Dell EMC Advances Data Center Grade Software-Defined Storage with ScaleIO.Next

first_imgSoftware-defined storage (SDS) is a key driver of data center transformation. As a data center grade SDS, the enterprise features, availability, performance and flexibility of ScaleIO make it perfect for traditional array consolidation, private cloud/IaaS, and new emerging technologies like DevOps and container microservices.Customers love that they can use industry-standard hardware, Ethernet and ScaleIO to reduce costs, simplify storage lifecycle management, and begin operating with ruthless efficiency.The first set of new features focuses on space efficiency, to provide more effective usable capacity and improve the total cost of ownership for our customers. ScaleIO.Next introduces multiple space efficiency features including inline compression, space- efficient thin provisioning and flash-based snapshots. In addition, snapshots get an additional boost in ScaleIO.Next by enabling the creation of more snapshot copies, automating snap management and adding unrestricted refresh / restore capabilities. This is huge for customers who want to shrink their storage footprint and reduce costs using software-defined storage.Since ScaleIO is hardware agnostic, it’s very easy for us to take advantage of new hardware releases immediately. Therefore, with ScaleIO.Next we will by providing performance and acceleration advancements using Dell PowerEdge 14G and NVMe Drives for the ScaleIO Ready Node. This will provide performance and metadata acceleration using NVDIMMs and NVMe drives to support the most-demanding customer applications in the data center.Additionally, ScaleIO.Next has a strong focus on simpler storage lifecycle management. This release enables even tighter integration with VMware environments with full vVols support, reducing overhead on the hypervisor, allowing administrators to consume data services at the VM granularity and offloading data services to ScaleIO.ScaleIO.Next also provides seamless volume migration which simplifies storage operations as ScaleIO now provides the flexibility to rearrange and optimize data placement on All-Flash, Hybrid or HDD-only media at any time. Customers can now easily balance performance and cost of data with these new abilities.ScaleIO also streamlines provisioning and management of ScaleIO Ready Nodes with new Automated Management Services (AMS) features. AMS provides complete lifecycle management of ScaleIO Ready Nodes: deploy ScaleIO, upgrade the OS / hypervisor, apply patches for firmware, and monitor the hardware components. The enhanced capabilities of AMS in ScaleIO.Next add support for storage nodes running on RHEL 6 & 7 and allow customers to deploy a traditional two tier ScaleIO configuration, where ScaleIO Ready Nodes can host either applications or storage.Last but certainly not least, ScaleIO.Next introduces a myriad of additional new features to improve reliability, availability, scalability and ease-of-use.As you can see, we’ve packed a lot into this release, designed to . deliver improved efficiency, performance, and management of SDS.last_img read more

Dutch coalition party blasts government-backed mortgage bonds

first_imgLiberal party and coalition partner VVD in the Netherlands has said it remains very critical of the National Mortgages Institution (NHI), which is to issue government-backed mortgage bonds to institutional investors. Speaking at the international IIR securitisation event in Amsterdam last week, Roald van de Linde, MP for the VVD, questioned investors’ motives for wanting the government to be involved in the NHI.“It’s either a matter of running less risk or gaining higher returns,” he said.The NHI – still under construction – is meant to relieve banks’ balance sheets, and is expected to attract €50bn of investment from institutional investors over the next five years. “[But] as we understand it,” Van de Linde said, “banks must keep the most risky mortgages, so this won’t solve their liquidity problem.”The liberal MP suggested that foreign investors failed to understand the concept of the National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG), the already existing guarantee scheme for mortgage lenders for properties worth up to €290,000.“Dutch pension funds probably don’t invest in local mortgages because NHG mortgages don’t return enough due to low interest rates,” Van de Linde said.“Mortgages with no or less government backing are more attractive, and yield approximately a 1% higher return.”In his opinion, the market must do without guaranteed mortgages portfolios and come up with its own hedging arrangements.Van de Linde further indicated that the VVD was very worried about the exposure of the Dutch state to the housing market.“We would also like to limit the NHG,” he said.However, the MP added that his party would approach the NHI proposals from the Cabinet with an open mind.Rob Koning, director of the Dutch Securitisation Association (DSA) and closely involved in designing the NHI, stressed that the vehicle was meant for bad times, when the markets were unavailable.“Moreover, we assume that it could take up to 10 years before the €50bn has been invested,” he said, adding that the amount could be raised to €80bn during a next crisis.Koning denied that the current NHI design would pose any risk to the Dutch government.However, he declined to provide further details about the scheme, which is in its final stage of preparation.The NHI will require political backing from not only the Dutch Parliament but also the European Commission.The other coalition partner, the labour party PvdA, said it did support the principle of government-backed mortgage bonds, but it emphasised that pension funds should also be prepared to invest in mortgages without a government guarantee.last_img read more

Big Ten Next Year

first_imgWhat does Bo Ryan have left on the Wisconsin team for next year?  Player of the Year, Frank Kaminsky, and Sam Dekker will both be pros.  Wisconsin also loses Josh Gasser, Traevon Jackson, and Duje Dukan who were all seniors.  That will leave the Badgers with Koenic and Hayes from this year’s team.Several other Big Ten teams have also lost Stars to either graduation or the pros.  Iowa had several seniors on their team as did Penn State.  IU’s Yogi Ferrell is contemplating going pro as is Ohio State’s Diangelo Russell.  Purdue lost John Octeus to graduation, but AJ Hammons has decided to return for his senior year.  Michigan State and Michigan, as well as Maryland, will have key core players back.Several other players are trying to decide whether they will be high or low picks in the draft system and this could change several other Big Ten programs.last_img read more

Former football coach Steve Sarkisian loses $30 million lawsuit against USC

first_imgFormer USC head coach Steve Sarkisian lost in his $30 million wrongful termination suit against the University. Before the fall · Sarkisian heads a USC football practice before he was released after multiple incidents related to his alcohol problems | Daily Trojan file photoEarlier this week, an arbitration hearing held in Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against Sarkisian, the current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He has since said he will no longer pursue the matter.“I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on,” said Sarkisian in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sarkisian was terminated by USC in 2015 after repeated instances of drunken behavior. Prior to the 2015 season, he was caught on video slurring his words and saying multiple expletives at a booster event. Later in the season, he was allegedly intoxicated during various team meetings, practices and even games. Former Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Sarkisian in October 2015, naming Clay Helton as the interim head coach. In his lawsuit, Sarkisian alleged that USC did not allow him time to undergo treatment for alcoholism, prior to his ouster. He said he was going through a divorce at the time. “Instead of supporting its head coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he needed its help the most, USC kicked him to the curb,” read his complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court a couple of months after his termination. In the case, Sarkisian aimed to receive the outlying $12.6 million from his original contract. He sued USC on the basis he was fired over a disability. However, those allegations were shot down in the arbitration hearing. Per Deadspin, the hearing concluded that he was terminated over his detrimental behavior related to alcoholism, ruling it a “failure to control a controllable disability.” “We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well,” USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann said in a statement.After his exit from USC, Sarkisian was hired as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2016. He coached their offense in the 2017 National Championship game. He is entering his second season as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. Prior to his short-lived tenure as Trojans’ head coach, Sarkisian was head coach at Washington from 2009-13. He has a long history with USC, also working as an assistant under Pete Carroll from 2001-2008.last_img read more

Joseph O’Brien to keep training flat and NH horses

first_imgThere had been speculation that the son of Ballydoyle kingpin Aidan was going to specialise.The former Irish champion jockey got his trainers’ licence in the summer weeks after masterminding Ivanovich Gorbatov’s victory in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.He believes the Piltown stables he operates from is full of potential winners.last_img

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:•7:45 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1300 block N. C, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Timothy B. Ward, 42, Wellington and parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William R. Wingfield, Wellington.•8:20 a.m. Timothy B. Ward, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper backing.•9:31 a.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 1100 block S. H, Wellington.•1:53 p.m. Timothy W. Ellis, 49, Hillboro, Texas was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 52mph in a 40mph Zone.•3:50 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal damage to property in the 400 block W. Walnut, Wellington.•8:07 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery, battery and criminal trespass in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington by known suspect.•9:03 p.m. Everett G. Fleming, 34, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery, battery and criminal trespass.last_img read more

Myanmar lifts curfew, assembly ban

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar lifted a curfew on Saturday and ended a ban on assembly imposed during a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests – the latest sign the military rulers are confident they have fully crushed the largest demonstrations in two decades. The White House dismissed the move as “cosmetic,” a day after President George W. Bush announced new penalties against the military-run government. “The actions of the regime are `cosmetic.’ What we need are signs of serious intent to move toward a democratic transition,” presidential press secretary Dana Perino said. The relaxing of restrictions imposed Sept. 25 was announced from government vehicles driven through the streets of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The curfew and ban on assembly has been revoked effective today because security and stability has improved,” according to the announcement issued from a speaker atop one of the vehicles. It was not immediately clear if the restrictions were also lifted in Mandalay, another major city and a focus of last month’s anti-government demonstrations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img