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Moving Disaster Recovery to the Cloud – When Does it Make Sense?

first_imgIf a business faces a disaster scenario and no longer has access to their data, it is imperative for companies to to be able to recover their data. According to a recent ESG research report, 40% of customers surveyed said they use their cloud infrastructure for disaster recovery.[1] Disaster Recovery (DR) in a traditional data center can be expensive, inefficient, and complex. Dell EMC, working with VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS), can simplify these complexities through flexibility, scalability, integration, and automation to empower data owners for quick, efficient, and cost effective data recovery.Hans Ammitzbøll, Business Development Manager from Dell EMC, Henry Axelrod, Solutions Architect & Storage Specialist from AWS, and Adam Osterholt, Principal Cloud System Engineer for VMware CloudTM on AWS from VMware, recently presented about the current capabilities of the VMware CloudTM on AWS and how Dell EMC provides exceptional data protection solutions by combining market-leading technologies and easy-to-use management.Customers worldwide trust Dell EMC’s cloud-optimized data protection solutions and AWS to provide a secure cloud infrastructure. A key service that AWS offers for DR workloads is the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which are virtual servers hosted on AWS cloud. This AWS offering enables customers to easily scale up or down, pay only for what they use, and provides instance types for virtually every workload and business need.VMware CloudTM on AWS is an integrated cloud offering developed by AWS and VMware that delivers a highly scalable and secure service that allows organizations to seamlessly migrate and extend their on-premises VMware VMs to the AWS Cloud running on Amazon EC2 infrastructure. Customers can spin up an entire VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) in a couple of hours, and scale host capacity up and down in minutes. When a customer needs to extend their on-premises data protection to VMware CloudTM on AWS, there are four typical use cases: data center extension, DR, cloud migrations, and next-gen applications. VMware CloudTM on AWS is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation™, a unified SDDC platform that integrates VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN™ and NSX™ virtualization technologies to provide access to the broad range of AWS services. Together, they offer customers a SDDC with the functionality, elasticity, and security customers have come to expect from the AWS Cloud and various offerings. It allows companies to run applications on the cloud without expensive refactoring of code, increase the value of their enterprise applications by giving them access to a broad range of AWS services for integrated application modernization, and capitalize on cloud agility and scale in an operationally consistent and familiar way.Dell EMC has partnered with VMware to deliver the first data protection solution for VMware CloudTM on AWS. With Dell EMC’s enterprise-grade data protection, companies can leverage the same data protection solution of VMware CloudTM workloads as they use for their on-premises workloads. Using one solution to protect hybrid cloud workloads simplifies data management and lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO). The Dell EMC data protection solution also provides customer integration with on-premises data protection, simplifying administration and enabling best-in-class deduplication and automated operations to lower cloud consumption costs.Dell EMC also leverages AWS to provide modern DR of virtualized workloads to lower the costs of legacy brick and mortar DR sites. With Cloud DR, organizations can protect their on-premises backup data residing on Data Domain using Data Protection Suite or through the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). This is accomplished by transferring metadata and backing up data securely and efficiently into AWS S3 for VMware DR scenarios while taking advantage of agility and cost effectiveness of cloud object storage. Cloud DR requires minimal footprint in AWS as well as minimal compute cycles, enabling a DR solution at minimal cost. In the event of a disaster, the workloads can be run directly in AWS, or recovered to VMware CloudTM on AWS.  This provides companies with a unique benefit as no backup and recovery infrastructure is needed for AWS recovery.Cloud DR adds value to existing on-premises Dell EMC data protection. Customers can now protect their workloads in AWS S3, and then recover to VMware CloudTM VMs with Cloud DR from Dell EMC. In just 3 clicks to failover, and 2 clicks to failback, Dell EMC enables easy and complete orchestrated DR. Recovery of VMs on VMware CloudTM requires no data conversion and provides rapid recovery of VM images from Amazon S3 using intra-region network where customers can recover VMs in minutes. This solution is also simple to operate, so customers can use familiar on-prem UI and have direct in-cloud access, monitoring, and reporting.There are cost benefits associated with deploying DR in this manner. Its efficient architecture allows customers to extend their on-premise data protection with minimal cloud cost and footprint, while eliminating DR data center costs. Specifically, customers have the option to provision VMware CloudTM’s SDDC on-demand when recovery is needed for cost efficiency. Resources within the cloud are only spun up if the primary data center is not available. This is much less expensive than having hardware up and running constantly within the public cloud.  The resources are then decommissioned when no longer needed. All cloud DR orchestration features are available in both Standard and Advanced deployment models.In today’s data environment, customers require data integrity and flexibility in their data protection solutions. If a disaster happens, quick, efficient, and low-cost recovery is business critical. Together, VMware, AWS, and Dell EMC create a powerful cloud backup and recovery solution. Allowing customers to deploy and scale the right-sized cloud data protection no matter where their data lives can save time and money while reducing their cloud footprint. Dell EMC Data Protection cloud solutions natively tier up to 100 PB of logical capacity to the cloud and can be deployed through Amazon’s cloud marketplace. These solutions protect various workloads including traditional and cloud IaaS / PaaS workloads. They also offer multiple cloud use cases and help reduce monthly in-cloud data protection costs by 50% or more. This is just another example of how Dell EMC, VMware, and AWS are better together.To learn more: https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/data-protection/cloud.htm#scroll=offAdditional ResourcesClick here to watch an On Demand recording of the webinarClick here for Implementing a Sound Multi-Cloud Strategy blogClick here on How Dell EMC and VMware Simplify, Automate, and Protect your OrganizationClick here on how Dell EMC offers data protection in a multi-cloud worldClick here to read what Data Protection Strategies Dell EMC has for a multi-cloud world using VxRail[1] ESG Research Report, Data Protection Cloud Strategies, December 2016last_img read more

London’s New Miss Saigon Eyeing Broadway Transfer

first_img Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever. View Comments Why not, God? Why not? Mega producer Cameron Mackintosh is toying with bringing the new London production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon to Broadway next year. According to The New York Times, the decision depends on theater availability and critical reception across the pond. The West End revival, now in previews, is set to open on May 21 at the Prince Edward Theatre. The tuner would reportedly play Toronto first prior to coming to the Great White Way (much like the current Broadway revival of Les Miserables). Mackintosh, whose musical blockbuster credits include Les Miz, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, told the Times that while plans at this time are “only speculative gossip,” he would consider bringing the tuner to both cities “if it proves to be the success it’s shaping up to be.” He added, noting various scheduled international projects and the technical demands that the production requires (namely, a helicopter), “lining up a theater and production slot is going to be very difficult.” The current London production, under the direction of Laurence Connor, stars Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer; joining them are Kwang-Ho Hong, Tamsin Carroll, Hugh Maynard and Rachelle Ann Go. The original production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991 and ran for ten years.last_img read more

Giant Borssele III&IV offshore wind farm begins sending first electricity into Dutch power grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:The Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm produced first power early in the morning on 7 August, the Blauwwind consortium informs.The first of 77 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW wind turbines was installed at the project site in the Dutch part of the North Sea in May. At the end of July, TenneT announced that the 700 MW Borssele Beta high voltage offshore platform, connecting Borssele III & IV and Borssele V offshore wind farms to the Dutch grid, was ready for use.At the moment, 36 wind turbines are in place at the Borssele III & IV site. After undergoing further initial tests in the coming weeks, it is expected that one additional turbine will become operational per day, Blauwwind said.The offshore wind farm, with a total installed capacity of 731.5 MW, is scheduled to be completed in October 2020 and commissioned in 2021.Total expected energy production from the Borssele III & IV is 3,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year. The offshore wind farm will supply clean, renewable energy to 825,000 households, accounting for up to 2.3 per cent of the total Dutch electricity demand.The 731.5 MW Borssele III & IV wind farm is owned and developed by the Blauwwind consortium. The consortium comprises Partners Group (45%), Shell (20%), DGE (15%), Eneco Group (10%), and Van Oord (10%), with the latter also being the balance of plant (BoP) contractor.[Adrijana Buljan]More: Borssele III & IV produces first power Giant Borssele III&IV offshore wind farm begins sending first electricity into Dutch power gridlast_img read more

Packers’ Jimmy Graham says he’s going to ‘shut a lot of people up’ this season

first_img AJ McCarron injury update: Texans backup QB (thumb) could miss preseason Jimmy Graham is ready to prove his doubters wrong.The 32-year-old tight end struggled in his first year with the Packers but told reporters this week he’s planning to have a bounce-back season in 2019. J.J. Watt participates in Packers tradition, breaks kid’s bike in process Aaron Rodgers reveals distaste for joint practices after Packers-Texans spat “We’re always talking about the future,” Graham said. “On the field and off the field, talking about what’s next.”Graham added he’s excited to play in Matt LaFleur’s offense. The Packers hired LaFleur in January after firing long-time coach Mike McCarthy following a Week 13 loss to the Cardinals.“This is an offense where they match up a lot of formations, and the run to the pass. And for me, that’s all good,” Graham said. “And, they like to use the tight end quite a bit. I think we’ve got a dynamic group of tight ends and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young kids. I’m excited to see what we’re going to do this year. I really am. “I’ve been focused and I’m ready to get this thing started, obviously,” Graham said, via the Wisconsin State Journal. “We have four more weeks here (in training camp), but I’m about as fired up as I’ve ever been to go and shut a lot of people up.”Graham, a five-time Pro Bowl player, caught 55 passes for 636 yards and just two touchdowns in 16 games for Green Bay last season. He said he has been discussing his role with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Related News “Everybody thinks I’m old and slow now, so, we’ll see what happens.”The Packers will begin the preseason Thursday against the Texans.last_img read more

Best Fantasy Week 15 Waiver Pickups: Injuries to Derrius Guice, DeVante Parker, Josh Jacobs, more affect playoff adds

first_imgBreshad Perriman, WR, Buccaneers. Mike Evans left Sunday’s game in the first half due to a hamstring injury, which sounds like something that Tampa Bay won’t push with the season a lost cause. Perriman would step into the No. 2 WR role behind Chris Godwin if Evans is out next week. He was already trending upward in usage, and he finished three catches for 70 yards and a score in Week 14 (four targets). Deeper leaguers should also take note of Justin Watson, as he saw work and caught a TD with Evans out, too. Watson finished with five catches (eight targets) for 59 yards and that score.Russell Gage, WR, Falcons. With Calvin Ridley exiting early in Week 14, Gage has a chance to see more work in Week 15. He scored in Week 13 when Julio Jones was out, and given his increase in targets lately, he seems to be a trusted target of Matt Ryan. He didn’t do much in Week 14, possibly because the game was in hand by the time Ridley got hurt, and with a tough matchup in Week 15 against the 49ers, he won’t have an easy time then either. But he should get looks if Ridley is out, and that’s half the battle, especially in PPR leagues. For plenty more waiver wire/free agent suggestions, including additional injury fill-ins and QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 15 list. It was an injury-filled start to the fantasy football playoffs, as key players Mike Evans, DeVante Parker, Derrius Guice, Mark Andrews, and Calvin Ridley (among others) exited early — and Josh Jacobs didn’t even play. The primary backups for all of these players (Breshad Perriman, Allen Hurns, Adrian Peterson, Hayden Hurst, Russell Gage, DeAndre Washington) figure to be among the top Week 15 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds, pending early-week injury updates. With all those injuries, our full free agent list is loaded with potential contributors for the second round of the fantasy playoffs. Not only do we have injury fill-ins and a few breakouts (Raheem Mostert, Darius Slayton, and Cole Beasley just keep on clicking; Ian Thomas stepped up as expected; Boston Scott broke out unexpectedly), but we also have potential streams at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST (look for those at the end of the list). Every matchup and lineup choice should be scrutinized at this point in the season — even kicker. (Check out our Week 15 kicker rankings if you actually believe kicker matchups should be scrutnized.) MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsAnd because we’re at “this point in the season”, there’s no reason to hold back your waiver claims. If you need a player, go get him. If you think your opponent might a player, go get that player, too. It’s all about surviving and advancing, so do whatever it takes. There are obviously plenty of worthwhile candidates this week, regardless of your team needs. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 15Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders. Josh Jacobs has reportedly been playing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7, and he was finally forced to miss a game because of it. Washington handled lead-back duties in his absence in Week 14, rushing 14 times for 53 yards and a score and adding another six catches for 43 yards. Jalen Richard had seven carries and two catches for 46 total yards, but it was clear Washington was the primary back, including along the goal line. If Jacobs continues to miss games, Washington has legit standard-league and PPR value against the Jaguars in Week 15 and Chargers in Week 16. Richard has some PPR appeal, but Washington actually stays in on more passing downs than Jacobs did, so Richard would likely need a touchdown to really pay off most weeks.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAdrian Peterson, RB, Redskins. Derrius Guice was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and Peterson almost immediately ran for a one-yard touchdown afterward. He finished the game with 76 yards on 20 carries, and, while not efficient, proves Peterson can still produce with enough volume. If Guice is out in Week 15, Peterson should get a full carry load against a pretty stout Eagles’ run defense, but he’ll still be in the FLEX conversation because of the guaranteed touches. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAllen Hurns, WR, Dolphins. DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson were concussed in Week 14, paving the way for other Miami receivers to step up. Isaiah Ford actually had the biggest day, catching six-of-nine targets for 92 yards, but given his lack of usage prior to this week, we expect Hurns to be the No. 1 receiver if both Parker and Wilson miss next week. He caught five-of-seven targets for 68 yards against the Jets, and he has another great matchup with the Giants on tap. MORE WEEK 15: Full waiver wirelast_img read more