Transformational Data Protection for Virtualized Mission Critical Applications

first_imgThere is a wave of change sweeping across IT infrastructure. With the shift to cloud and SDDC, data protection must transform.The journey to transformation begins with modernizing the current environment, which focuses on delivering IT with fewer people, less time, and less money.  The key is simplification.Things really begin to change when backup stops being a separate product, managed by a separate team, run in its own silo. Instead, data protection becomes a feature- an integrated part of the environment. In this new world, applications are deployed already protected. Backups and recoveries should be faster, streamlined, with minimal hardware footprint and a lower impact on the production environment.What does a transformed environment look like?  Data Protection becomes automatic.The goal here is to speed up backups and recoveries, reduce duplication of costly backup tasks and empower application and database owners who are directly responsible for the data with self-service for data protection with guardrails. And, accomplish this within IT control with central visibility and oversight of backups by IT Administrators, while also solving the difficult data protection problem of large, virtualized, high-rate change mission critical apps.Express Data Path to Protect Virtualized Mission-Critical ApplicationsWith the increasing prevalence of very large (15 TB+) fast-changing, virtualized mission-critical databases, traditional data protection approaches struggle to keep up.  Application and data owners require speed and control to meet stringent Service Level Objectives (SLOs) for mission critical applications. By decoupling backup software from the data path, administrators can backup directly to protection storage, gaining up to 5x faster backup compared to traditional backup solutions.With the updated Dell EMC Data Protection Suite for Applications, application owners are empowered to use native application interfaces to perform backups from the VMware hypervisor directly to Dell EMC Data Domain.  Additionally, admins gain discovery, automation and provisioning for the entire data center from storage, applications and VMs.  Impact on application servers during backup windows is significantly reduced, as little or no data flows through the application server.Empower Administrators With Self-Service and Automation With IT Governance and ControlModern data protection designed for self-service requires intelligent, consolidated oversight of data and service levels across the business to ensure protection SLO compliance is met.  Data Protection Suite for Applications provides self-service data protection capabilities with global oversight to maximize efficiency, streamline operations and ensure consistent service level compliance.  With the ability to discover physical and virtual SQL and Oracle databases, as well as VMware copies, administrators receive faster time to value via automated VM discovery and provisioning, as well as the elimination of duplicate work streams and the creation of unnecessary silos of storage by sending data directly to Data Domain.Data Protection Suite for Applications non-disruptively discovers copies across the enterprise and automates protection SLO compliance.  Existing data copies are non-disruptively discovered to gain consolidated oversight of what already exists in the environment.  This also allows admins to maintain self-service by enabling storage administrators and DBAs to continue creating copies from their native interfaces instead of inserting a solution into the data path, and fully within the governance, SLOs and oversight of their IT data protection regime.Empowering application owners with the ability use native tools within their applications provides the control they desire, including the ability to set, monitor and enforce SLOs.  And, by enabling cooperation and coordination between protection administrators and data owners, administrative overhead is reduced.SummaryArchitected for the modern and software driven data center, Dell EMC data protection provides automation across the entire data protection stack, delivers simpler scalability and faster performance, and protection for a broader scope of VMware workloads, including workloads in the cloud and mission-critical I/O intensive applications.last_img read more

Twitter, Facebook Fail to Corral Donald Trump’s Misinformation About US Election Vote Count

first_imgAs US President Donald Trump and his allies flooded social media on Wednesday with false claims of victory and unsupported allegations of voter fraud, social media companies warned users that the presidential election had yet to be decided.The posts on Twitter, Facebook and other sites are imposing a real-time test of Silicon Valley’s much-touted rules on handling election misinformation and premature claims of victory.- Advertisement – “We’re testing our democracy experiment, and Facebook hasn’t gotten it right up to now,” Gonzalez said.The false and unfounded claims have evolved over the course of the day. Initially, Trump said he had won (he hasn’t.) Then he said that unanticipated mail-in votes were appearing out of nowhere (in fact they were long-expected.) More recently, Trump’s campaign claimed it had won Pennsylvania (where votes are still being counted.)The claims come as Trump’s lead in battleground states has evaporated as more ballots are being counted in Michigan and Wisconsin, a process that has taken longer than usual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and extraordinarily high turnout. Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden is projected to win Wisconsin and Michigan.- Advertisement – The extended count is no surprise, and neither was the late swing to Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, which was widely predicted in the run-up to the vote, including by Reuters. That did not stop Trump and his supporters from repeatedly trying to flood the Internet with unfounded allegations of fraud.Twitter marked three of Trump’s latest tweets, including one making a false claim about “surprise ballot dumps,” as potentially “misleading about an election or other civic process.” It also tagged statements by Trump’s son Eric and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that claimed victory in Pennsylvania with the disclaimer that “official sources may not have called the race when this was Tweeted.” But it is not clear whether the disclaimers and fact-checks, which often occur well after posts have been shared tens of thousands of times, are curbing the circulation of baseless claims. And in the case of Facebook, staff rewrote the rules regarding state victories on the fly.Critics say that, in environments explicitly built to promote instant sharing and viral posts, bland disclaimers do not cut it.“We’re on the brink here,” said Jessica Gonzalez, co-CEO of the advocacy group Free Press. She said Facebook needed to take down “disinformation about our democracy” rather than just flag it.- Advertisement –center_img Last night I was leading, often solidly, in many key States, in almost all instances Democrat run & controlled. Then, one by one, they started to magically disappear as surprise ballot dumps were counted. VERY STRANGE, and the “pollsters” got it completely & historically wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020Facebook also marked multiple posts from the president because votes were still being counted.Even if the disclaimers are curbing the spread of misinformation on their platforms, they have not stopped other media from amplifying Trump’s comments or his claims from hopping from one platform to another.On Fox News, Trump’s tweets have been read out verbatim on Wednesday, sometimes without caveats about their veracity. And on the video-sharing site TikTok, a group called the Republican Hype House shared a video featuring a false claim that Michigan found 138,000 ballots in a lake.TikTok said the video was later removed for violating its policy against misleading information. Fox did not respond to an email seeking comment.Social media companies have been under scrutiny over how they police rapidly spreading false information and election-related abuses of their platforms. In the weeks before Tuesday’s vote, both vowed action on posts by candidates trying to declare early victory.The attempts at policing those declarations began early on Wednesday, when Twitter hid a Trump tweet that claimed “we are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election” behind a label that said it was potentially misleading. The company also restricted users’ ability to share the post.Facebook added a label to the same post, which had about 25,000 shares, that said “final results may be different from initial vote counts as ballot counting will continue for days or weeks.”Facebook said that following Trump’s premature claims of victory it had started running top-of-feed notifications on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram telling users that votes were still being counted and no winner had been projected. It said automatic labels were also being applied to both candidates’ posts with this information.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

West Palm Beach to Celebrate Nationals’ World Series at Clematis by Night

first_imgThe World Series national champions, the Washington Nationals, are back in West Palm Beach for the next five weeks for spring training.But first, the Nationals will celebrate October’s championship with the city of West Palm Beach.Tonight, the city will hold a parade and rally for the champs as part of the weekly “Clematis by Night” event.The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at the 500 block of Clematis Street and will finish at the Waterfront Commons. The event, which runs until 9 p.m., will feature appearances from players and a performance by the Valerie Tyson Band. The first 100 fans will receive free “swag” from the Nationals.Led by star pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, Washington begins its title defense after topping the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game World Series last season. The Nationals, who share the West Palm Beach spring training facility with the Astros, began full-squad workouts began on Tuesday.Washington plays its first spring training game on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. versus Houston at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. One day later, the Nationals will play the first of seven spring training contests against the Miami Marlins, who train 12 miles north at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium. First pitch for Sunday’s split-squad match-up is slated for 1:05 p.m. at RDS.last_img read more

Meeting to hear demands for cinema in Donegal Town after 8,000 signatures gathered

first_imgMore than 8,000 signatures have been gathered ahead of a public meeting tonight after plans to build a cinema in Donegal Town were refused planning permission.Plans for the five-screen cinema along with public parking and a shop and restaurant were refused over traffic concerns.However, an online campaign has sparked a huge outpouring of support backing plans for the cinema. Local woman Yvonne Callaghan launched the campaign with more than 8,000 signatures supporting her campaign.Now a public meeting calling for permission to be granted for the cinema will be held in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town tonight (Mon) at 8pm.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and various other county councillors will attend the meeting.For further details see Meeting to hear demands for cinema in Donegal Town after 8,000 signatures gathered was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemaDonegal Townmeetingpermissionplanninglast_img read more