Takashima: TT Jamaica has four crucial areas to work on

first_imgSatoshi Takashima is leaving Jamaica on January 7. With his time as Jamaica’s national table tennis coach at an end, he recommends four key upgrades on how the game is developed here. On top of his list is consistent training for young players and an increase in the volume of good coaches. His suggestions arise from his observations over his two-year stay in Jamaica. Speaking to The Gleaner on Sunday, Takashima said: “The first point is, we have to train youngsters, for instance Under-15 years old, for a long time in a consistent programme and the second, we need an exclusive venue for the national squad,” he said. During his stay here, the national squad trained at Excelsior High School’s auditorium and at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. DEDICATED COACHES “And third,” he listed, “we need more dedicated coaches with good knowledge, and the last one, we need more human resources working with Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ).” On the latter item, he noted, “We need more human resources because now TTJ President Mr [Godfrey] Lothian and one lady, only two working full-time, and the other council members, they’re volunteers. In other countries, support staff is extensive.” Takashima says his two years in Jamaica have hurried by. “It took time to understand Jamaican culture, Jamaican players, and the first year, I think I just tried to get to know the players, and also the situation of the table tennis association and the situation of table tennis associations of other countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and their players’ standard,” he said candidly. “So, the first year, actually I just tried to learn about, in general, table tennis in Jamaica and then the second year, I got to know the coaches and the players,” said the veteran coach who came to Jamaica as part of an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. “I think, for me, I did a much better job compared to the first year,” he self-assessed. He however, admitted that he did not see any big development, big change in the standard of the players. He believes his recommendations will help. “I think it takes time,” he said, “but we have to concentrate on training youngsters. We need more good coaches, also we need more human resources.” During his tenure, he has seen two Caribbean Senior Championships. Those tournaments have left him with a view that the Spanish-speaking territories are in the lead. “In general, I think Spanish-speaking countries are a little bit ahead (of) English-speaking,” he rated. “I think they train hard and players, they’re in Europe, playing professionally.” Cuba hosted the 2017 Caribbean Championships at home and dominated, while the Dominican Republic took top spot when Jamaica hosted the tournament in September. In addition to his national duties, Takashima visited various clubs around the island and conducted coaching courses.last_img read more

Twins’ Michael Pineda suspended 60 games for banned diuretic

first_imgRobredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Pineda, 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, said in a statement he took an over-the-counter medication given to him by an acquaintance to help manage his weight. The pills contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can mask other substances.“Michael Pineda is a big member of this team in a lot of different ways, beyond the field as well as on it,” manager Rocco Baldelli said before the Twins held a team meeting prior to their home game against Cleveland. “Because of that, it does create a challenge. Our team has been pretty resilient with everything that’s been thrown at it to this point, and I think we’re going to have the ability to acknowledge this and process what’s going on and still continue to go out there and do our jobs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Pineda apologized to the organization, teammates, family and fans for his “error in judgment” and said he “never intended to cheat the system, other players or opposing teams.”He said, however, he takes responsibility for “what goes in his body” and accepts the suspension. He added that he hopes to be an example to others about the importance of checking with experts before taking substances from an outside source. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In his past 14 starts, the big right-hander was 10-4 with a 2.96 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 82 innings.“He’s been our best pitcher in the second half. Definitely a big loss for us,” designated hitter Nelson Cruz said, later adding: “When you see yourself going through this, it either can put you down pretty bad or you can step up. I think somebody has to step up for him.”Pineda has pitched 146 innings and will miss bonus opportunities of $500,000 apiece for 150 innings and each additional 10 through 200.Developing as one of the Twins’ steadiest starters, Pineda likely would have been near the top of any playoff rotation for Minnesota. Baldelli wasn’t sure how the team would fill Pineda’s spot in the rotation and said the starts could come from several players. Pineda would have been in line for four more starts during the regular season.“I think we have several ways to do it, and I think it could come down to each individual outing and maybe the specifics of that outing, and we’ll make the decisions probably a day or two or three out from those games, at least in the short term,” Baldelli said. “Committing to that kind of stuff, too, when there’s no clear-cut answer to that question is something we’ll probably hold off on. But we have several good options.”In 2014, Pineda was suspended 10 games while with the New York Yankees for putting pine tar on his neck to help get a better grip during a game in Boston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 60 games on Saturday for taking a diuretic, a big blow to the rotation of a first-place team heading toward the postseason.Major League Baseball said Pineda tested positive for the banned substance and the penalty takes effect immediately. He won’t be allowed to pitch for the AL Central-leading Twins if they reach the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Caster Semenya may finally have had enoughcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The suspension came one day after a strong start by Pineda against the Indians. Pineda, who went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA, will miss the Twins’ final 21 games plus any postseason games. Entering Saturday, Minnesota led the second-place Indians by 5 1/2 games.“We still have a pretty decent lead in our division but still an opportunity to create some more space,” reliever Sergio Romo said. “So, at the end of the day, it continues. This is a business but this is a game that it’s just bigger than one person. So, good luck but also let’s go. Win Twins. It doesn’t change anything. Let’s just play.”Pineda will forfeit $989,247 of his $8 million salary. He is eligible for free agency after the season and would serve the rest of the suspension next year.The suspension originally was for 80 games but the players’ association contested it and the penalty was reduced to 60 by arbitrator Mark Irvings under the drug agreement’s mitigation procedure, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no comments about the arbitration were authorized.The right-hander’s presence in Minnesota’s rotation has been one of the most underappreciated improvements made by the Twins this year. On Friday, in his 26th start of the season, Pineda reached double-digit strikeouts for the first time since April 10, 2017, with the New York Yankees. Pineda missed the second half of that season and, after signing with the Twins, all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View commentslast_img read more

Playing politics…

first_img…with blinders on As we can see, the field appears to be getting rather crowded in the political sweepstakes! “Appears”!! By the time nomination day rolls around, 80% of the newbies will fall by the wayside on account of their inability to garner even the minimum number of signatures (150) in six of our 10 regions to endorse them!! But what’s troubling is that, while promising alternatives to the two big boys on the block, the newbies just insist that whatever the latter do, they can do better! Fight corruption better; create jobs better; be more gender-andyouth- sensitive, and so on, and so forth. But, from where your Eyewitness is standing, they’re missing the point. Did they ever think they may need to present a completely new paradigm from that wherein the PPP and PNC have been operating?? When Jagan appeared on the scene in the 1940s, there were all sorts of politicians already entrenched. But he looked around and realised that the new circumstance of universal franchise would shake up the old premises of politics, and he offered a new vision to incorporate the folks who’d been ignored up to then: the poor and the powerless, who now had something of value – their votes. What is the new vision of these new political wannabees to deal with the new political reality?? And what is that reality, you ask, dear reader?? Well, duh!! Just look at the news from across the world on your TV screens. See all those protests? They may have different local proximate causes, but they all boil down to the fact that the neo-liberal paradigm which had swept the globe from the 1980s has collapsed, and confusion and disorder now reign. As Gramsci noted apropos an earlier world crisis, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” The “new” will be born only when a new vision is articulated to deal with the specific challenges roiling so many countries. Look at the protests in Chile, where the neoliberal prescriptions of “liberalisation, privatisation and stabilisation” were first unleashed. They first produced the dictator Pinochet, who killed thousands before the Holy Grail of “growth” at any cost was achieved. But, as in the other countries where the medicine was tried, there WAS growth – but at a price – severe inequalities! So while the middle class has increased, 1% of the population in Chile owns 25 percent of the wealth generated in the country!! And imagine, it’s even worse in the US!! With oil coming, where’s the new vision to prevent that happening here? …or hardball? The PNC don’t mind taking candy from a baby, nor do they mind kicking folks who’re already on the ground. As your Eyewitness showed yesterday, they practise the hardball politics of Machiavelli! Imagine, with the full panoply of AFC execs — including two sitting ministers of the Government and one former minister — declaring that the negotiations between their party and the PNC had stalled over the PM candidate, the chief negotiator for the PNC — Volda Lawrence — flatly told them she didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. Using Machiavelli’s advice to find plausible excuses for lying, Volda “only-PNC-friends” Lawrence explained that, constitutionally, Granger’s the President, and HE gets to choose his PM. Never mind the agreements. She reiterated Granger’s earlier statement: that he was “open to suggestions from all partners”!! So now a new list of six names will be suggested, and we know who Granger will choose, don’t we? The PNC person he always had in mind!! Lawrence assured the AFC that, “We’ll come out stronger than ever”. “We”, of course, is the PNC!! …with sugar GuySuCo’s falling so far behind its projected target that there’s got to be more in the mortar than the pestle can pound. Unmet targets mean no Annual Production Incentive (API) payouts for sugar workers, and that means they’ll have a very bleak Christmas. Take that, PPP supporters!!last_img read more

Champs in bright Safaricom 7s start

first_imgIn their second encounter, the champions rolled over East African neighbours Rwanda 36-0 to secure their passage to the Main Cup quarters on Sunday.Horace Otieno opened the floodgates with a second minute try before Injera, Ayange, William Ambaka and newcomer Philip Wamae breached the Rwandese in a game the winners hardly moved out of second gear.Biko Adema converted three of the six Kenya’s tries with the champions scheduled to face Uganda later Saturday evening in their last Pool A encounter.Head Coach Mitch Ocholla praised his boys for winning the matches and promised to retain the title on Sunday.“The game was good even though the boys were a bit nervous in the first half but they recovered well in the second half. We are taking one game at a time,” Ocholla said.– By Gloria KendiCollated resultsBristol University Select 17-Mwamba 21, Kenya 26- Grenoble 7,Uganda 24- Rwanda 0, Zimbabwe 38 -Royal Welsh Warriors 5,Samurai 64-Tanzania 0, Samoa 46 -Belmont Shore 0, Spain 29 -Goshawks 0,Emerging Boks 28- Auckland Vikings 24, Tanzania 0 Zimbabwe 51, Samurai 33 Royal Welsh Warriors 7,Goshawks 0 Samoa 80, Spain 33 Belmont Shore 0, Mwamba 12 Emerging Boks 19, Bristol Uni Select 7 Auckland Vikings 43,Rwanda 0 Kenya 36,Uganda 5 Grenoble 47.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 5- Defending champions, Kenya ignited their Safaricom 7s title defence by recording easy victories against Grenoble and Rwanda in their opening two matches on Saturday.Kenya beat French outfit Grenoble by 26-7 in their first match which saw Sidney Ashioya, Felix Ayange and Collins Injera score ties for the hosts. Ayange crossed the try line twice with Ashioya and Injera going over once in a victory that got the home faithful at the Nyayo National Stadium going.last_img read more

Woman reports kidnapping attempt

first_imgINDUSTRY — A woman found dazed and walking on a street told deputies she’d been kidnapped and put in a car trunk, but escaped. Her abductor has not yet been found. The 27-year-old La Mirada woman was taken to a hospital, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jackson. “We’re investigating an allegation of attempted rape and kidnapping,” Jackson said. The suspect was described as a white man, 35 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair, wearing a dark sweat shirt and blue jeans, and driving a ’90s model maroon Ford Thunderbird. Deputies got a call at 8:40p.m. Wednesday about a kidnapping victim in the 1200block of Fullerton Road. The woman told them a harrowing tale that began at 4:30a.m. when she got a flat tire on the Pomona (60) Freeway. Another driver offered help but she declined. She walked to a gas station on Nogales Street and called for vehicle assistance, Jackson said. The same driver drove up. She crossed the street and he followed. The woman told police the man had a gun and grabbed her around the waist, put his hand over her mouth, told her not to scream and put her in the trunk of his car. Then, “she either passes out or falls asleep,” Jackson said. The woman told deputies the man later tried to force her to drink a liquid. She realized she was tied up and missing some clothing, Jackson said, but managed to cut her bonds with something in the trunk and pretended still to be tied up. When the suspect pulled the woman out of the trunk and tried to rape her, she told police, she pushed him off, kicked him in the groin and ran. He caught her, but when he tried to assault her again, she said, she got away. A motorist reported seeing her on Fullerton Road. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL supermodel Faye Dinsmore has proved she is no ‘dummy’ after signing up to become the world’s first mannequin model.Hundreds of life-size copies of the Ballintra woman will be placed in Zara and H&M stores across Europe to model new lines of fashion.Faye, 23, will also become the first model ever to have a waxwork of herself placed on display at the National Waxworks Museum in Dublin. With more than 250,000 friends on Facebook, the Donegal woman loves nothing better than coming back to her parent’s Donegal farm.But with six sisters and seven brothers, Faye admits she doesn’t get any preferential treatment when she gets home.Although since shooting to stardom on the catwalks of Milan and Paris, she does admit her success has had a strange affect on her dad.“I know find him occasionally flicking through a copy of Vogue which is a bit weird,” she laughed. Faye appeared on last weekend’s Late Late Show where she spoke about her meteoric rise to fame.EndsMODEL FAYE PROVES SHE IS NO ‘DUMMY’ was last modified: March 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘One was probably my dad’ – Lampard on Chelsea fans who left early vs Ajax

first_imgFrank Lampard understands why some fans have to leave Stamford Bridge early – but admits he has no sympathy for those who departed before watching Chelsea’s miraculous comeback against Ajax.And the Chelsea manager told talkSPORT one of the people departing west London with the Blues 4-1 down was probably his dad, Frank Lampard Sr, who is ‘always shooting off early’!Lampard’s side staged a remarkable fightback to draw with Ajax, coming back from three goals down to secure a valuable Champions League point by claiming a 4-4 draw. AFP or licensors Vitoria Guimaraes vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTAtalanta vs Manchester City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Lazio vs Celtic (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT 1 They could have, in fact, picked up all three points had Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal not been ruled out after a VAR review, while Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham both wasted chances to score a winner later on.Such a comeback seemed impossible when Donny van de Beek made it 4-1 to the visitors 10 minutes after half-time, and it was not a surprise to see a small number of Chelsea fans head to the exits.The departing crowds were well in the minority, with Stamford Bridge still largely filled when the final whistle went, but a few unfortunate souls made a decision which meant they missed one of the truly great Champions League nights.One such supporter called talkSPORT after the game to reveal he left early, admitting he regretted his decision after watching the remainder of the match – and the fightback – in a pub.And while Lampard accepts some fans have to leave early – especially from evening matches – he is struggling to feel sorry for those who walked out of the Ajax match.Joining talkSPORT on Wednesday morning, Lampard was asked by Jim White if he has any sympathy for the fans who left Stamford Bridge early.“No,” he replied, laughing. “One of them was probably my dad! He’s always shooting off early because of traffic and if the game changes we have to have a conversation later on. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “Listen, I get it with some people, especially on an evening when some people have to go to work.“But the people who stayed – I’ve spoken to my friends at the game and fans – they thought it was a special evening.“I was just a bit disappointed we didn’t get the extra goal. We had the one chalked off, but even after that I thought we were going to push and get it.“We were unlucky in the end not to win the game.”Click here to read talkSPORT’s full interview with Frank Lampard Ajax had two men sent off inside a minute which helped Chelsea complete their comeback last_img read more

‘Apps for Climate’ software challenge

first_img5 December 2011The World Bank’s “Apps for Climate” competition challenges software developers to use open data to create innovative software applications to help solve some of the developmental problems posed by climate change.The competition was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban on Friday, and aims “to discover new and extraordinary ways to use open climate data,” said Andrew Steer, the World Bank’s special envoy for climate change.“We hope to unleash the creative energy out there which will make apps that help create solutions to weather-related disasters, risks for agriculture, food and water supplies, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges,” Steer said.The latest challenge builds on the World Bank’s earlier “Apps for Development” competition, which drew some very creative ideas related to adaptation.“One called ‘save the rain’ calculates how much rainwater you could save based on your geographic location and the surface area of your roof. We’re hoping for similar out-of-the-box ideas this time around too,” said Steer.The “apps” for this latest competition can be created for the web, mobile devices, SMS, desktops or tablets.The competition includes cash prizes for the winning entries. Apps must be submitted by 16 March 2012. For more info, go to www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate.Little Data Book on Climate ChangeAlso on Friday, Steer released the latest edition of the World Bank’s Little Data Book series – a pocket-sized book provides summary national, international and regional data on climate-relevant topics.Topics include current and projected climate conditions, exposure to climate impacts, resilience, greenhouse gas emissions, climate finance, and current national and international efforts to take action.The Little Data Book on Climate Change 2011 can be found at: data.worldbank.org/products/data-books/little-data-book-on-climate-changeThe initiative will provide easy access to a first batch of high-quality data sets and analysis. In the coming months, as the initiative develops, more data and other critical climate information will be rolled out.The materials will be open, free, and accessible to all via a Climate Change Knowledge Portal, which is a core component of the World Bank’s new climate initiative and will also provide access to rainfall and temperature information.For those confronted with the challenge of adapting to climate change, the portal aims to be a powerful tool to visualise in the medium and long term how changing patterns of rainfall and temperature can affect vulnerable countries and communities.Making the right choicesAlso speaking at Friday’s launch, Mozambican Deputy Environment Minister Ana Chichava said governments needed access to climate data to make the best use of their water resources and also to plan for the extreme floods, cyclones and droughts that afflict countries on a regular basis.“Local people also need access to this data – and in forms that they can use, so they can make the right choices over when to plant, harvest and when it is safe to go to sea to fish. We strongly support efforts to make climate data open and accessible for public use.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Strategy Roundtable: Convert Potential Competitors to Partners

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#StartUp 101 Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img At today’s roundtable we saw three very nice businesses, each with pilot customers, and each working on real problems. At the end of the session, each left with specific action items. First up today was Antonio Lucena de Faria with ActionFlow from Portugal. Antonio has a portfolio of Web-based business process management applications for small businesses with 10-100 employees. Antonio has 100 trial customers at the moment, and is looking to figure out exactly what his company positioning is going to be. I asked him to speak with his 100 trial customers and understand at a granular level exactly what problem each of them is trying to solve by using his product. I also asked him to come back and discuss the findings with me, and I will help him position the company.I also advised Antonio to defer his investor road show and even customer acquisition programs until this basic positioning exercise is in place. IDES TechnologiesThen Cristina Soviany presented IDES Technologies from Belgium. IDES is an analytics enhancement for fraud prevention systems addressing the credit card fraud market. It works well with other fraud detection systems like FICA. Cristina currently has a couple of large customers in pilot mode, and is starting to show metrics on how much improvement IDES can deliver over existing analytics engines.I advised her to get one or two reference customers out of her current pilots, and then start charging the follow-on pilot customers. There is no reason why she should do the pilots for free once she has a bit of credibility established. And these pilots will pay for her early bootstrapping phase.Then, she can start doing partnerships with fraud management system vendors and use their channels to sell, perhaps. All this, could, potentially, be done without external financing. And along the way, if necessary and appropriate, she can raise financing with a vastly more validated business. At this point, financing discussions are premature and are likely not to yield success. Medi-CodeRick Holdren and Rohit Saxena then discussed Medi-Code, an integration solution for small hospitals (up to 150 beds) and small physician practice groups ($5 million to $20 million annual revenue) to connect with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a requirement of the healthcare regulatory changes coming in 2012. Rick is looking at Medi-Code as an investment opportunity from his angel group, and Rohit is the entrepreneur.I advised them to do a thorough segmentation and competitive positioning for the healthcare practice management system market. The competitive analysis they showed me was missing the most relevant players like eClinicalworks and Office Ally, both companies that I have profiled in the Entrepreneur Journeys case studies series. Instead, it had Epic, which only sells to large hospitals and practices, and is therefore not even relevant.In addition, I took Rohit through a discussion on a possible OEM strategy that could result in a significant revenue ramp relatively quickly. The key take away from that discussion is: convert potential competitors to partners. If possible, of course.And finally, I also took them through a discussion on why this is not a business that can be funded, but rather can be a highly lucrative cash business. And a very large one at that. I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. All three of today’s roundtable companies will soon be featured on Incubation Radar.Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To MarketInnovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon.Photo by mjamesno sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Get Up and Running With OpenShift On-Premises Using an Intel Reference Architecture

first_imgIntel and Red Hat have a long history of contribution on open source projects. Within the application development space, we have jointly and independently worked upstream to fine-tune orchestration tools, application services, and language runtimes for peak performance on Intel Architecture. Today we are excited to announce our newest joint effort, an Intel reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which packages many of these optimizations and streamlines their deployment. This helps IT decision makers move past concerns about implementation overhead and instead focus on the best business and technical solution for landing their workloads. It also addresses developer concerns around flexibility and agility of the container ecosystem.A Solution Built on Container StrategyThe OpenShift solution is based purely on container strategy. Containers are widely believed to be the future of application development and scheduling, and many organizations are already testing, adopting and deploying containerized apps into production. OpenShift delivers containers as a service (CaaS), supported on private cloud and enterprise infrastructure such as OpenStack, vSphere, and RHEV as well as by Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform for public cloud deployments. CaaS covers the gap between infrastructure as a service that requires more system administration and configuration, and platform as a service that tends to be limiting in terms of language support and libraries. As a part of the current solution architecture, Intel and Red Hat are using Ansible by Red Hat to fully automate the installation of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in a highly available and horizontally scalable configuration with persistent storage provided by Red Hat Container-Native Storage and powered by a pre-defined hardware bill of materials.An Integrated SolutionDeploying a container-based architecture has been difficult in the past. Too many pieces and parts made it a challenge for many IT shops to integrate with positive ROI. This design from Red Hat and Intel is an integrated container solution that is easy to use, configure and deploy.In this design, users will find a simple to order and operationalize container application platform that’s deployable in under an hour using popular open source, enterprise-grade software solutions from Red Hat, and the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® 25 Gigabit Server Adapters, and Intel® SSD Data Center Family designed to support common requirements of QA, test, and developer infrastructure. Easy-to-deploy Ansible playbooks and scripts are tightly integrated with a pre-defined hardware stack.  They provide validated deployment configurations utilizing networking infrastructure from Arista and software-defined storage from Red Hat Container-Native Storage.OpenShift Container Platform integrates the architecture, processes, platforms, and services needed to help development and operations teams traverse traditional siloed structures and produce modernized applications, deliver new services, and accelerate development processes to help their business succeed. OpenShift is managed by the Kubernetes container orchestrator, which is an open source project and the industry standard for orchestrating Linux containers across a cluster of systems running Docker-formatted container images. Red Hat Container-Native Storage can eliminate the need to have an independent storage platform, enabling customers to achieve one integrated container platform with greater efficiency and cost savings, a streamlined user experience, single control plane, and a single point of support.Learn MoreThis suite of products was designed with user experience in mind to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies from Red Hat and Intel. It makes leading cloud and container software easy to deploy; and it deemphasizes installation, configuration, and maintenance overhead as decision criteria for on-premises deployments.To learn more about this Intel reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift, download the solutions design paper, the solutions brief, and other solutions from Intel and Red Hat at https://builders.intel.com/ or http://www.redhat.com/intel.Co-Authored by Dave Cain, Cloud Solutions Architect, Red Hat (@thedavecain)last_img read more