Rugged Mobility Helps Chart Course for Clipper Round the World Race

Anchors aweigh and set sail! As an official technology provider to the famous Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, the Dell EMC OEM and Rugged teams along with some of our marine customers are set to join the skipper and crew for an afternoon excursion off the beautiful coast of Northern Ireland.

photo of several clipper race boats at sail

This pleasant Derry-Londonderry boat tour will provide a tame glimpse of wild ride that’s a 40,000 nautical mile test of human courage and a tough technology ecosystem. If you’ve not already been following Dell Technologies’ timeline and exciting updates on the complete Clipper Round the World race, please find the series here.

Power on the ocean wave

As a Clipper Race fleet partner, we have jointly provided the computing power, supporting this year’s record-breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world. Taking on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions along with the intrepid crew, our marine-grade products are designed to be compression-sealed from sand, dust and liquids, plus built to withstand the toughest conditions, including extreme temperature, shocks, drops, and vibrations.

Sharing the voyage

Our Dell Latitude Rugged extreme tablets and laptops are used by the Skipper and crew to plot the fastest routes and for general on-board navigation as well as keeping in regular contact with the Race Office. The crew post daily blogs, images, and video so family and followers at home can keep up with all the action on board.

A race without equal

Technology aside, I think that the most amazing thing about this race is that while the yacht is manned by a professional skipper, the crew is made of ordinary people, like you and me, landlubbers with no previous sailing experience, all taking on a personal challenge that will change their lives.

Nailing their colours to the mast

Having completed a rigorous training course, participants literally nail their colours to the mast and set sail on a 70-foot ocean yacht with the crew completing either the full, eleven-month circumnavigation or selecting different legs of the trip.

In fact, on Sunday 22 July, the teams will perform a Parade of Sail before departing Northern Ireland for the final race for this year’s edition – a 1,000nm sprint the race finish in Liverpool, England.

People from all walks of life

From all accounts, this race is an incredible personal and team journey where police officers crew with chief executives, IT business executives mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, and bartenders team up with sports commentators.  In fact, some of our own Dell EMC team are part of this year’s crew – you can read their diaries here.

New developments at sea

So why are we helping to push this proverbial boat out? Simple – the marine industry is one of Dell EMC OEM’s most exciting markets as Big Data, the Industrial Internet of Things and Cloud technologies continue to propel the industry into the digital future.

Smart ship & rugged technology

On our customer trip, we will share our vision of the smart ship concept, M2M learning and artificial intelligence as well as cyber resilience at sea.

The team will enjoy an exclusive talk from Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston as well as learning about our rugged laptop and tablet technologies and how these can positively impact the marine industry.

Walking the plank

We will also share a detailed overview of our marine-grade, PowerEdge XR2 server, the bedrock of modern rugged appliance for compute on-board vessels. As part of the fun, we’ll even make some our rugged products walk the plank and endure a special, marine torture test!

All hands on deck

And as we’ll literally be in the same boat together, I believe that this is a great opportunity for customers to collaborate, share their views and influence the development of future marine-grade IT products and services.

Here’s to a fair wind and following seas!

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About the Author: Mary Etienne

A business and technology leader with over 30-years’ IT industry experience in senior sales and management roles with Fortune 500 companies, Mary Etienne is Business Development Director at Dell EMC OEM where she leads the marine industries vertical. Enabling the industry with transformational technology and compute platforms continues to be one of Dell EMC OEM’s most exciting journeys as big data, sensors and communication, artificial intelligence, M2M, deep learning, the industrial Internet of Things and cloud technologies propel the industry into its “Marine 4.0” digital future. Our heritage, scale and marine-ready IT infrastructure have made Dell EMC the marine industry’s most complete technology provider across the entire value chain for enabling tomorrow’s smart ships, offshore oil & gas installations, renewable energy structures and the operational and services infrastructures supporting the entire ecosystem. Dell OEM Solutions and our partners help companies speed time to market and evolve their business model by simplifying today’s complex, connected world addressing trends like the Internet of Things, mobility, cloud, security and data analytics.