Dell EMC World Austin provided the perfect opportunity to announce the latest enhancements to the Dell EMC market-leading portfolio of data protection software. Data domain Virtual Edition 3.0 along with Enhanced Cloud data protection and manageability and Prosupport One for Data Center highlighted the latest announcements.Alex Almeida (@alxjalmeida), Manager, Technical Marketing for Data protection reviews the high-level announcements this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast. For the latest Dell EMC Data Protection announcements be sure to follow @DellEMCProtectDidn’t get a chance to visit Austin? You can check out all the keynotes and select breakouts sessions in the “Live” library hereDon’t forget to mark your calendars for Dell EMC World Las Vegas, May 8th – 11tt, 2016 at The Las Vegas Venetian.The Source Podcast: Episode #69: Dell EMC World Austin Data Protection UpdateAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_69_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Kelly Inman, Saint Mary’s class of ‘92, was at work last Friday morning when a coworker told her the news.The United States Supreme Court had just ruled that, under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, states had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Same-sex marriage was, in effect, legal in all 50 states.Inman, who lives in Indianapolis with her partner of 19 years, was so happy she said she had trouble concentrating for the rest of the day.“I’m 45 years old, so I’ve lived through times when I never thought I would see anything like this,” she said. “It’s been an amazing few days.”Inman met her partner, Desiree Inman, in 1996 in South Bend, and the two moved to Indianapolis in 2004. The two bought a house together, have joint bank accounts and share a last name — Kelly Inman legally changed hers from Smith.“We did everything we could to live together as a married couple,” she said.They couldn’t get married legally until October 2014, after a district court overturned a law restricting marriage to male-female couples. Even then, the couple decided to wait — there had been several appeals in the district court decision, and they weren’t certain their marriage would be recognized.On Friday, their legal position strengthened, since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal and that those marriages had to be recognized in every state.That recognition was especially important for Elena Misailedes and her girlfriend Christine Allen, both 2014 Notre Dame graduates. As California residents, they could already legally marry, but Milsailedes said both are thinking of graduate school, which might have taken them to a place where they could not.“It’s just nice to know that my future just got blown wide open,” she said. “I’m not looking at a map thinking, ‘Oh, I live here. So we’d have to live here to get married.’”As Inman and Misailedes celebrated in their respective states Friday, several students and alumni, including 2015 graduate Kathleen Schiavenza, did the same outside of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.Schiavenza, a summer intern for California Rep. Doris Matsui, said the gathering was large and diverse — she saw students, Human Rights Campaign workers, people who had waited years for a decision and people who happened by, all singing, chanting and waving flags.“It was such a loving and caring celebration,” she said. “Yes, there were the people and streets were blocked off and police were there but it was such an exciting and celebratory moment for people.”Senior Connor Hayes, co-vice president of PrismND and a summer intern at a progressive Washington think tank, was also in front of the Supreme Court building on Friday, watching everybody there, from students to a Baptist minister to a Catholic group and a Latino group, celebrate the decision.He said what surprised him was how quickly many in the crowed started talking about next steps, like ending job discrimination for LGBT people and ensuring protections for transgender women and LGBT people of color.“Marriage is great, but it’s this middle-class, often very white institution, so we have to transform the LGBT movement to work on other issues,” he said.As for marriage, Kelly Inman said she and Desiree are still not sure when they’ll get married — they want to “wait until the dust has settled,” she said.One possibility is next year, she said. It will be their 20th year together.Tags: LGBTQ, PrismND, SCOTUS, Supreme Court
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is part of a collaborative effort to develop a smart irrigation application for pecan farmers on smartphone devices.CAES, along with the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, are developing an app that will help growers increase pecan yields by using less water, according to Bill Liakos, assistant research scientist who is working with precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis on several similar projects on the UGA Tifton campus.“Smart irrigation is the new method of irrigation where you use technology and information and make more accurate and faster decisions,” Liakos said.The app for pecans, which is part of a two-year project, is still in the planning stages but will be released on both iOS and Android devices when finished. It’s the latest in a series of apps that UGA scientists, along with colleagues from the University of Florida, have released for various crops to help producers schedule irrigation more efficiently. Other crops include cotton, citrus, strawberries, vegetables and residential turfgrass.Liakos said an app for blueberries will be finalized in the upcoming weeks.“The apps require accurate rain data to perform well. If those data are available, then the user can expect significant improvement in their water use efficiency,” Vellidis said.Currently, pecan producers use subsurface irrigation systems, and many farmers have many acres spread out over multiple orchards. Because these irrigation systems must be turned on and off manually, this practice can be very time consuming and possibly unnecessary if the app recommends otherwise.If an app was available, growers would know when to schedule an irrigation event and for how long.“Everyone has a cell phone now, and a useful app such as this has the potential to save growers money and make it easier for them to be good stewards of the water resources we all depend on,” UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells said. “Pecan water use changes throughout the season. It’s relatively low early in the season and increases as the crop progresses. In the final month and a half of crop maturation, the water demand for pecans can be quite high.”Liakos said that the pecan app will use weather data from local and national weather data sets to forecast an irrigation schedule for the next seven days.“More or less, farmers will know how much water is going to be used daily by trees,” Liakos said.According to Wells, irrigation is the single most important factor in producing pecans. South Georgia farmers had to pay particularly close attention to irrigation management this fall during a prolonged dry period that spanned almost two months. If growers didn’t manage irrigation properly, they will likely see the impact during this year’s harvest season with lower yields and a reduction in quality.“There is no other input you can apply to pecans that will generate the returns that irrigation does. I tell growers all the time that if you have to choose between fertilizer and water, choose water,” Wells said. “Even with irrigation, when we have extended dry periods, you can have problems like we see this year — some early sprouting of nuts on the tree and a little nut abortion. But when you have dry weather in September without irrigation, you can have almost a total crop failure even if things looked great until then.”For more information on smart irrigation research, visit www.smartirrigationapps.org.