New Belgium Brewing Taps into the Benefits of Hybrid IT

first_imgWhen you visit New Belgium Brewing Company, the aromas make it easy to anticipate the taste that awaits you in a sample glass of beer. And standing beside the massive vats and kettles, you get a true sense of the hard work required to provide that taste. However, you may not understand the important role IT plays in helping to deliver that world-class beer.New Belgium Brewing’s IT Director, Trevor Morrison and his incredibly talented IT team supports the 4th largest craft brewer in the US, while expanding operations on a global scale. According to Morrison, the company’s employees are a unique set of folks with a passion for brewing and a strong commitment to New Belgium’s business model of sustainability and social responsibility.In the highly competitive craft beer landscape, improving efficiency and achieving cost savings are key for success. New Belgium constantly looks for ways to make better use of materials, reduce energy consumption and minimize its impact on the environment. IT plays an essential role in every phase of beer making, from procuring the raw materials and maintaining exceptional quality control, to marketing and managing the business.As New Belgium’s business was expanding, they jumped on the bandwagon with a cloud service provider to help manage their growing IT requirements. As they expanded their operations and added a new brewing facility, New Belgium realized that a high-performance, on-premises solution would be much more efficient. Going through a third-party took more time for upgrades and management, and the New Belgium team found they could do the work themselves much faster without paying for services they didn’t need. As a result, the company moved their core business applications back on site while relying on the public cloud for less critical applications with Office 365.New Belgium chose Dell EMC PowerEdge servers as the underlying infrastructure to provide the foundation for the brewing process, handling everything from tweaking recipes, opening and closing valves, and managing temperatures. PowerEdge servers also support the increasing requirements for applications and data, allowing the team to achieve greater control over data integrity and security while improving application speed and reducing IT costs. The company runs sophisticated workloads, such as ERP and CRM systems, SQL databases, SharePoint, and Skype for Business for general operations and to support their growing need for data analytics.New Belgium’s on-premise servers and time-saving management tools—including Dell EMC OpenManage and iDRAC—have also cut costs substantially compared to an off-site public cloud facility.With the on-premise solution, New Belgium has:Lowered annual operational costs by 66%Reduced provisioning time by 90%Improved support ticket resolutions by 80%As the craft beer marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, New Belgium Brewing continues to evolve while leveraging technology to develop world-class craft beers and meet market demand in the most efficient and effective way. Read our new case study to see how we helped them to make it happen.Make plans to join us at Dell Technologies World 2019 and meet the New Belgium Team in person! We’ll be hosting an exclusive New Belgium Brewing Happy Hour every afternoon from the show floor in the PowerEdge booth. Follow @DellEMCservers to stay in the loop.last_img read more

Checkmate: Dell Has the Industry’s Most Secure PCs

first_imgHow prepared are you to protect your company’s most important asset – its data? Before you answer, consider the facts:Hackers stole nearly 447 million records containing sensitive personal information in 20181Every 60 seconds, $1.1 million is lost to cyberattacks2The average cost of cybercrime for an organization was $13 million in 20183These statistics are daunting, and the rate at which they continue is proof that organizations are missing something when it comes to security. But rest assured, you can have peace of mind.Because endpoint security is so complex and constantly evolving, there’s no silver bullet. But it’s important to start at the foundation. While the rest of the PC industry prioritizes security applications and defenses that sit above the PC operating system (OS), Dell Technologies fortifies the device deep within the endpoint, starting below the OS. This is where Dell Technologies sets itself apart, delivering the industry’s most secure PCs – hands down.How can we make such a bold claim? It’s all in our approach and way we architect a system of security measures, built from the inside out.Secure the Control Tower Many security vendors approach security as a layer that sits above the device as software; however, our approach starts at the deepest layer of the device – the BIOS, which acts as the air traffic-control tower, ensuring all the PC hardware works in concert. It’s essentially the king of the chessboard. Protecting the BIOS is critical for all devices because if an attacker gains access to this level of the PC, it’s checkmate my friend, and the infiltrator can do just about anything with the device on the network.To guard the PC BIOS from tampering and cyberattacks from the inside out, Dell Trusted Devices give customers the ability to choose their recovery options versus a mandatory refresh, a reckless practice that’s often used by others. Think of it this way – if a burglar broke into your house, wouldn’t you want to investigate how the break-in occurred to prevent it from happening again and make sure that criminal is put behind bars so no one else experiences the same crime? Dell helps you sleuth and strengthen your PC, from the foundation up. Prevent Credential StealingUser credentials are the skeleton key to the network kingdom, making them highly desirable to attackers. Some organizations store and secure user credentials via software, versus hardware, but this approach leaves important credentials vulnerable. When an attacker compromises a PC and gains access to user credentials, they have broad access to the network and can launch more attacks from within. Credential storage in software opens the door for serious side-channel attacks and other credential theft tactics.Only Dell provides secure credential storage in an isolated security chip for better credential protection. Dell’s security chip facilitates an authentication “handshake” directly in the hardware so that credentials are never exposed within software.Block Sophisticated Threats While security starts within the device from the inside out, cyber threats continue to grow and get more sophisticated. This doesn’t mean you’re forced to layer on piecemeal security solutions and cobble together an approach from multiple vendors. Only Dell Technologies unites hardware security with software and services to help you better protect your business. Here’s how we take our built-in security another step forward:We simplify threat management so organizations can prevent, detect and respond quickly and efficiently to threats, keeping devices free from malware and cyber attacks. Workers can stay productive and free from the disruption a security incident can cause.In the event of a serious security incident, organizations can tap into highly trained incident response specialists from Secureworks for expert support before, during and after a security incident.Encryption software protects data on the device and in the cloud, all without disrupting user productivity.Shield from Prying EyesCompanies trust their employees to keep confidential information safe. Every time a worker turns on their PC and accesses information, they create an opportunity for a nearby wandering eye to compromise sensitive data – especially for remote workers, who are growing in number every day.For a final layer of data privacy, Dell’s built-in privacy screen lets PC users control their screens’ viewing angles to protect sensitive data. With the push of a button, the display’s backlight adjusts for optimal privacy. No longer do you have to worry about wandering eyes in the airport or coffee shop sneaking a glimpse of next year’s product roadmap or your latest bank statement.Tomorrow brings an ever-evolving universe of threats, and the most effective endpoint security will adapt quickly to defend against the unknown. Dell Technologies’ continued investment in security innovation helps us stay ahead of others – but most importantly – makes our customers the most secure.1 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report from the Identity Theft Resource Center2 RiskIQ 2018 Evil Internet Minute Report3Cost of Cybercrime Study 2019 Security_ProductSecurity_ProductVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 18.97%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Cyber Resilience Is More Than Just Defending Against Threats

first_imgCompanies list cyberattacks, IT downtime, and leaked data as the greatest threats to their business operations according to the “2020 Allianz Risk Barometer.” What’s more, hardly anyone could have anticipated a global pandemic that would temporarily paralyze parts of the economy. As a result, many companies will reassess their risks, with the likelihood of even more emphasis on cybersecurity, because working from home in particular has increased companies’ dependence on digital infrastructures while simultaneously increasing their vulnerability. Cybercriminals recognized this fact during the early stages of the pandemic, and attacks have been on the rise ever since.Not only has the number of attacks increased, but also the quality of these attacks. Cybercriminals can use the dark web to access a broad range of cyberattack tools that were previously only available to major hacker groups and nation-states. SMEs are also being subjected to very complex cyberattacks. However, they are often negligent about IT security and reliability because they lack know-how, personnel, or financial resources.In doing so, they underestimate or overlook how expensive security incidents and interruptions to IT operations are. According to the “Global Data Protection Index: New 2020 Snapshot” from Dell Technologies, the estimated cost of data loss is more than $1 million and the cost of IT downtime more than $800,000. Which means that it is a good investment to spend the money on data and infrastructure protection.The question remains, where should it be invested? Traditional concepts and solutions work to a limited degree due to increasingly distributed infrastructures with a remote workforce and the use of cloud services. Of course, there’s no getting around the basic necessity of quick and reliable installation of security updates, because most cyberattacks exploit software vulnerabilities. The mail infrastructure must be protected because e-mail is the main port of entry for malware and phishing attempts. Still, having an up-to-date backup is your company’s best insurance against ransomware and hardware downtimes.Nevertheless, the modern world of work also requires new concepts and technologies. The protection of digital identities, the granting of rights, and monitoring access are among the priorities because the boundaries of the corporate network are becoming. Zero-trust concepts and multi-factor authentication, for example, can help here. In addition, the focus can no longer be on providing defense against threats alone; it needs to be expanded to include detection and response to cyberattacks. In this context, AI and automation are invaluable. They relieve the burden on the employees in IT security departments and help if it becomes necessary to quickly initiate countermeasures to minimize damage and downtimes. It’s the only way of achieving real cyber resilience.Furthermore, as we have seen in the current global pandemic, companies need emergency plans with thought-out and proven procedures they can fall back on in crises so they do not have to improvise at the last minute. Sending employees home to work remotely is an example of one such improvisation. The option of working from home should be integrated into a company’s overall security concept as quickly as possible. Additionally, employees need clear guidelines and training to enable them to securely handle data and company applications in a responsible manner when working from home.In the future, IT security must be an integral part of all IT projects, regardless of whether they involve employees working from home, the modernization of the infrastructure, or the introduction of a new cloud service. After all, cybercrime is a business that generates billions in revenue and is constantly evolving, which is why companies need to also consider IT security from the outset and view it as a process that is constantly reviewed and continuously improved.last_img read more

China derecognizes British National Overseas passport

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China says it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong residents a route to residency and eventual citizenship. The announcement Friday by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson throws up new uncertainty around the plan just hours after the U.K. said it would begin taking applications for what are called BNO visas starting from late Sunday. Under the plan, as many as 5.4 million Hong Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the U.K. for five years then apply for citizenship. Demand soared after Beijing last year imposed a sweeping new national security law on the former British colony.last_img read more

Indian economy shrinks 7.7% in fiscal 2020-21 amid pandemic

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India estimates its economy contracted by 7.7% in the 2020-21 financial year, battered by the coronavirus pandemic. But a government economic survey says it will likely bounce back, growing 11% in the fiscal year that begins in April. India’s economy contracted 7.5% in the July-September quarter following a record slump of nearly 24% in the previous three months that pulled the country into a recession. India last suffered a recession in 1979-80 after an oil shock. The current downturn followed a strict two-month lockdown imposed across the country beginning in March to combat the pandemic. It triggered massive unemployment in small and medium-sized businesses and left farmers in distress.last_img read more

Activists: Next Columbus police chief must be an outsider

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Community activists critical of policing in Ohio’s largest city say its next chief must come from outside the agency. Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther says Columbus residents have lost faith in Chief Thomas Quinlan and has demoted him. Chenelle Jones is a college dean who served on Ginther’s police reform commission. She said Friday that the new chief must come from outside of the state to stay clear of the agency’s culture of policing. Ginther says he plans a national search to replace Ginther. Other activists say a national search should not end in another internal hire like Quinlan’s.last_img read more

Mexico protests French auction of pre-Hispanic artifacts

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has lodged a protest with the French government over a planned auction in Paris of about 30 pre-Hispanic sculptures and other artifacts. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said Tuesday that it also filed a criminal complaint, arguing it is illegal to export or sell such pieces. Christies of Paris says it will auction 39 artifacts Feb. 9, including “an impressive” 1,500-year-old stone mask from Teotihuacan and a “majestic,” equally ancient statue of the fertility goddess Cihuateotl, apparently from the Totonaco culture. The Mexican institute says about 30 of the pieces appear to be genuine, but accuses the auction house of putting some fakes up for bid as well.last_img read more

Zipcars give a greener alternative

first_imgA global company with an earth-friendly agenda has come to campus. Zipcars, the world’s largest car-sharing program, now has four cars on Notre Dame’s campus, Erin Hafner said. Hafner is the programs manager for the Office of Sustainability. “We had several requests from students and student groups to offer a car-sharing programs,” she said. The program opened Thursday, with an event at South Dining Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where students could register on-site and win giveaways. The event was originally located at Fieldhouse Mall but was moved due to rain. There will also be an identical event today. The program is available for anyone on campus older than 18 with a driver’s license, Hafner said. The company covers insurance, gas, 180 miles each day, reserved parking spots, roadside assistance, cleaning and maintenance. There’s even a gas card in the visor to fill up when around town. “We’re hoping as it’s more popular student will come to campus not bringing cars,” Hafner said. The program states for every Zipcar used, 15 to 20 cars are taken off the road. “We’re hoping it fulfills the 15 to 20 vehicles,” Hafner said. “Think of students bringing vehicles to campus – they sit there. They’re only used a few times during campus. These are opportunities to use Zipcars.” Hafner said she hopes parents also see Zipcar as an alternative to sending their children to school with cars. The cars on campus are all low-emission vehicles. Two Toyota Priuses, named Paddy and Perpetua, and two Scion Xbs, named Bree and Blarney, now call Notre Dame home. Zipcar normally requires a $25 registration fee and a $50 annual fee. Anyone affiliated with Notre Dame registers through, where the annual registration fee is $35, with $35 driving credit added toward the first month of driving, according to a press release. After students, faculty or staff register, they receive a “Zipcard” in the mail, which looks like a credit card and has a built-in microchip. After registration, users reserve cars through the company’s website. Once approaching the cars, which are located in the old Juniper Road parking lot near Stepan Center, the microchip in the Zipcard unlocks the door. Cars rent for $8 an hour Monday through Friday, with a maximum of $66 per day charged. On weekends the cost rises to $9 an hour, with a maximum charge of $72. Hafner said users with iPhones can download an application to rent cars and open vehicles directly from their phone. “It’s important to know you have to be on time with returning the vehicle,” Hafner said. “They give you plenty of options to extend your time, but there is a fee associated with it.” Hafner said when participants in the program reach the age of 21, they can share any Zipcar globally. “You can fly to Paris and use a Zipcar,” she said. The decision to work with Zipcar instead of other car-sharing programs was simple, Hafner said. “Zipcar has been around the longest — they have the most robust program,” she said. “Their main business is car-sharing, not car rentals with some dealing in car-sharing. They have the largest program and the biggest fleet.”last_img read more

Congregation celebrates 175th anniversary

first_imgAs the Congregation of Holy Cross celebrates its 175th anniversary today, its enduring influence on Notre Dame’s international vision and commitment to Catholic education and service is readily apparent.  University President Fr. John Jenkins said the anniversary signifies the strength of the consistent mission of Holy Cross in relation to the legacy of the University it established in 1842. “It is deeply satisfying to serve a congregation that has maintained a seamless continuity with our founder’s vision for the past 175 years,” Jenkins said. ‘The anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate our past and renew our commitment to education, inquiry and service to the Church and the world.” Fr. Jim Connelly, a Congregation historian, said its 1837 establishment by Fr. Basil Moreau in LeMans, France, laid the foundation for the group’s forays into international mission work and Catholic education.  In 1841, Holy Cross brothers ventured from Europe to start schools in southern Indiana at the request of a group of French bishops, Connelly said, which led to the founding of the University in November 1842 when several brothers and priests migrated north. “There was only one school needed in Vincennes, so the bishop made a deal with Fr. [Edward] Sorin and the Holy Cross brothers: if they came to northern Indiana, he would give them the land to which he held title to start a school,” Connelly said. A contingent of Holy Cross sisters arrived at Notre Dame in 1843, and they immediately recruited local women to join their community and established a school in Bertrand, Mich., which would eventually become Saint Mary’s College, Connelly said. Holy Cross, whose American headquarters are at Notre Dame, also played a role in American Civil War history, as several priests and sixty sisters served the Union army as chaplains and nurses, Connelly said.  Connelly said the national impact of the Congregation and Notre Dame was amplified during the early 20th century with the success of legendary football coach Knute Rockne. “Immense publicity was brought to Notre Dame with its football success, so that increased enrollment to the thousands and attracted students from around the country,” he said. The onset of World War II nearly forced the University to shut down due to lack of male students, but the implementation of an accelerated Naval officer training program kept campus alive during wartime, Connelly said. Despite these wartime challenges, Connelly said Holy Cross continued its reputation as a leader of Catholic education throughout the world, including such institutions of higher education as St. Edward’s University, the University of Portland, King’s College and Stonehill College. “Because of Holy Cross’s good reputation in establishing Notre Dame, the Congregation was invited to open other schools around the country,” he said. “Some Holy Cross priests are parish priests, but education has been the primary focus here and in missions abroad.” Beginning with the foundation of the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh in 1853, the Congregation has maintained a strong international presence in several countries, including Chile, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, India, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines.  Connelly said these missions focus on the development of secondary schools and parishes, and the work of Holy Cross religious has paved the way for Notre Dame students to serve abroad. “Many of the programs that have developed at Notre Dame started because they went to places where the Congregation was active, such as east Africa and Chile,” Connelly said. Fr. Sean McGraw, a Notre Dame graduate and professor of political science, said the international influence of the Congregation is embedded in the mission of the University, and this connection came to life during his visits to Holy Cross missions in Chile, India and Haiti. “In each of these three places I was struck by the joy of the people there and their commitment to serving the poor and serving in schools,” McGraw said. “To be able to see people filled with so much joy working in challenging situations was a powerful witness that we’re part of something bigger, and Holy Cross allows us to remember we’re an international community.” McGraw holds a unique connection to the University, as he has lived out the Holy Cross mission as an undergraduate, a co-founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a seminarian and now as a professor.  “When I came back to start ACE, I realized the wonderful power of education as a transformative force in the world. As a seminarian, I came to know a deeper sense of how everything we do is rooted in Christ and the Gospel,” he said. “Now, as a teacher, I integrate all of those things.” Through these varied experiences, McGraw said he has come to understand the meaning of the shared mission of Holy Cross and Notre Dame to educate the mind and heart. “That’s one of the things you always hear about Holy Cross. We teach, reside, pray, celebrate and do things with students, and the community here gives us the opportunity to live that mission, so hopefully we are witnesses of that,” he said. “Holy Cross has had a strong relationship with the laity by forging its mission with the people we live and serve with, which is one of the great legacies of the mission of Holy Cross at Notre Dame.” Citing the University’s founder as an influence for his vision as an educator today, McGraw said Fr. Sorin’s personal vision of Notre Dame as a beacon of light and hope in the world resonates in his relationship with students. “I love the notion of seeing the light and giving them hope,” he said. “That’s what we still try to do here, especially in education. We try to help each student discover their passions, their own light.”last_img read more

ND plans for games at night

first_imgAfter the success of last year’s night game against USC, the Notre Dame football team will add two home night games to the upcoming season. According to a University press release, Notre Dame will host Michigan on September 22 at night, while the game against Miami at Chicago’s Soldier Field will also be held at night. Mike Seamon, the associate vice president for campus safety, said the game day operations team started to prepare for this season’s night games as soon as they were confirmed. “We’ll look to build on the successes of last year’s night game, while trying to identify any new opportunities to improve the game day experience,” he said. “Last year, we had additional staff, fire department personnel, medical teams, parking personnel, police, on hand throughout the day and the night to help all the fans and guests.” Sophomore Kristen Jackson said she is most excited for the night game against Michigan this coming season. “I’m excited for the Michigan game because my parents went to Michigan for college,” she said. Sophomore Matt Hayes said he is most excited to watch the Irish play in a large venue in a big city. “I got to go to the Army game, so I’m really pumped to see us play in a legit stadium at night,” he said. Seamon also looks forward to another game under the lights. “I enjoyed seeing the University showcased in prime time on national television,” he said. “The night game provides the University an opportunity to tell its story to an even broader audience.  A game at Notre Dame Stadium under the lights is a pretty special experience.”   Even though night games are a fan favorite, they are not going to be heavily integrated into future Notre Dame football schedules, senior associate athletic director for media relations John Heisler said. “For a variety of reasons, the University is not looking for a steady diet of home football night games,” he said. “However the response to the Notre Dame-USC game last year proved favorable and that certainly played a major role in consideration of another home night game for 2012.” Even though the University does not plan on adding more night games in the future, many students would like to see more on the schedule. “The energy is just a lot better,” sophomore Noah Rangel said. “You have more time to get into the game.” Freshman Max Brown also wants to see more games played at night. “A night game is a really cool experience, he said. “I mean, they already have the lights there.” Contact Anna Boarini at aboari01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more