Accelerating the Cloud Opportunity for Partners through Converged Infrastructure

Month: February 2021

Accelerating the Cloud Opportunity for Partners through Converged Infrastructure

first_imgToday I’m excited to announce that VCE has partnered with Cisco and EMC to roll out an exciting new program designed to accelerate the cloud opportunity for partners. Our new Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator raises the bar for cloud builders, providing unique program benefits and rewards to partners who are helping move the industry forward by offering their customers converged (also called “integrated”) infrastructure solutions designed for the next wave of “born in the cloud” applications.It’s no secret that our industry continues to shift toward cloud-based computing models given CIOs today spend upwards of 70 percent of their time and resources on OPEX.[1]Cloud computing offers a more simplified way of managing IT so that the effort they’ve been putting into keeping the lights on can be redirected toward innovation and driving value back into the business. Partners have been critical in driving this market forward, delivering cloud solutions for customers that keep them coming back for more.Converged infrastructure takes this a step further, having a transformative effect on the data center that not only simplifies operations and management, but is also packaged and delivered in a way that eliminates the guesswork when deploying new systems. This results in far quicker infrastructure and application deployments compared to traditional approaches, and in the end, faster time to market that enables customers to stay competitive.For partners, we’ve found that selling converged infrastructure isn’t just a one-off; it can create entirely new revenue streams. For example, one Vblock System sale can then lead to follow-on sales of additional applications, services and other products – up to and including deployment of additional Vblock Systems into the customer’s environment. Suddenly, a single engagement can lead to predictable recurring revenue in a matter of months.With a vast majority of VCE transactions flowing through the channel, our partner community is essential in growing this market to its true potential. And our new Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator presents an exciting opportunity for partners to build practices around delivering converged infrastructure to customers. Partners have told us their main priorities during this industry transition are:Differentiation of elite skillsets in which they’re investing, helping them become trusted advisers to customersUnification across VCE, Cisco and EMC to provide consistent positioning and enablement of converged infrastructureProfitability and competitive incentivesThe ability to future-proof their investments amid the evolution toward cloud-based ITConverged infrastructure solutions deliver on these priorities, enabling value well beyond the sum of their parts – partners can drive bigger deals and initiate long-lasting relationships with repeat customers while ensuring they can stay ahead of the curve.VCE, Cisco and EMC recognized the opportunity to enable our joint partner communities to accelerate their success as the converged infrastructure trend takes off. Our new program is focused on joint field engagement, custom enablement, joint marketing and profitability incentives that we believe will accelerate our partners’ success. Take a look at this video for additional commentary from VCE, Cisco and EMC on this exciting new initiative.http://youtu.be/Y5maNCtUb_0[1] IDC #231884 December, 2011.  Survey of 300 IT decision makers.last_img read more

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Flash is Great, But Is Your Business Transformation at Risk?

first_imgTwo weeks ago, we declared 2016 “The Year of All Flash in Primary Storage” and made some big bets with our product portfolio. Flash is revolutionizing the data center and empowering businesses to do more, faster and with large volumes of data.  But, as businesses leverage the power of flash to deliver massive scale, performance and reliability, traditional data protection can’t keep up with the amount of data they need to protect while, at the same time, their tolerance for downtime and data loss shrinks.This can leave businesses with an uncomfortable choice: scale back their plans for flash deployment or leave workloads vulnerable to loss or corruption by rolling the dice on traditional backup solutions and hoping all their data is protected. One way to avoid this and ensure data is protected quickly, reliably and efficiently is to leverage a flash-optimized data protection solution. Three steps to safetyEMC is advising businesses to make data protection a key criteria when evaluating flash storage architectures to ensure that they do not leave mission-critical data vulnerable.  This can be accomplished by following these simple steps:Step 1: Choose a flash array that includes rich data services and storage-integrated data protection to maximize investment.Step 2: Match your flash array with protection storage that is open to consolidate all your protection needs, has dedupe technology to minimize storage requirements, and is designed as a “storage of last resort” to help ensure recovery, no matter what.Step 3: Leverage intelligent protection software to help ensure protected copies are application consistent for fast, simple granular recovery.Unleashing the potential of flashEMC has developed industry-leading solutions so our customers can use flash to its full potential AND enjoy the peace of mind that comes with flash-optimized data protection.  That’s why EMC has offered EMC ProtectPoint since 2014. ProtectPoint combines industry-leading primary storage technology and best-in-class protection storage with software, to enable customers to back up directly from their all-flash array to Data Domain.ProtectPoint offers 20 times faster, more efficient backup for mission-critical applications while completely eliminating backup impact on application servers. In addition, ProtectPoint empowers application owners by giving them direct control of backup and recovery. By eliminating traditional backup applications, ProtectPoint dramatically reduces cost and complexity. Finally, all ProtectPoint backups can be instantly accessed, providing fast granular recovery directly from Data Domain.  Overall, ProtectPoint is designed to protect data at the speed of flash.ProtectPoint is fully integrated with EMC’s flash offerings and comes as optional protection software with the recently launched EMC VMAX All Flash as well as for EMC XtremIO.  ProtectPoint is additionally available for EMC VMAX3.Ensure you’re not at risk by investing in a data protection solution that protects at the speed of flash.last_img read more

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We hope to see you next week at OpenStack Summit 2016!

first_imgThis year Openstack Summit 2016 is taking place in downtown Austin, just a few miles down the highway from our Round Rock headquarters, and once again we are very excited to be attending and talking about all the many ways we are collaborating with customers and partners to develop agile, flexible, and open solutions. Just some of what we’re featuring in Booth #D6 includes:Red Hat partnership highlightsFrom virtualization and cloud to enterprise IT optimization and performance, our co-engineered solutions blend the best of Red Hat technology with Dell’s customer-driven innovation, leading to solutions and services that address real-world needs.Dell Extreme Scale Infrastructure solutionsOur Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) offerings, together with the Data Center Solutions (DCS) team, are focused on the unique needs of hyperscale and sub-hyperscale customers. Come see our solutions in action in the booth, including the extremely powerful DSS 9000.Network Functions VirtualizationOpenStack Summit draws a slew of IT professionals from the telecommunications community, where NFV has been gaining serious momentum. As a leader in both SDN and x86 technologies, and thanks to some key partnerships, Dell has been paving the way with OpenStack powered NFV solutions for telecommunications providers, cable operators and mobile operators.Not to be missed: Sessions and PanelsThe Dell team will be participating in a number of panels and sessions over the course of the conference. Here’s a handy list for your reference:Monday, April 25 Performance Measuring Tools for the CloudThe exponential growth of cloud computing services has given rise to the need for standards, specifications and workloads that can be used to evaluate the performance of various cloud offerings. This panel of cloud performance professionals from Dell Red Hat, Intel and AWcloud will focus on the various tools that have been developed to measure the Cloud and how they are being used for OpenStack Cloud implementations.Cross release themes: UpdateAs part of the OpenStack planning process, the development teams have started tracking tasks that will span across multiple 6-month cycles. The list of “Themes” was presented to the community at the Tokyo summit. In this session, we will provide an update on the status of these epics as for the Mitaka release and will update the plans for Newton and Ocata.Cinder Project UpdateDuring Mitaka, the Cinder team has made progress in various areas.  In this panel session, we will provide an update on what has been accomplished in Mitaka and also discuss what may be coming in the Newton release.Tuesday, April 26Enabling, managing and orchestrating workloads in an OpenStack environmentA look at how Dell, Intel and AMI worked together on an OpenStack technology demonstration to help companies stand up, manage and orchestrate infrastructure at scale. By coupling hyperscale-inspired infrastructure running Redfish, Intel Rack Scale Architecture, AMI Pod Manager with an open-source software layer, this session will talk about our experiences and observations enabling this functionality, with a look at the challenges and pain points we ran into along the way.Three’s Company: Are you Jack, Janet, or Chrissy? How teams can work together to create better OpenStack solutionsWhen Dell realized a need to extend the Dell Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solution to bring in a “highly available overlay network provider”, they turned to Midokura Enterprise MidoNet. How did Dell and Red Hat then bring Midokura to the table, encouraging all the different teams to work towards one single goal, to produce a “joint multi-partner solution” and deliver the solution in a timely fashion?How to strike a balance/align between your community work and your employer’s objectives in OpenStackMany of us work for a vendor, operator, or academic/research organization which has a significant role in the OpenStack ecosystem. We often face the challenge of managing our time and effort between community work and our day job. This panel will share experiences and provide recommendations on how to effectively contribute to the community while meeting our employers’ goals and objectives in OpenStack.Developing a Policy-driven, Platform-aware and DevOps-friendly Nova SchedulerThe presenters will outline the development of a policy-driven scheduler that allows the Nova administrator (as well as Nova tenant administrators) to control placement decisions by writing policy statements that dictate which VMs or containers can be placed on which hosts. The DevOps-friendly, policy-driven scheduler plugs into the existing scheduler framework, to enable people to easily and quickly express custom scheduling rules and constraints, and at the same time provide assurances related to performance, security, and data integrity.Performance Measuring with SPEC Cloud (Dell + RedHat)SPEC Cloud is a new benchmark standard for measuring and characterizing cloud offerings. What is this tool measuring and assessing? Can the results be trusted? This session will explore in detail the emerging SPEC Cloud standard. Learn how performance is measured using SPEC Cloud and how cloud solutions can be optimized to meet the conditions of the Service Level Agreements (SLA) and various performance requirements.**********OpenStack Summit is a fantastic community event, and we can’t wait to see you in person next week. If you’re unable to join us at the Austin convention center, be sure to keep up to date on our news by subscribing to this blog, and follow us on Twitter (accounts are in the sidebar).last_img read more

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We Went Big and Won Big in September

first_imgLast month was one for the books! We had so many exciting things happening in September, most notably, combining Dell and EMC to create the largest IT organization in the world.  In addition, we became the top vendor in server shipments last quarter according to Gartner and IDC. We also announced several new solutions and updates with our technology partners at their conferences held last month. Read on to learn about all the great things we’ve accomplished since becoming Dell EMC.A New DawnSeptember 7, 2016 marked a new era in the history of Dell and EMC as a new company was born comprised of a unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks and Virtustream. As we begin this exciting chapter, our goal is to be your strategic partner on the journey into the next industrial revolution.A New Name, a New #1Not even a week into the new company, we were named the leader in worldwide server shipments for the second quarter of 2016 by both Gartner and IDC. This ranking couldn’t have come at a better time. The combination of Dell’s enterprise business with EMC is truly unmatched, helping customers with their transformation to the next wave of IT, where servers and data center infrastructure become the backbone for business innovation and success. The industry-leading technology of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers addresses emerging technology demands of workload optimization, performance, manageability and security with a long-term investment in the business outcome of our customers.Dell EMC Heats UpKeeping up with this month’s theme of excitement, Dell EMC introduced new solutions in support of Microsoft environments with new Microsoft Azure Services and Validated Systems for Microsoft Exchange and SQL at Microsoft’s annual enterprise conference, Ignite, in Atlanta, Georgia. The new services and validated systems enable customers to increase business agility, improve efficiencies and lower costs with highly customizable hybrid cloud and infrastructure solutions. These new solutions were all on display at the conference, which drew thousands of customers, partners and Microsoft users to the event.The Sharing CommunityAt Strata-Hadoop World in New York City, we had the opportunity to hear from our customers about what’s really important to them, which most notably is that they value options. The Dell EMC Hadoop portfolio allows customers choice from direct-attached storage to shared storage to virtualized environments to hybrid clouds. With all of these options, Dell EMC has had great success helping customers get the most out of their Hadoop environments. At this conference, we demoed our latest products, had on-site experts to speak about them and held several presentations focused on digital transformation.SAP UpdatesAt SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, Dell EMC announced the availability of new products to help mid-market companies make the most of their data analytics. Dell EMC was the first to offer customers a fully integrated appliance with the newly packaged SAP HANA Edge edition, advanced version and SAP Predictive Analytics. This product was first announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 and will begin its worldwide rollout in October.  The system speeds turnaround time for new reports and synchronizes data to dramatically reduce the cost of gaining business insights. The Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge includes SAP’s predictive analytics libraries native to SAP HANA, SAP Predictive Analytics with advanced data modeler capabilities, and services from Dell EMC to deliver rapid time to value. Additionally, Dell EMC helps customers deploy, implement, migrate, support and train with Dell EMC ProDeploy, ProSupport and custom service offerings.Winning in HPCOver the past few months we posted a blog series on high performance computing (HPC), highlighting all the different industries that rely on this technology. In the third and final blog of that series, we highlighted the oil and gas industry. HPC plays an important role in this industry’s innovation. From workstations to large clusters, Dell EMC is proud to work with some of the world’s top oil and gas providers, as well as some emerging ones, to enable them to scale by choosing with confidence when, where and how to integrate new HPC capabilities to complement or replace existing capacity to help with this rapidly evolving industry.The excitement continues this month as we gear up for our annual conference, Dell EMC World (October 18-20 in Austin). It’s not too late to register! We hope to see you there.last_img read more

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What You Should Know About the 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities

first_imgEarlier this week, Karen Quintos wrote about the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit and I wanted to follow up on something she shared in that post – the results of our 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities).Photo by Philipp Henzler on UnsplashThis is a unique global study conducted in partnership with IHS that we piloted last year to assess and compare cities around the world in terms of their ability to attract and foster high-potential women entrepreneurs. That successful pilot led to us to scale this year to a 50 cities WE Cities Index that incorporates what was learned from the 2016 Index.2017 Cities List vs 2016It turns out, though, that you can’t actually make an apples-to-apples comparison between last year’s and this year’s scores and rankings because there are several differences including:We expanded to 50 versus 25 global cities,We added a new indicator, bringing the total to 72 versus 71,Weighting of indicators, subcategories and pillars changed slightly to account for new data sources, comparability and effective weights, andTwo indicators were re-assigned under the capital sub-categories.Comparisons to Be MadeDespite the differences in 2016 and 2017, on the indicators that are the same we can make some comparisons.For example, all 25 cities in the Index last year increased the number of accelerators in their city. And many cities saw an increase in the number of accelerators as well as an increase in the amount of funding going to women entrepreneursSince I live there, I’m particularly happy to see that Austin, TX, has notably improved in its access to capital for women, both by having more women businesses funded than last year and having more women founded VC firms.The biggest improvements across most of the original cities is in the area of Markets and Capital, where many cities saw an increase in the number of accelerators as well as an increase in the amount of funding going to women entrepreneurs, perhaps helped by an increase in the number of female founded VC’s in many cities.2017 Highlights“It is in the world’s best interest that women entrepreneurs everywhere thrive. The WE Cities Index can be used as a diagnostic tool to help ensure that lawmakers are enabling women entrepreneurs to succeed,” said Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in- residence at Dell.Some of the things it discovered this year include:New York City ranks No. 1 overall among the 50 cities for its ability to attract and support high-potential women entrepreneurs. However, its total score of 62.9 out of 100, leaves much room for improvementlIn the top 10 cities overall, six are in the U.S., two are in Europe, one is in Canada and one is in Asia.Forty-one of the cities in this index are in the top five for at least one pillar or sub-category; 34 of the cities are in the bottom five for at least one of the pillars or sub-categories – demonstrating the competitiveness of these 50 cities.last_img read more

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Welcome to a Better Cloud – Introducing Dell Technologies Cloud

first_imgCloud usage in the enterprise continues to grow rapidly, and with good reason—cloud operating models increase agility, accelerate innovation and help create a competitive edge in today’s world. As the number of cloud solutions has grown, organizations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93% of organizations are deploying workloads across two or more clouds.[1] Although usage across multiple clouds provides flexibility, it also creates operational silos due to differences in the underlying infrastructure, management tools and APIs. This leads to organizational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility—one of the main reasons why organizations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!We believe organizations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data—without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organizations address this complexity, we unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud today at Dell Technologies World. Dell Technologies Cloud consists of joint solutions from VMware and Dell EMC that remove cloud complexity by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.Who says it must be out with the old to be in with the new? There have been massive changes in IT from both a development and operations perspective since cloud computing became popular. Vendors sometimes portray these new models as a panacea for existing IT concerns, yet they are often incongruent with the applications, skillsets, and operational models established over many years in organizations.Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, organizations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud solutions can apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first. For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This is just one of the ways organizations can achieve the scale, coverage, speed, and cost structures they want in the public cloud faster with Dell Technologies Cloud. They can also achieve the same benefits in their data center, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.A better cloud, with optionsDell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as Platforms or as a fully managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering:Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms: With Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, customers have the flexibility to tailor their cloud infrastructure to their specific workload needs. These are built using tight integration between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and a variety of Dell EMC infrastructure – hyperconverged (VxRail) and converged infrastructure, as well as Dell Technologies validated storage, compute, and networking platforms. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail delivers full stack integration, where both the physical infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack are managed as one complete on-premises hybrid cloud experience. Not only does this Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration greatly reduce risk and increase IT efficiency, it also simplifies, streamlines, and automates the operations of the entire SDDC because it creates a single unified experience.Additionally, with VMware Cloud on AWS available as an add-on to the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, organizations can also extend their on-premises cloud environment seamlessly into the public cloud, without having to refactor workloads for migration. The consistent operating experience across public and private clouds reduces complexity. In fact, IDC found that Dell Technologies Cloud reduces total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is cloud infrastructure installed on-premises in your core and edge data centers and consumed as a cloud service.  This new, fully-managed DCaaS offering combines the speed and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure.  Additionally, the familiarity of VMware Cloud tools on trusted Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure provides peace of mind through a best-of-breed enterprise solution.VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud-like simplicity to your data centers and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organization to focus on business innovation and differentiation.  For instance:IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;IT Architects can utilize VMware’s hybrid cloud control plane to simplify workload management;IT Security can uniformly apply security policies, eliminating the need to track and secure workloads that span multiple environments;Developers can accelerate application development by building for just one environment; andIT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data center needs.In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organization one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilizing technology to drive business strategy.Services to eliminate cloud frictionAs part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organizations can take advantage of professional services, support and financial services to help remove barriers to cloud adoption. From helping you determine where your workloads are best placed, to ensuring service levels are delivered, our cloud experts can reduce risk along your cloud journey. Meanwhile, Dell Financial Services makes it possible to achieve cloud economics in your own data center with flexible consumption models.Cloud without chaosWith Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer your best practices for management and security to all your clouds and easily extend the best of both to your edge locations. Welcome to a better cloud.For more information on this announcement, please see the below materialsDell Technologies Cloud Press ReleaseDell Technologies Cloud website[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.last_img read more

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With Flexible Consumption, Ramp Up Your Infrastructure on Your Terms

first_imgMore options to help you build and ramp up your business the way you want to, according to your workloads.Your IT transformation requires on-demand infrastructure to meet the demands for changing business needs and architecture.A key portion of the budget is comprised of the planning for new infrastructure and the workload need for the business. You also have to take into account the length of projects and application lifecycles. These can range from temporary, legacy migrations and workload conversions to compute on-demand that has to support extra bandwidth for contracted projects. Consider the infrastructure needs for temporary projects: can you quickly ramp up bandwidth during the project and ramp down once done? Does the current scenario require you to buy extra hardware and setups to handle these tasks? Or do you have to research what other options are needed? While one approach has been to support new projects in a CAPEX manner, there are more choices now to help you support and manage these temporary to medium term large projects.Dell Technologies Flexible Consumption solutions enable you to get the technology you need today to drive business outcomes and predict your IT spend. One of the Flexible consumption solutions include Flex on Demand, which helps you address business requirements with payments that scale up or down to match your usage.**Now, Flex on Demand and Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, the bedrock of the modern data center portfolio, enables you with more choice, offering you a flexible consumption approach to expanding your business results and IT strategy, matched to your budget needs.Flex on Demand helps you support your changing business with payments that scale to match your usage while also allowing for a buffer capacity that is elastic. Doing so helps you right-size how much compute capacity you need upfront and align to your needs, with a public cloud model.You also reduce the risk of not having a scale-up approach if you need more capacity-on-demand because extra capacity is available to you in your plan. As you ramp down legacy projects and ramp up new projects, you have an on-premises infrastructure and capacity at your disposal. And you have the performance power, control and flexible capacity to support any fluctuating applications and seasonal demands, all within your control.Available on the breadth of the PowerEdge portfolio, [1] Flex on Demand helps with a scalable server architecture delivering the right combination of performance features and security to power your modernization. And rest assured that your Flex on Demand-powered infrastructure is easily managed with comprehensive systems management solutions and services from Dell EMC.With Flex on Demand for PowerEdge servers, you can improve economics, increase flexibility and have the choice with the way you acquire and consume IT. Furthermore, reduce budget risk and the assurance that other critical projects requiring infrastructure will be funded. With Flex on Demand, you can be certain that you pay for technology as you need it.Flex on Demand is a key offer and part of the larger Dell Technologies on Demand portfolio, enabling innovative, consumption-based payment solutions. For more information, learn more at the Flexible Consumption here and about PowerEdge servers here.** Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. or its affiliate or designee (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Where available offers may be changed without notice and are subject to product availability, applicable law, credit approval, documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS and may be subject to minimum transaction size. Offers not available for personal, family or household use. Dell EMC and the Dell EMC logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. Restrictions and additional requirements may apply to transactions with governmental or public entities. Flexible Consumption: At the end of the initial term customer may 1) extend original term or 2) return the equipment to DFS.[1] Flex on Demand is available for PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processorslast_img read more

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5G and Me: And Security

first_imgIn today’s uber-connected world, everyone has dealt with that little voice in the back of the head, asking if you are safe… Is your data safe? Is your “stuff” private and protected? Are your connections exposing you to security attacks? And rightly so. It is nearly impossible to predict all the ways in which crooked minds (i.e. hackers and thieves) will steal your everything in but a moment, given a chance.In the world of security, experts think in terms of “attack surfaces.” These are all the ways and methods, simply put, in which the bad guys can launch attacks that can hurt you. They can hurt an individual at a time, or a whole nation. The basic principles of security remain the same: identify all the attack surfaces. Turn off all access to the attack surfaces. Then monitor closely and monitor often for any suspicious activity. Rinse and repeat.This recipe, however, only works with the attack surfaces you are aware of, aka the “known unknowns.” What about the “unknown unknowns?”With 5G emerging—the hyper-connectivity, the bandwidth guarantees, the low-latency guarantee, the scale, and the expected ubiquity—there is potential for a huge number of unknown unknowns. For the first five years of 5G deployments, humanity is going to discover attack surfaces that we had never thought of before. If one contrasts 5G design and architecture with 4G, it definitely includes stronger and more robust security principles. However, compared to 4G, the risk profile of a 5G transport may be far worse as 5G is expected to carry more mission-critical services that 4G currently does, and as a scale far greater than 4G ever will.Here is an example: How about weird atmospheric phenomena that unpredictably open electromagnetic tunnels through layers of Earth’s atmosphere, exposing mobile networks to devices hundreds of miles away? When that happens, how will a physically remote hacker exploit the new large-scale, superfast 5G transport you just deployed? How about a rogue nation that wants to attack your critical IoT infrastructure riding on 5G?  While this problem affects all uses of the electromagnetic spectrum (including 4G), 5G will have a lot more riding on it, including national critical infrastructures. I am sure you would prefer to just close the tunnels if you could, rather than find out the answers to these questions.Then there are the garden-variety of attack surface types to be expected, yet remain hidden until exploited and discovered. These are:Network fragility: A 5G network will be built on a foundation of virtualization, a technology proven in the data center, but less so in the telecom transport sphere where physical functions are the norm. Virtualization is great for cost and efficiency, but also requires careful and balanced pre-allocation of resources. By targeting resource imbalances in virtualized stacks, could hackers negatively impact 5G service delivery, and cause a cascade of such events? It’s not out of the question.Increased system complexity: The ambitious goals of 5G require the systems that implement to be quite complex. A complex system with more virtualized and sometimes dedicated parts such as accelerators can provide multiple ways to attack. This can adversely impact everything the system carries.Single points of failure: We know that there will be SPoFs. But where? And how do I know it will be the weakest link in the chain?Plain-old physics of it: The ionospheric tunnel is an example of what the physics of the spectrum can do. It may be hard but it’s certainly not impossible to hijack a part of the spectrum when such physical phenomena permit and exploit them with a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, and close up with not so much as a ripple on the pond.Layers of disaggregation: This is a fundamental principle on which 5G is based. While it enables elegant and efficient designs and implementations, it also opens opportunities for bad actors to hide or inject their agents between those layers of disaggregation. How will they use a beautiful design principle as an attack surface? We will only find out as it happens.Multi-actor networks: The disaggregated design opens up the possibility of multiple business entities collaborating to meet the goal of carrying your 5G-based services. The flip side? They will promise service levels to each other, but they must trust each other to be able to operate together. What, how and who might hijack a trust token (for example), and bring all actors down to some nefarious goals? When that happens, who is at fault? Who is on the hook to pay a price?3rd-party Applications: Many 5G-based services will be implemented via applications provided by 3rd The new openness and innovation that this ecosystem will enable could become a set of attack surfaces for hackers to exploit. It is near-impossible to check and test each and every 3rd party application for loopholes a priori, and may become attack surfaces that will significantly increase 5G security risk.Security experts are often heard saying that it’s not if you will be attacked, only when. With the emerging 5G world, we confess that we are only beginning to understand the how of it, i.e. the new and emerging unknown unknowns.At Dell Technologies, we provide infrastructure expertise to build scalable, dependable and secure 5G networks. In future blog entries on this topic, we will continue to provide more insights into how 5G and security are at once both scary and exciting to embrace for the 5G user. Stay tuned!About the authors: David Lake and Sumedh Sathaye are experts on 5G and security. They gave a talk on this topic at the Open Networking Forum Connect conference held in Santa Clara in Sept. 2019, from which this blog post was derived.last_img read more

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Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently traveled from Brazil to Minnesota. State health officials announced Monday that the Brazil P.1 variant was found in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who had recently been to Brazil. The patient lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and became ill during the first week of January. Viruses are constantly mutating, and new versions – called variants – often emerge. Health officials are also worried about variants that were first reported in the United Kingdom and South Africa.last_img read more

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