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A Data Center We Can Be Proud OfA Data Center We Can Be Proud Of

first_imgDespite the progress made in Liberia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, there are just a few locations that we can refer to as data centers. We have server rooms or Main Distribution Facilities/Frames (MDFs) or Intermediate Distribution Facilities/Frames (IDFs) where servers are stored along with networking equipment. But the real data center facility to host real enterprise servers are either not available or just not a ubiquitous phenomenon. If you do find a good data center in Liberia, it may most likely not meet the operational and capacity requirements of the ideal data center. In today’s article, I discuss the need to design and build data centers with the types of flexibility and scalability that characterize an ideal data center. Focus is placed on location, building selection, floor layout, electrical system design, mechanical design and modularity.The overarching rule in data center facilities is to design for flexibility and scalability. This rule embraces several key principles in the site location, building selection, floor layout, electrical system design, mechanical design and the concept of modularity that enables the data center facility to change and adapt as needed, with minimum renovation and change to basic building systems.In view of the above, we (ICT managers, policy makers, et al) need to start planning our data centers in a way that enables them to achieve the operational and capacity requirements that conform to international standards and best practices. The planning stages must take seriously the human and technical aspects of the data center. For example, technologies such as blade servers that require substantial incremental power and cooling capacity, changes in operational procedures, and potential changes in safety and security regulations must always been considered during the planning stages.Our data centers must be planned in a way that enhances operational efficiency, safety and security. Data centers should be “glass fronted” with fire protection mechanisms to meet the appropriate fire ratings. All materials including cables and cable ducts must be flame – retardant and halon free.Flame resistant ceiling should be part of this implementation, so too must there be a proper earthing for all metallic material including all racks, rack doors, rack side walls, raised floor stands and cable ducts based on international standards and norms. The paint used in the data center must be flame-retardant and all rack cabling must be done under raised floors. Wall openings and ceilings must also be closed with fire proofed material so that the data center is totally protected against fire, smoke and from water outside.Furniture in the data center must be fire protected as well. This clearly means no wooden desks, packages, or storage should be situated in the data center. There has to be no flammable equipment stored in the data center. In addition to this, there must be an automatic fire extinguishing system and additional cameras for monitoring as well as a leak detection system.Electrical services must be capable of providing a safe sustainable power source in order to maintain the operation of the equipment. Power must be provided for regular operations and UPS distribution for all equipment. The overall power requirements for a data centers vary. When considering power options, it is good to subsume efficiency as an essential way of keeping costs low, although, trying to keep cost too low where it impacts power and cooling could be disastrous.Still on the issue of power, servers consume the majority of energy in a data center – primarily in the processors and memory components. Organizations can gain significant energy efficiency by utilizing more efficient models of servers. Taking a look at integrated infrastructures like Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) might be a good idea.As for security, card readers or biometric system must be put in place for security especially at all points of entry. This system must be connected to an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) at all times.It is rare to see raised floors in server rooms or de facto data centers in Liberia. Raised floors are important hence they installed with Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) surfaces. Raised floors should be fire proofed and electrically continuous throughout and should be bonded to earth due to manufacturer recommendation. Each bond shall be made to the floor pedestal utilizing proprietary cable clamps.Ventilation or a proper air conditioning system is crucial to the data center’s operation and therefore, a steady temperature and humidity must be maintained. To maintain a steady temperature and humidity, a Network Management Software/system may be required. This is imperative and not an option! In addition high class fire proofed cabinet for data tapes and other storage devices must be used. The data center must be equipped with telephones and a proper labelling and documentation system must put in place.Finally modern data center design involves planning carefully for the center’s location, hardware and building infrastructure. It’s certainly not as simple as initiative. Also, personnel of the data center are the ones who manage the day-to-day operations, including critical building systems, maintenance, repair and the contracting for specialized services, including physical security, cleaning, grounds maintenance. It is therefore particularly important that they work closely with procurement specialists in reviewing vendor product specifications relating to power requirements, redundancy features, floor loading factors, and issues relating to space and cooling. With the advent of high-density servers, problems with heat and power demand can wreak havoc with facilities power and cooling systems. A data center is an important and critical area in ICT/IT. It must be well designed, built and maintained for optimum performanceShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img…Cheddi JaganDavid Granger is a historian and therefore he knows more than most about historiography that goes beyond the cliché about history being written by the victors. He’d know about the groundbreaking work by the Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillet, whose book Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History opened up the wider public’s eye to the phenomenon of “silencing” and its use in creating narratives by silencing other stories.“Silencing” as used by Trouillet is not merely inadvertently leaving out facts or because one doesn’t consider them “important” – it’s a conscious, deliberate act intended to deny the “silenced” any agency in history. From that standpoint, silencing is an act of violence – an epistemic one, as pointed out by Gaytri Spivak, since the public is being denied knowledge of the complete truth. Granger deployed “silencing”, when, in the capacity of President of the Guyanese Republic, he delivered the feature address at the dedication of the Indian Arrival Monument (IAM) at Palymra in Berbice.It was a very comprehensive overview of Indian contributions to Guyana, as Granger took pains to mention Indian Guyanese who were outstanding in various fields of endeavour, he even noted the work of Dr Deborah Persaud in medicine. Persaud left Guyana when she was 16 and achieved fame in 2014 when she was part of a team at Johns Hopkins who confirmed the first “cure” of an Aids patient. Not many Guyanese know of her.But Granger omitted the field of politics and in doing so omitted the name of Dr Cheddi Jagan, the Indian Guyanese who made the greatest contribution to that field. And it’s not by chance that Jagan was silenced, but because in the narrative Granger wants to construct, to praise Cheddi Jagan would in his estimation diminish his great hero, Forbes Burnham. It’s as plain and simple as that!! It was a mean-spirited act that ripped away the mask of urbanity Granger adopts for the public’s consumption.How could he not mention the man who was the first to introduce multiracial politics in Guyana with the formation of the Political Affairs Committee in 1947, which fired the imagination of the young intellectuals – urban and rural as with Martin Carter, Eusi Kwayana and Balram Singh Rai? How could he not mention the man who pioneered the People’s Progressive Party and asked Ashton Chase to step aside for the newly-minted lawyer Forbes Burnham, who’d been recommended by the British Communist Party??But that’s the nub of the problem, isn’t it?? Burnham suffers by comparison with Jagan as so must be silenced!“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”…protests over CJIA’s scandalYour Eyewitness is waiting with bated breath for the “value for money” audit the Auditor General will be conducting on the new CJIA terminal we were supposed to get for shelling out US$150 million!! Your Eyewitness recently left and returned via this boondoggle and believe him, it’s a crying shame what’s been done to us taxpayers – who will be paying through our noses for the next decades. And he’s not even talking about the ADDITIONAL $7000 fee imposed just to rub salt into our wounds!!If one wants to know what went on – or went down – at Timehri, just look next door at the (loaned) billions of dollars spent on a Chinese company that was supposed to make Venezuela self-sufficient in rice. After bribing local Venezuelan Government officials to the tune of US$100 million, and “investing” in a still uncompleted rice mill, not a grain of rice has been produced after a decade!!From what we know of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative in other parts of the world, that’s their standard operating practice.Let the audit begin!!…criminal connectionsYour Eyewitness isn’t surprised at what the powers-that-be in our law enforcement agencies have been allowed to get away with on the shooting of the Director of the School of Nations.Power flexed??last_img read more


first_img The University of Toronto men’s hockey program is pleased to announce that Oliver Benwell has accepted his offer of admission and committed to playing for the Varsity Blues this fall.A 6-foot-1, 200-pound right winger, Benwell notched 28 goals and 42 assists in 59 regular season games with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in 2018-19, placing him sixth in league scoring. The Toronto native also led the team and entire league with 10 goals and five assists in 15 playoff games as the Tomahawks reached the NAHL Robertson Cup semifinals last season. “Oliver has demonstrated the ability to finish around the net throughout his junior career. He seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time which is not something everybody has. He’s a big body, who is hard to knock off the puck and contain down low. He thinks the game well, which will help with transition to our league.”Prior to Johnstown, Benwell played three seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey Legue (OJHL) with the Oakville Blades and Toronto Patriots. During that time, he amassed 36 goals and 104 assists for 140 points in 153 regular season games.”Growing up in Toronto, attending U of T has always been a dream of mine,” said Benwell. “To have the chance to play for the Varsity Blues is a dream come true and I am so excited to get started this fall.”Benwell will begin his studies in social science within U of T’s Woodsworth College this September.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Garbage collector accused ofGarbage collector accused of

first_imgJoseph Alexander, a garbage collector from Charity, Essequibo Coast, was granted bail for breaking into a stall at Charity.Alexander made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.He pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between December 19 and 20 he broke into the snackette of Irene Ramlall and stole several chocolates, Milo, Ovaltine, value $14,800. The court heard that the Milo was recovered.Alexander told the court that the allegations against him were false and he does not have any place of abode. He said he earns a livelihood from collecting garbage and cleaning around the Charity area.In an application for self-bail on his own behalf, Alexander said he sleeps on the Charity wharf and does not have any money.Magistrate Scarce, who knew Alexander from a previous charge over a similar offence, asked Alexander if he was not tired of going to jail, urging that it is time for him to change.Bail was granted at the sum of $30,000 with the case to continue on January 16, 2017.last_img read more

Siblings slapped with narco possession charge as mother fleesSiblings slapped with narco possession charge as mother flees

first_imgTwo siblings remained incarcerated after denying a charge of narcotics possession when they were arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday following a recent drug bust at their Cross Street, Georgetown home.The duo’s mother, Odetta Bobb Semple fled the scene leaving Temika Bobb Semple, 23, and her 21-year-old brother, Dylan Bobb Semple during the bust.It is alleged that Police raided the mother’s premises on April 21 and unearthed some 115 grams of cocaine under the wooden flooring.The court was told in a bail application that Temika Bobb Semple reportedly suffered from epileptic seizures, while her brother had heart surgery earlier this year in February. An arrest warrant was issued for their mother.The case will continue on May 8.last_img read more

Lancaster’s crime rate grows faster than its populationLancaster’s crime rate grows faster than its population

first_imgCity Manager Bob LaSala said crime reduction plans such as hiring new sheriff’s deputies are already in place. The city established a set of programs that aims to reduce Part I crimes by 30 percent in five years. “We’re implementing plans to accomplish that goal,” LaSala said. “It’s not just about more police on the street. We’re partnering with schools and Neighborhood Watch (groups) and Business Watch (groups). We have to have an engaged community.” (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Lancaster’s crime rate – highlighted by a nearly 19 percent increase in homicides – outpaced the city’s population growth, a recently released Sheriff’s Department report says. The report said Lancaster experienced a 6.4 percent increase in Part I crimes, felonies tallied by the FBI for the purpose of determining the rate of serious crimes. The sheriff’s station in Lancaster reported 6,347 Part I crimes in 2006, compared to 5,968 the previous year. Part I crimes are the most serious – homicides, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and arsons. Lancaster’s population in 2006 grew 4.1 percent from 132,951 to 138,392. The city’s crime rate – the number of crimes based on population – increased 2.3 percent, from 448.5 per 10,000 in 2005 to 458.6 last year. Homicides were up 18.8 percent, from 16 in 2005 to 19 last year, and violent crimes were up 7.4 percent, from 1,186 in 2005 to 1,274 last year. The number of reported robberies and burglaries increased 24.5 and 22.1, respectively. Reported arsons were down 34.3 percent. About the only good news city officials could discern from the report was the increase is slightly less than the 8 percent spike Lancaster experienced in 2005. “It’s alarming to see any increase in crime, and we’re not going to stand for it,” Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns said. last_img read more

Celtic eyeing Man United legend Ryan Giggs as Ronny Deila’s replacementCeltic eyeing Man United legend Ryan Giggs as Ronny Deila’s replacement

first_imgRyan Giggs is reportedly on Celtic’s radar to become their next boss.The Scottish champions announced on Wednesday that Ronny Deila will leave his post at the end of the season.Neil Lennon has expressed an interest in returning to the role, while former United boss David Moyes has also suggested he could be keen on the job.But United legend Giggs, who was part of Moyes’ coaching staff at Old Trafford and is now Louis van Gaal’s number two, is understood to be a leading contender.The Welshman has been tipped by Van Gaal to replace him in the top job when he departs the club.But is widely thought that Jose Mourinho is the favoured choice of the United hierarchy to succeed Van Gaal and there is speculation he could replace the Dutchman as soon as this summer.That leaves Giggs’ future unclear, and Celtic could now offer the 42-year-old the chance to start his managerial career in Scotland.Giggs is believed to have reservations about moving north of the border, but that has not stopped the Hoops board from putting him on their wanted list. Ryan Giggs [right] with Louis van Gaal on the Manchester United bench 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Stoke make £20m bid for West Brom striker Saido BerahinoCONFIRMED: Stoke make £20m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino

first_img Saido Berahino in action for West Brom Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed the club have made a move for Saido Berahino.The Potters are in the market for a new striker and are understood to have tabled an offer worth £20m for the West Brom man.The Baggies have yet to respond to the bid, but Hughes is hopeful of getting a deal done for the 22-year-old.Speaking on Tuesday, he said of Stoke’s interest in Berahino. “We’ve put bids in. As we stand, those haven’t been accepted yet, but we are still hopeful on that one.”Berahino has a strained relationship with West Brom and vowed never to play for chairman Jeremy Peace again after a move to Tottenham was blocked last summer.He later apologised to the club’s supporters for his actions and went on to play 32 times in all competitions under Tony Pulis last season, scoring seven goals.But he is looking likely to move on this summer having recently turned down the offer of a new contract with West Brom and with just one year left on his current deal. 1last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Donegal company seeks part-time book-keeperJob Vacancy: Donegal company seeks part-time book-keeper

first_imgA Donegal company is seeking a part-time book-keeper to work in the Ballybofey area.The work is flexible but will be comprised of 18-20 hours per week.Duties to include but not exclusive bookkeeping, vat and payrolls. The successful candidate will be computer-literate highly proficient in using sage and must be capable of working on their own initiatives.The closing date for applications is May 7th, 2019.Please reply to mailto:mchughbros@gmail.comJob Vacancy: Donegal company seeks part-time book-keeper was last modified: April 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeybook-keeperjobMcHughlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho bemoans Man United’s mounting injury list after draw with SwanseaJose Mourinho bemoans Man United’s mounting injury list after draw with Swansea

first_img Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho was left cursing Manchester United’s draining fixture schedule and mounting injury list after being held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea.United took the lead through Wayne Rooney’s penalty, controversially awarded after Marcus Rashford’s dubious tumble, but were pegged back by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine free-kick after twice reshuffling their defence to cover injuries to Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly.The Red Devils’ treatment room is already oversubscribed, while Marouane Fellaini is one game through a three-game Premier League ban, leaving Mourinho unhappy with the demands on his Champions League-chasing team.United’s success in cup competitions this term has been a big contributing factor to their fitness problems but, not for the first time, Mourinho appeared cold in his references to England trio Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Shaw.”I think Shaw has to be a big injury to leave the pitch after 10 minutes,” said Mourinho, who has been critical of the left-back on several occasions this season.The Portuguese added on BT Sport: “I prefer not to speak about Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I prefer to speak about (unused substitute) Juan Mata giving everything to be available. I am grateful for that.”As for those who did play a full part in United latest gruelling outing, Mourinho was supportive despite losing points to the division’s third-bottom side.“It’s very difficult, I cannot isolate the performance to the context. The context is nine matches in April, 810 mins of football, high levels of fatigue, big match after big match after big match,” he said.“If I analyse the performance I will obviously find weaknesses, it’s not difficuly to find that but I cannot do that. The boys gave everything they can.“It’s a consequence of our success but also of the calendar. You cannot be punished because we play the League Cup final, you play the final and then you have to play the (other) game in midweek.“In the end it was a blessing we didn’t play the FA Cup semi-final.” 1last_img read more