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5 Secrets by Dell Technologies for CIOs to Harness HCI technology

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Today, Hyper-Converged technology is going mainstream. Big, small and medium sized organisations are all deploying this technology to transform their IT infrastructure. However, amidst the increasing emphasis on software (in software-defined infrastructures), hardware is being overlooked. A closer analysis clarifies that hardware is extremely essential to HCI, in order to achieve the highest level of performance.

As organisations are increasingly moving to software based infrastructures to meet the storage and processing requirements of their data and mission-critical workloads, Dell Technologies lists down five areas that CIOs must not overlook while choosing the right hardware for HCI deployment:

1) Configuration of hardware as per the needs and workload: Deploying of hardware that are configured to support the workloads has been the success formula for IT professionals over the years. White-label servers can make good compute engines, however maximized results could be achieved with hardware that is specifically optimized according to the needs and are for specific HCI stacks. Hardware solutions can be made capable enough to manage the most critical workloads and deliver highly predictable performance, availability and flexibility as per the HCI requirements.

2) Enhancing IT transformation with high standards of quality: Over the past years, there has been a shift in HCI use cases. From virtual desktop infrastructure it is transforming into more mainstream and mission-critical applications. The rapid innovation across the HCI enables platforms to support the majority of customer workloads with few exclusions. With HCI revamping as a platform for managing core workloads, organisations need to look beyond hardware configuration options and also focus on the reliability, stability, and service of these, for enhanced quality.

3) A holistic systems approach reduces staff time needed for routine maintenance: Managing the lifecycle of software and firmware are not typically considered exciting. But the activity is a necessity in the IT environment and can be time-consuming at times. The rate of change can be high and the updates critical. The degree to which a hardware and software function as a system, epitomized by a jointly engineered HCI solution, will determine the time to be consumed by IT teams in managing and maintaining your infrastructure versus delivering real value back to the business.

4) Most valuable hardware solutions to get the most from software: Organizations gain elasticity and the automation of resources, as well as increased reliability and quicker response times, by pooling and extracting infrastructure resources. This holds the key for the deployment of cloud-native workloads. A hyper-converged infrastructure that is fundamental to private, multi-cloud and cloud native modes of deployment, needs the ability to not only present the hardware resources to those workloads but also to maintain and manage the lifecycle of those same components. It also needs the intelligence to manipulate both the physical network and software-defined network configuration in context.

5) Resolve issues faster with quality global hardware and solution support: Support is a pain point for many organizations, but with complementary hardware and software, it doesn’t have to be. If an organisation elects to build its own HCI solution, it should expect to deal with their own internal support plus multiple third-party hardware and software vendors. Alternatively, if an organisation consumes HCI as a turnkey solution, it may work with just two support teams (one for hardware and one for software) or even just one support team for everything – requiring fewer points of contact in a time of need.

“HCI is emerging as a critical enterprise application. It helps organizations in managing lifecycle of their systems and bringing in more simplicity and scalability, said Mr. Surajit Sen – Chief of Staff, Modern Data Centre – APJ, Dell Technologies. “Hence, choosing the right hardware for HCI is of utmost importance to achieve notable performance. Coupled with proper hardware, it is a key component of Digital Transformation and is best suited for both hybrid and multi-cloud architecture”.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India. 

Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India. 

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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