first_img Facebook “Doing Business in Donegal” taking place today The success of the small and medium enterprises sector in Donegal is being highlighted today at a showcase in Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel.This is the latest “Doing Business in Donegal” event organised by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office.Businesses from across the county are gathering for what’s being presented as both a networking opportunity and trade fair. The event is trade only until 12 noon, and then open to the public until 5.Last years event was solely limited to businesses only, but Deputy Local Enterprise Officer Ursula Donnelly says this year the participants wanted something more…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – November 28, 2014 WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Homepage BannerNews Facebook Previous articleCouncillor calls for action on the illegal dumping of tarNext articleLGH should benefit from HSE Service Plan announcement – Mc Hugh News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

first_imgManual work for firmware updates and patches has mostly gone away. It used to take five days and 12 hours of downtime for system updates.  Now we manage them through Vision with the VCE Release Certification Matrix (RCM), which does the hard work for us—all the latest updates are already documented and tested by VCE.  So we now complete the RCM process in one day with zero downtime. Academic research these days is a 24/7 business, especially in the world of communication. News, information, and social trends are constantly developing around the world. Researchers at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication are immersed in a sea of big data generated by Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, along with traditional broadcast media, websites, and publications. With this kind of environment, you just imagine the intense demands placed our IT organization.With our previous infrastructure, our small IT team spent most of their time just keeping the lights green. System maintenance tasks like firmware updates required us to bring down systems, which meant students and faculty couldn’t access email, research databases, and other online services. With students having so many competing research, teaching and personal priorities, they needed to get their academic work done at any time—day or night.So there never was a “convenient” time to schedule maintenance. To minimize the impact, in IT we would work on weekends and holidays when we’d rather be home with our families. Since schedules for students and faculty don’t follow the typical workweek, even weekend downtime could be disruptive to both their productivity and personal time. We had to find a better way that kept essential services online and didn’t steal family and personal time for IT staff, students and faculty. After evaluating various options, we decided to replace our old systems with a converged infrastructure from VCE.We deployed two Vblock Systems in an active-active configuration and VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software to monitor and manage the environment, which is 99% virtualized with VMware. One of the great things about Vision is that we plug it into VMware vCenter for a single view of our converged infrastructure, virtual machines, and applications. These include a 250-user VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and an ASP.NET MVC development environment.Here are just a few of the things we’ve accomplished with Vblock Systems and Vision:Vision has helped us automate some extremely time-intensive system monitoring tasks. For example, we used to spend 10-15 hours weekly on things like health checks. Now it only takes an hour or two. Vblock Systems enabled Annenberg to create a Twitter repository that captures 1% of all global tweets 24/7. This provides doctoral students and faculty with invaluable data on social trends and perspectives to aid their research.The reliable performance and management ease of Vblock Systems, Vision, and RCM returned hours to our day, so we can handle more big data projects with our same small IT team. We now focus on innovation and what’s next instead of constantly tuning systems. Most importantly, this year our IT team will get to be home for the holidays.If you’d like to learn more about how we are using VCE technology at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, check out our case study and customer success video.center_img Our researchers are extremely happy with the new private cloud environment. Since moving to Vblock Systems, application performance has been tremendous. Users stream YouTube videos, open files, and synch email faster than ever.last_img read more

first_img800response, the Burlington, Vermont headquartered provider of vanity 800 numbers and web-based call tracking, announced today that the company is donating seven thousand dollars to charitable organizations throughout the state in support of the local communities and families affected by Hurricane Irene.Following the storm, the volunteer committee at 800response began circulating weekly updates on community-organized volunteer activities that were taking place within the local community. ‘Thankfully, we did not have any employees severely affected by the storm. As a group, we were able to lend our time, support and funds to various organized events throughout the area that were helping these communities clean up and rebuild in the wake of the storm,’ says Laura Noonan, vice president of marketing and corporate communications. Employees of 800response participated in numerous volunteer initiatives, donating clothes, food, funds and manpower during the most dire time, immediately following the storm.With the colder weather approaching, and recognizing that many families are still trying to recover, the company announced an initiative in November to their group of 40 employees: 800response would match employee donations two dollars for every one dollar pledged. In all, the company raised $7,000 through this effort.‘The holidays are a hard time for many, and this year will be especially difficult for those families who have lost their homes or suffered extreme damage from Hurricane Irene. We are a fortunate group to not have been directly affected, and we’re taking that good fortune and doing what we can to share it with others,’ says Noonan.The funds raised by 800response and the company’s employees will be donated to multiple organizations, including Revitalizing Waterbury, Vermont & The New Hampshire Valley Red Cross, Vermont Foodbank, Spring Hill Horse Rescue, Waterbury Area Food Shelf, Duxbury Elf’s Shelf, and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund c/o the United Way of Vermont.For more than 20 years,800response has maintained the widest selection of true vanity 800 numbers available today, operating out of their headquarters in downtown Burlington, VT. The company offers these dynamic advertising tools to businesses throughout North America to help them drive increases in advertising response rates, improve ROI, and track cost-per-lead. 800response services include a sophisticated Call Routing platform, Real-time Call Tracking reports, and Call Monitoring services like Call Recording, CallFinder Speech-Detection, and Missed Call Monitor.BURLINGTON, VT ‘ December 29, 2011last_img read more