Now that’s music to my ears.************Responsible for shaping the sound behind a number of legendary and widely diverse artists, including Lady Gaga, Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, U2, Beck, John Mayer and countless others; Jack Joseph Puig is an inventor, technologist and outspoken advocate for high standards in professional and consumer audio. Currently Jack Joseph Puig serves as Director of Creative Innovation for Waves Audio’s consumer division. The following is a guest post by multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning record producer and designer of audio products Jack Joseph Puig, who joined us at the #DellExperience at #ces2017. He recently collaborated with Dell on the design and development of the new XPS 27 All-in-One, and the professional version, the Precision 5720 AIO.The traditional audio delivery systems of the past are just that, they’re the past.Something happened a few years back that made a lasting impression on me and forever changed my outlook as a music creative.We had just finished a session in our Hollywood recording studio, celebrating as we let our finished work playback so loudly through the state-of-the-art, giant speaker system, that we could feel the richness in our cores. The energy stayed with me throughout my drive home until I turned the corner into my car court where my friends sat struggling to turn the volume louder on the music they were listening to on their laptop speaker. It was at that moment that I realized I needed to be a part of a solution. I just couldn’t sit back and accept the substandard consumer listening experience we had all just come to expect.Portable audio is at an all-time high with content accessible wherever and whenever. But that comes at a cost to all media. No longer do we have control over the consumer’s environment. No longer do we know if consumers will really experience the essence of what all creators of content are hoping to convey.It’s not often one has the ability to help shape the future of something, which is why when I had the chance to work with Dell to set a new standard in PC audio, I knew I had to help raise the bar. Little did I know how much we would end up surpassing even my own expectations.For 18-months, the Dell designers, developers, engineers and I worked tirelessly to create the best sounding all-in-one PC ever. As an artist and record producer, I wanted to design an all-in-one that would produce authentic sound on a professional level but would also deliver an authentic consumer audio experience. Consumers who care about good audio simply expect to have to add a peripheral audio device to get the full range of sound and quality they desire. What if we could replicate a hifi audio quality experience and visuals of reference monitors, to match the video quality for movies, gaming and music experiences?Well we did! We accomplished this using a 10-speaker design including six front firing speakers, two passive radiators and a pair of down-firing speakers for specialized room ambiance. We implemented 50W stereo amplifiers to deliver greater than 90dB of sound pressure level, for a total loudness that will fill many large or medium sized rooms. We also targeted a frequency response range to extend to cover the full musical range, all the way down to 70Hz and up to 20 KHz.In professional environment producers are concerned with making sure that there aren’t any unwanted artifacts like distortion, pops, clicks and noise. In some ways the studio is almost a sterile environment. We worked painstakingly for 12 months tweaking designs, down to the internal wires to create the result we were looking for. That result is an audio experience that you can feel, not just hear.The human species have 30 senses. We have grouped them into five senses commonly known by us all. The more senses we can touch the better for all creators having their vision communicated. The 70Hz frequency is key to bass and low frequency content effecting our feel sense.We had the stretch goal from the beginning to hit 70hz, as it was an absolute must to give the XPS 27 and Precision 5720 AIOs the ability to be convincing on all media content, from a movie to a EDM-heavy bass song. When you have a system that can’t go down below 100Hz, you are not able to reproduce the fundamental frequency of certain instruments and you lose a lot of the experience, the ability to really feel it.Something else I wanted to implement, particularly for the consumer experience, was a uniquely designed full-range down firing speaker. The down firing speakers excite the surface that the computer in sitting on in the room creating reflects from that surface. This will allow the surface to become an acoustic amplifier that will excite the room your listening in which results in a sonic experience that feels like the sound is surrounding you.We not only hit our stretch goal but surpassed it. The XPS 27 is louder and has a much greater bandwidth audio spectrum than any of its competitors, along with a list of other claims that speak to its superior design.XPS 27 has the best sound of an all-in-oneXPS 27 is 2x louder and has up to 50 percent more bass than the 27-inch Apple iMacXPS 27 is 1.5x louder and has up to 10x more bass than the HP Envy 27World’s first PC with down-firing speakers that augment front-firing speakers for heightened sound ambiance
Co-authored by:Kevin Shatzkamer, Vice President, Service Provider Strategy and Solutions, Dell EMCHonore’ LaBourdette, VP Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMwareWith Mobile World Congress in Barcelona coming soon, there is a lot of anticipation on what vendors will be showcasing at the event and what will solve the challenges facing for service providers today. Some of their main challenges include:Slowing growth & innovation due to increasing technological complexityRising CAPEX and OPEX for legacy network infrastructurePrice/Margin erosion due to disruption in existing businesses modelsUncertainty in new business models – new value chains, new competitorsOperational transformation requires workforce and process retooling Dell EMC and VMware are teaming together to help solve these challenges and are excited to demonstrate of the value of Dell Technologies end-to-end for service providers.As a starting point, at Mobile World Congress Americas last fall, we announced the Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware to simplify and accelerate NFV deployments for service providers. This bundle includes open standards-based Dell EMC Cloud Infrastructure (compute, networking, Service Assurance Suite and management tools) and a choice of a Virtual Infrastructure Manager (vCloud Director or VMware Integrated OpenStack) with vSAN or Dell EMC ScaleIO.The Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware was just the beginning of joint, pre-validated solutions between both companies. Dell EMC and VMware are on a journey to integrate and demonstrate the value of our joint solution in other areas as well.SD-WAN is another area where both companies are working together to expand SD-WAN opportunities for service providers. According to IDC’s Worldwide SD-WAN Forecast, 2017-2021, SD-WAN sales will grow at a 69% compound annual rate and will hit $8.05 billion by 2021.Enterprises are increasingly searching for cost-effective and simpler alternatives to WAN connectivity for their sprawling branch networks. SD-WAN addresses many enterprises needs around WAN costs, simplified operations and improved application performance. For service providers, offering SD-WAN as a Service is a new revenue opportunity because they can manage WAN services for enterprises. This is appealing to enterprises that don’t want to manage the WAN network, or applications, and would prefer to outsource these services to a service provider.To help with SD-WAN adoption, Dell EMC and VeloCloud, which is now part of VMware, offer the Dell EMC SD-WAN Ready Nodes for VeloCloud to accelerate SD-WAN revenue for service providers. VeloCloud can also go one step further by hosting and operating SD-WAN service on behalf of the service provider to accelerate adoption. We will also be demonstrating leading edge joint SD-WAN solutions for service providers at Mobile World Congress.We understand that the industry is constantly moving and evolving, and Dell EMC and VMware will continue to integrate capabilities that service providers want. Our goals as both companies is to significantly reduce deployment complexities by offering more joint pre-architected and pre-validated solutions that integrates industry leading Dell EMC hardware and VMware software, reduce installation complexity, and provide confidence that the joint solutions are ready to work in production for service providers.We look forward to seeing you at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 26 to March 1! Please visit us in the Dell Technologies/VMware booth 3K10 in Hall 3 to learn more about our solutions for service providers.
Many cyberattacks can be linked to a software vulnerability exploited by attackers seeking to gain unauthorized access to targeted organizations’ systems or applications. The digital transformation which brings more software to smart connected devices, also creates more opportunities for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities.We all have a role to play: The battle to ensure that organizations achieve the full potential of their digital transformation must be fought on two fronts:Organizations need to transform their security by using a risk-driven, proactive approach, which at Dell we call “Security Transformation”.Developers must build more secure software to minimize software vulnerabilities and the exposure of devices on which their software is deployed.Developing more secure software is less about technology, and more about people and processes. It requires an industry-wide effort that focuses on educating software engineers and driving the adoption of a secure software development process.In a recent blog post, I discussed the need to start teaching security to all developers at the time we teach them how to code, not years later, after they have graduated from college.On the process side, I am excited to share that SAFECode recently released the Third Edition of its Fundamental Practices for Secure Software Development. Security experts from Dell EMC and from other SAFECode member companies have created this authoritative best practices guide based on their extensive experience in order to encourage the industry-wide adoption of secure development practices.Successful digital transformation must be built on a foundation of secure software. Please help us drive adoption of secure development practices by sharing SAFECode’s Fundamental Practices for Secure Software Development with security practitioners and with every software professional in your organization.
Dell EMC Isilon & Google Cloud Platform: Bringing Uncompromised Scale-Out NAS to the CloudOrganizations of all sizes and across all industries are exploring their path to the public cloud. However, many enterprise customers are still uncertain about the optimal approach. A common thread ties most of my conversations with these customers – they like the flexibility and hands-off agility of public cloud, but would prefer to retain control over their data and enjoy the performance they see with their on-premises storage solutions.I’m excited to share that Dell EMC is working with Google Cloud to offer Dell EMC Isilon, the industry’s leading scale-out NAS platform,  for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Currently in early access, Isilon Cloud for GCP allows organizations to deploy a dedicated Isilon infrastructure with secure and sub-millisecond latency network access to GCP Compute Engine clusters. Dell EMC will provide 24×7 proactive monitoring and support of the environment, while the customer will be able to maintain full access to all OneFS management interfaces.Organizations can now deploy performance intensive file-based workloads, such as automotive design simulation, EDA chip design, and genomic sequencing, on Isilon Cloud for GCP. This provides organizations the best of both worlds: customers retain the value they experience with Isilon today – massively scalable NAS, high performance, management simplicity, and more – now turbocharged with the capabilities of Google Cloud Platform.Isilon Cloud for GCP offers the following benefits:NAS in the cloud without compromises: Fully featured Dell EMC Isilon with the same predictable file performance and linear scalability that customers enjoy with Isilon in their datacenters.Access to GCP services: GCP’s robust analytics and compute services, allowing them to extract more value from their NAS data.Hands-off operations: Management of Isilon Cloud for GCP with 24×7 proactive monitoring and maintenance from Dell EMC.Peace of mind: An enterprise grade NAS solution in the cloud with dedicated hardware and network – eliminating data compliance and security concerns arising from a shared storage environment.Together, Isilon and Google Cloud Platform can help organizations take the next step in their journey to the cloud. Isilon Cloud for GCP is now available via an early access program, and customers interested in joining the program should contact their Dell EMC representative for more information. Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, March 3, 2017
Today, it’s more important and more urgent than ever for responsible businesses to lead the way. At Dell Technologies, we are, and we’re doing so with a commitment to:Transparency by keeping our stakeholders informed with in-depth tracking and consistent reporting;Partnership as we work closely with ESG experts like Ceres, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and our customers and team members to align our efforts to the global agenda;Adhering to industry standards and, as appropriate, partnering with our peers to help define those standards in areas where we lead.There is much work to do, but we are focused on delivering on our purpose to drive human progress. We do that through our industry-leading technologies. For example, our advanced computing clusters are helping scientists accelerate the genomic analysis of COVID-19 in search of effective treatments and vaccines. Our client solutions have been instrumental in helping commercial customers keep the lights on through the economic crisis when, overnight, much of the global workforce pivoted to work from home.But the other way we drive societal progress is through our steadfast commitments to environmental, social and corporate governance.We were the first in our industry to earn UL Environment certification for our closed-loop process, recycling plastic from old computers into new parts. Continuing to drive the circular economy is a crucial tenet of our long-term sustainability strategy.We are also focused on helping customers reduce their environmental footprint by producing energy efficient products. Since 2011, we’ve reduced the energy intensity of our entire product portfolio by nearly 70 percent, and we have our sights set on 80 percent by the end of this fiscal year.We are working to level the playing field for the underserved and underrepresented by bringing more people into the digital economy. We’re doing this with innovations like our Dell Solar Learning Labs, and by partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to build and retain a diverse global team that better reflects the customers and communities we serve.We are also listening to our shareholders and evolving our governance model by declassifying our board and aligning the economic interest of all share classes. And we are holding ourselves and those with whom we do business to the highest ethical standards, earning for the seventh time the World’s Most Ethical Company Award from Ethisphere Institute.We believe our broad portfolio of leading end-to-end technology solutions combined with our ambitious, high stakes social impact commitments are a formula for long-term value creation for our stakeholders. But even more important, they are a force for human progress on a global scale. If there’s a bright side to our current global situation, it’s that it has reminded us of our humanity. Since March, I’ve met countless customers’ children and pets thanks to Zoom. I’ve sat across dining tables and on front porches with shareholders and analysts (virtually, of course). My grandkids’ rendition of If You’re Happy and You Know It has been the soundtrack to more than one team call.In some ways, our social distance has made us more connected and more human to each other. It’s a surprising byproduct of the pandemic, and one I hope we keep.At Dell Technologies, humanity is at the core of our purpose as a company. We exist to create technologies that drive human progress, and that commitment is reflected in how we engage in our communities, protect our planet, and operate our company.In July, we released the FY20 Progress Made Real Report. It lays out our comprehensive plan for meaningful and widespread social impact by tracking our progress against 22 ambitious goals focused on:Advancing sustainabilityCultivating inclusionTransforming lives with our technology, talent and global scaleUpholding ethics and privacyI encourage you to read the report and listen to this recent investor call featuring Dell Technologies’ Chief Diversity Officer Brian Reaves and Chief Responsibility Officer Christine Fraser.We’ve put some big stakes in the ground, as evident in our 2030 Moonshot Goals. In some cases, we don’t yet know how we’ll achieve them, but that’s okay. We have a mantra at Dell—what gets measured gets done—and our annual reporting will keep us accountable and our stakeholders informed of how we’re tracking to our goals.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For decades, Tommy’s Country Ham House has hosted presidential candidates testing their mettle among voters in South Carolina. But the Greenville landmark has announced that it is turning off the fryer and shutting its doors. Owner Tommy Stevenson announced Sunday that Tommy’s would close this spring. The proprietor says he wants to spend time with his grandchildren instead of waking at 4 a.m. six days a week to make fresh sausage, grind beef and slice pork chops. Candidates including John McCain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump have all visited the restaurant in the heart of South Carolina’s conservative Upstate.