Internet privacy has been a constant topic in the news for months, yet, until now, relatively little attention has focused on how consumers really feel about the issue.Taking the pulse of 15,000 survey respondents in 15 different countries across the globe, our new EMC Privacy Index released today reveals how people feel about their privacy on six personal dimensions: as users of social media, as retail consumers, as customers of financial services, as medical patients with electronic medical records, as employees at work, and as citizens of their countries.Reviewing the findings, what surprised me most was the wide variation of opinion across countries, and the people in places like India and Mexico, for example, who say they are much more willing to trade some of their Internet privacy for perceived benefits—whether the ability to get faster services from companies or government agencies online, or simply for the convenience of staying in touch with friends on social media.At the opposite end of the spectrum, survey respondents voiced the most protective opinions about their privacy in my native Germany. On the question of, “Would you be willing to trade some privacy for greater convenience and ease?” fully 71 percent of respondents in Germany answered no, the strongest negative response of any of the countries we surveyed.Being German, this does not surprise me. I consider this opinion an expression of the skeptical, cautious, reserved nature that we as Germans share. It reflects our culture’s feeling that your personal data is something very personal and important that you keep really close to you, something people need to protect. Germans are convinced that the use of personal information should be restricted, and we have pretty strict laws and rules in place, where “opt-in” is the default way of doing business online. Still, there is a lack of trust in Germany about whether government does enough to protect personal privacy. In general, Germans understand that technology is moving blindingly fast and the pace of policy making moves excruciatingly slow, and struggles to keep up with the pace of change in technology.As a global company that does business in 86 different countries around the world, EMC sees many different government and industry approaches to the protection of Internet privacy around the world. The E.U., for example, is much more restrictive than the U.S. And this global variability shapes how the markets we serve are evolving. When it comes to the adoption of cloud computing, for example, we do not expect there will be one global, public cloud standard that will suit all businesses across all countries of the world. Quite the opposite, we see room for many different public cloud providers to cater to local differences, different regulatory regimes, and differences in governance of highly regulated industries, where what applies to a certain industry in Europe may not apply to that industry in Asia or the U.S.As the EMC Privacy Index reveals, when it comes to the safeguarding of Internet privacy, and the trade-offs consumers say they are willing (or not willing) to make in exchange for new services and benefits, this is definitely not a one-answer-fits-all world.
Virtualization has expanded in the data center as organizations seek to maximize the use of resources and simplify operations and management. What’s left to complete this transformation in the final step towards a software defined data center (SDDC)? The network, of course.But the reality is that networks are complex. They also support the business-critical applications and workloads that today’s businesses rely on to operate, compete and grow. The reliance on apps and workloads to run and support the business means that workloads must operate at peak efficiency. Fast is a business imperative, and your network infrastructure needs to provide the performance, stability, and scale that can deliver that speed, both from a physical and virtual perspective.Physical and virtual networks need to work together to support and accelerate business speed. At the same time, a lack of visibility into the underlying physical network and its correlation with the supported virtual overlays means network managers waste time correcting mistakes when deploying and managing virtual networks. That can hinder your ability to bring up new network services quickly and efficiently.The challenge that remains is how to ensure the physical underlay network is provisioned and optimized for virtual environments. In order to do that we need to simplify management across physical and virtual networks. Here’s why:Ease the creation and production of an efficient fabric network. Automation makes the time-consuming process of creating and deploying an open, simple, and efficient network easier while also verifying it will operate as intended without the need for manual intervention. Automation enables a trail of all changes made to the network and can be used to audit the compliance of network configuration to Business Policies. By enabling only a few intents or templates for network configuration, we also reduce the maze of changes that can happen – Keep it simple principle.Eliminate error-prone manual processes. Making changes to the physical layer can be a complex, time-consuming process fraught with the potential for errors that impact a business’ ability to act fast.Gain fabric visibility. Comprehensive and highly intuitive visualization of the time-series data and other telemetry information greatly simplifies the day-to-day operations of the fabric and ensures that the physical and virtual layers of the core networks are synchronized. Visibility and correlation between Physical and Overlay would help debugging, monitoring and capacity planning.Improve fabric lifecycle management. Automating the download, install and verify process ensures that fabric switches are upgraded with the right images.Reduce OpEx. Reduce overhead associated with manual tasks and troubleshooting and reallocate valuable resources to business-critical initiatives. In a typical Data Center, OpEx is the major of the costs and Fabric automation addresses the heart of the problem – namely OpEx.Simplified, unified management across physical and virtual networks not only eliminates the need to rely on multiple management screens and manual processes, it also enables organizations to embrace software-defined networking and realize the benefits of moving away legacy hardware-bound technologies to modern, open technologies that are software-driven and driving innovation.Co-architected by Dell Technologies and VMware, Dell EMC SmartFabric Director helps organizations accelerate data center transformation through more agile central management across virtual and physical network infrastructures. Tight integration between Dell EMC SmartFabric Director and VMware vSphere and NSX-T ensures the seamless functioning of application workloads in a VMware software-defined data center.Learn more about how Dell EMC SmartFabric Director enables a more agile and simplified central management across both virtual and physical network infrastructures, visit here.
The development of our Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS platforms was informed by the challenges the enterprise faces when scaling distributed systems like Hadoop. As data teams continue to scale their Hadoop and analytics systems, the need increases for flexible compute and storage. Data teams are processing more data than ever before, but with the growth of data comes significant management challenges. To address these issues, many data teams pivot to architectures that allow for independent scaling of compute and storage in both Object and HDFS for Hadoop. At Dell Technologies, we have helped our customers work through these challenges for many years.Since our partnership with Hortonworks and Cloudera began in 2015, Dell Technologies has engaged in joint engineering and validation efforts to bring our leading edge file and native HDFS storage product Dell EMC PowerScale and distributed object storage product Dell EMC ECS to both Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Cloudera Data Hub (CDH).Extending the PartnershipWith the release of the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the Cloudera team is enabling IT to deliver easier, faster, and safer self-services analytics experiences. Today, we are announcing our partnership with Cloudera in validating and certifying CDP with PowerScale OneFS and ECS. Our new partnership is built on the base of many years of QATS certification for both CDH & HDP platforms with our unstructured data solutions.“As customers continue to expand their Machine Learning workloads and the storage requirements evolve, we’re excited to partner with Dell Technologies to bring to market solutions backed by its leading-edge unstructured data storage offerings like PowerScale and ECS,” said Nadeem Asghar, VP of Solutions and Partner Engineering at Cloudera. “Dell Technologies shares our commitment to ensuring our customers can always stay ahead of industry and technology trends and we look forward to delivering solutions to our customers for years to come.” Benefits for Data TeamsThis new three-year investment strengthens the Dell Technologies and Cloudera partnership, allowing us to:Continue to support our existing joint customers on existing and future hardware and software releases.Bring shared storage model at scale with innovative and fully validated end-to-end platforms to support the growing Hadoop ecosystem.Over the course of next few months, we are contracted to work jointly with Cloudera to certify PowerScale as the primary HDFS store for CDP-Private Cloud Base 7.1.x. In the same timeframe, we also plan to certify Dell ECS through QATS as the S3 object store for CDP 7.1.x.Building a Solid Data Foundation for AnalyticsFinally, PowerScale’s capability for data consolidation that can manage data for several Hadoop distributions simultaneously enables us to offer phased migration services from CDH or HDP to CDP. This simplifies the process and significantly minimizes business risk in migrating to the new Hadoop distribution. At Dell Technologies, we plan to launch these migration services as CDP-Private Cloud Base becomes available for on-prem deployment.You can find more information about Data Analytics and Hadoop solutions built using PowerScale here and Apache Spark on PowerScale here. For the technically inclined, you can find technical details on Hadoop with PowerScale here. If you have questions or feedback on our Hadoop offerings, please reach out to your local Dell Technologies account executive.
ATLANTA (AP) — A reporter and photojournalist were kicked out of a public town hall event and threatened with arrest for trying to ask a question of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene is a freshman Republican lawmaker from Georgia who has come under heavy criticism for supporting social media posts that advocated violence against Democratic officials. The journalists from WRCB-TV were removed from the public town hall event in Dalton, Georgia, on Wednesday. A spokesman for Greene defended the action, saying the town hall was for constituents and not a press conference. WRCB-TV news director Callie Starnes tells The Associated Press that the journalists were invited to attend the event and given credentials for it.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Episcopal church founded by slaveholders in the 1860s says it will spend $500,000 over the next five years to establish a fund intended as reparations for slavery. The Baltimore Sun reports that members of Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill voted Sunday to set aside $100,000 to donate in the next year to community organizations doing what it termed “justice-centered work.” The fund is intended to address race-based inequalities that have proliferated for generations in the church and in the community at large. A church advisory group will choose beneficiaries that focus their work on issues of housing, education, environmental justice or civic engagement.