Flash Storage has the Power to Boost All-Round Business Performance

first_imgDiscover how to promote the benefits of Flash storage – and help your customers achieve better results faster.In the second of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we look at how Flash storage has the ability to accelerate IT Transformation. When it comes to speaking to your customers about embracing the need for IT Transformation, deciding to modernize their storage environment by incorporating All-Flash arrays is one of the most high-impact actions they can take.Why is that? Because All-Flash storage offers lower latency and greater IOPS per drive compared with legacy spinning disk. That dramatically accelerates the speed and efficiency of the applications it supports, extending advantages well beyond the IT department and out to the whole business.There are other benefits too: All-Flash storage enables your customers to consolidate workloads, shrink hardware footprints, reduce power consumption and also lower management costs. Of course,Flash storage also works well with modern, feature-rich architectures and software solutions—which helps companies better address their workload-specific needs in dynamically changing IT environments.With all that in mind, have you got customers who still haven’t considered the merits of smarter storage? If so, you certainly won’t be alone—but it’s a massive opportunity for you to explore.Flash users report significant cost savingsOne of the main reasons that Flash storage hasn’t already entirely eclipsed legacy HDDs is that, rightly or wrongly, it has been typically thought to be expensive. That’s clearly for individual organizations to decide when you promote Flash storage to them, but the ROI is certainly impressive.In a recent research study1 commissioned by Dell EMC, ESG found that Flash users enjoyed a significant average reduction in both their storage OpEx (driven by lower power, cooling and reduced infrastructure sprawl) and CapEx (driven by workload consolidation and dramatic savings delivered by deduplication and compression):25% reduction in storage OpEx24% reduction in storage CapExThe same study also revealed that users of Flash storage reported a significant benefit in terms of improved application performance. On average, performance improvements were reported as:36% performance improvement among Flash users49% performance improvement among users relying entirely on All-Flash arraysFlash storage supports and accelerates IT TransformationThe other factor that’s not in doubt is the ability of Flash storage to accelerate IT Transformation.Earlier this year, ESG conducted a survey of 4,000 IT executives from private- and public-sector organizations across 16 countries to evaluate their progress in embracing IT Transformation2—and rank them as ‘Legacy’, ‘Emerging’, ‘Evolving’ or ‘Transformed’.A full 99% of the organizations that achieved ‘Transformed’ status are happily leveraging Flash storage – with 69% of the surveyed companies taking a step towards that by deploying one or more All-Flash arrays.In stark comparison, 85% of the ‘Legacy’ organizations haven’t yet deployed any Flash media at all.Improved results enhance competitive advantageTaking a closer look at the benefits enjoyed by ‘Transformed’ organizations, ESG1 identified that companies using Flash, particularly All-Flash:Were 3.5X as likely to make better, faster, data-driven decisions than their competitors (22% versus 6%)Were 2X more likely to execute most application deployments ahead of schedule (28% versus 15%)Were greater than 2X more likely to have made excellent progress enabling an elastic data center and virtually pooling infrastructure resourcesEncourage customers to modernize their storage environmentThe various ESG findings clearly show the significant business benefits of moving to a modern Flash storage environment—and the advantages of implementing All-Flash Arrays are more impressive still.Could you help your customers to do more with a more agile infrastructure based on Flash storage or identify new opportunities to expand their utilization of this transformational technology?If so, you could be helping them to save money, make better decisions, deliver faster deployments and strategic initiatives—and ultimately stay ahead of the competitive curve.Read and share the full ESG Research Insights Brief >>Learn more about the role of Flash storage in improved operational performance and start speaking to your prospects and customers about the proven business benefits. You can also use the free ESG online assessment tool, available for download from our IT Transformation campaign page, to demonstrate the opportunities and value of IT Transformation.Explore our dedicated IT Transformation campaign and marketing tools >> 1 ESG Research Insights brief commissioned by Dell EMC, ‘Flash Storage Fuels IT Transformation: The Quantified Impacts of Organizational Flash Storage Use’, May 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value’, March 2018.last_img read more

BED, First Wind Reach Power Agreement on Sheffield Wind Project

first_imgBurlington Electric Department has reached agreement with First Wind on behalf of its subsidiary, Vermont Wind, LLC, to buy 40 percent of the power and the renewable energy certificates (RECs) at the 40 megawatt Sheffield Wind project for the next 10 years under a fixed-price agreement.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, expressed her enthusiasm for the project. BED has a goal of being 100 percent renewable in the next four or so years. This contract will help us achieve our goal. Stably priced, clean, green and locally generated power is the way to keep our economy strong and our environment clean, she said.  This is a project that is bringing a fabulous renewable energy source to the area, said Max Aldrich, chairman of the Sheffield Select Board.  During the current economic climate it s even more important than it was a year ago.  We re adding jobs while providing a clean energy source. First Wind has been very cooperative and worked hard to be sure that Sheffield benefited in the process.Matt Kearns, vice president of development for First Wind, said, In this era of unprecedented price volatility of fossil fuels, we re happy to enter into an agreement with BED to provide a stably priced source of power. This project will not only help provide some stability to Vermont power prices but will also bring jobs and economic benefits to the Northeast Kingdom. This will be an exciting project for First Wind and for Vermont.The project was granted a Certificate of Public Good by the Public Service Board in 2007.Renewable energy certificates are credits that individuals, institutions and businesses can buy to compensate for the amount of nonrenewable, greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels they have used in their vehicles, homes, offices or other facilities.  Selling RECs helps to subsidize the cost for a wind farm, solar farm or other renewable energy producer to generate an equivalent amount of clean energy and put it back into the power grid.About Burlington Electric DepartmentBED is the municipal utility of Burlington, VT, and provides all the electricity within the borders of Burlington and at Burlington International Airport. Sixty-three percent of BED s power comes from renewable energy. BED has been able to meet all the growth within the city since 1989 with energy efficiency. About First WindFirst Wind is an independent North American wind energy company focused exclusively on the development, ownership and operation of wind energy projects.  First Wind is based in Newton, MA.last_img read more

CMO+CFO=BFF

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details “What could a group of CFOs possibly want to hear a marketing person speak about?” I asked myself several weeks ago as I prepared a presentation for a group of credit union officers. The CFOs would be attending the First Carolina Corporate Federal Credit Union Financial Conference in Charlotte, NC. I knew marketing trends and social media updates would be a fast track to glazed-over looks. After some time pondering ideas, I knew it would be easy.I’m passionate about teamwork. We’ve developed great relationships with the CFOs at the credit unions we work with because we understand we need their buy-in to continue to do great work for their institutions. But how do you convince them that the CMO and CFO are not oil and water, but more like Desi and Lucy?Bill Fuessler, an IBM Smarter Planet Contributor, nailed it when he said, “Chief Financial Officers aren’t just numbers guys. They must actively shape the strategic direction of a company. And Chief Marketing Officers are no longer relegated to branding or advertising issues. They must have a detailed, almost scientific understanding of the market and their customers.”When I worked in radio, there was a constant battle between the on-air personalities and the sales people as to who was more important. “If it weren’t for me, those sales people would have nothing to sell,” the personalities would exclaim. “But without me, you wouldn’t have a paycheck,” the sales people quickly replied. Both were right. The same is true of marketing and financial functions, not only in credit unions, but in all organizations. It’s time for these two functions to partner together for the good of your credit union.While it’s the responsibility of marketing to accurately measure the results for all of their work, there’s a much greater chance of success when the CFO understands and agrees to the metrics which are being used, where the data is coming from, and how the analytical reporting is performed. To make this partnership work, marketing will need to use more quantitative — versus qualitative — metrics to measure ROI. Likewise, the CFO needs to gain a better understanding of how to maximize every dollar allocated to marketing through better analytics on growth initiatives.Like cats and dogs working together, it’s an unlikely and untraditional partnership, but the benefits can be very tangible: growth. What credit union couldn’t use some of that?last_img read more

Spotlight: Lessons from a longtime leader

first_imgPat Jury, CUNA Board chairman and Iowa Credit Union League president/CEO, recently shared insights on the credit union movement, advocacy, and leadership with Credit Union Magazine.CU Mag: How big of an asset is your relationship with CUNA president/CEO Jim Nussle as you work to advance the CU movement?Jury: I met Jim Nussle in the mid-1980s when he was running for Congress, and over the past 30 years we’ve had many opportunities to work together.The relationship has benefited by our knowing one another and, probably more so, by our shared life experiences. We share the same home state, we’re the same age, and we both attended Drake University.We come from a culture that values hard work, honesty, and transparency. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Victory appears within Biden’s grasp as his lead widens in crucial battlegrounds.

first_imgSo the count goes on. And on. And on. Finally, close to 11 p.m., Mr. Biden emerged. He did not deliver a victory speech, but came as close as he could, talking about what he intended to do as president while assuring Americans “your vote will be counted.” It was clear that Mr. Biden was getting as restless with the long, laborious count as much of the country.“It’s as slow as it goes,” Mr. Biden said, describing watching the numbers dribble in on television. “As slow as it goes it can be numbing.” Most elections come to an end when one candidate calls the other to concede. Mr. Trump may be trailing — with diminishing hopes of winning — but he’s not the kind of person who concedes. And it’s not in Mr. Biden’s political interest to unilaterally declare victory (as Mr. Trump has effectively done), and feed the conspiracy theory being pushed by the president and his supporters that Democrats are trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – The outdoor stage was all set in Wilmington, Del., for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to come out and address the nation — presumably in a victory speech as the president-elect.There were banners and spotlights and people in cars ready to honk their approval for the next president and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. But the hour grew late and the counting of votes kept going, and going with no sign of a winner in the contest between Mr. Biden and President Trump.- Advertisement – While all indications suggest that Mr. Biden has succeeded in defeating Mr. Trump, it’s still close enough in four states — Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia — that the contest remains unresolved.As the number of outstanding ballots slowly dwindled, Mr. Trump was left increasingly with only legal challenges to forestall defeat. He remained uncharacteristically out of sight on Friday.This postelection limbo was one more bit of evidence of what a strange election this has been. Ballot counters have been overwhelmed by the record number of early votes cast by mail because of the pandemic; hence the slow, meticulous counts taking place across the country.- Advertisement – It has now been four days since Election Day. As long as that might seem, it’s nowhere near the 36 days it took in 2000 before the Supreme Court ended the counting and effectively declared George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Government scraps plan of issuing $30 billion worth of ‘pandemic bonds’

first_imgFinance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government would raise the funds through regular auctions in the domestic market, private placements and foreign-exchange-denominated bonds and retail bonds issuances.“We need to upsize the bonds issuance to finance the deficit,” Sri Mulyani told the House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Wednesday. “We will prioritize credibility and transparency to maintain a good track record in order to capitalize on the market when the opportunity arises.”Read also: Government debt issuance to triple to $62b as Indonesia fights COVID-19The government is hoping to raise Rp 132 trillion from the global bonds, Rp 60 trillion from retail bonds and the remainder from weekly auctions of government debt papers and sharia bonds.The government needed to raise at least Rp 35 trillion to Rp 45 trillion every two weeks to meet the financing needs, Luky said.The government recently unveiled Rp 436.1 trillion worth of stimulus packages to boost healthcare spending, social spending and tax incentives amid the pandemic.Topics : The Finance Ministry has decided to cancel its plan to issue “pandemic bonds”, which were initially prepared as a part of the country’s efforts to fund the COVID-19 response.The Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general, Luky Alfirman, said on Friday that the government would now rather issue debt papers through regular auctions, adding that it could rely on Bank Indonesia (BI) as a last resort to absorb the offered bonds if the market response was cool.Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1/2020 allows the central bank to purchase government bonds directly from auctions. Previously, BI could only buy the bonds through the secondary market. “We will not issue specific bonds, including the pandemic bonds or others,” Luky told reporters in a media briefing. “BI has been allowed to buy bonds through the primary market as a last resort, so we will issue bonds with a regular series instead.”Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtThe government planned in early April to raise Rp 450 trillion (US$30.05 billion) in “pandemic bonds” on top of issuing Rp 549.6 trillion worth of sovereign debt papers, according to Presidential Regulation No. 54/2020 on the state budget revision. BI was likely to dominate the bonds’ purchases.However, in a new strategy unveiled on Friday, it would instead issue Rp 856.8 trillion worth of government bonds from the second quarter through to the end of year to finance the widening budget deficit, which is expected to reach 5 percent of GDP this year. The Finance Ministry raised Rp 221.4 trillion worth of bonds in the first quarter of this year.last_img read more

Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal picked as first fixture

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta was the first Premier League star to contract coronavirus (Picture: Getty)But, according to The Telegraph, to wipe out those games in hand – and avoid having to resort to a points-per-game recalculation should the season again be suspended – those two matches will now be prioritised.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe much talked about bonanza of football on the weekend of June 20 will still go ahead, with every single match staggered across Saturday and Sunday and Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham being the pick of that round of action. View 3 comments Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal lost 3-0 at the Emirates the last time they played Man City (Picture: Getty)Premier League squads have been training in small groups so far, limited to a maximum of five players, but it was agreed on Wednesday that the next phase can now be introduced with contact once again permitted.A statement from the Premier League confirmed: ‘Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. Aerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:23FullscreenAerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnhttps://metro.co.uk/video/aerial-footage-tottenham-players-training-premier-league-return-2176352/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.‘The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.‘Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.’MORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusMORE: Four more positive coronavirus tests in the Premier League across three clubsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restart Arsenal’s players have been training in groups of five at their London Colney complex (Picture: Getty)But a couple of days earlier, Arsenal will travel to the Etihad and Aston Villa will host Sheffield United – with both games having huge ramifications at either end of the table.The current schedule that has been put forward to clubs will see the final round of fixtures played in the last week of July, with the FA Cup final following a week later. Premier League bosses want to quickly get rid of any games in hand (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are now targeting a midweek restart date of June 17 with Arsenal’s game in hand against Manchester City to be the headline fixture to welcome back football.Clubs had been targeting the weekend of June 20 for the season to get back underway, but league bosses have decided to bring that date forward slightly to eliminate any games in hand.As things stand, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Manchester City have all played one game fewer than the rest of the teams in the division owing to the latter two clubs’ participation in the Carabao Cup final. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kieran Tierney apologises for dressing room celebration after Arsenal beat Man City

first_imgAdvertisement View 3 comments While the finer aspects of Tierney’s defensive game were on show at Wembley, he still had time to produce some of his customary attacking forays, one of which helped create Aubameyang’s second goal, not that the former Celtic star was willing to take any of the credit.He said: ‘It was tough, we knew we would have less of the ball against City and you have to take your chances when you get them. Aubameyang does what he does.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We have to suffer together in games like this, When we get the ball we have to play well but we know we will have 5-10minute spells when we won’t see the ball.‘Aubameyang has done it for so long, it’s an honour for me to play with him. That ball I played isn’t a goalscoring ball but he makes it one.‘We are building for something big.’MORE: Robin van Persie picks out ‘absolutely fantastic’ David Luiz as Arsenal stun Man City in FA Cup semi-finalMORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright picks out six star performers after sensational Man City winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Kieran Tierney apologises for dressing room celebration after Arsenal beat Man City A message from KT…👊 @KieranTierney1🏆 #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/yz7rJwxh4u— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 18, 2020center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Kieran Tierney apologised for his crude gesture during Arsenal’s dressing room celebrations following their win over Man City (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney was forced to apologise after he was photographed celebrating Arsenal’s win over Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with an offensive gesture.The summer signing from Celtic was at the heart of a magnificent second half rearguard action as Arsenal booked their place in next month’s final against either Chelsea or Manchester United. Two goals from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped end a run of seven consecutive defeats against City for the Gunners, whose players were in justifiably jubilant mood in the dressing room afterwards.Tierney, however, was quick to shoot down the suggestion that his gesture had any significant or wider context and claimed it was part of a running joke with the club’s kitman.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Didn’t realise this was getting posted,’ he said after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez uploaded the customary dressing room selfie. ‘Was a joke with the Kitman. I’m so sorry if it caused anyone offence – wasn’t meant in any way.’last_img read more

Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Indiana

first_imgWolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Indiana Press Release Indiana, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 100 community members for a Cabinet in Your Community event at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).“The feedback from the Cabinet in Your Community events is invaluable to help those in Harrisburg make decisions with the information gathered by being in our cities, towns, boroughs and townships for conversations about what’s important to Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said.Featuring Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith, Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, and Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards, the department heads provided region-specific updates on major projects, accomplishments, and answered impromptu questions from the audience. The Cabinet in Your Community initiative is a series of townhall-like events in which members of the community are given the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about the issues important to their region.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for July 12 at Montgomery County Community College. June 19, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New data shows growing numbers of people will never own property, or will retire with debt

first_imgThe great Australian dream of owning your own home has become a nightmare and we are falling behind the rest of the world. The sharp fall in home ownership has been revealed in a new report, No place like home: the impact of declining home ownership on retirement. The alarming findings show more and more Australians will retire either never owning their own home or carrying a hefty mortgage debt.Written by independent economist Saul Eslake, and commissioned by the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, the report also found we don’t compare well to the rest of the world — our home ownership rate is 27th globally, behind countries including Romania, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Sweden and Canada. Kate Stoddart inside her Ascot home. Photo: Marc Robertson.However it’s not all doom and gloom for Ascot couple Kate Stoddart, 28, and Michael McGuire, 32, who own their three-bedroom Beatrice Tce home and say it is a dream come true.The couple were searching for the right property for about 12 to 18 months and said they were mindful of being patient throughout the process.Ms Stoddart opened up a house savings bank account when she was 18 and said she was “stoked” she could now tick off the home ownership box. She said it was important for them to own a home with their future and retirement years in mind.Mr Eslake said many more people would need to dip into their super at retirement to wipe out outstanding home loan debt. “We are on the cusp of seeing a significant increase in the number of people aged 65 and over who still have some mortgage debt,’’ he said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“Or, alternatively, what will continue to happen is that when people reach retirement age they use their super to pay off their mortgage. In turn that will mean their super won’t do what it is meant to do.” Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox for FREE. The report revealed substantial rises in the proportion of homeowners aged between 35 and 64 who still have outstanding home loan debt, much of it fuelled by soaring prices and more people taking on much larger loans. For those nearing retirement (aged 55-65), about 45 per cent have mortgage debt, up from 29 per cent in 1995-96. And for homeowners aged over 65, about 10 per cent have outstanding debt, which has more than doubled from about 4 per cent in 1995-96. The Australian Institution of Superannuation Trustees chief executive officer Eva Scheerlinck said the home ownership slide would continue to put more pressure on superannuation savings and lead to more reliance on the aged pension. “Increasing numbers of retirees will use some, if not all, of their superannuation to discharge their outstanding mortgage, which in turn will see more people rely on the aged pension,’’ she said. “We need to look at mortgage lending criteria. Are there ways that we can provide some sort of incentive for pensioners to downsize from their large homes into smaller homes and exempting them from stamp duty for example?”She also quashed the idea to allow first-home buyers to use their super to buy property and said it would merely inflate house prices even further. — Additional reporting by Sophie Elsworthlast_img read more