“I need a system that I can afford and help me achieve my productivity goals at the same time”“I want the ability to increase compute and storage on demand”“I want to keep it simple – for my customers and employees”With the constant evolution of technology, these IT tasks can be daunting and can easily keep any business owner up at night, especially if they’re just starting out.Thankfully, Dell EMC can guide you through every step of your IT journey – from helping choose the right server to optimizing it to meet the needs of your business. For small and medium business who might be looking for their first rack server, Dell EMC offers the PowerEdge R240. For medium and large business looking for an entry-level server for their data center deployment, the PowerEdge R340 is the ideal solution.The PowerEdge R240 is a 1U single-socket rack server designed with enterprise features at affordable prices. It’s easy to deploy and ideal for:File/print – offering the right level of performance and storage for transactions sent to the network to be printed or storedMail messaging – providing enough storage capacity to handle receiving and sending emailsCollaboration and sharing – ready to enable collaborative applications for sharing information and processes on-site or remotelyWeb hosting – with the right mix of performance, storage, and memory capacityTo give you a sense of what the PowerEdge R240 offers, here is what one our customer had to say regarding their experience with this server:“Our number one priority as a global service provider is to keep people connected anywhere, anytime, all of the time. For our web hosting requirements, we need a server that is efficient, reliable, and scalable. After long hours of rigorous testing, The Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 was able to handle our customer’s applications and multiple benchmarks without a hitch. In addition, this server offers the right mix of features based on our specific requirements at any given time. We trust Dell EMC to deliver technology leadership, product quality, and reliable support” Cindy Jordan-Ford, Vice President & General Manager, US & LATAM, Cogeco Peer 1The PowerEdge R340 is a 1U single-socket rack server designed to boost productivity, scale at your own pace, and help you simplify your IT infrastructure. The R340 is great for file and print, mail and messaging, and collaboration and sharing. In addition, this server can be your backup recovery solution with features like hot-plug drives and power supplies.The PowerEdge R240 and R340 are designed with customers in mind. They are built to grow with your business and offer leading-edge innovations that provide value today and protect your investment well into the future:Increase performance with up to 50% * higher core counts. Customers can choose a 4- or a 6-core Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processorHarness data growth with a choice of cabled or hot-plug storage. The PowerEdge R240 offers up to four 3.5″cabled hard drives and the PowerEdge R340 offers up to 8 x 2.5 and up to 4 x 3.5” hot-plug hard drivesAddress data sets with a maximum of 64GB of DDR4 memoryReduce operational costs with multi-vector cooling that automatically calculates and delivers the proper airflow needed for optimal coolingAnd speaking of simplicity, both servers can reduce time and effort on server management by leveraging the following features:iDRAC9 Group Manager, offers a built-in “one to many console” web-based console letting you deploy multiple servers at the same timeYou can access your servers anywhere, anytime from your mobile device with the Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile (with OpenManage Enterprise)Proactively resolve issues with up to 72% less effort by leveraging technology from ProSupport Plus and SupportAssistAffordability, productivity, and simplicity these are the cornerstone requirements for businesses worldwide. Dell EMC offers the breath of innovative product solutions and services to help you solve your IT challenges. Visit dellemc.com/servers to get started.
Green Mountain Power said it was pleased with the opportunity to stabilize electric rates for its 90,000 customers as a result of a Vermont regulatory order issued Monday.”This is very positive news for our customers as it allows a very stable rate path between now and 2007,” said Green Mountain President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Dutton. Green Mountain last increased its electric rates in January 2001, so the new rate order provides customers with a six-year period of rates that have been essentially flat.The Vermont Public Service Board issued an order Monday that:· Allows Green Mountain Power to raise rates 1.9 percent, effective January 1, 2005; and 0.9 percent effective January 1, 2006, if the increases are supported by cost of service schedules submitted 60 days prior to the effective dates.· Allows Green Mountain the opportunity to file for rate increases during the period if the Company experienced extraordinary events, like repair costs due an ice storm or other natural disaster.· Green Mountain will reduce its return on equity from the current 11.25 percent to 10.5 percent for the period beginning Jan. 1, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2007. This will allow investors a secure earnings path that will assist the Company in attracting investor capital to help finance needed system infrastructure improvements during the period.· Approves a three-year economic development agreement for International Business Machines, as long as IBM does not reduce employment by more than five percent during the period. The Board found that the IBM economic development agreement is not subsidized by other Green Mountain Power customers. The Board further stated in its December 22nd Order that, “Thus, we accept the proposition that retained jobs are essentially equivalent to new jobs.”· Provides for recovery of various regulatory assets, including the remediation of the Pine Street environmental superfund site in Burlington, VT.In summarizing the impact of its Order the Vermont Public Service Board said, “Green Mountain will benefit from the certainty the Memorandum of Understanding provides to its standing in the financial community, the security of predictable rate recovery, and the resolution and rate recovery of certain deferred accounting items.”The Board order also provided:· Green Mountain Power to file a new comprehensive rate design with regulators within 60 days, and this rate design will feature new proposals regarding economic development rate special contracts.· Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Department of Public Service will work to develop a proposed alternative rate regulation plan within 120 days. “On the whole, this order reflects a fair balancing of Green Mountain Power’s customer and investor interests. We are pleased with this favorable regulatory development,” said Mr. Dutton.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the UK’s pension lifeboat fund, has taken temporary control of high street retailer Mothercare’s defined benefit pension schemes in an effort to support a restructuring plan and avoid the company collapsing.The PPF has said it would vote in favour of the restructuring plans on behalf of the company’s pension fund members.Mothercare, which retails to parents of babies and young children, has proposed refinancing its business through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which would see it close 50 stores across the UK and agree rent reductions on a further 21.Under the terms of the CVA, the PPF has assumed the rights of the trustees of the company’s pension funds, including voting rights. Mothercare’s pension deficit stood at approximately £140m (€160.4m) on a PPF funding basis, although in its preliminary full-year results the shortfall was reported as £37.7m. The two schemes had combined assets of £351.5m at the end of March, the company reported.Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring and insolvency at the PPF, said he welcomed Mothercare’s willingness to “listen and take on board our view that the CVA proposals should not be to the detriment of the pension schemes”.He added: “Having received additional suitable assurances about the position of the pension schemes, we are able to support the CVA proposals as announced [yesterday]. “Our expectation is that the company will continue to take full responsibility for the pension schemes going forward.” The PPF reached a similar agreement with another struggling retailer, Toys R Us, in December last year. However, the company failed to find a buyer and was declared insolvent at the end of February.Mothercare has faced the twin pressures of rising rents and increased online shopping that have seen many UK competitors – such as Woolworths, Toys R Us and Phones 4u – disappear from the UK’s high street in recent years. Clive Whiley, interim executive chairman of Mothercare, said it was clear the group needed an “appropriate resolution”.“The recent financial performance of the business, impacted in particular by a large number of legacy loss-making stores within the UK estate, has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand,” he said. “These comprehensive measures provide a renewed and stable financial structure for the business and will drive a step change in Mothercare’s transformation.”Industry experts said the economic pressures on high street retailers remained “intense”.Mothercare was “yet another example of a well-loved brand in the retail sector whose sponsor covenant has been unable to withstand the intense economic pressures on the high street”, said Richard Farr, managing director at Lincoln Pensions, the financial consultants.However, he emphasised that the pension scheme’s trustees had to ensure the best deal for their members.“The covenant risks in the retail sector have been building over recent years,” he said, “and while it is good to see that traditional restructuring techniques are now being applied to rescue groups such as Mothercare, trustees need to independently challenge and scrutinise their sponsors’ plans on a regular basis to ensure they continue to protect their members’ benefits as other creditors are being compromised.”Mothercare is set to present its plans to creditors in the next few weeks. If its proposals are accepted, the company will reassume oversight of its pension schemes from the PPF.
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson does have one eye on the league standings and has urged his team-mates to continue picking up points so they are challenging for Champions League positions at the business end of the campaign. “As long as we’re in the top four we’re quite happy,” he told Tottenham’s official website. “We want to be in there at the end of the season and we just need to keep winning games and keep picking up three points. “It is important after the draw against Everton that we continue to pick up points.” Spurs go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol which saw them qualify from their Europa League group. Villas-Boas made eight changes for the European tie but a number of players, including Soldado, are expected to return to the starting line-up against Newcastle. One player who definitely will start is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Villas-Boas was criticised in some quarters for keeping the France captain on the pitch at Everton after he was knocked unconscious following a collision with Romelu Lukaku. But the Portuguese manager defended his decision and confirmed Lloris will return on Sunday having sat out the Europa League success on Thursday evening. “We watched their game against Chelsea,” he said. “In the first half, they defended well and then attacked more in the second half. It was a good win for them. I’m sure it will be a good match on Sunday. “I think Newcastle will be quite confident and it won’t be an easy match for us.” Summer signing Soldado has yet to fully adapt to the Barclays Premier League but he has struck three match-winning penalties already this season. Spurs have found it a challenge to break teams down at White Hart Lane as the majority of visitors look to shut up shop in an attempt to stifle the wealth of attacking options available to manager Andre Villas-Boas. Soldado’s late penalty winner against Hull in their last home game was such an occasion and, despite Spurs currently sitting in the top four, the former Valencia forward is taking nothing for granted. “You don’t focus on where teams are in the league, you just go out and give 100 per cent in every match,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where teams are in the league, they give everything. There are no easy matches in the Premier League. “If we manage to win, we’ll continue to make progress and build on the draw at Everton.” Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado is wary of facing a Newcastle side high on morale following their recent victory over Chelsea. Press Association The Magpies recorded a 2-0 win at home to Jose Mourinho’s side last weekend and deservedly collected three points from a difficult fixture, with Tottenham held to a goalless draw at Everton. Now Newcastle travel to face Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday with Soldado aware that Alan Pardew’s men will have momentum on their side.