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UNICOM Engineering | January 11, 2023
UNICOM Engineering announced plans to launch new server products based on 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, named Sapphire Rapids. These new servers will provide a best combination of performance and reliability for high density applications and will be a solution for customers facing demanding workloads in AI, analytics, storage, and more.
The server products will include features such as built-in accelerators, enhanced security, higher throughput, and increased density. They will also be optimized for cloud, enterprise, network, security, IoT, and HPC and have different configurations to match storage and I/O requirements. These configurations use variations of a number of scalable Intel Sapphire Rapid-SP Microarchitecture processors, hot swap drives, expansion cards and drive bays with embedded RAID technology.
Austin Hipes, Chief Technologist and VP of Engineering at UNICOM Engineering, said, "Our customers are facing more demanding workloads than ever as the growth of data drives AI, analytics, storage, and more. Intel Xeon scalable processors accelerate performance to handle today's fastest growing workloads with built-in accelerators, enhanced security, higher throughput, and increased density while enabling significant product differentiation. Our latest platforms will help early adopters secure a competitive edge by leveraging the architecture's unmatched performance, memory, storage, and networking options."
UNICOM Engineering will also provide validation and optimization services to ensure smooth transition to this and future Intel Xeon processor upgrades.
About UNICOM Engineering
UNICOM Engineering is a global provider of purpose-built application platforms, appliances, and life cycle deployment services to solution providers and OEMs in the data center, storage, security, communications, video, and healthcare IT markets. Our solution design technologies, integration expertise, and one-of-a-kind deployment capabilities set us apart. Our turnkey platforms and appliances are built to last and are supported by life cycle management services. We develop products and business solutions that address deployment challenges, shorten time to market, lower ownership costs, and boost business efficiencies.
globenewswire | December 16, 2022
Remote work is here to stay and employers offering it have a competitive edge when it comes to retaining and recruiting employees, according to a survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.
Three-quarters of businesses (76%) that have offered remote work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic say they are continuing to allow their employees to work remotely. The most cited reason is to help attract and retain employees (66%).
Nearly half of employers (49%) say remote work has had a positive impact on their company as a whole, while only 15% say it has had a negative impact, and the remainder say it has had no impact at all.
What’s more, a plurality of employers (46%) say remote work has not impacted employee productivity compared to when they were in the company’s physical workspace. Nearly a quarter of companies (22%) reported their employees became more productive, though one-third (32%) of companies say their employees became less productive with remote work.
The ability to work remotely has become a basic requirement for an employer to stay competitive in many industries, according to Hanif Hemani, an Express franchise owner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
“Quite simply the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ and most employers have offered and continue to offer work from home options,” said Hemani. “Remote work isn’t going anywhere and, in fact, employers are using this flexibility as a recruitment strategy.”
Hemani says hybrid work weeks have become the most popular remote work model.
“Most businesses are electing a hybrid model requiring employees to be in the office for a set number of days,” he said. “Typically, I am finding that the 3 consecutive days in office is a popular and good option, as all employees are available for face-to-face meetings on one set day of the week.”
There are some potential drawbacks to remote work.
“Recent insights from some large surveys have warned that remote work can stifle innovation, as employees tend to interact (remotely) with only the same group of people, and cross divisional collaboration and cross pollination of ideas can become less frequent as innovation can often occur from in-person ‘watercooler’ interactions,” said Hemani. “Remote work can also cause a disconnect between employees and their managers which can lead to problems down the road.”
But there are also many benefits to offering remote work.
“Remote work is popular and desired by many employees, and if employees are happier, this should lead to better engagement, which can lead to better productivity,” he said. “If employees are more engaged and more productive then the employer will benefit. In addition, if employees are more satisfied, they will be less likely to leave which will save companies time and money not having to deal with turnover and recruitment.”
When, and if, the country’s labour shortages ease, it remains to be seen if fully remote or hybrid workplace options are as prevalent,”
Express Employment Professionals CEO Bill Stoller.
“As long as productivity doesn’t suffer, offering a remote work option for employees has many benefits and is a popular incentive shaping many companies’ cultures right now,” he added. “While this arrangement may not be feasible for everyone, competition for top talent is still fierce, so it may be worth a try.”
About Bill Stoller
William H. "Bill" Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
About Express Employment Professionals
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people globally in 2021 and 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com/CA.
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Dell Technologies | November 18, 2022
Dell Technologies is expanding its industry leadership in data protection appliances and software1 to help customers protect their data on premises, in public clouds and at the edge.
The Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance leads a series of advancements for multicloud data protection that are simple to use and easy to consume. Dell innovation in AI-powered resilience and operational security accelerates the adoption of Zero Trust architectures, helping protect organizations from the increasing threat of cyberattacks.
The new solutions help address rising data protection challenges facing organizations. According to the 2022 Dell Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) survey, organizations have experienced higher levels of natural and modern disasters than in previous years, resulting in more data loss, downtime and recovery costs. In the past year, cyberattacks accounted for 48% of all disasters (up from 37% in 2021), leading all other causes of data disruption. The survey also revealed 85% of organizations using multiple data protection vendors see a benefit in reducing their number of vendors. Furthermore, it revealed that organizations using a single data protection vendor incurred 34% less cost recovering from cyberattacks or other cyber incidents than those who used multiple vendors.
"With virtually everything connected to the internet in today's digital world, the need to protect valuable data is more important than ever, This digital landscape requires a modern data protection and security strategy to address cyber threats. Point solutions don't go deep or wide enough to help protect organizations. Dell helps customers strengthen cyber resiliency by offering integrated data protection software, systems and services to help ensure data and applications are protected and resilient wherever they live."
Jeff Boudreau, president and general manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Dell Technologies
The GDPI survey found that 91% of organizations are either aware of or planning to deploy a Zero Trust architecture – a cybersecurity model that shifts how organizations approach security from relying solely on perimeter defenses to a proactive strategy that only allows known, authorized traffic across system boundaries and data pipelines. However, only 23% are deploying a Zero Trust model and 12% are fully deployed. With embedded security features designed into the hardware, firmware and security control points, Dell's holistic approach helps organizations achieve Zero Trust architectures to strengthen cyber resiliency and help reduce security complexity.
The simplest path to modern data protection
Dell continues to deliver innovation for its data protection software, Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, to help organizations simplify their IT operations and reduce risk. PowerProtect Data Manager software addresses the increasing need for cyber resiliency and supports Zero Trust principles with new built-in operational security capabilities, such as multifactor authentication, dual authorization, and role-based access controls.
The Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance offers a simple path to adopt modern data protection. The debut system is ideal for small and mid-sized use cases with support that scales from 12 to 96 terabytes of data.
The appliance offers customers a:
Modern, software-defined architecture: Allows automated discovery and protection of assets and delivers unique VMware protection with Transparent Snapshots to ensure the availability of all VMs without business disruption.
Secure, cyber resilient solution: Provides more secure access to restricted functions with Identity and Access Management to strengthen cyber resiliency.
Simple, unified user experience: Delivers software-defined data protection, making it easy to deploy and use.
"Dell PowerProtect Data Manager simplifies our backup environment, giving us the business agility needed to protect our data as we digitally transform," said James McNair, vice president, distributed systems manager, Trustmark Bank. "With the new PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance, we can more simply deploy Data Manager across our infrastructure, helping us be more efficient and strengthening our cyber resiliency."
Dell expands cyber recovery for fast, easy-to-deploy public cloud vaults
PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Google Cloud enables customers to deploy an isolated cyber vault in Google Cloud to more securely separate and protect data from a cyberattack. Unlike standard cloud-based backup solutions, access to management interfaces is locked down by networking controls and can require separate security credentials and multi-factor authentication for access.
Organizations can use their existing Google Cloud subscription for purchasing PowerProtect Cyber Recovery through the Google Cloud Marketplace, and the service can be acquired directly from Dell and its channel partners.
The new offering marks the latest expansion of Dell's cyber recovery capabilities for public clouds, following this year's introduction of Dell PowerProtect for Microsoft Azure and CyberSense for Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS.
Dell APEX simplifies backup storage with flexible consumption options
Dell APEX Data Storage Services is expanding to offer a Backup Target option to provide more secure backup storage in a pay-per-use, flexible consumption model. The Backup Target service is easy for customers to adopt and streamlines the process of purchasing, deploying and maintaining backup storage. Building on Dell's leadership in data protection appliances and software1, the Backup Target helps reduce a customer's storage footprint and can increase data availability.
The new Dell APEX Data Storage Services Backup Target offer will support the increasing reliance on as-a-Service offerings to help overcome data protection challenges. Nearly every GDPI respondent (99%) identified at least one as-a-Service offering as a high priority to help overcome challenges for their organization. Storage as-a-Service (44%), Cyber Recovery as-a-Service (41%), and Backup as-a-Service (40%) ranked as the top three as-a-Service priorities.
Dell expands Future-Proof Program with new Cyber Recovery Guarantee
With cyber threats increasing and data becoming more valuable than ever, Dell plans to introduce in January a new Cyber Recovery Guarantee2 to provide assurance to customers that their data will be recoverable following a cyberattack. Dell will provide customers up to $10 million in reimbursement for qualifying expenses to assist in the recovery of data from ransomware and other cyber incidents in the event restoring data is not possible with Dell solutions.
The guarantee is designed to increase customer comfort and confidence in choosing Dell Data Protection Solutions, whether for data in production or, more securely, in a cyber vault. This new cyber recovery guarantee expands the Dell Technologies Future-Proof Program, which also includes a Data Protection Deduplication Guarantee3.
Seife Teklu, senior solutions architect, Arrow Electronics
"The integrated Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance is easy to use and quick to deploy. This system will be a compelling option for our small to medium-sized customers needing to modernize data protection to help reduce risk and ensure business continuity."
Dell PowerProtect Data Manager Appliance is globally available this month in more than 30 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Dell PowerProtect Data Manager software is globally available today.
Dell PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for Google Cloud Platform is globally available today.
Dell APEX Data Storage Services Backup Target will be globally available in the first quarter of 2023 in 16 countries across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Dell's new Cyber Recovery Guarantee will be available in the US starting in January 2023.
About Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.