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New ECS Appliance Combines Benefits of Public and Private Cloud Storage

first_imgThere has been a lot of discussion in the industry about the pros and cons of public and private cloud offerings, but my perspective has always remained the same: it is possible to build an offering that combines the best of both worlds.  As I’ve suggested previously, with such an offering the economics and scale of the public cloud are not limited to the largest Web companies and service providers, customers of any size should be able to get them.Today, we announced the EMC ECS Appliance (formerly known as Project Nile), the world’s first commercially available hyper-scale storage appliance for the data center. ECS stands for Elastic Cloud Storage. With the ECS Appliance, any enterprise or service provider can deliver the economics and simplicity of a public cloud along with the control and freedom of choice of a private cloud.The ECS Appliance allows enterprises and service providers of all sizes to deliver cloud storage at a cost and scale that is competitive with the public cloud.  This means that literally anyone can now effortlessly grow their infrastructure to match their business needs regardless of whether it is measured in petabytes, exabytes or more.The ECS Appliance offers a new option to customers as they plan their 3rd Platform storage strategy.  It combines EMC’s ViPR software with a low- cost, high-density, commodity hardware-based platform to provide a simple, integrated and optimized storage appliance that offers elastic block, object, and HDFS storage.  Customers can choose the right size for their immediate needs and grow as their requirements change.  The ViPR controller automates the management of the ECS Appliance and lowers the customer’s operational expenses.   See details of the initial EMC ECS Appliance offering here.While the ECS Appliance provides customers a simple way to get everything they need to build hyper-scale cloud storage infrastructure, our early access program has shown us that there are customers with extremely complex environments and business demands that require even more flexibility and control.To address their needs, we also offer a version of the ViPR software that customers can purchase and deploy on their own commodity hardware.  Customers now have the choice of a simple, integrated ECS Appliance in multiple form factors or ViPR software that they can configure and deploy on commodity platforms that they source or even build, themselves.EMC’s software-defined strategy remains the same. We are singly focused on our customers and we will develop products to help meet their needs for the 3rd Platform of IT.  Meanwhile, we will also develop products that address 2nd Platform problems  while providing  customers with a simple, open path to the 3rd Platform.The ECS Appliance and ViPR software support for commodity platforms are just two of the many new capabilities we are introducing across our entire product portfolio today.   As we look to the future, we will continue to focus on our customers and deliver what I believe is the strongest software-defined storage portfolio in the industry!Related articles:EMC ScaleIO Delivers Elastic Scalable High Performance Software-Defined Block StorageTaking Data Center Management to the Third Platformlast_img read more

Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilizes

first_imgThe city would also reopen sports facilities for professional athletes and relaunch its popular bike sharing program.The Russian capital emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic in the country with around half the total of more than 370,000 cases.The mayor said that lifting some restrictions was justified because of an improvement in the situation since May 12, when around half a million laborers were allowed to return to work in the construction and industry sectors.The number of hospitalizations in Moscow has fallen 40 percent since then, he said.”We acted proactively and didn’t waste time,” Putin said of anti-virus measures taken in Moscow.Sobyanin also proposed allowing residents of the capital to take walks under some limitations, expanding rules that have kept Muscovites within a 100-metre radius of their home. Sobyanin proposed as a test measure allowing people to go on walks according to a staggered schedule based on their home addresses. Topics : Difficult decision He described the decision as “very difficult,” because he feared allowing unrestricted walks would mean “there will be about as many out as at a May 1 rally,” referring to a Soviet holiday celebrating workers.The number of commuters has gone up by a million from May 12, Sobyanin added.Details of the new measures are expected to be published on the Moscow city hall website in the coming days, with questions remaining over when shopping malls will open and whether there will be a limit on numbers of shoppers in stores.Putin announced in mid-May that nationwide anti-virus measures were being eased as the situation improved and dozens of regions throughout the country have already begun to return to normal.During Wednesday’s meeting, Putin reiterated that the peak of the pandemic had passed in Russia and the capital, praising Sobyanin for halving infections in Moscow and introducing widespread testing.”The situation in Moscow and in the country in general is stabilizing,” Putin said. With 370,680 total infections, Russia has the third-highest number of cases after the United States and Brazil, which officials say is due in large part to a massive testing campaign.Official virus figures released Wednesday showed a decrease in active cases for the second day in a row.After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new cases per day, the number of daily infections has dropped below 9,000.Putin on Tuesday ordered a World War II victory parade delayed by the pandemic to be held on June 24, cautioning that “strict safety measures” would need to be put in place for the event, originally set for May 9. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital’s lockdown starting June 1 after the Kremlin said the coronavirus pandemic had passed its peak in the country.”Today we can already talk about the next steps out of the crisis situation,” Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin during a televised video conference.”I propose from June 1 to reopen not only food retail but all non-food retail.”  The mayor also called for the reopening of retail services where there is minimal contact with the customer, listing dry cleaners, laundry services and repair workshops.Moscow has been under lockdown since March 30, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for brief trips to a shop, to walk dogs or travel to essential jobs with a permit.In a decree published Wednesday evening, the mayor said the permit system will be extended until June 14.Walks and exercise outside would be permitted from June 1 only with masks on, the decree said.last_img read more

30 Jackets to Go on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

first_imgSeaway Heavy Lifting has installed 56 out of the 86 jacket foundations on the Beatrice Offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL), said.Image source: BOWLThe jacket foundations will support 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines and are already supporting two Siemens Offshore Transformer Modules (OTMs).Turbine installation at the site located on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, approximately 7nm off the Caithness coastline, is scheduled to start this summer.The 588MW Beatrice wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2019.BOWL is a joint venture partnership between SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Ltd.last_img read more

Syracuse pushes past Penn State 2-1 in overtime to sweep weekend series

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-14-2, 7-4-1 College Hockey America) beat Penn State (6-11-8 3-5-4 CHA) 2-1, in overtime on Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania. SU outshot the Nittany Lions 34 to 17, but took until overtime to produce any points after a second-period goal. The Orange finishes the weekend in third place in the conference with 15 points, one spot ahead of Penn State.Despite dominating puck control in the first period (11 shots on goal to six) and earning three power-play opportunities to the Nittany Lions’ two, the Orange could not capitalize offensively. Instead, it was Penn State getting on the board first behind a Natalie Heising goal with 13:36 left in the period. Her team-leading eighth score of the year, Heising’s goal came during a power play off assists from Brooke Madsen and Katie Rankin.Syracuse wasted no time attacking Nittany Lions goaltender Hannah Ehresmann in the second period, attempting three shots in the first two minutes and putting two of them on goal. With 16:40 left in the frame the Orange finally broke through as Allie Munroe tallied her second goal of the year. The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native’s first score of the year came against Penn State back in November during SU’s home series against the Nittany Lions. Ehresmann stopped the Orange’s other nine shots in the period while PSU’s offense also faltered, and the teams entered the final period tied at one.After seven scoreless minutes to begin the third period, an Orange slashing penalty granted the Nittany Lions a power play. The scoring opportunity was negated, however, as was a second man-up advantage for PSU three minutes later. With five minutes left it was SU with a power-play chance, but it was killed as well and, knotted at one, the teams entered overtime.A sixth power-play for the Nittany Lions was killed with 1:36 left in the extra period, and the Orange didn’t wait long to attack PSU on the other end. After a Penn State shot deflected sharply off of Abbey Miller’s pads, Logan Hicks corralled it and shuffled it up the ice for Savannah Rennie. Rennie got behind the Nittany Lions’ defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with Ehresmann, and she made the most of her chance. Her second goal of the year with 1:06 left in the game gave SU the win and the weekend series sweep.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext up for Syracuse is conference-leader Mercyhurst next weekend, as the Orange return home to Tennity Ice Pavilion for a series against the Lakers. SU dropped both games to Mercyhurst when the two teams met earlier this season in December. Comments Published on January 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more