Embrace the Chaos and Reap the Rewards

first_imgHow do you back up your data? A decade ago, the question was an afterthought for IT directors, and they could answer it in 10 words or less. Today, the question is top of mind for CIOs and nobody in the organization has a complete answer. To deliver the answers that the business needs, the backup team must transform its approach and adopt a service-provider mindset.Backup has become a top IT priority because it can drive the business. Companies recognize the competitive business advantages of bringing together the right information and the right people. Therefore, they want their IT investments to advance their information infrastructure, instead of merely maintaining the legacy environment. Unfortunately, IT organizations evolve slowly to minimize risk (e.g. data loss). Enterprises with high-performance trusted backup solutions evolve more quickly because the rest of IT can move more rapidly, confident in their backup safety net. Backup has become a CIO focus because it can accelerate IT and business transformation.As backup has become more vital, it has also become more fragmented. Concerned about the performance and reliability of legacy backup solutions, individual IT groups have deployed point products to address their localized backup challenges. For example, most enterprises have DBAs, Virtual Machine (VM) administrators and storage teams run one-off approaches for some VMs, databases, NAS servers or remote offices. The result is chaos: snapshots, database dumps to local disk, replicas, Virtual Tape Library (VTL), cloud, legacy tape and multiple management applications. While countless IT directors swear that they’re the exception (“We’re a [insert term associated with hierarchical control] company. Everything is controlled by our central backup application.”), the stark reality is that absolute, centralized control is an illusion.Why do these groups diverge from the central backup offering? First, the backup team does not meet their needs. Second, unlike a decade ago, each group can create its own solution. The root of the problem is that the three core backup technical trends drive the divergence.Performance. Backup and recovery performance drives customer satisfaction. With more VMs, consolidated applications, billion-file NAS servers, and remote offices around the globe, backup teams struggle to maintain service levels. Since businesses are pushing IT to improve services, backup remains a critical bottleneck. In response, hypervisors, applications and storage systems have built tools to help optimize backup (e.g., VMware’s Changed Block Tracking, which can enable 10x better backup and recovery performance). Of course, if the company’s legacy backup application does not support the optimizations, the other teams will find point products that do.Visibility. VM, application, and storage administrators understand that data drives the business. They worry about not knowing the status of their backups. They complain that much of the time-critical restore workflow is out of their control. They want more visibility into their data protection and more control over restores. If the company’s backup team does not enable broader visibility, the other teams will deploy point products that they control.Disk Backup. When tape was the only viable backup media, centralization was required. Most application administrators didn’t want to purchase, manage, or attach tape devices to their servers. Disk, on the other hand, enables groups to create their own backup solution.The need for backup performance and visibility drives other IT groups to explore alternatives to their centralized backup team. Disk enables them to deploy those alternatives.To meet business needs and remain relevant, the backup team must adopt a service provider approach. Enterprises cannot allow backup to devolve into fragmented silos, but they cannot force their users to embrace substandard services. Therefore, backup teams must abandon the legacy backup model that alienates their customers. While many CIOs want to buy a “silver bullet” product or service that “solves” their problems, the first step is internal with their asking customers what services they want.First, they’ll learn that the teams want a central backup group for compliance, reporting, infrastructure management, etc. They just want fast backups that they can rapidly restore themselves.Second, they’ll find that their users want a variety of services across different applications – from traditional backup to backup storage services to centralized backup policy and catalog management.Once they begin to understand their customers, the backup team can adopt technologies that will help them evolve their environment. The first buying decision is disk backup. Immediately, disk can enhance the backup team’s service levels and organizational credibility. Strategically, since disk backup is one of three core trends, the backup group needs a reliable, flexible solution that will support the evolution to new workloads and workflows.Transforming the backup environment, the backup team, and its customer relationships takes time. Each day we see customers at all stages of evolution. An increasing number of backup teams, however, have already become service providers that help accelerate the business. For each of them, their transformation began with the service provider mindset.Sometimes, the best way to gain control is to let go… and embrace the chaos.last_img read more

Thousands of Kiwi students suspended for drug use

first_imgStuff co.nz 27 December 2017Family First Comment: “…principals say it’s mostly marijuana – and small amounts of it – that get students into trouble.They’re unapologetic about the numbers of suspensions and say all schools should have a zero tolerance approach.”Exactly. Bet they’re nervous about the agenda of the Greens to legalise recreational dope – and so they should be. We all should be.Thousands of Kiwi kids have been suspended over the past five years for having drugs at school.It’s mainly the drug that has many names; cannabis, dak, ganja, weed, pot, herb, green, kakariki, bud, chronic.But there’s only one name for what happens when students get caught using it – suspension.Data released under the Official Information Act reveals 3177 state school students were suspended for drug use between 2012 and 2016.Students in the Auckland region had the highest number of suspensions – 755 over the past five years – but it’s also the region that has the largest number of schools.At the other end of the scale, seven students on the West Coast were suspended for drug use.And it’s not just high school students that are copping a suspension.Primary school pupils – 287 of them over five years – have been suspended, too.The figure for students suspended from private schools is unknown because they’re not covered under the act.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/98429916/thousands-of-kiwi-students-suspended-for-drug-uselast_img read more

West Indies rebuild after Brathwaite departs

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Rain held up England’s progress after Alastair Cook scored a superb 243 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston yesterday.Cook’s 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply.Heavy rain curtailed the final session and West Indies will resume today 470 runs behind.Resuming on 348 for three in the first day-night Test in England, Cook and Dawid Malan smoothly extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 162.Kieran Powell fights hard as the weather closes in. (AFP)Cook reached his fourth Test double-century with a thick edge to the third man boundary off Kemar Roach, the former England captain’s 30th four.Malan, who recorded his first Test 50 in his third match, was out on the stroke of lunch for 65, edging spinner Roston Chase to Jermaine Blackwood at slip.Ben Stokes (10), Jonny Bairstow (18) and Moeen Ali (nought) fell in quick succession as England chased runs and Cook’s marathon vigil ended when he was trapped lbw by Chase, prompting the declaration.A callow West Indies batting lineup was always likely to struggle against England’s experienced pace bowling attack and Anderson had Brathwaite caught by wicketkeeper Bairstow for an eight-ball duck.Powell, dropped by Stokes at gully off Stuart Broad, and Hope battled through to tea without further loss and they extended their partnership in the first match of the three-Test series before heavy rain ended the day’s play.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook lbw b Chase 243M. Stoneman b Roach 8T. Westley lbw b Cummins 8J. Root b Roach 136D. Malan c Blackwood b Chase 65B. Stokes c Blackwood b Chase 10J. Bairstow b Holder 18M. Ali c K. Brathwaite b Chase 0T. Roland-Jones not out 6Extras: (lb-10, nb-7, w-3) 20Total: (for 8 wickets declared, 135.5 overs) 514Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-39, 3-287, 4-449, 5-466, 6-505, 7-506, 8-514.Bowling: K. Roach 28-8-86-2 (w-3), A. Joseph 22-3-109-0 (nb-2), M. Cummins 24-3-87-1 (nb-3), J. Holder 29.3-4-103-1 (nb-2), R. Chase 26.2-2-113-4, K. Brathwaite 6-0-6-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Bairstow b Anderson 0K. Powell not out 18K. Hope not out 25Extras: (w-1) 1Total: (for 1 wicket, 16 overs) 44Fall of wickets: 1-0.Bowling: J. Anderson 8-2-17-1 (w-1), S. Broad 8-1-27-0.last_img read more

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson launches Kumite 1 League in Mumbai

first_img Amongst all the hype and buzz, India’s first global mixed martial arts competition, Kumite 1 League was launched in Mumbai. The make it sweeter, the occasion was graced by legendary heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. Dylan Dsouza The press conference was followed by in a public event of all the fighters at the High Street Phoenix mall, Lower Parel. The raucous crowd present at the event looked to be in awe after getting a glimpse of the star boxer. FOLLOW US Revealing of his itinerary during his stay in India, Tyson plans a customary tourist visit to the Taj Mahal. Apart from that, the American boxing legend admitted to be a follower of cricket, a sport which has a immense fan-following in India. Last Updated: 29th September, 2018 16:16 IST Legendary Boxer Mike Tyson Launches Kumite 1 League In Mumbai Legendary boxer Mike Tyson packs a punch at the launch of Kumite 1 League Written By COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 28th September, 2018 23:39 IST Supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the league is slated to roll out by the second quarter of 2019. Therefore, in an attempt create buzz for the eight-team tournament, the Kumite 1 League will be flagged off with a exhibition bout between India and UAE.The 24 world class MMA players representing Team India and UAE will engage in vigorous combat at the much anticipated Fight Night. The fight is scheduled to take place at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, and for viewers who can’t make it to the venue, the fight will be telecast live on the Sony Six network at 7:00 PM IST. READ | WATCH: Rohit Sharma Sweating It Out In The Gym Ahead Of The Final Against BangladeshThe star attraction at the event will be former undisputed world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, who is making his maiden visit to India. Talking about the launch of KL1 in India, Mike said: “I’m very happy to be in India to launch Kumite 1 League. MMA is a fabulous discipline and it is very heartening to see the sport grow everywhere in the world. I’m told that MMA is yet to catch up in India, and I hope that the Kumite 1 League will be the catalyst to the growth of this sport in the country.” SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Along with the former American boxer, Sheikh Tahnoon, the Prince of Abu Dabi and Mohamedali Bhuwani, CMD of Toyani Industries were also in attendance. The K1 League is the first MMA league of its kind, wherein players will represent their countries in a team format. In association with AIMMAF, the Kumite 1 League have also launched a programme to scout for the raw, untapped MMA talent across the nooks and corners of India.READ | Boxer Manoj Takes A Towering Lead Versus Politicians And Bollywood Stars In The Viral Fitness Challenge! Can Anyone Beat Him?last_img read more