Jimmy Fallon is known for his musical parodies. Whether he’s making fun of Neil Young or Bob Dylan, Barry Gibb or Mick Jagger, Fallon loves a good parody of a music legend. Well, Fallon got a taste of his own medicine last night, as Saturday Night Live veteran and current star of The Last Man On Earth Will Forte stopped by The Tonight Show last night to poke a little fun at Gregg Allman.Portrayed as a special guest of The Roots, Forte fashioned himself as “Gregg Almond” from the “Almond Brothers”. Forte’s character claimed that the Allman Brothers are just a rip-off version of his Almond Brothers band and at one point he performs a joke-song with help from the band. There are a lot of almond/nut jokes and…well, I’ll let Forte and Fallon take it from here.See below for to watch Forte’s appearance as “Gregg Almond” on The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon.
At VMworld 2019, we held an expert round table designed to explore some of the salient topics. Half of the round table participants were Tech Field Day community members, and the remaining half were from Dell Technologies, VMware VeloCloud, and Intel. With ten panelists in total, the discussion was lively — and ranged from highly technical to practical.Here are my top five takeaways from the talk.1. Ask your cloud providers the hard questionsThere’s no magic blueprint for picking the right vendor or vendors, and no solution is one-size-fits all. The consensus was clear: you should focus on your business requirements when evaluating cloud providers. Doing this right means asking tough questions about where and how your data will go.Essentially, think of the cloud not as a place, but as an operating model. Find technology partners that can deliver not just the technology, but a model that aligns with your business.There were a few considerations that the panel agreed were important:How edge vs. cloud data is handled. What is processed on the edge, versus in the cloud?The physical location of cloud servers. It’s important for compliance with local regulations and for reducing latency for real-time decision making.The data center is an overlooked part of the cloud ecosystem that will make a difference for most organizations. Having a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that can automate, remove the burden of patching and infrastructure management, makes the on-premises experience more like the cloud by saving IT time and resources.2. Plan and build across cloudsOur panel agreed that any discussion on the merits of a single cloud vs. multiple cloud deployment misses the point. Like it or not, the hard fact is that most customers find their data and applications split across at least two clouds. For most companies, this was not a conscious choice but rather an accidental outcome driven by rapid organic cloud adoption, acquisition, or various other factors.The ease of setup with most cloud providers is almost a liability in this case. Departments can bypass IT, implement their own cloud provider for a departmental solution, and before long you have a fractured landscape. Like it or not, the business world often requires many clouds. By adopting a hybrid cloud model that offers consistency of management and easy workload migration across public and private clouds, you unlock the power of your cloud data.We agreed the solution is for strong ownership by IT, as well as effective communication between leaders across the organization. The role of IT implementers and developers will become more and more important as cloud services proliferate.For IT to keep that ownership and control, they must pivot to be seen as a deliverer of services, not a roadblock. There have to be enough people with the right knowledge to help support the organization. At Dell Technologies Cloud, we’ve seen that VMware’s training setup and the sheer volume of knowledge they have, make it a strong platform for establishing a digital business.3. Understand your security postureMost of the panel agreed that it was on organizations to treat all clouds as a zero-trust environment. Organizations are getting into trouble when it comes to establishing security best practices across so many environments. They must strive to deliver consistent security tools and extend their security best practices across all these clouds.That makes sense, because every cloud provider has some type of Shared Responsibility Model. Overall, cloud vendors are doing well holding up their end of the bargain, but customers need to be more aware of their responsibilities, and more consistent in implementing them.The goal should be to establish a standard security operating procedure that can be applied uniformly. Then, you can add additional measures depending on a specific provider.We’re starting to see, however, that just grafting on security measures isn’t going to be sufficient forever. The next movement is intrinsic security, that’s built into all aspects of a platform. VMware has been moving in that direction, and is enabling Dell Technologies Cloud to create a platform that ensures security across all customers’ cloud providers.4. Take a long-term approach to containerizationThe experts agreed that the shift from virtual machine to container is far trickier than moving from physical hardware to virtual machines. Container architecture requires considerable retrofitting for legacy applications; it’s almost easier to throw everything existing out and design from scratch for containers than it is to adapt existing apps.That said, we agreed that the business benefits from a move to containers will be worth the effort in the long run, but, existing legacy applications will remain in place for some time. Containers provide the ability to identify bottlenecks in your network or architecture and scale them out, with virtually infinite scalability.As a panel, we agreed that most businesses aren’t making containers a top priority. We also observed that it’s a tough transition to make without outside help. It’s best to start small and try a few pilot projects first.VMware and Dell Technologies Cloud are both working on infrastructure that will enable our customers to rapidly onboard containers in a way that is less disruptive, and reduces the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain these environments.5. Create a simple, consistent hybrid cloud with VMware + Dell Technologies CloudA big area of focus for our panel was on how companies could get more from their clouds. The great promise of the cloud was always about providing a simpler way of handling data: centralized and effortless, a virtual, “garden of Eden,” as one panelist put it.Why have we fallen so short of this ideal? For most companies, cloud deployments have answered some questions, but also created new ones. Getting it all to work together is now the great challenge.Clouds can offer immense value but only when deployed as part of an effective strategy that spans all environments. Every company comes to the cloud with their own priorities, needs, and context. From our discussion, however, it was clear that the desire for simplicity and consistency is nearly universal.A consistent hybrid cloud can remove a lot of that complexity and provide a more easily managed, business aligned, and secure cloud experience. That is why Dell is working with VMWare to modernize operations, reduce costs and redefine networking for the multi-cloud world.What are your top cloud insights or best practices?Listen to the Cloud conversation i recently had with analysts Pat Moorhead and Daniel Newman:The Six Five Special Insider Edition featuring Dell Technologies Watch these in-depth Cloud interviews with Dell Tech Cloud experts hosted by CTO Advisor Keith Townsend: Dell Technologies Cloud UpdateDell Technologies Cloud Storage Learn about our key announcements at VMWorld 2019 Dell Technologies Cloud Accelerates Customers’ Multi-Cloud JourneyDell Technologies Advances Software-Defined Networking with Dell EMC and VMware Co-Developed SolutionsDell Technologies Cloud Advancements Deliver New Kubernetes Support and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Options
Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil is set to become Arsenal’s record signing after agreeing a deal to join the Premier League club.The Germany international, currently on duty with Joachim Low’s squad, is set to take a medical in Munich before signing a five-year contract, according to a report in Bild.The midfielder is set to earn a yearly salary of £6 million at Arsenal where he will be reunited with former Werder Bremen team-mate Per Mertesacker and fellow Germany international Lukas Podolski in a deal believed to be worth £42.5 million.The move comes at the end of a transfer window which has seen Arsenal frustrated by their failure to land Gonzalo Higuain, who left Real for Napoli, or Luis Suarez, who is likely to remain with Liverpool.The current transfer record for a German player is held by Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze, who made a £31.4m switch from Borussia Dortmund to the Treble holders earlier in the summer.At the weekend, Ozil did not feature in the Real side that beat Bilbao 3-1 at the Bernabeu but Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had rejected claims that the omission of Ozil had been transfer-related. “It is normal that he [Ozil] is unhappy,” Ancelotti said. “I do not like players to be happy on the bench. It was a technical decision to put in [Angel] Di Maria, who has a lot of rhythm and intensity, nothing more.”Last week, Ozil had claimed he had no plans of leaving Real, saying: “I feel really good at Madrid. I have a contract here until 2016.“I feel very good here and get on really well with my team-mates. I want success here. There has been a lot written in the media, talk of some other options, but I have a contract and I am staying with Real Madrid.”
The defeat marked the team’s fourth straight loss and league-leading 12th shorthanded goal allowed. It was also Kessel’s fourth consecutive game without recording a point, as he last recorded a pair of assists in a Feb. 1 win over the Senators. His last goal came Jan. 30 in a victory over the Lightning.“I don’t know why I can’t get anything going,” Kessel said. “But one of these days, it will come.”Kessel, 31, is still having a solid season with 57 points through 55 games played. Phil Kessel can’t seem to climb out of his slump.The Penguins winger was candid with reporters following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Lightning, admitting he just hasn’t been himself lately.“I mean, I just can’t get anything going right now,” Kessel said, via The Athletic. “I’d say I’ve had some good games and some bad games since the break. But it hasn’t been good enough. I need to be better. Obviously, I need to be better.”