The 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.Trey
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This tenth and final short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.” WATCH ALL 10 REASONS.SICK OF HEARING THESE STORIES? SO ARE WE! WHAT CAN YOU DO? At the very least, find out on our VALUE YOUR VOTE website which political parties will fix the law to protect good parents. CLICK HERE (question 28)It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good.It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!The future of this law may rest in your vote. IF YOU’RE A MUM, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HELEN’S WARNING:When ‘Helen’ and her partner were investigated for disciplining their difficult 8 year old on the bottom after a particularly extreme situation (not the first time he had acted like this) ‘Helen’ unfortunately admitted to the police that over the past two to three years, she had smacked her son on a couple of occasions – but the last time she could recall doing was at least six months ago.The District Court judge found them both guilty of assault. He acknowledged that mum had sought help and assistance many times – but said that the fact that the mother was not angry but that the smack was a ‘considered decision’ was an aggravating factor. As a result, ‘Helen’ could no longer work in her profession.On appeal to the High Court, mum’s partner was (rightly) discharged without conviction on the basis of it being a ‘one-off incident in response to an extreme, highly unusual situation’ and that ‘it arose against a background where persistent efforts had been made to cope with the challenges presented.’ However, because of mum’s admission that she had occasionally used smacking in the past, her conviction was upheld in the High Court, because the judge said ‘it cannot be said it was a one-off incident’.‘Helen’ appealed to the Court of Appeal – and won. They acknowledged that mum had ‘sought appropriate expert assistance … and had utilised a range of non-physical measures to address the child’s behaviour’ and that the actions were at ‘the lower end of the scale’.Does ‘Helen’ sound like a “child abuser”? You’ll also chuckle when you hear what the community sentence was that they gave her.Moral of the story? BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ADMIT, even if politicians say that non-abusive smacking is ok – and you think it is also.“I had tried star charts. I’d taken things away from him. I’d tried rewards systems. I’d seen psychologists. I’d seen paediatricians. I’d seen GP’s. I’d seen naturopaths. I’d seen everyone. I’d tried teachers. I tried to get advice – but nothing helped. And so I felt like I had nothing else in my power to try and help him… ” ‘Helen’ (mother)
RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking World Cup: Agu-Ejidike tasks Super Eagles to up their game against Iceland Russia 2018: NPFL coaches make case for home-based players Super Eagles Coach, Gernort Rohr, has expressed satisfaction with the African Blind Football Championship which kicked off in Enugu on Monday.Rohr, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, praised the organiser, Bina Foundation for staging a championship of such magnitude.“I am satisfied with the organisation and they are doing a great job and I already find possibility in the visual impaired.“To host teams from all parts of Africa is not an easy thing coupled that Blind Football is a wonderful institution so I can see great exhibition in the championship.“I am looking forward to seeing goals in the match and you can see how the old and young among them are ready to play football.“I had a lot of inspiration from the little I watched at my arrival in Enugu. It was a thing of passion for the players,” he said.Rohr said that Morocco as the defending champions will be a hard nut to crack and that Africa can get a good team to the Olympic.“I think that Morocco is a wonderful team to watch out for and Nigeria need to win the first match against Cameroun,” the coach said.He said that all the teams are playing to win and he wished them success in the championship.“It is nice to have a Blind Football academy in Enugu and also a team for Nigeria known as “Star Eagles,” Rohr said.The championship will serve as qualifying to the 2020 Paralympics.Already in Enugu to compete in the African qualifiers are Cameroun, Morocco, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger and host Nigeria.Nigeria, which plays Cameroun in the opening game, is being represented by the Star Eagles.The Proprietor of Blind Football in Nigeria and President of Bina Foundation, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, said the country was hosting to win the sole ticket for the paralympics.Atuegwu said that in the absence of the male and female national football teams at the Olympics there was need for the country to make appearance using the blind football. Tags: African Blind Football ChampionshipBina FoundationGernort Rohr
Ghanaian striker Mohammed Yakubu says he is ready to work with new Maritzburg coach Clinton Larsen.The former Bloemfontein Celtic manager has swapped jobs with Ernst Middendorp who signed on the former Ashanti Gold striker.Yakunu who is recuperating from an injury he sustained two weeks ago says he will continue to give his all under manager Larsen”I personally don’t know him, he met the group and introduced himself to us and from the way he spoke to us individually i could see that we are on the right track,” he told Joy sports”He personally called me and gave me his word that i will play a key role in his team so I’m 100 percent ready to work for him and achieve my goals as well.”
Redick has been slowed by several ailments, but the Clippers believe this injury stems from the nasty fall he took in Sacramento on Nov. 29, the same incident that hurt his wrist.“We’re not going to put him out there ’til he’s feeling great,” Rivers said.Seeing the lightAs the Clippers prepared to start the final 27 games of the regular season, Rivers wanted to make sure the team defense continues to improve.“It’s funny. Statistically, defensively, we’re doing pretty well,” Rivers said. “Visually, and that’s very important for me because I’m watching the darn game, I know we can be better. I think we’re very close to the gate (of being where Rivers wanted), let’s say. “I do think we’ll go through it at some point, but I don’t think it will be one moment where someone raises their hand and they have the holy spirit and ‘We’ve got it, I’ve got it. I’m hearing you.’ But we’re getting it and our guys are believing.”Making movesThe Clippers declined to sign Sash Vujacic to another 10-day contract, particularly with Thursday’s trade deadline approaching. But that doesn’t preclude the former Laker from getting another shot.“With the trade deadline, we didn’t want to use another 10-day,” Rivers said. “I liked him and you never know if we return to that or not.”It’s the time of year all teams have a few players looking around extra intently as rumors swirl, but the Clippers are confident that they’ll keep their focus.“(It can distract) somewhat if you pay a lot of attention to it, but we have a lot of mature and older veteran guys on the team to where we know this is a business,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “Nobody wants to get moved around like that, but that’s the NBA.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The All-Star break wasn’t exactly the healing salve the Clippers had hoped it would be for J.J. Redick.The veteran guard, who had what the Clippers were calling a hip injury that cost him the previous four games, actually has a bulging disc in his lower back. So instead of being day-to-day, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said “I don’t have a clue” when Redick could return.“Until, I guess the (term) would be ‘calms down,’ so he can get his movement back, he’ll be out,” Rivers said. “That could be three days, two weeks, three weeks. No one knows. There’s no set deadline on when he’s coming back. He could be back quick or it could take awhile.”Redick, who previously missed 21 games with a torn ligament in his wrist, is averaging 15.7 points this season and is shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range. When he returns, he likely won’t have the same seamless transition back into the starting he had before his latest injury, since this time he can’t run to keep his conditioning up.