Every day, more and more organizations are using various cloud models to drive their digital transformation. The recent Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index 2020 Snapshot shows most actually prefer a cloud-based deployment environment, be it private, public or hybrid, for their newer applications. Dell has responded to that in some exciting ways.While the benefits of a multi-cloud approach are growing, clouds are not immune to costly disruptive events including down time, data loss and cyber-attacks. According to the 2020 Snapshot, down time and data loss were up last year to 82 percent, from 76 percent in 2018.The 2020 Snapshot also showed that eight out of ten respondents believe their current data protection technologies won’t meet future business challenges. More than half are struggling to find data protection solutions for cloud-native applications, SaaS applications and containers.So, many are turning to Dell Technologies to not only safeguard their data across public, private and hybrid clouds, but to leverage clouds for added business benefits. More than 1,000 customers have chosen to trust Dell to protect their data in the cloud – covering more than 2.7 exabytes of data! ¹Data Protection is an essential part of our Dell Technology Cloud solution that delivers consistent infrastructure, operations and services across all of your clouds. Whether you are well into your cloud journey or just beginning, Dell Technologies’ Data Protection portfolio provides options for a wide range of deployment models and use cases. One clear trend we are seeing is organizations choosing integrated appliances that combine data protection software and storage in a single solution. In fact, according to IDC, these are the fastest-growing segment of the Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) market. ²Last year, we introduced PowerProtect X400, a scale-out integrated appliance driven by PowerProtect Data Manager software, our next-generation data management platform. These two products support modern workloads and benefit from our partnership with VMware, delivering data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS and for VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. PowerProtect Data Manager is one of the first and only enterprise protection solutions for VMs, applications and Kubernetes for the discovery, protection and management of production workloads in Kubernetes environments. And PowerProtect X400 recently added support for long-term retention to AWS and expanded capacity to 1 petabyte (PB). All of this helps us to extend our lead in data protection.Dell EMC’s Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) momentum is increasing, delivering powerful data protection for mission-critical apps and support for a broad cloud ecosystem with long-term retention and cloud disaster recovery. It continues to gain traction across small, mid-size and enterprise organizations, with revenue growing by over 90% YOY in 2019 according to IDC. ²No matter where customers are deploying apps or how they are consuming them, they need to have the same confidence that their data is protected. Be confident. Get your cloud on with proven and modern data protection from Dell Technologies.1 Based on Dell analysis, February 20202 2019Q4 Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker
When 2012 graduates Brian Powers and Nick Gunty traveled to Kkindu, Uganda, last summer, the pair gained much more than expected from their experience. Powers and Gunty, who comprise the band Frances Luke Accord, spent 18 days recording an album with the community’s Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir to raise money for members of the group. “During our stay, we were touched by the many people we met living in rural poverty, who at the same time abound in human potential and an unparalleled spiritual wealth,” Powers said. “Through our interaction with the children and with village leaders, it became apparent that many of these children face hardships that none of us would ever encounter in our lives.” Powers said one of the hardships for the 28 children in the choir is the lack of access to free, public education. “They are not prevented from attending school, but they cannot sit for the necessary exams unless they pay their school fees,” Powers said. “The costs associated with these school fees, including a school lunch and uniform, totals only 70 dollars a year. But with an average annual income in Uganda of only 511 dollars per capita, many cannot afford even this modest amount.” To raise funds for the children to advance grade levels, the choir and Frances Luke Accord collaborated to record an album entitled “Kandote,” a Lugandan word meaning “I dream.” “All money from the sale of this CD is going directly towards paying these school fees,” Powers said. Kevin Dugan, an operations assistant for Notre Dame men’s lacrosse and the former manager of Youth and Community Programs for Notre Dame Athletics, developed the idea for the project. Dugan is also the founder and director of Fields of Growth International, an organization that uses athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages in Uganda. “The project was also funded in large part through grants from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement as well as some private donations,” Powers said. “Thanks to these generous grants, we had the unique opportunity to spend 18 days in the wonderful country of Uganda doing what we love: listening to, writing, performing and recording music -and bridging a wide cultural divide along the way.” Powers said the band sent the choir a CD before the trip so the children could learn the songs. Approximately 40 takes of each song were recorded before Frances Luke Accord selected the best one for the album. Kandote can be purchased at any online music store or at the band’s website, FrancesLukeAccord.com/music For fans to gain further access into the production of the album, the band uploaded a YouTube video entitled “Kandote” that details the group’s trip to Kkindu and its interaction with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir.
Sara Bareilles Star Files View Comments Sara Bareilles(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Sara Bareilles, who has penned the upcoming Broadway musical Waitress, has a new stage project lined up…The SpongeBob Musical! It’s also been announced that Yolanda Adams and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have joined the previously reported roster of artists who will contribute songs to the show. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt, the Main Stem-aimed production will make its world premiere on June 7 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he’s going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The production will also feature work from artists including including David Bowie and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.The characters will be human and are not set to don puppet type outfits as seen in Times Square. “The DNA is the same but the form is so radically different, we’re not approaching it literally,” Landau told EW. “We’re not trying to take the cartoon and put it onstage. We’re trying to create a live theatrical event.”Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee, Nick Blaemire, Danny Skinner and more will appear in the Chicago incarnation of the show, which will run through July 3.
Australia will be the first team to arrive in Brazil for this year’s FIFA World Cup, the organizing committee said.The Socceroos will disembark May 28, 15 days before the opener between Brazil and Croatia, reported Xinhua.The committee’s competition manager Frederico Nantes outlined organizational details for the June 12-July 13 tournament during the FIFA World Cup Workshop in the southern city of Florianopolis.Twenty coaches from the 32 competing teams are attending the two-day event ending Thursday, according to FIFA.Australia will begin their World Cup campaign against Chile June 13 in the western city of Cuiaba.Ange Postecoglou’s team will then meet the Netherlands June 18 in Porto Alegre and defending champions Spain five days later in Curitiba. Under FIFA rules, teams must arrive at the World Cup at least five days before their first group match.
MARSHALLTOWN — Authorities are continuing to try to find a missing Marshalltown woman who has ties to the Mason City area.The Marshalltown Police Department says 32-year-old Michelle Grommet was last seen near the Walmart in Marshalltown on March 15th. On that date, police and medical personnel had contact with Grommet after responding on a medical call where she was seen by paramedics and refused medical attention. Family members say they have not seen or heard from Grommet since that medical call.Police say Grommet has ties to Marshalltown and Mason City.If you have any information about Grommet’s location you are asked to contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725. Tips may also be submitted by calling 641-753-1234, or by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES or 274637. You can also go online to submit a tip at www.marshallcountycs.com .