Originally posted on CIO.com by Patricia Florissi, Ph.D.What is a World Wide Herd (WWH)?What does it mean to have “Distributed analytics meet distributed data?” In short, it means having a group of industry experts, in this case a group given the title of World Wide Herd, to form a global virtual computing cluster. The WWH concept creates a global network of distributed Apache™ Hadoop® instances to form a single virtual computing cluster that brings analytics capabilities to the data. In a recent CIO.com blog, Patricia Florissi, Ph.D., vice president and global CTO for sales and a distinguished engineer for Dell EMC, details how this approach enables analysis of geographically dispersed data, without requiring the data to be moved to a single location before analysis.To illustrate the power of the concept of distributed, yet collaborative, analytics in-place at worldwide scale, it sometimes helps to begin with an example. In this case, I will start with an example from the healthcare industry, and then dive down into discussion of the World Wide Herd, a global virtual computing cluster.Hospitals around the world are moving to value-based healthcare and achieving dramatic reductions in costs. One way to achieve these goals is to make more effective and efficient use of expensive medical diagnostic equipment, such as CT scanners and MRI machines. When a hospital maximizes its utilization of these devices, it increases its ROI and potentially reduces its costs by avoiding the need to buy additional devices. In principle, it is contributing to more affordable care.With a focus on value-based healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, the healthcare business of Siemens AG, is developing a global benchmarking analytics program that will allow its customers to see and compare their device utilization metrics against those of hospitals around the world. The goal is to help hospitals identify opportunities to gain greater value from their investments.This global benchmarking analytics program will be offered via the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem, a digital platform for healthcare providers, as well as for providers of solutions and services, aimed at covering the entire spectrum of healthcare. The platform, announced in February 2017, will foster the growth of a digital ecosystem linking healthcare providers and solution providers with one another, as well as bringing together their data, applications and services.Global benchmarking analytics in the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem will be powered by the innovative Dell EMC World Wide Herd technologies, enabling the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) for several healthcare modalities. Dell EMC’s collaboration with Siemens delivers the ability to analyze data at the edge, where only the analytics logic itself and aggregated intermediate results traverse geographic boundaries to facilitate data analysis across multi-cloud environments—without violating privacy and other governance, risk and compliance constraints.How it worksThe WWH concept, which was pioneered by Dell EMC, creates a global network of Apache™ Hadoop® instances that function as a single virtual computing cluster. The WWH orchestrates the execution of distributed and parallel computations on a global scale, across clouds, pushing analytics to where the data resides. This approach enables analysis of geographically dispersed data, without requiring the data to be moved to a single location before analysis. Only the privacy-preserving results of the analysis are shared.Let’s take a closer look at how the WWH enables distributed, yet collaborative, analytics at a global scale.First, WWH distributes computation across a virtual computing cluster and pushes analytics to its virtual computing nodes. In the case of Siemens, each virtual computing node is implemented by a cloud instance that collects and stores data from Siemens’ medical devices in local hospitals and medical centers.Second, computation takes place, in real-time, where the data resides.Third, only the privacy-preserving results are sent back to the initiating location, where they are aggregated, and a global analysis is performed on these results.In the case of Siemens, each virtual computing node calculates a local histogram and sends it back to the initiating node, which combines all histograms together to provide global benchmarking. A hospital administrator looking at the global histogram can immediately gain insights on the performance of this one hospital compared to all the other hospitals in the world.A WWH can have multiple configurations. The virtual computing nodes can be clouds in a multi-cloud environment or an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway in a multi-IoT gateway environment, where analytics is pushed directly to the gateways themselves.In its ability to pair distributed processing and analytics with distributed data, the WWH overcomes several pressing IT issues. It helps organizations address the challenges of:• An explosion in the numbers of connected devices and the volumes of IoT data that defy the scalability of centralized approaches to store and analyze data in a single location• Bandwidth and cost constraints that make it impractical to move data to central repositories• Security concerns for data in transit• Regulatory compliance issues that limit the movement of data beyond certain geographic boundariesThe bigger pictureWhen you study these and other challenges, you see that we are in the middle of a perfect storm that is disrupting the status quo. Increasingly, we need to take the processing power and analytics to the data, rather than vice-versa. This is very much the future for many industries as we look to a world that is projected to have 200 billion connected devices in 2031. Data will increasingly be inherently distributed and inherently federated with limited data movement.While the example I have used here focuses on a specific use case in the healthcare industry, the WWH concept can be applied across a wide spectrum of industries. In a December blog post, I explored the potential to use a WWH to advance disease discovery and treatment by enabling global-scale collaborative genomic analysis research. And, of course, WWH approaches can and will be used to help companies gain value from data spread across the IoMT and IoT in general.At the end of the day, rich insights can be obtained when the domain of the data analyzed transcends geographical, political, and organizational boundaries, and can be analyzed as one virtual cohesive dataset. That’s the World Wide Herd in action.
We showcased a lot of great products at CES 2018, but one display at the Dell Experience that especially caught the eye of Super Hero fans in attendance were the new costumes from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”“One of the biggest additions in Ant-Man and The Wasp will be the world’s introduction to Hope van Dyne in her Wasp costume, especially with her now sharing the film’s title,” noted Joseph Aberl of MCU Exchange, a blog focused exclusively on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). “Thanks to one of our own attending CES, we got a great look at the costumes and some artwork.”While we were excited to have the costumes in our exhibit space at CES, we are even more excited to go to the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” on June 25 in Los Angeles. You can keep up with highlights of the red carpet action on social media by following Dell on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.Viewers will also get a chance to see several pieces of Dell technology that play small roles in the film. However, what they might not know is that Dell technology also played a big role behind the scenes, helping to bring some of the film’s visual effects to life.Artists at the award-winning VFX studio DNEG had access to more than 300 Dell Precision workstations to edit and create the visual effects in the film – bringing the characters and places to life. From the moments of Ant-Man and The Wasp shrinking to an intricate lab scene featuring Ghost phasing in and out of walls – Dell technologies helped make these ideas reality.Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 rack servers with MD3460 RAIDs, and Dell EMC PowerEdge M1000e blade server enclosures and hundreds of Dell monitors also played a part in providing the massive computer power needed to bring this film to life.And, you didn’t hear it from us, but it looks like some Dell monitors will share screen time with the movie’s heroes. The new Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop (right), makes an appearance in pivotal scenes. And fans can also find Luis, Ant-Man’s friend who runs their X-CON security company, carrying the beloved Dell XPS 13 laptop in the film.Everyone in the U.S. can set their eyes on these laptops and the movie’s titular Super Heroes when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” hits theaters on July 6. (Australians can see it a day earlier, India has to wait until July 13, and U.K. theatres will get it August 3.)
 Microsoft blog, “Survey shows that most small businesses feel the need to keep up with technology, but many have yet to adopt the cloud,” June 5, 2014. Dell EMC customer case study, “Health, Happy Employees,” April 2018. Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes are now available in configurations tailored to the needs of small and midsize businesses.For small and midsize businesses, technology is every bit as important as it is to large enterprises, and even the smallest of companies understand this. In a survey commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, 86 percent of small businesses indicated that keeping up with technology is important to their businesses. The survey also found that 60 percent of small businesses attribute increased revenue to technology. At Dell EMC, we listen closely to businesses like those in the Microsoft SMB survey, and then we follow through with the delivery of new products and solutions tailored to their needs. That’s the case with the new SMB configurations in our portfolio of Dell EMC Microsoft Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD).These right-sized configurations make it easy for SMBs to capitalize on the benefits of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, or S2D as the product is informally known. S2D changes the ground rules for storage. It eliminates the need for separate SAN or NAS storage arrays, and instead uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage arrays.Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes simplify and accelerate the deployment of S2D. The Ready Nodes are optimally configured with the required amount of CPU, memory, network, I/O controllers and storage devices. The Ready Nodes approach gives IT managers the confidence and convenience that comes with preconfigured, tested and certified configurations designed for S2D and fully supported by Dell EMC. Dell EMC serves as a single point of contact for the entire Ready Solution.The new Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes tailored for SMBs include options with cost-effective Dell EMC PowerEdge™ R440 and R640 servers with Intel® Xeon® processors. These Ready Nodes can easily scale to meet the needs of a growing business.As with all Dell EMC Ready Solutions, the new S2D offerings give IT managers the confidence that comes with known good configurations. They also provide the convenience of an easy-to-deploy solution. Compared to build-it-yourself solutions, the Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes require far less time for setup, testing, management and maintenance, and they are delivered with solution-level customer support. All of those characteristics make life easier for the people responsible for the care and feeding of IT systems in a busy SMB environment.Let’s consider a customer example. Ewel Inc., a consulting services company in Japan, is among the companies that are realizing the benefits of Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes. The company’s IT administrators completed the migration of their existing Windows 2008 environment to S2D in just one week’s time, without any impact to existing users. In an interview with Dell EMC, Ewel’s IT leaders characterized the migration to Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes as “seamless.” Today, Ewel is using its Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes to run intranet, database and email applications serving all of its employees. That means a single easy-to-manage and easy-to-scale Ready Solution now carries a significant portion of the IT load for the company’s operations.If you’re in an SMB environment, now is a good time to check out the benefits of Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes. These Ready Solutions bring a lot of good things together, in configurations that are right-sized for SMBs.For a closer look at Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes, visit www.dell.com/s2dreadynodes. Or to learn more about Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD), stop by www.dellemc.com/wssd or contact your favorite partner.
Episode 5 Show Notes:Introduction with Matt BakerItem 1 – The State of AI in 2019Item 2 – Machine Learning AlgorithmsWired: How Netflix uses Machine Learning algorithms to make recommendationsForbes: Mastercard uses AI to stop fraudAI and Password securityItem 3 — Deep Learning vs Machine LearningGAN Defined Check it out: thispersondoesnotexist.com Item 4 – Does Deep Learning lack common sense?Deep Blue vs KasparovAlphaGo beats GoCan Deep Learning beat Breakout?Item 5 – Cost of Public CloudVMWare’s CloudHealth PlatformItem 6 – Digital TransformationDell Technologies: Digital Transformation IndexItem 6.5 – IT ArchaeologyCloseDisagree, agree, or just chat with Matt using #BakersHalfDozen