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MWC: Bridging the Gap between the Enterprise and Service Providers

first_imgMy conclusion is that the themes and focus of EMC (including VMware, Pivotal and RSA) are central to the evolution underway in the Carrier and Service Provider world. Here are a few observations to validate my conclusion:1. There is a huge opportunity for virtualization. Carrier networks, such as the massive LTE mobile broadband networks that are currently being deployed, have a huge dependency on software and information processing. In fact, the amount of compute and storage capacity in global carrier networks may be at least as large as that in their data centers. While enterprise data centers have clearly seen the cost and complexity improvement through the use of virtualization, this technology has not been utilized widely on the network side of carriers. Applying this model to the carrier infrastructure is one of the single biggest tools to reduce CAPEX and improve the economics and efficiency of these incredibly cost sensitive environments.2. The future is in the Software-Defined Data Center. Beyond just compute virtualization for the carrier network, the entire vision of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) makes sense in the carrier environment. Today, carriers are exploring Software-Defined Network models for their infrastructure and data centers. They are also looking at new models of Software-Defined Storage to better manage and place information assets within their overall infrastructure.3. Carriers are becoming even larger information storage customers. Carrier networks generate huge amounts of data and store/process content such as video files and local advertisements. They also act as the back end of the mobile experience for services, ranging from backup of a mobile device to repositories of our digital lives, housing our collections of pictures and music files. The number of petabytes and exabytes stored by carriers is growing as fast (or faster) than many large enterprises.4. Big Data and Analytics will generate big value in the carrier ecosystem.Carriers have access to subscriber information. When this information is combined with the real time events and information coming from their networks, it can create entirely new capabilities. A cellular network that can dynamically adapt its behavior based on the user, and their historical relationship with the operator, would be invaluable in improving real time quality and overall customer experience. A carrier environment can collect and analyze the behavioral information of the entire system over very long periods of time. This allows them to better predict network degradation or proactively plan capacity expansion and reduce outages and better target CAPEX investment. To do any of these activities, the collection of huge amounts of real time and historical unstructured and structured data, and the ability to analyze it at scale quickly, will be critical. Today the best tools to do this are not coming from traditional carrier ecosystems but rather are emerging in the Big Data and Analytics innovation ecosystems.  5. Interactions with the public part of Hybrid cloud must be seamless.Every large service provider desires to be the public part of the enterprise hybrid cloud. In order to do this, they must not only have a public cloud infrastructure but they must design and implement it so that the interaction between the enterprise infrastructure and carrier ecosystem is seamless. Public clouds, while adequate for some discrete applications, lack the interworking capability with the private data center. This shortfall limits their role within most hybrid cloud models.  6. Enterprise IT wants to use Mobile Broadband, Hybrid Cloud, IoT… but needs an enterprise operating model. While most enterprises are beginning to leverage cellular mobility (LTE specifically) and other carrier infrastructure as a logical part of their IT experience, the Enterprise CIO still has the fiduciary responsibility to protect and operate the enterprise IT experience in a secure and stable manner. Because of this, Enterprise CIOs value carriers that are investing in new security and trust models. Most service providers are also now exploring new trust and security models as their environments are becoming as fluid and complex as the newly extended enterprise is. Sharing learnings, developing better interworking and extending technology capabilities across the public/private security boundary is critical to both the future carrier and the future extended enterprise. Again, many of the most advanced security tools in this new class of behavioral security and trust are originating from the enterprise security ecosystem but are now of significant interest in the carrier environment.In my various dialogues with service providers at this event, almost all areas of EMC’s strategy were relevant. The scale and specific environments for services providers were different but the problems were similar and the interest in finding the best tools to solve those problems was genuine. I am particularly optimistic that after MWC, the carrier and enterprise parts of the hybrid cloud will converge much more effectively that we may have expected.For an unabridged version of these observations, my interview with TelecomTV is linked here. Last month, I took a trip to Barcelona to attend Mobile World Congress. This event is quite possibly the largest in the telecom and service provider industry. My rationale for going was to test a theory about (a) EMC’s focus on Cloud, Big Data, Trusted IT, and (b) our increasing emphasis on the Software-Defined Data Center: are these themes as interesting to Service Providers as they are to the Enterprise?last_img read more

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Vestal school employee creates over-the-top videos to educate and make students smile

first_imgSome students at Vestal Hills Elementary, like Natalie Purdy who is in the fourth grade, say it’s a lot of fun to learn about the topics she’s covering. Natalie’s mother, Miriam, says parents love seeing them, too. “If I can make them laugh, or make the parents laugh, and maybe break the tension, then I feel like my job is done,” said Willis. Cathy Willis was used to doing the morning announcements at Vestal Hills Elementary before schools shutdown due to the pandemic. Now that everyone’s not in school, she says she wanted to make them feel special. “I think parents and teachers have something in common right now, which is that we’re really being challenged to do things differently,” said Miriam. “So, when we see teachers reaching out in a very different way like this, it’s not just academic, but it’s something that’s giving the kids hope and that things are okay.” (WBNG) — Vestal Hills Elementary speech pathologist, Cathy Willis, misses her students and has been going the extra mile to make sure they feel special. From dressing up as works of art like the Mona Lisa to doing magic tricks with her dog, Willis says her daughter helped her make the pieces to give her students something to look forward to, saying, “I like to jump in 100 percent… I act like a fool [in videos] and I love it!” What started out as a birthday shout out, quickly turned to a video here and there to her students, Willis then decided to put together educational and entertaining videos out there every week. Willis says after 21 years working at the school where both she and her children attended, she just wants to make the kids happy. You can check some of Willis’s videos out on YouTube here.last_img read more

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SA manta a star in Atlanta

first_imgNandi swims gracefully around the Ocean Voyager exhibit. Her story is an inspiringone of care, dedication and internationalco-operation. The crate in which Nandi flew across the Atlantic is carefully offloaded. Escorted by a bevy of police motorcycles, Nandi in her crate is transported to her new home. A relieved Jerry Ntombela, with Nandi in the background, after her release into the holding tank at the Georgia Aquarium. Jerry Ntombela gives Chris Coco of the Georgia Aquarium a few culinary tips. uShaka marine World in Durban, whereNandi’s story began.(Images: Georgia Aquarium)Janine ErasmusSouth African marine conservation is once more under the international spotlight with Nandi, the jet-setting manta ray, who is settling into her new home at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, US.Nandi was injured in a shark net while still a youngster and was nursed back to health at uShaka Marine World in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Now her new caretakers hope that she will continue to be an ambassador for the vulnerable manta ray (Manta birostris) species.Gliding through the water in the 23.8-million litre (6.3-million gallon) Ocean Voyager, the world’s largest saltwater tank, Nandi is creating something of a sensation and is already a crowd favourite, according to reports. Still juvenile by manta ray standards, she weighs just over 200kg and measures 2.7m (9ft) from wingtip to wingtip but has plenty of growing to do – adult mantas are the largest rays in the ocean and can weigh up to two tons, with a wingspan of 5 to 8m (16-26ft).Nandi was named after the mother of Shaka, the warrior king of the Zulus. And she has lived up to her name, displaying a regal bearing as she navigates gracefully between the thousands of other residents of the Ocean Voyager, trailed by an entourage of fish including golden trevally and crevalle jack.A narrow escapeNandi was caught in the shark nets along the KwaZulu-Natal coast in 2007 and badly injured herself while struggling to escape. Covered in cuts from thrashing about in the net, she was rescued by a Natal Sharks Board patrol, the organisation that monitors the nets, and taken to uShaka. Here aquarist Jerry Ntombela, who is responsible for the maintenance of the 2.2-million litre (580 000 gallon) open ocean exhibit, took her into his care.Ushaka Marine World not only features an entertainment park and the fifth biggest tank in the world, but is also an important research facility, housing the South African Association for Marine Biological Research as well as its subsidiary, the Oceanographic Research Institute. Over the past four decades the two organisations have won international recognition as leading marine biological research institutes.Manta rays are plankton feeders and Ntombela recalls that the traumatised young animal ate nothing for almost two weeks. He persevered with the guidance of colleagues at the Georgia Aquarium, which has experience with plankton-eating whale sharks, until she finally began to eat from a manta-sized ladle – a bucket with a long handle.During Nandi’s 14-month stay at uShaka she doubled in weight and began to outgrow her tank. She also inspired and educated over half a million visitors in marine conservation matters – but eventually the team realised that she needed a new home.They decided not to release Nandi back into the ocean for a number of reasons. According to UShaka executive director Dr. Mark Penning, shark and fishing nets were still a danger to the young animal, and it was not certain how she would react to the open sea after becoming used to the protected aquarium environment. Keeping her would also provide a golden opportunity for more research into mantas, and would also allow her to continue her educational role.New home for NandiThe Georgia Aquarium, which has made great strides in raising worldwide awareness about whale sharks, offered to place Nandi in its vast Ocean Voyager tank. The two organisations embarked on an international partnership which would not only see Nandi settling into a new home but would also raise the profile of manta rays amongst the general public.Working together, they took Nandi on a 26-hour journey of 14 400km (9 000 miles) to the Ocean Voyager. The mega-tank was built to house whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), the largest fish on earth, and currently features four of the huge creatures as well as three beluga whales and thousands of other animals.Nandi’s journey required a lot of planning, specialised equipment and expertise, but passed uneventfully. She was not fed for several days beforehand to minimise ammonia deposits in the water, and travelled in a chartered 747 cargo jet, accompanied by a team of experts from Georgia Aquarium and uShaka, including Penning and Ntombela. A highly advanced marine life support system monitored her for signs of stress. The water was also monitored to ensure the correct balance of chemicals.Alert and stable, Nandi touched down in Atlanta on schedule and was whisked to a holding tank beside the Ocean Voyager, where she gratefully had a bite to eat and then began to explore her new surroundings, much to the team’s relief. After giving her more time to get used to the environment the team nudged her out of the smaller pool and into the open waters of the Ocean Voyager.Nandi will be cared for primarily by Georgia Aquarium husbandry manager Chris Coco.Near threatenedFishing is the single major threat to manta rays, which are native to South Africa and many other countries in the temperate and tropical regions of the world. Heavy manta fishing in certain areas, such as Sri Lanka, India and Mexico, has decimated local populations, while general over-exploitation of the seas is a major challenge for marine conservationists.Mantas are also hunted in the Philippines and Indonesia, and in Southeast Asia and East Africa they are increasingly sought after for traditional medicine and cancer treatment. The animals can live for over 20 years but are not known for reproducing abundantly, as they give live birth to a single pup, or two pups on occasion.The manta ray is listed as Near Threatened on the Red List issued by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Near threatened species do not yet qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable status, but it is likely that they will qualify for a threatened category in the near future.The Georgia Aquarium and uShaka expect that with her high profile Nandi will help to create greater awareness not only about manta rays but also about their vulnerable conservation status in the wild, and thereby do her bit to reduce the demand for the creatures or to increase the pressure on fisheries to stop hunting them.The Georgia Aquarium’s Project Domino programme for whale sharks is aimed at building a better of understanding of the creatures in their natural habitat, while care and study of the whale sharks in the Ocean Voyager tank helps researchers in the field by providing essential information on growth rates, blood analysis, and more.In South Africa initiatives such as the Mozambique-based Whale Shark Conservation Project, located on the Inhambane peninsula in the southern part of the country, monitors whale shark, manta ray and loggerhead turtle populations and behaviour, and also keeps an eye on the condition of the local coral reefs. From its research the organisation is able to make recommendations for improved marine conservation in the region.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ….Related articlesLooking out for SA’s sea lifeSaving our vulnerable sharksSaving albatross, on sea and landUseful linksuShaka Marine WorldGeorgia AquariumGeorgia Aquarium – Facebook pageSouth African Association for Marine Biological ResearchOceanographic Research InstituteNatal Sharks BoardIUCN Red List – manta raysMarinebio.orgThe Whale Shark Conservation Project in MozambiqueThe Whale Shark Projectlast_img read more

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iShack: informal housing ‘gets smart’

first_img31 January 2013 A team of researchers from Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Sustainability Institute have developed an innovative approach to upgrade housing and improve living conditions in informal settlements. The iShack, or improved shack concept, offers a potential solution to South Africa’s housing delivery backlog, increasing urbanisation and the growing number of informal settlements in the country. According to the UN Habitat State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 report, 62% of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums. Such dwellings are characterised by poor living conditions and inadequate access to infrastructure such as basic energy, sanitation and water services. “Shacks are becoming the new norm – so what can we do today to improve the living conditions of people through energy intervention, lighting, cell phones, communication, upping security?” says Andreas Keller, one of the designers of the iShack. The sustainable housing concept allows people who don’t have brick and mortar houses to upgrade their existing shacks, or install new shacks, by incorporating solar power panels to meet basic energy needs and ecological design principles to make daily living a little bit more comfortable.Solutions for South Africa’s housing challenges In 2011, the National Research Foundation awarded a grant to SU to find ways to upgrade informal settlements, focussing on priority areas such as water, sanitation, food security, waste management, energy and general structural upgrades to shelters. The first iShack was built in October 2011. It drew the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was so impressed with the idea that it provided grant funding for a pilot project to determine if the improved shack system can be applied at a large scale. Up to 100 shacks will either be newly built or refurbished, and two lucky families are already testing the first prototypes – one new, one refurbished – in the Enkanini Township just outside Stellenbosch. For one of these residents, Nosanjo Plaatjie, a single mother who works as a domestic worker once a week, and her three young children, the brand new iShack has changed their lives. Keller explains that it is important to test how well the iShack design works in new structures, as well as those that are already standing. If you take a quick look at the newly built eco-friendly shelter it doesn’t look that much different from any of the other makeshift wooden or corrugated houses in the area. But on closer inspection, the improvements are significant. Keller says the structural modifications using ecological design principles make the dwelling much more comfortable to live in. The large windows are positioned in such a way to achieve better air circulation and sunlight heating during the day. The sloped roof and overhang shades the structure on hot days, but in the winter months residents can also harness this handy feature to harvest rainwater. Access to power through solar panels Keller says that for communities living without electricity, access to power through the solar panels is one of the biggest benefits. Having electricity means that residents have more disposable income, as they don’t have to spend money on candles and paraffin for lighting and cooking. The iShack prototype is equipped with a photovoltaic solar panel capable of producing enough electricity to power three lights, a mobile phone charger and an outdoor motion detector spotlight, which reduces the risk of crime and helps people feel safer in their homes. Households can access these services on a pay-as-you-go basis, and upgrade the solar infrastructure to run more appliances such as a radio, television or fridge. With electricity residents can also charge their mobile phones at home, a luxury for many people who have to walk long distances to charge their phones elsewhere. Keller explains that a working mobile phone is a lifeline for many South Africans as it enables people to find jobs and earn a better income – as the resident of the second retrofitted iShack prototype discovered. “The man, who relies on casual painting jobs for his weekly income, was able to keep his phone charged and switched on to find more work,” he says. “Mobile phone connectivity is perhaps the greatest example of how the iShack is helping people. We take for granted the ability to be connected all the time.”Using recycled materials “One of the objectives of the project is to use existing materials,” Keller says. This also reduces the overall cost of the iShack. In the pilot houses, the developers have made use of recycled cardboard boxes and old Tetra Pak containers, such as long life milk boxes, for insulation between the exterior zinc surface and the interior. Flame-retardant paint reduces the risk of fires, and inside there are rows of recycled bricks to create a durable floor that can also protect against temperature changes. Keller says one of the most important aspects of the project is training, education and maintenance of solar power systems. Without this, technological interventions in community upgrades often fail. To ensure the iShack concept is successful, local entrepreneurs will receive accredited training in business and engineering principles to help community members maintain the technology in their houses. Technicians will be paid from user fees. “It is important to inform residents about the type of appliances they can use,” he says. “Direct current appliances are more energy efficient and designed to run on solar energy.” “We also have to tell residents about the maintenance of solar panels, because if you don’t clean them often it will reduce their efficiency and the number of solar units you can get out of them.” Keller and his team are also looking to set up energy hubs in the communities where iShacks are built. These facilities will be the base from where trained technicians assist communities and where residents can buy suitable appliances and top up their energy accounts. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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NeedCreative Podcast: A Weekly Dose of Video Production Knowledge & Inspiration

first_imgIf you’re looking to stay on top of the video production industry, get your fix weekly with the NeedCreative Podcast.An audio podcast might seem like an odd choice to learn about a very visual medium like video or filmmaking, but the guys behind the NeedCreative Podcast have got it down! Each week hosts Paul Antico and Ben Consoli showcase the latest news in the industry and bring on guests that are leaders in the video production field.Past guests have included well known directors of photography and creative pros like Philip Bloom, Shane Hurbut, Nino Leitner, Joe Simon and Rodney Charters (DP for Fox’s “24”) .Started in June of 2012, the NeedCreative Podcast now boasts listenership in over 140 countries, and the show’s focus maintains this global focus.The hosts are both working professionals and skilled in all things related to production: cameras, lighting, video editing, etc., so their commentary and insight comes from a real-world perspective. And just in case you’re skeptical, this isn’t dry tech-only chit chat.  There’s a big entertainment factor here – the hosts (and guests) are extremely personable and funny.Check out the podcast 1 of 3 ways:Subscribe via iTunes and get new episodes deliveredSubscribe via Stitcher and access through the free Stitcher appVisit AnticipateMedia and stream episodes online.The video production industry changes rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest happenings AND get a healthy dose of creative inspiration – give the NeedCreative Podcast a spin.Premiumbeat is a big fan of the podcast & recently signed on as a sponsor.last_img read more

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Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Speaking Tuesday in his native Russia at a Moscow university, Nurmagomedov said McGregor “couldn’t reach a deal with the UFC and it’s so they feel they’ve lost him and they could lose money.”“I don’t think he’s finished,” Nurmagomedov added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMcGregor previously retired in April 2016 but reversed the decision two days later and returned to the UFC. The 30-year-old Irishman hasn’t won a fight since beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 to become the first UFC fighter to hold championship belts in two divisions at once.Nurmagomedov also said he would like to fight again in September, two months after the end of his Nevada State Athletic Commission ban for the chaotic brawl with McGregor’s team after the October fight. McGregor’s sanction ends Saturday. FILE – Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia (R) and Conor McGregor of Ireland (L) start their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMOSCOW — Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t think Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real.McGregor said last week he was quitting mixed martial arts but Nurmagomedov, who beat the Irish fighter for the UFC lightweight title in October, isn’t buying it.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson Lady Falcons capture 9th straight UAAP softball crown Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments However, Nurmagomedov said he didn’t want to fight before longer sanctions on two other Russian fighters also end. Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov were each banned for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their part in the brawl. Those sanctions run until Oct. 6.“They were banned because of me,” Nurmagomedov said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more