Kolisi gives inspirational acceptance speech as Springboks fly the flag for rugby

first_imgTuesday Feb 18, 2020 Kolisi gives inspirational acceptance speech as Springboks fly the flag for rugby Injured Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, along with five other World Cup winners, were on hand to collect the prestigious World Team of the Year award at the annual Laureus Sport for Good Awards in Berlin last night. Kolisi was at his inspirational best.ADVERTISEMENTKolisi, who famously led the Springboks to their third Rugby World Cup title in Japan last year, was there along with Schalk Brits, Faf de Klerk, Cheslin Kolbe, Francois Louw and new head coach, Jacques Nienaber.To put things in perspective, the South African team beat out the likes of Liverpool Football Club, Spain’s basketball team, Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 racing team, the USA Women’s Soccer team and the Toronto Raptors.Upon receiving the award, Kolisi mentioned the differences in the team, and how even the likes of himself, from an extremely humble background, can be inspired by sport and end up where he is today.He also urged all sportsmen to keep doing what they’re doing, as they have a responsibility greater than themselves.ADVERTISEMENT“We are absolutely bursting with pride and would like to congratulate Rassie, Siya and the Springbok team, as well as the management for receiving this fantastic award,” said SA Rugby President Mr Mark Alexander.“They were so heroic on the field and through their excellent off-field conduct, they were true examples of excellent South African ambassadors.“Our country can be very proud of this team and what they have accomplished in such a short space of time. They made an amazing turn-around to establish the Springboks once more as a major force in world sport.“On behalf of SA Rugby, I would like to congratulate the entire Springbok team and management on this fantastic accomplishment. We saw how powerful a successful Springbok team can be, uniting South Africans from all walks of life, and we are immensely proud of their achievements.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Meadowview / Platform 5 Architects

first_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/316386/meadowview-platform-5-architects Clipboard “COPY” Meadowview / Platform 5 ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMeadowview / Platform 5 ArchitectsSave this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsHouses•Bedford, United Kingdom Meadowview / Platform 5 Architects “COPY” ArchDaily United Kingdom 2006center_img Architects: Platform 5 Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects + 26 Share CopySave this picture!PlanText description provided by the architects. Meadowview is situated on the edge of a rural village in Bedfordshire and was designed as a family home for a retired couple. The plot, enclosed by hedgerows and mature trees, borders onto an expanse of arable fields.  The site has been divided into different areas by the house and hard landscaping, setting up an interplay between the building, gardens and distant landscape. Save this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsThe abstract nature of the surrounding agricultural landscape and vernacular buildings has informed the design, resulting in a house with a simple linear form with a horizontal emphasis.  Small differences in height make a big difference to what you can see in a flat landscape so three datums were struck across the site expressed in bands of slate, white render and timber cladding to mark the viewing platforms. Save this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsOn the ground floor, areas of glazing set up close, sensual relationships with the garden whilst the first floor offers a more detached experience of the landscape with long views framed like pictures on the wall. Save this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsThe sweet chestnut clad box overhangs the ground floor so that from across the fields it looks like it is floating over the hedgerows.  The deep recessed balcony acts like a lens hood, framing sunsets over the countryside. The concept of a hovering building is continued into the details of the ash tread stair that is cantilevered off the wall in the entrance hall. The lightness of the timber box is juxtaposed with the heavy ironstone gabion wall that encloses the private walled garden. Save this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsA meandering route through the house creates a sequence of gradually more private internal and external spaces.  The entrance hall offers visitors views straight through the house to the pavilion in the back garden whilst screening off the living areas.  As you progress though the ground floor, the space expands into a double height living room that is overlooked by the first floor study.  From the living room, you can gain access to the courtyard garden where more delicate plants can grow protected from the wind and cold.  To the rear of the house, swathes of long grasses and meadow flowers are animated by the breeze giving the terrace a wharf-like feel.  An area of the garden is given over to food production in raised beds, providing all of the household’s fruit and veg over the summer months. Save this picture!Courtesy of Platform 5 ArchitectsThe house is well insulated, fitted with photovoltaic panles and also incorporates mechanical ventilation with heat recovery to reduce heat losses whilst a rainwater harvesting tank supplies water to the WC’s and the garden irrigation system. Save this picture!ElevationProject gallerySee allShow lessDenmark’s Sport Fishing Association Headquarters & Activity Center Proposal / CEBRAArticlesTangram Theatre Second Prize Winning Proposal / Gras ArquitectosArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/316386/meadowview-platform-5-architects Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officePlatform 5 ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasWoodBedfordHouses3D ModelingUnited KingdomPublished on January 12, 2013Cite: “Meadowview / Platform 5 Architects” 12 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?草甸景观 / Platform 5 Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Judge censors TV Globo’s coverage of rights activist’s murder

first_img Follow the news on Brazil RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America But the judge banned TV Globo from broadcasting any more reports about the police investigation on the grounds that “the leak of the content of the investigative case is very prejudicial because it exposes the personal data of witnesses and threatens the progress of the investigation.” TV Globo says it will appeal against the ruling. There was an outcry in Brazil about the murder of Franco, a prominent feminist and defender of black and gay rights, but the police investigation has failed to produce any significant results in the eight months since her death. Receive email alerts Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more November 21, 2018 Judge censors TV Globo’s coverage of rights activist’s murder Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a judge’s “disproportionate” decision to ban TV Globo, Brazil’s biggest TV channel, from broadcasting any further information about the police investigation into the murder of a well-known Rio de Janeiro city councillor. This ban censors public interest reporting on a major political case, RSF says. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment “Covering a police investigation and providing information about the case is not the same as violating the investigation’s confidentiality,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. BrazilAmericas Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reports Brazil is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further “The utterly disproportionate decision that the Brazilian justice system has taken in this case is designed to censor coverage by one of the country’s leading media outlets of a story in which there is a great deal of public interest. This is quite clearly a violation of press freedom and sets a dangerous precedent.” A Rio de Janeiro state judge issued the ban on 17 November after TV Globo broadcast two reports on 14 November based on information obtained from the police investigation into the fatal shootings of city councillor and human rights activist Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes on 14 March. News News May 13, 2021 Find out more TV Globo said its reports took care not to reveal information that could endanger witnesses or jeopardize the police investigation. last_img read more

Ginnie Mae Hits $32B in Platinum Securities

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Share Save October 15, 2019 1,356 Views Ginnie Mae MBS Securites 2019-10-15 Seth Welborn  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Ginnie Mae announced that investors purchased a record $32 billion of Platinum Securities spread across 217 pools in the fiscal year that ended September 30. Platinum Securities volume in fiscal year 2018 was approximately $20 billion.Ginnie Mae Platinum Securities are issued through the Ginnie Mae Multiclass Securities Program and, according to Ginnie Mae, “provide investors of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) with greater market and operating efficiencies.”Investors who hold multiple pools of MBS can combine new or existing MBS into a single Ginnie Mae Platinum Certificate. Once a Ginnie Mae Platinum Certificate has been created, it can be used in structured finance transactions, repurchase transactions and general trading.”The record volume caps a strong year for the Ginnie Mae Platinum program,” Ginnie Mae said in a statement.In April, Ginnie Mae introduced a Platinum product for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), known as HMBS, part of the modernization of Ginnie Mae’s Platinum Securities Program. Investors can create Platinum products using fixed-rate MBS (15- and 30-year mortgages); Weighted Average Coupon (WAC) Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) and Jumbo Only Fixed mortgages.”The market adoption of the modernized process for Platinum products has been strong: prior to modernization, fiscal year 2017 production of Platinum securities with fixed-rate collateral was only $7.88 billion,” Ginnie Mae noted. “Following modernization and automation inside the new MyGinnieMae portal, volume grew to more than $20 billion in fiscal year 2018.”“The results this year clearly demonstrate that our Platinum program modernization efforts are aligned with the needs of investors,” said John Daugherty, SVP, Office of Securities Operations. “Making it simpler for investors to manage their portfolio of Ginnie Mae securities, while enhancing the liquidity of their Ginnie Mae investments, supports our mission to foster a strong secondary mortgage market for government mortgage loans. We’re helping borrowers across the U.S. obtain the lowest mortgage rates an efficient market can offer.” Home / Daily Dose / Ginnie Mae Hits $32B in Platinum Securitiescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Ginnie Mae MBS Securites Ginnie Mae Hits $32B in Platinum Securities Previous: Financial Stress and Foreclosure Activity Next: The Rise of Mom-and-Pop REO Investors Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Family of 6 have ‘miraculous’ escape after their boat sinks

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook Family of 6 have ‘miraculous’ escape after their boat sinks Previous articleMan arrested on the border following post office raidNext articleMan accused of O’Domhnaill assault may bring private prosecution News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota WhatsApp Twittercenter_img A group of 6 people are said to have had a miraculous escape this afternoon after their boat sank off the coast between Marble Hill and Portnablagh.Malin Head received a call from a man on the speedboat at around 4.30pm. Contact was lost with the man as the boat sank during the call.Malin Head issued a Mayday call which was responded to by two Northern Irish men out fishing in the area, within  minutes the two adults and four children had been rescued from the water.A spokesperson for Malin Head coast guard said that if it was not for the men’s intervention, lives would have been lost. Twitter Google+ Newsx Adverts Pinterest By News Highland – July 12, 2011 Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress schemelast_img read more

Independent Oil and Gas awarded rig contract for Core Project Phase 1

first_imgNoble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field Core Project Phase 1 rig contract awarded to Noble Corporation. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) Independent Oil and Gas, the UK gas company targeting high returns via an infrastructure-led hub strategy, as operator of its joint venture with CalEnergy Resources (UK), is pleased to announce that it has awarded the rig contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to a subsidiary of Noble Corporation (“Noble”). This follows a competitive selection process by IOG’s drilling and contracting teams, assisted by well management contractor Petrofac, involving extensive technical and commercial evaluation across several drilling contractors.Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field. The fields all lie in 20-30 metre water depth in the UK Southern North Sea (“SNS”). The Hans Deul has a track record of successfully and safely executing wells in the SNS.The Phase 1 drilling campaign is scheduled to commence in Q1 2021 and, subject to actual well durations over the five wells, is expected to last into Q2 2022, with First Gas scheduled for Q3 2021.The contract also includes extension options to drill up to two further wells on favourable terms, at IOG’s election.Alongside this, detailed well design is progressing, on track to be completed in early 2021 ahead of the first well being spudded. The Company has also contracted most of the key services, tangibles and logistics for the Phase 1 drilling campaign and is tendering and negotiating multiple associated contracts.Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented:“We are very pleased to have contracted the Noble Hans Deul rig for our Phase 1 drilling campaign. Noble is a highly experienced drilling contractor and the Noble Hans Deul is both technically and commercially a strong choice, with a safe and successful track record of delivering similar wells.This rig contract is another key step in ensuring efficient execution of Phase 1 of our SNS Core Project, with optionality for further drilling activity on favourable terms. It also reflects good ongoing collaboration between our drilling and contracting teams and Petrofac, who are the approved Well Operator. We look forward to spudding the first well in Q1 2021.Robert Eifler, CEO of Noble Corporation, said:“We are proud to support IOG and their partners on the Core Project Phase 1 drilling campaign.  The Noble Hans Duel has a proven history of successful operations in the North Sea and we look forward to delivering safe and efficient operations for IOG on this important project.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Jilly’s Offers Free Easter Egg Hunt Kits

first_imgThis Easter, Jody Levchuk, shown with his children, Jordyn, 5, and Leni, 7, came up with a plan to help families with their own Easter Egg Hunts in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting) As the necessity of the cancellation of Ocean City’s Great Easter Egg Hunt became a reality, Jody and Jill Levchuk, owners of Jilly’s Boardwalk stores, and their family, felt awful that so many children would not be able to participate in the longstanding Ocean City Easter tradition, according to a press release.Not to mention, they had already prepared Jilly’s stores’ contribution of pre-filled Easter eggs for the event.The Levchuk family has decided to donate these eggs and special baskets to the families of Ocean City in an effort to not only give back to their community, but to bring fun and cheer to families during social distancing.“This is going to be amazing. We can’t wait to do it,” Levchuk said Monday. “Other Boardwalk businesses have already contacted me about adding things for the kids.”The Levchuk family wants to help bring the Easter Egg Hunt to the community by giving out free “Easter Egg Hunt Kits.”Each kit contains plastic Easter eggs, individually wrapped candy, small gifts, and prizes.To receive a kit, families can fill out a request form on the Jilly’s website from 12 p.m. March 31 through April 8.Egg Hunt Kits will be taken on a first come, first served basis while supplies last and will be safely dropped off at your home on April 11 with no contact to abide by safe social distancing practices during the coronavirus outbreak.Ocean City families can learn more and request a kit here starting Tuesday at noon: https://jillysocnj.com/easter-egg-hunt/last_img read more

Extension School recognizes outstanding grads

first_imgEach Commencement, the Harvard Extension School recognizes the notable accomplishments of its top graduates and outstanding faculty with numerous awards and prizes. Recipients may demonstrate outstanding initiative, character, and academic achievement; show dedication to the arts or public service; or in regard to faculty, be lauded by their students for excellence in teaching.One honor, the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Master of Liberal Arts Thesis, is awarded to a student whose graduate thesis embodies the highest level of imaginative scholarship. Through the years, A.L.M. thesis advisers from across the University (all of whom must have Harvard teaching appointments) have been singularly impressed with the work produced by their Extension School advisees: “tremendous body of work — better than many doctoral theses I’ve seen”; and “an important contribution … it should be published”; and on one biotechnology student, “the most impressive master’s student I have encountered … at Harvard.”In addition to the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Thesis, there are four major academic prizes — the Phelps, Crite, Langlois, and Small prizes — as well as the Bok, Aurelio, Yang, and Wood prizes. Faculty are awarded the Bonanno, Conway, Fussa, and Shattuck awards.To see a list of 2009-10 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients, visit the Extension School Web site.last_img read more

Mushroom relations

first_imgHarvard researchers are using one of the most comprehensive fungal “family trees” ever created to unlock evolutionary secrets.As reported in PLoS ONE on July 18, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Anne Pringle and Ben Wolfe, a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Center for Systems Biology, studied the genetics of more than 100 species of Amanita mushrooms — about one-sixth of the genus’s total diversity — to create an elaborate phylogeny showing how they are related.Amanita mushrooms have appeared in popular culture ranging from “Fantasia” to the Super Mario Bros. video games. Although it includes a number of edible species, such as the Amanita caesarea, the group is probably best known for its many toxic species, including the death-cap mushroom.Armed with the Amanita family tree, Pringle and Wolfe were able to determine that Amanita evolution has largely been away from species that help decompose organic material and toward those that live symbiotically on trees and their roots. More interestingly, they found that the transition came at a steep price — the loss of the genes associated with breaking down cellulose.“There had been earlier suggestions that this type of gene loss might be taking place, but our study is the first precise test of that hypothesis,” Pringle said. “The idea makes sense: If you’re going to actively form a cooperative relationship with a tree, you probably shouldn’t simultaneously be trying to break it apart and eat it. But it’s a very tricky dance to form these kinds of tight, cooperative interactions, and I think this work shows there is a cost associated with that. You have to change, you have to commit, and it can become a sort of gilded cage — these mushrooms are very successful, but they’re stuck where they are.”Amanita, however, isn’t the only mushroom to form such partnerships.“A number of mushrooms — truffles, chanterelles, and porcini — have figured out how to form these symbiotic relationships with trees,” Wolfe said. “The current thinking is that gene loss is a hallmark of the transition to symbiosis. Amanita is simply the first group we’ve been able to make that determination in because we have a phylogeny with this level of resolution.”That resolution was largely the result of Wolfe’s dedicated collecting work. In addition to many species housed in the Farlow Herbarium, at the Harvard University Herbaria, Wolfe spent months on the road tracking rare species.“Because we wanted to make sure we had a well-sampled family history, I spent a lot of time in the field collecting samples,” said Wolfe, whose stops included London and Hawaii. “The tricky part is that many Amanita mushrooms are extremely rare — in some cases, these species had only been collected once or twice in the last 50 or 60 years — and there are relatively few people with the expertise to distinguish one species from another.”Luckily, Wolfe was able to turn to one such expert — retired Bell Labs engineer Rod Tulloss, now an independent researcher and expert on Amanita mushrooms. Tulloss, whose collection of thousands of Amanita samples is stored in his New Jersey garage, which he years ago converted into a herbarium, is a co-author of the paper. As part of the research, he provided a number of crucial samples to fill out Wolfe and Pringle’s phylogeny.After extracting DNA from the samples, Wolfe used the codes of four different genes to determine how the various species are related. He then used a process called ancestral state reconstruction to show that the mushrooms have switched from being decomposers to being symbiotic with trees only once in their evolutionary history. Once the mushrooms switched to this new symbiotic lifestyle, they didn’t go back to their free-living past.Going forward, research will include studies of the entire genome of several Amanita species in an effort to better understand how symbiosis emerged, and how the mushrooms and trees maintain their partnership.Ultimately, Pringle said, the paper highlights one reason she finds such symbiotic partnerships “intrinsically interesting” — for all their apparent benefits, the cost can be high.“I think the really interesting thing is this idea that once you become symbiotic, some of your machinery is lost,” she said. “It seems like a dead end in some ways — you have to make this change to enter this niche, but once you’re there, you can’t go back — you’ve lost the capacity to be free-living.”last_img read more

VxRail: The New Season of Infrastructure Deployment

first_imgEd. Note: This blog was authored by Wayne Pauley, Ph.D, VMware Sr. Director, Dell EMC Global AlliancesAs the season shifts and the leaves change color here in New England I’m reminded of the constant transition in technology. In this case the industry shift to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) has really changed the color of infrastructure deployment in the datacenter. At VMware we recognized the power of this new platform early on and working with Dell EMC we co-developed the fastest growing HCI platform in the market –the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance. VxRail is powered by VMware Virtual SAN, an enterprise grade software defined storage technology that integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere and vCenter Server, providing industry leading performance and ease of management.The beauty of the VxRail HCI appliance is that it has some great use cases for the full spectrum of company sizes. Within the mid-market and in smaller IT shops, VxRail represents a system that can be used to consolidate multiple systems and applications in the datacenter or serve as an application specific resource (e.g. Virtual Desktops).In the Enterprise market we’ve seen a similar adoption model with VxRail Appliances being deployed as either special purpose machines at the edge (e.g. DNS, Firewalls, Virtual Desktops, Mobile Device Management) or in remote offices.But we are just at the beginning of this seasonal change and transformation of the datacenter infrastructure. Applications are quickly becoming the new face of business, and they need to be available anytime, anywhere and on any device while providing real-time updates and intelligent interactions. As such, applications need to be developed more quickly and allow for more iterations, while being supported by highly agile infrastructures.Another area that is changing rapidly is the application development and deployment model—where applications can manage the underlying hardware and provide microservices. These are often referred to as cloud-native applications or container-based applications.  Earlier this year, Dell EMC announced the Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) solution on the VxRail platform. NHC is a turnkey platform that provides the fastest path to digital transformation by accelerating time to market and enhancing customer experiences. It is engineered to combine self-service cloud-native application development with data analytics into a single hybrid cloud platform, eliminating the months it takes to build your own.Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) – one of the components of Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) – enables developers to provision and bind web and mobile apps with leading application development services, such as MySQL, Rabbit, Redis and MongoDB, on a unified platform. Furthermore, the VxRail Appliance – which NHC runs on – is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform that provides a converged infrastructure for cloud computing. The elastic, scale-out, and hyper-converged design can host multiple services concurrently. NHC helps companies realize the promises of cloud-native, DevOps and Big Data by accelerating the time to market by 77%* and eliminating the time and complexity of building and maintaining your own platform. VxRail Appliances provide speedy set up and easily increases capacity and performance using a scale out infrastructure architecture; features that application developers have come to expect from their IaaS platform.In addition to being put to use as an AppDev system, VxRail is also being deployed with all-flash now, making it a great system for 100s to 1000s of virtual desktops. Standalone VxRails support up to 600 virtual desktops, while a clustered system can support up to 9600 virtual desktops. Many of our customers now use the VxRail all-flash system as a desktop solution for their users.Just add VMware NSX (network virtualization platform) and the system becomes a full Software Defined Data Center, making it more secure and resilient while improving the agility for the workloads it supports. Bring in the EMC or VMware Security and Compliance teams, and they can help harden the VxRail systems for services that must meet ultra-secure or specific regulatory compliance requirements, such as federal, healthcare, and financial.The seasonal changes do not stop there: today, October 19, 2016, Dell EMC made 2 key announcements:Analytic Insights Module (AIM) that can run on Native Hybrid Cloud with VxRail – providing the big data analytics necessary to extract actionable insights, which ultimately improve the customer experience, within days instead of weeks VxRail Appliances with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers that offer more granular scalability and a lower the cost of entry – starting at under $45,000 (USD) So, in summary—VxRail Appliances continue to change the color of infrastructure deployments. They are exceeding our expectations as a versatile and resilient system that meets the needs of many different use cases, and small to very large workloads. Are you ready to transform your data center? After all, it’s fall, and change is in the air.*Metrics based on average results from customers utilizing Pivotal Cloud Foundrylast_img read more