CIOs can build on the ROI of converged infrastructure if they adopt a new way of working: converged operations. As hybrid cloud becomes the cloud-model -of-choice for many enterprises, more and more businesses will turn to converged infrastructure as the logical option for minimising risks and cost. However, converged infrastructure can’t reach its full potential if you operate it according to traditional IT silos: it needs a converged operations mindset, which redefines IT managers’ roles, responsibilities, and collaborative processes to rally around common business goals.In the Asia-Pacific region, we’ve seen a trend whereby customers purchase the latest Vblocks but continue to farm out each area of operation to their existing IT divisions. So while the Vblock architecture offers an aggregated, centralised console to view and control how hardware and software are performing as one, it ends up being managed in silos: the storage manager only views and manages the storage components, the network manager only follows network-related data, and so on. In other words, the business ends up doing what they’ve always done, just with new hardware. And when a performance issue or outage raises its ugly head, application managers and business results still lose out when the various IT divisions get to finger-pointing at one another.This isn’t how converged infrastructure was intended to be used. Rather than treating the hardware as the silver bullet for greater efficiency and agility, CIOs need to take a further step towards bridging the siloed IT roles under their management – network, storage, compute, software development – into a single point in the business. Only then can IT use converged infrastructure as a tool to meet business outcomes in a co-ordinated and effective manner.Does this mean the whole IT skills base has to change? On the contrary – CIOs will need their current storage, network, and compute experts more than ever. The biggest area for change is not the composition of the IT team, but the structure: with a converged operations approach, each of these experts will be able to build out the broader context of why they’re provisioning resources and how this relates to core business goals. CIOs will likely have to assign some new responsibilities to facilitate this new level of collaboration: having a “CI administrator”, for example, can be invaluable to quickly seeing the bigger picture across all facets of converged infrastructure, particularly in fast-evolving crisis scenarios.Here are three ways for CIOs to apply converged operations to their converged infrastructure solutions:Review roles and responsibilities. To truly break down operational silos, IT personnel will need to be measured according to business goals, rather than metrics solely specific to their technical domains (applications sustained vs. servers provisioned, for example). CIOs can refine this by sitting with business users to work out their needs and visions, then translating these objectives into IT goals.Open more cross-silo channels. Converged infrastructure solutions like Vblocks already offer centralised views of IT performance. To take advantage of these, CIOs can introduce more frequent touchpoints, real-time collaborative platforms, and cross-disciplinary review processes to make sure that IT views and solves problems as a whole, not a sum of many parts.Rally around business continuity. Uptime requires all IT functions to work seamlessly together, making it an easy rally-point to start using a converged operations approach. And while business continuity directly relates to business performance, most end-users won’t be aware that 100% uptime isn’t always the most effective solution. CIOs should seek to broker new conversations between IT and the rest of the business around continuity: doing so can help extend converged operations outside just IT and throughout the entire enterprise.As any seasoned CIO knows, IT is usually more about people than it is technology, and the same applies for converged infrastructure and the cloud. Sure, this will demand organisational change – but it’s likely to be far less painful and exhaustive than you might expect.
Application Security is actually both a long standing foundation of cyber-security and a new frontier. For most organizations, some aspects of application security assurance have always been prioritized as a fundamental part of a mature security posture. For instance, penetration testing of web applications has been a both a pure security, as well as a compliance requirement, in the last 15 years (since web applications became interactive). Nevertheless, application security assurance is also a new frontier in the sense that there is still a need for more robust adoption of less understood application security practices, such as secure design and architecture, secure coding standards, and security code review. When combined with the trend of organizations increasingly hosting applications in public cloud infrastructures, it’s truly a new set of challenges.In theory, the same security practices and standards apply — whether applications are hosted in traditional, on-premise systems or cloud environments. In practice, however, many complexities arise, requiring both the rigor of subject matter expertise as well as the ability to make risk decisions based on specific application scenarios. For instance, there will be times when a particular infrastructure security component, such as a web application firewall, will be made more relevant due to vulnerabilities inherent in a given architecture or development framework. For example, in the case of application languages or frameworks which may not allow the segregation of the presentation and application layers, it may be all the more important to monitor activity via a web application firewall.For technology decision makers, it is a requirement to demonstrate a projected Return On Investment (ROI) from expenditures on people, process and tools required for any technology activity, and perhaps that much more so for security activities. Luckily, today we have well-established documentation of the minimal expenditure required to both find and remediate vulnerabilities at the design or code review phase of the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC). The cost to fix and remediate vulnerabilities sharply increases at each subsequent stage in the SDLC, and the tangible and intangible costs of an actual breach are the most expensive.Technology organizations are rightly strengthening their cybersecurity incident detection and response capabilities. As they do, they are seeing web application vulnerabilities continuing to become more and more prominent as exploit vectors for both external and internal bad actors. Remediating web vulnerabilities requires careful coordination between infrastructure and development teams. This coordination is further complicated by the shared management of applications with cloud providers, geographically dispersed development teams, iterative development methodologies (such as Agile), and varying length release and change management cycles.Coordinating web application security and infrastructure remediations owned by multiple stakeholders, and ensuring that all parties concerned understand the potential impacts of uncorrected vulnerabilities is critical. Security awareness enables teams to collaboratively stakeholders be able to make sound risk, and prioritization decisions based on an understanding of the latest vulnerabilities and emerging threats Getting to this level of maturity is a costly challenge for technology leaders. While industry thought-leadership organizations, such as the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), offer invaluable guidelines about web application development best practices, subject matter expertise that is grounded in practical experience is what allows security organizations to facilitate thoughtful risk reduction decisions across the enterprise.In the Dell Application Security Services practice, we take great pride in helping technology leaders and development organizations make just these sorts of informed decisions. Dell Application Security has both depth and breadth of experience. Our subject matter experts pride themselves on their intellectual curiosity. We constantly study to understand the changing cybersecurity threat landscape and offer our customers the best advice possible.Dell AEGIS, our Application Security as a Service offering, provides a portal for on-demand security testing. And our managed services provide the human subject matter expertise to interpret testing results in a way that takes both our customers’ organizational contexts and the threat landscape into consideration. Our managed services can be leveraged as either a full SDLC assessment and advisory offering or as a menu of ala carte services to add missing security components to the SDLC. Dell AEGIS takes a comprehensive approach to security, encouraging developer, DevOps, and infrastructure teams to collaborate to address vulnerabilities holistically as early in the lifecycle as possible.Dell AEGIS leverages the depth and breadth of Dell’s security expertise, offering contextual guidance based on knowledge of emerging threats, the customer’s application architecture and infrastructure, as well as the frameworks and regulatory requirements relevant to the customer’s organization. When combined with Dell Managed Application Security Services, Dell AEGIS provides a cost-effective way for technology leaders to address a complex and critical set of problems.To learn more about Dell AEGIS and Dell Services’ Application Security Managed Service offerings, write to us at [email protected] or visit www.dell.com/services/AppsSecurity for more information.
If you’ve got questions about this episode, or a question you’d like Matt to answer in the next episode, comment below or tweet @mattwbaker using #BakersHalfDozen.Episode 4 Show Notes:Introduction with Matt BakerItem 1 – Fan FeedbackVaritey: ‘Fortnite’ Dance Lawsuits: The Carlton, the Floss, the Milly Rock, What Is Going On?Wired: Crichton’s Closet of Tech HorrorsLooker TrailerItem 2 – Level 5 AutonomyWaymo’s CEO: “…autonomy will always have constraints.”Item 3 — AWS OutpostCRN: 5 Things You Need to Know About AWS OutpostItem 4 — Cost of Public CloudGartner: Public Cloud Cheaper than Running Your Data CenterItem 5 — Serverless computingThe Register: Serverless Computing StudyPivotal Function ServicesItem 6 — Sustainable StrawsDell campuses eliminate plastic strawsForbes: Mushroom packaging for Dell ServersFastCompany: Ink made from smogItem 6.5 — Terminator 2
New Dell EMC AI Experiences Zones showcase the business benefits of artificial intelligence and provide ready access to the latest Dell EMC AI solutions.Organizations around the world now recognize the opportunity to put artificial intelligence to work to solve pressing business problems. In one sign of this growing AI momentum, a recent IDC report predicts that worldwide spending on AI systems will jump by 44 percent this year, to more than $35 billion.This push into the brave new world of AI isn’t confined to just certain industries. It’s across the board, according to IDC. As one of the firm’s research mangers notes in a news release, “Significant worldwide artificial intelligence systems spend can now be seen within every industry as AI initiatives continue to optimize operations, transform the customer experience, and create new products and services.”Clearly, when it comes to AI, organizations are ready to seize the day. And here is where things get harder. Now that people have bought into the vision, the challenge is to turn great ideas into great AI systems that deliver measureable business value. To get there, organizations need to gain experience with AI applications and the high-performance computing systems that drive them.All are invited to the new Dell EMC AI Experiences Zones! These hot spots for immersive AI experiences give Dell EMC customers and partners a chance to gain a comprehensive understanding of AI technologies and advancements, as well as practical, hands-on experience with the design and deployment of AI solutions. Along the way, the AI Experience Zones show how organizations can leverage the Dell EMC HPC and AI ecosystem to address today’s business challenges and opportunities across a wide range of industries.The AI Experience Zones, launched in partnership with Intel©, place a strong emphasis on simplifying AI deployments. Through masterclass training, AI expert engagements and collaboration opportunities that are available on-site, users are guided through the necessary steps to kick-start AI initiatives within their organizations — including design, installation, maintenance and, most importantly, the delivery of tangible business outcomes.The Customer Solution Center connectionThe new AI Experience Zones are an extension of our Customer Solution Centers, which are found around the world. These centers give organizations a chance to gain firsthand experience with the latest and greatest Dell EMC solutions and products, along with offerings from other Dell Technologies companies.Via a customized Customer Solution Center engagement, your organization can work directly with our subject matter experts in our dedicated labs. Remote connectivity enables you to include global team members in the CSC experience, or to work with us entirely from your own location, as you plan and implement your digital transformation strategy — and work to bring your ideas to life.Let’s get startedThe new Dell EMC AI Experience Zones are up and running in Singapore, Seoul, Sydney and Bangalore, and expanding. Organizations outside of the Asia Pacific and Japan region can get in the game by working with Dell EMC Customer Solution Centers in their geographies to gain hands-on experience with AI technologies and solutions.To get started with your own AI experience, talk to your Dell EMC representative about accessing the resources of an AI Experience Zone or a Customer Solution Center. And to learn more online, visit our Customer Solution Centers site.Join the HPC conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers. IDC news release, “Worldwide Spending on Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Grow to Nearly $35.8 Billion in 2019, According to New IDC Spending Guide,” March 11, 2019.
 1ms gray-to-gray response time is achieved in Extreme Mode. In 2002, Dell was dipping its toe into multimedia home entertainment and Alienware launched the industry’s first gaming laptop, the Area-51m, a landmark in portable gaming. It was an amazing moment for die-hard gamers to play popular titles like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City anywhere they wanted. Power plus mobility, gamers could have it all.Nearly two decades later, Dell and Alienware will continue showcasing their relentless commitment to gaming innovations at CES. Kicking things off with the new redesigned Dell G5 15 SE (Special Edition), the latest product in Dell’s G Series portfolio for new and price-conscious gamers. You’ll also learn about a new software to help monitor in-game performance without having to leave your gameplay and about our recently announced Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor, but first, the Dell G5 15 SE.This is the first Dell G Series laptop to feature 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors (up to 8-cores, 16-threads), paired with the new AMD Radeon™ RX 5600M GPUs. These two AMD chips work seamlessly together using AMD SmartShift technology to optimize performance for the task at hand by automatically and intelligently shifting power between the Ryzen™ processor and Radeon™ GPU as needed, giving you exactly what you want at each moment of gameplay.A couple of innovative new features that I’m really excited about are the “Game Shift” macro key, which allows one key quick launch of game-ready settings for enhanced performance that reduces latency and sharpens images for fast, immersive gaming. Also, the Alienware Command Center offers a hub for controlling in-game and peripheral lighting settings, integrating nahimic 3D audio to provide a 360 degree sound experience with Audio Recon overlay, and providing a central game library for easy customization.The thin, sleek redesigned G5 15 SE features a modern “fighter plane” look wrapped in a premium iridescent silver finish with metallic accents. Along with a 15.6” FHD display panel, the new G5 15 SE has an optional blazing 144Hz refresh rate, optional 4-zone RGB keyboard with WASD and optional 68WHr battery to keep the good times rolling. Here’s the kicker: Dell is making this new G5 15 SE truly accessible with a starting price of $799.99 USD beginning in mid-April.In addition to the redesigned Dell G5 15 SE, fans of Alienware can now game on the Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor (AW2521HF) in the iconic Legend ID, that was built using feedback from our community as well as esports players from Team Liquid. With the popularity of PC games like the latest Assassin’s Creed, players are demanding more immersive experiences, faster and more responsive displays.First, its 240Hz refresh rate is twice as fast as most gaming monitors on the market, coupled with a true 1ms gray-to-gray response time1 that ensures every pixel is ready for every frame, thanks to the new fast IPS technology. AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology2 and NVIDIA G-SYNC® Compatibility provides a buttery-smooth gaming experience with virtually no screen tearing or blurring. With an IPS panel, you can expect consistent color from any angle.When combined with a native FHD resolution, a 24.5” monitor delivers better and clearer images, making it the ideal size for high-speed gaming. Also, players are easily able to keep everything within their field of vision, letting them focus better on the action. Along with the iconic Legend design, our engineers have added new design elements that offer aesthetic and functional appeal, including a thinner, adjustable stand with height-adjustment markers as well as tapered, vertically slim legs that fit neatly under a keyboard. The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor is the “Official Display for Team Liquid” and the official competition monitor for the League of Legends global events. This monitor starts at $499.99 USD and will be available starting March 11.Lastly, we are also announcing Alienware Second Screen, a new concept software that allows gamers the ability to view their PC performance stats on their phone. Leveraging the underlying technology that powers Dell Mobile Connect, Alienware Second Screen synchronizes with Alienware Command Center to present CPU, GPU and RAM diagnostics in real-time on a gamer’s connected phone.While this is purely an exploratory concept, we are thinking of ways to enhance future iterations of the software and are welcoming feedback from the community on new features they may want to see. We think this idea will peak the interest of mobile gamers who don’t always have access to a second monitor but still want a way to track their performance without leaving the game.While we are on the topic of concepts, I do want to share that we will have some surprises for you at our official CES Press Conference #DellExperience LIVE on January 7 at 10 am PT. Not available to attend? No worries! Tune in to our live stream to see some of our future-looking concept devices. Also, CES badge holders are invited to visit the #DellExperience at the SUGARCANE restaurant at The Venetian to check out the CES Innovation award-winning Alienware Aurora R9 and Alienware m15. The new Dell G5 15 SE, Alienware 25” Gaming Monitor and the rest of our Dell and Alienware gaming portfolio will also be showcased.
President Joe Biden has assured Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of his administration’s commitment to protecting the Senkaku Islands, a group of uninhabited islets administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing. Biden has previously expressed commitment to the 1960 Japan-U.S. security treaty that covers the islands. But they are the cause of growing anxiety in Japan after China last week passed legislation authorizing coast guard ships to use weapons against foreign ships deemed to be involved in illegal activities. The White House made no mention in its statement about whether the two leaders discussed Olympics scheduled to be hosted this summer by Japan.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered a Pakistani-British man acquitted of the 2002 gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl off death row and moved to a so-called government “safe house.” Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who has been on death row for 18 years will be under guard and won’t be allowed to leave the safe house. His father says the decision on Tuesday “is not complete freedom. It is a step toward freedom.” Pakistan’s government has been scrambling to keep Sheikh in jail since the top court last Thursday upheld his acquittal in the death of Pearl, triggering outrage by Pearl’s family and the U.S. administration.