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When it comes to managing computer systems, whether in an office environment, on a campus or in an enterprise data center, there’s a long list of tools and technologies SysAdmins need to master. There are numerous certifications can help validate knowledge and skills in those areas.
In addition to server and client configuration and maintenance, many system administrators must understand access controls, network services and resource requirements for applications. They often find themselves working with directory and name services as well as network addressing, database services, web and desktop applications, email, and more.
Making sense of all these different system administrator roles and accompanying certifications is no easy task. After examining various credentials, we came up with a list of our five favorite system administrator certifications for 2019.
The following chart shows the results of an informal job search we conducted that gives you an idea of the relative frequency with which our top five certifications appear in genuine job postings. While all the certifications are popular, the CompTIA Server+ stands out as the clear favorite.
|MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (Microsoft)||112||247||253||151||773|
|Oracle Linux System Administrator (Oracle)||311||377||124||304||1,116|
|RHCE (Red Hat)||507||625||864||286||2,282|
*When searching for VCP – Data Center credentials, we found most job descriptions didn’t indicate a specific version.
Although employers tend to pay SysAdmins less than some of their IT peers, such as network engineers and data architects, a career in system administration is still worth pursuing. SimplyHired reports $77,296 as the national average salary for SysAdmins, in a range from $49,746 to $120,102. Indeed.com pegs averages at $75,967 for plain-vanilla, and $88,032 for senior systems administrators.
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification has long ruled the hearts and minds of those who work on Microsoft-based systems, servers and clouds. MCSE certifications focus on the latest technologies for business applications, cloud infrastructures, data management and analytics, mobility, and productivity.
But when it comes to system administration certifications in general, the brightest lights are those that address Windows Server at the enterprise and server administrator levels. While these credentials don’t all specifically use “system administrator” in their descriptions, they all fall well inside the roles and responsibilities of system administration jobs. They’re also in high demand in job postings and classified job advertisements.
The MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure targets IT professionals seeking to promote careers such as information security analysts or computer support specialists. Those obtaining the certification will find that the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure credential is designed to validate the skills necessary to effectively run a data center, including networking, storage, systems management, virtualization and identity management.
Note: The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) is Microsoft’s prevailing mid-range IT certification. It covers most administrative job roles, including system administration at both the desktop and server levels, as well as more specialized job roles that include SQL Server and Office 365. MCSA: Cloud Platform is a gateway certification that feeds into these MCSE certifications.
System administration candidates might also want to take a close look at the MCSE: Productivity credential, which garners nearly as many hits on job boards as the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure cert. The MCSE: Productivity focuses on Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint or Skype For Business. Because communications systems and services of all kinds are so important to business, these are good areas for aspiring and practicing system administrators to specialize in.
The Microsoft Certification Program underwent extensive changes in September 2016. Once you earn one of the latest MCSE credentials, you do not have to recertify within three years as used to be the case. However, by passing an elective exam each calendar year, you add an entry to your transcript that indicates your commitment to staying current on technologies and expanding your skillset.
|Certification Name||Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||Any one of the following MCSAs is required:
MCSA: Windows Server 2016
MCSA: Cloud Platform
MCSA: Linux on Azure
MCSA: Windows Server 2012
|Number of Exams||One additional elective exam is required to earn this MCSE. Valid electives include:
70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (exam retires December 31, 2018)
70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016
70-745 Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter
70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
70-537 Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack (coming soon)
Candidates are encouraged to check the certification web page for the most current list of qualifying exams.
|Cost per Exam||$165 per exam in the USA|
|Self-Study Materials||Visit the certification web page and Microsoft Learning for practice tests, free online training, Microsoft Official Curriculum in-classroom and on-demand course offerings, books, online resources and more. Candidates will find links to training resources including practice exams, books, video, and formal training on the exam web page.|
Although known for its database products and solutions, Oracle also has its own distribution of Linux, geared for the enterprise and designed to support cloud environments. In fact, Oracle Linux is optimized for various Oracle products and platforms, such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Database Appliance.
To support Oracle Linux, the company offers the Oracle Linux System Administrator certification at Associate and Professional levels. A single Oracle Linux Certified Implementation Specialist credential is also offered. We focus on the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) version in this section.
The OCP Oracle Linux System Administrator certification, currently at version 6 (although version 7 should be coming soon), covers a lot of details. Candidates must be well-versed on the Btrfs file system, control groups, Linux containers, advanced storage administration techniques, Oracle cluster management and package management. The certification also tests for knowledge of dump analysis, dynamic tracing, network and security configuration and more.
The OCP Oracle Linux System Administrator certification requires that candidates first obtain the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator certification and pass one exam.
SysAdmins who support Oracle Solaris might be interested in the Oracle Solaris System Administrator certification, which Oracle offers at the Associate and Professional levels. Oracle also offers several server-related certifications for SPARC and Fujitsu servers.
In the realm of Linux system administrator certifications, Red Hat certs really stand out. Red Hat’s more senior-level certifications are especially popular among IT professionals as well as the employers who hire them. Those holding the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) credential qualify for job roles such as senior Linux administrator, senior UNIX administrator, senior systems engineer, infrastructure systems engineer, IT analyst and the like.
The RHCE is regarded as a high-level credential that’s not easy to obtain. Candidates must first obtain the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential and then pass a three and a half hour, hands-on, performance-based exam that’s intense and demanding. Those who earn the RHCE can go on to earn the Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) in Infrastructure credential.
The current RHCE exam is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. RHCE certification is valid for three years from the date the certification was achieved. To maintain the certification, a credential holder must pass any RHCA exam or pass the RHCE certification exam again before the end of the three-year period.
Note: In October 2018, IBM announced that it was acquiring Red Hat for the princely sum of $34 billion. It’s too early to tell what impact this may have on Red Hat certification offerings, if any.
|Certification Name||Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification (does not have be on the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux version). RHCSA requires one exam: EX200 — Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA).
Note: Courses recommended but not required
|Number of Exams||One exams:
EX300 – Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam, 3.5 hours
|Cost per Exam||$400 (RHCE exam fee only)|
|Self-Study Materials||Red Hat Training offers multiple training options, including classroom, virtual, online, video and private onsite. The Red Hat Learning Subscription offers online and video courses, including cloud-based labs, in Basic and Standard subscriptions. Prices vary by geography. Candidates in the U.S. can expect to pay $5,500 (or 19 training units) for the Basic tier and $7,000 (or 24 training units) for the Standard tier.|
CompTIA offers a long list of entry-level certifications, such as the A+ for hardware technicians, Network+ for network admins and Security+ for security specialists, all of which are highly regarded in the computing industry. The CompTIA Server+ certification is no exception. Companies such as Intel, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Xerox and Microsoft, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense, recommend or require that their server technicians earn CompTIA Server+.
The Server+ certification exam focuses on foundational server-related subjects that are vendor-neutral in nature, including server hardware, operating systems, storage systems, networking, the IT environment (documentation, diagrams and best practices), security and disaster recovery, virtualization and troubleshooting.
The Server+ credential, along with sufficient experience, is a great asset for individuals seeking a position as a server or network administrator, systems engineer or website administrator. You can also consider it as a stepping stone to a more focused certification, such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA).
Server+ certification requires one exam, SK0-004. CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 18 months of experience and A+ certification before sitting for the exam.
|Certification Name||CompTIA Server+|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||Required: None
Recommended: CompTIA A+ certification plus 18 to 24 months of IT experience
|Number of Exams||One exam: SK0-004 (90 minutes, 100 multiple-choice questions, 750 on a scale of 100-900 required to pass)|
|Cost per Exam||$319. Purchase vouchers through CompTIA Marketplace. exam administered by Pearson VUE.|
|Self-study Materials||Links to practice questions, exam objectives, eBooks, and other training resources are available on the certification web page. exam study bundles including eBooks and CertMaster practice are available from the CompTIA Marketplace.|
The VMware family of certifications are must-have credentials for IT professionals interested in the field of virtualization. Offering a comprehensive certification program that encompasses all skills levels, VMware credentials are recognized globally as best in class.
The latest incarnation of the VMware vSphere product is Version 6.5. VMware currently offers two credentials which target vSphere V6.5 users: the VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization and the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (Design and Deploy). It’s anticipated that the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DCV) will be available soon.
Although Version 6.5 is the existing version of the vSphere product, interested candidates can still certify on vSphere V. 6. The VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) is one of VMware’s most popular credentials with more than 100,000 certified credential holders. The VCP6-DCV prepares credential holders for more advanced certifications, including the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP6-DCV) and the pinnacle cert, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DCV). For this article, we chose to concentrate on the requirements for the VCP6.5 – DCV since it’s based on the existing version of vSphere.
Training is required for non-credential holders seeking to obtain the VCP6-DCV. VMware offers a variety of training options to meet the training prerequisite: self-paced (on demand), live online and live classroom, some of which include virtual labs. Those possessing a valid VCP5-DCV or VCP6-DCV credential need only pass a delta exam to obtain the credential.
|Certification Name||VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||Path 1 (non-VCP credential holders): Gain vSphere 6.5 experience, attend a required training course, pass either the vSphere 6 or 6.5 Foundations exam, and pass the current VCP6.5–DCV exam
Path 2 (active VCP5-DCV or VCP6-DCV credential holders): Gain vSphere 6.5 experience, pass the VCP6.5–DCV or VCP6.5–DCV Delta exam. Training is recommended but not required.
Path 3 (expired VCP-DCV): Gain vSphere 6.5 experience, attend a required training course, pass either the vSphere 6 or 6.5 Foundations exam, and pass the current VCP6.5–DCV exam
Path 4 (active VCP 6, 6.5 or 7 in a different track): Gain vSphere 6.5 experience and pass the VCP6.5–DCV exam. Training is recommended but not required.
See the VCP6.5-DCV web page for list of current approved training courses.
|Number of Exams||One or two exams depending on certification path.
vSphere 6 Foundations Exam, 2V0-620, 115 minutes, 65 questions
vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam, 2V0-602, 105 minutes, 70 questions
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization exams:
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization, 2V0-622, 105 minutes, 70 questions
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Delta, 2V0-622D, 106 minutes, 70 questions
|Cost per Exam||vSphere Foundations exam (V6 or V6.5), $125
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization exam, $250
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Delta exam, $250
|Self-Study Materials||A link to an exam guide, training and a practice exam (if available) appear on each exam page (see the How to Prepare tab). VMware Learning Zone offers exam prep subscriptions. Numerous VCP6-DCV study materials are available through Amazon.com. MeasureUp offers a VCP6-DCV practice tests and a practice labs.|
Beyond the five system administrator certifications featured in this article, there are many other certification programs that can help to further the careers and professional development of IT professionals who work in system administration.
It makes sense to investigate the plethora of vendor-specific programs available for those who work with systems from companies such as Brocade, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Symantec and so forth. Many of them play into key system specialty areas, such as storage, security or virtualization, while others offer a broad range of platforms for these and other technology areas. Here are some examples:
Likewise, vendor-neutral certification programs also offer a variety of interesting and potentially valuable credentials. For example, the LPI LPIC certifications, which had been in our top five list for several years, are well known and widely recognized in IT shops and operations that depend on Linux servers to handle their workloads. It’s best to think of our top five certifications as a good place to start, while also realizing that there are many other options to consider as well.
by Sudhir Srinivasan, senior vice president of multicloud and data solutions, Dell Technologies
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Oct. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Continued data growth and global, distributed IT challenge many IT organizations considering data center modernization. On top of that, they're contending with data silos, unpredictable spend, skills gaps and decreased developer velocity. How can organizations take better control? By implementing an integrated hybrid cloud strategy that delivers a consistent cloud approach everywhere data resides.
The Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) ecosystem of partners, such as Microsoft, play a key role in delivering that consistent cloud approach. We're building on our long history of collaboration with new advancements for Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI. Today, we are announcing a collaboration with Microsoft to deliver new single-node configurations for customers with smaller data center footprints, increased AI/ML workload performance, and support for the latest release of Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.
Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI brings together the power of Microsoft Azure with the control and inherent security of on-premises infrastructure. With our automated, integrated systems for Azure Stack HCI, organizations can simplify Azure hybrid cloud operations and drive consistent management and data sovereignty across on-premises and public cloud environments.
Two-thirds of all Microsoft software-based HCI systems run on Dell infrastructure.1 One example is Spring Branch International School District (SBISD), in Houston, Texas. SBISD's senior system engineer Ben Allen shares, "Dell Integrated System for Azure Stack HCI has transformed our IT infrastructure environment. We've been able to reduce our data center footprint by 83%, Strengthen performance by 87% and experience 99.999% uptime. The continued collaboration between Dell and Microsoft will help us realize even greater performance while reducing other costs associated with IT maintenance."
Advancing customer's hybrid experiences
Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI is designed to streamline hybrid cloud ecosystem management and deliver a seamless experience across customer's hyperconverged infrastructure and Azure. With our latest advancements, we are delivering more consistent and secure Azure deployments through deeper integration between Dell OpenManage software, Windows Admin Center and Azure Arc. These integrations allow our customers to modernize applications and deliver cloud services across IT locations with centralized Azure Arc management.
Here are just a few of the new advancements for Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI:
Single-node configurations: Customers now can start an on-premises Azure footprint with the smallest configuration to date and consistent management, security and application services across any location.
Improved GPU support: We've improved artificial intelligence and machine learning workload performance with NVIDIA A2 GPU support. Dell also offers greater choice by allowing customers to select either the NVIDIA A2 GPU or A30 GPU based on workload and performance demands.
Greater security: Deeper integration with Microsoft Azure Arc enables consistent security, compliance and Dell infrastructure security for customers from edge locations to core data centers to Microsoft Azure public cloud environments.
We will also support the latest release of Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, which will further Strengthen a customer's hybrid cloud experience through storage, networking and security enhancements.
Roanne Sones, corporate vice president of Azure Edge & Platform at Microsoft said: "Our joint customers are evolving their data centers and edge locations to integrate hybrid cloud delivery models for greater agility. As they build out these architectures, they want to harness the power of Microsoft Azure while retaining the benefits of proven on-premises infrastructure. Our continued collaboration with Dell will allow us to deliver solutions that give customers the flexibility to process and secure their data wherever it lives."
Dell has a strong history of collaborating with Microsoft to bring more value to customers, and we're looking forward to demonstrating our latest innovations during Microsoft Ignite 2022. We hope you'll join us virtually or visit the Dell Integrated System for Azure Stack HCI product page for more.
Based on IDC Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, September 2022
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How do you know if you’re getting zero trust right? While many organizations have invested in purpose-built zero-trust security products, controlling user access isn’t just about deploying a software solution, but actively managing user access to data wherever it lives in the environment.
This involves building new controls and procedures from scratch. It’s a challenge that Dell Technologies recognizes and aims to address with a new solution.
Today, Dell announced the Zero Trust Center of Excellence in partnership with CyberPoint international and the Maryland Innovation Security Institute. The center will open in Spring 2023 at DreamPort in at the U.S. Cyber Commands innovation center.
The center will provide enterprises with a secure data center to validate zero-trust use cases and assess the maturity of their zero-trust strategies.
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Dell’s announcement comes as more organizations are running into roadblocks with their zero-trust strategies.
While Okta finds that the number of companies with a zero-trust initiative already underway more than doubled from 24% in 2021 to 55% in 2022, other research indicates only 21% of organizations have adopted zero trust as a foundational model across the enterprise.
Dell’s new service will provide organizations with a space to test the implementation of zero trust as a foundational model, so they can build a true zero-trust strategy from scratch, that’s designed to support a multicloud environment.
“In a multicloud world, an organization’s cybersecurity strategy must transcend its infrastructure and extend to its applications and data,” said John Roese, Global CTO of Dell Technologies. “We believe a zero-trust strategy is the best path forward. Dell has the proven IT and security foundation, technology integration experience, and extensive global partner ecosystem to help simplify customers’ cybersecurity transformations.”
More broadly, the new center has the capacity to help accelerate the development of new zero-trust solutions that enterprises can leverage to protect their environments against identity-based threats.
It’s worth noting that the center will also complement Dell Cybersecurity Advisory Services’ zero-trust service, which provides organizations with a roadmap to zero trust based on their existing security assets.
As identity-based threats continue to rise, the zero-trust market continues to pick up steam, with researchers expecting the market to grow from a value of $27.4 billion in 2022 to $60.7 billion by 2027.
CrowdStrike and Palo Alto Networks are leading in defining the space, offering solutions for zero-trust network access (ZTNA) for continuously verifying user access in real-time.
CrowdStrike reports $1.45 billion in revenue for the full fiscal year 2022, while Palo Alto Networks announced total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 of $1.6 billion.
At this stage, Dell is playing more of a backseat role in the zero-trust market, opting to provide organizations with guidance and support from the Zero Trust Center of Excellence, and Dell Cybersecurity Advisory Services. It hopes to help orgs learn how they can Strengthen their own zero-trust strategies rather than offering a particular software solution.
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The Dell XPS 13 (2022) has huge shoes to fill, but while it does what it sets out to do very well, there are going to be those who are going to be sorely disappointed by some of the changes Dell makes to the XPS 13 (2022), and some of these are going to be absolute deal breakers.
But the XPS 13 (2022) deserves to be judged on its own merits, rather than solely in comparison to the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020), this model's immediate predecessor. This is especially the case since that model is arguably the best laptop in its class.
Still, while we'll get around to weighing the XPS 13 (2022) objectively a bit later, it is important to acknowledge that the new Dell XPS 13 comes with a pedigree and that can't be ignored. In this regard, the XPS 13 (2022) outperforms the model it's replacing in some key areas, but it falls short in others. How you're going to feel about the new XPS 13 is going to depend entirely on where your concerns fall between the two, whether or not some of these are entirely in Dell's control.
What is in Dell's control is the design of the XPS 13, and this is where most of the controversy is going to be. The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a gorgeous laptop, through and through, from the thinness of its form to its featherweight portability and beautiful display. These come at a cost though, namely in terms of ports, and the two, solitary USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports are going to mean you'll have to juggle some dongles. Fortunately, Dell includes some of them with the laptop itself.
The biggest change though is the absence of the carbon fiber palm rests, which still remain on the Dell XPS 15 (2022) and Dell XPS 17 (2022), in favor of a more svelte aluminum keyboard deck. There is also the new color option, Umber (a bluish-purple), in addition to Sky, which is the standard silver color for the XPS laptop line.
The carbon fiber palm rests are one of the things about the last XPS 13 that we fell in love with, so we're sorry to see them go, but on its merits, the keyboard is still spectacular to use.
The sound still sucks, but all of the best Ultrabooks have terrible audio, thanks to underpowered down-firing speakers. It's the tradeoff you have to make for the form factor, so the XPS 13 was never going to break free of that fate.
Overall, the performance of the XPS 13 (2022) was excellent for everyday use and productivity work, making it one of the best thin and light laptops for professionals who find themselves constantly on the go. Unfortunately, this is also where we run into the XPS 13 (2022)'s major failing: battery life.
While the battery life on the new XPS 13 does last longer than most Intel Alder Lake-powered laptops, it is still a noticeable downgrade from the last XPS 13, which was Intel Evo certified. This, though, isn't in Dell's control as Alder Lake chips just guzzle the juice with wanton abandon and with no consideration of your needs or convenience. You'll be getting close to all day battery life with the XPS 13 (2022), but it's not the all-day-plus battery life some might be expecting from an XPS 13.
Still, the XPS 13 (2022) absolutely holds its own as an Ultrabook, and it does so at a price far below what came before it. Of all the Ultrabook we've tested this year, the XPS 13 (2022) is the closest competition to the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) on the market right now, which is great for someone looking for an Air-like appeal from a Windows laptop.
Are some of us shaking our fists at Dell-shaped clouds over the redesign? Of course, but change is inevitable, and with a genuinely appealing design, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) shines just as bright as the rest of the XPS lineup, even if it blazes a different trail all its own.
Dell XPS 13 (2022) Key Specs
Here is the Dell XPS 13 (2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i5-1230U
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5
Screen: 13.4 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Camera: 720p at 30fps, no privacy shutter
Weight: 2.59 lb | 1.17 kg
Size (W x D x H): 11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 in (295.4 x 199.4 x 13.99 mm)
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) – also called the Dell XPS 13 (9315) by some retailers – is available now in the US, UK, and Australia, starting at $899 / £854 / AU$1,898. The entry level configuration will get you an Intel Core i5-1230U with integrated Iris Xe graphics, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display. In the US, the minimum storage option is 512GB SSD, while the UK and Australia start out with a 256GB SSD.
The best configuration will get you a Core i7-1250U with Iris Xe graphics, 32GB LPDDR5 RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, and a 500-nit, 13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display with anti-reflective coating, and costs $1,549 / £1,754 / AU$3,441.
The configuration we tested was one step removed from entry level, with 16GB RAM rather than 8GB, and it costs $1,049 / £1,004 / AU$2,299.
This XPS 13 model is more oriented towards value rather than performance (which would be the Dell XPS 13 Plus), and so the processors aren't powerful enough really to manage the kind of heavy duty workloads that would necessitate more than 16GB RAM or 512GB storage, and most people will do just fine with the starting configuration so few people will ever need to spend more than $1,000 / £1,000 / AU$2,000 to get one of the best Dell laptops on the market.
This is in stark contrast with the last XPS 13 model from late 2020, which had a starting price of $1,499 / £1,399 / AU$2,399. This is a substantial price cut for a laptop that will give you more or less the same level of performance.
Compared to the rest of the market, the XPS 13 (2022) is positioned squarely in the sweet spot in terms of price and performance. The other obvious comparison to make is with the MacBook Air. Compared to the MacBook Air with M1 from 2020, the Dell XPS 13 is very competitive, matching the MacBook Air on price, though it won't get you nearly as much battery life. The new MacBook Air with M2, however, is more expensive, and while its performance is outstanding, it still doesn't blow the XPS 13 out of the water beyond having better battery life.
All told, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is one of the best, if not the best, value on the market among the best Windows laptops, and other than a few of the best Chromebooks out there, there is little that can really compete with the XPS 13 (2022) on this front.
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is going to split the entire tech reviewer community in two over its design, with defenders and haters making valid points on each side. But consumers don't buy a new laptop every 18 months, so for everyone else, this is still an absolutely gorgeous laptop, though there are some functional issues that will be a problem for many.
First, the XPS 13 is very lightweight, and its slim dimensions make it an easy laptop to toss in a bag as you head out the door. The exterior is little changed from its predecessor and features the XPS line's brushed aluminum chassis, with the biggest change being the option to get it in a purplish-blue color option, Umber.
Opening it up, however, and the redesigned interior removes the carbon fiber keyboard palm rest and replaces it with a sleek aluminum that let the hands glide over its surface with ease. The keys and trackpad are also well positioned and spaced to allow for fluid and comfortable typing, even for many hours at a time.
The display is a full HD+, meaning its a 1920 x 1200p resolution at the 16:10 aspect ratio, and it can get as bright as 500 nits. It's not an OLED display, so it's not going to have the kind of vibrant colors that you get with the Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED, but it is more than clear enough to see everything you need to see at this size.
The down-firing speakers are audible, but they will hardly fill a room, even if you have it sitting on a hardwood desk. The 16:10 display is beautiful and very easy to work with, though a 13-inch laptop is not nearly big enough to be using multiple windows at once.
The webcam is the basic 720p@30fps that you see on nearly every other ultrabook on the market, so don't expect much from its image quality. One thing that is lacking is a privacy shutter for the webcam, something many of the best HP laptops and best Lenovo laptops have featured for a long time now. Dell really does need to get with the program on this, in our opinion.
Finally, the biggest issue with the XPS 13 (2022) is the derth of ports. There are just two Thunderbolt 4 ports, that's it. While both are capable of charging the laptop, having it plugged in means that you're now down to a single USB-C port, so any peripherals you have with you either have to be triaged for the most important one, or you're going to need a dock for more than two items.
And since they're USB-C ports, any USB-A or other types of input will need a converting dongle to work. Dell includes a couple in the box with the XPS 13, a USB-A to USB-C and a 3.5mm audio jack to USB-C, but you'll likely need more, which can really cut into the laptop's portability.
Here is how the Dell XPS 13 (2022) performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 5,478
3DMark Time Spy: 1,068; Fire Strike: 3,100; Night Raid: 10,272
GeekBench 5: 1,629 (single-core); 6,546 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 4,324
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 7:31
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 9:17
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) is designed to be an affordable, ultraportable laptop that can do what most people need it to do: some web browsing, video streaming, and maybe messing around with a couple of spreadsheets for work or writing reports on an airplane.
It does all of these very well, and it has decent enough processor benchmark scores for a laptop priced as it is. The biggest problem you'll find is if you try to run any resource-heavy apps on the XPS 13, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Blender, and Photoshop.
On these points, it will be able to complete most tasks, but expect it to take a lot longer than it would on a more professional workstation like the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), if it finishes them at all and doesn't simple stall or crash. This is a laptop for light to medium work at most, and the more you can use cloud apps like Google Docs and Google Sheets, the better.
We could also have run a number of games on it to see how they fared, but after the first test with Civilization VI, run on the lowest possible settings, scored a paltry 18 fps, we called it a day and spared the XPS 13 any more gaming embarrassment. A candidate for the best gaming laptop of the year, this is not.
Considering that you can get one of the best Chromebooks on the market and it will perform about as well on cloud-based apps, the performance of the Dell XPS 13 on its own might not be enough to justify the relative premium you're pay for it. If all you're going to be doing is running Google Chrome and listening to Spotify or watching Netflix, definitely consider saving yourself some serious money and give Chromebooks a look before you make the jump on a nearly $1,000 Windows laptop.
The battery life on the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is not great, if we compare it to its predecessor. On our PCMark 10 battery test, it lasted on average about seven hours and 31 minutes. It did better on our looped video test, managing an average nine hours and eight minutes.
The XPS 13 (late 2020) managed a battery life of nearly 12 hours, so the XPS 13 (2022) has definitely regressed in this regard, but that has been the case with Alder Lake laptops across the board. They just consume too much power and we've seen many ultrabooks last between six to seven hours on average, so the XPS 13 (2022) is at least ahead of its competition on that front.
|Value||With a very compelling starting price, the XPS 13 (2022) offers one of the best values on the market for an Ultrabook||5 / 5|
|Design||While the new design is going to evoke strong feelings from XPS 13 fans, the laptop is objectively beautiful in its own right.||4 / 5|
|Performance||The XPS 13 (2022) is built with value and portability in mind, and so performance beyond everyday tasks and light to medium productivity work suffers as a result.||3 / 5|
|Battery Life||While not the worst battery life among this generation of Ultrabooks, it is a major step back from its predecessor's solidly all-day battery life.||3.5 / 5|
|Total||While not without fault or controversy, the Dell XPS 13 (2022) is a very solid value for most people out there.||3.9 / 5|
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Employees need tools for flexible work
Some 86% of Thai business leaders believe their employees are their greatest asset amid the need to drive digital transformation, according to a accurate survey by IT giant Dell Technologies.
It is vital for businesses to support their employees by providing a hybrid work infrastructure, increasing automation to free up more time for employees to focus on what they do best, and for companies to take care of their workers, the firm said.
Anothai Wettayakorn, vice-president for Asia emerging markets and South Asia consumer business at Dell Technologies, said the pandemic sped up the need for companies to pursue digital transformation.
“This shift demands new, aligned and change-ready organisational structure and culture,” Mr Anothai said during a briefing about Dell’s new study, entitled “Breakthrough: Breaking through barriers to digital transformation at the intersection of people and technology”.
The study was commissioned by Dell with fieldwork conducted by market research firm Vanson Bourne.
The study gauged the opinions of 10,500 decision makers in senior business roles and IT as well as employees involved in digital transformation in more than 40 countries, including 200 respondents in Thailand, from August to October 2021.
He said the survey found 86% of Thai respondents, compared with 90% in Asia-Pacific and Japan and 85% globally, said their employees are their greatest asset.
Some 66.5% of those surveyed in Thailand believed their organisations underestimate requirements for people when planning transformation programmes, while 74% are convinced their business needs to provide the necessary tools and infrastructure to work flexibly.
According to the survey, 58% of the Thai respondents said their organisations know what it takes to digitally transform the workforce.
Despite the huge progress and efforts of the past few years, the research shows there is still potential for transformation to stall as 69% of respondents in Thailand believe it is their employees’ resistance to change that can lead to failure.
Some 54% fear they will be shut out of the evolving digital world because of a lack of people with the right authority or vision to capitalise on the opportunity.
Mr Anothai said despite the economic headwinds, corporations still believe IT spending is important to pursue their digital transformation journey for data analytics, cloud and security.
Thitaphon Boonprasit, newly appointed managing director for Thailand at Dell Technologies, highlighted three approaches for organisations to pursue sustainable digital transformation.
First, it is important to provide employees with consistent and secure work experiences, and provide the necessary tools and infrastructure to work from anywhere, he said.
Second, help drive productivity by augmenting human capabilities with technology tools to allow employees to focus on what they do best by reducing repetitive processes and enabling them to learn new, sought-after skills such as leadership, machine learning and strategic opportunities.
Finally, Mr Thitaphon said firms should inspire employees through an empathetic culture and utilising authentic leadership.
Dell can support businesses by enabling them to embrace the future of work, providing multi-cloud capability, data innovation and protection via modern security, he said.
As vendors and end users continue to move to subscription computing services, it is important to understand how this transition will impact third parties, like value added resellers (VARs) and other channel ecosystem members.
Why so? Because in many cases, channel partners serve as the main point of contact between vendors and clients, especially smaller and regionally based businesses. Keeping those partners happy is vital to vendors’ bottom lines.
More important, since vendors are constantly hunting for new opportunities and have the technical and financial resources required to develop new solutions and business lines, they can also help translate those opportunities into terms that channel partners can understand and support. Recently, Rola Dagher, Dell Technologies’ Global Channel Chief, outlined enhancements to Dell’s APEX portfolio and services that are designed to expand channel partners’ skills and solution sets. Let’s consider these new options.
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To begin, what are some of the principal difficulties that channel partners face? Start with the commonplace shifts in the tech industry due to evolutionary improvements in hardware and software, and the regular emergence of new ideas, products and services. Those changes are mirrored by business and process evolution, sparked by competition, markets and regulations.
Enterprises are typically able to anticipate and adapt to these challenges far better than smaller companies. However, virtually all organizations suffer when unexpected events, such as the shocks from Covid-19, supply chain disruptions and global inflation come into the picture. Again, smaller businesses, including VARs and other technology channel players, typically struggle more with these systemic shocks than their vendor partners.
Finally, even the most resilient and proactive organizations need affordable access to training and skills building. In fact, lacking access to such resources inevitably leads to delayed access to and uptake of vendors’ new solutions and services.
In other words, providing adequate support and access to new opportunities is important for vendors, channel partners and end customers. It is hard to overstate the importance of or the value that such programs bring to all the parties involved. But it is a particularly critical point for companies like Dell Technologies, which has noted that partners contribute to over half of the company’s annual sales.
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What are the new Dell APEX capabilities that Rola Dagher detailed?
What are the essential takeaways from Dell’s announcement? First, it underscores the company’s keen focus on developing and enabling subscription-based offerings via its APEX service portfolio. Second, it highlights the growing importance of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies and solutions for business customers of every size and kind. To that end, it also complements and builds on Dell’s accurate strategic collaboration announcement with Red Hat.
Most important, the new capabilities Dell announced emphasize the company’s willingness and intention to provide solutions and services to customers as they want and through whatever channels they prefer. Expanding the options and enhancing the skills of channel partners are among the best methods that Dell Technologies can employ to achieve those goals.
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Even with Amazon’s Early Access Sale — which most people are referring to as the October Prime Day — almost over, Dell will try to draw shoppers’ attention away from the Prime Day deals with its Dell Black Friday Pricing Sale. It will also be going up against the Walmart Rollback Sale, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Dell as it’s rolling out eye-catching discounts on laptops and gaming PCs, among other products.
The Dell Black Friday Pricing Sale offers an early glimpse at what you can expect from Dell’s Black Friday deals. We’re not sure if these devices’ prices will go lower on the highly anticipated shopping holiday, but if you need a new machine, you won’t regret making your purchase right now. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals that are available from Dell — don’t waste time because we’re not sure when the discounts will end.
You’ll find all kinds of cheap options from Prime Day laptop deals, but Dell is also offering low-priced but reliable laptops like the Dell Inspiron 15. It’s enough for basic functions with its Intel Pentium Silver N5030 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 605, and 4GB of RAM. It’s got Windows 11 Home pre-installed in its 128GB SSD, and the laptop’s 15.6-inch HD screen is great for both working on documents and watching streaming content.
The Dell Inspiron 16 isn’t just the larger counterpart of the Dell Inspiron 15 with a 16-inch Full HD+ screen, but it also features upgraded components with the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel UHD Graphics, and 8GB of RAM that our laptop buying guide says is the sweet spot for most users. The laptop also comes with Windows 11 Home out of the box, pre-installed in a 512GB SSD that will provide ample storage to install all your necessary software.
Variants of the Dell XPS 13 have stayed on top of Digital Trends’ best laptops for a while, and for good reason. The laptop’s bezel-less design surrounding its 13.4-inch Full HD screen has spread to every kind of electronic device with a screen, and its thin body makes it very portable. The Dell XPS 13 doesn’t just look good though, as it also offers terrific performance with the 12th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics, and 8GB of RAM onboard, with Windows 11 Home pre-installed in its 512GB SSD.
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