Architecture Always Matters

first_imgThis morning, EMC announced the general availability of our XtremIO All-Flash Array. This is a huge milestone, not just for EMC, but also for the future of the virtualized datacenter.While it is simple to think of XtremIO as “EMC’s All-Flash Array,” I believe it is so much more and I’d like to share why EMC purchased a small Israeli start-up in May 2012 that didn’t even have a shippable product at the time.Silicon Valley is abuzz these days with web-oriented companies that can rapidly prototype their products and make constant changes in real-time as they get feedback from customers. Enterprise storage, on the other hand, must be stable and trustworthy as a platform that a business can operate reliably on for years. It’s a challenging problem to tackle and start-ups pursuing this market often make critical mistakes.EMC saw something very powerful in XtremIO — its architecture. XtremIO’s team had been very astute and practical. They had spent a lot of time thinking about the problems companies were experiencing and architected the foundation of the XtremIO array as the solution, long before they even started writing the code. They had an ambitious vision and executed wisely to realize it.So what’s different about this vision? What makes XtremIO unique in this increasingly crowded field? The answer lies in how they defined the problem to solve.XtremIO didn’t just set out to build a faster storage array using flash. Rather, they looked at the challenges facing large-scale, modern virtualized datacenters and sought to alleviate them. Random I/O performance is certainly one of those problems, but so are scale out, cost, environmental impact, improving the ability to handle dynamic virtual machine cloning, dealing with VMotion operations, and addressing all of these during high volume production hours.By looking at the problem holistically, XtremIO innovated in areas overlooked by others and delivered an architecture built on that original vision.Early XtremIO customers have seen some amazing things happen in their data centers and said things like, “Damn impressive machine I have to say,” and “It blew our minds,” and “The XtremIO difference is staggering.”It is exciting to roll out XtremIO to the world and have complete confidence that architecture matters just as much to companies when they make purchasing decisions as it did to EMC when we made ours back in 2012.This is just the beginning.last_img read more

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Wouldn’t stand for it

first_imgRe “Political anthem: `Stand by your man”‘ (Aug. 31): The only woman who did not stand quietly and meekly behind her errant man is Corina Raigosa, Antonio Villaraigosa’s wife, and I heartily applaud her for that. Corina stood up for herself where countless other women, including “feminist” Hillary Clinton, have by their silence appeared to accept such behavior. – Lea Osborne Woodland Hills Who they are Re “Top Dem fundraiser surrenders” (Sept. 1): Do Sen. Hillary Clinton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa really expect us to believe they were not aware of Norman Hsu’s contributions to their party? Please stop insulting our intelligence with your deceitful lies. Wake up, America. See them for who they really are. – Pat Dasse Chatsworth Light sentence Re “Ex-prosecutor gets jail for actions in Duke case” (Sept. 1): Disgraced former prosecutor Michael Nifong had the trust of the public and had taken an oath to pursue justice and enforce the law. Then he nearly destroyed the lives of three young Duke University lacrosse players he knew to be innocent of rape charges, withheld DNA evidence he knew would exonerate them, and lied to a judge. The three young men probably will never recover fully from their horrible ordeal. So one who violated the public trust and his oath of office was sentenced to a mere one day in jail. Is this American justice? No, it’s an absolutely disgusting disgrace. Five years would have been a very lenient sentence, in my opinion. – Ken Green Burbank Fear for the country Regarding the editorial cartoon on Labor Day (Sept. 3): I find it incredible that you condemn President George W. Bush for joining the National Guard during the Vietnam War when Bill Clinton dodged the whole thing by going to Britain to bad-mouth the war and speak against the United States. Hillary, while in the White House, said that she detested the military. How soon the Democrats forget their history. I fear for the United States should they get elected in 2008. – Beverly King Winnetka Safety and traffic Re “Traffic studies hit a wall” (Sept. 1): In Granada Hills, where they want to expand the Granada Village shopping area, a traffic study was conducted in the summer by the interested parties, but it does not accurately reflect usual traffic because a large high school and private elementary school are within a block of the proposed expansion. Both Regency Center, which owns the property, and Kohl’s, which wants to expand the square footage, are using this study in their request for exemptions and variances from the city. That is just dirty business. Neither company’s headquarters are even in California. What do these companies care about the safety and traffic in our town? – Cathe Bodie Granada Hills Return a Sunni regime Re “Much is at stake in Iraq” (Their Opinions, Sept. 2): Bill O’Reilly foresees a horrific scenario if we withdraw from Iraq: Iran will dominate the country – “a powerful Shiite juggernaut that will target Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States itself.” There is one sure way to prevent this scenario from becoming a reality: A Sunni regime should be re-installed in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni, and his regime was a Sunni regime. There was no danger of a “Shiite juggernaut” under that regime, and that regime was not a threat to the United States. What they foolishly and tragically demolished, they should take the lead in rebuilding. They could start by attempting to identify an Iraqi qualified to take on Saddam’s role. – Gene Pomerantz Tarzana Buses won’t work Re “Pols love mass transit – just not for themselves” (Viewpoint, Sept. 2): Light rail should be included. Has Ted Balaker ever seen how slowly those so-called subway trains go when they are outside of Manhattan? Also, what is so important about our mayor not using the subway? It obviously cannot work for him. How can Balaker see buses as a solution? There always has been and always will be a stigma against buses. Fixed rail transit can work as long as those lines go to places with many jobs. Obviously we cannot eliminate all possible destinations that a car can serve, but we need to do whatever we can to fix gridlock, and this is the way to do it. Freeways are a thing of the past in the county. – Tony Fernandez Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Blanc ‘not high on Chelsea’s list’

first_imgFrance boss Laurent Blanc is not among the main contenders for the Chelsea manager’s job, The Daily Telegraph reports.Blanc has been touted as an emerging candidate in recent days but a Stamford Bridge source has told The Telegraph he is not high on the club’s list of targets.Instead, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be determined to pursue Pep Guardiola.The paper understands that Abramovich’s advisers have opened a dialogue with Guardiola’s representatives to establish the Barcelona coach’s intentions at the end of this season.Meanwhile, reports in Raul Meireles’ native Portugal suggest Juventus are lining up a £9m bid for the Chelsea midfielder.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Acsa secures €85m French loan

first_img27 February 2009Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) have signed a long-term €85-million (about R1.06-billion) loan agreement to improve Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.According to the agreement, the loan will be repayable over 15 years, with a three-year grace period.Central terminal buildingAccording to a statement by Acsa this week, the funds will be used to finance the extension and upgrading of Acsa’s flagship OR Tambo International Airport, in particular the recently built central terminal building.“This financial support shows how international development institutions can accompany, even in critical global financial times, development processes that structure the economy,” said AFD’s Johannesburg-based regional director, Christopher Richard.As part of Acsa’s strategy to diversify its sources of funding, it has approached a number of financial institutions, particularly those that focus on long-term infrastructure development, and AFD was the first international development finance institution to support the company in funding its capital investment programme.‘Quality partnership’Acsa finance executive director Priscillah Mabelane said they were pleased that AFD had partnered with them in providing long-term funding with an appropriate structure at a time when the credit market was constrained.The agreement emphasised the quality of the partnership between France and South Africa, in particular for the support of the organisation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the long-term development of Africa, she said.Operating in South Africa since 1994, AFD is a French government institution set up to provide development financing especially for urban, rural and infrastructural development, as well as industry, financial systems and education.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Delaware County Farm Bureau hosts Symphony on the Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets are now on sale for the Delaware County Farm Bureau’s “Benefit in the Barn, A Symphony on the Farm.” This celebration of agriculture and music happens Saturday, August 20, 2016 with all proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. For the second year in a row, guests will enjoy a fun and unique concert along with dinner, Ohio beer, wine and spirits, and special surprises throughout the night.The event takes place on Hardscrabble Farms at 2514 Skinner Road, Delaware. The farm has been operated by the Skinner family for more than a century. Tickets include a picnic-style dinner compliments of All Occasions Catering beginning at 6 p.m. and music by the Central Ohio Symphony commencing at 7:30 p.m. and playing until dusk. Guests are encouraged bring a lawn chair for open seating in the barnyard. Tents will be erected to provide cover in the event of inclement weather.To purchase your tickets online, visit: BenefitInTheBarn.org. General admission is $30 per ticket and includes the concert and dinner. Farm Bureau members will receive a $5 discount per ticket when entering their Farm Bureau member number. A limited amount of tickets will be offered, so be sure to get your tickets early. For additional assistance regarding ticket purchases, please call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929. If you have questions about the event in general, please call the Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613.Proceeds from the Benefit in the Barn will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. The members of the Hunger Alliance are committed to increasing access to fresh produce, food pantries, meals for the homebound, and nutrition education. To learn more visit www.DelawareCountyHunger.org.Those who cannot attend the Benefit in the Barn but would still like to support the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, can visit: https://www.liveuniteddelawarecounty.org/take-action/hungeralliance/empty-plate-campaign.The event would not be possible without the support of sponsors. Sponsors already committed to this year’s benefit include the Delaware County Foundation’s Robert Weiler Family Fund and Charles H. and Betty J. Sheets Fund, Delaware County Bank, First Citizens National Bank, POET, Trillium Farms, Wright Moore Law Office, and Farm Credit Mid America.last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable: A Market of Late Adopters

first_imgTags:#start#StartUp 101 This week’s roundtable had two entrepreneurs from India. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Indian market, it is a market that has not seen as much Internet adoption as elsewhere. Whereas China’s Internet penetration will reach 518 million this year, India’s is only about 80 million, and access is still largely from companies and cyber cafes. Establishing home-based broadband Internet access is an elusive goal. Even at small and medium companies in non-IT or ITES sectors, Internet usage and in fact computer usage, is relatively low.Against that backdrop, Tarak Nagraj started off by presenting Abhaya, his SME ERP solution targeting the Indian ERP market, focusing on manufacturing companies with $2 million to $15 million in revenue. Tarak’s product is built on top of Tally, India’s de-facto accounting software standard, and supplies additional modules such as manufacturing resource planning, customer relationship management and other functions. Tarak’s analysis is that manufacturing companies in India are operating at 28-30% efficiency levels, and introducing MRP into their midst dramatically enhances their performance. Abhaya has been in business since 2007 and would like to be a pure play SaaS company.The market realities, however, are quite different in India in general, and in the SME manufacturing sector in particular. In addition, the segments of manufacturing that Abhaya is working with – textiles, dyes, garments, leather goods – tend to be very backward from a technological standpoint. Thus, for every customer, Abhaya has to conduct extensive training to plant the seeds of adoption, and this training cannot be conducted online over Web conferencing software like DimDim, which is what we use for our roundtables. No, the training has to be in person, making the adoption cycle longer and more expensive.My advice to Tarak is that he needs to meet the market where it is, and not try to force a configuration that doesn’t work for the customers. Self-service SaaS won’t work for the Indian manufacturing segment at this point. Tarak will have to assume that 10-20% of his business will be training, and budget and plan accordingly. The critical thing is that the training is paid for. In fact, the training business could become a serious revenue generator, and help him bootstrap the business further.Pure-play SaaS is a long way away for Abhaya. To some degree, it is a long way away for India.AfterCollege.inNext Kamal Dunani and Mukul Samtani presented AfterCollege.in, an online career-counseling portal for students. Their current business is a local brick-and-mortar training business for students in the central Indian town of Bhopal. Fifty percent of the current revenue comes from soft-skill training and 50% from MBA entrance exam coaching. Kamal and Mukul, however, want to do a national portal for online career counseling. This business idea is not flushed out sufficiently yet. They need to map the idea to my Web 3.0 framework and define a content strategy with a freemium game plan, taking advantage of both advertising and subscription business models. In addition, they need a community strategy including some user generated content game plan. They also need to figure out what they can sell online, to execute on a commerce strategy. Also, detailed competitive analysis is missing. Who are the top competitors, what are their traffic and advertising metrics? All this will lead to a possible business strategy that may or may not make sense, but without following the necessary steps of analysis, this business idea is at a 30,000-foot level. It needs to hit the ground and put the tires on the road.I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img sramana mitra Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Water is my priority, Maharashtra CM tells Niti Aayog

first_imgMaharashtra has sought increased financial assistance from the Centre for the next five years to tackle drought. Presenting a charter of demands at the fifth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the Centre to step in with increased assistance to help transport water from the Godavari basin criss-crossing Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha back into Marathwada and Vidarbha. “My government’s effort is to bring more water from Godavari into stressed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha to make them free of scarcity in the future. This is my government’s priority for the next five years, and since Centre has assisted us last five years, I have forwarded similar demands to the Niti Aayog,” Mr. Fadnavis said in New Delhi on Saturday. The Maharashtra delegation — in back-to-back meetings with Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, Commerce and Industry; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jal Shakti Minister; and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel — discussed pending issues related to the Nagpur airport, Mumbai airport, Nagpur Metro phase 2 and PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban), senior officials said. The CM sought central assistance for the Marathwada water grid, river liking projects on Godavari with Mr. Shekhawat. “We made a detailed presentation to him (Mr Shekhawat) Other meetings focussed on water, agriculture and market reforms, including six to seven other concerns that the State faces. We have appraised various ministries of the work Maharastra has done in water resources and agri sector,” the CM said. The agenda of the governing council was focused on internal security, development in left wing extremism (LWE) areas, reforms of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Other issues discussed were progress of the Aspirational Districts Programme, launched in January 2018, and ways for encouraging water conservation through rain water harvesting, said officials. Maharashtra has declared 151 talukas as drought affected and is getting a central assistance of ₹4,714 crore. The government had deployed 5,493 tankers to provide water to 4,331 villages after 151 talukas were declared drought-hit. The Opposition alleged that the State government is purposely restricting water supply through tankers in areas where the scheme has not performed well.last_img read more

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Allegri believes Juve can snatch Scudetto

first_imgJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is pretty confident that his team’s stunning late win against Inter Milan could be a decisive one in the race for the Scudetto, where Napoli are their main competitor.Juve looked almost set for back-to-back league defeats but then it was Juan Cuadrado in the 87th minute and Gonzalo Higuain two minutes later that scored and thus helped Juve move three points forward and four points clear of Napoli.“It was a wonderful evening of football between two teams who needed to win and went all out,” Allegri told SkySports.“We were aggressive and played well throughout the first half, but we fell asleep in the locker room and ended up trailing.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Inter played well, but got tired in the end, crumbled physically and we took advantage. It’s another step towards the Scudetto, even if it remains very difficult.”“Nothing is ever certain in football. I knew it would be tough and in the final four rounds there is always more pressure than when you play in September.”“Even a side with great mental strength will have moments where they lose confidence. Fortunately, the lads have found it again and we turned it around.”“It’ll make a big difference in the Scudetto race. It is very difficult to win at San Siro and the lads put in an extraordinary performance. We know that we’ve got to win them all,” Allegri went on to add.last_img read more

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Ramos releases World Cup song Another star in your heart

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has now officially released his World Cup song for the summer’s tournamentThe Real Madrid defender collaborated with Spanish singer Demarco Flamenco for the song called “‘Otra Estrella en tu Corazon” – which translates to “Another star in your heart”.Ramos has been teasing the song to fans for the past month and he has now released a video on his Instagram page with the lyrics in the song including:“Come on, Spain, raise your voice; scream loudly, shout that goal.“Thinking big we will achieve the best, fighting together, towards the star with honour.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to try. May La Roja shine once more.”The 32-year-old is a big music lover and released his first single called “SR4” a week before last weekend’s Champions League final.Since releasing this single on Friday, the video on his Instagram page has already been viewed over 1.1m times.Ramos’ songs can be found on Spotify and Deezer.last_img read more

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EJAY SAUNDERS SPEAKS OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn a phone call to me just moments ago Mr Saunders clarified that his departure from Digicel TCI was his own decision and will not take effect until end of October; that he was NOT fired. His staff was on Friday notified of the move by EJay who says this change will for him usher in a new era in entrepreneurship. He remains a Director and a significant shareholder in both Digicel and WIV. Mr Saunders who is currently out of country promises Magnetic Media an interview upon his return. Related Items:Digicel tci, E Jay Saunders, WIV Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp LIME TCI To Take Government To Court DIGICEL WANTS TO REMAKE YOUR HOME EJay Saunders Says He Is Oklast_img read more

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