China’s dynamic cloud opportunities are some of the world’s most exciting, and yet the journey to the cloud for Chinese customers is marked by clear differences from their western counterparts. On one hand, without the burden of legacy applications, enterprises in China are empowered to make a quick and decisive move to the cloud. On the other, they have unique concerns as various branches of the Chinese government serve as active investors in China’s cloud computing infrastructure. National interests come first in China, meaning decisions about IT infrastructure are not necessarily cost-driven, but policy-driven.As a result, Chinese customers are not likely to outsource products, services and consulting from a single foreign company to build a large-scale private cloud. China’s local IT enterprises need to rely on foreign vendors for technology, but they do not like to be influenced too heavily by foreign partners. Some of our competitors make the mistake of trying to win a total contract of products, services and consulting during each bid – an approach that is too aggressive in China. With an excess of vendors pursuing the service side of business, the end result is that cooperation falls through entirely.One of the most important strategies for EMC in China is collaborating with the strongest local partner to help our customers transform to the cloud. Our most recent partnership with Lenovo demonstrates EMC’s strategic approach to leveraging our resources to enhance the customer experience. This new OEM and reseller relationship allows Lenovo to provide EMC’s networked storage solutions to its customers, initially in China and then expanding into other global markets as the company develops its server business.We see this partnership as a win-win collaboration. As a multinational company headquartered in the U.S., it is not easy for EMC to participate in cloud computing projects initiated by the Chinese government. Lenovo, meanwhile, is challenged by limited technology offerings. With our respective strengths in storage and servers, EMC and Lenovo can expand into wider markets that could not be reached through EMC’s technology leadership or Lenovo’s advantages in market coverage alone.The partnership also brings an additional advantage to Iomega, which faces strong cost competition from small NAS vendors based in Taiwan. With Lenovo’s broader market reach and cost advantage in the server and commercial PC markets, Iomega is better able to leverage and position its advanced SMB/SOHO technology and solutions in the Chinese market.In China, local partnerships are vital elements in successful journeys to the cloud.
Dell EMC Introduces Availability of New and Updated Systems and Reference Architectures; Industry-Leading Benchmarks at SAP TechEd
 The Dell PowerEdge R930 leads the industry in SAP BW-AML and Standard Application benchmarks  Certification number 2016043: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bw4hana-results.htm  Certification number 2016040: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm  According to “Big Data Universe Beginning to Explode”  Certification number 2016040: http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/bwaml-results.htm In today’s highly competitive business climate, immediate access to and analysis of operational data can determine the success of an organization. With big data and analytics at the forefront of many business leaders’ minds, data production is growing and analytics are becoming more crucial. In 2020, it’s estimated that data production will be 44x greater than it was in 2009, and the amount of high-value data worth analyzing will double. With these customer needs in mind, Dell EMC and SAP are continuing their 10+ years of collaboration, and further streamlining advanced analytics processes to give customers quick access to actionable insights. This week at SAP TechEd, we’re proud to showcase industry-leading systems and expert services that help our customers stay competitive.Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge, available next monthTo help mid-market companies make the most of their data analytics, Dell EMC is the first to offer customers a fully integrated appliance with the newly packaged SAP HANA Edge edition, advanced version and SAP Predictive Analytics. First announced at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016, the Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge will begin its worldwide rollout in October. The system speeds turnaround time for new reports and synchronizes data (regardless of the source) to dramatically reduce the cost of gaining business insights. The Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Edge includes SAP’s predictive analytics libraries native to SAP HANA, SAP Predictive Analytics with advanced data modeler capabilities, and services from Dell EMC to deliver rapid time to value. The point-and-click interface makes it easy to use for business users, analysts and data scientists. Additionally, Dell EMC helps customers deploy, implement, migrate, support and train with Dell EMC ProDeploy, ProSupport and custom service offerings.Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA Scale-Out, Now on Intel Broadwell ServersFor larger enterprises, the newest release of the Dell EMC Validated Systems for SAP HANA v.4.1 is now running on the latest PowerEdge R930 server with the Intel®Xeon®Processor E7v4 Broadwell Product Family – the industry’s fastest server for running SAP workloads. Designed and engineered for maximum performance, this system supports ongoing growth and system expansion with its modular scalability. The system supports real-time planning, decision making and continuous forecasting; end-to-end traceability; research & development; enterprise asset management; and business application acceleration. The latest update delivers more performance per node for analytics, as well as more capacity for SAP business applications and business analytics, new lower cost offerings for smaller environments and updated operating system support. With its real-time analytics and insights, Dell EMC Validated Systems for SAP HANA can change the way a business operates and translate to a competitive advantage for customers.Leading the Industry in Speed and PerformanceDell EMC continues to develop industry-leading systems for SAP workloads, and the proof is in the numbers. The Dell EMC PowerEdge R930 server, running on the latest Intel®Xeon®Processor E7v4 Broadwell Product Family, holds industry-leading benchmarks in a number of categories, proving that it is the fastest server for running SAP workloads:SAP business warehouse edition for SAP HANA Standard Application Benchmark. Dell EMC is the first and only industry partner to complete a benchmark test in this new category, achieving in the 1.3 billion initial records category, the following results: 21,473 seconds runtime of the data load/transformation phase, 1,972 query executions per hour on 102,183,318,183 selected records, and 202 seconds total runtime of the complex query phase.SAP BW-AML (Business Warehouse Advance Mixed Load) Benchmark at 2 billion records: Dell EMC holds the industry’s leading record in this category, coming in at 33,500 advanced navigation steps per hour. SAP BW-AML Benchmark at 4 billion records: Dell EMC holds the industry’s leading record in this category, coming in at 18,440 advanced navigation steps per hour. Enabling Predictive Maintenance for Manufacturers with Dell EMC, SAP and ifmSensors have had a presence on shop floors for decades, but in most cases, the data collected is limited, and often never analyzed to gain operational efficiency insights. Today, Dell EMC is unveiling a new reference architecture, designed in collaboration with SAP and ifm efector, inc., that aims to provide manufacturers with the insights they need to conduct predictive maintenance on their equipment, allowing them to avoid unnecessary maintenance or detrimental machine failures.This new reference architecture brings together ifm sensors to detect issues such as vibration, temperature, oil contamination, flow of lubrication, and humidity; Dell Edge Gateways and Edge Device Manager to collect, analyze, relay and act on that data; SAP Dynamic Edge Processing and SAP IoT Intelligent Edge running on the gateway to analyze the machine data in real time and send relevant events to the data center; and Dell EMC Validated System for SAP HANA running SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service (PdMS) to identify granular patterns that predict equipment failures earlier. As a reference architecture, this is a jointly engineered, fully validated and recommended configuration, but is flexible to meet a diverse set of customer needs.Dell EMC’s systems for SAP HANA are just one example of how the two companies’ unique partnership delivers orchestrated innovation, increased return on investment, and breakthrough results for our joint customers. Dell EMC’s commitment to helping customers navigate SAP HANA goes well beyond providing products and solutions. With a focus on future-ready enterprises, in 2015, Dell built a Global SAP Center of Excellence in Germany to foster even tighter partnership and greater co-innovation with SAP. This heightened level of collaboration has led to a number of industry-leading benchmarks, purpose-built solutions, and exceptional customer results. Solving complex data center problems starts by partnering with an industry leader. With the broadest technology portfolio, Dell EMC delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. To learn more about Dell EMC and SAP’s collaboration, utilize the resources below:Are you at SAP TechEd this week? Stop by booth #407 to talk with a Dell EMC expert, and visit this blog post for more information on Dell EMC’s presence at SAP TechEdFollow our Twitter handles @DellAlliances and @DellEMCSAP, and use #DellEMC #SAPTechEd for updatesWant to learn more about Dell EMC and SAP’s strategic alliance? Find more information hereLooking for customer case studies about Dell EMC and SAP? Visit our customer stories webpage
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is appealing to Hungary to change tack on asylum policy and respect migrant rights. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson’s call came after the EU’s border agency took the unprecedented step of suspending its operations in Hungary. Johansson said Thursday that “the right to apply for asylum is a fundamental human right.” She says she expects “Hungary to change their policy and to let people to apply for asylum on their territory.” Frontex says it’s halting work in Hungary until the nationalist government brings its laws into line with a top EU court ruling that Budapest is denying migrants the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones.”
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of British tabloid The Mail on Sunday and its online version, MailOnline, in a libel lawsuit relating to articles about his relationship with the British armed forces. Harry sued Associated Newspapers for libel over two articles published in October which claimed he had snubbed the Royal Marines after stepping down as a senior royal. Harry has served for a decade in the British army, and his lawyers said the articles caused considerable damage to his reputation and credibility with veterans. His honorary military titles have been put on hold after he and his wife, Meghan, stepped down as working royals and moved to the U.S. in early 2019.