Dell Technologies and partners Red Hat, Altiostar, and NEC and Netcracker have joined forces to accelerate open vRAN deploymentsTechnology is always evolving, which is exciting and frustrating for any organization trying to keep up with, adapt to, and anticipate new changes. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) have it particularly hard. A case in point: The evolution to 5G requires upgrading your radio access network (RAN), which is no small feat given the tens of thousands of cell towers you’re responsible for. Of course, it’s very likely that your existing RAN is built on proprietary technology, which means it’s inflexible and expensive.This is why many CSPs are recognizing the potential of open and virtualized radio access networks (vRAN). An open vRAN allows you to disaggregate hardware from software to choose your own components. This way, you aren’t locked into any one solution and have the freedom to modify your RAN based on specific needs.It also brings powerful automation to help you easily deploy and manage hardware and software across geographically distributed areas. Imagine the time saved from significantly fewer truck rolls to each of those cell towers. Instead, accelerate deployment and manage the entire lifecycle from a central location. At the same time, set yourself up for the future — beyond 5G — with a software-based solution that’s not going to require an exhaustive overhaul next time around.Open vRAN offers incredible potential. So, what’s holding you back?It’s true: A disaggregated model built with hardware and software from different vendors can add complexity and risk. How do you integrate all of them? What if they don’t work together?Fortunately for CSPs, industry leaders are coming together to help reap the benefits of an open, vRAN model. For instance, Dell Technologies has joined forces with three of its valued partners to design an open vRAN reference architecture (RA) — built on best-in-class components — that integrates the stack for you.It starts with a solid hardware foundation. Dell EMC PowerEdge 740xd servers with support for accelerator technologies such as the Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel® PAC) N3000, form the compute layer for your vRAN. Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform are added to automate and simplify hardware configuration and management while also supporting Altiostar’s Open vRAN software. Altiostar’s software opens up your RAN, making disaggregation possible, and radically speeds deployment to those tens of thousands of cell towers. And finally, NEC and Netcracker bring the entire RA together for you with systems integration and end-to-end orchestration. With expertise in both IT and radio networks, they have the keen knowledge and skill sets needed to deploy and manage your open vRAN.Get started now with a validated reference architecture that avoids vendor lock in, reduces risk and speeds your time to market.Dell Technologies, Red Hat, Altiostar, NEC and Netcracker have done the integration work for you to accelerate your network migration and simplify the evolution of your network.To learn more about this validated reference architecture for open vRAN, read our solution brief.
The Brassicas are taking center stage! In the fall and winter seasons, we have always dabbled in flowering kale and cabbage, but it seems in the last couple of years that things are changing. The cruciferous crops are doing their part to create the wow factor in flower beds across Georgia. It’s not just flowering kale and cabbage on display, but edibles like the Toscano kale and – would you believe it – that old, Southern favorite, collards.Last year anyone who went to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport could not help but notice the monolithic blue-green leaves serving as the backdrop to the pansies and snapdragons. The enormity of the leaves created their own photo-worthy moment. This year I am seeing collards used elegantly in mixed containers and even baskets. Why not? You couldn’t ask for a better companion to the colorful pansies. When I took the photo, I was thinking, “Now I need catfish and cornbread.”While collards are really old fashioned, the application with ornamentals is new and trendy, at least in several generations. Toscano kale is also called “Toscana,” “Tuscan,” “lacinato” and “dinosaur kale.” Culinary experts know it is among the most flavorful and treasured in Italian soups and stews, but it’s recently new to the flower garden. You can rejoice at its incredible beauty and texture, but if you fancy yourself a chef, then it means an edible landscape is close at hand.It may be after Thanksgiving, but the weather pattern looks very favorable to do some late-season gardening. So, if you have procrastinated like yours truly, then let the gardening festivities begin, and remember that these plants are among the easiest to grow. Prepare soil by incorporating 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and 2 pounds of a slow-release, 12-6-6 fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed space. Space them according to label recommendations – normally 12 to 18 inches apart. Add a good layer of mulch after planting to help stabilize soil temperatures and conserve moisture.Kale, cabbage and mustards all need good drainage, but must remain moist and fed to keep them growing vigorously. Pay especially close attention as dry cold fronts have a tendency to deplete the available moisture. Feed them with light applications of the preplant fertilizer every four to six weeks. Leaf colors will intensify as the temperatures start to get cold.Flowering kale, collards and mustards excel with beds of brightly colored pansies, violas, panolas and snapdragons. Don’t be afraid to cluster or mass-plant your kale – it will certainly create a visual thrill in the landscape. You can also plant bold drifts or sweeps of kale, collards or red mustards together. As you plan your bed, try planting a large bed of narcissus behind the kale, collards or mustards.Kale or collards in containers might, at first, seem strange to you. Consider, however, that very same container during the summer probably had a variety of a dazzling coleuses, so why not carry on the thought or similar design with a cool-season foliage crop, fragrant dianthus and regular or trailing pansies. The cool season is a wonderful time to garden, and foliage plants like kale, collards and mustards make the perfect pansy pals. It’s not too late – get in the garden this weekend. Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru and learn more about the University of Georgia Coastal Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm at www.coastalgeorgiabg.org.
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Septi Bukula said that the congress will expose South African businesses to opportunities in the country and other parts of the world. (Image: Septi Bukula) MEDIA CONTACTS • Septi Bukula ISBC 2012 director +27 11 791 2774RELATED ARTICLES • Online help for small business • SA improves global competitiveness • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • SA big business helps entrepreneursShamin ChibbaSmall business in South Africa will get a boost next year when the country hosts one of the biggest international business congresses in Johannesburg.Representatives from the US, Europe and the rest of the world will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre between 15 and 18 September 2012 for what will be Africa’s first International Small Business Congress (ISBC).The congress, which is hosted in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services, Khula Enterprises and Finance and the Small Enterprise Development Agency, will showcase activities surrounding small business development in South Africa and around the world.According to 2012 congress director Septi Bukula, the focus of the conference is to expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to business opportunities in South Africa and in different parts of the world.Those expected to attend the congress are SME practitioners, policymakers from government, trade associations, banks looking to assist small businesses, small business support organisations, academics and entrepreneurs.The congress will also host an exhibition where companies can display and market their products.The theme for the event is Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide, and will concentrate on getting SMEs involved with emerging industries with high-growth prospects.First congress in AfricaSince the first congress in Hawaii in 1974, the ISBC has brought together global small business players looking to improve small business practices with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and their environment.The 2012 event is a milestone for the ISBC and the continent, as it will be the first time the congress is hosted in Africa.“ISBC recognises that South Africa is an exciting destination and Africa is an emerging global player. The ISBC is trying to build in Africa because it never really focused on it before,” said Bukula.Topics to be discussed at next year’s congress include e-commerce and how small firms can use the internet to their benefit.Other discussion topics will be mechanisms to strengthen management capacity; gathering and disseminating information on new and high-growth opportunities; incubation and technology demonstration; as well as innovation, intellectual property, and research and development capabilities.Challenges facing SMEsThe poor state of the current global economy has had a negative impact on small businesses worldwide, according to Bukula. This will also be one of the main talking points at next year’s congress.“We will be looking at the impact of the current global economy. We may also cover ways in which small businesses will respond to a depressed economy,” he said.However, he added that in many instances, small businesses do not have the capacity to respond to a struggling economy.The congress will also address the difficulties small businesses face when accessing new markets, looking for finance to either start-up or expand, and operating under strict government regulations.Though these challenges relate to small businesses worldwide, South Africa has its own hurdles. Bukula said the country’s small businesses are hampered by limited skilled labour, which he attributes to the education system.“Our entrepreneurial abilities are not very strong because of the … education system. We don’t prepare people to be self-employed,” he said.Although the government has invested a lot of money in small business development, Bukula said there is a need to develop more entrepreneurs in the sector.He said that the gap can be closed if students and pupils realise that becoming an entrepreneur is a viable career choice. Bukula is working with the Department of Trade and Industry to find strategies to address this challenge.Change our value systemFindings of a study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship revealed that South African students’ role-models are politicians, pop stars and sports stars. “Not a single entrepreneur was listed, yet they are the ones who are the backbones of the economy and provide jobs,” Bukula said.This is because entrepreneurs, especially those who are struggling, are stigmatised by society if they fail.He added that attitudes towards business need to change to ones that are not fearful of failure.“Instead of stigmatising business people who struggle or fail, they should be encouraged to try harder, try again or try something else,” said Bukula.He explained that individuals who have work experience and the necessary skills and knowledge are well-equipped to start their own businesses, but they do not think of entrepreneurship as an option.The reason, he said, is a shortage of programmes to encourage individuals to become business people.One way to encourage individuals to become entrepreneurs is for the government to provide incentives when starting up a business, according to Bukula.Entrepreneurs must be given access to existing support programmes so that they can gain confidence knowing there is a back-up system in place.
Small Giants was written by Bo Burlingham, who also co-authored The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Game with Jack Stack. His point is that, while it’s easy to feel beleaguered as a small-business owner — competing against bigger companies with deeper capital reserves and expert boards of directors and investors — the business is better able to follow the leader’s intuition and to harvest information more quickly and act on it with less need for justification.Being small is actually an unfair advantage if we learn how to take advantage of it.When the financial downturn first hit last May, my bank canceled my company’s line of credit (curse them!), but it’s turned out to be a blessing. We tightened our belts, and as things have gotten steadily worse, we’ve been in a position to take advantage of the great employees applying for jobs and have actually grown the business. Small Giants speaks to this issue: The big companies were not able to respond quickly enough to adverse conditions; they could see the writing on the wall but couldn’t move fast enough to gather real-time information and use it to respond with appropriate changes.I never use highlighter when I read a book, but my hardcover edition of Small Giants is lit up throughout with yellow. It’s well written, encouraging, and optimistic, and left me feeling great about being a small-business owner.After more than 30 years in this industry, with the last 20 as captain of my own ship, I often joke that I’m just about unemployable and that I only do it to subsidize my tool addiction. The reality is that I love being in business with a great crew of employees, responding to both rough seas and calm, building beautiful homes for appreciative clients. But it’s been a journey getting to this point, and thought-provoking books like this have helped chart the course.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte There was no stopping the undermanned Bacoor squad since then as Montuano went on to add five more points in OT with the help of Doligon and Paolo Castro to secure the hard-earned victory.Montuano finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Strikers, who stayed immaculate with a 7-0 record and sealed one of the South Division’s top two seeds and the all-important twice-to-beat incentive heading into the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Saber rattling in the POC? Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Playoff-bound Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo snatched a 93-85 overtime win over Valenzuela to stay undefeated and clinch one of the top two spots in the South Division of the Metro League Reinforced Conference Thursday night at Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig City.Down by two in the last seven seconds of regulation, Mark Montuano came to the rescue for the Strikers as he connected on a game-tying layup at the buzzer off a Mark Doligon pass to force extra time.ADVERTISEMENT
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Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “I knew there was no room for error,” Edmund said. “After last night, just below four hours, there was fatigue. Best-of-five was a marathon but this was a sprint today, and I just went for it. It’s tricky, especially emotionally: you’re in the match and then you’ve got to switch off. I got out of here at 11pm and arrived at 9am today. I think that is the longest match I’ve played, 4:02. It was really good for me to come through that test.”Cameron Norrie collapsed spectacularly against Elliot Benchetrit, a young power-hitter who replaced Nick Kyrgios in the draw when the Australian withdrew citing illness, and he caught the eye to win 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 in an hour and 24 minutes.The 20-year-old Frenchman, 6ft 4in and lean with a strong right arm, bamboozled the world No 49 with his wicked serve and a mixture of drop shots and booming forehands. There was no safe harbour for Norrie, who said: “I never really got into the match. All credit to him. He was too good.”Jamie Murray went out, too, alongside Bruno Soares in their last doubles match together – the Italians Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego winning 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) – after a three-year run that brought them two grand slam titles (among Murray’s six majors), the world No 1 ranking and a string of memorable wins. Both said they are parting on good terms.Murray will team up with Liverpool’s Neal Skupski at least until the end of the year while Soares will play with the world No 12, Mate Pavic. Skupski is in the last days of his long partnership with his older brother, Ken, and on Tuesday they beat their compatriots Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara, 6-1, 6-2.Dan Evans played some wonderful tennis on his least favourite surface but Fernando Verdasco’s experience told and the Spaniard won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 in three hours and 25 minutes.Ivo Karlovic beat Feliciano López 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-7 (7), 7-5 and become, at 40, the oldest winner at Roland Garros since Torben Ulrich, who won a match here in 1973 when he was 44.Ulrich, a musician, poet, journalist, painter and filmmaker, played more than 100 Davis Cup matches for Denmark over four decades, the last of them when he was 49. He is the father of Metallica founder and drummer, Lars. Share via Email Naomi Osaka French Open 2019 Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read more Share on LinkedIn match reports Tennis Topics French Open Share on Messenger Kyle Edmund The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Naomi Osaka has handed out enough bagels in her career to open a bakery but the world No 1 experienced the humiliation herself before recovering to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 – one of the oddest scores at this French Open.The last time Osaka was nilled it was in good company – Simona Halep paying her back in Rome last year for suffering the same fate at Indian Wells. But she can hardly have expected it from Schmiedlova, the Slovakian world No 90, who twice served for the match.In the second round she plays Victoria Azarenka, who beat the 2017 champion, Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Osaka, bidding to become the first player to win a third straight major after winning her first two, has been nursing a hand injury since Rome.It was feast and famine for the small British contingent on Tuesday. Kyle Edmund ended his run of five straight defeats in seven minutes when he completed his postponed match against Jérémy Chardy like the storm that threatened to wreck the schedule but never properly materialised.The delayed climax of the longest match of the tournament to that point – four hours and two minutes – was quick and ruthless, the sort of tennis Edmund will need to reproduce against the experienced Uruguayan clay-court player Pablo Cuevas when they meet for the first time on Thursday.Edmund resumed with ball in hand and the score standing at 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 5-5, holding and breaking almost without pause. Rain was forecast but the only storm arrived on the strings of Edmund’s racket. While he had to soak up 30 aces in their interrupted Monday evening struggle, none came his way at the end. Jamie Murray
Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:immigration bill, Pdm, rushed, sharlene robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Sept 2015 – The PDM Leader is troubled by the hastiness to pass the 2015 Immigration & Status Bill as the Government is preparing to, as the PDM put it, force through the Bills on September 14, 2015.In October the PDM was successful in halting the Bill due to lack of consultation and public awareness on the changes within the Immigration & Status Bill however the party is now saying that more time should be given so that a detailed approach outlining what exists now, what is being proposed and the reasons for same can be better understood by all.The responses from individuals at the first public meeting in Provo prompted the PNP’s own Party Treasurer to ask the Minister publicly for a longer educational process. The one week of public consultation left many heads spinning, says the PDM Leader, and ignited concerns over the rushed and hurried approach to something so critical and fundamental.Hon Sharlene Robinson adds, that during the last House of Assembly Meeting on an immigration amendment, the Government had no statistics or pressing information to support their hurried approach on its major policy change.The PDM is calling on the government to take another look at its Bills, engage in meaningful educational and informative consultations that would take into account the wishes of the people.PDM Leader says that there should be a proper balance between adequate protections for TCIslanders and the need for growth in the country. Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp