Our leaders have time and time again emphasized a core aspect of the EMC Federation strategy and functioning model: “(we) offer best-of-breed, integrated, technology while preserving customers’ ability to choose…” In this blog, I reflect upon how this strategy applies to allowing customers the ability to choose Open Source Cloud OS – OpenStack.OpenStack is making rapid strides in both private and public cloud markets. The earlier skepticism on hype is waning as we see the momentum translate to tangible deployments. Let’s go over some numbers if you need convincing. A recent OpenStack user survey showed 512 total deployments; 209 of these being production deployments. This momentum seems even more impactful within the EMC customer base. A recent EMC pre-sales/field survey has revealed that 50% of customers are running OpenStack today; 53% of those are in production. So it is not surprising that EMC’s strategy of ‘providing of our customers with choice’ resulted in OpenStack being a viable option across our federated family. Let me explain this in more detail.Pivotal Customers Can Choose OpenStackPivotal offers a comprehensive set of application and data services that run on top of PaaS (platform-as-a-service) called Cloud Foundry®. Cloud Foundry is an open source platform that can run on any cloud infrastructure like VMware, OpenStack, or Amazon Web Services. Even though the Pivotal distribution of Cloud Foundry runs on VMware vSphere, there are many prominent members of the Cloud Foundry community who offer Cloud Foundry PaaS on OpenStack. Piston Cloud, which had originally contributed Cloud Foundry interface for OpenStack, now offers PaaS on Piston Cloud, which is based on OpenStack. IBM, with BlueMix PaaS cloud, and HP, with Cloud Application PaaS, have recently announced Cloud Foundry running on OpenStack infrastructure. Not only is it being offered by many prominent vendors, you can also choose to run Pivotal applications and big data services on any of these multi-cloud platforms. Watch out for the inevitable open source progression: OpenStack to Cloud Foundry!VMware Customers Can Choose OpenStackMany are perplexed by the complex relationship between VMware and OpenStack. I think the relationship is largely complementary; OpenStack is an open and flexible framework to pull all the cloud IaaS components together, whereas VMware provides the best-of-breed cloud components. As we see a rising number of OpenStack production deployments, there is also a broad demand for the integration of the two for Enterprise class solutions and use cases. It is for this reason that VMware is heavily investing in the integration, giving its customers the choice of having an open framework with best-of-breed cloud components. VMware is now the fifth largest contributor of OpenStack code in the current IceHouse release.Many immediately get network virtualization as an integration point, as VMware NSX is one of the founders of OpenStack networking, but the integration points are far more pervasive than just networking. You can now trigger complex vCenter functions like vMotion off the OpenStack compute module, Nova. vSphere storage policies and advanced vSAN capabilities can be facilitated through the OpenStack storage module, Cinder. vCOPs integration allows monitoring and troubleshooting through OpenStack. There are many more, and you can be rest assured that the roadmap will continue to get richer with time.EMC Customers Can Choose OpenStackEMC’s strategy for OpenStack is twofold:OpenStack projects allow vendors to add capabilities through “plugin” architecture. Every storage business unit at EMC is committed to providing direct plugins for OpenStack. We currently offer plugins for VNX, VMAX, and ViPR; plugins from Isilon, ScaleIO, and XtremIO are already available to customers for beta evaluation. OpenStack’s roots were with object storage over commodity hardware. However, as deployments mature, we now see it running a broad mix of production workloads. Plugins give customers the choice of a variety of EMC storage with appropriate service levels to run their workloads.ViPR is EMC’s software-defined storage platform and hence complements OpenStack by providing rich automation features, as well as integrated management of objects, blocks, and later files. In other words, you will get integrated access to EMC (what you get from direct plugins) and non-EMC storage, and on top of that you should be able to get enhanced automation features like provisioning, masking/zoning, FAST and VPLEX volumes, as well as rich data services. You can check-out my blog on ‘ViPR in the stack’ for more details.Returning to my original point, EMC customers can choose any cloud. I hope to have shown you that OpenStack represents as a viable choice across each of the EMC federation’s horizontal stacks.
The British number two – the only British player to win a match in qualifying at Flushing Meadows this year – is at a career-high ranking of 131 after an excellent run and has kept that going in New York. After beating little-known Bosnian Aldin Setkic in round one, Ward was given a tougher test by Millot but came through 6-4 6-4. Press Association Andy Murray played Millot in the second round of the Australian Open in January and trailed 5-1 in the third set before reeling off 23 straight points. There were no such dramatic twists and turns in this match but it was Ward who managed to claim the crucial advantage in each set. Ward, who will play either Marton Fucsovics of Hungary or Moldova’s Radu Albot on Friday, also reached the third round of qualifying last year only to lose from a break up in the deciding set against Somdev Devvarman. He qualified for the first time at the French Open in May and victory on Friday would ensure he has played in the main draw at each grand slam. Also through to the final round is Ireland’s James McGee, who came from a set down to defeat India’s Yuki Bhambri. James Ward defeated France’s Vincent Millot to reach the final round of qualifying at the US Open.
Veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was ready to embrace the routine.The Chicago Bears practiced in pads Monday for the first time, and it sure was a welcome step for a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing season.“Most definitely,” Hicks said. “For all the guys, that have a real passion for football or a real love for football and have been doing this their entire lives, this whole (pandemic) situation has put us out of whack. Coming back to football has given us a sense of regularity. It does feel good to be back out there and it does feel like football again.”Other than coach Matt Nagy and many of his assistants wearing navy and orange neck gaiters for the entire 90 minutes, things sure looked about normal on the field.The Bears were at work, trying to prepare for their opener at Detroit on Sept. 13. And they have a lengthy to-do list between now and then.It starts with figuring out who their starting quarterback will be after acquiring Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles to compete with Mitchell Trubisky. But it sure doesn’t end there.The quarterback competition is just one story line for a team that missed the playoffs at 8-8 coming off an NFC North championship in 2018.They’re trying to work in new tight ends after signing five-time Pro Bowl pick Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet in the second round. They retooled their offensive line, hoping to provide better protection and boost an offense that ranked among the NFL’s worst.They also beefed up an effective defense that wasn’t quite as dominant as they hoped. Chicago went from ranking third in yards in 2018 to eighth last season and was fourth in scoring defense after leading the league.The Bears’ biggest offseason move was signing Robert Quinn to a $70 million contract. They’re counting on the 2013 All-Pro to take pressure off Khalil Mack on the edge and take down quarterbacks in a way Leonard Floyd never did.But they are also missing a key player on the line after nose tackle Eddie Goldman opted out.“He’s a straight-out monster,” said Bilal Nichols, who lined up at nose tackle on Monday. “He’s a guy I look up to, along with Akiem and guys like that. They gonna be missed, but I’m ready to step up. I’ve trained hard. I’m ready for this opportunity. I’m ready to just showcase what I can do, and you know, just put my best foot forward.”Nichols has shown some promise since the Bears drafted him in 2018 and is looking forward to showing what he can do now that he is “fully healthy.” He played most of last season with a restrictive cast after breaking his right hand.“I’m super excited coming back into Season 3 fully healthy,” Nichols said.Hicks was glad to be back in pads, particularly after a dislocated elbow limited him to five games last year and left a gaping hole in the run defense. He comes into his ninth season with one motivation.“Myself,” he said. “I want to make sure my time playing the sport that I love, that I’ve given the majority of my life to, is worth something. For me, being in my ninth year, I find that wanting to perform my best, taking all the wisdom that I’ve garnered over these past years and applying it — that’s my motivation. It excites me.”NOTES: Quinn and S Sherrick McManis (shoulder) were limited participants on Monday. Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are ramping up Quinn’s work after going through a personal issue. “He’s been playing this game for a long time and we want to just make sure that we do it the right way. That’s just kind of the plan that we’re on right now. It’s nothing for us that’s concerning. We just want to take out time with it.Image credits: AP LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:20 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:20 IST Bears Embrace Routine As They Try To Bounce Back The Chicago Bears practiced in pads Monday for the first time, and it sure was a welcome step for a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing season Associated Press Television News
17 March 2014Many of the world’s leading surfers, including South African superstar Jordy Smith, will be in action at the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro when it returns to Willard Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July.A favourite stop among the world’s touring professional surfers, this year’s event will see 96 competitors from 18 countries compete for a lucrative R2.7-million ($250000) prize-purse and critical ratings points for those hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2015.Crowd-pullerCalifornian Dane Reynolds, widely regarded as the one of the world’s most exciting surfers, has confirmed his entry into this year’s event where he is sure to be a crowd-puller with his aerial mastery and go-for-broke approach.Leading localsLocals will have plenty to cheer about with perennial world title contender Jordy Smith and experienced World Tour campaigner Travis Logie, the top two South Africans, featuring in this year’s classy line-up.With two podium finishes under his belt at the Mr Price Pro, Logie is always a title contender, but he is well aware of the intense competition that the event attracts.‘Up there with the best’“The level is up there with the best of them,” Logie, who recently sent shockwaves through the surfing world when he eclipsed Hawaiian John John Florence at the Quiksilver Pro in Australia, said in a statement last week.“The Mr Price Pro is definitely one of the toughest ASP Prime events as so many of the top surfers love surfing in Ballito. I really want to win the event as I’ve come so close so many times that every year I become more determined to win it.”‘He can blow minds’Logie and Reynolds share the same apparel sponsor, Quiksilver, and he agreed that “Reynolds is arguably the best surfer in the world. He can blow minds in any type of surf and is fun to watch because he’s so unpredictable. It’s really going to be exciting to see Dane back in SA.”Many of South Africa’s rising stars, such as Beyrick De Vries from Umhlanga, will be looking to make their mark on home soil, while at the same time they will be aiming to gain some ground on the world stage.Beach festivalRenowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito saw over 100 000 fans soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days in 2013. This year’s Festival is expected to see record numbers once again, with more cultural, retail, lifestyle and sports entertainment in store.While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July.On 1 and 2 July, the event will also feature a Food and Wine festival, adding an exciting, extra element to the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year.CharityThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment programme as it has been actively involved in the region since 2010, with the Foundation’s health and education programmes impacting low income communities in KwaDukuza.SAinfo reporter
ShipwrecksThe gurgling waters of the Credit River in Ontario, Canada tell a story of seafaring disaster. Nearly every 1/10th of a mile those floating the lazy waterway unlock the story of a shipwreck. That’s if they know the secret. The stories of more than 140 shipwrecks are recorded in geocache after geocache.Tubing the Credit RiverKeith Watson (username Keith Watson) and a crew of more than a dozen geocaching friends hid the geocaches. But their original intent was a walking tour, not floating the river in a tube or canoe. Keith says, “At the beginning of the summer a few of us decided to start placing caches along a local river. The plan was to walk down the river placing caches and others would have to walk down the river as well to find them. After walking down the first section we decided that walking down a river sucked and we would use tubes to do the next section. After using tubes to do the next section was a blast and we decided that was the best way to do it.”The team used technology and old tales from the sea to make the string of geocaches more inviting. It’s an age-old recipe for geocaches: history + discovery + adventure. Check out this interactive map of the Credit River – Shipwreck Series the team created to help people navigate to river and unlock seven seas of history.The Shipwreck series went live over the summer. It started small, Keith says, “Cachers are going out in groups floating down the Credit River having fun. I have taken my son a few times and he loves it.” Testimonials and videos started turning up, like, “This was probably one of the best caching days I have ever had, and I can’t wait to do more.” And, “You’ve created a unique caching experience that I really don’t think can be found anywhere!” And, “Thanks to all of the COs s[cache owners] for placing this fun-filled series of caches.”Keith says he and the other geocache owners were blown away, “The extent of the series has surpassed in size and popularity far beyond what we thought it would be.”If you’re in Ontario during months warm enough to float a river, you too, can enjoy a river float with a side of history, that didn’t float.Check out one of the videos from the river float: Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedColumbus RiverWalk GeoTourAugust 7, 2015In “GeoTours”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®May 30, 2017With 14 comments
“(T)he name of the site, the archaeological level at which it was found and an inventory number. This information is essential because it remits to a complex network of data which contextualises each artefact individually.”Geolocation information on each object is also included. Using QR codes, which are like two-dimensional bar codes, to do this obviates a number of common errors that come with manual marking. Besides effacement of the codes themselves. They include scriptural error and misreadings. QR also saves a great deal of time, as hand-writing, nearly always on challenging surfaces, using a number of different media, is a demanding task. The code information also becomes instantly available online to associated scientists. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process. Artifact photo from CEPAP | other sources: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet of Things#web The Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona have developed a process using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts, from kraters to potsherds. Previous methods of on-artifact ID shared one thing in common: it was painfully easy to rub out, rub off or scratch out the identifying number of code written directly on or in the artifact. That process also ran the risk of marring the object. The CEPAP team has tested this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. They did so at Spanish sites, including Roca dels Bous and Cova Gran de Santa Linya in Lleida, and African sites like the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Mieso in Ethiopia. Marking artifacts helps to associate information that would otherwise be lost once the object were moved. According to the center, the information includes: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting rather creative in his attempts to land four-star defensive tackle recruit Boss Tagaloa. Harbaugh, who really seems to be embracing social media the past few months, found a photo of Tagaloa asking his date to prom. Harbaugh then copied the format to ask Tagaloa to play for Michigan. You can’t make this stuff up.Prom with this butt head @_BT75 pic.twitter.com/H98oPqJXah— Sof (@sofmorales13) March 11, 2015I usually don’t tweet things like this, so forgive me but this is just really too funny not to! haha #ImDone pic.twitter.com/Muk5ZcVYzd— Boss Tagaloa (@_BT75) March 14, 2015We have no idea if this is going to work, but it’s clear that he’s got Tagaloa’s attention. Sometimes bizarre tactics like this can be the difference.
Watch this fan-made Louisville vs. Clemson hype video and try not to feel like you could run through a wall afterwards.In case you weren’t already pumped up enough for the No. 3 Louisville vs No. 5 Clemson matchup this week, Mike Sanchez put together this hype video to get you more than ready for the weekend’s most anticipated game.The video starts off by showing us scenes from both school’s campuses before delivering four simple yet strong words: “The wait is over.”The Jeulz track used as the video’s music picks up as we get a glimpse of Howard’s Rock before moving to some behind-the-scenes shots of both teams.Each school gets it’s fair share of highlight plays featured in the video with the final shot being the Tigers running down The Hill.Clemson held off Louisville a year ago, 20-17. The two teams have only met twice in school history with the Tigers taking both games.Louisville and Clemson will kick off at 8:00 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
With lots of chatter surrounding Big 12 expansion, we’ve already brought you our opinion on how the next phase of conference realignment could unfold. Now, ESPN has some intriguing information regarding which schools the Big 12 could target if it does indeed expand. According to Big 12 writer Jake Trotter, four institutions have already begun lobbying the Big 12 for consideration: Houston, Memphis, UCF and Colorado State. From Trotter:With Big 12 expansion back on the table, officials from the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, University of Central Florida and Colorado State University have been lobbying members of the Big 12’s composition committee, according to documents ESPN.com has obtained.West Virginia president Gordon Gee is one of three Big 12 presidents on the committee, which is charged with exploring expansion candidates. Documents reveal that Gee has been busy in that role in recent months, which has included a trip to the University of Houston in late November.Additionally, Trotter says FedEx, which is headquartered in Memphis, is offering major sponsorship of Big 12 football and basketball if the Tigers are added to the league. This was originally part of Memphis’ pitch to the old Big East a few years back. Documents obtained show FedEx primed to back Memphis’ Big 12 candidacy, prepared to sponsor Big 12 title game: https://t.co/Fa8jbDEbwS— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 10, 2016The most interesting aspect of Trotter’s report? Probably that UConn and Cincinnati are nowhere to be found, considering those are two schools many have linked to the Big 12, including us here at College Spun. Also, would Oklahoma and Texas, the two premier programs in the league, really be okay with these additions? Or would they look to bolt for greener pastures? Whatever the answer, buckle up because the realignment well may start turning fast and furiously. [ ESPN ]