Sonoma in late August is the place you want to be if you are from Texas. It was a beautiful day, and I was excited to see an in-depth look at a sport that I’d never experienced before. We know a good bit about NASCAR here at Dell, and learning more about Moto America was quite the adventure.I don’t know a lot about motorcycles; my mom always said she would kill me if I were ever caught riding one (sorry mom)! I wanted to see what the sport was about, meet some of the key players, and discover how Dell Rugged and IOT is helping to make this sport better. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know I was in for the ride of my life.Life inside the PaddockPaddock was a new term to me. It is the place outside of the racetrack area where all the garages and teams stage their bikes and equipment. It was open to the public, and you could just walk around, see all inside the garages, watch crews working on their bikes and the riders talking to their teams preparing for the race; you don’t get this type of access in any other sport.It immediately connected me and pulled my interest.There were also places for kids to learn about bikes, kids ridings bikes, and the high patrol talking about bike safety. It was more of a family atmosphere than I had expected and I was happy to see all the focus around motorcycle riding education. They want to protect the sport and keep their riders a safe. To amp up the cool factor, as if it needed it, they had open expeditions of riders doing wheelies, spins, smoking tires and just showing off.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpJmq7rYAAwDell Rugged hits the trackWhen the Dell OEM team reached out for support, I jumped at the opportunity to get out into the field and see what customers are doing with our Dell Rugged products. Being new to the team, I wanted a hands-on experience to throw me into the role and hit the ground running, which is what I needed.The team had two Dell Rugged systems to use during the race to test out the new rider based evaluation solution. A Latitude 7414 Rugged Extreme – an incredibly durable and reliable 14-inch laptop keep up even during the most extreme conditions of the race and the new Latitude 7212 Rugged extreme tablet – an ultraportable workhorse that has the performance needed to analyze data in real time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5VQZq1b2GkThere are already electronics on the bikes that the teams can download and analyze data to make adjustments to increase performance. Dell technology powers the development and physical optimization of the riders using biometric measurements.The teams can measure heart rate and heart rate variability real time of the riders during the race. Wearable devices send data from rider to a Dell Edge Gateway for IoT. A Dell Rugged mobility device then provides access to that data; this enables the teams to do mental and physical evaluations and make critical adjustments to the rider before they even cross the finish line.It’s hard to imagine what these riders go through and how much stress they endure as they go around the race track. The only way to really know is to get on a bike. So through my fears and drowning out my mom’s words in my head, I hopped on the back of a Dunlop motorcycle to take my first ride.It was an experience I will never forget. I wasn’t even controlling the bike, but I still could feel the focus put into rounding every corner, controlling the speed and enduring the force of going more than 160 miles an hour. I have a whole new perspective on the sport and will be a fan for life. Thank you to Moto America, the KRAVE company and all the members of the race team that made this experience unforgettable.
“Service providers are struggling with enormous amounts of data” has been a common refrain of the past 5 years. The refrain has lately taken on a new tone, with the impending arrival of the 5G technology for delivery of connected services.Be it IoT, the Connected Car, the consumer last-mile, or the most common mobile over-the-top services, 5G promises to increase the data-deluge multi-fold, as much as it promises to improve the quality of service delivery, reduce the data access latency, and enhance the efficiency of the mobile infrastructure.The 5G technology is going to affect all forms of services in successive waves of change. Mobile service providers will be the first ones to acquire and adopt 5G. As 5G capable devices and infrastructure equipment becomes common (and thus cheaper), the next wave of adoption will come from connected service providers such as cable and consumer access providers.Next will be providers of software, storage, and infrastructure, and everything else “as-a-service” providers. Customers will expect seamless service creation, acquisition, delivery, take-down, and re-launch – all at their own command and control – with each wave of the roll-out.How will the service providers meet these customer expectations? To begin with, they must listen to what their customer are asking for. The ask will come in the form of advanced data analytics, with the expectation of the ability of pin-point use of artificial intelligence, machine & deep learning, and of inferencing, using as input all the data flowing over the 5G networks.Service providers need to start preparing today for his emerging era of 5G and start improving their analytics and learning abilities.A large section of the service provider vertical is struggling with the even the basics of analytic capability. The struggle is the direct result of the complexity of analytics software, and complexity of the underlying hardware & networking. Getting a single instance of an analytics software stack completely configured, tested, and delivered to users in production commonly takes weeks to months.That estimate also assumes that the underlying server, networking, and storage infrastructure components are properly connected, configured, and ready. This makes a production-ready solution instance already obsolete by the time it is delivered, as the market has moved to the next version of everything. Thus begins the long and iterative process of lifecycle management of the solution. Initial, large investments beg for a long succession of smaller yet numerous investments throughout the lifecycle of the solution, which reduce the overall efficiency of this approach.Dell EMC has created a “ready architecture” approach to address this issue. A Dell EMC ready architecture consists of several guides or books, created by our team of expert technical professionals after thorough experimentation in our global labs – all with the objective of “doing the heavy lifting” for our customers so they don’t have to.A reference architecture guide helps our customers with a precise bill of materials, how they are all put together and why, and options and alternatives available for each component of the architecture. As a whole the reference architecture exemplifies a small / medium / large size of the solution, with guidelines to create a larger or smaller scale instance of the solution.A deployment and validation guide creates a blueprint by which a service provider customer can create a complete data analytics solution stack in their lab. How our team of experts did it in our labs is documented in the fullest detail. A battery of validation tests that were carried out are included in the documentation. Several partner companies of Dell EMC worked with our experts to ensure that their software stacks, as well as their use-case configuration work seamlessly on the reference architecture.Equally important is the performance baseline guide included in the ready architecture. For each partner company’s software stack, use cases of pertinence to the telecom service providers were selected. Then, our team of experts measured performance baselines while running those use-cases with sample, representative data sets. The experimental setup used, and the Hadoop and software vendor optimizations used are documented in detail. Clear performance metrics are reported for each measurement. The data presented will give technical and business decision makers a sense of what to expect from the ready architecture, as well as a what-if analysis in case of scale-up or –down of the solution infrastructure.In this series of blog posts, our team describes the elements of version one of Dell EMC’s Ready Architecture for Service Provider Analytics (SPA v1). We have chosen two Dell EMC significant partners to showcase for this ready architecture. They are:Zaloni, with their Data Lake platform offering and Customer 360 use-caseCardinality, with their Perception Analytics platform for the Operational Intelligence use-caseThe Zaloni Data Lake simplifies processing of large amounts of data using Cloudera Hadoop. Data ingestion is simplified, and the time-to-results is significantly reduced. Future blog posts will show how the SPA v1 ready architecture with Zaloni can get you from thought-to-results faster than anyone else.The Cardinality Perception platform utilizes a Docker and Kubernetes container ecosystem for ultra-fast processing of real-time ingestion of data streams with a unique approach to the ETL part of data analytics. Unique data annotation and labelling follows, which in conjunction with real-time information gathered from a provider’s mobile infrastructure, yields significant operational insights. The Perception platform is able to scale linearly as your data grows – all owing to the modern, container-based architecture of the platform.Stay tuned for the next edition of this blog series to learn more about Dell EMC’s Service Provider Analytics ready architecture v1 (SPA v1).For more information, please see the posts:Do You Have Deep Insights Yet?Service Provider Analytics – Unlocking the Value of Data
ROME (AP) — The office of Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the leader will tell his wobbly government he intends to offer his resignation. Conte survived two confidence votes in Parliament last week but crucially lost his absolute majority in the Senate with the defection of a centrist ally. The premier’s office said Monday night that Conte will inform his Cabinet at a meeting Tuesday morning of his “will to go to the Quirinale (presidential palace) to hand in his resignation.” Then Conte will head to the palace to meet with President Sergio Mattarella, who can accept the resignation, possibly asking the premier to try to form a more solid coalition.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Arab Emirates is calling for an urgent renewal of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya. Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said Friday the UAE it is ready to work with the new U.S. administration and all other members of the U.N. Security Council to restore peace to the oil-rich north African nation. Her statement was issued a day after the United States called on Russia, Turkey and the UAE to immediately halt their military interventions in Libya as demanded in a cease-fire agreement, and accept Libyan sovereignty as it moves to hold elections and end years of fighting.
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has kept its key interest rates unchanged amid rising optimism over the British economy’s near-term prospects in the wake of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines. The U.K.’s rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines has improved the economic outlook and lowered expectations of another move imminently. The bank’s rate-setting committee said the economy is “projected to recover rapidly towards pre-COVID levels over 2021, as the vaccination programme is assumed to lead to an easing of COVID-related restrictions and people’s health concerns.” That reduces the need for more stimulus policies from the Bank of England in the short term.