5 Myths You Need to Know About Hybrid Cloud

first_imgHybrid cloud offers the best of both worlds. It combines the benefits of public cloud – agility and low costs – with the control, performance and security of a private cloud. This has huge potential to help businesses, but many still struggle to understand what a true hybrid cloud really is.To help, I’ve debunked the top five myths surrounding hybrid clouds.Myth 1: Private + Public = HybridSimply having both cloud infrastructures in place does not give you a true hybrid cloud. In fact, you could end up having the benefits of neither and the risks of both. When moving secure data to the public cloud it’s easy to go against data protection laws and the migration of apps from public to private clouds can lead to unexpected costs. Having a true hybrid cloud means controlling your workloads, storage and network resources in a way that limits risk and increases productivity.Myth 2: Hybrid Clouds are Complex and Hard to BuildUtilising fully engineered solutions reduces complexity and enables choice – choice in the technology upon which the hybrid cloud is standardised – VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack – and choice in the public clouds companies’ on premise private clouds can interoperate with. An engineered solution speeds three critical elements of development: 1) end-to-end integration and testing to ensure all components work together, 2) use of converged infrastructure to dramatically simplify the delivery and deployment, and 3) pre-defined blueprints for services with workflows to automate provisioning through a self-service portal.Myth 3: Public Cloud is the Most Cost-Effective Option Once you have taken into consideration governance, risk and compliance concerns, a hybrid cloud model actually has a lower total cost of ownership. It’s easy to violate local or global data protection regulation when placing data or workloads in the public cloud. Laws and local requirements vary across markets, and some are so complex that businesses avoid the public cloud all together. Therefore you may want to choose a private cloud for more sensitive workloads. In Germany for example the rules are particularly strict when it comes to how data is stored and processed. The key lies in your public and private cloud working in harmony, delivering the advantages of each to the workloads that need them the most.Myth 4: You Lose All Control of Data in the CloudWhile some aggressive cloud players can make it hard to extract or migrate your data, a properly orchestrated hybrid cloud environment allows you to retain control. A well-run hybrid cloud can rapidly deliver public and private resources, providing control and visibility to IT departments and the on-demand self-service that developers and application users expect.Myth 5: It’s Hard to Determine which Applications are Right for Cloud Organisations are often hindered by complex IT infrastructure interdependencies, as well as an incomplete inventory of their IT assets and their relationships to business applications. With just a spreadsheet and no disciplined methodology, it can be nearly impossible to accurately assess application suitability, much less placement in the correct cloud architecture. Experts who use automated platforms for data collection and analysis can provide a comprehensive view of the application portfolio and determine whether you should migrate, consolidate, modernize, or sunset applications.I hope this has helped clear up some aspects of hybrid cloud that are frequently misunderstood. The opportunity is just too great to ignore. So are you ready to make the most of what hybrid cloud has to offer?Tweet me @dinkoerorlast_img read more

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Woman found dead in Suburban West Palm Beach

first_imgThe Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating the death of a woman found Tuesday as a homicide.The victim was discovered in the 6800 block of Torch Key Street around 3:30 am.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that they have identified a male suspect.Neither the name of the victim or the suspect have been released at this time.BSO’s Violent Crimes Division is continuing to investigate the incident.last_img

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High turnout on Saturday morning for Letterkenny Parkrun – Pic Special

first_imgA large number of runners took part in this week’s Letterkenny Parkrun. Congrats to Helen McCloskey who ran her 27th Parkrun today.Helen has just retired from her post as Chief Medical scientist of the Microbiology Laboratory at Letterkenny University Hospital where she worked for past 36 years.McCloskey is now a regular Saturday morning Park runner and volunteer and is aiming for 50th Parkrun milestone. The organisers would also like to thank all those who contributed on May 18.Letterkenny Parkrun is free to enter with parking free until 11am. The 5k starts at 09.30 and you can walk, jog or run and then enjoy a tea or coffee in the vestry afterwards.Everyone is welcome.Photos from Peadar McDaid below. High turnout on Saturday morning for Letterkenny Parkrun – Pic Special was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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South Africa ‘can tough out the crisis’

first_imgThis, Motlanthe reminded his audience, was “an economy in decline, with high debt and high unemployment. It was an isolated state with few diplomatic and trading partners in the world. The largest contribution to GDP came from the extraction industries, with little or no manufacturing footprint to speak of. The social condition of the country was in absolute dire straits as a consequence of apartheid policies.” “Close to 60% of our exports were destined for the US, EU and Japan, and the contraction of demand in those economies is going to have a direct impact on our manufacturers and the labour they employ. The decline in commodity demand and prices also has a negative impact on those sectors in South Africa.” SAinfo reporter “We envisage a strong public sector investment in infrastructure projects – valued at around US$69-billion – in transport, construction, roads, ports, energy and ICT over three years to be a major stimulus to growth and development. This will be funded from the state and does not depend on borrowing. On the domestic front, South Africa was in a “difficult but very different” position to other emerging economies, Motlanthe said. The government was working with the manufacturing sector to develop sustainable support programmes, such as the one recently introduced for the ailing automotive sector. No country will escape the effects of the global financial crisis, with the IMF expecting the lowest growth in 60 years and the ILO projecting 50-million job losses globally, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday. At the same time, South Africa remains a global leader in the resources sector, and the government’s industrial policy will seek to enhance beneficiation, with special emphasis on labour-intensive sectors and on diversifying competition. It was critical, however, that South Africa, and the global community, “absorb the lessons from this experience”. “The large investment into the 2010 Fifa World Cup for stadiums and related infrastructure is also on track and not dependent on borrowing. The economy today At the same time, the President said, it would be a mistake “to retreat and become protectionist. The developing world is our best chance for recovery, and in this regard the terms of engagement between the developed and developing world needs to be revisited. The Doha development round of talks should be prioritized for conclusion on terms that are just, equitable and development oriented. By contrast, Motlanthe said, the South Africa of today was an integrated and responsible member of the global community, enjoying preferential market access into traditional markets like the EU and US, but also into emerging poles of demand like India and China. The President was addressing a dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where world business and political leaders have gathered against the backdrop of an extremely gloomy global economic outlook. While it would not be easy, however, South Africa had survived more difficult times than these, Motlanthe said, referring to the state of the economy inherited from the former apartheid state in 1994. The economy of the country had, since 1994, been transformed through fundamental macroeconomic reforms that had enabled the majority of South Africans to participate in the mainstream economy. Massive state investment “We need more transparency and accountability – especially due to the deeply integrated nature of the world economy today. We also need to ensure that all nations are involved in this process as the time has passed where a few nations can dictate to the many.” 30 January 2009 South Africa’s social and economic recovery had been achieved through sound fiscal management, and consistent and coherent policy formulation and implementation – and the same approach “will ensure that we emerge from this global economic crisis.” “Though our banking system escaped turmoil internally, their global operating environment has been all but decimated, with very little capital available for investment. “We have also encouraged our development finance institutions to use their very healthy balance sheets to invest in projects where traditional credit is no longer available.” “Though growth figures have to be revised, we are confident that we could realise 4% growth if we implement our programmes of actions properly,” Motlanthe said. In the global context, Motlanthe said, it was critical for the world community to agree on new and higher standards of global governance, particularly in the financial arena. At the same, Motlanthe said, the government was optimistic about the country’s ability to “ride out the tough period ahead”. “Now is a very good time to position and prepare for the upswing,” the President said. “The African continent has been the least affected by the global financial crisis. The new global economic order must see Africa at the centre and not on the periphery.” New world order Industry support programmes All countries would be affected negatively by the crisis, though to different degrees, Motlanthe said, noting that South Africa had already been affected in a number of ways. “Today, we are debt free and over 70% of GDP is now derived from manufacturing and services. Direct mining now contributes around 6% to GDP. We have created 3-million new jobs since 2004,” Motlanthe said – while admitting that the country had “a long way to go still in the area of unemployment.” “I am certain that the world economy will not be same again – even after recovery. There will be a new order, and we hope that this development is embraced constructively by the developed world.” The economy inherited from apartheid Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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TelePresence: meetings without travel

first_img14 October 2009South African telecommunications operator Neotel has launched the first TelePresence facility in Africa, making a virtual “public room” available for businesses to interact with their global counterparts.TelePresence, which uses Cisco technology, integrates advanced audio, high-definition video and interactive elements to deliver “a virtual meeting experience that feels real”.Neotel says it has introduced the value-added service in response to continued global economic pressures resulting in organisations looking for ways to cut down on overseas corporate travelling in particular.“The launch of this TelePresence facility is in line with Tata Communications’ global strategy to launch more of these facilities across the globe this year,” Neotel MD Ajay Pandey said in a statement late last month.By working closely with Tata Communications, Neotel is able to tap into their global network, providing South Africans with true global connectivity.“We see this as a wonderful opportunity to enable our customers’ businesses by providing them with access to a solution that will streamline operations and reduce travel time and associated costs,” Pandey said.Reducing business costsIn a recent report, research firm Gartner predicted that, due to the current world economic crisis, high-definition based video meeting solutions would negatively affect the global travel industry.Locally, businesses are looking to reduce operational costs and are reducing their travel budgets significantly, says Neotel.TelePresence creates the perception that the different parties are sitting in the same room, having a face-to-face meeting, without having to travel to the meeting.“This means the effective use of this technology will save time and money,” said Pandey. “The business case associated with TelePresence is phenomenal.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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After Effects Video Tutorial: Creating a Self-Animating Clock

first_img8Duplicate and recolor the new layer. Pickwhip the new layer rotation to the old layer rotation add: /60 Then, resize. 3Create the face of the clock using an ellipse path on a shape layer. 1Create a new hour-long composition.  4Create a new small rectangle and move to the top of the clock. Add a repeater to create 12 copies that rotate 30 degrees each. 9Duplicate the minute hand to create an hour hand. Pickwhip the rotation of the hour hand to the minute hand and add: /12 6Make a new red rectangle for the seconds hand. Move the rectangle so that it is positioned around the middle of the clock correctly.  5Add a drop shadow to all 3 elements. 7Edit the rotation of the second hand and add the expression:time*(360/60) 2Create a new solid for the background. Create a self-animating functional clock in After Effects using expressions.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a virtual “analog style” clock in After Effects that doesn’t use any keyframes. The technique is very useful if you are trying to make a self-animating clock. Fundamentals covered include:The “value +” expressionPick-whipping expressionsAdding a shape layer repeaterThis tutorial will save you a lot of time if you are used to animating clocks manually. Instead of setting keyframes, with a few quick expressions the whole process can be completely hands-off.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects, please comment below!last_img read more

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Your Effort and Pulling Your Results Forward In Time

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now If you make 20 calls a day, you will have dialed 100 numbers in the course of a week. In a month with four weeks, you will have dialed 400 numbers, even if it would be an enormous mistake to dial 400 numbers once, believing that you are prospecting. Over the course of a year, 220 working days, you will dial the phone 4,400 times. Your results will follow your effort.Speed to ResultTo make a point, imagine that dialing the phone 4,400 times is what is necessary for you to hit your goals and max out your compensation plan. You would know what you need to do, and you might be willing to put forth the effort necessary to achieve that goal and that level of income—even if most would not, as only a few are genuinely money motivated.If 4,400 calls guaranteed your goals, you would not have to make those calls over the course of a year. If you wanted to, you could make 40 dials a day, compressing the time it takes you to reach your goals to half the time it might have taken. You could pull the results you want forward in time, creating opportunities faster, and producing the results you want sooner.The results you produce are in part the result of your effectiveness and in part the result of your effort. While both your effectiveness and your effort act as a governor on your results, your effort is a variable that is within your control. You can pull the results you want forward in time by increasing the effort, the energy, and the focus you invest in pursuing those results.You Determine the TimeAll things being equal, dialing the phone 80 times a day would allow you to dial the 4,4400 numbers in just 55 days. And 55 dials reduces the time to 80 working days.There is no good reason to dial the phone 20 times a day, and an especially bad reason to do so is that your sales manager requires you to do so. That goal is entirely arbitrary, having nothing whatsoever to with what is reasonable, what you are capable of, or the results you are pursuing. The goal is there only because your company wants some level of activity—and mostly because they fear you will respond negatively to a higher number.You can give 20 dials to your company if you want to, but a better way to think about your effort is determining what number you want for yourself.Are you the kind of person that is going to let someone else set an arbitrary goal or requirement when that number is not going to provide you with what you want?Are you the kind of person who does the minimal work necessary, accepting an average result. Are you the kind that scrapes by instead of what you are truly capable of?You don’t have to wait to produce the results you want when your effort would allow you to have the result sooner. You don’t have to do what is acceptable when it isn’t acceptable to you, and when it isn’t going to serve you. There is never to base your standard on what other people accept. You don’t have to be one of the people that produce average results by doing what most people do and settling for what they accept.If the number of calls bothers you, let me remind you that you don’t work in a coal mine, and you are not bailing hay in the hot, summer sun. It’s unlikely you will ever develop a blister or a callus on your dialing finger.The difference between the top performers and the average is that top performers produce greater results in the same time. A large part of the variable that closes that gap is your effort.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Ronjan Sodhi is ready to shoot for gold in double trap

first_imgRonjan Singh Sodhi spent valuable time at practice on the eve of his double trap event at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Wednesday.In terms of sheer consistency, Ronjan has been in top form for almost four years after taking over the mantle in this event from Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Having equalled the world record scores at a major meet and then shot gold in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Ronjan is aware what the expectations from him are.In shooting, a lot of the indoor events, rifle and pistol, where conditions are standardised, are quite predictable. However, outdoor conditions make double trap more exciting. Light conditions can change, and so can the wind and even rain, but nothing stops the marksmen from shooting this event.People are talking about “huge pressure” on Ronjan as this is his first Olympics. However, on Wednesday, as the champion trained under the watchful eyes of Moraaad Ali Khan, he looked composed.”I think Ronjan is fully composed and understands there is no point getting flustered before the biggest competition in the world. I am happy with the way he has prepared and hope for the best,” said coach Moraad, who finally got an accreditation badge after waiting for almost a week.In Guangzhou, when Ronjan shot gold, it was truly a dominant effort against the best in Asia. Now, having lost 25kg and made technical adjustments as well with his gun, Ronjan will be competing against Walton Eller from the USA, the defending champion, on Thursday.In Beijing, Weller set an Olympic finals record of 190 hits. However, since then, the American has reached only one ISSF final in 12 events.Others who could also shoot well in difficult conditions include Joshua Richmond of the USA, ranked number one in the ISSF world ranking.Compared to the pistol and rifle events, in double trap, it’s all about how soon the shooter finds rhythm. Unless you have nerves of steel and the heart to shoot down the orange clay targets in a quick reaction time, the event can get over even before it starts.”Ronjan has trained very hard for the Olympics and all the training stints in Italy should stand him in good stead,” added Moraad.advertisementlast_img read more

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