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Emily Lyons Soelberg, VP of Product Management for IOT, AT&T Business



I caught up with Emily Lyons Soelberg, Vice President of Product Management for IOT, AT&T Business, to talk about Internet of Things ( IoT ), how according to current predictions there will be billions of connected IoT devices making the IoT landscape more complex for organisations, the impact of such massive device connectivity which invariably results in massive data growth, how organisations can and should prepare to be able to capture & analyse that data, what AT&T Business is currently seeing present the largest challenges in implementing IoT solutions today across all industry groups and market segments, how and why 5G is changing the IoT landscape today, and Emily’s thoughts around where IoT will be in the next 3 to 5 years? For more information about AT&T Business and their solutions & services click here

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Rupesh Chokshi on AT&T Cybersecurity Challenes at AT&T Business Summit



I caught up with Rupesh Chokshi, Vice President of AT&T Cybersecurity at AT&T Business, to get a preview of his two presentations for the upcoming 2021 AT&T Business “Business Summit” titled “Reinventing Reality”.

AT&T Business are hosting their annual Business Summit in a virtual format this year, on October 27th & 28th, 2021 in American Central Time (CT) time zone. Registration is free! There’s a link below to register.

Featured speakers this year include:

  • Anne Chow, Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business
  • Indra Nooyi, former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo
  • Shaquille O’Neal, American basketball star & philanthropist
  • note: there are more than 60 amazing sessions across the two days!

Rupesh is actually presenting two talks this year, which are titled:

The Age of Cybersecurity:

  • Connecting and protecting your business in a digital world
  • scheduled for October 28 at 11am CT

Cybersecurity and Edge Networking:

  • Delivering the next level of enterprise protection
  • scheduled for October 28 at 2pm CT

Without giving away too many secrets, which given his role is something he’s naturally good at, keeping secrets that is, what Rupesh was able to share both a taste of what we can look forward to at the event.

Rupesh also shared some very powerful insights into what Rupesh and his team within the AT&T Business “AT&T Cybersecurity” division offer their customers.

There is so much you’ll be able to take away from this fireside conversation in this episode of our podcast Conversations with Dez, both on the two talks Rupesh is presenting, but also broadly across the current trends and challenges organisations of all shapes and size are facing and how AT&T Cybersecurity are helping those organisations address those challenges.

A brief summary of what Rupesh and I discuss includes the following key topics:

Trends in Cyber Security

  • Hybrid Work
  • Multi-Cloud Adoption
  • Security and Network Convergence
  • 5G, IoT, and Edge
  • Pervasive security fabric
  • End-to-end protection of users
  • Protection of devices, networks, apps, and data

AT&T’s vision for cybersecurity and edge

  • Customer Edge – Software Defined, IoT Driven
  • Network(s) – Intelligent, High Speed
  • Cloud Ecosystem(s) – Multi-cloud, Distributed
  • Embedded Pervasive Security Fabric – Customer Edge, Network
  • End to end protection of users, devices, networks, applications & data
  • Identity / Endpoint, Advanced 5G Security, CDN / DDoS
  • Secure Access Service Edge ( SASE ), Extended Detection & Response
  • Importance of the Culture of Cybersecurity
  • Security is not an IT and technology issue, it’s a business issue
  • Connected economy and business continuity being under threat
  • Digital trust
  • The Culture of Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility

New AT&T capabilities in the market

  • Comprehensive view of security is key
  • Successful adoption of SD-WAN
  • Shifting focus to SASE
  • Protecting endpoints with XDR solution

Example Use cases from IoT, Enterprise & Data Centres, Infrastructure & Healthcare

  • Securing Industrial IoT
  • Zero Trust access with security support for industrial systems
  • Enabling the future of healthcare
  • Resilient, low-latency network with centralised security management
  • Protecting Your Company
  • End-to-end protection of Devices, Networks and Data, Proactive remediation of Ransomware and DDoS

For the full conversation and so many amazing insights, and key actionable takeaways for any organisation facing the challenge of wrapping up the year that is 2021 and facing the unknowns of what the new year in 2022 will bring, you’ll want to push PLAY now, and tune into the full discussion.

Please register now for the AT&T Business Summit here =>

Add do make sure you add both of the talks Rupesh is presenting to your calendars, for both:

  • 1st presentation is on October 28 at 11am CT
  • 2nd presentation is on October 28 at 2pm CT

For more information about AT&T Cybersecurity, please visit:

This podcast was made in partnership with AT&T Business.

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Let your organization benefit from the Weka File System



Weka file system

“Data is the new source code,” as Ken Grohe, President & Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at WekaIO, puts it in his trademark succinct manner, a sentiment he shared with me during a recent conversation on my podcast.

The true potential of your business is often hidden in the genetic code of your business’ ability to harness data. The question really is whether your current infrastructure is up to the challenge of processing data at ever-increasing efficiencies to drive business insights that can power everything from innovations to market opportunities, improve Return-on-Investment (ROI) and shorten Go-to-Market (GTM) cycles. 

For many of us, unfortunately, personal experience with high volume data computing automatically harks back to lingering muscle memories of frustrating latency issues, version control and overall poor computational performance. But the good news is that handling limitless data at higher capacities does not automatically equate to poor performance. 

Weka File System

The answer to high capacity performance computing for modern enterprise workloads under extreme conditions is pretty simple – a robust file system solution. A modern parallel file system is essential to get a ROI out of any data-intensive workloads at massive scales, such as artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives. Weka’s “Limitless Data Platform”, built on the Weka File System (WekaFS) is a software-defined architecture which allows organisations to remove hard limits on capacity scaling, and drive industry-leading performance and efficiencies in hyper scale storage. 

In my mind, data is fast-turning into an asset to be placed on balance sheets, and should have key performance indicators (KPIs) placed on it, and be managed like any other mission critical asset (such as, human resource, plant & equipment, cash & liquid “assets” etc.). To that point, a data-performance enabler like a software-defined file system can provide you with the competitive edge you need to seamlessly consolidate all your workloads across data silos and drive high performance.

As one of the leading solutions in this market segment, the Weka File System (WekaFS) addresses this by leveraging best in networking technologies like NVMe-oF, NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand, 100Gb Ethernet, as well as advanced computing technologies like GPU acceleration.

According to Ken, the WekaIO Limitless Data Platform is an agile, flexible, safe, secure solution and can deliver up to 75% reduction in storage cost per unit, as seen in the case study with Genomics England’s massive gene sequencing project to sequence 5 million genomes by 2023. 

With all of that in mind, I thought I would circle back and highlight for you, my top three takeaways from my conversation with Ken on our recent podcast and how they relate to these very issues from a business, technology and operational point of view.

Takeaway #1 

AI and Big Data initiatives are going to be the drivers for big business results in the next decade. WekaIO enables successful AI and Big Data outcomes at a fraction of storage and maintenance costs. For instance, Ken mentioned that it takes only half the staff to run WekaIO than it does to run any NAS, SAN or cloud-based solutions. From my perspective, however, WekaIO’s enterprise-ready and hybrid-cloud features enable it to transcend AI and Big Data use cases, and lends itself to back up and DR strategies, IT agility, and lower CapEx. 

There is naturally an expectation that WekaFS file system is a pathway to high performance computing on the public cloud, but the question that arises is “how do companies go about transitioning from existing NAS or SAN solutions and what benefits can they expect to see in the short and long-term”?. 

Ken and I discussed into this during our recently podcast conversation, but it struck me after we had recorded the show that we would certainly get enquiries from our listeners for more information, and indeed we did – so I reached out to Ken and asked him to expand on this, and here is what he had to say:

“We have found that legacy systems tend to be inefficient and ineffective in supporting today’s demanding data-intensive applications, often forcing customers to make compromises on simplicity, speed, or scale.

Legacy storage technologies tended to be purpose-built to solve different problems, but when implemented as a system, produced islands, or silos of storage. This, in turn rendered the data invisible to the applications which needed it, resulting in a big problem for data centers today.

To address this, Weka’s Limitless Data Platform has been designed to offer a cost-efficient storage system, that combines simplicity, speed, and scale – shattering the storage limitations which continues to constrain enterprises from achieving better business outcomes.”, Ken Grohe

Takeaway #2 

Perhaps the greatest technical differentiator I can see with the WekaIO solution, beyond obvious advantages in scalability and flexibility is its ability to ‘snapshot’ data instantly while allowing for updates, patches, testing or training to run without impacting the active ‘production’ copy of the file system. 

Being a skeptic, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if the system came under stress, say from the likes of either a cyberattack or extreme high I/O workloads. So, naturally, I again reached out to Ken and asked him if he could give us further insights beyond what we discussed on the podcast, around the key technical advantages the Weka file system (FS) offered in this context, and his reply was enlightening:

“The WekaIO Limitless Data Platform does not rely on traditional back-up and/or disaster recovery scenarios which can often be compromised by cyberattacks or extreme high I/O workloads, as you mentioned Dez. We work with them, but incrementally we embrace a ‘snap to object’ or ‘snap to cloud’ approach, which bypasses those antiquated dependencies, and adds durability.

As a result the desired workflow can be achieved instantaneously by leveraging cloud, object, or on-premise NVME-tier storage, in scenarios such as cyberattacks or performance / unavailability, within the safety and dependability of a unified namespace.”, Ken Grohe

Takeaway #3 

One of the biggest purported benefits of WekaIO solution, has been its ability to seamlessly integrate between on-premise, third party and cloud storage locations, from potentially small beginnings of tens of terabytes, to multi-petabyte scale, and to do so more cost effectively and infrastructure & human resource efficiently.

Given the difference in speeds inherent to each architecture type, I wondered if there might be potential performance bottlenecks or security issues which needed to be considered either from a design, implementation or operational points of view, as organisations attempted to assimilate decades old ‘frozen’ data on flash and disk with highly dynamic cloud storage.

This could be particularly relevant for data management challenges of large enterprises and government departments or agencies, or even financial institutions. Again I found myself realising the best person to answer this was Ken so once more I put the question to him, and his insights were once again on point:

“Dez to your point, a recent study from Forrester revealed that over 72% of all corporate data created is trapped in data islands. It is often marooned in separate SANs, NAS file shares, object storage, or even public or private / hybrid cloud platforms, in turn creating new islands, mostly never used.

Additionally, we have found that incompatible tools and manual copy procedures often make data sharing and data migration nearly impossible. We believe WekaIO’s enterprise-grade security, both in-flight and at-rest, provide the ideal data platform across any protocol and diverse workloads, while adhering to modern compliance policies.”, Ken Grohe

In a recent study IDC estimated that approx. 1.2 zettabytes (1.2 trillion gigabytes) of new data was created in the year 2010, up from 0.8 zettabytes the year before, and it has been estimated that the amount of the newly created data in 2020 was in the order of 44X to reach 35 zettabytes (35 trillion gigabytes).

With data usage growing at such an eye-watering fast pace, and massive scale, there can be little doubt that it is now time for enterprises of all sizes to start thinking about smart and efficient storage that can serve their data needs not just now, but help them capitalise on their data accrual five years down the line.

If you haven’t already tuned into the conversation I had with Ken recently on my podcast, please do via the link below, and I look forward to continuing this conversation with Ken and the team at WekaIO in further discussions soon.

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Conversation With Jim Dworkin, Senior Director Cloud Business Unit, Intel PSG



I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Jim Dworkin, who is the Sr. Director of Cloud Business Unit at Intel PSG, to discuss the recent news, insights, FPGA trends, and offerings surrounding Field Programable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) from Intel and related topics such as Data Centres, Infrastructure from Servers to Networks, to the Internet of Things, Edge networking  Artificial Intelligence, compute and much more.

In this episode of our podcast show, Jim and I delve into a wide range of business and technology insights around how key CXO and Senior Business & Technology decision-makers can obtain immediate real-world business benefits by taking advantage of the tremendous technology and supporting ecosystem or partners, integrators, and others and Intel teams globally – this show covers many recent trends in FPGA is you can not miss, please do tune in it today!

Here are a few of the important points from our show:

  1. Latest macro FGPA Trends driving development/adoption of FPGAs/eASICs

We kick off with Jim sharing insights around what he and his team at Intel are currently seeing worldwide, as far as the latest macro trends driving the development/adoption of FPGAs/eASICs are concerned.

Jim also clarifies what an FPGA is, what Intel’s eASICS are, and where they each fit in the respective spaces around development, design, implementation, going into production, and more – a phenomenal overview to set the scene for this fantastic discussion.

  1. Obstacles & happenings around the adoption of FPGAs/eASICs and market readiness

I ask Jim to share his take on the key hurdles & opportunities he and his team at Intel PSG, and related teams at intel, are seeing worldwide concerning the uptake and adoption of FPGAs/eASICs and market readiness.

  1. How Intel customers/partners see success with FPGAs/eASICs

Jim gives us an extraordinary briefing level summary of how Intel customers and partners see success with FPGAs/eASICs, as well as some great actionable takeaways listeners can put in place within their own organisations to gain real business and technology benefits over a wide range of key areas in both Information Technology as well as Operational Technology systems and environments.

This conversation covers a broad range of news and detail about Intel’s FPGA solutions business, and technology decision-makers should pay attention. PushPLAY now and tune into this great conversation. If you have any questions, reach out at any time via any of the usual channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others. We’d love to start a conversation and perhaps connect you with the best people at Intel to support your organisation’s outcomes.

This podcast covering Intel FPGA News was created in association with Intel.


 Intel® FPGA Homepage:

– Real-Time Text To Speech Synthesis Using Intel® Stratix® 10 NX FPGA (Video):

– Real-Time Text To Speech Synthesis Using Intel® Stratix® 10 NX FPGA (White Paper):

– Pushing AI Boundaries with Scalable Compute-Focused FPGAs (White Paper):


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