It’s clear that organizations of all sizes are deploying hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) in production environments for a wide range of applications these days. In a recent survey, 47 percent of survey respondents are using HCI for primary infrastructure and 45 percent are deploying mixed workloads on HCI1. The reasons for this trend are also apparent: rapid deployment, simplified management and scale-out expansion to accommodate evolving needs and new projects.As a global IT systems company and the leading HCI solutions vendor, Dell EMC is fully committed to enhancing its portfolio to meet the growing requirements of mainstream enterprise applications. In addition, our position as the leading server vendor enables us to incorporate advanced technologies into the hardware foundation that is critical in the deployment and management of enterprise applications on hyper-converged infrastructure.Today, in conjunction with our participation at Nutanix .NEXT, we’re announcing several recent developments with the Dell EMC XC Family based on Nutanix software, the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and our integration and management software. These advancements illustrate how our server leadership and innovation are incorporated into our HCI offerings:The Dell EMC XC940-24 is the first quad-processor appliance for Nutanix environments and can be configured with up to 6TB of memory, all flash or a mix of SSDs and HDDs, and 10GbE or 25GbE networking. It is purpose-built for in-memory and memory-intensive databases, big data and analytics and other applications that require extremely high levels of performance. The XC940-24 effectively expands the range of enterprise workloads that can be supported with hyper-converged infrastructure.With the new Dell EMC XC640-4i appliance, we’re also expanding the lower-end of the range of applications that are a good fit for HCI. Supporting 1-, 2- and 3-node deployments, it is designed to meet the growing number of applications that are hosted outside traditional centralized data centers and cloud environments. This appliance provides a cost-effective HCI solution for non-mission critical applications in remote and branch offices, retail locations, Internet of Things (IOT) systems and other edge computing environments.The new Life Cycle Management (LCM) capability for the XC Family provides another example of how our server technology and expertise are leveraged for the XC Family. LCM leverages PowerEdge technology and standards-based APIs to automatically inventory and update the BIOS and firmware for several components in an XC system. It supports both in-band and out-of-band communications and provides updates 70 percent faster than manual methods so customers can efficiently plan and execute upgrades without disrupting existing cluster operations.Dell EMC is committed to developing the XC Family and making it the ideal platform for Nutanix. Our HCI solutions leadership is based on a unique proposition and the industry’s broadest portfolio of industry-leading technologies and solutions to address essentially any adoption model for consuming HCI. Working with customers around the world, we know there’s no single way—no silver bullet—to address every opportunity or challenge. Customers know they can turn to Dell EMC to find the solution that makes the most sense for their own unique requirements.If you’re visiting Nutanix .NEXT in New Orleans this week, please attend our breakout session on Wednesday, May 9 at 1:25pm in Hall E2. You can also visit with technical experts and see live XC Family demos in booth P2 in the Solutions Expo. We look forward to speaking with you about why Dell EMC offers the industry’s best option for deploying Nutanix-based hyper-converged infrastructure. Topline Research, August 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, canceled altogether last year by the pandemic, is postponing this year’s edition from May to July in hopes of having an in-person festival. Cannes organizers announced Wednesday that this year’s festival will now take place July 6-17, about two months after its typical period. The French Riviera festival, which had run for nearly 75 years with few interruptions, is currently hoping the coronavirus recedes enough by summertime. Cannes last year first looked at a postponement for its 73rd festival to June or July before ultimately canceling altogether. The festival still went ahead with a selection announcement to celebrate the films it had planned to include in its prestigious lineup.
NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of the New York Mets is dropping off Twitter after his family got threats apparently related to his hedge fund’s activity. Steve Cohen is a billionaire who also owns the Point72 hedge fund. He said Saturday that he enjoys chatting with Mets fans on Twitter. But he says that because of “misinformation unrelated to the Mets,” his family got personal threats. So he has deactivated his Twitter account. Hedge funds like Cohen’s have become wrapped up in recent stock market turmoil. They made bets against stocks such as GameStop. A band of small investors have inflicted heavy losses on the hedge funds by bidding up the shares of GameStop and other companies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Monday with a group of 10 Republican senators who’ve proposed $618 billion in coronavirus aid, about a third of what he’s seeking.,The Republicans propose slimmer benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.,White House press secretary Jen Psaki says Biden has spoken with the leader of the group, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.,The White House invitation came hours after the lawmakers sent Biden a letter urging him to negotiate rather than try to ram through his $1.9 trillion package solely on Democratic votes.,Congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has extended remote learning for tens of thousands of public school students after city, school and teachers’ union officials were once again unable to reach an agreement over COVID-19 safety protocols. In a statement late Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools expressed disappointment that no deal has been reached between the district and Chicago Teachers Union leadership. District officials said a cooling off period will be extended through the end of the day Thursday to allow for further negotiations. The nation’s third-largest district has pitched a gradual return for pre-K to 8th grade students with no definite plans yet for high school students. But the Chicago Teachers Union says the district’s safety plan doesn’t go far enough to protect teachers.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The most successful female athlete in Greek sporting history recently alleged that a senior national sailing federation official sexually assaulted her almost 23 years ago. Since Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou shared her story, dozens of other people in Greece have talked publicly about their experiences with sexual misconduct and workplace intimidation in Greece. In an interview with The Associated Press, Bekatorou said she was glad the revelations are having an impact in a country long accustomed to official cronyism and impunity. Bekatorou says the sailing federation official assaulted her the day she celebrated qualifying for the 1998 Olympics. Neither she nor prosecuting authorities have publicly identified the accused official, who has denied the allegations.