Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI as its commonly referred to, has been around for a few years now. Clearly, it offers a ton of benefits to organizations who embrace it; these benefits range from better security to easier manageability to greater workforce productivity.Why, then, is it that VDI has and continues to be perceived as a complex project to undertake?The answer lies with the solution stack that must be put into place to deliver even the first virtual desktop or virtual application. You see, in typical spaghetti-like fashion, different elements of the solution stack must be sourced, typically from different vendors, and then stitched together. For most organizations, this means spending weeks, even months trying to put a technology stack in place in the hope that when it finally comes together, it works… and when it does, that nothing goes wrong resulting in a troubleshooting nightmare.At Dell EMC, we believe there’s a better way to address this challenge for organizations embarking on (or expanding upon) their VDI journey face. Based on countless customer data points, we delivered a solution to the market in mid last year that broke new ground.Called Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, this new approach to procuring, deploying and supporting a VDI stack was revolutionary, and ever since its launch in April 2017, we’ve changed the way organizations think about VDI. VDI Complete was updated for VMworld 2017 based on customer feedback to deliver virtualized applications and graphics acceleration for knowledge users.At Dell Technologies World 2018, I’m proud to announce the latest release of VDI Complete that makes VDI adoption even easier. In this rev, we’ve integrated our most powerful 14G based VxRail appliances and vSAN Ready Nodes, which offer greater user density and the ability to accommodate more graphics cards. There’s also an all-flash version to boot.We’re also enhancing our support for workstation level graphics desktops and applications. Powered by NVIDIA P40 graphics cards and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS) software, power users such as those using CAD/CAM or PLM software can also take advantage of the many benefits of VDI.Last, but not least, we’re also making it even easier for customers to buy VDI through use case driven easy-to-pick bundles. These bundles are optimized and priced attractively on a per-user, per-month basis. The beauty, however, is that these bundles can easily be customized based on your organization’s specific needs.Join us at Dell Technologies World 2018 for more on what VDI Complete Solutions has to offer and the transformative force it can be for your organization. We invite you to join us in the exciting breakout sessions planned and visit us at the VDI Complete booth (#1043). We’ll see you there!
Paul Linaman was working as a barista at Peet’s Coffee and Tea when the company began making changes that included firing some of its best employees at a time when unemployment rates were soaring.“It was a company that had been going through all these transitions,” Linaman said. “The transition was very rough. I was really upset at the time, but [being fired] turned out to be a really good thing.”Lettuce talk · Salad chef Paul Linaman (right) chats with Soon Gon Kim (left), a sophomore majoring in fine arts, outside of Seeds Marketplace. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanLinaman, now a salad chef at Seeds Marketplace, took the job loss as an opportunity to improve his culinary skills. At the time, his mother was the associate director of St. Joseph’s Center, a service center for poor and homeless families, which acquired an unused restaurant as a donation. The donated location served two functions: providing free restaurant-style meals for the homeless and providing what Linaman calls “crash-course culinary training” for chefs of varying skill levels.“It was a wide variety of people,” Linaman said. “It was people who were just out of college, like one young woman who, her whole life, had worked with her mom’s catering business, but now wanted to get a job at a restaurant. It was people who had been laid off, usually people in the industry who wanted a little extra training in order to get their careers going again.”After the course, Linaman worked at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood but said he lost his position when the franchise laid off about two-thirds of its chefs. He once again refused to let the loss of a job he loved discourage him, so after a few weeks off, he applied for a job with USC Hospitality in 2010.During a kitchen test, Linaman made pasta primavera but had to turn to improvisation when he ran out of time to cook the noodles after finishing the meat and vegetables.“I called it ‘Paleolithic primavera’ because I noticed that sometimes on Top Chef, when they mean to make something but run out of time, they sometimes make up stories and the judges usually love it,” Linaman said. “My story was that it’s part of the trend of being on the Paleolithic diet, where you eat as if you’re a hunter-gatherer.”Linaman was already familiar with this audition-like application process and had previously developed his improvisation skills after growing up in Los Feliz, where he became involved in performing arts at a young age.“As soon as there was any theater available to be involved in, I was,” Linaman said. “As soon as I was in junior high and they had drama class, I started taking that. I was really involved in play production in high school.”After attending Santa Monica College, he transferred to New York University to study theater, where he participated in many student productions. His favorite was a play about the last days of the Trojan prophet Cassandra.“It was interesting because it was an original play, and [the professor] was rewriting it while we were working on it,” Linaman said. “The author was right there so we could ask her questions. I could tell that she was rewriting based on what she saw.”After college, Linaman moved back to Los Feliz. He said that, despite his love for theater, he did not want to enter into the competitive world of Broadway. He has not been involved in any formal productions since his return to California but is interested in returning when the opportunity arises. He has found, however, that some theater school lessons apply to other aspects of his life.“When I’m making salads, the physical structure of it is kind of a choreographic narrative,” Linaman said. “Being able to focus on that is very theatrical. It’s the capacity to put yourself in structures, and live within the structures in a particular way.”Linaman’s theatrical experiences also led to an interest in psychoanalysis, something he is now interested in pursuing in graduate school.“There’s a few professors who I want to meet but haven’t quite had the courage to just walk into their offices,” Linaman said. “I didn’t even realize they taught here when I first started reading [their books].”He has been considering USC for a master’s degree in comparative literature, a program that would not only allow him to further his education but perhaps give him the chance to meet some of his favorite writers.
Thembinkosi Lorch gave Pirates the lead on 21 minutes in the Soweto cauldron and Colombian Leonardo Castro levelled just before the half hour.Sundowns have 43 points, Pirates 39 and Free State Stars 37 in what is developing into a three-team battle for glory with seven rounds remaining.Maritzburg United and Chiefs share fourth place, eight points adrift of 2016 African champions Sundowns, and it is difficult to imagine either side becoming champions.“I have been waiting a long time for the opportunity to play in a Soweto derby,” said man-of-the-match award winner Memela.“It is a wonderful feeling to score twice but as much as I am happy, I am even happier for my team, Orlando Pirates.”Serbia-born Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic said the second goal was crucial after his team had been regularly overrun in midfield during the opening half. Belgian coach Luc Eymael has transformed Stars from central town Bethlehem into title challengers after many of his predecessors waged struggles against relegation.Maritzburg United snapped a run of losses in all competitions against SuperSport United by forcing a 0-0 draw in Pretoria thanks to many saves from Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori.Share on: WhatsApp “Scoring so early in the second half was a blessing for us because clever Chiefs tactics meant we found ourselves outnumbered in the middle of the field for much of the first half.”Chiefs coach Steve Komphela remains trophy-less well into his third season with the club and is sure to face renewed public and media calls to quit after the derby defeat.“Pirates’ second goal killed us,” he admitted. “It boosted their morale, deflated us a little and we had to reshuffle.“It was a good game for neutrals, a good game for the crowd, but a bad result for my team and I.”Ghanaian Mohammed Anas, who went viral last year after thanking his wife and girlfriend in a post-match interview, scored two late goals to give Free State a 2-1 win at bottom club Platinum Stars. Luvuyo Memela celebratesJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Soweto derby debutant Luvuyo Memela came off the bench to score twice and hand Orlando Pirates a pulsating 3-1 South African Premiership victory over greatest rivals Kaizer Chiefs Saturday.Memela was introduced for the second half before an 84,000 crowd at the Soccer City stadium and scored within 30 seconds to put Pirates ahead for the second time.His second goal on 74 minutes sealed maximum points for the Buccaneers and kept them hot on the heels of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the title race.