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By Liz Matthews  - Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Experiential


At the end of a long day, I love to unwind by catching up on the latest documentary on Netflix, or taking the edge off with a comedic sitcom. Pop culture has always been extraordinary at making us smile, while also influencing ideas and culture. One of our favourites at Dell Technologies is The Big Bang Theory, which came to a close last week.

 

For the last 12 years, Dell Technologies has integrated products into not only the show, but the lives of the characters we have grown to love. Our Dell XPS M17 gaming laptop made its debut on episode 1 of season 1, which later evolved into the Alienware M17. The Alienware 17 R3 played a role in many of the episodes last season. We have watched as the show and its founder changed the perception of the tech industry and removed barriers to entry for students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

 

Four years ago, Chuck Lorre and the primary cast created The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Fund at UCLA. This scholarship was established to support undergraduate students with promising academic merit in need of financial aid, who are pursuing higher education in the fields of STEM. 52 per cent of UCLA students receive need-based scholarships, grants or other aid, and almost one-third of UCLA graduates have parents who didn’t graduate from a four-year college or university. I had a chance to meet 17 of these scholars at a recent ceremony celebrating their tremendous achievement. We were so thrilled to contribute to this initiative and support the mission of The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Fund that we also sent our future change makers off with Alienware m15 laptops.



Advancing underrepresented groups in technology and cultivating inclusion is a top priority for Dell Technologies. It’s critical to the success of our business. By 2024, there will be 1.1 million technology jobs, so it is imperative that we ensure our next generation is equipped with the skills to thrive in a digital world, and candidly, we need as much talent as possible to fill those jobs to meet the needs of the rapidly transforming world around us.


New and different collaborations are critical to breaking through and ensuring technology is a field accessible to ALL and representative of ALL. In addition to our work with The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Fund, we work with a number of organisations to increase curriculum at the K-12 level.  We’re also investing in partnerships at the university level with historically black colleges and universities to develop curriculum and programs to reskill and bring underrepresented groups access to training they need to pursue jobs in technology. And we continue to partner with peers on coalitions like Reboot Representation and the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion that address key obstacles for our industry overall.


As I reflect on the last 12 years and, prepare to wave goodbye to the show, I’m so proud of the progress we have made together, and how the show has changed cultural stereotypes and had broad reaching impact on the communities it serves. Because together we can do and achieve so much more, and have the lasting impact our future needs.


By Tim Liu - Vice President and General Manager, Mainstream Consumer & SMB at Dell


We're here to announce the launch of the latest additions to our Vostro portfolio, the Vostro 13 5000 and Vostro 15 7000, designed with the needs of small businesses in mind.


Michael Dell founded Dell Technologies in his college dorm room with a revolutionary idea and a great deal of dedication and hard work. These are key ingredients that company founders must possess to start – and successfully grow – a small business. Here at Dell, we understand the challenges facing small businesses today and have built our products and advisory services to enable them to scale, thrive and remain a competitive force in the marketplace, starting with our Vostro line.


This is why we are thrilled to launch our new Vostros. The Vostro 13 5000 is the thinnest and lightest Vostro ever, designed for on-the-go business professionals. This portable 13” notebook is just 14.9mm thin with a weight as light as 1.18kg (2.6lb) and is encased in an aluminium cover that is both durable and sleek. The FHD display is surrounded by a 3-sided narrow border, which was made possible with the new 2.7mm HD webcam. While the HD camera provides a clear viewing experience, Waves MaxxAudio Pro boosts volume and SmartByte software ensures video-conferencing applications receive network bandwidth priority to reduce buffering, making it the perfect laptop for on-the-go business professionals who need to attend meetings from anywhere.


To add to the lineup, the Vostro 15 7000 is our newest 15” laptop catered to professionals who need a high-performance computer that looks stylish, while keeping cost down. Encased in aluminium and featuring a narrow border FHD display, it is both durable and sleek. With up to Core i7 Intel Coffee Lake-H 6-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, a 97 WHr battery and an optional triple drive expandability storage option, this performance laptop is ideal for content creators or businesses that run intensive applications and need plenty of storage & performance when working on large projects.


Vostro laptops come with security features that are easy to use for any business user. With an optional single-sign-on fingerprint reader and built-in hardware-based Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip, users can instantly authenticate their systems and feel confident their data is well protected against malware and cyber threats.


Dell also knows that small businesses rely on their technology partners for continued support. Therefore, we are offering the option of Dell Pro Support, which provides our customers with 24×7 direct telephone access to advanced-level technicians who are locally based relative to each small business.


Small businesses play an incredible part in the nation’s economic growth and that does not go unrecognised. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, – small businesses (0-19 employees) make up 97% of business in Australia*. We’re excited to kick off these new Vostros designed to enable and empower small businesses and entrepreneurs.


The Vostro 13 5000 will be available on dell.com on May 16 starting at $849. The Vostro 15 7000 will be available on dell.com on May 16 starting at $1149.


*ABS Small Business Counts

By Varun Chhabra  - Senior Director, Product Marketing at Dell EMC


Cloud 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, organisations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93 per cent of organisations 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 organisational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility- one of the main reasons why organisations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!


We believe organisations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data - without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organisations 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 organisations.


Because more workloads are virtualised on VMware than any other hypervisor, organisations 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 organisations 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 centre, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.


A better cloud, with options


Dell 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, organisations 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 per cent 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 centres 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 centres and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organisation to focus on business innovation and differentiation.  For instance:


  • IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;
  • IT Architects can utilise 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; and
  • IT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data centre needs.
  • In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organisation one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilising technology to drive business strategy.


Services to eliminate cloud friction


As part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organisations 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 centre with flexible consumption models.


Cloud without chaos


With Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data centre, 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 materials


Dell Technologies Cloud Press Release


Dell Technologies Cloud website


[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.

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