In many things, two is better than one. So it’s no surprise that 91 percent of study participants in the IDC InfoBrief Improving Productivity with Dual Monitors said they were more satisfied with two displays than a single one.Many of them said that dual monitors were more efficient when that research was release last year, and based on my personal experience, I agree. It doesn’t take a technical wiz to set up multiple monitors, either.With Windows 10, when you connect an additional monitor to your Dell computer, Windows will automatically detect it and display your computer’s desktop. You can then choose how you want your desktop to appear and customize the settings.Don’t let terms like Thunderbolt, display port, digital video interface, video graphics array or high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) scare you away from less eye strain and reduced effort to catch and fix errors.There are many helpful resources on Dell.com/Support; and on Twitter, our @DellCares team is here to help individual customers, and @DellCaresPro is available to assist businesses. And there are webcasts and videos that can also help.YouTube VideosAnd if you like video assistance, our @DellCares team has created many helpful videos that are available on the TechSupportDell YouTube channel. For instance, this one tells you what to do if your monitor screen is flickering.Additional videos there can help you fix a pixelated monitor, determine the best screen resolution and change it if needed, show you how to setup the frames per second (FPS) counter for games and set up a dual monitor stand.Webcast SessionsOur @DellCaresPro team member Shawn Burton is here to coach you through the different ways to configure multiple monitors in a free webcast. There are also some troubleshooting hints and tips throughout the session.This is just one of the many helpful webcasts our @DellCaresPro team regularly offers for free. You can find a list of their upcoming sessions, as well as an archive of past ones like this in our TechCenter community.But if you’re still not sure you’re ready to set up multiple monitors, or you just don’t want to devote the desktop real estate it, there is another option for multi-tasking – our Dell 43 Multi-Client Monitor.
What’s next?Let’s just revisit that “IaaS for NFV” concept one more time. The goals of this platform have to be more than technical – more than just building a common technology platform unified across disparate use-cases with an iterative, release-based delivery model that incorporates increasing amounts of open source componentry and “DevOps-style” tooling. It has to do more than account for the multiple technology directions the industry might take going forward.The infrastructure stack itself also has to adapt to changes in operational and business models, as well – and account for nuances in current and future procurement processes, operational models, software stacks, and buying paradigms (ie, the shift to consumption-based). To do this, vendors who target the network virtualization arena need to do so with more than just shiny technology, but also adapt their business practices to redefine the entire engagement model with telecommunications SP. At Dell EMC, that’s really the focus right now! Last week, I had an opportunity to speak at Nokia’s SReXperts event in Madrid, Spain, and share my views on the telco transformation, specifically around NFV. I gave views of where I thought the industry was trying to drive – towards a single, integrated platform for multiple use-cases. I called this “IaaS for NFV”.The industry “crossroads” is well-known and well-understood. Technology, operational, and business drivers for industry transformation – led by virtualization – have been a core subject area for the last several years, and even the basis for the original NFV whitepaper (2012). As reminder, this single underlying platform, delivered via new technology and operational tools, leveraging a combination of vendor and open source technologies, was the foundation for driving new business models and operational benefits.If the industry followed the vision espoused above, we would have seen a move from physical to virtual marked by multiple applications residing on shared underlying infrastructure, and eventually incorporated a transition from virtual functions in hypervisors to virtual functions in containers, and evolution of orchestration to increasingly leverage automation and scheduling of resources across hypervisor-based applications, container-based applications, and bare-metal applications. Maybe it would have looked something like this:So, did we hit the mark? Are we on path to hit the mark? Let’s discuss…A History of Network Virtualization in Telco (2012-Present)I view network virtualization as having gone through four iterations, or phases, in its maturity. Each of the phases were focused on answering a set of questions:Will it work? This phase led to the creation of ETSI NFV Working Group and various open source spin-offs, such as OPNFV. The output, of course, is a set of standards documents that number in the hundreds of pages in totality.How does it scale? This phase was marked by investments into evaluating how network functions in a virtual environment scaled, and eventually yielded open source projects, such as DPDK, that drastically accelerated packet process on x86.What are the economics? It turns out that it is difficult to evaluate the economics of an architecture, especially one as complex as NFV. As a result, the economic viability analysis has been focused on an initial set of use-cases, including Virtual CPE (and associated SD-WAN), Voice-over-LTE, and Virtual EPC (M2M and MVNO use-cases). The net result – lots of proof of concepts, field trials, and small scale deployments of use-case driven NFV.How is it operationalized (at scale)? Upon understanding the first three phases, the industry is now focused on bringing together vendor technology, open source technology, public and private cloud technology, and integrating them together with the same level of telemetry and service assurance capabilities as their physical counterparts, with increased automation.How The Phases To NFV Analysis Have Introduced Unforeseen DivergenceThe phased approach to NFV, and the tepid investments into operationalization, has put the industry at somewhat of a quagmire. Why? Because the focus initially on driving use-cases before abstracting a common operational model across these use-cases has resulted in a hybrid VNF appliance architecture. See here:What’s a VNF appliance? It appears to be the virtual instantiation of a former physical network function, relying on dedicated underlying infrastructure like its predecessor, with the exception of that underlying infrastructure being x86-based.Why is this an un-natural (or bad) state?The original path to a fully disaggregated, microservices-based architecture should have been linear – one that went through a hypervisor-driven approach as a means to learn a new networking paradigm that includes compute, virtualization, control- and user-plane separation, orchestration, automation, and eventually DevOps/NetOps principles in a sandboxed environment. The role of the hypervisor was as much to enable secure environments where engineering and operations organization could learn these skills with relatively lower risk of causing a network outage as much as it was a platform for shared resource utilization. By verticalizing network functions into VNF appliances, we have introduced another step in the journey towards operationalization.It’s Just Another Step. So What?As the industry seeks to incorporate increasing amounts of open source technology, the rate of technical innovation is accelerating. The Innovation Adoption Lifecycle is no longer a normal distribution, but instead is skewed left – more innovators and early adopters than ever before. Adding a step into the network virtualization journey serves to introduce and increased amount of confusion into the process, resulting in an uncertain mix of technologies (Containers, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Ansible, Mesos, etc.) that are close enough to production-ready but have not been at the forefront of the learning curve battling for mindshare against a set of technologies (Hypervisors, Openstack, MANO, etc.) that are now much better understood but starting to lose their “new and innovative” luster.
The HCI market is growing fast as customers refresh their server and storage hardware to modernize to a more agile and cost-effective data center. With analysts forecasting up to 66% annual growth, the world-wide HCI market will exceed $10B in 2021. VMware vSAN has been growing even faster than the overall HCI market, making HCI systems powered by vSAN the largest portion of the hyper-converged market, according to IDC.By all accounts, HCI is now ready for primetime, supporting nearly any workload, from traditional business-critical and DR/DA to cloud-native and containers. The newly launched PowerEdge R6415 servers based on AMD EPYC processors provide even greater HCI deployment options for customers looking for fresh new choices and for the latest technologies.With the rapid growth of computing outside of the data center, edge computing, including ROBO, IoT and similar workloads are a growing use case for HCI. The distributed nature of these applications drives the need for a flexible, cost-sensitive, and easily managed infrastructure. Too often, the cost and management targets for deployment at scale have precluded the use of enterprise-class storage. By contrast, the operating simplicity and lower TCO offered by the server-centric HCI architecture can be ideal or these workloads. To accelerate HCI in these growing market segments, last year VMware introduced an HCI Acceleration Kit with aggressive entry-point pricing.The new AMD EPYC-based servers offer edge and ROBO customers fresh new choices. These single-socket, higher-core count servers with more PCIe NVMe channels can improve compute and storage performance in workloads for which quick decisions and local processing are required. Combined with VMware HCI Acceleration Kit, customers now have lower-cost HCI entry point for ROBO and Edge use cases.To learn more about vSAN certification on the new PowerEdge R6415 servers, read this story on our VMware partner site._______________________________________________________________________ Gartner Forecast Analysis: Integrated Systems Worldwide, 1Q17 Update IDC’s 2Q2017 Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker
When my colleague in the Glasgow office met Vardah Malik, my mentee, he was keen to understand how the program had been working for her and asked some questions about how her journey had been so far and what the future held. This gave me an idea to create a blog around these questions and to publish the answers from both sides of the fence – being a mentee and being a mentor.How have you found the journey so far?Pam: The Mentor journey has been a learning experience and a a valuable process to go through. From the excitement and anticipation of meeting Vardah and the enthusiasm of those early meetings, getting to know each other and working out the goals and objectives to seeing the confidence build in this young woman and watching her interact with the network of folks I have introduced her to – it gives me immense pride and job satisfaction to be part of this journeyVardah: The journey so far has been great. I have never imagined that I would be given this amazing opportunity to become a part of this programme. At first, I was quite nervous about how this will be like and how I will get on with my Mentor but I have been extremely lucky to have an amazing mentor like Pam.Pam has always supported me in every way possible. She has always focused on my progress within education or my career. She always listens to me and understands me which has always helped me to believe in myself and work hard to achieve my goals.Not only this has helped me built my confidence but also helped me a lot to communicate with new people easily without any hesitation. Through this programme, I have had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people working in the Dell’s office. It has now become a small family to me where I have a lot of people around me who support me and I know I can always look up to them if I needed help.The STEM program is a life changing experience for me because if it wasn’t for this, I would not have been able to figure out what I want to do exactly after finishing my degree. What has been the biggest achievement/success?Pam: The best success to date was introducing Vardah to the wonderful life that is Dell. Spending time with Vardah to showcase the life of working for Dell is a proud moment. This really ties into the objectives of the STEMAspire program with Vardahs drive to work in the Technology industry. From the Site Expo to the STEM Aspire workshop and introducing her to some of my internal network and seeing how this sparked real enthusiasm was what success looked like to me.Vardah: In my opinion, there were two big achievements after being in this program. First was when Pam helped me to write my personal statement for University and it helped me get a conditional offer for my dream course. Unfortunately, the circumstances changed and I was not able to go to university but still, if it wasn’t for Pam, I would have struggled to write such an amazing personal statement for the courses I applied for.Second big achievement was recently when I asked Pam about an internal job vacancy for an entry level role and she did some research which resulted in me finding an amazing job opportunity within the Dell’s office. If I get successful at the interview stage then it will be a huge lifetime achievement for me as it will be a start of my career within IT.What has been most challenging?Pam: The most challenging part of this journey has been getting my head around the Social Media platforms, the internal process and the amplifying of blogs on our main DellEMC platforms. Now I have finally got my head and actions around this, I plan to create a Social Media guide for STEM Aspire year 2 to help support the next generation of Social Media Ambassadors.Vardah: The most challenging part was to decide what exactly I wanted to do in the future because my course at college was IT which covers all the basics of different sectors of computing/software development. From those different units, I mostly enjoyed the project management and the web development/designing but finding jobs in that particular sector was not that convenient so then I had a talk with Pam and she suggested me to try the sales sector as it relates to my current job in retail which is challenging and customer based.What does the future hold?Pam: The benefits of being a mentor in an area I feel passionate about are unprecedented. The learnings and experience from STEMAspire Year 1 will be leveraged in Year 2 which I have signed up for – and very much looking forward to it!Vardah: I personally believe that if a person has a positive mind set, then it can change a lot of things in their life. I try my best to stay optimistic in all situations and believe that if it is not working right then it might not be the best thing for me. So for now, I am hoping that this job opportunity I have been granted, if I am successful after the interview then it will help me progress in my career and learn more about myself.Apart from that I hope that as a Brand Ambassador for the STEM Aspire Program, I can help bring other women in IT to join this program for next year. I hope I can inspire other women through my blogs and give them an insight of how amazing it is to be a part of this program/journey.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is looking at legal means to guarantee the delivery of all the COVID-19 vaccine doses it bought from AstraZeneca and other drugmakers. EU regulators are expected to authorize use of the vaccine AstraZeneca developed with Oxford University. However, officials in Brussels have quarreled with AstraZeneca after the pharmaceutical company said it would deliver smaller than expected supplies to the 27 EU nations. AstraZeneca cited reduced yields from its manufacturing plants in Europe, but the EU suspects doses produced in Europe have been directed elsewhere. EU Council President Charles Michel said Thursday that the EU “should explore all options and make use of all legal means and enforcement measures at our disposal.”
TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. is reporting its profit for the first three fiscal quarters nearly doubled as people around the world stayed home for the pandemic and turned to playing games. The Japanese video-game maker behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises reported Monday that its April-December profit surged to $3.6 billion. Nintendo’s nine-month sales jumped 37% to $13 billion. Kyoto-based Nintendo’s success has come on the back of the popularity of its Switch console, as well as game software like “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” The October-December quarter is always crucial for Nintendo because of year-end holiday shopping.