In a presentation at our “[email protected]” diversity event last month, our guest of honour Professor Gillian Triggs – President of Australia’s Human Rights Commission and a renowned lawyer –noted that women only made up 28 percent of the Australian ICT sector in 2013. Women only occupied slightly over 10 percent of technology leadership roles in Asia in 2014, according to Gartner. And only one in 10 Wikipedia editors are female. Is working with technology simply not welcoming for women?I became a programmer and engineer because of childhood curiosity. I was always curious about how things worked – particularly why it took so long for my family’s Windows 95 machine to load its 3 ¼ ” floppy disks, how our dial-up connection worked, and so on. It helped that I came from an IT family whose members weren’t afraid to say things like “back in my day, there was none of this broadband nonsense…” That curiosity led me to take up IT subjects in high school, continuing into TAFE and finally university majoring in both programming and business analysis.I took up the latter business-related part of my degree because I wasn’t sure if I could “make it” in the engineering side of things: at the start, coding and machine assembly proved challenging, and I wondered at various points if it was all too hard for me. But after I’d hedged my bets and found I could handle both with decent aptitude, I turned my focus back to coding because it was by far the more interesting – a choice that’s led me to being at VCE with no regrets today.In her presentation, Dr Triggs noted that in 2006, the number of Australian 15-year-old girls expecting to go into computer science or engineering was more than 6 times less than the number of boys. Today, I would say to all young women: your career will involve working with technology no matter what you choose. Technology is inseparable from our everyday lives: just think about how we take cloud storage of our photos, videos, and contacts for granted today. A deeper understanding of how that technology works at the nuts-and-bolts level is bound to enrich your career, regardless of whether you’re a doctor or a lawyer or a programmer.We can lower the entry levels to STEM skills even further. Curricula need to adopt learning models that make IT both fun and commonplace: introducing Arduinos and other programmable circuit-boards into everyday classroom play, for example. I see huge potential in games like Minecraft, which are already encouraging young people to solve problems like engineers and programmers. I know of kids who’ve written Java code to fix bugs in games they’re playing. Young people are not just more comfortable with technology than ever before, but also immensely keen to learn and create with it if they can see its relevance to their daily lives.If you have that curiosity about how things work, I would seriously encourage you to dig a little deeper into the technology world. Check out programmes like Code Academy, or buy a DIY robotics kit and see what you can build. Find both subjects and mentors to help expand your horizons: there are lots of these all across Australia and Asia, including VCE’s new partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney where we run tech workshops with high-school girls. Most of all, don’t let anyone convince you that you can’t “make it” in technology – least of all yourself. Whatever you learn will be invaluable in a world where every career is, in some sense, a career in IT.
Helping Customers Adopt Hadoop without the RiskDell EMC recognized early the impact Hadoop would have on our customers’ businesses. It was clear that Hadoop would lay the foundation for the modern data platform, allowing customers to focus on new game-changing insights and enhanced data-driven decision making. Yet we also understood that, as with any technology, there would be an adoption curve due to an expertise and skills gap.This is where Dell EMC wanted to level the playing field for customers, helping them overcome these obstacles. With this goal in mind, over five years ago Dell EMC partnered with Cloudera, a company founded by some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley, to introduce the industry’s very first Hadoop reference architecture. The reference architecture taught customers how to build Hadoop from bare-metal hardware, providing guidance and know-how to streamline the architecture, design, planning and configuration of Hadoop environments.This validated reference architecture allowed our customers to spend their time and resources on use cases and data, not the front-end work that must be done before they can get to the business value. From the beginning, Dell EMC and Cloudera together focused on delivering the world’s fastest, easiest and most secure Apache Hadoop solution to help organizations overcome their big data challenges.We’ve held this belief for as long as we’ve worked with Cloudera, and today we are still holding true to our core value—make Hadoop less complex for customers by providing flexible, validated architectures running Cloudera Enterprise.Today, the Dell EMC-Cloudera-Intel partnership is stronger than ever, as Dell EMC releases its eighteenth and nineteenth reference architectures for running Cloudera software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors. These new validated solutions help organizations unleash the capabilities of the latest version of the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH 5.9) on a certified architecture.Dell EMC helps organizations reduce the risk. Customers can leverage the expertise and infrastructure built into the Dell EMC Cloudera Hadoop Solution, allowing them to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision-making.When talking with Jim Ganthier, SVP Validated Solutions and HPC at Dell EMC, he remarked, “Organizations around the world count on Dell EMC, Cloudera and Intel to deliver leading-edge Hadoop solutions that simplify and accelerate the adoption of big data solutions and enable customers to capitalize more fully on the massive amounts of data they generate and capture every day. This is a partnership that is helping our mutual customers drive the digital transformation that will keep them competitive today and in the years to come.”Tim Stevens, Cloudera VP for Business and Corporate Development has told us that, “At Cloudera, we have been excited about the Dell EMC merger, which combined the strengths of two of our well-established technology partners. Together with Cloudera and Intel, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to deliver validated end-to-end Hadoop environments. We are proud that today there are five available Dell EMC solutions certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5.9.”The new Dell EMC Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop Solutions offer customers choices that include validated configurations based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server. These configurations are part of a portfolio of end-to-end Hadoop solution offerings that bring together hardware, software, services and support components. These offerings enable organizations to deploy Hadoop environments faster and with far greater confidence than they could have were they to design their own solutions from the ground up.Ron Kasabian, VP, GM Data Center Analytics & AI Solutions, Intel Corporation emphasizes the importance of the partnerships, “Working closely with Intel, Dell EMC continues to expand the reach of its Hadoop solutions incorporating the Intel® Xeon E5 v4 processor family. The Dell EMC portfolio now gives our mutual customers the option of deploying Hadoop environments that have been certified on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server.”For a closer look at Dell EMC solutions incorporating Cloudera Hadoop, including innovative ETL Offload and QuickStart offerings, visit Dell.com/Hadoop or EMC.com/BigData.
So, I’m at a business and technology conference where I just ate crickets for the first time. It’s not really what I was expecting at this event. But, I do know what to expect at Dell Technologies World, April 30-May 3.Along with the awesome general session and guru speakers I wrote about yesterday, there will be a great opportunity for technology professionals to hone their skills and gain new certifications.“You get to meet the people behind the technology we use every day, learn about strategy and products for the future and also be able to meet peers from around the globe. Different horizons with the same passion for greatness,” one of last year’s attendees, Aloys, noted.Dell EMC Education Services recently launched a set of new certifications that help develop the highly-skilled talent who can help companies make transformation real, achieve business goals and lead the competition.“These new certifications bridge skills gaps at every stage of transformational maturity. They establish and validate skills required for digital, IT, workforce, and security transformation,” Christine Fraser wrote here on Direct2DellEMC last week.Education offerings and certification exams for converged systems and hybrid cloud platforms are available now. Multi-Cloud Expert certification will be available in conjunction with Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas.Starting now, IT professionals interested in earning the Dell EMC Certified Master – Enterprise Architect credential can apply to be considered to appear before the Review Board; the first review session will occur at Dell Technologies World. Visit the Dell EMC Education Services website to learn more.But don’t wait too long to register for Dell Technologies World, or you might miss out on some great prizes!Yes, if you register before February 28 (TOMORROW!), you can select one of these great prizes: Ring video doorbell, Bose wireless headphones, Alienware gaming keyboard, YETI cooler or guest pass to the evening event.
Co author: Jeff Gowan, Wind RiverDelivering Containerized 5G ArchitectureAs service providers move towards 5G in order to realize improved service, operational agility, and greater revenue potential, there is a technology evolution in infrastructure to shift from monolithic, vertically integrated solutions to disaggregated models based on virtualization and the cloud for distributed networks. In this new cloud native, geo-distributed model, 5G will be enabled by virtualizing at the edge. A recent Heavy Reading study showed that 38% of service providers view the edge cloud as “critical” to their 5G strategy.As the industry builds out their edge clouds to support the next generation of 5G services, it requires a carrier grade containerized infrastructure that allows for fast delivery of new services, while still meeting the 99.999% reliability requirements. Dell Technologies and Wind River are dedicated to delivering this modern infrastructure to their customers. More than just defining the architecture, Dell Technologies and Wind River have collaborated to develop and validate a reference architecture for 5G virtual RAN (vRAN) and other edge use cases. Service providers and ISV partners can be assured that the underlying infrastructure that this joint architecture provides will allow for fast and reliable deployments across a multitude of use cases.“The combination of the Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms with the hardened Wind River Cloud Platform, bring the best of breed products together into a single tested and qualified solution for the CSPs and ISVs to rely on for the critical infrastructure from the core to the edge of the network.”ShareDell Technologies and Wind River Cloud PlatformDell Technologies and Wind River have brought together the reliability and carrier class offerings of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740 and XE2420 with Wind River Cloud Platform to run and manage the edge of the network. Based on the StarlingX open source project, Cloud Platform is a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes- and container-based architecture for the deployment and management of distributed edge networks at scale. The combination of the Dell EMC PowerEdge platforms with the hardened Wind River Cloud Platform, bring the best of breed products together into a single tested and qualified solution for the CSPs and ISVs to rely on for the critical infrastructure from the core to the edge of the network.The joint solution supports CSPs with a containerized edge infrastructure that delivers the low latency, redundancy and high availability that carrier-grade workloads require and can also lower operational costs. The solution includes the unique ability to perform true zero-touch provisioning (ZTP,) fully autonomous turn up of remote edge sub clouds, regardless of the number of nodes. Because this is a validated reference architecture, Wind River Cloud Platform integrates effectively with essential infrastructure such as Dell EMC drivers like iDRAC and Redfish. All of this works together to provision, and scale resources as needed to achieve carrier-grade performance and reliability from Day 1. We want to help our customers find freedom at their edge to deploy services from all corners of the world without having humans constantly having to monitor them.vRAN as a Use CaseThe vRAN (Open RAN) use case is a perfect example of a target application so Dell Technologies and Wind River have created a validated reference architecture that defines the hardware and software requirements that build this carrier class solution. By optimizing the hardware infrastructure in concert with the containerized environment, it allows for a best of breed disaggregated solution that service providers can use as the baseline for their 5G ready platform. Another use case is to leverage Wind River Cloud Platform for Carrier/Telco Managed Private 4G/5G networks that allows network workloads to be extended into the Enterprise domain and still maintaining the security and flexibility that Telcos want. The platform enables network workloads, on premises MEC (Multi-access Edge Compute) and AEP (Application Enablement Platform) to coexist outside of the Telco Data Centers but still be secured and managed in an Enterprise Domain.Working closely together, Dell Technologies and Wind River are committed to ensuring our customers can effectively deploy and monetize the platform for 5G use cases. When service providers are concerned about latency, reliability and security, look no further than our joint reference architecture.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears.,That’s according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday.,Part of the concern is ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol.,The threats and concern armed protesters could return to the Capitol have prompted federal law enforcement officials to insist that thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington in the coming weeks.,Trump’s Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection is set to begin the week of Feb. 8.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given initial approval to a bill preventing abortions on fetuses when a heartbeat can be detected. Just one Republican joined Democrats in a 29-17 vote Wednesday. The proposal likely faces a final vote in the Senate on Thursday before being sent to the House. Democrats promised a tough fight both through filibuster and any legislative machinations, but their chances appear dim. Fetal heartbeats are usually around the sixth week of pregnancy and before most women know they’re pregnant. The bill does now have exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. The House has passed similar bills previously and Gov. Henry McMaster says he’ll sign it immediately.