Edge Data Centers: The Promise and the Peril

first_imgThe following is a guest post from Michael Kanellos of OSIsoft a member of Dell’s Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Partner Program.Where we put computing assets changes with the times.In the 1950s and 1960s, computers were housed in centralized rooms. Desktops distributed computing power across organizations in the 1980s. Then, ten years ago, the cloud began to gain momentum and you saw companies shut down their own data centers and migrate applications to data centers that rivaled the Pentagon in size.But guess what: the next counter reaction is already underway. Companies are discovering that trying to migrate all of your applications to the cloud generates bandwidth congestion, latency and cost. The recent attacks on some large data centers have also pointed up the risks of centralization.Edge data centers—i.e. modular pods containing half rack to four racks of computing equipment along with the necessary power and cooling systems–won’t replace clouds. Instead, they will supplement them, particularly when it comes to the Internet of Things. An edge data center could be installed at an offshore wind farm to conduct predictive analytics or manage equipment. Intel, among others, estimates that 40 percent of IoT data will never make it to a centralized data center: it will be consumed, analyzed and stored where it was generated with only necessary snapshots of performance or critical data streams being sent to headquarters.Similarly, carriers can locate them in metropolitan neighborhoods to cache videos or other content to improve service. Some early market forecasts predict that edge data centers could become a $6.8 billion business by 2020.But here’s the rub. How do you manage thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of servers spread across a geographic region? This is the challenge OSIsoft and Dell EMC’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) division have set out to solve. You know who Dell EMC is, and its ESI division delivers tailored solutions to large, scale-out markets like carriers and service providers. OSIsoft is probably less familiar but there’s a good chance you’re using our software as you read. We produce software that helps utilities and other large organizations capture and organize data from transformers, oil drilling platforms, production equipment, pumps and other devices. Water utilities use our PI System to help predict demand (or prepare for floods) while brewers use it to maintain an even fermentation across their beers.Dell EMC ESI and OSIsoft are developing best practices for integrating the PI System into its micro Modular Data Centers (MDCs) to monitor electricity consumption, avoid peak power charges, detect early warning signs of failure and other tasks.  This data is collected via a Dell IoT gateway where tier 1 analytics can be applied before sending relevant data to the cloud.  Performance data of fleets of micro MDCs can then be served up to operations dashboards or made available over mobile phones.OSIsoft and Dell EMC have worked together since 2013. The PI System, for instance, is integrated into Dell EMC MDCs deployed by some of the largest cloud providers. The PI System data has helped these customers reduce human error, compare the performance of different modules, automate processes like PUE analysis and make data center commissioning a more repeatable process.A lot of attention is directed to the center, but keep your eyes on the edge. And for those attending Dell EMC World next week, be sure to stop by the Service Provider and Industry Solutions Pavilion to see Dell EMCs micro MDC in person, along with our joint demo that shows operators how they can administer and manage MDCs from all over the world as well as the associated IT from a single point of control.Michael Kanellos is a technology analyst at OSIsoft where his job is to write about the impact IoT will have on our lives. He’s been covering Dell for decades.last_img read more

Ensuring Innovators Have the Latest Tech at Their Fingertips: Introducing the Updated Dell Precision 7000 Series Tower and Rack Workstations

first_imgWhen the most innovative and creative minds are looking to not only change their industry, but the world as we know it, they demand that their technology will deliver remarkable performance. So, it is no surprise that innovators across manufacturing, design, healthcare and media and entertainment turn to the powerful Dell Precision 7000 Series workstation portfolio as their tool of choice.Dell has been a leader in workstation technology for over two decades because we are driven by our customers’ insights and experiences, and we continue to purposefully design products with intelligent performance and mission-critical reliability for industry applications and emerging technologies like VR and AI. Inspired by our customers’ drive to push boundaries in their work, we have upgraded our Precision 7000 Series workstation towers and rack to deliver higher performance and massive scalability for the most demanding workloads.Next month, Dell’s flagship tower workstation, the Dell Precision 7920 tower, and the Dell Precision 7820 tower, will be updated to include the new 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors and NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ graphic options to deliver outstanding performance for the most demanding applications and largest datasets, including enhancements for artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. As always, the Dell Precision Optimizer is available on all Precision workstations, and both towers are “Ready for VR.” For a small cost, Dell Precision Optimizer Premium is also available. This is an innovative feature using AI-based technology to tune the workstation based on how it is being used.  The smart multichannel thermal design continues to deliver advanced cooling and acoustics. We are proud to be the only mainstream tower workstation family to offer an externally accessible tool-less power supply and FlexBays for lockable, hot-swappable drives for serviceability and security.For customers seeking the highest level of secure, remotely accessible 1:1 workstation performance, the refreshed Dell Precision 7920 rack workstation delivers all the performance and scalability of our flagship Dell Precision 7920 Tower in a flexible, convenient and secure 2U rack form factor. This rack workstation is ideal for OEMs and customers who need to locate their compute resources and valuable data in central environments. This option can also help reduce noise, heat and save space while providing secure remote access to external employees and contractors.What’s Inside MattersConfiguration options will include the recently announced 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, built for advanced workstation professionals, with up to 28 cores, 56 threads, and 3 TB DDR4 RDIMM, and support for ground-breaking technologies such as Intel® Deep Learning Boost, a new set of Intel® AVX-512 instructions. These industry-leading new Precision 7000 Series workstations will be available in May, with high-performance storage capacity options, including up to 120TB/96TB of Enterprise SATA HDD and up to 16TB of super-fast PCIe NVMe SSDs.Come say hello at NAB 2019 and COFES 2019They say that seeing is believing and when it comes to the power of our new Precision 7000 Series workstations, that could not be more true. Dell workstation specialists with be onsite at both NAB 2019 (Booth #SL8011) and COFES 2019 over the coming days, so be sure to stop by and check out the latest technology for intensive workloads. From media and entertainment to engineering, manufacturing and healthcare, Dell Precision continues to be a leader across industries by delivering next generation innovation today. We look forward to seeing many of you at these industry events in the coming months.last_img read more

Man pleads guilty in conspiracy to kidnap Michigan governor

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — One of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Ty Garbin appeared in federal court in Grand Rapids, a few hours after prosecutors filed a plea agreement that’s loaded with details about the operation and his pledge to cooperate with investigators. The deal signed by Garbin says the group discussed an incredible scheme to snatch Whitmer at her lakeside vacation home and destroy a bridge to slow down police. The FBI in October said it broke up a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor by anti-government extremists upset over her coronavirus restrictions. Six people are charged in federal court; eight more are charged in state court.last_img read more