Dell: faster deployment of hybrid cloud for data centers
Dell Technologies advances its cloud technology, making it easier to buy and scale hybrid clouds, lowering barriers and increasing time to value.
In a recent global report conducted by ESG Research, sponsored by Dell Technologies, it was discovered that there is an increase in the importance of a cloud hybrid strategy that has seamless compatibility between the public cloud and an on-premise infrastructure, with 83% of organisations wanting the freedom to run workloads in the cloud of their choice.
“In this hybrid and multi-cloud era, organisations see cloud computing as an operating model and not a destination. They are seeking simplified IT experiences with common operations and cost transparency wherever their workloads are located,” said Deepak Patil, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platforms and Solutions, Dell Technologies. “With the latest Dell Technologies Cloud enhancements, we are focused on delivering this for customers and helping them stand up or scale their hybrid clouds faster than ever before while enjoying consistent infrastructure, services and operations.”
What does Dell Technologies new cloud advancements mean for its users?
With the release of its new subscription-based configurations, customers will be able to deploy a hybrid cloud solution in 14 days, and have the ability to scale their environment in five days, making it one of the fastest cloud deployments in the industry.
What is currently included in the subscription?
The new subscription is now available with Dell EMC VxRail, and includes hardware, software and the services needed to get a hybrid cloud up and running. Technology experts are also available to help with the deployment, expansion and retirement, to provide a single point of support.
“With the latest Dell Technologies Cloud release, customers can take advantage of flexible consumption models and expertise to scale hybrid cloud environments faster than ever before. The combination of quick time to value and consistent operations across cloud operating models addresses the challenges many have with hybrid cloud initiatives today,” commented Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, ESG Research.
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.