New VCE VxRail Appliance Family Eliminates Remote Office “Snowflakes”

first_imgThis solution seemed like it was designed with her requirements in mind. It would allow the remote office to be standardized, to not be a separate management silo — to not be snowflakes.It was clear to her the VCE VxRail Appliances were the right solution for her. However, she thought, they don’t need to know that.  Let’s call VCE and a few of others and have a bakeoff.——–Today, EMC and VMware jointly announced the VCE VxRail Appliance family developed with this and other stories from VPs of Infrastructure in mind. A key design goal is to provide standardization to parts of the infrastructure that lacked them, without creating siloes of management and processes.VCE VxRail Appliances are the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family lets IT architects design standard solutions for virtualization and end-user computing that leverage and extend their existing IT tools and processes in departmental, regional and branch office deployments. VCE VxRail Appliances also provide a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions, such as NSX and Horizon Air Hybrid Mode.If you are VP of Infrastructure or you know one, and want to learn more about VxRail Appliances read the press release here. We were thinking of you when we developed this hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family. The VP of Infrastructure was at her desk trying to make a decision. She needed to finalize the plan to refresh the company’s remote offices before the evening was through.This project had more visibility than she was used to. While very few people have the impact on the business like she does, her colleagues usually take her and her team’s work for granted. They build “systems” that are composed of information technology, processes and people. Systems that run the business enable rapid decision-making, and IT innovation. The business runs without anyone necessarily knowing who is behind the systems they’re using. Unfortunately when something breaks they suddenly remember….The good news is that for the past five years she diligently maintained a standard way to deploy systems so things don’t often break anymore. She was early to adopt virtualization and just as early to standardize her VMware infrastructure into modular building blocks her team designed and built.The remote office project was different. Too often the remote offices made people think about her and her team. Each of the company’s 50 offices was a snowflake – they were all unique – each had slightly different configurations and capacities. And as a result they each require a significant amount of upkeep and remote attention from IT staff.Vendors had lined up to pitch her the best storage, best server, best network, best converged infrastructure, best hyper converged infrastructure, best storage software, a private cloud solution, a public cloud solution, a hybrid cloud solution. Every offering was agile, transformative, innovative – one of them even called theirs invisible!It shouldn’t be this complicated. She just needed new virtual infrastructure for her remote offices. One that took the guesswork out of the remote office deployments and one that did not require unique skillsets for each location. One that didn’t require her to abandon the VMware virtualization tools and processes that had allowed her enterprise colleagues to forget about her.  At the same time the solution needed to have a low entry cost, predictable non-disruptive scaling, configured exactly as needed and purchased only when required.With that in mind she started going through her options one more time, and realized that the list was shortened quickly until there was one left.“A turnkey, easily scalable appliance for the modern, innovation-focused data center or branch office”“Lets architects design standard solutions to add datacenter or remote office capacity”“Seamless integration with existing VMware tools and a platform to deploy the latest VMware solutions”last_img read more

Indonesia working on $1b solar-driven green economic recovery scheme

first_imgA think tank and the government are working on an ambitious billion-dollar plan to recover Indonesia’s virus-ridden economy by installing thousands of rooftop solar panels.The scheme ultimately entails installing panels with a combined capacity of 1 gigawatt of peak power GWp) a year for millions of Indonesia’s poorest households over the next four to five years. The scheme, dubbed the Solar Archipelago (Surya Nusantara) plan, is expected to cost Rp 15 trillion (US$1.07 billion) annually. Local think tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), which initiated the plan, estimates the scheme will generate up to 22,000 jobs from installing the panels and save the government billions of dollars in electricity subsidies.  Energy analysts globally are calling for governments to invest in green technology as countries begin disbursing billions of dollars in post-COVID-19 economic recovery schemes. The analysts argue that such investments could stimulate growth and create jobs without sacrificing environmental commitments.“The period after the COVID-19 crisis could determine whether the world meets or misses the emissions goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement,” said consultancy McKinsey & Company in an article on May 27.Indonesia, a signatory of the landmark Paris Agreement, has pledged to make solar contribute 5.7 percent of the country’s power by 2025, yet solar only contributed 0.1 percent last year.The Indonesian government has budgeted Rp 695.2 trillion in economic recovery funds, slated for healthcare system, social safety nets, incentives for small businesses and job creation, among other things, but there is no specific mention of renewable energy.“To put that money back into coal would be a mistake,” Rudolf Rauch, renewable energy program coordinator of the GIZ, Germany’s federal enterprise for international cooperation, told the Post on Monday.Rauch commended the green economic recovery plan but pointed out that Indonesia lacked the manpower to “just jump” into installing 1GWp of panels. He suggested that the government start by installing 200 MW in the first year, then double the figure every following year.The Energy ministry’s renewables director Harris said the ministry was in talks with the BKF over the plan. He also expected the scheme to create local employment opportunities and grow the domestic solar industry.“Everyone can benefit, and the government can save on long-term subsidies,” Harris said.The government has allocated Rp 97.42 trillion for this year’s energy subsidy, according to Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2020 on the 2020 state budget revision. However, Finance Ministry Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said earlier this month that the energy subsidy budget had been lowered to Rp 92.2 trillion following the plunge in oil prices.Indonesia currently has 31 million households eligible for electricity subsidies. The government spent Rp52.7 trillion on subsidies for those homes last year.BKF special advisor Joko Tri Hariyanto said the agency was trying to diversify the green economic recovery program’s funding, such as by adding government debt papers (SUN) and sharia-compliant bonds (sukuk), instead of fully relying on the state budget (APBN), as IESR initially planned.The BKF is currently awaiting feedback from the energy ministry and the IESR on the scheme, Joko told the Post on Friday.“If the energy ministry were to redirect electricity subsidy funds, they would need to talk to PLN,” he said. “If this program does have a good multiplier effect, whether in terms of people’s income or local job creation, then that Rp 15 trillion may come from the state budget.”Topics : Cutting back subsidies is particularly attractive for the cash-strapped Indonesian government, namely the Energy and Mineral Resources and the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), both of whom are working to develop the scheme.“We expect implementation to start next year, but preparations must begin from today,” IESR executive director Fabby Tumiwa told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Fabby, who is also a member of the Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI), said much work remained, including training new panel installers via a government training program. Indonesia currently lacks the manpower to install one GWp of panels each year.He said the project would “realistically” kick off with 100-200 megawatt (MW) in Nusa Tenggara and Bali in its first year. Those provinces have the highest electricity supply costs (BPP) in Indonesia.last_img read more

Lambert earns career first win at 141

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 23) – Josh Lambert bested a 23-car field to earn his first career Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature victory Saturday at 141 Speedway.Lambert put his racer up top and grabbed the lead from Race Van Pay on lap four. Lambert put on a dominant performance that saw him with a full straightaway lead mid-race but a caution with eight laps remaining brought everyone back together.Doug Maurer used a veteran restart to move around Lambert and into the lead with seven laps to go. Lambert stayed true to his line and didn’t falter as he moved back around Maurer with laps left.Other winners on Memorial Weekend included Jeremy Jacobs in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brandon Kay in the Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts.last_img read more