Defining a “Well-Run Hybrid Cloud”

first_imgIf each of these attributes is indeed in place does that make a private cloud “well-run?”Not necessarily.A private cloud is only well-run if the end users believe it to be so! These end users happen to rely on a different set of metrics – cost, ease, time, and agility. They view NIST’s five cloud characteristics as table stakes.Therefore the first step in creating a well-run hybrid cloud is to create a well-run private cloud by bringing together IT’s metrics with those of the end user:Once this happens, the end user begins to prefer the selection of private cloud IT resources in many cases. If this occurs, your private cloud has reached “well-run” status.It is then (and only then) that IT can take the next step: becoming a broker for external services. Once again, the end user has a set of expectations that must be met in order to achieve the label of “well-run.”Clear advertisement of services (internal or external)Clear pricingPublished service levelsSelf-provisionedAutomated deployment of the servicesThe first and last bullets in the list above represent two key litmus tests for earning the label of a “well-run hybrid cloud”.  A hybrid cloud is well-run if advertising its services don’t cause the end user to ask whether the services are provided privately or publicly. The end user feels no need to shop for public services that have better metrics.And finally, the automated deployment of services, often called right-sourcing, seamlessly issues the application internally or externally to give the end user the most benefit across the metrics established above.For EMC World attendees, I recommend attending Build-A-Hybrid-Cloud LIVE (Booth #850) to see live demonstrations and gain a more thorough understanding of how a well-run hybrid cloud can be built in practice. Let’s try and build a sensible definition of the phrase “well-run hybrid cloud.”Many IT departments would argue that they have created a “well-run internal cloud.” This means, for example, that they can place a checkmark next to five common cloud characteristics (as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology or NIST):On demand self-serviceBroad network accessResource poolingRapid elasticityMeasured servicelast_img read more

Ain’t It Good to Know! Beautiful Star Jessie Mueller Is Broadway.com’s New Video Blogger

first_img Anika Larsen Jarrod Spector Beautiful follows the life of singer-songwriter Carole King from the days she was a Brooklyn teen (named Carol Klein) looking for a break in the record business to her years as a pop songwriter at the Brill Building to her chart-topping solo caree. In addition to Mueller, Beautiful features Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical View All (4) Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Star Files Mueller received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She went on to star in Broadway’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood (for which she was nominated for a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award) and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her additional credits include Lincoln Center’s Carousel, the Public Theater’s Into the Woods and Chicago productions of Meet Me in St. Louis, Baby and She Loves Me. Jessie Mueller Jake Epstein Feel your heart start to “trem-b-ling” whenever Jessie Mueller is around? Us too! The Beautiful leading lady is set to give audiences a peek behind the scenes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre each week with her new Broadway.com video blog, Natural Woman: Backstage at Beautiful with Jessie Mueller. The new vlog begins on January 16 and runs every Thursday for eight weeks. Related Showslast_img read more

Draker Labs move reflects growth, future expansion

first_imgDraker Labs, a provider of high performance turnkey monitoring systems for large commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, is moving into new, larger offices on April 1, 2011. The company’s new offices will be located in the Maltex building at 431 Pine Street in Burlington, VT. The move reflects significant growth the company experienced during 2010 as well as future expansion plans.Commenting on the upcoming move, Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis noted that the company doubled its staff in the past 12 months and expects to do so again in the coming year. ‘The original Draker building has served us well over the past 10 years but given recent and projected growth we knew we needed more space. The new facility will more than double our current space and allow us to continue to expand as needed.’ Curtis added that, ‘We are excited to be moving into the Maltex building, a beautifully renovated historic property situated near Lake Champlain and at the center of what is fast becoming a hub for technology companies located in the Burlington area.’Draker’s new offices are being outfitted to accommodate the company’s manufacturing, operations, hardware and software development, and sales and marketing groups. Draker’s executive offices will also be located at the new facility. The company will continue to maintain a west coast operations and sales office located at 1029 H Street, Suite 301 in Sacramento, CA.Draker’s main phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged. Effective April 1, 2011, the company’s new address will be:Draker Labs431 Pine Street, Suite 114Burlington, VT 05401About Draker LaboratoriesDraker Laboratories provides highly accurate and reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial and utility-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets.  As a supplier of complete, end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker provides turnkey systems that combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive Web-based data management system and unmatched customer support. For more information, visit www.drakerlabs.com(link is external).(March 24, 2011 – Burlington, VT) Draker Labslast_img read more

Nedbank funding about-face puts future of two new South Africa coal plants in doubt

first_imgNedbank funding about-face puts future of two new South Africa coal plants in doubt FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Fin24:This decision fits with the banking group’s commitment to “green” funding, responsible lending and supporting sustainability initiatives. The bank says its initial proposal for funding the construction of the Thabametsi and Khanyisa independent power producers (IPPs) has lapsed and will not be renewed.This follows a corporate policy announced in early 2018 that the bank would no longer fund the construction of any new coal-fired power plants beyond its existing commitments to fund Thabametsi and Khanyisa, which were included as part of the new coal IPP programme in the South African Department of Energy’s draft integrated resource plan for electricity, Draft IRP 2018.The proposed Thabametsi 557 MW coal-fired power station, which would be largely owned by Japan’s Marubeni and South Korea’s Kepco, was planned to be built near Lephalale in Limpopo, while the Khanyisa 306 MW power station was to be sited near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga. The biggest shareholder of Khanyisa would be Saudi-owned Acwa Power.Nedbank says that it would prefer to offer financing for projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as landfill gas, solar, hydro and wind projects. The bank says in its core business of lending and investing, it has a crucial role to play in transforming the economy and addressing climate change and that it seeks to “use [its] financial expertise to do good for individuals, businesses and society.”Nedbank’s announcement follows reports in September 2018 of Standard Bank’s withdrawal of financing the construction of coal-fired power. Currently, it appears that FirstRand, ABSA and the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) are still willing to offer funding for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa projects, but this may change. Nedbank and Standard Bank have followed the global trend of financial institutions refusing to fund the construction new coal-fired power plants.Funding is not the only challenge faced by the two new coal IPPs. Credible high court challenges (reviews of the environmental authorisations) are underway, and atmospheric emission licenses, water-use licenses and generation licenses for both projects are either outstanding or being challenged.More: Nedbank withdraws funding for new coal IPPslast_img read more

Leadership Matters: Lessons from the Titanic

first_imgAs a credit union leader, you are responsible for the wellbeing and success of your institution, employees and members. You are the captain of your ship; while the employees steer the ship, the captain is responsible for steering the course. Leaders cannot take success for granted or be blind to the challenges and obstacles they face. Over 100 years ago, Titanic Captain E.J. Smith fell into that trap, which resulted in one of the greatest disasters of all time. The lessons learned from that sinking can be applied to your credit union as well.The Leader Is Always ResponsibleLeadership expert John Maxwell states “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The maiden voyage of the Titanic was Capt. E.J. Smith’s retirement trip. His final duty was to pilot the grandest ship ever built into New York Harbor. However, Smith took many safety issues and precautions for granted on the trip. He ignored multiple iceberg warnings from his crew and neighboring ships. Smith ignored safety concerns by pushing the ship to its limits the first time out in the attempt to reach New York two days ahead of schedule.Leadership is about everything you do, and the things you don’t do. Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” The leader sets the stage and influences others to act; the leader is always present, even when he or she is not there physically. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

A wait on the mind

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US vows to curb China and Russia in space

first_imgIn 2018, President Vladimir Putin boasted that the Sarmat was one of the new Russian weapons that could render NATO defenses obsolete.The US, which is reviving its space exploration program, recently celebrated its first crewed spacecraft flight in nearly a decade, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station in a privately-built capsule.The strategy document underlined that the US would “promote burden-sharing with our allies and partners.” The United States wants to prevent China and Russia from taking control of space and will look to allies for help, according to a new “Defense Space Strategy” unveiled by the Pentagon on Wednesday.The strategy document was the first since President Donald Trump announced the creation of the new Space Force military arm in December.”China and Russia present the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing, and deployment of counterspace capabilities,” it said. “China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space.”The strategy stressed that the US would strive to maintain superiority in space, in particular protecting GPS satellites on which the military as well as the emergency services, transport and even financial services depend.China is investing billions of dollars in space and puts many satellites in orbit. In 2007, Beijing also successfully tested a surface-to-air missile strike against a satellite, according to the Pentagon.Russia plans a test launch of its Angara heavy carrier rocket later this year, and is pressing ahead with the development of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Sarmat.center_img Topics :last_img read more

These are the kitchens of the hottest renovation projects in the country this year

first_imgThese are the hottest renovation projects in the country this year, and they also have some of the hottest kitchens.Seven homes, including two from Queensland, made the National Architecture Awards shortlist for Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations & Additions), with competition described by the jury as being at “its most fierce” this year. Brisbane home Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect made the prestigious cut for renovations this year. Picture: Toby Scott Light and bright at Burleigh Street House by ME. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesThe top homes renovated in the country this year were Annandale House by Welsh + Major Architects (NSW), Burleigh Street House by ME (Qld), Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects (Tas), Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect (Qld), Jac by panovscott (NSW), Little Sister’s House by Candalepas Associates (NSW) and Sorrento House by Figureground Architecture (Vic).A record 983 entries were received in 14 categories for the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards, with 13 Queensland projects making it into shortlists for eight categories.A masculine feel in the kitchen at Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects. Picture: JWA Concrete floors at Jac by panovscott. Picture: Brett Boardman Little Sister’s House by Candalepas Associates was all about creating more space. Picture: Brett Boardman Annandale House by Welsh + Major Architects was an extension on a brick terrace home. Picture: Michael Nicholson More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoSorrento House by Figureground Architecture was all for wood and air. Picture: Derek Swalwelllast_img read more

Canadian had knife in back for years

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Canadian had knife in back for years by: – March 28, 2013 A lump over the blade burned and irritated McNeelyDoctors in Canada have removed a knife blade from a man’s back more than three years after he was stabbed in a fight.Billy McNeely of the Northwest Territories told local media he had suffered itching and minor pain but did not know the blade was still embedded.This week, his nail caught the tip of the 7.5cm blade and uncovered it.“I’ve done some jail time in the past,” he said. “The guards rub over you with a metal wand detector, and every time it hit my back… it went off.”In April 2010, McNeely got into a fight after an arm wrestling match and was stabbed five times, he told the Canadian Press news agency.Doctors at the local accident and emergency room stitched him up but never took an X-ray, he said. Seeking subsequent treatment for the lingering discomfort, he was told he had suffered nerve damage.But this week, McNeely, 32, was scratching his back as usual when his fingernail caught on something. His girlfriend took a look.“I told Billy: ‘There’s a knife sticking out of your back.’ I was scared. I was ready to pull it out with tweezers,” Stephanie Sayine told CBC News.McNeely is considering whether to file a lawsuit against the local health department.BBC News Tweet Sharecenter_img 21 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Cricket News Marnus Labuschagne – A case to be studied

first_imgNew Delhi : Let’s write about Marnus Labuschagne today. Let’s write about him tomorrow. Let’s not forget to write about him a day after. Marnus Labuschagne has set some standards in his initial days of International cricket after the innings he played under pressure in second Ashes Test against England.Imagine a Test match going and as the manager’s hands the team sheet – your name isn’t there. This means, you have been asked to start on the bench and serve water as and when required by on-field players. Now, while you’re in non-match mood, you get to know that you need to play as Steve Smith, who smashed two centuries and 92 in three innings was hit by a bouncer by Jofra Archer.Becoming the first-ever batsman to be concussion replacement, Labuschagne smashed a gritty 59 as Australia survived to claim a draw and preserve their 1-0 series lead.If that wasn’t enough, on Tuesday morning – not more than an hour after Smith was ruled out of this week’s third Test – Labuschagne was hit square in the grille by a Mitchell Starc snorter while batting in the nets, requiring medical attention for the second time in the space of four days.Just as he did at Lord’s, Labuschagne waved the medics away, insisting he was fine.Needing 288 to avoid an innings defeat by Lancashire, the Welsh county were skittled for 138, losing inside three days. But the fact that they remain third in the Division Two table owes much to their 25-year-old Australian overseas player with the unpronounceable name who smashed a century on his championship debut against Northants and went on to plunder four more before receiving an Ashes call-up from Australia’s selectors.Labuschagne’s 1,114 runs this summer makes him the competition’s leading run-scorer by a distance, and a major reason why a team who finished bottom of Division Two last season are now challenging for promotion to Division One.Labuschagne – The replacement Australia wantedBorn in Klerksdorp, in South Africa’s North West province, Australia’s man of the moment grew up speaking Afrikaans, apparently only becoming proficient in English after his family emigrated to Brisbane when he was 10. It seems he was always fluent with bat and ball, though.A cricket-mad teenager Labuschagne was operating the Hot Spot cameras at the Gabba when Peter Siddle recorded an Ashes hat-trick in the first Test in 2010. He played for Queensland at under-12, under-15, under-17, and under-19 level, and for Redlands Tigers in grade cricket.It was actually through the Redlands connection that Glamorgan signed him.Labuschagne had already made his Test debut by then, of course, so he wasn’t a complete unknown. Called up for Australia’s series against Pakistan in the UAE last year, he made a duck in Dubai before scoring 25 and 43 in the second Test in Abu Dhabi. It was his fielding and leg-spin which drew greater attention, Labuschagne taking 3-45 with the ball and producing one particularly smart catch at short leg to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez.It was not enough to secure him a central contract with Cricket Australia, though, opening the door to Glamorgan. Their gamble paid off in spades.Australia will hope Labuschagne’s bountiful summer does not end now. He has produced to be an exceptional player who has adapted to the conditions well and taken pressure off the experienced campaigners at this age. Being the first choice for that middle-order spot in the next Test, Labuschagne will look to grab the opportunity with both hands. And if he can replicate last game heroics again, he may well prove to be the difference between two sides.What will Labuschagne become or not, who knows till then, stay with those timely inside out cover drives and pulls in front of square. Sometimes, a cricketer is just about his cricket. And there’s no nickname needed. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more