Wouldn’t it be nice if managing your IT infrastructure was as simple as using an app on a mobile device?? Whether it’s Google Home or the Amazon Echo, teching out your home is as simple as a voice activated command. We don’t spend too much time thinking about where our phone contacts or music preferences reside. We trust that the cloud will deliver it to at the touch of a button. We even get prompted by our devices when we take a picture to save it to the cloud. It’s disaster recovery gone mainstream!We long for the same simplicity at work. Technology complexity can make it challenging and time consuming to get different components working together. When it finally works well it could be time to upgrade or phase out something. The process starts again. It’s an endless cycle.This year at Microsoft Ignite, Dell EMC is announcing some exciting new advancements to Dell EMC XC Series powered by Nutanix to simplify ecosystem complexity. HCI promises IT simplicity, and we’re continuing to innovate and make advancements that continue to carry out this promise.Enhanced Data Protection for XC Series DeploymentsSimplified management console: First up is the XC Series Data Protection Management Console, which is a big step towards the simple life. This latest advancement in the XC Series ecosystem is huge when integrating Dell EMC Data Protection Solutions like Avamar and Data Domain with the XC Series. Launched as an application from within Prism, the XC Series’ central management interface, the XC Series Data Protection Management Console offers users one click access to monitor and manage the back-up of multiple XC Series clusters. Sharing a common look and feel with Prism, this new addition will prove to be very intuitive for anyone.Simplified lifecycle management: We know your time is valuable, so we’ve streamlined processes at every stage. Customers will receive solution level engagement from Dell EMC team members throughout the entire lifecycle…one quote, one order, one deployment to schedule, and one support number to call. Once deployed, new built in automation features, like VM detection, mean that you’ll spend less time managing backups and more time moving your business forward. Imagine automatically being asked if you want to create a backup when you create a new VM.Simplified and integrated data protection: Let’s also address cloud storage, considering that it’s on everyone’s mind. The Data Domain piece of the overall XC Series data protection solution includes native cloud tiering. You don’t have to worry about the cost or complexity of adding a virtual appliance or cloud gateway. It also automates cloud storage and ensures that only new unique data is sent and stored to the cloud, saving you on backup times and cloud storage costs.Simple life for data protection – check.Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and Azure Become Even SimplerImagine a world where your current expertise in Microsoft including Hyper-V could be combined effectively with a trusted HCI solution – one that is modern, affordable, scalable and has the flexibility to support Microsoft Hyper-V and additional industry leading hypervisors.New XC Series advances support the newest version of Nutanix 5.5, which builds on existing Hyper-V capabilities, including SCOM integration, by adding support for Hyper-V 2016. In keeping with the overall strategy of simplicity (one-click), the software includes unique capability to upgrade to Hyper-V extremely simply for customers still on older Hyper-V versions.Plus, we recognize Microsoft’s Azure cloud is important to many customers. To simplify a hybrid cloud environment with XC Series on premises working with Azure Cloud, we are introducing the XC Series Azure Log Analytics Solution. It provides integration of XC Series into customers’ OMS-based data center automation tools, enabling insights such as trend analysis and behavioral anomaly detection.Dell EMC has been approved by Microsoft to deliver Azure through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for both direct and indirect (channel) worldwide. Our trusted partners and we, Dell EMC, can facilitate purchases and on-going support.Simpler life for Microsoft environments – check.XC Series is extending the turnkey HCI experience across the full data center ecosystem, enabling you to completely and simply include this HCI solution into your environment using technologies you chose. Availability for these advancements is planned for Q4 of this year. If you’re at Microsoft Ignite this week, please drop by our booth (#459) and talk with our experts! We hope to see you here.
Chris Keeling races in the high school mtb series. On a late spring morning, nearly 30 high school students clad in spandex jerseys emblazoned with school logos pedaled eagerly along the rolling, root-laden trails of Walnut Creek Park, just south of Charlottesville. The race was the championship of the new six-race Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series—one of only a handful of interscholastic mountain bike race programs in the country.Peter Hufnagel, a dean at the private preparatory Miller School in Charlottesville, started the series as an offshoot of his school’s growing endurance athletics program. Hufnagel reached out to other high schools and found immediate interest from others willing to put together mountain bike teams. In its first year, the series attracted up to 40 riders per race from Virginia schools.“We have a group of high school mountain bikers that are fully committed and really excited about racing,” says Hufnagel. “We created a weekday race series that makes mountain biking very similar to traditional high school sports.”At the series finale, parents like Harrisonburg’s Gary Ritcher hiked through the woods to watch their kids race and offer support. The series courses are designed to be spectator-friendly, so parents can watch kids tackle twisting, moderately technical singletrack. Gary’s son, Cameron, finished sixth overall in the series, racing for team Rocktown, a composite crew from Harrisonburg-area high schools.“Cameron is always on his bike,” says Ritcher. “He even figured out an off-road route to school. These races have given him a competitive goal with his peers.”Before the series was created, Cameron Ritcher’s only option was to race against older, more experienced riders at the rugged Massanutten Hoo-Ha! and other regional races. This was part of Hufnagel’s initial motivation.“Most kids just getting into mountain biking are forced to race against adults,” he says. “When they can race against their peers, it’s less intimidating.”Races in the series were held on different courses near each participating school, so each team could host a race on their home turf. But Hufnagel, an experienced racer, also wanted the kids to experience the best of biking. He had the rider with the most points wear a leader’s jersey, and at the first series race, professional mountain bikers Jeremiah Bishop and Andy Guptill took the kids on a practice lap and explained race strategies.It’s helped kids like 13-year-old Campbell Rutherford, also of Harrisonburg, become serious about mountain biking at an early age. 1 2
In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng talks with reporters after practice in Independence, Ohio. Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)ATLANTA (AP) — While the NFL was rightfully being hammered over turning a blind eye to domestic violence, the NBA got a bit of a pass on its latest brouhaha.No longer.Training camps are starting up around the NBA, so it’s time to ask a blunt question: Does the league celebrated for its diversity and inclusiveness actually have a race problem?Any thought that Donald Sterling was just an isolated case of bigotry was quickly erased by a nasty situation in Atlanta, where racially charged comments made by both a co-owner and the general manager have left the Hawks mired in turmoil.On Friday, team officials met with civil rights leaders at Philips Arena, while Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in New York to huddle with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver over the future of the Hawks.Silver, who acted so decisively in running Sterling out of the league after the Los Angeles Clippers vile owner was recorded telling his girlfriend he didn’t want Blacks at his games, faces a more complex predicament when it comes to the Hawks.This could be an even bigger test for the rookie commissioner, who has faced some mighty big challenges since taking over for David Stern in February.There’s no easy escape plan for the Atlanta problem, no Steve Ballmer waiting in the wings to pay whatever it takes to purchase the franchise of a disgraced owner. In this case, Bruce Levenson, who agreed to sell his share of the Hawks after the revelation of a 2-year-old email in which he complained about the fan base having too many African-Americans and not enough Whites.Also, what to do with general manager Danny Ferry? He remains on a leave of absence after casually tossing around horrific racial stereotypes while discussing the pros and cons of signing free agent Luol Deng.The NBA caught a break in this whole mess, the headlines dominated in recent weeks by Ray Rice and the NFL’s domestic abuse scandal. But the Hawks case should be at least as alarming to the NBA as Sterling’s racist blathering in a private setting, caught by a scheming girlfriend and her recorder.Levenson put his feelings in writing and sent them to Ferry and the other team owners (none of whom, it must be noted, were offended enough to do anything about it in 2012). Ferry was on a recorded conference call with the ownership group when, as the story goes, he read from a scouting report that said Deng has “some African in him” and went on with some nonsense comparing him to a store that looks legitimate out front but sells counterfeit goods in the back.“It is troubling that it could happen in the workplace,” said Richard Lapchick, founder of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. “I think teams really need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for anything that would smack of racism or sexism or homophobia.”Going by the example he set in the Sterling case, Silver would have already made it clear that someone like Ferry has no place in the NBA, or at least deserve some serious time on the sidelines.Instead, it looks like the wheels are in motion for Ferry to return at some point this season.Early on, Silver said he didn’t think the GM deserved to lose his job. This week, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson met privately with Ferry and changed his previous stance that a firing was in order. Even Deng, who signed with the Miami Heat, said Friday that he has forgiven Ferry and doesn’t think he’s a racist.But before we all give him a pass, the commissioner needs to address some very real issues, such as:— When the Hawks and the NBA announced that Levenson was selling his share of the team, why didn’t they bother to say the whole thing came to light because of an internal investigation into Ferry’s comments this past summer?— If Ferry was merely repeating someone else’s assessment of Deng, who wrote the offensive scouting report?— Why would Ferry feel comfortable enough to repeat those comments in such an official setting, even if they weren’t his own?— Does it even matter if Ferry was reading someone else’s words? Aren’t all stereotypes passed along in one way or another? Would Sterling have deserved a break if he had claimed he was merely repeating views he heard as a child?Lapchick, whose annual reports on racial and gender equality have always given the NBA the highest marks of any professional league, said he’s confident Silver will do the right thing.“If this happened in any other league, I would be more concerned,” Lapchick said Friday in a telephone interview. “But because it’s the NBA, with its record across the board in hiring practices and progressive policies and getting teams working in the communities … all that is a counterweight.”Fair enough.But Silver must act, thoroughly and completely, before clearing the way for Ferry’s return — or, if called for, firmly instruct the Hawks to go in a different direction.Even more than giving Sterling the heave-ho, that might be the best way for Silver to really prove racism has no place in his game.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. 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