As a premier supplier of IT infrastructure, including best-of-breed hardware and software, Dell EMC is able to provide customers with a range of solutions to enable their digital transformation though the deployment of hybrid cloud technology. While this often takes the form of engineered systems using hyper converged architectures, Dell EMC also delivers components such as best–of-breed network storage systems that are highly cloud-enabled, ideally suited to private cloud deployments. This versatility is reflected in Dell EMC’s latest cloud announcements that feature these DIY building blocks in the range of hybrid cloud platform options, which also include Integrated Cloud Platforms, Reference Architectures and Public Cloud Platforms.Dell EMC Unity is the first external storage platform to be validated for use with VMware Cloud Foundation, thanks to engineering testing and cooperative efforts by Dell EMC and VMware teams. Customers can now provision storage for their VMware SDDC-managed hybrid cloud environments using the NFS file resources of their Unity unified storage. This provides investment protection for existing Unity users as well as deployment flexibility for applications that favor a shared storage approach. And because VCF’s software defined data center model can span on premises and public cloud deployment models, customers can take advantage of the efficiency and TCO benefits of VCF deployment and administration along with the data management and VMware integration features of Dell EMC Unity.With many organizations at the front end of their hybrid cloud deployments, Dell EMC is providing a comprehensive range of product and platform choices, supported with integration to software platforms such as VCF, that enable customers to have cloud computing their way.
Well if the whole East Coast doesn’t wash away in the next few days, you may be getting outside to play. I know I have found myself on quite a few hikes, backpacking trips, and mountain bike adventures as of late. I am trying something a bit new recently though, I am carrying a blade. Not just any blade, but the impressive Gerber Epic knife.I am an Eagle Scout, and proud of it mind you, and I remember carrying a multi-tool or knife everywhere I went. The essentials for me were wallet, watch, phone, knife. I don’t know when I stopped carrying a blade, but after the past few weeks with the Epic I don’t really know what I was thinking. Having a knife handy makes you the prepared one out of the group automatically. “Oh you want to sharpen the tip of your hiking stick, got it” “Oh you need to cut that rope, no problem” “Fighting off zombies, not an issue”Some specs on this handy mid-sized blade. First the knife is quite attractive with subtle gray and titanium finishes, and measures in at 7.3” (blade is 3.45”). This means it doesn’t draw a whole lot of attention or looks like you decided to play Rambo for a day. Nifty features include the bottle opener at the end of the blade, always appreciated here at Blue Ridge Outdoors, as well as a durable plastic sheath. The sheath was not an afterthought for Gerber as it holds the knife tip up or down and has a pocket clip that works for the left or right side. Any way you want to carry it, it’s got you.After putting this blade through some hard use, it is no worse for the wear. Sheath is still working perfect, the blade is still sharp, and the handle has no signs of wear. I really enjoyed having a fixed blade knife for a change, and never felt like it was bulky or inconvenient.If you’re looking for a good simple blade the Epic is worth a good hard look.$43; gerbergear.comSee you out on the trail,ChaseIf you like this review, you’ll love the Blue Ridge Survival Guide from our April issue.
By Dialogo December 16, 2011 The more efficient use of chemicals has enabled Bolivian drug traffickers to use less coca for the same amount of cocaine, the representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), César Guedes, said in an interview with AFP. “Production has become more sophisticated in the last three years. Much less coca is now needed to produce the same amount of cocaine. We’re talking about a doubling of the yield,” the official stated. He explained that this is due to the fact that the drug traffickers “are using more efficient chemical precursors that are capable of more intensely extracting the alkaloid from the coca.” It is a matter of “chemical technology that was not developed for coca, but rather for other activities such as the pharmaceutical or petrochemical industries, but that is being applied in drug trafficking,” where its effects are maximized. “Coca is not a drug, but its process of transformation is very simple. Very little needs to be added to convert it into a narcotic,” Guedes emphasized. Manufacturing cocaine requires a mix of chemicals, such as sulfuric acid, acetone, gasoline, diesel, sodium carbonate, and potassium permanganate, which are used in different phases, such as obtaining base paste and then cocaine hydrochloride. Bolivian authorities have indicated that drug traffickers have begun to use ground coca and cement to manufacture drugs. Guedes indicated that it is not yet possible to specify the yield of the new chemical procedures, although there is certainty that the reagents are being optimized in order to produce drugs with a smaller amount of the ancient plant. The use of coca in its natural state for mastication is legal in Bolivia.