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Can FTSE investors start cheering the end of the market crash?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Can FTSE investors start cheering the end of the market crash? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. James J. McCombie | Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Ignoring the preceding crash, markets in Europe and the US looked bullish yesterday. The FTSE 100 rose 9.1%, its second-largest one-day gain in history. Across the pond, the S&P 500 went up by 9.38%, and the German Dax ended up 4.08% above where it started the day. Is a one-day rally enough to call the end of the quickest +20% market crash in living memory?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Has the market crash ended?Of the top five largest one-day FTSE 100 rallies, four occurred in 2008, during the financial crisis (the other one was yesterday’s rally). The FTSE 100 bottomed in August 2009. The fact is that volatility and bear markets go hand in hand, and you tend to see large upside swings amid a decline.Purchasing manager indices in France, Germany, the UK, and the US are all in contractionary territory for March. Businesses are not confident at the moment, and why should they be? People are staying at home and are not spending on much beyond the essentials.Stock markets’ prices should reflect expectations of future cash flows, be they earnings, dividends, or buybacks. Companies, on aggregate, are going to lose revenues and profits. Cash flows will be lower in the immediate future, and so stock market prices have fallen.What buoyed the markets yesterday was the passing of $2trn stimulus through Congress in the US. Other countries like the UK and the normally fiscally stingy Germany had already announced relief packages. Fiscal and monetary support is essential to keep people employed or provide income to those that lose their jobs. Once things return to normal, people should have money to spend. Supporting businesses through this challenging time means that people have places to go to spend their money when they can, and the economy can recover.While the recovery may be quicker than it would have been without support, which is a positive for stock markets, when that recovery will start is unknowable. The outbreak has not peaked yet. No one can say with certainty how long the economic disruption will last, how much revenue will be lost, and how low stock prices could go.In short, I do not believe that the bull market started yesterday.Should investors avoid the markets?Investors should remember that bear markets are a relatively short-term phenomenon. In the long term, stocks have historically returned more than bonds or cash. Look at a chart of the FTSE All-share index, including dividend reinvestment. The best prediction for where the index will be in the future is higher.The long-term investor buys stocks over 10, 15, perhaps 25 years. Most of the time, the buying happens in rising markets, paying more and more for each purchase. The long-term investor should not avoid the opportunity to spend less, and now is the time to do that.While I have little doubt about calling the FTSE All-Share cheap at present, I cannot say the same for all individual stocks. Some company stocks may be cheap, and some may be traps. I recently bought shares in Fevertree and RELX. After sharp declines in the pair’s share prices, I thought they looked cheap. I can see both companies being around for at least the next decade, and growing larger than they were before the crash started. I think that makes them good long-term investments. James J. McCombie owns shares in Fevertree and RELX. The Motley Fool UK has recommended RELX. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

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Apopka High Debate Team Brings Home Medals

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom While the rest of Apopka was enjoying a three-day weekend and observing Memorial Day, the Apopka High School Debate Team was hard at work.Thanks to the financial support from the Apopka community, the team traveled to Sacramento, California for two days of rigorous competition with schools from all over the country. Their previous success allowed them to join other top-perfoming schools at the 2016 NCFL Grand National Tournament.Twins Marshah and Cynthia Menos performed their interpretation of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” several times, once moving a spectator to tears. They were twice ranked in first and second place by several of the judges (there were three judges in each round).Ethan Uhlig and Morgan Donaghy had a particularly grueling schedule on Saturday, and then at 11:00 PM that night learned that they had advanced to double-octo rounds (top 32). They left the hotel at 6:00 AM on Sunday morning to get to their next rounds.The short night may have helped as Morgan and Ethan were Seed 19, which puts them in the top 20 nationwide in the preliminary rounds of Policy Debate.They received their medals and some great feedback from experienced judges. This should help them prepare for the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Utah next month.All of the kids who participated plan on continuing to help the younger members by coaching them whenever possible, and this experience has added greatly to their skill sets.The team was amazed to see kids from all over the nation, dressed in suits and carrying laptops and briefcases and speaking/debating so professionally.“It certainly gives me hope for our nations’ future,’ said Caty Brown, Apopka High School Debate Coach. “I am proud to say that Apopka’s varsity debaters represented our community well! We wish to thank all those who have helped us thus far, through financial sponsorship or other types of support”Apopka Rotary ClubThe Adam Stratton FoundationThe Eagle FamilyThe Donaghy FamilyThe Uhlig FamilyThe Menos FamilyHolly FussellCher DouglasStuart SwirskyChick-fil-a ApopkaChili’s Northwest ApopkaThe Apopka VoiceThe next and last event of this season is the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Utah June 12-14.According to Cathy Brown the team is still raising funds to be able to represent Apopka at that event and needs about $1,000 to make it happen.Donations can be made directly to the Apopka High School Debate Team with check or cash. Donations may be mailed or presented at the school (555 West Martin Street, Apopka, Fl. 32712).Contact Cathy Brown at [email protected] for more information. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSApopka High SchoolCADebate TeamSacramento Previous articleBob Poe Accepts Minimum Wage ChallengeNext articleApopka City Council Meeting Preview Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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A voice from Occupied Gaza – a WW interview

first_imgThe following WW interview was conducted by WW Managing Editor Monica Moorehead via Facebook Messenger on April 2 with a Palestinian activist in Gaza, Muhammad Khalid Qudaih.The U.S.-backed Zionist siege of Gaza has been in place for almost 13 years. Pippa Bartolotti, former leader of the Green Party of Wales, stated in a Feb. 9 article about the Israeli blockade on Gaza: “The World Bank estimated in 2015 that [Gaza’s gross domestic product] losses caused by the blockade since 2007 were above 50 percent and entailed large welfare losses. Gaza’s manufacturing sector, once significant, shrunk by as much as 60 percent in real terms due to the wars in the past 20 years and the blockade.“Three out of four people in Gaza are refugees. Unsafe drinking water has led to a worsening health crisis. Gazan children suffer from diarrhea, kidney disease, stunted growth and impaired IQ. Twenty years ago, 85 percent of Gaza’s drinking wells were too contaminated for human consumption. Today, that figure is 97 percent.” Read the entire article at tinyurl.com/tyzxy3a/. The Chinese government delivered 10,000 coronavirus testing kits and ventilators to Palestine on March 31.Muhammad Khalid Qudaih. Credit: Muhammad Khalid QudaihWorkers World:  What is your name and where do you live?Muhammad Khalid Qudaih: My name is Muhammad Khalid Qudaih.  I am 23 years old. I was born in Gaza and live in Gaza. I have a diploma in engineering which is in interior design.  My full-time work now is as an advocate in an Al- Awda camp for the poor and children. It is also a camp where many poor people live who lost and had their homes destroyed in the wars in Gaza by the Israeli military.  Everyone knows that the Gaza Strip suffers from a comprehensive blockade by Israel.WW:  Gaza is considered to be the world’s largest open-air prison due to the Israeli settler occupation.  Can you describe what conditions Palestinians face like yourself living under the Israeli blockade?MKQ: This blockade made living in the Gaza Strip like living in a large prison.  It is forbidden to enter with food aid, but Israel is allowed to bombard homes, kill children and youth, wound many, cut off electricity and have a shortage of clean water.  The unemployment rate is 90 percent in Gaza.WW:  Can you talk about the goals of the Land Day protests that took place on Fridays from March 2018 until March 2019 and their significance?MKQ: The goals of the march were the return of the Palestinian cause and the right of return to the Palestinians, to cause an embarrassment to Israel in the international arena because the Palestinians succeeded in photographing its army firing to kill and wound Palestinians. Actually, the occupation forces killed 22 civilians in one week and wounded about 1,500 overall in crimes described as excessive force.Land Day March in Gaza, March 2018.Credit: Muhammad Khalid Qudaih[The goals are] to make again the issue of the blockade of Gaza and the humanitarian crisis there the forefront of global attention; to put more obstacles in the way of the so-called “century deal” for President Donald Trump; to convert the eastern, southern and northern borders of Gaza into new centers of friction between the Palestinians and the Israeli army; and to restore the popular character of the conflict that the Palestinians are waging.WW:  What is the return camp?MKQ:  The return camp is where many poor people live who lost or [had homes] destroyed in the wars in Gaza. A return march on Earth Day (April 22) will be the largest witness and a reminder to the world of the size of the Palestinian catastrophe and the extent of the suffering of those who have lived under siege for over ten years.  From their villages and homes, they can see their homeland with their eyes, but they cannot return to it. This camp remains open to anyone who needs help.WW:  What impact has the COVID-19 virus had on the Gaza population which already suffers from an inefficient health care system and other severe lack of infrastructure due to the occupation and military attacks?MKQ:  COVID-19 has hit Gaza, so Gaza has started building 500 quarantine rooms in preparation for resisting COVID-19 cases. I know it’s not quite suitable for coronavirus issues, but these are Gaza’s only capabilities! These rooms will still need beds and medical supplies.WW: The U.S. government gave Israel close to $4 billion in foreign aid alone in 2019.  That amounted to $10 million a day from U.S. taxpayers to maintain Israel’s racist domination against not only Palestine but the entire oil- rich region known as the Middle East.  What message do you have for the people of the U.S. who want to oppose this U.S. support and show solidarity with Palestinians’ right to reclaim their homeland?MKQ:  Thank you to whoever has a feeling for the oppressed people, and thank you for your interest in Gaza. Thank you to the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Preservationist Calls Decision by Urban Forestry Committee ‘Big Mistake’

first_imgHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Preservationist Calls Decision by Urban Forestry Committee ‘Big Mistake’ By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 12:49 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News A local preservationist said although he was pleased with support for a local restoration project in the Lower Arroyo, he did not agree with a vote that will see some non-native trees remain in the area.On Wednesday members of the city’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee agreed to recommend the Lower Arroyo Habitat Restoration Program.The project originally included the removal of 106 non-native plants and the removal of 11 dead trees to re-establish the physical and biological characteristics of the Arroyo Seco’s native habitats to a natural state void of invasive, nonnative plants.But a group of local residents began pushing for the preservation of some of those trees which resulted in a compromise that resulted in the the UFAC agreeing to spare 22 pine tree,“ASF [Arroyo Seco Foundation] is pleased that the UFAC agreed to recommend the Lower Arroyo Habitat Restoration Program,” said Tim Brick. “But we feel that leaving in a grove of exotic pine trees in a key area near the Van de Kamp Bridge is a big mistake. Those trees are not well-adapted to the local climate and have serious pest problems that can spread to native trees and plants. They don’t promote a healthy ecosystem or the birds and wildlife that are so important in the Lower Arroyo nature preserve.”There was a tremendous amount of community support for a science-based, environmentally sensitive approach to managing and restoring the Arroyo, which the restoration program will accomplish, but exempting the removal of Canary Island Pine trees is contradictory to that.According to the Department of Public Works staff report, the trees were proposed for removal in order to restore the native plant communities and associated wildlife habitat in the Arroyo Seco from the area surrounding the John K. Van De Kamp Bridge, and north to the Pasadena Casting Pond.The plan will “restore, enhance, and reestablish the historical native plant communities of the Arroyo Seco,” the staff report said.The project is necessary because the La Loma Bridge Rehabilitation Project did not include the restoration of habitat in the area surrounding the bridge after the work was completed.The new project will see the new planting of 11 Southern California Black Walnut trees, 14 Coast Live Oak trees, 17 Western Sycamore trees, and approximately 2,000 understory shrubs and herbaceous plants.The ASF has circulated a petition that has garnered more than 700 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.“Restoring native plants and trees improves the health of all ecosystems, and brings balance back to our unique area. Native trees need less water and maintenance since they are meant to be here. Long live native trees,!” said one person who signed the petition.Public Works staff will finalize the project plans and specifications in the fall and prepare bids to submit to City Council or approval by December. The construction completion date is set for March 21, in order to comply with a Proposition A grant reimbursement deadline, according to the staff report. More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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House ransacked in Letterkenny burglary

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – May 28, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ Previous article35 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleDD & the Delta Boys and Karl McHugh on the Monday Night Sessions! News Highland center_img Twitter House ransacked in Letterkenny burglary Google+ Pinterest A house has been ransacked in a weekend burglary in Letterkenny.Thieves gained entry to a home in West Hill by forcing a rear door open between the hours of 3pm and 8.30pm on Sunday.An investigation is continuing.Garda Grainne Doherty says they have yet to determine the exact amount of property stolen:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/weathillburg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Concern expressed at clearout of Inishtrahull cottages

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Concern expressed at clearout of Inishtrahull cottages By News Highland – August 18, 2020 Previous articleDonegal woman falls victim to smishing scamNext articleArkle Resources secure funding to continue Inishowen gold dig News Highland Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+center_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Concerns have been raised over the clearing out of keeper’s cottages on Inishtrahull Island.Its reported a number of items of furniture were burnt on the island off Malin Head under the direction of The Commissioners of Irish Lights.Danny McLaughlin is administrator of a private Facebook group dedicated to the island, he says many of the items are of historical significance:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/mclaughlinisland.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Robert McCabe, Director of Coastal Operations with Irish Lights, has given reassurances that every effort is being made to preserve the properties and develop them for an alternative use:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/mccabeisland.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Configuration of the northern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet at LGM based on a new synthesis of seabed imagery

first_imgWe present a new seafloor map for the northern Antarctic Peninsula (AP), including swath multibeam data sets from five national programs. Our map allows for the examination and interpretation of Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) paleo-ice sheet/stream flow directions developed upon the seafloor from the preservation of: mega-scale glacial lineations, drumlinized features, and selective linear erosion. We combine this with terrestrial observations of flow direction to place constraints on ice divides and accumulation centers (ice domes) on the AP continental shelf. The results show a flow bifurcation as ice exits the Larsen-B embayment. Flow emanating off the Seal Nunataks (including Robertson Island) is directed toward the southeast, then eastward as the flow transits toward the Robertson Trough. A second, stronger “streaming flow” is directed toward the southeast then southward, as ice overflowed the tip of the Jason Peninsula to reach the southern perimeter of the embayment. Our reconstruction also refines the extent of at least five other distinct paleo-ice stream systems which, in turn, serve to delineate seven broad regions where contemporaneous ice domes must have been centered on the continental shelf during the LGM time interval. Our reconstruction is more detailed than other recent compilations because we followed specific flow indicators and have kept tributary flow paths parallellast_img read more

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UK misses out on pastry title

first_imgThe UK team finished ninth in the 13th Coup du Monde de la Pâtisserie competition, held as part of the Sirha World Hospitality & Food Service Event at Eurexpo in Lyon, France.The team competed against 21 other nations in the international competition, which saw France scoop the top title for a record seventh time in a row, taking home a prize of €21,000 (£18,000) as well as a specially-designed trophy and gold medals.Japan and Italy were awarded second and third places, winning cash prizes of €12,000 (£10,300) and €7,000 (£6,000) respectively.Members of the UK team included Javier Mercardo, Nicholad Bouhelier and Nicholas Belorgey, alongside the Coup du Monde de la Pâtisserie’s UK president Martin Chiffers. The UK team won the top prize for their entry poster, featuring an SOS-style image entitled “Lost Worlds”.The competing teams were required to prepare products within a 10-hour period during the two day-long contest, including three chocolate desserts, three fruit-based ice-cream desserts and 12 identical plate desserts.Other creations included three artistic designs, measuring 1.25m high, made with sugar, chocolate and sculpted ice.last_img read more

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Music-Streaming Service Spotify Signs Major Partnership Deal With Samsung

The biggest music-streaming service in the world, Spotify, has signed a new major partnership with Samsung, the biggest smartphone producer in the world. Spotify will now be the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s products, including smartphones, televisions, tablets, watches, and speakers. In the future, when you purchase a Samsung product, Spotify will be integrated into the set-up process on new devices, as well as merged into Samsung’s voice assistant program and Samsung’s smart-home apps.Although never directly addressed by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, there is now a clear competition between Spotify and Apple‘s Apple Music, as the latter app comes readily installed on all of Apple’s iPhones and also just landed a deal to give Verizon smartphone customers six months of free service. With Samsung being the biggest smartphone producer in the world, Spotify should have a less strenuous battle reaching smart-phone users around the world. Plus, unlike Apple Music’s subscription-only service, Spotify offers an ad-supported listening tier that costs nothing for the consumer, allowing a more pleasant experience for first-time Spotify users unfamiliar with the app’s interface.In a recent Q&A with his own company, CEO Daniel Ek explained that the partnership,Reduces the friction for users to get Spotify up and running on multiple Samsung devices once the accounts have been linked” and “allows us to create a seamless music listening experience together for the user that would be hard for either of us to build alone.” He added, “We believe that this significant long-term partnership will provide Samsung users across millions of devices with the best possible music streaming experience, and make discovering new music easier than ever — with even more opportunities to come.So what does this mean for Spotify? It’s likely we will see a rise in overall Spotify users and artists joining the platform. It also could mark the transition out of a completely Apple-product dominated world, but we’ll just have to wait and see. [H/T Rolling Stone] read more

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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