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Announcing the 2nd Generation Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service

first_imgCustomers love the speed and flexibility of public cloud but the performance, security and control of on-premises infrastructure. They have been asking for an approach that combines both without introducing organization complexities. Therefore, we introduced VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, the fully managed Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service last year that combines the benefits of public cloud and on-premises infrastructure, delivered as-a-service to customers. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud-like ease of use to your on-premises workloads and provides consistent operations between on-premises and public cloud environments. The cloud service delivers the VMware Cloud experience on the industry leading Dell EMC VxRail hyper converged platform, providing a fully managed Data Center as-a-Service offering. This solution is co-engineered by Dell Technologies and VMware and on-going services managed by VMware.VMware Cloud on Dell EMChas officially launched its 2nd generation offering aimed at providing enterprises with a scalable infrastructure service option that solves significant financial and IT team challenges. This release is focused on helping enterprise customers run advanced power-hungry workloads, scalability and enhanced customer experience. The release specifically delivers the following major service enhancements:Support for advanced enterprise workloads: To satisfy today’s advanced workloads and customers’ need for scalability, this release introduces a new, full-height 42 rack unit infrastructure rack, which includes Dell EMC redundant network switches for host aggregation, redundant Dell EMC smart power distribution units, and redundant SD-WAN remote management devices. With this release, this new rack can support up to 16 hosts. Upcoming releases will further increase this number. This release also broadens the number and breadth of Dell EMC VxRail hosts now offered for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Our latest VxRail hyper converged hosts are based on dual 2nd generation Intel SP processors, providing 48 cores, paired with 768 GB RAM and 23 TB of NVMe all-flash storage.  This host type is optimal for hosting workloads with heavier CPU, memory, and storage demands such as Database, AI/ML applications, and Virtual Desktop type workloads. For more details on hosts and rack specifications, please review the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC data sheet.Enhanced customer experience: With the new release comes a newly redesigned customer experience portal. From this portal, customers can access a library of self-learning resources, get status information for various service attributes, add additional capacity to their service and schedule software updates or service calls.Backup and data protection: The latest release of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC adds the official certification and support of Dell Technologies Data Protection solution portfolio. This solution portfolio comprises multiple software and hardware products that can be combined to create a flexible, custom designed data protection and backup solution optimally tailored to your business needs.Business continuity support via VDI: In today’s environment, virtual desktops are a critical capability for enabling business continuity as more people work from home. The latest release of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is now fully certified for VMware Horizon to deliver virtual desktops at the edge or in the data center.Faster time to deployment: VMware HCX is an application mobility platform designed for simplifying application migration, workload rebalancing and business continuity across data centers and cloud. The latest release will make HCX available in a technical preview mode for select customers.To learn more, please visit our website.Please note that availability and terms vary by region. Contact your sales representative for details.Dell Technologies Cloud is also announcing more cloud-based advancements and services and is hosting a cloud virtual event. This event features Dell Technologies, VMware and Google Cloud executives along with an industry analyst from IDC and shines a spotlight on one of our customers. On-demand replay will be made available following the event. Both the live and on-demand replay is accessible here. To highlight the launch of the second generation on this Data Center-as-a-Service, VMware is hosting a formal launch event on May 21st, 2020 at 10 AM Central Time. This event is being hosted by theCUBE and will feature interviews and launch presentations. This event will highlight the great progress we have made with this Data Center as-a-Service offering today and what we have in store for the future of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.last_img read more

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TWA Flight 800 Exposé Takes Off at Stony Brook Film Festival

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the opening minutes of Kristina Borjesson’s devastating new documentary on the fate of TWA Flight 800, one of the eyewitnesses who saw the crash unfold points to the horizon and tells the camera, “All of a sudden I see something rise up from those trees over there!”As many Long Islanders will never forget, the sun had barely set that perfect July day and the twilight sky was clear. The jet airliner had just taken off from JFK International Airport with 230 people on board headed for Paris when it suddenly exploded 10 miles off East Moriches.Now, on the 17th anniversary of the July 17, 1996 tragedy, one of America’s most controversial aviation investigations takes the spotlight at the Stony Brook Film Festival.“With the festival being less than 20 miles from the memorial site [on Fire Island at Smith Point], I felt we were the perfect venue for this film,” says Alan Inkles, founder and director of the film festival now in its 18th year. He saw an early version of TWA Flight 800 in the spring, calling it both personal and universal at the same time. “I was extremely taken by both the subject matter and its exceptional work as a film,” he says.“We feel that this is very much a Long Island story,” says Borjesson, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, who wrote, directed and co-produced the film. “There are a lot of eyewitnesses who live on Long Island, and we felt it was appropriate to have a screening where everybody there could see it, and it would get attention.”As she tells the Long Island Press, almost a hundred people, all unrelated and in different locations along the South Shore, saw the entire incident, from the moment streaks of light shot from the surface and intersected the jetliner to when the plane burst into a fireball and plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean.The government’s official explanation is that one of the fuel tanks onboard caught fire when an electrical wire supposedly short-circuited. But as six former members of the investigation’s team who finally broke their silence to appear in public reveal in this emotionally riveting film, that explanation just doesn’t fly—and they hope it never will again.This documentary premieres July 17 on the EPIX cable network, a joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate, available through Verizon FiOS and the DISH Network. It will get its Festival premiere screening on July 20 at 3 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Borjesson and Tom Stalcup, a physicist in Massachusetts who devoted his life to unlocking the truth about what happened after seeing an animation of the crash that the CIA had produced which he found unscientific and unbelievable. Jeff Sagansky, a former president of CBS Broadcasting, where Borjesson once worked, is executive producer.After TWA Flight 800 exploded off Fire Island, investigators collected its damaged parts from the ocean floor and reassembled the Boeing 747 in a hangar at Calverton Airport in Riverhead. (Photos courtesy EPIX)“This is the first documentary on TWA Flight 800 that deals strictly with firsthand sources, people who handled the evidence, with the exception of Tom,” she says. Among the key members of the original investigation team who came forward to speak in this documentary are Hank Hughes, senior accident investigator for TWA now retired; Bob Young, chief accident investigator for TWA now retired; and James Speer, the Air Line Pilot Association’s representative/investigator, also retired. “They’re experts and they know what they’re talking about,” Borjesson says.EVIDENCE TAMPERINGAs reports of this documentary’s forensic assertions started to trickle out to the media in the weeks leading up to the premiere, James Kallstrom, the retired head of the FBI’s New York office, and others have started pushing back, hard.Kallstrom had become the public face of the 1996 inquiry once the FBI declared it a “criminal investigation” and took it over from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which routinely handles domestic aviation accidents. In the documentary, the civilian investigators say they found holes in parts of the fuselage that FBI agents wouldn’t let them photograph as well as traces of nitrates on parts of the plane that the bureau wouldn’t let them test independently. They reported agents were hammering parts of the plane flat and changing evidence tags on debris. Just as tellingly, Speer found that an underwater video taken of the recovery effort was expurgated and he was rebuffed when he asked to see the original version, which would have helped investigators reconstruct the timeline of the crash.Now back in the media glare, Kallstrom has tried a multi-pronged approach. He said the evidence cited in the documentary was recycled and discredited—a false claim as the documentary makes unmistakably clear—and he questioned the investigators’ motives.“If they were so committed…why did they wait until they retired?” he asked news outlets.“They didn’t wait,” counters Borjesson adamantly. “They spoke up. And Jim Speer…almost got himself kicked off the investigation twice…. After TWA Flight 800, Hank was relegated to [investigating] minor accidents. He was punished for what he did. Kallstrom doesn’t mention that!”Ironically, the night of the crash, Borjesson, whose husband is French, had gone to bed early after sending her 11-year-old son off on an Air France flight to Paris to see his relatives. She’d just finished wrapping up a show for CBS Reports on Fidel Castro and went home exhausted.She was woken up out of a deep sleep by a phone call at 9 p.m.“My neighbor says, ‘Was that your son’s plane that just went down?’” Borjesson recalls. “And for a minute, I felt what those victims’ family members were feeling. I will never forget that feeling.”Her son’s plane had departed five minutes behind Flight 800. The next day when she went to work, she was assigned to cover the TWA crash, launching her on the long, turbulent journey that will bring her to Stony Brook later this month to reveal what her years of investigative journalism have found.In one scene of the new documentary, shot inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum, two retired aviation accident investigators join physicist Tom Stalcup to air their doubts.Once the FBI took over the inquiry, they wouldn’t let the NTSB investigators interview the eyewitnesses as they normally would have in a typical airline crash follow-up. And the media, from the New York Times to NBC News, swallowed what officials were pushing: that the witnesses “were not credible.”“You have high-ranking sources [in the government] giving you the inside scoop,” Borjesson says of her former colleagues in the Fourth Estate. “But the inside scoop is bullet points of their agenda…. All these high-level people are just telling you what they want you to think because they already have an outcome in mind.”For her film, which cost about $500,000 to make, Borjesson wanted to question William Perry, who was Secretary of Defense in 1996, because “we think the Secretary of Defense has knowledge that is pertinent to this event.” He declined to participate, as did the man who appointed him to the post, President Bill Clinton.Over the years some people have speculated that what the witnesses saw were missiles possibly fired by Navy vessels. The documentary will not go there.Borjesson said her collaborator, Tom Stalcup, “doesn’t want to go one millimeter further than the evidence, the math and the facts will take him.”And that’s why she would not use the word “missile” in her documentary.“We call them ‘objects’ for a reason,” Borjesson says. “We want the official investigation reopened so they can be identified.”With that goal in mind, the investigators cited in the film have filed a petition for reconsideration with the NTSB, as well as another lawsuit against the CIA. Stalcup had obtained heavily redacted documents from the CIA in his lawsuit filed several years ago, which shows CIA analysts taking the eyewitness reports and apparently concocting a scenario to explain that hundreds of people on Long Island did not see what they said they saw.Now everyone can judge for themselves—something the NTSB may be dreading.The Stony Brook Film Festival will show a mix of new independent features, documentaries and short films at the Staller Center from July 18 to July 27. Besides TWA Flight 800, other domestic and foreign films will be premiered and indie filmmaker Christine Vachon, whose feature Boys Don’t Cry won an Academy Award for actress Hilary Swank, will be presented with a career achievement award. Vachon has recently joined the Stony Brook Southampton Arts faculty. For more info, call 631-632-2787 or visit www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.last_img read more

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Tech Time: Collaboration beats competition

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We’re not scared of fintech.”Nor should you be, explains CUES member Andrew Kempf, president of $450 million 4Front Credit Union, Traverse City, Mich. “If it makes things better for member experience, then we embrace the concept,” says Kempf.Embracing fintech can mean a lot of things, but 4Front CU and four other Michigan credit unions have moved beyond support to startup investment, collaboration and ownership.“Fintech and the collaboration of credit unions is important because there are some very smart people out there, entrepreneurs that have ideas credit unions haven’t even thought of,” Kempf suggests. “It’s important that we be open-minded—we’re all concerned fintech is going to ‘eat our lunch,’ but if we collaborate, we can all have a bigger lunch.”These like-minded credit unions, including $855 million Community Choice Credit Union, Farmington Hills, Mich.; $632 million LAFCU, Lansing, Mich.; $489 million Team One Credit Union, Saginaw, Mich.; and $724 million Wildfire Credit Union, Saginaw, Mich.—along with Credit Union Solutions Group, Livonia, Mich., an arm of the Michigan Credit Union League—joined forces to cooperatively search for opportunities to innovate. For the past couple of years, the CUs have gathered for an annual “CUSO conference.” continue reading »last_img read more

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CL: Mane hits hat-trick as Liverpool crush toothless Porto

first_imgRoared on by the home fans, Porto started brightly and Brazilian midfielder Otavio was denied an early goal by a last-ditch tackle from Lovren.But it didn’t take Liverpool long to grow into the game, as left-back Andrew Robertson fired over on his Champions League debut and Ivan Marcano’s brave block prevented Firmino from heading in.But the five-time European champions were gifted the lead in the 25th minute as Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, who has replaced former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas this season, allowed Mane’s tame strike to squirm underneath his body and into the net.Mane has been overshadowed so far this term by the blistering performances of Firmino and Salah, but the Senegalese forward’s first goal in six games was his fourth in the Champions League.– Salah’s delightful skill –Liverpool took total control of the tie just four minutes later as Salah scored in style.James Milner’s strike crashed into the post, but the Egyptian star was on hand to flick the ball over the onrushing Sa with a magnificent piece of skill and slot into the net.The visitors were utterly dominant, but Tiquinho Soares, playing in place of the injured Vincent Aboubakar, fired narrowly wide for Porto on the stroke of half-time.Porto had plenty of the ball but were always vulnerable to Liverpool’s waves of rapid counter-attacks, and Mane made it three shortly after the restart.The away side cut the Portuguese league leaders to shreds with a series of first-time flicks and passes, and after Firmino was denied by Sa, Mane was on hand to tap in the rebound.The visitors’ relentless pressure meant another goal was almost inevitable, and it arrived when Milner picked out Firmino from a posse of unmarked Liverpool shirts in the centre to slot home his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign.The English outfit still weren’t finished, though, as Mane’s long-range effort flew past Sa with five minutes remaining to round off the procession in fine fashion. Share on: WhatsApp Porto, Portugal | AFP | Sadio Mane scored a brilliant treble as Liverpool romped to a 5-0 thrashing of Porto at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday to march towards the Champions League quarter-finals.Mane fired the away side ahead in the first leg of the last-16 clash, before Mohamed Salah’s audacious finish for his 30th goal of the season quickly made it two.The Senegalese forward slotted in his second as Liverpool completely outclassed their opponents, with Roberto Firmino adding his name to the scoresheet with 20 minutes to play, before Mane’s searing strike completed his first European hat-trick.“It was important to play as a team and we did, we played great football from the beginning,” Mane told BT Sport.“We created so many chances and we scored five. It was well deserved.”Playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in nine years, Liverpool are now all but certain to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.Jurgen Klopp’s men had scored 23 goals in the group stage and continued that scintillating form in Portugal to become the top-scorers in this season’s competition, while the defensive frailties that have plagued them at times this season never resurfaced as Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk put in accomplished displays at the back.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight. The result is only possible if they are all spot on,” said Klopp.“Of course, Sadio is man of the match, three fantastic goals, but they all did well and that is the only way to be successful.”Sergio Conceicao’s deflated Porto will now turn their attentions back to domestic matters, where they hold a two-point lead in the league and are in the Cup semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgThis is National Poisoning Prevention Week and Sioux City is home to the Iowa Poison Control Center.Tammy Noble, a registered nurse and the center’s education coordinator, says everyone should have their toll-free phone number programmed into their smart phone.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/POISON.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”your contacts” :16According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning is the top cause of injury death in the United States.The hotline number is 800-222-1222.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/POISON2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……”look it up” :17The poison center is staffed ’round-the-clock and gets up to 50-thousand calls a year.Many of the calls that come in about children involve their exposure to cosmetics or personal care items, things that you may use every day that usually aren’t locked up.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/POISON3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……. “doctor’s office” :20Almost as many calls come in about household cleansers, ranging from bleach to laundry pods, and those items can be much more toxic.About six in ten calls involve pharmaceuticals which Noble says is a reminder to keep medicines out of the reach of kids, while adults need to read the labels and make sure what they’re taking.last_img read more


Conte: David Luiz experiment failed

first_imgChelsea Conte: David Luiz midfield experiment failed Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 07:03 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antonioconte-cropped Getty Images Chelsea UEFA Champions League Chelsea v Roma Roma Antonio Conte Edin Džeko Eden Hazard David Luiz The Chelsea boss has acknowledged that moving the Brazilian into midfield did not work against Roma Chelsea were “improvising” tactically in the second half of their 3-3 draw with Roma according to head coach Antonio Conte, who acknowledged that playing David Luiz in midfield did not work.After goals from David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov had made it 2-1 to Chelsea at half-time in Wednesday’s Champions League clash, Edin Dzeko’s superb brace put the visitors 3-2 up with 20 minutes left to play while Conte switched from a 3-5-2 formation to a 4-3-2-1.The change seemed to work as Hazard headed the equaliser before Chelsea held out the for the final 15 minutes, although Dzeko went close to completing his hat-trick when he headed narrowly wide in the dying minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hazard 19/20 to score v Watford”The effort the players put in was the maximum and I thank them,” Conte told Mediaset Premium afterwards. “We suffered in the first half and the decision to change system didn’t pay off, as it took away all our guarantees.”We were basically improvising and it showed, as we suffered under Roma’s pressing.”We scored two goals, but the sensation was always that we didn’t feel in control of the match. I have to take responsibility, as it was my decision to change the system to make up for the lack of options. I changed the David Luiz position to strengthen the midfield and I don’t think it worked, to be honest.”Full-time: Chelsea 3-3 Roma.What a game. #CHEROM pic.twitter.com/9QzQ5AnbDM— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 18, 2017Conte refused to blame his side’s struggles during the dramatic Champions League Group C encounter on injuries.Chelsea were without the injured N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, leaving David Luiz to shore up the midfield, though the Brazilian was seen struggling with a calf problem during the game.”It’s not about injuries but trying to get the best out of the team,” said Conte. “The same players have been going all the time since pre-season. We’ve got three injuries, not seven or eight, but it’s still an emergency situation for us.”David Luiz had a problem with his calf, [Tiemoue] Bakayoko finished with a problem in his adductor and I hope it’s nothing serious.”Despite all that, we drew with a very good Roma side and I can only praise my players. When you change system, it’s all improvisation and tonight we were improvising. That is something I don’t like, because I prefer organisation and to fight it out in our own way.”I have to thank my players for their efforts, because without that, we would not have managed a point here.”last_img read more

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