Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:
If you’ve been researching hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), you’ve surely noticed that it comes in a variety of flavors. Differentiators for consideration will include things like integration with VMware’s software stack, choice of hypervisor, workload uses cases and integrated networking.The last one in the list is a hot topic of conversation because it is what often sets most solutions apart. So how do you decide if integrated networking is for you?Basically it comes down to your overall IT strategy and consumption model preference. If you have the staff, time and desire to build and maintain a network then an appliance, like VxRail or XC Series, is for you. This option gives you maximum control and choice to implement or leverage an existing networking system of your choosing.If you are looking to go all in on software-defined transformation (which is a much bigger undertaking but delivers high value and low risk) and anticipate a need for extreme scalability, then a solution with integrated networking like VxRack would fit the bill. It’s a turnkey system with all of the components accounted for – you buy everything pre-assembled and call it a day.One option isn’t better than the other, the reality is that it depends on what your needs are: scale, SDN, IT staffing requirements, budget, consumption preference, etc.So now that we’ve laid the groundwork, let’s say that you’ve decided that integrated networking is the path you want to take. Let’s take a closer look at the crucial role that networking plays.A recent IDC report described networking as such: “In an HCI environment, the network effectively provides the interconnected nervous system for the applications that ride over it… Integrated networking moves data into and out of the system. In a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) system, however, it also provides the inter-node fabric over which all the software-defined components communicate to deliver the virtualized compute, storage and network services. This inter-node fabric becomes more critical to application performance as the SDDC systems scale.” It comes down to this: the reliability, availability and scalability of the network is what determines the overall performance of the HCI system in your datacenterBecause I love analogies, here’s another way to look at it: It’s like buying a high end sports car (your HCI), but then driving it on an old dirt road. You’re not going to get the speed, agility and handling that the car is capable of when you’re spinning your wheels in the mud and hitting pot holes, you need a smooth race track (in this case your network architecture) to hit peak performance. Your HCI’s performance is dependent on how well-maintained and up-to-date your networking is. Some companies have the staff and knowledge in-house to ensure this. For others, networking can be an after-thought or a crucial component that is overlooked.If you’re in the camp of wanting a vendor to ensure your smooth race track, then what are some of the integrated networking attributes you should be looking for in an HCI solution? Here are some snippets from IDC:A solution that integrates compute, storage, networking and software tightly together to operate as a single entityAn architecture that provides the same level of network performance as dedicated, physical devicesA fully validated, end-to-end network that is optimized for HCI workloads and software-defined storage and hypervisor flows.If an HCI solution with integrated networking sounds like the right choice for you, you can read the full IDC White Paper to learn more: The Importance of Integrated Networking to HCI.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture today on the nomination of Mark Calabria to serve as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). This sets up a Senate vote on confirmation in the coming days.Calabria is currently the chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence. The Senate Banking Committee voted to advance his nomination in February by a 13-12 vote.CUNA wrote to the Senate Banking Committee prior to Calabria’s testimony, calling on the FHFA to “build upon and strengthen” existing partnerships between the FHFA and credit unions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Federal Home Loan Banks. FHFA ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »