In any industry that operates “machinery” such as manufacturing, transportation, construction, or any machine-heavy field, downtime and shrinking MTBF (mean time between failures) are the enemies, topped only by outright system failure. All three greatly increase overhead, and, combined with crisis maintenance, can result in significant losses for companies that need to be operating smoothly. How can organizations better handle their assets and ensure that operations are functioning and production is intact?The answer is predictive maintenance: the shift in maintenance practices from reactive to proactive, increasing productivity and reducing downtime. The benefits — lower costs, better-functioning machines, and consistent production and delivery — are obvious, but getting there can be challenging. IT can help the operations department by providing it with predictive analytics, whereby operations can collect and analyze information to identify risks and opportunities and ensure that predictive maintenance is a reality.Predictive Analytics: The Key to Proactive MaintenanceThe value of predictive analytics is that it empowers maintenance and operations decision-makers to “see” when an asset will need intervention well in advance of its failure. Predictive analytics provides the highest possible visibility of an asset by collecting and analyzing various types of asset data. To obtain excellent predictive maintenance, organizations must bridge the gap between information technology and operations technology. The way to do this is with the ecosystem of sensors, devices, and equipment known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies can transmit and receive IoT data for tracking, analysis, and action. But to do so, they need their IT organizations to manage, at a viable cost, the global deployments of technology that are necessary to enable 24/7 access to IoT data. In fact, some companies are already doing so: According to a recent survey report, “best-in-class” companies are increasingly using IoT to implement predictive maintenance models that address their top operational challenges to improve their use of assets.1 This report revealed that the benefits of predictive maintenance practices include:Reduced unplanned downtime by 3.5% – Amount of unscheduled downtime against total availabilityImproved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to 89% – Multiplying availability, performance, and qualityReduced maintenance costs by 13% year over year – including time and personnelIncreased return on assets (RoA) by 24% – Profit earned from equipment resources through improved uptimeA Comprehensive Dell Solution for Predictive MaintenanceWhile IoT is transformative, sensors alone do not transform operations, and data points without connectivity do not transform business activity. It takes expertise and a holistic perspective to put together a solution that embraces all of the benefits of predictive maintenance. It was with these benefits in mind that Dell collaborated with SAP on a Dell SAP IoT solution that brings predictive maintenance quickly to life in an operations environment.The solution combines Dell Edge Gateways for IoT with SAP HANA and SAP HANA Vora for real-time analytics and Cloudera Hadoop for unstructured data storage. SAP HANA enables the move from reactive to predictive maintenance and service by analyzing large volumes of operational and transactional data. It provides in-depth insight into asset history and trends to help predict maintenance and service needs.Dell Edge Gateway 5000, part of the Dell Edge Gateways for IoT series, supports best practices for predictive maintenance in several ways. It is an industrial-grade, scalable solution that works with a variety of critical protocols, data sources, and data types to enable the collection of the predictive data you need. To support the predictive analytics powered by SAP HANA, Dell Edge Gateway 5000 hosts SAP SQL Anywhere, which connects to other databases via Mobilink. This comprehensive remote data management system allows for full data synchronization to a consolidated database, even in large and complex environments. It also interfaces with OSIsoft for integration with SAP HANA.At the core, SAP HANA, deployed on a Dell PowerEdge R930 HANA Appliance, analyzes equipment performance data and uses predictive algorithms to forecast future performance failure. It uses predefined models to automate decision making and make maintenance recommendations. With the help of SAP HANA Vora, it enables data analytics on unstructured sensor data, combined with data from enterprise sources, to identify patterns that help predict failures with ample time to prevent them.Cloudera Hadoop enables distributed storage and distributed processing of very large data sets on a clustered platform. In this case, it acts as a persistent storage layer for the streaming of unstructured equipment sensor data. Dell’s Hadoop platform is thoroughly tested and validated for use in the acceleration of these big data deployments.Realizing the PotentialTrue predictive maintenance based on IoT has the potential to transform the industrial world — and organizations that understand and use this technology will have a competitive edge. Using IoT to link operations’ rich information stores with IT’s analytical power will be the key to gaining this competitive edge, and Dell’s predictive maintenance solutions for SAP systems now makes this more accessible.For more information on best practices for predictive maintenance, see Dell | SAP IFM Predictive Maintenance Reference Architecture and the Dell Predictive Maintenance Blueprint “Six Steps to Using the IoT to Deliver Maintenance Efficiency”, and for more information about Dell innovative solutions for SAP systems, please visit the Dell SAP website or contact the Global SAP Center of Excellence – Dell’s Think Tank for SAP.1 Aberdeen Group, “Analytics for the Internet of Things: Who, How, and Why?” (2015; http://aberdeen.com/research/11449/11449-rr-iot-analytics/content.aspx
As organizations move along the path of digital transformation, enterprise cloud usage continues to evolve as well. IDC has predicted that by 2020, over 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms. Over time, workloads will become more dynamic and applications will span clouds or move between them for resiliency, performance and cost considerations.The public cloud allows businesses to be much more efficient in consuming technology, paying only for what they need. In addition, public cloud service providers are constantly innovating around data management, artificial intelligence and machine learning. A modern hybrid strategy provides access to such innovations and allows businesses to exploit the best that each service provider has to offer.With multi-cloud environments becoming the norm, organizations will have to face the complex task of pulling together a seamlessly integrated data protection strategy that will merge disparate cloud services and automate movement of data across their cloud ecosystems. Leading organizations worldwide use Dell EMC’s Data Protection Solutions to simplify, accelerate, and scale their backup and recovery environments.Dell EMC Data Protection solutions support native backup tiering to public or private clouds for cost-effective storage of long-term backup retention data, eliminating the need for physical tape infrastructure. For customers looking to extend their data protection to the cloud, we provide solutions for leading cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, Google, and Alibaba. Our continued innovation has enhanced our hybrid and multi-cloud data protection capabilities and helps customers reduce the risk of data loss, decrease CAPEX and OPEX costs, and improve their operational management efficiencies.Data Protection Solutions for Multi-CloudLong-Term RetentionWhen it comes to long-term retention in multi-cloud environments, the Data Domain (DD) Family has been the number-one choice when it comes to the Purpose Built Backup Appliance market. Both Data Domain and our Integrated Data Protection Appliances (IDPA) provide best-in-class deduplication and scale for your data protection needs, including the ability to tier data to the cloud for long-term retention. With Dell EMC Cloud Tier, you can send data directly from the DD appliance to any of the validated and supported cloud object storage providers – public, private or hybrid – for long-term retention needs. For example, Dell EMC helped Baker Tilly clients with 24×7 access to vital financial data. Listen to this great customer story here.Dell EMC Cloud Tier can scale up to 2x the max capacity of the active tier, increasing the overall DD system scalability by up to 3x. For example, the DD9800 scales up to 1PB of usable capacity on the active tier; therefore, the cloud tier can support up to 2PB of usable capacity.Factoring in DD deduplication ratios, this results in up to 100PB of logical capacity being efficiently protected in the cloud and overall 150PB of logical capacity being managed by a single DD system. Purchase an IDPA DP4400, and you will receive 5TB of Dell EMC Cloud Tier for free.Similarly, our new PowerProtect Software, software-defined and multi-cloud optimized for long-term retention, offers efficient data management capabilities across your ever-changing IT environment, leveraging the latest evolution of Dell EMC trusted protection storage architecture. With operational simplicity, agility and flexibility at its core, PowerProtect Software enables the protection, management and recovery of data at scale in on-premises, virtualized and cloud deployments. Self-service capabilities drive operational efficiency, and IT governance controls ensure compliance, making even the strictest service-level objectives easy to meet.Cloud Disaster RecoveryFor modern disaster recovery, Dell EMC offers Cloud Disaster Recovery (CDR) to copy backed-up VMs to the public cloud. CDR has been recognized for application-consistent cloud disaster recovery in AWS or Azure, as well as recovery to VMware Cloud™ on AWS. CDR saves CAPEX costs by reducing the need to build additional data centers for disaster recovery and with these new enhancements further improves the viability of public cloud disaster recovery options. This Cloud Disaster Recovery solution also provides 5TB CDR free with the purchase of IDPA DP4400.Dell EMC modern management simplifies the backup and recovery of VMware images across your data protection environment with an enhanced HTML 5 UI.In-Cloud Data ProtectionDell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager, a SaaS offering for AWS and Azure, breaks cloud silos as a multi-cloud solution, making it easier for customers to organize and protect public cloud workloads. Customers can quickly discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds and regions based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery, using one SaaS tool that does not require installation or infrastructure. Take advantage of our 30-day free Cloud Snapshot Manager trial.Data Protection for Service ProvidersVMware and Dell EMC Data Protection have greatly enhanced their integration, making it easier for service providers to jointly deliver VMware and Backup as a Service. Now cloud service providers with multi-tenant VMware environments can offer their customers robust, integrated data protection with a best-in-class user experience through vCloud Director or Backup as a Service. Service providers and their customers can benefit from the proven low operating cost, high scalability and performance of Dell EMC Data Protection, and purchase directly through VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP), paying in arrears.It has never been easier for you to extend your customer’s infrastructure to the cloud with simplicity, automation and scale – at a fraction of the cost – making you a trusted partner in backup and recovery.Integration with VMware Today, most workloads run on VMware virtual machines (VMs). Protecting these environments can get complicated as the amount of data, applications, and VMs continues to increase. As users adopt cloud technologies, the movement of both data centers and the data protection environment further complicates matters because organizations must deal with siloed data, as well as multiple solutions and vendors.To accelerate our customers’ IT transformation and enable data protection for VMware and cloud environments, Dell EMC and VMware together offer easy, secure and cost-effective solutions with deep integration points. As more users adopt multi-cloud environments, Dell EMC’s deep integration with VMware’s user interface becomes more and more important, providing best user experience for VMware users on premises or in the cloud.Visit us on the floor at VMworld in booth 1027 – we can’t wait to see you!Dell EMC for Cloud Protection ResourcesWeb: dellemc.com/cloudprotectionESG Research, Dell Multi-Cloud Data Protection: ESG Results VideoNEW multi-cloud optimized PowerProtect SoftwareVMware Protection: dellemc.com/vmwareprotectionData Protection for Service Providers Web IDC FutureScape https://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp
Application architectures are evolving. The value of cloud-native approaches including faster delivery and better service levels is widely recognized and that is driving a rapid evolution of the Information Technology (IT) architectures in enterprises today. Certainly, the software development and delivery paradigm is shifting, but even organizations that don’t develop their own applications are seeing the value of containerized workloads and need to develop a strategy for adoption.Right alongside the application architecture evolution, the enterprise IT operations paradigm has evolved rapidly. The simplicity of public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has led organizations to rethink how they purchase and operate on-premises equipment. Cloud is an operating model, not a place – meaning it is about how you’re using IT infrastructure not about where you run an application. There are opportunities for tremendous returns if that operating model is implemented for on-premises infrastructure.These two forces are driving the requirement for some fundamental capabilities in enterprise IT today:The ability to simultaneously support both virtualized and containerized workloads in a production-ready environment.The automation of lifecycle management for private cloud infrastructure.With VMware being the market share leader today in virtualization, most organizations have existing investments in the supporting infrastructure and skills to run that environment as well as current applications that are optimized to run there. Kubernetes is the de-facto standard for container orchestration and a key building block for any organization looking to add cloud-native software to the mix. It makes the most sense for organizations to implement Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) n a way that embraces and extends their virtualization investments. This is why we’re so excited that Dell Technologies Cloud Platform supports VMware PKS on Cloud Foundation on VxRail, creating a truly unified platform for enterprise IT.The simplicity of cloud operations may be best summarized by saying that users of public cloud don’t have to invest a lot of time or energy in standing up and patching/versioning/updating the underlying infrastructure. This is where the Dell Tech Cloud approach shines as well. With automated lifecycle management for both the IaaS and CaaS infrastructure, delivering significant improvements in efficiency and reliability. For example, patches are presented as packages that include updates to all components in an integrated bundle to include VxRail system software, hypervisor, management tools and all other parts of the VMware Cloud Foundation stack. This allows an operator to perform a non-disruptive cluster-aware rolling upgrade of all relevant components so that downtime is avoided, and the system stays up-to-date. PKS includes current upstream Kubernetes as well as other crucial cloud-native ecosystem software. The deployment and updating of VMware PKS is also automated as part of this solution so that organizations have a standardized CaaS environment that can always stay fresh and secure.The evolution of application architectures and operating paradigms is placing new demands on enterprise IT. Having a single environment that supports both virtualized and containerized workloads and has automated lifecycle management across the full stack provides crucial support to organizations dealing with this dual dynamic. Dell Technologies Cloud Platform delivers the right capabilities to help organizations adopt a cloud operating model today. For more information please visit Dellemc.com/cloud
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife biologists say a 34-year-old grizzly bear captured in southwestern Wyoming has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region. Grizzly bear 168 was captured last summer after it preyed on cattle. The Jackson Hole Hole News & Guide reports the male had just a few teeth left and weighed 170 pounds. When he was 5 years old, he weighed 450 pounds. Wildlife officials euthanized the old bear in July 2020 because of his poor health and because he would likely continue to prey on calves.
New York (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival breakthrough “CODA” seems set to expand the conversation about diversity in Hollywood. The film, whose title stands for “Child of Deaf Adults,” won two top prizes at the festival and broke a Sundance record when Apple acquired it for $25 million. It follows a young woman who is the only hearing person in her family. She contemplates leaving the family’s struggling fishing business and her role as their interpreter to pursue her dreams at the Berklee College of Music. The cast includes Marlee Matlin, the only deaf actor to win an Oscar.