first_imgEarlier this week, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder after a ZZ Top performance. As such, the band has postponed all dates from now through May 7th. Unfortunately, one of those dates happens to be the Laid Back Festival, scheduled for May 7th at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA.The first of five Laid Back Festivals, hosted and curated by Gregg Allman, will be pushed back to a later date. The Atlanta Laid Back lineup plans to feature sets from Allman, ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and more, and the make-up date is not yet known.The other four events, including fests in Nashville, Chicago, New York, and Colorado, are all on as scheduled. You can find out more details about those here. We wish Dusty Hill all the best on the road to recovery![Via AJC]last_img read more

first_imgAs Cisco Live 2017 kicks off early next week, the Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has exciting updates to share as we continue joint engineering efforts with Cisco to further simplify the data center for our customers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHr3EbGUVf0Modernizing data centers with converged systems is one of the top requirements for IT leaders aiming to digitally transform their businesses to remain relevant and competitive in their markets. This is not surprising because there’s hard evidence that converged systems simplify operations, so IT staff and engineering can focus less on managing, supporting and sustaining infrastructure, and more on accelerating their business’ digital transformation.The key word here is “simplify.” Our customers continue to seek IT simplification, and we continue to focus on delivering it for them. It’s as simple as that.Along these lines, we have some key Dell EMC and Cisco joint innovation updates around our Converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio and substantial enhancements and customer momentum with the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture to share. It’s this team that has been at the very center of the converged infrastructure trend for the past seven years.Dell EMC and Cisco Innovation and Collaboration Extends the Engineered System Experience across Data CentersSeven years ago, Dell EMC collaborated with Cisco to pioneer the CI market with a simple premise: enable IT to spend less time building and maintaining IT infrastructure (i.e., keeping the lights on), so they can spend more time driving business outcomes by bringing new applications and services to market – faster. The solution: a CI system, where compute, storage, virtualization and network resources are managed, supported and sustained together as a single system throughout their lifecycle.Thousands of customers later and counting, we continue to see great traction with VxBlock and are jointly committed to bringing innovations to market faster than ever. For example, the latest all-flash arrays from Dell EMC–including Dell EMC VMAX 950F/FX, Dell EMC Unity 350F/450F/550F/660F, and Isilon Gen 6 Infinity–will be available for VxBlock this summer.And we’re not stopping there. For the last 18 months, our Dell EMC and Cisco collaboration has been about accelerating IT transformation in a new direction. We are extending the benefits of the individual converged infrastructure systems to the entire data center–and across multiple data centers–through the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld_r3tDbcwcThe Vscale Architecture extends the converged (a.k.a., engineered) system experience of a single block to resources across data centers. This simplifies IT by assuring that upgrades, expansion and patches to those resources are fully interoperable. Imagine this across your data centers. That’s what Vscale Architecture does.Specifically, Cisco’s ACI enables the architecture to scale beyond the capacity of an individual VxBlock and stretches that experience to a pool of Cisco compute and Dell EMC storage and data protection resources across high-performance Cisco spine-leaf LAN network fabrics. The approach to policy-based automation enables open scaling across platforms, both bare metal and virtual, while automatically enforcing rules for compliance and governance using white-list policies. This pool and the network are lifecycle assured, and the pool can be shared by converged infrastructure systems (VxBlocks), new-generation hyper-converged infrastructure, and non-converged systems.Imagine the agility, security and peace of mind this brings across your enterprise. Taken together, the ROI for your organization will be phenomenal.This is for businesses that need to scale beyond a single converged system’s design; share resources between converged, hyper-converged and non-converged equipment; replicate data and move workloads across converged systems and data centers with agility; add quickly to capacity; and, integrate new technologies into the environment.We announced the Vscale strategy in 2015, and with Cisco’s collaboration, we’ve been deploying it across a wide range of businesses: airlines, service providers, manufacturers, government agencies, retailers, financial service companies and more. The business use cases are equally diverse. Customers are using the Vscale Architecture to:Modernize production data centers to support new digital business services with improved levels of orchestration and automationUpgrade disaster recovery data centers to meet new business continuity requirementsBring the cloud infrastructure in-house when managed services are not yielding enough ROIUpdate infrastructure for more agility, faster onboarding and more predictable costs to scale outShare valuable data between old and new systems during Platform 2 to 3 application transitionFreely and securely move evolving data and apps across systems to balance cost and performance trade-offs Since the Vscale Architecture initial announcement, we’ve been busy extending capability and adding several new components that we’re officially announcing today:Single Point of orchestration, automation, and security for compute, network, and storage – UCS Director in conjunction with Cisco ACI automation reduces the risk and time to onboard servicesVscale Border Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus, ASA and Firepower, ISR and ASR, assure secure, high-performance data communications between the Vscale resources and external networksVscale Open Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus and MDS service for third-party equipment integration maximizes ROI of Vscale and non-Vscale assets through resource sharingVscale Fabric Technology Connect for storage – All-flash Dell EMC Unity, XtremIO and VMAX storage and Isilon NAS optimize application performance and cost of scaling out storageNew Services – Cisco Advanced Services for UCS Director and ACI deployment and Dell EMC  Vscale Services speed data center modernization and time to business results Big data analytics projects are a premier use case for this new direction in data center architecture.  Inovalon, a leading big data analytics service provider for the healthcare ecosystem, is an example business that has deployed the Vscale Architecture with outstanding results.“Inovalon implemented Vscale to decrease cycle times dedicated to provisioning resources dedicated to our sophisticated private cloud offerings, most importantly, our Inovalon ONE platform,” said Faisal Khalid, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Inovalon. “With this competitive advantage, Inovalon ONE delivers a highly scalable, flexible Platform-as-a-service capability – unrivaled in the industry today – to enable value-based healthcare across the healthcare ecosystem. Further, the architecture’s level of automation enables my team to focus their time on delivering greater value and innovation for our business.”Our joint work with Cisco is helping customers achieve this success with Vscale Architecture.“Cisco’s policy driven automation with ACI is an important enabler for digital business and Cisco sees strong market momentum with over 3,500 ACI customers,” said Tom Edsall, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Insieme Networks Business, Cisco Systems. “We are pleased to see the adoption of the Vscale Architecture by our largest converged infrastructure customers. We look forward to our continued investment together with Dell EMC to deliver fabric solutions like Vscale to our joint customers using converged systems like VxBlock.”Imagine the experience of receiving a VxBlock on your shipping dock, within 60 days of order, with fully integrated compute, storage, data protection, internal network fabric and a hypervisor that is logically configured to your specifications. Now imagine this benefit covering the breadth of your data center, plus automation and assured interoperability as you add technology options and capacity and upgrade firmware and software releases. That’s Vscale Architecture with Dell EMC and Cisco innovating together.If you’re attending Cisco Live, our team would love to meet with you. As a Diamond Sponsor, you’ll see a lot from Dell EMC during the show. Stop by our booth (#2315) to learn more about our joint offerings, see solutions onsite and hear from our experts.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] When Megan Quinn lined up on the blue line in practice as a freshman to take shots on goal, Syracuse goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan never knew what to expect.Some players shot the puck hard enough to leave a stinger, but Gilligan said Quinn was “hit or miss.”“Now it’s kind of one of those ones where you’re like, ‘Oh boy, this might leave a bruise,”’ Gilligan said. Quinn, a sophomore, has transformed her game on the ice. After a fairly a one-dimensional role as a defender last season, the sophomore has embraced her new role, playing all three zones. She’s stronger, quicker and has an improved shot, making her a key contributor for Syracuse (5-5-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America).She’s on the penalty kill and the power play, using the endurance from a running background to help her handle extended minutes. She’s seeing time on offense to show off her improved shot, and through 11 games this season has tallied two goals and five assists for a total of seven points, good for fifth on the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In just a year, she’s gone from being just a defenseman … now you’re going out there, a little more sense of purpose,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said.Last season, Quinn said she would get pushed around on the ice. In the offseason, there was a plan in place to fix it.Quinn put on about 15 pounds of muscle, strength added through squats, bench presses and chin-ups. She’s testing better in the Syracuse weight room. Now, the roles from just a season ago have been completely reversed. “This year I’m bumping people around,” Quinn said.She also worked to fix her shot, making a conscious effort to keep her head up and stay wary of how she shifts her weight when she’s sliding. It’s a testament to the repetition she poured in over the summer on the driveway and on the ice. They were just minor adjustments to her fundamentals to increase efficiency, but the major differences are something Gilligan has experienced firsthand.“I think she’s getting a lot more confident,” Gilligan said. “ … freshman year it can be a bit of a roller coaster for everybody, so I think she’s kind of settled in.”While her shot has made her valuable on the power play, her speed has made her an indispensable part of Syracuse’s defense. Flanagan said he relies on Quinn’s agility to move the puck out of the zone and then jump in the play offensively.In high school, Quinn was a distance runner. She ran 3- and 5-kilometer races and specialized in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs in track. In preseason workouts, her blazing speed caught the eye of her teammates.“We watched Quinn going and we’re like, ‘Is she on the hockey team or is she on the track team here? What is this business?’” Gilligan said.With the number of minutes she’s playing, Quinn has had to fall back on her endurance. She’s able to handle the workload of playing defense, the penalty kill and the power play. Flanagan said that her strength “equals confidence,” a process that’s finally lending itself to increased productivity. Quinn’s been given an extended role, and is thriving as a jack of all trades. “It’s definitely a privilege,” Quinn said. “It feels good to play all three and they have confidence in me. I think it puts more confidence in myself too.” Commentslast_img read more