The Next Evolution of Converged Infrastructure Solutions

first_imgThe current state of the IT industry reminds me of the saying, “May you live in interesting times.” These are interesting times indeed for CIOs and IT leaders dealing with rapid change across multiple dimensions from technology to economics to organizational culture & skill sets. The primary goal of IT engineers today is to stitch together individual technologies into an end-to-end service while balancing design and operational complexity in the Data Center. Companies are moving to agile business models which require IT teams to respond rapidly to business and end user requirements while actively managing operational costs.Technology companies are rightly proud of their component innovations, but IT organizations today are less interested in the infrastructure components and more focused on architectures that solve the real problems they face. We consistently hear the need for a solutions approach that combines the hardware and software infrastructure with a management and orchestration framework that can deliver rigorous SLAs for availability, performance and cost.VCE epitomizes the solutions approach to innovation. In 2009, we pioneered the Converged Infrastructure concept to help IT teams rapidly deploy new technology components in a state-of-the-art infrastructure that just works. As a foundational building block in data centers worldwide today, the Vblock platform delivers a high performance, highly available infrastructure which dramatically simplifies the operational environment.Looking ahead, we see Converged Infrastructure evolving along two axes – along the horizontal with new variations of Converged Infrastructure platforms, and along the vertical by expanding the scope of Converged Infrastructure, extending from physical hardware elements to include application and cloud infrastructure.From a platform perspective, VCE believes that IT teams expect solutions that are built for data center scale, and optimized for mixed workloads with simplified operations and lifecycle support. This week we are launching VCE’s Vscale architecture for data center scale infrastructure, our new VxBlock platforms that enable technology choice, and our Vision 3.0 Converge software. These offerings – with the VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged appliance and EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution – give us the most comprehensive set of platforms and the only fully integrated cloud solution in the industry.VCE’s close partnership with IT teams to design, deploy, support and scale Converged Infrastructure solutions from platforms up to the application and cloud layer uniquely positions us to innovate and redefine the market. As we look ahead, you can expect to see VCE deliver new platforms and solutions in rapid intervals along both axes, becoming a true Converged Solutions provider.We live in interesting times indeed …Onwards and upwards!last_img read more

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Composting Tips

first_imgHave you ever wondered how moist your compost pile should be or the ideal temperature for your compost? These are valid questions, and knowing the answers will keep your compost pile working at its best.If you are a vermicomposter and, like me, you use worms to compost, these factors are even more important, as they can ensure the overall well-being of your little worm workers.To maintain a healthy compost pile, you need to maintain the proper moisture level. Compost organisms are like people — both need water to survive and function at their best. Inadequate water will inhibit the activities of compost organisms, resulting in a slower compost process.If the compost pile is too moist, water will displace air and create anaerobic conditions in the pile. The moisture level of a compost pile should be roughly 40 to 60 percent. To the touch, the compost pile should feel like a wrung-out sponge.These same fundamentals apply to a vermicompost system. Adequate water is needed for the worms to function properly and survive. Vermicompost bedding should also be as damp as a wrung-out sponge.The moisture level in a compost bin is easy to detect and, for the most part, easy to fix. If the bin is too wet, pools of water will accumulate at the bottom of the bin. Additionally, worms trying to escape from the bin or an unsavory smell are possible indications that the bin is too wet.To fix a high moisture level, add more items that can absorb the water, such as newspaper or cardboard. Stop adding food items that have high water content, like fruits.A bin that is too dry is equally unpleasant for the worms. Dried worms are a sure indicator that the compost bin doesn’t have enough moisture. To raise the moisture level, simply spray the bin with water from a spray bottle. Add food items with high water content.A high temperature is desirable in a backyard compost pile, as it will accelerate the decomposition of materials. The heat can also aid in breaking down pathogens and weeds. The ideal temperature in a composting pile is 135 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.To increase the temperature of a compost pile, turn the pile weekly. Turning allows oxygen to flow, maintains the aerobic condition of the pile and regenerates heat.The temperature in a worm bin is quite different than that of a compost pile. Unlike compost, worms prefer temperatures between 55 and 77 F. If the worm bin is outside, consider relocating it to a more temperature-regulated place, such as a garage or even underneath a sink in the house, during the warmer months.For more information on maintaining a compost pile, refer to the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Circular 816, “Composting and Mulching,” at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C816.last_img read more

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Peruvian Air Force Develops High-Tech Air Surveillance Radar

first_img With the objective of improving airspace surveillance capabilities over the Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Air Force (FAP) technical personnel are in the midst of developing the prototype of a high-tech air surveillance radar that will be ready to be put into operational service at the end of this year. The development project is the product of an agreement between the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) and the FAP, through which DEVIDA facilitates financial resources for strengthening the national air surveillance system. The agreement was signed by the chair of DEVIDA, Carmen Masías Claux, and the FAP’s commander of operations, Lieutenant General Carlos Bohórquez Castellares, and forms part of DEVIDA’s effort to coordinate with state agencies involved in the fight against drug trafficking. Masías called attention to the special deployment carried out in the airspace near the border with Brazil, a country with which joint efforts are being conducted in this regard and that is expected to be the primary area of interest for the deployment of the radars developed by the FAP. Although scant information is available, the FAP’s Electronics Service (SELEC) is believed to be in charge of the project to develop the radar, which is expected to have 3D capabilities – ideal for air surveillance tasks – enabling efficient three-dimensional radar coverage by capturing data on the elevation, range, and azimuth of the targets detected in the radar system’s area of influence. By Dialogo July 13, 2012last_img read more

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Comedy of Manners: God of Carnage Debuts at Northport’s Engeman Theater

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The internationally acclaimed God of Carnage is possibly the most unique theatrical offering that I have seen at Northport’s John W. Engeman Theater. The dark farcical comedy makes for uproarious pandemonium and laughter, and the audience (myself included) simply loved it. It is so good that you might want to see it more than once.French playwright Yasmina Reza hones in on one of the universal fears of parenthood—that your child will be hurt by, or might hurt, another child. The play, originally written in Reza’s native tongue and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, has captured the imagination of theatergoers around the world.After its debut performance in 2006, God of Carnage made its way to London where it received the Olivier Award for Best New Play of the Year. Its 2009 stint on Broadway boasting a stellar cast, including James Gandolfini, garnered three Tony Awards. Since then, it has graced stages in Spain, Ireland, Serbia and Croatia, to name a few.The play is set in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. After another boy breaks two of their 11-year-old son’s teeth during a playground brawl, Veronica and Michael go where angels fear by inviting the parents of aggressor to their home to discuss the incident. Although we never meet the boys, Henry and Benjamin, whose antics ignite the fuse, it is the parents who entertain us with their unexpected emotional explosions.This unlikely rendezvous is the brainchild of Veronica, an art aficionado with a forthcoming book on the Darfur. Her husband, Michael, is a wholesale distributor of household goods. The other set of parents are Alan, a well-to-do lawyer with international clientele and Annette, who simply says that she is into wealth management.It all starts out with polite, amicable conversation in Veronica and Michael’s posh living room. In the name of peaceful coexistence, mouthwatering clafouti, a fruity French dessert, is served and expensive yellow tulips adorn vases.Yet these niceties cannot mask the fact that the couples are understandably very wary of each other and looking for holes in each others’ polished façades. The best laid plans go horribly astray as the meeting progresses and at a delightfully dizzying pace.It seems that no clafouti, no matter how delicious, can pacify the god of carnage, whom Alan explains has reigned supreme since the dawn of time and unleashes our basest and most primitive instincts.Alan turns out to be right. In short order, the thin veil of civility is pierced, and the couples are at each other’s throats. Reza’s script is replete with clever, hilarious surprises and shifting marital allegiances that animate the set, especially after a bottle of primo rum is uncorked. Kudos to Richard Dolce for his impeccable directing of this talented cast whose performances requires split second comedic timing. This is ensemble work at its best.Which is the funniest scenario? I’ll hint at them. Who had done a hamster wrong? What happens after Annette—understandably a bundle of nerves—upchucks on a collection of  Veronica’s treasured coffee table books displayed like window dressing in the living room? How do the characters change after imbibing that primo rum?Nancy Lemenager is ideal as the highbrow art lover who has unrealistic expectations about human nature and does not recognize a highly combustible situation when she sees one. Mickey Solis is hilarious as Michael, Veronica’s polar opposite, a man who proudly announces that he is “not a member of polite society,” but rather a Neanderthal.Alan (Chris Kipiniak) skillfully fits the bill as the prototypical lawyer who is welded to his cell phone and more concerned with advising a pharmaceutical company on their defense against charges of a dangerous drug than dealing with his son’s conduct. His wife, Annette (Alet Taylor), who first appears to be the most restrained of the foursome, is emboldened and comes out fighting after some of that rum enters her system. It made for some very funny and feel-good moments.Stephen Dobay’s set—decorated with the minimalist flair—makes it the perfect venue for maximal action. Showcased is a large-scale wooden sculpture created from found objects à la Louise Nevelson, one of the most influential and distinguished sculptors of the 20th century. Painted a monochromatic dark gray, the disparate pieces that compose the sculpture become unified textural content. Splashes of red, white and black further enliven the room’s décor.It is pure eye candy. Bravo, Mr. Dobay!God of Carnage runs through March 6. Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office, 250 Main St, Northport, by calling 261-2900 or by visiting engemantheater.com.  Photo credit from left to right: The performances of Nancy Lemenager, Mickey Solis, Alet Taylor, and  Chris Kipiniak make for uproarious pandemonium in the Engeman Theater’s production of God of Carnage (Photo by Michael DeCristofaro).last_img read more

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UK trade union targets LGPS with Israeli divestment campaign

first_imgOver the last two years, European institutional investors have increasingly become wary of investments in companies associated with the Israeli settlements and occupation in Palestine.This led to numerous divestments from companies directly associated with supporting the settlements, including banks and construction firms.However, this has run contrary to recent developments in the US, where the state of Illinois saw its elected chambers unanimously pass legislation requiring the five state-funded pension schemes to identify companies boycotting Israel and divest their holdings.The UK trade union said its campaign seeks to influence companies, via their pension scheme investors, that are associated with Israel’s occupation, settlements and barrier.It is a supporter of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign being run against Israel.“Some companies have factories located in the West Bank settlements and often employ Palestinian workers, paying them far less than they would have to pay Israeli workers, without providing them with holiday pay, sick pay or the right to join a trade union,” UNISON said.“Others provide services to the Israeli military, checkpoints or prisons.”The trade union said investment managers for UK pension funds should be put under pressure to engage with companies and stop involvement in the occupied territories, given the evidence of engagement working on other matters.It said the occupation was illegal under international law and that companies associated with it were at risk over reputational damage, not to mention litigation.“Influencing multinational companies is not easy,” it said, “but they will listen to their major investors, including our pension funds.”In the Netherlands, the €189bn pension fund manager PGGM divested from five Israeli banks involved in funding settlements in areas of Israeli-occupied Palestine.PGGM’s decision was triggered by a request from main client, healthcare worker scheme PFZW, but resulted in a political storm resulting in the Dutch ambassador’s being summoned by the Israeli government, and pro-Israel protests outside its offices.The NOK7trn (€806bn) Norwegian Pension Fund Global had previously excluded property and construction companies operating in Israel over concerns they were violating the European Convention on Human Rights. The UK’s second largest trade union, UNISON, has launched a campaign for members to lobby pension funds to divest from companies supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestine.It advises members to cite the UK Law Commission’s recent update and guidance on fiduciary duty, which it said made clear where trustees could invoke ethical concerns that were financially important.The trade union, with more than 1m members mainly in the public sector, said its campaign was primarily focused on Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) with more than £200bn (€275bn) in assets, and some private sector defined benefit (DB) plans.UNISON said it intended to extend the campaign to private sector defined contribution (DC) investors in due course.last_img read more

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Joe Dean

first_imgJoe Dean passed away November 7th in Louisiana at the age of 83.  For you old timers he played basketball for LSU and was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.  He was a basketball legend at LSU in his heyday but is overshadowed by people like Pete Maravich and others.  He made quite a splash as a color analyst for both radio and TV broadcasts of bayou basketball collegiate games.  He had one of those melodious voices that just fit in.  You did not expect that kind of voice to come out of that large a man.  Everyone remembers his use of “string music” to describe a long jump shot that just rippled the nets.  It was always fun to hear his voice and listen to his home spun humor when ESPN started broadcasting games from all over the United States.  Color guys are supposed to just add to the game and not take over the game.  Joe was an expert on this.  He will be missed by the basketball public especially in SEC country.last_img read more

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Pardew determined to prove himself

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew is ready to come out fighting as he attempts to prove he is still the right man for the job. Pardew added: “My message to them really and truly is look, I have got a seven-year contract left to manage this football club and I am going to manage it to the best of my ability and I hope that what we wish for is what I can deliver.” Pardew went from hero to villain in the space of 12 months as a team that finished in fifth place at the end of the 2011-12 season struggled to cope with the demands of the Europa League on top of their domestic commitments in the following campaign. However, he has returned rejuvenated and confident that with January signings Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran having six months in English football under their belts, they will be more competitive this time around. He said: “Certainly since January, when we brought in the influx of Moussa and Mapou and Massadio, they have done very well for us. They have got six months under their belts, they are going to be better next year. “We have got a World Cup year. I have got, I would suggest, 10 players, maybe more than that, who could get to the World Cup, so it’s a very, very important year. “I am very confident that some of the players who I think last year were probably just a little bit below par – I’m not going to name any names – with the World Cup around the corner are going to show how good they are and that will take the team forward in itself. “But what must be remembered is we have got a good team here, good staff. We have had stability now for three years and I will protect that. I’m going to protect my staff and I’m going to protect my players and I’ll protect our fans because I want to give them the best I can.” Press Associationcenter_img The 51-year-old’s future was a topic of intense speculation as last season’s Barclays Premier League campaign drew to a close with the Magpies having only just retained their top-flight status, while the subsequent appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football did little to solidify his position. However, Pardew is back at work and in defiant mood with the start of the new campaign a little more than five weeks away. He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “I am almost an adopted Geordie, trust me. On my travels, I have seen many fans this summer and they have all relayed to me that they really want us to do better than last year, and I do as well.” last_img read more

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Lamela vows to hit his stride

first_img Lamela was expected to be the man to fill the void left by Gareth Bale when he moved from Roma in a club-record deal this summer, but he has failed to impress so far. The excellent form of Andros Townsend has meant Lamela has played a peripheral role for the north London club, starting just five games – all of which have come in the cup competitions. “My moment will come and I will make the difference,” Lamela told the London Evening Standard. “You always train thinking that you’re going to play. Sooner or later, my moment will arrive and I have to be ready. That is the way I am looking at it. “I get on very well with Andre Villas-Boas. He is a great guy who clearly thinks about the future. Because of this, coming to Tottenham is a great step for me and in the future, we’ll see why. “Of course, it’s also important for me to get into the Argentina squad for the World Cup, but I’m confident I’ll play here. We are involved in four competitions so there are many games ahead.” Tottenham scraped past Hull for the second time in four days on Wednesday night to set up a Capital One Cup quarter-final grudge match against West Ham. Paul McShane had put the away side on course for a shock win in extra-time, but Harry Kane scored his second goal for Spurs to take the game to a penalty shoot-out, which the hosts won 8-7. Kane enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Millwall two years ago, but last term he did not fare as well while at Norwich and Leicester, scoring just three times all season. The 20-year-old was set for another loan spell this season, but Villas-Boas may end up keeping the player after being impressed by his recent efforts. “I couldn’t be happier with Harry, so that has made us delay his (loan) move,” Villas-Boas said. “He is doing extremely well in training. “We have a lot of interest for Harry but if the next loan move happens, we need 100 per cent certainty that he (plays regularly). “With the way he is training he has more of a chance of playing in those teams. But he’s doing enough to compete for his place here.” Lamela showed glimpses of his potential in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup win over Hull – although he did miss a penalty – but the slight midfielder admits he still needs time to adjust to the rigours of the English game. “I think I need a bit of time,” Lamela said. “I feel good here, although getting used to life here in every sense is a completely different thing. I’ve barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need. “I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy – much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical. “It’s not necessarily more difficult, but it’s just different. This is a style of football I like very much, though, and I think, with the way I play, it will be very suited to my game.” Manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes the fact that Lamela’s family have recently moved to London will help the former River Plate man, who enjoyed two successful seasons at Roma after moving to Europe from Argentina. The Tottenham boss, a fluent Spanish speaker, has been trying to help Lamela break down the language barrier that he thinks has hindered the youngster’s progress since he signed for Spurs. Lamela is convinced he retains the confidence of the Spurs boss and is sure he will get enough game time for him to be considered for next year’s World Cup. Press Association Erik Lamela insists he will justify his £30million price tag once he has adjusted to life in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

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Duffy looking ahead after injury

first_img Press Association Shane Duffy is refusing to dwell on the football injury which almost cost him his life. He told the Irish Independent: “That could have been it for me. I can remember it like yesterday, although it’s only when I’m asked about it. I don’t think about it any more. “It’s great to be here and able to look back and talk about it, but I can’t be thinking about it either. “The kind of player I am, I have to go and attack stuff. I’ve clattered into a few keepers this year and it’s been no problem.” Duffy had been called into the senior squad by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni and had been promised a first senior cap in a friendly against Paraguay in Dublin. However, he found himself at the heart of a desperate dash to Dublin’s Mater Hospital after a collision during a match between players from Trapattoni’s squad and the country’s best amateurs. Indeed, only the prompt actions of team surgeon Professor John O’Byrne and team doctor Alan Byrne, who were in attendance, prevented a tragedy. Duffy was back on his feet within days and played again just 13 weeks later, but he admits it has taken him time to re-adjust as a result of the experience. Duffy, who spent last season on loan at Sky Bet Championship Yeovil, said: “I didn’t ever want to say it, but I just wasn’t the same player when I first came back. “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I was just doing things differently.” Duffy was an unused substitute in Sunday evening’s 2-1 home defeat by Turkey, but will hope for a first cap as Ireland face Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next two weeks. center_img The then teenager suffered a lacerated liver in a collision during a practice match with the Republic of Ireland in May 2010 which left him needing emergency surgery. Four years on, the Everton defender, now 22, is back on duty with his national squad and looking ahead, rather than backwards. last_img read more

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Media Center named following major donation

first_imgThe Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center following a donation of an undisclosed amount to USC.Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS told the Daily Trojan that the Media Center will change the way student journalists tell their stories –but urged students to remain committed to the basic principles of journalism in the face of such technology.“As much as technology has changed, and the world and how we are receiving our information in is vastly different and will become different, learn the tools of journalism,” Moonves said. “Learn how to tell the story. Learn the who, the what, the where, the when and tell it truthfully, tell it straight ahead, tell it from your point of view, because that never changes.”The newly named 20,000-square-foot Media Center is home to Neon Tommy, Annenberg TV News and Annenberg Radio News.Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, spoke of the Media Center’s importance in shaping a generation of students in rooms that are “connectors, not containers.”“The Annenberg center is an all-school center,” Wilson said. “This is not just a room to make the news. This a room where the next generation of newsmakers are also made.”President C. L. Max Nikias reiterated his appreciation for Wallis Annenberg’s generosity in helping to create the space that now holds the forum and Media Center possible.“For journalists, the search for truth, for the story, is never ending,” he said. “Even as we celebrate today this new center and its cutting edge technology, the values and educational beliefs about the proper training for journalism students remain.”USC alumna Julie Chen, the host of CBS’s “The Talk,” “Big Brother” and CBS Morning News, praised USC at the event and said she wished she could have taken advantage of the Media Center herself.“This school helped grow my skills as a journalist and as a broadcaster, but there was nothing like this Media Center when I was here,” she said.Willow Bay, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism, echoed Chen’s sentiments about the powerful potential of the media center for students.“I’m not sure we realized back then — I certainly didn’t — just how transformative this building and Media Center would be,” she said. “It’s reshaping our culture, changing how we teach and changing how our students learn.”Sami Goldberg, a senior studying communication, said the Media Center is one of the reasons she is excited to be a student at USC.“The Media Center that we have here at USC Annenberg is one of the reasons that this school will continue to be one of the best journalism and communication schools in the country,” she said. “The fact that we have the support of CBS, Les Moonves and Julie Chen speaks to the fact that USC Annenberg offers aspiring journalism and communication students the best opportunity for success.”Moonves reiterated that spirit to the Daily Trojan.“What the Media Center does is give you all the mechanisms for being out there,” he said. “This truly is better than any studio I have seen across the country. It really is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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