As a handy homeowner, it’s often tempting to pick up a hammer on the weekend and join in on the time-honored tradition of “Do-It-Yourself.” Whether it’s adding a deck, building out the basement for entertaining, or landscaping the yard, there is an appeal of applying your skills to a project to gain a sense of accomplishment and save money at the same time.With every undertaking comes the often-overlooked addition of risk. Like many projects started with the best intentions (in IT and at home), we risk finding ourselves behind schedule, over budget and with an unhappy internal customer. In more extreme cases, we may have unintentionally violated local regulations or building code, impacting us financially or worse. Through these experiences, we learn to regulate our inner “handyman,” and consider investing in outside expertise. Expert help offers us the piece of mind that the outcome (and the cost) will be predictable, while our risk of failure is greatly reduced.Recently in a call with analysts, EMC shared an example of a global pharmaceutical company with a goal to build a highly flexible, low-cost way to deliver Infrastructure as a Service on demand to its business units and developers. Even though the company had the internal skills to achieve their goal, EMC provided a Hybrid Cloud solution to meet the company’s goals while staying cost-effective and within the required timeframe: a predictable outcome.The company’s Hybrid Cloud solution leverages its investment in their EMC VMware Vblock-based private cloud managed by EMC, while enabling seamless consumption of capacity from VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud services. For the business units and their developers, an application Self-Service Portal provides the company a single entry point to estimate, request, manage, and track the fulfillment of requests. This portal is then integrated back into the company’s existing and internally managed tools, further streamlining request through fulfillment.Upon completion of delivering the solution, some 2,000 virtual machines will be migrated from the company’s on-premises private cloud to VMware’s vCloud Air public cloud service, to be followed by additional non-regulated production workloads going forward. The end result: an engineered and proven cost-effective Hybrid Cloud solution that reduces risk and is managed and fully automated and supported by EMC.As your organization makes the journey into Hybrid Cloud, challenge yourself to answer this question: “Do I really want to be in the integration engineering business maintaining versions and upgrade re-engineering, or could I be more successful by having EMC do it for me in about a week?”Once you dig in, you might surprise yourself.
By CATHERINE OWERS News Writer University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated a Blue Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday in honor of firefighters and police officers. The Blue Mass honors not only Notre Dame Security Police and Notre Dame Fire Department, but also personnel from local and nationwide departments, fire chief Bruce Harrison said. “Notre Dame Security Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department are the hosts and represent the University, and then [they] encourage anyone who wants to participate to come,” Harrison said. “Particularly [police and fire personnel] in the region – St. Joseph County and beyond – we try to invite in.” Harrison said the Mass especially honored police officers and firefighters who have passed away in the last year, both in the line of duty and after their retirement. “We like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the passing of all the retirees in our ‘family,’ so to speak,” he said. According to the Notre Dame Fire Department website, the Blue Mass is named for the color of uniforms that many police officers and firefighters nationwide wear. The Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional ‘month’s mind’ Mass for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Blue Mass continues for them and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others. The guest speaker at this year’s Blue Mass, George Hernandez, is a firefighter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and was a member of the United States Forest Service as a hotshot firefighter, Harrison said. He said hotshot firefighters gained recognition last summer when 19 members of an elite group in Arizona died. “They were out trying to protect property and got caught in what they call a burn-over,” Harrison said. “The number of loss of life is particularly astounding.”That was a very tragic event for our wildlife community. And see how quickly it has lost focus” “We like to think that since we are common in cause, we provide an opportunity to remember [the hotshot crew] and understand the hardships their families are going through without them.” Harrison said he hopeseNotre Dame will continue to host an annual Blue Mass. “It is a somber occasion, but it is meaningful to try and capture that spirit of remembrance, and I think that this is what it’s all about,” he said. Contact Catherine Owers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave McGrathAlright, so Rex Grossman had one of the worst Super Bowl performances of all-time. And yeah, he was the one weak link on an otherwise invincible team all season long. And sure, he’s about as popular as Hannibal Lector at a birthday party right now in Chicago. But the fact is, if I were in charge of deciding the fate of not-so Sexy Rexy, I wouldn’t send him away like he was a leprous Richard Simmons.Nay, I’d do the unthinkable. I’d sign him to a long-term contract.Now why would I do that? Because he still can be not only useful but invaluable to the Bears organization: Just not as a quarterback.As a signal-caller it’s pretty clear Train Rex is the quarterbacking equivalent of the Hindenburg, but put to other positions within the organization, he could prove more useful than a flashlight in Michael Jackson’s basement.For example, Grossman would be fantastic as the team’s all-time passing contestant at halftime events involving throwing a football at a target. Grossman would ensure sponsors would never have to actually dish out any prize money, as Terriblesaurus Rex surely would pepper the stands and knock over a Gatorade cooler or two, but never come close to the target. He’d save the Bears millions.But I believe the Grossness would most benefit the Ditka-maniacs if he were turned into a morale booster, and team icon. He should become a piñata.He would get Chicagoans to fill the stands every Sunday just to watch the Notorious R.E.X. get batted and bruised with wiffle ball and NERF bats every halftime. Even when the Teddies go back to their franchise tradition of imitating a bearskin rug of the NFC North division.He would even be more popular at birthday parties. What self respecting diehard Bear fan father wouldn’t want his children going after a full-sized living breathing Grossmañata? When he passes out, Hexy Rexy could just let go of a bag full of candy, mouthguards and jockstraps, for the full piñata effect.Point: Grossmañata.Michael PoppyDespite Rex Grossman’s fourth quarter choke in the Super Bowl, Bears head coach Lovie Smith should do what he did all season long with his starting quarterback — stick with him.This is not to say Grossman is a good quarterback — because he certainly has many improvements to make. But if Lovie can find the right guy to guide Grossman in what will be a long offseason, the Bears will be OK under center come next year. The only problem is finding Grossman’s mentor.Look no further than West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The small, rural town with a population of 13,000 will be perfect for Grossman’s offseason workout, not only to avoid the media’s scrutiny, but also because of a certain WTAMU assistant football coach.Despite coming off just his first season with the Buffaloes, quarterbacks coach and local Interceptions Anonymous chapter president Ryan Leaf is the man Grossman desperately needs to hook up with in the offseason to overcome his Super Bowl woes. While Leaf never played in the big game, he equally sucked over his five-year NFL career, and arguably, much, much more than Grossman.Just look at this way: Even though Grossman’s numbers in his first full season are much better than Leaf’s rookie year (it’s hard to top just two touchdowns with 15 interceptions), Grossman is on the same career path Leaf was once on. If things keep getting worse, Grossman is soon going to respond to a reporter’s question with a Leaf-esque “Knock it off!” tirade.So what better guy to teach Grossman what not to do than Leaf himself? Leaf can show Grossman all the wrong moves, and after workouts, the two can hit the green and play a game of golf as Leaf will be West Texas A&M’s golf coach this season. Hey, it’s the offseason.
The organizers of this year’s Adventure Fest Vlašić started last year with the preparation of sports and tourist activities on the mountains.The idea for the festival emerged as a logical continuation of the already existing interest of athletes that engage in extreme sports. Specifically, they have long been present in Vlašić, and their enthusiasm inspired Zana Topalbegović and Ermina Hadžijusufović, who lead the association ‘Krug’, to gather athletes in one place whose preoccupation is adventure.The several months of preparations, interviews, meetings and projects led to the result of a final version of a festival that is planned for 7 and 8 September. Many sports clubs from B&H have announced their participation, as well as from neighboring countries. In addition, many well-known athletes have also announced their arrival, such as Goran Todić (Gogo Base), Hasan Gušić (Bike Doctor), Armin Gazić, Nemanja Mihajlović, Benjamin Baković (Shiziko) and Jasmin Golać.Within the sports part of the festival, of which many events and facilities will be available to visitors, adventurers, and those interested in recreation, a fair and entertainment program is planned. During the three days of the duration of the fair, visitors can buy many authentic products from this region.(Source: klix.ba)