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Dell, which Lord knows can use the money, says its fluffy six-month-old custom hardware-and-services Data Center Solutions (DCS) Division is working with Microsoft to build out Microsoft’s Azure cloud. It says the “highly customized” servers it’s supplying are specifically tailored to Microsoft’s physical facility, operating processes and application workload. See, most general-purpose servers come equipped with standard features and components that aren’t necessary in a cloud environment; which drives up the costs and requires additional power and cooling. It also says that its supply-chain expertise and manufacturing infrastructure enables the fast delivery of custom-built, fully-configured rack solutions. The infrastructure Microsoft has been putting in a month is reportedly equal to all of Facebook. ... (more)

ARM Server to Transform Big Data to Internet of Things (#IoT)

A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

Enterprise Without Limits: A Blueprint for Organizational Agility

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! We are a part of a dynamically connected world where consumers are rapidly adopting new technology and dismantling business models in their wake. Disruption, unpredictability and variability happen without warning. The challenge for any organization is to evolve, to adopt new architectures and processes that increase business agility, scalability and governance/compliance and decrease risk. While cloud is complex, the consideration and adoption process can be simplified. In his General Session at Cloud Expo 2012 New York, Kevin Hanes, Executive Director, Dell Service & Solutions, talks about a pragmatic approach to realizing the potential of cloud today while building a strong foundation for the future. Click Here to View This General Session Now! Speaker Bio: Kevin Hanes is Executive Director, Dell Service & Solutions. H... (more)

Web 2.0 Journal: HP's Mark Hurd Has Magic Touch So Far

If Dell is looking for some of its lost market share and some of its missing sales and earnings, they're over at HP, which claimed not to have noticed any of what Dell last week, when it warned of a shortfall, called its "accelerate pricing adjustments" in the last quarter. According to HP CEO Mark Hurd (pictured), there weren't any noticeable spikes in price cuts from Dell; it's hell out there all the time. HP came in with a stockholder-thrilling 51% year-over-year increase in fiscal second-quarter earnings that beat what Wall Street thought it could do on revenues of $22.6 billion that were in line with analyst expectations and up 5% year-over-year. Earnings came to 51 cents, or $1.7 billion, against expectations of 49 cents. Its operating profit weighed in at $1.7 billion and cash flow was $3.6 billion. Its margin was up 1.9 points to 7.3%. Hurd, who has now beat t... (more)

Dell Unveils Virtualization Lineup

Dell announced its broadest lineup of dedicated virtualization solutions ever. More than a dozen new servers, tools, and services simplify the deployment and management of virtualization in Enterprises of any size. "Virtualization is quickly moving beyond hypervisors and hardware consolidation," said Rick Becker, vice president of software and solutions, Dell Product Group. "Enterprises are looking for a broad array of servers, storage and services designed specifically for virtualized environments. Having been a leader in the first wave of virtualization, today we are signaling our intent to lead the second." Simplified Purchase, Upgrade and Deployment of Virtualization Offerings Dell has simplified the path to purchase and deploy virtualized Dell PowerEdge servers with updated on-line tools, new e-commerce capability and expanded factory integration. With the updated ... (more)

Private Cloud 2.0 – BPaaS

Not yet included in the NIST taxonomy of Cloud Computing models is ‘BPaaS’ – Business Process as a Service. Hopefully it soon will be, as although it is the lesser known and discussed of the Cloud categories, it’s the most powerful in it’s ability to directly impact short-term business transformation and perceivable business value to end-users. BPaaS Where IaaS provides virtual servers, PaaS the databases and other middleware and then SaaS for a category of software like CRM, as the name suggests BPaaS is the next layer up again, where the software is then tailored for a specific workflow and this is delivered as-a-Service. As the diagram from QBOS describes, the key characteristics of BPaaS are: Encapsulate and offer all or part of a business model Add and mature industry practices into SaaS solutions layer Add IP value directly without the costs of development Im... (more)

New Boost from Dell for Virtualization

Dell Software this week delivered Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition to extend the depth and breadth of managing and optimizing server virtualization as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and their joint impact on such IT resources as storage. Building on the formerly named Quest vFoglight Pro virtualization management solution, Dell re-branded vFoglight to Foglight for Virtualization to make it the core platform to the Foglight family. Foglight is not sitting still either. Improvements this year move beyond monitoring support for VMware View VDI, to later support for VMware vCloud Director, OpenStack, and Citrix Xen VDI. [Disclosure: Dell Software and WMware are sponsors of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] The higher value from such ecosystem and heterogeneous management support is the ability for virtualization server and system administrators to ... (more)

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly – Week of March 9, 2014

Welcome to the Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly, our newest online newsletter. Mobile Cyber Security will focus on the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile and cyber security, mobile malware, mobile application management, cyber warfare (and more!) that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Android users can now download free McAfee anti-virus to protect their phones from online threats. McAfee, which is now part of Intel Corporation, announced at MWC 2014 that the software is available for download on Google Pl... (more)

Dell Debuts New SMB Servers

Dell has introduced two new uniprocessors aimed at small and mid-sized businesses, corporate workgroups and remote offices. The new servers are the PowerEdge 700 and 750. Both feature a Pentium 4 worth up to 3GHz or a 2.4GHz Celeron, a maximum of 4GB of memory, and an Intel 7210 chipset supporting the new 800MHz front-side bus. The 700 comes with up to 1TB of internal storage and factory-installed Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 and support for NetWare 5.1 and 6.5. The 1U rackmount 750 offers up to 500GB of internal storage and the same factory-installed operating systems. Pricing for the 700 and 750 start at $699 and $949 respectively. ... (more)

Lindows, Inc. Favors Dell over Apple, Updates Lsongs

Lindows, Inc. announced today the commercial support of the Dell Digital Jukebox (Dell DJ), a portable MP3 music player for desktop Linux. "We talked with Apple Computer about supporting the iPod but they want to keep that a closed system," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc. "Linux users should seriously consider the Dell DJ if they're looking for an affordable MP3 Player." "Dell DJ support is available for Linux through the Lsongs music player and offers users an easy way to manage their music portfolio," says a Lindows, Inc. company announcement. "By engineering the hardware and software to work seamlessly every step of the way, Dell DJ users can easily update their music library's content and playlists." To use Lsongs and Dell DJ together for music management and playback, users install Lsongs with one click from the Linspire software ... (more)

Project MegaGrid Features Cisco, Dell, EMC, Intel, and Oracle

Project MegaGrid, launched in December 2004 by Dell Inc., EMC Corporation, Intel Corporation, and Oracle, announced that Phase II of the multi-year initiative has produced dynamic provisioning best practices to manage heavy workloads in a grid computing environment. The four sponsors have combined certain core technologies and technical resources to ease the burden of integration for their customers, and to develop a complete enterprise grid computing solution that outperforms traditional SMP offerings at a fraction of the cost. Project MegaGrid also announced that Cisco Systems, Inc. has joined the initiative to lend its considerable networking expertise and technical resources to the practice of building enterprise grid computing environments. While Phase I of the initiative focused on the scalability and performance of a comprehensive database, server and networked... (more)