Archive for March, 2012

Got hybrid?

DrJCL has a useful summary.

Careers and Professions in IT

I’ve updated my old “Seven” presentation on managing your career, which I developed some 10-12 years ago, I’m giving a talk at Texas A&M University next week.Careers and Professions in IT.

Dell and YouTube Partner to Live Stream Four of the Year’s Major Music Festivals | Business Wire

Dell and YouTube Partner to Live Stream Four of the Year’s Major Music Festivals | Business Wire

via Dell and YouTube Partner to Live Stream Four of the Year’s Major Music Festivals | Business Wire.

DrJCL joins the blogosphere

I’m sure some of my former IBM colleagues will be confused by the JCL reference, but I’m not. I’m delighted to see a new blog from Craig Lowery here at Dell. Craig has been instrumental in the private/public cloud thinking that’s been going on here, as well as working with a number of partners and vendors. I for one am really looking forward to his posts. Craigs’ blog is here and he is DrJCL on twitter.

Dell to acquire SonicWall

8:16 AM Dell (DELL) says that it will snap up network security player SonicWall from P-E firm Thomas Bravo for an undisclosed amount in a deal that is expected to close within 45 days. SonicWall was taken private by Thomas Bravo back in 2010.

10:15 AM Here is a link to the formal corporate announcement with more detail on SonicWall

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QR Codes and PowerEdge 12g servers

One of the things that is great about the new 12g hardware is the innovative use of QR Codes for service and support. It’s one of those “aha” moments where something that seems so obvious just works. Congratulations to Kevin and the ID team that pulled this together. The youtube video explains it all. 

Eventually consistent

Those interested in the current debate about Big Data, and massively parallel systems, Hadoop et al might want to take a look at this Eventually consistent post I just wrote for my new blog where I’m not sure what I’ll post, mostly ramblings.

And that’s a great example of the difference between eventually consistent and ACID based transaction-based systems. Many but not all IT Professionals understand this. Make sure yours does. In this case it could be the backend database consistency, ie there are multiple copies and they don’t match, or there could be multiple backend copies and the copy in the browser cache, does or doesn’t match. Either way “Houston, we have a problem”.”

New Servers, New Software and more

Dell announced Monday our Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers and always, the hardware garnered much of the interest, it’s tangible and you can see it, as in this picture of my boss and Dell VP/GM of Server Solutions, Forrest Norrod holding up our new 4-up M420 Blade server. However, along side the were a ton of announced and unannounced new features.

iDRAC7

The first worth a mention comes from our team, out-of-band management for updating the BIOS and firmware and managing hardware settings—independent of the OS or hypervisor throughout a server’s life cycle, and initial deployment of an OS for a physical server or a hypervisor for a virtual machine. That function is delivered by the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC7).

It is an all-in-one, out-of-band systems management option to remotely manage Dell PowerEdge servers. In iDRAC7, we have combined hardware enablement capabilities into a single, embedded controller that includes its own processor, power, and network connection and without OS agents, even when the OS or hypervisor isn’t booted. The iDRAC7 architects have worked with marketing to pull together a useful summary of the capabilities, it can be found here.

OpenManage Essentials

The next software initiative announced was the 1.0.1 release of OpenManage Essentials (OME). We listened to customers when it came to management consoles and while a lot of companies liked what we’d been doing and our partnership with Symantec for Dell Management Console, many of our smaller customers, and a few bigger ones wanted a simpler console for monitoring and that was quicker and easier to deploy. OME is it. There is a full OME wiki page here and development lead Rob Cox has summarised the 1.0.1 update here.

OpenManage Power Center

Not formally announced, but covered in slides and some presentations, because it’s linked to some of the advanced power management of our servers. The Fresh Air Initiative, Energy Smart design and the introduction of OpenManage Power Center in our 12th generation servers has the potential to change the way you power and manage the power distributions across servers, racks and more.

Dell Virtual Network Architecture

There is a new wikicovering the announcement of the Dell Virtual Network Architecture, which has at its’ foundation High-performance switching systems for campus and data centers; Virtualized Layer 4-7 services; Comprehensive automation & orchestration software; Open workload/hypervisor interfaces. Our VNA framework aims to extend our current networking and virtualization capabilities across branch, campus and data center environments with an open networking framework for efficient IT infrastructure and workload intelligence. Shane Schick over on IT World Canada has a good summary.

Oh yeah, there was hardware too… Tomothy Prickett Morgan has a useful summary over at vulture central and the Dell summary page is here.


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I'm Mark Cathcart, Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group. I was formerly Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell, and an IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.

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