Transportation and retail aren’t the only industries being redefined by technology and our insatiable need to automate pretty much every aspect of our lives. Healthcare is too.In this third installment of my “what life will look like in the new Industrial Age” series, I’m looking at what‘s in store for us with healthcare.So, my fascination with healthcare was sparked by a seminar on detoxification and metabolism I attended recently. It seems good health these days is attainable with a discipline of 20% exercise, 30% nutrition and 50% detox. Yes, massive detox followed by much better eating.What we put into our bodies has changed so substantially that it seems a large majority of today’s illnesses can be traced to very acidic PH levels. Our livers (our major internal cleaner) simply can’t keep up with the toxins we’re putting into our bodies (think: food preservatives, medications, diet soda, etc.), and our bodies are starting to exhibit signs of malfunctions.However, rather than treating the root cause of our illnesses (what we’re ingesting), we go get prescriptions to treat the symptoms, which further freaks out our livers, and we use water to surround the toxins in a sort of quarantine.Now, I’m no doctor, but it seems only common sense to spend as much time maintaining ourselves as we do our vehicles. However, we don’t.But that’s about to change. Let me explain.So, I’m fascinated by data, I’ve worn a Jawbone UP since their inception and I actively monitor my food, exercise and sleep patterns. In fact, I want more data, and I’m not alone. I haven’t gone to a meeting either internally or externally in the last year without seeing someone wearing a Jawbone UP, a Fitbit or a Nike FuelBand.And, predictably, these devices will get more accurate with more sensors and will be WiFi- or Bluetooth-enabled; they will be always connected.In short order, insurance companies will glom onto the fact they can reward or penalize customers based on this rich data so they will offer the bands and access as incentives. This will create new privacy issues and increase the risk of security breaches, but the trend will take off.We’ll track everything from heart rate, to steps walked, to recovery from exercise, to liver functioning, and then some. Big data (combined with technology) will provide us with a whole lot more visibility about how our engines are running under the hood. It will also make it a whole lot easier for us take action.Remote diagnostics, preventative care, proactive consultation, medication reminders, and even the feeling of our favorite doctor being with us no matter where we travel will all be possible.Autonomic prescriptions will be sent to us by mail; there won’t be a need for a pharmacy. If we’re feeling slightly off color, we’ll have the data to validate our symptoms and likely the analytics to help work out the remedy.I envisage calendar invites being created based on correlated anomalies; the ability to track locational viruses by running Big Data analytics on bulk patient data; and a true, global real-time view of the collective population.Science fiction movies turned into nonfiction? Close.As with the changes in the transportation and retail industries, the transformation we’re about to experience in healthcare stems from innovating the possible and expeditiously handling the mountains of small data sprawl that will result. Billions and billions of small data packets will need to be stored, secured, collated, redirected, analyzed and acted upon.Healthcare service centers will be du jour; homes will be enhanced with additional health sensors for in-home help. The possibilities are endless, but they can only happen if the boundaries of technology are pushed.Now, I bet companies responsible for auditing and securing patient data will be a little less excited about some of these massive changes. Regulations such as HIPPA are complex and the amount of data about to be thrust at systems is going to put them to the test. Also, I bet many of you will be a little reticent about sharing more personal information based upon findings from the recent EMC Privacy Index.However, I believe the benefits far outweigh the risk, and I for one will welcome the dawn of this digital age. Here’s to better health! A Jawbone used to be a wearable device for geeks.Walgreens used to be a pharmacy where you went to get your prescriptions.You could only get a prescription after an in-person visit to the doctor.To test your blood pressure, you had to wear a rubber sleeve, not just put your socks on.You went to see a doctor when you felt off color and, strangely, you felt better just sitting in reception waiting while people all around you were coughing.
Direct2Dell is designed to bring you news and stories about Dell people, products, services, partners and customers. Often those customers need support for their Dell products. For that, our Dell Support team continuously updates a library of articles called the Knowledge Base.In an effort to make that information even easier to find when you need it, each Friday I will bring you a list of the most highly reviewed articles with appropriate responses to the latest trends we are seeing in our customer inquiries.With these publications you can stay informed about the latest troubleshooting guides and resolutions across various client system lines.Questions about these issues should be left in our Support Forums where trained staff are available to assist, rather than commenting here on Direct2Dell.You can also contact Dell Customer Service or Dell Technical Support for assistance. And, as always, our @DellCares and @DellCaresPro teams are just a tweet away for help.This week we’ve seen a lot of interest in these topics:Why you should be daisy chaining your displaysWhat’s your BIOS? Learn why the systems BIOS is so important.Light leakage and bleeding on a LCD can be a pain, here’s a few tips to resolveAll you need to know when fixing Hard Disk Drive (HDD) & Solid State Drive (SSD) issuesHow to use and troubleshoot our latest Dell docking solutionsDellPROTips on keyboard usage and issue troubleshootingLagging system holding you back? These quick steps could help boost performance!Learn how updating your video drivers effects performance on your systemHere’s some tricks to remember when adding extra monitors to your systemM.2 solutions. What’s the difference & how use them! Our 38-inch UltraSharp monitor was recently called “the display of my dreams” by a reviewer; but if you can’t go ultrawide, multiple monitors may be the setup for you. Dell Knowledge Base can help you with that.
“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”Yes – it’s football season in the U.S. and I’m kicking off this post with a quote from legendary football coach Tom Landry…it’ll make sense in a moment.About a year ago, we took the next step in our Dell Technologies journey in bringing our PC and Infrastructure business under one roof as the Products and Operations organization. The team’s mission well-represents our wider organization’s vision to be THE essential infrastructure provider edge, to core, to cloud – because this organization literally delivers the products, solutions and capabilities across each supported by the power of one of the most innovative and effective supply chains in the world.The creation of the P&O team gives us a unique perspective in the industry to look across the entirety of our Dell and Dell EMC portfolio. And, it pushes us to deliver more holistic solutions for our customers modernizing IT to better meet the needs of their evolving workforce and take advantage of the new opportunities driven by data.Reflecting on the last year – it’s truly amazing what we’ve accomplished. We’ve executed against our winning strategy to rev up the innovation engine across the entirety of our business, simplify our ISG portfolio to deliver the best products, and most importantly, embrace the power of teamwork in everything that we do in the spirit of winning. As a result, we’re driving continued growth across our businesses in PCs, Workstations, Gaming, Servers, Storage, Networking, HCI and CI, Data Protection. I love being a part of a winning team.When I think about what has been core to the team’s success over the last year – it’s hands down the hard work of the team working together, driven by a common purpose to succeed – to win. We’ve laid out a strategy and day in, day out – we execute against it [i]. We often hear about “flawless” execution – but there is always a challenge – always an audible that forces you to change route. But we keep our heads in the game – looking ahead – doing what we do best – no distractions, though some may try.There’s going to be times where not everything goes to plan – but it’s how resilient you are in those moments that define the success of a team. Those moments make us stronger, smarter – we analyze, assess and apply new takeaways and knowledge to ensure our trajectory for success stays on track.I’ve been impressed by what’s possible through the power of one team this year. We made a statement in Enterprise Storage with PowerMax – the world’s fastest storage array on the planet. We’re continuing to deliver innovation for the Mid-Range with SC Series and Unity enhancements, and most recently a powerful entry-level Storage solution with PowerVault. We’re powering high-value Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning workloads with our PowerEdge portfolio, and we’re driving innovation in Multi-Cloud solutions that enable organizations to better manage and scale data both on- and off-premise across public AND private clouds. And of course, there’s more to come. In the PC business – we kicked off 2018 with 87+ awards at CES across our PC and gaming portfolio…but that was just the beginning. We’ve launched award-winning Workstations and Displays in just the last few weeks, and most recently 17 “Best of IFA” awards – and the innovation engine continues to crank.But the power of the collective P&O organization is how we work across the organization and across our aligned businesses to deliver unparalleled solutions for our customers. Case in point – how we have integrated solutions with VMware to transform IT. Just recently at VMworld we demonstrated the power of how Dell, Dell EMC and VMware are “better together” with solutions that scale across Software-Defined infrastructure to modernize IT from edge, to core, to cloud – while also modernizing PC provisioning in the workplace with Dell and Workspace ONE. And we’ll continue to do more of this across the Dell Technologies family.It’s these integrated solutions that give organizations like Draper the ability to further modernize technology for their workforce and transform their IT infrastructure and solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, such as advancing technology in spacesuits to keep astronauts – and eventually firefighters and deep water divers – safe in the event of an emergency.But there’s always more to do.“If you sit back and spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past, you’re going to come up short next time.” New England fans know that Coach Bill Belichick isn’t a man of many words…but when he does provide insight, it’s worth listening to. And he’s got a few rings to back those words up 😉This sentiment couldn’t be more true. Just like any team – we look back at what went well, and ask where can we do better. How do we perform with excellence despite the challenges and competition out in the field? It’s what drives every member of this organization to advance innovation full speed ahead across our portfolio to ensure our customers can meet their IT needs today and tomorrow.So as we look ahead into the next year and what’s in store during what many are calling the “Data Era” – with even more data coming our way – creating more complexity for our customers but equal opportunity to take Digital Transformation head on…this team, the best team in the industry, says “Game On.” IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2018Q2, September 6, 2018 – Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, 2018Q2, September 13, 2018 – Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, 2018Q1, June 21, 2018 – Vendor RevenueIDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, 2018Q2, Sept. 25, 2018 – Vendor Revenue IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q2, Sept. 5, 2018 – Units & Vendor RevenueIDC WW Storage Software and Cloud Services QView, 2018Q2, Sept. 6, 2018 – Vendor RevenueIDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker – PCD Final HistoricalIDC Quarterly Workstation Tracker – Final Historical
Over the last three years, we have built VxRail to be the fastest and simplest way to modernize and extend your VMware environment. From talking with our customers, we know many of them are looking for a hybrid cloud strategy. In fact, according to a recent survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, 92% of respondents reported that their company’s cloud strategy includes on-premises data centers1. And with good reason! No single cloud offering is a perfect fit for the great breadth of workloads that IT organizations are tasked to support.Hybrid cloud allows IT organizations the flexibility to choose the resources best suited to address application and business needs. However, implementing a hybrid cloud architecture can introduce additional complexity and risk.It was only natural for us to extend our market leading platform and address the changing needs of our customers. Once again, through joint development with VMware, we are helping our customers get the benefits of a hybrid cloud strategy while alleviating the complexity and risk that may be introduced.I am thrilled to announce the arrival of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail—a fast and easy path to deploy and operate hybrid cloud through a fully integrated platform. Cloud Foundation on VxRail offers the operational hub for your hybrid cloud, delivering consistent infrastructure and consistent operations with full stack integrity—meaning a seamless experience from the hyperconverged infrastructureVxRail delivers an experience that is not available on any other on-premises infrastructure running VMware Cloud Foundation. Delivering a unified user experience, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is lifecycle managed as one complete, automated, turnkey on-premises experience, greatly reducing risk and increasing IT operational efficiency. This tight integration facilitates smooth, rapid deployment and a simplified management experience while also delivering infrastructure agility that can accelerate your organization’s ability to offer IaaS and PaaS.Optimized for performance, scalability, user experience and TCO savings, Cloud Foundation on VxRail incorporates many unique Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration features that simplify, streamline and automate the operations of your entire SDDC stack with end-to-end lifecycle management. In its recent releases, VMware has made architectural updates to Cloud Foundation that marry well with core VxRail functionality, such as networking flexibility enabling Dell EMC networking benefits, as well as deployment options ranging from appliance . Another example of the synergistic relationship between the two companies is the synchronous release of VxRail and VMware software updates, so the latest HCI and cloud software benefits are in customers’ hands sooner. Not only sooner, but better—Cloud Foundation on VxRail is based on VMware SDDC best practices, an approach that is future-proof for next-generation VMware cloud technologies that will be developed around the same architectural design principles.If you’ve determined that hybrid cloud is in your IT organization’s future, I want to leave you with this: the best way to improve service outcomes and reduce operational risk while evolving to a hybrid cloud operating model is by leveraging trusted technologies and operational processes. Dell EMC VxRail is designed with VMware, for VMware, to enhance VMware-enabled organizations’ ability to streamline operations and predictably evolve. Cloud Foundation on VxRail empowers the next step of that evolution.I’ll be attending Dell Technologies World next month to discuss Cloud Foundation on VxRail, as well as other exciting hyperconverged happenings. One of my favorite things about these events is the opportunity it affords to interact with our amazing customers who are leveraging our technology to make a difference in the world. I hope to see you at Dell Technologies World, and look forward to continuing this conversation with you in Las Vegas! Until then…1.ESG, Hybrid Cloud Tipping Point, June 2018
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Huge unknowns remain in the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. But details of the involvement of neighboring Eritrea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, are finally emerging from witness accounts. While fighting in support of Ethiopian forces, Eritrean soldiers have been accused of killing civilians, targeting refugees and even acting as local authorities. Now some worry they are refusing to leave. Ethiopia’s government has denied their presence, even as a senior military official has confirmed they are there. One witness who recently escaped Tigray described Eritrean soldiers looting everything from jewelry to diapers and going house-to-house seeking out and killing men and boys, some as young as 7.