This post by Craig Bernero has been retired. Check out this post by Joe Caradonna which provides an update on Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition.All customers, large or small enterprises, firmly established or relatively new, are deploying storage and servers in new and innovative ways; far differently than a just few years ago. Today, most IT environments are highly virtualized and leverage the cloud for cost-optimized data placement. For Midrange customers, our new Dell EMC Cloud Edition software helps drive new flexibility with the cloud and virtualized infrastructures. With even more features for the cloud, and more options to deploy Dell EMC Unity as SDS (Software Defined Storage), converged systems, or as traditional hardware, Dell EMC Unity is the ideal platform for all VMware environments. And with this release, we deliver even more options to deploy efficient, simple and flexible storage.Dell EMC’s Unity platform is the number one Midrange storage platform in the market. We’re listening to you, and based on your feedback, we’ve added numerous new features. Recent innovation includes in-line compression and deduplication, MetroSync, and a wide range of security certifications help our customers deploy Dell EMC Unity over the widest range of workloads possible. Our customers also use Dell EMC Unity on purpose-built hardware, engineered converged infrastructure platforms and software defined storage.In this version, we’ve added a diverse set of cloud-related features that leverage the scale and ease of access of the cloud. Many customers look to merge the flexibility of a software defined storage with the scalability and flexibility of VMware Cloud, and we’re delighted to now provide those features. Dell EMC Unity platform users now have a virtual data center which expands outside the confines of traditional physical space, and VMware Cloud users now have access to the extensive host of Dell EMC Unity file services, data protection and storage management features. Every type of Dell EMC Unity deployment benefits from more options and more flexibility.Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud EditionCustomers can deploy Dell EMC Unity either on traditional hardware or software with Unity VSA (virtual storage appliance), and the features are identical. The Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition provides a unified storage management environment with block, file and VVols support, as well as snapshot, replication and scheduling services. And the intuitive user interface, now based on HTML 5, is identical for every version as well, so all users are immediately at home and productive. And we provide full integration for VMware environments including VSI and ESI plugins, and VAAI support.At Home in the CloudThe Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition is deployed and certified on a standard VMware ESXi server. With VMware Cloud available on AWS (Amazon Web Services), the cloud-based version of Dell EMC Unity is deployed quickly, ideal for test and development, and as a cost-effective replication destination.Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition also brings its robust file services to the cloud. Providing more flexibility and portability, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension enables large-scale data migrations between cloud environments and the users’ on-premise Dell EMC Unity hardware and virtual environments.Dell EMC Unity customers seeking cloud deployments for their business now have a path without learning anything new – it couldn’t be easier. The same Dell EMC Unity operating environment and intuitive user interface are now available in all environments, in the cloud or as traditional hardware. For those adopting the cloud today, or those considering multi-cloud in the future, Dell EMC Unity is ready on your timetable, so you get to pick the timing and the product version that best meets your needs.The Road AheadAccording to IDC, the total spending on IT infrastructure for the cloud is $52.3B and growing at 10.9% annually. Whenever you’re ready to jump in, we’re ready too. With the new Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition, both first-time cloud users and more established multi-cloud IT shops will benefit from the feature-rich capabilities in Dell EMC Unity, now optimized and packaged for the cloud. Let us know what you think, we’re always interested in your constructive feedback.
Poland’s state-owned gas company PGNiG saw imported LNG volumes rise 31 percent during the first quarter of 2018 from the volumes imported during Q1 in 2017. PGNiG said in its statement on Wednesday the volumes of regasified LNG reached 0.51 billion cubic meters.During the first three months of 2018, PGNiG received four LNG cargoes at the President Lech Kaczyński Terminal in Świnoujście as the supplemental deal for the supply of liquefied gas signed with Qatargas in 2017 came into force, doubling the volumes of gas received by the group from that source.Overall, the company’s natural gas imports rose 19 percent to 3.84 billion cubic meters on the back of the strong sales.The first-quarter natural gas sales rose by 13 percent up to 1.13 billion cubic meters with the company reaching a daily supply record achieving 80.4 million cubic meters. On average, the daily supply during the quarter was at 62.5 million cubic meters.The group achieved further geographical diversification of its supply sources. While in Q1 2017 gas sourced east of Poland represented 84 percent of total gas imports, its share fell to 78 percent in Q1 2018.
Corporate social responsibility is a big buzzword in business today with lots of companies claiming that they are great community citizens. However, the reality is that few really go the extra mile to give back to their communities. What these companies don’t realize is that community involvement and corporate social responsibility are highly correlated with employee morale. Opting to not be a community-minded corporation can actually lead to lower productivity in the workplace and employee retention problems.The logic here is very simple…Happier people are more productive, and being proud of the company you work for and what you do goes a long way in making an employee happier.Seeing your company give back to the community gives people the same sensation as giving themselves — they feel like they are a part of something good. The more a company can trigger this sensation through charitable activities, the more impact it will have on employee morale.Similarly, philanthropy events can also serve as great team building activities that strengthen the ties and personal bonds between colleagues. Gallop has shown that building friendships in the workplace improves employee engagement and overall productivity in the workplace. Of course, there are other ways to build employee bonds, like hosting social events and sponsoring office sports teams. However, there is something special about gathering your employees together to raise money or do charitable work for a cause.Social Responsibility + Happy Workers = Better BusinessAs I discussed in a previous post on internal branding, happy and proud employees also aid the process of developing and/or building your company’s brand. Satisfaction, pride and happiness on the job will lead employees to positively talk about their company among friends and in other social settings and positively represent your company when interacting with customers, prospects, partners and other corporate associations. This helps bring the brand to life.There are lots of ways for corporations to get involved in their communities, but those that will have the largest impact on their company are those that create positive memories in the minds of their employees and allow team members to develop stronger personal relationships with their colleagues.Here at OpenView, we are passionate about being great corporate citizens. In fact, we even decided to build this ideal into our company aspirations to ensure we don’t lose sight of this important quality in our corporate culture. Here are some highlights of what OpenView has done to give back to our community during the last year:We sponsored a team for Tech Gives Back in Boston, which is an industry sponsored trip to the Boston Food Bank to help the staff sort and bag food and other household goods for distribution to less fortunate families and soup kitchens.We hosted a team in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Golden Bat Wiffle Ball Tournament last summer.Our office team, “The Mustache Venture Partners,” raised more than $1,500 in this year’s Movember cancer fundraiser.We have committed to providing a monthly meeting space for the Boston Chapter of the Relay for Life and plan to organize a team for this year’s event, which is scheduled for June 15, 2012.To see pictures of the OpenView Team’s community service activities this year, please visit our Facebook Page.If you are interested in learning more about corporate social responsibility, I highly recommend reading Causecast’s series on “The 7 Secrets of Successful Workplace Giving Programs.” If you are trying to build corporate giving into your corporate culture, I highly recommend reading Scott Maxwell’s series on how to develop corporate aspirations that drive corporate culture and facilitate your company’s corporate vision.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis