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The Quest for Solid Ground

first_imgAccording to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account!And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged.As the world marches to the cloud and business markets become increasingly connected, ensuring that data is protected, always on, and always available becomes absolutely critical. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the business trends underpinning the 3rd Platform – specifically social media, big data, mobile and cloud – don’t just spell the end of business as usual, but also the end of data protection as we know it.Organizations that don’t look to new strategies to ensure availability across their environments – wherever their data resides, whatever the application that generates it – won’t just cut into profits; they’ll put their businesses at significant risk.Data loss and downtime will continue to have a detrimental impact on business profits, but the effects of the disruption will be felt much further than they are today – and will be much farther reaching than many of us could have ever imagined.Yes, disruptions in protection will continue to limit product and service development. Yes, downtime will continue to take a bite out of revenue. And yes, incremental business opportunities, customer acquisition and repeat business will continue to be affected by the way we protect our data. But the bigger issue – the one that global enterprises of all sizes will really want to pay attention to – is how data protection will affect new business opportunities and revenue streams going forward. That’s why we’ll likely see these types of business consequences, along with a loss in market value, move to the top of the disruption list.Similarly, what’s causing these disruptions will also shift as data moves to and between clouds, and data management becomes increasingly important.Lastly, the index shows that businesses are adopting a new mindset about data protection… that they are trading in their multi-decade-held views of data protection as a back office activity for one that sees protection as part of boardroom discussions.While there is little consensus among those surveyed on the technology in place to prevent disruptions and ensure availability, nearly two-thirds of the global enterprises surveyed consider data protection critical to the success of their businesses, and the numbers are even higher in China (90%), Brazil (82%) and the United States (80%). Encouraging signs all around!However, there’s a still a significant gap between what organizations know (i.e., that data protection is critical to the future of their business) and current confidence levels. (If they’re not confident in current practices, what does this say about future plans?)In fact, 71% of those surveyed said they were not fully confident that they could recover systems/data today from all platforms.Now, I’m not sure what “fully confident” means, but I do know that in the business world to which we are headed, confidence along with the ability to adapt and execute to market shifts is paramount, and the only way to achieve this is to think and do things differently.We’re ready to disrupt markets through data protection. What about you? How solid is the ground your enterprise is standing on?* * * * *To see more EMC Global Data Protection Index results, please visit our microsite.last_img read more

Pardew urges Cabella to toughen up

first_img Cabella will hope for further involvement at West Brom on Sunday as Pardew’s men go in search of a fifth successive win in all competitions and a fourth in the league, a return which has completely changed the atmosphere around the club. Just a few weeks ago, the manager was facing a tide of criticism; he now finds himself among the nominees for the manager of the month award for October. Pardew said: “Some things we’ve done have surprised me. Some of the young players have been particularly impressive – Mehdi’s (Abeid) two performances at Man City and against Liverpool for example. “You can’t second guess them. On the training ground, you see the potential – I keep mentioning Adam Armstrong, the guy who hasn’t really featured yet. You can have a good idea. “I’ve been in the game long enough to know that they were going to come – it’s when.” The emergence of youngsters Abeid and Rolando Aarons has been timely for Pardew, although the latter is a doubt for the trip to the Hawthorns because of a knock, and Cheick Tiote and Gabriel Obertan, who will be sidelined for some time after undergoing surgery to repair a torn thigh muscle, will definitely not be involved. But while a spell in the treatment room will come as a blow, none of the walking wounded will have to contend with the kind of fight from which Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has just emerged. The 31-year-old could return to training within a month after winning his battle against testicular cancer, and a warm welcome awaits him. Pardew said: “His surgeon says that he thinks in a month’s time he can return to professional training, which is fantastic news. “He’s been given the all-clear and we’re absolutely delighted. He’s a bubbly character and a much loved guy in the dressing room. We’re all really pleased. “Really and truly from where he’s been in terms of that particular illness, just for him to be back on the training ground will be really terrific. Let’s not look beyond that at the moment.” The Magpies boss said: “His conduct and professionalism are very, very impressive. That gives you heart that he’s going to be a success. “Obviously he’s definitely got technical quality, but he’s got to get a grasp. I don’t think he really gets referees. He moans (in training) when me and (assistant) John (Carver) ref – and we’re better than Premier League refs! “He goes down and he thinks some of the challenges in this division should be fouls. He genuinely believes that – but they’re not.” Cabella started the first six league games, but was eventually taken out of the firing line for the trip to Swansea on October 4. He has been used as a substitute in each of the last three, all of which have resulted in victory for the Magpies, and Pardew is confident he is quietly learning his trade in a new environment. The 53-year-old said: “I think he’s beginning to get the intensity of the division. The cameos he’s done have been significant – Spurs, Liverpool, they were significant. “He’s on the cusp of starting again now as he comes to grips with what this division’s about. “It’s about physicality and mentality, about where you should be on the pitch at a particular time, about how you can affect the opposition best.” Press Association The 24-year-old midfielder, who has lost his place in the France squad after finding himself sitting on the bench for his club in recent weeks, has struggled to get to grips with the physicality of English football since leaving Montpellier. Pardew is confident Cabella, who has himself admitted that the Tyneside public are yet to see the best of him, has the ability to make a major impact, but only if he can learn to ride the challenges which will inevitably come his way. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned summer signing Remy Cabella he will have to toughen up if he wants to make it in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

2007 WHS Graduate Alex Meisch finds calling behind the camera

Alex Meischby Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow —  For most people working in sports is nothing more than a pipe dream. But for Alex Meisch it is a reality.Meisch, a 2007 Wellington High School graduate, is currently interning for the Minnesota Vikings as a member of their video staff.He said the majority of what he does is film practices and games for the players and coaches to watch. Even at times editing film for players specifically and sending it straight to a player’s iPad.Meisch started as journalism major at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. He began filming games and practices for the Butler County football team, even traveling with the team to both National Championship games in 2008 and 2009.After two years, Meisch knew he had found his calling.“I loved what I was doing and just didn’t want to stop,” Meisch said.So Meisch knew he had to take the next step to big time college athletics. He asked around and eventually moved on to the University of Kansas.Before long he was traveling with the Kansas Jayhawks as a member of their film staff.“Traveling with KU was great because they have about eight people on the staff but only two or three actually travel,” Meisch said.After three and a half years at KU, Meisch again began to look to the next level. He networked and talked to people and eventually found his way to Minnesota.“When I got the nod I was told that over 350 others had applied,” Meisch said.Not bad for a kid from small town Wellington.Meisch talked about how different the jump from college to the NFL is.“The Vikings have about three people on staff whereas there would be six to eight.” Miesch said. “Plus they treat you a lot better in the NFL.”When asked about the future Meisch said he wants to stay in sports and hopefully the NFL.“I would like to get a job with Dallas or Denver so I could be close to home,” Meisch said.But after five and a half years Meisch said he is more than happy with where he is now.“I am very blessed to be here,” Meisch said.Meisch did leave on piece of advice for anyone wanting to get into this field.“Practice, practice, then practice some more,” Meisch said.If you know of a Wellington High School graduate who is now doing significant things in the world, send us an e-mail at [email protected] Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 376 weeks ago Very cool! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Buck’s · 376 weeks ago Yay Buddy!!! We love you and are proud of you!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 376 weeks ago Tracy, I love this series of articles, kind of a “Where are they now”. Keep these coming, looking forward to the next one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 376 weeks ago Congratulations Alex. Hard work pays off! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments read more