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Transforming Storing – and Processing – of Video Data

first_imgInnovation in technology changes more than just the tools organizations use. It also fundamentally changes how organizations operate. This is quite evident for companies working with video. The exponential rise in data exacerbates throughput, efficiency, scalability, and reliability issues. To stay profitable, they must update their equipment as well as transform their internal work processes.Consider the difficulties faced by EarthCam, a provider of webcam technology and managed services consisting of streaming video, time-lapse movies, and 360° reality capture. Every month, the company brings millions of high-resolution images into their network. To date, their database contains over a billion files ranging from one to 24 MB in size. The vast number of files created complexity in their storage system. One way to manage different types of data is to put them in different silos. While this makes it easier to manage each type of data individually, it complicates overall storage management because each silo needs to be managed differently in terms of factors such as RAIDs, RAID groups, and protocols. Scaling was also challenging because each addition to the network increased the complexity of managing the overall storage array.Working with stored data was also quite inefficient. For many of its clients, EarthCam creates time-lapse movies, such as compressing images of a three-month construction project into a one-minute video. Each image in the time-lapse movie needs to be hand-selected from the tremendous number of images available and then enhanced to provide a consistent look and feel. Traditionally, the entire image set is downloaded to the editor’s workstation. Downloading this much data puts a strain on available bandwidth and causes delays across all network workloads.EarthCam also wanted to reduce its operating costs without compromising efficiency, quality, or reliability. And, with rising success came the need to easily scale storage while simplifying overall management of the network.Increased Efficiency, Productivity, and Operational SavingsDell EMC PowerScale storage, the next-generation scale-out storage of the Emmy-winning Isilon lineage, is designed for applications with data requirements ranging from terabytes up to 10 petabytes – the right platform for EarthCam. Typical storage utilization tops out at 66%. The advanced capabilities of PowerScale – including globally coherent cache, load-balancing, and automated tiering – increase performance efficiency for every application and deliver 80%+ utilization.EarthCam’s new system did more than just storing data. By adding a cluster of fast-performing PowerScale nodes, EarthCam was able to shift their video-editing platform to become local with image data. Now, instead of downloading an entire timeline of images, editors work with just the data they need to complete their job.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> For example, for a time-lapse movie, editors can select the images to use from thumbnails rather than hi-res originals. These thumbnails are created on processing resources local to the stored images, reducing how much data needs to be downloaded by orders of magnitude. This in turn leads to direct operational savings, both in terms of bandwidth and the time it takes to complete a task. For EarthCam, working locally reduced processing time for the video production team by 20%.The savings did not stop there. PowerScale doubled EarthCam’s storage capacity while actually reducing the rack space needed. Overall, they were able to achieve about 26X greater density and 100X faster sustained throughput compared to their previous storage implementation.Seamless Scalability and Ease of UseAnother important requirement for EarthCam was simplified network management. Typical storage scaling is achieved by adding “bricks” of storage. The problem with this approach is that LUNs need to be set up and each node needs to be managed. With PowerScale, IT plugs in a new node and, without needing to reconfigure the data pool, data is immediately migrated over to the new node to balance the load across the entire array and maximize performance. Adding a node in this way is relatively seamless and can be completed with no downtime.EarthCam was able to simplify day-to-day management by consolidating petabytes of different types of data in one location, eliminating the need for data silos and managing different storage systems. Single volume / single file system / single namespace consolidation both on-premises and in the cloud greatly simplifies workflows. Eliminating silos also enables greater collaboration between groups who can now share collaborative tools and data assets.PowerScale InsightIQ and other tools provide greater visibility into storage processes and network loads. With such visibility, IT doesn’t have to work down into the stack to manage the network. For example, EarthCam can manage their network, such as changing performance on directories based on usage, without having to worry about specific LUNs, and such changes take just minutes to apply. In short, a single person can manage petabytes of different types of data. This frees up IT personnel from managing data storage, enabling them to focus on optimizing applications and how data can be used more efficiently.Upgrading to next-generation PowerScale technologies has been seamless as well. After plugging in new PowerScale nodes, the OS can be configured to begin evacuating data from nodes to be retired into the new nodes. The entire migration can take place with zero downtime.Ease of use has translated directly to the bottom line for EarthCam: since implementing PowerScale, they have had an 82% reduction in systems administration resources and been able to maintain five nines (99.999%) uptime.Transforming a business doesn’t have to be hard. The fact is, simplifying transformation is the core job of technology companies. At Dell Technologies, we understand that increasing the efficiency of business operations is just the first step. Part of bringing innovation to market is helping facilitate the business transformations that are essential to the process of growth.last_img read more

Order of the Black Bean

first_imgOrder of the Black Bean Order of the Black BeanCUBAN AMERICAN BAR members recently traveled to Tallahassee to participate in the Order of the Black Bean Pig Roast in honor of Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero. A year ago, Ramon Abadin, then president of CABA, and Raquel Rodriguez, general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush — thinking Cantero missed his Miami roots — established the pig roast, a traditional Cuban festivity, as a way for Cantero to continue celebrating his Cuban heritage in Tallahassee. Cantero named the event the “Order of the Black Bean.” This year Gov. Bush and First Lady Columba Bush co-hosted the event at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

How long must we wait for gun control?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

FA Cup replays scrapped in 2020-21 to ease fixture congestion

first_imgThe FA added that the prize fund would return to 2017-18 levels because of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak after two seasons of record payment levels.The winners will receive 1.8 million pounds ($2.36 million), down from 3.6 million pounds last season.Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea in the 2020 final on Aug. 1 for a record-extending 14th triumph in the competition.Meanwhile, the English Football League (EFL) said the two-legged semi-finals of the League Cup will be replaced by single ties to be played in January 2021. The FA Cup will not have replays for the 2020-21 season to help ease fixture congestion caused by the COVID-19 crisis, England’s Football Association (FA) said on Thursday.Next season’s competition is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 – only a month after the 2020 final – with the showpiece match at Wembley set to take place on May 15, 2021.”In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season,” the FA said in a statement, as it announced the schedule. The first four rounds of the competition will take place on consecutive weeks, kicking off in early September.Premier League clubs will enter the competition in the second or third round if they are competing in European competition in the 2020-21 season.The draw for the first round will take place on Aug. 18.Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 in March to win the trophy last season.The new Premier League season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23, with the full schedule detailing all 380 matches set to be released no later than Aug. 21.The Premier League has also scrapped its winter break for the 2020-21 season as it aims to finish the campaign well before the rescheduled European Championship, which is set to kick off on June 11 next year.All 20 teams had one weekend and one full midweek off in February last season.Liverpool won the 2019-20 Premier League title in June with seven games to spare after the season resumed following a three-month suspension due to the novel coronavirus.The EFL season is also scheduled to start on Sept. 12.Topics :last_img read more

North Sumatra to keep Nias Island open to visitors with negative COVID-19 test certificate

first_imgThe North Sumatra administration has canceled its plan to suspend all air and sea travel to and from Nias Island to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the popular tourist destination.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said although access to air and sea transportation would remain open, entrance points would be closely guarded by integrated posts.In addition, the province will oblige people leaving for Nias to carry a COVID-19-free certificate and undergo self-isolation for two weeks after arriving on the island.“These posts will monitor people arriving by land, air or sea. Those who come to Nias have to show a negative COVID-19 swab test certificate to the postal officers, who will direct them for isolation,” Edy told reporters on Tuesday.Health workers and security officers would be exempt from this provision, he added.Edy said the provincial administration would distribute logistical assistance to visitors under self-isolation.Read also: North Sumatra to restrict access to Nias Island following surge in COVID-19 casesEdy announced the 14-day lockdown plan after a meeting with Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut B. Pandjaitan on Monday. The coordinating minister, however, did not give permission immediately.Gunungsitoli Legislative Council (DPRD) chairman Yanto disagreed with the governor’s plan, arguing it was not the main solution in breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission.“COVID-19 already exists on Nias Island, and it is spreading rather fast. What the provincial administration needs to do now is to multiply swab tests instead of isolating [the region],” Yanto said on Wednesday.Yanto claimed that hundreds of people were now waiting to get tested amid limited testing equipment. In such circumstances, he added, hospitals on Nias Island were forced to send swab samples to Medan city.The Nias COVID-19 task force said the island had zero confirmed cases last month, before being infected recently, with more than 90 people testing positive for the coronavirus so far. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Herman Duke Wyatt, age 81

first_imgHerman Duke Wyatt, age 81, of Greenwood, Indiana and formerly of Brookville, died Sunday night March 6, 2016 at his residence.Born January 6, 1935 in Metamora, Indiana he was the son of the late James & Susan (Rowland) Wyatt. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. On August 4, 1956 he was united in marriage to the former Mary Lou Brown, and she preceded him in death on February 9, 2007.Duke was a retired Truck driver, in his leisure time he enjoyed Golfing and spending time with his family & friends.Survivors include a daughter, Regina Wyatt of Indianapolis, Indiana; a grandson, Cole Wyatt of Indianapolis, Indiana; two sisters, Goldie Bennett Slaven of Brookville, Indiana and Kathleen Kitchen of Hereford, Arizona.In addition to his parents and wife, Mary Lou, he was preceded in death by five sisters and six brothers.Family & friends may visit from 9 until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wyatt family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Batesville Library closed until April 6

first_imgVersailles, IN—In cooperation with the CDC, local officials, and the Ripley County Board of Health, the Batesville Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees has made the decision to close the library to the public.  It plans to reopen on April 6,  however, they will continue to assess the situation to determine if we need to remain closed longer or may be able to reopen sooner. All items will be due on April 28.   If you have a hotspot checked out it will remain usable until April 6.  If they must remain closed longer, the hotspot due date will be extended.They encourage patrons to visit the website to access online resources.   You may also access free Wi-Fi outside of the building.  You can also follow them on Facebook for further information and other services that may be provided during this time.last_img read more

Arsenal crash out of Europa League

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Europa League on away goals after Olympiakos stunned Mikel Arteta’s side with a 2-1 victory (2-2 on aggregate) to book their place in the last 16. Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Gunners, who put in an extremely disjointed display, were pegged back by Papa Abou Cisse’s strike (53), which sent the tie to extra time. Arsenal thought they’d snatched victory late in the second half of extra time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning volley, but Youssef El Arabi popped up in the 119th minute to shock the Emirates and cap a historic night for the Greek side. They now go into the round-of-16 draw, which will takes place on Friday, while Arsenal’s only remaining hope of Champions League football next season rests on a top-four finish in Premier League. Olympiakos’ attentions now turn to the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place on Friday, February 28 in Nyon, with proceedings set to start at 12pm, UK time. The first legs for the round of 16 are scheduled for Thursday March 12, with the second legs to be held a week later on March 19. Up next for Arsenal is a trip to Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday, March 2. The Gunners are back in Premier League action on Saturday, March 7 against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Tags: ArsenalEuropa LeagueMikel ArtetaOlympiakoslast_img read more

Several hospitalized after being injected with insulin instead of the flu shot

first_imgTen people are recovering after they were accidentally injected with insulin instead of the flu shot.The incident was reported at care facility for intellectually and developmentally disabled people in Oklahoma on Wednesday.Authorities are reporting that the Jacquelyn House contracted a pharmacist to administer the flu shot to patients and employees but somehow the pharmacist administered insulin to some of the patients instead of the flu shot.Witnesses told reporters that those who were injected with insulin all had severe reactions to the medication which ranged from extreme pain to unresponsiveness.All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can’t communicate what they need,” police Chief Tracy Roles said during a press conference.She also credited EMS officials for their ability to identify those in need of help as many of the patients are nonverbal and did not have the ability to explain their symptoms.“I give a lot of praise to the fire and EMS staff for doing an outstanding job of identifying the problem,” Roles said.As of Thursday, several of the patients remained in the hospital as medical personnel work to remove the long-acting insulin from their systems.It was also reported that authorities are still investigating how the incident may have occurred.last_img read more

World Cup: Nigeria Qualify for 2018 Finals after Win over Zambia

first_imgbbc.comArsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored as Nigeria beat a stubborn Zambia 1-0 to become the first African side to seal a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.The win put them on an unassailable 13 points at the top of Group B. Chances were missed at both ends by the time Shehu Abdullahi provided the cut-back for Iwobi to finish from inside the box in the 73rd minute.Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Moses Simon went close for the Super Eagles but failed to score.Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mwenne produced an acrobatic save to deny Wilfred Ndidi in the second half in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img