Dell Equips Father-Daughter Duo for Humanitarian Efforts in NepalThe following is a guest post by Mike Libecki, National Geographic Explorer, and brand ambassador for Dell Latitude Rugged. He is an adventurer, humanitarian and father. ************My daughter Lilliana recently turned 13 years old. Suddenly, she is ready to change the world. At only 13 years old, she has already been to all seven continents on the globe and 21 countries. One of the best lessons for her is to see the world and be inspired to make it a better place, ultimately creating and sharing joy in any way possible.Lilliana has grown up with a dad who lives the life of climbing and expeditions as a National Geographic Explorer; a life of traveling to exotic countries and remote desolate lands, all the while pushing the boundaries of climbing first ascents and grand adventures. If you step into our house, you might feel you are in some kind of museum with carvings, bones, paintings and rugs from around the world.Through growing and living in this environment, it’s only natural she wants to live a similar lifestyle. By the time she was 11, she had traveled with me to 15 countries and six continents, and became the youngest girl to do a ski expedition to Antarctica. But to Lilliana, her ultimate goal involves more than conquering new landscapes and surmounting great mountains, as she wants to combine the adventure with helping those in need.At just 11, she decided she wanted to try to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s notorious “Seven Summits.” She had learned through her research that there were many orphanages in need in the area. Through a friend at The Human Outreach Project, we found an orphanage in Tanzania near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro called the Kilimanjaro Kids Community that was in desperate need of power, electricity and technology for education.Our plan was to first climb Kilimanjaro, then go to the orphanage and install new solar energy and computers. Through coordinated efforts with Dell and solar energy company, Goal Zero, we were able to deliver all the necessary solar panels, solar generators and Latitude laptops to bring sustainable energy to the orphanage and community. The experience at the African orphanage changed Lilliana’s life. When we returned from Africa, she immediately started researching others ways we could help the planet and people. It was her calling. You can enjoy a video of our experience here.In 2015 when earthquakes hit Nepal, it devastated the region, and Lillianna wanted to help. In response to the catastrophe, we began figuring out what the problems were in Nepal and what resources they needed most.We reached out again to our friends at the Human Outreach Project, Goal Zero, and Dell, and started planning our expedition to deliver supplies and aid to the lower Solukhumbu Valley and Sagarmatha National Parks in Nepal. While Goal Zero provided support and products for the solar energy needs, Dell, as part of its continued commitment to provide underserved youth with better access to technology, donated additional funding and Latitude laptops to help these communities rebuild. We shipped most of the equipment, but also checked in over 30 bags of additional product for the local people, including thousands of socks, fleece hats, sleeping pads, eating utensils, tools – the list goes on.Our total journey involved trekking more than 80 miles, enduring altitude, rain, and humidity. We witnessed people still rebuilding stone buildings and walls from the earthquake last year, but it did not affect their warm treatment toward us with many greeting us with “Namaste” along the way. We installed more than 5,000 pounds of solar panels and generators, along with internet modems and 20 Dell Latitude laptops at the schools, hospitals, dental clinics and community centers. Some of the most remote and in-need in the world.My daughter, Lilliana Libecki, said, “We were there to give the gift of joy and help better the quality of lives of the Nepalese people in general and that suffered from the Earthquake last year. What I did not realize, is that it was me (us) that received the gift of joy by being able to help them. They were so grateful, kind and humble. This experience changed my life forever. I am so inspired that I now just started my own nonprofit organization “The Joyineering Fund” to continue the humanitarian work. My daughter once again planted the seed for a huge humanitarian project that would enhance the quality of thousands of people’s lives.“In a world where we can be and do anything, be kind and do good.” – Lilliana Libecki, 13 years old, founder of the Joyineering Fund, a nonprofit humanitarian organization. </p><p>************National Geographic Explorer and Dell Rugged brand ambassador Mike Libecki has explored the most exotic and untouched places on planet seeking the most difficult climbs and first ascents that exist. Mike relies on Dell Rugged technology to perform in the harshest environments on the planet. He also does humanitarian expeditions that include bringing technology to remote cultures and people, including schools, orphanages and hospitals from Africa to Nepal. He is addicted to exploring the most mysterious and untouched areas on the planet. Mike has multiple first ascents and solo ascents on big rock walls and towers from Afghanistan to Antarctica on 70 expeditions and nearly 100 countries including notoriously risky and intensified environments. Mike is on track to achieve a life goal of 100 expeditions by the time he is 100 years old!
Transformational Change and the Telecom IndustryHere at the annual gathering of telecom leaders at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am struck by how the industry periodically goes through transformational step changes.These changes usually happen quite abruptly and are typically caused by shifts in usage patterns or the disruptive entry of a new business case when the priorities of yesterday may be rendered irrelevant. You only have to remember WhatsApp, and how almost overnight, it destroyed the SMS text business model. Of course, the industry has been evolving for years. We’ve moved from the remote sending of messages or voice communication by phone to today’s focus on connecting technology to people via devices, or the Cloud.Network VirtualisationLet me use an example that may feel more familiar. Telecom infrastructure (in terms of compute, storage and networking) used to be regarded as a purely physical thing. Something to be consumed by different types of applications. The industry traditionally built appliances with infrastructure, middleware and workloads. However, with the advent of NFV, workloads have now become virtualised, delivering greater flexibility, quicker time to market and smarter use of resources.Workload management with the Cloud and the EdgeWhile some companies were in a technology race to be first out of the gate with a virtualisation stack and other technologies, I am glad that the focus throughout has remained firmly on resources in the infrastructure, and more importantly, the box. With the introduction of Cloud on one side and Edge on the other, we are now seeing a new transformation. Workload management, in its various guises, is rightly becoming the focus for Telecom and NFV rather than worrying about what the workloads run on, or what stack is being used.Software-defined infrastructureAs a result, we are seeing the emergence of Software-defined Infrastructure (SDI) – the concept of allocating bare metal resources in geographically distributed sites and grouping them together to manage in a virtual datacentre. The advantage of SDI is that it can place workloads in either private or public Clouds to maintain data integrity while increasing speed and efficiency.I think that this transformation is being driven by the fact that NFV is not moving towards the homogenous execution environment that was expected some years ago. Instead, it is moving in the opposite direction with more variants of virtualisation, like containers as well as the need for bare metal execution of workloads. Added to this, we are also seeing an increased need to place workloads closer the end-user for latency purposes and to deliver a better user experience, as well as the movement of workloads towards the Cloud for scale and economy. This is all without changing the environment or redeploying the products. I think that this development is pretty remarkable.A software-defined futureIn fact, I believe that we might well be seeing the real emergence of a software-defined future, where flexibility is fulfilled by automation, orchestration, policy, analytics and reporting. After all, a large share of the potential value coming from digitisation across global industries over the next decade is dependent on the telecom industry delivering productivity improvements. According to the 2017 World Economic Forum, the digital transformation of telecommunications represents a $2 trillion opportunity for industry and society.Interesting times ahead! I’d love to hear your comments, predictions and questions. Click here to read what my colleague, James Hole from Dell EMC OEM has to say on the role of specialist telecom companies. Click here to read the views of our marketing lead for OEM Telecom solutions. Finally, if you’re at Mobile World Congress, we’d really love to meet you! Do visit our booth in Hall 3, Stand 3K10 where we are showcasing the following solutions:Edge SolutionsView the newly designed micro Modular Data Center (MDC) – debuting at Mobile World Congress – and learn how you can embed compute and storage capacity at the edge where data is being generated.Re-imagine the customer edge with new universal CPE platforms and SD-WAN Ready Node solutions.Core/Cloud SolutionsSee how you can bring the cloud to the network with our NFV solutions and Telco Cloud offerings.Experience Dell EMC’s larger MDC capabilities with a virtual and interactive tour. Put on a headset and be transported to one of our latest MDC designs, the Flex Module.View our open and flexible rack scale infrastructure, the DSS 9000, and see how Dell EMC is enabling NEBS-compliant rack scale solutions. IoT SolutionsSee how Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) solutions provide highly efficient edge-to-core-to-cloud storage with built-in analytics to unlock the value of your IoT data.Discover how Dell IoT Gateways transform Fleet Management by eliminating machine to machine telematics silos, for more cost savings; increased customer satisfaction and safety; and improved employee performance.Learn how Dell IoT is revolutionising the building services sector and facilities management by transforming high energy costs into savings with a powerful, integrated intelligent building solution.Learn more about Dell EMC OEM
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries as the deepening dispute raises concerns about the increasing competition for limited supplies of shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot addressed the dispute for the first time, rejecting the EU’s assertion that the company was failing to honor its commitments. Soriot said vaccine delivery figures in AstraZeneca’s contract with the 27-nation bloc were targets, not firm commitments, and they couldn’t be met because of problems in rapidly expanding production capacity.
NEW YORK (AP) — Revered jazz player Terri Lyne Carrington is cool, calm and collected, but her schedule? Crazy. At just 55, she’s earning the highest honor bestowed on jazz artists, the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award. She’s nominated at the Grammys for best instrumental jazz album — an award she won in 2014 and is the only woman to do so in the show’s 63-year history. She worked as a consultant on the hit Disney/Pixar animation “Soul,” making sure it portrayed the jazz world accurately. And she’s the founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and has spent nearly 16 years teaching at the college.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. The farmers are protesting against three new agriculture reform laws, which they say will favor large corporate farms, devastate the earnings of many farmers and leave those who hold small plots behind. The government says the laws are needed to modernize Indian farming. Last week, the farmers broke through barricades, clashed with police and stormed New Delhi’s 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover.
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three North Carolina police officers were shot and wounded by a man who barricaded himself in a home with a woman and two children in an hourslong standoff. High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud says the woman was found dead after Friday’s standoff. The children were uninjured, and the officers’ injuries were not life-threatening. Stroud says the standoff ended when the man fired at assisting officers from the Greensboro Police Department, and they returned fire, killing him. He identified the suspect as 34-year-old Josue Drumond-Cruz.