First-years make their move

first_imgFor first-year students, move-in day is a milestone filled with excitement — and a touch of anxiety. The COVID-19 pandemic has given double meaning to this “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. We asked students to describe the personal — and historical — moment as they made their way through the Yard on their first day.,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img

Biden may regret releasing report on Khashoggi murder

first_imgThe U.S. on Friday released a 2018 intelligence report that concluded the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian agents in Turkey was done “on behalf” of and “approved” by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who considered the regime critic a threat to the kingdom.Congress and the White House were briefed on the formerly classified report in November 2018, one month after Khashoggi’s death, and its general conclusions were widely reported. The U.S. Treasury sanctioned 17 Saudis linked to the killing, but took no action against bin Salman, often referred to as MBS, or the kingdom. Then-President Donald Trump rebuffed calls to release the report and falsely asserted that U.S. intelligence was not certain about bin Salman’s role.President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s decision to release the report could have implications for relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Biden has been critical of the Saudi record on human rights, particularly since King Salman, MBS’s father, came to power in 2015, and since taking office Biden has halted military aid to the Saudis’ war in Yemen and lifted the terrorist designation placed on Houthi rebels during the Trump administration.Karen Elliott House, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor for The Wall Street Journal who covered the Middle East and foreign affairs for more than three decades before retiring as the paper’s publisher in 2006, is now a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Elliott House spoke with the Gazette about the report, how Biden is likely to approach U.S.-Saudi relations, and what that could mean for the region.Q&AKaren Elliott HouseGAZETTE: We already knew the CIA implicated the crown prince. What else did we learn that was significant or surprising in the report? Why did Biden put out the report when the matter had long faded from the headlines, other than fulfilling a somewhat back-burner campaign promise?ELLIOTT HOUSE: There are no surprises in the report. No smoking gun. The case against the prince is circumstantial, as it was when the report was concluded more than two years ago. Essentially, the intelligence community concluded that an operation involving close associates of the prince who intimidates all around him could never have taken place without his approval.Biden seems to want to humiliate the crown prince anew by releasing the report at Congress’ insistence. Democrat activists in Congress who despise the abrasive crown prince in large part because he was close to Donald Trump will undoubtedly push President Biden to take more punishing actions against the crown prince and Saudi Arabia than merely releasing old news blaming him for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.This is potentially very dangerous, as President Biden likely will find himself dealing with the 35-year-old prince because his ailing father, King Salman, seems unlikely to survive the next four years.Indeed, no sooner did Biden release the report than he or his team leaked to The New York Times that he isn’t going to punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman because the “diplomatic cost” is “too high.”But that will not be the final word. Biden is going to find himself pushed by a Democrat pack to alienate the de facto Saudi leader more than he intends. The Biden administration should beware of unintended consequences. The crown prince is combative and has demonstrated he sometimes acts before thinking through the consequences of his actions. While the release of this report is political, it could spiral into actions and reactions that damage U.S. interests in the Mideast.GAZETTE: Though the report isn’t new, Biden only got to read the classified version earlier this week. How do you think these revelations will factor into the administration’s approach to Saudi Arabia? Does this force Biden to do more now that the details are public?ELLIOTT HOUSE: Yes, the president has unleashed a potentially dangerous game. He will be under pressure from his Democrat left to punish Saudi further. MBS wants good relations with the U.S. But make no mistake, his top priority is his survival. He faces any number of problems: royal and religious opponents, an economic reform program that has left unemployment stuck around 15 percent — and double that for young Saudis who have been his support base. All these groups could be emboldened by President Biden’s release of the old report blaming MBS for the murder, and the more so as the president waffled immediately. And don’t expect the crown prince to appreciate the Biden waffle. Make no mistake: MBS’ top priority is his survival.If the crown prince faces backlash from royals, religious, or frustrated youth, he won’t dither and depart as the Shah of Iran did four decades ago under U.S. human rights pressure. MBS will crack down.GAZETTE: White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said Thursday “a range of actions” are under consideration by the Biden administration. What kind of punishment or actions by the U.S. were the Saudis and bin Salman most worried about from the Biden administration? And do you think Biden will try to weaken or sidetrack bin Salman before he becomes king?ELLIOTT HOUSE: The most effective punishment would be against the crown prince and his implicated team by putting sanctions on those individuals. This would inflict pain on those the U.S. is alleging are guilty and not on the country of Saudi Arabia, which isn’t responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death.Saudi officials fear that Biden will seek to isolate the kingdom by making Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his country international outcasts for the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and for the kingdom’s human rights record in general. No one should be surprised that the U.S. government’s report identifies the crown prince as responsible. The Central Intelligence Agency has indicated the crown prince’s complicity from the time the report was concluded but not released in November 2018.President Biden has made clear he is seeking to reduce U.S. contact with Crown Prince Mohammed by insisting he will speak with the Saudi king, not his son. This is a risky decision by President Biden, who seemed to have instantly realized that and assured The New York Times he doesn’t actually intend to isolate and punish the crown prince.The U.S. does not get to select the Saudi king. The current king has selected his son, Prince Mohammed. And the current king is elderly and ailing, so the U.S. may soon find itself dealing with a new king — almost certainly Mohammed bin Salman. Public talk of isolating the controversial crown prince will only anger him and encourage his opponents to seek to try to block his ascension upon his father’s death.While the crown prince seems in full control of all the levers of power, it is very hard for outsiders to know with any specificity what his opponents are planning. So the risk is the president’s excessive talk of declining to deal with MBS, followed by his immediate U-turn after release of the old intelligence report at Congress’ insistence, only creates resentment by the crown prince or, potentially worse, instability, which is surely not in U.S. interests.Mr. Biden has now showed he doesn’t know his own mind. Almost surely he is going to confront more pressure from Democrats in Congress and human rights groups to punish the kingdom.Americans should think back on the last time a U.S. administration sought to distinguish itself from predecessors by advocating human rights. President Carter pushed the Shah of Iran, who, when confronted by emboldened opponents in the streets and Jimmy Carter in the White House, dithered and was dethroned. He was replaced by a brutal Islamic theocracy, which led to America’s worst hostage nightmare: 444 days of Tehran holding American hostages.Talk about unintended consequences. The U.S. needs to recall history.GAZETTE: What are the primary complications the U.S. will have to take into account before embarking on a particular course of retribution?ELLIOTT HOUSE: The Biden administration mustn’t let the desire for retribution cloud U.S. interests in the Mideast. While America no longer needs Saudi oil (though the rest of the world does), the U.S. still needs a Mideast stable enough to allow Israel’s democracy to thrive and to avoid endless regional squabbles that risk drawing in U.S. troops.While the grandstanding on human rights the president did during the campaign and in his first weeks in office may make the Biden team feel good and please Iran, with whom the White House is eager to conclude a new nuclear agreement, it will not enhance Mideast stability, which ought to be our foremost concern. The president’s belated realization of that to The New York Times won’t correct his error.GAZETTE: Ex–President Trump made no secret of his admiration for the Saudis dating back to his days as a real estate developer, and Jared Kushner was quite chummy with bin Salman. If U.S.-Saudi relations cool, how does that affect Saudi Arabia’s position in the Middle East and the power dynamics overall in region? Who benefits if the kingdom is seen as being on the outs with the U.S., and who steps in to fill the void left by the U.S. as its “big brother” partner? Russia? China?ELLIOTT HOUSE: The excessively personal diplomacy of President Trump and his unelected son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was unwise. The U.S.-Saudi relationship is properly between the two countries represented by the al Saud monarchs and elected U.S. presidents over nearly 80 years. The Biden administration’s waffling over how to handle the Khashoggi murder and MBS emboldens Riyadh’s opponents. The ultimate winners are those who seek instability in the region — beginning with Iran, Russia, and China.Neither Russia nor China is in a position to replace U.S. security guarantees in the Mideast for a country like Saudi Arabia. Neither could provide the military muscle to rescue the kingdom should Iran seek to attack it with more than missiles and drones. Iran just last month targeted King Salman’s royal court offices at Yamamah Palace and can be counted on to continue to do so, making President Biden look weak if he doesn’t respond or like a hypocrite on human rights if he steps up to protect Saudi. Loose lips are dangerous to U.S. interests — especially presidential ones.Biden seems to believe he can talk a lot about human rights without risking any real realignment in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Sometimes U.S. actions prompt reactions Washington doesn’t expect. America’s standing aside from the shah caused his opponents inside Iran to cooperate to topple him. Surely neither the Iranian people nor U.S. Mideast interests have benefited from the brutal Islamic theocracy that replaced the shah. Hopefully the U.S. has learned something from its history in the region.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

The Journey to Rack Scale

first_imgThe Converged Infrastructure market today is an accelerating mainstream IT trend because it is the proven way to break down technology silos of compute, network and storage, while simplifying and transforming IT processes and operations.Within this backdrop, we are seeing the emergence of platform 3 applications that have different characteristics from the legacy client-server applications prevalent in today’s data centers. As client-server applications grew to be more business critical over the past decade, increasing levels of robustness and data services were built into enterprise storage arrays, Storage Area Network fabrics and compute blade systems to provide business continuity, disaster recovery and data protection capabilities. In contrast, platform 3 applications – which were born in the cloud and largely tied to the megatrends of mobile computing and social media – were conceived to incorporate composite micro-services that eliminate the need for complicated IT infrastructure.IT innovators and early adopters eager to explore platform 3 applications have often moved to public cloud for their platform 3 development projects. Others are adopting hyper-converged appliances created from industry standard servers with software defined storage, clustered together through high speed ethernet switches.Together, public cloud and hyper-converged appliances represent a decentralization trend, driven by the rise of individual departments inside companies striving to meet their departments’ unique requirements – usually without regard of the ramifications to rest of the company or the company’s overall IT strategy.The new reality now is the emergence of islands of hyper-converged offerings stacked together, and unmanaged public cloud consumption. Central IT, when they are unable to provide economical, scalable, easily provisioned resources to their departments, find they have decreasing influence with their lines of business. The result is cluttered, disparate collections of resources that can’t, and aren’t, shared across the company. It’s an inefficient use of budget dollars, as well as an inefficient use of the pools of resources that underpin the entire data center infrastructure.The industry really has not fully considered the ramifications of this ad hoc approach.But at VCE, we have. We believe you must design and engineer scalability upfront to plan for growth, and we have contemplated massively scalable, shared hyper-converged resources with independently scalable, industry standard based compute and software defined networking, all managed through a single interface. The next phase of evolution of CI is not simply the addition of hyper-converged capabilities, it’s hyper-converged at scale.Today, VCE expands its portfolio with the introduction of VxRack Systems, a hyper-converged rack scale system that fits seamlessly together with our Vblock portfolio within the VCE Vscale architecture.While the main focus for many large enterprises will continue to be the consolidation of mission critical applications into Vblock Systems and our recently announced VxBlock Systems, the next VxRack Systems represent the path to highly scalable platform 3 and XaaS for distributed tier 2 applications for those ready to deploy hyper-converged offerings that can start small and scale to many thousands of rack servers.Please click here to learn more.Treylast_img read more

Dell Adds Multiple 2016 CES Awards to Distinctions in the Field of Monitor Design

first_imgWorkspace maximizing: Complementing arm offers greater adjustment flexibility and integrated cable managementUnparalleled screen performance: Colors look consistent no matter what angle you view the screen fromColor-accurate: 99 percent sRGB color coverage at deltaE < 2 right out of the boxExtensive connectivity: HDMI 1.4 (MHL 2.0), DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, DP-out, USB 3.0 x 4, Audio line-out  Latest environmental and energy efficiency standards: These monitors are recipients of a 2016 CES Award in Eco-Design for their compliance with the latest environmental and energy efficiency standards, including  ENERGY STAR®, TCO Certified Displays and EPEAT® Gold and because they contain more than 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials in their chassis. These winning monitors are part of Dell’s closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain in which materials are recycled and reused multiple times rather than just once.Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless Monitor (U2417HWi)The Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless (U2417HWi) and Dell 23 Wireless (S2317HWi) monitors allow wireless connectivity where users can display and manage content from a Windows laptop and an Android smartphone concurrently, making them ideal for professionals who use mobility products like a laptop and smartphone. They also received 2016 CES Innovation Award in Computer Peripherals.And, the Dell 23 Wireless (S2317HWi) monitor comes with another unique feature that has been generating a lot of attention here at #CES2016. The Verge said it “might make it doubly worth the money…”It will wirelessly charge your smartphone!Features include:Wireless convenience: Wireless connectivity via Miracast to display content from a Windows laptop and Android smartphone/tablet on a single monitor screen without wiresNo-wires experience:U2417HWi – Expand productivity with wireless convenience and easy-to-view content from both devices on the same screenS2317HWi – In addition to wireless connectivity, enjoy built-in dual integrated 3W speakers and a wireless charging stand for compatible mobile devices with sleek, high gloss design If you work in an office environment, you’re no doubt confronted by dozens of small and silent productivity killers every day, perhaps without you even noticing. Think of the monitor screen that becomes unviewable from certain angles or the crowded desk that leaves no room for your notepad — you might not be aware of how often these small hindrances throw off your working rhythm and take a toll on your comfort and output.As the number one monitor brand in the world for three consecutive years, we’re bringing Dell’s industry-leading technology and design to reimagine the workplace — from monitors to keyboards to printers and beyond — to eliminate the tiny hindrances that slow productivity on a day-to-day basis. It’s this marriage of innovation and a productivity-centric approach that has made Dell the 2016 recipient of three CES Innovation Awards in design for our newest monitors, the Dell 23 Wireless monitor, Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge monitor, Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge monitor, Dell UltraSharp 24 Wireless monitor and the Dell UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor.What’s OLED?“Unlike conventional monitors that use LEDs or fluorescent tubes to light them, organic light emitting diodes or OLEDs create their own lighting,” explains Gordon Mah Ung in PCWorld. “This allows OLED displays to be thinner and smaller while offering superb black levels and contrast levels.”Our new 30-inch 4K monitor is our first to come equipped with an OLED panel, marking the first time Dell has used an OLED panel on a monitor catered toward PC use. This monitor is ideal for professionals working in color-critical environments, such as photography and graphic arts, and more generally will appeal to customers in brand management, including creative agencies, talent agencies, creative studios and companies that sell premium services and experiences, such as wealth managementDell UltraSharp 30 OLED Monitor (UP3017QA)Other features include:Infinite contrast ratio: Delivers a cutting edge typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1, including “True Black”Broad color coverage: Provides 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage; 97.8 percent DCI-P3, the color standard used in video editing and animation designUltimate in resolution: Ultra HD 4K resolutionFast response time: Ultra-fast response time of 0.1 msWorkspace maximizing: The monitor comes with USB type C, which provides video, data and powers (up to 100W) in a single cable solution; ability to charge a notebook while connected, eliminating need for a DC jackOur Dell UltraSharp InfinityEdge Monitors feature the world’s first InfinityEdge displays with ultra-thin borders on all sides, offering a beautiful, virtually borderless monitor screen ideal for multi-monitor setups and are mounted on arms to optimize desktop workspace. Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge monitor (U2717DA) & Dell UltraSharp 24 InfinityEdge monitor (U2417HA) received 2016 CES Awards in Innovation and Eco-Design.Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Monitor (U2717DA)Other features include:Super thin borders:U2717D – 7.3 mm (left, top, right) and 8.4 mm (bottom) bordersU2417H – 5.3 mm (left, top, right) and 8.3 mm (bottom) borders Each of these monitors is a sign of our commitment to creating more productive ways to work, designed to fit your needs and budget, and supported by the industry’s most innovative technologies and proven reliability. Pricing and availability is available in the announcement released today.We look forward to sharing these innovative new displays with you and hearing how they enhance your workday in ways great and small.last_img read more

Episode #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory – Live from FMS 2016

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini) The Flash Memory Summit is an annual gathering of “People Making Flash Products Happen”.   The conference was held in Santa Clara August 9-11, 2016.  EMC was a premium sponsor of the event, showcasing the latest in AL-FLASH product design and direction.   In addition, EMC was invited to participate in the General Keynote Sessions.EMC Fellow, Vice President of Emerging Media and friend of EMC The Source Podcast, Dan Cobb (@dcobbweb), hosted the Keynote – “Flash Storage Meets Persistent Memory – The Modern Data Center Changes Forever!”I was able to catch up with Dan as he headed into his keynote address.  That interview and the full content of the Keynote Session are this week’s EMC The Source Podcast.Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory Danny Cobb, Live from Flash Memory Summit 2016last_img read more

Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

first_imgThis blog is the third in a three-part series written for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. [previous post]People were surprised a few months ago when we announced we were introducing an air gap version of the Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise solution. Aren’t air-gapped devices secure in and of themselves? And do organizations even need air gapped systems with the wide range of security solutions available today?Organizations related to critical infrastructure frequently rely on air-gapped devices to reduce the points of exposure for their most sensitive departments. In fact, in the worlds of manufacturing, energy and exploration, transportation and finance, organizations often rely on air gap devices to perform critical functions securely.For these companies, it’s never been more important to employ the most rigorous security precautions available. On October 20, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released a joint technical alert revealing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have discovered a “multi-stage intrusion campaign by threat actors targeting low security and small networks to gain access and move laterally to networks of major, high value asset owners within the energy sector.” The alert called out the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing industries as targets of interest for these advanced persistent threats.The fact is, these industries have been under threat for a while. Last year, 68 percent of oil and gas companies suffered security compromises. And as we move into the era of smart grids and IoT connectivity, 88 percent of American utility executives say cybersecurity is a major concern in smart grid deployment, and 77 percent also feel IoT will be a potential threat.Employing an air gap model can be one of the most effective ways to ensure cyber attackers don’t succeed in creating a ladder of compromise that disrupts our country’s critical infrastructure. But while air gap is highly secure, it isn’t flawless. Air-gapped devices are still vulnerable to physical attacks that leverage compromised USBs, Firewire connections and other external storage devices.For this reason, many companies that use air-gapped devices deploy anti-virus solutions for additional protection. Ironically, these solutions can actually become a threat vector, as they typically require organizations to connect to the cloud frequently – often on a daily basis – to download updates. This neutralizes the effectiveness of an air gap system and exposes organizations to the risk of downloading zero-day viruses, which often aren’t recognized by signature-based anti-virus solutions. In other words, most air gap solutions won’t stop the advanced persistent threats the U.S. government is issuing warnings about.Dell’s Approach to Air GapThe reason we introduced an air gap endpoint security solution is because we came up with a better way to do it. The Dell solution offers advanced threat protection (read: it stops zero-day threats) by detecting anomalies using Cylance’s artificial-intelligence-based mathematical models. Rather than relying on signatures that need to be updated daily, our models only need to be updated a few times a year, greatly limiting the need to take devices out of air-gap mode. And even when a device is connected for updates, it’s safer because our solution leverages file-based encryption to make sure the company’s data is safe whether it’s being used, shared or stored.Think about what this means for companies whose projects are located in an area with limited Internet access. Where they would previously have to go without anti-virus protection, cross their fingers and hope they didn’t become the victim of a physical attack, they can now deploy an on-premise security solution that doesn’t require connectivity to operate or manage.In the end, the goal behind our new air gap endpoint security solution is simple: We want to ensure companies who want to use air-gapped devices are able to do so effectively, consistently and without interruption to their workers’ productivity. There’s nothing more disheartening than employing a security strategy only to have it backfire through the introduction of either new threat vectors or inefficiencies in workflow.If there’s an overarching mission for the Dell, it’s enabling companies to achieve the perfect balance between productivity and security. With the right technology, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.If you’re interested in learning more about our air gap solution, we invite you to read on and get in touch with us. With the “gaps” in the air gap model finally closed, you just might find it’s the endpoint approach that’s been missing from your larger cybersecurity program.last_img read more

Telecoms at the Edge Offers Huge Opportunity

first_imgWe’ve talked previously about the role Dell Technologies will play in 5G transformation and the huge opportunity that the combination of 5G, the edge and IoT will deliver to business but what about the telecom industry, which is at the very heart of that transformation?New services and incremental revenue streamsWhile the edge is just one individual component, its inclusion in the telecom network changes some important fundamentals. Effectively, the telecom network now becomes a mobile platform with radio, core and IT workloads all running on a common infrastructure, capable of providing new services and delivering incremental revenue streams. And so, while 5G will turbocharge the intelligent edge revolution, I believe that the edge will also drive 5G adoption and help to create new and revolutionary communications platforms.Dell Technologies and Intel recently commissioned independent research on this very topic, entitled ‘The Edge Opportunity’, which presents a huge range of exciting, new market opportunities for telecom players. I’ve highlighted just a few of these below along with some of my own observations. Video caching and transcodingFor example, for operators, who provide video-on-demand services, the edge is an obvious location to place content caches. Reducing the latency in streaming video is great in its own right but by keeping popular content close to the subscribers and end-users, you can also reduce bandwidth and preserve network capacity. Of course, this is not a new concept, but commoditization of infrastructure supporting 5G will certainly simplify implementation directly into the mobile network.ComplianceAnother good example is copyright enforcement, which comes into play during concerts, plays and sports events when members of the audience are prohibited from transmitting the video via their cell phones. In this scenario, an edge application could either disable the upstream transmission completely or reduce the resolution to make the transmission compliant. With new data privacy laws, some data has to reside in a particular geography. Edge applications can enforce these laws, and add value by processing the data locally, within the appropriate jurisdiction.Virtualized Radio Access NetworksGiven the location of edge platforms, elements of virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks fit perfectly. For example, the BBU (Base Band Unit) as part of a CRAN solution can run on edge platforms, taking advantage of commodity platforms and flexible component configurations. Once commercialized, these virtualized networks will enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.Third-party edge applicationsOn that note, I believe that the edge offers the perfect ecosystem to encourage third-party application developers to create new applications that can take advantage of the unique nature of the edge platform. Some of these new applications areas already enabling more immersive, real-time experiences like visual recognition and augmented or virtual reality. Other applications like gaming are also benefitting from the lower latencies near the edge, improving the real-time, online game experience.And of course, there are still environments with either intermittent, highly constrained, or no connectivity support. These include planes, mines, farms, oil rigs, trains, pipelines, wind farms, solar power plants, and power grids. Having a standardized edge platform in these places will undoubtedly enable new applications to be build out more cost-effectively.AnalyticsLooking at the bigger picture, IDC estimates a total of 41.6B IoT connected devices by 2025[i], including connected cars, medical devices, factories, hospitals, homes and cities. As that sprawl begins to happen, operators will need to figure out fast how to manage and optimize the network. In addition to analytics, I expect to see increased levels of automation with the ability to connect and disconnect devices remotely. Inevitably, we will also see machine learning and AI being deployed to help with security and the overall quality of customer service.Current trendsInterestingly, I am currently seeing two key trends in the marketplace. In large venues, like sports stadiums, some operators are converging elements of the network to create a single, consolidated platform for live replay instead of each operator installing its own infrastructure. Alternatively, some commercial companies like large enterprises, mining customers, airports and factories are actually installing their own private mobile network solutions for maximum security and bandwidth.Where is the Edge?This leads me to the next big question – what locations can be classified as the edge? Of course, there isn’t one edge, but multiple edges across a continuum but if we stick with the topic of sport, one of the most interesting examples has to be a venue like a sports stadium, where an edge application could, for example, allow the audience to watch a game from numerous perspectives.Imagine augmented reality, where you could use VR googles to view incremental information to complement the live replay on the pitch. The stuff of dreams for avid sports fans! Ultimately, it’s all about offering personalized, high-definition content without burdening upstream bandwidth.Practical considerationsIn practical terms, what do telecom operators need to consider when planning edge deployments? My customers tell me that they need tough, ruggedized products, resistant to shock, dust and vibration, capable of operating in temperature of up to 45 degrees C and certified for telecom usage, where failure is not an option.Space is often limited and so light-weight, small, compact products are important, with cabling and cooling designed in a ‘nonstandard’ (for IT) way. This is exactly why we offer shallow-depth servers and provide equipment enclosures and shelters. As access for maintenance is often challenging, the hardware platform should provide extended long-life and include tamper-detection capabilities.The right partnerDell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions provides hardware and software solutions that can play at every level from the edge to the core, to the cloud. Think scalable, secure, manageable and open infrastructure architecture, IoT, Edge, and big data expertise, the ability to customize, plus a sophisticated global support and supply chain.As Intel’s largest customer, we have early insight into technology roadmaps and offer a full ecosystem of wrap-around solutions and services including virtualization and security solutions through sister companies like VMware and SecureWorks as well as high-end from partners like Nvidia. To learn more about how we enable telecoms with embedded and edge solutions and to talk to a sales expert visit us online.Do join the conversation. I’d love to hear your thoughts on #Telecoms at the #Edge. Read ‘The Edge Opportunity – Platform Matters’ research report from AvidThink here. Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @ronatdell. Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.[i] “Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019-2023” read more

Summit connects students, community

first_imgThe fourth annual Notre Dame Community Summit introduced new staff and student leaders Friday afternoon and updated the progress in relations between the community and the University before student government turnover occurs on April 1.“It was a great chance for the new leaders to meet with the members of the community that we’ve established relations with, and that we’ve created really successful events and programs with,” senior Denise Baron, a member of student government’s Committee on Community Relations, said. “It’s done at this time so we can ease the transition and help connect new leaders to the community members we have been working with.”One development highlighted was the creation of the Crime Safety and Prevention Task Force, started this fall in response to the growing concerns of crime targeted at students in the greater South Bend area. Student body president Grant Schmidt said the task force has made significant improvements in this area.Summit participants later broke into small groups to individually discuss specific divisions of community-University relations. They addressed transportation, cultural collaboration, good-neighbor relations and forms of engagement.“Each group had about five students and five community members, so it was a nice mix of viewpoints on these topics,” Baron said.The sub-groups later presented their ideas to the entire Summit, when they were able to receive feedback on specific ideas they had to tackle any of the current challenges involved with community-University relations.“It was great because the University leaders who can answer the students’ questions and suggestions were present, so we were able to get quick responses on ideas that emerged,” Baron said.Among the ideas discussed was the proposition for students to have a more direct involvement in the distribution of information to local areas. The idea of sub-block captains, where students would work with permanent South Bend residents to do this, was proposed.“The idea was to help encourage student involvement and interaction on a variety of levels,” Baron said.Baron said the committee has put on a lot of great events over the past term, and was excited for how the developments between the University and its neighbors will continue to grow.last_img read more

Bookstore offers ‘Race to New York’

first_imgHow can you get free Hacienda chips and salsa, a free T-shirt and backpack, and the chance to win roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Army game at Yankee Stadium?    By participating in the Race To New York, an “Amazing Race” style contest run by the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Teams of two will travel around Notre Dame’s campus, competing to perform various tasks and solve clues.  The race will take place on Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $50 per team, or $25 per person. All money benefits the United Way Agency Partners, said Kristin Blitch, marketing manager at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Blitch said if your team gets stumped during competition, all is not lost.  Teams are permitted to carry up to $50, Blitch said, which can be used to buy $5, $10, and $20 clues. These clues will make where a team is headed more obvious. For example, a $20 clue might plainly state where the team is going, Blitch said. This extra money is also donated to the United Way.  This year, Blitch said the race has added a new rule that should make the game even more exciting. “By paying $50, one team can hold another team back for a half hour,” she said. “The only way that team can get out of the hold is to find someone with a cell phone, and make calls to get [an outside source] to donate $20.” The Race To New York event, in partnership with Anthony Travel and the United Way, was created in 2009. Last year, the Bookstore held the Race to San Antonio, which raised $2,200 for the United Way, Blitch said. The course last year took students to the far reaches of campus, including the Aquatic Center, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and various parking lots.  “Last year’s race was very successful,” Blitch said. “Those who participated had a fun time.” Blitch said the Bookstore hopes to raise even more money for the United Way at the Race for New York. “It may not happen this year, but we’d like to see this event eventually raise $5,000 for United Way,” she said. This year, the course will bring participants to different parts of the Notre Dame campus, including some areas they may have never visited before.  “There is nothing people won’t be able to do physically,” Blitch said. “We have our staff run it, so we know it’s all possible.”  Blitch said it has been difficult keeping specific details of the race in complete secrecy. The planning team has been cautious not to reveal the names of the various campus partners.  “We started mapping out the route on a campus map, but you have to be careful not to leave that map out anywhere or someone could have a cakewalk,” she said.   Blitch encouraged students to participate, because for just a small fee you can have a great time, donate to a good cause, and get a shot at winning a $2,000 prize package. “[Students] are at an advantage,” Blitch said. “This is their campus. For 25 bucks a person you get to see if you can win a chance to go to New York.” For those concerned about Notre Dame’s football game against Boston College, Blitch said, “there’s no need to worry. The race will be over well in time for the BC game.” Students interested in participating can contact Blitch at (574) 631-6469 by Sept. 24. or visit for more information.last_img read more

Puebla study abroad changed

first_img “I thought that was the most crucial part of my time in Mexico,” Taylor said. “For the students to be in the dorms and not with the families this semester, I think they are going to just have an entirely different semester.” Senior Julie McCaw studied abroad in Puebla last fall at UDLA, but said she recognized UPAEP’s welcome when she attended a conference at the university. “It was a real surprise to us because during our visit in late spring, we specially addressed would we finish out the agreement with the host families because that was part of the agreement, and they said ‘oh, yes no problem,’” Opel said. “Then two weeks before the students were supposed to leave, they told us it had been canceled without much explanation.”  “We both felt very comfortable that we were going to have a good opportunity for our students to expand in different ways at these universities,” she said. Students currently abroad in Puebla are studying at UDLA until the exchange agreement concludes in December. During the Spring 2011 semester, students will enroll at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla (Ibero) while fall students will take classes at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). OIS Associate Director Anne Hayes said she receives updates on violence in Mexico daily. The capture of a drug cartel leader known as El Grande in Puebla on Sept. 12 was welcome news to those at OIS.   As a result, students currently in Puebla are living in UDLA’s dormitories, but students in the spring will live with host families within walking distance to Ibero. Taylor said he believes the housing change will result in students losing on interacting with the Mexican people. Opel said if there were concerns about student safety, especially as drug-related violence escalates in Mexico, OIS would not hesitate to suspend the Puebla program. For the past 10 years, students enrolled in classes at Puebla’s Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), but UDLA decided to terminate its exchange agreement with Notre Dame this summer. Overall, Taylor said his time in Puebla changed his life. Senior Mike Taylor studied abroad in Puebla last spring and said that he valued the homestay program. According to Opel, UDLA canceled the homestay program in which students live with host families two weeks before the Fall 2010 semester began. OIS had already given students the names of the host families. “She’s just an active part of your life,” Taylor said. “She did everything she could to make sure that I fit in and that I had all my needs taken care of, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.” “I was immediately in touch with our on-site coordinator, and she sent me the link to the local news,” Hayes said. “Puebla has, in the past, not had the drug violence, so it was a big surprise when he was caught there, but from everything I’ve read, they really feel that capturing him was very helpful in that it will help to make things safer.” Taylor said his host mother Laura Gomez was a second mom. Opel visited Puebla twice last year with the former director of OIS and said students will develop at both universities. “If at any time, we should think it’s no longer safe, and conditions cause us pause, then we will do as we’ve done with Monterrey and that is suspend the program,” she said. “I don’t know if they will appreciate their time in Mexico as much because they are not getting a chance to live with the most personal part of Mexico itself which are the families that make up Mexico,” he said. While both universities are Catholic institutions, UPAEP offers its own medical school for fall students. “Our fall program is heavily designed for students in the pre-professional program, and that’s one of the reasons the program has grown so successfully,” Opel said. “We have great relationships with doctors and hospitals.” “They made a decision to become more Latin-American centric,” the Office of International Studies (OIS) Director Kathleen Opel said. “They decided that they would concentrate on Latin American students rather than North American students coming to Mexico.”  “They were really accepting and were really excited to tell us about what they were about and their programs a little bit more than UDLA had been,” she said. “I think it was because UDLA was such an international school already that we were not really special there, which was good in some ways, and then in other ways, we didn’t really feel like we were getting that attention.” Notre Dame students studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico, will face several changes to the program. “To be surrounded in a country where there are all these people and no one speaks your language, you just gain such a perspective on the world by leaving America and by realizing what’s beyond your country’s borders,” he said.last_img read more