Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed a massive transformation in the telecom industry with a shift away from proprietary, expensive IT equipment in favour of standard, cost-efficient computing blocks.Software and Cloud ruleThanks to these open standards, multiple virtual machines and multiple operating systems could be managed on a single, physical IT platform, which enabled software virtualisation. Now, enterprises could quickly update and upgrade networking functions without the need for expensive hardware swaps. This delivered increased flexibility, speed to market, agility and cost-reduction – all critical factors in an increasingly competitive, global market.Today, this software trend continues apace. Business leaders are increasingly asking their IT teams to revamp existing solutions in favour of software-and cloud-centric approaches with virtualisation initiatives like software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) proving particularly popular.A hardware strategy is still requiredI believe that all these developments are hugely positive. However, it’s not an “either/or” scenario. In my book, hardware and software need to be part of a single over-arching strategy with hardware regarded as a critically important component in its own right. As the world swings towards disaggregated white boxes, I believe that more than ever, Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and System Integrators (SIs) need a hardware approach that will deliver value while still supporting their customers’ NFV initiatives.NFV is not all about softwareAfter all, a true NFV solution needs a hardware ecosystem, featuring servers, storage, switches and networking. Due to bandwidth, latency and security issues, not everything can and will go to the Cloud. With 5G, and the proliferation of mobile phone and IoT devices together with the growth of high content delivery services, edge computing and IoT Edge Gateways will become increasingly important, particularly for analysis. This all points back to the importance of having the right hardware approach to set you up for success over the longer-term.Best practicesWhen you have questions, who better to ask than the people directly at the coal face? And so, together with Intel, we commissioned AvidThink to conduct research and speak with leading telecom providers to understand current best practices in hardware strategy and likely future trends. Hot off the press, the report makes for interesting reading.Three NEP solutionsFrom the core to the edge, the report confirms that NEPs need a strategy for handling hardware integration for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and enterprises. In general, providers indicate that they will consume NEP solutions in one of three ways:As tightly-integrated software and hardware stacks — even if the underlying platform is x86-based. This does not preclude the NEP from creating integrated bundles and, in some cases, these appliances could have built-in elements of hardware acceleration.As pure software solutions, independent of the underlying hardware in a fully disaggregated scheme. This model sees CSPs deciding on the NFV infrastructure first and expecting the NEP software to execute seamlessly on the platform of choice.In a hybrid approach, where the NEP provides soft-integration or pre-integration stacks with their software functions pre-certified on a specific supplier’s hardware platform.All the indicators are that all three formats will persist for some time and across all locations: data center, mobile edge, and enterprise WAN edge with different locations likely to favor one format over powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processorHybrid – the best of both worldsHowever, according to the report, the consensus is that a hybrid or soft-integration approach can reduce risk and provide benefits to all members in the value chain. In this configuration, NEPs would offer pre-integrated or pre-certified solution stacks to their customers. These are different from the branded, tightly-integrated appliances that were typical in many NEP solutions.Instead, the hybrid format would see the NEP work with one or more hardware partners to ensure that their software solutions work well on specific platforms. These platforms could be uCPEs, single servers, or a full rack of servers.Faster time to market and reduced riskIt’s true that in the past, system integrators performed similar tasks, putting together solutions by loading, integrating, and testing software on server platforms. However, and here’s the important point, this new hybrid approach involves moving these activities upstream in the value chain.This research report shows that if you’re a NEP being pushed to become a purely software vendor, taking a hybrid strategy will deliver faster time to market, reduced risk during deployment, faster troubleshooting, and optimized performance.Be future-readyAdopting this strategy can also prepare you for the goal of delivering a fully disaggregated platform. A hybrid approach, coupled with the right hardware partner, ensures that you can provide end users with time savings, convenience, and the peace of mind that comes with a pre-integrated, pre-certified software and hardware stack.As the world marches toward software-defined infrastructure and the industry ideal of disaggregation, it’s important to remember that these functions are still dependent on specific hardware platforms. I believe that a hybrid model that is future ready, open and democratized represents the best of both worlds.What’s your take on the market and the best hardware strategy? Do you have insights to share? We would love to hear your comments and questions.Learn more about the research! Read the full report here.Learn more about Dell EMC OEM Telecom Solutions at: https://www.dellemc.com/en-ie/oem/telecom2.htm#accordion0=0Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem
“To support the kind of programs that address mental health, substance abuse,” Delgado said. “These are the kind of things that our local governments are heavily invested in.” Congressman Delgado says state and local funding is going to be key. The bipartisan group is urging Congress to add funding for mental health, substance use disorder treatment and medical research in the next COVID-19 relief package. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBNG) — Congressman Antonio Delgado joined 59 other members of Congress to urge Congress to prioritize mental health issues. The group is pushing for these issues to be in that package due to the stress and disruption caused by the pandemic. The bipartisan group says having mental and behavioral health support services is going to be a crucial component of recovering from the pandemic.
Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ For staying in touch with colleagues and management on the regular, you’ll want to look into earbuds or headphones with quite a few hours of battery life, like these true wireless earbuds with four mics. Or, if your work involves presenting big ideas to your clients, these headphones can give your voice that professional quality. No matter which service your company uses to stay in touch, we have some pretty cool and practical suggestions to help you sound your best.UGREEN Hi Tune Wireless EarbudsFirst up on our list of great earbuds and headphones for work in 2020 are the UGREEN Hi Tune Wireless Earbuds. 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You’ll also enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life or up to ten hours of calls. The voice-isolating microphones make your voice sound clear and composed.Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless EarbudsThe Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds are another great set of earbuds for work in 2020, especially for long calls. That’s because their battery case gives you a total of 28 hours to keep up with your most hectic days. Best of all, the MyControls feature lets you customize incoming and outgoing calls. Sennheiser CX 400BT true wireless earbuds in a woman’s ear We hope this list helps you find the perfect headphones and earbuds for your Zoom, Google Meet, and Slack calls. Whether you work from home or need to communicate with colleagues in other time zones, there’s certainly something for you. Let us know what you’re looking for in a great set of headphones and earbuds for work in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? 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BREWER — The outdoor track season came to an end Saturday afternoon as Hancock County athletes competed at state championships in Brewer and Farmington.At the Class B championship meet in Brewer, the Mount Desert Island boys placed third of 30 teams with 40 points. Gilbert Isaacs claimed an individual state championship for the Trojans with a distance of 55 feet, 9 1/2 inches in the shot put. Junior Zoe Olson placed second in the 800-meter run for the MDI girls, who took 13th overall.For Ellsworth, Javon Williams took seventh in the 300-meter, ninth in the long jump and 10th in the 100-meter dash. The girls’ 4-by-100 relay team of Anna Brown, Maddie Nida, Paige Sawyer and Addi Laslie took seventh in the 24-team field with a time of 54.56 seconds.Bucksport had a strong day at the Class C championships at Mount Blue High School in Farmington with multiple state champs crowned. Senior Carter Tolmasoff won the boys’ 100- and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 11.12 and 22.94 seconds, and Addie Morrison, Angelina Cotoni, Britney Bussey and Johanna Stiles combined to take first in the girls’ 4-by-100 relay with a time of 53.60 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGeorge Stevens Academy’s LeeAnn Varnum won the girls’ shot put with a distance of 31 feet, 8 inches. Ian Renwick placed fifth in the long jump and eighth in the 200-meter dash for the GSA boys.For the Sumner boys, Logan Carter placed 11th in the 1,600-meter run. Blue Howard placed 11th in the javelin throw for the girls.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Solid batting from Chandrapaul Hemraj and Leon Johnson gave newly-crowned champions Guyana Jaguars a strong start to their top-of-the-table clash with Barbados Pride in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.Hemraj hit 90 and Johnson made 56, as the Jaguars reached 184 for five in their first innings at the close, after they were put in to bat on a rain-marred first day of their ninth-round match against Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval.The left-handed pair shared 148 for the second wicket to give the innings backbone, but three wickets in the final period set them back before a torrent of rain about 25 minutes prior the scheduled close brought an early end to play with Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out on three and Barbados-born, West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer not out on one.Hemraj struck 10 fours and three sixes from 145 balls in just over 3½ hours at the crease and Johnson collected nine boundaries from 207 balls in a 4½-hour stay.Play started 40 minutes late, due to a couple damp patches close to the pitch on the eastern side of the ground.Jaguars, whose victory over Jamaica Scorpions in the previous round confirmed them as champions for a fourth straight season, suffered an early setback, when left-handed opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul was bowled with the second ball of the match from West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach for a duck.Johnson, the successful Jaguars captain, came to the crease and, for the next 3½ hours, defied a Barbados attack that comprised mainly four fast bowlers including Roach, fellow Windies star Miguel Cummins, Under-19 World Cup-winner Chemar Holder and uncapped Justin Greaves.They carried Jaguars to 58 for one at lunch, but Hemraj was fortunate. He was on 12, when gully fielder Roston Chase failed to hold a high chance off Roach.Second ball after lunch, Roach was again the unlucky bowler, when second slip Jonathan Carter muffed a high chance from Johnson, on 25, and first slip Kraigg Brathwaite failed to hold onto the rebound.The two left-handers knuckled down and plundered cheap runs, as Barbados captain Shamarh Brooks strangely employed the off-spin of Chase for nine straight overs after the interval and the tactic of the fast bowlers of bowling short had limited success with the two batsmen prepared to cut and pull.Hemraj was the more fluent and reached his 50 from 115 balls, when he turned Chase into short mid-wicket for a single in the second half-hour after lunch, and continued to score freely after reaching the landmark.He looked set to hit his maiden first-class hundred, when the lanky Holder was brought back for a second spell inside the final half-hour before tea and had him caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to leave the Jaguars 148 for two.At tea, Jaguars were 155 for two, and Johnson reached his 50 from 194 balls after the break, when he played a delivery from Holder down at his feet and responded positively to a call from non-striker Vishaul Singh for a single.In just under an hour’s play either side of a 13-minute stoppage for rain, Jaguars lost the wickets of Singh, Johnson and Anthony Bramble, slipping from 175 for three to 182 for five in the space of 13 deliveries.Singh miscued a pull at a short-ball from Greaves and was caught at mid-on for 11, Johnson was caught at mid-wicket off Holder trying the same shot and Anthony Bramble was lbw plumb playing across a low full-toss from Roach before rain swept across the ground to force the players off.Though umpires Johnathan Blades and Patrick Gustard tried for a re-start about half-hour past the scheduled close, the light had faded significantly and the players trekked off again without another ball being delivered.Jaguars made three changes from the previous match, bringing Tagenarine Chanderpaul, as well as Sherfane Rutherford and fellow fast-medium bowler Romario Shepherd in to replace Akshaya Persaud, Gudakesh Motie and injured fast bowler Keon Joseph.Pride has been boosted with the return of Windies stars Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Miguel Cummins and the inclusion of Holder in place of Anthony Alleyne, Tevyn Walcott, Kevin Stoute and Hayden Walsh, Jr.Jaguars entered the match with an unassailable 135 points, but have so far gained no batting points, but Pride have gained one bowling point and one pace bowling point to add to their season total of 85.8.JAGUARS 1st inningsT. Chanderpaul b Roach 0C. Hemraj c wkp. Dowrich b Holder 90L. Johnson c Brooks b Holder 56V. Singh c Cummins b Greaves 11S. Chanderpaul not out 3A. Bramble lbw b Roach 4R. Reifer not out 1Extras: (b-4, lb-3, w-3, nb-9) 19Total: (5 wkts, 66 overs) 184Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-148, 3-175, 4-177, 5-182.Bowling: Roach 12-6-22-0, Cummins 11-3-27-0 (nb-3, w-1), Holder 12-2-31-2 (nb-5, w-1), Greaves 11-1-26-1 (w-1), Chase 12-3-32-0, Warrican 8-1-39-0 (nb-1).