I have been working with companies on their IT strategies long enough to remember the calls to “get out of the data center game.” Not that long ago, many were convinced that a pure public cloud model would win out. Now, even hyperscalers are embracing the hybrid cloud by launching cloud appliances designed to run in their customers’ data centers.This makes sense when you consider the forces pushing companies to the hybrid cloud. The “three laws of the cloud” that VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger articulated – the laws of the physics, laws of economics, and laws of the land – have driven companies to keep a substantial portion of IT on-premises. Hyperscalers, realizing this, now view the data center as the next frontier for winning share.Essentially, the focus of debate has evolved from “should you have a hybrid cloud?” into deeper and more interesting territory. Now, the real questions are “where should you place your workloads?” and “what infrastructure should you trust to support your essential data and applications?”Let’s examine that last question. Here are some principles to apply when evaluating hybrid cloud infrastructure.Avoid one-size-fits-all solutionsWhen it comes to your private cloud, details definitely matter. Be sure to get the full picture when evaluating your infrastructure choices.Be aware that one-size-fits-all solutions in the industry are architected differently from traditional data center solutions. For example, in the case of hyperscalers, resiliency is built into the software layer so apps keep working regardless of failing servers. While this works in hyperscale environments, the messy reality is many of your apps aren’t architected that way. Taking existing, one-size-fits-all hyperscale technology and software, packaging it up and establishing a presence within your data center is very different from crafting a solution to meet your specific app requirements.The cloud appliance model is certainly a compelling vision for the hyperscalers. They can take existing technology and software, package it up, and establish a presence within their customers’ data centers. They can capture more data, more workloads. This does not, of course, mean that these appliances will meet your needs.In the public cloud, hyperscalers have taken a generic, one-size-fits-all approach. The path to value in the data center, however, has always been to customize deeply to meet specific requirements. The two challenges are worlds apart. Ultimately, hyperscalers are unable to provide the adaptation and flexibility that is often critical to getting performance and results.Prioritize choice and controlCompanies are already challenged to orchestrate their complex infrastructure. When cloud appliance offerings force them to give up flexibility and oversight, they make it harder to design and run an effective hybrid cloud. You need more control and choice, not less.The Dell Technologies Cloud (DTC) offers you the freedom to choose the right mix of private, public cloud, and edge cloud for your business. You can also extend your hybrid cloud to a broad spectrum of 4200 cloud providers, including all the leading hyperscalers. Our cloud supports containerization, including Kubernetes, as well as deep support for virtualization so your developers can use the model that’s right for them.We also understand the need for consumption models that meet your business needs. With Dell Technologies Cloud, you can choose between on-demand subscription and pay-outright models or a combination of both. You can choose the level of flexibility you require, choosing between a fully-managed, hands-off operating model or one in which you maintain full control of your infrastructure.Discover what you can do with the Dell Technologies CloudIf you are like most companies, you need to strengthen your edge computing capabilities and find ways to manage more distributed data centers. You need to simplify, protect, and optimize your data and infrastructure. You need help automating management challenges like backups, disaster recovery, and compliance while ensuring consistent security profiles across workloads.That is what Dell Technologies delivers, including advanced HCI platforms, proven validated designs, and deep integration with VMware. Our portfolio of connected solutions makes it easy and simple to create a hybrid cloud that is secure, automated, and simple to manage. We offer the most complete set of infrastructure choices, including support for PowerMax and Dell EMC UnityXT, enabling you to build and scale your compute network in a way that makes sense for your business.With Dell EMC and the Dell Technologies Cloud, you get the reliability and performance you need, without sacrificing the ease of use and simplicity that attracted you to the cloud in the first place. If you want to see what the future looks like, take Dell Technologies Cloud for a spin today.Follow us at @DellTechCloud.
Press Association New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis felt his side just did not get the breaks after they lost 1-0 at Norwich. “You have to take your chances. We did not have the breaks today,” said Pulis, whose appointment was confirmed just ahead of the Hull game. “How the hell (Norwich defender Sebastien) Bassong gets that (clearance) over the crossbar from there, it was unbelievable, and then the kid who stops Barry’s shot from going in with his header, Cameron had a really good chance, so we have had the opportunities. “But I can’t fault their work-rate, they gave it everything, but you need a break and we did not get that.” Sunderland’s goalless draw at Aston Villa pushed Palace back to the bottom of the table, but they are not yet cast adrift ahead as the south London outfit prepare for key home games against West Ham and then Cardiff. “There are certain clubs we cannot compete with, and there are others we have to compete with so against those you have to give a performance,” added Pulis, who left Stoke at the end of last season. “We have come away from home and done that because we dictated the game for long periods. “The quality at times, I was very pleased with. “But it is going to be tough. We have a mountain to climb in a lot of respects, but it is not the first time I have been in this position.” Hughton’s role, meanwhile, has come under scrutiny following inconsistent results on the back of a £20million summer spending spree. The Norwich manager, though, felt his side – hit by injuries to key midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass last week – produced the required response. “It feels like a big win for us,” Hughton said. “We played very well in the first half and scored a good goal, but we knew they would come back. “It is never comfortable viewing when you look at the league table and you are in a position you do not want to be in, so whatever places we have jumped tonight is a nice feeling.” England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, signed from Birmingham, was the instigator of the goal for Hooper, with a determined run down the right before Johan Elmander swept the ball into the penalty area. It dropped through to Wes Hoolahan at the far post, and he squared it for Hooper to roll the ball into the net. “I was pleased with his overall performance,” said Hughton of the striker signed from Celtic in a £5million deal. “He is getting stronger and fitter after missing the first few weeks of the season and his overall contribution was good, so I am really pleased for him.” Irish playmaker Hoolahan made his first Premier League start of the season. Hughton said: “There is no doubt his best position is more central and for this season so far I have looked at other options, with two up front. “It has been tougher for Wes, but the feeling we have for him is the same because he is a super player and has just lost out on some choices by myself. “He has been frustrated, but he has handled it very well and trains very well every day.” There was even a cameo for disgruntled Norwich forward Luciano Becchio, reprimanded by Hughton after speaking out over lack of opportunities, sent on with 11 minutes to go. “You want players to be knocking your door down, wanting to play, and the door is never closed,” Hughton said. “The moment somebody thinks it is not their time and they are not going to be playing then something happens, but that is part and parcel of the game.” Gary Hooper’s goal on 30 minutes proved enough to give the Canaries a much-needed victory, which handed under-pressure Chris Hughton some breathing space following seven Barclays Premier League defeats before Saturday afternoon. However, the Eagles – boosted by last weekend’s away win at Hull – were probably worth a point, particularly for their second-half efforts, and had seen a shot from Barry Bannan headed onto the crossbar by Norwich defender Martin Olsson while, with just a couple of minutes left, Cameron Jerome missed his kick when in front of goal.
While most of the USC student population was on spring break, the USC women’s water polo team was hard at work rebounding from a tough finish to the Barbara Kalbus Invitational in which they fell to No. 1 Stanford 9-3 in the championship match.Senior utility Hayley McKelvey prepares to make a pass. Courtesy of John McGillen, USC Athletics.Staring down three top 10 matches over 10 days, the Trojans had a rather daunting task ahead of them with back-to-back home matches against No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 5 Hawai’i before traveling once again to take on Hawai’i in Honolulu.In their home opener at Uytengsu Aquatics Center, the Trojans proved dominant against the Anteaters by a 13-7 margin and later defeated the Rainbow Wahine 12-7. Thanks to 6 total goals over the course of the home stand from superstar freshman Paige Hauschild, a strong combined effort from keepers junior Amanda Longan and senior Victória Chamorro and an incredible 4-goal first half performance from sophomore utility Maud Megens, the third-ranked Trojans headed into spring break looking like an incredibly formidable squad from top to bottom.In Honolulu, USC managed to dominate play against the nation’s fifth-ranked squad. The spring break destination provided no break for the Trojans as they went to work defeating Hawai’i 9-5. Hauschild, again, put up a hat trick for the Women of Troy while senior captain Brianna Daboub notched 2 goals of her own.Now, the Trojans prepare to face off against No. 17 Princeton as the two squads will hop in the Uytengsu pool on Thursday night. At this point, USC has more than recovered from its late February loss to the Cardinal and have begun to string together an impressive streak of wins. Using this momentum, the Women of Troy will prepare to take on a team that they dominated a year ago under similar conditions.Playing in Los Angeles, the top-ranked USC ladies dominated Princeton, leading by as many as 8 goals in the second period en route to a 12-3 final score. Megens, the star of the UC Irvine game, was on top of her game in last year’s matchup as she netted 5 goals on the day, including 3 in the first period alone.While the past year has brought plenty of change to both programs, many of the faces remain the same on both sides. Megens, Daboub, Longan and Chamorro all provided valuable performances in taking down the Tigers. On the other side, Princeton’s Haley Wan, who alone scored all 3 of the Tiger goals against USC in 2017, will be coming back to face the Trojans as a senior with 37 goals under her belt in 2018.As is the case with most games, USC will look to play its offense through Hauschild. Coming off her fourth MPSF Newcomer of the Week award Hauschild is on as hot a streak as any player in the nation. Averaging 2.57 goals per game, Hauschild leads the MPSF in that metric and has notched multi-goal games in 11 of 14 games this year.“For Paige, the sky is the limit,” USC head coach Jovan Vavic said of Hauschild earlier in the season. “I’m just excited to see how high she can go.”Thursday’s Princeton game will be the team’s first televised match of the season. Kicking off at 5 p.m., the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
I respond to every email I receive that requires a response, including responses to my Sunday newsletter. Email takes more of my time than I want it to, but it is still an important medium for communication. Because email isn’t my priority, and by that I mean something that needs to be completed in order to further my goals or projects, it needs to managed well. I go to inbox zero twice a week.First, I don’t live in my inbox. I don’t leave my email program open at all times because it isn’t where I do my work. My work is done in face-to-face meetings, on the telephone, or in Ulysses, the software program I use to write. By keeping my email closed, I am not distracted my new incoming email.Second, I look at my email three or four times a day. If you work for 90 minutes, you can complete a reasonably good amount of work on your most important project. A quick scan at the end of that period lets you check for anything urgent and ensures that you don’t miss anything. If something is really important, someone is going to call you. A quick look, a quick break, and you can go head down for another 90 minutes, or 45 minutes and a 45-minute meeting.Third, I respond to everything that needs an immediate response. That is far fewer emails than you might imagine. It’s something like one in twenty, mostly client-related email. A good portion of the email you get will be things that other people send you because they want you to be aware of something, most of which won’t impact you or your company or your biggest priorities. Much of what you want to respond to can simply wait.Much of your email deserves to wait. If you respond to it immediately and in real time, you are saying that whatever is in that email is more important than your most important priority. You are trading your greatest goal for the goal of answering email.On Wednesday mornings, I process my email, getting all five of my inboxes to zero, replying, archiving, and transferring tasks to my task manager. I repeat this process on Saturdays. In between, I live with a cluttered inbox, free from feeling guilty because I am dedicating my time and energy to my most important priorities.You are a knowledge worker who is living in the Information Age, a time of accelerating, disruptive change. One of the primary decisions you are going to be responsible for making is how you prioritize, and how you focus your attention and energy on meaningful, purposeful work.
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Initially, Matthews looked understandably out of sync. But as Matthews played on, he emerged as the difference-maker McMillan expected.While the stat line wasn’t spectacular — eight points, five rebounds and three assists — his impact was huge. The long shot he made with 3:57 to play extended Indiana’s lead to 92-82. And his second 3, with 2:15 left, gave Indiana a game-sealing 97-85 cushion.“He’ll take his shots, you see him, he struggled with his shot a little at the beginning but then he hits (two 3-pointers) toward the end that closes it out,” Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and eight assists. “That’s what he brings to the table.”Three other Indiana players reached double figures, including Myles Turner, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Thaddeus Young added 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker, who scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half when the Hornets attempted to rally from a 16-point halftime deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations THEY SAID ITHornets: “They’re one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the league,” Borrego said.Pacers: “I’m happy to see them, happy to see them playing well now. I don’t expect anything less than that,” Oladipo said on a conference call Monday morning.UP NEXTHornets: Hope to extend a 13-game winning streak over the Magic when they visit Orlando on Thursday.Pacers: Will chase a fifth consecutive home win against Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game — a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.“We thought he (Matthews) was great,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt has been a whirlwind week for the veteran guard, who was traded Thursday from Dallas to New York and was subsequently released. After clearing waivers Saturday, the Pacers announced Sunday they had signed Matthews.By Monday night, he wasn’t just wearing the blue-and-gold; he was starting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Walker scored half of the Hornets’ points during a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within 64-57 and then made 3 with 1:02 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 72-71.But Turner and Collison closed out the third with back-to-back baskets, Indiana scored the first eight points of the fourth and Matthews closed it out with his two big shots.“Everybody’s got to do their job,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Tonight we didn’t have all of our guys on board.”TIP-INSHornets: Walker has scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games. He also had nine rebounds. … Jeremy Lamb had 21 points and Cody Zeller added 18 points and nine rebounds while returning to his home state. … Tony Parker sat out with a sprained back. … The Hornets were 7 of 40 on 3s, 25 of 33 on free throws and shot a season-low 32.2 percent. … Charlotte lost the season series 2-1 and only has one series win since 2007-08.Pacers: The Pacers have won at least six straight three times this season, their highest single-season total since 2003-04. … McMillan moved within three wins of tying Isiah Thomas for No. 6 on the Pacers’ NBA franchise career victory list (131). … Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points. … The Pacers were outrebounded 21-5 on the offensive end but were only outscored 16-8 in second-chance points.FAST STARTIndiana never trailed after taking a 12-11 lead in the first quarter. But the fast starts have become a staple since losing their first four games without Oladipo.They charged out to a 32-19 lead after one, their fifth straight game with at least 30 points in the first quarter, and extended the margin to 39-19 early in the second.“It’s encouraging when you get out to good starts like this, but it’s really (all) defense,” Turner said. “I think we held them to 38 points in that first half.” 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews, center, goes for a loose ball against Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum, left, and Jeremy Lamb, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Indianapolis. 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EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 24: General view of the Breslin Student Event Center as the Michigan State Spartans play against the Santa Clara Broncos on November 24, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Michigan State lost to Illinois Saturday night, but at least one Spartans fan may have been too distracted to notice. The below video, which has now gone viral, shows a MSU supporter somewhat infatuated with the female standing in front of him in the stands. He seemingly can’t believe his eyes when he looks at her backside.Discreet, he is not. The below video seems appropriate.
Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. And while I’m at it, here’s the 6-month intraday. I was happy to the precious metals equities do well yesterday—in spite of the lousy price action of the underlying metals. But with the counterintuitive price action that we’ve seen so much of in these shares lately, I’m not prepared to read too much into yesterday’s positive closes. I guess my main concern is still the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver. Even though we’ve certainly had improvement after Monday and Tuesday’s price action, I doubt very much from looking at the charts that we’re done to the downside, although I’ll reserve judgement on that until I see tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report. As I write this paragraph, the London open is about twenty-five minutes away. All four precious metals rallied starting right at the 6 p.m. EST New York open yesterday evening but, once again, gold wasn’t allowed to get far above $1,200 before getting swatted down—and silver has been hugging the $16 spot price for about the past five hours. Platinum is up $19—and palladium is up $9 bucks. Net gold volume is just under 20,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 6,700 contracts. The dollar index, which had been down 5 basis points at one time, has really soared—and is now up 23 basis points in the last half hour or so. And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:30 a.m. EST, I see that all four precious metals have rallied starting about twenty minutes ago, which may have been an early London a.m. gold fix. Gold has now blasted up to $1,213 spot—and silver is at $16.195. Gold volume is now over 34,000 contracts—and climbing rapidly—as is silver’s volume, which is just north of 10,000 contracts. Platinum and palladium are on the rise again as well. The dollar spike I reported on earlier, has now been whittled down to a 7 basis point loss. Crude oil is up $1.22. I have no idea as to what might happen for the remainder of the Thursday session, but considering the price action I can see at the moment, nothing will surprise me when I check the charts after I roll out of bed later this morning. See you tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and then proceeded to chop higher in a very wide range. The HUI came to close to finishing on its high tick—up 5.27% on the day. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a bust, as no gold or silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. The only metal posted for delivery was 35 copper contracts. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that December gold open interest declined by 6 contracts, leaving the December o.i. balance at 765 contracts. Glancing at the silver numbers, December open interest declined by 79 contracts, most of which was the 72 deliveries posted for today that were reported in yesterday’s column. The December o.i. in silver is now down to 101 contracts. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—but there was a big withdrawal from SLV, as an authorized participant took out 2,011,401 troy ounces. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. Over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Tuesday, there was 20,736 troy ounces of gold reported received, but only 908 troy ounces shipped out. The link to that activity is here. In silver, only 963 troy ounces were received—and only 151,592 ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that activity is here. I have a decent number of stories again today, so I hope you find some in the list below that you like. A lot of these news items have to do with Russia, oil, the U.S. dollar, etc—and with Putin’s press conference at noon Moscow time today [4 a.m. EST this morning]—some, or all, what’s in these stories may no longer hold true. A standout feature to the gold and silver market on the COMEX has always been the concentrated short position of the 4 and 8 largest traders which are invariably in the commercial category. The concentrated short position is more pronounced and manipulative in silver, but both markets are characterized by the fact that the 8 largest shorts in each market usually comprise a larger net short position than the total commercial net short position. In other words, if the 8 largest shorts in COMEX silver and gold didn’t exist, there would be no total commercial net short position at all – there would be no headline number as we know it. Stated differently, without the 8 largest shorts in COMEX gold and silver, there would be a commercial net long position in each market. What’s interesting in COMEX gold (as I remarked about last week) is that the 8 largest shorts have not added to their dominant short position either this week or over the past 4 weeks even as the total commercial net short position has grown by 27,220 contracts and 66,600 contracts respectively. In fact, despite the pronounced increase in the headline number, the concentrated short position of the eight largest traders is lower than it has been in 4 or 5 years or longer. I admit that this could be a temporary aberration and the big 8 in gold may resume shorting gold on higher prices, but usually all the commercial categories trade in unison and if the new pattern of commercial discord is more than temporary, it might signal change is afoot. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 13 December 2014 The lack of price action around the FOMC news was a bit of a surprise, but it is what it is—and I was quite amazed to see that the powers-that-be managed to keep gold under the $1,200 spot price mark, all things considered in the world today. And, with the exception of silver, the other precious metals were all closed below their Tuesday closing prices in new York as well. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals, along with crude oil. Just eye-balling the charts, you can see from the RSI trace that WTIC is grossly oversold—and none of the four precious metals are anywhere near that condition. My main concern is still the Commercial net short positions Every attempt by gold to break above the $1,200 spot price mark during the Wednesday trading session was quickly sold off—and even the sharp rally after the FOMC meeting wasn’t allowed to infringe on that price point. After that attempt, the price got sold down to its low of the day, which came a minute or so after 3:00 p.m. EST in electronic trading. The price rallied a bit after that, but still closed down on the day. The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,203.10 and $1,182.00 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York on Wednesday at $1,188.90 spot, down $6.10 from Tuesday’s close. Volume, net of December and January, was 180,000 contracts. It was more or less the same type of price activity in silver as well, but its attempt to break above the $16 spot price mark on the FOMC news wasn’t allowed to get anywhere, either—and silver got sold down to just above Tuesday’s closing price. The high and low ticks were recorded as $16.06 and $15.615 in the March contract. Silver was closed at $15.75 spot, up 3 whole cents from Tuesday. Volume, net of December and January, was an even 50,000 contracts. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon at 87.97—and never looked back in what was one of its most volatile trading sessions in my memory. After initially selling off at 2 p.m. EST on the FOMC news, there was obviously someone there to run the dollar index up, as it closed at 89.075—up an eye-watering 107 basis points. The silver equities opened down slightly, but finally broke into positive territory to stay shortly before 11 a.m. EST. But they didn’t do that with much conviction—and they chopped sideways until a late-day rally began shortly after 3 p.m. that took the shares up to their highs of the day—and that’s where they closed, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished up 3.70%. Platinum hugged the $1,200 spot price mark for most of the Wednesday trading session, before succumbing to the same post-FOMC meeting selling pressure that gold and silver went through. Platinum closed at $1,186 spot, down 6 bucks from Tuesday. Palladium rallied to its high of the day around 10 a.m. Zurich time—and then it gold sold down to its low just before lunch in New York. It recovered a few dollars from there—and the FOMC news barely affected this metal. Palladium was closed down 4 dollars on the day at $776 spot.