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RESEARCH BRIEF: Why the Dell / EMC Combination Makes Sense for Customers

One of the biggest technology deals in history at over $60 billion is about to unfold as Dell prepares to buy EMC. At EMC World in May 2016, Michael Dell made this acquisition more real than ever when he announced the new entity’s name, Dell Technologies, which will be an umbrella brand for the collection of companies that …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Bridges Traditional and New IT with Composable Infrastructure

IT is undergoing a significant transformation as businesses look to streamline costs and roll out a new class of cloud-based applications driven by a changing digital economy. The IT infrastructure as we know it today is not well equipped to improve on the cost structure for traditional workloads nor handle the velocity demands of a new generation of workloads …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Open Compute Project Provides Inspiration, but Delivery is Unclear

The Open Compute Project (OCP) was developed by Facebook and other hyperscale computing leaders in 2011 to help the datacenter hardware community embrace open, efficient, and cost-optimized design principles. Since then, other industry leaders such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, financial services firms, and telecomm providers have joined OCP to take part in the collaboration and community efforts. One of …

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RESEARCH PAPER: OpenStack is Now Ready for the Enterprise

The OpenStack cloud operating system is becoming a strong alternative to traditional IT service delivery models for large enterprises. In addition to replacing traditional models, OpenStack is establishing itself as an accelerator towards efficient and credible onpremise and hybrid cloud alternatives to remote-only cloud services (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Engine, and Microsoft Azure).The OpenStack …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Business Value of Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting

Businesses face an almost overwhelming number of options for moving to “the cloud” to modernize IT capabilities and expand beyond traditional service models. Options include a combination of traditional on-premises datacenter capabilities and a wide range of cloud services deployment models. When evaluating the available options, IT should look beyond initial hardware and software expenses, as they are just …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Open Networking Continues Momentum

Technology has fueled much of the business acceleration in recent years, but in many cases it is also holding businesses back. In today’s data-driven world, companies are finding that to be competitive they must move quickly, maneuver ahead of the competition, and use information to help them stay ahead. Unfortunately, as many find, being that adept and agile might …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Everspan Changes Archiving

The combination of increasing regulatory accountability and significantly larger data sets is driving enterprises and service providers to rethink their storage archiving. Existing methods of archiving—via tape or even hard drives—are starting to show their limitations as the realities of today’s needs poke holes in those approaches. Data today is being generated in significantly greater amounts and needs to …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Technical Review of Xiaomi’s New Redmi Note 3 Smartphone for India

The midrange smartphone market is experiencing huge growth, especially in China and India. The midrange has become a focal point for many smartphone vendors and the chipmakers that supply them. Companies like Xiaomi are launching devices with help from chip vendors like Qualcomm and MediaTek. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, featuring the new Snapdragon 650 SoC, is optimized for …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Choosing Chromebooks for Education

A broadening trend in K-12 education is the use of Chromebooks, driven by digitization of educational tools and materials. The heart of Chromebooks, Google’s Chrome OS, is a free operating system, which is maintained and updated by Google over the cloud and helps lower acquisition costs for school districts. According to Google, Chromebooks give “students, teachers, and administrators a …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Hardened Multi-Factor Authentication Increases Enterprise PC Security

The internet and mobility have made enterprise security monumentally more difficult. Employees can take mobile devices with them everywhere they go, but these smartphones, tablets, and notebooks vary wildly in terms of security features to prevent unauthorized access. Increasing numbers of endpoints became convenient targets of hackers looking to gain access to enterprise data. Many major hacks in the …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Zebra Technologies: Driving Chip-to-Cloud Standards-Based IoT Cloud Service

For most organizations around the world, comprehending the Internet of Things (IoT) is a daunting task. Some have already jumped headlong into deploying IoT systems and are using newly collected data from a wide range of devices to adjust and optimize their operations.Most, however, are stuck on first. They realize they have systems that need to be optimized and …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The New Workplace Needs New PCs

Enterprise PCs are behind the times. As people become more reliant on connectivity, convenience, and speed from their personal smartphones and tablets, they are demanding the same from their work PCs as well. Millennials have their own expectations about work and devices for work. Workplaces are enabling, and even encouraging, more mobility. And new interface and usage models proliferate. Companies …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Fall 2015 ONUG Meeting Highlights

With over 600 attendees for the semi-annual meeting of the Open Networking User Group (ONUG), the Fall 2015 event increased the volume and the emphasis on open networking solutions. The emphasis began to change as more customers began proof of concepts (POCs) and are moving closer to using open networking in their production environments. The existing networking challenges that …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Jabil Steps Up Its Wearables Game with Clothing+

Advances in sensor capabilities, batteries, form factors, and fabrics are making it easier for clothing manufacturers to seamlessly integrate garments with monitoring and electronic devices. Fitness equipment manufacturers have been developing devices and solutions for many years that monitor heart rate, pulse, body temperature, etc. But, only recently has the cost to manufacture, integrate, and miniaturize electronic components been reduced …

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RESEARCH PAPER: The Journey to Composable Infrastructure

Today’s digital economy is driving IT as a focal point for competitive differentiation. But siloed, traditional IT architectures often are not equipped to provide the flexibility that today’s business-critical applications require. In addition, many IT organizations are transitioning to a DevOps methodology for application development which involves continuous integration, automation, and measurement throughout the process. DevOps requires an agile infrastructure …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Rambus Smart Data Acceleration

As an industry, if real progress is to be made towards the level of computing that the future mandates, then the way computing problems are attacked must change. The von Neumann execution model has and will continue to serve us well, but additional techniques must be brought to bear. The next logical focus area is data—how it is …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Building the Ecosystem for ARM Servers

Enterprise IT and cloud service providers have shifted their focus away from server buying criteria that are based on performance-per-dollar and toward metrics that encompass total cost of ownership (TCO) for the lifecycle of a server. In addition, these organizations are moving away from a “one size fits all” approach to their server purchases and toward solutions that are …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Dell—Taking Part of the Mystery Out of the Industrial Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) applications are real, today. Some organizations around the world are deploying IoT systems and reaping the benefits of smarter data gathering, analysis, and usage to optimize and adjust their operations. Most organizations, however, are not there yet. Specifically, in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), corporations are just beginning to understand …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Dell Engineered Solutions: IT Agility for the Modern Datacenter

Business leaders are pressing IT executives to help accelerate business growth through the delivery of new products, channels, and services that take advantage of trends such as cloud computing, mobility, the internet of things (IoT), and Big Data analytics. In a world where IT is both a competitive weapon and a source for disruption, IT organizations are under significant …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: Has Optical Archiving Come of Age?

Data capacity requirements continue to ratchet upwards because of both new applications that demand massive data sets as well as increasing demands for regulation and accountability. Businesses are required to store more data than ever before; some data sets may be huge but used only once or twice, and much of the data may never need to be accessed …

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