Harnessing Big Data is an important strategy for all companies in today’s information-driven world. But where do you begin in choosing a project to utilize this vast resource effectively?Much has been written about the three Vs of Big Data – Volume, Velocity and Variety. But the unsaid fourth V – Value – is the one where we have to direct our focus. It only makes sense to start where Big Data analytics will have a big impact right away. At EMC, we have seen that there are at least three types of use cases to consider — those involving business data (customer data, product data, quotes and orders, financial data), data center data (events from networks, storage, servers, applications) or security (events from firewalls, IDS, antivirus, etc.). Chances are, like EMC, your company has already taken steps to consolidate your data and found that traditional data stores or standard analytics tools still do not provide the agility that you need.At EMC, for our first Big Data use case, we chose to focus on the business side of the house in a project to bolster our Customer Quality (CQ) effort. This is a critical focus that touches on all aspects of our business. Utilizing Big Data analytics here promised to be an early and substantial win.The CQ team tracks quality and analyzes performance data, including information on data availability sent back to EMC from all hardware installed in customer environments via a dial-home system. We use this data, along with customer surveys, to help gauge customer satisfaction.Leveraging EMC’s Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform for data quality provided both the technology to quickly load incoming data and the tools to generate reports in near real-time. The results were undeniably fantastic. The CQ team can now load millions of dial-home records generated in a span of minutes vs. the four to six days that it used to take. They can also produce reports they need on demand and pursue questions and shape reports to meet their specific needs like never before.What’s more, we have built on this experience to offer Business-Analytics-as-a-Service (BAaaS), a model we recently introduced to allow business units to work in their own analytics workspace with information from our data warehouse and other sources to pursue research questions they never could before.While this project has really shown the power of Big Data, it is only the beginning of our journey to leverage the benefits of Big Data analytics and BAaaS. We have also made significant progress in predicting certain types of failure events within the data center hours before they happen and in dealing with security threats. With the help of data science we expect to unlock the predictive value of our data to hone our business strategy for the future.
Today, Dell EMC is expanding its modern protection storage portfolio with Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300, a new platform specifically designed to deliver enterprise-level data protection to small to mid-size organizations and remote/branch office environments of larger enterprises.Why Data Domain DD3300 and Why Now?Organizations today face many challenges and conflicting priorities including data growth, supporting an ever-growing number of applications, an increasingly stringent regulatory and compliance environment, and continuously shrinking budgets. For organizations of all sizes, small to large, it is paramount for business success, more than ever before, that their data is protected and that they can easily leverage cloud for flexibility agility and economics.Achieve Enterprise-Level Data Protection Without an Enterprise-Size Data CenterData Domain DD3300 is purpose built for modernizing data protection of small to mid-size organizations and enterprise remote/branch office environments. DD3300 is simple and comprehensive, cloud-ready, and offers multi-site scalability.DD3300 offers Dell EMC’s comprehensive data protection capabilities, including inline encryption and DD Boost for faster backups and lower network usage. DD3300 also provides coverage for a wide application ecosystem, from enterprise to homegrown applications. A 2U appliance that enables you to start small and expand capacity as your needs increase, and with an average data reduction rate in the range of 10-55x, the DD3300 will provide an impressive ROI along with dramatic cost savings, bringing greater scalability and significant reduction in WAN bandwidth use for backups and recovery.1Modernize Your Data Protection With Simple Extension to the CloudTo enable smaller IT environments to simply extend to the cloud for long-term retention, DD3300 supports Data Domain Cloud Tier. With DD3300, organizations can natively-tier deduplicated data to the cloud for long-term retention without the need for a separate cloud gateway or a virtual appliance. This new compact Data Domain delivers cost-effective long-term retention on a wide cloud ecosystem including Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and major public clouds.DD3300 also supports Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery service. In conjunction with Dell EMC Data Protection Software, the Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery enables virtual machine images protected on Data Domain DD3300 to be copied to object storage within the public cloud for a modern, cost efficient disaster recovery solution that takes advantage of the cloud. Protect Data Wherever It Resides With Multi-Site ScalabilityWith elegant, multi-site scalability with the included capabilities of Data Domain Replicator, DD3300 provides fast, network-efficient and encrypted replication from remote offices to the central data center. It only transfers deduplicated data across the network, eliminating up to 98% of the bandwidth required.2 With its compact design, DD3300 is ideal for multi-site scenarios with remote and/or branch IT environments that house data separate from the central IT environment.Get Even More With Dell EMC Data Protection SoftwareTo maximize the return on investment and get the most out of Dell EMC’s advanced deduplication, Data Domain DD3300 can be paired with our modern Data Protection software. With DD3300 and Dell EMC Data Protection software, customers can amplify the logical capacity and cloud capabilities, benefit from an intuitive user-friendly interface for simpler management, and take advantage of advanced VMware automation and integration capabilities.Whether securing data of a small to mid-sized business or a department of a Fortune 100 company, Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300 provides dependable protection.Dell EMC Data Domain 3300 is generally available through Dell EMC and channel partners. To learn more about Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300, view the product details on the Dell EMC Store and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for the latest announcements, customer case studies and topical content._______________________________________________________________________________________1 Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of >15,000 Data Domain systems deployed worldwide, November 20172 Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, July 2017
Notre Dame students looking for a good place to study who find the Library too quiet, the Coleman-Morse Center too crowded and LaFortune too full of distractions now have a place to turn for a spacious but collaborative atmosphere — the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.The Bookstore recently opened a study space on its second floor, complete with tables, comfortable chairs and light background music.Director of Retail Operations Keith Kirkpatrick said he hopes more students will begin taking advantage of this new study space.“So far we’re seeing that it’s being used — not as much as we want it to be used, but that will probably increase,” he said. “This area on the second floor has a great view — a two story window where you can see the Dome.” The study space opened just before spring break, but Kirkpatrick said the decision to implement the space was made at the end of September. A senior class business project was to conduct a focus group dealing with the integration of the café and the Bookstore, as well as ways to increase student traffic.“Feedback from the focus group was basically that they wanted [part of] the second floor cleaned up with desks and made it into a study area,” Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick said the Bookstore is able to be more creative with the store layout in the spring semester, when the rush of football season has ended. In the fall, the textbook department is collapsed and used for a line queue, but in the spring, that space can be consolidated for other displays. “[Study space] is something we didn’t think about before because for us not having space allocated to sell stuff hurts the [business],” Kirkpatrick said. “But we got creative and made the space so we’re not really losing anything.”School supplies, which were previously situated toward the back of the second floor, have been moved adjacent to the study space so that all of the materials students might need are conveniently located. “One of the other initiatives we have is to reach out to campus to create a gathering space,” Kirkpatrick said. “We have a number of departments on campus that actually hold class here — it’s almost on a weekly basis that they come downstairs … I hope they will use the upstairs also.” Kirkpatrick said the Bookstore decided to make the space slightly bigger when they began talking to the Registrar’s Office, who needed additional space for graduation projects. The study space will be used as a sort of graduation headquarters this May. Cap and gown distribution, guest ticket pickups and senior surveys distribution will take place there on May 12 and 13. Kirkpatrick said he hopes student traffic will continue to increase as word about the additional study space moves through campus. “We get a good number of students [studying in the Bookstore] right now, especially in the café area downstairs. The chairs are comfortable, it’s fairly relaxed, fairly quiet, and it’s open — our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. which is a pretty good stretch of time,” he said. The study space will only last until the end of June, when the bookstore will begin to prepare for the 2010 football season. “We’re going to have it up through finals, but it will probably come down by mid- summer because we’re going to need to reset the floor get ready for fall,” Kirkpatrick said.
The College of Arts and Letters recently announced a new cross-disciplinary minor in Philosophy, Religion and Literature (PRL), open to students of all majors Professor Henry Weinfield of the Program of Liberal Studies will direct the new minor, which he said will replace the former Philosophy and Literature minor. “Last year, I was asked by John McGreevy, the dean of the College of Arts and Letters, to take over the directorship of the Philosophy and Literature minor, which had existed for at least a decade,” Weinfield said. “In the discussions I had with the dean, we both agreed that it made sense to combine Philosophy and Literature with Religion and Literature, which had not yet been formally organized as a minor.” Weinfield said the minor, which will be formally launched in the spring semester, will require 15 credit hours. The requirements will include a three-credit Gateway Seminar in philosophy and literature or religion and literature, a three-credit capstone essay and three additional three-credit courses. According to the minor’s website, the course of study will be organized along two separate tracks, Philosophy and Literature and Religion and Literature. Despite the existence of two options, Weinfield said students in the minor will take classes that incorporate elements of the other track. “If students concentrate in Philosophy and Literature, for example, they must take at least one course in Religion and Literature,” Weinfield said. Weinfield said he worked with professors Vittorio Montemaggi of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, David O’Connor of the Department of Philosophy and Susannah Monta of the Department of English to craft the new minor. Weinfield said he is looking forward to the exchange among disciplines that the minor will facilitate. “The PRL minor brings together disciplines that have traditionally been central to Notre Dame,” he said. “Literature frequently has a religious or philosophical dimension, and so it’s natural that philosophy, religion and literature be conjoined and brought into conversation with one another.” Weinfield said the minor is open to all students who want to consider the relationships among the three disciplines.” “There are many students at Notre Dame who are pursuing majors that previously did not allow them to accommodate their interests in philosophy, religion and literature,” he said. “These students will now have a home.” Montemaggi said the minor is intended to be simple for students of all colleges and majors to pick up. “Without compromising academic rigor, the minor is designed to have maximum flexibilit, so as to allow students to pursue the trajectory within it most congenial to them, in fruitful connection with the rest of their studies and interests,” Montemaggi said. Weinfield said he hopes the new minor will also prompt interchange among students and faculty of all departments. “In the College of Arts and Letters, we want to be building bridges and creating conversations that involve undergraduates, graduate student, and professors in ways that go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and we want people in other colleges to be part of those conversations,” Weinfield said. “Hopefully, the PRL minor will be a vehicle for doing all of this.” Contact Nicole McAlee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chroma Technology Corp,Chroma Technology Corp, an employee-owned company, announced today the launch of a new, wholly-owned subsidiary. 89 North, located in Burlington, VT, will leverage resources from the area including the University of Vermont and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies to develop innovative products for the life science imaging market. Their initial focus will be on high-power light sources for fluorescence imaging, and they will immediately take over sales and support for the Photofluor II, Chroma s metal halide-based light source.”We ve long wanted to diversify Chroma and our product line,” says Paul Millman Chroma’s President. “Diversification will not only help insure Chroma’s future but it will also expand the community of employee-owned companies in Vermont. As you know both Senators Leahy and Sanders are strong supporters of employee-ownership . Most recently Senator Leahy demonstrated his support by obtaining significant financial support for the work of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center.””We are excited to be starting here in Burlington,” says 89 North General Manager Chris Baumann. “The resources available through UVM and VCET will be a tremendous asset to us as we move forward. We look forward to great things to come.”For more information on Chroma Technology Corp, www.chroma.com(link is external)For more information on 89 North, www.89North.com(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A gunman was convicted of fatally shooting a 31-year-old man following an argument in their hometown of New Cassel last year.A Nassau County jury found Naqunne Jackson guilty Monday of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon following a week-long trial and 45 minutes of deliberation.“This defendant shot William Moody twice in a senseless act of violence and then tried to evade responsibility for his crimes,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.Prosecutors said that Jackson shot William Moody two times on Prospect Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2013.The victim was later found dead near the scene of the shooting. Police arrested Jackson three days later.Judge David Sullivan is scheduled to sentence Jackson on Jan. 30. He faces up to 40 years to life in prison.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck was sentenced last month to four-to-12 years in prison after she admitted to stealing more than $797,000 from a dozen clients over a four-year span.Martha Brosius, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny and a charge of scheme to defraud in June before Justice Helene Gugerty at Nassau County court.Queens prosecutors handled the case due to the fact that Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Brosius breeched her fiduciary duties and unjustly enriched herself at the expense of her clients.Brosius was originally accused of stealing about $150,000 from four clients, but was later indicted on charges of stealing much more when additional victims were uncovered, the Press has reported.Her victims included a 77-year-old man deemed incapacitated and two brothers who hired Brosius to handle their father’s estate and sell his residence in order to set up a trust for their disabled sister, who was the sole inheritor of their father’s estate.As part of Brosius’ plea deal, she admitted to stealing from two additional victims that were not part of her indictment. Investigators said a total of 12 clients were victimized in the case.Her attorney has said that she retired from practicing law.
– Advertisement – Former DCMS committee chair Damian Collins and former Chair of the FA Race Equality Advisory Board Yunus Lunat discuss what needs to happen to football’s governing body following the resignation of Greg Clarke 0:26 It has been called a ’round-table’ discussion but – as is the norm now during this ongoing pandemic – it will not be done in-person. Dowden will lead the meeting online.Who is attending?The most senior figures in football have committed to joining the opening round of talks.Those include Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry, as well as representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association [PFA], Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Association.FA chief executive Mark Bullingham and Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s Director of Women’s Football, will join the virtual meeting too on behalf of English football’s governing body.The government hopes that having so many key figures on one call will increase the chances of finding common ground during a period of uncertainty in football, sport and the wider world.Is this a response to Greg Clarke’s resignation at the FA?Not directly – but football governance will be another main talking point. – Advertisement – 1:51 Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden says he is ‘very disappointed’ at the current failure to agree a coronavirus rescue package for the EFL What will they discuss? What are they hoping to achieve? Sky Sports News‘ chief reporter Bryan Swanson answers some key questions ahead of the meeting:How significant is this summit?This has been an extraordinary year, on and off the pitch. English football is losing around £100m-a-month due to the coronavirus pandemic and there are other significant issues that must be addressed.The Premier League and EFL are yet to finalise a bailout for struggling lower-league clubs after months of talks and several proposals, with many clubs quickly running out of money to survive. This summit has been set up to debate and discuss some of the key issues, with the aim of bringing everybody together during a period of considerable stress.What are the main issues?Football’s joint response to coronavirus will be discussed following what have been, at times, fraught financial talks between the leagues.The summit will focus on other pressing issues including the potential return of fans to grounds in England once it is safe to do so, diversity and equality, and the development of the women’s game.It comes during a week in which the FA are under considerable scrutiny to get right their next appointment as chair, following the resignation of Greg Clarke over offensive comments about race and gender. Chief reporter Bryan Swanson takes us through the events that have seen former FA chairman Greg Clarke stand down as FIFA vice-president – Advertisement – The UK government will host a virtual summit on Tuesday lunchtime over the future of English football, which will include the FA, Premier League, EFL, Kick It Out and other fan groups. Towards the end of an unprecedented year in which football has suffered significant economic damage because of coronavirus, culture secretary Oliver Dowden will lead talks with those in control of the national game.- Advertisement – 9:57 Rochdale’s David Bottomley says the £50m rescue package from the Premier League to the EFL is close, but admits there is ‘still a long way to go’ Football fans will be forgiven for feeling a sense of fatigue over yet another high-profile meeting involving the game’s administrators.What makes this summit different, however, is the participation of such a wide of group of people from within the game, including equality and inclusion organisations, the player’s union and fan groups.The government will want to see evidence that football is coming together, and hopefully some progress on these key issues will be made. Clarke resigned as FA chairman last week after referring to black footballers as “coloured” during evidence to MPs at a parliamentary inquiry. He apologised over his “unacceptable” words and subsequently told Sky Sports News it was “better for football” that he immediately resign from his role as a FIFA vice-president.Government officials finalised the summit last week, but the proposal to hold talks was established before Clarke’s offensive remarks to parliament.They may be asked about the recruitment process, which the FA has insisted will be diverse, but the governing body is expected to announce further details on the search for a new FA chair later this week.What will this summit achieve?This is a good question – and there is no clear answer. 2:30
Use of the proven yellow fever vaccine to create a safe hybrid could shave years off vaccine development, Fauci added. By 28 days after vaccination, 96% of the high-dose group and 100% of the low-dose group had a measurable antibody response, Acambis reported. The company reported mean antibody titers of 1280 and 1350, considered high, in the respective groups. The next phase of testing will include a larger sample with more older adults, the AP reported. Provided the second phase goes well, the third phase will involve thousands of people. Results of the trial were to be presented today at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease’s (NFID) annual conference in Baltimore, 5 years after the company began researching WNV vaccines. Acambis had received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Testing on volunteers began in 2003, the AP reported. “We are encouraged by the immune response generated by trial subjects who were vaccinated with a single inoculation,” Monath said in the news release. In the double-blind, randomized trial, all but one of the people who received the vaccine developed antibodies to it, according to an Associated Press (AP) report quoting Dr. Thomas Monath, chief scientist at Acambis, the company that created the vaccine. The phase 1 clinical trial involved 80 volunteers. Thirty people received a single high dose of the vaccine, 15 were given a low dose, 30 received a placebo, and 5 received a yellow fever vaccine, Acambis officials said in a news release. May 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) An initial human trial of a West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine has yielded promising results, officials said today. The rate of vaccination side effects varied relatively little among the high-dose group (40%), the low-dose group (46.7%), and the placebo groups (43.3%), Acambis announced. No serious adverse events were blamed on the vaccine. Acambis created the ChimeriVax-West Nile vaccine by combining some genes from WNV with a licensed yellow fever vaccine, the AP story said. The yellow fever virus is a relative of the West Nile virus, and the yellow fever vaccine is known to be safe. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was impressed by the percentage of patients who showed high levels of antibodies, but he cautioned that these are early findings, the AP reported. No vaccine has been approved for West Nile, which first appeared in the United States in New York in 1999 and has spread to every contiguous state except Washington since then. WNV caused at least 2,470 illnesses and 89 deaths in the United States last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most people who contract the virus are don’t become ill, but about 20% can experience fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. About 1 in 150 suffers a severe illness, according to the CDC.
See also: The OIE, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are planning to provide support, according to Oxfam and OIE information. The outbreak is occurring in Oio region, which boasts some of the most intensive cattle herding operations in the country, an Oxfam America news story on May 5 noted. Some 120-plus cattle had died in the outbreak. Cattle herding is the chief economic engine of the Oio region, Oxfam said. Anthrax spreads among cattle and other ruminants through contaminated feed and soil, Oxfam said. People can contract intestinal anthrax by eating contaminated, undercooked meat. Touching infected animal tissues, being bitten by infected flies, or contacting contaminated materials may cause cutaneous anthrax. Inhalational anthrax results from inhalation of spores in contaminated areas. CIDRAP overview of anthraxhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/index.html Anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis, occurs naturally and is widespread in the environment. An estimated 2,000 to 20,000 human cases occur globally each year, according to the CIDRAP overview of the disease. Anthrax can also be modified for use as a biological weapon. Oxfam America estimated early in May that 400,000 doses of bovine vaccine would be required to control the outbreak, but that only 76,000 doses of the vaccine could be found in West Africa. The agency was assisting Guinea Bissau by purchasing vaccine and obtaining additional doses elsewhere. OIE news release http://web.oie.int/eng/press/en_050609.htm By the end of May, Oxfam America reported that more than 13,000 cattle had been vaccinated. Jun 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An anthrax outbreak in the small African country of Guinea Bissau has killed 4 people and sickened more than 80. The OIE has made a grant to the country from its emergency fund to help pay for a large-scale vaccination campaign in Oio, which has more than 50,000 cattle, according to a news release from the organization. Thirteen patients have been hospitalized, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) news release issued this month.