Why Dell EMC May Move into Storage Acquisition Mode

Following a five-year absence, Dell has returned to the public markets, undergoing a complex reverse IPO with VMware just before Christmas. It’s a development that could have enormous implications for enterprise data storage. Newly flush with public capital, Dell has a powerful tool with which to make acquisitions, and the company now has plenty of incentive to do so.

Dell still has a lot of product consolidation work to complete left over from its $67 billion acquisition of EMC in 2016, and the macro trends around how the enterprise manages and stores data are starting to drive organizations away from on-premises storage equipment to hybrid cloud-based storage services. Dell can always rely on VMware to help the company compete in cloud computing, but Dell will need to be able to provide customers with on-demand, OpEx-based data storage and management solutions.

Acquisition is the obvious way to fill these gaps, and Dell’s re-entry into the M&A market could drive up valuations and accelerate exits for young storage companies. In this eWEEK Data Points article, Laz Vekiarides, a former Dell and EqualLogic executive and current CTO of ClearSky Data, offers readers six points about the potential impact Dell’s newly public status could have on enterprise data storage and management.

Data Point No. 1: Dell is still the 800-lb. gorilla of enterprise storage.


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Fujitsu Drives Data Center Transformation with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for SAP HANA®


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Munich, January 18, 2019 – Fujitsu today announces new options for enabling businesses to run mission-critical SAP HANA® workloads on a hyper-converged infrastructure. These options will allow businesses to manage and scale advanced, fully-virtualized SAP solution environments
The Fujitsu Integrated System PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN unlocks the benefits of decoupling compute, storage and networking capabilities from underlying hardware. This means businesses can enjoy cloud-like economies by virtualizing entire data centers running all workloads – including SAP applications and other business applications running on SAP HANA– on a common, software-defined pool of resources.

As a result, high-performance applications can be scaled according to demand, with the benefit of a unified management of resources. Optimizing on-premises resources delivers cost savings and powers the performance of data-rich applications. This enables enterprises to plan for the flexible growth of SAP solution landscapes in line with the demands of the digital era – while the hyper-converged approach builds a bridge to future cloud integration.

Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN is an end-to-end infrastructure solution built on best-in class components, including high-performance, four-socket Fujitsu PRIMERGY x86 servers, which have consistently excelled in benchmark tests, and the market-leading VMware virtualization software vSAN. The solution supports four-socket servers, and is fully optimized for SAP HANA and applications that leverage the speed of in-memory databases, such as real-time data analytics.

Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN comes with a range of management options. Simplified data center operation via the integrated Fujitsu ServerView server management suite allows advanced monitoring and management of all critical hardware components. Fujitsu Software Infrastructure Manager gives organizations centralized control over entire datacenters, while Fujitsu Software Enterprise Service Catalog Manager is a stepping stone for customers to turn their virtual infrastructures into hybrid cloud environments. A comprehensive package of consulting, integration and support services from Fujitsu further streamlines the implementation and operation of Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware vSAN.

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Five Young Companies Making An Impact On The World To Watch In 2019

It’s been a great year for new startups and 2019 promises to be no less exciting, with new technologies to adopt, frontiers to explore, and environmental and sustainability challenges to overcome, testing entrepreneurs’ innovative capabilities to the max.

Here are five companies already promising to make an impact on the world that are ones to watch in 2019 and beyond.

Bee Vectoring Technologies

Canadian tech firm Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) has developed a commercial alternative to pesticide spraying of food crops using bumblebees to distribute a naturally occurring, organic, inoculating fungus during their natural foraging cycle, makes it one to watch.

The BVT system, which has been in R&D for several years, has commercially reared bumblebees walk through a specialist tray dispenser of organic, inoculating powder before exiting their hive and dropping spores on each plant they visit. The powder contains a naturally occurring fungus, clonostachys rosea. When absorbed by a plant it enables it to effectively block destructive diseases such as botrytis in strawberries.

The process is 100% natural, harmless to bees, animals and humans, and reduces the need for chemical pesticide spraying. In recent large-scale commercial demonstrations on strawberries in Florida, not only did the BVT system deliver comparable or improved disease protection over sprayed chemicals, it also delivered fruit yield increases of between 7% and 29%. In a recent trial on blueberries in Nova Scotia, yield increases were recorded at 77%.

More: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisoncoleman/2018/12/30/five-young-companies-making-an-impact-on-the-world-to-watch-in-2019/#51388f7c1ac4

How Japan Is Harnessing IoT Technology To Support Its Aging Population

If you’re a diabetes patient in Japan, the gods may be watching over you. The country is struggling with rising numbers of diabetics, but a novel approach to managing Type 2 diabetes mixes a bit of psychology with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as seven lucky gods from Japanese folklore. It’s part of a broader trend in which Japan is deploying cutting-edge technology to grapple with an aging population.

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