Make It Real…. The Highlights of Dell Technology World 2018
The big push at DTW 2018, held in Las Vegas recently, is Dell Technologies’ foray into gateways that bring powerful analytics that support the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (A.I) industries. Dell envisions its A.I to be so deeply embedded that users will not even realise that it’s there. God forbid that drivers need to interact with it in their autonomous self-driving car, as that would be far too distracting.
What value does A.I bring? A plain and simple example would be that anyone can install a sensor to track that there is a person that just came through your house door. But only an A.I-enabled sensor can ‘recognise’ that there is no cause for alarm as that person is your child who just returned from school.
To add to this, machine learning can over time, record every habitual movement, posture or gait that say, an elderly person have in a day, even at different times of a day (nap time, meal time, gardening time, etc). All these data are faithfully stored and analysed so that one day, when the elderly is slumped in an unusual position in a non-routine time of the day, it triggers an alert to a designated caregiver.
Smart cities of the future can only work with the fuel of data. Without data, it cannot analyse and predict traffic, parking requirements, smart lighting, criminal detection and prevention, emergency response, environmental monitoring, etc. In the debacle brought up by the recent Facebook privacy fallout, it sure looks like giving up your privacy is a “necessary bane” because every foot traffic needs to be recorded, every route you take tracked, every autonomous vehicle is a GPS, every crime zoomed in, every face recognized…. suffice to say, data is the new oil.
Michael Dell, the “perennial showman” has a lot to show at Dell Tech World 2018. He and his senior lieutenants used this platform to showcase their combined strengths to tout a family of companies that are united and cohesive, with the ambition to be the “essential infrastructure company for human progress”.
Dell specifically highlighted these partners in its fold that can cover its customers’ IoT, A.I and machine learning (ML) ambitions from end-to-end; from PCs to servers, storage devices to networking, virtualization to cloud offerings and enterprise software.
The combined power of these seven leaders, individually and/or together will enable true digital transformation and deliver game-changing advantages. These seven are Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, VMware and of course, Dell itself.
The company even has a venture investing arm in its family, rebranded as Dell Technologies Capital…. to provide capital, domain expertise, business counsel and market access!
So supremely confident is Dell (the company) that this endorsement is projected across the hall …. while the 14,000 delegates/ partners/media present await Michael Dell’s opening keynote address.
The Internet of Things (IoT) according to Dell
Dell has set up a new IoT division just late last year and already, it is offering IoT bundling solutions focused on four vertical markets – insurance, factory automation, health and transportation.
Take the case where Dell highlighted – of a local municipal that installed connected snow ploughs. This move eventually saved the municipal millions of dollars because the snow plough drivers now know that data is reported and dare not simple dump the excess salt at the end of the working day, instead they work to distribute it properly in designated areas.
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How Dell sums up IoT? Succintly.
Edge Computing and the Hybrid Cloud
The pendulum has swung – from the days of the mainframe to client server to the minicomputer to the Internet, then to the Cloud ….. and now back to the edge, i.e the days of edge computing is nigh.
In the coming era of autonomous vehicles, no doubt the Cloud facilitates the computing engine to power advanced analytics (like routing, traffic and weather) but imagine, if a deer suddenly leaps in front of the vehicle, one would want this data to be analysed and a split-second decision to be made …. at the edge. There can be no room for latency. That is why every device, every product can potentially be a “mini-computer”, with sensors, computing power and analytics capability at the device or product itself.
Star Products Necessary to Power Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
A.I and ML workloads require high performance and capacity to manage and analyse structured and unstructured data, and then deliver consistent results at great velocity. As a result, Dell EMC unveiled two new four-socket servers – the PowerEdge 940xa and PowerEdge R840 at DTW 2018.
Using Intel Xeon Scalable processors (up to 112 processing cores) and massive memory (up to 6TB of memory and NVDIMM options), these new servers deliver powerful performance and allow customers to:
- Rapidly transform data insights into business outcomes with the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa, which is designed to accelerate databases for business-critical applications without cloud fees and security risks. It improves application performance by combining up to four CPUs with four graphics processing units (GPUs) in a powerful 1:1 ratio, and it enables low-latency with direct-attached non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives.
- Drive faster insights to better engage with customers and accelerate innovation with the Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 server, which is designed for in-database analytics. The R840 server minimises latency with more direct-attached NVMe drives than other market available options and speeds data transfers with a fully integrated ultra-path interconnect (UPI).
Dell EMC also announced its next generation PowerMax storage solution, built with a machine learning engine which makes autonomous storage a reality. Leveraging predictive analytics and pattern recognition, a single PowerMax system is touted to analyse and forecast 40 million data sets in real-time per array, driving six billion decisions per day to automatically maximise efficiency and performance of mixed data storage workloads.
Dell giving back
Dell shared its plan to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards for its Latitude 5285 2-in-1s. This follows a successful feasibility study on server motherboards. The closed-loop gold process could support the creation of millions of new motherboards in the next year. It expands Dell’s closed loop program from plastics to precious metals.
In addition, Dell and US actress Nikki Reed is collaborating on “The Circular Collection by Bayou with Love”, a jewellery line made from gold recovered from computer motherboards. This collaboration brings visibility to the importance and value of recycling, sustainable design and the circular economy.
Here, Allison Dew, Dell’s Chief Marketing Officer interviews serial tech investor, Ashton Kutcher on his knack for picking the right investments, such as AirBnb, Skype and Uber, even before they became cool.
Kutcher shares that his next investment could be in motorized scooters …. because being environmental & space-friendly, it ‘disrupts’ the concept that we should perpetuate automobiles on congested roads with their ensuing emissions.