5 Questions to ask Pure while at Pure//Accelerate 2019

first_imgWell 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.last_img read more

LSH appoints City chief

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City eyes safety improvements for Hacienda Road

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – Don Chilson and his wife have lived on Hacienda Road since 1956, but the past few years have been a little crazy for them. Chilson says he’s counted at least 21 instances in which a car has spun out of control on Hacienda, crashing through his fence. City officials say the number is actually far fewer, but Chilson claims that many of those 21 drivers did not stick around for police to show up. Regardless of the true number, La Habra Heights officials are taking safety seriously on Hacienda, near Chilson’s home. Plans call for the installation of a 100-foot guard rail next to his home, plus the planting of trees and bushes to block his home from the view of drivers. Chilson said he’s grateful for anything the city can do to improve safety on Hacienda. “The guard rail will help,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever had anybody go that far to help us.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

School says they are just thankful brother and sister were not killed

first_imgA school principal has expressed her relief that nobody was killed after a brother and sister were struck by a vehicle after getting off a school bus yesterday.The teenagers, who are students of Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, were struck outside the village of Mountcharles just before 5pm.They were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but while their injuries are serious, they are not understood to be life-threatening. Ms Geraldine Diver, School Principal said the school community is just so relieved that the incident was not much worse.“We are relieved to hear that there have been no fatalities and our thoughts and prayers are with the two injured students and their family. The priority for the management and staff is the wellbeing and welfare of the injured students and their family at this worrying time.“The Abbey Vocational School wish to compliment the emergency services, Letterkenny University Hospital and the school staff on their response to the critical incident. We are keeping the school community of the Abbey Vocational School updated and we now wish the students a speedy recovery following the accident. We also extend our best wishes to the drivers in their recovery period.”Ms Diver said that news reaching the school of the accident, the Critical Incident Plan of the Abbey Vocational School was enacted. The Principal and Deputy Principal immediately drove to the scene of the accident and followed onwards to Letterkenny University Hospital to be with the injured students and their family.The Student Support Team, the Critical Incident Team and the management and staff of the Abbey Vocational School are now following up necessary matters within the school community. School staff will now speak with students during the course of the morning.The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the Donegal ETB Senior Educational Psychologist, Mr Martin Gallen, will offer advice and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of the school community is attended to.Ms Diver also advised that should students or families have particular concerns to contact the school immediately.School says they are just thankful brother and sister were not killed was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abbey vocational schoolcrashdonegalGardaiGerladine DiverHurtstudentslast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Facebook Gets Faster, Debuts Homegrown PHP Compiler [Update]

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The rumors have been flying over what’s going on over at Facebook headquarters. The word has been that a PHP team was brought in and made to sign non-disclosure agreements before discussing a PHP project that has been in development for the past two years. Alex Handy, senior editor of the Software Development Times Blog, predicted last Saturday that Facebook “has rewritten the PHP runtime from scratch,” and several sources have confirmed for us tonight that Facebook has indeed been making some changes to the basic PHP runtime environment.According to our sources, Facebook has been working on a PHP compiler that will increase speed by around 80% and offer a just-in-time (JIT) compilation engine that will offer a number of advantages. The project is very similar to Google’s Unladen Swallow project, which rebuilt the Python compiler, boosting the speed fivefold and opening the door for multi-language integration.Update: Facebook officially announced the project, titled HipHop, this morning and confirmed that it would be released as open source this evening. Facebook will be hosting a talk at 7:30 PST with PHP developers to get into the specifics. The talk will be streamed live on Ustream. Developers are encouraged to comment on RWW’s open thread discussing the implications of the PHP runtime rewrite.Richard Crowley, an engineer at OpenDNS who is familiar with the project, told us that David Recordon, an engineer at Facebook, invited him to come to Facebook’s headquarters Tuesday morning but wouldn’t give a reason. Crowley mused to us that it was likely his PHP skills and personal connections that got him through the doors and clued us in on what he thinks will be going on behind them.PHP is normally an interpreted language, which means that every time a user accesses a PHP page, the server needs to take the code and interpret it to produce the final product. A compiler, however, makes this process much quicker, as the code is interpreted before the user ever asks for the page. The problem here is that any time that page needs to be changed, the code needs to be recompiled.Crowley explained to us that the JIT compiler Facebook is introducing occupies a middle ground that not only retains the flexibility of PHP as an interpreted language, but offers the speed of compiled languages like C. “Compiling PHP to code a CPU can directly execute certainly has performance implications. It would be silly to alter the workflow to be more like C or C++ by doing all parsing and compilation ahead of time. At the other end of the spectrum, it’s slow and out-of-fashion to interpret every statement within the runtime. A JIT (Just In Time) compiler compiles frequently-executed portions of the program to machine code for speed while maintaining the flexibility of interpreted code.” Essentially, the closer a coding language comes to bare metal, the faster the program will run. Facebook’s programs are reported to run around 80% faster than before now that the runtime – the code-compiler-program sequence – has been restructured and rewritten.Crowley continued, saying that he expected Facebook to announce a JIT compiler based on the Low Level Virtual Machine, which lays at the heart of Google’s Unladen Swallow project. Crowley’s suppositions were confirmed by anonymous sources tonight.When we asked what he thought of this style of release – years of secretive development by two lonely coders, likely locked in a deep, dark vault – Crowley said it was typical.“[Facebook] tends to do giant code dumps,” he said. “Facebook tends to build something big, use it, and open source it.”We wish Facebook had made this project open, as we’re sure many PHP developers would concur that the efforts would have been much swifter and more beneficial to the public had more folks and a larger team been involved from the outset. And we do wonder about possible duplication of effort from others who may have been working on the same issue. There are a number of us out here running PHP (ahem!) that could certainly have benefited from the speed boost.Nonetheless, we’re looking forward to seeing what this does for our PHP browsing experience and how the open-source community reacts to the news. Will the community rally around the new compiler and push PHP into a new realm? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Update: In fact, it turns out that the PHP source code is getting translated first into C++ and then compiled with g++. While the details of the process are different, the end result is the same as are many of the implications. Jolie O’Dell wrote an update earlier today, explaining exactly how Facebook has altered PHP and we’ll be taking a look at some of the implications shortly.Additional reporting for this story was also done by Jolie O’Dell. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

OpenFlow: The NoSQL of Network Protocols

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In the early 1960s, Paul Baran invented packet switching. Packet switching became the foundation ARPANET, which later gave way to the Internet. Baran died at the age of 84 last Saturday. But packet switching lives on after all these years as the primary foundation of computer networking.But just as chips, databases and programming languages have entered a period of increased specialization, we may be seeing the beginnings of specialized network topologies. Last week several Internet giants, including Facebook, Google and Yahoo formed the Open Network Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN). The group’s first priority is a protocol called OpenFlow. The key idea is to give network engineers more control over switches by giving them customizable firmware, supplanting the one size fits all paradigm of modern networking equipment.Just as NoSQL databases like BigTable, Cassandra and HBase have enabled these companies to create new database architectures, the OpenFlow could enable them to build highly customized network topologies that combine the packet switching and circuit switching paradigms.“We believe that OpenFlow is a pragmatic compromise: on one hand, it allows researchers to run experiments on heterogeneous switches in a uniform way at line-rate and with high port-density,” reads the abstract of the OpenFlow white paper. “While on the other hand, vendors do not need to expose the internal workings of their switches.”Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo sit on the board of the Open Network Foundation. Several other major technology companies are members as well, including equipment vendors like Netgear.See also: 5 Ways Networking is Being Reinvented.Photo by lco. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#networking Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

NASA Expanding Into Apps, More Video Games

first_imgRelated Posts When Mars rover Curiosity touched down Sunday, August 5th, it was more than a technological triumph for the space agency; it was another victory in a four-year-old social-media campaign that has expanded to Google+ Hangouts, Angry Birds and Xbox 360 Kinect games and, in the future, maybe mission-specific apps.The space agency proved it’s as adept at landing a rover on Mars as it is at entertaining a global audience, be it through a smoothly executed live-stream viewed by millions or an interactive web tool simulating the rover landing.And as Jason Townsend, the Deputy Social Media Manager at NASA explained, it’s just the beginning as far as social-media outreach is concerned:  “We’re always looking for new opportunities to connect with new audiences and share information about our missions, programs, and people. We’re always exploring where the public is, and figuring out where social media is headed next. We are on the most popular platforms — and when new ones emerge, we’ll go there, too.”  Besides hitting all the social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Flickr), NASA had a variety of interactive features made just for Curiosity. “Eyes in the Sky,” an interactive computer simulation that followed Curiosity’s descent live, was a Reddit favorite, hitting the front page of the social-news site in a thread threatening NASA with a “friendly DDoSing.”“Eyes” wasn’t the only interactive tool created for the rover. Xbox 360 Kinect owners could also download and play the “Mars Rover Landing” game for free. “Our main goal is to bring NASA back to the living room,” said Matt Clausen, the lead artist at Human Interfaces at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead artist for the Xbox game. “I grew up in the 1980s, and I watched [a] space walk on TV,” explained Clausen, “and this is the first game created by NASA to go into the living room.”   In fact, NASA has been experimenting with the Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii controllers “to control real robots,” said Clausen, because “we’re looking at simpler ways to do things,” including bridging the gap between NASA and the public. The public can expect more interactive features and games in the future, explained Townsend, as they’re in line with NASA’s quest to inspire the next generation of kids.The most recent development is Angry Birds Space update, “Red Planet,” done in time with the Mars Curiosity landing.  Townsend said NASA and Rovio worked collaboratively on the game after a joking tweet between the Rovio’s Twitter account and @NASA, the Twitter account managed by Townsend.Can we expect mission-specific smartphone apps any time soon?“Definitely,” said Townsend. “We’ve got several apps in the pipeline, and we have a variety of teams working on them,” he added, though he wouldn’t elaborate.Clausen, who is working on a few of those apps, said “this was all a very big experiment – which we feel has been very successful.”   As for NASA’s most immediate move in social-media, “we’re currently expanding on Google+, and figuring out how to do Google Hangouts,” said Townsend.  Said Michelle Viotti, the Mars public engagement manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a press release: “Because Mars exploration is fundamentally a shared human endeavor, we want everyone around the globe to have the most immersive experience possible.”Curiosity’s Shadow and Mount Sharp, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech. fruzsina eordogh A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#science#space#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

India vs England Test: Murali Vijay scores fourth Test ton to put England on backfoot

first_imgMurali Vijay fired an unbeaten 122 to lead India to 259-4 against England after the first day of the first test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.Extending his fourth test century, Vijay finished a good opening day for India at the crease with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was 50 not out.James Anderson was the leading bowler for England, with 2-70. He made the only breakthrough in the first session, removing Shikhar Darwan for 12, and dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 38 after lunch thanks to a brilliant one-handed catch at silly mid-on by Ian Bell.Stuart Broad followed that wicket by removing Virat Kholi on 1 in the next over, and Liam Plunkett dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, who toe-ended a short ball to silly point, where England captain Alastair Cook took an impressive reaction catch.last_img read more

Trudeau addresses multiple instances of blackface brownface at Saskatoon town hall

first_imgSASKATOON (NEWS 1130) — Questions about photos and videos of Justin Trudeau in blackface and brownface followed him to a town hall in Saskatoon Thursday.Trudeau adjusted his plans for the stop in the city, opting to take questions instead of proceeding with a campaign rally.The hour-long town hall saw the Liberal leader take questions on a range of policy issues. Early on, two men in the largely friendly crowd forced Trudeau to confront a number of photos and videos that have surfaced in the last two days.First, he was asked to say how many times he has appeared in blackface or brownface.“I’ll make it easy: Is it possible to round to the nearest five?” a man in the crowd asked.The question prompted an apology from Trudeau.“Far too many people in this country face discrimination and intolerance on a daily basis. What I did was inexcusable and wrong, and hurt a lot of people who considered me to be an ally. That is wrong and I am deeply, deeply sorry,” he said.Related stories:It’s shaken the election campaign, but has Trudeau’s brownface image shaken the trust of voters?‘Insulting,’ ‘shocking,’ troubling:’ Party leaders react to photo of Trudeau in brownfaceTrudeau apologizes for ‘racist’ brownface yearbook photoTrudeau issued his first apology Wednesday, after Time magazine published a 2001 photo of him in brownface at an “Arabian Nights” gala when he was a teacher at a Vancouver private school in 2001, saying he understands that what he did was racist but did not see it as such at the time. At that time he said there was one other instance of him appearing in “make up” during a high school talent show.But by Thursday, a third instance had come to light. After he issued a second apology, he was asked again how many other times has he done this. He hesitated, and admitted he couldn’t remember.“I am wary of being definitive about this because of the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered,” he told a crown in Winnipeg Thursday morning.The second man who raised the issue at Thursday night’s town hall, wearing a yellow vest, urged Trudeau not to apologize anymore.“Please, when we have this debate let’s not go back digging up bones 15 years. What are we doing now and in the present?” he asked.“I appreciate the sentiment but there was no excusing what I did and I’m sorry that I did it. But at the same time, yes, we do need to focus on how we move forward as a country on many, many big issues. One of those issues is making sure that your leaders don’t hurt people who already face discrimination and marginalization too much in their daily lives,” Trudeau answered.last_img read more