This guest post is written by Rodney Boehm, the Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering.It’s no secret that augmented and virtual reality are taking the world by storm. From gaming to health care to space travel — the sky is literally the limit with AR/VR. That is why I am so excited that Dell is joining the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program at Texas A&M University for Aggies Invent this weekend. Aggies Invent is a 48-hour intensive design experience that allows students to solve real problems and mingle with experts from industry. We host roughly three of these events each semester. Last year, our AR/VR-themed weekend, sponsored by Dell, was one of our most popular events of 2017. It didn’t hurt that each member of the winning team was awarded a Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation.Aggies Invent will take place this weekend (11/30-12/2), with a kickoff Friday afternoon when students select a need statement provided by Dell and our other partners, Accenture, Intel and Nvidia. These need statements are real problems that the AR/VR industry is currently trying to solve. Teams will be formed, and then the students get to work and produce a rudimentary prototype within a few hours. On Saturday, the teams will spread out across our 60,000 square foot makerspace — the Susu and Mark A. Fischer Engineering Design Center — or they’ll get together in one of our many huddle rooms in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. By the end of the night, most teams will start working on their video and pitch, which they’ll present to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon. It’s fast-paced, and I think it’s a great simulator for life beyond Texas A&M.As a professor of practice and director of engineering entrepreneurship, I feel it is my obligation to prepare our students to be the movers and shakers of tomorrow. What better way to do that than by giving them the opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced engineers from Dell using technology that will pave the way we live in the future.Last year, I was blown away by the ideas our students came up with in such a short period of time. They thought outside the box, put their heads together and came up with solutions to problems that major industries are trying to solve. The first place team, Shovel, designed a program that would allow construction workers to see where pipes are located underground before they start digging. Another team, AKU, created an entirely new car-buying experience that would allow the consumer to remain in the comfort of their own home. Team ARchitecture would make construction less costly by eliminating errors before they occur. These are just a few examples of some of the innovative ideas that were born in just 48 hours.We all know that a college education isn’t just about acing exams. It’s about rolling up your sleeves, problem-solving and developing the communications skills required to work on a team. Aggies Invent gives students real-world experience that will jump off their resumé and serve as a talking point with potential employers. Not only does the experience give students a chance to harness their creativity, but it also allows them to gain invaluable practice networking with industry leaders. Who knows, perhaps some of the students who participate this weekend will later go on to work for Dell, bringing their innovative ideas into the homes of millions of Americans.Dell pulled out all the stops last year, and I can’t wait to see what our students create this time around.Learn about our global intensive design experience happening in February — Invent for the Planet.Rodney Boehm is the Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. He has broad industry experiences, including over 35 years in all aspects of the telecommunications industry (sales, marketing, manufacturing, business development, and technical design), extensive experience in international companies, and running a startup. Currently he is using his technical business experiences to develop and run innovation and entrepreneurial programs for the College of Engineering, including Aggies Invent, Engineering Inc, and courses focused on developing an entrepreneurial mindset. He holds a BS and ME in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Transitioning to cloud is often depicted as a transition toward simplicity. We are inundated with promises of extreme flexibility, unlimited scale, incremental agility, the ability to leverage a wide range of next-gen applications, and “pay by the drip” consumption. However, many organizations transitioning data and workloads to the cloud are coming to terms with the unpleasant reality of access and egress fees, data gravity, latency, vendor lock-in, and even compliance and control issues. In a recent survey conducted by ESG, 55 percent of storage decision-makers reported moving at least one workload back from public cloud to an on-premises data center. While it has become clear that cloud might not be as simple as it seems, it still does provide significant value – and simplicity – when utilized to support certain workloads.Another factor to consider when developing a cloud strategy is the proliferation of DevOps and containers. Container-based workloads are growing in popularity, with 21 percent of organizations surveyed by ESG stating that one of their most significant investment areas is increasing infrastructure capacity to support application development, and 17 percent identifying increasing use of containers as a significant application development investment.We’ve established that cloud is not a one-size-fits-all destination, it’s actually an operating model that requires a thoughtful approach to balancing workload requirements across on-premises and cloud. Rarely is one single public cloud provider going to satisfy all the requirements of current workloads, let alone the workloads of the future. Workload diversity is only going to expand, making hybrid cloud the new reality. Our customers tell us they are looking for a single cloud experience that includes a simplified view of resources and a consistent experience. Sounds great, but how do you make this happen with so much variation and complexity across data and workloads? And where does Dell EMC Storage fit in?Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs enable you to build hybrid cloud environments using Dell EMC storage, compute and networking that has been validated with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). This is essentially a customized approach to building your unique Dell Technologies Cloud by selecting the infrastructure components that align with your requirements, providing a single-pane management view and enabling you to deliver cloud capabilities across a wide range of workloads.This approach also allows you to meet the varied demands of these workloads – including greater performance, capacity and application flexibility – by scaling storage independently from compute. Additionally, you have the option to utilize unique enterprise data services such as inline data reduction capabilities, synchronous replication and more. Dell EMC storage options include PowerMax – ideal for mission critical workloads and massive consolidation to lower TCO, and Unity XT – simple, unified, flexible, all-inclusive midrange storage.If you are looking for an alternative to building a comprehensive Dell Technologies Cloud solution in your data center, Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provides the flexibility to directly connect Dell EMC storage consumed as a service to the public cloud provider of choice – including AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.Cloud Storage Services uses a high-speed, low latency connection while keeping data independent of the cloud. This allows you to leverage compute and services from multiple clouds simultaneously or switch between them based on application needs without having to move data, keeping you in control and eliminating cloud vendor lock-in. The service utilizes native array-based replication to move data to the cloud with the ability to connect a single storage volume to multiple clouds and switch between them as needed. Cloud Storage Services also provide the option to use cloud as a low-cost disaster recovery option where you don’t need to set up and manage secondary site. Similar to Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs, this service is available for Dell EMC PowerMax and Unity XT. For large file-based workloads, Dell EMC Isilon is also an option.Are you ready to learn more about Dell Technologies Validated Designs and Cloud Storage Services? Don’t take my word for it, get the perspective of the analyst community in the new report from ESG: Simplify your Cloud Journey with Dell EMC Storage. Cloud Storage Services currently available in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany
The most famous and most awarded Croatian photographers Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić from Osijek after impressive timelaps videos of Hvar, Baranja, Motovun, Šibenik, Krka National Park and others showed a new excellent timelapse video that shows all the charms of Croatian natural heritage.By the way, Timeless Beauty is the first video that Romulić & Stojčić studio from Osijek shot for the Ministry of Tourism, and another one is planned, which will be dedicated to our historical and cultural heritage. Time lapse is a technique of obtaining a video resulting from a series of photographs taken at a certain interval that gives the impression of an accelerated passage of time. It takes twelve minutes to get twenty-four night photos in a time laps technique that results in one second of video.We should certainly commend the Ministry of Tourism for finally using the best we have to promote our tourism, which we have in our backyard. We all know how important photography and video are in tourism, and to have such, I can freely say, geniuses when we talk about professional photography, and not to use their talent to our “benefit” would be insane.Let us respect ourselves so that others may respect us. And we have something to be proud of, in fact, this is just one small cube in our tourist mosaic. Relax and enjoy Related news:
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However, it was striker Hugo Almeida who took centre-stage, heading Portugal into a second-minute lead and, after Richard Keogh’s own goal had put them further ahead, claiming a second eight minutes before the interval. James McClean’s first strike for his country on his 23rd senior appearance gave Ireland hope seven minutes after the break, but substitute Vierinha struck 12 minutes from time and Fabio Coentrao added a fifth as newcomer Nani produced a superb late cameo performance. While Portugal boss Paulo Bento included his highest-profile player for obvious reasons, opposite number Martin O’Neill left his sitting on the bench having hinted that he might in his pre-match press conference when he said he knew all he needed to about Robbie Keane. Eight days short of 20 years since Ireland famously defeated Italy 1-0 in the World Cup finals at the old Giants Stadium, a team which included only a handful of regular starters ran out hoping to spring a similar surprise, albeit in different circumstances. However, the game was over as a contest long before the half-time whistle as the Portuguese flexed their muscles in impressive style. They needed barely two minutes to get their noses in front when winger Varela, in what was to become something of a theme, found himself in space down the right and delivered the perfect cross for unmarked striker Almeida to head firmly past goalkeeper David Forde. Ronaldo had already served notice of his intent with a deft turn which took him away from Jeff Hendrick and David Meyler on halfway, although his scuffed shot had an element of rust about it. But he tested Forde further with a left-footed drive 13 minutes later, and the Millwall keeper reacted superbly to deny Raul Meireles from the follow-up. Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable victory over Ireland. The Portuguese captain, who had missed the earlier warm-up games against Greece and Mexico through a combination of knee and thigh injuries, started at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and played a leading role as his side raced into a 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-1 win. Ronaldo had a hand in the third goal, having earlier hit the post with a free-kick, and showed few signs of being hampered by any fitness concerns. Press Association Ronaldo was warming to his task, although clearly unhappy with the playing surface after slipping on more than one occasion, and McClean could have been forgiven for thinking he had done just that with 18 minutes played when the Portugal captain hit the deck after the merest of contacts. The Real Madrid star dusted himself down and curled the resulting free-kick around the wall and past Forde’s dive, only for the foot of the post to intervene. The respite was only temporary, however, and Ireland fell further behind when full-back Coentrao’s cross clipped the unfortunate Keogh and sailed over the stranded Forde’s head before dropping inside the far post. Skipper for the night Jon Walters produced Ireland’s first effort on target, but his 27th-minute header from McClean’s cross was directed straight at keeper Rui Patricio. But Portugal were cruising with playmaker William orchestrating from the middle of the field and Varela terrorising on the right as Ronaldo floated menacingly ahead of them. They increased their lead eight minutes before the break when Forde could only parry Ronaldo’s header from yet another Varela cross to Almeida, who made no mistake from close range. Bento resisted the temptation to remove his star man from the fray at the break, but Ireland made a better fist of it in the early stages of the second half as wingers McClean and Aiden McGeady found themselves in advanced positions on several occasions. They got their reward seven minutes into the half when Wes Hoolahan played a quick free-kick to McClean on the right side of the penalty area, and he stepped inside before dispatching a low left-footed shot past Patricio. Portugal’s response was concerted and having wasted one free-kick by thumping it straight into the defensive wall, Ronaldo forced Forde into a diving save with a second on 57 minutes. Varela could have wrapped up the win had he been able to collect Ronaldo’s return pass after the pair launched a lightning break-out, but substitutes Nani and Vierinha combined in fine style on 78 minutes, and the former set up Coentrao for an exquisite fifth five minutes later as the Irish wilted.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaSwantown’s Bruce Marshall (far right) participated in the sake ceremony honoringShin-Nishinomiya’s 20th anniversary in early October.Port Harbor Director Bruce Marshall was working side by side with marina and boatyard staff at Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor, Hyogo Prefecture, in early October.“I was struck by how similar our marinas are,” said Marshall, “We share common goals, concerns and challenges.”Marshall was surprised and thrilled when his Japanese counterparts invited him to join state and local dignitaries in celebrating the Japanese yacht harbor’s 20th anniversary. Leading the celebration were the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Minister of Finance, Minister of Tourism, and the Mayor.“The sake ceremony was an important part of the event,” said Marshall. “It even called for special attire.”A few weeks later, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Moorage Coordinator Mariko Kobayashi toured the Swantown facilities by water and land and examined marina operations. Swantown staff will always remember hearing Kobayashi talk about her responsibility to ensure no moorage for Japanese mafia vessels.Senator Karen Fraser escorted Kobayashi on a grand tour of the Capital City. Senator Fraser has worked tirelessly on developing the Washington’s Sister State relationship with Hyogo Prefecture. The creation of the Sister Marina Agreement is also largely a result of the Senator’s efforts.Naoya Nakadete, the Port’s first guest in the SisterMarina exchange, tours the Boatworks with MarineServices Supervisor Nathan Saline in October 2014.The first participant in the marina exchange program was Naoya Nakadete, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor’s Assistant Manager. In October 2014, Nakadete and Swantown staff covered everything from on-dock operations to financial systems, Security Vessel to Travel-Lift, ending the day with fish stories and beer.The Port Commission hosted a luncheon welcoming Nakadete and honoring Senator Fraser. Representing Hyogo Prefecture was Norihisa Mizuguchi, executive director of Hyogo Business & Cultural Center, Seattle.The Sister Marina Agreement was established during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Sister State relationship between Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Washington State in August 2013. The Port was proud to have Swantown Marina & Boatworks selected for the Sister Marina relationship, which is believed to be the first for both countries.The goals of the Hyogo Prefecture and Port of Olympia Sister Marina Agreement include:Technical exchange for the development of services, operations, and facilities;Sharing of knowledge and activities that promote environmental stewardship to improve sustainability and innovation; andCultural exchange to promote mutual understanding and further relations between the citizens of Japan and the United States.