Well it’s that time of year again. When fall arrives, so do many of the storage vendors annual conferences. As some of you may be aware, Pure Storage will soon be holding their annual ‘Pure//Accelerate 2019’ conference in Austin, Texas, very close to where Dell Technologies started ~35 years ago. This fact got me thinking about the different paths Dell Technologies and Pure Storage have taken in the recent years and the decisions we’ve both made to better serve our customers.If I was a customer trying to decide which company would be a better technology partner for years to come, I would have several questions. So, I decided to write down some of the questions I think customers should be asking of Pure Storage at their conference:When will FlashArray be able to ‘scale out’?Pure Storage’s current FlashArray architecture uses a scale-up ONLY, dual controller, active-passive, design. Dell Technologies has storage platforms in our portfolio that can scale up and/or scale out to meet customers’ requirements. We believe that our portfolio provides more choice and a good opportunity for customers to match the right platform for the workload and use cases they need. I am interested in hearing Pure’s point of view on the benefits of a scale-up only architecture in the enterprise market when faster media types (like NVMe and now SCM) have started to shift the performance bottleneck back to the controller.Will Pure continue to use proprietary flash modules or adopt industry standard media?Pure has developed its own proprietary NVMe modules as part of their FlashArray architecture. If I were a FlashArray customer I would want to understand the risks of committing to a proprietary technology vs. leveraging industry standard NVMe drives. If you believe the past is a good guideline, then proprietary systems don’t have a good track record. Also, I’d like to understand how the innovation cycle of their NVMe modules will match the rest of the industry’s innovations. Last, but not least, what are the implications on supply chain management and availability in the long run for their proprietary components. If/when Pure decides to add SCM (Storage Class Memory) support, will that be a proprietary design also?When will Pure be adding intelligent storage tiering to their platforms?With new and faster media types coming to market – such as SCM (Storage Class Memory), QLC (Quad Level Cells) drives, etc – customers will be able to place their most critical data according to the media type IF the array has intelligent tiering, like we have today at Dell Technologies (as an example, PowerMax just launched full support for SCM media, see the launch video here). If Pure releases SCM and/or QLC in their platforms, will they also be adding intelligent tiering, or any tiering at all, so customers can get the most from their investment without being bottlenecked by the slowest media installed?What is the future of FlashBlade given the recent acquisitions Pure has made (e.g. Compuverde)?It would be interesting to know how many customers are actually buying FlashBlade arrays and what the actual use cases are. I have seen it positioned as File and Object primary storage, but also as a backup target with fast restore. In addition, are there any plans to improve FlashArray file services capabilities with the acquisition of Compuverde? If so, what are the implications on the future of FlashBlade as a File and Object primary storage array?Does paying a premium for Evergreen Gold to get free controllers every three years ALSO provide a performance improvement guarantee from the new controllers?As other storage vendors have also noticed, Pure’s performance improvements from one controller generation to the next have not been as big as one might have expected. Keep in mind that if you bought into the Evergreen Gold messaging then, by the time you get your new controllers you have already paid for 6 years of Evergreen Gold, whether the performance benefit turns out to be 50% or only 5% (remember, you don’t get your ‘free’ controllers until you renew your 3-year Evergreen Gold contract for another 3 years). We feel this is something customers need to consider asking if they will be committing to a 6-year support program like Evergreen Gold.Enjoy your time in AustinWe hope you have a great time in our hometown of Austin. I want to take the opportunity to encourage you to reach out to your Dell Technologies representative if you would like to learn more about our solutions while you are in town, we will be happy to meet with you.If you are interested in learning more about Dell EMC storage vs. Pure you can go here.Have a great day.
Star Files Broadway legend Chita Rivera will headline Carnegie Hall this fall. With her leading men including Alan Cumming and Andy Karl, Chita: Nowadways is scheduled to take place on November 7.“I’m absolutely thrilled to play one of the most prestigious venues in the world, Carnegie Hall,” said Rivera in a statement. “We’re going to have a ball!”Rivera’s electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom. She earned Tony Awards for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, as well as picking up nominations for The Visit, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Nine, Jerry’s Girls, Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie.Directed by Graciela Daniele with music director Michael Croiter leading a 15-piece band, Chita: Nowadays will feature signature favorites, new selections and special collaborations with her guests, plus a very unique version of the West Side Story classic “America.” View Comments Andy Karl Chita Rivera(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
By Dialogo May 13, 2010 Good approach and good contributions. “A just peace includes not only civil and political rights – it must encompass economic security and opportunity,” President Barack Obama said when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The world’s most important political leaders are conscious of the need to integrate their policies on human rights, sustainable development, and security. This is not a matter of caprice, since country-risk analysts award their ratings after making a 360-degree evaluation that takes into account the factors mentioned above. The modern conception of the state demands that strong economic growth be accompanied by respect for human rights and by comprehensive environmental protection, exploiting natural resources with the necessary environmental-impact studies. It is for this reason that we should remember that security is a consequence of living conditions that are both prosperous and in equilibrium with prudent use of the earth. A broader concept of security is provided by the United Nations (UN), which defines it as “protecting fundamental freedoms and protecting people from threats.” We find another definition composed by the Ministerial Meeting of the Human Security Network in 1999, where it was said that security is “a humane world where people can live in security and dignity, free from poverty and despair.” All these definitions coincide in a single objective: offering wellbeing to communities, a mission that has been assigned to the police forces of the different countries around the world. In this panorama, international cooperation among police intelligence units plays a fundamental role. From an economic perspective, we should recognize that behind each business started in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are people of flesh and blood who at some point in their lives had the brilliant idea of undertaking a productive project. These entrepreneurs put their faith in institutions, pay their taxes as required by law, and only expect from the state in return that it guarantee the security necessary for the harmonious development of their work and that of their collaborators. The developed world sees in the Latin American countries and in the Caribbean the perfect opportunity for investment. These are prosperous nations, full of natural resources, with hardworking people and with strategic geographical locations that make them unique. In this way, ordinary people benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI), which creates jobs, progress, and wellbeing. These countries today rely on the support of the Latin American and Caribbean Police Intelligence Community (CLACIP), an organization interested in the common good of the region, which it supports with knowledge transfer and cooperation, focusing its activities on the exchange of information for police purposes. At the same time, quietly, it works in favor of regional tranquility. CLACIP will soon mark five years of continuous work in the region, during which time Colombia has provided its Permanent Executive Secretariat. This community seeks, principally, to confront the various manifestations of crime in the hemisphere, enabling the exchange of experiences, strategies, and forecasts for the fight against transnational crime and strengthening intelligence alliances in a framework of cooperation and integration. The leadership of the Executive Directorate and the Permanent Executive Secretariat has enabled progress in the creation of effective channels of communication, through which the ongoing interchange of information takes place in accordance with the principles of effectiveness, opportunity, and security. As was said above, economic and financial security and citizen safety are difficult to separate, since a significant portion of decisions to invest are based on statistics, as well as on perceptions of reality on the ground. Developed countries are conscious of this, like Italy, which invited CLACIP to the Fourth National Conference on Italy, Latin America, and the Caribbean held in Milan on 2 and 3 December 2009. The Colombian National Police participated actively in this event with the presentation “A Regional and Transatlantic Cooperation Alliance for Popular Stability and Development,” given by Col. Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, CLACIP Permanent Executive Secretary and Director of Colombian National Police Intelligence, following an introduction by Maribel Cervantes, CLACIP Executive Director 2009-2011 and Intelligence Director of the Mexican Ministry of Public Security, who opened the panel “Drug Trafficking and Security Policies in Their Transnational Aspects.” The mentioned presentation addressed drug trafficking as a principal element generating insecurity in the continent. In a constructive spirit, the presentation laid out what we consider ought to be done in order to obtain our shared objective: contributing to building and sustaining hemispheric security with a view toward guaranteeing human security. It is only by fighting against this plague that Latin American countries can ensure the flow of FDI, which contributes so much to popular development. Even if the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that FDI will have fallen 37 percent at the end of 2009, compared to the figures for 2008, this is a phenomenon experienced in all developing countries due to the world economic crisis. The Fourth National Conference on Italy, Latin America, and the Caribbean was an event of the first rank that brought together the most elite organizations working for popular economic development, and where prominent figures like Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, World Bank Vice President Pamela Cox, and foreign ministers and finance ministers from various countries, among others, attended as presenters. The purpose of the event was to share and discuss everything that has been done in Italy to make Latin America one of the priorities of Italian foreign policy, in accordance with the administration’s program. The meeting also served to sketch the possible outlines of actions to be taken in the future. The event was organized by the regional government of Lombardy, the Monza Brianza chamber of commerce, the Milan mayor’s office, and the Italian foreign ministry. CLACIP’s invitation to the event highlights the importance of this intelligence community for the development of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. One of the discussion panels in which CLACIP actively participated was titled precisely “European Union – Latin America: Roads to Integration,” with Swedish Foreign Ministry General Director for the Countries of the Americas Maria Cristina Lundqvist, Spanish State Secretary for Latin America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Italian Minister for Grace and Justice Angelino Alfano, and Italian National Antimafia Prosecutor Pietro Grasso as participants. After a meeting as important as the one held in Milan, Italy, to which we were invited, we police in the region who are working for cross-border security should cooperate even more, so that all these good intentions for integral community development can be effectively put into practice. It is for this reason that the Police Intelligence Directorate, in its capacity as CLACIP Permanent Executive Secretariat, and in the name of the Executive Directorate of this community, extends an invitation to all members of police intelligence organizations and services in this hemisphere so that day by day we can unite around the aim of working for a secure and prosperous Latin America and Caribbean, as our peoples deserve.
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Branch Dr. Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at WOCCU since 1990 and has been engaged in … Web: www.woccu.org Details We build, champion, defend and grow a global credit union community that improves lives. Why do we care?Credit unions improve lives. Credit unions provide many with their first access to financial services. In country after country, we have seen how credit unions help people provide better food and shelter for their families. In places like Ethiopia, credit unions provide food security through simultaneous access to better irrigation and finance for crops. This builds a sustainable cycle of crop harvest, savings and financing for the next crop so that families can withstand periodic droughts. We also see how credit unions help their members educate their children to achieve a better life.Credit unions empower and champion the common person. Credit unions provide people with financial dignity. This is why we work to introduce democracy through credit union grassroots operations in Cuba.Credit unions provide people access to financial services when and where no other institution will. In the conflict areas of Ukraine, credit unions are the only remaining institutions that offer families financing for small enterprises and employment. Credit unions serve small account holders and make the small loans that other institutions do not.Credit unions offer a fairer price for services. Credit unions put members’ benefits before the profit of the institution. Credit unions provide a competitive alternative to other financial institutions, which charge higher prices and extract profit from consumers. This alternative keeps prices down and allows members to retain greater consumer surplus themselves.We already do these things in our own country. If we just keep doing this at home, we are doing good work. So, why do we care about the international credit union community?Supporting credit unions’ ability to provide these services worldwide allows us to improve lives of the poor, marginalized and underserved. This makes for a better and safer world. It is the right thing to do, but how does it help us at home?Many of us have family ties or heritage across borders. Credit unions help family members financially connect abroad and strengthen remittance ties. These ties have been very important to credit union development in Poland, Mexico and Cuba.To strengthen the positive image and to champion the credit union model, we point to local credit unions’ efforts to improve lives around the world. We highlight the contributions, volunteer work and hospitality that our own credit unions provide to credit unions serving the poor, establishing access for those who never had access before, and strengthening their operations. When we champion credit unions’ work—locally and internationally—to empower members, support their communities and support democracy, we raise public visibility and support among policy makers.Today, international standard setters often affect local regulation and legislation. International standard setters are more open to consider standards less damaging and more friendly to credit unions when we communicate credit unions’ role in financial inclusion worldwide—providing the underserved access to financial services. International standard setters are more inclined to be supportive when we stand from a position of strength. The international exchange of best practices, training, technical assistance and management systems builds a safe and secure international credit union system that protects each country’s brand quality and safety and soundness in the eyes of international standard setters and national regulators. International standard setters are more likely to respond to constituents of scale—both in terms of numbers and inter-connectedness. The growth of the global credit union system through Vision 2020 and the networking of the international system through the World Council give international standard setters a consistent channel to vet their emerging standards and to gather input from our 105-country credit union community.Why do we care about the international credit union community? We care because we belong to something larger than ourselves. We care because we want to support and participate in the good work that credit unions do around the world to improve lives. We also care because the international credit union system helps us achieve better local and international policy framework for all our institutions.
The hose team says the steamer and showroom are rare pieces of American Fire Service History and present historical, educational and training opportunities. The project will cost over $100,000. Financial support has been secured from the various local charities. To see how you can help the Owego Hose Team, click here. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Owego Hose Team announced its plans for rebuilding pieces to be used at the Owego Fire Station Tuesday. The groups plans to bring it back to its original glory and give it a showroom similar to the steamer house located in Marathon, N.Y. The team is restoring the Owego Fire Department’s 1866 Steam Fire Pumper and is building a steamer house on North Avenue next to Owego Fire Station 2. In 1987, the steamer was the oldest licensed steam pumper in the nation. The thinning of the steamer’s boiler makes it unsafe for operation, now.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding your Nov. 19 editorial, “Stop naming things after politicians,” denouncing the renaming of a bridge for former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Jan. 25 letter [“Town fields shouldn’t bear Landry’s name”] objecting to the naming of Niskayuna athletic fields for former Supervisor Joseph Landry: Both miss the opportunity to propose a healthy alternative to the depressing spectacle of political leaders concluding that all of the greatest benefactors of their communities just happen to have been recent political leaders.There’s a better way, a way less likely to feed our hungry cynicism. The country and New York state have produced a great many distinguished writers, scientists, architects, educators, humanitarians, historians, musicians, physicians, engineers and others whose accomplishments a good society should be eager to honor. At the local level, Niskayuna hasn’t yet produced stars in every one of those areas, but every place has first settlers and first elected officials. There are surely estimable non-living educators and coaches for whom a playing field could appropriately be named, thereby incidentally boosting the morale of others currently serving in those roles.But nothing like that will happen as long as naming continues to be done willy-nilly at town board or city council meetings. Instead, those bodies should ask their local historical societies to produce, for eventual use, lists of local non-living worthies — lists as diverse as the higher values of the community itself. By not excluding the occasional non-living political leader, they would be treating that kind of community service as only one among many.In the meantime, The Gazette could make a positive contribution with some articles on existing street names. Many people have some idea who Seward, McClellan and Nott were. But who were Van Antwerp and Van Vranken? Who were Rosa and Maxon and Barrett?Wayne SomersDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Across 2014, despite fluctuations in asset values, the aggregate value rose by 10%, with schemes ending the year with £1,237bn in assets.However, the PPF said liability increases were at the foundation of the deficit rise, moving from £1,113bn to £1,503bn over the 12 months. Source: PPFAggregate asset vs liability values for PPF 7800 schemesThe 35% increase came after the yield on 15-year UK Gilts fell by more than 1 percentage point in 2014.Joanne Shepard, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said the PPF figures looked particularly negative compared with other pension schemes as they apply lower inflation-linked protection.“When it comes to the cost of providing full scheme benefits, falling inflation expectations have done more to cushion the impact of lower bond yields,” she said.The PPF’s universe of schemes operating a surplus fell to 1,121 from 2,641 over the year, with the remaining schemes in deficit posing a £300bn funding shortfall for the fund.Shepard said the lifeboat scheme could become swamped if economic growth faltered and companies began to fail.However, PPF modelling suggests it is more than capable of meeting its obligations.Last summer, in its annual report, the PPF said its plan to hold enough assets to cover liabilities, with a 10% buffer for future claims, was 90% likely to be achieved by 2030.Over 2014’s final month, deficit figures rose by 20%, with the average funding ratio now at 82.3%.Despite a significant fall in funding levels over 2014, the surplus seen at the start of the year was an unusual blip in positivity, with the last aggregate surplus seen in July 2011. UK defined benefit schemes saw the end of 2014 significantly impact funding levels, according to the Pension Protection Fund, as deficit levels hit their highest level since 2012.The lifeboat fund’s latest 7800 Index update showed the aggregate deficit for the 6,057 schemes hit £266.3bn (€340bn), calculated on their ability to provide PPF-level benefits.The PPF is the UK’s support pension fund for corporate DB schemes where sponsors face insolvency.The funding-level fall was a dramatic shift over 2014, with the schemes starting the year with an £8.7bn surplus, but slipping into deficit by the end of January 2014.
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OneNews 4 June 2014Internet Party leader Laila Harre wants cannabis to be decriminalised.Ms Harre says it’s her personal view and the Internet Party itself is yet to finalise its policy on the issue.However, she says the party has today put the issue up for discussion on a new online policy development platform that allows members to raise ideas and debate policy.Ms Harre says there is a growing push towards decriminalisation globally, yet high political barriers remain to such a move in New Zealand.She says every year thousands of young people are convicted for cannabis possession, often for small amounts, meaning they have to go through life with a criminal conviction.http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/internet-party-leader-laila-harre-wants-cannabis-decriminalised-5991528