Addressing Climate Change Together

first_imgClimate change is adversely affecting our planet. The consequences also impact our business, from our suppliers and our operations, to our customers.Firstly, we have to own our part of it.  The manufacturing and use of our products has an environmental footprint.   This is why we are committed to reducing our footprint, increasing the energy efficiency of our products and moving toward more renewable energy sources where possible.The effects of climate change also put our business at risk, most notably an increase in the frequency of severe weather events and an increase in water stress in the regions where our suppliers operate.The risk to Dell, though, is not the most important driver of our work. For many of our customers, the concern is not whether climate change will affect them, but more about when. These customers will need technology to solve big challenges, and we will be there to help them.With the merger of Dell and EMC, we had an opportunity to review and update our climate change policy. Our Climate Policy Principles document, which we updated earlier this year, represents the combined point-of-view of the two heritage companies, and clearly articulates our unwavering commitment to work to reduce the impact of climate change.As political landscapes change, our point of view does not. We remain committed to our policies and the targets we’ve outlined as part of our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan. You’ll even see new emission goals in our annual update coming later this month.This is a global challenge that requires a global approach. We will continue to engage and address as one global team.last_img read more

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5 Ways To Become Top Dog At Work

first_imgDuring National Service Dog Month, we’ve invited a few of the canine contributors at Dell to share their insights with us on Direct2Dell – as told to their humans. First up is Coach who enables Dale Duty to assist Dell attorneys with patent litigation matters and intellectual property special projects management.Pack leader. Alpha. Head honcho. Your own Dell badge? Sounds too good to be true? Not at all.I’ve accomplished all of that and more during my time at Dell which is why I’m here to share my secrets on how to become top dog at work.What will it take?Bravery. Courage. Snacks. Empathy. Everything.You have to work hard when life gets ruff. If you think you have what it takes and are ready to unleash your potential, follow these steps and you’ll command respect wherever you go.1. Define GoalsWhen you come to work, have a clear vision of what needs to be done. Know what is on your plate and be okay with having to re-prioritize tasks to maximize productivity. Before you wreck yourself, check what matters most to contribute to the success of the organization.2. Anticipate The Needs of OthersBeing top dog isn’t just about being the top dog; it’s about being pack leader. Your success as top dog will depend on the success of everyone around you. If a colleague is struggling, offer support. Beyond that, don’t be a poodle. Stand strong and be there for your pack.3. Bark, Don’t BiteWhen work gets ruff and tension is high, don’t pick a bone with those around you. Refer to Top Dog Tip #2 when you’re ready to chew someone out; literally. If you have a problem with someone or something, speak up. Focus on solutions and not problems.4. Stay Head Of The GameIf you’ve managed to follow tips 1 – 3, your next step is to sniff out the competition. Take a few hours a week to research what your competition is doing and study what works and doesn’t work. Work with your team to anticipate trends and ways to position your organization as disruptors.5. Never Give UpI once witnessed Earl (the younger service dog I’m training to take over for me) try to chase his tail. To this day, he has not managed to catch his tail and while he looks ridiculous, there’s an important lesson to be learned from his persistence. Believing you can do something is half of the battle. While I don’t recommend chasing your own tail, top dogs know that giving up is not an option. Follow tips 1-4 to avoid being seen as a poodle and be positioned as top dog.Coach is a 65-pound, full-blood boxer named in honor of The University of Texas’ baseball coach Augie Garrido. Although many service dogs assist Dell employees around the globe, Coach made company history when he became the first service dog to have his own badge. Coach accompanies Duty to meetings with inventors and engineers developing Dell’s latest technology, and enables him to get the most out of his career. Hear more from Coach and his human in this video:last_img read more

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Integrated Online Support Experience: Global Launch

first_imgUPDATE August 28, 2018: We are excited to announce the launch of the integrated Support home page for all customers and partners globally. At Dell EMC, there is nothing we take more seriously than our customers’ experience. Our services transformation has one primary objective – to better enable customers to realize theirs. Another step toward that transformation is providing customers with an integrated online support experience.In April 2018, a single, unified landing page for support on both Dell and Dell EMC Products was piloted to customers and partners in Australia, Colombia, and Ireland. Then in June, the pilot was expanded to customers and partners in Canada, Germany, and the UK. What do I need to do?Nothing! Continue to access online support by navigating to https://support.emc.com. You will automatically be redirected to the new homepage.Tell us what you think!As always, we value your opinion and encourage you to provide feedback as we will use it to make continuous improvements to your online experience. Please use the Feedback form at the bottom of the new homepage to share your thoughts.Stephanie PirrongDell EMC Services MarketingFollow Us @DellEMCSupport Search the KnowledgebaseDownload new & updated softwareManage and create Service RequestsInitiate a Live Chat sessionView and manage company, contact and install site informationManage account, notification, and custom group settings The new Online Support homepage includes:A unified search capability to search across all Dell and Dell EMC support content.A single contact option for support on both Dell and Dell EMC products.Easy navigation to support capabilities specific to their Dell or Dell EMC product.For more information, read the Knowledgebase article: How to easily navigate the New Dell and Dell EMC Integrated Support HomepageView this short video for an overview of the new homepage and how to access key capabilities and perform common support tasks, including how to quickly:last_img read more

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Boost SDS Performance and Cut Costs with Smarter Networking Solutions

first_imgModern data centers are undergoing a transformation. What used to be an environment focused on client/server technologies and a mixture of closed and open system server, storage and networking devices is changing from both an IT and workforce perspective.The new data center is focused around serving the unique needs of cloud computing, virtualization, automation and mobile computing. Much of this transition involves shifting away from a hardware-focused data center towards one now described as a software-defined-data-center (SDDC), which takes advantage of unique software-focused capabilities to help simplify the deployment, operation and management of devices in the data center. Organizations are embracing this transition toward software-based server and storage platforms, while also taking a closer look at the key underlying infrastructure that serves as the foundation for this modern data center – the network.This new Dell EMC guide, “The 5 Surprising Ways Server Technology is Advancing Software Defined Storage” describes how global storage array capacity is quickly migrating toward deployment on software-defined-storage (SDS) or hyper-converged platforms. One of the key observations in this guide is how the underlying server hardware plays a critical role in this migration. As you are investigating a migration to SDS, now is a good time to revisit your underlying network infrastructure to ensure they are optimized to work together and deliver against your SLAs.Modern data center networking solutions provide beneficial alternatives to older proprietary, closed networking systems that are costly to install and maintain. These new disaggregated “open networking” solutions give IT organizations a broader set of choices including high-performance, low-cost, fixed port switching platforms, a variety of network operating systems, highly efficient data center fabrics, and a wide selection of open source network automation and orchestration tools. These networking solutions empower you with the ability to implement the right technology and solutions that best meet your unique data center interconnectivity needs with platforms that also help lower cooling, power and footprint requirements. More importantly, these open networking solutions offer a variety of network virtualization technologies that can help you complete the vision of a SDDC with software-defined server, storage and network services. Disaggregation through open networkingAs you continue to investigate open networking solutions to ensure the success of your SDS migration, you should also take a closer look at the specific needs of the bandwidth hungry workloads and applications. If high-performance and quick response times are critical to your business, take a look at the latest offerings of 25GbE top-of-rack switches that offer 2.5x the bandwidth over existing 10GbE connections to servers and storage devices within the rack. However, if rack space is at a premium, then you can implement several new high-performance 1RU half-width switches that were specifically designed for SDS and hyper-converged environments.Dell EMC has been a leading supplier of open networking solutions for over four years and has built up a broad ecosystem of 3rd party OS, network virtualization and management application partners. We also offer a holistic approach to SDS solutions with industry-leading SDS offerings like VxRail, vSAN Ready Nodes and XC which integrate hardware, software and networking components from a single vendor.Open networking alternatives for HCI configurationsThere is a clear trend showing how the shift towards software-defined in data centers is gaining momentum, including SDSage. The clear benefits of cost savings, simplification and automation are helping to fuel this transition. When evaluating the server hardware choices and how they can help optimize SDS environments, it makes sense to also closely examine the underlying network infrastructure and change them together. Modern open networking solutions can help ensure the information flow both within your organization and with customers is optimal, while also helping to reduce expenses and increase efficiency. Dell EMC can help you with your migration to SDS with a broad selection of market-leading server, storage and open networking solutions combined with a global support and services organization.For additional information on Dell EMC Networking solutions, visit dell.com/networking.last_img read more

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HUD nominee pledges action to prevent home loss in pandemic

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Housing secretary nominee Marcia Fudge has told senators that she’d take “extraordinary actions” to prevent people from losing their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fudge is championing homeownership as a classically American “ticket to the middle class” and endorsing federal financial assistance to expand the ranks of minority homeowners. But during her appearance before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, the long-serving Ohio congresswoman said her most immediate priority, if confirmed for President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, would be protecting the millions of people who have fallen behind on rent or mortgages due to loss of income during the pandemic.last_img

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NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL is telling the federal government it will make the remaining of the league’s 30 stadiums available as COVID-19 vaccination sites. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the offer to President Joe Biden in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. There are already seven NFL stadiums serving as vaccine sites. They are in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Houston, Miami and New England. Goodell says stadiums should be able to get prepared quickly because of previous offers as virus testing centers and election sites.last_img

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AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.last_img

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