Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – Smaller and Simpler with VxRail

first_imgNow, this brings us to today’s news – we are now offering Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail.Why does this matter?   As much as point #1 (hybrid) and point #2 (multiple) above are true – there’s something that we simply must face as an industry:Currently, deploying, managing, supporting, and all “day 2” lifecycle operations for private clouds is WAY, WAY too hard, and starts WAY, WAY too big (in hardware, and in software complexity).This is an industry problem for us to solve – and we’re fighting to lead the way at Dell Technologies.We’ve been working on the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) for four years now – and have been working with customers of every size, every part of the world.   We’ve found a common set of needs that are way beyond a basic IaaS. It’s an IaaS stack engineered for the needs of an enterprise.   What does that mean?   It’s built around the VMware IaaS (vRealize, NSX, vSphere, and now vSAN in VxRail) – but also includes things that we’ve found most enterprises expect:Sophisticated workflows for integrated data protection and DRPlatform hardening and additional security measures and encryption capabilitiesDatabase-as-a-ServiceMulti-site topologies where workflows follow workloads as they move between sites.It’s not just IaaS – it’s ITaaS.Furthermore – together Dell EMC and VMware standup and take single call responsibility for the full stack, not only getting it running, but full lifecycle (patch, upgrade, decommission) and single call support.EHC has been deployed at some of the largest customers in the world – and deploying hybrid cloud has not been easy – even with great tech and great people.   I hate to be so blunt, but we have hundreds of people that have been working on this for years. I cringe to think of a customer taking on the challenge themselves.   It’s also historically only available on massive VxBlocks – so between the software, the services, the hardware – the price tag is enormous.   Frankly, the customers like it – but it doesn’t feel too “cloud like”.This is an industry call – if we can’t make ITaaS simpler, easier – then it’s on us.So – we have made EHC much simpler.   3x simpler.So – we have made EHC much smaller.   3x smaller to start – bringing it to customers who previously couldn’t afford it.…But we managed to do it without losing EHC ITaaS capabilities and its ability to scale.With the release of EHC 4.1.1 on VxRail, we’ve taken a huge step together with VMware.Customers can have the full Enterprise Hybrid Cloud capability at a 3x smaller starting point in every metric (size, cost, VMs).   By pivoting to a strong focus on HCI as a simplifying factor – and using VxRail Appliances, the industry’s best HCI Appliance for VMware, we can start small and grow.Just as importantly, we’ve been working overtime to automate most the deployment tasks – EHC is now 3x simpler.   EHC is now a great answer for tens of thousands of customers that previously would have seen it as “out of reach”.I want to offer my congratulations to the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud team – hundreds of passionate folks at Dell EMC and VMware working to make IT and Business Transformation easy. Cause? Customers need simple, cost-effective Hybrid Clouds. Effect?   Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is now on VxRail. There is no question that he massive web-scale public clouds have changed the game, and the pendulum is swinging – but the pendulum will settle with a blend of on-and off-premises platforms.   This Evaluator Group study shows the simple economic picture of on and off-premises models – not that on-premises always wins either, but rather that with workload variation, it’s both, not one or the other.   Net? The answer is “hybrid” – the question has shifted to “what stacks, what workloads, what models” – get used to it.If “hybrid” is the answer – you then ask a simple follow up question: Does anyone really believe that they will have just ONE IaaS/PaaS/SaaS in every customer? Of course not!   Therefore “multiple” becomes critical.   Technologies that link/bind together multiple clouds become important.   What are examples of “binding” technologies?Sidebar: I’m increasingly skeptical about heterogeneous IaaS bridges that just end up neutralizing all platforms. I see customers using heterogeneous Cloud Management Platforms (CMP) to do this and the strategy that seems to win more often is about picking the CMP that is linked to your stack of “most use”, and then binding and extending what you can.   For example people use vRealize to manage AWS, Azure and other OpenStack based IaaS – but even that is somewhat limited value – because these CMPs all neutralize a given layer (like an IaaS) without a ton of benefit. I’m increasingly confident about things that bind without “homogenizing that particular layer”, but more are about “value on TOP of that layer”.Examples include: Pivotal Cloud Foundry creating a common PaaS across multiple IaaS platformsServiceNow as an ITSM that spans and binds many servicesThere are examples “inside” the IaaS layer – but only where they provide some big incremental value – an example of that would be NSX and other cross-cloud networking, encryption and security services.Heck, there’s an argument that configuration/automation tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible and the like) are things that bind together multiple clouds, but without the “homogenization” of the CMPs. First – the headline, because a headline this good shouldn’t be buried: Today, a turnkey Enterprise Hybrid Cloud got 3x simpler, and available 3x smaller.   This makes the number of customers for which it’s an interesting option for 10x more customers.Now – let’s look at context and detail. Hint – always focus on cause, not effect when you want to understand the big picture.For years now, technology leaders never have woken up on a bright shiny morning in IT and said “you know what I need – I need a new server”… or “new storage” … or “a new network switch will change the game”.It’s not that there aren’t people that focus on those questions, and for them it’s their world.   It’s not that component level IT topics don’t exist, aren’t filled with innovation and don’t matter.   Component/ingredient level topics matter – but they are the “effect” not the “cause”. You may be thinking that I’m leading to a point: “that it’s all about Converged Infrastructure (CI) or Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)”   Nope. CI and HCI matter more on the big stage than components – but they remain a simplification of “effect”.   CI and HCI are a force that simplifies, collapses and automates the common domains of server/network/compute.   CI and HCI are awesome – but they are just a part of the picture. CI and HCI represent the foundation of “transformation of IT” (customers getting out of the server/network/storage business), but not a full vehicle for “business transformation”.So what is the “cause”, this “prime mover” I’m talking about?The cause has been and will continue to be a simple idea that should never be lost: IT’s job is to support business applications and critical workloads, and more generally provide platforms for the business via SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. This is the cause for IT. This is the purpose of IT – it’s “raison d’etre”.   IT’s “cause” is to provide these platforms that enable the business to run and innovate.   It’s important for all IT practitioners and innovators to always keep it in mind.   Remember cause leads effect, not the other way around.   Put otherwise – don’t start from the bottom up, start top down.This is why one of the most important missions at Dell EMC and ultimately at Dell Technologies isn’t at the component level (though that matters), or even at the CI/HCI level (though that matters) – but how we make turn-key business platforms for IaaS, PaaS – the Multiple, Hybrid Cloud Platforms that are the “cause”.Let’s break down the key words there: “Hybrid”, “Multiple”:The “Hybrid” vs. “Public Only” or “Private Only” debate is really over – except in the minds of a few – particularly those who like hyperbole 🙂   With notable exceptions to be sure – the answer will be Hybrid – why?For data gravity reasons. Compute tends to live where the data lives – and will bias to where the data is born (either on or off premises). This is due to physics, not alt-facts.   Speed of light. The economic curves of WAN relative to persistence, compute and local networks.For governance reasons. This is NOT the same as not the same as “security”. I’m tending to ignore people who FUD public cloud security which can be demonstrated as better than many private clouds.For economic reasons. Public will always win for workloads that are highly variable, relatively transient – public clouds have an overwhelming advantage for highly elastic workloads, particularly ones that have a compute bias. Conversely, there are fundamental reasons why we are even seeing some repatriation of workloads in private clouds (whether it’s Uber, Dropbox, or others) at the same time that here is an indisputable massive growth public clouds – this is not an OR, it’s an AND.last_img read more

Group addresses prayer service, diversity concerns

first_imgAt Wednesday night’s senate meeting, Student Body Vice President Nancy Joyce addressed the service Sunday night held to pray for the most recent on-campus victim of sexual assault. She said the prayer service was part of an ongoing response to any possible future sexual assaults. “I wanted to stress that this was not a spontaneous event,” Joyce said. “It has been part of an ongoing conversation in the Senate and student government.” Meanwhile, Student Body President Alex Coccia opened the meeting by asking the senators to bring back “cab cards” to their dorms, which have the phone numbers for South Bend taxi services. As its first order of business, Senate unanimously voted to pass a resolution that changed the wording of several Student Union Board position titles to reflect consistency within the group. As its second order of business for the meeting, the Senate hosted Carolina Ramirez, a junior serving as student government liaison to Diversity Council, who led the group in a diversity workshop, an activity required by the group’s constitution. “I want to challenge you guys today as student leaders to really sit here and talk openly and honestly,” Ramirez said. As part of the workshop, Ramirez screened a video, which was shown to rectors, assistant rectors and resident assistants during their training this summer. The video comes from “A Call to Action,” a diversity forum that took place as a result of an act of racially-motivated vandalism Feb. 2012. The video showed students speaking about their own experiences with racial prejudice within the Notre Dame community. When the video was over, Ramirez asked Senate to break up into small groups to discuss their reactions. After finishing small group discussion, Ramirez asked the senators to share their thoughts. The resulting discussion focused largely on how to address inappropriate behavior. “I challenge you all,” Ramirez said, “to continue this conversation. Take it back to your dorms and to your friends – that’s how we can move forward.”last_img read more

Listen to Nicole Scherzinger Sing ‘Memory’ From Cats

first_imgNicole Scherzinger recently finished her acclaimed run as Grizabella in the revival of Cats in London’s West End and you can now listen online to her rendition of the classic 11 o’clock number “Memory.” Andrew Lloyd Webber stopped by BBC Radio 2 on February 12 to premiere “what I think is the best recording of anything of my music ever done.” The composer also reiterated that “we are taking Cats to Broadway and I just hope and pray that she will agree to do it there as I think she’d take America by storm.” Take a listen to Scherzinger’s performance below; Cats continues its limited engagement through April 25 at the London Palladium with Kerry Ellis starring as Grizabella. View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Beautiful Celebrates One Fine Valentine’s Day

first_imgChilina Kennedy in ‘Beautiful’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) They haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling quite yet. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical finished Valentine’s Day Week with a noteworthy $920,024, making it one of 17 shows to increase its total gross by over $100,000 since the previous week. The Book of Mormon once again took the top spot by capacity, because nothing says “romance” like spooky Mormon hell dreams. It took the fifth spot on the boards by gross, joining Aladdin, Wicked, The Lion King and Hamilton, which topped the list over Presidents Day Weekend (if Alexander Hamilton was never president, is this irony? Thoughts, Alanis?). There simply aren’t enough tickets for Hamilton’s televised Grammy win to affect the numbers immediately, but expect the megahit to remain at the top all the longer. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,792,099)2. The Lion King ($1,717,043)3. Wicked ($1,695,453)4. Aladdin ($1,493,306)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,472,569)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Noises Off ($432,543)4. Disaster! ($364,575)*3. Hughie ($330,298)**2. The Humans ($224,521)*1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($187,877)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.78%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Aladdin (99.96%)4. The Lion King (99.92%)5. Wicked (97.26%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (68.66%)4. Disaster! (68.23%)*3. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (66.35%)2. Jersey Boys (65.64%)1. Finding Neverland (65.47%)**** Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances***Number based on nine regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Haitians Help Their Own

first_img Dr. Marie Cyprien was more than 1,200 kilometers away from her sister, Marie Lourdes Borno, when the earthquake struck Haiti. While Cyprien worked as an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Fla., her sister was in Haiti. After the earthquake hit, Borno was trapped under rubble outside Haiti’s Ministry of Education building, where she worked. She survived, but both her hands were crushed. Like so many other Haitian doctors and nurses who live abroad, the 43-year-old Cyprien, who left her hometown of Delmas at age 16, showed no hesitation in going back to assist victims of the earthquake. She worked with French medical staff to help build a makeshift hospital and conduct surgeries without basic medical resources such as oxygen equipment. Five days after the quake, Cyprien reunited with her sister, 56. Unable to get immediate treatment, Borno’s hands became infected with gangrene and had to be amputated. Cyprien helped her sister by administering anesthesia. “If I did not attend her during that time, she would have died of gangrene,” said the doctor, who took her sister to Orlando for further treatment. Weeks later, Borno returned to Haiti hoping to resume her job as assistant director of the education ministry. Emigrant Haitians show solidarity Haiti has a population of more than 9 million, with about 3 million more nationals living outside the country, mainly in the United States, France, the Dominican Republic and the Antilles islands, Agence France-Presse reported. Eighty-three percent of the country’s professionals live abroad, according to Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States. After the earthquake, the Haitian community living outside the country saw an urgent need to become involved in reconstruction efforts. “The Haitian people are very resilient; one lesson they have learned is to stick together,” Joseph said. Since the catastrophe, the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad has worked to funnel aid from families outside the country to relatives back home, many of whom survive on remittances. Created in 1995, the ministry encourages participation of Haitian nationals abroad in the country’s development efforts. Edwin Paraison, head of the ministry, estimated about 1,400 Haitian professionals traveled to Haiti during the first six weeks after the quake to provide relief, according to The New York Times. This includes medical professionals and engineers. The Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists spent days inspecting bridges and building sanitation systems for displacement camps. Meanwhile, the nonprofit Haitian League offered medical assistance, food, transportation and counseling from its o#ces in Haiti, the organization’s President Bernier Lauredan said. He thinks the role of the Haitian community abroad is crucial for the immediate recovery of Haiti. “They know the culture. They know the country. This is still their country and [there] could be no reconstruction done without [them].” Lauredan, who left Haiti almost 50 years ago at age 16, traveled from his home in New Jersey to the island twice during the first month after the quake. In 2003, he helped establish the Haitian League, which gathers Haitian descendants throughout 20 cities in the United States and Canada. The Haitian League and 16 other organizations took part in the Haitian Diaspora Forum held by the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., in March 2010. The conference was held to engage émigrés in Haiti’s government efforts to rebuild. One of the recommendations from the forum was to ensure that firms contracted in Haiti hire Haitian workers to “reverse the brain drain by expanding human capital that will, in turn, attract foreign investment.” “We encourage all Haitians to continue working for the long-term development of Haiti,” Paraison said during the inauguration of the forum. Patriotic responsibility Cyprien believes Haitians must become actively involved in rebuilding the country. “I think it is irresponsible to not see yourself as part of this whole thing [reconstruction] … It is not a matter of choice anymore,” she said. Her sister agrees. Borno said it is important for professionals in Haiti to stay in their country. Cyprien is considering moving back to Haiti with the rest of her family after retiring in 10 years. For now, she will continue using her medical expertise toward volunteering a few times a year. By Dialogo April 01, 2010 WOW! Finally! Bethye C.M., Ginette C. and I have been wondering where we could find our Beloved Marie-Lourdes. And by making a Google Search under Marie Lourdes Cyprien’s name, we found this article. We have felt so sorry for our Friend. And it’s a joy to see a smile on her face despite this situation. Cyp, we love you, we can’t stop thinking about you. We want to see you as soon as possible, and most of all, we pray every day for you. Be assured that we do not forget you. You are in our hearts every minute of our life. Love and Kisses. Joelle last_img read more

República Dominicana: DNCD desarticula quadrilha de narcotráfico

first_imgBy Dialogo March 25, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana – O general Rolando Rosado Mateo (segundo da esquerda), presidente da Direção Nacional de Controle de Drogas (DNCD), disse que autoridades antidrogas desarticularam uma rede de narcotráfico com a apreensão de 680 kg de cocaína de um jato particular no aeroporto de Punta Cana em 20 de março. (Cortesia da DNCD) SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana – Autoridades antidrogas dominicanas encontraram 680 kg de cocaína dentro de 26 peças de bagagem em um jato Falcon 50 que decolaria do aeroporto de Punta Cana rumo a Porto Rico em 20 de março. (Cortesia da DNCD) SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana – Autoridades antidrogas dominicanas encontraram 680 kg de cocaína dentro de 26 peças de bagagem em um jato Falcon 50 no aeroporto de Punta Cana em 20 de março e prenderam 35 suspeitos ligados ao caso. (Cortesia da DNCD) SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana – Os 35 suspeitos detidos em 20 de março após a apreensão de 680 kg de cocaína a bordo de uma aeronave no aeroporto de Punta Cana trabalhariam para uma quadrilha importante que traficava drogas sul-americanas para França, Bélgica, Holanda e outros países europeus. (Cortesia da DNCD)last_img read more

Horizon Travel became an authorized visa processing agency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

first_imgTravel agency Obzor putovanja doo has become an authorized agency in Croatia for processing visas and legalization of documents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.According to the new procedure of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Sarajevo, visas and legalization of documents must be obtained through an authorized agency. Obzor putovanja points out that they are doing a complete service including translating documents into Arabic / English and certifying them at all necessary institutions, and as before they continue to mediate all types of visas necessary for travel and work for Croatian citizens.  Since the visa for Saudi Arabia is a more complex story, the process time for obtaining a visa is approximately 2 weeks, points out Tea Andrun from Obzor Travel and adds: “Visas are issued only for business reasons, family visits or state visits, and tourist visas as such do not exist. Given the complexity of the required documentation, which implies in one part the legalization of the documentation, such information requires an individual approach.”Concludes Andrun.Inače, Obzor putovanja d.o.o. osnovao je nacionalni zrakoplovni prijevoznik Croatia Airlines, a tijekom godina postali su jedna od vodećih turistička agencija za poslovna i turistička putovanja te ove godine slave 25 godina postojanja.last_img read more

Ackerman dominates for fourth IMCA Late Model win at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 16) – IMCA Late Model driver Darren Ackerman has been known to excel on a dry slick race track. He proved it once again Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway.After taking the lead on the ninth circuit, Ackerman pulled away from the pack to win by half of a lap in the caution-free 25-lap feature.Polesitter Rory Metcalf took the lead at the drop of the green and paced the field while Ackerman worked from a fifth row starting spot. Ackerman made his way into the top five on lap four and then worked the low side into second on lap seven. He raced past Metcalf two laps later on his way to victory ahead of Jon Passick.With the win, Ackerman took over the points lead heading into next Saturday’s Budweiser Season Championships. Although he is tied in the points with Curt Martin, Ackerman owns the tiebreaker with four feature wins. What was a two-car battle throughout much of the 15-lapper turned into a thrilling four-wide finish at the line in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Brian Hilbert held the early advantage before a flat tire sidelined the leader, leaving Lucas Lundry and Kip Siems on the front row for a lap nine restart.Lundry assumed command when racing resumed with Siems in tow. Meanwhile, Jared VanDeest and Jenae Gustin reeled in the leaders.Siems inched ahead as the white flag waved with VanDeest and Gustin closing in. While Siems worked to hold off Lundry, both VanDeest and Gustin swept to the inside and made it four-wide across the line. Siems held on for the exciting win, his first of the season. Lundry ran second. Jarod Weepie worked past Cole Mather for the lead following a lap six restart in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Weepie survived a trio of additional mid-race stoppages while Scott Pippert worked his way into the runner-up spot.Pippert chased Weepie for a handful of laps during the final green flag run before sneaking past the leader with two laps to go. Weepie fought back on the inside off turn four on the final circuit, however Pippert held on for the win, his second straight, by less than a car-length. Ed Thomas and Adam Johnson split time at the front of the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified feature while Vern Jackson worked his way into contention.Jackson slipped past Johnson for the lead on the eighth circuit and then drove the high groove to victory, his first of the season. J.D. Auringer came from row five to finish second. Shawn Kuennen made his way around early leader Randy Byerly on the third lap of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Kuennen showed the way while Justin Wacha worked his way into a challenge for the lead after starting in row four. Wacha and Kuennen battled side-by-side before Wacha took the lead in the waning laps. He held off Brian Happel following a late restart to earn his second win of the year.last_img read more

McIlroy recovers from early wobble

first_imgA late run of form gave Rory McIlroy slight hope as his love-hate relationship with the Honda Classic continued on Thursday on his PGA Tour debut for the season. The 25-year-old won the tournament in 2012 but a year later walked away midway through a disastrous first round. He returned to Palm Beach in 2014 and went to a play-off – which he lost – but Thursday saw him end the day eight shots off the pace being set by the clubhouse leader, with two birdies on the last two holes of the day keeping him afloat. Germany’s Martin Kaymer was one of a cluster of players on two under, while Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were one over, along with Phil Mickelson. Rickie Fowler was even while Graeme McDowell had a day to forget, ending four over par. McIlroy admitted his frustration at his opening round but is confident of an immediate upturn in fortunes. “I know that my game’s there. But today wasn’t obviously what I wanted to start with,” he said on the PGA Tour’s website. “Guys were all struggling. It was a grind out there.” Having won the Dubai Desert Classic and taken four second places from five, McIlroy’s hopes will have been high but he was forced to take a backseat in Florida. The tone for his day was set with a double-bogey on the first hole and, despite pulling a shot back on the par-five third, he bogeyed the fourth and then added a second double of the day on the fifth. He trimmed a shot back on the eighth with a three-shot birdie, but was unable to get a run going and was soon back to four over come the 11th. His malaise continued to the 14th with another bogey, before a shred of hope with a fine two on the par-three 17th followed by another birdie at the last. When McIlroy signed his card he was eight shots behind leader Jim Herman, who had long since recorded a five-under 65. The American was trailed by compatriot Brendan Steele on four under, with McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup team-mate Padraig Harrington on three under alongside Martin Flores. Patrick Reed was also three under after a real see-saw day. The American went to the turn at four under but a run of four bogeys over the next six holes – with a birdie thrown in too – dropped him to one under. He recovered his composure, though, and signed for a three under courtesy of birdies at the 16th and 18th. Press Associationlast_img read more

No tour without  without new pay deal, says Australia Smith

first_img(REUTERS) – Australian players will not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the pay dispute between them and the sport’s national governing body is resolved, captain Steve Smith said on Tuesday.The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia’s (CA) have failed to resolve a long-running pay dispute that has left around 230 players effectively unemployed after the previous five-year agreement expired in June.The Australia A team boycotted their South Africa tour in July after a new Memorandum of Understanding could not be agreed and Smith says the senior team will skip the Bangladesh tour, which is scheduled to start on Aug. 27.“I’d like to, but as we’ve said for a long time we need to get the deal done first,” Smith told Fox Sports.“I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia) A guys were very strong on not going away on their tour, for us to then go away I don’t think that’s fair.“CA know this, they’ve been told this. I told (CA’s Executive General Manager Team Performance) Pat Howard personally that this was how things were going to be if there wasn’t a deal done.”The dispute revolves around CA’s scrapping of the two-decade-old revenue share model, by which players get a fixed share of the organisation’s annual revenue, in the new pay deal.Local media reported that CA is on the verge of an agreement with the players’ union and Smith remained hopeful that a solution would be found.“It’s had some difficult moments,” the 28-year-old said.“When this is all over with, I have to deal with Pat Howard, I have to deal with the (CA) Board and speak to (CA chief executive) James Sutherland so I have to be careful with what sort of lines I tread.“Talking to the two parties and trying to figure out what each of them want and the best way forward. It’s been a long process and hopefully it comes to a close soon.”Sutherland said last week that his organisation would take the pay dispute to arbitration if a resolution was not found by this week.last_img read more