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VIDEO: 27 million people, 1 cloud – how Woolworths is “going hybrid”

first_imgAustralia’s agricultural sector racks up around $40 billion in exports per year, driven primarily by exports to China, Indonesia and Japan. For Australian food retailers like Woolworths, Asia’s economic growth and development is opening up major opportunities for expansion – but they also need infrastructure that’s agile and scalable enough to meet this literal hunger for Australian produce while also keeping pace with the appetites of 27 million Australians.Woolworths is banking on hybrid cloud to help them keep up with local and regional demand. The national supermarket chain’s goal is to replace a range of siloed legacy systems with a single multi-cloud solution. This is where VCE’s Vblocks come in: Woolworths is using two Vblock 720 systems to govern how its workloads are hosted between cloud “zones”, including virtual data centres, offshore hosting environments, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. The Vblocks, which support almost 300TB of data with both active-active and active-passive configurations, have reduced ownership costs by more than 25% and cut provisioning time from 6 months to as little as 6 weeks since being installed nearly 2 years ago.The end goal, says Woolies’ head of infrastructure Matt Chamley, is for Woolworths’ IT to be agile enough to compete with emerging e-commerce food retailers, many of whom also have their eyes on the high-value Asian market. With the benefits of converged infrastructure already being felt across the IT department, Woolworths’s next step is to start translating these into more robust, innovative e-commerce offerings, putting them in a strong position to secure local and regional demand.Read more about Woolworths’ use of Vblocks on Computerworld and ZDnet.last_img read more

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Why HPC Matters: Saving Lives

first_imgFrom enabling precision medicine to accelerating the development of new pharmaceuticals, high-performance computing is helping us take healthcare and life sciences to a new level.In today’s digitally driven world, healthcare and life sciences are increasingly dependent on advanced technology. And in this new era, the business of saving lives can require an enormous amount of computational power.In clinical settings, for example, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters are enabling precision medicine that allows physicians to tailor treatments to the unique needs of individual patients. Whether the caregiver is using genetic sequencing to discover gene mutations or running complex algorithms to enable narrowly targeted cancer treatments based on the patient’s genome, HPC is essential. None of this would be possible without the computational power of HPC systems, working in tandem with software applications, algorithms and lightning-fast storage and networking.Consider this finding: It took 13 years and $3 billion to complete the first human whole genomic sequence (WGS) in 2000. Today, a whole genome can be sequenced for about $1,000 in as little as 22 minutes.[1],[2] The credit for much of this leap forward goes to advent of faster and more affordable HPC clusters.As industry veterans Mahni Ghorashi and Gaurav Garg note in a Tech Crunch article, “Converting the raw data of the human genome into medically useful and understandable information has historically been a huge technical bottleneck, but over the course of the last decade, advances in compute, rather than laboratory processes, have driven the most dramatic time and cost reductions associated with WGS.”[3]Now consider the work being done by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is helping researchers discover gene mutations with a fast, powerful HPC cluster based on the Dell EMC Genomic Data Analysis Platform, the predecessor of today’s Dell EMC Ready Bundle for HPC Life Sciences. This cluster, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge™ servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, runs extremely complex algorithms that analyze terabytes of genetic and molecular data at speeds unimaginable in the past.TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is confident that it can use its HPC cluster to facilitate new research going forward — and give new hope to patients and their families.“We have the ability to more quickly perform genetic sequencing and meet the demand for processing increasing data volumes, because of the Dell EMC HPC cluster,” says James Lowey, TGen’s chief information officer. “And this technology also helps us ask harder questions of the data, and hopefully answer those questions. We are committed to helping children with rare disorders, and we are better equipped to do that with this solution.”[4]It’s not just precision medicine that is getting a lift from HPC. Pharmaceutical companies now use HPC systems routinely to develop new drugs and therapies designed to prevent and treat disease. HPC systems make it possible to analyze massive amounts of data and ask and answer ever-harder questions, all in the interest of bringing life-saving advances to market in less time.On another life sciences front, the Beijing Genome Institute (BGI), a leading company in biological research, is working to bring down the cost of sequencing to make it more widely accessible, all while enhancing its own biological research capability. To do this, BGI’s strategic objective has been to continuously enhance the computing power of the HPC platform behind its sequencing activities.To drive toward this objective, the institute brought in a Dell EMC PowerEdge™ FX modular infrastructure solution to increase the platform’s capacity. Since deployment of the Intel® Xeon® processor-powered Dell EMC PowerEdge FX unit, BGI has taken a leading position domestically. This has allowed BGI to develop the gene sequencing system BGISEQ-500, a one-button sequencing technology that supports DNA sampling and delivers analysis results in just 24 hours.[5]Ultimately, precision medicine helps physicians gain a closer understanding of each patient’s genetic makeup and specific requirements for treatment. These insights open the door to customized healthcare and new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.And it’s all powered by high-performance computing systems — which is another reason why HPC matters.For a closer look at the work done by TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders, read the case study “Giving hope to children with rare disorders.”[1] Mahni Gorashi and Gaurav Garg, “The genomics intelligence revolution,” Tech Crunch, Jan 21, 2017.[2] Edico Genome, “Edico Genome Offers Bundled Ultra-Rapid Solution for Clinical Genomics and Research,” Jan. 4, 2017.[3] Mahni Gorashi and Gaurav Garg, “The genomics intelligence revolution,” Tech Crunch. Jan 21, 2017.[4] Dell EMC case study, “Giving hope to children with rare disorders,” 2016.[5] Dell EMC case study, “Using a modular architecture to understand the mysteries of life,” 2016.last_img read more

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Lights, Camera, and Dell Technologies

first_imgAt Dell, we have a strong track record of working with studios to help explore new ways of immersive storytelling using technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence.Today, we are thrilled to be part of an incredible new collaboration with Sony Pictures, Deloitte and Intel to help create Innovation Studios, a one of a kind immersive technology facility on the Sony Pictures Studios lot that will help storytellers around the world. Dell is proud to power the studio with Precision workstations, PowerEdge servers, Isilon storage, Alienware and much more to ensure artists have all the computing power they need to bring their creative visions to life.Innovation Studios is a space designed to usher in a new era of filmmaking and visual effects by digitizing the real world. For example, a scene that takes place in New Delhi no longer needs to be shot in India. The entire experience can be digitally replicated in Innovation Studios by leveraging the latest in research and development from Sony Corporation and others in areas including volumetric video and customizable set scanning. This will allow new stories to be told that would never have had the chance using traditional filmmaking methods and budgets.A creator needs access to the right tools to bring their vision to life – and Innovation Studios has chosen the best. Dell has been the technology provider of choice for filmmakers for many years, and is the only technology company with an end to end ecosystem to consume, create and power VR and AR. In fact, five out of the last seven Academy Award-winning movies for visual effects used Precision workstations to create the incredible on-film experiences. The technology transforming ghosts from imagination to reality in the re-imagined Ghostbusters, and the power behind every single frame of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been built on a Dell Precision workstation, rendered on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server and a good portion stored on Dell EMC storage.Our dependable and scalable technology has not just been limited to film production either – Dell also has a strong track record in driving technology innovation to help customers tell their stories and communicate their ideas in innovative ways across a range of industries, from supporting the world’s first VR product launch for Jaguar’s I-PACE concept to working with Nike, Meta and Ultrahaptics to create a vison of the future of design.https://youtu.be/noutzo3xT8kPrecision workstations drastically reduce creation times, provide easy playback and pre-visualization of content. In addition, this caliber of digital effects requires an incredible amount of back-end computing power, speed and storage. Dell EMC provides flexible, reliable, and easy-to-manage storage solutions that help media companies create, maintain and protect their most valuable digital media assets. With simplified management of storage, our customers can focus on what they do best: creating and delivering great media content.We’re excited to be part of a collaboration leading the way to the future of AR, VR and mixed reality storytelling where key technologies are more accessible – we believe technology should foster creativity. We envision Innovation Studios as a place where the power of technology and the art of storytelling intersect and we cannot wait to see the amazing content that filmmakers and other creative professionals will unleash later this year.last_img read more

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Europe’s court condemns Russia over 2008 war with Georgia

first_imgTBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Europe’s top human rights court has found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in Georgia’s breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed Thursday’s verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory. Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili described the court’s ruling as “historic,” noting that Georgia was “recognized as a victim of this war and it is a great achievement for our country, our society, our history and our future.” The August 2008 war erupted amid rising tensions over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, much of which was under control of Russia-backed separatists.last_img read more

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