INFOGRAPHIC: 4 steps to make cloud deliver on its promise

first_imgWhy should businesses adopt cloud computing? There are many reasons but I want to focus on the killer reason: speed of response. From my experience, internal IT struggles most in this area, which is why users turn to “shadow IT” solutions. These in turn cause major headaches for CIOs the world over, nearly 3 in 4 of whom don’t know how many shadow IT apps are running in their business.The implication is that internal IT hasn’t responded to users’ need for speed. But why not?Because we’ve spent the last two decades, seeking to consolidate IT infrastructure into a centralised yet heterogeneous environment. This was in response to perceived inefficiency and difficulty in managing the extensive distribution of IT that then prevailed. Enterprises had discrete IT resources in every department and division, which in turn meant most of those resources were underutilised.Hence the move to “consolidate” into pools of shared resources. Putting all of IT’s infrastructure in a single place allowed you to aggressively drive down costs as far as possible. Thanks to relatively open and common interoperability standards, this cost-driven “pick and mix” approach led to the heterogeneous IT environment – and the siloing of IT into Network, Compute,  Storage, Systems Management disciplines – which we see in most IT organisation structures today.This heterogeneity is the primary hurdle to adequately responding to that need for speed. As an organisational model, it’s well past its use-by date.Most CIOs first attempted to respond by purchasing cloud automation software tools, then trying to layer this over their current infrastructure.The majority of these attempts fail resoundingly.  The reason is that Cloud is only 20% technology, the other 80% is people and processes.  External Cloud Providers have built radically different processes to deliver their services. Internal IT struggles to emulate these processes, as doing so involves significant change to the current operating model.  Making this change involves rethinking, dismantling and rebuilding just about every current process in internal IT.So what can CIOs do to get the cloud to deliver on its promise?#1: Standardise your infrastructure.One of the biggest promises of the cloud is speed which is delivered through automation of routine processes – but automation requires standardisation. If your infrastructure keeps changing, you can’t automate workloads without risking performance fluctuations. Do away with “choice on every layer” and force your IT team to adopt a single standard for all infrastructure that’s secure, scalable, and reliable. Remember, if it isn’t standardised, you can’t automate it.#2: Standardise your services.The standardisation principle also applies to what your end-users receive. Only when IT ruthlessly eliminates unnecessary variance in the services you offer can you start to automate and speed up the provisioning of services.  This requires significant management of expectations and internal “selling” of the value the business can get by limiting the variances to an absolute minimum. If you’re rolling out VDI, see if you can satisfy 95% of users with just three standard images. Don’t get me wrong – this is hard yards – but trying to automate an infinite number of user images will never work.#3: Dismantle your siloes. This is perhaps the hardest, but most critical point of all. CIOs need to break down the barricades between compute, storage, and network siloes so that a single IT body delivers all services throughout the business. Using Converged Infrastructure helps a lot here. This requires extensive skills development and change management, particularly in helping technical experts relinquish their domain – but the alternative is the dysfunctional and unresponsive IT landscape we’re seeing today.#4: Add the software layer. Only when business processes and IT operating environments have been streamlined, should the business introduce Cloud Software Tools to automate services. With a standard infrastructure and services catalogue in place, and an organisational model that is responsible for all elements of the service, these tools can be very effective.  Without that, there will be wasted money and time.Only the CIO can own the agenda to deliver a high quality internal cloud-like experience. CIOs that are not up for the challenge in people and processes will struggle to deliver services comparable to those that are externally available. When that happens, the trend to Shadow IT will accelerate.Get it right and you can deliver services with speed and agility that are comparable to external Public providers. But at the same time, you’ll have better outcomes in the critical areas of security, data sovereignty, service availability and overall service costs. That’s the best way to get IT out of the shadows.last_img read more

Dell EMC Splunking it Up at .conf2016

first_imgSecondly, we believe Splunk is an incredibly powerful platform for capturing and deriving value from machine data.  Dell EMC products spin off a massive amount of “digital exhaust” that can be captured easily and used to drive operational intelligence in IT.  Dell EMC has made massive investments over the last few years to build apps for XtremIO, Isilon, and VNX and make them available in Splunkbase for free,  and expect to have many more in the works.  These apps make it simple to ingest data from Dell EMC platforms, and we offer useful, prebuilt reports and dashboards to make monitoring these assets simple.  And it doesn’t stop there…once the data is extracted from your Dell EMC platforms, the underlying searches powering our reports or just the indexes themselves can be used in investigations across the entire IT service stack.Dell EMC @ .conf2016It is this two-way value stream that we are excited to share at .conf16 with all of my fellow Ninjas. Dell EMC will have two great sessions highlighting some of the value Dell EMC delivers to Splunk customers and we will dive into the deep technical learnings of deploying Splunk at scale on Dell EMC platforms and exciting ways to leverage Dell EMC apps for Splunk in your IT operations use cases, including LIVE DEMOS!The Dell EMC Splunk Ninja team will be at the show and ready to demo apps, talk about deploying Splunk at scale efficiently on Dell EMC’s enterprise-class platforms, or just have a conversation about why Splunk is so awesome.  The Dell EMC Splunk Ninja team is a group of more than 40 systems engineers from across Dell EMC who have been trained the same way Splunk trains its own systems engineers.  The Ninjas hold certifications ranging from SE1 all the way to SE3, we’ve got skills across not only using Splunk, but administering and architecting it at scale.  This is a global team available in the field to have direct conversations with you when you head back to the office.Before the Dell and EMC businesses combined, we were busy taping in the studio – Enjoy watching our short Splunky promo videoWe will see you all in Orlando, don’t make your plans without stopping at our .conf16 site.Happy Splunking! This year marks the beginning of a great relationship between two awesome tech businesses: Dell EMC and Splunk.  We joined forces through a formal strategic alliance that started in February. This alliance enables Dell EMC and its partners to sell Splunk’s industry leading platform. And, it allows Dell EMC unique access to Splunk technical resources for solution design, testing, and validation.  Most importantly, it creates a framework for these two technology powerhouses to collaborate more effectively for customer success.Why Dell EMC for Splunk?When we talk about customer success, we mean it in two distinct ways: deploying Splunk on Dell EMC platforms and using Splunk to derive value from Dell EMC infrastructure.First, we believe success is deploying Splunk on a flexible infrastructure that not only helps Splunk run fast and efficiently, but also one that can scale easily as the usage of Splunk evolves in a customer organization.  We believe that converged and hyper-converged technologies powered by Dell EMC’s robust portfolio of storage technologies deliver on this vision and provide additional enterprise capabilities:Cost Effective & Optimized Storage For Splunk’s Hot, Warm & Cold Data BucketsFlexible & Scale-Out Capacity Consumption ModelData Reduction & other data Powerful Enterprise CapabilitiesBottom-less Cold Bucket with Scale-Out storage platformslast_img read more

Do Public Cloud Workloads Require Protection? You Bet.

first_imgDell EMC Launches a Cloud-Native Data Protection Service, Ensuring Your Workloads’ Data Is Always ProtectedNot long ago I had a conversation with a CEO of a SaaS company, who runs their application in a public cloud. I asked him how he protected his data, and his response was “we have automatic recovery of the compute instances in the cloud”. We then spent a few minutes discussing the differences between protecting the compute instances (provided by the cloud provider) and protecting the data. Once we cleared that out, he responded to my original question by: “there’s no need to protect the data, since the cloud storage never fails, we’ve been using it for 3 years and it did not fail”. Before I could ask him about some recent events of public cloud unavailability, he continued: “however, we did have a few data losses due to a failure in our internal processes, which caused data to be deleted unexpectedly. This was a major embarrassment to us and caused serious business impact”.I believe this conversation represents some of the myths and beliefs many share about public clouds. Don’t get me wrong, public clouds are an awesome way to build and deliver your services to the market, without the hassle of buying, installing, maintaining and operating your IT infrastructure. Surely they have their toll in cost and loss of flexibility and control, but if this works for your business, that’s an interesting option to explore. However, one could never assume that running on a public cloud means they could waive their responsibility to protect their (or their customers’) data. The cloud providers do not assume responsibility for the data protection and backup, and specifically call this out in their customer agreements. While published reliability and data retention for some public cloud storage types are impressive, these are not necessarily relevant to all types of storage that are available and used in the cloud, which require special handling. Moreover, data could be lost not only due to infrastructure reliability, but many other reasons could cause that, as was demonstrated by my conversation with that CEO. If we apply what we have learned from protecting data in on-prem data centers, only a small fractions of data loss events are caused by complete failure and disasters of a data center. Most recoveries are required due to:Imperfect operational processes or human errors could result deletion or alteration of important data.Failure of a regular maintenance operation such as a database upgrade could cause records or whole DB loss.Cyber-attack, such as ransomware or a computer virus, could deem the whole data stored on one’s account unusable.Internal attack, such as by a disgruntled employee, could result loss of complete sets of data and severely impact the business.While many solutions aim to address one or more of these threats, the best protection is still to simply take frequent backups of the data, and store them in a protected location.Dell EMC has applied its experience in protecting data and workloads for customers of all sizes, and its #1 position in the data protection domain to help its customers continue safeguard their data also when they choose to run their workloads in the public cloud. A wide variety of options exist to cover the needs of almost every customer (more details here). However, in some situations, a cloud-native approach is required to accommodate the needs of the cloud workloads, e.g.:When the preferred approach by the IT Ops/cloud team is to leverage the public cloud tools, but they want someone to automate this for them.When a SaaS solution is preferred over installing and maintaining backup and recovery software.When the application is refactored to use native cloud services (such as DBaaS) that prevent seamless integration with traditional solutions.Meet Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM), a new SaaS offering that is fully operated by Dell EMC and manages public cloud environment protection needs in a simple and automated manner. Once users subscribe to the service, they can just log into the CSM portal, provide the credentials to their cloud accounts (for security, provide a username with limited permissions) and start defining policies. That’s it. In less than two minutes, customers’ environments are protected with no installation needed.The CSM service will automatically discover cloud workloads and volumes, in all relevant regions, and apply the defined policies to those instances based on their tagging. It will retain snapshots only within the defined retention period and delete older ones, saving cloud storage costs. If at any time a user needs to restore an instance, it happens with a single click, and users can restart the instance on the same or any other availability zone within the region.CSM enables IT Ops and cloud environment administrators in organizations of any size to benefit from using the cloud services for protecting their data, but without the need to program and script data protection policies & processes. They can rely on Dell EMC’s over 20 years in data protection experience to deliver a service that ensures their data is protected according to their own business needs. It also enables the people in the organization who are monitoring and ensuring data protection compliance (e.g. a data protection analyst) to easily validate that the defined policies follow the business needs and regulatory guidelines, without diving into long JSON scripts or pieces of code.CSM’s Key BenefitsEase of Use: With a powerful policy engine, Cloud Snapshot Manager helps you backup your environment by taking snapshots based on tags and lower your public cloud snapshot costs by deleting old snapshots per retention policies.Highly Scalable: Designed from the ground up for cloud-scale, Cloud Snapshot Manager can manage a large number of instances and snapshots. It provides auto scaling, audit logs and reports, so as the company grows, data protection scales with it.Multi Tenancy: Public cloud users can discover and automate native snapshots life-cycle across multiple cloud accounts and regions based on policies with ease. Users can create a new account or add the software entitlement to an existing account. Each Cloud Snapshot Manager account can have multiple users with login credentials who can access the public cloud account associated with that account, optimizing IT effectiveness across multiple lines of businesses within the organization.Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection, whether workloads are running on premises or in the cloud. The Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT through the creation of a hybrid cloud, as well as transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions.Trying out the CSM service is easy: just visit to enroll in a free trial. More information on CSM including a data sheet is available at Annual service subscriptions are available for any desired number of instances.last_img read more

A Definite Maybe to the Future

first_imgThe fact that humans use machines is old news. Even as far back 4,500 years ago, the pyramids were built with the aid of machines; likewise, airplanes, excavators, and sewing machines didn’t just appear out of thin air. People have always developed certain ‘relationships’ with their machines out of necessity; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to use them.But machines are bringing something new to the table, and in doing so, redefining the relationship between humans and machines – they’ve now become ‘intelligent.’ Beyond the philosophical question of what intelligence means today (which experts can’t even agree on), we see that machines have already begun to take on very complex tasks — work that we were certain could only be carried out by humans until now. By this I mean cars that can travel independently through traffic, or software that can make diagnoses or draw up legal contracts – in other words, tasks of great significance. It seems clear that we will not only use and operate machines in the future, but also work alongside them. And that’s the fundamental difference.We wanted to know precisely where this new collaborative relationship between humans and machines now stands, and what it’s future may be. For that reason, Dell Technologies commissioned an international survey distributed to 3,800 managers. The survey results are now available. First of all, the numbers confirm the assumptions: 82% of managers anticipate that humans and machines will collaborate as ‘integrated teams’ within their companies in as few as five years.That’s hardly a surprise. Anyone who is exposed to digitization and the use of new technologies every day knows the potential. But how far those surveyed diverged in their assessment of this upheaval’s consequences was the real surprise. Here, a very strange picture was painted: Roughly half responded to the majority of questions with a ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ which means that we can actually speak of two main camps.No matter what question was asked, whether it was if automated systems will result in more free time, if work satisfaction will be increased by outsourcing unpleasant tasks to machines, if productivity will rise, or how the new technologies will influence the division of labor, the managers surveyed were resoundingly undecided about the future, and always split into two opposing groups. For that reason, there was no definite idea of how collaboration between humans and machines could look like.So are we steering full steam ahead into an uncertain future? It’s undeniable that humans will work in close collaboration with machines, but are we playing a game with an uncertain outcome, if even managers from key sectors don’t have a clear opinion? I don’t think so, because here is where the opportunity lies; the opportunity to actively determine the upheavals ahead of us, and make them an asset by using machines where they can sensibly support people and where they — as described in the introduction — adopt tasks that do not necessarily (or no longer have to be) carried out by humans. That also means that many job profiles will have to change considerably in the future, even those that we had never even anticipated. But to do so, we also have to coordinate our education system. I consider education the key to a successful future. If new job profiles are created, there must also be people who match those profiles in terms of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.We still cannot say for sure where and how this great disruption to the working world will occur. But we’re the ones who hold sway over ensuring that technological progress has a positive effect on our working world and our everyday lives.* Doris Albiez is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Dell EMC Germanylast_img read more

Getting Lost at the Edge

first_imgIt’s hard to read any technology blog, research report, announcement or interview without seeing the word “edge.” It’s becoming almost as commonplace as “cloud,” and can be equally confusing. The concept isn’t necessarily new, however.Before the term “edge” caught fire, we had a long history of decentralizing applications and services—Content delivery networks (CDNs), DNS proxies and DDoS systems are all founded on the principle that the laws of large numbers (“too much” or “too many” of anything) require distribution for efficiency.I often see “edge” used in specific contexts, such as:A set of products: “Hey, look at our edge portfolio, specifically designed for the challenges YOU have at YOUR edge”A physical/geographic location: “YOUR facilities are not ready to enable the edge”Infrastructure transformation: “YOUR edge is dumb. We can make it SMART”A new business model or service offering: “Services and applications are moving to the edge”None of these statements are wrong, per se—which is why the conversations continue—but none of them are necessarily right, either. What do these statements actually tell us about what the edge is and what problems the edge can solve?First, in the interest of clarity, I think about “edge” in two different contexts:The access edge is a terminating point of one network (i.e., the SP) and another network (i.e., the enterprise). In this scenario, one network is using the other for access to content/services/applications. I would categorize SD-WAN and IoT as lead examples here.The network edge is an aggregation point within one network (i.e., the SP). In this scenario, the network is providing a platform for content/services/applications (including network functions) to be offered to others. I would categorize edge clouds (IaaS/PaaS) and data center transformations, such as Central Office Re-Architected as Data Centers (CORD) as initiatives here.Secondly, I think about “edge” in terms of use cases:Dynamic content – “too much” localized content consumption yields new delivery modelHighly interactive applications – “too many” paths yields decentralized aggregation pointsBig data business models – “too much” content yields distributed data processingSecurity – “too many” threat vectors yields localized enforcement pointsIoT – “too many” devices yields decentralized platformsAnd there are many more (“too much” bandwidth = distribution of NFV user planes), and nuanced (“too much” power consumption = centralized Radio Access Networks) use cases.Dell Technologies is focused on just about all of them, from joint innovation with component suppliers and solutions development with ISV partners, to industry-wide initiatives, and customer-specific architectures and engagements. The problem space is large, diverse and complex. So rather than trying to shoehorn everything into a single Dell Technologies edge strategy, we’re taking more of a market-centric approach to edge implementation.However, rather than share (as some of our competitors have done) a proposed list of investments we plan to make or things we plan to do, I submit for your reading pleasure a (non-exhaustive) list of things Dell Technologies is actually DOING related to the “edge:”Dell EMC is a leader in modular data centers (MDCs), allowing our customers to re-define where the “Edge” actually is, and putting IT where it needs to be, rather than in facilities built for where it needed to be in the past. Dell EMC delivers MDCs in different scale and form factors to best meet customer needs. These MDCs also include complete remote management capabilities.Dell EMC offers a broad range of Power Edge Servers and subset of these servers are also offered in ruggedized and short-depth form factors for edge deployments, such as the Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2.Dell EMC also enables accelerators based on FPGAs and GPUs that can be used to accelerate network services, analytics and customer applications at the edge.Dell has an entire range of Edge Gateways specifically focused on IoT.Dell is a founding member of EdgeX Foundry, focused on building a common, open framework for IoT edge computing.Dell EMC Networking has launched the Virtual Edge Platform (VEP), a family of Universal CPE focused on the Access Edge, ideally suited for SD-WAN applications.VMware has also acquired VeloCloud to extend its NSX technology with SD-WAN functionality. Dell EMC Networking has a long history of partnering with leading wireless providers, including Aerohive and Ruckus Networks.Dell EMC is a Platinum member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), focused on delivering open reference architectures for the network (or carrier) edge.VMware has introduced their Virtual Cloud Network, providing a ubiquitous software layer from data center to cloud to edge.At Dell Technologies, “edge” is more than just a buzzword or a proposed investment, it’s part of our solutions-oriented approach. We’re ready to help you find out what problems the edge can solve for you.last_img read more

Trading Places – Financial Sector Upgrades to Larger Monitors to Accommodate Shrinking Workspaces

first_imgMany of us spend our workday in front of a monitor, and this couldn’t be truer for employees within the financial sector. In fact, traders typically manage 8 to 12 monitors at a single desk in order to capture all the details that are mission-critical for their work.Over the last few years, the financial sector has moved to larger and higher resolution monitors such as Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K Multi Client Monitor (P4317Q) and Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor (U4919DW), to replace some of the smaller monitors that traders were previously using.  A recent Dell-sponsored IDC research study found that more than 80% of employees1 surveyed believed that monitors with bigger screens help improve productivity at work. Immersive technologies will continue to drive demand for high-performance monitors with higher resolution, larger screen sizes and newer form factors to support rich content and workloads that include a variety of data-centric tasks1.In many workplaces, including the financial sector, workspaces are shrinking as offices modernize and seek to maximize people per square foot. This was the inspiration for Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor– the world’s first 49-inch curved dual QHD monitor2.One of our customers in the financial sector came to us with a desire to redefine their traders’ work desks. They wanted a simplified and clean desk for traders without compromising their visual experience.Focusing on traders’ key needs — large screen space, crisp images and an excellent viewing experience — we developed an ultra-wide monitor at a high resolution that is curved and height adjustable for ease of viewing. Dell specifically created this panel and helped develop critical components along with key technology partners to bring the U4919DW Monitor to market. This monitor offers more screen real estate to view content, dual QHD resolution for striking clarity and delivers a truly immersive experience.  A Dell-commissioned Forrester study concluded there was a 12% productivity gain when traders switched from four 19-inch FHD monitors to two 34-inch WQHD (larger screen size, higher resolution) curved monitors, resulting in nearly 100 hours of annual incremental productivity per trader3.“We don’t do a lot of financial trading here, although we do some killer spreadsheet work and a little media. We publish quarterly reports; Market Watch is our oldest and best known. It was (and still is) an awesome and unforgettable sight to see 14 years of quarterly data uninterrupted with associated charts being displayed on the Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor. The more you can see, the more you can do,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.That said, larger screen sizes require more efficient management of screen real estate to maximize productivity. The Easy Arrange feature on Dell Display Manager (DDM)4 specifically addresses this need by offering customizable Easy Arrange layouts. This allows users to organize multiple applications on the screen and snap them into a template of their choice, making multi-tasking easy and effortless.  You can even use a hot key to toggle between the layouts.For IT decision-makers, Dell Display Manager enables smarter centralized management of display assets and inventory allowing IT admin to control the monitors remotely. Imagine a typical trading floor where IT admin can remotely switch monitor(s) to standby mode after trading hours and turn them on the following day. IT managers and end-users can both expect to improve their productivity with the newly updated DDM.In finance, we know that time is money and a high-quality display provides traders with a clear view of fast-moving market activity. Make sure you don’t miss critical trading opportunities while changing screens or programming your settings. By optimizing your workspace, you’ll reap the benefits quickly.____________________________________________________________________________[1] Source: Based on IDC Infobrief – Future of Work Embracing New Dynamics, Creating New Experiences, sponsored by Dell, September 2019.  Full report:[2] Based on Dell internal analysis, July 2018.[3] Source: Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study commissioned by Dell: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Dell UltraSharp Monitors: Productivity Gains, Talent Retention, And Operational Efficiency Enabled By Dell Monitors, July 2018.  Full report:[4] Refer to the list of monitors supported by Dell Display Managerlast_img read more

Setting Up the Perfect Home Office to Maximize Comfort and Productivity

first_img¹ Based on Dell analysis, November 2019. The smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.² Battery life is based on testing Latitude 9510 with Intel Core i5- 10210U, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 88Whr battery and FHD non-touch display, using the Mobile Mark 2014 benchmark test available at Test results are for comparative purposes only. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.³ 5G LTE option on 2-in-1 coming in fall of 2020. Mobile Broadband/LTE: Subject to service provider’s broadband subscription and coverage area; speeds may vary. Additional charges will apply. Contact your service provider for details.4 Based on Dell analysis using publicly available data, April 2020.5 Dell Optimizer not available in OptiPlex 3000 series. Feature availability and functionality varies by model. Click here for more details.6 Based on testing and certification to MIL-STD-810G standards, performed and reported independently by accredited testing companies, December 2019. Actual results may vary; testing results do not guarantee performance under test conditions.  Dell does not represent that this product meets United States Department of Defense requirements for military use.7 Based on Dell analysis, March 20208 Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q1 20209 Based on Dell internal analysis of competitive products using publicly available data as of February 2019. Power Delivery of up to 130W when used with compatible Dell systems. ExpressCharge Boost is available on select Dell systems.10 Within Dell Power Manager software, selecting ExpressCharge™ can recharge system battery from 0% up to 80% within 60 minutes. After charging has reached 80% capacity, charging speed will return to normal speed. Recommended for use with the provided Dell power adapter; not recommended with a smaller capacity power adapter. Charging time may vary +/-10% due to system tolerance. Dell ExpressCharge is only enabled with Dell laptops and when system is asleep or in off mode.11 System requirement: Bluetooth Low Energy technology.12 Based on Dell internal analysis of battery life usage model calculations and 3 million keystrokes per year, Nov. 2019. Results vary depending on usage and computing conditions. While I get ready to start my work day from my home office on this Tuesday morning, I can’t help but think about how remote work is the new reality for many people, maybe even longer term. In fact, according to 451 Research, up to 40 percent of organizations will shift to a more robust work from home environment permanently. While I’ve taken advantage of Dell’s flexibility to occasionally work from home in the past, I can say now – after three consecutive months of doing so – working remotely long term is a completely different reality, fraught with balancing work and life.Most of us probably got what we needed to work from home relatively quickly, but we might not have taken the time to get the right technology and tools to work comfortably and productively. Even as a Dell employee, there were adjustments with my home office that needed to be made.If you’re looking for recommendations on the ideal home office setup, here are a few of our favorite devices.Your PC is your new companion, so pick the right oneOur focus has always been to offer a versatile and secure portfolio of commercial laptops to help professionals easily work from anywhere, with fast and simple connections, powerful performance and smarter devices ranging from ultra-premium to more budget friendly options.Latitude 9510My personal favorite is the Latitude 9510. This is my new work from home PC. It is the smallest, lightest, most intelligent 15-inch business PC¹. It offers enhanced collaboration features with premium built-in speakerphone and intelligent audio solutions that cancel background noise, up to 34 hours of battery life² for anyone who jumps from room to room throughout the day and 5G-ready design³ to boost your connectivity options. If you prefer a smaller laptop, the Latitude 7410 features Dell’s first 4K, low blue light panel on a premium business PC4 to help enhance eye comfort – something most of us could benefit from as we work longer or later hours at home.For workers who prefer desktops or have minimal space, the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a zero footprint desktop solution, with the PC module hidden in the stand. And for creators, engineers, and data scientists that require exceptional graphics and compute power, the Precision 5000 and 7000 mobile workstations should be at the top of your list. My favorite being the all new Precision 5750.All of these devices include Dell Optimizer5, our new AI-based optimization technology that learns how each person works and adapts to their behavior to improve overall application performance, while also advancing our commitment to sustainability.XPS 15Never forgetting our entrepreneurial roots, we also have great devices for small businesses. Our latest XPS 15 and XPS 17 provide bigger screens in smaller footprints. They are designed to help you unleash your creativity with powerful performance features and immersive visuals on stunning 4-sided InfinityEdge displays.For small business owners looking for an affordable, performance-driven laptop, the new Vostro 7500 is equipped with a powerful NVIDIA® graphics card, passes the military-grade durability test (MIL STD 810G)6 and features a spill-resistant keyboard that helps you power through morning coffee and lunch meetings.Conference Effectively with an Integrated Adapter SpeakerphoneThe remote workforce is spending more time than ever in virtual meetings, but it’s not always comfortable to wear a headset for prolonged hours. If your PC doesn’t offer a high-quality speakerphone experience, the new Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphone (MH3021P) is for you—it’s the world’s first multi-port adapter with integrated speakerphone.7 This sleek, compact and innovative design provides convenient conferencing experiences while increasing your productivity, even while multi-tasking.Mobile Adapter SpeakerphoneThe intuitive controls make it easy to navigate call functions and its numerous ports offer a wide variety of connectivity options. You’ll come across loud and clear during the calls thanks to the omni-directional microphone that can pick up voice from all directions, as well as echo cancellation and noise reduction features that eliminate background noise distractions.The Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphone can connect to a display that supports up to 4K resolution with HDR, transfer large media files in seconds and charge your laptop—all at once and while you are on a call. It is designed to be plug-and-play (no software downloads needed) and is optimized for platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and many more.Maximize Productivity and Comfort with the Perfect MonitorAccording to Forrester Research, 92% of workers believe ergonomically optimized monitors are critically important for improving their productivity and comfort as they shift to remote work more permanently. As the world’s leader in PC monitors for seven years running8, we are committed to delivering the best monitors across our portfolio – from our premium UltraSharp line to every day affordable monitors like our P and E series – giving you the most ergonomic and productive workspace at home.My personal pick is the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Monitor (U2720Q). The 4K UHD resolution helps you see four times more detail than Full HD. VESA DisplayHDR™ 400 and wide color space coverage makes it ideal for workers and designers who value accurate color with striking clarity.If video conferencing accounts for a large part of your work day, the Dell 24 Video Conferencing Monitor (P2418Hz) may be the monitor for you. With a built-in 2MP Full HD infrared camera supporting Windows Hello, noise-canceling microphone and two 5W integrated speakers, you can fully engage and collaborate in all your virtual meetings.Click here for more tips on how to choose the right monitor for your home office. Pick the Perfect PC AccessoriesTo further enhance your connectivity, set up your professional home office with the world’s most powerful charging docks9 – WD19, WD19TB, WD19DC  that can charge your PC up to 80% in an hour with ExpressChargeTM 10. These future-proof, upgradable designs allow you to customize your workspace with monitors and other accessories like keyboard, mouse, headset/speakerphone and webcam. You might also want to check out the Dell Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo (KM7120W) which conveniently allows up to three-device connectivity with Bluetooth 5.011 and 2.4GHz RF (dongle) wireless connection methods, so you can switch easily across your laptop, desktop or 2-in-1.  The slim, compact keyboard provides a neat and clutter-free workspace while providing up to 36 months of battery life12.Other Tikoo TipsWhile I hope the above devices help you create the perfect home office, remote work is about more than just technology. It’s also about staying positive, taking care of your health and well-being, balancing your home life while being engaged with colleagues and keeping everyone productive. You can do this by setting a daily schedule that starts with getting some exercise, getting ready for work even if its few steps away to the home office, and frequent check ins with the family during the day. Consider incorporating water cooler chats and virtual happy hours as part of your team meetings to foster personal relationships and lighten the mood. And be mindful of videoconferencing fatigue by alternating video and phone meetings, scheduling shorter meetings and building in more frequent mini-breaks to give yourself a chance to recharge throughout the day.We invite you to share your work from home tips with us on Twitter.last_img read more

Cicely Tyson paved way for Black actors to follow footsteps

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson was a Black actor who knocked down doors so other women of color could walk through them. She strategically selected powerful roles to elevate how Black actors were perceived. Tyson showed dignified grace in films such as “Sounder” and on TV with “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Zendaya are among those inspired to follow the Tony and Emmy-winning actor’s footsteps. Davis says Tyson made her feel “valued in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility for us dark chocolate girls.” Tyson died Thursday at age 96. Her death comes just days after the release of her memoir “Just As I Am.”last_img