Our Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platform team has the chance to attend many interesting events through the year, but I’m particularly excited about this week’s Microsoft Inspire conference in Washington, D.C. Naturally, we’re proud to be a Titanium sponsor, but our focus is on the opportunity to talk with you, the 15,000 Microsoft solution partners, service providers, resellers, executives and guests attending the event, about our game-changing, new Microsoft Azure Stack solutions.Since we announced Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack back in May, we’ve been hard at work building a world-class hybrid cloud that delivers IaaS and PaaS in a single platform for service providers and customers. We are taking orders for Microsoft Azure Stack now, and working together with Microsoft plan to start shipping the first systems in September.Dell EMC and Microsoft have a long history of co-innovation which led Dell EMC to ship the industry’s first Microsoft-based hybrid cloud system in October, 2015. Our testing and validation is very rigorous, matured through experience launching the first Microsoft-based hybrid cloud system. We’re making sure that you get a consistent turnkey experience, letting you confidently deliver innovative solutions faster and with a competitive edge, not risk and complexity. And future enhancements in the areas of data protection and encryption mean you won’t have to figure these things out yourself– we’re doing the work for you!Recognizing that our partners’ success is critical to our success with the Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack platform, I want to re-emphasize our commitment to the channel:You are the key to our success in delivering an excellent Customer ExperienceTo help you, we will deliver a simple, predictable and profitable partner programSales engagement between us and you will include deal registration, joint territory/account planning and teaming agreementsWe commit that conflict will be managed and resolved with the highest level of prioritization and transparencyWe will offer comprehensive solution and enablement training for Cloud for Azure Stack to ensure your success“Continuing a long legacy of hybrid cloud solution development, Dell EMC and Microsoft have worked closely together for years to develop this robust solution that enables new hybrid cloud applications and true digital transformation for enterprise customers and service providers alike.” Mike Neil, Corporate Vice President, Azure Infrastructure Management, Microsoft Corp.And here’s one of our partners who shares our excitement about this new offering.Come learn more about Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack at Microsoft Inspire. We’ll be at booth 1400, and are looking forward to seeing you there!
Colleges must follow through on their promises of global education, R. Michael Paige, professor of International and Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, said. In his lecture, “Global Learning and the Intercultural Dimension of Internationalization,” delivered at Saint Mary’s College on Friday, Paige said universities promise perspective students a global education, but rarely go beyond the promise. “Many times universities say they prepare globally perspective students, but the evidence is just not there,” he said. “The rhetoric often exceeds the practices.” In order to follow through on these promises, Paige said faculty members must encourage their students to study abroad. “Studying abroad stands as a beacon for students,” Paige said. “It is continuously listed as the most influential instrument in a student’s higher education learning experience. A real solid undergraduate education involves academic study abroad.” Paige said faculty must question how they can prepare and support their students’ global perspectives. “[Faculty must] foster a learning environment that prepares students to fully participate in the global community,” Paige said. “Colleges must have internationalization permeate the climate of learning.” Incorporating global learning into the curriculum will also make classes more engaging, he said. “Internationalization must be seen in the curriculum,” Paige said. “This aspect of learning makes courses more exciting and students love courses with an international dimension. We must be thinking how we teach and how we can enhance our student’s overall education.” Marc Belanger, professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s, said he agrees with Paige’s perspective. “[Global learning] is important because today’sstudents simply will not be successful without an understanding of the global forces which impact how they live and work,” he said. “I have long believed it was our responsibility as humans to be globally aware.”
The Nikos Stage lineup begins on July 1 with the world premiere of Legacy, a new play by Daniel Goldfarb and directed by Oliver Butler. The cast includes Eric Bogosian and Hecht as a renowned novelist and his wife who revisit the idea of starting a family after getting panned by The New York Times. Halley Feiffer and Greg Keller will also appear in the new play. Beginning July 22, WTF will present the world premiere of Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau and helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The play follows Blue, a gifted trumpeter who contemplates selling his Detroit jazz club to better his life. The Nikos Stage season will also include the world premiere of Unknown Soldier, a new musical featuring music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book and lyrics by Daniel Goldstein. The Trip Cullman-helmed production will begin on July 30. Lila Neugebauer will also direct a double header of Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention alongside Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams beginning August 12. The Main Stage season kicks off on June 30 with the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge’s Off the Main Road. Sedgwick, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The Closer, stars as a woman who seeks refuge from her husband, a former baseball player, by checking into a run-down resort outside of St. Louis with her teenage daughter. Evan Cabnet will direct. Broadway power couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson will leave the Big Apple and Eggfartopia to spend a summer in the Berkshires. The six-time Tony winner and Les Miserables star will headline a Main Stage production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten in July helmed by Gordon Edelstein. Also tapped for the summer 2015 season are Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Jessica Hecht and more. Nixon will lead the American premiere of Kinship beginning July 15. The drama by Carey Perloff puts a fiery newspaper editor (Nixon), a reporter and an overly protective mother in a power struggle following a passionate entanglement. Jo Bonney will direct. McDonald and Swenson will appear in A Moon for the Misbegotten beginning August 5. The play tells the story of Josie (McDonald), who seduces her family’s landlord (Swenson) out of fear that she and her father will lose their property. View Comments