Back in March in our Simplicity.Next launch, we shared VCE’s vision of the Converged Infrastructure market, and the expectation that you would see VCE deliver new platforms and solutions in rapid intervals as the market continues to evolve.In the two short months since then, we are seeing an even further acceleration of business to cloud speed. Rather than being an exception to the rule, operating at cloud speed is now the “new normal.” As fast as business is changing, IT leaders are challenged to respond even faster.Not surprisingly in this environment, IT organizations simply cannot afford to delve down into the build-out and operation of their data center infrastructure at the individual component levels of compute, network and storage.For enterprises and service providers, the operational complexity of their applications and services has increased exponentially in the cloud and big data era. We are seeing platform 3 (web-scale applications) being introduced alongside today’s mission critical applications. VCE’s vision of expansion with a full portfolio of converged infrastructure system choices, and vertically with greater factory integration of M&O technology and applications, is intended to bring simplicity and agility to our customers.To be clear, for the vast majority of enterprise and service provider customers, they are best served by VCE’s Vblock Systems and VxBlock Systems. However, these same customers are grappling with the introduction of platform 3 applications in their data center, and the urgency they are facing in addressing this need is growing.Today, VCE expands its portfolio with the introduction of VxRack Systems, the industry’s first hyper-converged Rackscale Systems, that come with the same unrivaled VCE experience that our customers have come to expect from us.The VxRack Systems address our customers’ need to meet the realities of their new normal with a hyper-converged offering that is optimized for massive web-scale applications, and can grow from dozens of servers and scale to many thousands of servers.Just as we’ve always provided our customers with rock-solid, classic converged infrastructure solutions, we now give them the additional capability to deploy Blocks alongside our new VxRack hyper-converged platform through the Vscale architecture and VCE’s Vision software for even greater flexibility and a unified data center approach.With the addition of the VxRack Systems hyper-converged offering, VCE and EMC extend convergence to cover all three categories – Blocks, Racks and Appliances – to make up the most comprehensive Converged Solutions portfolio in the industry and to accelerate and simplify the journey to the cloud.Exciting times!Nina
A critical time at the show for me, was sitting down with Jon Siegal (VP, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division, Dell EMC) on Facebook LIVE after he addressed the industry at our Partner Innovation Showcase.I learned a lot from Jon in this interview – but at a high level, I’ll walk away from Cisco Live 2017 knowing this about our position in the marketplace:I: Our Partnership with Cisco Remains Strong Think about this: Over a decade ago, (former) EMC, CEO Joe Tucci and (former) Cisco, CEO, John Chambers sat down in a room. They discussed collaboration, and working together to redefine the data-center. Flash-forward to present day, and the Dell EMC and Cisco relationship is still incredibly strong with thousands of customers worldwide.As we look at the current state of our partnership, we’re still working together to simplify IT for our customers, and giving them more time to innovate. If you attended this show, or followed us on social media – we made it abundantly clear that we are not here as just Dell EMC, we are here with Cisco.II: Our Portfolio Is Positioned To WinAs I patrolled the Dell EMC booth, it was apparent that most of our conversations centered on VxBlock. The common theme amongst customers, and partners always came back to simplicity. Customers want everything to be simple – and in this current age of IT Transformation, simplicity is 100% essential when delivering converged infrastructure solutions. Not only is VxBlock popular and complex – but it thrives on delivering simplicity.Another key takeaway for me: Vscale is a big deal, end of story! Turnkey experience resonates best with our customers. Life-cycle is also equally important, and thanks to Vscale we’re extending the turnkey experience across multiple data centers. We believe this is the future of the data center. I enjoyed Jon Siegal’s (see above) analogy of the “self-driving car” to demonstrate transformation. In my opinion, this is one of the best (and coolest) ways to depict industry transformation. Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to my first ever (yes you read correctly), published testimonial from the road after 25+ tradeshows around the world. After spending the last 5 days in Las Vegas at Cisco Live US 2017 (my 4th consecutive year attending), I need to document all the conversations, and takeaways I learned about from our customers and partners.To say the least, Cisco Live 2017 was massive. Over 27,000 (official count) technologists, start-ups, big brands and innovators all gathered together in Las Vegas for a week full of breakout sessions, keynotes, and expo hall adventures. Engulfed in the center of this tradeshow was Dell EMC. Like most enterprise technology events, business transformation remained a trending topic amongst attendees (and not just on social media). If I have learned anything over the course of the Dell Technologies transformation, it is that we have a portfolio setup to win for our customers – and we have the market share to prove it.
The Clipper Race: BackgroundIn 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly. He was also the second winner of the Jules Verne Trophy, awarded for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht.In 1995, Sir Knox-Johnston conceived of the Clipper Race – a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on ocean racing yachts, now on their third iteration and are 70 feet long. Divided into eight legs and 13 individual races, 712 crew participate full circumnavigation or one or more individual legs. The race starts on August 20th, 2017 in Liverpool, UK. Forty-thousand nautical miles and almost 12 months later, sailors will have visited ports in Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, United States of America, Panama, and Northern Ireland.A Diverse Crew With One Goal: WinEach of the 12 racing yachts are identical, and a fully qualified skipper is onboard to guide the crew. Oh, did I mention that around 40 percent the crew are novices who have never sailed before? That’s part of what makes The Clipper Race such a unique and amazing experience; people from around the world come together to train, compete, and win. They come from all walks of life; CEO’s, vicars, housewives, students, and even taxi drivers are given no quarter by the sea. The key to success is working together and focusing on winning. It is a visceral expression of our mantra to “Go Big, Win Big.”Dell Latitude Rugged Enters The RaceWhen Clipper Ventures came to us with a need for hardened computing products to help keep their captains and crews on the right path and stay connected to the world, we knew we had the right fit: Dell Latitude Rugged. Each of the boats are outfitted with a Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme – an incredibly durable and reliable 14-inch laptop that is up to the most extreme conditions that each boat will encounter during the race. From cold temperatures to oppressive heat, corrosive salt water and brutal beatings by waves, The Clipper Race is as much of a test for Dell Latitude Rugged as it is for the intrepid sailors on the boats.“The race and its crew will traverse some of the most inhospitable corners of the globe, and having the very best rugged performance technology on board each yacht will support the teams’ efforts to perform at their very best, whilst showcasing the Rugged capabilities in such extreme environments.” – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, FounderFor nearly a year, these laptops will be an integral part of the technology ecosystem on these yachts, and we’ll be cheering them on, with regular updates, blog posts, pictures, and videos from the crews onboard. Stay tuned, because it’s going to be a wild ride! In the meantime, want to see what makes Dell Latitude Rugged tougher? Check out this tour of the Rugged Labs based in Round Rock, Texas.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQlWrf4Zb-EPersonally, I’m very excited about this. I used to race catamarans in my teenage years, and was sailing solo at age 9. I have a great fondness for the sea and for sailing; it’s amazing to get to be involved with such a unique event, even if I’m just observing from the sidelines.Yours truly on a Super Sunfish, circa 1990.
John Kelly, a native of Eastern Tennessee and current resident of Washington D.C., became the 15th finisher of the famed Barkley Marathons in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. Considered to be one of the world’s hardest ultramarathons, the Barkley Marathon has seen less than one percent of the more than 1,000 who have dared to attempt this grueling 100-mile race which features 54,000 feet of accumulated elevation gain. Only forty runners are allowed in the race, and they are informed of their entry with a condolence card.The course is made up of five designated 20-mile loops. In order to move to the next loop, the runner must use a map given to racers the prior day to locate books hidden within the forested course, then tear out the page associated with their bib number to show to the founder of the race, Gary Cantrell (known as Lazarus Lake). To make things even harder, there is a cutoff time of 60 hours to complete the 100-mile race and a 12 hour cut off for each of the five 20 mile loops. Kelly, the winner and only finisher of the 2017 Barkley, finished teary eyed, legs covered in cuts from the bramble, and sporting a garbage bag he had found on the trail for warmth in the time of 59 hours 30 minutes. Close behind was Gary Robbins, who missed the cutoff by a mere 6 seconds. However, Robbins ran his last loop in the opposite direction that he was supposed to, so if he were to have broken that 60-hour mark, he would have been disqualified anyway.
Board finalizes 2005-06 budget July 1, 2005 Regular News With one final minor change, The Florida Bar’s 2005-06 budget has been finished.Incoming Budget Committee Chair Mayanne Downs told the Board of Governors last month the only change to the budget was an $8,620 amendment to restore the judges’ section to the Bar Journal directory issue. The board approved that alteration.The complete budget was advertised in the April 30 Bar News, Downs noted, following the board’s approval at its April meeting.“We received no objection from any member of The Florida Bar or anyone else, so it has been filed with the Florida Supreme Court for its approval,” she reported to the board.The new budget, which begins July 1, projects an income of almost $32 million for the Bar and a budget surplus for the year of almost $500,000.The budget does not increase annual members’ fees, which remain at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members. Board finalizes 2005-06 budget
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The job of a CFO to optimize a credit union’s return on assets while controlling expenses and risk got a lot harder with the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit).The shock of Brexit should put the Federal Reserve on hold for the rest of 2016, keeping funding rates at record lows. Meanwhile, longer-term rates will decline, flattening the yield curve and compressing already low net interest margins. Declining NIMs will increase the already considerable weight on credit unions to generate non-interest income. The ability to control the operating expenses, credit risk and compliance risk that come with expanding NII-generation platforms will be vital in maintaining financial stability.The global demand for positive-yielding interest rate duration continues to climb as the total amount of global bonds with negative yields continues to increase. The shock and subsequent economic turmoil that will be caused by Brexit will most probably see the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan expand their programs of negative interest rate policy, as well as press on with their programs of quantitative easing—an unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases securities from the market to lower interest rates and increase the money supply so financial institutions have higher liquidity and better ability to lend. continue reading »
Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies and Syracuse police arrived at the station around 2 a.m. to find two wounded people and a man with a handgun. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer. The victims’ injuries were not considered life-threatening. The sheriff’s office says a deputy fired but hit no one. SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WBNG/WSTM/AP) — Authorities say a 31-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a security guard and a bus passenger were shot at Syracuse’s train and bus station early Sunday. Most recently, in March he was charged with a handful of crimes including breaking and entering into a building with intent to commit a felony, larceny and disorderly conduct. Deputies said both victims were taken to Upstate University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Booker has a lengthy criminal history, according to reports from WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as the Wareham Police Department. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t have the status of the plea he took Sunday yet. Booker has a preliminary hearing set for May 15th at 11 a.m. The suspect has been identified as Andrew Booker, 31, of Wareham, Massachusetts. He faces charges of two counts of attempted murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. In September 2013, Booker was found with 16 bags of crack cocaine and an unlicensed firearm. While serving that sentence, he got into an altercation with former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in a hallway of the county jail, WJAR reports. In July 2018, at the age of 29, Booker was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after a man was slashed in the face and brutally kicked. Two people inside the center, a security guard and a bus passenger, were shot by the man, one in the abdomen and the other in the leg, deputies said.
WAVERLY (WBNG) — Tioga County’s first free rapid COVID-19 testing site will be up in the Village of Waverly. “So if someone wants to get a test, a rapid test that takes less than an hour, they can make an appointment and go in and get tested,” Sauerbrey said. Sauerbrey says this was an opportunity the county wanted to make available to their citizens. Testing is free and you do not need to be a Tioga County resident to get tested. On Monday, Riverview Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Owego was identified as a virus hotspot. Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says the location of the testing site is very walkable. Those wanting to get tested must pre-register at covid19.tiogacountyny.com The testing site will be held at the Waverly Village Hall Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Testing at the Waverly site is available from noon to 6 p.m.
The Irish FA says fans attending the play-off next Thursday will be issued with a code of conduct outlining the measures in place to ensure the safety of all supporters. Thursday 12th November 7:00pm More than 1,000 fans will be at Windsor Park for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia next Thursday.A total of 1,060 supporters will be allocated socially distanced seats in the 18,500 capacity stadium. Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “We have worked closely with the Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín, and her officials, as well as the team at Belfast City Council, to land on this number.“Our own staff have also played a significant role in this and we’re delighted to have fans back at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in a safe and responsible setting, for one of our biggest games in recent times.”Tickets will be allocated via a ballot, with those successful to be notified next week.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The announcement comes after 600 fans attended last month’s 1-0 home defeat against Austria in the Nations League.The Slovakia match is the first of two home games in the space of a week for Northern Ireland, who host Romania in the Nations League on November 18.No decision has yet been taken regarding the possibility of fans attending that match.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm – Advertisement –
Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and throughout the City of Philadelphia to fly at half-staff to honor fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Kenneth Greene.Lieutenant Kenneth Greene passed away on September 14th from injuries sustained while working in the line of duty on September 3rd.The Commonwealth Flag shall remain lowered at half-staff until his interment. The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute. September 15, 2017 Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighter Kenneth Greene SHARE Email Facebook Twitter