There is a lot of rumor and anticipation around what may be coming next month at E3, the world’s premier event for computer and video games.“We can’t wait to see what CD PROJEKT RED has in store for us,” says John Papadopoulos on Dark Side of Gaming where speculation is that it could be Cyberpunk 2077.I have no real insight to add on whether that will be the case, but I can say that Cyberpunk 2077 will be brought to life with the assistance of Dell and Dell EMC technology.“We have been utilizing Dell Precision workstations with Intel Xeon CPUs while working on our previous three titles,” says CD PROJEKT RED IT Manager Maciej Makowski in the video below. “We will continue this trend by developing our newest game with this equipment also – Cyberpunk 2077.”Established in 2002, located in Warsaw and Kraków, Poland, CD PROJEKT RED has been using Dell Precision workstations since 2014, with approximately 270 units in operation today. CD PROJEKT RED also utilizes our Dell EMC Converged offerings, which bring together the disparate infrastructure elements that power IT, including servers, data storage devices, networking functions and more.The studio is home to well over 300 game-making professionals from all over the globe that speak many different languages but share one love—games. You can see what it’s like inside those games and learn more about how our technology helps bring them to life in this video.As I mentioned at the beginning, there is a lot of interest in what’s coming next in the gaming industry. Speculation abounds and there are tons of bloggers and journalists who cover the industry that would love to get a scoop.That means security is also a top concern for our customers like CD PROJEKT RED.“During the development stages of the games, CD PROJEKT RED generates vast quantities of data with safety being a top priority,” notes Aleksandra Pabin, one of our client solutions field marketing managers.A “Keep Your Hard Drive” maintenance service available for our customers ensures that any malfunctioning disk drive is replaced and does not at any point leave the company’s premises; therefore the customer remains in full control of the data.From delivering the hardware needed to create the games, to the PCs on which you play them, to sponsorship of eSports leagues and professional gamers that bring the gameplay to even larger audiences, Dell and Dell EMC technology truly runs end-to-end within the gaming industry.
High-end application users working in mission-critical workflows have historically relied on desktop workstations to provide the power and performance they required. And back when “work” was viewed as a destination, it didn’t matter. However, the workplace is changing. Whether customers are working on ground-breaking healthcare research, designing innovative engineering solutions or editing the next big TV series, they shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance for portability.Today, we announced the biggest updates to Dell’s mobile workstation line since we first introduced the award-winning Dell Precision M3800 in 2013. Our product and engineering teams continue to redefine the mobile workstation category. With this mobile workstation lineup, we believe we’ve found the perfect combination of power and style. We’re bringing award-winning Dell design and combining it with the latest thermal innovations, professional graphics and powerful CPU technologies into sleek devices to deliver heavy-duty performance wherever your work takes you.Designed for professional creators and engineers in mind, our smallest and thinnest mobile workstations¹ are the Dell Precision 5550 and the brand-new Dell Precision 5750. These 15- and 17-inch workstations feature stunning 4-sided InfinityEdge 16:10 aspect ratio displays and a top bezel Infrared camera for maximum screen real estate and an improved video conferencing experience. Starting at 4lbs and 4.7lbs², with a 92 percent & 94 percent display/body ratio respectively, they perfectly balance power, style and mobility in a lightweight aluminum package. The Dell Precision 5750 also joins the 7000 series in the NVIDIA® RTX Studio program, with the availability of NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 3000 graphics. Photo courtesy of @SavageGeeseEven the world’s most powerful 15” and 17” mobile workstations³, with impressive scalability, the Dell Precision 7550 and 7750, are now around 20 percent smaller and 6 percent lighter than previous generations.4 Now available with new top-firing speakers, ambient sensing and low blue light displays provide a more immersive feel and sound. With the latest Intel® Core™, vPro® and Xeon® processors combined with up to NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 5000 professional graphics, these workhorse devices can handle VR/AR, AI, complex 3D CAD as well as creative editing workloads and data science computing applications with ease. The new Dell Precision 3550 and 3551 mobile workstations offer workstation-class reliability and performance at an accessible price point. They are ideal for users with less intensive graphic needs, like those working on 2D CAD, heavy Excel workbooks or entry-level creative applications.Photo courtesy of Dell Client Technologist, Amit BhagaThe cool factor – intelligent design inside and out Rigorous tasks and high-performance applications often result in the creation of more heat. Dell engineers have developed thermal design solutions to overcome the challenge of balancing the high performance of CPU/GPU concurrency and higher wattage graphics power despite the reduction in footprint the new mobile workstations. Examples include the adoption of dual opposite outlet fans that dissipate heat quickly, alongside thinner vapor chambers in the place of some heat pipes. Software-based thermal management solutions, high-tech Gore technology insulation layers, plus graphite spreaders and copper materials provide impressive thermal performance. Learn more about Dell’s innovative thermal design here.New Space-Saving Compact Solutions Our expansive professional portfolio allows you to customize your workstation for your unique needs, workloads and budget. Dell’s innovative engineering and design isn’t limited to our mobile workstation portfolio. Today, we’re also announcing upcoming additions to our entry-level tower workstation line up, including a brand-new ultra-small form factor (USFF) workstation, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Designed for the tightest workspaces and Edge Computing workloads, this small (2.3L) yet powerful system can push up to seven 4k displays and will be ready for VR, with NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 3000 professional graphics. Available from Q3 2020, this ultra-small form factor workstation is perfect for use in schools, factories, retail, and trading floor environments, where space is a premium.We’re also introducing the new Dell Precision 3640 Tower workstation and Dell Precision 3440 small form factor (SFF) workstation, available from July. They are perfect for content creators and engineers working with 3D or complex 2D graphics, as well as power users working with large data sets and complicated analysis that require ISV certification. These scalable and affordable systems offer a range of high-performance options for productivity and accessible ports for connectivity.Optimized for your unique workloads As with all Dell Precision workstations, we collaborate with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to test and optimize these systems to give you the best user experience possible. Additionally, the new Dell Optimizer for Precision, exclusive to Dell, is now included on these platforms. Dell Optimizer for Precision is the only AI-based optimization software in the industry that automatically tunes your application performance using machine learning.We’re excited to share our latest innovations with you – Dell Precision customers are doing some of the most ground-breaking, innovative work out there, and we can’t wait to see what you create with these new products!Featured photo courtesy of Mark Mann Photography¹ Based on Dell analysis using publicly available data, January 2020. The smallest refers total surface area of the mobile workstations.² Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.³ When equipped with Intel® Xeon® W-10885M (2.40 GHz to 5.30 GHz), 128GB ECC/nECC RAM, NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 (16G) graphics running at 80W. Based on Dell analysis of competitive products using publicly available data, March 2020.4 Based on Dell internal analysis, January 2020. Smaller refers total surface area of mobile workstations.
1Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage” by Julia Palmer, Jerry Rozeman, Robert Preston, Chandra Mukhyala, Jeff Vogel, October 15, 2020. 2Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates. Dell Technologies Named a Leader for Distributed File Systems and Object StorageThanks to you, our valued customers, partners and employees, we did it again! For the fifth year in a row, Gartner named Dell Technologies a Leader in its 2020 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage1 – a Leader every year since the commencement of this report.According to the Gartner report, “Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision.”1 Dell Technologies is positioned highest and furthest for its ability to execute and completeness of vision in the 2020 Leaders’ quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.Dell EMC PowerScale, which includes our Isilon nodes, and ECS were evaluated for the Gartner report. Here are 5 reasons why we believe our portfolio of unstructured data solutions continues to shine:Insights-driven customers who have entrusted our distributed file and object storage solutions to support their business outcomes.Channel partners who add value in positioning our technology as part of their mission to serve their customers.Technology partners that enhance our base offerings – whether it be for enhanced security, auditing, or industry specific vertical integration, we cover a lot of ground.Sales teams who work with our customers to assess data usage and show how our unstructured data solutions can optimize their storage infrastructure and provide the best performance at lower costs.Engineers and product management teams who continue to deliver new innovate capabilities for our Dell EMC unstructured data solutions that provide simplicity at any scale, the ability to handle any date anywhere, intelligent insights – from the edge, to the core, to the cloud.The Dell Technologies team is honored to once again be recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. We believe this recognition – as well as our January 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice2 recognition for these very same categories – is a testament to our commitment to provide customers with powerful technologies that allow them to tap into the potential within their unstructured data and use this data to drive better business outcomes, solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and improve lives. We couldn’t have done it without our customers, channel and technology partners, and our engineers, sales and product management teams – a sincere thank you to all of you and a high five for helping us to deliver incredible results year after year in the distributed file and object storage category!Tackling exponential data growth with software defined storage According to Gartner, “By 2024, large enterprises will triple their unstructured data stored as file or object storage on-premises, at the edge or in the public cloud, compared to 2020.”1 Gartner also noted that, “By 2024, 50% of the global unstructured data storage capacity will be deployed as software-defined storage (SDS) on-premises or in the public cloud, up from less than 20% in 2020.”1So, what does this mean for your organization? As your organization’s data continues to grow year-over-year, your complexity challenges also continue to rise as data increasingly spreads out across edge and core data centers and clouds. Software-defined storage (SDS) helps address these challenges by giving organizations greater control of their data and flexibility to deploy applications at the core, the cloud, or the edge; and continuously optimizes the environment.Our new release of software defined Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS 9.1 is designed to deliver all the flexibility advantages of SDS while eliminating the need for the extra cost, time and personnel cycles required to validate whether storage hardware and the SDS software are going to work together correctly. Dell EMC DataIQ, included with PowerScale and ECS, delivers unique insights into data usage and storage system health, and provides users with self-service capabilities to move data on-demandIf you are ready to get more value out of your organization’s unstructured data, contact us to learn how our Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS storage systems can help address your unstructured data needs for simplified management, improved performance and flexibility – at the edge, the core or the cloudA complimentary copy of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage is available here. If you missed Dell Technologies World Digital Experience 2020, you can watch the replays of sessions on our unstructured data solutions here:Unlock the Potential of Unstructured Data with Dell EMC PowerScaleEnterprise-Grade, High-Performance Object Storage: Dell EMC ECSCloud Storage for the Data DecadeAI Architectures: Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale DeploymentstheCube conversation: How to Handle Your File, Object, and Streaming DatatheCube conversation: EarthCam Visualizes the World with Billions of Images with Dell EMC PowerScale Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two major casino companies announced deals Monday with daily fantasy sports providers as they seek to expand their reach and integrate different forms of fan engagement with professional sports into their gambling operations. In the first deal, Bally’s continued its juggernaut by acquiring the daily fantasy sports company Monkey Knife Fight in an all-stock transaction that further widens the fast-growing company’s drive to add casino, online sports betting and media companies. Later in the day, Caesars Entertainment announced a strategic investment in SuperDraft, a daily fantasy sports company launched in Sept 2019, with the option to acquire the whole company over time.