Winning the Red Queen’s Race with Kinetic Infrastructure

first_imgAre you running fast just to stay in the same place?In Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Through the Looking Glass, when Alice meets the Red Queen, she runs as fast as she can, but then realizes they remain under the same tree where they started.“You may call it nonsense if you like,” but the Red Queen’s race can be an all-too real experience in the data center.[1] You are evolving, not to gain advantage, but simply to stand still in a world that is constantly changing. Maintaining the status quo might help you survive, but you won’t thrive.You must constantly innovate to get aheadIf you want to get “somewhere else” you need to take the Red Queen’s advice, “you must run at least twice as fast as that.”[2] This is a good analogy to innovation in today’s business environment. With the digital economy, there can be no equilibrium, only unremitting innovation. Success will belong to those that continually innovate and transform through digitalization of their core businesses, implementation of new organizational and operational models, and investment in state-of-the-art technologies. This innovation is made real with IT modernization, architectures and infrastructure that will make you more nimble, intelligent, adaptive, and competitive. This is how to pull ahead.You must modernize to build the leadThe path to digital breaks all the traditional compute infrastructure that has been deployed over the last 10 to 15 years. Advanced technologies like data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) require specific infrastructure resources that can grow and evolve alongside them.To support this wave of next-gen applications and workloads a modern infrastructure is required.[3] And to achieve a significant competitive advantage,[4] you need to invest in modernizing the compute [5] portion of this infrastructure to include:Scale-out architecture to support data-intensive workloads with very few resources in ways scale-up systems can’t.SSDs/NVMe,[6] and ultimately persistent memory[7], dominate storage because it delivers the faster, denser, and more reliable performance required by next-gen applications with better economics than spinning disk.Accelerators in forms like GPUs, FPGAs and ASICS are used to augment conventional CPUs to speed up workloads.[8]Open industry-standard APIs, like Redfish, replace complex and vulnerable traditional management interfaces.Foundation of trust, which means it is secure and highly available, with world-class support.This modern infrastructure scales to keep pace with business demands to enable faster time to market. It decreases complexity and downtime and provides a more secure and enduring foundation versus traditional hardware.[9] This is how you can put some distance between you and your competitors.You win with composable and kinetic infrastructureAs applications and workloads become more dynamic, infrastructures must become more dynamic as well. As interest has grown in a more modular, integrated, fluid infrastructure, attention has turned to composability.[10] With composable infrastructure, all the data center resources are essentially brought together into a single pool from which the applications can draw whatever they need to run most quickly and efficiently. When the resources are no longer needed, they are returned into the pool. This means a more optimized infrastructure for IT. There is no need to overprovision. There are no stranded assets.This is not about virtualizing the operating system (whether it be one for a server, a storage array, or a switch) to set it apart from the underlying hardware. Rather, it composes the compute, storage, and networking fabric to essentially create on-the-fly hardware capacity. It looks and feels like malleable bare metal. It breaks the tight coupling between CPUs and main and auxiliary memories.Dell EMC uses the term “kinetic” to describe true composability.[11] It includes not only a modular infrastructure design, but also goes deeper by extending the idea of composability to individual storage devices. Eventually, it will be expanded to memory-centric devices like a DRAM, persistent memory, and accelerators, which currently are trapped in the server.The new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX, kinetic infrastructure on modern server architecture allows for the composition of compute and storage resources through its built-in SAS infrastructure. Its unique “no mid-plane” design will enable the adoption of the latest interconnect technologies, like Gen-Z, IOs and CPUs as they become available. These technologies will enable full composability of all resources including new emerging “sub-microsecond class devices” like persistent memory.PowerEdge MX kinetic infrastructure that instantly responds, adapts and evolves with shifting needs, will keep you out in front in the Red Queen’s Race.[1] Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking-Glass,” Chapter 2, 1872 (public domain)[2] Ibid[3] Dell EMC, Become A Digital Innovator, Modernize Your Infrastructure, December 2018[4] Forrester Consulting, Modern Compute Is The Foundation For Your IT Transformation, commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel, February 2018[5] Dell EMC, Igniting Innovation with PowerEdge Server Solutions[6] Solid state drives/non-volatile memory express (SSDs/NVMe)[7] Persistent memory is often referred to as storage class memory (SCM)[8] Graphics processing units (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs)[9] Forrester Consulting, Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate, commissioned by Dell EMC, November 2018[10] Dell EMC, What is Composability and Why It Matters to Your IT’s Efficiency (video), August 2018[11] Dell EMC, PowerEdge 101:  What is Kinetic Infrastructure & Why Does It Matter? 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Luxury Burleigh development a winner with locals

first_imgNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads.“Solid local interest means we have met the demands of owner-occupiers craving the barefoot Burleigh lifestyle within a boutique, residential-only building of exceptional standards,” said David Calvisi of Synergy Property Partners.“These spacious apartments epitomise the luxuries of a contemporary home, with the security and low-maintenance aspects of apartment living.“I have focused on every detail to create seven residences that are truly extraordinary.”Each apartment has three bedrooms, a beachfront balcony, open-plan living and dining area, and a multipurpose space for a media room, additional bedroom or study. North Residences, Burleigh Heads. North Residences, Burleigh Heads.Interiors feature subtle tones and textures through quality finishes in timber, stone, limestone, glass and mirror. Selling agent, Jamie-Lee Edwards of Kollosche Prestige Agents: New Projects, said North Residences was one of the Gold Coast’s premier high-end developments.“From its trademark glass and concrete facade, wet-edge pool and breathtaking ocean views to premier finishes and liveable spaces, North Residences portrays the very essence of penthouse living to each and every apartment, on each and every level,” Mr Edwards said.“The 472sq m penthouse is exceptionally unique and features its own entertainment deck, glass edge pool, wine cellar and cold room.“It ticks all the boxes for affluent buyers looking for quality, new beachfront product on the southern Gold Coast.” North Residences, Burleigh Heads.GOLD Coast buyers have snapped up all but one apartment in Burleigh Heads project North Residences, ahead of its completion this month.North Residences, at 296 The Esplanade, features seven beachfront apartments in a residential-only boutique building.It is the latest project from Brisbane-based developer Synergy Property Partners.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgHymans Robertson – Stephen Makin has been appointed a senior risk consultant in the Enterprise Risk Management practice. He joins from Prudential, where he was head of longevity research. He also ran his own consultancy business, with a focus on the quantitative aspects of Solvency II preparations.AMP Capital – Kate Campbell has been appointed institutional director for Europe. She joins from JP Morgan, where she was executive director of capital introduction in the prime brokerage region. She has also held positions at Deutsche Bank, Equity Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs.LCP – Suzanne Taylor has been appointed as a senior consultant in the pensions administration team. She has more than 14 years’ experience in pensions administration and operational change management, most recently with Aon Hewitt.Affiliated Managers Group – Niall Ferguson has been appointed to the board of directors. Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch professor of history at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. State Street Global Advisors, Babson Capital, BlackRock, Hymans Robertson, AMP Capital, LCP, Affiliated Managers GroupState Street Global Advisors – Joe Riddaway has been appointed UK senior consultant relations manager. He joins from Mercer Investments, where he was head of UK client service for its fiduciary management business. He has also worked at JLT Actuaries, Consultants and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jasper Bugter has been appointed as senior relationship manager for the institutional business in the Benelux team. He joins from Generali Investments Europe, where he was head of institutional sales for the Benelux region. Before then, he worked at Robeco, Aegon and ABN AMRO Bank. Michele Marchese has been appointed senior sales manager for SSgA’s institutional business in Italy. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse in the asset management division, where he was responsible for developing its institutional business in the country.Babson Capital – The asset manager has added 12 new investment professionals to its emerging market investment team, completing an expansion that began in the autumn of 2013. Last October, the firm hired Ricardo Adrogue and Brigitte Posch to spearhead its new emerging market debt team under the leadership of Russ Morrison, managing director and head of global fixed income. Babson recently launched two emerging market debt funds in Europe, and plans to expand its offerings over the near term.BlackRock – Pablo Goldberg has been appointed managing director, portfolio manager and senior strategist within the emerging market fixed income business. He joins from HSBC, where, since 2010, he was managing director and global head of emerging market research. Before then, he was global head of emerging market debt strategy and chief economist for Latin America at Merrill Lynch.last_img read more

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The Latest: Bundesliga players to be reminded about protocol

first_img May 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bundesliga soccer players will be reminded not to celebrate goals together after Hertha Berlin’s team shared hugs and high fives over the weekend. ___Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title.The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season.The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.” Associated Press The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training.Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted.The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member.Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions. Most teams have stuck to restrained arm bumps when they score but Hertha’s more exuberant celebrations in the 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday prompted criticism they were undermining the league’s social distancing guidelines.Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein says clubs “are speaking with (players) day in, day out to tell them and remind them of what needs to be done to ensure that we can earn the right to go to a second match day and a third match day and then to finish the season.”Klein says overall the guidelines were “well respected” as the top two divisions in German soccer returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.Players can’t be fined or banned for celebrating together.___ Rayo Vallecano was in 11th place when the second division was halted in mid-March. The Spanish league hopes the season will restart on the second weekend of June.___The English Football Association says it is in discussion with clubs in the top women’s league about the possibility of cutting short the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FA says there are “significant challenges” in completing the season and the governing body is seeking views on the “most appropriate sporting outcome.”Manchester City leads the Women’s Super League by one point. Chelsea is second and has played one game fewer. There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point.Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated.___A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. No league games have been played since February.___UEFA says it has postponed an executive committee meeting by three weeks because of issues regarding the venues for the rescheduled European Championship in 2021.The 24-team tournament was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to use 12 stadiums in 12 nations.UEFA wanted the host cities to confirm they could still stage games.center_img The governing body of European soccer says its executive committee will meet on June 17 instead of May 27 “due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues” for Euro 2020.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said Euro 2020 can be staged without all 12 stadiums.___Premier League clubs have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic.The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Latest: Bundesliga players to be reminded about protocol The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic.The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7.Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final.___ Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Contact training and matches have yet to be allowed by the government.The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining.Coronavirus testing is due to take place twice each week at clubs on up to 40 players, coaches and support staff.___Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season. Players from Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano have refused to practice in protest against reduced salaries.The players from the second-division club want to be taken off furlough before they return to training. They want to resume earning full salaries now that soccer is starting to come back.Spanish media say the players practiced at home instead of going to the team’s training center for the start of group sessions.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club eventually complied with their demands.Most Spanish clubs used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs after the soccer season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%. Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions.___Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training.last_img read more

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