Imagine you’re a data center operations manager. What happens if a mission critical e-commerce application crashes after an overnight firmware patch? If the application halts revenue generation, every minute wasted may lead to company losses. What would you do? The clock is ticking…If you’re operating a traditional data center environment you probably would:Identify a baseline software/firmware revision level before the patch or patches were made.Determine what change caused the failure.Take steps to remediate the failure.These steps are difficult and time consuming, causing company revenue to continuously tick away with the clock:4-6 hours – Manually determine and document pre-patch firmware levels.2 hours – Identify changes made and determine if capability with existing infrastructure components. This could involve calling multiple vendors’ tech support lines.2-4 hours – Remediate the failure and stabilize the infrastructure environment.If it takes the full twelve hours to resolve these problems, then money is lost, the company reputation suffers and the IT staff and company executives are left with an uneasy feeling of when the next shoe will drop. The worse the lifecycle management practices are at a company, the longer it takes to identify and resolve failures. Many companies do not keep accurate records of software/firmware levels in their data center environments. These baselines are critical to speeding problem resolutions.However, there is an easier, faster and cheaper way. VCE’s approach to lifecycle management within the Vblock System prevents most failures from happening in the first place. If however a failure does take place, operators can easily identify the cause of failures using VCE’s unique software management layer.All VCE Vblock™ System customers are armed with a complete fully tested package called a release certification matrix (RCM). Every RCM lists all the firmware/software versions of the infrastructure’s network, compute, storage and virtualization components that have been tested and guaranteed for interoperability by VCE engineers before the release package is distributed to customers.Similarly, VCE also delivers a solution for converged infrastructure management called VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations as part of a standard Vblock™ System. VCE Vision is an API-enabled software layer that sits between Vblock Systems’ and existing data center management tools. VCE Vision provides the following six core capabilities: discovery, identification, validation, logging, health and integration. VCE Vision discovers all the components and software levels of the Vblock System and stores them in the VCE Vision system library. This information can then be quickly and automatically compared against a known RCM level to determine variances. Actual versus expected software levels are organized and displayed so that operators can determine the appropriate course of action that may include updating software or doing nothing.Using VCE Vision software, the timeline for the scenario above now looks like this:20 seconds – Use the VCE Vision plug-in for VMware’s vCenter to discover all infrastructure components and run a compliance validation against a RCM level. VCE Vision is natively integrated with vCenter so all VMware customers have access to this functionality. The screen shots below illustrate this capability within vCenter. 1 min – Review the compliance validation report and identify firmware incompatibilities. See vCenter screen shot below. The timeline to identify and remediate the failure just shrunk from hours or days to even a few minutes through VCE Vision capabilities. The Vblock Systems’ RCMs, full integration testing and VCE Vision software are all part of the VCE experience that contributes to VCE’s lead in the converged infrastructure marketplace.Stop the clock. Did you beat it?
The Q10-A field started producing gas in February 2019. The development required the installation of a 42km pipeline from the Q10-A location to the P15d platform for export. Heerema Fabrication Group built the unmanned offshore platform, which was installed offshore in December 2018 The average realized gas price was 5.6 €/MWh during 2Q compared with 9.9 €/MWh in the previous quarter. As a result, 119 million standard cubic meters of gas have been produced during the second quarter of the year. However, according to Tulip’s update on Monday, the production from the Q10-A field has been partially reduced to “leave gas in the ground” in view of the current low gas prices. Tulip Oil added it continues to mature additional new drilling targets predominantly to appraise reservoirs near the producing Q10-A field. Steps are also being taken to increase production capacity substantially by activating existing third-party compression facilities. Spare production capacity is being managed in conjunction with the gas price outlook. Tulip said that the production is being maintained at some 1 million cubic meters of gas per day. The reservoir models have been calibrated and preparations continue for two additional future Q10 wells. In the first quarter of 2020, Tulip produced 198 million standard cubic meters of gas from the field. Dutch exploration and production operator Tulip Oil has reduced its gas production from the Q10-A gas field located in the Dutch sector of the North Sea due to low gas prices. These targeted reservoirs have been drilled historically and flowed gas to the surface, similar to Q10 before the 2015 “discovery” well.
Sea Bright Police officer Don Morse checks out a dead dolphin with Sea Bright Beach Club personnel on Wednesday morning.By Scott LongfieldSEA BRIGHT – The Marine Mammal Stranding Center has responded to the report of yet another dead bottle nose dolphin that washed up on the beach at Sea Bright Beach Club on Wednesday morning.The dolphin had been dead for some time and had been partially decomposed. MMSC took measurements and photographs and then released the remains to the Sea Bright Department of Public Works for disposal.The dolphin was past the time frame for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.This brings the total to more than 50 dolphin that have died along the shores of New Jersey this summer. An ongoing investigation by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is trying to determine the cause.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookDETROIT – The facial expressions tell the Warriors all they need to know about Stephen Curry.The Warriors’ star player has missed the past 11 games because of a strained left groin. Curry has admitted feeling frustrated for obvious reasons. Those around him, though, say Curry has …
A. Sánchez Wenger backs Sanchez to win over Arsenal boo-boys after jeers on home return Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 01:28 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images A. Sánchez Arsenal Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Premier League Arsène Wenger The Chilean was given a frosty reception after appearing as a substitute against Bournemouth on his first appearance since the transfer window closed Arsene Wenger has backed Alexis Sanchez to win over dissenting Arsenal fans after he received a mixed reception as a substitute in their 3-0 win over Bournemouth.The Chile international was left on the bench on Saturday, having pushed for a move to Manchester City in the final days of the transfer window.Sanchez was introduced in place of two-goal Danny Welbeck for the final 15 minutes against Eddie Howe’s struggling side and was loudly jeered by some supporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Wenger does not believe the ill feeling will last, however, claiming he does not know the reasons behind the reaction and expects Sanchez to get the fans back on side.”I don’t know why [he was booed],” Wenger said. “Maybe it was a question of the transfers. He will [win the fans over] quickly.”The Gunners were back on form on Saturday, responding well to their 4-0 demolition at Liverpool a fortnight previously, a result Wenger put down to a lack of confidence.”That’s football – Liverpool lost heavily today,” he said, referencing the Reds’ 5-0 reverse at Manchester City.”We lost confidence against Stoke when we played well and lost the game. We were a bit edgy against Liverpool.”It was also the transfer period and there were players moving away for international games.”Welbeck encouraged his side to keep building on the improvement evident in this victory.”We have had a difficult few weeks and we got the right result,” he said. “But it has to continue.”On Arsenal’s attacking options, he said: “It is a good headache for the manager to have up front with me, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Olivier] Giroud and Sanchez.”
Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers will assemble on the Sunshine Coast for the Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Youth Camp at the Currimundi Recreation Centre, Currimundi, from Thursday 28 June – Sunday July 1 2007.93 National squad members from the six Federation of International Touch (FIT) Youth Divisions will be put through their paces by National Youth Coaches and some of Australia’s leading Open age Coaches and players during the four day program.The National Youth Squads comprising 18 Years Boys, Girls, and Mixed squads, and National 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed squads will be exposed to fitness testing, skill development, game play, tactical briefs, sports science, and mentoring sessions during the camp.The camp is Australia’s first step in regaining the FIT Youth World Cup that was relinquished to New Zealand at the most recent Youth World Cup that was played at Quad Park on the Sunshine Coast in 2005.The National squad players will be working towards the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007, where squads will be reviewed again.Players have their long-term goals firmly on selection in the National Teams for the next FIT Youth World Cup to be played in Auckland New Zealand in January 2009.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Peta Rogerson will attend the camp as a role model with fellow 2007 FIT World Cup representatives Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams, Australian Open Men’s Captain Gavin Shuker, and Gary Sonda.The quartet of role models played starring roles in the Australia’s retention of the FIT Open World Cup played in Stellenbosch South Africa in January 2007. The six National Youth squads will participate in a range of on and off field activities aimed to introduce and immerse them in the successful culture of Touch Football Australia’s High Performance program.
Ex-Wolves boss Solbakken: Man City will win league – they never stand stillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Manchester City will win the Premier League this season.Liverpool are currently top of the table.But Copenhagen coach Solbakken told VG: “It’s probably City and Liverpool that’s number one and two in the end, but I think City is a clearer one than Liverpool is a clear two.”Remember that City has played away against its closest rivals (2-0 victory against Arsenal, 0-0 against Liverpool, 1-0 win against Tottenham and 0-2 defeat against Chelsea).”I think they build on the team all the time. (Pep) Guardiola is working on difficult things; the distances in the team, the defensive work and the ambitious attack game. They are so solid across all lines.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Glazers investing in Old Trafford upgradeby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United’s owners, the Glazer Family, have plans to revamp Old Trafford in the coming years.The Glazers have come in for criticism regarding their spending on stadium maintenance and upgrades – leaving Old Trafford aged and lagging behind their rivals’ new modern facilities.The belief has been that the owners has been shocked by spending on transfer fees and player wages in recent years and have scaled back plans to spend on the stadium.However, the Daily Express says the Glazers do intend to pump money into Old Trafford – and have overseen a £20million investment already.United have an ongoing multi-million pound refurbishment plan. Last summer that squared to £2m and, this summer, to £3.9m.
zoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is implementing a digital transformation to become “a data led, insights driven, and agile technology company” in an effort to take a leadership role in the smart marine and smart energy ecosystems throughout their entire lifecycle.According to the company, the aim is to increase efficiency while enabling a zero emissions society.Wärtsilä said it has taken several actions to speed up the developments achieved during the last decade, with the focus being on future technology, notably the use of artificial intelligence, data analytics, open platforms, block chain and cyber security, as well as on creating new business models.“Digital disruption is already affecting the energy and marine sectors and will do so increasingly in the future. We are building on decades of expertise in digital development and accelerating the pace at which we build new digital solutions, services and opportunities for our customers,” Marco Ryan, Wärtsilä’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and Executive Vice-President, commented.“Wärtsilä’s recent acquisitions of Eniram and Greensmith demonstrate Wärtsilä’s ambitions and active role in helping its customers to benefit from smart technology initiatives,” Ryan added.To accelerate this digital transformation, Wärtsilä has recruited a digital leadership team and established a new digital organisation with more than 400 existing Wärtsilä employees.With an aim to develop digital services and products in a more agile way, Wärtsilä plans to launch digital acceleration centers globally in which it would take “promising” ideas and transform them into service concepts and products.
FRANKFURT – Can performing Beethoven symphonies together help employees team up on projects at work, too? Some companies — above all in Germany and Asia — seem to think so.A conspicuous number of big German corporate names — along with a handful in Japan and Korea — have their own company-linked symphony orchestra. That means 60 or so accountants, engineers, sales reps and computer specialists who bring violins, cellos, oboes and trombones and gather in their spare time to rehearse and perform lengthy, complex pieces of classical music.The orchestras serve as public relations tools, playing charity concerts and livening up corporate events.But there’s more to it than that.It’s hard to quantify, but the engineer and accountant musicians — and some business experts — argue that a symphony orchestra is an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies need to compete.“There’s no activity in the world where you have to react so quickly to each other and work together so well as in an orchestra,” says Johanna Weitkamp, conductor of the symphony orchestra at the enterprise software company SAP.“Down to the hundredth of a second, you have to listen to the other person, respond to the other person, pass the ball to each other — it’s a prime example of good co-operation among people.”Other companies with employee orchestras include engineering firm Siemens, maker of trains and medical scanners; carmakers Daimler, BMW and Ford; auto components and electronics maker Robert Bosch GmbH; airline Lufthansa, and chemical firm BASF.At a recent rehearsal, Weitkamp and the SAP musicians filled the cavernous, 2,300-seat Rosengarten auditorium in the southwestern German town of Mannheim with rich, warm string sound, practicing first a bouncy pop mix of Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus.” Then the brass blared out the stirring opening notes of John Williams’ theme music for the Olympics, as the orchestra prepared to play at a graduation ceremony for the local college.Most of the orchestras seemed to have started from the bottom up, from employee initiatives. The SAP orchestra started after Weitkamp joined the company in 1997 and noticed that there were a lot of skilled amateur musicians among her colleagues. “I asked, who wants to join in,” she said.Weitkamp herself is no mere amateur; she studied conducting at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig in her native East Germany. Her teachers included the renowned conductor Kurt Masur, a future music director of the New York Philharmonic. But after the Berlin Wall fell, she got another degree, this time in information technology, and moved into the computer field.She said it’s no surprise that people with math or technology backgrounds are often musical: “You need a high degree of abstract thinking to understand how music functions, and I think there’s a connection that exactly in this field you find so many people who can play violin, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, flute or horn.Anna Medina, who manages translation projects at SAP and plays in the violin section, said music “gives you skills that you can then apply to basically any job.”“It gives you a sense of effort, that you have to practice to get things right. It also teaches you that you cannot wait until the last minute. You need to work on it all the time if you want to be successful,” she said before heading out on stage to rehearse.Management expert Christian Scholz at Saarland University in Saarbruecken says an orchestra embodies the complex blend of skills needed for business teams to perform at a high level.“It’s team building, but it’s team building in a highly structured way, like business runs. You have the activity of people who are specialized in certain instruments, who have specialized in certain roles, where you even have some competition between them,” he said. “You have democracy, you have hierarchy, you have all these elements of regular business in this task of doing a symphony orchestra.”In the SAP orchestra, amateur musicians among SAP’s employees mix with professional musicians, giving them a chance to learn from more skilled partners, and giving the orchestra’s sound a glossy finish. All concert proceeds go to charity.Different companies have different approaches to supporting employee orchestras, ranging from SAP and Daimler, which provide company funding, to BASF, where the employee orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Ludwigshafen, is financially independent and supported by musician dues. While the SAP orchestra is semi-professional, others — like those at Bosch and Lufthansa — are strictly amateur.Luka Mucic, SAP’s chief financial officer and the orchestra’s official patron in top management, said in a statement that “music, and the complex work of an orchestra, is a great way to amplify our company’s values such as teamwork, discipline and diversity.”There is one reason behind this burgeoning corporate orchestral scene that should not be forgotten: classical music is a part of Germany’s national culture and a lot of people learn instruments as children.The same appears true in Asia, where Western classical music has caught on in a big way in recent decades. Company orchestras also can be found in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, according to Alex Van Bevereren, the Brussels-based chair of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras.In Asia, the science and technology theme pops up again: companies with orchestras in Korea include electronics and chemicals conglomerate LG and automaker Hyundai Motor Group, and Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba in Japan.At Bosch, Georg Blume, a 37-year company veteran, considered a career as a cellist but is glad he chose engineering instead.That way, music remains a hobby and “a wonderful respite” from his professional duties as head of product management for automated driving.The orchestra, he said, is “a platform for informal exchange among employees, which in an organization as large as Bosch is very important, because the organization doesn’t just function according to reporting lines — but through colleagues getting to know one another.”