In my post last month on Thought Feast, I talked about the struggle organisations seem to be having with Cloud adoption. It was then very timely that, on 10th June, I was at the Forrester event in London talking to CIOs and Senior Architects from some of our customers and saw David Goulden, EMC President and COO, deliver his keynote on Cloud workloads. David called out the fact that, historically, enterprise IT has only really focused on capacity and hasn’t had discussions with the business about performance and SLAs when considering where to host application workloads.Moving forward, organisations need to consider performance and the desired SLA to correctly determine where to host their workloads – especially when thinking about performance or service levels when using a Public Cloud. This perspective was met by much scribbling in notebooks or tapping on iPads and some photographing of the slides, indicating that David’s message clearly resonated with the audience.David went on to describe the filters (economics, risk and functionality) that should be used to define the enterprise Cloud strategy and ensure workloads are hosted in the right Cloud environment. Correct application of those filters actually demonstrates that, for many workloads in the typical enterprise, a well-managed Private Cloud is more cost effective than using Public Cloud offerings. This also seemed to strike a chord with the audience, and it was a hot topic of discussion at the dinner EMC hosted with customers that same evening.In the current climate of austerity, IT organisations are under pressure to reduce operating costs, and many people have jumped to the conclusion that the use of Public Cloud can save money compared to hosting the workloads themselves. Appropriate analysis is needed to ensure the performance and SLAs meet business needs at a price point that is desirable.Or, put another way, it is very much a case of “buyer beware” as Cloud service contracts seldom address security, commit to SLAs or have termination rights. All these things need to be factored into the decision-making process.
This Sunday, the 28th annual Lessons and Carols event will take place at the Church of Loretto at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Department of Music, the Department of Communication, Dance and Theater and the Church of Loretto. Regina Wilson, assistant director of Campus Ministry, said Lessons and Carols is a gathering of prayer that was started by the Church of England. Readers recite scripture, and Saint Mary’s and the Church of Loretto’s choirs sing sacred songs of the season, she said. “The readings and lessons are readings that we carefully select based on theme,” Wilson said. “This year we picked readings that convey or represent images of Mary. And they aren’t all scripture. For instance there’s a lovely poem by Hildegard Von Bingen that we’ve used several times and that we are going to read again this year,” she said. The event begins with a procession of the choirs singing a congregational song. Readings and lessons with either choral or congregational signing alternate, Wilson said. The choirs include women’s choir, liturgical choir, collegiate choir, Loretto choir and Hand Belle Choir. A candlelight ceremony featuring “Silent Night” closes the event, she said. “We invite different people from the College to do the readings. We have seven different lessons and readings,” she said. “… Of the seven readers there are two faculty members, one student, two sisters, a couple of ministers so it is a representation of the College.” The readings often relate back to the mission of Saint Mary’s and to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Wilson said. “It is very connected with the mission of the sisters of the Holy Cross so the readings often have something to do with justice,” she said. “And this year in particular to Mary and justice to Saint Mary’s to some of the thematic elements.” After participating in Lessons and Carols in 2012, sophomore Maria Wesler said she chose to participate for a second year as part of women’s choir because the event was a lovely experience. “[The Church of Loretto} is just so beautiful,” Wesler said. “The way you can hear everyone sing in there and [the way it] echoes is gorgeous,” she said. Saint Mary’s students also recognize the importance of keeping tradition and the value it has for the College, Wesler said. “It’s a part of maintaining the culture and also maintaining the values of Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I would say Lessons and Carols would probably be a good part of the Saint Mary’s tradition because it does keep alive the certain values that our school holds sacred like religion. Wilson said she believes the event is a celebratory occasion for the community to be in prayer together. “I find it to be an experience of prayer,” she said “… There are a lot of people that have been coming for years. This is their advent thing to participate in.” Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]
Image courtesy of ContainershipsFinnish shipping company Containerships has carried out first bunkering of LNG during cargo operations.Containerships said in a statement that it completed simultaneous operations (Simops) bunkering on its LNG-powered Containerships Nord vessel in the Port of Rotterdam.According to the company, the vessel became the first container carrier performing Simops in Europe by means of ship-to-ship bunkering.The ship-to-ship bunkering operations were completed in cooperation with Shell, Containership’s bunker supplier, the Port of Rotterdam, and with the RST Terminal. During bunkering, the vessel received around 200 tons of LNG.“This unprecedented achievement paves the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels, including the recently delivered Containerships Polar, the sister ship of the Containerships Nord,” the containership stated.Simops operations reduce the ship’s stay in the port and avoids operational delays. That way transit times can be reduced, offering CMA CGM Group customers a fast connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics.
Brent Barry grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played the first 2 1/2 seasons of his 14-year NBA career for the Clippers, who were awful back then in the mid-1990s. As were the Golden State Warriors.The teams are now two of the NBA’s best, and their dislike for one another keeps growing. It has become a rivalry, something Barry could not have envisioned 20 years ago.“This was never really (something) I could say that I thought was going to be maybe feasible in my lifetime, that the Clippers and Warriors would have a rivalry that actually meant something, with two teams that are competitive and winning a lot of games, that have a lot of dynamic players and top players in the league on both rosters,” Barry, now a television analyst, said Tuesday during a TNT/NBA TV conference call.The teams squared off in an exhibition game Tuesday, with the Clippers cruising to an easy 130-95 victory over the defending champion Warriors before 15,889 at Staples Center. Barry’s father, Rick Barry, played eight years for the Warriors.The rivalry was already budding before this season. Then the Warriors got upset at a recent quote by Rivers, who said to get out of the West, a team needs some luck. He noted the Warriors did not have to play the Clippers or Spurs in the playoffs on their way to the NBA title in June.Some Warriors took that as Rivers saying they were lucky to win it, though Rivers has said repeatedly he did not mean it that way. Warriors guard Klay Thompson responded by calling Rivers “bitter” about the Warriors winning the championship.Golden State post Marreese Speights added to that Tuesday.“I guess they’re really just upset about us winning or something,” he said. “I don’t understand, but we won it.”Warriors interim coach Luke Walton smiled when the subject was broached.“I love it,” he said. “I’ve said it before, I think it’s great for the NBA. You get rivalries like this and teams that don’t like each other, as long as it doesn’t ever get dirty, I think it’s great for the league and for the fans and people enjoy watching it.”Clippers guard Austin Rivers had an interesting point of view.“I think whether either team would admit it, I think it’s out of mutual respect,” he said. “They don’t fear us at all, as they shouldn’t. They won the championship last year. And we don’t fear them.”Austin Rivers noted how friends told him over the summer it’s too bad they didn’t get the chance to play the Warriors in the postseason.“Well, we didn’t earn the right to play against them,” said Rivers, whose team would have played the Warriors in the conference finals had they not blown a 3-1 series lead against Houston in the semifinals. “Do I think we could have beaten the Warriors if we played them? I absolutely do. But the fact is, they did their part.”The younger Rivers is hopeful they’ll get that chance this season.“This is a team we want to play and want to beat,” he said. “They don’t really like us and a lot of our guys don’t really like them.”In the game: Clippers forward Blake Griffin led all players with 29 points, J.J. Redick scored 15 and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Three reserves — Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Josh Smith — all scored in double figures, with Rivers getting 16 and Smith and Crawford 13 apiece.The Clippers, now 2-3 in exhibition play, had lost their previous three games. They lost their most recent game, to Charlotte in China, by 42 points.“It was important to get a good rhythm and I think it was important to kind of wash that taste out of our mouths from the last three games,” Griffin said. “And I thought we did that, I thought we looked better and I think that’s the result of the way we’ve practiced the last three days.”There were seven player technical fouls — five for the Clippers, two for Chris Paul — who was ejected in the third quarter. Mostly, it was players arguing with officials, though there was a bit of back-and-forth chirping between the tea.That bugged Doc Rivers.“Yeah, I didn’t like that,” he said. “That’s the only negative of the game. I think that was way too many techs in one game. And for both teams, I didn’t like that at all. I don’t mind the energy both teams have toward each other, but you can do it without the technicals and all that stuff.”The Warriors (2-3) played without Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala, who were rested. They got a team-high 21 points from Thompson.Draymond Green, who scored nine points, wasn’t all that worried about the loss, but he wasn’t thrilled by its margin.“No, I don’t think losing is a deep concern,” he said. “Losing by 35 isn’t OK, though.”The Clippers shot 54.9 percent from the field and held Golden State to 41 percent. Blake Griffin and Shaun Livingston exchanged words early in the third quarter, but there were no real heated moments. Clippers coach Doc Rivers would not have been surprised if there were, though, because he experienced some of that in exhibition games during his playing days. “I’ve seen it, been involved in it as a player,” he said. Clippers fans were into it Tuesday, booing passionately when the Warriors’ starting lineup was announced. Barry was humorous when talking about the situation, sounding more like a hungry reporter than a former player.“Well, I know Reggie (Miller) and I don’t mind it one bit,” he said of his broadcasting partner. “It always makes for a lot more interesting topics if they’re on NBA TV or TNT on any given night. We’ve got a lot more meat to bite into when they play one another.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Saina Nehwal is better equipped to win a medal in Rio in August than the Indian shuttler was when she claimed a bronze at the London Olympics four years ago, former All England champion Prakash Padukone told Reuters.Hopes that the former world number one can turn bronze into a first Olympic gold medal in the sport for her country were raised when Nehwal won the Australian Superseries title.Rio will mark a third Olympics for Nehwal, who beat former world champions Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and Wang Yihan before overpowering China’s Sun Yu in the final in Sydney.’MORE VARIETY'”Saina has a lot more variety now,” former men’s world number one Padukone said in an interview. (Honest toiler Saina Nehwal senses golden Rio opportunity)”I think she plays a lot more at the net now. Earlier her game was more or less predictable. She had a few strokes, she used to keep playing them and there were not many variations.”Now she has developed a lot more strokes, specially at the net. She is much more confident and that has made a big difference.”The victory in Australia came at just the right time for Nehwal, who had failed to reach a World Superseries final since last November in China and was returning from an Achilles injury she sustained at the end of last year. (Saina Nehwal wants to emulate Virat Kohli’s aggression)’SAINA NEEDS A BIT OF POLISHING’ Padukone, who won the All England title in 1980 long before badminton was admitted to the Olympics in 1992, said the 26-year-old’s game just needed a bit of tweaking.advertisement”Tactically she can do a little bit more. Maybe a plan A and plan B, which I’m sure she already has,” said Padukone, who will be a panellist for broadcaster Star Sports during the 2016 Games. “Maybe if something doesn’t work, then she has to have a different plan.”It’s just the question of a little bit of polishing. She definitely has everything otherwise she wouldn’t have been where she is.”CHINESE DOMINANCE China has long been the dominant force in the sport, sweeping all five titles at London four years ago, but their shuttlers no longer top the world rankings heading to Rio.While Malaysian Lee Chong Wei tops the men’s singles rankings, Carolina Marin of Spain leads the women’s list with Nehwal in sixth place.World Badminton has also limited each nation to two singles entrants in each event – down from the three at London and previous Games – and Padukone feels that makes a Chinese sweep of badminton gold in Rio less likely.”They are no longer the dominating force going by the results we have seen in the last 12 to 24 months,” Padukone said. “Earlier when the draw used to come, everybody used to hope there are no Chinese.”That’s no longer the case, that fear is not there anymore. That’s good for the game. For the Indians, though they wouldn’t say it, but it used to be a mind-block.”India’s best chance of medals will come in the women’s singles, Padukone said, where as well as Nehwal they have PV Sindhu ranked 10th in the world.Padukone said the most important thing for the Indian shuttlers was to peak during the Aug. 11-20 Rio competition.”When you go there it doesn’t matter if in the last two months you have beaten all the top players and you have been the world number one,” Padukone said.”It’s important that you reach the peak and play your best during that particular week. That’s what will count ultimately and will be the key.”