This post by Craig Bernero has been retired. Check out this post by Joe Caradonna which provides an update on Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition.All customers, large or small enterprises, firmly established or relatively new, are deploying storage and servers in new and innovative ways; far differently than a just few years ago. Today, most IT environments are highly virtualized and leverage the cloud for cost-optimized data placement. For Midrange customers, our new Dell EMC Cloud Edition software helps drive new flexibility with the cloud and virtualized infrastructures. With even more features for the cloud, and more options to deploy Dell EMC Unity as SDS (Software Defined Storage), converged systems, or as traditional hardware, Dell EMC Unity is the ideal platform for all VMware environments. And with this release, we deliver even more options to deploy efficient, simple and flexible storage.Dell EMC’s Unity platform is the number one Midrange storage platform in the market. We’re listening to you, and based on your feedback, we’ve added numerous new features. Recent innovation includes in-line compression and deduplication, MetroSync, and a wide range of security certifications help our customers deploy Dell EMC Unity over the widest range of workloads possible. Our customers also use Dell EMC Unity on purpose-built hardware, engineered converged infrastructure platforms and software defined storage.In this version, we’ve added a diverse set of cloud-related features that leverage the scale and ease of access of the cloud. Many customers look to merge the flexibility of a software defined storage with the scalability and flexibility of VMware Cloud, and we’re delighted to now provide those features. Dell EMC Unity platform users now have a virtual data center which expands outside the confines of traditional physical space, and VMware Cloud users now have access to the extensive host of Dell EMC Unity file services, data protection and storage management features. Every type of Dell EMC Unity deployment benefits from more options and more flexibility.Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud EditionCustomers can deploy Dell EMC Unity either on traditional hardware or software with Unity VSA (virtual storage appliance), and the features are identical. The Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition provides a unified storage management environment with block, file and VVols support, as well as snapshot, replication and scheduling services. And the intuitive user interface, now based on HTML 5, is identical for every version as well, so all users are immediately at home and productive. And we provide full integration for VMware environments including VSI and ESI plugins, and VAAI support.At Home in the CloudThe Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition is deployed and certified on a standard VMware ESXi server. With VMware Cloud available on AWS (Amazon Web Services), the cloud-based version of Dell EMC Unity is deployed quickly, ideal for test and development, and as a cost-effective replication destination.Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition also brings its robust file services to the cloud. Providing more flexibility and portability, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension enables large-scale data migrations between cloud environments and the users’ on-premise Dell EMC Unity hardware and virtual environments.Dell EMC Unity customers seeking cloud deployments for their business now have a path without learning anything new – it couldn’t be easier. The same Dell EMC Unity operating environment and intuitive user interface are now available in all environments, in the cloud or as traditional hardware. For those adopting the cloud today, or those considering multi-cloud in the future, Dell EMC Unity is ready on your timetable, so you get to pick the timing and the product version that best meets your needs.The Road AheadAccording to IDC, the total spending on IT infrastructure for the cloud is $52.3B and growing at 10.9% annually. Whenever you’re ready to jump in, we’re ready too. With the new Dell EMC Unity VSA Cloud Edition, both first-time cloud users and more established multi-cloud IT shops will benefit from the feature-rich capabilities in Dell EMC Unity, now optimized and packaged for the cloud. Let us know what you think, we’re always interested in your constructive feedback.
Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site, continued, “What we need to do right now is focus on what will get us through a pandemic without counting on drugs. We just don’t have a supply chain that can manufacture enough vaccine and antivirals to make a meaningful dent in what we’d need if the pandemic hits in the next 2 or 3 years. We need to think about things like food supplies, healthcare workers and facilities, essential services. We’re wasting time.” The neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) reduce the severity and duration of symptoms of seasonal flu when given prophylactically or within days after disease onset. Studies are showing some effectiveness against the H5N1 avian flu strain circulating in Asia. CIDRAP’s avian flu case count The World Health Organization (WHO) has a enough of the drug to treat 120,000 people and hopes to build this to 1 million doses shortly, said WHO Director General Lee Jong-wook at the conference in Bangkok. Tamiflu maker Hoffman-LaRoche is considering donating “a substantial amount” of the agent to WHO, according to Reuters. Lee and others have expressed concern that wealthy countries are arming themselves and may not share the drug with the countries where the pandemic is most likely to begin. Oseltamivir should not be the only agent in the armory, say Kenneth Tsang, from Hong Kong, and his colleagues from Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea in a new Lancet commentary. They suggest that stockpiles of zanamivir be added as well. The agent, which is given as a nasal inhalant, has not surfaced in planning discussions, perhaps because of concern over administration problems in young children and people with intellectual or coordination impairments, they say. “Although both [drugs] have similar efficacy, zanamivir has fewer adverse reactions, and a favorable resistance profile,” the authors write, and they claim the concerns could be surmounted. A number of countries, including the United States, have thus begun stockpiling oseltamivir as a weapon against pandemic flu, especially given the fact that a well-matched vaccine would be unavailable early on and production capacity is limited. Other developed countries, too, are buying oseltamivir for their populations. See also: H5N1 avian flu has killed massive numbers of birds in at least 12 countries in Asia and has spread to other animals and humans there as well. WHO’s last official count puts the number of human cases at 112, with 57 deaths. Experts predict that this strain will be the cause of the next pandemic when it achieves the ability to pass efficiently from human to human. Aug 13 Lancet article by Tsang et al [Full textaccess requires free registration) Aug 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A week-long meeting of Asian nations just finished in Bangkok resulted in consensus that regional stockpiles of antivirals should be amassed for fast use in the influenza pandemic that is widely expected to emerge from the avian flu strain now circulating. The drug discussed there and focused upon in recent studies touting the usefulness of early treatment and prophylaxis may be joined by another agent in the same class if suggestions in an article released yesterday are taken to heart. Serious question remains, however, over whether pharmaceuticals are really a valid option if a pandemic breaks out in the near future. “This is all well and good,” infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, told CIDRAP News, “but people just don’t get it. If we were to begin a Manhattan Projecttype response tonight to expand vaccine and drug production, we wouldn’t have a measureable impact on the availability of these critical products to sufficiently address a worldwide pandemic for at least several years.”
Police have arrested a 33-year-old after a 14-year-old victim told police he sexually abused her for years.Police detained Ronald Leblanc in Greenacres and he is facing multiple charges including sexual battery on a child less than 12 years old, lewd or lascivious battery, molestation and child pornography.The young girl told police thatLeblanc began sexually abusing her when she was 10-years-old.She described encounters that happened over several years where Leblanc would sexually abuse her at either her residence or at various locations around West Palm Beach in the back seat of his SUV.The girl says Leblanc would pay her $20 after the sexual activity. She said at the beginning of 2020 the abuse started to include intercourse and that one time after the abuse he gave her $200.The victim said Leblanc recorded the sexual activity on his cell phone at least once, sent her a photograph of his genitals in a text message, and directed her to send him nude photographs.On July 22, 2020, the victim’s mother stated that Leblanc called her and told her that he knew about the investigation.Ronald Leblanc was arrested on Thursday, July 23 and is charged with 4 counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years old, 1 count of lewd or lascivious battery, 1 count of lewd or lascivious molestation and 1 count of possessing child pornography.