Dell EMC Data Protection for Microsoft Azure StackCloud computing is probably the most cost-efficient method to use, maintain, and upgrade your IT infrastructure. Azure Stack brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Dell EMC offers a complete portfolio of Data Protection solutions for both traditional and emerging workloads no matter where customers are in their cloud journey.Azure brings an entirely new way of doing business in the cloudAzure brings an entirely new way of doing business in the cloud. The Azure ecosystem consists of redundant data centers located literally around our globe. In most cases, Azure can provide you with far better security, performance, and reliability than you can provide on-premises.Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive collection of cloud services intended to provide developers and IT professionals the ability to build, deploy, and manage workloads leveraging a wide variety of development and DevOps tools and offering an extensive marketplace of offerings with which to build applications and solutions. However, as extensive as Azure public’s offerings are there are still a number of barriers that can prevent organizations from adopting a strictly public cloud model. Considerations such as regulatory compliance, data sovereignty, or a variety of edge cloud or disconnected use cases, just to name a few, can be drivers for customers to pursue a Hybrid Cloud model. Microsoft has recognized these challenges and answered them in the form of Azure Stack. The goal of Azure Stack is to provide an Azure consistent set of services and tools allowing Developers and IT professionals to leverage the same tools and methodologies in an Azure consistent fashion regardless of where an application is deployed (Public, on-prem, or hybrid).Benefits: There are three core benefits when leveraging Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack.Consistent Application Development – Developers have a true “write once deploy anywhere” model based on a consistent set of tools and processes.On-premises Azure Services – Organizations can adopt a cloud computing model on their own terms to meet both their technical and business challenges in a hybrid model without changing tools or methodologies based on deployment locale.Integrated Hybrid Delivery Model – Allows IT organizations to transform operations to focus on delivering cloud services predicated on integrated systems designed to deliver consistent Azure services in a predictable manner.Protecting Your Investment: Now that you have the power of a truly hybrid Azure ecosystem at your disposal, how are you protecting your investment?What is data protection in the cloud? And how do you choose the best backup? This isn’t an easy question to answer since it comes in various forms and the tools and technologies for data protection are extremely numerous and can be used in different combinations. A large number of choices can make cloud more difficult than traditional schemas. Still, we can simplify the challenges that appear to be complex with one solution from Dell EMC.Dell EMC recently tested the protection of databases and file systems running on virtual machines inside the Azure Stack to data protection that was running outside of Azure Stack on the customer network. To that end, planning around network settings and security is required. Outside of Azure Stack, network configuration for routing traffic to the internal Azure Stack network(s) will need to be planned and configured. Inside, Azure Stack network security groups assigned to each virtual machine need to be configured to allow inbound and outbound network traffic on specific ports depending on the data protection solution being used (virtual editions of Avamar, NetWorker, Data Domain, etc.).When you build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments, Dell EMCs architecture and industry-leading deduplications result in a lower overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).Architecture Matters: Dell EMC data protection solutions are architected to offer customers economic benefits through industry-leading, highly efficient data deduplication. Three core supporting technologies are:Variable-Length Deduplication.Dell EMC’s advanced dedupe enables the Data Domain platform to better align incoming data structures to determine what data is unique. It produces greater data reduction compared with fixed-length architectures, which results in a much more scalable protection storage pool, helping to simplify management and lower Azure storage costs. Plus, Dell EMC provides global deduplication across sites and allows you to backup and replicate non-Azure Stack resources as well.Data Domain Boost.With DD Boost software, only unique data has to be sent from client devices or the backup server to the Data Domain platform—reducing the amount of data moved by up to 99 percent. This further reduces not only the need and cost of protection storage, but also backup time. When DD Boost is deployed with the Data Protection Software at the Azure Stack client, it sends only the de-duplicated unique data directly to protection storage, bypassing the need for a media server. The result is a reduction in infrastructure footprint required, therefore fewer resources to purchase and lower egress/ingress costs to other Azure resources, not to mention a faster backup due to fewer hops in the data path. For 8 of 12 Data Domain customers that ESG Research analyzed, up to 98 percent of all backup jobs were completed in under an hour.*Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture.While this technology doesn’t improve performance or reduce costs, it ensures that mission-critical Azure Stack data is always recoverable. One way that Data Domain ensures this is via inline write and read verification, which safeguards data integrity during ingest and retrieval. In addition, self-healing and on-going fault detection further protects data’s recoverability during its Data Domain lifecycle.With Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, you can bring the power of Azure into your data center, behind your firewall – engineered, tested, delivered, serviced and supported by Dell EMC. Whether your applications are on-prem or in the cloud today, data protection needs to be an important part of any strategy. Dell EMC’s data protection capabilities address both traditional and emerging cloud strategies.For customers looking to leverage Microsoft Azure solutions, Dell EMC is certified to deploy Avamar and NetWorker virtual editions outside of the Azure Stack protecting VM’s with guest-level protection to provide customers with the Azure Stack Marketplace Support.It is important to note that Dell EMC requires an in-tenant client to facilitate backing up tenant workloads today.) Why choose Dell EMC Data Protection for Azure Stack? Dell EMC data protection products are already proven in non-cloud environments and bring a market reliability, scale and performance to Azure Stack customers. Dell EMC is a trusted partner across the data protection portfolio. For database and filesystem protection, customers only need to install and configure the appropriate software client/agent to their virtual machines and manage their backups and recoveries the same way that they currently protect physical servers in their data centers. On the horizon, Avamar Virtual Edition and NetWorker Virtual Edition will also be available to allow customers the option of protecting Azure Stack assets using data protection that is also running within Azure Stack.As businesses embrace the benefits of Azure Stack, the Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT through the creation of a hybrid cloud, as well as transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions.Understanding Microsoft Azure Stack Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.OTHER RESOURCESDell EMC Azure Stack: https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/solutions/cloud/microsoft-azure-stack.htm Explore More: Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack*ESG White Paper: ESG Whitepaper sponsored by Dell EMC, “The Economic Value of Data Domain,” May 2017. 8 out of 12 customers analyzed achieved backup in less than one hour. Actual results will vary.Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack Gets Next Gen Server Boost
FOR the first time in nearly six years, India have been found guilty of slow over-rate. The players were docked 40% of their match fee for a violation in the fourth T20I against New Zealand in Wellington, bringing to an end a streak that had lasted 264 matches since the Oval Test in August 2014.This was also the first such violation under Virat Kohli.As per Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 percent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the stipulated time. Notwithstanding time allowances, India were found to be two overs short of the requirement at Westpac stadium and thus the fine was doubled.On-field umpires Chris Brown and Shaun Haig, and third umpire Ashley Mehrotra, reported the matter to match referee Chris Broad, who imposed the sanction, which went uncontested as Kohli accepted the charge. There was no formal hearing needed.India clinched that cliffhanger on Friday after it resulted in a second Super Over in as many matches to extend their series lead to 4-0. The final T20I will be played at Mount Maunganui today. (ESPN Cricinfo)
USC Best Buddies, an organization that partners with disabled elementary school students in Los Angeles, is collaborating with USC’s co-ed cinema fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, in promoting the national campaign “Spread the Word to End the Word,” which seeks to rid everyday vocabulary of the “R-word.”The campaign will attempt to publicize the message that the words “retard” and “retarded” are derogatory to people who are affected by disabilities. The groups will ask students to sign pledges to stop using the words.Delta Kappa Alpha and Best Buddies believe the campaign will increase the level of respect given to people with special needs.Though the cinema fraternity does not have a direct connection to those with disabilities, the members were inspired to join the campaign because actor John C. McGinley is a national spokesperson for “Spread the Word to End the Word.”Amelia Swedeen, a sophomore majoring in cinema television production and the philanthropy chair for Delta Kappa Alpha, said the partnership with Best Buddies originated out of a separate but common interest in this event.“Best Buddies was a group that I knew was already doing this event, so I thought it would be a lot more powerful to put them together and make it one big event,” she said.Swedeen said students often do not understand how much one word can hurt another’s feelings.“We want to promote respect and encourage people to not use certain words,” Swedeen said. “You hear this word in every day speech, especially with college students. They use it for anything they don’t like and they think is stupid or anything that is negative, but they don’t realize that the word cuts very deep.”Ashley Elizabeth, a junior majoring in theatre, said she thinks getting students to sign a pledge will make a difference in their use of the word.“If you spread enough awareness of the reality of the word, how degrading it is and untruthful, it will make people think twice before they say it out loud,” Elizabeth said.Certain words that are targeted toward a specific race or orientation are not accepted by the public as everyday language, but Swedeen said the same attention is not given to the “R-word.”“[Retard] is the one word that is completely acceptable in society and media,” Swedeen said. “So that’s what we want to stop. We want to let people know that they can say that if they want, they have the freedom, but they are going to get called out for it.”Eryn Parker, a senior majoring in English and communication and president of Best Buddies, said she hopes this event will make students conscious of their word choices.“The more you raise awareness with anything, the more people will think about it,” Parker said. “And then it will get rooted in their vocabulary.”Andy Dulcan, a junior majoring in cinema-television production and member of Delta Kappa Alpha, said this campaign is especially important because it promotes awareness.“Awareness is the most crucial step in change, a lot of people don’t know the harm that they are causing with words since it originates in middle school, where you’re saying it before you even know what it is that you are saying,” Dulcan said. “The only way to make that change is for people to understand the long-term effects.”Kacie Amacher, a freshman majoring in biochemistry, said she is excited students are raising awareness about this subject.“It’s important that people understand that their words, however unintentional, can have a negative effect on others and that they need to be more aware of what is coming out of their mouths,” Amacher said.
With four top-20 volleyball teams from the Big Ten matching up against each other, all eyes will be on the state of Michigan this weekend.The No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team will be in the middle of the action, traveling to face No. 17 Michigan State Friday and No. 18 Michigan Saturday to begin its final road trip and final four matches of the regular season.Wisconsin (20-8, 9-7 Big Ten) handed then-No. 5 Michigan State just its second conference loss on Oct. 20, with the Badgers holding the Spartans to a .122 hitting percentage — the lowest attack clip the Spartans have posted in any league match this season.Wisconsin and Michigan State are currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten, with Michigan trailing both teams by two games in seventh place. Both the Spartans and Wolverines will be challenged at home by the No. 11 Minnesota Gophers this weekend.With both Michigan State and Michigan earning spots in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament last season — and Michigan making a Final Four appearance — head coach Kelly Sheffield understands just how difficult this weekend will be for all parties involved.“It’s the toughest road trip we’ll see all year long,” Sheffield said. “Both teams are just loaded with all-conference types of players.”Michigan State’s all-conference player in senior outside hitter Lauren Wicinski, who leads the Big Ten in overall points, ranks third with 4.44 kills-per-set and second with 0.43 service aces-per-set.Senior libero Annemarie Hickey said the key to the contest with Michigan State is stopping Wicinski at the net. In the win over the Spartans, the Badgers allowed 16 Wicinski kills in four sets, but forced her into 10 errors.Spartan senior middle blocker Alexis Mathews poses another threat to both the Badger offense and defense, with the high-reaching middle blocker topping the league in hitting percentage at .415 and placing second in blocks with 1.46 per set.With Wicinski totaling 35 kills last weekend against Iowa and current No. 6 Nebraska, defensive togetherness will prove vital for the Badgers’ defense.“You’ve got to serve tough [and] you’ve got to play good team defense,” Sheffield said. “That’s the key against those guys.”Michigan State also boasts three of the Big Ten’s top 10 servers, including Wicinski and the league’s top digger, junior libero Kori Moster.Sheffield stressed the importance for Wisconsin to keep Michigan State’s servers from getting into a rhythm or else Michigan State’s potent offense could put together an easy point streak.“You’ve got to man up against them,” Sheffield said. “It’s constant pressure from those guys. Are you able to control that first ball and get a swing … the serve usually gets tougher and tougher and tougher as it goes. Getting on them on that first ball is really important for us.”Junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said a key to this weekend’s matches is for her and the offense to stay aggressive at the net. She did just that last weekend against Penn State and Ohio State, tallying 12 kills in both matches.Chapman, who is just nine kills shy of 1,000 for her career, said Wisconsin was shocked by its poor performance when it was swept by Michigan last month at home, mentioning the team’s lack of focus against a team that UW normally has success against.Sheffield said last month the loss to Michigan was the team’s first “punch-less” effort in a match all season, but said Michigan is a talented team that doesn’t make many mistakes.“You really have to beat them because they don’t beat themselves,” Sheffield said.Sheffield said his team hasn’t played its best volleyball yet this year. In the last four matches of the season, his goal for the players is to see what level of execution they can reach.Hickey said at this point in the season, there aren’t many adjustments the team is making, but Wisconsin still needs to work hard to prove it belongs in the top half of the Big Ten.“It’s going to show us a lot and show the country what kind of team we are and what kind of team we’re going to be if we make the [NCAA] tournament and how far we’re going to go,” Hickey said. “It’s just [about] battling point after point after point with two top-20 teams and giving it all we can.”