Source: ESG White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact, August 2018 “The only thing that is constant is change.”When Greek philosopher Heraclitus uttered this timeless phrase, it’s safe to say he wasn’t referring to the workloads in your data center. But here we are, some 2000+ years later, and his wisdom still rings true. Our world continues to evolve, with technology a prime example.In the past, IT departments primarily focused on traditional workloads such as file, print, web serving and virtual desktop. Clearly these will always be important, but in today’s digital economy they are no longer enough. To remain relevant in this environment of constant change, IT departments must shift from their traditional mindset to help drive the overall business strategy. With the emergence of new, data-fueled workloads such as IoT, AI and machine learning, IT is poised to play a huge role in their company’s economic success.“Modernized IT organizations are adopting modular infrastructure at a rate 4x greater than their aging counterparts.”From Pre-Virtualization Era to Disaggregation EraThere is a shift underway in the world of enterprise technology. IT infrastructure transitioned from a pre-virtualization era, into a virtualization era and now toward an era of disaggregation.In the pre-virtualization era, data centers operated mainly in silos, often leaving resources stranded. It was inefficient, complex and difficult to manage. These silos made it hard to handle multiple workloads and scale quickly – not to mention expensive to maintain.Now, as we transition from a virtualization era into an era of disaggregation, IT departments are challenged to keep up with the accompanying demand for disaggregated compute. Unfortunately, many IT departments have not yet embraced the change, and those that are unable – or unwilling – to adapt are beginning to suffer the consequences.However, organizations that understand the importance of adapting to change are increasingly taking actions to position themselves for success. One way they prepare is by including modular infrastructure in their data center. In fact, modernized IT organizations are adopting modular infrastructure at a rate 4x greater than their aging counterparts. Increased scalability, improved flexibility, and easier manageability are the most-commonly identified benefits of using modular servers. They can adapt quickly to changing workload demands and help break down IT silos, so that IT can focus on innovation and other tasks that help them reach their business goals.Ultimately, the end goal of modern IT is to combine the benefit of modular design with an extended flexibility of configuration at the individual storage device and all the way to memory centric devices. Dell EMC refers to this fully disaggregated state as kinetic infrastructure. A kinetic infrastructure enables the ability to dynamically assign the right resources for the right workload.The Dell EMC Kinetic Solution: PowerEdge MXTransformational workloads (i.e. structured data analytics, unstructured data analytics (cognitive/AI), and cloud-native applications) require an enormous amount of data, and companies must be set up to handle it. Kinetic infrastructure helps companies capitalize on their potential by providing a flexible platform that can handle vast amounts of data and evolve in accordance with changing workload requirements.Dell EMC recently launched PowerEdge MX, the first modular platform designed with kinetic infrastructure. It provides the flexibility, agility and responsiveness needed to bridge demands of traditional and transformational workloads. Combining compute and storage, connected by scalable fabric, this 7U chassis with integrated systems management software creates shared resources pools that can be dynamically allocated and reallocated as needed for optimum workload performance.PowerEdge MX dynamically configures compute, storage and fabric and accelerates operations, delivering the innovation and longevity customers of all sizes need for their IT and digital business transformations. It’s flexible, agile and responsive – all key components of a modernized data center.PowerEdge MX is designed for today’s software-defined data center and provides a solid foundation for your IT transformation. It helps IT break free from traditional boundaries to transform the IT infrastructure to a dynamic pool of instantly responding, adapting and evolving resources. With a modern IT infrastructure anchored by the PowerEdge MX, plus strategic planning and careful preparation, companies can position themselves to succeed both today and in the future.The world is changing, ready or not. Businesses that prioritize flexibility and learn to adapt to an ever-evolving IT environment are more likely to innovate and succeed in the future. After all, in the wise words of Heraclitus, “Big results require big ambitions.”To learn more about kinetic infrastructure, read How Dell EMC Kinetic Infrastructure Solutions Accelerate Business Innovation.
UL’s new president, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, receives the gavel of authority from retired president, Dr. Emmett DennisDr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, the newly inducted President of the University of Liberia (UL), has underscored a number of strategies she intends to employ to improve the institution. Among her plans are personnel evaluation and enhancement programs, faculty capacity building, teaching and learning centers, and introduction of new academic programs to include Information Communication Technology for undergraduates and Environmental Sciences at the graduate level.In her 48 minute induction address on the theme “To Nobler Destiny”, Dr. Weeks emphasized that her administration will weed out the wrong people from the institution at all levels, and will work with the right persons. She described those she considers the right persons as individuals who are committed to the ideals and success of the UL and who are trustworthy and have integrity.With deep emphasis and emotions, she said “Malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance (MMN) are not welcome, and our policy moving forward is zero tolerance for the MMN.” On faculty and capacity building, Weeks said in the next three years, she hopes the university can realize qualitative and quantitative improvements in faculty profile. “We will reduce part-time faculty by 50 percent, increase full time faculty to a ratio of three percent full time to one percent part-time, determine the instructional needs of each academic unit based on required course offerings each semester, and especially focus on training and hiring advance degree faculty in these disciplines, as well as where we have specific gaps,” Dr. Weeks said.She added that her administration will reduce by 85 percent the number of faculty with solely first degrees, and increase the number of faculty with terminal degrees by 30 percent. In addition to new academic programs, Dr. Weeks disclosed that in the next four years, her administration will establish undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, architecture, fisheries and an Honors College. She said efforts have been made for the introduction of a Masters in Public Health and Environmental Sciences program, which according to her, will not take three years to establish. She further disclosed that the UL administration in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) and international partner universities has drafted a curriculum for the Master’s program in Public Health.Dr. Weeks, who also acknowledged what her faculty and staff have achieved, told the gathering that the UL administration and faculty are in the process of establishing a functioning Testing and Evaluation Center that will not only be limited to entrance exams. Furthermore, she said the UL Student Union (ULSU) financial aid program is causing registration difficulties every semester, and therefore she is contemplating putting in place Students’ Success and Service Centers through which students are recruited, evaluated, monitored and placed in various university-wide academic and administrative work-study settings. She also promised to make available Wi-fi internet access at the four campuses of the UL by the end of the year; assuring that it is already in the making.Outgoing UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, in his remarks, said he was happy to be able to see Dr. Weeks succeed him. He urged her to handle the gavel of authority given to her with sincerity and integrity that will not give in to the activities of people he referred to as “glass bottle.”Performing the induction ceremony was the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor who oversaw the robbing of the new president and the presentation of the gavel of authority to her by the outgoing president, Dr. Emmet Dennis who now becomes the 13th president emeritus.Earlier, Dr. Roseda Marshall, co-chair of the UL president search committee reported on how Dr. Weeks was selected as president.Yesterday’s ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Visitor of the UL who made special remarks (separate story), a number of diplomats including United States, Cameroon and Cuba. U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder congratulated Dr. Weeks, and urged her to be diligent, to produce lawyers that will provide pro-bono services to poor people to have access to justice. She also said the United States stands to help the UL in the areas of engineering.Also in attendance were government officials, members of the legislature, presidents of other universities and Dr. Weeks’ family members and many friends and well wishers.Dr. Weeks’ younger sister, Angelique Weeks, described her sister as a “workaholic and very strict without fear.” Angelique, who is chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, said she believes in her sister and is confident that she will deliver on her goals, “and make the family proud.” The two sisters in their separate speeches, paid homage to their parents for their upbringing and insistence on education that helped to make them successful individuals.Other speakers at the convocation included representatives of universities in Liberia and Ghana, the UL faculty and staff, the Alumni Association and the president of the UL Student Union.Dr. Weeks becomes the second female president of UL, the first being Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown-Sherman after whom the Fendell campus will be named. Dr. Weeks follows in the footsteps of her father who also served as UL president (1959-1971) and was the first Liberian to hold that post.Some faculty members that spoke to this newspaper lauded the outgoing president, Dr. Dennis, for improvements at the university during his nine year tenure, and pledged to work with Dr. Weeks in meeting the objectives and goals of the university as she takes over.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)