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DDN News
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When I Benchmark, IT Screams: Getting Infrastructure Right (Aug 18th)
Live Webinar: Join Engineers from Purdue University and NCSA as they discuss best practices for running AI at-scale and dive into their use cases. DDN CTO Bret Weber will also provide exciting DDN technology updates with a roadmap review.
  • Date: Tuesday, August 18
  • Time: 9:00 AM PST
  • Duration: 45 Minutes

Academic research breakthroughs revolutionize fields, build careers, and accelerate institutional funding. Now more than ever, universities and research institutions are increasingly turning to AI to unlock insights contained in those massive datasets. Join experts from Purdue University and NCSA to discover how they are propelling data-intensive fields like genomics, molecular biology, fluid dynamics, and particle physics by enabling faster access to ever-larger data sets that are crucial to meaningful research and discoveries...

DDN News, August 5th, 2020
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Tintri News
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What is Intelligent Infrastructure? (Aug 12th Webinar)
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  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 6AM PDT / 2PM BST
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT

Virtualization dramatically advanced data center architectures at the turn of the century. Cloud did the same in the teens. Intelligent Infrastructure is the trend to watch in the 20s, but what is it?

Like the trends before it, Intelligent Infrastructure is a category, a technology with differentiated capabilities, and an architecture for new business agility in IT. Expert human capital remains scarce while demands on infrastructure accelerate, so speeds and feeds alone are no longer a viable solution. What is needed is a dramatic advancement in native machine learning and automation so that the infrastructure itself can help overcome this resource gap. Imagine what new value IT experts could deliver if up to 95% of their administrative tasks were eliminated.

In this webcast, experts from different perspectives share their definitions and experiences. More than merely discussing what it is, this webcast will include examples of how Intelligent Infrastructure can be used today, what it does differently than standard infrastructure, and why it warrants consideration through real-world examples. This webcast features Gartner VP of Research Phil Dawson, Tintri Field CTO Erwin Daria, and Engineering Manager Todd Maugh of Boingo Wireless.

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  • Phil Dawson, VP of Research, Gartner
  • Erwin Daria, Field CTO, Tintri
  • Todd Maugh, Engineering Manager, Boingo Wireless

Hosted by Tintri and Gartner

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020: 6 AM PDT and 10 AM PDT
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Tintri News, August 8th, 2020
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AWS News
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AWS Announces General Availability Of AWS Wavelength In Boston And The San Francisco Bay Area
First two AWS Wavelength Zones in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area enable developers to build applications that deliver ultra-low latency to mobile devices and users by deploying AWS compute and storage at the edge of Verizon's 5G network
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of AWS Wavelength on Verizon's 5G network, allowing developers to build ultra-low latency applications for mobile devices and users in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in San Jose today and extending to the rest of the Bay Area in the coming weeks. Customers can now deploy parts of their application that require ultra-low latency at the edge of 5G networks using the same AWS APIs, tools, and functionality they use today, while seamlessly connecting back to the rest of their application and the full range of cloud services running in an AWS Region. By embedding AWS compute and storage services at the edge of 5G networks, AWS Wavelength enables developers to serve edge computing use cases that require ultra-low latency like machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and video and game streaming.
AWS News, August 6th, 2020
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AWS Powers Moderna'S Digital Biotechnology Platform To Develop New Class Of Vaccines And Therapeutics
Biotechnology company leverages AWS's unmatched portfolio of services to accelerate development of messenger RNA medicines to prevent and fight diseases, including COVID-19
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering a new class of messenger RNA (mRNA) medicines, has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider, as well as its standard for analytics and machine learning workloads. Leveraging its mRNA platform and manufacturing facility with the AWS-powered research engine, Moderna delivered the first clinical batch of its vaccine candidate (mRNA-1273) against COVID-19 to the NIH for the Phase 1 trial 42 days after the initial sequencing of the virus. By building and scaling its operations on the world's leading cloud, Moderna is able to quickly design research experiments and uncover new insights, automate its laboratory and manufacturing processes to enhance its drug discovery pipeline, and more easily comply with applicable laws and regulations during production and testing of vaccine and therapeutic candidates.
AWS News, August 5th, 2020
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Fortinet News
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Fortinet Introduces The World'S First Hyperscale Firewall
FortiGate 4400F is the Only Firewall Capable of Securing Hyperscale Data Centers and 5G Networks, Delivering the Industry's Highest Performance with Security Compute Ratings of up to 13x
Fortinet announced the world's first hyperscale firewall, FortiGate 4400F , setting new milestones for Security Compute Ratings to deliver unparalleled performance, scalability and security in a single appliance to meet escalating business needs. FortiGate 4400F is powered by Fortinet's latest seventh generation network processor (NP7) to offer hardware-acceleration, making it the only network firewall that is fast enough to secure hyperscale data centers and 5G networks.
Fortinet News, August 6th, 2020
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Fortinet Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total revenue of $615.5 million, up 18% year over year - Product revenue of $211.9 million, up 12% year over year - Billings of $711.5 million, up 14% year over year1
'Strong demand for secure SD-WAN and work-from-home capabilities helped power 18% second quarter revenue growth. Secure SD-WAN billings were approximately 12% of second quarter billings, making this the first time in which SD-WAN represented over 10% of quarterly billings,' said Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 'With the network edge stretched across the entire digital infrastructure, we believe networking and security will continue to converge. Recent Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE, market momentum further validates our security-driven networking approach. Our OPAQ Networks acquisition means Fortinet will have one of the most comprehensive SASE platforms.'
Fortinet News, August 6th, 2020
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SASE Is All About Delivering Security Everywhere
Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is an emerging enterprise strategy that incorporates multiple solutions to enable secure remote access to on-premises, cloud-based, and online resources
"Unfortunately, there has been a lot of hype that has left some organizations wondering what exactly SASE is. Understanding the basic concepts and components of SASE is important, as the benefits can be significant for many organizations. Fortunately, getting to the bottom of this is easy, as many of the fundamentals of SASE - such as bringing networking and security together- are trends that customers have been gravitating to for years. However, it is still critical to properly define SASE up front in order to avoid adding complexity or worse, missing the true value of SASE at all..."
Fortinet News, August 7th, 2020
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Secure SD-WAN Addresses Manufacturing And Services Organization's Security Challenges
Organizational growth often leads to the rapid expansion of the workforce and the addition of branch offices.
"This, combined with the transition to a teleworker environment, can place significant demands on existing infrastructure in terms of bandwidth requirements, access control, and secure workflows and transactions that are not only multiplying but now originating from outside the traditional network. And WAN environments that rely on dedicated MPLS connections become increasingly expensive while providing limited flexibility and functionality when it comes to things like cloud access, security, and application performance..."
Fortinet News, August 6th, 2020
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Ushering The Era Of Hyperscale Security - The New Fortigate 4400F
Fortinet was built on the premise that a network firewall should not just deliver a full range of tightly integrated network and security functions - a goal that many other NGFW solutions still fail to achieve - but do so with the scale and performance that today's most demanding hyperscale environments require
"That premise starts with two essential strategies. The first is to offer solutions designed to actually operate together as part of a single security system, sharing threat intelligence to achieve a strong security posture. The second one is to offer scale with not just a collection of mostly isolated security systems wrapped together in a cumbersome and expensive cluster for scale. That first objective is what has driven the development and delivery of the Fortinet Security Fabric. The second strategy involves developing active, purpose-built hardware processors designed to accelerate the performance of essential security functions within a single system..."
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VMware News
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Global Organizations Choose Vwware Digital Workspace Solutions To Enable A Remote Everything, Future-Ready Workforce
VMware Announces New Workplace Solutions to Help Companies Return Employees to Offices Safely as Economies Reopen and Enable Enhanced Office Experiences
While companies, governments and organizations are slowly returning to the office, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the future of work forever. A remote-everything, work-from-anywhere environment is now the new normal. That's why VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today introduced new and expanded capabilities to empower customers, help improve business resilience, and prepare for the new distributed, hybrid workforce of the future.

These capabilities include a suite of new workplace solutions and new features in VMware Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub built specifically to help customers bring employees back to the office safely. VMware is also introducing enhancements to its flagship virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform, VMware Horizon 8, a truly modern, future-ready solution for more secure delivery and management of virtual desktops and applications across the hybrid cloud...

vmware News, August 6th, 2020
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Intel And VMware Extend Virtualization To Radio Access Network Through Broadened Collaboration For 5G
Inteland VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced they are collaborating on an integrated software platform for virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks
"As communications service providers (CoSPs) evolve their networks to support the rollout of future 5G networks, they are increasingly adopting a software-defined, virtualized infrastructure. Virtualization of the core network has already enabled CoSPs to improve operational costs and bring services to market faster. This expanded collaboration between Intel and VMware aims to offer CoSPs reduced development cycles and scale across multiple designs.

Many CoSPs are embracing the idea of having open and disaggregated RAN architectures that can give them added flexibility and choice, as well as programmability to create and deploy new services that require fine grained radio resource control and dynamic slicing to provide differentiated experiences such as cloud gaming and cloud controlled robotics. This collaboration seeks to simplify the steps and reduce the integration effort involved in creating deployable virtualized RAN solutions..."

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Cisco News
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Black Hat 2020 Tackles Big Topics In Security
Journalist Sean Kerner discusses DNS, security in a post-pandemic world, and even a passwordless future
"On the annual cybersecurity calendar, few if any events hold the mystique and allure of the Black Hat USA event, which has long been the place where new exploits and research are revealed.

The 2020 event was unlike any other Black Hat event, going entirely virtual, but that didn't stop the flow of content spanning nearly every facet of IT security including cloud, wireless, desktop and Artificial Intelligence (AI) among other categories. With November coming soon, the 2020 U.S election was a key topic of conversation as well across multiple sessions..."

Cisco News, August 6th, 2020
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Cisco Collaboration Outlines Blueprint For The Hybrid Workplace
New features and industry firsts help customers keep employees productive in the home office and safer in the workplace
"Work is no longer a place you go; it's what you do. The future of work blends being in an office and being remote (whether home or elsewhere). To help customers confidently move forward, Cisco-the leader in collaboration, trusted by 95% of Fortune 500 companies-has outlined the technologies and considerations to create a blueprint that enables the remote worker while also paving the way for a safer return to office. Highlights of these pieces are as follows:..."
Cisco News, August 4th, 2020
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Cisco Completes Acquisition Of Thousandeyes
Cisco will incorporate ThousandEyes capabilities across Cisco's core Enterprise Networking and Cloud, and AppDynamics portfolios
Cisco announced it completed the acquisition of ThousandEyes. ThousandEyes' internet and cloud intelligence platform expands visibility and insights into the digital delivery of applications and services over the internet and the cloud. ThousandEyes enables organizations to visualize any network as if it was their own, quickly surface actionable insights, and collaborate and solve problems with service providers.

Cisco's strength in network and application performance, combined with visibility into the internet enabled by ThousandEyes, now allows customers to have an end-to-end view into the digital delivery of applications and services over the internet. This combination enables customers to pinpoint deficiencies and improve network and application performance across enterprise and cloud networks.

Cisco News, August 4th, 2020
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The Network Week In Review: Aug 3 - Aug 7
This week we see how Valor Games Southeast pivoted their annual sports competition online with Webex, and we check in with Black Hat to learn the latest on cybersecurity and diversity & inclusion in the security industry!
1. Black Hat: COVID-19 forced a fundamental shift for most organizations

2. Valor Games Southeast go virtual with Cisco Webex

3. Bridging the digital divide on native lands

4. Catch the latest research and trends from Black Hat USA

5. Your data has a life of its own

6. Announcing the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020 Winners

7. Cisco is the #1 Best Place to Work for Millennials!

8. 4 ways to ensure your video conferences are secure

9. Guidance for managing data everywhere

10. Why healthcare providers need secure telehealth solutions

Cisco News, August 6th, 2020
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Citrix News
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Accelerate Your Move To Cloud With Citrix And Google Cloud
Recently Google Cloud announced the general availability of Google Cloud VMware Engine. It's a service that delivers a fully managed VMware Cloud Foundation stack - VMware vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and HCX for cloud migration - in a dedicated environment on Google Cloud's highly performant and reliable infrastructure to support enterprise production workloads, like Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops
"Furthermore, on this service you can migrate or extend your on-premises workloads to Google Cloud by connecting to a dedicated VMware environment directly through the Google Cloud Console.

Google Cloud VMware Engine is built on Google Cloud's highly performant, scalable infrastructure with fully redundant and dedicated 100Gbps networking, providing 99.99 percent availability to meet the needs of your most demanding enterprise workloads. It is designed to minimize your operational burden, so you can focus on your business. Google Cloud takes care of the lifecycle of the VMware software stack and manages all the related infrastructure and upgrades..."

Citrix News, August 3rd, 2020
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Technology Tales From The Frontlines Of Healthcare
As we continue to manage uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and settle into to our new normal, one thing is certain: Work life is being redefined in healthcare
"Organizations scramble to deal with the challenges of shifting to remote work for the majority of employees, including clinical teams. Some have struggled. Others have been nimble enough to deliver a secure, seamless, and consistent environment for their staffs to access critical systems and data, no matter where they are.

IT leaders have had to ask themselves a number of questions:..."

Citrix News, August 4th, 2020
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Your Guide To Implementing Citrix Workspace App For HTML5
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden shift to remote work, Citrix customers are moving faster than ever to rapidly to deploy out access to large numbers of users
"To streamline these deployments, many are leveraging the Citrix Workspace app for HTML5 as their Citrix client. Using a HTML5 client in a web browser gives IT admins a turnkey solution to enable access to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops without having to install a client.

In Citrix Consulting, we normally recommend standardizing the native Citrix Workspace client to provide an optimal user experience and to enable features such as USB and file redirection to function. However, there are situations where using the full Citrix Workspace client is not possible or is unnecessary for end users leveraging the Citrix solution. In these cases, the Citrix Workspace app for HTML5 is a great choice..."

Citrix News, August 6th, 2020
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Datacore News
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Migrating From Storage Silos To Tiered Data Pools (Modernization Without Aggravation)
The topic for our discussion today has a lot to do with modernization, a lot of the things that you're hearing throughout this Eco Cast has to do with moving to new gear
"what often goes unspoken when one does that, is the level of effort to migrate data from one piece of equipment to another. So what I want to do is walk through that, especially if you've been in an environment where there's a number of storage silos that you're working through and a mixed bag of those. And now you're in a situation where you're trying to replace some of that gear or expand on that gear.

What - and that may be the case - one of the examples we run into quite frequently is a collection of distributed network and tax storage and a bunch of filers that are - where the pole's key information is sitting..."

Datacore News, August 3rd, 2020
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Dell News
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Michael's Letter To Team Members
Michael Dell writes, "One of the best parts of my job is meeting our customers and partners where they live and work, and seeing firsthand all the amazing things they are doing with our technology. But like everyone, I've been grounded for nearly five months - riding out the pandemic and waiting for everything to get back to normal. But what we're all coming to realize is that whatever or whenever normal happens, it isn't going to be anytime soon..."
He continues, "When this started, there was a sense of novelty. The novel coronavirus also came with novel ways to live and work and communicate, and with all of us in it together and an abundance of goodwill and kindness and generosity of spirit, we've helped each other safely through. Now, the novelty is wearing thin. We're all done with coronavirus, but unfortunately, the virus isn't done with us..."
Dell News, August 6th, 2020
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Sweet On Dell Technologies: What We Do Matters
If there's a bright side to our current global situation, it's that it has reminded us of our humanity
"Since March, I've met countless customers' children and pets thanks to Zoom. I've sat across dining tables and on front porches with shareholders and analysts (virtually, of course). My grandkids' rendition of If You're Happy and You Know It has been the soundtrack to more than one team call.

In some ways, our social distance has made us more connected and more human to each other. It's a surprising byproduct of the pandemic, and one I hope we keep.

At Dell Technologies, humanity is at the core of our purpose as a company. We exist to create technologies that drive human progress, and that commitment is reflected in how we engage in our communities, protect our planet, and operate our company..."

Dell News, August 6th, 2020
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Dell EMC News
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Data Value At The Edge
The Edge, while frequently discussed as something new, is in fact another technical turn of the crank. Fueled by an abundance of smart devices and IoT sensors, worldwide data creation has been growing exponentially, driving our customers and partners to innovate.
"For example, between 2016 and 2018, there was an 878% growth in healthcare and life science data resulting in over 8 petabytes of data managed by providers per annum. Dell Technologies has been at the forefront of this data revolution enabling our customers and partners to leverage these new sources of data to drive business. The process of data creation, transformation and consumption has taken on new meaning as devices have become more integrated in our everyday lives. How this data lifecycle adds value to our customers and partners is the subject of our post today..."
Dell EMC News, August 4th, 2020
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Practical Steps To Developing An AI Strategy
What are we in the business of doing? This is the first question organizations should answer when building an AI strategy
"Anyone so charged needs clarity on why their company exists in the first place. The company's mission statement will provide the answer to 'Why' the company exists. Once the 'Why' is understood, assess the 'How': how does the company execute on its purpose?

For example, at Dell Technologies, our purpose (Why) is to drive human progress, through (How) access to technology, for people with big ideas around the world..."

Dell EMC News, August 6th, 2020
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HPE News
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HPE And SAP Partner To Deliver SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud With HPE Greenlake Cloud Services
The new customer edition of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud delivered with HPE GreenLake will help customers leverage cloud capabilities while keeping their SAP landscape on-premises, facilitating the move to SAP S/4HANA
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced plans to partner with SAP to deliver the customer edition of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with HPE GreenLake, as a fully managed service at the edge, in the customer's data center or colocation facility of their choice. Customers will be able to keep their SAP software landscape and data on-premises while gaining the benefits of a subscription-based, agile, elastic, and consistent cloud experience from SAP with HPE GreenLake.

The new offering SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, customer edition from SAP addresses a key market requirement for SAP customers. According to research from IDC, organizations state that 70 percent of applications remain outside of the public cloud...

HPE News, August 6th, 2020
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HP News
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HP Advances 3D Printing And Digital Manufacturing Software And Data Platform; Introduces New Partnership With Dyndrite
Deepens Focus on Software and Data for Greater Quality, Performance, Personalization, Automation, and Extensibility for Customers and Partners
HP unveiled a new strategic partnership with Dyndrite, providers of the core 3D geometry kernel used to create scalable, high-performance, next-generation additive manufacturing solutions. This alliance is intended to build on HP's deep focus on expanding its software and data platform to help customers more fully realize the transformative power of 3D printing and digital manufacturing to achieve their business goals.

'Innovations in software, data intelligence, and workflow automation are key to unlocking the full potential of additive manufacturing,' said Ryan Palmer, Global Head of Software, Data and Automation, HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing. 'We are committed to advancing our digital manufacturing platform capabilities and this strategic collaboration with Dyndrite is an exciting next step on the journey.'

HP News, August 4th, 2020
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HP Pagewide Presses Hit 500B Page Milestone
Graphics Customers Driving Market Volume in Digital Inkjet Printing
HP Inc. announced its inkjet production printing solution, PageWide Web Press, has reached a milestone of 500 billion printed pages, as the print platform continues to expand its page capacity driven by global HP print service providers (PSPs).

'PSPs operating HP PageWide Web Presses are finding new success and opportunities for more sophisticated and profitable digital print applications, as well as transferring more pages from offset to digital inkjet technology,' said Carles Farre, vice president and general manager, HP PageWide Press. 'They have more than doubled the number of pages they print on HP PageWide Presses since drupa 2016 for a growth rate that is nearly twice that of the market. More than half of these customers have printed over 1 billion pages on their devices.'

HP News, August 3rd, 2020
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IBM News
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Jeffrey Qureshy Empowers His Team With Analytics
This story is part of Analytics Heroes, a series of profiles on leaders transforming the future of business analytics
"Jeffrey Qureshy is a financial systems senior manager with Jabil, a global manufacturing services company. From 100 sites around the world, Jabil serves customers in five key business-to-business market segments: defense and aerospace; energy, industrial and building; print and retail; smart home and appliances; and automotive and transportation.

Jeffrey oversees the implementation and management of IBM Cognos Analytics for a team of 1,500 users worldwide. Jabil's analytics users comprise a diverse group of decision-makers. 'I help people who are looking to manage their responsibility effectively using data - business unit managers, division leaders, operations managers, and more,' he says. He also assists the executive team, who are looking at data from a strategic perspective, in making broader, global-based decisions..."

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Lafargeholcim And IBM Join Forces To Further Develop Oris - The First Digital Materials Platform For Sustainable Road Solutions
LafargeHolcim announces it will work with IBM Services to further develop the first digital platform for road design optimization, ORIS. The solution can reduce road project costs by up to one-third and carbon emissions by up to half while tripling road durability and usage lifespans
"ORIS allows decision-makers, road infrastructure authorities and project investors to improve road construction and sustainability and reduce inefficiencies through smart project design. This is especially timely as governments design stimulus packages to revive economic activity post COVID-19 while also responding to the impact of climate change.

An average of 700,000 kilometres (435,000 miles) of new roads are being built globally every year. Improving road quality and resilience will help reduce the massive amount of carbon emissions attributed to transportation. Because roads vary depending on location, climate, vehicle types and traffic volumes, it is a complex challenge to define the most sustainable and cost-effective mix of building materials and technologies early in the design phase. ORIS assesses road pavement designs from different perspectives and recommends efficient construction and maintenance patterns with local materials availability and capabilities. ORIS is supporting public policies that conserve natural resources, enabling a more local and circular economy in road construction..."

IBM News, August 4th, 2020
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Virtual Agents Help Businesses Respond During The Pandemic And Thrive In The 'New Normal'
As COVID-19 spread across the globe, organizations of all shapes and sizes were faced with a deluge of inquiries from customers, employees and the public at large
"Facing unprecedented challenges, many turned to Watson Assistant, IBM's AI-powered virtual agent for business. IBM offered it to organizations at no charge for at least 90 days for COVID-19 use cases through the end of June. Watson Assistant has helped organizations manage spikes in customer and employee demands and answer questions related to the impact of the pandemic. Use of Watson Assistant increased 59 percent between February and May of this year, and organizations in 25 countries and across multiple industries have used it as part of their COVID response..."
IBM News, August 4th, 2020
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Lenovo News
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Lenovo Enhances Portfolio Of Education Solutions To Meet Evolving Demands Of Hybrid Learning
ew Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen and Lenovo 300e 2nd Gen laptops powered by AMD, as well as a content rich VR education solution, offer students and teachers more options in and outside the classroom this fall
Lenovo is announcing updates to its portfolio of education solutions to support schools adopting new curriculums and pedagogy as they head back to class in the Fall during the global health crisis.

More than 1 billion students, over 90 percent of the world's learners, have been impacted by school closures in 2020'i'. In response to disrupted school calendars, educators are implementing distance learning programs and hybrid learning scenarios - a combination of distance and in-classroom learning. Schools and districts require education-ready devices, more secure platforms, as well as compelling and effective digital content to engage students under changing learning conditions. From purpose-built laptops and tablets, software and content for education to immersive learning with virtual reality (VR) solutions, Lenovo is providing teachers and students the tools needed for schools' expanding digital ecosystems.

Lenovo News, August 4th, 2020
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Lenovo Introduces One-Stop Iot Solution For Smart Office Buildings Workplaces In China
Lenovo announced an end-to-end IoT Smart Building and Workplace Solution for businesses in China
"With the rise of the smart office and acceleration of digital transformation due to COVID-19, the solution will help businesses create more intelligent and efficient workplaces through digital services, including solution customization and configuration, rapid deployment, and all-round operation and maintenance.

One-stop solution for smart offices

With increasing rental prices and property management costs, companies must decide how to effectively use their office space. According to Jones Lang Laselle[1], 41 percent of enterprises began to adopt agile working and a combination of working at home and working on site has become the choice of many enterprises today. The large-scale application of 5G, big data, AI, and other technologies has enabled the concept of the smart office building..."

Lenovo News, August 5th, 2020
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Lenovo's LanSchool Partners With Dnsfilter To Offer Schools Affordable Content Filtering And Threat Protection
LanSchool and DNSFilter provide powerful digital safety solutions at education-only pricing
"LanSchool is announcing a partnership with DNSFilter to keep schools and students safer from harmful online content and cyber threats, whether learning happens in the classroom or remotely. This partnership provides enterprise quality features at affordable, education-only pricing - building on LanSchool's 30-year commitment to enhance student safety.

As one of the only AI-driven solutions on the market, DNSFilter uses up-to-date, global threat feeds rather than static threat databases, allowing it to detect and eliminate new threats in real time. The solution also helps schools become compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) with one click. Additionally, schools can establish policies that block access to streaming media sites to manage bandwidth usage..."

Lenovo News, August 5th, 2020
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RSA News
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Bring It On With Instant On: Aruba Delivers Wi-Fi 6 To Small Businesses
Aruba puts the power of Wi-Fi 6 into the hands of small business owners with an update to the Instant On portfolio
"In today's competitive and dynamic business environment, small businesses are focused on delivering high-quality experiences to their customers in all the ways they interact with them, whether on-site or online. To do that, they need a robust, secure network infrastructure that supports experiences that exceed customers' expectations and enable their staff to be more efficient.

Enter the latest iteration of Wi-Fi technology - Wi-Fi 6, which was developed to provide the capabilities and security features required to deliver amazing customer experiences and enhance business operations. However, a key challenge for smaller businesses is that, unlike large enterprises, they often lack the IT expertise and staffing to support the deployment of emerging technologies..."

HPE News, August 3rd, 2020
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Opportunities For Risk Management In The 'Great Reset'
In a few years, it is possible that no one will be speaking of 'digital transformation' because the term will have become irrelevant: Non-digital businesses will simply not exist
So concludes the World Economic Forum's (WEF) recent report, 'Digital Transformation: Powering the Great Reset.' 'The Great Reset' is a fantastic descriptor for what we are facing today. As 2020 unfolded, it became apparent that 'going digital' is no longer a side venture; it is the main event. From enabling remote workforces to expediting delivery of products and services, the catalyst for accelerating digital capabilities is front-and-center in every business strategy. In the WEF report, a consistent point is reinforced: digital journeys are still long, but the pace is no longer marathon-like. It's an endless series of 100-yard dashes with little rest in between.
RSA News, August 4th, 2020
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Microsoft News
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Microsoft Commits To Achieve 'Zero Waste' Goals By 2030
Every year, more than 11 billion tons of waste are produced worldwide according to the United Nations Environment Programme
"A byproduct of our daily lives and every sector of the world's economies, the trash we discard pollutes our land, clogs our waterways, depletes our natural resources and contaminates the very air we breathe. We recognize the urgent need to protect the world's ecosystems and reduce the carbon emissions that come from the creation, distribution and disposal of waste. That's why we're announcing today our goal to achieve zero waste for Microsoft's direct operations, products and packaging by 2030.

Our zero waste goal is the third sprint in Microsoft's broad environmental sustainability initiative launched earlier this year focusing on carbon, water, ecosystems and waste. We are setting ambitious goals for each and empowering our customers with the technology and our learnings to do the same..."

Microsoft News, August 4th, 2020
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Microsoft Ignite 2020: Empowering The Technical Community To Help Customers Innovate And Rebuild In A Changing World
Because the world is in unchartered territory with COVID-19 impacting people, organizations and economies this year, we're excited to announce that we've pivoted Microsoft Ignite from a week-long, in-person event to two global events that are free, 48-hour digital gatherings
"The first event is Sept. 22-24, and registration will open on Sept. 3. We'll be adding a second Microsoft Ignite in early 2021 to create an additional opportunity to connect with our technical communities, and to share the latest product developments.

We've learned from the global digital events we've held this year that we now have the opportunity to bring the whole global community together in one place to create a truly worldwide event. For this reason, we're not going to be holding Microsoft Ignite Tour events in different cities around the world this year; instead Microsoft Ignite will bring all global participants together and include the opportunity for local community meetups, will have language localization, and participants will also be able to get skill building with Microsoft Learn and certifications..."

Microsoft News, August 6th, 2020
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Microsoft To Continue Discussions On Potential TikTok Purchase In The United States
Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States.
"Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President's concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.

Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President..."

Microsoft News, August 3rd, 2020
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Nutanix News
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HPE Greenlake With Nutanix Is Ready!
HPE and Nutanix promised to bring as a Service consumption to the Nutanix enterprise cloud platform, and now it's ready
"IT shops are getting seriously sophisticated about hybrid cloud these days, and cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure vendors like Nutanix. It isn't a new technology, but companies like Nutanix have made it easy and fast, while enabling a number of specific workloads. Now HPE and Nutanix have joined forces to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) solution to the market. This offering will leverage Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud OS software, including its built-in, free AHV hypervisor, delivered through HPE GreenLake to provide customers with a fully HPE-managed hybrid cloud that dramatically lowers total cost of ownership and accelerates time to value..."
Nutanix News, August 5th, 2020
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Nutanix Infrastructure Powers Siasun Robotics' Smart Manufacturing
HCI Solutions Accelerate Digital Transformation and Enable Employees to Work from Anywhere for Chinese Robotics Manufacturer
Nutanix announced that Siasun Robot & Automation Co. Ltd., one of China's largest robotics manufacturers, has implemented Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software to modernize its IT infrastructure and drive continuous business innovation and digital transformation.

A member of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Siasun is a leading robotics enterprise providing tailored solutions to the diversified needs of a variety of manufacturers. As a leader in smart manufacturing, Siasun boasts its own independent research and development facilities and uses cutting-edge technologies to drive business innovation...

Nutanix News, August 5th, 2020
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Oracle News
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Oracle Cloud Expands With Launch Of San Jose Region
Latest Addition Marks 25th Oracle Cloud Region Worldwide and Sixth Oracle-Microsoft Azure Interconnect Location -- Customers and Partners KEMET, 8x8, Phenix, CenturyLink, Equinix and Megaport Welcome New Cloud Region
"Oracle announced its San Jose Cloud Region, marking the company's 25th Cloud Region worldwide. The opening is part of Oracle's aggressive plan to add 11 Cloud Regions by July 2021, bringing its total to 36. Now, North American customers and partners on the west coast have regional access to all of the company's cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Autonomous Linux, as well as Oracle Cloud Applications to unlock innovation and securely protect their applications and data.

The San Jose site also houses the sixth multi-cloud interconnection between Oracle and Microsoft Azure. These interconnects enable customers to run their mission-critical workloads across Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Azure seamlessly..."

Oracle News, August 5th, 2020
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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Behind World's Fastest Supercomputer
RIKEN, the owner of the world's fastest high-performance computing (HPC) supercomputer, Fugaku, has chosen Oracle Cloud as the public cloud provider for its elastic HPC storage and to enable universities and research organizations to connect securely and at low cost through Science Information Network (SINET)
Oracle was chosen because of its superior performance, enterprise-grade security, and elastic storage resources as part of the ongoing initiative to promote wider use of the supercomputer.

Fugaku's Performance

Performing at 415 quadrillion computations a second, or 415 petaFLOPS, Fugaku placed first in the Top500 in June 2020. The Top500 ranks supercomputers based on their processing speed and performance of computing power. Aptly named after Mt. Fuji, Fugaku's world record-breaking high performance distanced itself far ahead of competitors by achieving approximately 2.8 times more calculations per second than the runner up...

Oracle News, August 5th, 2020
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Oracle Cloud Vmware Solution Now Available In All Global Regions And Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer
Delivers support for scale production VMware workloads in a customer-controlled tenancy - Customers include Entel, largest telecom provider in Chile and the third largest in Peru
Building on the recent launch of Oracle Cloud@Customer, Oracle continues an aggressive push to deliver flexibility and scale that meets customers where they are in their cloud transformation. Today Oracle announced availability of Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, a dedicated, cloud-native VMware-based environment that enables enterprises to easily move their production VMware workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides customers with the identical experience in the cloud as in on-premises data centers, and seamlessly integrates with Oracle's second-generation cloud infrastructure. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is available now in all public regions and in customer Dedicated Region cloud instances...
Oracle News, August 6th, 2020
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Oracle Helps Marketers Navigate Changes And Make Every Customer Interaction Matter
Let's be honest. 2020 has been a rollercoaster for anyone working in marketing and while you'd be forgiven for hoping to turn over the calendar to 2021, the reality is we are only just over half way through.
"Many of us started the year in an economy that was booming and with a focus on huge customer acquisition targets. That playbook was quickly turned on its head as a very different reality shifted our focus to renewal, retention, and growth.

Change is obviously nothing new in marketing, but the speed and scale of the changes over the last few months are more significant that anything I have seen in my career. The reason I say that is it feels like someone has hit fast forward and we have gone through years' worth of change in a matter of weeks. Things we knew before have quickly gone from nice to haves to must haves. The weakest links in every system have been exposed. And there's more guessing what the cost of the status quo is...."

Oracle News, August 6th, 2020
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Red Hat News
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Red Hat Virtualization: The Now And The Next
We're excited to announce that Red Hat Virtualization 4.4, the latest update to our mature and trusted virtualization solution for traditional virtual machine (VM)-based workloads, will be generally available this week
"As the established virtualization landscape shifts towards cloud-native technologies, Red Hat Virtualization has continued to provide the ability for businesses to deploy, configure and manage traditional workloads. With this latest release, Red Hat Virtualization is now rebased to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 and offers a more seamless integration with Red Hat OpenShift, providing a solution that can launch the next-generation of cloud-native applications while providing a foundation for VMs today..."
Red Hat News, August 4th, 2020
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Friday Five - August 7, 2020
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye
  • Nominations open for 2021 Red Hat Innovation Awards
  • SiliconANGLE - Red Hat Virtualization 4.4 brings new features for managing virtual machines
  • Red Hat Customer Success Stories - Digital transformation through people, process and technology
  • TechBeacon - Critical API security risks: 10 best practices
  • Red Hat launches remote certification exams

Read on for details

Red Hat News, August 6th, 2020
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Deploy Red Hat AMQ Streams In Openshift Backed By Openshift Container Storage
This post will show you how to deploy Red Hat AMQ Streams on Red Hat OpenShift 4 backed by Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4. Red Hat AMQ Streams is based on Apache Kafka, a popular platform for streaming data delivery and processing
This post covers a number of concepts: Apache Kafka, Red Hat AMQ Streams and OCS introduction, architecture and use-case

  • Installing the Red Hat AMQ Streams Operator from OpenShift OperatorHub

  • Deploying ZooKeeper and Kafka with persistent storage from OpenShift Container Storage

  • Creating the Kafka topic and Kafka user, using their respective operators

  • Creating a Kafka Producer and Consumer application

  • Testing Kafka High Availability

Introduction

Note: This scenario assumes you already have an OpenShift cluster or have followed the instructions in the Deploying your storage backend using OpenShift Container Storage 4 blog to set up OpenShift Container Storage 4..."

Red Hat News, August 6th, 2020
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Kubernetes Is The Future: But What Does This Future Look Like?
When industry influencers and CIOs talk about the future of computing, they typically aren't only discussing hardware advancements or cloud-based software
"Increasingly, these conversations center on transformation through application innovation, providing new predictive services to customers that are driven by an integrated user experience. This could be something like inspecting customer data patterns to promote new banking services, analyzing health indicators to proactively recommend treatment or an immersive interface for personalized interactions..."
Red Hat News, August 6th, 2020
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Open Source Is More Than Code: Developing Red Hat Satellite Documentation Upstream
The code base for Satellite begins upstream and moves downstream. Until recently, the Satellite documentation did not follow the same journey. In this post, I will outline what has been happening with Satellite documentation over the last year and how this benefits both the Foreman community and Red Hat Satellite users
"The Foreman and Katello projects are the upstreams of Red Hat Satellite. The discussions and contributions that take place in the vibrant upstream community help shape the Red Hat Satellite code base. Red Hat's open source and community strategy has made Red Hat Satellite a robust and flexible product that can manage complex management workflows.

While a team of Red Hat technical writers work on Satellite documentation full time, Foreman and Katello documentation is written by the engineering team and community members who contribute updates and corrections. Because of this, there has been a disparity between the types of documentation that is produced upstream and downstream..."

Red Hat News, August 7th, 2020
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SuperMicro News
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Supermicro 60-And 90-Bay Top-Loading Storage Systems For High-Capacity Cloud-Scale Deployments
Leverage multiple expansion options systems available in single-node, dual-node, SBB, or JBOD configurations, supporting up to 1.4PB
Super Micro Computer, Inc. extended its dense storage solutions with 60-bay and 90-bay solutions.

These high-capacity storage and expansion systems are optimised for cloud-scale storage implementations as well as HPC storage applications.

This top-loading architecture delivers the improved flexibility, modularity, and serviceability that customers need. Both 60-bay and 90-bay systems are available in single-node and dual-node configurations, where the drives evenly split between each node.

StorageNewsletter, August 4th, 2020
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Veeam News
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How Service Providers Help Protect Remote Worker Data
With everything that's been happening in the world over the last few months, my company had to make some radical changes in our IT department
"We've recently shifted to remote work ~100% of the time, which forced my group to react quickly to new challenges. Protecting user and company data on remote workstations has become a priority.

We recently deployed workstations or laptops to ALL employees. Even those who did not have equipment before. With so many users new to full-time remote work and some new to having company issued equipment, the IT department wanted to make sure our data was protected and users could recover from some expected hiccups with our new setup.

Protection from common scenarios included:

  • Accidental deletion of files and folders - Resolved with self-service restore
  • Hardware failure - Resolved with self-service full system restore
  • Ransomware/malware attacks - Resolved with self-service full system restore

Does the above situation sound painfully familiar? Many organizations weren't planning for these changes and don't have the hardware and licensing on standby for an immediate allocation adjusting to an impromptu new world..."

Veeam News, August 6th, 2020
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PeopleTek News
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Integrity Gauge
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent - Douglas MacArthur, American Five Start General
"Does your work culture value integrity? If yes, does it conduct surveys and solicit feedback to validate their perceptions of integrity within the workplace?

We've worked with companies that do measure it (along with other dimensions), and sadly integrity year over year gets rated poorly.

Why?

It was felt that leadership did not exhibit the behaviors that were desired in others, and that the actions, processes, and communication (or lack of) did not support the company values and beliefs..."

PeopleTek News, August 5th, 2020
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Kelly Merbler News
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Management Is Not Leadership.
I vividly remember when I was first promoted into a management role many moons ago. It was the big moment that I had been working towards since graduating from college. I couldn't wait to put the title of 'Manager' on my business card. Being in my 20's, this was kind of a big deal for me.
"I had been a proven performer for a consistent number of years. In my mind, I was the obvious choice for the role when an opening became available. That's just how it always worked! The top performers were the 'chosen ones' who became the next managers.

If I only knew then what I know now. I was not ready for the manager role just because I had big numbers and exceeded my sales goals. That should not have been the metrics which somehow translated into being ready for becoming responsible for others..."

Kelly Merbler News, August 6th, 2020
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Julie Kantor News
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The Hidden Power Of Storytelling In Corporate Mentorship
Storytelling makes up a significant part of American culture, and has helped shape the American identity for generations
"As kids, we learned through stories. We learned to love our neighbors, solve problems, and accept ourselves through lessons learned in books. Even as adults, we continue to engage in storytelling, although most people call it 'the news' these days. Regardless, it's easy to overlook just how important storytelling is to everyday life, and without it, life would crumble in our hands..."
Julie Kantor News, August 5th, 2020
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