Bolstering Cloud Strategies With Cloud Caffeine

first_imgCloud Caffeine – DevOps DiscussionCloud Caffeine – KubernetesCloud Caffeine – MicroservicesCloud Caffeine – Cloud Native Cloud is synonymous with the age of digital services. Cloud stands for the delivery of applications and data which are core enablers for every organization. I have remained curious about applications and software development since studying for my Masters of Science in Software Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This may be the most exciting period yet for our industry!The pace of innovation continues to accelerate. In order to thrive and grow organizations must adopt a modern applications approach– one that is architected to support change and deliver reliable services in a multi-cloud world. The modern applications approach is a combination of new software architectures and operational practices. The old way of operating was with Waterfall development and ITIL change management processes. The new way is with Agile and DevOps featuring rapid iteration which produces quick benefits with IT ops teams that are involved throughout the development and delivery lifecycle.Cloud-native is enabled by new software architectures. Traditional applications architectures are monolithic and while virtualization has increased efficiency, the underlying inflexibility has hampered innovation. In the new architectural pattern, an application is created through a set of independent services accessible through APIs called microservices. They’re typically deployed in containers which can be updated and scaled individually greatly speeding delivery and updating of application functionality.At Dell Technologies we’re working with lots of organizations to help them plan and implement their cloud strategy. Cloud Caffeine is a discussion of cloud-related topics from Dell Technologies. This is one way we’re sharing our experiences to help organizations take advantage of all the powerful technology available today. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join the discussion with Cloud Caffeine!YouTube: Dell Technologies Cloud Playlistlast_img read more

Guatemala: Operation Martillo targets narcotics on Pacific Coast

first_img The impact Operation Martillo is coordinated through operation centers at the Pacific Naval Base at the San José harbor in the department of Escuintla; at the Paratroopers Base at the Quetzal harbor in Escuintla; and at a base in Retalhuleu in the department of Guatemala. Brenda Muñoz, who is Quetzaltenango’s regional prosecutor against drug-trafficking activity, said Operation Martillo has curtailed narco-trafficking along the Pacific Coast, which connects Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico. “Retalhuleu has become a strategic spot for drug traffickers,” Muñoz said. “Operation Martillo is preventing the smuggling of more narcotics.” Security experts and residents trumpeted Operation Martillo’s results. Alejandro Balcárcel, a Quetzaltenango-based businessman, said he hopes Operation Martillo continues to make it more difficult for traffickers to exploit Guatemala. “It’s important for the Guatemalan Army to continue these operations and help fight drug trafficking, because it’s an affliction that poses an increasing threat to entire populations,” he added. Fernando Castellanos, a law student at the Universidad de San Carlos in Quetzaltenango, said regular seizures of narcotics make it more difficult for traffickers to sell their product locally. “[The government must fight] drug trafficking and prevent narcotics from reaching young Guatemalans,” he said. “The army should assist with that task.” Gerson López, executive secretary for the Guatemalan National Association of Municipalities (ANAM) and security expert, said large-scale counter-narcotics operations are important for the country because they prevent drug-related crimes, especially those that take place in international waters – Guatemala’s most vulnerable area. “Guatemala must take advantage of knowing where the country is most vulnerable, as well as the expertise of the United States, which has experience in this fight,” he added. Mexico-based drug cartels – namely the Sinaloa and Los Zetas – have expanded into Guatemala in recent years, causing the government to bolster its narcotics fight. In August, 171 U.S. Marines were deployed to the country’s Pacific coast, as the U.S is teaming with the Guatemalan military in an aggressive approach in which the U.S Navy, Coast Guard, and federal agents are assisting Guatemalan troops in shutting down narco-trafficking routes exploited by cartels. The U.S. military can’t use its weapons unless it is under fire, so it’s focusing on spotting suspicious boats, submarines and individuals and relaying their locations to Guatemalans forces, which handle all confiscations and arrests. The U.S. is keeping a close eye on Guatemala’s coastlines and rivers. Working alongside the Guatemalans represents a major change in philosophy for the U.S. military, which for years had only assisted in exercises, which included training Guatemalans and helping them build public buildings and improve roads. But Operation Martillo has made fighting drug trafficking a top priority among the 14 participating nations. Guatemalan Minister of Defense Ulises Anzueto listed the cities of Jutiapa, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, and San Marcos as narco-trafficking hotbeds, where drugs are transported via air, land and sea. Former Guatemalan Vice Minister of the Interior Mario Mérida agreed, saying the Central America’s entire Pacific Coast is vulnerable to narco-trafficking. He pointed out the area’s large swaths of land, vast marshlands and abundance of rural and desolate roads from Jutiapa to San Marcos make for ideal smuggling routes. “Improving our monitoring in that area is important,” Mérida said. “It’s clear that because we don’t have [adequate] technology, drug trafficking is taking place.” Operation Martillo is focusing on counter-narcotics operations along the coastline with the intent of taking down drug-toting vessels. Meantime, agents also are trying to dismantle organized crime groups and cartels. center_img By Dialogo November 06, 2012 QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala – Operation Martillo has been successful in Guatemala, as 10 narcotics shipments collectively valued at US$2.15 billion and 70 vessels used for drug trafficking have been confiscated since the mission launched in February in this Central American nation. Security forces have also extradited 14 suspects to the United States and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips nationwide in a country that has become a transshipment point for South American narcotics headed north to Mexico and the United States, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Col. Erick Escobedo. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Operation Martillo is an international mission that gathers Western Hemisphere and European nations in an effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. Guatemalan security forces have carried out 598 operations since Operation Martillo was launched along the country’s Pacific Coast, resulting in the seizure of US$15 million in marijuana and US$2 billion in cocaine, according to the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). last_img read more

Ham shortage in Iloilo? Won’t happen, says PVO

first_imgPeople buy ham as preparation for Christmas dinner. The Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office says there is enough supply of the holiday staple this December despite the 90-day pork ban due to African swine fever. REUTERS ILOILO – Will there be a shortage of hamthis Christmas? According to Dr. Darel Tabuada, VeterinarianIV at the PVO, there will be enough hams this holiday season amid concerns onthe 90-day pork ban in the province due to African swine fever (ASF). The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) assuredthis won’t happen. “Base sa amon monitoring walagid man sang changes sangpagsagod sang baboy as usual gihapon,” added Tabuada./PN “For the province, indi lang gid man Luzon ang naga-supply. We still have our local suppliers and may ara kita nga supplier fromother areas like Cebu,” Tabuada added. He said that brands from Mindanaoand other parts of Visayas can also replenish the Luzon brands that they pulledout from the market given that these products have necessary permits. center_img “Tanannga pasalubong halin sa affected areas especially halin sa Luzon nga dal-on diri sa Visayas ang gina-confiscate,”added Tabauda, citing that these measures will ward off possible ASF breach. Based on PVO’s latest monitoring, thereis enough supply of ham and pork products in the market that could still lasteven after Christmas season. Tabuada advised Ilonggos from Luzonareas coming home for holidays not to bring processed pork products.  Quarantine officers detailed in airport andsea ports strictly enforce pork ban, Tabuada said Consumers need not worry about theshortage of ham brands from Luzon, noting local brands could still supply themarket, he said. Tabuada also said that local backyardfarmers were not affected by ASF scare. last_img read more