Crossing the Bridge to the 3rd Platform of IT

first_imgI’m sure you’ve all witnessed this scene: your local coffee shop, Saturday morning. Young people and old people. Men and women. All of them heads down in their mobile devices tapping away. Putting social commentary to one side for a second, I continue to be amazed at the sheer volume of data these devices now generate. It’s truly staggering! The mobile applications all talk to some kind of cloud and the data is being analyzed for a myriad of purposes – not just in the consumer world, but in the enterprise as well. Mobile is driving the opportunity for cloud and big data applications… and that opportunity is huge!The so-called “3rd Platform” of IT is changing the status quo. A new class of applications accessed entirely through mobile devices is being built and deployed in new ways, and will have a profound effect on the data center. In fact, many of these applications will not store their information in traditional file & block storage arrays. Object storage and HDFS will increasingly becoming the norm. For some applications, many will not even deploy “arrays” (hardware & software tightly integrated together) to store their information. Data center architects will instead prefer to deploy software-defined storage against commodity hardware. And they won’t stop there. We’ve seen huge increases in efficiency and reliability being realized by packaging storage together with compute and networking into converged infrastructure, and then automating the vast array of complex IT processes on top. Finally, business applications will not be confined to running in the enterprise data center. Hybrid cloud environments, blending on- and off-premise operations, will offer IT more efficiency, agility, and, most importantly, more choice.But let’s not forget the 2nd platform. Or indeed the 1st platform. Both are alive and well in many data centers and will not go away overnight – quite the contrary. Our research suggests that over the next three years applications deployed on the 2nd platform will grow by more than 30%. But IT departments aggressively want to drive more efficiency in the way those applications are run and managed. The infrastructure needs to be consolidated, virtualized and heavily automated. And it can no longer be operated in silos of server, storage and network. An aggressive drive towards efficiency in the 2nd platform will liberate budget dollars to invest in the build out of the 3rd platform.Herein lies the dilemma. IT is being asked to change a wheel (or two!) on their car, as the car travels down the highway at 70mph!At EMC, we’re building a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd platforms – supporting today’s technology needs and positioning companies for where IT is heading in the future. Our commitment as a technology provider is to provide best of breed products – for every application workload in the data center. We’ve never believed in “one size fits all” and we’ve never believed that moving to a new technology involves just flipping the switch. It’s always a journey, and it’s often as much about people, process and organization as it is about discrete technology components.We’re looking forward to helping you on your journey.—Related EMC Blog PostsEnabling Success in the 3rd Platform: Transformation of IT to a Service Broker by Edward NewmanHow Do You Cross the Bridge? by Alan Walshlast_img read more

Dina Hegab shows promise at fifth and sixth singles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It’s hard to miss Dina Hegab winning a point. The Syracuse sophomore accompanies every win in singles play with loud screams of “Point!” or “Mine!” and a fist pump. Hegab’s volume has not changed throughout the season but her frequency has.Hegab began the season struggling as high as the third singles spot, but lately has settled in at either fifth or sixth singles. Her play has stabilized through better mechanics in her knees and improved control of her high-strung emotions. In her last 13 matches, played exclusively at the latter spots, Hegab has compiled a record of 7-6 for Syracuse (7-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast).It’s a marked improvement for the Giza, Egypt, native, who started the season 2-4 in singles, the same record the Orange had as a team. Since, she has found consistency against lower-in-the-lineup opponents.“It definitely affects (me) when (I) don’t play good or lose a match,” Hegab said. “But we try to have a short memory and just get over it and start working again.”SU head coach Younes Limam and Hegab emphasized the bulk of her improvement has come from decreasing her unforced errors. Hegab attributed the decline in errors to moving well and bending her knees more.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the season, Hegab said she had a tendency to remain upright when hitting returns. She didn’t fully involve her whole body and compensated for not getting low enough by overextending her right arm.Even without knowing the flaw in her mechanics, something was evidently wrong. When shots flew into the net or hooked wide, her shoulders dropped or she exasperatedly stared into the distance. In between games on the bench, she put her head in her hands.To eliminate emotional distractions while she struggled, Hegab concentrated on her approach to each individual point.“My routine, my breathing, everything,” Hegab said. “It’s very important how to prepare ourselves for the next point.”Hegab also focused specifically on improving her knees at individual portions of practice. Now, when she prepares to take a shot, Hegab bends her body fully down towards the ball. She’s found an improvement in her accuracy, and she now has positive plays to react to.“A lot of it is making a lot of (returns) and making her opponent earn the shots,” Limam said. “That’s when she plays her best. We call it controlled aggression, not going for every single shot but waiting for the right shot before you pull the trigger.”Ideally, Limam wants Hegab to stay as emotional as she is, but emphasized she needs to avoid using too much energy after every point.“The balance (of emotions) is important,” Hegab said. “Sometimes you get so tense, so of course the balance is important.”Hegab and her teammates would relish an opportunity at another NCAA Tournament run following last year’s program-first appearance in the Round of 32. Collecting wins at fifth or sixth singles with Hegab can only help SU’s cause, and earning those starts with Hegab’s mechanical and emotional improvements.Hegab’s favorite shot to hit is her “forehand inside-in.” A ball coming towards her backhand side, she gets her feet around it and pulls a forehand down the left sideline. If Hegab hits it down the line past her opponent, you’ll definitely hear her. And, lately, she’s been heard a lot. Comments Published on April 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more