Today, communication is instant and information is ubiquitous, making it both easy and challenging for IT professionals to stay on top of the best business practices for converged infrastructure. How does an IT professional efficiently filter through the noise to discover the key informational nuggets without getting overwhelmed? How does an IT department with only one or two people gain the same experience and knowledge as a large organization? A thriving user group can provide that essential value.I’m excited to introduce the new VCE User Group (VUG), a fully independent entity of VCE customers and partners strategically aligned to increase the value of the VCE Experience. A thriving user group is vital for helping customers and partners build relationships with their peers, exchange knowledge and challenge conventions with productive and creative ideas. Establishing an independent VCE User Group is an important milestone for VCE, further validating customer demand for converged infrastructure with the need for an independent forum of VCE practitioners that can actively influence industry direction.“Independent user groups as a concept have been around for many years, but their importance has increased alongside the pace of technology. For customers, user groups are an essential mechanism for gaining access to proven, successful strategies that help ensure maximum efficiency and optimal return from their IT deployments. Active user communities act as an invaluable collective customer voice—giving them a competitive advantage on customer needs and emerging trends” – Victor Bohnert, Executive Director of VUG and Executive Director of the VMware User Group, a $10M organization with more than 100,000 members globally.ShareThe VCE User Group has existed in some form since 2011, when a group of Vblock System owners and operators sat down to discuss their successful deployments as well as how VCE and its users could work together to drive more transformational IT value. Over the past year the VCE User Group has accelerated its growth and momentum to become a truly independent – for users, by users – organization dedicated to maximizing the benefits of VCE products and solutions for its members.The focus of the VUG is to add value to members by facilitating meetings where experts can share best practices for deploying and operating VCE products and solutions. Experts can explore new ideas, and newcomers can build their knowledge base and professional network. With this strong community of people discussing and sharing ideas, best practices can bubble up for everyone’s benefit. We know that VCE products and solutions help customers get the most out of their converged infrastructures, and now the VUG can help VCE customers and partners get even more out of their Vblock System investments.For the first time, the VUG will meet as its own independent entity at VMworld on Monday, Aug. 25 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT. The event will feature a moderated customer panel discussion, titled: “Automation, How Much?” then the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations team will explain how VCE Vision helps enable Vblock Systems automation.“To join the VCE User Group (VUG) or learn more, please visit: www.vceusergroup.comShare
A discussion with architect Sebastian LauffSebastian Lauff is an architect, building consultant, and the founder of archimag.de. He’s based in Germany and has recently written a book about Hugo Junkers and his work in the field of metal architecture. As a #DellInsideCircle member, Sebastian uses a Precision 5750 mobile workstation in his day-to-day work. We recently spoke with him about all things technology and architecture.Dell: Thanks so much for joining us Mr Lauff. You’re an experienced architect – what role does IT play in your industry?Sebastian: We were using pens and pencils when I began my studies in the 1990s, and we were all eager to move towards computers and CAD tools. Things are completely different now, and IT plays an extremely important role in architecture today. The developments in building information modeling (BIM) would never have been possible without IT. However, it is important that technology doesn’t restrict our capabilities. In the early days, IT and CAD led to simpler designs that were very orthogonal because people were pushing the technology to its limits. Nowadays, we are only limited by our own imagination, thanks to powerful technology and tools like touchscreens and styluses. What key technologies in the architecture industry have changed tremendously in the last years? Nothing has changed that drastically in recent years. The applications for single-family home building permits made using pencil and paper in the 1960s and the 1970s have now been replaced with those using computers and printers in 2020. And, of course, materials have improved. We are slowly moving towards BIM; we desperately need digital building applications and 3D printing. Hopefully, materials currently under development will improve a lot in the coming years.Technologies like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) have been fascinating developments and I have been watching them closely. The ability to see real-time developments through a headset could be useful, but that’s not been widely adopted yet. In the future, we’ll likely see VR and AR used at construction sites, where the workers and architects will be able to see the plans superimposed onto the specific stage of construction. You’ve been using Dell Precision workstations for a while. Have mobile workstations changed the way you work? Ultimately, a mobile workstation has to perform at least as well as a desktop computer. You become quicker and more independent. Touchscreen and stylus features allow you to enter notes and sketches directly into the productive system. This cuts out at least one step of the process and reduces paper use! It’s also very important to have an outstanding screen. Personally, color accuracy is not as important to me as having a bright screen because I want to always be able to see every single detail.I have found that the Precision 5750 operates smoothly, and it also looks great. As it is powerful and portable, I can be productive freely and independently anywhere. You don’t have to worry about the IT side of things and you get a tool that opens up new possibilities. What advice would you give to creators looking to invest in technology? I think I speak for a lot of creative people when I say that working with pencil and paper brings out the highest amount of creativity. These techniques can now be reproduced using technology, to the extent that sketches can be made directly where the creative reworking takes place. Take advantage of the touchscreen capabilities on your devices – whether it’s your phone or a laptop. In my opinion, the combination of a mobile workstation with a large secondary screen is a real powerhouse. With that kind of solution, you’re flexible and equipped for every situation.Finally, which three technological devices could you not live without?My phone ranks at the top of the list since it is by far my most used technological device. After that, a nice and high-performance workstation. However, we all too quickly forget home appliances, heating, refrigerators etc. – and preferably smart devices with wireless connectivity. They are often not mentioned within this context because they have become a part of our everyday lives.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesting farmers have marched, rode horses and drove long lines of tractors into India’s capital, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort. It was a deeply symbolic act that revealed the scale of their challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. They waved farm union and religious flags from the ramparts of the fort, where prime ministers annually hoist the national flag on the country’s August independence day holiday. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons and set up barricades in attempt to hold back the protesters Tuesday. The farmers have been demanding the withdrawal of new laws that they say will favor large corporate farms and devastate the earnings of smaller scale farmers.
MADRID (AP) — Political parties in Spain’s Catalonia region are scheduled to start campaigning for an election set to be held in two weeks The northeastern region has loosened a ban on traveling between municipalities to allow for political rallies with reduced attendance and mask-wearing and social distancing requirements.. That the vote will take place on Feb. 14 as scheduled is not 100% confirmed. The election taking place as scheduled on Feb. 14 is not 100% certain. Catalonia’s High Court needs to confirm its preliminary decision earlier this month to overturn a regional government order to delay the vote for nearly three months due to health concerns.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activist say a car bomb has killed at least four people in a rebel-held town in northern Syria. Saturday’s explosion in Afrin took place during the afternoon rush hour on the first working day of the week, wounding over a dozen others. Explosions in northern regions controlled by Turkey-backed fighters have left scores of people dead or wounded over the past months. Turkey and allied Syrian fighters took control of Afrin in 2018 in a military operation that expelled local U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and displaced tens of thousands of Kurdish residents.