Less than a year since we announced general availability, Native Hybrid Cloud is quickly becoming the most feature rich way to run cloud-native applications on-premises. At VMworld, we announced a number of new enhancements to Native Hybrid Cloud that broaden our production capabilities, bring new use cases for high availability and disaster recovery, and help solidify our position that we are the best way to run Pivotal Cloud Foundry on-premises.As part of our core mission to help our customers succeed with their digital transformation initiatives, we’ve been working closely with our customers, taking direct feedback on how to improve Native Hybrid Cloud. Our conversations with customers have reflected the evolution of digital maturity in the market. A year ago, our customers were struggling simply to stand up a cloud-native platform to begin experimenting and developing next generation applications. Today, they are looking for more robust, production ready platforms to bring these applications to market.Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Elastic Cloud Storage Delivers High Availability to the EnterpriseIn order to deliver a fault tolerant and production ready environment of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, we are offering ‘out-of-the-box’ deployments for multiple levels of high availability. At the smallest configuration, customers will be able to run multiple availability zones on a single site with physical and logical separation of resources. Pivotal recommends running multiple availability zones to assure platform health and performance, and this architecture offers you the ability to choose the level of redundancy necessary for running mission critical applications with minimal risk of applications going down.To help avoid downtime due to a site failure, multi-site deployments provide the ability to run a full Native Hybrid Cloud in each site in an active-active configuration. Multi-site architectures provide an additional level of fault tolerance and resiliency that even if site 1 goes down, the Native Hybrid Cloud foundation at Site 2 can come alive and applications will continue to run. This architecture offers built-in layers of disaster recovery to ensure zero disruption and full application availability even in the loss of an entire site.“In a geo-replicated environment with multiple sites, ECS replicates chunks from the primary site to a remote site to provide high availability.ShareElastic Cloud Storage’s robust fault tolerance and innate high availability standards ensure customers can recover from virtually any disaster scenario. Today, Native Hybrid Cloud components are backed up to Elastic Cloud Storage, while the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime Blobstore lives on the platform as well. This ensures no single point of failure for applications running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and a secure backup for your logging data.For customers running multi-site deployments, Elastic Cloud Storage’s geo-replication capabilities enable recovery of their logging and monitoring data even in the event of complete hardware loss. When used in combination with Pivotal’s recommended backup practices for the Pivotal Stack, it allows customers to easily recover, rebuild, and resume their Pivotal Cloud Foundry instances with no data loss.Network Isolation gives an additional level of security and compliance for customers who deal with sensitive applications and data. This allows operators to segment portions of the network and limit who has access to different areas of the platform such as data services, applications, and the management plane. Giving operators greater control and visibility over the platform network traffic, secure network isolation improves security of the applications, and the infrastructure for those customers who want this level of security and compliance.Simplifying Enterprise Deployments With Developer and Operator ToolsWith additional levels of redundancy, availability and security comes the risk of an increase in system complexity. Managing multiple foundations and multiple sites of a cloud-native platform is challenging for even the most seasoned operators and organizations, and even more so for those just starting off their digital initiatives. We’ve thought of that, which is why to help manage these challenges and to fulfill our commitment to our customers, we developed the Workbench within Native Hybrid Cloud, a series of tools designed to help developers and operators become productive on Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Day 1.The Workbench includes two tools, the Access Testing Tool and our newest, the Deployment Management Tool. Codenamed ‘Fractal’, the Deployment Management Tool is designed to further automate the CI/CD pipeline by managing the application deployment and configurations of multiple foundations simultaneously. With this, developers simply submit their code, and when it’s ready to go live, operators can use a single ‘fractal push’ to automatically push the application across their entire production environment in a blue-green deployment to ensure minimal disruption. The Access Testing Tool is focusing on helping developers easily diagnose and resolve connectivity issues during the development process. Developers can simply select the data and web services their applications need access to, and see whether their applications will have permission to those services when it’s in a production environment.Native Hybrid Cloud 1.4 is packed with production ready features solidifying it as the best way to run Pivotal Cloud Foundry on-premises. Learn more about Native Hybrid Cloud and get hands on with our interactive demos to see just how easy it is to deploy and manage applications with our platform.Thanks, and keep following!
Each year, CRN recognizes channel executives for their industry expertise and leadership with its Channel Chiefs Awards—one of the highest honors in the industry. Earlier today, CRN announced their picks for the 2019 Channel Chiefs awards. Six Dell EMC executives were honored for their exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their channel partner programs.Channel Chiefs honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation.This is the sixth consecutive year that Dell EMC channel executives have been recognized as CRN Channel Chiefs. Congratulations to Gregg Ambulos, Cheryl Cook, Jim DeFoe, Kelli Furrer, Joyce Mullen, and Jay Snyder. In addition, Joyce Mullen and Cheryl Cook were named to CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ list. Gregg Ambulos, Cheryl Cook, Jim DeFoe, Joyce Mullen and Jay Snyder have also all been honored in previous years.Joyce Mullen, president of global channels, OEM and IoT solutions, was named to CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ list for the second straight year. This year, Joyce drove double digit growth rates in a $43B Dell Technologies Global Channel business and improved partner satisfaction ratings—delivering on the organization’s priority of making it easier for partners to do more business with Dell EMC.Cheryl Cook, also recognized among CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ for a second year, is senior vice president of Global Channel Marketing for Dell EMC, and is responsible for developing the global channel marketing strategy. She also manages the global channel marketing programs that enable partners to grow their business with Dell EMC. Over the past year, Cheryl partnered with Joyce Mullen to spearhead a company-wide initiative to grow all routes to market while enabling predictable sales engagement—resulting in the Partner Preferred Program.Gregg Ambulos, senior vice president of North America Channel Sales for Dell EMC, has been named to the CRN Channel Chiefs list since 2008. In his role, Gregg is responsible for creating and delivering sales growth across the entire Dell EMC portfolio of products, including PCs, Workstations, Servers, Storage, Networking and Services through Dell EMC’s North America ecosystem of more than 50,000 solution provider and distribution partners. This year, under Gregg’s leadership, partners helped Dell become the undisputed worldwide share leader in x86 servers, both in units and revenue. In addition, partners helped us achieve triple-digit growth for VxRail and VxRack and we outperformed the PC industry, hitting the highest share position to date for worldwide units and commercial units.This is the first year that Kelli Furrer, vice president of federal channels and alliances, has been recognized by CRN as a Channel Chief. Kelli combines her experience designing and implementing the federal marketing strategy, the launch of a new customer-first Digital Transformation Summit series and account executive to design and deliver mission critical solutions across the federal business. Just one year into a fully combined Dell EMC Federal program, Kelli has helped the overall federal business to grow at a robust 18 percent rate enabled by VMware channel growth and cross sell of the Dell Technologies portfolio. In the Federal Channel Program, 75 percent of partners are growing and 55% are growing at a rate of 50% year over year or better.Jay Snyder, senior vice president, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries has led EMC’s (now Dell EMC) Global Alliances Organization since 2015. Snyder focuses on bringing uniquely differentiated industry solutions to market through strategic relationships with systems integrators, strategic outsourcers and cloud service providers. Throughout the past year, Jay has grown the Global Alliances business by nearly 25%, and will close the current fiscal year having overachieved on both our storage and margin targets.In addition to Dell EMC, CRN recognized prominent channel leaders from other Dell Technologies companies including Brian Breton, Senior Director, Global Channel Strategy and Americas Channel Sales, RSA, and Jenni Flinders, Global Channel Chief of VMware. In addition, both were also named to CRN’s ‘Most Influential’ list.As we begin the second year as the combined Dell EMC Partner Program , we celebrate the leaders who work to make it the world’s best and the industry’s most lucrative program for our partners. Here’s to another outstanding year!
WASHINGTON (AP) — As one of his first acts, President Joe Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally. It’s the type of proposal that many Latino activists have longed for. But it must compete with Biden’s other marquee legislative goals, from dealing with the coronavirus pandemic to aiding the struggling economy. In the best of circumstances, enacting an immigration overhaul would be difficult. But in a narrowly divided Congress, it could be impossible. And that has some Latinos worried Biden could cut deals that weaken the finished product too much — or fail to pass anything at all.