Making Waves: Health IT Dives Into Data Lakes

first_imgThe healthcare industry is changing – fast.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 30% of Medicare payments need to shift from volume-based to value-based care reimbursement models by 2016, and 50% by 2018.  Healthcare providers still have a lot of work to do to successfully make this transition.The 2015 HIMSS Leadership Survey found that while 41% of healthcare leaders think big data analytics is a number one priority for their organization, a surprising 81% still have basic questions around the quantity and type of data they should be collecting and how to actually turn that data into insight.That’s not especially good news considering healthcare data continues to grow at 48% per year through 2020 from clinical applications, Internet-enabled medical devices, wearables, and remote patient monitoring. With questions on how to manage all of the data being generated today, how will healthcare providers collect, secure, and share the next big wave of information to come?What are the next steps? How can healthcare organizations achieve accountable care and effectively support the empowered patient?Making a Splash with Predictive AnalyticsConsider the key role predictive analytics play as hospitals work to reduce their 30-day readmissions rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia (PN). To meet these requirements, healthcare providers must speed up the continuous feedback process using analytics across the continuum of care, including inputs from patient monitoring located in the home.Healthcare providers that have successfully implemented predictive analytics see measurable results – 54% of health IT leaders who spent 1-5% of their operating budget on analytics reported success within financial and clinical management.Advanced predictive analytics also provide organizations with clear cost reductions – Goldman Sachs predicts the total savings opportunity from digital health initiatives will be $305B. But how do healthcare organizations eliminate redundant infrastructure and copies of data, while improving data governance and compliance?Eye on the Data Lake Horizon A data lake provides massive scalability and multi-protocol data-in-place analytics, along with the enterprise data protection and security required by healthcare organizations. It provides a powerful data architecture with a unified location to help reduce silos across the healthcare enterprise. Data can also be connected from trusted outside sources including payers, genomic research centers, public health databases, biobanks, and social media feeds.Clinical departments, business analysts, and data science teams can conduct effective cross-data analysis as all internal data sources and trusted external sources are incorporated. Healthcare providers can further advance accountable care initiatives, creating a new realm of data science for uncovering trends, patterns, relationships, correlations, and discoveries that can impact integrated patient care.View our new infographic for more information and to see suggested first steps to help you navigate a data lake>>And, for a best practices example, see how Partners Healthcare, a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network is leveraging a data lake to bring together databases from across disparate systems – speeding the time from research to discovery to clinic to improved patient care. Click here to learn more about their journey.last_img read more

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Upgraded PowerEdge Four-Socket Servers – Maximizing Performance of Enterprise Applications and Core Business Workloads

first_imgThe Dell PowerEdge FC830Driven by cloud, mobile, social, and big data trends, the changes in the server industry are accelerating. In many ways, IT services will become pervasive in all parts of the business — from business development to decision strategy to client services. A critical success factor for companies will be for their IT organizations to deploy systems into their environment that can accelerate applications and improve operational efficiency.Dell PowerEdge servers are the foundation of a comprehensive enterprise systems portfolio that includes storage, networking, software, management and services. With a broad range of enterprise product offerings, Dell can help enterprises more rapidly respond to business demands, improve efficiency and strengthen their IT services. Through the development of unique technologies and exclusive capabilities, Dell has built an end-to-end selection of enterprise solutions that deliver a scalable and future-ready IT infrastructure based on standardized technologies. Recent advancements place the PowerEdge 13th generation four-socket servers at the forefront of choice for IT organizations needing prolific compute solutions today and in the years to come. The PowerEdge M830 blade server is a full-height, four-socket blade server that offers maximized data-center consolidation delivering vast amounts of compute. The Dell PowerEdge R930Dell’s four-socket server portfolio is engineered to provide customers with platform choice to best support their data center density, scalability, manageability and flexibility needs. In addition to the PowerEdge R930 and R830 rack servers, Dell also updated its PowerEdge FX2 and PowerEdge M1000e converged platforms with the PowerEdge FC830 and the PowerEdge M830 blade servers featuring the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4600 v4 family.The PowerEdge FC830 is a full-width, four-socket compute node for the PowerEdge FX architecture that helps organizations quickly configure complete workloads using modular building blocks of IT resources. This converged platform provides twice the four-socket density of any solution in the industry, making it ideal for Oracle RAC or dense four-socket deployments[1].center_img The rapid adoption of cloud solutions, real-time data analytics and big data initiatives is changing the dynamics of IT datacenters and workloads. Customers in Asia Pacific and Japan are increasingly looking for highly virtualized data centers capable enough to manage ever-evolving enterprise applications and business workloads. According to IDC’s MaturityScape Benchmark Report for Big Data and Analytics (BDA) organizations in the Asia Pacific region have developed vision and are setting up BDA strategies, however many have yet to implement solutions and build up internal infrastructure capabilities. To enable customers of all sizes to realize peak performance, maximize operational efficiency and implement future-ready IT, we recently announced key upgrades to our PowerEdge server portfolio, designed to optimize performance for big data and real-time analytics and dense virtualization deploymentsScalability to maximize performanceThe upgraded PowerEdge 13th generation servers include Dell PowerEdge R930 and R830 rack servers and the updated PowerEdge FX2 and PowerEdge M1000e converged platforms with the PowerEdge FC830 and the PowerEdge M830 blade servers. Leveraging the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 and E5-4600 v4 product family, customers can quickly deploy performance intensive applications, easily scale up and better manage infrastructure and mission-critical workload delivery.Here are some details on the new editions to our 13th generation family:PowerEdge R930: Specifically designed for the enterprise it has all the power and capacity required to meet business needs, PowerEdge 930 support max. 24 HDDs and max. 8 front hot-plug PCIe NVMe SSDs, which are incredibly flexible and designed for high performance workloads. Additionally, PowerEdge R930 with up to Intel Xeon E7-8890 V4 processors recently set three new SAP HANA world-record benchmarks.PowerEdge R830: PowerEdge R830 is a foundational four-socket rack server designed for database applications, scale-out virtualization and VDI environments. This four-socket extension of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4600 v4 family gives customers more options and greater flexibility for scaling their infrastructure and growing business in a hardware-enhanced security environment.last_img read more

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Digital Transformation at SXSW 2017

first_imgA Preview of #DellExperience at SXSW 2017It’s that time of year again when hundreds of thousands descend on Austin from around the globe for South by Southwest (#SXSW)*, the annual festival that brings together the most diverse, collaborative and inventive people from across music, film and, of course, technology. SXSW introduces us to the next “big idea” and is a birthplace for major innovation. It was from this event that we first heard about companies and concepts like Twitter, Foursquare and GroupMe.This year is particularly exciting as it will be the first SXSW for our new company Dell Technologies. To celebrate with our customers, partners and friends, we will host “THE EXPERIENCE by Dell Technologies,” an interactive pop-up on March 10-14, showcasing some of our latest technology, live entertainment and a program of events and discussions representative of our family of brands (Dell, Dell EMC, RSA, and Pivotal,).Dell Technologies provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect information. The #DellExperience at SXSW will offer sessions and demos reinforcing how Dell Technologies is creating innovative technology solutions that drive human progress, by showcasing technology solutions in virtual reality, security, open source, entrepreneurship, creativity and much more. A few examples include:How VR could change the way we do everything? VR is an industry disruptor not just for creators and gamers in media and entertainment, but also for people in engineering, manufacturing, healthcare and more. VR will ultimately transform the way we work and is expected to be a big theme again at SXSW. Dell Technologies, along with its partners and customers, will illustrate how the technology has progressed, new areas and applications, as well as the future.You’re secure but is your workplace? The more technology advances, the more chances of security breaches affecting the workspace. But what if there was a way to remedy this and proactively stop breaches before they happen? Dell Technologies will explore this topic, focusing specifically on how businesses can be protected through data and behavior analytics in the modern world.How do we make the world a better place? This year, Dell Social Good Advocate and Actor, Adrian Grenier will host a brunch with other change makers who are collaborating and innovating to create positive impacts for our communities and planet. Grenier has played an instrumental role in our recently announced Oceans Plastics initiative, helping to reach our goal of 100 percent sustainable packaging by 2020 and encouraging other brands across different industries to follow Dell’s lead.What it means to build an open source culture? Building a culture around open source for collaboration is transforming how we innovate. However, to truly leverage open source, an organization needs to develop a culture that not only understands its value but also understands the importance of the community and contributing back to that community. Dell Technologies will explore the challenges and rewards of building an open source-oriented and community-friendly organization.In addition, we will also kick off Dell Technologies’ first ad campaign that centers on the need for human progression and our dedication to our customers. We hope to show the world how the impossible can become reality through digital transformation. We invite customers to get an exclusive look at the campaign as well as experience solutions that will help them digitally transform at Customer Appreciation night.And of course, we will have our award-winning products that dominated at CES on display and a number of interactive new demos. Attendees to #DellExperience can try out the VJ Mix Booth, where guests can control and interact with various screens, projections and lighting in a digitally-transformed space. We will also have a sound studio to test out the innovative new sound built into the XPS 27 and Precision 27 All-in-Ones, along with, VR Games ROM Extraction and the brand new John Wick.Not to mention additional demos, the brand new Alienware Gaming trailer, #DestinationDell RV, 8K displays, Dell Canvas, and a virtual experience of the new Jaguar Land Rover electric car, the I-Pace!If you are in Austin, attending SXSW, be sure to stop by “THE EXPERIENCE by Dell Technologies” at The Sunset Room in downtown for the ultimate SXSW experience. If you’re not in Austin for the event – tune in here for live coverage from our venue, and follow the conversation on social with #SXSW and #DellExperience. For more information please visit our venue listing in the SXSW schedule here.*South by Southwest & SXSW® is a trademark of SXSW, LLC, used under license.last_img read more

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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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Why Does Dell EMC Invest in Open Networking?

first_imgThis week is Open Networking Summit (ONS) 2018, and while Dell EMC has been quite active in launching Open Networking products leading up to this event, including the launch of our Virtual Edge Platform 4600, and emphasizing the broader role that Dell Technologies plays for service providers, I’d like to take a quick moment to reflect on Dell EMC’s investment into the open source ecosystem and our commitment to embracing disaggregation where it makes sense for the industry.What’s been happening in open source and how has Dell EMC been engaged?The industry continues to see rapid innovation through open source, and a growing set of communities and projects designed to accelerate adoption of open source by producing everything from reference designs to production code releases. In 2018 alone, we have seen announcements for the Linux Networking Fund (LNF), “dNOS” (AT&T’s open, disaggregated network operating system), Akraino (software stack supporting cloud services at the network edge), Stratum (ONF’s open source SDN switching platform). And, it’s only March!Open Source initiatives have become fora to align with service providers on key industry-wide initiatives, and define solutions through contributions code (i.e., the code is the standard), rather than through standards documents; to demonstrate technology feasibility and readiness; and to create the frameworks which will become the foundation of future networks.Over the last several years, Dell EMC has continued to lead Open Networking, embracing disaggregation as a means to accelerate solutions across the entire Service Provider network. Dell EMC has invested into and participated in numerous open source projects, including OpenSwitch OPX, Open Networking Foundation (ONF), from Open Compute Project (such as SAI and ONIE), and Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization (OPNFV). Dell EMC has also been a leader in launching new open source projects, including as a founding member of EdgeX Foundry. We have also seen success by helping customers operationalize Open Networking in production deployments, such as the mission-critical V2V/V2X Verizon Connect Container Cloud Platform (VCCP), which leverages Dell EMC’s Open Source NOS based on Open Switch – OS10.Why does Dell EMC invest in open source?By investing into open source projects. Dell EMC is able to better evaluate the future of the dis-aggregated software stacks, and determine how to best innovate at the infrastructure layer in support of simplified on-boarding, integration, and management, enhanced performance, and scaled operationalization. For Dell EMC, our contribution and participation to open source initiatives are important in providing maximum choice to Service Providers looking to realize the power of the network, from edge to core to cloud, and to accelerate software-defined and virtualized networks. In fact, I wouldn’t even limit this statement to Service Providers – many of our largest enterprise organizations are also embracing Open Networking at a pace equivalent to, or faster than, our Service Providers.As the myriad of open source communities continues to grow increasingly complex, Dell EMC will continue to monitor the changing landscape and re-evaluate our role in leading Open Networking, and continue to deliver solutions that minimize technology and investment risk. On the positive side, these open source projects are all focused on modern software architectures, embracing agile development and modularization, allowing best of breed technologies from multiple projects to be integrated to create even better networking stacks.What’s next for Dell EMC?For 2018, as part of our commitment to continue to invest into open source initiatives to gain increased visibility into how our infrastructure is affected by the growing desire to separate infrastructure from software and software control plane from software forwarding plane, Dell EMC will strategically prioritize three core organizations related to open source networking:The OpenSwitch (OPX) Network Operating SystemOpen Networking Foundation, to increase our visibility and participation in projects such as Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (CORD), Open Network Operating System (ONOS), P4 and StratumLinux Networking Fund (LNF), to provide increased exposure and Dell EMC thought leadership to projects such as Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), OPNFVWe look forward to continuing to engage with the industry, work with our service provider customers as partners, innovating together towards new architectures/technologies, and contributing to the evolution of network through these organizations.last_img read more

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VxRail—Simpler. More Powerful. More Protected.

first_imgIn addition to all of this, Dell EMC and VMware are working together to accelerate the path to a multi-cloud vision–ensuring IT organizations are always on the forefront of hardware and software technology advances, and are able to respond to evolving business needs in a cloud-first world (learn more).So what does all of this mean? When customers ask me what workloads are right for HCI, I tell them “virtually any” (do you see what I did there?). But I am being genuine—if it’s a virtualized workload, it’s most likely a good candidate for hyper-converged. Customers from every vertical have been quick to take advantage, and adoption rates are only increasing from the edge to the core to the cloud. For example, we are now supporting a national retailer whose goal is to move to a completely software-defined data center. They chose VxRail, calling it “the logical choice for anybody using VMware products who wants to put [in a] hyper-converged infrastructure.” I must say, I agree.When we say “VxRail Appliances are the standard for rapidly and predictably transforming VMware environments,” it is not an exaggeration. By working together, Dell EMC and VMware have created a product that dramatically simplifies IT operations, accelerates time to market, and delivers an incredible return on investment. With new innovations such as synchronous releases between VxRail and VMware, Dell EMC and VMware are enabling customers to innovate even faster and more predictably. And with the added confidence of knowing investments in VxRail are now backed by Dell EMC’s future proof loyalty program, customers looking to take the next step in their IT Transformation journey can set their eyes on the horizon.Speaking of horizons, if you’re here at VMworld make sure to stop by the Great Xscape—VR in the Dell EMC Modern Infrastructure Solutions Booth #1276 for an experience unlike any others. In our virtual reality escape room you perform actual VxRail admin tasks in outer space in a race against the clock. Not here? No problem—you can join in the fun by participating via Twitter; just tune in to #GreatXscapeVR.Hope to see you here! Synchronous releases between VxRail and VMware speed time to value with the adoption of the latest VMware releases within 30 days. By ensuring customers get the latest VMware updates and fixes as quickly as possible, Dell EMC empowers them to continuously innovate so they can stay ahead of the competition.The new VxRail G560 delivers greater density in a 2U/4Node form factor and outperforms the previous VxRail G Series with up to 1.75x more cores, up to 100% increase in processing power, up to 4x more memory, and 3x capacity increase improvement in the boot deviceThe Dell EMC Networking Fabric Design Center, which now includes VxRail, offers wizard-based network design capabilities—resulting in a faster time to production, right-sized for your environment, and interoperable in your existing infrastructure.Dell EMC’s future-proof loyalty program protects your VxRail investments by leveraging the strength of Dell Technologies to offer the industry’s strongest investment protection: three years versus our competitors, who provide 30 days for their programs. 1ESG Hyperconverged Infrastructure Trends, July 2017center_img It has been two-and-a-half years since we launched VxRail. In that narrow window of time, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has redefined what is possible for IT and the businesses it supports. According to a 2017 ESG report1, HCI usage has more than doubled since 2015—and it’s no mystery why.Why is HCI growing so rapidly? For starters, deploying HCI solutions reduces (or eliminates) reliance on more rigid, siloed technologies; increases IT operational speed and efficiency while reducing TCO; empowers digital transformation by transforming IT; I can go on and on… and so can Dell EMC and VMware, together.You hopefully already know that VxRail Appliances—co-engineered and pre-tested with VMware—are the standard for predictably transforming VMware environments. I am excited to announce new innovations that make VxRail even simpler to deploy and manage, more powerful and able to address even more use cases, and offers additional peace of mind through investment protection:last_img read more

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Webinar: How Dell EMC Delivers Powerful Data Protection with Expanded Multi-Cloud Capabilities and Performance

first_imgJoin us on April 2 at 12:00 EST, to learn about Dell EMC’s latest innovations to our simply powerful data protection appliances.Dell EMC remains the unquestionable leader in data protection appliances with close to 60 percent market share[i] because we continue focusing on our customers and their unique needs. Our relentless emphasis on continued innovation is why customers see Dell EMC as a partner, rather than just a vendor, and stay with us for the long-term.Dell EMC appliances deliver powerful data protection that scales as customers’ data grows, and provides the flexibility that our customers need as they transform their IT environment and increasingly move to the cloud.On April 2, we will be hosting a webinar that will speak to the recent enhancements to performance, scalability and cloud extensibility that have been introduced to both Dell EMC Data Domain, and the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA).Topics to be covered include:IDC perspective on market evolution and future – Phil Goodwin, IDCDell EMC data protection appliances announcement highlights – Shefali Chinni, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Dell EMC’s customer’s perspective on what they think of Data Domain – Adam Schmitt, Network Architect, GEI Consultants Key highlights of the Dell EMC data protection appliances announcement:Expansion of leading cloud capabilitiesEnhanced support for ever-tighter SLAsMore choice for mid-size organizations with Data Domain DD3300 and IDPAWe are looking forward to seeing you on April 2. Registration for the webinar is now live.For additional information on the announcement check out the following assets:Dell EMC data protection appliances launch blogVideo: IDC and Dell EMC backup appliancesDell EMC data protection appliances infographicTo learn more about Dell EMC Data Protection Appliances, check out the Dell EMC Data Domain home page, Dell EMC IDPA homepage, read Data Protection blogs, and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.[i] IDC WW PBBA Tracker, Q3, December 20, 2018 (Based on Dell EMC market share for the last 4 quarters for World Wide Purpose Built Backup Appliances of 59.2%)last_img read more

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German unemployment steady, but virus having effect on jobs

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — New statistics show Germany’s job market performed unexpectedly well in January, though lockdown measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus continue to leave their mark on Europe’s largest economy. The unemployment rate in January remained unchanged at 6% when adjusted for seasonal factors, with 41,000 fewer people out of work, according to the Federal Labor Agency.“ All in all, the labor market remained in robust condition in January,” said Federal Labor Agency head Detlef Scheele on Friday. “But the measures meant to contain the coronavirus are leaving their mark.”last_img read more

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