Campus Networking Solutions Designed with You in Charge

first_imgI recently published a blog describing how Dell offers an open path to modernize your network from the data center to the campus environment, while leveraging the investments you’ve already made. Today I am excited to announce new advances in our comprehensive campus portfolio that further extend networking savings, efficiencies, and performance.Modernize the wireless edge with wired-like speeds.  To provide the performance today’s networks need to meet the demands of the connected, modern workforce, Dell is introducing Dell Networking W-Series Gigabit Wireless Access Points that deliver unprecedented data rates up to 1.3 Gbps for end-to-end wireless solutions that use the 802.11ac standard.  Unlike competitive solutions that require an add-on module, these new access points were purpose-built with you in mind to simplify .ac wireless implementation, so you can enable thousands of users to enjoy desktop-like speeds wirelessly, at just $2/Mb.Upgrade the wiring closet with enterprise-class access solutions that grow as your needs change.  I’m also pleased to announce the Dell Networking N-Series family of energy-efficient, cost-effective 1GbE and 10GbE switches that enable you to scale your campus network infrastructure as your requirements change.  The N-Series delivers 50% more unit stacking capacity and 44% more 1GbE stacked ports than the competition. And with embedded common tools and practices, you’ll be up and running quickly with 75% faster deployment times and 50% fewer people required.1Manage expansion with confidence and optimum uptime.  The Dell Networking C-Series are modular, fully redundant 1/10/40 GbE switches that deliver high-performance aggregation and back-end infrastructure to reduce bottlenecks and congestion for dependable operation.  With up to 1.6 times the throughput and density and up to 4 times the performance scalability, you can quickly extend mobile infrastructure operation and readily support modern workloads.2Learn more about how Dell Networking campus solutions can help you modernize on your terms. Join us at Dell World for one of three main track sessions on Dell campus networking solutions on December 12 and 13.  I hope to see you there!&nbsp;</p><p>1Compared to Cisco3750-X2Compared to Cisco 6500-E serieslast_img read more

Study links pollution hazards to socioeconomic status

first_imgA study conducted by a USC professor recently found that low-income communities and communities of color are far more likely to be negatively impacted by climate pollution than their counterparts. The report, co-authored by sociology and American studies and ethnicity professor Manuel Pastor, was released last Wednesday and showed that even though greenhouse gas emissions have decreased overall in California, many industries have actually increased their localized carbon footprints.Common pollutants include particulate matter such as PM10, which has been linked to asthma, cancer, lung disease and heart disease. Such illnesses can be costly, both in terms of medical care and income lost due to missed days of work. Since the report states that communities who live within 2.5 miles of a greenhouse gas-emitting facility have a far higher proportion of low-income people of color, these already at-risk populations are faced with an additional threat to their health.“Often, marginalized or impoverished communities are experiencing other socioeconomic challenges simultaneously,” said Monalisa Chatterjee, a professor of environmental sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “In this case, these communities are located in close proximity to industrial activities with high pollution levels because of limited affordability and any increase in these pollutants immediately increases their exposure.”California chose to implement the cap-and-trade program in 2013 as a means of reducing emissions. This means that every year the state sets a cap on the amount of emissions that all greenhouse gas emitting facilities must conform to. However, if the facility emits less than its allotted amount, it is allowed to trade the remainder to another company for a profit.One possible reason for the localized increase is a loophole that makes use of offsets — a system whereby a polluting industry can offset its pollution in California by participating and investing in greenhouse gas emission-reduction projects. These reductions are added to the industry’s total in order to meet its target emission rates. However, according to the report, 76 percent of offset credits were generated outside of California. This means that even though these greenhouse gas-emitting facilities are meeting their reduction targets, they continue to pollute their immediate vicinities, increasing the risk of health complications for nearby residents.In California, the cap on greenhouse gas emissions has been dropping annually. In 2006, the target was to reach 1990 levels of emissions by 2020, a target that was recently updated to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While these goals may be attainable at the statewide scale, Environmental Student Assembly Co-Director Joshua Blockstein said that government leaders must not ignore those who are being directly affected by pollutants in their homes, with nowhere else to go.“It’s a shame that these already challenged communities continue to be impacted by pollution,” Blockstein said. “For residents in lower-income neighborhoods, the harmful health effects of pollution can make it even more challenging to improve their quality of life and living situation.”Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a statewide deal that freed up hundreds of millions of dollars from the cap-and-trade program to be used in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Out of some $900 million, $140 million will be channeled into helping disadvantaged communities combat local climate change. However, the exact strategies were not specified and it is currently unknown how the money might be used to reduce the effect of pollutants on residents.“Systematic evaluation of climate change policy and its impact beyond the process of global warming is very important in getting it right,” Chatterjee said. “We do not want to solve a problem by creating another problem that reduces the quality of our lives and ecosystems in the long run.”last_img read more

South African coffee shop named best in world

first_img25 February 2016Described as a steam-punk inspired, relaxed meeting place for Cape Town’s hip and happening crowd, Truth Coffee features hand-roasted blends created onsite and an immeasurably cool atmosphere. It’s a combination so appealing, it’s landed Truth back at the top of the list of best coffee shops in the world, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.It’s the second year running the coffee shop has grabbed the top slot.Its old-timey industrial charm, created with leather and steel art pieces and decorative installations by some of the city’s best artists, is part of the appeal of the coffee shop. But above all, as voted by the newspaper’s readers, the coffee at Truth is near perfect, elaborately presented with the most original foam art by its inspired baristas.artwork by the barista @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/eyT478uUBi— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016A friendly and welcoming atmosphere tops off one of the best coffee-drinking experiences in the Mother City, and now, officially, in the world. The food menu, something often overlooked in coffee culture, also comes highly recommended, with a wide selection of freshly baked confectionaries and light lunches.Truth topped rival coffee shops in Turkey (Fazil Bey in Istanbul), Italy (Rome’s Sant Eustachio Cafe) and the Barista Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, which was voted the best coffee shop in America by the Buzzfeed website.Other contenders included coffee shops in Sweden, Singapore and Australia.Truth enjoys a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, based on over 200 positive reviews, making it one of the top 50 eateries in the city. Situated around the corner from the District Six Museum and other well-known Cape Town attractions, the shop is popular with tourists and locals alike.Truth also won the best coffee shop category in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes- Benz Best Everyday Eateries for the Western Cape, and was nominated for the Boschendal Style Award in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.Being one of the hippest hangouts in Cape Town, Truth is naturally popular with the most fashionable social media personalities, particularly on Instagram and Twitter.I am back… Leaving my mark! @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/ziA2ZN9xLj— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016Yep. @TRUTHcoffee has just been voted the #1 coffee shop in the world by @TheTelegraph__: https://t.co/19jP7xGEaW pic.twitter.com/CCeqxLXg7d— PulseCheck (@PulseCheckSA) February 23, [email protected] So when Home Affairs only opens at 9h today this is where you come to find peace and great coffee! — Jas (@thisisjassi) February 24, 2016Step Inside Truth, a Steampunk #Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. https://t.co/HxcoPgjDrm @Colossal pic.twitter.com/WC061XPbHI— I LOVE COFFEE MUGS (@LOVECOFFEEMUGS) Februar y 22, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

Microsoft Needs to Open-Source Something Big. But What?

first_imgMicrosoft is trying hard to become an open source friendly company, and it’s made some strides since the days in which Steve Ballmer was calling Linux a cancer. But today, everyone pays lip service to open source. It’s harder to walk the walk than to talk the talk, as we explored in our article on how to spot open-washing.Microsoft has open-sourced various projects, is working with developers to run open source programming languages on its operating systems and recently hired a senior director of open source communities.“I used to be completely anti-Microsoft,” says Michael Szul, partner and developer at Barbella Digital. “I didn’t even have a Windows desktop.” Now, Szul is considering purchasing a Windows Phone 7 handset to replace his Android-based phone. Szul says that even though Microsoft abandoned IronPython and IronRuby, it still supports the community and has even kept developer open to assist the Mono team. Szul’s gripes as a developer are less about Microsoft’s openness, and more about the how fractured its marketplace ecosystem is between XBOX Live, Zune Marketplace, MSN Marketplace, etc.But even as it has improved its standing in the developer community, it’s lagging behind other companies. Apple, Facebook and Google make major open source contributions with projects likeWebKit, Apache Cassandra and Android. What has Microsoft built? A bunch of open source ASP.NET code.If Microsoft wants to go from just having a better reputation to being a real player in the open source community, Microsoft needs to open-source something big, and soon.But what could it open-source that would have a big enough impact?WindowsThis would obviously be huge, but it will almost certainly never happen. It’s too large a source of revenue for the company to risk cannibalize its sales by allowing other companies to package competing distributions. There’s also the matter of all the proprietary components licensed from other companies.Perhaps the company could take some sort of an open core approach, though. Perhaps some of those licensed components could even serve as the differentiators between the open source and proprietary versions of Windows. But even this scenario seems unlikely.Windows PhoneThis is also unlikely. Considering the amount of money Microsoft spent getting Nokia to run Windows on its phones, Microsoft probably isn’t about to give it away for free, let alone open-source it. It’s made even less likely by the fact that the Windows desktop, tablet and phone operating systems are likely to converge in Windows 8.Internet ExplorerThis makes sense, apart from dealing with separating operating system components from the browser, and dealing with licensed technology. The other big browsers – Safari, Chrome and Firefox – are either open source or based on open source software, and Microsoft gives IE away anyway. But would it make any difference at this point whether IE was open source?ServiceOSWe first told you about the Microsoft Research project ServiceOS back in 2009 when it was called Gazelle. It’s still vaporware as of now, but it there’s a strong case for open-sourcing it. Google ChromeOS is starting to trickle into the marketplace, as are other lightweight browser-oriented operating systems. Open-sourcing Internet Explorer and this tiny operating system would give Microsoft something it could give away to netbook manufacturers as an alternative to Chrome. Meanwhile, it would be tuned specifically towards services like Bing and Office 365.Would an open source ServiceOS make any difference at this point? We’re not sure. Microsoft may never see the need to open-source it either, considering that it was already able to get vendors to install Windows instead of Linux on netbooks once. Not to mention the perception that tablets are the future, and Microsoft already has a tablet strategy in Windows 8.OfficeI can’t see this happening. Ever.What Else?What else does that leave? Perhaps some elements of Azure could be open sourced? The Kinect SDK?The other major alternative that I can see is that Microsoft could create something entirely new and open-source it.What do you think? Does Microsoft need a big open source initiative? If so, what could it realistically do? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

What Questions Should Your Clients Be Asking

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Have you ever left a sales call and wished that your dream client had asked you a certain question? Is there some question that, if asked, would allow you to really move your client?Sometimes sales calls go down a certain path because your client is steering the call. They’re asking questions of you, and you’re answering their questions. Even if you do a wonderful job answering their questions, the questions can take you in the wrong direction. They can get you mired down in selling product. They can force you to respond as if you were a commodity. And they can generally reduce the value that you might have created.If your dream client doesn’t ask the questions of you that you believe should be asked, then you ask those questions yourself.We Don’t Know What We Don’t KnowWe don’t know what we don’t know. We have limited knowledge, and it’s easy for that knowledge to get in the way of producing better results.Your dream clients know a lot about what you sell. They have purchased what you sell before, and they have some ideas. But what they know, what they believe, and their ideas can prevent them from exploring new beliefs, new ideas, and new opportunities.You know what I am talking about here because you get the same questions from your prospects over and over again, don’t you?If the line of questions your dream client pursues doesn’t get you where you need to go, ask the questions that will get you there.Ask the Question of YourselfHave you ever had a client ask you a final question at the end of your sales call that sounded like this: “That’s all the questions we have. What should we have asked you?” Maybe you’ve been smart enough to ask this question at the end of a sales call yourself. The question opens up the possibility for you to increase the value that you create on the call and to learn enough to create more value in the future.If the questions you want aren’t asked, ask them yourself.You can say something like, “I am happy to have had a chance to answer your questions. Can I share with you a few other questions we were hoping you’d ask?” Or you might try something like this, “Before we wrap up here, can I share with you some questions that we’re continually asked by our clients?”Better Questions, Better ResultsMuch of the time, the right question is better than the right answer.Asking the right question of your clients can help you change their mind about what they believe they want. They can help you differentiate yourself and your offering. They can help you get in front of the pricing conversation.Asking the right question of yourself can allow you to change your clients mind about what’s important, why it’s important, and what you can do to help them with the big issues they may not yet know they need help with.You might say, “We are continually asked about why our approach is different than the industry standard. It’s a good question. We’ve found that by taking this approach, we can better help our clients . . .” Now you have shifted the discussion to what makes you different and how it makes a difference.Or, try this one, “We are often asked why our prices are 5% to 10% higher than our competitors. The answer is because by helping our clients make the right investment in the solutions we propose, we produce far greater results and a much higher return on investment. Here is exactly how that works . . .” Now you have moved the conversation from price to cost, and you have also likely driven a wedge between your client and competitor by shifting the criteria to return on investment.If you aren’t asked the questions that you need your dream client to ask you, then you have to ask the question yourself. They don’t know what they don’t know, and they won’t know it if you don’t help them by asking the question.QuestionsWhat are the five most important questions your dream client can ask you? Make a list.Why are these questions so important? What does it allow you to change in the way of their beliefs, their perceived needs, or their plan to evaluate you and your competition?What questions allow you to move the conversation to the areas where you can create greatest value for your dream clients?last_img read more

Eibar proud of their female President

first_imgEibar president Amaia Gorostiza has spoken of her ‘pride’ of the club’s board being comprised of a female majority, reflecting the values of the Basque society.The Basque side have maintained their La Liga status since gaining promotion  in 2015 with Gorostiza leading the club“Eibar is a city where women have always had a very big role in every aspect of society and the club is nothing else but a reflection of this trait,” Gorostiza – whose side face Real Madrid on Saturday – told an interview with Reuters and cited by Football Espana.“We don’t have any policy in the club and this all happened naturally, we haven’t pushed it. Whenever we employ someone the only thing we look for in candidates is quality. We look for ability and worthiness without considering gender.“I cannot deny the evidence that today being a woman in a position of business responsibility still exposes you to certain attitudes which are never applied to men, but that is changing and those attitudes will disappear eventually.“I prefer not to give any importance to these incidents or enter into details. Things end up falling into place and you have to do things as naturally as possible.Barcelona play the kind of football De Ligt wantsMatch Preview: Eibar vs Barcelona Boro Tanchev – May 19, 2019 Barcelona travel to Eibar on Sunday afternoon for the last round of the 2018-19 La Liga campaign.“We’ve never aspired to be an example in this or any aspect, we just do what we believe.“But if there are other clubs and organisations that believe that there are some things they can learn from us that’s great, and we feel proud about that.”Eibar’s Patricia Rodriguez is the only female CEO in La Liga also spoke of the difficulties which her gender has brought her in football.“It was not easy. In my first months, when I spoke, sometimes my opinion was not heard as much as that of my male colleagues,” Rodriguez said in the same Reuters feature.“I had to make an effort to show people my work and achieve my targets at the club. I had to show I can do the same amount of work or be better than my male colleagues. But now I can say that all my colleagues behave normally with me.”last_img read more