Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Google hands over management of Kubernetes project to the community

Kubernetes, which is the container orchestration system introduced by Google in 2014, is taking the next step in its evolution.

Throughout this period, Google has provided the cloud resources that support the project development—namely CI/CD testing infrastructure, container downloads, and other services like DNS, all running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Since 2015, Kubernetes has been part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) under the direction of the Linux Foundation.

Google said now that Kubernetes has become one of the world’s most popular open-source projects, it is time to hand over control. Google hosts the Kubernetes container registry and last month it served 129,537,369 container image downloads of core Kubernetes components. That’s over 4 million per day—and a lot of bandwidth!

Google will hand over all project operations of Kubernetes to the community (including many Googlers), who will take ownership of day-to-day operational tasks such as testing and builds, as well as maintaining and operating the image repository and download infrastructure.

Under the new plan, Google will make a $9 million grant of GCP credits to the CNCF, split over three years, to cover infrastructure costs. In addition to the world-wide network and storage capacity required to serve all those container downloads, a large part of this grant will be dedicated to funding scalability testing, which regularly runs 150,000 containers across 5,000 virtual machines.

Equinix to offer private connectivity to VMware cloud on AWS

Equinix will offer private connectivity to VMware Cloud on AWS via AWS Direct Connect at its data centers globally. VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables enterprises to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service integrates vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with VMware vCenter management, and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure.

The services is now available in 24 metros around the world by connecting to an AWS Direct Connect edge node deployed at Equinix IBX data centers within the same metro or via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric).

Equinix said it already deploys more AWS Direct Connect onramps than any other data center provider.

Currently, AWS Direct Connect is available to customers in Equinix IBX data centers across 24 strategic markets including Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Manchester, Miami, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

Mellanox ships 200G LinkX Copper and Optical Cables

Mellanox Technologies is now shipping 200GbE Ethernet and InfiniBand HDR LinkX optical transceivers, Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Direct Attach Copper cables (DACs) for use in upcoming 200 Gbps systems.

The new LinkX 200 Gbps product line provides comprehensive options for switch, server, and storage network connectivity for HDR InfiniBand and 200/400GbE infrastructures. LinkX is part of the Mellanox “end-to-end” ecosystem including Spectrum2 200GbE and Quantum HDR systems and ConnectX-6 network adapters, which includes:

  • 200G SR4/HDR Transceiver: Designed and manufactured by Mellanox, the 4x50G PAM4 transceiver uses the QSFP56 form-factor and forms the basis for transceivers and AOC products for Mellanox’s upcoming 200G systems.
  • 200GbE and HDR DAC and AOC cables: Designed and manufactured by Mellanox we will be displaying both straight and y-splitter 100GbE and HDR100 form-factors.
  • 400GbE DAC Cables: Mellanox LinkX™ kicks off its 400GbE line with announcing beginning shipments of its 400G 8x50G PAM4 DAC cables in the QSFP-DD form-factor.
  • Live Demos: At ECOC we will host a live demo with Keysight/Ixia showing 200Gb/s SR4 transceivers and 400Gb/s QSFP-DD DAC cables.
  • 400G SR8 Transceiver: Mellanox-designed, 8-channel parallel transceiver will be on display.
  • Low-Loss DAC Cables: Extending one of the industry’s largest offerings of interconnect products, with new low-loss DAC cables that enables simplified or even FEC-less links for Mellanox SN2000 series of 25/50/100G network switches and ConnectX network adapters. The new cables offer lengths up to 5 meters and support the IEEE CA-N and CA-L specifications. This enables considerable interconnect latency savings.

Mellanox also began shipping 400G QSFP-DD DAC cables for use in next-generation systems.

Facebook establishes Express Wi-Fi Certified program

Facebook launched an Express Wi-Fi Certified partner program for access point manufacturers.

The initial list of Express Wi-Fi Certified partners includes Arista Networks, Cambium Networks, and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company.

Facebook's Express Wi-Fi enables local entrepreneurs, internet service providers, and mobile network operators to offer fast, affordable internet access in local communities. Currently, Express Wi-Fi is available with 10 partners in five countries — India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. People typically access Express Wi-Fi hotspots by signing up with a participating retailer and purchasing a prepaid data pack.

Facebook said Express Wi-Fi Certified hotspots must be able to perform two key tasks: authenticate people who want to use a hotspot and account for the Wi-Fi data they use.

Facebook sets 2020 target for 100% renewable power

Facebook has set 2020 as its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and to power 100% of global operations with renewable energy. Three years ago, the company set a goal of powering 50% of its operations with renewable power by 2018. It reached this goal by the end of 2017.

To date, Facebook has signed contracts for over 3 gigawatts of new solar and wind energy. Most of the contracts have been signed over the past 12 months for new solar and wind projects that will deliver energy to its hyperscale data operations.

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/renewable-energy/

AT&T adds Indianapolis to its mobile 5G rollout

AT&T added Indianapolis to its list of 5G rollout cities, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Raleigh, and Waco.

“Indy is a city on the forefront of innovation and technology. Home to a variety of large and small businesses, thriving communities, and a local government that understands the importance of technology to fuel innovation and boost economic growth,” said Bill Soards, president AT&T Indiana.  “Whether you’re a retailer, car wash owner, hospital, manufacturer, public safety entity or a bank, we expect 5G will eventually change the customer experience and provide new economic opportunities for your business. It was a natural choice for AT&T to name Indy as one of the twelve introductory 5G cities.”

AT&T invested nearly $425 million in its Indianapolis area wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. In 2017, AT&T made more than 525 wireless network upgrades in the Indianapolis area. These include new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections. The upgrades included its 5G Evolution technologies and LTE-LAA.

Cloudian raises $94 million for hyperscale data fabric

Cloudian, a start-up offering a hyperscale data fabric for enterprises, raised $94 million in a Series E funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $173 million.

“Cloudian redefines enterprise storage with a global data fabric that integrates both private and public clouds — spanning across sites and around the globe — at an unprecedented scale that creates new opportunities for businesses to derive value from data,” Cloudian CEO Michael Tso. “Cloudian’s unique architecture offers the limitless scalability, simplicity, and cloud integration needed to enable the next generation of computing driven by advances such as IoT and machine learning technologies.”

The funding round included participation from investors Digital Alpha, Eight Roads Ventures, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, JPIC (Japan Post Investment Corporation), NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc. and WS (Wilson Sonsini) Investments.

“Computing now operates without physical boundaries, and customers need storage solutions that also span from the data center to the edge,” said Takayuki Inagawa, president & CEO of NTT DOCOMO Ventures. “Cloudian’s geo-distributed architecture creates a global fabric of storage assets that supports the next generation of connected devices.”

Dell’Oro: WLAN market to hit $18.2 billion by 2022

The WLAN market revenue will grow to $18.2 billion by 2022, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Broadband CPE and Mesh routers will fuel growth for SOHO class WLAN.

“We estimate the Enterprise and SOHO markets to maintain modest growth over the next five years,” said Ritesh Patel, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “Specifically in the SOHO market, the need for better Wi-Fi coverage and in-home management will be driven by the demand for improved network visibility and application mobility, i.e. having the ability from anywhere in the home to experience high bandwidth applications such as FaceTime, Netflix, and YouTube. Broadband CPE and Wi-Fi Router vendors will fulfill this need by integrating new wireless technology, 802.11ax, and by improving visibility into analytics and management controls. Similarly, vendors will address the need for better coverage through Mesh Routers, which will continue to see modest to high growth over the next five years,” added Patel.

The WLAN 5-Year Forecast Report highlights other key trends, including:


  • Enterprise Cloud license revenue will surpass Cloud Managed AP revenue for the first time.
  • Ethernet switch sales to aggregate WLAN are poised to eclipse switch sales lost to WLAN. See our Campus Networks Advanced Research report.
  • China eclipses the largest region, North America, in terms of units by 2020.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Huawei intros Universal Transport for electrical grids

Huawei announced the commercial release of its next-generation Universal Transport Solution for smart grids.

Huawei said traditional low-speed connectivity services for the power grid, such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and relay protection, will continue to exist for a long time, providing high levels of security. However, the rapid expansion of the global power grid is driving a spike in the construction of power transmission and transformation networks that have greater requirements for more types of service and higher bandwidth.

Electric power companies also have the possibility to launch connectivity services based on their investment in network resources.

The Huawei Next-Generation Universal Transport Solution integrates OTN, SDH, packet, PCM, and other technologies based on the MS-OTN architecture. It supports single wavelength at 100 Gbps or 200 Gbps.  DWDM enables a pair of optical fibers can achieve an ultra-large bandwidth of 20 TBbps. The platform enables the power transmission bearer networks to carry multiple services including commercial traffic.

https://www.huawei.com/us/press-events/news/2018/8/next-generation-universal-transport-solution

Huawei adapts 4.5G/5G solution for China's power companies

Huawei announced a 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA (eLTE Discrete Spectrum Aggregation) solution to help global power companies build a last mile neural network for managing smart grids.

Huawei says traditional VHF (30~300MHz) / UHF (300~3000MHz) narrowband discrete spectrum used in the energy industry cannot meet the requirements for power IoT development because it is commonly based on data radio technology, which causes technical bottlenecks due to long-latency, small capacity, insufficient bandwidth, and high power consumption.

In China, 230MHz of discrete spectrum in VHF narrowband is allocated to the power industry.
The spectrum is aggregated to achieve a minimum latency of 20 ms, with a maximum of 4000 users in a cell, and a transmission rate from Kbps to Mbps for a single user. The minimum static power consumption of the module is 0.15w.

Earlier this month, Huawei conducted a performance and service verification test of its 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA solution with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI). The results showed excellent performance in terms of speed, capacity, security and reliability, and that the solution can fully meet the intelligent control service requirements, such as precise load control and power distribution automation.

Huawei also notes that its 4.5G-based and 5G-oriented eLTE-DSA solution has strong anti-interference capabilities, as it can run stably in a complex radio environment where data transmission stations coexist.

Huawei expects its solution to be widely adopted by the electric power utilities in China for carrying mission-critical services such as precise load control, power distribution automation, and collection of power consumption information.

Open source "Zowe" framework bridges apps to mainframes

The Open Mainframe Project, which is backed by IBM and CA Technologies amongst others, introduced Zowe, a new open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe.

Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS. Its mission is to enable better integration capabilities for z/OS through an extensible open source framework and the creation of an ecosystem of independent Software Vendors (ISVs), System Integrators, clients and end users.

Initial Zowe modules will include:

  • An extensible z/OS framework that provides new APIs and z/OS REST services to transform enterprise tools and DevOps processes that can incorporate new technology, languages and modern workflows.
  • A unifying workspace providing a browser-based desktop app container that can host both traditional and modern user experiences and is extensible via the latest web toolkits.
  • An innovative interactive and scriptable Command Line interface (CLI) allowing new ways to seamlessly integrate z/OS in cloud and distributed environments.  

In addition to this technical milestone, Rocket Software is now part of the Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member, joining Platinum members IBM and CA Technologies as key contributors to the Zowe framework.

"The mainframe continues to be a critical platform offering new possibilities for next generation applications. We are excited to participate with the OMP and Zowe community members to streamline the development process for applications leveraging the platform," said Greg Lotko, General Manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. "We are committed to the Zowe initiative as it provides simplified and familiar infrastructure services for the mainframe benefiting both experienced and newer developers and will help our customers accelerate the time-to-market as they deploy their mission critical digital transformation strategies."

ARM and Facebook join Yocto Project for Linux in embedded devices

The Yocto Project, the open source collaboration project that launched in 2011 to help developers create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products, announced ARM and Facebook as new platinum members, joining its 20 other member companies.

The Yocto Project provides a flexible set of tools and a space where embedded developers worldwide can share technologies, software stacks, configurations, and best practices to create tailored Linux images for embedded and Internet of Things (IOT) devices. An upcoming release is expected this fall.


“The next release will demonstrate Yocto Project’s ability to efficiently build and importantly, test complete Linux software stacks which are reproducible, easily audited and totally customizable in a maintainable way,” said Richard Purdie, Project Architect of the Yocto Project.

Cloudera Data Warehouse handles 50 PB loads

Cloudera Data Warehouse entered general availability status. The service is a modern hybrid cloud data warehouse for storing, analyzing and managing data in public clouds and on-premises. The company said its hybrid, cloud-native architecture routinely handles 50 PB data workloads, delivering sub-microsecond query performance and serving clusters with hundreds of compute nodes.

NYSE is using Cloudera to run over 80,000 queries a day on petabytes of data, while adding 30 TB of fresh data daily.

"Before Cloudera, several data warehouse appliances were necessary to support our complex analytic requirements including market surveillance and member compliance analysis. Because the warehouse appliances could not scale we were forced to silo our data by market," said Steve Hirsch, Chief Data Officer, Intercontinental Exchange / NYSE.

The company also announced the availability of Cloudera Altus Data Warehouse, a data warehouse as-a-service, built with the same Cloudera Data Warehouse hybrid, cloud-native architecture.


Lattice Semiconductor appoints AMD exec as its new CEO

Lattice Semiconductor appointed Jim Anderson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, and to the company’s Board of Directors. He most recently served as at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as the General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Computing and Graphics Business Group.

Jeff Richardson, Chairman of the Board, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Anderson as Lattice’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim brings a strong combination of business and technical leadership with a deep understanding of our target end markets and customers. The transformation he drove of AMD’s Computing and Graphics business over the past few years is just a recent example of his long track record of creating significant shareholder value.

President Trump blocks sale of Lattice Semi citing National Security

President Trump signed an order blocking the sale of Lattice Semiconductor to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners on national security grounds. The issue was referred to the President by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) due to concerns regarding China Venture Capital Fund Corporation Limited and its interest in Canyon Bridge Capital Partners.

Darin G. Billerbeck, CEO of Lattice Semiconductor, issued the following statement:

“The transaction with Canyon Bridge was in the best interests of our shareholders, our customers, our employees and the United States. We also believe our CFIUS mitigation proposal was the single most comprehensive mitigation proposal ever proposed for a foreign transaction in the semiconductor industry and would have maximized United States national security protection while still enabling Lattice to accept Canyon Bridge’s investment and double American jobs. While it is disappointing that we were not able to prevail, the Board and I would like to thank Canyon Bridge for their support during this time.”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/13/order-regarding-proposed-acquisition-lattice-semiconductor-corporation

Private Equity Firm Acquires Lattice Semi for $1.3 Billion - FPGAs

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) for approximately $1.3 billion inclusive of Lattice’s net debt, or $8.30 per share in cash. This represents a 30% premium to Lattice’s last trade price on November 2, 2016, the last trading day prior to announcement.

Lattice supplies low power FPGA, video ASSP, 60 GHz millimeter wave, and IP products to the consumer, communications, industrial, computing, and automotive markets worldwide. The company is based in Portland, Oregon.

Dell'Oro: Huawei recaptures microwave transmission market share

The microwave transmission market maintained its positive momentum in 2Q 2018, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Huawei regained the highest market share in the quarter.

“This was a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the microwave transmission equipment market,” stated Jimmy Yu, Vice President with Dell’Oro Group. “We are increasingly confident that demand for mobile backhaul is improving, and that it will expand this year following two years of revenue contraction,” continued Yu.

Top Four Microwave Transmission Manufacturers in 2Q 2018

Rank                  Revenue Share
1    Huawei         24 %
2    Ericsson       21 %
3    Nokia         11 %
4    NEC         10 %

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2018 Microwave Transmission Quarterly Report:

  • The point-to-point Microwave Transmission market grew six percent year-over-year in the quarter.
  • Huawei regained the highest market share in the quarter after briefly losing this top spot to NEC in 1Q 2018.
  • Ericsson and Nokia grew their revenue in the quarter, giving them the second and third highest market shares, respectively.
  • The country with the largest demand for Microwave Transmission equipment was India. We estimate radio shipments to India grew about 45 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2018.

http://www.delloro.com

Intel brings 802.11ac and LTE to its latest mobile CPUs

New additions to the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family offer integrated Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities

The new U-series (formerly code-named Whiskey Lake) and Y-series (formerly code-named Amber Lake) are optimized for connectivity in thin, light laptops and 2 in 1s.

The U-series processors bring integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi (with 2x2 160MHz channels), while delivering up to 2-times better performance, compared with a 5-year-old PC, and double-digit gains in office productivity for everyday web browsing and light content creation over the previous generation.

The Y-series processors also deliver fast connectivity options, including fast Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities, while offering double-digit gains in performance compared with the previous generation, enabling fresh innovations in sleek and compact form factor designs with extended battery life.

Gremlin offers Failure-as-a-Service for Docker

Gremlin, a start-up based in San Francisco, has developed a "failure injection platform" that allows developers to stress test Docker environments to better prepare for real-world disasters by simulating compounding issues.

The company said its Failure-as-a-Service platform aims to make containerized infrastructure more resilient.

In December of 2017, Gremlin launched the first iteration of its platform alongside a $7.5 Million Series A funding round, recreating common failure states within hybrid cloud infrastructure.

“The concept of purposefully injecting failure into systems is still new for many companies, but chaos engineering has been practiced at places like Netflix and Amazon for over a decade,” said Matthew Fornaciari, CTO and Co-Founder of Gremlin. “We like to use the vaccine analogy: injecting small amounts of harm can build immunity that proactively avoids disasters. With today’s updates to the Gremlin platform, DevOps teams will be able to drastically improve the reliability of Docker in production.”

http://www.gremlin.com


  • The Series A funding came from Index Ventures and Amplify Partners.


Monday, August 27, 2018

VMware positions NSX for multi-cloud, containerized networking

VMware is well positioned at the intersection of major industry trends, including virtualization, containerization cloud, SDN, hyperconverged infrastructure, application security, and AI, said company CEO Pat Gelsinger, kicking off the annual VMworld conference in Las Vegas and marking the 20th anniversary of the Palo Alto, California based firm. The VMware Vision is to become "the essential, ubiquitous digital foundation for any device, any application, and any cloud.

Gelsinger said NSX, which is its SDN network virtualization and security platform, is now enabling 80 million switch ports installed by over 7,500 customers, including 82% of the Fortune 100 with NSX running in their network. VMware estimates this footprint at 10X its largest competitor. Gelsinger argues that this positions NSX as the best platform to address the complexity, security and scale of multi-cloud corporate environments and for containerized networking. The latest version of NSX extends multi-cloud networking and security capabilities to AWS, in addition to Microsoft Azure and on-premises environments. NSX is adding support for bare metal hosts, in addition to hypervisor and container environments, including Linux-based workloads running on bare-metal servers, as well as containers running on bare-metal servers without a hypervisor.

VMware showcased a collaboration with Arista which enables NSX security policies to be enforced natively on Arista switches across a multi-cloud enterprise, extending security policies across both virtual to physical workloads, from mainframes to data center to public clouds. The collaboration also integrates Arista’s Macro-Segmentation Services with VMware NSX micro-segmentation capabilities.

VMware's vSAN, which is a hyper-converged, software-defined storage (SDS) product, is likewise making strong inroads into software-defined data centers. The company claims over 15,000 customers, a 50% presence in Global 2000 enterprises, and a 37% market share.

The partnership with Amazon is growing. Earlier, the company announced that VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Asia-Pacific (Sydney) region. AWS CEO Andy Jassy appeared on-stage at VMworld to announced that new VMware Cloud + AWS solutions will be arriving soon for GovCloud, the Amazon initiative for secure government cloud infrastructure. AWS and VMware are also developing new NSX + AWS DirectConnect networking connectivity options.

Amazon Web Services and VMware announced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) on VMware. This service will make it easy for customers to set up, operate, and scale databases in VMware-based software-defined data centers and hybrid environments and to migrate them to AWS or VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware agreed to acquire CloudHealth Technologies, a start-up based in Boston. Financial terms were not disclosed. CloudHealth Technologies delivers a cloud operations platform across AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. It claims 1,300 customers.

VMware will now support live migration of virtual machines using Nvidia Quadro vDWS vGPUs. Operators can move a guest to another compatible host while performing maintenance on the original server.

Vodacom launches a commercial 5G FWA service in Lesotho

Vodacom launched a standards-based, commercial 5G service in Lesotho, the landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa.

Vodacom's 5G service is delivering Fixed-Wireless Access broadband services to two enterprise customers in Lesotho. The service uses 3.5GHz spectrum.

Vodacom said it has deployed the same standards-based 5G technology in South Africa, where it reports speeds in excess of 700 Mbps and latencies of less than 10 milliseconds. The carrier expects to boost the downlink to 1 Gbps or more as new software versions and devices become available. Until such time as 3.5GHz spectrum becomes available to Vodacom South Africa, this network will not be available to its customers.

Shameel Joosub, Vodacom Group Chief Executive Officer, says: “Vodacom prides itself on being a market leader and we are extremely pleased to be first to deliver 5G services to customers in Africa. What we’ve accomplished in Lesotho is an example of what can be achieved in Africa, should the requisite spectrum also be made available. Vodacom South Africa has been granted a temporary spectrum license of 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band to showcase the same standards-based 5G network capabilities in South Africa.

http://www.vodacom.co.ls/ls-personal/offers/voice-and-data-plans/data-plans/5g



Dell EMC boosts its Cloud-enabled platforms

In conjunction with VMworld in Las Vegas, Dell EMC announced several enhancements to its cloud-enabled infrastructure solutions portfolio.

Highlights include:
  • Dell EMC VxRail and VMware VxRack advancements for software-defined data centers and multi-cloud
  • Infrastructure portfolio updates focused on storage, data protection and security 
  • Additional flexible consumption options with public cloud-like economics to align resources with workload requirements
  • Cloud consulting and technology services advance cloud strategy and execution
  • The introduction of a new nDell EMC Cloud Marketplace self-service portal 
  • Improved data storage utilization by way of tight integration with Virtustream Storage Cloud and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage.
  • Dell EMC Data Domain Cloud DR has been enhanced for application-consistent cloud disaster recovery in AWS, as well as recovery to VMware Cloud on AWS. 
  • Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager noe provides backup and recovery for public cloud workloads, and now offers protection for Microsoft Azure. 
  • VMware vCloud Director features a new data protection extension that now enables cloud service providers to offer an integrated VMware and Data Protection self-service solution to customers. 


"As more applications and traditional workloads move into various clouds, the proliferation of cloud siloes will become inevitable, inhibiting organizations' ability to fully exploit business differentiators like data analytics and burgeoning AI initiatives," said Sam Grocott, senior vice president at Dell EMC. "Dell EMC's focused innovation across its cloud-enabled portfolio of platforms, infrastructure, consumption models and services helps organizations evolve more quickly to a cloud operating model for the modern data center."