[UPDATE 10/19/17] Due to low demand, Bitcoin is no longer available as a form of payment. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. You can still complete your purchase through a number of alternative payment options such as PayPal, all major Credit Cards, and Dell Financial Services.Now you can buy digital with digital – starting today, we’re accepting bitcoin on Dell.com.We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer and small business shoppers in the U.S. We’re excited to bring you the choice and flexibility this payment option offers and have partnered with Coinbase, a trusted and secure third party payment processor, to make this possible.I’m excited to share in the coming days we’ll be offering a special Alienware promotion wherein customers can save 10 percent off a new Alienware system purchase (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. Stay tuned to Dell.com/bitcoin for more information on this exciting offer.When you are ready to make a purchase, simply add the items to your cart and choose Bitcoin as the payment method. Checkout our special video guide on Dell.com/bitcoin to see the bitcoin payment process in action.We are moving more quickly to meet your needs. In fact, we were able to work with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin payment in just 14 days!“We’ve fostered a close partnership with the Dell team and that’s been instrumental in getting the Coinbase integration up and running in such a short timeframe. We look forward to continuing to support the team as they explore other ways to offer even more functionality when it comes to bitcoin payments,” said Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder of Coinbase.We know you have some questions. We’ve tried our best to answer some of them below, but if you have others, be sure to check out the Terms & Conditions and our FAQ, or feel free to leave them in the comments below.So just what is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is a distributed peer-to-peer network offering a payment system based on a completely digital currency. Bitcoin payments can be made easily from anywhere in the world, and offer reduced payment processing costs. Bitcoins can be transferred instantly and securely between any two people in the world.We have teamed with Coinbase to handle the processing of Dell.com transactions on the bitcoin network. Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is an international digital wallet that allows you to securely buy, use, and accept bitcoin currency. Many other companies such as Overstock and Expedia are already using Coinbase to accept bitcoin.How do I get started with bitcoin?To acquire bitcoin, you’ll need to create a bitcoin wallet on a site such as Coinbase. This is the account from which you can send and receive bitcoin. Once you have a wallet, you can purchase bitcoin from Coinbase directly. Bitcoin can also be mined, though this requires high levels of processing power. This is something Dell Services customer Bitcoin ASIC Hosting found to be true, and is why they partnered with us to provide a large scale and high density crypto-currency hosting facility available to the Bitcoin mining community.The process of selecting products and services on Dell.com remains the same for bitcoin users as for everyone. Once your selections are made and you are ready to make a purchase, simply add the items to your cart and choose bitcoin as the payment method. You can send payment from your bitcoin wallet by using the generated bitcoin address, by scanning the QR code from your smartphone, or by using a Coinbase account.You can use bitcoin to purchase any products on Dell’s consumer, EPP or small/medium business sites in the U.S. Bitcoin will only be accepted online at the point of sale, not on existing invoices.Didn’t Dell already accept Bitcoin?While it was noted earlier this year that you could purchase Gyft cards with bitcoin and use those to shop on Dell.com, we are now pleased to accept bitcoin as a direct payment option via Coinbase.Wasn’t Dell Security warning about Bitcoin malware earlier this year?Our SonicWALL researchers did observe an increase in bitcoin mining botnets in our 2013 Threat Report. However, bitcoin adopters can take precautions to ensure security. We’ve enlisted Coinbase, one of the most secure, reputable and widely used bitcoin platforms in North America to help with this. Information on their security protection can be found here.[UPDATE 7/20/14]Based on feedback from one of our commenters below, here are some additional precautions bitcoin adopters can take for security:Dell SecureWorks’ BitCoin security experts Joe Stewart, director of Malware Research for the CTU, and Pat Litke, CTU security researcher, recommend:Use a non-web-based wallet, always back up and encrypt your wallet, and ensure that the machine that is used to store the bitcoin wallet is malware free. After all, all other precautions are for naught if the machine is compromised by malware.Consider using open-source and trusted wallet software (Electrum, Armory) – Use only in deterministic mode.If holding a large sum of currency, consider moving the majority of it over to a cold-storage wallet. When access to those funds is needed, move them back to your “hot” wallet where they can then be spent.[UPDATE 7/24/14]Our Alienware promotion mentioned above is now live! You can now save 10 percent (up to $150 limit) when checking out with bitcoin. The discount will apply to all Alienware computer purchases and select Alienware accessories purchased. The total amount of the discount will be noted during checkout when purchasing with bitcoin. Here’s a sample of what the would look like:[UPDATE 7/24/14] Note: This Alienware promotion ends August 14, 2014.
The current state of the IT industry reminds me of the saying, “May you live in interesting times.” These are interesting times indeed for CIOs and IT leaders dealing with rapid change across multiple dimensions from technology to economics to organizational culture & skill sets. The primary goal of IT engineers today is to stitch together individual technologies into an end-to-end service while balancing the design and operational complexity in the Data Center. Companies are moving to agile business models which require IT teams to respond rapidly to business and end-user requirements while actively managing operational costs.While technology companies are rightly proud of their technology component innovations, IT organizations today are less interested in the infrastructure components and more focused on architectures that solves real problems they face. We consistently hear the need for a solutions approach that combines the hardware and software infrastructure with a M&O framework that can deliver rigorous SLAs for availability, performance and costVCE epitomizes the solutions approach to innovation. In 2009, we pioneered the Converged Infrastructure concept to help IT teams rapidly deploy new technology components in a state of the art infrastructure that just works. As a foundational building block in Data Centers worldwide today, the Vblock platform delivers a high performance, highly available infrastructure which dramatically simplifies the operational environment.Looking ahead, we see Converged Infrastructure evolving along 2 axes:Horizontally, with new variations of Converged Infrastructure platformsVertically, by expanding the scope of Converged Infrastructure to extend from physical hardware elements to include application and cloud infrastructureFrom a platform perspective, VCE believes that IT teams expect solutions that are built for Data Center scale, and optimized for mixed workloads with simplified operations and life cycle support. This week we are launching VCE’s Vscale architecture for Data Center scale infrastructure, our new VxBlock platforms that enable technology choice, and our Vision 3.0 Converge software. These offerings – with the VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged appliance and EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution – give us the most comprehensive set of platforms and the only fully integrated Cloud solution in the industry.VCE’s close partnership with IT teams to design, deploy, support and scale Converged Infrastructure solutions from platforms up to the application and cloud layer uniquely positions us to innovate and redefine the market. As we look ahead, you can expect to see VCE deliver new platforms and solutions in rapid intervals along both axes as we evolve to become a true Converged Solutions provider.We live in interesting times indeed …Onwards and Upwards!
Police departments today process a tremendous amount of video footage as evidence of crimes, which includes managing and storing data and ensuring it is court admissible.Further, storage requirements for surveillance and body-worn camera data differ widely from state to state, depending on the crime. Each state is different as far as what the law mandates for the length of retention for the data collected. Minor traffic stops may only need to be kept for 30-45 days, DUI’s for over three years, and Federal crimes may need to be kept for many years or in some cases, indefinitely.Organizations must think beyond three-year or five-year buying cycles and consider how they will manage and store this video for 25 years or more—on-premises versus in the cloud.With more than 10 million arrests made in 2016 alone – excluding those for traffic violations – body-worn camera data adds up to a lot of storage. On average, each body cam can expect to require a minimum of 1TB of storage per year. And body cameras are just one component of the video data that police departments are tasked with managing.In fact, currently there’s a litany of other technologies used by police department and officers collecting evidence. This includes video, surveillance cameras, drones, in-car video, mobile devices as well as cell phone downloads to even complete mirror images of hard drives—potentially terabytes of information.Choosing the right storage solution requires a clear understanding of the costs associated with long-term storage, how quickly a particular police department will need access to evidentiary support, the product life cycle, and legislative storage requirements.Because of the diversity of digital data collected, police departments must build a data platform that can collect, store and manage individual pools of data. Not addressing the different video storage needs holistically can lead to big challenges for agencies down the line, and create an overwhelming issue for the agency to manage its data long-term.Keep Your Architecture Options OpenMany agencies have invested in programs that create, utilize, or provide data that is proprietary and cannot be manipulated. To avoid the risk of limiting video to a single company’s platform, departments should bypass a closed solution as it may prevent other key applications gaining access to that data.Because the video world is constantly changing, an open platform will enable departments to implement the best solutions today and tomorrow. Open platforms enable departments to integrate body cam data with the best available industry applications. Open platforms also provide the scalability and flexibility that agencies need without binding them to separate cloud storage solutions.Ultimately, using an open platform data management system can be a cost effective approach that will ensure various file types are maintained, usable, and meeting an agency’s needs for years to come.Understanding Your Surveillance Storage Architecture OptionsStorage is the foundation layer of any surveillance solution. However, many organizations purchase body-worn and other surveillance devices before they consider storage requirements or cost. This foundation layer must support an open platform capable of managing disparate data sets (from multiple devices) while addressing the challenge of scale head-on. It is important to understand the differences among the three major surveillance storage architectures— distributed, centralized, and cloud—and what option would be most suitable to your specific organizational needs and requirements.Distributed architectures: High bandwidth, reliable, affordableTypically support several hundred surveillance devices. They store video and surveillance data locally and then periodically transfer the digital data set to the central platform. For example, a ‘satellite’ police station may store data locally in office, then periodically transfer it over to headquarters—the centralized location. Distributed architectures often integrate the data with applications and other systems, such as access control and intrusion detection, without engaging a central server. The resulting architecture reduces single points of failure and distributes processing requirements over many, smaller sites.Centralized architectures: Massive-scale, analytics readyCommonly used by police headquarters, schools, Federal/government, airports, and energy companies. For example, centralized surveillance architectures host high camera- or device-count environments (typically thousands of surveillance devices) and are able to support large amounts of surveillance data. Storage must be made efficient, and utilization rates must be high to prevent price creep, while migration time must be extremely low to non-existent to seamlessly apply changes in resolution or pixilation.Cloud architecture: Faster infrastructure deployment, elasticMany companies opt to go on-premises for their primary storage, but use cloud architectures for deeper ‘cold’ storage. Cloud provides an elastic storage platform that easily expands as data volumes grow. For surveillance-specific industries, this means expanding volumes in a centralized private cloud or even leveraging public cloud storage for more rapid capacity expansion. Ultimately, cloud storage can improve storage efficiencies and help reduce the costs associated with storing inactive data on more expensive storage solutions.Choosing a vendor that offers both cloud and on-premises storage architectures is a better bet as it will safeguard an organization’s assets while allowing for future growth. Many companies opt to go on-premises first with the bulk of their ‘cold’ or long-term storage, and then go to the cloud for deeper storage. This approach is often more cost-effective, provides greater security, and simplifies application integration.Dell EMC’s open, hybrid architecture—built on both on-premises and cloud technologies—gives organizations the flexibility and scale they need to seamlessly scale their body-worn and surveillance solutions not only in the immediate future, but long-term as well as requirements and regulations change. It also enables organizations to manage data from a host of other applications such as crime lab, digital evidence, surveillance, drones, in-car, license plate recognition, interview room rooms, crime scene footage, and more.
Dell EMC SC All-FlashStorage customers now get the best of both worlds in the SC Series, with both speed and intelligence. With the SC Series All-Flash, they get huge performance, up to 399,000 IOPS per array, and 3.9 million aggregate IOPS per multi-array federated cluster[i], all in an easy-to-use package. Ideal for storage generalists, because the SC Series has all the intelligence to do the work automatically, all behind the scenes, with little to no storage administrator intervention. Best-in-class data reduction is also built-in, so no special operator skills are needed. Federated data mobility, to move active or “live volumes” between systems for easy, non-disruptive workload migration is done automatically too. Just a few check boxes – that’s all it takes.With the addition of all-inclusive software[ii], every SC feature is included that makes purchasing and maintaining even easier, and keeps the cost low over time. Our customers agree. According to Steve Athanas, Director of Platforms & Systems Engineering at UMASS Lowell: “We chose SC Series storage because dollar-for-dollar, Dell EMC arrays were the most cost-effective and they provide a great roadmap for longevity.”Dell EMC UnityOur midrange momentum continues with Dell EMC Unity, already designed for simplicity and unified customer environments. In our previous blogs, we announced deduplication was coming soon and as promised to our customers, it’s now part of this new v4.3 software release. We’re building on Dell EMC Unity’s strong efficiency and performance, where it leads the market in shipments[i]. We also put the product to the test against another strong midrange player – HPE 3PAR. Research firm Principled Technologies confirmed that Dell EMC Unity loads data up to 22% faster, handles up to 29% more orders per minute, and requires up to 2.5X less storage than HPE; impressive results!Building on top of deduplication, new synchronous file replication is included too, giving our customers business continuity and zero data loss remote protection for users’ critical file-based data. Customers can combine file replication with block-level cloud tiering for greater data protection.Snapshots are a lower cost option than full volume copies, since they require far less space. For the ultimate in data protection, customers can leverage cloud tiering with our new Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program. This program provides free cloud storage for Dell EMC Unity customers (SC in the future), ideal for long-term snapshot retention. Storing snapshots in the cloud is the lowest cost option. If you haven’t heard of the program, more details are available here.Rounding out the Unity OS release, new functionality now enables customers to swap in new and more powerful storage controllers while data and operations remain online and in place. This eliminates downtime and protects existing investments. Upgrades can take place from hybrid to All-Flash and operations can continue during a hardware upgrade with no downtime.Read more about SC All-FlashRead more about Dell EMC UnityRead the blog about Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program[i] Source: IDC Enterprise Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker, Sept 2017. Midrange is defined as external storage systems priced $25k < $250k We’ve had a busy summer releasing new midrange storage products including the SC 5020, SCv3000 and new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash data storage arrays. Today, we’re announcing the All-Flash version of SC Series, which makes deploying All-Flash even easier; one SKU and all-inclusive licensing. For Dell EMC Unity, deduplication is available, along with other features to simplify data-in-place migrations without any downtime.As the storage market evolves, customers are looking beyond just product innovations. While product enhancements remain extremely important, customers are looking for more. They want products and programs to ensure their technology investments solve business problems today and into the future given the rapid advancement of technology. They need a future-proof investment. We’re excited to share our innovations in both products and the best storage loyalty program in the industry. Together these can help lower the risk and cost for customers to modernize their data centers.
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-Chinese trade war isn’t going away under President Joe Biden. Biden won’t confront Beijing right away, economists say, because he needs to focus on the coronavirus and the economy. However, Biden looks set to renew pressure over trade and technology complaints that prompted President Donald Trump to hike tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017. Negotiators might tone down Trump’s focus on the trade balance and push harder for changes to open China’s state-dominated economy, say economists. But no abrupt tariff cuts or other big changes are expected.
HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Houston police officer indicted for murder following a deadly 2019 drug raid in which a couple was killed says his client is being targeted by a district attorney looking to score political points in the wake of last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality. Officer Felipe Gallegos became the second officer who was indicted for murder following the January 2019 drug raid. Rusty Hardin, Gallegos’ attorney, said the officer was a “hero” who saved other officers. Gallegos says he hasn’t been able to explain he’s not a ‘bad person.’ Gallegos is one of a dozen officers indicted after their work came under scrutiny following the raid.
BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son accused of sneaking former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box. The U.S. State Department said in October that it had agreed to hand Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor over to Japan but U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Massachusetts put their extradition on hold after their lawyers filed an emergency petition. Talwani wrote in a ruling issued Thursday that the extradition could move forward. Lawyers for the men said in court papers that they plan to appeal to the Boston-based federal appeals court.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is freeing from jail Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin as he awaits trial in connection with the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell on Friday reversed a magistrate judge’s detention order and released Griffin to his home in New Mexico pending trial on charges of knowingly entering barricaded areas of the Capitol grounds with the intent to disrupt government as Congress considered Electoral College results. Howell says denying pre-trial release might leave Griffin in jail for longer than the one-year maximum sentence amid pandemic-related court delays.