27 Feb
2021

Are You Ready to Bundle?

first_imgAt VMworld US, we talked to many customers, partners and other attendees about some exciting new advancements to our Ready Bundle for Virtualization. Version 2.0 of this powerful solution includes compelling features and benefits, delivering greater flexibility, confidence and time to value.We are also excited to announce that the Ready Bundle is now VMware Validated Design (VVD) certified. This makes it easier than ever for customers to build a private cloud solution following prescriptions for deployment, operation and updates. Learn more by visiting the VMware Compatibility Guide.The Ready Bundle includes the newly designed, 14th generation of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge server portfolio, giving you a secure, scalable compute platform ideal for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.According to Michelle Bailey, Chief Research Officer at 451 Research, “The next transition in enterprise architecture will increasingly be built on flexible hyper-converged infrastructures, those that simplify procurement and ongoing operations with a single supplier, lowering risks of implementation while helping speed time to delivery. Dell EMC’s new generation of servers is geared toward addressing many of these issues with intelligent management and automation capabilities.”[1]Storage also gets an upgrade in our Ready Bundle update, so customers can get exactly what they need for your specific application requirements. They can now choose all-flash from our Unity Storage portfolio to suit their performance, capacity and cost parameters.Build a Ready Bundle for Virtualization in Minutes.The Dell EMC System Builder can help customers quickly configure their system, with a comprehensive recommendation optimized for interoperability, performance, and stability.Anxious to learn more? Let’s get ready to bundle! Check out the Ready Bundle for Virtualization solution overview and our handy System Builder.__________________________________________________________________________[1] Press Release – “Dell EMC Drives IT Transformation with the New 14th Generation of PowerEdge Servers,” May 8, 2017last_img read more

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31 Dec
2020

Global energy storage boom to Increase 122-fold by 2040

first_imgGlobal energy storage boom to Increase 122-fold by 2040 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Global energy storage deployment is expected to increase 122-fold over the next two decades to 1,095 GW/2,850 GWh by 2040, according to a new BloombergNEF (BNEF) report, published Wednesday.BNEF estimates this storage boom will require $662 billion of investment, even though the cost of lithium-ion batteries is expected to fall by 50% over the next decade.The research company also forecasts that renewables will account for almost 40% of the world’s electricity by 2040, up from 7% today, due to falling prices.The global transformation of the power grid toward renewable energy sources is expected to catapult the deployment of energy storage systems to new heights, while the anticipated electrification of the transportation sector and the power demand from that will help further reduce costs.BNEF pointed to the stationary storage and electric vehicle markets as the main drivers of the upcoming battery boom. “Two big changes this year are that we have raised our estimate of the investment that will go into energy storage by 2040 by more than $40 billion, and that we now think the majority of new capacity will be utility-scale, rather than behind-the-meter at homes and businesses,” Yayoi Sekine, energy storage analyst for BNEF and co-author of the report, said in a news release. Despite this positive outlook for the storage industry, S&P Global Platts Analytics identified raw material prices, fire protection and potential import tariffs as potential risks to future price reductions.More: Global storage deployments to hit 2,850 GWh by 2040, increasing 122-foldlast_img read more

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17 Aug
2020

Three big questions still facing the Lakers after free agency overhaul

first_imgThere’s also the uncomfortable truth that when Cousins was injured in 2018, the Pelicans ran off a 21-13 finish to the season that allowed them to qualify for the playoffs that season. Before Cousins was hurt, the Pelicans were 27-21. Davis played arguably at his best when he played center (finishing third in MVP voting that season), which might well be his best position with the Lakers. There’s also the question of how far Cousins’ recovery will take him, given that Achilles tendon injuries are notorious for sapping a player’s athleticism. The Lakers might never get All-Star Cousins back – a fairly small risk considering his salary, but not much help come postseason.2. How do the Lakers match up defensively with elite guard tandems?There’s a squishy sense of the starting lineup at the moment, particularly in the wake of a Yahoo Sports report that James will be starting at point guard. While James has almost always been the primary ball-handler on his teams given his unique passing ability, the report doesn’t exactly clear up how the Lakers will handle that decision on defense, where there are immediate concerns.James has notably seen a decline in defense as any number of social media videos of him watching someone drive by can attest. He’s likely to expend so much on offense that the Lakers are better off “hiding” him on a low-scoring wing or forward who is less of a threat. The front office signed Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope partly with the intention of using those players as backcourt stoppers, but if Green and James start, how do the Lakers defend teams with two high-scoring guards? In the West, there are a lot of them: the Warriors (D’Angelo Russell and Steph Curry); the Rockets (James Harden and Chris Paul); the Trail Blazers (Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum) and the Jazz (Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell) chief among them. All four of those tandems averaged at least 45 points per game last season, and several of them require defensive attention well beyond the 3-point line.That’s going to require some tough choices: Are the Lakers going to commit to being big, playing Cousins, Davis and Kyle Kuzma at the other three starting spots, leaving James or Kuzma to have to defend a really good scoring guard? Will Kuzma come off the bench, leaving Cousins and Davis to man the front and one of Bradley or Caldwell-Pope to start and take on point guard defensive duties? Will the Lakers play smaller with Davis at center, allowing Kuzma and an additional guard to start?The Lakers have a few months to figure out the answers to these questions, but the roles on the team, including starters and rotations, could be very much determined by match-ups in an increasingly guard-oriented league. The front-heavy composition of the roster could lead the Lakers to be exposed on defense around the perimeter. At the very least, the Lakers could face the additional complication of cross-matching while running back on defense with James on the floor, adding a degree of difficulty to Vogel’s objectives on defense.A relevant tangent to this one: If the Lakers are determined to start James as a point guard, there are at least three other players who can play point who will be vying for perhaps just one rotation role between Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso. How does that work out?3. Is there enough depth on the wing?There’s a very noticeable gap between two kinds of players on the Lakers roster: the bigs and the guards, and even the players on the roster who qualify as wings lean into one of the other categories. James is a small forward, but likely to play more point guard. Danny Green could split time between small forward and shooting guard. Kyle Kuzma played power forward for much of last season. Jared Dudley is on the tail end of his career and can’t be a guarantee for big minutes.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed That’s an issue when considering that particularly the neighboring Clippers have two of the best wings in the league, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. One of the reasons the Lakers are lacking true wings was that they were hoping for Leonard themselves while many solid role players came off the board (Bojan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza and Thaddeus Young were among the players who cashed in early at a widely desired position).There are some remaining options who might be available to the Lakers in the future. Notably, fans have cried out for Andre Iguodala, who was traded to Memphis by the Warriors and is a former Rob Pelinka client. The 6-foot-6 do-it-all wing fills a very obvious roster gap for the Lakers, who could use the defensive sensibilities of a player many regard as one of the most intelligent of the league. But the Lakers also lack the assets for a trade with the Grizzlies to get Iguodala, and it’s unlikely that Memphis buys out Iguodala’s contract, preferring a trade (possibly to the Clippers?) to receive assets in exchange for the 35-year-old three-time champion.Carmelo Anthony, on the other hand, has been on the market for most of the last year and is a close friend of James. But there’s also a reason he’s been out of the NBA for so long: He struggled, particularly in the playoffs, in his last full season in Oklahoma City, and his Houston Rockets tenure was so unsuccessful, it ended after just 10 games. Another former James running mate, Kyle Korver, was waived in Phoenix and plays this position, but he’s also 38 years old and defensively limited. It’s late in the free agency game at this point, and the Lakers have a very new look.How far will it get them?Headlined by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, there’s a higher confidence that the new roster will break through the franchise’s six-year playoff drought. According to an ESPN report, NBA executives polled generally believe that the Lakers will be a winning team next season, with potential to win more than 50 games.A quick once-over of the roster helps explain it: The Lakers will be propelled by two superstars who are widely considered well-matched pick-and-roll partners. James has never played with as adept a finisher as Davis, and Davis has never had a playmaker as versatile as James. Beyond them, the Lakers have added shooters such as Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels who can provide sorely needed spacing to a team that lacked it last season. What was a young team last season has now mostly turned into an experienced one, with several players who have at least made deep playoff runs before. Between the signing of DeMarcus Cousins and the retention of Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers shouldn’t have a problem scoring inside the paint. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd yet as with any freshly assembled roster of many new pieces, questions remain. New head coach Frank Vogel will have a lot of weapons to work with, but the roster balance and roles might take a great deal of thought to fine-tune into a championship contender.1. How much can Davis play with DeMarcus Cousins?It didn’t cost much for the Lakers to take a gamble on a former four-time All-Star who used to be Davis’ teammate. It also seems that Davis went out of his way to welcome Cousins into Los Angeles and ask him to come win a title with him – it’s very possible that the Lakers might not have Cousins if Davis didn’t waive his $4 million trade kicker.On paper, there’s good reason to reunite this duo if they can reach the heights they had during the 2017-18 season as a pair of bigs starting together against the grain of the NBA. In New Orleans, they had a plus-5.3 rating when they shared the court and were both voted All-Star starters. They both averaged more than 25 points and 11 rebounds per game and were regarded as perhaps the toughest frontcourt in the league.But there’s a reason this trend has been fading: Pairing two big men in NBA starting lineups is increasingly fraught. After losing to the Rockets for a second straight postseason, the Jazz punted on a Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors pairing in favor of going smaller. The Miami Heat traded Hassan Whiteside, who had proved to be an ill fit with their system alongside Kelly Olynyk. While the Indiana Pacers seem set on pairing Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis next season, in the playoffs this year, the duo had a minus-27.6 rating while sharing the court against Boston. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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