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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Why you shouldn’t put credit cards under “loans” on your website

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details If consumers can’t find what they’re looking for on your website, then they will likely go somewhere else. That’s why research-based navigation is crucial for your credit union website design. Based on some counterintuitive research findings, I’d guess you probably have credit cards in the wrong spot.If you pick a credit union website at random, you’ll likely find their credit cards under “Loans” in the navigation. Technically, they are loan products, but a study shows that consumers don’t think of credit cards that way.BloomCU, a credit union website design agency, teamed up with 12 credit unions to conduct a card sorting study with 300 consumers. (Basically, card sorting is a type of study where you get participants to help you organize the information of your website by sorting all of your products and services into groups.) When organizing credit cards, the study participants put them under “Accounts” more often than “Loans,” but put them into a group called “Cards” even more frequently. Furthermore, the number of card products had by a single credit union impacted how the consumers sorted.The card sorting data shows that consumers are more and more likely to put credit cards into a category called “Cards” as the number of card products per credit union increases.For a credit union with only one or two cards, the participants sorted them into  “Accounts” or “Cards” about evenly. But if a credit union had three or more, then they usually created a group just for “Cards.”Takeaways: If you have one or two card items (including related services like CardValet), then put them into the “Accounts” section of your navigation. If you have three or more, then organize them into a new category called “Cards.”Also read, “Noun-based labels make websites nearly twice as easy to navigate.”last_img read more

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COMEBACKING AMBITIOUS BREW UPSETS FAVORED FOREST CHATTER & WINS $100,000 LENNYFROMALIBU STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; ZIEBARTH HOMEBRED BY TIZBUD, TRAINED BY JONES, GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.78

first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–With Flavien Prat orchestrating a pedestrian opening quarter mile in 22.88, Pamela Ziebarth’s comebacking homebred Ambitious Brew marched to an impressive 2 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Lennyfromalibu Stakes. Trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Brew, who had been idle since Oct. 12, covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.78.“We ended up getting a great trip,” said Jones. “You could tell after the first quarter mile that he was in the right spot and he was gonna be tough to beat. I keep feeling like I should’ve gotten more out of this horse, he’s a really good horse. Hopefully, we can finish off the year with something big with him.”The 2-1 second choice in a field of five older horses bred or sired in California, Ambitious Brew paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.20.A 6-year-old gelding by Ziebarth’s Tizbud, Ambitious Brew is out of her Forest Wildcat mare, Kathwen. Today’s win marked his third stakes victory and he improved his overall mark to 16-6-6-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $398,380.“Marty just asked me not to rush him,” said Prat, who was aboard for the first time. “He broke so well and I had an easy lead. I was surprised to be on the lead that easily with him, but after that, when I asked him after crossing the dirt, he just took off.”Although he appeared full of run crossing the dirt at the top of the lane, Forest Chatter, who may well have been compromised by the slow early pace, never threatened the winner and had to settle for second, 1 ½ lengths in front of Old Man Lake.Ridden by Mike Smith, Forest Chatter was off at 3-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10.The longest shot in the field at 25-1 with Tyler Baze, Old Man Lake completed the trifecta and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.88, 45.82 and 1:07.90.The Lennyfromalibu was the first of five California-bred or sired stakes on an 11-race card at Santa Anita.last_img read more

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Huge crowds as Naomh Muire host underage presentations

first_imgOne of the biggest occasions of the year took place last Friday in the new training room at the Banks.A large crowd was in attendance and we thank all parents, members, players and the organisers that made the effort to make the night such an experience for everyone.Thank you to Michael Murphy for presenting the awards. Everybody was a winner on the night, however, every year we present individual awards: Thanks to Dónal Ó Searcaigh for photos. The most dedicated winners were U-12 Erin Sharkey and Pierce McBride. U-14s Holly Doherty and Conor Hanlon. U-16s Orlaith Kavanagh and Hugh Sweeney. Minor: Kathryn McGarvey and John Mc Garvey.Players of the year were: U-12 Rhianna McCready and Danny Bonner. U-14 Orla McCready and Joseph Greene. U-16 Caoimhe Boyle and Micheal Greene. Minor: Ellie Tracey and Daniel Devlin. Roisin Rodgers got her U-14 Ulster cup medal and Runner up championship medal. Huge crowds as Naomh Muire host underage presentations was last modified: December 3rd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH MUIRErosseslast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Marco Baroni named new coach of Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Baroni has been named new coach of Frosinone.Baroni replaces Moreno Longo after the latter’s sacking yesterday.The 55-year-old is best known for his stints in charge of Juventus Primavera and Benevento, the latter of whom he guided into Serie A for the first time in their history.He takes over a Frosinone side already five points adrift in 19th place after just one win all season. last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these days

first_imgTottenham defender Alderweireld: Man Utd very different these daysby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says they know they face a new Manchester United this weekend.Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side have regained their confidence with five wins on the spin since appointment last month.Alderweireld said, “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before. “We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”Alderweireld insisted the Spurs team enjoy coming up with the answers to defy their critics.He said: “We have a hungry group who want to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”Alderweireld also insisted there is more to come from the Spurs team.He went on: “I think we don’t have to look too much to the past just our performances recently.“We have done well against the top six teams but of course we can improve and that is what we try to do every day. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Cant get into a licensed daycare centre Here are 5 alternative options

first_imgTORONTO – The odds are stacked against parents hoping to get a licensed childcare space for their kid before they are even born.There was only enough room at regulated centres for 28.7 per cent of all Canadian newborns to five year olds in 2016, according to a recent report by the Childcare Resources and Research Unit, and some of those 636,157 openings were only part time.And for those who do get a space, the cost of regulated childcare in a centre for an infant, the most expensive type of care, can run as much as $22,848 a year, based on 2017 data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.For parents who don’t nab a coveted spot, there are other options such as hiring a nanny, a home daycare, having a relative take care of your child or staying home for either the short or long term.Some solutions may save you more money than others; however, there may be drawbacks that are not worth the extra dollars in your pocket.1) Home daycare, licensed or unlicensedPRO: Often cheaper than centre-based daycare optionsCON: If unregulated, there is no oversight for health and safety standardsAbout 31 per cent of parents in Canada use a home-based daycare, whether by choice or by necessity, according to a 2011 Statistics Canada report.For some parents, a home-based daycare is more appealing than a more formal environment because of flexibility on drop-off and pick-up times, as well as the intimacy of a smaller group.Some home-care providers take the kids to drop-in programs and other larger-scale environments to encourage group social skills, but the degree of involvement can vary.The cost of home-based care also has a wide range, depending on the child’s age, location, and if it is government-regulated.At the most expensive end of the range, the median monthly fee for an infant at regulated home daycares in Toronto was $1,020, or $12,240 per year, according to the CCPA report.That’s still 46 per cent cheaper than $1,904 median monthly cost at a regulated centre.Unregulated home care may be available at much lower price points, but such arrangements often go unreported and the information is largely anecdotal, said Martha Friendly, the executive director of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.Because unlicensed spots have no government oversight, she said parents are responsible for ensuring appropriate standards, she said.2) NannyPRO: More flexible, potentially cheaper if costs are shared or taking care of multiple childrenCON: More expensive for one child than regulated childcare at a centre or homeAnother option for childcare to hire a nanny to live with a family or care for their child during the day. Private care such as a nanny or a family member was used by 28 per cent of families, according to 2011 data from Statistics Canada.The arrangement offers more flexibility than a regulated childcare centre because parents can set the hours.A live-in nanny’s wage ranges between the provincial minimum wage and as much as $20 per hour according to CanadianNanny.ca.In larger cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, the pay range is between $14 and $18 per hour, or as much as $20 per hour, according to the platform that matches nannies with potential employers.If a nanny works 40 hour weeks, four weeks a month, at $20 per hour, that amounts to $3,200 per month. That’s 70 per cent more than the median cost of regulated infant child care in a Toronto-based centre, the most expensive end of that range.And that $3,200 figure doesn’t include the employers’ employment insurance and Canada Pension Plan contributions, said personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq.All in, the total annual cost of a nanny could be more than $31,000. Parents will also need to find and potentially pay for alternative care when their nanny goes on vacation, or arrange for their own vacations to coincide, Ahmed-Haq added.3) Nanny sharePRO: Cheaper than hiring a nanny on your ownCON: Can be difficult meeting both families’ needsA more budget-friendly nanny option is a nanny-share arrangement, in which two or more families split the cost of hiring someone to care for their kids. If parents opt for this route, they should only pay slightly more than half the cost of a nanny taking care of one child, said Ahmed-Haq.This option can be cheaper than high-end daycares and can allow nannies to earn a slightly higher salary. But having two families with differing values and needs can lead to disagreements. For example, one family may need care early in the morning while the other child’s parents work late nights.“That person then has two bosses and that can be a difficult dynamic,” she said.It also potentially means working out an arrangement on where the care takes place.4) Having a relative helpPRO: Likely unpaid, or minimal costCON: Less control over child’s careSome families are lucky to be able to rely on a grandparent or other relative to take care of their children. However, unlike when hiring someone to look after your kid, parents can’t dictate they types of activities they engage in, whether that’s going to a drop-in program or watching television all morning.“You’re not paying them, so you don’t have a right sometimes to tell them exactly how to manage the day,” said Ahmed-Haq.5) Staying home full-timePRO: No, or reduced, child care costsCON: Reduced opportunities or growing future earning power if at home full-timeThe option to have one parent stay home with the child or multiple children themselves saves money upfront but limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.For example, by the age of 40, mothers who had a career interruption of more than three years were earning 30 per cent less than women who did not, according to 2004 data from Statistics Canada.Add this in after… “limits future earning potential because it takes them out of the workforce.”Families with a stay-at-home parent accounted for 18 per cent of couple families with children in 2015, according to Statistics Canada.The parent at home also saves commuting costs, and other work-related expenses such as meals purchased when not packing a lunch, said Ahmed-Haq.However, depending on the type of career that parent has, being away from the workplace means missed opportunities to boost future earning power.“When you take yourself out of the workforce, you take yourself away from possible promotion, possible salary increases, and possible job opportunities,” she said.Working part-time, however, can be a good option, allowing parents to maintain a connection to the workforce. 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June home sales slightly higher in the GTA compared to June 2017

first_imgTORONTO – The pace of Toronto home sales picked up last month, in a sign that the market is rebounding from recent regulatory changes and higher borrowing costs.The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) revealed Thursday that home sales in the Greater Toronto Area rose 2.4 per cent to 8,082 in June, up from the 7,893 homes that changed hands the same month a year ago. When compared with May, those number represented a 17.6 per cent spike.The slight year-over-year increase followed a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May across the GTA compared to May 2017, reflecting what TREB said is a continuing trend of volatile buyer reaction to various policy changes impacting the market.“After some adjustment to the Fair Housing Plan, the new Office of The Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) stress test requirement and generally higher borrowing costs, home buyers are starting to move back into the market, with sales trending up from last year’s lows,” said TREB’s new president Garry Bhaura, in a release, referring to a slew of measures put into place by the federal and provincial governments in the wake of last year’s heated market, where bidding wars and skyrocketing prices were the norm.Bhaura said he has noticed that market conditions appear to be tightening with new listings falling by 18.6 per cent to 15,922, down from 19,561 when compared to last year.Meanwhile, the average selling price edged up by two per cent on a year-over-year basis to $807,871.Sales of detached homes led the way, with the board reporting 3,589 sales at average price of $1,033,574.In the City of Toronto in June, 3,096 homes were sold at average price of $870,559 while 4,986 homes were sold in the rest of the GTA at an average price of $768,945.TREB said 2,234 condos were sold during the month for an average of $561,097.Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis, said the board expects to see sales improve over the next year, although issues surrounding the supply of listings will persist.“This suggests that competition between buyers could increase, exerting increased upward pressure on home prices,” he said.Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic also took the data to show the market is staging a “snappy turnaround.”“To be fair, sales were plunging on a month-over-month basis at this time last year, so an improved annual trend was inevitable,” he said, in a note to investors.“At any rate, it does look like activity is stabilizing, though still at subdued levels.”last_img read more

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Crews working to clear Thursday heavy snowfall

first_imgIn the South Peace, Caribou Road Services says crews were on the roads overnight along with hired equipment to combat drifting issues and snow accumulation. Crews and hired equipment are out there again today plowing and sanding.The City of FSJ is working on Haul Off and Priority 1 routes. Additionally, they have contracted loaders working in the northwest part of town.Please give our crews plenty of space to work so we can clear the snow as efficiently as possible. Remember, sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours after the last snowfall. Snow from your sidewalk can go on the road, but snow from your driveway has to stay on your property.Drivebc.ca lists all area highways as having compact snow between and slippery sections.  For more information on local highways and webcameras of the area, visit www.drivebc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The snowfall warning issued on Thursday has ended for northeast B.C.Caribou Road Services says the South Peace received anywhere from 6 to 17 cm of snow during Thursday’s storm.  The largest accumulations were in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and the Pine Pass of anywhere between 15 and 17 cm.“A powerful Pacific storm slammed into Vancouver Island Thursday afternoon, bringing an abundance of moisture from the Pacific into British Columbia, including the North Peace region. Officially, 13 cm of snow was reported in Fort St. John, but there were localized higher amounts in the region and strong winds gusting over 50 km/h caused extensive blowing and drifting snow,” Doug Gillham, Meteorologist from The Weather Network goes on to say, “This same storm caused widespread wind damage across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The wind gusted to 101 km/h in Abbotsford and Lennard Island Lighthouse reported a gust to 144 km/h along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over a half million BC Hydro customers were without power during the height of the storm late on Thursday.”last_img read more

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Northern BC Caribou Closure Town Hall with Bob Zimmer

first_imgPomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bob Zimmer will be hosting a Town Hall about the plans for a potential Caribou Recovery Program in the Region.Zimmer will be hosting a Public Northern BC Caribou Closures Town Hall on February 2nd at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre in Fort St. John from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss concerns and Zimmer hopes to get answers to questions.In Bob Zimmer’s January 21, 2019, Weekly Report, he shares that the promised public meetings with the Government have been cancelled, and future plans regarding the Caribou are still unknown. He goes on to say this could have an effect on our region, economically and recreationally. 11308 Alaska Road, Tim RoomFort St. John, BC V1J5T5last_img read more

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