Flexibility. It’s a powerful term that can oftentimes make or break a work experience. At Dell, women are pleasantly surprised at how flexibility comes to life, in fact, it’s consistently ranked as one of the top benefits. Here’s a glimpse into how flexibility enhances work life for several women working in Dell’s Silicon Valley offices.Flexible WorkJacqueline Thomas, Director“Many companies are staunch believers in the old adage you come in every day, you punch that eight to five clock and you go home and your work day is over. Dell understands that we don’t live that way. They’ve created an environment that allows you to think flexibly to resolve problems in flexible environments. If I come up with an idea at two o’clock in the afternoon and it’s after five in Boston, I can jump online and send off that email or I can ping someone on IM with my idea and that gets the ball rolling. It’s not nine to five do your job and go home. We have a problem to solve, and where you are when you solve it doesn’t matter.”Jessica Huening (above), Dell Channel Account Manager“I like the flexibility of owning or building my own company, per se, I’m an entrepreneur, it’s my business. However how much work I put into it is what I’m going to gain from it. I can work from eight to five or I can work from eight to three or I can take a break in the evening and then come back to and work all the way to 10 or 11 p.m. I like the flexibility of not having to be in the office, tied down, so to speak. I can be out with my partners face-to-face, interacting.”Motherhood Calls, Dell AnswersNaushin Shaikh (above), Software Quality Principal Engineer“I had my baby and during the first year, I was going through a tough time balancing work and baby. After a year, I told my manager that now I’m ready. I need new challenges so I can step up to the next role. She helped me, she guided me as to how to get to the new level. Two years down the line, I was there.“I think that having a baby should not stop you from taking up new responsibilities. It may just slow you down.”Yolanda Coleman (below), Senior Project Manager“As a Dell employee, I work from home 100 percent of the time. That affords me the opportunity to be present at my daughter’s school events. When she has something going on at school, I send an instant message or an email to my manager and to my teammates, letting them know I’m going to be gone for an hour. I run over, take care of her, then I’m able to come back and pick right up where I left off.“I also don’t have that commute time. My commute is two minutes. I do have to manage myself to make sure I’m not working all the time, but being able to balance my personal life with my work life has been very easy.”Pamela Hennard, Vice President“My dad was in the military and we moved every three years. People say that it builds character, it exposes you to a lot of different cultures, and it’s true. But when I started having kids I wanted them to have lifelong friends. I didn’t think it was possible, what company in Phoenix, Arizona, is going to give me the career development and upward mobility that I was looking for?“The interesting thing is, it’s not a company based in Phoenix, it was Dell, a company based in Austin. They’ve given me the opportunity to lead an organization from my home, even though I’m not in the corporate headquarters. That has given me more flexibility than I could have ever imagined. It has allowed me and my husband to give our kids a life full of family and friends that I didn’t think was possible. Every day I’m so thankful for the flexibility at Dell – it’s phenomenal.”Family MattersKaren Washington, Regional Sales Director- California, Nevada & HawaiiOne of the reasons why I came to Dell is the work/life balance. Dell gives you room to balance your work and family life. I have found that to be very true. My mom has developed pancreatic cancer and Dell has been wonderful for support during these difficult times of me traveling back and forth to my hometown.Dell was recently named #9 on FlexJobs’ 2018 list of the Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs. Learn more about this honor on FlexJob’s webinar today or visit us directly to view our current remote opportunities. FlexJobs Webinar: Dell, VIPKID, and Hilton Discuss Hiring for Remote Jobs Tuesday, February 6th at 1:00 p.m. ET (12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT)This webinar will be recorded, so be sure to register. Even if you can’t attend the live event, you’ll receive a link to view the full recording!
Customers are looking for ways to easily manage and protect their workloads in a multi-cloud world with more freedom to choose vendors seamlessly and avoid the obvious vendor lock-in challenge. The daunting task of scattering data over many locations can create compliance risks, synchronization issues, and duplication of data across clouds. All of this can drive up resource costs and lead to inefficient backup processes with low reliability. In addition, the migration of data from one cloud to another is subject to high egress costs.Dell Technologies Cloud PowerProtect for Multi-Cloud, announced today at Dell Technologies World, solves these challenges with a fully managed service that provides a single target for backup and recovery for all three of the major cloud players today; AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.The multi-cloud capability is enabled by low latency, high throughput connections from a Dell EMC PowerProtect appliance in a central location adjacent to the public cloud providers. This architecture enables dynamic connectivity between backup source locations in the cloud and the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service. This gives the customer end-to-end flexibility to adjust throughput and backup windows to meet data protection policies as part of an overall IT strategy without resource underutilization and management overhead.The primary use cases that are provided with this service are:Cloud disaster recovery allows the restoration of point-in-time data availability to any public cloud provider in the event of data failure or data loss, avoiding cloud vendor lock-in. Backup to protect on-premises data in a cloud-adjacent location by leveraging familiar and trusted array-based replication from on-premises PowerProtect DD appliances replicating to the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service. ¹ Based on Dell EMC internal testing of PowerProtect DD with DDOS 7.0 and NetWorker with DD Boost, July 2020. Actual results may vary. Long-Term Retention (cloud-tiering) is available for data on-premises and/or in the cloud. PowerProtect for Multi-cloud can be a remote site to protect data that needs to be retained for regulatory requirements (governance and compliance) as well as for workload migrations.This service is powered by PowerProtect appliances, which deliver enterprise-grade features to meet stringent governance and compliance policies and up to up to 65x data deduplication¹ leading to greater storage efficiency and lower costs. Plus, customers can realize even more cost savings with zero egress fees when leveraging this solution with Microsoft Azure.In a nutshell, this solution brings the same features and benefits of an on-premises PowerProtect appliance to multi-cloud, delivered as a service.PowerProtect for Multi-cloud builds on the Dell Technologies Cloud Storage for Multi-Cloud Offerings. Storage for Multi-cloud includes capabilities based on PowerMax, PowerStore, PowerScale and Dell EMC Unity XT as well as Disaster Recovery as-a-Service for VMware environments.Learn More about PowerProtect for Multi-Cloud and the rest of our Dell Technologies Cloud Data Protection Solutions.
BEIRUT (AP) — Thirteen people have been killed in separate incidents in Syria. In one, a Syrian was killed and four people injured after Kurdish security forces opened fire at pro-government demonstrators in the shared northeastern city of Hassakeh. The state news agency SANA said demonstrators were protesting a siege on their neighborhood. Separately, first responders and opposition media said two car bombs went off two hours apart in the northwestern town of Azaz and another village some 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, killing 12 people, including at least one child.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa gave a hero’s welcome to the delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines, a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa greeted the crates of the vaccine Monday at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. The shipment will be followed up later this month by another 500,000 doses. The AstraZeneca vaccines will be used to inoculate South Africa’s front-line health workers, which will be the start of the country’s vaccination campaign. A vaccine expert says the vaccine will be effective at preventing severe disease and death from the variant that has become dominant in South Africa.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent cleric and his driver were killed in an explosion from a bomb stuck to their car, one of a series of bombings around Kabul that also wounded seven people. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The first bomb was attached to a military vehicle in central Kabul and wounded two military personnel, said Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief. An hour later, the second bomb, in the northern part of the city, killed two people, including cleric Mohammad Atef, and wounded two others. A third sticky bomb wounded one person in western Kabul and a fourth in the late afternoon in eastern Kabul wounded two
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has agreed to build an island in the North Sea that would gather and distribute electricity from wind energy farms. The 210-billion kroner ($34 billion) artificial island will be created about 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the country’s west coast and will connect to several European countries. It would start with 3 gigawatts of capacity, enough to cover the electricity needs of 3 million European households. That capacity is expected to more than triple over time. No date has been set yet for the start of construction of the island, which will be controlled by the Danish government.