure? Are our people enabled and empowered to consult, build and sell services that deliver value for the business? And, are we the change agents leading the charge in how we eliminate process complexity and bureaucracy using digitization and automation? Without a doubt, refining and redefining IT is a priority for CIOs to continue helping our business to grow and prosper. How are you evolving and enhancing your technology, people and processes to deliver a contemporary IT experience?
Further enabling customers of all sizes to implement future-ready IT, we are excited to announce some key upgrades to our PowerEdge server portfolio. These upgrades further enable customers to realize peak performance, maximize operational efficiency and achieve even greater versatility by taking advantage of enhancements to our two-socket lineup of PowerEdge 13th generation servers, now with Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v4.Flexible, Versatile and ExpandableThe Dell PowerEdge R530The upgraded portfolio includes Dell PowerEdge R530 and R430 rack servers and the T430 tower server. Leveraging the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 product family, customers can benefit from performance that drives common business applications, small-scale virtualization, and business transaction workloads. Thanks to the CPU family’s improved design and Dell’s Energy Smart implementation, this additional performance is delivered with the same or even less power consumption required, enabling capacity growth and lower total cost of ownership over the life of the product.Here are some details on the new editions to our 13th generation family:PowerEdge R530: This flexible, 2U mainstream rack server is designed for a wide range of common business applications and small-scale virtualization and for dedicated development or backup server. PowerEdge R530 features up to 80% more cores compared to the previous-generation R520 server with E5-2600 v2 processors.PowerEdge R430: A versatile, dense 1U rack server that delivers peak performance and sizable internal storage for enterprise HPC, web tech and infrastructure scale-out. This upgraded server has up to 150% more processing cores compared to previous-generation E5-2600 v2 processors.PowerEdge T430: This expandable and highly available tower server is ideal for office environments and a wide range of collaboration and productivity applications, mail and messaging, file and print serving. These two-socket rack and tower servers can easily accommodate data growth, and adapt to changing workload conditions with an expandable, virtualization-ready platform in a secure environment. Dell OpenManage delivers server administration with modern HTML5 support and provides server configuration management capabilities that simply and proficiently modify settings in response to evolving workload requirements.Upgrades at every scaleDell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group is also upgrading its DSS products. The DSS 7000 –packs up to 90 3.5-inch drives into a 4U chassis for up to 720 terabytes of storage – is not only leveraging the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 product family, but it’s now available with either one or two high performing server nodes. The single node version is ideal for video surveillance and archiving needs since one node talks directly to all 90 drives to provide maximum storage density at an affordable price. The dual-node version remains available for customers with increased performance needs such as running Ceph or other object based applications.Then there’s the DSS 1500, DSS 1510 and DSS 2500 which are 1U and 2U servers targeted at service providers, web tech companies and carriers. Designed to deliver flexibility and scale while reducing infrastructure costs, these servers have the latest Intel Xeon processors and continue to feature minimalistic designs, flexible storage and IO options, and industry-standard systems management.Today’s advancements place the PowerEdge 13th generation two-socket servers and DSS solutions from Dell at the forefront of choice for IT organizations needing prolific compute solutions today and in the years to come.We look forward to sharing the next wave of server innovations with you in the coming weeks – and encourage you to reach out to us in the comments or on Twitter with your questions.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 33-year-old Milwaukee Bucks executive and son of a billionaire received the coronavirus vaccine this week at a senior living center in Milwaukee, despite not being part of a group currently eligible in Wisconsin. Alex Lasry tweeted that his vaccination was “pure happenstance,” adding that he was “incredibly thankful.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported about his shot. Lasry says his wife heard from her uncle that a senior center where he serves as rabbi had extra doses. Lasry says he stepped forward so the shot wouldn’t go to waste. Lasry is the son of Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry. In Wisconsin, shots are available to everyone over age 65.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a crib in President Joe Biden’s White House. It’s set upstairs in the family residence for the president’s youngest grandchild, Beau Biden Jr. The baby was born last year to Biden’s only surviving son, Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden is the brother of Beau Biden, the president’s other son, who died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46. The existence of the baby bed was revealed by People magazine after Joe Biden’s first White House interview as president. Biden also says in the interview the Senate must hold an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump otherwise “it makes a mockery of the system.”