Do you feel it? Because you should. I’m talking about the rapid change happening all around us. As Michael Dell has said, “we are on the cusp of some world-changing breakthroughs.” But we’re not there yet. Today, businesses are grappling with this pace of change. New technologies are disrupting businesses in every corner of the world, and companies are facing existential questions about how they will survive in the modern, 21st century economy.Buoyed by ubiquitous technology and lower bars to entry, upstart disruptors are seizing market share from large, historical enterprises across every vertical. The ease of access to technology grants disruptors the operational speed lacked by large, legacy institutions – think of it like a speed boat against a cargo ship. To survive, companies will have to embrace digital disruption’s challenges, and that means they need to transform.In this new era of digitization, Dell EMC has classified four pillars of transformation: Digital, IT, Workforce, and Security. Supported by cloud-based everything, modernized data centers, smarter and more agile workforces, and predictive, proactive security, what we’re really talking about is, effectively, business transformation. That is why today’s IT organization is no longer just a business function, but it is the business — and the largest differentiator for future success.As a result, more and more industry leaders are not only earmarking transformation as a priority, but they are backing it up with resources and commitments.According to a recent, mutual study between Forbes and Dell EMC, 85 percent of global executives plan to spend up to 25 percent of their 2018 enterprise budgets on IT transformation. That is a sea change in the perception of IT and an enormous market opportunity. However, budgets are just budgets. Transformation requires a business commitment and the strategic resources to put ideas into action.Yet, too often, initial momentum hits speed bumps as CIOs and business leaders struggle to define and assign the scope of transformational projects. And the pain is real – 89 percent of senior executives acknowledge barriers prevent CFOs and CIOs from collaborating more closely on transformation. Most often, the debate comes down to one simple question we hear time and time again – “what’s next?”I am proud to say that Dell EMC Consulting answers that all-too-common customer question, having successfully delivered thousands of transformations over the years. We are privileged to serve as strategic advisors, embedding with customers to lend our knowledge and technical expertise along every step of the transformation lifecycle, and help them overcome digital disruption.Transformation is unique to every company, but at its heart is about three simple ingredients: people, process, and technology. Dell EMC Consulting bridges all three, partnering with customers to simultaneously focus on and deliver optimal business outcomes.By embracing the willingness to change, and committing to a transformational project, businesses will achieve a net win and position themselves for future industry leadership. Companies see significantly faster returns on their transformation investments, with a quarter registering paybacks within 12 months, according to the Forbes/Dell EMC survey.Digital disruption is changing the landscape of how businesses operate. Legacy enterprises are facing threats, but the good news is, they have a significant opportunity. Transformation is the strategic lever with which businesses can not only survive in the modern economy, but thrive as leaders and visionaries in their fields. With the right commitment, transformation and defeating disruption are possible.
Companies all over the world are recognizing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with thin clients as a prime solution for some of their most pressing endpoint security and client management challenges. But until recently, it wasn’t the ideal solution for users that conduct real-time audio and video conferences using popular services like Microsoft Skype and Cisco Jabber.With the launch of the latest version of our flagship thin client firmware platform, ThinOS 8.6, Wyse thin clients now offer additional exciting options for these enterprises, thanks to expanded support for high-quality unified communications products.How ThinOS 8.6 Enables Better CommunicationThe challenge that typically comes with using unified communications products on VDI has to do with where the signal is processed. For example, if an employee Skypes with a vendor in another country over your VDI connection, the audio-video stream of their conversation must be processed and unpacked by an intermediary — a virtual machine on your server — before being sent to the employee’s device.This puts a big load on your server’s CPU and causes latency issues, particularly if you’re part of a large organization where 500-plus users may be Skyping or Jabbering at the same time. If both parties are using VDI — say they work for the same company but are based in different offices — this so-called “hairpin effect” is only magnified, as the communications traffic must go through two virtual machines on the way to a target device.Now if the clients can shoulder some of the load by handling the audio/video processing on the endpoint and communicating directly with the other party – you can deliver a better call experience while also reducing the overhead on the servers. A win-win scenario! Prior to this release, ThinOS could support Skype offload under Citrix environments using RTME. With 8.6, we’ve now extended our capabilities to include Jabber offload for Citrix environments with Cisco’s jVDI offload module and Skype offload with the VMware Horizon client. This gives ThinOS the ability to offload this workload for the lion’s share of the unified communications products now leading the market using a highly secure and easy to manage client.Not only will end users appreciate the enhanced user experience and excellent voice and audio performance, but IT administrators can lighten the load on their VDI servers in the process and thus make more efficient use of those expensive resources.The Power of Dell Thin Clients for Today’s Challenging User DemandsBy adding these capabilities to our ThinOS clients, customers no longer have to trade off security and manageability benefits against the need to give their end users an excellent unified communications experience.Our customers now have a range of powerful systems that offer ThinOS, including the sleek and compact Wyse 3040 that sports dual 2K monitor support and fits in the palm of your hand or you may choose a newly-introduced Wyse 5070 series platform, sporting the latest generation Intel quad-core CPU’s, true 4K displays, USB 3.1 type C and configurations with up to six monitors!With this release, ThinOS continues to deliver the benefits of a robust and flexible firmware that can adapt to the ever-changing virtualization landscape. Moreover, it offers this support on a secure and manageable endpoint while delivering the best possible user experience for the workforce’s increasingly demanding and complex compute scenarios.Choosing your workplace devices is about achieving the right balance among functionality, security, manageability and cost factors. With the launch of ThinOS 8.6 and its support for high-quality, real-time communications, you now have one more check in the “pro” column for Wyse thin clients and VDI.To learn more, visit www.dell.com/wyse
Modern business applications require flexibility, enabled by a hybrid cloud that delivers consistent infrastructure and operations. Customers view hybrid clouds as a way to gain flexibility and speed to respond to changing business needs, accelerate innovation, and align costs to business requirements by managing upfront expenses, operational support, and TCO. However, if an organization wants to seamlessly harness the power of the hybrid cloud in an integrated manner, there are several requirements that need to be met. Some of these challenges include: operational inconsistencies, different skillsets & tools, disparate management tools and security controls, inconsistent application SLAs, and incompatible machine formats.Sonali Desai, Product Marketing Manager from VMware, Ken Smith Sr., Product Marketing Manager from VMware and Kenon Ewing, Systems Engineer for Data Protection from Dell EMC, recently presented about moving to the cloud and maximizing customers’ VMware investment with Dell EMC Data Protection.As two powerhouses and leaders in private and public cloud, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) jointly deliver a truly differentiated and compelling engineered solution to customers – the VMware Cloud™ on AWS. Delivered, sold, and supported by VMware and its partners as an on-demand service, VMware Cloud™ on AWS integrates VMware’s entire enterprise-class software-defined data center (SDDC) and optimizes it to run on dedicated elastic Amazon EC2 bare-metal infrastructure that is fully integrated as part of the AWS Cloud. VMware Cloud™ on AWS enables organizations to take advantage of a rich set of benefits with rapid time to value including: consistency and familiarity of VMware technologies, easy workload portability, seamless access to native AWS services, and container and VM support. With the same architecture and operational experience on-premises and in the cloud, IT teams can now accelerate their cloud migration in the simplest, fastest, and lowest risk way with compelling TCO from use of the AWS and VMware hybrid cloud experience.However, there are certain obstacles preventing companies from going to the cloud, requiring companies to maintain their on-premises infrastructure. Data sovereignty issues, including regulatory and privacy requirements, sensitive data located on-premises, custom security standards, and need to prove compliance to auditors prevent organizations from moving to the cloud. Additionally, workload and data proximity issues such as low data latency requirements, workloads with local data processing, and data center workloads that are tightly integrated with backend systems require data to remain on-premises. Even some customers who have moved some of their data into the cloud feel that they do not have the same transparency and control over their data and struggle to keep control over their critical workloads, leverage existing IT environments, and maximize the value of existing talent and processes.To combat these challenges, Dell EMC and VMware co-engineered and delivered the VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC: cloud infrastructure delivered as a service on-premises, fully managed by VMware. VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC is built on Dell EMC VxRail infrastructure, and runs on the VMware’s SDDC to handle compute, storage and networking processing. This all-inclusive service also offers a hybrid control plane to provision and monitor resources as well as a monthly subscription-based pricing model. VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC offers customers support for multiple use cases such as: data center modernization, switch from CapEx to OpEx financial models, and hardware refresh. Another use case is data latency and sovereignty, where the infrastructure stays onsite and can be employed by companies with low data latency requirements, data sovereignty requirements, and data governance and security. Application modernization, including development agility, Kubernetes, and traditional application deployments are all instances where customers can utilize VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC.Whether customers’ data and applications reside on-premises or are moving into the public cloud, Dell EMC provides cloud protection across the protection portfolio. Dell EMC’s software-defined data management (SDDM) empowers organizations to simplify and automate their data protection. Dell EMC offers data availability, data management, and data analytics on a single SDDM platform, enabling customers to choose their consumption model between multi-dimensional appliances, software, or SaaS.Dell EMC’s SDDM offers integration, which helps drive the value of data protection and enables ease of consumption. Specifically, the native application UI integration streamlines the data protection process with out-of-the-box supported integrations. Infrastructure managers provide tenant control, including governance, compliance, and legacy application protection. There are multiple form factor deployment options that are cost-effective for organizations including software defined, public and private cloud, appliance, and IoT/edge. Additionally, application admins can manage data protection through native interfaces such as vSphere, Oracle and SQL databases, cloud automation interfaces (REST), and Kubernetes.Dell EMC data protection supports four use cases today with our cloud data protection strategy: long-term retention, disaster recovery, backup to the cloud, and hybrid/cloud backup. Dell EMC is a trusted data protection provider, providing comprehensive coverage, flexibility, and powerful architecture, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs and simply powerful data protection.Dell EMC’s data protection automation provides companies with an easy and seamless way to ensure their data is always protected. Specifically, infrastructure automation is attribute-based inclusion and exclusion, where IT admins can set rules to be used for VM discovery and inclusion, as well as flexible and powerful REGEX matching. It can be auto deployed by either SDDC deployer (auto deploy backup, target and join vSphere), auto deploy proxy data movers, and auto deploy in AWS or other marketplaces. Additionally, Dell EMC offers orchestration automation to move data directly from the VMs to the intended storage target, both on-premises and in the cloud. Dell EMC’s data protection solution is Networker-based, comprised of workflows that enhance the existing catalog with Networker data protection provisioning and job status checking tasks. Using vRealize Orchestrator, Dell EMC’s data protection solution are easily integrated into the VM environment, ensuring simplicity and ease-of-use in a familiar UI environment.The data protection approaches discussed in the webinar provide customers with the performance and simplicity that they need to address the operational and compliance requirements for their hybrid cloud environments. Organizations see hybrid cloud capabilities as a combination of data center, public cloud, and edge infrastructure. Customers benefit when their data center integrates and works seamlessly with their public cloud and edge infrastructure while utilizing their existing teams, skillsets, tools, and processes. With VMware, Dell EMC offers the full spectrum of data protection solutions for any cloud environment. Learn more.Additional Resources:Watch an on-demand recording of the webinarLearn about Moving Disaster Recovery to the Cloud – When Does it Make Sense?Learn how Dell EMC and VMware Simplify, Automate, and Protect your OrganizationLearn more about Dell EMC VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure