HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Dell Technologies | October 13, 2022
Dell Technologies introduces Project Frontier, which will deliver an edge operations software platform, integrated with Dell's edge portfolio, for customers to more securely manage and orchestrate edge applications and infrastructure for deployments at global scale.
The complexities of edge operations—in locations from manufacturing floors and retail stores to remote wind turbines—are growing as more organizations want to manage and secure data at the source but have limited IT support to do it. According to a 2022 IDC survey, 42% of businesses say the most challenging aspect of edge deployments is putting together an entire edge solution1. With the amount of data generated growing nine times annually and expected to reach 221 exabytes by 20262, organizations need a simple and effective way to manage and secure the diverse ecosystem of edge technologies.
"We're seeing exponential growth in applications running at the edge, making edge the next frontier of business transformation—where devices, infrastructure and data come together to deliver real-time insights at scale. "With this growth, comes complexity. It's not feasible to have IT staff deployed at every edge location. Our decades of edge experience combined with our new solutions help customers simplify their edge and streamline their data to gain insights ranging from factory safety and the speed and precision of patient care in hospitals, while providing more choice in how they realize their edge and multicloud technologies."
Gil Shneorson, senior vice president of edge solutions, Dell Technologies
Dell's Project Frontier to more securely scale edge operations for any enterprise use case
With the Project Frontier edge operations software platform, customers can expect:
Their choice of software applications, IoT frameworks, operational technologies (OT), multicloud environments and future technologies supported by an open design that will consolidate existing and new enterprise edge use cases.
Zero Trust-enabled security protection across edge applications, data and infrastructure, from design to deployment, backed by end-to-end supply chain security measures.
Greater efficiency and reliability of end-to-end edge operations with centralized management, zero-touch deployment and secure device onboarding.
Minimal need for IT expertise in the field with automation to streamline edge deployments and operations across potentially thousands of edge locations.
Integration of edge compute and storage hardware with workloads for ease of serviceability and increased security.
Global planning and support services across 170 countries to help design edge deployments and create a roadmap for scaling customers' edge infrastructure to meet new demand.
As an example, Dell Technologies is one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and manages one of the largest global supply chains. Dell plans to deploy the edge platform to deliver increased production line efficiencies by simplifying operations, securely connecting critical data from the production floor to IT infrastructure and enabling real-time reporting of automation data. Additionally, with the Dell Edge Design Program, Dell is collaborating with customers to help design and shape the development of Project Frontier to meet their specific needs.
"IDC sees a wide range of locations where modern edge workloads will be deployed, and it is critical that these environments are highly resilient and can operate with limited human intervention," said Jennifer Cooke, IDC Research Director for Edge Strategies. "Dell's efforts with its Project Frontier look to be a strong step forward in realizing an architecture to address these needs and help customers streamline their edge operations."
"Dell Technologies and Atos have long worked together to deliver more value to businesses by helping them realize the full potential of their data," said Arnaud Langer, Global Edge and IoT senior product director, Atos. "We look forward to collaborating on new edge innovations that can help organizations significantly simplify and secure their edge while improving business outcomes."
Innovations across Dell infrastructure and end user portfolio simplify edge deployments
As Project Frontier comes to life, Dell is expanding its current edge portfolio to help businesses scale and manage their edge deployments.
Edge analytics and operations: Manufacturers can remove complexities and streamline how they deploy edge applications with an enhanced Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge. The solution now includes new Dell-validated partner applications to support advanced edge use cases and improve factory processes and efficiencies, while reducing waste and raw materials usage for more sustainable operations. For example, Claroty provides asset discovery, network protection, threat detection and vulnerability and risk management for cyber-physical systems. Cognex machine vision helps improve manufacturing quality and performance by eliminating defects, verifying assembly and tracking information during the production process. Telit automates data collection and management from sensors, devices, machines and factories with its IoT platform. XMPro creates composable digital twins of factory operations to help manufacturers save time and materials during the factory operating process. Manufacturers can respond quickly to changes in demand and enable reconfigurable production lines with Dell's private 5G capability.
Edge compute and analytics: The Dell PowerEdge XR4000 is the shortest depth server in the Dell PowerEdge family at about the size of a shoebox. The XR4000 is 60% shorter than traditional data center servers, and its multiple mounting options allow it to be installed in a rack, on walls or ceilings, saving valuable floor space. The multi-node, 2U chassis server can survive unpredictable conditions like heat waves or falls. While small, the XR4000 is a high-performance server capable of supporting a wide range of edge workloads and is designed with Intel® Xeon® D processors with multi-operating system as well as optional GPU support. The XR4000 is available with the Dell Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge and powers new Dell VxRail rugged modular nodes, delivering high performance and scalability in high latency, low bandwidth locations.
Edge data collection: Built to withstand the most demanding edge locations, the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the industry's lightest3, most powerful4, 12" fully-rugged tablet. Designed to operate in extreme cold and hot environments, this tablet is rated for maximum protection against dust, dirt and water—ideal for first responders and outdoor environments. New Wi-Fi 6E5 capability with dual-band support provides more reliable connectivity, 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors deliver powerful performance, and optional integrated features, such as a barcode scanner, GPS module and smartcard reader, increase productivity in the field. The tablet is made to be viewed in the brightest, harshest lighting with the largest screen-area for a 12" fully-rugged, military-grade tablet6.
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DATA STORAGE,WINDOWS SERVER OS,WINDOWS SERVER MANAGEMENT
Equinix | December 08, 2022
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced its commitment to reducing its overall power use by increasing operating temperature ranges within its data centers – the first such commitment by an operator of colocation data centers. Starting immediately, Equinix will begin to define a multi-year global roadmap for thermal operations within its data centers aimed at achieving significantly more efficient cooling and decreased carbon impacts, all while continuing to deliver the premium operating environment Equinix is known for. Over time, this initiative is expected to enable thousands of Equinix customers to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions associated with their data center operations as supply chain sustainability becomes an increasingly important part of the overall environmental initiatives of today's businesses.
IT equipment within data centers, including routers, servers and storage arrays, emit high levels of heat that requires data centers to be fitted with robust cooling systems to remove that heat. "Most datacenters operate within restrictive temperature and humidity bands, resulting in environments that are unnecessarily cooler than required," said Rob Brothers, Program Vice President, Datacenter Services, IDC. "Equinix will work with enterprises to change the way we think about operating temperatures within datacenter environments and how the industry can ensure optimal service levels for mission-critical digital infrastructure, while improving data center efficiencies. With this initiative, Equinix will play a key role in driving change in the industry and help shape the overall sustainability story we all need to participate in."
"As a long-time partner, we are pleased to see that Equinix is driving efficient data center operations through smart, sustainable operating practices," said Sue Preston, vice president and general manager, Advisory and Professional Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). "Optimizing data center temperatures results in more efficient operations, benefitting businesses and the planet. Through the HPE GreenLake alliance, both HPE and Equinix offer a comprehensive, cloud-smart and sustainable customer solution."
As a part of this new efficiency initiative, Equinix expects to operate its facilities closer to 27°C (80°F), aligning operating limits across its global data center portfolio with the globally accepted boundaries of the A1A standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). When combined with existing Equinix initiatives such as optimizing the use of outside air temperatures to cool its data centers, this new initiative will contribute to the overall sustainability of its data centers through efficiency improvements measured through Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). PUE represents the total amount of power being used by a data center divided by the power used to run the IT equipment within the data center, providing an industry standard for data center energy efficiency.
"Our cooling systems account for approximately 25% of our total energy usage globally," said Raouf Abdel, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Equinix. "With this new initiative, we can intelligently adjust the thermostat in our data centers in the same way that consumers do in their homes. Once rolled out across our current global data center footprint, we anticipate energy efficiency improvements of as much as 10% in various locations."
Data centers are critical to our daily lives, housing the equipment and interconnecting the businesses that fuel our digital lives – from online shopping to sending emails to streaming movies and video calls. Data Center Services for Equinix. "As more than 10,000 businesses globally rely on Equinix's digital infrastructure, it plays a critical role in their supply chains. This initiative, once deployed, has the potential to significantly benefit these businesses as they seek to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions in their supply chain to meet their overall climate targets. It marks an important step in our comprehensive sustainability program and our climate-neutral commitment."
Jon Lin, Executive Vice President and General Manager
Equinix is the world's digital infrastructure company™. Digital leaders harness Equinix's trusted platform to bring together and interconnect foundational infrastructure at software speed. Equinix enables organizations to access all the right places, partners and possibilities to scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences and multiply their value, while supporting their sustainability goals.
STORAGE MANAGEMENT, WINDOWS SERVER MANAGEMENT, IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Marvell | October 21, 2022
Marvell Technology, Inc., a leader in data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, today announced a comprehensive 3nm silicon platform to advance its industry-leading products across the cloud data center, carrier, enterprise, and automotive markets. Leveraging Marvell's success in 5nm, which includes the industry's first 5nm Data Processing Unit (DPU) – the OCTEON® 10 platform, this suite of advanced technology enables cutting-edge monolithic and multi-die solutions for its customers in the industry's most advanced process node, delivering the performance, power, and density (size) necessary to meet most demanding infrastructure requirements for compute, next generation 100T Ethernet switching, and 5G Advanced baseband processing.
The new 3nm Marvell silicon, which is now in fabrication with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on its 3nm shuttle, is available for new product designs and includes foundational IP building blocks such as long reach SerDes, PCIe Gen6 PHY, and several standards-based die-to-die interconnect technologies for managing data flow across the data infrastructure. This 3nm development follows numerous 5nm solutions from Marvell – in production or development – that span its unrivaled portfolio of electro-optics, switch, PHY, compute, 5G baseband, and storage products, as well as a wide range of custom ASIC programs.
Additionally, this IP portfolio is compatible with 2.5D packaging technologies such as TSMC's leading-edge 2.5D Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) and will enable Marvell to develop some of the most advanced multi-die, multi-chiplet systems-in-package (SiP) for its industry-leading infrastructure products and co-development of custom ASIC solutions optimized for some of the most challenging infrastructure use cases, such as machine learning.
Silicon Advancing the Cloud
With data and internet traffic approximately doubling every two years, cloud service providers, software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, and telecommunication carriers are increasingly relying on silicon optimized by semiconductor providers to deliver breakthrough performance and bandwidth while minimizing power consumption, emissions, and cost. Achieving these objectives, particularly for hyperscale cloud providers, requires silicon partners to move quickly to the most advanced process node available to take advantage of the inherent scaling benefits in power, performance, and density.
Marvell delivers a wide range of industry-leading standard products for cloud infrastructure including electro-optics, processors, accelerators, optical modules, Ethernet switches, storage controllers and PHY chips, and offers customized products through Marvell's ASIC portfolio. By developing and validating each of the critical IP blocks in silicon early in the availability of the 3nm process, Marvell can significantly accelerate customers' time-to-market while reducing the design risk and verification efforts associated with its complex monolithic or multi-die SoC designs.
"Marvell teamed with TSMC to provide our customers with the power to build high-performance, cloud-optimized solutions for the most demanding applications requiring the industry's first 3nm IP on silicon. "The 3nm platform provides advantages for a wide range of solutions, from standard and application-specific SoCs to highly custom chips with unique and innovative designs."
Raghib Hussain, President of Products & Technologies at Marvell
"TSMC is pleased to collaborate with Marvell in taping out a chip on our 3nm shuttle to validate critical cloud-focused IPs," said Yujun Li, Director of High Performance Computing Business Development at TSMC. "TSMC is looking forward to our continued collaboration with Marvell in the development of leading-edge multi-die SoCs utilizing TSMC's process and packaging technologies."
"The cloud will play an outsized role in transforming healthcare, curbing emissions, and taking on other real-world challenges, but only if cloud providers can continue to increase the overall performance and efficiency of their infrastructure," said Alan Weckel, co-founder of the 650 Group. "Marvell's collaboration with TSMC and its strategy of optimizing silicon building blocks for a wide spectrum of devices and applications is poised to play a critical role in allowing cloud providers to fulfill that promise."
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