The Federal government collects and manages more data outside of traditional data centers than ever before from sources including mobile units, sensors, drones, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Teams need to manage data efficiently and securely across the full continuum – from edge to core to cloud.In some cases, operating at the edge means space-constrained, remote, and harsh environments – with limited technical support. Our new Dell EMC VxRail D Series delivers a fully-automated, ruggedized hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) – ideal for demanding federal and military use cases. VxRail is the only HCI appliance developed with, and fully optimized for, VMware environments. We built the solution working side by side with the VMware team. Both administrators and end users get a consistent environment, including fully automated lifecycle management to ensure continuously validated states. How? More than 100 team members dedicated to testing and quality assurance, and 25,000 test run hours for each major release. Users can manage traditional and cloud-native applications across a consistent infrastructure – in winds up to 70 mph, temperatures hot enough to fry an egg and cold enough to freeze water, and 40 miles-per-hour sandstorms. Whether you are managing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), or mission-critical applications in the field, your team can take advantage of HCI benefits and ease of use.As Federal teams collect and manage more data, they also have to be able to put that data (structured and unstructured) to work, creating new insights to help leaders deploy the right resources to the right place, anticipate problems more effectively, and achieve new insights. Dell Technologies recently announced a new PowerScale family, combining the industry’s number one network-attached storage (NAS) file system, OneFS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, at a starting point of 11.5 terabytes raw and the capability to scale to multi-petabytes. PowerScale nodes include the F200 (all-flash), F600 (all-NVME), and Isilon nodes. End users can manage PowerScale and Isilon nodes in the same cluster, with a consistent user experience – simplicity at scale. Federal teams – from FEMA managing disaster relief, to the Department of Justice working on law enforcement programs, to the Department of Defense managing military operations, can start small and grow easily on demand. PowerScale is OEM-Ready – meaning debranding and custom branding is supported, while VxRail D Series is MIL-STD-810G certified and is available in a STIG hardening package. Both PowerScale and VxRail D Series enjoy the Dell Technologies secure supply chain, dedicated engineering, and project management support.As the Federal government continues to deploy emerging technology, and collect and manage more and more data outside of the data center, government and industry need to collaborate to continue to drive innovation at the edge, so we can take secure computing capabilities where the mission is – whether that’s a submarine, a field in Kansas, a tent in the desert, or a dining room table.Learn more about Design Solutions for military & defense and our storage-specific capabilities. Follow us on Twitter @delltechdesign.Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies Design Solutions Showcase page here.
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, along with the Washington D.C. premiere of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick, are just two of the productions set for V.A.’s Signature Theatre’s 2015-16 season. Two musicals will also make their world premiere: Cake Off and Girlstar.The 2015-16 season kicks off with an all-new production of The Fix, which will play August 11 through September 20. The inside-Washington musical satire by John Dempsey and Dana Rowe will be directed by Gigi’s Eric Schaeffer.In the fall, two tuners will receive their world premiere. Joe Calarco will helm Cake Off, which will run September 29 through November 22. Written by Julia Jordan, Sheri Wilner and Adam Gwon, the production will star Sherri L. Edelen. Schaeffer will then return to direct Girlstar, which is set to begin performances on October 13 and play through November 15. Donna Migliaccio will star as a record producer in search of her next big hit in this musical fairytale set to a pop score by Anton Dudley and Brian Feinstein.A revival of West Side Story, helmed by Matthew Gardiner, will play December 8 through January 24, 2016. Featuring an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim that includes “America,” “Maria,” “Somewhere” and “Tonight,” West Side Story will also mark the 25th production of a Sondheim musical in Signature Theatre’s history.Signature will tackle its 26th Sondheim production with Road Show from February 9 through March 13. Honeymoon in Vegas’ Gary Griffin’s incarnation of Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the real-life Mizner brothers and their quest for the ever elusive American dream, premiered at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2014. In 2003, the musical, then titled Bounce, played in Chicago and D.C.; a revised version directed by John Doyle and renamed Road Show ran off-Broadway in 2008, followed by an engagement at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in summer 2011.Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, directed by Joe Calarco, will run March 1 through April 17. This will be followed April 5 through May 8 by Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love & Sex, which is currently playing at Lincoln Center.To end the season, Gardiner will direct a revival of La Cage aux Folles, which will run from May 31 through July 10. With a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, the musical comedy about identity will star Bobby Smith as Albin, the lead drag performer at The Saint-Tropez Night Club on the French Riviera. View Comments
Carlo Ancelotti admitted he could have made a mistake by playing Fernando Torres after Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United.He also insisted the decision about whether he keeps his job at Stamford Bridge after his team failed once more to deliver the Holy Grail of Europe’s top club trophy to owner Roman Abramovich was out of his hands.Ancelotti gambled by starting Torres and leaving Didier Drogba on the bench, even though Torres had not scored in 817 minutes and 13 matches for club and country.Torres suffered a torrid first 45 minutes and was replaced at half-time by Drogba, who scored in the second half.When asked if it had been a mistake to start with Torres, Ancelotti said: “Maybe. Could be. I told you a lot of times this season I wanted to start with Fernando for this kind of game, these type of tactics.“Didier played well in the second half. I wanted to put more pressure up front because we needed to score. Didier was fresh and he could use his power up front. This was the reason I took out Fernando.” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was in no doubt that it was the huge fee Chelsea splashed out for Torres in January which forced Ancelotti’s hand.Ferguson said: “A lot of people thought Drogba would play. I thought having signed Torres for the money they did they had to play him. I wasn’t 100% sure but I couldn’t see how they could leave Torres out.”Ferguson, however, insisted he was not criticising Chelsea for signing Torres.“They had the opportunity to sign Torres and I don’t think anyone would have turned it down,” Ferguson said. “Everyone said at the time it was fantastic business.“You can’t criticise him (Ancelotti) for that, it was a good signing. It isn’t working at the moment but he is a young man and there are other seasons ahead.” Ancelotti will now be under pressure to make sure Chelsea qualify for the Champions League next season.He said: “We have to look forward. We have games to play and to win if possible because obviously we want to play the Champions League the next season.”On his own future Ancelotti said: “I’m not concerned. I have to work and try to do my best. It is not my decision to stay or not to stay here.”Source: Skysports.com