When we released XtremIO X2 with XIOS v6.1 at Dell Technologies World 2018, we delivered XtremIO metadata-aware replication – the industry’s most efficient replication across a wide area network (WAN). Since then our innovation engine has continued chugging along full steam ahead!Latest release of XtremIO X2 hardware and software (XIOS v6.2) includes many great features, but I’d like to focus on the following:Cloud-based MonitoringEnhanced Quality of ServiceGreater FlexibilityImproved Ease of Use Cloud-Based Monitoring: We announced at VMworld 2018 that Dell EMC CloudIQ – the Fitness Tracker for Storage – was expanding support to include VMAX, PowerMax, and XtremIO. Well the wait is over!CloudIQ integration is now built-into XtremIO X2 v6.2, allowing XtremIO customers to easily track storage health, predict utilization requirements, and detect anomalies for one or multiple storage systems. It uses machine learning to be able to identify problem areas so you can keep your storage healthy. XtremIO X2, and their other Dell EMC Storage environments from any browser or a mobile app targeted to become available end of Sept.Management from a single user interface will definitely make life easier for administrators but imagine the value in being able to identify potential risks and expedite resolutions faster!Customers are going off the rails about these latest enhancements:“Dell EMC CloudIQ provides the predictive analytics, trending and anomaly detection insight needed to proactively manage our XtremIO X2 storage environment.” – Roberto Hurtado, Storage Systems Engineer, CHRISTUS HealthGreat, right? But as we said earlier, we didn’t put on the brakes there.Enhanced Quality of Service (QoS): The demands being placed upon data centers and IT infrastructures today means that it is not enough to just be fast and keep the “train on the tracks”, they must also ensure the services they are delivering are of the highest quality possible. It’s about ensuring lower priority services do not take resources away from business critical services. This release is designed to help companies improve the consistency of service performance and uptime while delivering greater QoS that aligns with business priorities. XtremIO X2 v6.2 provides administrators with the ability to control IOPS or bandwidth to better align resource allocation with agreed upon service levels and deliver the highest levels of performance and availability in a consistent manner. IT organizations will be able to limit load on test/dev, repurpose copies to prevent impact on production copies, avoid the “Noisy Neighbor” problem and remove the risk of application hogging in multi-tenant environments.Greater Flexibility: XtremIO X2 now provides data centers with even greater flexibility to expand their data storage clusters based upon their business and workloads needs. XtremIO X2 not only supports Online Cluster Expansion (OCE), which is completely transparent to both IT applications and users, but also supports flexible scaling options within a single cluster. Now IT organizations will be able to align resources to workload demands and have the flexibility of a “pay-as-you-grow” approach to storage capacity planning. We have added support for unbalanced configurations, and the introduction of new larger 3.84TB SSD X-Bricks which are capable of achieving as much as 230TB raw capacity per X-Brick to support larger workload needs.Improved Ease of Use: Who wouldn’t appreciate something designed to help make your job easier? XtremIO has always been extremely easy to manage with zero tuning needed. We already have a HTML5-powered UI that offers enterprise functionality with consumer level simplicity. On top of these, we are now further simplifying copy data management within VMware environments. XtremIO X2 with XIOS v6.2 brings tighter integration with AppSync by enabling administrators to execute VMware integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) activities directly from the XtremIO Management System (XMS), rather than having to switch between interfaces. Centralizing the management of iCDM from a single UI simplifies the process of generating and consuming copies within VMware environments making it easier for administrators to meet service requests.Look at all we have achieved in 4 short months. There is no better time to start your journey towards transforming and modernizing your storage infrastructure with Dell EMC and XtremIO. All aboard!Here are a few more things our customers had to say…“Dell EMC XtremIO continues to evolve and provide the features customers are demanding. XtremIO’s Online Cluster Expansion works flawlessly. We can easily scale the environment without impacting our existing workloads while ensuring we spend our money only where and when needed.” – Bryan Peroutka, Technical Solutions Architect, World Wide Technology“Having VMware level visibility from the XtremIO Management Server allows us to see beyond just storage. Usually storage admins do not have the luxury of seeing in detail what happens to a LUN after it gets provisioned to a host, or the other way around. XtremIO X2 has allowed us to view the entire whole flow between storage and hosts/VMs, making this an invaluable feature.” – Roberto Hurtado, Storage Systems Engineer, CHRISTUS HealthWant to Learn More?Be sure to check out the below links and then follow us @DellEMCStorage on Twitter for the latest and greatest on XtremIO.Dell EMC XtremIO X2 Data SheetDell EMC XtremIO for Virtual Workloads VideoESG Lab Review: Dell EMC XtremIO X2: Delivering High Performance and Advanced Functionality for Virtualized Environments
The following is a guest post from Mike Westgate, VP of Marketing at Briggo Coffee.Dell Technologies World provided some of the best and broadest exposure we’ve experienced in our brand’s history. According to Briggo’s CEO Kevin Nater, “The Briggo Team was thrilled to step onto the world stage side-by-side with our partner Dell Technologies as we introduced the future of coffee to the brightest minds and most innovative global firms!” Briggo was honored to not only be a featured customer story in the Dell Consumer Solutions Group, but to serve fully automated, gourmet coffee from our Dell-branded Briggo Coffee Haus in the Village during the entire event. Needless to say, DTW was “buzzing” and so were we.As we expand our coffee business into new markets, Briggo’s objectives fortuitously aligned with the DTW value prop – “Generate leads. Interact with influencers. Activate your brand.” Reviewing our experience and performance results, we can say with confidence, “mission accomplished.” We successfully engaged prospects from around the world to discuss future placements of Briggo Coffee Hauses. We leveraged media opportunities and entertained renowned industry analysts by demoing our unique approach to tech-enabled quality and precision. Finally, and most importantly, we unveiled the connected coffee experience to 15,000 of Dell’s top customers, partners, and employees.“Briggo Robotic Barista: The Coolest Thing at Dell Technologies World 2019” – Rob Enderle, Techspective“This barista is fast, efficient, hardly ever makes mistakes, and doesn’t complain or take breaks.” Roger Kay, Medium“Dell Technologies is powering a cutting-edge tech company to bring you the hottest new innovation. Your morning latte.” Dell TechnologiesSo, how is Dell Technologies enabling “Connected Coffee”?Briggo empowers people to create perfectly customized gourmet coffee on-demand through a mobile app and robotic Coffee Haus. Dell Technologies, specifically OptiPlex and Boomi, are integral components in ensuring we produce customer’s drinks as precise as they are delicious. Whether it’s crafting and serving over eight million combinations of specialty coffee and tea-based drinks, or managing an entire fleet of Coffee Hauses, we rely on Dell Technologies for data aggregation and customer insights. We can seamlessly monitor and resolve any potential issues without ever disrupting the customer experience. In addition to our innovative product integrations, Dell was Briggo’s first corporate client and we currently operate two Briggo Coffee Hauses in their Round Rock, Texas headquarters.Dell Technologies World was a true amplifier for our brand. Our Las Vegas experience was just a taste of what’s to come as we expand our footprint beyond Texas to the Bay Area, and soon to several major national and international markets. We look forward to utilizing Dell’s innovation roadmap as we become a more complex, global brand ourselves.FUN FACTS Over just 3 and a half demo days, Briggo served over 2,000 connected coffeesDuring our peak hour, DTW attendees placed 116 customized coffee orders – that’s one every 31 seconds!DTW’s favorite drinks in order:CappuccinoLatteAmericanoEspressoCoffee To learn more, visit https://briggo.com or connect with us LinkedIn or Twitter._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Mike Westgate, VP of Marketing at BriggoMike Westgate is VP of Marketing at Briggo, the leader in Connected Coffee. He is responsible for Briggo’s B2B & B2C value proposition, brand strategy, communications, product marketing, and retail sales programs. Prior to Briggo, he was VP of Marketing for commercial real estate data marketplace RealMassive. Before that, Westgate led marketing and client engagements for W2O Group, a network of digital marketing services agencies supporting Fortune 500 marketers with customer insights, strategy, and analytics. Before W2O Group, Mike spent nearly four years at Microsoft in Windows product marketing and SMB audience marketing roles. Prior to his foray into technology, he completed five years at Sara Lee and two years at General Mills in a variety of CPG sales and marketing roles. He holds a bachelor’s in business from Indiana (’01) and an MBA from UT McCombs (’09).LinkedInTwitter
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NEW YORK (AP) — The warden brought in to clean up the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself has resigned after a yearlong tenure marred by the rampant spread of the coronavirus, inmates’ complaints about squalid conditions, a smuggled gun and an inmate’s death. Marti Licon-Vitale quit the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City this week and is being replaced on an interim basis. The jail’s new leader is listed in court papers as Eric Williams. He will be the fourth leader of the lockup in 18 months. Licon-Vitale’s departure shocked several defense attorneys who have been sparring with her over the treatment of people detained at the facility.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A widely respected infectious disease specialist who played a role in the growth of the nationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital has died at age 83. Dr. John Bartlett was known as a pioneer in HIV and AIDS research and treatment. At the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he is credited with building the once-small infectious diseases division into a major center that treated more than 5,000 patients annually. His death on Jan. 19 at a New York hospital was announced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Bartlett and his wife, Jean, moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, after his retirement in 2014. There, he continued to write journal articles and deliver speeches.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta county has removed a Confederate monument from its historic courthouse square and placed it into storage. The monument was installed in 1993 in the Gwinnett County seat of Lawrenceville. It was removed Thursday night after commissioners approved the step on Tuesday. The monument was taken to an undisclosed location. It will be held there while courts decide whether the county was justified in removing it under a state law that prohibits removal or relocation of Confederate monuments. A monument in DeKalb County was removed in June, while one in Henry County was removed in July. Other Georgia locales, such a Brunswick, are debating monument removal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former police officer accused of killing Andre Hill interacted “two to three” times with Hill before the shooting and became concerned he was a burglar, the officer’s attorney said Friday as he defended his client with never-before-heard details about the night of the fatal shooting. The comments on behalf of now-fired Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy came as a magistrate set an unusually high bond of $3 million for the ex-officer and Coy pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. The white ex-officer is charge in the fatal shooting of Hill, a Black man, on Dec. 22.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has ordered the establishment of two new departments in the country’s most prestigious university, which has been rocked by weeks of protests. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision, published in the Official Gazette Saturday, says law and communications faculties are to be launched in Bogazici University. Critics say the establishment of new departments would allow the presidentially appointed rector to staff them with government loyalists. In an open letter to Erdogan, protesting Bogazici students called the decision to open new departments intimidation and “petty tricks.”