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Summer may be vacation season but the Dell team is in full swing. Throughout the month of June, we hosted and participated in several events and announced innovative new products and updates.Innovation DaysLast month the combined Austin and Round Rock campuses played host to Dell Enterprise Innovation Days, which gave media, bloggers and analysts a chance to meet with Dell executives, engineers and customers. Attendees visited the Thermal and Futuresville labs, the Design Lab, the Dell customer Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the Dell Global Support & Deployment (GSD) Command Center in and around Austin. Read more on the TACC visit in John Obeto’s blog here. Attendees also participated in a CTO panel on new ways to innovate, a discussion on the pending Dell-EMC combination and got a preview of Dell’s 2016 Annual Report to Customers.Innovation Day guests learned about ‘Triton,’ a liquid cooling solution for hyperscale. The system is the result of a unique collaboration with eBay, which needed a custom-built revolutionary data center cooling system. Triton can run faster and more efficiently than traditional air-cooled systems thanks to water’s ability to transport heat 25 times more efficiently that air. Dell is the first major vendor to safely bring facility water directly into each server sled to cool the CPU, resulting in unmatched cooling efficiencies and the lowest water consumption of any liquid cooled solution on the market today. Additionally, it uses 97% less datacenter cooling power than the average air-cooled data center, resulting in major cost savings and performance increases.PowerEdge and HPC Boost Customer SpeedIn June we made some key updates to our PowerEdge Server portfolio, further enabling customers to take advantage of our two-socket lineup of PowerEdge 13th generation servers. The new additions include the PowerEdge R530, and R430 rack servers and the T430 tower server. The new R530 features up to 80% more cores compared to the previous-generation and is designed for a wide range of common business applications and small-scale virtualization. The R430 has up to 15% more processing cores compared to its previous-generation and the T430 is ideal for a wide range of collaboration and productivity applications.Additionally, Dell worked with the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), part of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to release the fastest computer on the continent. The computer, CHPC’s Dell-powered “Lengau” System, will drive new research and help provide the computational power to build the private sector and non-academic user base of the CHPC. Lenagu will provide access to resources for users who had limited or no access to the resources in the past.Dell Attends Partner EventsMembers from the Dell Storage team attended Nutanix’s .NEXT conference in Las Vegas, where they met with customers and partners. Alan Atkinson spoke on how new storage, server and software architectures are shrinking the datacenter. He also announced the extension of Dell’s two-year partnership with Nutanix in the hyper-converged space.At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), we had the opportunity to meet with customers to discuss Dell HPC innovations, including the availability of new Dell HPC systems, early access to innovative HPC technologies, technology partner collaborations, and successful global customer implementations. We were also able to highlight Dell customer collaborations between CHPC, TACC, Tapad, Sensus and others.We rounded out the month with Red Hat Summit, where Dell was proud to serve as a platinum sponsor. At the event, we announced new OpenStack extensions to help focus our technology efforts on building a hybrid cloud solution for customers. Most significantly, our Red Hat Cloud Solution has integrated its latest generation of PowerEdge server platforms with powerful new Intel Xeon E5-2600 V4 processors. The event also showcased our OpenStack Cloud and Software-defined Storage solutions with Red Hat Ceph. These new SDS architectures help optimize Ceph storage for IOPS performance and scalability.While we may still be in the heat of summer, Dell World (October 18-20 in Austin) is fast approaching. Register up until July 15 to take advantage of our discounted early bird registration. We hope to see you there!
Oh my, that voice.The first time I saw Michael Daves perform – way back at MerleFest in 2006 – I was struck by his piercing tenor. Living in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and being a fan of bluegrass music, I am well familiar with high lonesome. Bill Monroe. Carter Stanley. Del McCoury. Bluegrass icons all whose voices define the bluegrass vocal sound and set the expectations for generations to come.Having been a fan for ten years now, it is with absolutely conviction that I say Michael Daves meets the standards set by his genre’s forefathers, and in my mind he has become one of the finest bluegrass vocalists of his generation.Daves, a Georgia native who now lives in New York City, recently released an ambitious double album, Orchids and Violence. On this project, Daves recorded an acoustic disc of mostly bluegrass standards and paired it with a second, electrified disc of the same songs. The approach to each disc was unique, with Daves joining some of his best bluegrass buds – Noam Pikelny, Sarah Jarosz, Mike Bub, and Chris Eldridge, among others – for the acoustic disc while tackling virtually every instrumental part himself on the electric disc.Same songs, different approach, drastically different sounds.The records are absolutely genius in concept. If you are looking for a double album that features both Bill Monroe and Mother Love Bone, this is the one for you.I recently caught up with Michael Daves to chat about the new record and the rock star within.BRO – You channeled a little Dave Grohl on the electrified disc, playing virtually all of the instruments. Any trepidation in that?MD – Well, the idea of working on my own in the studio was to help contrast with the bluegrass side, which was about the live interaction of awesome musicians in a large, reverberant space. There was the question about whether I would play drums, as my drumming is pretty primitive, so I was a little worried that I might take down the ship with that. But I went with the idea that my lack of skill in this regard would help keep the aesthetic raw. For our live performances, I’ve been working with Kid Millions, and amazing drummer who definitely can keep it raw.BRO – When you electrified those bluegrass tunes, did you have a preconceived notion of how you wanted each track to sound, or did you just let them unwind and see where they went?MD – The electric music started with a batch of electric arrangements I had come up with seven or eight years ago, and then I worked up the remainder once we finished recording the bluegrass side and knew what that was going to sound like. The goal was really to have those electric versions not sound like we just added drums and amps to bluegrass. We wanted them to stand on their own without needing reference to the traditional versions. I definitely responded to the the sounds of the pedals I got for the recording. Things got really interesting in the mixing, where Vance Powell created a bunch of sounds and textures that both fit the aesthetic direction I had laid out and were new and surprising to me.BRO – Bigger challenge – rocking out “Pretty Polly” or giving the bluegrass treatment to Mother Love Bone’s “Stargazer”?MD – The bluegrass “Stargazer” was more challenging, mostly because I had not performed it much before recording it. It’s pretty common for rock songs to be born in the studio, but with bluegrass music you’re rarely singing a new song. It’s more likely to be something that’s been with you for years.BRO – Tell me about recording in Brooklyn’s Old First Reformed Church. That had to sound amazing.MD – I find that space really inspiring, sonically. There’s a huge difference between recording while wearing headphones in a quiet studio and recording in a live space that you can really interact with. The space becomes part of the band. The natural sound for acoustic music is so good in there that we could approach recording really minimally. We went live to four track tape.BRO – Inside every bluegrass picker, is there a rock start waiting to get out? Or is it the other way around?MD – Ha! Well, the original bluegrass players were rock stars before there was rock music, but it’s hard to really talk about being a bluegrass rock star these days when you’re playing such a well-trod form of music, even if you rock while doing it. Rock stars connect with people while blowing their minds with something outrageous and new, burning down conventions in the process like Jimi Hendrix . . . or Bill Monroe in 1946, for that matter. Bluegrass stars these days connect with people through carrying the tradition forward with vivaciousness and skill, like Del McCoury. They’re not working the same dynamic, and I’m not sure you can have it the same way.Orchids and Violence, the new electrified/acoustified release from Michael Daves, is out now on Nonesuch Records.You can find Michael Daves each Tuesday night at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall at 10 P.M. For more information on other tour dates and how you can grab the new record, please check out his website.And be sure to check out Michael’s rendition of “Pretty Polly” on this month’s Trail Mix.
___Two-time Stanley Cup champion and 2016 Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty is pessimistic about the chances of the NHL resuming play this season.The star Los Angeles Kings defenseman said Monday it’s going to be difficult for hockey to get back this season, even just to hold the playoffs and hand out the Stanley Cup.“Honestly, I don’t see how the season is going to return,” Doughty said. “I really don’t. We have no idea when this virus is going to be over.”The 30-year-old known for his frank answers and commentary cast doubt on the validity of a 2020 Cup winner, especially given that there were 189 regular-season games left and not all teams had played the same number of games. Doughty is also concerned about how playing late into the summer might affect next season, which the league has maintained it wants to play in full. Associated Press The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season. “The health of our players, coaches, fans and colleagues are of paramount importance to us as we go through this unprecedented time,” Mike Rabil, who founded the league with his brother Paul, said in a statement. “As a league, we will continue to adhere to guidelines administered by the CDC, respective state governments, and our hosting venues. This was a difficult decision for our league but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all parties.” The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games. One team was added for this season, which has 12 weekends of regular season action planned, including an all-star game, before its playoffs.The National Lacrosse League last week canceled the last three weekends of its regular season. The league says returning for its playoffs will be determined “based on the COVID-19 circumstances.” “We’re exploring all options, but when we’ll have an opportunity to return depends on things that we have absolutely no control over because it all starts with everybody’s health and well-being,” Bettman said. “Until there’s a sense that people can get together, not just in our arenas but for our players to get together to work out, we don’t know when we can come back, but it’s something we’re monitoring on a daily basis.”— Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reporting___Six Milwaukee Brewers players and longtime team broadcaster Bob Uecker are contributing to a $1 million fund that the franchise has established to assist game-day workers at Miller Park who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.Outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun was the first to commit by providing a $100,000 pledge to the fund. Uecker followed with a $50,000 pledge. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and pitchers Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom and Brent Suter provided additional pledges to bring the total to $300,000. “I know they so badly want to give out the Stanley Cup this year, but in all seriousness it’s not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup because the (regular) season wasn’t finished,” Doughty said. “There’s teams that couldn’t get in the playoffs. And then I’m assuming they’d have to come up with a different playoff format. I don’t know. It’d be a little different. I’m not a huge fan of it, as much as I want to play. I just don’t want things to go into next season and affecting those (games).”Doughty, who won the Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, said “for sure” his opinion would be different if the Kings were in a different spot in the standings. They were 28th out of 31 teams and eliminated from playoff contention.But he added that his view on the NHL season was more affected by the state of the world during the coronavirus pandemic than the logistics of holding sporting events.“Everything just keeps getting delayed even more, like lockdowns and stuff like that,” Doughty said. “People are dying even more every day. So I just don’t see how or when we’re going to be able to make any type of decision to return to the season.”In an interview Monday on CNN, Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to say the NHL hasn’t ruled anything in or out when it comes to the resumption of play. Spain’s players’ association had already said it would sue the federation because of the audios that undermined its president.The federation admits it released the recordings but denies they were leaked. It says it was clear to everyone that the conversations would be recorded.The federation, the league, and the players’ association have been at odds over a variety of issues in recent years and the disputes have continued during the pandemic despite their own calls for unity. ___Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier revealed Monday that she was on a recruiting trip to Spain when the coronavirus scare began seriously gripping the globe last month, and immediately returned to South Florida for a two-week period of self-quarantine. But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption.___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels. Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Miami has an incoming freshman for next season from Spain, Paula Fraile Ruiz. And Europe has been a major part of Meier’s recruiting strategies for many years, so she went to Spain shortly after the Hurricanes were ousted from the ACC Tournament.Most of her meetings and visits were canceled. She left about a day after arriving, and one player she was in contact with was getting alerts on her phone about the severity of the pandemic during her meeting with Meier.“And I said, ‘OK, I need to go,’” Meier said. “I had two more visits planned, but I didn’t make them and got back.”Meier was planning to be in New York this weekend to support Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier at the WNBA draft, though that trip was canceled because of the pandemic, as well. The draft will be done remotely as planned.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nebraska fans can scratch their football itch Saturday when the school’s athletic department streams a virtual spring game on its social media platforms. The Latest: Nebraska to air virtual spring football for fans April 13, 2020 Braun and Yelich already had teamed with 3rd Street Market Hall to help provide thousands of meals to Milwaukee-area health care providers working with four major hospital networks during the pandemic.___The Spanish league says it will not attend upcoming meetings organized by the Spanish Football Federation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the decision is a response to the federation’s release to the media of audios from a previous meeting to allegedly boost its own interests.The league says it will take the necessary legal actions against the federation for having released the information without anybody else’s consent. ___The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic.The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.“When finalizing our uniform announcement, we realized we had an incredible opportunity to further our support of heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines for our entire community,” executive vice president JW Johnson said. “We hope the excitement surrounding the new uniforms can help make a significant impact through the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund, and we greatly appreciate the support from our fans, retail partners and team to make this special way to give back to those leaders possible.” This is the second time in four years the Browns have changed uniforms. The new ones are expected to embrace concepts from previous versions. The team is not expected to make any major changes to its iconic orange logo-less helmet. Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10. All 39 spring games scheduled this week have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Nebraska spring game typically draws as many as 85,000 at Memorial Stadium. Last year’s contest generated about $1 million in ticket sales and concessions.The virtual spring game will feature Nebraska greats of the past with audio provided by the voices of the Learfield IMG College/Husker Sports radio network.Georgia has produced a virtual G-Day plan for Saturday. The SEC Network will re-broadcast the 2019 game against Notre Dame. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will tweet commentary. The team’s radio broadcast team will have a Facebook live broadcast.Notre Dame is holding a Saturday night “watch party” with the 2006 game against UCLA on the athletic department’s YouTube channel. There will be a fan chat, trivia questions and chances to win Fighting Irish apparel. ___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic.Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen. ___Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich, and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith will all take voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.In a lengthy letter to fans and alumni, Chun said while the full economic impact of the pandemic is not known, the school’s athletic department is taking steps to soften the blow from the loss of expected revenue.In addition to the salary cuts, Chun said all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will also freeze the prices of season tickets and student sports passes for fans and continue to be flexible with football season-ticket renewals and payments.Chun also said the school is estimating an additional $300,000 in grant-in-aid costs for athletes in spring sports who have indicated an interest in taking advantage of having an additional year of eligibility. ___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.”Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.