Building a Case for Better IT in Manufacturing

first_imgMonday morning. You wake up to the sound of your alarm and start to get ready for another workweek. You turn off the ceiling fan and lights to your bedroom and head down to the kitchen to make a sandwich for lunch. You grab a bag of chips from the pantry, throw it in your lunch bag, put on your jacket and head out the door to your job at the oil rig.Just about everything you’ve come into contact with this morning, and on a daily basis, has been manufactured by someone or some company. These manufacturing companies, despite putting out vastly different products, are not much different from one another.So what do a ceiling fan, potato chip, and clothing manufacturer have in common?They all rely on IT to support their business.Whether you’re a technician testing for fan noise levels, or an employee updating raw materials availability as corn and potatoes arrive at processing facilities, you need the technology you use to be readily available and uninterrupted. Manufacturing companies cannot afford to slow down or completely stop production because of IT limitations and outages.Gary Bimson, Network Manager at Old Dutch Foods, explains, “If we had an IT outage, our plants would come to a halt. Within hours, all inventories would have to be scrapped. That represents a significant amount of money. The two Vblock Systems allow our plants to stay up and running.”When your business is running on converged infrastructure from VCE, you can be rest assured knowing that the core components of your datacenter – servers, storage and networking – have been engineered to work seamlessly together. IT no longer gets in the way of you doing your job, but instead provides value to it.“Moving to a Vblock System allows the business to focus on innovation and expansion without being burdened by IT limitations. We can now provide IT resources to the business far more quickly, so our management team is more confident when making strategic decisions that will impact growth,” says Justin Beauchamp, IT Infrastructure Manager at McCoy Global, who has virtualized 97% of his company’s end-user computing environment with VMware Horizon (with View) running 400 virtual desktops.And with VCE’s single-call support, your IT department has backup when issues do arise, or when they’re just looking to maximize their ROI.“The VCE Support model has greatly exceeded our expectations,” says Rick Brandl, IT Director for Hunter Fan Company. “Having a single line of support to handle all three aspects of our infrastructure is tremendous, saving countless hours we can now spend on activities to help the business grow.”Michael Leeper, Senior Manager of IT Engineering at Columbia Sportswear Company, adds, “With our critical SAP applications on the resilient Vblock Systems, backed by VCE’s universal, single-call support, we rest easy knowing that the crown jewels of our IT infrastructure are protected in the best way possible.”To learn more about how VCE converged platforms can empower your manufacturing business to take on tomorrow’s challenges today, visit read more

VxRail: Kubernetes at the Speed of Cloud

first_imgDell Technologies and VMware are dedicated to delivering tightly integrated products that help our customers get the most value out of their IT infrastructure investments, and today is the latest example of that commitment. In keeping with our 30-day synchronous release commitment, we are announcing integration with the latest VMware HCI software and Tanzu offerings.VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail integration is substantial news for customers. There also are plenty of new features in vSAN, vSphere and VMware Cloud Foundation that will benefit VxRail customers, regardless of where they are on their path to adopting Tanzu for Kubernetes orchestration and modern application development.To help customers accelerate application modernization, VxRail delivers “Kubernetes at Cloud Speed” with multiple, fully integrated HCI infrastructure options to run vSphere with Tanzu. In fact, Dell Technologies is the only HCI vendor offering a fully integrated Tanzu portfolio with reference architecture, cluster, and private cloud offerings – all on VxRail.Customers can choose the best infrastructure to fit their organizations operating model and level of Kubernetes expertise. Whether customers are looking to develop on a validated Platform-as-a-Service or Container-as-a-Service platform with Tanzu Architecture for VxRail, rapidly get started with a Kubernetes deployment of vSphere with Tanzu on VxRail , or deploy Kubernetes at scale on a turnkey, fully integrated, secure private cloud deployment with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu on VxRail, the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, running Tanzu on VxRail delivers-Accelerated adoption: Curated VxRail systems come fully integrated and ready to deploy, automated infrastructure deployment and cloud-like resource pooling, elasticity, agility/speed, and programmability accelerate Kubernetes infrastructure delivery so developers can operate at the pace of today’s digital business.Kubernetes your way: Choice of infrastructure delivery options with consistent operations that align to your organization’s operating model. Deploy the optimal infrastructure that meets your Kubernetes readiness journey.Rapid Kubernetes evolution: Lock step support for latest VMware Kubernetes advancements. With VxRail automated full stack lifecycle management and non-disruptive addition of next generation platforms, customers can continuously, confidently and predictably take advantage of evolving Kubernetes technology on fully integrated, automated infrastructure.VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail flexible infrastructure options enable businesses to rapidly adopt Kubernetes to keep pace with the speed of business. “VMware Tanzu on VxRail will provide customers with immediate value – delivering an easy to deploy and manage stack that runs both modern and traditional applications,” said Krish Prasad, SVP CPBU and GM vSphere, VMware. “VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu on VxRail will deliver significant operational efficiency for running Kubernetes workloads at scale in the data center, Cloud and at the Edge.”Whether you’re ready to jump into the world of Tanzu, or just looking for the latest innovations in HCI for data center modernization, hybrid cloud adoption, or edge deployments, VxRail has you covered through tight integration with the latest VMware HCI software releases.With the latest vSAN and vSphere releases, there are a number of advancements in storage efficiency, security and file services. One example of storage efficiency is HCI mesh, which enables storage resource sharing across clusters. This is particularly exciting for our larger VxRail customers who may have spare capacity on one of their many clusters- if they are running low on capacity in one cluster, HCI mesh enables them to utilize spare capacity from another cluster. Customers taking advantage of our VxRail HCI System Software SaaS multi-cluster management with predictive capacity analysis can track capacity usage across all of their clusters and determine how to most effectively take advantage of HCI mesh to optimize workload performance.Additional update benefits include:vSAN “Compression only” option for demanding workloads that typically cannot take advantage of deduplication.Extended file services with windows file sharing through SMB v2.1 and v3.  Both types of file shares are now able to use Kerberos based authentication when using Microsoft Active Directory.New security features include vSAN In-transit Encryption and Secure Disk Wipe.VMware Cloud Foundation also introduced remote cluster management, enabling VxRail customers to extend VMware Cloud Foundation workload domains to remote locations while maintaining consistent operations and integrated full stack lifecycle management across the hybrid cloud to the edge.We invite you to register for our VMworld sessions to learn more about how the multiple, fully integrated Tanzu on VxRail infrastructure help accelerate Kubernetes adoption and time to cloud native application development across the core, edge, cloud while ensuring customers can rapidly, confidently and predictably take advantage of evolving Kubernetes technology on fully integrated, automated infrastructure. You can find Dell Technologies at VMWorld online September 29 through October 1.last_img read more

Smokin’: Seth Rogen’s first book, ‘Yearbook,’ is out May 11

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Just when you thought Seth Rogen couldn’t get any higher. The actor, comedian, filmmaker and proud stoner has a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint Crown for his first book. It’s called “Yearbook” and it’s scheduled for May 11. Rogen is also reading the audiobook, which comes out the same day. In a statement Wednesday purported to be from Rogen’s mother, Sandy, she calls his literary endeavor “not really a memoir” but more like “a bunch of funny stories.” She says she’s shocked at some of the ones he never told her.last_img read more

Fundraising feet: Capt. Tom’s legacy lives in 11-year-old

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The legacy of Capt. Tom Moore, the super fundraiser who died Tuesday of COVID-19, lives on in Imogen Papworth-Heidel — and many others. The 11-year-old soccer player, who dreams of playing for England, watched Capt. Tom pushing his walker up and down his garden to raise money for the National Health Service. So she decided to help by doing something she’s good at: keepy uppies — kicking the ball into the air and passing it from one foot to the other without letting it touch the ground. Imogen was able to raise 15,000 pounds ($20,500) for key workers. Similar fundraising feats have been performed by a 5-year-old amputee and a 90-year-old woman in the Scottish Highlands.last_img read more

Court: Black man’s arrest for refusing to show ID improper

first_imgRICHMOND. Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that sheriff’s deputies in Virginia violated the constitutional rights of a Black man when they arrested him for refusing to identify himself. The decision issued Thursday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially overturns a lower court ruling that upheld the legitimacy of the 2017 arrest of George Wingate by two Stafford County deputies. The deputies invoked a local statute requiring people to provide identification to police when public safety warrants it. Wingate sued, arguing that his arrest was a textbook example of “driving while Black.” The ruling, though, stops short of flatly invalidating the county’s ID law.last_img read more