To transform your business, you need to transform your IT. We are seeing it happen with companies like Express Scripts and the Chicago Cubs. When you accelerate innovation adoption, you drive real results in your business. Maybe you have been waiting for a secure, scalable, and automated platform to do it. Today, it’s finally here.We are announcing our most sophisticated lineup of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, ever. They have a ton of new features a modern data center needs. As you plan your future and think about new ways to power your business, our new PowerEdge servers will be your bedrock.How we got hereWe started the process three years ago. With the dramatic pace workloads were evolving, we knew we needed a game changer. We knew we had to build an entirely new portfolio of server platforms. So, we engaged with more customers than ever before and integrated them into our process. It’s all part of our Customer Inspired Design. We asked, “What are your goals and how can we help you achieve them?” We heard you when you said that your legacy data center technology was inflexible to support new workloads and deployment models. We listened when you told us that your IT teams were spending too much time on routine tasks. And we understood when you said security means everything.We then unleashed some of the best engineers in the world to develop the technology to reach your goals. We created servers with cutting-edge technology never seen before. These new servers will power the business initiatives you know about today, but be flexible enough for the ones you haven’t even imagined yet.Scalable Business ArchitectureThe potential to transform your infrastructure for modern workloads and the cloud is an exciting challenge, but full of complexity. The reality is that each workload has different characteristics, and a platform that can deliver outputs faster can be the source of your competitive advantage and superior customer experience. Features such as one-click BIOS tuning are essential to optimizing workloads. So we simply built it in. The new PowerEdge portfolio also includes a broad-array of modern infrastructure with enhanced storage capacity and flexibility so you can tailor your storage configurations for the application. For instance, there’s 19x more non-volatile memory express (NVMe) low latency storage than our prior generation. And our exclusive I/O expansion risers and PERC PCIe flexibility in the new R740 provide 16 lanes to maximize accelerator configurations.Intelligent AutomationWe know you want to automate. Some of our customers tell us that IT nirvana would be a self-serve model for their developers. The new PowerEdge servers help you eliminate that inefficiency with intelligent automation. It starts by taking a fundamentally different approach to server management called agent-free management. Installing agents into each operating system adds a lot of complexity. We remove that complexity by using an embedded chip in every PowerEdge server we call iDRAC. This is the brains behind our management and automation features, and we upgraded it in the latest generation of PowerEdge for more performance. There are hundreds of new features and systems management innovations. Some are around the new user interface. Some are around Open APIs such as RESTful API’s. Some help you deploy faster. Some help you manage better. Some even help you automate problem resolution. Whether you use the unified server management experience of our new OpenManage Enterprise software, a 3rd party application, or Open APIs, you can automate productivity and simplify lifecycle management from server deployment to retirement.Integrated SecurityWe know how important security is in your overall environment. Protecting both hardware and software is critical. That’s why every new PowerEdge server is designed on a cyber-resilient architecture. We have patented key features so you can protect your infrastructure with a deep layer of defense, detect quickly if breached, and recover rapidly to a trusted baseline. Industry-first features like System Lockdown protect your server configuration and firmware from malicious or even inadvertent changes. Drift detection monitors and reports unplanned drift in firmware or configuration from a golden baseline. And our cyber-resilient BIOS recovery restores configuration quickly and safely. And when it’s time to retire and re-provision, System Erase securely and instantly erases storage media. Plus, PowerEdge is the only server with end-to-end server ecosystem and lifecycle security, which provides an additional layer of protection with supply chain integrity and assurance.Over the coming months you will certainly hear more about the new PowerEdge servers. We invite you to learn more and see why our scalable business architecture, intelligent automation, and integrated security makes PowerEdge the bedrock of the modern data center.
Watching her little fingers search out and tentatively latch onto an in cut edge I see the confidence blossom on her face as she shifts her weight onto the higher foot which is wrapped in the cutest little blue climbing shoe. The times that I get to watch my daughter climb are always inspiring. As a climbing instructor it has always been one of my joys watching others explore and learn about climbing and the most special of these times have often involved watching kids get out there. When climbing with younger kids there are also many potential challenges that I have stumbled across over the years. Here are some suggestions and thoughts worth considering when planning your day or climbs.1. Be prepared for a short session in the beginning. Kids may not share our desire for a full on day at first. If you are planning to stay and get some laps in on your project have some toys, games, or pre-planned activities prepared as well as a spare responsible person for supervision of the younger kiddos. The times I have been up on the sharp end trying to send a route and trying to field questions from my daughter made me feel like I was being halfway engaged on both tasks. Fun for no one.2. Start slow and easy. For really young ones like 4 and 5 years setting a rope up on 4th class terrain may be a great start. Have a parent or older sibling climb next to them and offer encouragement and support. Another option to consider is top belays for climbs in the beginning. A child is often more comfortable climbing toward the safety of a parent or primary care giver than they will be climbing away from them when a bottom belay is used.3. Know how to adjust the difficulty of sections of a climb for shorter arms and legs. Maybe you can plug a piece of gear in and hang a 48” runner or a cordelette tied into an aider at a hard bit. Another option is to fix a rope along the route from the top with butterfly knots tied every couple feet. Kids can bail to the rope at times if needed.4. With the smallest kids have a plan to get them down. It is the worst when they are ready to get lowered and maybe freaking out some but are too light for the friction in the system to be lowered! This is a great time to have an adult climbing alongside who can use techniques like attaching themselves to the child’s rope with a friction hitch and then when the adult gets lowered it helps pull the child’s rope down as well. Another option is to have the child climbing be attached to a trail line anchored to the tie in point of their harness. This trail line can then be used to help pull them down as they are being lowered. For younger and smaller kids a full body harness is also a necessity. A seat harness only is for older kids who have clearly defined hips and good balance and core body strength. Can the child easily right themselves if they flip upside down? When in doubt stick with the full body harness or a seat and chest harness combo.5. Helmets are a must! Even if you as an adult choose to not wear a helmet at times your child needs to wear a properly fitted climbing helmet. Kids are often less coordinated and constantly adjusting to a growing body. They are more prone to trip or topple over and be less agile when they fall. Even when not climbing you need to have a master sense of awareness of potential rock fall or dropped objects by parties above you. I have seen a metal water bottle dropped at Looking Glass bounce off into the woods 30 feet from the base of the route. An easily recognizable and conservative zone should be established by you in which kids need to have their helmets on. Make it clear where they can go to take it off when needed.6. Keep it fun! Coaching and encouragement can get easily loaded with my own insecurities and frustrations. Trying to instill a love of climbing means figuring out why they might enjoy it and knowing that they do not have my same history with climbing. I will sometimes place a small toy or prize on a ledge or hold as a way of setting a fun goal for the kids to reach. Know when they are done and don’t push them too hard in the start. My ten year old will rarely climbed to the anchors or top. She is still developing her comfort with heights. If she wants to climb up ten feet and bounce around and swing on the rope that is what we will do. Pushing kids into their stretch zone of fear should be used like a spice. Sometimes a little is all you need.Climbing with my daughter and her friends is by far one of my greatest joys as a parent and lifelong climber. I see how it excites and inspires her and mostly is just flat out fun. As with all climbing skills the techniques I describe here are not something you should ever just wing it on. Practice when the kids are not around so that when you do use these tools you KNOW with certainty you are doing it right. If I am bumbling about and not showing confidence it certainly can make my child more afraid to trust the systems we are using. Seek qualified instruction from a certified instructor who is insured and properly permitted for the area they are working in. Don’t assume that everyone offering a service is properly trained and credentialed, Caveat Emptor. Most of all I hope that when you go climb with your family and friends children that you have fun together and enjoy quality time outdoors. I hope to see you out at the crag.Adrian Hurst is an instructor with Fox Mountain Guides, a North Carolina Outward Bound Climbing Specialist, and an Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team Board Member.
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