The Data Center Patch Process: Don’t Settle for the Status Quo!

first_imgI remember when ATM’s first arrived on the scene.  A lot of people dismissed the idea. “Why do I need that?” they’d snarl.They just couldn’t see beyond the status quo.   Payroll would hand out paychecks on Thursday night, workers would rush to the bank at Friday noontime — or on Saturday morning — and stand in line to get the cash. If they missed the banking window — or ran out of cash half way into the weekend — then they were out of luck.Everybody was so accustomed to the status quo, they didn’t even know that they had a problem. Dell EMC shatters the status quo with its regularly scheduled delivery of pre-tested, interoperable firmware and software releases (called the Release Certification Matrix or RCM) and VCE Vision Intelligent Operations Software (which automates various phases in the process).ESG Lab benchmarked the process for types of “build versus buy” infrastructure:DIY (Do It Yourself) Worst (i.e., integrate and build multi-vendor gear)DIY Best Case (i.e., build with a vendor reference architecture)Converged System with RCMConverged System with RCM and VCE Vision Software.The benchmark numbers were astounding.For example, in the Audit Phase alone, the Dell EMC Converged Systems for the VCE Vision Software scenario was 6 to 22 times faster than the DIY infrastructure.Modern infrastructure beats the status quo in other patch and upgrade phases, too.Time saved means that you can patch and upgrade more often (and improve infrastructure) and spend more time doing other things (what the business wants).See for yourself.Go to and download the report. IT Operations’ Status QuoSimilarly, the infrastructure patching and upgrade chore is a big problem that many IT organizations just accept.   “It’s the way we’ve always done things.  There’s no avoiding it.”Typically, IT staff spends weeks planning firmware upgrades across their servers, storage and network technologies.  Adding virtualization software upgrades adds more complexity.   Siloed teams of system administrators and engineers can drag this out to months of planning.Then there’s the cost of the equipment and the time it takes to find and test the interoperability of the releases.A recent study by ESG Lab shines a light the problem — and the solution — by wall-clock benchmarking the whole process of patching and upgrading traditional “Do It Yourself” infrastructure versus modern, engineered and manufactured Dell EMC converged infrastructure.The study measured the typical phases of the process:Audit – Where are my components? What revs are they on? What needs to be updated?Research – Should I do the update? How will it impact other components? Intermediate revs? Prerequisites?Plan – What is the component upgrade order? Who will it impact? Do I need professional services?Download and Stage – Where do I get the updates? How big are the files? Where should they get stored?Update – How long will the component be unavailable? Will there be downtime?last_img read more

Digital license plate coming to Michigan soon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOut with the old in with the new, Michigan drivers could be switching over to high definition digital license plates. Michigan’s legislature passed a public bill last week allowing the use of the electronic license plate called the R–Plate.The manufacture, Reviver Auto, has already created plates in the state of California, and Arizona. The new plates are equipped with wireless communications systems and computer chips that make it easier to update them with new registration tags.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requests unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the government shutdownNext Students and community members honor Dr. King’s legacy at ACClast_img read more

Morocco vindicated and Caf shamed over Afcon 2015 decisions – Kofi Amoah

first_imgThe decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to overturn CAF’s ban of Morocco for the Afcon 2017 and 2019 vindicates and uphold’s Morocco’s wise call for a postponement of the 2015 tournament in the face of the then raging deadly ebola pandemicAfrica got lucky that the tournament escaped ebola infection but it must be emphasized strongly that CAF’s decision to put football and the interest of her sponsors ahead of the safety of the continent was a monumental and irresponsible act that must not go unnoticed!Ebola has no cure, some nations were contemplating banning flights from the affected region or quarantining arriving passengers, the speed with which the disease was spreading and killing thousands of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.In the face of these well-known facts, Africa (the poorest continent with the weakest health care systems) decides to hold a football tournament that will bring competitors and hundreds of spectators from across the continent, including nations from the affected region. Goodness!Yes, we love and embrace football but I believe most Africans would prefer safety and sanity over a tournament that has the potential to spread an epidemic with no known cure! Let’s not bask in the luck of Equatorial Guinea for an ebola-free incident and make future decisions in similar circumstances with reckless abandon.Morocco’s call for postponement was right then and will be right today and tomorrow…Kudos to CAS. Congrats to Morocco. Shame on CAF!Long Live Africa, power to responsible football tournaments.Dr Kofi AmoahChairmanCAN 2008 LOClast_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Elia Viviani gets first stage win; Julian Alaphilippe retains yellow jersey

first_img Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe takes yellow jersey after storming to stage three win Elia Viviani triumphed in a sprint finish in Nancy to claim his first Tour de France stage win as Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.It was Viviani’s Deceuninck-Quick Step teammate Alaphilippe who attacked late in stage three and, determined not to be outdone, the Italian took the glory Tuesday when he crossed the line just ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan. Tour de France 2019: Everything you need to know Tour de France 2019 by the numbers A three-rider breakaway of Yoann Offredo, Frederik Backaert and Michael Schar built an impressive gap of three minutes with over 200 kilometers remaining, with the trio maintaining an advantage until the latter stages.Two crashes held up the peloton in its pursuit, but the breakaway group eventually was caught in a dramatic approach to the line. Related News Viviani — who won omnium gold at the 2016 Olympics — came out on top after fantastic work from his team led by current leader Alaphilippe, who selflessly helped set the stage for the final sprint in the train.Points jersey leader Peter Sagan missed out on the podium in fourth, while defending champion Geraint Thomas maintained his position in seventh, 45 seconds behind Alaphilippe.A slow-motion look at @eliaviviani ’s win La victoire d’Elia Viviani en slow-motion #TDF2019— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 9, 2019PERFECT TEAM WORKViviani has five Giro d’Italia and three Vuelta a Espana stage wins to his name, but he had to wait for one in Le Tour.However, thanks to what he hailed as “perfect team work,” the 30-year-old was able to celebrate the breakthrough.”That means a lot,” he said. “I can’t believe it. It was the big goal of the year. We missed our first chance to win a stage and take the yellow jersey, but after yesterday with Julian it was the moment the team switched on.”I just needed to do my job in the last few hundred meters. It is what I can do better if they launch me like that. I was focused on my lead out, it was perfect team work.”STAGE RESULT1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 5:09:202. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) “3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) “4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) “5. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo Visma) “CLASSIFICATION STANDINGS   General Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 14:41:392. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +0:203. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +0:25Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 1042. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 813. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 75King of the Mountains 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 72. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert) 33. Greg van Avermaet (CCC) 2WHAT’S NEXT?Stage five brings with it the first true climbs of the Tour, with the 175.5km route through the Vosges area including tests such as the Cote des Trois-Epis and Cote des Cinq Chateaux.last_img read more

New ShopRite Construction Underway In Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SHREWSBURY – Construction has begun on the new ShopRite supermarket on Shrewsbury Avenue.The 77,100-square-foot shopping center is scheduled to open in the Shrewsbury Plaza in late 2019. Plans were presented to the Zoning Board early last year and approved, but there was a delay while the parties worked out clarifications regarding some of the restrictions on the approval, said Mayor Don Burden.The store is being built by National Realty and Development Corp. “We are delighted to bring a tenant of ShopRite’s quality to Shrewsbury Plaza,” NRDC president John G. Orrico said in a media release. “The support and feedback from the community to bring ShopRite to this project has been tremendous.”The new ShopRite facility will stand on the site of the former Shrewsbury Business Center, a 10-acre office park and light industrial zone area at 1151-1163 Shrewsbury Ave. It will serve the surrounding communities of Shrewsbury, Rumson, Little Silver, Tinton Falls and Eatontown.Shrewsbury Plaza is a multi-anchored retail center located at the intersection of Route 35 and Shrewsbury Avenue. Retail outlets like Home Goods, Marshalls, AC Moore and Saks OFF 5th are located in the plaza.When construction is complete, the free-standing food store will integrate with Shrewsbury Plaza through new connector drive aisles that will provide easy access to and from the various other retail outlets.“I’m certain that Richard Saker and his team at Saker ShopRite will deliver an extraordinary grocery experience to our community,” Orrico said. “We look forward to having them as part of the Shrewsbury Plaza.”The plans approved in February 2017 allowed for 390 parking spaces.The Shrewsbury store will be the 136th ShopRite location in the Garden State, and the 11th to take a foothold in Monmouth County, joining locations in Aberdeen, Belmar, Freehold, Hazlet, Howell, Manasquan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune and West Long Branch.This article was first published in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services

first_imgNewly-revealed plans by the HSE to make cuts to disabilities, older persons and acute hospital services have been met with strong criticism.Freedom of Information requests by Sinn Féin have revealed that a HSE budget oversight group was exploring ways to ‘break even’ in the areas of Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals.There have been calls for the full saving measures to be made public. Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “The HSE recently revealed that it had set up a budget oversight group with officials from the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure & Reform to control health spending and staffing levels in response to recent overruns.“In response to an FOI request made by Sinn Féin for all records relating to this new oversight group, we received monthly minutes of meetings between HSE and department officials.“The documents reveal that the Government plans to control spending by making cuts to essential services.“At a meeting held on 27 May, officials stated that there were further ‘saving actions’ required with respect to ‘Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals in order to break even’.” The Sinn Féin FOI request was denied certain parts of information on the budget oversight group’s plans.Pearse Doherty is now calling for full transparency on the cost-cutting measures:“It is clear from the documents we received that these saving measures include the ‘low hanging fruit’ of disability and older person services, such as the training allowance for school-leavers with disabilities that is due to be axed in September,” Deputy Doherty said.He added that it should be the taxpayer’s right to know how the health service’s money is being spent and what cost-saving exercises are being taken.“I am appealing this decision and call on the Government to release these documents immediately in the public interest.” Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:foihealth serviceHSEPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0 – Blues heading for Cup win

first_imgDiego Costa doubled Chelsea’s lead early in the second half and put them on course to win the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.The Spain striker’s shot from a tight angle clipped Spurs defender Kyle Walker and deceived goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before settling into the net.Chelsea, ahead at the break through John Terry’s 44th minute goal, began the second half strongly and Cesc Fabregas fashioned an overhead kick which Lloris gathered at the second attempt.After the Costa goal, Eden Hazard curled an effort narrowly beyond the far post as a confident Chelsea began to show some swagger in their play.Blues captain Terry had put his side in front by drilling home a loose ball after Spurs had failed to clear a free-kick.Hugo Lloris then prevented Chelsea scoring a second a minute later as he made a good save from Gary Cahill’s header.Earlier in the first half, Christian Eriksen had gone closest for Tottenham as he struck the crossbar with a ninth-minute free-kick. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Zouma, Ramires; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Ake, Oscar, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy. Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane. Subs: Vorm, Davies, Fazio, Dembele, Stambouli, Lamela, Saldado. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

JSE launches Shariah investment index

first_img21 July 2008The JSE has partnered with the FTSE Group to launch the FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index, opening up opportunities for those – including South Africa’s 850 000-strong Muslim community – interested in Shariah-compliant investment.The FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index is a selection of Shariah-compliant companies from the FTSE/JSE Shariah All-Share Index, with the calculation of the index and the treatment of corporate actions being similar to the FTSE/JSE Top 40.“Internationally the market for Islamic investment products is growing exponentially, at an estimated 15-20% per annum,” the JSE’s Ana Forssman said in a statement this week.“This index gives Muslim investors access to the top performing listed companies in South Africa without compromising their religious beliefs.”Huge growth potentialThe FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index is suitable for the creation of financial products, such as index funds, warrants, certificates and Exchange Traded Funds.“With approximately 1.5-billion Muslims worldwide, there is huge growth potential for investment vehicles with a faith-based mandate,” said FTSE Group Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Imogen Dillon Hatcher, adding that Shariah-compliant investment was one of the fastest growing new areas of finance globally.“The FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 index will provide institutional investors with an accurate Shariah benchmark as well as help providers create structured investment products tailored to the Islamic market,” she said. “Today’s launch demonstrates FTSE Group’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to investors both in South Africa and worldwide.”Complying with Shariah lawThe constituents of the FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index are screened by Yasaar Research, a well-respected authority on Shariah law.To qualify as a constituent of the index, companies undergo a detailed screening process, which filters out any organisations considered unacceptable or non-compliant according to Shariah-law, including businesses involved in conventional finance, alcohol, pork-related and non-halaal food, entertainment, tobacco and weapons.The remaining companies are then further screened according to Shariah-compliant financial criteria. In order to remain in the index, the companies are reassessed by Yasaar quarterly.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

5 Services That Leverage Google Wave

first_imgGoogle Wave went public yesterday and became a part of the Google Apps ecosystem. With the news comes a number of companies that are using the API to develop integrations that bring new scope and capabilities for enterprise grade and SAP are the latest companies to integrate Google Wave. But there are many more organizations using Google Wave as a platform shows that the real-time co-editing service has a recognized value to the enterprise world. Real-time is the name of the game these days. Google Wave provides a new window for companies looking to capitalize on the Google Apps platform.Here are five services that we think are of interest.UnawaveUnawave builds task management and project management into Google Wave, providing a level of functionality to manage work and project teams. It has crowdsourcing elements that allows people to add videos or images, for instance, to give projects and tasks more context. A real-time dashboards gives insights into how work is progressing. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Process WaveProcess Wave comes out of the research done at the Hasso Plattner Institute. Plattner is the chairman of SAP and so it’s of interest to see the institute develop a business process service that leverages Google Wave’s co-editing capabilities. Process Wave is a collaborative diagram editor for Google Wave. It is designed to make the creation of diagrams a collaborative process. Process OneProcess One has developed a server called WaveOne. The server sits on top of the Process One instant messaging service. It is designed as a service that allows people to collaborate in real-time on email or documents. It is an extension to the Process One XMPP server.TwilioTwilio uses the Google Wave API to build a robot extension called twiliobot that enables users to make and receive phone calls from inside Google Wave. Calls are recorded, transcribed, and posted back to the wave. Twilio is one of the veterans of the Google Wave platform, launching the service last year. CaseishCaseish is a Wave organizer, the premise being that with multiple Waves, people need a gadget to keep track of managing multiple business processes. This one also has ties to SAP. The developer created the service in light of the complexities in integrating SAP applications to monitor business processes. The result is a tool that uses a form to assign business value and other criteria. The gadget tracks the Waves so bug reports, for instance, can be monitored. alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Chelsea Fighting for Manolas! (Facebook – Instagram) Chelsea is determined to sign Greek defender, Kostas Manolas, by offering €32 million to Roma. According to, Manolas is up for a move to the English Premier League, but Roma will not negotiate under €40 million.Chelsea and Arsenal expressed interest in Manolas earlier in the summer, but the Greek defender was close to signing a contract renewal with Roma which included an increase in pay. Talks between Roma and Manolas fell through after Manolas was dissatisfied with Roma’s offer. Since then, Chelsea offered Roma €32 million for Manolas’ transfer with Roma denying the offer. The Italian club will not negotiate under €40 million.Roma wants to keep Manolas for one more season due to their deal with Olympiacos when Manolas was transferred in 2014. Olympiacos will receive 50% of Roma’s transfer fee if Manolas is sold this summer. This is something that Roma will try to avoid by keeping the player for one more season. Sabatini, the director of football at AS Roma, has said that Manolas will not be sold this summer for various reasons.According to reports, Manolas wants to play in England but Roma’s stubborn stance has frustrated the player, affecting his attitude at practice. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more