It has been an exciting year for both Dell Technologies and PowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager. At Dell Technologies World, we introduced a new brand and suite of data protection products under the name PowerProtect. As part of this launch, CSM was rebranded and became part of PowerProtect software family.CSM is a SaaS solution making it easy for customers to protect workloads in the public cloud without requiring installation or infrastructure. Customers can discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery. CSM breaks cloud silos, allowing customers to use one tool to protect workloads across multiple clouds seamlessly.CSM has a proven track record of delivering customer value quarter over quarter with new features and capabilities, this quarter is no exception. In this release, CSM introduces several new reports and dashboards which help enterprises gain visibility and insight regarding the status and cost of data protection across all of their cloud accounts and help enterprises achieve operational efficiency and cost control over their cloud environments.Highlights of this Release:Snapshot summary and detail reports for AWSSnapshot summary report gives customers insight into total CSM and non-CSM snapshot counts and storage used across every cloud accountSnapshot detail report for CSM and non-CSM snapshots gives customers the ability to get information about each snapshot so they can control their snapshot sprawl Last quarter we announced the CSM promo for new PowerProtect Software and Data Protection Suite customers. If you are a new customer who has just purchased either of the two software suites you are entitled to 20 instances of CSM for 6 months, free! Make sure to follow up with your account team to learn more.If you are considering trying CSM for your cloud-native workloads feel free to take advantage of our free 30-day trial. Make sure to follow us on social for updates in the future and feel free to check out our other data protection blogs. All for now and we look forward to hearing from you, have a great holiday season! Enhanced DashboardThe dashboard will now display an aggregated view of the protection status of resources across AWS and Azure with the ability to drill down to individual accounts and regions Search snapshots across all regions using tagsCSM has been enhanced to enable search for particular instances with specific tags across all regions. This is important if customers have replicated snapshots across multiple regions and need to quickly find the restore point for a particular instance or VM to restore. Blob level restore of AzureCustomers will be able to restore individual blobs from their container snapshots saving them time and cost of restoring an entire container object Rest API AccessCSM REST APIs can be used to manage cloud accounts, policies, plans, snapshots, and restores in AWS and Azure. Access to the APIs is controlled using credentials.Customers can now generate the credentials to access CSM APIs from the Access Management page of the CSM portal.
The global pandemic has changed life for everyone, from how we work, to how we live and communicate with one another. But for the heroes on the frontlines supporting the needs of those most impacted, life has especially changed. Now more than ever, our collective support is needed. This is why this #GivingTuesdayNow, we are focused on meeting the needs resulting from COVID-19.As a company, we have prioritized our COVID-19 efforts where we can make the greatest positive impact to the immediate health, safety and sustainability of our communities and the frontline organizations working to treat and contain the virus around the world. We are committed to making this difference through our technology, our reach, our donations, and the remarkable efforts of our 150,000 team members.And it is the efforts of these team members that I want to recognize and celebrate this GivingTuesdayNow.3D printing for protection With an increased demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) to support healthcare workers, our teams around the globe have leveraged our 3D printing facilities to produce masks and visors.In Austin, Texas, a group of engineers is working with Dell Medical and teaming with Austin Public Health to distribute visors to first responders in the Austin area.With the help of our True Ability Employee Resource Group (ERG), the team quickly scaled the development of more visors through injection molding, with plans to deliver over 13,000 visors this week. We’re seeing similar grassroots efforts led by our team members around the world – from France, to Ireland, to Brazil.Funding food for those in needRecognizing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations, our global team is working to address food shortages within their communities.One of our team members in India and his wife have been volunteering their time to feed those with limited means to support themselves. He started by driving around the city distributing food and provisions and has expanded to organizing over 500 meals per day and also providing shelter to 100 individuals in need.In Minnesota, our team members started a fundraiser to help feed families in need and children who rely on school lunches for one of their primary meals. They raised more than $25,000 (including funds provided by our ongoing Dell match program) for a local food bank, helping to feed thousands of people in the community.Lending digital skills to enable continued serviceWith many of our non-profit partners needing to adapt quickly to a remote work environment, our team members have stepped up to provide technology expertise and to enable our partners to continue serving their communities.Barnardos Ireland is one of our strategic non-profit partners, with a mission to transform the lives of children affected by traumatic or adverse experiences. When stay-at-home measures were activated, Barnardos needed to adapt their services to continue support for the children and families who depend on them. In addition to creating a fundraiser to provide critical supplies, experienced work-from-home volunteers from our Dell’s Ireland team are lending their expertise in remotely managing teams, setting-up conference calls, enabling security best practices, communicating with donors, and supporting call center activation and coaching. These efforts are helping over 400 Barnardos team members leverage digital capabilities to better serve their constituents.In this together, for those who need us The spirit of Giving Tuesday – generosity that has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad – is one I’m so proud to say our entire Dell Technologies family has always embraced.The sense of optimism and pride our team members feel by being able to contribute is core to who we are as a company. Fueled by our purpose of driving human progress, we will continue to be a champion for those who need it most as we get through this, together.
iDRAC has become an essential part of many of our customers’ management toolkits. Frost Science in Miami, Florida, relies on iDRAC to manage everything from basic infrastructure to workloads including ticketing, building operations and security using one system,while the small IT team works remotely.Infrastructure management is mission critical as Taboola, delivers 30-40 billion online content recommendations a day. iDRAC provides powerful capabilities to remotely deploy, update, and monitor servers across nine global data centers.Please check out the iDRAC Enterprise Extended Trial License page to learn more and take advantage of this generous Dell EMC offer.For more information about the iDRAC, I encourage you check out Storage Review’s independent review of iDRAC9.1 Group Manager feature is not available on iDRAC8*For a limited time, Dell EMC is making the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 & 9 (iDRAC8, iDRAC9, iDRAC9 X5) Enterprise license FREE TO USE for up to two hundred forty (240) days Learn more here. Considering the changing nature of the workplace, reliance on cloud-based services has increased dramatically. They have become fixtures in our daily lives. But it’s easy to forget that behind these resilient services is an unseen array of IT infrastructure located in data centers across the globe.This infrastructure is never completely autonomous, requiring skilled IT professionals to perform critical maintenance duties. These professionals have become unsung heroes, ensuring the reliability of these important services. Most governments see this infrastructure as mission critical and allow IT professionals to continue their work in the data center when needed, but many still have safety concerns and desire to limit travel. Also, many businesses employ multiple, regionally located infrastructures varying in size from a large data center to a small server closets. This puts even more demand on IT staff.Because Dell EMC believes that none of our customers should be without the advanced remote management and automation capabilities during this difficult time, we have decided to offer a free iDRAC Enterprise 240-day Trial License*.All Dell EMC PowerEdge servers come equipped with an integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) designed to provide remote access. When equipped with the iDRAC Enterprise license, the remote management and automation capabilities are vastly expanded. The license provides access to secure remote control, automation capabilities, rich troubleshooting, and enhanced monitoring. This allows IT professionals to manage the full server lifecycle, including monitoring, deployment, configuration, update, and remediation, “as if they were there” and most importantly, from the safety of their own home. Check out the features offered by iDRAC Enterprise.iDRAC Enterprise features:Virtual Console & Media with Remote File ShareLDAP and Active Directory IntegrationGroup Manager1Power CappingPerformance MonitoringScheduled Firmware UpdatesConfiguration BackupSyslog SupportCrash screen, video and BIOS capture Editor’s Note, October 5 2020: The iDRAC extended trial license (240 days) will no longer be available for download as the offer has expired. The standard 30 day trial license will remain available.
Listen to a group of “green thumbs” talk about growing tomatoes and you’ll quickly realize how competitive an endeavor this is. Each gardener has their own special tricks for coaxing the best tomatoes off their vines. They’ve taken years to uncover these secrets, watching countless plants grow or die based on varying conditions and techniques.Such information is valuable, but human experience comes at a high cost, both in terms of the years and extended effort required to earn it. Even with experience, people are limited in their ability to observe thousands of plants with a high attention to detail. People also get tired and can make mistakes both in what they observe and the conclusions they arrive at.Infinite PatienceNature Fresh Farms, one of Canada’s largest independent greenhouse produce growers, is an industry leader in their work with cutting-edge technology by utilizing video and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze its greenhouses and drive better business decisions.“Ideal greenhouse conditions are easier to maintain with constant observation of plants. Computers never tire of watching nothing happen.ShareOne of the critical advantages with this approach is that AI systems are infinitely patient. Ideal greenhouse conditions are easier to maintain with constant observation of plants. Computers never tire of watching nothing happen. They are also capable of immediately catching small changes. For example, a person may fail to notice holes in leaves for a few days. A computer will be able to observe bugs eating the plant as it is occurring. This information can be acted upon quickly, bringing in robots to inspect the plant. AI can also distinguish different bug types, recommend good bugs to bring in to control an infestation, and assess when the bad bugs have been eliminated.A smart organization like Nature Fresh Farms can build on its expertise for growing plants at a highly accelerated rate. With recorded video-based data, growers can review the lifetime of different plants to determine which factors most likely impacted their growth. AI takes what is called “intuition” in an expert grower and creates concrete rules and methods for achieving desired results. These systems learn at an exponential rate compared to humans. This information can also be shared among different deployments, further accelerating the learning process. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Advanced Senior CareMany of the lessons learned in the greenhouse can carry over to other applications. Consider senior care, where computers with AI can be used to assist with our older population. One of the primary purposes of senior care is to help elders maintain their autonomy.Frequently, seniors at risk are moved out of their homes into facilities where it is easier to watch them. For seniors who stay at home, someone needs to check in multiple times a day to ensure their safety. Today, systems have been developed comprising sensors and cameras to collect information about seniors living at home. With infinite patience, these systems watch seniors and learn their routines and behaviors. The more they learn, they more accurately they can automatically verify seniors are all right. An AI-based system can take over much of the burden of watching over seniors. For example, the system could verify that the senior got out of bed and made coffee. When an expected behavior is missed, the system can then perform further assessment, potentially leading to an alert for outside aid.The extended freedom and autonomy this gives seniors is not the only benefit. Their quality of life is also improved. For example, instead of calling several times a day to make sure their parents are all right, children of seniors can reach out and share their lives. This is because they can be confident that care details are all under control and let their worries go.There is also the benefit of community learning. Systems that observe seniors learn about individuals but also learn about elder care in general. These lessons are expensive for caregivers to learn as they require years of experience. With computers, we will be able to learn so much more about taking care of our parents with dignity and excellence.MemoriesA system watching thousands of subjects has a lot of “memories.” It isn’t always immediately clear which of these “memories” will be important later. As a consequence, learning based on video data requires a great deal of local storage that can scale-out to meet increasing capacity demands. In tandem with storage requirements is the need for accelerated compute options, such as those available from NVIDIA.Dell Technologies is perfectly placed to guide OEMs through their AI journey with specialized services like developing an Artificial Intelligence strategy and a portfolio of industry-leading AI solutions including the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI and Reference Architectures for AI. These AI solutions combine flexibility and Dell Technologies’ expertise to deliver NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute complemented by Dell EMC Isilon’s high performance, high bandwidth scale-out storage solutions. The result is simplified data management for training the most complex deep learning models, no matter how large a “memory” your system needs to have.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about how AI is changing how we care for ourselves and others from our interview with theCUBE TV at Dell Technologies World as well as from the on demand session on Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale AI Deployments.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>