From Down Under – Doubling Down on OpenStack

first_imgDell EMC is excited about OpenStack Summit happening in Sydney. As Australia is known as the “Land Down Under”, I’d like to provide a peek under the covers of our OpenStack strategy.Since our last release and announcement of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Dell EMC has strengthened our OpenStack team to build scaled and hardened solutions for communications and cloud service providers. SP use-cases provide the right foundation to enable robust feature sets for large enterprise, higher education, and government workloads.Our OpenStack strategy is built around integrating physical and virtual infrastructure into platforms best able to address the complex technical and operational challenges facing the SP industry. These include IaaS, CaaS, SaaS, NFV and the increasing role that containers, bare metal and cloud native technologies play. Today, there are four areas I would like to provide updates on:Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware with Integrated OpenStackDell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack PlatformDell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for Red HatUpdate and Priorities for Dell EMC OpenStack SolutionsDell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware with Integrated OpenStackIn September, at MWC Americas, Dell EMC announced the Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware. This solution extended Dell EMC’s thought leadership and commitment to the Communications Service Provider (CSP) industry by enabling a fully-integrated platform of Dell EMC infrastructure with VMware vCloud NFV.Today, we have extended that platform to support VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) providing an option for SPs to capitalize on the accessibility of OpenStack by using the open APIs to integrate with VMware infrastructure. This carrier grade Ready Bundle provides a strong foundation for SPs to reduce time to service while offering multi-tenancy, dynamic scalability, high-availability, integrated containers support and In-Service-Software-Upgrade.Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack PlatformAt the same time, we’re announcing an update to the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Red Hat OpenStack Platform to enable support for the Dell PowerEdge 14th generation server family.Release 10.1 of the Ready Bundle supports the PowerEdge R640 and R740xd rack servers and runs Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 and Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 software.  The PowerEdge 14th generation servers bring a scalable architecture, intelligent automation, and deeply integrated security, as well as increased performance and density for this Ready Bundle.This release includes the Dell EMC JetPack Automation Toolkit, which delivers rapid and reliable automated deployment and life-cycle management capabilities for OpenStack in less than half the time of current methods.More information can be found at dell.com/openstack and all technical documentation, including the Architecture Guides, can be found in the Dell EMC Tech Center community.Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for Red Hat In addition to the standard platform, Dell EMC introduces availability of our next Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for Red Hat which is a pre-integrated and pre-validated joint Dell EMC + Red Hat solution optimized to simplify and help CSPs accelerate production deployments of business critical virtualized network functions (VNF) and operationalization of NFV.This NFV Ready Bundle provides enhancements on the core platform to include deployment of NFV-specific enhancements in an automated fashion with JetPack. Such enhancements include NUMA pinning, SR-IOV, DPDK support, and Huge Pages – all capabilities that Virtual Network Function (VNF) providers rely on for delivery of their network workloads.Update and Priorities for Dell EMC OpenStack SolutionsGoing forward, Dell EMC has created a single organization to develop both the strategy and the solutions for OpenStack across our partners. As a result, we are better able to serve our customers and our partners (VMware, Red Hat, Canonical, SuSE and Mirantis) and markets. As an example, this team just delivered the Dell EMC Canonical Mitaka OpenStack Reference Architectures for PowerEdge and DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure. Our core objective is to deliver a simplified and converged platform, continue investment in JetPack as a common automation layer, expanding the networking options available to include SDN, 25 Gigabit networking integrated with Dell EMC Open Networking, and create a comprehensive infrastructure assurance suite across the entire stack.Dell EMC is committed to OpenStack as a platform for multiple workloads, and will continue to invest to bring industry-leading OpenStack solutions that address our customers’ challenges to market. Be sure to visit Dell EMC at OpenStack Summit (Dev & Ops Lounge sponsored by Dell EMC on Level 4) and join many of the speaking engagements in which Dell EMC is participating:Mon 6, 2:00pm-2:10pm Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Level 2 – Parkside 2 Foyer Baremetal Server Management – Like Shooting Redfish in a Barrel Automated NFV Deployment and Management with TripleO Tue 7, 5:50pm-6:30pm Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Level 3 Convention Center – Cockle Bay Room 1Fast and secure Clear Containers on OpenStack. A winner! Wed 8, 3:30pm-4:10pm Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Level 3 Convention Center – C3.6What’s Your Workflow?last_img read more

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Notre Dame Dublin program integrates service learning with study abroad experience

first_imgRosie McDowell, the director of international community-based learning outreach for the Center of Social Concerns (CSC), shared her research regarding the community engagement of Notre Dame students in Dublin on Tuesday morning at the Geddes Hall Coffee House. McDowell discussed how Notre Dame’s Dublin program integrates service learning with the study abroad experience.While students study at host universities like Trinity College and University College Dublin, McDowell said they also have the opportunity to become involved in the community.“Once in Dublin, the students are placed in a variety of social service organizations, serving at-risk youth in after school programs, young adult refugees, the elderly, those who are homeless and individuals with special needs,” McDowell said.McDowell said the idea behind this program is supported by research, particularly that of Robbin Crabtree, dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University.Crabtree’s research has shown that “service learning and study abroad get students out of their comfort zone and also get them the support they need to understand their experiences,” McDowell said.McDowell said the research of Barbara Parker additionally emphasizes how service learning can complement any study abroad program.“Students’ effective and cognitive content learning is impacted similarly by study abroad and service learning, but their connective learning, their personal road to development and solidarity to others is enhanced and more strongly impacted by service learning,” McDowell said, summarizing the findings of Parker’s research.Such an integrated program is of particular importance for students studying in Europe, McDowell said, because many Americans’ image of Europe is “composed of Disney representations.” This program provides students with a more realistic view of European life.“When a study abroad program is intentionally designed to give students opportunities to encounter the different facets of the community, the students contradict this imagined ideal that they carry with them,” she said.The service opportunities offered by the Dublin program confront students with the very real social issues present in Ireland, McDowell said.“They see firsthand the diversity of the immigrant families that are there and in need, the needs of the Irish homeless families, the growing need for after school programs for at-risk youth and the isolation of the elderly whose families may have all emigrated in search of better economic opportunity,” she said.“These encounters and engagements contrast greatly with the mythical, intoxicating images that students may have in mind on arrival,” McDowell said.For this reason, “adequate space is provided for unpacking these dissonances and contrasts” through reflection, she said.This reflection occurs in the form of six journals spread throughout the semester, McDowell said. These journals allow McDowell to see the effect this integrated study abroad and service-learning experience has on students.“Students gain insight into Irish culture and politics, they make comparisons between Ireland and the United States, they develop some compassion and understanding for those that they serve, and they reflect on the importance of developing relationships and understanding people through dialogue,” McDowell said. “They experience spiritual growth, they experience feelings of belonging, and they begin to think about their long term aspirations and how they might stay connected to the issue they worked on while they were there.”Tags: service learning, Trinity College, University College Dublinlast_img read more

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Frozen Duo Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Tapped for Oscars

first_img View Comments The Oscar win for the Frozen megahit made The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q composer Lopez a member of the exclusive EGOT Club. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are currently working on a new tuner, Up There. It’s time to see what they can do…for the Oscar ceremony! Frozen husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won the Academy Award last year for “Let It Go,” will write a number for host Neil Patrick Harris. The 2015 Oscars will air on February 22. As previously reported, along with Harris and Lopez, mega-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have tapped some of Broadway’s best for the show. Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will choreograph, with production design by Derek McLane (33 Variations) and musical direction by Stephen Oremus (Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon). “It won’t be a song called “Let It O” with a big giant Swarovski “O” crystal in the background,” joked Tony winner Harris in a video about the news. Does this mean there’ll be no Adele Dazeem either?last_img read more

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Good vs. bad

first_imgBiofilm forms protective coating”Over time, a biofilm, or slime layer, develops in the drains,”Doyle said. “This biofilm protects the listeria when cleaners andsanitizers are poured down the drains.”Knowing this, Doyle took a fight-fire-with-fire approach to killingthe drain-dwelling listeria. He uses the same technology hedeveloped for controlling E. coli and Salmonella.”We took samples of biofilm from floor drains in processing plantswhere there was a history of low levels to no listeria,” he said.With the help of the plant operators, biofilm samples were takenfrom dairy, poultry and infant food processing plants. Thescientists found nine different bacteria from biofilms that werehighly effective in competing with and killing listeria.”From these bacteria, we chose two strains that could grow withlisteria and ultimately outcompete it,” Doyle said.The researchers then tested these two strains in a fresh poultryprocessing plant. Working with Ecolab Inc., UGA scientists used afoaming agent to apply the bacteria to drains.”The foam adheres to the drain’s surface and gives the goodbacteria an opportunity to attach and grow in their newenvironment,” Doyle said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists have found bacteria that killlisteria in processing plant floor drains, where the pathogen isknown to settle and multiply.”There are just a few thousand cases of listeria in humans eachyear,” said Michael Doyle, a microbiologist and director of the UGACenter for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. “But, of those, about 500die. That’s a high mortality rate, and that’s why listeriainfections are a major concern in our country.”Pregnant women, cancer patients and transplant patients are amongthe most frequent cases seen. “Listeria strikes theseimmunocompromised populations hardest,” Doyle said.Luncheon meats = high riskThe U.S. Department of Agriculture identifies luncheon meats ashigh-risk products for listeria infections, Doyle said. Slicedturkey deli meats are high on the list.”Listeria can grow to billions of cells in some refrigeratedluncheon meats,” he said. “And there have been major outbreakstraced to sliced turkey luncheon meats.”The deadly pathogen is often found in processing-plant floordrains. To help fight it, representatives of the processed meatindustry asked Doyle and his UGA colleagues to help find asolution.”Listeria can be widely distributed in processing plants,” Doylesaid. “It grows where there is water in areas like floor drains,where listeria can set up a home.”Unfortunately, floor drains are one of the toughest areas toeffectively clean and treat for listeria in processing plants. Foam/biofilm mixture successfulThe drains were monitored for more than three months. Thefoam/biofilm mixture eliminated listeria in most drains toundetectable numbers for several weeks.”In some drains, where there was a continuous influx of processingwastes, we were able to bring the numbers down dramatically,” Doylesaid, “but we couldn’t totally eliminate the listeria.”Next, the UGA researchers tested the bacteria mixture in a ready-to-eat deli meat processing plant. The listeria numbers are muchlower in these plants than in fresh meat plants.Six drains were treated, and two were used as natural controldrains. After eight weeks, the scientists found five of the sixtreated drains were free of detectable listeria.Ecolab has licensed this technology from UGA and is developing aformulation that will be further tested. The company intends tomake the product commercially available after regulatory review andapproval.last_img read more

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Fungus gardening

first_imgIf you love mushrooms, learn to grow them at home by attending the mushroom gardening class set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga.The class will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the UGA Research and Education Garden off Ellis Road. The cost is $27. Sarah Workman, a backyard mushroom grower and forest ecologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will teach the course. To register, call (770) 233-6180 or go to www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com/home_garden.php.last_img read more

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Vermont Community Foundation makes grants available to assist nonprofits affected by Irene

first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation is making grants available to assist Vermont nonprofit organizations affected by Tropical Storm Irene.  Online applications are available on their website: http://www.vermontcf.org/sun-irene(link is external). Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 to support repair and recovery for damage sustained from the storm or to cover increased demand for services being provided to those affected by the storm.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and grant decisions are made within two weeks of the submission date.The Foundation has also listed other Irene-related grant opportunities for Vermont non profits as follows: FEMA for public assistance grantsCVCAC for small business grants through the VT Irene Flood Relief FundMarlboro College for scholarships for nonprofits with flood damage For questions regarding grants related to Irene recovery contact Jen Peterson atjpeterson@vermontcf.org(link sends e-mail) or 802-388-3355 x288.last_img read more

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Public members needed for Bar Examiners

first_imgPublic members needed for Bar Examiners Public members needed for Bar Examiners Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before June 15 for a three-year term on the Florida Board of Board Examiners. The Supreme Court will appoint two public members to serve on the Board of Bar Examiners.A public member volunteer should possess education or work-related experience such as educational testing, accounting, statistical analysis, medicine, psychology, or related sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Lawyers are not eligible. Public board members should be willing and able to devote about three days a month to the work of the board, and to travel to various Florida locations to attend meetings and the bar examination. Travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed. Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the board’s mandate.The vacancies will occur on November 1, with the expiration of the terms of Dr. Mary Harris Moore of Tallahassee and Yvonne Loggins-Coleman of Orlando. Applications are available at www.flabar.org and may be submitthed by faxing it to (850) 414-6822 or by mailing to The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. For more information contact Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, executive director of the board at (850) 487-1292. March 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Credit unions need to re-examine how they relate to millennials

first_imgDespite conventional wisdom to the contrary, most consumers say they are satisfied with their primary financial institutions, according to the household finances module of Expectations & Experiences, the Fiserv quarterly consumer trends survey conducted by Harris Poll. While that may be welcome news overall, there are definite areas for improvement, particularly with that important and often mentioned segment – millennials.This study was conducted within the U.S. between October 22 and November 5, 2015 by Harris Poll on behalf of Fiserv, Inc., among 3,050 U.S. adults ages 18 or older who are part of a household that currently has a checking account with a bank, credit union, brokerage firm or other financial organization, and who have at least some level of involvement in managing their household finances. The Expectations & Experiences paper summarizes the findings and methodology.What Millennials WantAt 65 percent, customer satisfaction scores for early millennials (ages 18-24) are 26 percent lower than for seniors (88 percent), which may speak to changing expectations and less favorable views of financial institutions among younger generations. Even among millennials, scores increase with age; 75 percent of late millennials (ages 25–35) say they are highly satisfied with their financial organizations – 15 percent higher than for early millennials. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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CECL update today, NAFCU monitoring for signs of guidance

first_imgNAFCU regulatory affairs staff today will monitor the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) open meeting for an update on its current expected credit losses (CECL) standard. Credit unions are still waiting for substantive guidance on the CECL standard and NAFCU strongly believes that the industry should not be included within its scope.Today’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. Eastern and is available to view via livestream.Last month, FASB discussed three options to clarify implementation concerns brought up during a June FASB Transition Resource Group meeting on CECL – attended by NAFCU.FASB last week issued a request for feedback on its proposed update to the current CECL effective date for non-public business entities, including credit unions. This change would make clear that the implementation of the accounting standard is only required for fiscal years after Dec. 15, 2021. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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This year’s UHPA Days will be held in Istria

first_imgFor now, the most important thing is that the date and place are known so that they can be organized – so UHPA DAYS will be held from 19 to 21 March 2020 in Umag. After Slavonia, the UHPA Days come to Istria. As in previous years, numerous U2PA workshops, panel discussions, expert lectures, trainings, etc. will be held at the UHPA Days… The official program has not been announced yet, but it is expected soon. center_img UHPA Days, the most important annual gathering of travel agencies, members of the UHPA Association and their domestic and foreign guests this year will be held from March 19-21, 2020 in Umag. last_img read more

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