New Dell EMC ECS Features Help Accelerate and Secure Data-Driven Initiatives with Cloud-Like Capabilities and Lower TCO Than Public Cloud Services

first_imgEvery day we hear of a growing number of enterprises joining the ranks of modern, data-driven organizations. These organizations leverage technology and business strategies that set them on a course to unlock even greater value from their data capital. A critical component of this transformation is an organization’s ability to bridge the gap between traditional applications and modern cloud native applications, while empowering initiatives in AI, IoT and more. The core enabler of these endeavors, however, is data. As more and more data is created to fuel these engines of growth, organizations need an economical and efficient way to capture, store, protect and leverage this data within the appropriate business units in a timely manner.Enter Dell EMC ECS 3.3, the latest version of our enterprise-ready object storage system. This newly updated release contains software enhancements designed to enable our customers to accelerate their data-driven initiatives. ECS empowers customers with a highly flexible solution to capture, store, protect and manage unstructured data with cloud-like capabilities and ease of use. With ECS, customers can retain complete control of their data, reduce security vulnerabilities and meet strict compliance requirements, all at a lower total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) than public cloud services[i].These latest ECS updates enable our customers to:Meet security and compliance mandates with improved enterprise-grade features such as external key management, STIG hardening, and NFS WORM compliance, which can help organizations protect their data capital in an age of heightened threats and more stringent data security requirements.Proactively manage the storage infrastructure with enhanced data visibility via capacity monitoring improvements, custom alerts and metric exports. This enables storage administrators to make more accurate forecasts for capacity growth so they can ensure data availability and reap peak system performance.Unlock new insights from data faster than ever before through accelerated time-to-insights for developers, enabled via new features such as prefix search for Amazon S3 and faster S3 list execution.Modernize the storage infrastructure leveraging the streamlined platform modernization capabilities for legacy object platforms such as EMC Atmos and Centera via seamless retention policy migration and cloud gateway tool unification, to enable organizations to migrate to a modern ECS platform without impacting productivity. In many customer discussions, we continue to hear how the public cloud is not the end-all-be-all for enterprise workloads. Some of our customers have even repatriated certain workloads that were formerly on public cloud services, opting to support them with ECS to take advantage of the lower costs while gaining better control of their data.“Dell EMC ECS provides us the ability to deploy our own public cloud storage infrastructure,” says Bob Bender, Chief Technology Officer at Founders’ Federal Credit Union. “Several teams within our organization use ECS as our cloud storage for various purposes like AI, IoT and cloud native apps. While we are able to provide public cloud-like storage, we can ensure compliance and security at a corporate level with the fewest resources to operate the infrastructure.”In a recent report by ESG Analysts Tony Palmer and Scott Sinclair states that, “…on-premises storage can provide a 59.5% or greater cost advantage over a leading public cloud services provider while reducing data access latency. This analysis was performed using conservative assumptions and considerations, suggesting that more aggressive configurations may yield even greater savings.”ECS helps solve for these public cloud pain points by offering enterprise-ready capabilities and real economic advantages as data volumes grow.ECS 3.3 is available to download for all our existing customers today. Learn more about the new updates to ECS – and how they enable enterprises to accelerate infrastructure modernization and data-driven initiatives by visiting the Dell EMC ECS web site. Be sure to also check out the ESG report “Economic Benefit Analysis of On-Premises Object Storage Versus Public Cloud” that shows how ECS offers public cloud-like scalability and flexibility at a better TCO than public cloud services with improved control over enterprise data.[i] ESG report “Economic Benefit Analysis of On-Premises Object Storage Versus Public Cloud”last_img read more

SMC hosts Hannah and Friends carnival

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association has paired up with Hannah and Friends to put on a Community Carnival for the people of Michiana this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Saint Mary’s alumnae, Holy Cross Hall, students from Notre Dame and local businesses have worked together to foster support for the special needs community and its  allies. According to an Alumnae Association flier, the Community Carnival will feature games, mini clinics and free food, with all proceeds going to Hannah’s House and Special Olympics. Sophomores Emily Hazen and Christen Kloski, who interned at Hannah and Friends last summer, continue to visit the site regularly.  “It helps collaborate local colleges with the community. We recognize those with difference needs in the community,” Kloski said. The two students will intern at Hannah and Friends again this upcoming summer and intend to attend the Community Carnival this weekend. “Hannah and Friends is a neighborhood for adults with different abilities,” Kloski said. “This Saturday is for the entire community.” Kloski, who has also worked at Family Fest, a similar event hosted by the nonprofit organization during the summer, said the Community Carnival is an event that began this year.  “It’s good that SMC is getting involved, but especially the alums. I guess they were the ones that contacted Hannah and Friends,” Kloski said. “It’s a community outreach program, which is good for us to see.” Ashley Hall, hall director of Holy Cross Hall, said the dorm supported the organization throughout the year by offering transportation to its resident-volunteers.    “This partnership is near and dear to the Holy Cross Hall community and we strive to find any way possible to connect our residents with the residents and families who are associated with Hannah and Friends,” she said. Holy Cross Hall typically hosts one on campus event and participates in another off-campus event each year, Hall said. Last semester, “Winter Wonderlan.” was the event they chose to host..This year, Hall said the Carnival seemed like a good opportunity to bring Holy Cross residents to their site and volunteer.  “Overall, this program is a safe and fun event for special needs children and their families in the Michiana Community,” Hall said. “It also allows our residents to give back to such a special organization,”  Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Jamestown Looking To Manage Urban Deer Population With Archery Hunting

first_imgImage by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Urban deer have become quite the nuisance for those living in Jamestown, and now, city leaders are considering implementing an archery hunting program to manage the growing population.Jamestown’s City Council is expected to hash-out the idea of authorizing a deer management system, where archery hunters could help reduce the animal’s urban population.Specifically, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would authorize licensed volunteer hunters a special permit to hunt deer and coyotes.The program would run from November 1 to December 22 with hunting limited to bow and arrow with shots taken 20 yards or less from buildings. Hunting would take at Jones Memorial Park, Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park and Allen Park; with signs posted to warn the public of the activity.Hunters would take deer to designated processing sites and any processed meat not reserved by the hunter would be donated to a local food pantry.The council is scheduled to discuss the program during Monday’s 7:30 p.m. work session. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),The ONLY problem in this world, …is Man.,The city arborist already has his friends picked out to get the special hunt!!!!,Of course he does, what did you expect?,Worth the try!,I would be interested in being considered for this program. Granted it is now 11/16, but there are still several days remaining, and I still have my doe tags, if that matters. Is there a procedure for applying, and if so, what is it?,HI Jake, I have been asking for a long time about being able to harvest some of the city deer herd but have been turned down every time. I am sure some city officials have all their buddies setup already. But you never know I would like to be on the list also.,What? Did they decide to toss coyotes into the mix as an afterthought?Can’t seem to make up their minds whether to let coyotes be the predators they were designed to be, and help to limit deer numbers. Oh, right…they’re “sustainable”! And coyotes don’t pay hunting tag fees.Nonsense.If this should occur, there should be NO BAITING.last_img read more

Spring Herbs

first_imgFor more information about herb production, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1170, “Herbs in Southern Gardens,” at Humans have used herbs since early times for medicinal purposes, for flavoring food and for fragrance. Their magical properties are entwined in the lore of many cultures and their flavor has added distinctive character to numerous regional dishes.Many modern medicines include plant parts from herbs in either a natural or synthesized state. And there is a growing field of research in pharmacognosy, as scientists look again at herbal remedies.Regardless of how you decide to use them, herbs can make an exciting addition to any landscape. They can be used formally in an herb garden or informally mixed into beds of annuals, perennials or shrubs. Herb flowers and foliage provide a beautiful palette of color and variation in texture and form. Herbs also lend themselves well to small containers such as window boxes or whisky barrels.If you’re going to grow herbs, choose a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. A soil pH range of 6 to 7.5 is fine for most herbs, although some, such as rosemary or lavender, prefer the pH slightly higher, in the 7.5 range. Herbs do well in average soil but prefer, as most plants do, well-drained, loamy or sandy conditions. It’s important to test your soil prior to planting to determine the actual pH and then add the appropriate amount of dolomitic lime to adjust it. Most herbs are not heavy feeders, and a moderate amount of fertilizer will provide all the nutrition they need. Some herbs, such as basil, chives and parsley, may require additional fertilizer since they are often heavily harvested.When preparing the herb bed, work generous amounts of compost or rotted manure into the native soil to a depth of 12 inches.It is a great idea to plant in raised beds, especially if drainage is a concern. Raised beds can be constructed of rocks, landscape timbers, railroad ties, old tires or other materials.Pine straw or bark mulch around your herb plants will help maintain even moisture around the root system. It also helps to discourage weeds and provides a layer of protection from extreme temperatures.Most herbs are fairly drought tolerant and require water only during drier periods. Herbs grown in containers and raised planters will require more irrigation than those grown directly in the ground.Herbs can be grown from seeds, cuttings or plant divisions. If you are new to gardening, you may want to skip the propagation step altogether and just buy container plants from a local nursery. Later, you may wish to start new plants from seeds or cuttings.Herbs grown for foliage may be harvested at any time, though the essential oils are most concentrated just prior to blooming. The seed heads of herbs grown for their seeds, such as fennel and dill, may be collected soon after seeds have reached maturity. Herbs are best collected in the late morning, rinsed quickly and air dried. Drying or freezing will preserve them.While there are many herbs that can be planted, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers the following list for beginning gardeners. These seven herbs do well in the Southern U.S. and are easy to grow. As you gain confidence as an herb gardener, other varieties can be added.Basil is an annual that prefers sun and moderate moisture. Clip the flowers to encourage bushiness and prolong the life of the plant. The leaves can be used in tomato sauce and pesto.Mint is a perennial that prefers sun or partial shade and semimoist soil. Plant in a container to keep it from spreading. Mint can be used in desserts, teas and as a garnish.Yarrow is a perennial that prefers sun and moderate moisture. It may need staking. A nonculinary herb, it can be used fresh or dried in arrangements.Scented geranium is a perennial, nonculinary herb that prefers sun or partial shade and moderate moisture. It should be moved indoors for the winter and can be used in potpourri.Oregano is a perennial that prefers sun and moderate moisture. The leaves can be used in preparing meats and vegetables.Sage is a perennial that prefers sun and moderate moisture. Trim the plant to promote bushiness. The leaves can be used in preparing meat and in cheese and potpourri.Chives are a perennial that prefer sun or partial shade and moderate moisture. They can be used in preparing eggs, meats and vegetables.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Mipso

first_imgI’m a sucker for great bands with quirky names.Mipso.Just say it.The only thing more enjoyable than saying the name of this North Carolina bluegrass quartet – which, incidentally, always makes me grin – is listening to its progressive take on acoustic music.Mipso recently entered the Billboard Bluegrass charts at #1 with their new release, Old Time Reverie, which dropped earlier this month.I recently caught up with mandolinist Jacob Sharp to chat about the new record, balancing the old with the new, and funny words that start with “m.”BRO – How difficult is if for a contemporary string band to balance the traditional with the progressive?JS – As difficult as you want it to be, I suppose. We pick and choose our moments to really dig into, or out of, the balance here. I think we benefit at times from being schooled at different levels within different types of music. Traditional musics of North Carolina – folk, old time, and bluegrass – are our collective foundation, but only recently have we become better versed in them, so we often have to decide when, and at what levels, we balance out the traditional with the progressive. But it’s a total joy for us – that balancing challenge – because it’s so fun. And we appreciate that doing it is an obvious tip of the hat to our North Carolina heritage. We’re proud of that.BRO – What pop song out there right now might you like to give your “renegade traditional” treatment to?JS – Well, I’m really into Taylor Swift. Ryan Adams kind of stole the spotlight here, but I’d still like to cover one of her tunes. I think I’d be the only Mipso to have this desire, which may be an issue. But, yeah . . . we could really rock “Out Of The Woods.”BRO – We are featuring “Marianne” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?JS – This is a tune Joseph wrote, and it is maybe one of the more political tunes on the record. It’s about the struggles of an interracial couple in North Carolina may have faced a few decades back. Being period based in a time we didn’t live in, it’s not based on Joseph’s experiences or anyone he knows, but as modern liberal North Carolinians we think a lot about the contradictions and complications of some of the legacies we have here in North Carolina, in the South, and anywhere else. Those tensions are based around different issues now than they were then, but they similarly stem from a certain segment of society’s fear of change and difference. We think about those tensions a lot, as individuals and as a group.As I prepped for this piece, I thought it might be fun to turn someone from the band loose on a quiz of funny words that start with “m.” Jacob was more than gracious in accepting my challenge.BRO – Does “mixen” mean (a) a dunghill, (b) to gather insects, or (c) a Flemish folk dance?JS – A Flemish folk dance.BRO – Is a “moton” (a) armor for the armpit, (b) a crispy Chinese noodle, or (c) a traditional Egyptian dress?JS – A crispy Chinese noodle.BRO – Is a “mugwump” (a) someone who is politically neutral, (b) an unsuccessful thief, or (c) a feral swamp pig?JS – An unsuccessful thief.BRO – “Moya” is (a) volcanic mud, (b) a miniature zebra, or (c) the Spanish slang equivalent for “mommy.”JS – Volcanic mud.BRO – Does “molo” mean (a) a two or three stringed West African lute, (b) a spicy mayonnaise, (c) or something that is weird or strange?JS – A two or three stringed West African lute.BRO – Now, in the spirit of the quiz, can you tell those of us that are curious what a “mipso” is?JS – Mipso, MipsoWhere did you goWhenever I askNobody knowsEven though Jacob fell a bit short in sharing with me what a mipso is, he did okay on the quiz, getting two out of the five words right. That’s really not too bad for a bunch of words he’d never heard before!For the record, each word was correctly defined by the (a) answer!You can catch Mipso tonight in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then across the Midwest for shows in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa over the next couple weeks.For more information on Mipso, their tour dates, or how you can get the new record, point your browser here. And make sure you check out “Marianne” on this month’s Trail Mix.And, lastly, a big shout out to my fifth grade students at Powell Valley Middle School for coming up with the alternate answers for the “m word” quiz!!last_img read more

8 reasons why you don’t have money

first_imgBefore you decide to hate me, understand I know what it’s like to be broke, and worse than being broke I know what it’s like to just barely get by month after month.Two hundred and fifty million people in the wealthiest country on the planet are barely making it. I am not talking about the people on food stamps or unemployment, I am talking about people making an average of $48,000 to $68,000 annually. Consider that almost 75 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.In 2013, a person making $63,000 (before taxes) spent an average of $49,000 to $51,000 on housing, transportation, food, insurance, entertainment, childcare, health care and other expenditures. Take 20 percent out of that formula for taxes and you have no money left over for savings or investments.You are having money issues because you have money issues. Here are a few of them: continue reading » 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Delaware County sees 4 more COVID-19 recoveries

first_imgDelaware County says there are 48 positive cases, bringing the county’s total up by two since Saturday’s report. The county also says there are 33 additional individuals in mandatory quarantine and one in precautionary quarantine. They also say there have been 376 tests administered to date. The county says that of those tests, there are 25 pending and 303 negative results.  They also say that of the 42 positive cases in the county, four of them are in the hospital, and 23 are quarantined. Delaware County also has three deaths and 12 full recoveries. There have been four more recoveries since Saturday’s report.  DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Delaware County released an update on coronavirus numbers on Sunday.center_img Additionally, Delaware County says that six of the 48 positive cases are individuals who live outside of the county. They say those six individuals have been transferred out of the county to where they reside. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

IDSA: flu vaccine shortage shows need for incentives

first_imgOct 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In response to the national influenza vaccine shortage, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on the federal government to find ways to make the production of vaccines more profitable.The organization of healthcare professionals and scientists said in an Oct 21 statement that Congress and the administration should “implement innovative public policy geared toward removing financial disincentives that have caused pharmaceutical companies to leave the vaccine market.”Only two US companies, Aventis Pasteur and Chiron, currently make injectable flu vaccine; one company, MedImmune, makes an intranasal vaccine. Reasons often cited for the decline in flu-vaccine makers include a complex, high-risk production process and unpredictable consumer demand that leaves millions of doses unsold in a typical year.The IDSA said one possible remedy for the decline in vaccine manufacturing would be legislation similar to Project Bioshield, passed last July. The legislation provides funds to encourage the development of medical countermeasures for bioterrroism. Among other measures, it guarantees that the government will buy promising drugs and vaccines for diseases such as smallpox and anthrax.Andrew T. Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, said patients with chronic diseases like diabetes may take a drug for many years, making treatments for those diseases much more profitable than treatments for infectious diseases. A person may use a particular vaccine only once or twice in a lifetime or, in the case of flu, once a year. Yet flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations yearly, the IDSA said.”It makes sense for the country to reinvest in the infectious diseases market,” Pavia said. “Vaccines and antibiotics will help to save lives and should be cost-effective for society in the long run. Money we put into incentives should be returned by savings from decreased diseases.”John G. Bartlett, MD, chair of the IDSA Task Force on Antimicrobial Availability, called for incentives such as “tax credits, strengthened intellectual property rights, liability protections, or some type of federally guaranteed purchasing program” to make infectious disease products more attractive to industry.last_img read more

The Government of the Republic of Croatia has raised quotas for the import of foreign labor

first_imgThis Decision provided an additional 2.000 work permits for foreigners in the tourism sector, and 1.000 for the construction sector. Also, it is possible to automatically activate an additional 2.000 work permits, if the tourism sector will need additional labor, if there is no such profile of workers at the Employment Service. FIRST REACTIONS: “Increasing quotas was a necessary measure to help employers. The only alternative was to put the key in the lock or to suffer the quality of work, which is disastrous in the height of the tourist season. But the voice of reason prevailed and the voice of the businessman was heard. Now that we have put out that fire, we can continue to work on a new Aliens Act that will abolish quotas altogether,”Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović. At the 162nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a decision was made to amend the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2019. center_img More soon… The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) also expressed satisfaction with the increase in quotas for labor imports and pointed out that due to the lack of workers, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts has long pointed to the need to increase quotas in the construction and catering sector. Back in May this year, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce sent an initiative to the Ministry to amend the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for 2019. We believe that this step will ensure a partial solution to the problem, especially in the upcoming tourist season. “last_img read more

Sign on to end blight of hunger on Earth

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Three percent of U.S. military spending could end starvation on Earth,” says Women Against War billboard (May 4, 2018, Sounds like some wise, moral women.More food, less bombs. A safer world. All Congress members, Democrats and Republicans, should immediately sign on, or we should replace them this fall.After all, who wouldn’t recommend feeding your neighbor rather than killing him?PETE LOOKERGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more