EMC Wins Hybrid Cloud Trifecta

first_imgAcquisitions can be a bit like buses…you wait around for an hour and then, suddenly, three show up at once.  That’s what happened today at EMC.  We announced a three-acquisition convoy to accelerate our customers’ adoption of hybrid cloud.Unless you’ve been buried in datacenter sans-Internet for the last few years, you know of the excitement surrounding the emergence of OpenStack, an open source project that enables users to build infrastructure clouds by virtualizing and controlling pools of compute, storage and network resources. The first EMC acquisition announced today is San Francisco-based Cloudscaling, a leading provider of OpenStack-powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud solutions.  In case you didn’t know, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias and team also happen to be founding members of the OpenStack Foundation.Cloudscaling’s Open Cloud System (OCS) provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud, and supports a new generation of cloud-based applications that provides the agility, performance and economic benefits of leading public cloud services, but it is deployed in customer data centers and, therefore, remains under the control of IT. The addition of Cloudscaling will provide EMC customers with multiple options for running private and hybrid clouds and will heElp EMC accelerate its OpenStack-powered infrastructure offerings.  We have some pretty exciting things planned over the next year, so stay tuned for more updates on EMC’s OpenStack strategy.  The Cloudscaling team will join CJ Desai’s Emerging Technologies Division.One of the biggest revelations within the research is that organizations recognizing maximum business value from hybrid cloud also have a deep understanding of the workload requirements of their applications. Through the research, we see six particular requirements rise to the top for consideration: performance, security, compliance, storage, data protection and automation. The other EMC acquisitions announced today target one of these requirements in particular: data protection.The first is Mountain View, California-based Maginatics, whose technology enables organizations to leverage public and private clouds as a backup “device.”  The addition of Maginatics extends EMC’s cloud data protection strategy by enabling unified data protection and management across disparate private, public and hybrid clouds. Maginatics technology also enables efficient data mobility across multiple clouds with data deduplication, WAN optimization, handling of large objects and multi-threading. We plan to integrate Maginatics technology with existing EMC data protection software, storage and services as part of our Core Technologies Division, led by Guy Churchward.Last, but by no means least (we’re going alphabetically here, so someone has to go third!), is the acquisition of Austin-based Spanning.  Spanning provides subscription-based backup and recovery for born-in-the-cloud applications and data. Spanning solutions prevent business interruption due to data loss in Google Apps and Salesforce.com (with support for Microsoft Office 365 in the first half of 2015).  The combination of EMC’s data protection portfolio and Spanning’s capabilities will accelerate our ability to help users confidently deploy data protection solutions across all applications and workloads, regardless of where the data is created or where the applications reside.It goes without saying that we’re excited to be bringing such phenomenal technology into the EMC portfolio.  However, as EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden always says: “We’re a people company, focused on technology.” Hence, it gives me great pleasure to personally welcome Randy Bias and the Cloudscaling team, Amarjit Gil and the Maginatics team, and Jeff Erramouspe and the Spanning team to the EMC family.So, with our three buses having arrived … next stop … EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Aaron Tveit Gives You a ‘Morning Glow’ & More

first_imgAaron Tveit P.S. Cast members from Broadway’s An American in Paris, The Lion King, Wicked and more will appear in Pure Motion: An Evening of Dances by Choreographer Ray Mercer on February 29. The event is set to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit’s ‘Morning Glow’Your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit is currently Down Under for a Stephen Schwartz concert with Sutton Foster, and he recently stopped by Sydney’s The Morning Show to chat about his plethora of projects. Opening up about his Grease: Live co-star Vanessa Hudgens, who performed on the telecast just hours after her father died, Tveit said: “I honestly don’t know how she did that…she’s really something.” Check out the wide-ranging interview with Tveit below—it’ll give you a “Morning Glow,” promise…! Daniel Sunjata Lands ABC PilotSpeaking of Tveit, his Graceland partner-in-crime Daniel Sunjata has been tapped for ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. According to Deadline, the Broadway alum is set to play a charismatic lawyer in the show, which will examine the relationship between the media and criminal law. Fingers crossed for a series order!New LCT Honor for Audra McDonald & Hal PrinceMultiple Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (six) and Harold Prince (21) will be inducted into the inaugural class of Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Alice Tully Hall on June 20. Louis Armstrong, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma and Leontyne Price are also set to receive the honor, which celebrates unparalleled excellence in the arts. Congratulations to them all!B’way Alums Set for Chicago’s King and IWe’re whistling a happy tune! Broadway alums Ali Ewoldt, Alan Ariano and Rona Figueroa have been enlisted to play Tuptim, The Kralahome and Lady Thiang, respectively, in Chicago’s Lyric Opera’s The King and I. Directed by Lee Blakeley, the previously reported production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic will be led by Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban and play a limited engagement April 29 through May 22 at the Civic Opera House.Sneak Peek of Becoming Mike NicholsWe have a new trailer for Douglas McGrath’s Becoming Mike Nichols, an intimate documentary portrait of the legendary director, which will debut on February 22 on HBO. Taped just four months before the beloved EGOT winner died, Nichols opened up to his close friend and colleague, fellow theater director Jack O’Brien. Definitely not one to be missed.last_img read more

Call to measure duration of obesity

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Call to measure duration of obesity by: – August 23, 2011 Doctors need to start counting “obese-years”, say expertsExperts say the health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately.Risk calculations have focused on severity of weight gain alone and not how long it persists.Latest research suggests every additional decade of being obese more than doubles death risk.The researchers told the International Journal of Epidemiology a new measure is needed – the “obese-year”.Similar to the “pack-year” used for smoking, it gives a further quantification that can be used to help estimate the associated health risks.Growing problemA quarter of UK adults are overweight.And one in 10 children younger than 11 in England are obese.The government says that if the current rate of growth continues, three quarters of the population could suffer the ill effects of excess weight within 10 to 15 years.But Dr Asnawi Abdullah, from Monash University in Australia, and colleagues believe the toll is larger than this because estimates have failed to factor in duration of obesity.Their work shows that duration of obesity or “obese-year” has a direct effect on death risk, independent of other factors like age or how severely overweight a person is.They looked at the health of 5,036 people living in the US who enrolled in a large study – the Framingham Cohort Study – that tracked their health every two years over decades.Among the participants, death risk went up by 7% for every additional two years of being obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more).Being obese for between 15 and 25 years more than doubled death risk compared with those who were never obese.And death risk was tripled for those who were obese for even longer than this.The researchers say this needs to be taken into consideration when assessing overweight patients.“Our study demonstrates that for every additional 10 years lived with obesity, the risks of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality more than doubled, implying that the risk of mortality associated with current obesity in adults might be significantly higher than in previous decades.”They warn that obesity is occurring at younger and younger ages which will mean today’s children can expect a shorter life expectancy compared with past generations.‘Scare tactic’“Today the average age of onset of obesity is likely to be more than 10 years earlier than in previous decades.”Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, agreed: “Obesity is starting to become a problem at supremely young ages. We could see people dying before their parents because of obesity.”He said the findings could be a much needed wake up call for some.“If the GP can say ‘You have got to do something about your weight otherwise you will die at 65 rather than 75’ that could be a useful scare tactic.”But he doubted if that would be enough to motivate all.“Many people struggle to lose weight no matter how many times they are told to or how many times they try.”A Department of Health spokesman said tackling obesity was a priority for government. He said doctors follow the current guidelines that say body mass index (weight in relation to height) and waist measurement are the best ways to assess obesity and health risks.Will Williams at All About Weight said: “It’s never too late to get the benefits of weight loss. At any age, losing weight and keeping it off, is likely to extend your life and reduce your risk of disease.”By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more