Federico Capasso wins 2010 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics

first_imgFederico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering, has won the 2010 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics.He will share the honor with Henri Lezec, project leader in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Nanofabrication Research Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.The editors-in-chief of the Springer journals Applied Physics A and Applied Physics B recognized Capasso for his “pioneering achievements in nanoscale physics and applications.”last_img read more

IDC Analyst to VCE Technologist

first_imgThree months ago I joined VCE after working as a research director and industry analyst at IDC, leading IDC Australia’s research teams. For six years as an IDC analyst, I had the opportunity to peer inside leading tech vendors (including VCE), listen to their strategic direction and challenge their rationale behind various go-to-market strategies. After several years of research it became clear that the IT industry is set for what I termed ‘multidimentional transformation,’ where change occurs beyond the technology sphere and into the business itself.Each year at IDC I would conduct research into the C-suite including the function of the CIO and noticed that over the past few years, the importance of the infrastructure stack became more critical. Prior to the global financial crisis, improving or modernizing IT infrastructure wasn’t in their top 10 priorities. However, as the financial crisis expanded, CIOs appeared to sweat their assets for longer. This was validated by corroborating research that showed prolonged PC and server lifecycles. The significance of this is that as infrastructure ages, it becomes less reliable and more expensive to run so it made sense that infrastructure became a higher priority. However, as the financial crisis passed, the CIO’s focus on infrastructure continued to increase – and fast-forwarding to today, improving or modernizing IT infrastructure is now a CIO’s No. 1 priority. If the financial crisis didn’t explain the increase, what did?One correlation is the influence of the line of business in IT decisions, which rose with the importance of IT infrastructure. It seems that the line of business was making ever increasingly stringent demands to IT and the CIO, which in turn exerted more pressure on the infrastructure layer.Wrapped around all these new demands from the line of business came the new watchword: velocity. The market demanded rapid application implementation and streamlined automation. Current infrastructure constrained velocity, so CIOs began to focus on the infrastructure layer to quickly provide new business solutions.“Looking at IT today, it’s fair to say that at a macro level, infrastructure has gone to hell in a handbasket. To grasp how this has occurred, it’s helpful to look to the past to see how we managed infrastructure in the mid-90s.ShareIn the 90s, the cost of management (including staffing) was a percentage of what we spent on our server hardware. Fast-forward to today, the scenario has flipped. Management of the server fleet now costs a multiple of what we spend on acquiring it – management costs are rampant and spiraling out of control.So what happened? We need to look beyond the physical installed base of servers towards the logical. It’s ironic that the technology that was meant to reduce costs and simplify infrastructure, was actually one of the catalysts behind the crush we are now experiencing: server virtualization.The impact of virtualisation was that we started to buy fewer servers. This fundamental shift saw a tapering of overall server unit shipments, but this was off-set by a rapidly growing number of logical servers. As we deployed more logical servers, the cost of management soared and the problem was that we continued to manage our logical servers the same way the managed physical servers; we didn’t change our IT operations to match the new capability.Today we spend $8 on management for every $1 we spend on the server hardware itself1. What’s even more disturbing is that the data for the server market can be replicated for the storage and networking markets too. Something needs to change.It should be little wonder then that the market for true converged infrastructure (CI) is booming as CI solves many critical management issues that reference architectures and traditional approaches do not. While the general server market remains flat, IDC market research showed integrated infrastructure and platforms sales increased 50% year over year 2. And within this growing market segment, it’s VCE that leads (according to both Gartner and IDC), with Gartner’s latest report showing VCE as leading with over 50% market share.3The strategy for most IT converged infrastructure vendors is to try and save their clients 10c or even 15c from the $1 they spend on acquiring hardware. VCE on the other hand targets the other side of the equation (where the meaningful savings are made) and aims to save clients $4 instead of 10 or 15 cents. In fact the saving is 68% according to an IDC study into VCE customers, which is actually $5.44 saved from the $8 spent.4The benefits to the business don’t start and stop with increased efficiency and decreased costs – two of the CFO’s favorite things. The lack of velocity is one of the leading reasons that the lines of business bypass IT altogether. Research into VCE deployments by IDC has shown measurable reductions in the time to stand up infrastructure, from 160 days to 45 days. Additionally, research has shown a 79% reduction in the internal IT staff time to configure, test and deploy the infrastructure.4As an IT analyst, it was clear that converged infrastructure is the future and VCE is leading the expanding market. But it is the way that VCE approaches the market that truly impressed me. VCE simultaneously solves critical technical and business challenges in such a different way from competitors that the value proposition is unique.It’s not often that a company strategy and offering intersects so perfectly with an expanding marketplace. Joining VCE and being part of the transformation wave that is sweeping the industry was enough to lure me away from the world of the industry analysis.1: IDC, Virtualization And Multicore Innovations Disrupt The Worldwide Server Market, Doc #206035, March 20072: IDC Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure & Platforms Tracker, October 2, 20133: Gartner, Market Share Analysis: Data Center Hardware Integrated Systems, December 12, 20134: IDC Whitepaper: Converging the Datacenter Infrastructure: Why, How, So What?, DOC #234553 May 2012last_img read more

Network Automation with Ansible

first_imgOS10 and Automation solutions overviewThis era of digital transformation aims at reducing operational costs for IT infrastructure, as a result of which converged IT processes are becoming increasingly important. DevOps is an operational model that helps businesses achieve agility, efficiency and as of late networks are also becoming part of this model.Network automation is a crucial component in this model, as networks are expected to act, react and perform reliably based on the changing business needs.OS10 is a next-gen Linux based network operating system that provides a rich set of programmatic interfaces to configure and maintain network devicesThis ability of OS10 and integrations with tools like Ansible makes it a prime choice to operate well in DevOps environments. Ansible Integrations provide the ability to treat network equipment as software components thus reducing the complexity of automating configuration and maintaining the networks.Dell EMC networking and Ansible AutomationDell EMC Networking integration with DevOps tools such as Ansible helps simplify network deployment, improve uptime, increase configuration consistency, add capacity more easily, and reduce overall OpEx.The most common use cases for network automation will be Rapid provisioning, configuration management and deploying configs at scale. The 1990’s model of network provisioning through CLI and some TCL scripts will simply not work with the present web-scale networks. The below figure depicts how networks were configured before the advent of automation choicesNetwork provisioning usually involves a fair mix of the following tasks, infrastructure set up like DHCP, AAA and SNMP servers, switch deployment which includes racking and powering up the switch and switch configuration and validation. The network administrator is expected to build a configuration from scratch or copy paste previous configurations and edit it manually by hand to create the new configuration. This new configuration is built in a staged environment and then installed /shipped to its permanent location. This process does not scale and is highly error-prone, which makes fabric wide network validation a nightmare.What is Ansible?Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other IT needs.Designed for multi-tier deployments since day one, Ansible models your IT infrastructure by describing how all of your systems inter-relate, rather than just managing one system at a time.It uses no agents and no additional custom security infrastructure, so it’s easy to deploy – and most importantly, it uses a very simple language (YAML, in the form of Ansible Playbooks) that allow you to describe your automation jobs in a way that approaches plain English.Ansible and DellEMC IntegrationsDellEMC network devices and networking software can be automated through Ansible. DellEMC networking provides support for Ansible modules and Ansible roles to deploy and maintain OS10 and OPX offerings. The DellOS ansible role library can be found in ansible galaxy, which facilitates feature-specific configuration on devices running OS10/OPX including installing and upgrading software images on the network device.OS10 modules for Ansible dellos10_command: Run commands on remote devices running OS10dellos10_config: Manage configuration sections on remote devices running OS10dellos10_facts: Collect facts from remote devices running OS10OS10 Roles for AnsibleThere are 26 ansible roles available for OS10 and few of them are as DellOS-BGP, Dell)S- Image Upgrade, DellOS-VLT etc.,Key Benefits of Ansible Integration with OS10 SolutionBenefits DeploymentAnsible Integration reduces deployment time and operational costs needed to deploy a Data Center or campus network. IdempotencyAnsible modules are idempotent and this gets network device to the desired state without affecting the existing state. ExtensibleAnsible can be integrated into many existing DevOps workflows making network a part of the IT environmentcenter_img ScaleAnsible integration with OS10 can help automate network devices at scale by using template based solutions. AgentlessAnsible does not require a agent on the switch, so it can be run against any DellEMC networking devices SummaryIT transformation calls for networks that are reliable and can be automated at scale. Ansible integration with Dell EMC Networking enables networking devices to be part of DevOps operating model, making the networks more agile and reliable.It’s time to modernize the way to build, design and deploy networks by taking advantage of DevOps tools integrations like Ansible with DellEMC networking.For more information on ansible integration with DellEMC networking software, please contact [email protected] or send queries to [email protected]last_img read more

Hundreds Tested In Cattaraugus County, Still No Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

first_imgMGN ImageOLEAN – Over one hundred people in Cattaraugus County have been tested for COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, but as of Thursday afternoon there are still no confirmed cases.The Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins told WNYNewsNow a total of 121 tests for the virus have been issued since the outbreak first began.Watkins says 96 of those tested have come back negative for COVID-19. Twenty-five tests are still pending at the state’s Albany medical lab.The health director explained that there are 79 residents under some type of quarantine. He says among those quarantined are family members of the 25 people awaiting test results. A member of the county’s COVID-19 response team visits those quarantined each day for a “face-to-face” check-in. Watkins says the public health nurse will not only check in on those sickened, but also other family members to make sure they do not show signs of infection.Watkins expects the test results to return within 48 hours of being sent to the laboratory.Even though there are no confirmed cases of the virus, the heath director wants residents to assume the virus is present locally. Watkins encourages all to practice safe social distancing and stay home if they are sick. Those with questions should contact to their doctor. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

This Weekend: First ‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse In 2020 To Occur

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Credit: NASANEW YORK – If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality for 2017’s solar eclipse, you know how spectacular they are, and it’s about to happen again, only a bit different.Credit: NASAFirst of all, nobody in the western hemisphere will have any view of it.The celestial event will pass over Africa and China Sunday, with portions of Asia, Europe, and Australia getting partial views.Also, it’s not a total eclipse. It’s known as an “annular eclipse,” commonly called a “ring of fire.” These eclipses are very similar to total eclipses in that the moon passes directly in front of the sun.But, when the moon is further away, it doesn’t block out the sun as completely, leaving a brighter ring visible around its edges.This makes it dangerous to look at so star-gazers hoping to see it should use eclipse glasses or another safe viewing technique.This eclipse is happening hours after the summer solstice. That event marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter below the equator.Related | Solar Eclipse Crosses WNY, Jamestown Residents Reactlast_img read more

Cast Set for brownsville song (b-side for tray) Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The cast is now set for the New York premiere of Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray). Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker will star in the LCT3 production. The play, directed by Patricia McGregor, will run from October 4 through November 16 at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Opening night is set for October 20. The play tells the story of the family of Tray (Best), a spirited 17-year-old whose life is cut short, as they navigate their grief and find hope together. brownsville song (b-side for tray) will feature sets by Andromache Chalfant, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Asa Wember and choreography by Paloma McGregor. Best’s previous New York stage credits include The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Box: A Black Comedy, Romeo N’ Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Geek!. Chomet has appeared previously in regional productions including Dirt Sticks, Othello, How to Be a Korean Woman, The Intelligent Homosexual, Elemeno Pea and Metamorphoses. Mitchell’s Broadway credits include Electra, having Our Stay, So Long on Lonely Street; off-Broadway, she has been seen in Cell, Rosmersholm and Gum. Myers returns off-Broadway after receiving an Obie earlier this year for An Octoroon; additional credits include Honky, Alondra Was Here and Phoebe in Winter. Whitaker is a series regular on Wally Kazam; she has also appeared on the small screen in Team UmiZoomi, Odd Squad and Sesame Street.last_img read more

Court amends family forms

first_img June 1, 2003 Regular News Court amends family forms The Florida Supreme Court has changed several family law forms and approved four new forms on domestic violence issues.Ruling May 15, the court approved changes to the forms to conform with changes the legislature made in 2002 to F.S. §§ 741.28, 741.30, 741.31, and 784.046. Those alterations affected the definition of domestic violence,and repeat domestic violence, and created a cause of action for dating violence.The court published the proposed amended forms and the new forms in the December 15, 2002, Bar News and received five comments. The court approved several of the recommended changes.The changes affect Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms 12.980(a)-(n) and four new forms. Three of those new forms deal with petitions for injunctions or final judgment for dating violence and the fourth is a show cause affidavit for violating a final judgment injunction in domestic, repeat, or dating violence cases.Changes approved by the court include:• Including the 10 statutory factors a judge uses to determine if a petitioner has reasonable cause to fear domestic violence on instructions for form 12.980(b).• Amending form 12.980(c)(1) to note under the statute that domestic violence hearings must be recorded, but it is optional to record hearings for repeat or dating violence.• Amending forms 12.980(d)(1) and (2) to clarify that the court has jurisdiction over the respondent when the temporary injunction is served.The complete text of the decision and the amendment forms can be viewed on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. The case is Amendments to Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms — Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence and Dating Violence Forms, case no. SC02-2445.center_img Court amends family formslast_img read more

Empowerment

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Michlig Greg Michlig joined the New Jersey Credit Union League as President/CEO in May of 2013. He has a strong background in the credit union, association and related financial services … Web: www.njcul.org Details Over this past weekend I stopped at a well-known national retailer to pick up a few items for a home-improvement project I was working on. One of the items was small… something I threw in the basket thinking, “this may work, but if not it’s only a few bucks and I’ll likely have a use for it down the road.”When I got to the register I was greeted by a polite, yet uninterested young man who may have had a late night prior to coming in to his shift on this day. He rang up a couple items, then came to the “throw-in” and paused as he tried to scan it several times. After an attempt to locate the item in the computer system, he looked at me and said “$2.99 sound good?”Somewhat surprised, I said “sure.” Now, I didn’t really know if it was a $2 or $8 dollar item. If this was something more significant and he asked “$99 sound good?” I would have wanted to be exact on the price. But, in this case, he felt comfortable making a call to keep the process moving. I appreciated this and thought about all the times I have had to either stand at the register myself or stand in line as the cashier contacted the department to find out how much the bottle of shampoo or roll of tape costs and then have the manager summoned to turn the magic key and type in the security code so that things could move forward. I have shopped at this chain many, many times before and while I have had the stand-in-line scenario happen far too often, I have not had this experience.Later in the day I looked up the price of the item online. Turns out, I saved $1.49. But I also gained some perspective on how that young man felt about his job, manager and the company he works for. He didn’t flinch when he proposed the $2.99 offer. I wondered what the threshold is for him to feel comfortable making such a decision. I also thought about how management handled these types of situations. Was there a culture of trust that enabled this and allows front-line staff to make decisions based on their best judgment? Is there a strict written policy that sets the thresholds? Are these things simply spoken or is it implied and understood?Then I thought about what this said to me, the customer. For $1.49, I walked out of that store with a cognizant awareness that it had just earned a step up on the competition.How is your business, your credit union, earning a step up on the competition in small ways? How are you empowering your front-line, your field staff, call center and/or those who manage to make decisions based on best judgment that will make a difference? How is that communicated? What are the parameters? How does it affect your culture?In this case, it only took one person to feel empowered to make a quick decision on a small item to change my perception of a store. Of course, maybe he took a chance or was on the way out, one way or another… but that’s a story for another day.last_img read more

College debt is a dream killer

first_imgI had dinner with a friend and colleague last night. We talked about what is top of mind for both of us—in my case, that includes college debt. My friend had aspirations of becoming a corporate law attorney. This was her dream and she did everything right to get there—except funding for “dream jobs” wasn’t readily available. My friend paid for her college education herself, and while she excelled in undergrad, the thought of taking on the expense of higher education was daunting. What she did instead, like so many other bright young people, was to follow an affordable and steady career path in financial services, where she is thriving—but it’s not the path that she truly wanted.The point is—we’re killing dreams.Recently, I read that the state of New York is going to start offering free public college tuition programs this fall. I was thrilled. I mean, if a college student is able to graduate with less than $35,000 in debt, he or she is lucky. But college is looking more and more like a bad investment; according to a new report, college debt has become a $1.3 trillion industry, with 42 million folks footing the bill.I’m a dreamer. I think college debt is a dream killer.We tell our kids to work hard in high school, apply to a good college, go on to grad school or medical school—go be a scientist, a doctor, a professor. We tell our kids that they can be whatever they want to be.“I did everything I was supposed to do,” says Chad Downing, a 29-year-old doctor from California. Chad has a student loan balance of about $400,000. “I don’t like to think about the loans, I have selective amnesia, but once I’m done with my residency, I’ll be more than half a million in debt,” he laments.Chad knows that he will be working for free for a decade, because the typical doctor doesn’t earn a full-time salary until 10 years after they graduate.So when I read about New York’s free public college tuition program, I thought, “This is progress,” though reading through the fine print, I realized that this particular form of progress is limited.New York’s plan has the caveat of the ‘Excelsior Scholarship’, which is a work and residency obligation that kicks in after students graduate. Scholarship recipients will have to live and work in New York State after graduation for the same number of years they received Excelsior Scholarships, or their grants will turn into loans.In other words, if you study to become an engineer in New York and then get a gig in California, you had better think twice about moving. One of the big reasons that a college degree gives you so much earning power is because it allows you to compete in a national labor market.“I’ve heard about the plan in New York, and I’m actually moving there to do my residency. I have to stay for five years and work for a publicly run hospital. I’ll be making about $60,000 a year,” Chad said. “At the end of the day this deal will pay for 50 percent of my loan, which is good, but if I miss one payment the deal is off and, honestly, that doesn’t make much of a dent.”Chad’s story, like my friend’s, is all too familiar; according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges and $9,650 for state residents at a public colleges.Most financial aid can cover books and other expenses, but often a student can only work part-time, so in the end, according to the same source, a four-year college degree including housing, books, and food at a private college will run an undergrad around $200,000 to earn, while an undergrad degree from a state school will cost roughly $98,000. Housing, food, and other living expenses are not actually costs of attending college, since people must pay for these things whether or not they are in college. However, a very significant cost of going to college is forgone earnings from time devoted to school instead of to the labor market. Without adequate earnings, many students struggle to meet daily expenses.How is that type of debt encouraging our brightest minds to continue their education?Without the weight of student loan debt, more college graduates might buy houses rather than renting. They might buy cars, spend more on healthy food, and travel more. In essence, they could contribute more to the economy. “My daughter was accepted into the grad program of the Yale University of Art School, and she didn’t want to go because the $40,000 a year debt would crush her as a young artist,” said Carol Marvin of Salinas, CA.“I told her to take out the loans and by the time she was done we would find a way as a family to pay the debt. I hope we do.”That’s a big gamble for the entire family.The more I read, the more I realize that New York isn’t offering free college—it isn’t even offering free tuition, and as Chad now understands, doing everything his teachers and parents told him to do to get ahead might not pay off.“On paper, going to college to be a doctor is a horrible investment,” he said. “You have to be willing to climb into a hole and I think that’s dissuading a lot of intelligent people from going into medicine. If I knew back then that I would be this much in debt, I don’t know if I would have chosen to be a doctor.”We need scientists, doctors, and professors. We need dreamers of all aspirations. Dreams have requirements. And therein lies the problem with the current status of a U.S. college education.This is top of mind for me. I intend to make demonstrable progress in the next 24 months, but I’m not going to solve this on my own.Let me know if you can help. I can be reached at [email protected] 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shana Richardson Shana Richardson began her career in financial technology with the Texas Credit Union League. Here, she managed the turnkey, pre-screen Auto Loan Recapture™ program, and later assumed broader responsibilities as … Web: www.sertech.com Detailslast_img read more

Although this market has made a comeback since the GFC there are still some bargains to be had

first_imgWhile the property market has come back on the Sunshine Coast, there are still some bargains to be had. Picture: Lachie MillardLAST week with the family in tow, we ventured up the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.I was calling auctions at Maroochydore for a number of offices on the coast, so we decided to mix business and pleasure and make a holiday out of it.It was no small auction event either. The offices had amassed 66 properties from entry level units, canal front homes and even beach front penthouses!I was calling the auctions with my regular coastal auctioneering partner Dan Sowden, principal at Ray White Maroochydore and the day was decorated with highlights.But the value on the Sunshine Coast, and again the Queensland market, for me was an absolute stand out.Bidding on one apartment in particular, 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, paused at $85,000. It’s a studio apartment and while it wasn’t sitting next to, Sails, on Hastings Street, it’s not in the middle of nowhere either.I couldn’t believe the numbers I was calling out. When no one pushed beyond $85,000 we made the recommendation to pass the property in and I see it’s now listed at $102,000. Unbelievable!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville is now listed for $102,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWe also sold the million dollar plus penthouses and the glamour properties too. It took us about six hours and the event was filled with excitement and drama.But it’s the value story that I think will surprise many people, it certainly surprised me.The Sunshine Coast has a relaxed holiday lifestyle, it has amazing beaches and world class restaurants. So with all that on offer there will always be multimillion-dollar homes on the Sunshine Coast, but sub $100,000 properties, even sub $300,000 properties are a genuine reality for the discerning buyerEvery school holiday, and as we step closer to Christmas, many Aussie’s will do what we did this week and head to the beach. They will likely have had to pay a peak season rate for their accommodation and quite often that can spark the idea of buying a holiday house.The Sunshine Coast was one of the hardest hit markets in the GFC, this impact is still showing value today. If the dinner table conversation involves a coastal retreat, before you squash it on account of affordability, I’d head to realestate.com.au or grab a copy of the Sunshine Coast Daily, you too might be surprised by the value, there appears to be property for all budgets.last_img read more