Before racing at the Buckeye Indoor Electronic Cart Track in Columbus, Ohio and after our Dell EMC customer event, I was able to catch up with Scott Phillips. Scott is an Advisory Technology Consult for the Dell EMC Isilon product division.We talked unstructured file data, access protocols, flash and ease of deployment, management and expanding seamlessly. For more details, visit www.dellemc.com/isilonThe Source Podcast: Episode #96: Bringing Structure to Unstructured Data with Dell EMC IsilonAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_96_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Ahead of the holidays, I had the chance to make one last customer/partner visit to the Sony Pictures studios lot, and what I saw blew me away. In the land of fantasy, celluloid and big ideas we met with Innovation Studios and saw yet another example of why one of this year’s biggest trends will be how data is continuing to reshape industries.Dell Technologies, Intel, Deloitte and Sony Pictures Entertainment came together in 2018 to help create Innovation Studios. My trip was to follow up on this and see Sony’s vision of the future and how they were using our technology to make it happen. Dell Technologies supported Innovation Studios with PowerEdge Servers, Dell EMC Networking, Isilon Storage, Dell workstations and VR gear. I saw just how much the analog and digital worlds are blurring through volumetric image acquisition, a process that produces a photo-realistic three-dimensional recreation of a physical environment.That description fails to capture the extent of what I saw. Imagine the room you’re now standing in, pick an object and gaze at it. Now move your head from side to side and up and down. See how the light hits it and illuminates it differently as your focus shifts? Now imagine walking behind that object and disappearing or having the object cast a shadow onto you. Volumetric image acquisition allows a person to interact with an object that isn’t there. The scene is shot against a green screen, a method most are familiar with from major blockbusters. But unlike CGI being inserted during post-production, this technology displays the virtual background and the physical actor/props in real-time allowing the director to see the finished product as they are shooting.This is a revolutionary way to tackle filmmaking that will increasingly find its way into blockbusters and indie films alike. Glenn Gainor, president of Innovation Studios, hopes to democratize storytelling by using technology to bring down the costs of filmmaking while creating immersive experiences that have previously been impossible to create.The studio looks pretty standard at first sight: to the right is a mini data center humming full of our equipment, and to the left is production equipment, cameras and a small stage with a green screen. When Glenn flipped on the camera, the “Shark Tank” exit interview set magically appeared the monitors (this virtual set had just made its debut on the show a few days earlier). As the camera moved around the empty studio, it appeared we were right there on the “Shark Tank” set, our eyes completely fooled. A Variety reporter recently noted a similar reaction from a “Shark Tank” production manager.Right now the rules are being broken. Inspirational leaders like Glenn are attempting to rewrite the story on how things are done. Imagine what this means for the entertainment industry. No more waiting until the lighting is just right. No more having to pay massive amounts to shoot on location. The ability to quickly spin up an environment for reshoots. This approach will deliver so much creative freedom and fundamentally change the way movies are made.Every industry will go through a similar transformation, but incorporating technology into the culture and skill set of a company can be difficult. Organizations need strong technology partners who are committed to helping them achieve these digital outcomes. In the case of Innovation Studios, that meant a partnership with Dell Technologies, Deloitte and Intel to deliver the technology solutions that made this possible. Volumetric capture is a very CPU and GPU intensive process and reproducing it live requires substantial bandwidth in compute, networking and high-performance storage. The solution deployed features Intel Xeon-powered PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Networking and Isilon storage on the back end, plus Dell Precision Workstations. Our team has worked very closely with Innovation Studios to ensure they had the right hardware configured to deliver the performance and scale this solution required. I can’t wait to see how this reshapes the future of filmmaking. These are exciting times!To learn more about Innovation Studios and the virtual set created for “Shark Tank,” read the press release.To find out more about Dell EMC Storage solutions visit: DellEMC.com/storage read more
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order sought by Texas, which sued on Friday against a Department of Homeland Security memo that instructed immigration agencies to pause most deportations. Tipton’s order is an early blow to the Biden administration, which has proposed far-reaching changes sought by immigration advocates, including a plan to legalize an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The 100-day pause in deportations was a key Biden campaign promise.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bezos is stepping down later this year as Amazon CEO, a role he’s had since founding the company nearly 30 years ago. Amazon made the announcement Tuesday. Bezos built the company from an online bookstore into a behemoth that sells just about everything. Amazon says Bezos will be replaced in the summer by Andy Jassy, who runs Amazon’s cloud business. Bezos will then become the company’s executive chairman. In a blog post, Bezos said he planned to focus on new products and early initiatives at Amazon. He also expects to have more time for side projects, including his space exploration company Blue Origin and philanthropic initiatives.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the Screen Actros Guild Awards on Thursday, while the Korean American family drama “Minari” and Spike Lee’s Vietnam veteran drama “Da 5 Bloods” were among the nominees for best ensemble. The nominees, announced on Instagram Live, differed notably from the Golden Globe nominations announced the day before. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spurned films with largely non-white casts in its tops awards, the actors guild nominated a strikingly more diverse slate of nominees. Up for the SAG’s top award, best ensemble, are “One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; “Minari”; Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city’s bars will be closed throughout the Mardi Gras weekend to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Cantrell’s Friday announcement means New Orleans’ famous drinking establishments will have to be closed during what is ordinarily among their busiest times. The city’s famous parades have already been cancelled. Cantrell also announced planned restrictions on pedestrian and automobile traffic on Bourbon Street and other streets in the French Quarter that are usually bustling with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds during the Mardi Gras weekend. The bar shutdown begins next Friday and runs through Mardi Gras — also known as Fat Tuesday — on Feb. 16.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio Republican linked closely to Donald Trump has stepped down as the party’s chair, a signal of her interest in running for the U.S. Senate seat being left by the GOP’s Rob Portman. With Trump’s backing, Jane Timken took over the party leadership from a state chair allied with former Gov. John Kasich, a Republican opponent of Trump. State Republicans have done well during her four years and while untried as a statewide candidate herself, she is well-connected and wealthy. Her announcement Friday comes a day after Dr. Amy Acton indicated interest in the Democratic primary.
NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl ads each year offer a snapshot of the American psyche _ and this year it’s a doozy. After a year of turmoil as the coronavirus upended countless lives, a tumultuous election that led to a riot at the Capitol, and uncertainty at times if there would even BE a Super Bowl, marketers aim to comfort and connect, So Will Ferrell is teaming with GM to promote electric vehicles. Amazon shows a woman’s new Alexa assistant that looks like the actor Michael B. Jordan. And more than 20 new advertisers are taking the stage.