Conscious Giving Is Better Together

first_imgThere is no muscle memory to writing a check. We forget about it just as soon as it’s cashed and unfortunately, we’re often too busy to even notice. But the people suffering without food, water or decent shelter do notice and it’s time to put an end to unconscious giving.I started my conscious giving experience with Loaves & Fishes, an organization in Northern California that feeds folks in need. Conscious giving is the idea of being an active participant in service – not just giving money, but by actually doing something. It didn’t take long for me to realize the difficult tradeoffs the people coming to Loaves & Fishers were facing. Their own funds could cover their utility bills or warm meals – not both.That year, rather than do another round of typical team building events with my EMC team, we closed our office for the day and spent time helping to feed members of our community who were in need. Not only were we doing something good for others, but we were doing something good for ourselves. The experience helped us grow closer as colleagues – working together to make a meaningful impact.Shortly after it occurred to me that if an exercise as simple as donating a few hours could excite, invigorate and motivate a group of 60 employees, then why couldn’t we invite the participation of a larger constituency of our customers and partners?Later that summer I ran a fundraising event that involved 250 EMC employees and 375 current and prospective customers and it changed the way people saw our business in our territory.It demonstrated that we have a great business dynamic. Not because we give time and money ourselves, but because we looked to our stakeholders who are just as interested in doing good in their local communities to join the effort. Conscious giving is better together!This year, we’re going big with an employee-led initiative called EMC Gives Back. With a focus on two of the world’s most basic and greatest human needs – food and water – we are committed to making meaningful and lasting social impact and to encouraging participation from our customers and partners as well.To kick off our program, we’re partnering with charity: water a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The charity: water model is founded on 100% of public donations going straight to the field, working with strong local partners on the ground to build and maintain water projects and proving water projects through reporting.If you’re attending EMC World from May 5 – 8, be sure to swing by the EMC Gives Back Experience in the EMC Village. Not only will you learn about how to get involved, but you’ll be able to take part in a Waterwalk, a short walk carrying two 40-pound jerry cans full of water, something that women and children in developing nations do for hours each day to obtain water from a clean water source.For every walk that an EMC World attendee completes, it will unlock a donation to fund clean water wells in Ethiopia. Additionally, on May 8th, charity: water CEO and Founder, Scott Harrison, will be delivering a heartfelt keynote about social entrepreneurship that is not to be missed.EMC Gives Back builds upon our company’s existing corporate social responsibility efforts. We are proud to have been recognized as #1 for social impact and global competitiveness among computer companies in Fortune’s Most Admired 2014.I look forward to seeing how the program evolves over time and I said it once already, but it is truly worth repeating – conscious giving is better together!last_img read more


Making the Journey to Hybrid Cloud

first_imgAs a handy homeowner, it’s often tempting to pick up a hammer on the weekend and join in on the time-honored tradition of “Do-It-Yourself.” Whether it’s adding a deck, building out the basement for entertaining, or landscaping the yard, there is an appeal of applying your skills to a project to gain a sense of accomplishment and save money at the same time.With every undertaking comes the often-overlooked addition of risk.  Like many projects started with the best intentions (in IT and at home), we risk finding ourselves behind schedule, over budget and with an unhappy internal customer. In more extreme cases, we may have unintentionally violated local regulations or building code, impacting us financially or worse.  Through these experiences, we learn to regulate our inner “handyman,” and consider investing in outside expertise.  Expert help offers us the piece of mind that the outcome (and the cost) will be predictable, while our risk of failure is greatly reduced.Recently in a call with analysts, EMC shared an example of a global pharmaceutical company with a goal to build a highly flexible, low-cost way to deliver Infrastructure as a Service on demand to its business units and developers. Even though the company had the internal skills to achieve their goal, EMC provided a Hybrid Cloud solution to meet the company’s goals while staying cost-effective and within the required timeframe: a predictable outcome.The company’s Hybrid Cloud solution leverages its investment in their EMC VMware Vblock-based private cloud managed by EMC, while enabling seamless consumption of capacity from VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud services. For the business units and their developers, an application Self-Service Portal provides the company a single entry point to estimate, request, manage, and track the fulfillment of requests.  This portal is then integrated back into the company’s existing and internally managed tools, further streamlining request through fulfillment.Upon completion of delivering the solution, some 2,000 virtual machines will be migrated from the company’s on-premises private cloud to VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud service, to be followed by additional non-regulated production workloads going forward. The end result: an engineered and proven cost-effective Hybrid Cloud solution that reduces risk and is managed and fully automated and supported by EMC.As your organization makes the journey into Hybrid Cloud, challenge yourself to answer this question: “Do I really want to be in the integration engineering business maintaining versions and upgrade re-engineering, or could I be more successful by having EMC do it for me in about a week?”Once you dig in, you might surprise yourself.last_img read more


Introducing Multi-Gig and Open Networking for the Campus

first_imgThe start of a new year brings a renewed focus on the future and a renewed commitment to what we do best. In 2017, our focus remains on leading the digital transformation. That means providing our customers with innovation that’s not simply ahead of the curve, but will help them innovate and thrive for the next 3, 5, and 10 years.This begins with tools that turn ideas into reality, create new and better ways of working, and allow employees to stay actively engaged in the success of the business. From modernizing end-user technology with beautiful, innovative devices designed specifically for the way people work, to creating new ways of working with digital workspaces that deliver easy, secure access on any device, we’re powering workplace transformation with seamless, user-centric experiences.With mobility at the core of today’s workplace, it’s essential to invest in next-generation wireless solutions at the network edge, as well as the switching components that support them. One of the latest technologies, referred to as multi-gig Ethernet or IEEE P802.3bz, enables delivery of 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps data rates and Power over Ethernet via widely deployed standard Cat5e cables.In 2016, Dell EMC introduced wireless access points that embrace the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, designed to provide high capacity access and easy integration into campus environments. Our latest W-Series 330 series access points take that wireless innovation even further by enabling 2.5Gbps uplink connections, utilizing the multi-gig Ethernet technology for maximum data throughput and efficiency between wireless users and the wired network.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, we’re introducing the N3132PX-ON and N2128PX-ON* switches featuring multi-gig Ethernet ports. In addition to enabling multi-gig connections over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling, the N3132PX-ON and N2128PX-ON switches bring Open Networking (ONIE) to the campus; enabling support for third-party operating systems as well as shipping with Dell OS6. The N3132PX-ON and N2128PX-ON switches offer up to 32 PoE 60W connections and 10GbE ports, with 40GbE uplinks on the N3132PX-ON.The simplified scalability and OS flexibility offered by the N3132PX-ON and N2128PX-ON continues the legacy of investment protection that our customers expect from our N-Series line of L2/L3 switches, as well as the tools they need to confidently grow their business.Read more about the next-gen features and benefits of the N3132PX-ON and check out the complete family of N3000 switches at dell.com/N3000.*The N2128PX-ON supports 1/2.5GbE connections and is expected to be available in Spring 2017.last_img read more


Dell EMC Adds AMD EPYC™ Processors to the World’s Bestselling Server

first_imgFor the second quarter in a row, we’ve sold more Dell EMC PowerEdge servers than any other vendor in the world*. This is a historic milestone for us and we’re excited that you’ve made PowerEdge servers such an integral part of your digital transformation.In May, Dell EMC announced the next generation of PowerEdge servers. Today, we’re excited to be working with AMD with the release of their new EPYC™ processor designed specifically for the enterprise space.Scalable Business ArchitectureAs you begin your digital transformation in cloud, mobility, IoT, virtualization, and software defined deployments, you face workloads that are radically different from those you faced just five years ago. As you invest in the future of your data center, you require a server architecture with exceptional ability to support modern workloads and scale to unpredictable demands. New Dell EMC PowerEdge servers provide flexible configurations to support these new workloads. With the high PCIe lane count (128 lanes) of the new AMD EPYC and its ability to support up to 24 NVMe devices out of a single processor, we now offer some truly unique server innovation in software defined storage and big data/data analytics at an outstanding TCO.Intelligent AutomationAs your IT environment becomes more complex, automation is now more of a necessity than a luxury. A recent CIO report revealed ‘skills gaps’ being more pronounced than ever in their employees, primarily due to a steep learning curve. They want to spend less time administering their hardware and more time with innovative programs that drive new revenue streams. Our goal is to develop a “self-driving” server” offering automated deployment, updating, monitoring, and maintenance. We call this “intelligent automation.”  New PowerEdge servers are intelligent enough to determine how they should be configured, how to recognize when something is wrong, and how to proactively get support. Furthermore, they are intelligent enough to protect the entire system from threats, detect and prevent potential security violations, and restore the server to a known trusted state.Integrated SecurityThreats to customer data have never been higher. Malicious exploits come not only from outside the IT infrastructure but through malware spreading from inside. Your security needs to be built directly into the DNA of the hardware to give you a deep foundation for a trusted environment. That’s why we’ve integrate security into every aspect of the server lifecycle. This includes patented security features that ensure your server is secure from the time we build it to configuration, operation, and ultimately decommissioning. AMD EPYC complements the integrated security in PowerEdge servers by including Boot-Safe and Run-Safe technologies for a heightened level of encryption in virtualized and cloud environmentsDell EMC welcomes AMD’s re-entry into the enterprise space by making the EPYC processor a part of our PowerEdge server technology. We’re excited to make this technology available to you in the second half of 2017.*IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide server market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors. Based on Units.  Data from IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, 2017Q1last_img read more


How One Company Is Giving Old Computers New Life in Amsterdam Schools

first_img…and how tomorrow’s astronauts, dentists and archaeologists are using them today! It’s crazy to think about: Almost 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste is produced each year, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) website!But this isn’t the sort of mind-bending statistic that will get my kids’ attention. So let me paint a kid-friendly picture: 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste is equivalent to 125,000 jumbo jets—more than 82 times the number of these planes ever built!With that, I might get their interest—and we can start a conversation about why managing all the world’s e-waste is essential for a better future and how we can do our part by recycling our old electronics.The truth is, kids are often better at recycling than adults—and they are growing up in a world where recycling is becoming easier in some ways. So, I love that the elementary school students in Amsterdam—featured in the video posted below—are so excited and clear in their responses to our question, What do you think should happen to old computers? To hear their great responses—including how they will use computers when they grow up—watch the video below.These kids know that used stuff—including technology—is not always garbage. They’re experiencing this fact first-hand as part of the 10,000-plus students in the City of Amsterdam school district learning coding and problem-solving skills on donated, refurbished computer systems from Dutch Bank, ABN AMRO.When ABN AMRO upgrades its technology, its used computers retire from financial analysis and begin a second life in underprivileged Amsterdam schools. This custom donation program, offered through Dell’s Asset Resale & Recycling (ARR) services, enables the schools to offer technology programs they could not otherwise afford —and  supports ABN AMRO’s corporate responsibility goal of helping youth discover and develop their interests and talents.Dell’s ARR services has provided ABN AMRO with responsible, secure commercial recycling solutions throughout the Netherlands since 2010. In FY17, the company wanted to expand its solutions to include IT donation—a custom service Dell offers to all business customers worldwide.In FY17, Dell’s ARR program helped ABN AMRO donate more than 1,200 systems to over 80 primary schools throughout Amsterdam to foster computer literary and coding curriculum in their public education community.The recycling journey begins with the collection and tagging of ABN AMRO’s used equipment and then securely overwriting all data. Select refurbished computers are then donated to the City of Amsterdam school district, pre-loaded with all necessary educational software. The remaining systems that are not selected for donation are resold by Dell, and the proceeds fund the donation program (so it’s a self-funding program with no additional cost to ABN AMRO). Dell’s ARR handles all logistics of donating and delivering the computers to the schools.When the donated systems reach their end of life at the schools, Dell collects the used IT products and responsibly recycles them. Dell provides ABN AMRO with fully itemized reporting of each system’s journey from collection to recycling. This reporting, which we compile for all ARR customers, provides critical metrics for sustainability-minded companies like ABN AMRO.Dell’s ARR services understands that one size never fits all. Dell can provide flexible services including customized donation services, like the program Dell designed for ABN AMRO.“To make sure there are enough resources to serve the growing middle class, we have to move to a circular economy,” said Richard Kooloos, ABN AMRO’s director of sustainable banking. “And the best way to experience how the circular economy can work is to partner with and learn from companies like Dell who are actually doing it.”With Dell handling all operational aspects of the donation program, ABN AMRO is free to focus on volunteerism. Following the company’s “Partner of the Future” mission — to discover and develop talent in young children through education in sports, arts and entrepreneurship — its employees regularly lend their technology expertise to help students with their programming lessons.Since starting the donation program in 2016, more than 130 ABN AMRO employees have volunteered to teach students computer coding and literacy on the company’s donated, refurbished computers.Last year, the ABN AMRO Foundation partnered with the City of Amsterdam on the Coding for Amsterdam project, which set a world record for the most students (11,386) coding on a single day!Said Kooloos, “This program helps us achieve more social impact from each dollar we invest. And by giving computers a second life, we can help reduce the demand for raw materials.”Want to know how your organization can do the same? Check us out.Dell’s ARR services offers secure, convenient electronic disposition services for businesses in more than 49 countries and territories. Dell manages the full logistics from picking up to responsibly deposing any brand of owned or leased equipment. Once equipment is tested and cleaned, Dell will designate it for resale or recycling—and give you money back for items of value. For used equipment without resale value, Dell will properly dispose/recycle the IT equipment, meeting or exceeding regulatory compliance requirements. And Dell can customize this service for you. Learn more.This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual Update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyofgood.dell.com.last_img read more


UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.N. chief also urged international action on Monday “to fight propaganda and disinformation.” And he called for stepped up education on Nazi actions during World War II, stressing that almost two-thirds of young Americans do not know that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Guterres spoke at a service marking Wednesday’s 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.last_img read more


Merkel says Germany past ‘crest of 2nd wave,’ urges patience

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is over the peak of its latest surge in coronavirus cases but she wants to wait for data on the spread of new variants before deciding on lifting lockdown restrictions. In an interview with German broadcaster RTL on Thursday, Merkel said that “the crest of the second wave has been passed.” But the long-time leader urged Germans to “hold out a little longer.” Merkel said she wants to get new data on the prevalence of new variants of the virus before deciding whether to discuss easing restrictions at a meeting with state governors Wednesday. Germany is nearing a death toll of 60,000 in the pandemic,last_img read more