A’s Mailbag: Luzardo in rotation, Opening Day lineup, Edwin Jackson?

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s starting rotation battle is at a standstill as the A’s get set to take off for Japan in less than one week.There is not much separating Frankie Montas, Jesús Luzardo Chris Bassitt, Paul Blackburn and Aaron Brooks right now. Each has made their case for earning that No. 5 starter job, but the A’s have not given a real clue as to who the frontrunner currently is.Determining the winner of the final rotation spot will likely come down to the wire. But there are plenty of …last_img read more

With NSX, VMware Aims To Do To Networks What It Did To The Data Center

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Data Centers#Martin Casado#NSX#SDN#software defined data center#software defined networking#Virtualization#VMware#VMworld Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img brian proffitt VMware is taking on another level of virtualization in the data center with the announcement of VMware NSX, which will virtualize networks in much the same way that their ESX technology creates virtual servers. Like virtual servers, virtual switches are software representations of what used to require dedicated hardware—an approach that cuts costs, increases usage, and enables more flexibility.The coming of virtual networks, also known as software-defined networks, is pretty much inevitable from VMware’s point of view. For every virtual machine running in a VMware data center there is a virtual network switch, called vSwitch.According to VMWare CTO Martin Casado, because each vSwitch has a number of virtual ports, then somewhere in 2012, the number of virtual ports in the world exceeded the physical ports in global data centers.Because of this, he argued in a keynote at VMware’s annual VMworld conference in San Francisco, virtual networks were simply an inevitably. The virtual switches were already there, so VMware is adding a new control layer in the data center, NSX, that will manage all of these vSwitches in order to reshape and redefine networks as needed.See also Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What It Is, How It Works, Why It MattersInstead of software embedded in the routers and switches managing the traffic, software from outside the devices takes over the job. The network layout, or topography, is no longer rooted in the physical—it’s decoupled from the hardware. Instead, it’s flexible and adjustable to the systems’ needs on the fly.This means an application running inside the cloud itself can take over the job of directing networking traffic. Or a cloud-management application—such as those offered by VMware—could do the job. That could make it easier to perform tasks such as load balancing devices across servers and automatically adjusting the network architecture to deliver the fastest and most efficient data paths at the right time.NSX is expected to be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2013. Today’s announcement from Casado and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger represents one part of VMware’s journey towards what it calls the software-defined data center.In a software-defined data center, all elements of the data center are virtual: compute, storage, IT management and networking.It’s a lofty goal for VMware, but also a natural progression for a virtualization company to make. Automation is a huge driver in IT right now, and VMware wants to make sure it’s in front of the curve.Correction, Aug. 27:NSX should be released in the fourth quarter of 2013. This article previously misstated the year. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Govt to buy potatoes from farmers to stop suicides

first_imgA day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide after suffering heavy losses, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government will purchase 28,000 tonnes of potatoes, required for Anganwadi centres and midday meal programme, directly from farmers. Her announcement comes at a time when potato farmers across the State are facing a severe crisis — at least two of them have committed suicide — due to the sharp drop in prices following this years’ bumper crop.Krishak Dibas“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we need every month for the Anganwadi centres and the midday meal programme. The government will buy potatoes at ₹4.60 per kg,” she said. Ms. Banerjee was speaking at a government programme on Krishak Dibas (Farmers’ Day) observed by the Trinamool Congress government on March 14 to pay tribute to those who died during the anti-land acquisition movements at Singur in Hooghly district and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district. As per the projected estimates of the State government, the number of schools (up to Class VIII) to be covered under the midday meal scheme is 83,673 and the number of students is about 1 crore. According to potato merchants, this is the first time that the TMC government is directly purchasing potatoes from farmers.The development comes a day after a potato farmer allegedly committed suicide due to losses in farming in the Anandapur area of Paschim Medinipur district’s Keshpur block. According to his family, Swapan Hajra (45) committed suicide after sustaining “heavy losses” in potato farming. ‘Heavy debt’“He incurred a large debt for cultivating potatoes in four bighas (1.60 acres) of land,” Mr. Hajra’s son Indrajit told journalists.The Opposition, however, is sceptical whether the move will be beneficial for the potato farmers. “This is nothing but a face saving move. If the TMC government is really bothered about the farmers they would have purchased potato from them at a much higher rate,” said CPI-M district secretary of Paschim Medinipur Tarun Roy.last_img read more