Def Leppard and Journey will hit the road together later this year for a nearly six month co-headlining tour. The outing is slated to kick off on May 21st before taking them across much of the United States and Canada.According to Rolling Stone, Def Leppard got the idea to book co-headlining tours with other popular acts from their heyday after seeing the success of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson’s 2006 joint tour. Since then, the band has hit the road with other ’70s and ’80s rock bands like Poison, Cheap Trick, and KISS. In addition to announcing their 2018 tour, Def Leppard has made their discography—everything from 1979’s The Def Leppard EP to 2015’s Def Leppard—available via online streaming services for the first time.Tickets for Def Leppard and Journey’s co-headlining tour will go on sale Saturday, February 3rd.Def Leppard and Journey Tour Dates:5/21 Hartford, CT @ XL Center5/23 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center5/25 Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium5/26 Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center5/28 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena5/30 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena6/01 Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre6/02 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena6/05 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena6/06 Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena6/08 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live6/09 Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center6/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center6/13 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden6/15 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center6/16 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena7/01 Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park7/03 Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest7/06 Memphis, TN @ FedExForum7/07 North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena7/09 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center7/11 Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center7/13 Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park7/14 Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field7/16 Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena7/18 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center7/19 Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena7/21 Denver, CO @ Coors Field7/23 Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena7/25 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center7/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field7/28 Fargo, ND @ Fargodome8/11 Boston, MA @ Fenway Park8/13 Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater8/15 Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena8/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center8/18 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena8/20 Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena @ The BJCC8/22 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center8/24 St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium8/25 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena8/27 New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center8/29 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center8/31 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center9/01 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center9/05 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater9/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena9/08 Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena9/21 San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park9/23 San Diego, CA @ Petco Park9/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena9/26 Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena9/28 Portland, OR @ Moda Center9/29 Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre10/01 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena10/04 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center10/06 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
On June 8th and 9th, the Ardmore Music Hall will host a massive two-night fundraiser celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead and its extended family. The event is hosted by Wavy Gravy, the iconic social activist and beloved clown for the Grateful Dead, and will double as the lovable figure’s birthday party. Titled Unlimited Devotion: A Rex Foundation Fundraiser, the two-day extravaganza will see performances by Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jeff Austin, Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, and many more.Furthermore, in addition to a stacked musical lineup, the weekend will have a number of non-musical activities celebrating the Dead for attendees to enjoy, including art exhibits, panels, and specific VIP experiences. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Rex Foundation, the Grateful Dead’s non-profit, and Camp Winnarainbow, Wavy Gravy’s summer camp for kids. Over the past two years, the event has raised over $50,000 for Wavy Gravy’s charities of choice.For the musical lineup, on Friday, June 8th, the Ardmore Music Hall will host performances by Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling & Friends, the Wavy All-Stars (featuring John Kadlecik, Dan Lebowitz [ALO], Reed Mathis [Golden Gate Wingmen], Jay Lane [RatDog/ Primus], and Hayley Jane), and Everyone Orchestra (led by Matt Butler and featuring Steve Kimock [RatDog/Zero], Eric Krasno [Soulive], Todd Stoops [Electric Beethoven], Natalie Cressman [Trey Anastasio Band], John Morgan Kimock [Mike Gordon], Pappy Biondo [Cabinet], Robyn Sylvester [RatDog], and Hayley Jane).The next day, on Saturday, June 9th, the musical celebration will continue with sets from Rooster Conspiracy (featuring Eric Krasno, Todd Stoops, Reed Mathis, and Jay Lane), Jeff Austin Band (with special guest Pappy Biondo and Hayley Jane), and the Gravy All-Stars (featuring Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, Robyn Sylvester, Jeff Austin, Natalie Cressman, Matt Butler [Everyone Orchestra], John Morgan Kimock and Pappy Biondo). Saturday will also see a late-night performance paying tribute to the Grateful Dead by Splintered Sunlight, a special “Grateful Brunch” (an intimate live music experience featuring Steve Kimock and others), and the Ramble On Panel (a Q&A with Wavy Gravy and other special guests). Both GA and VIP single-day and two-day passes are available on the Ardmore Music Hall’s website here. For those opting to go the VIP route, the VIP package includes a signed screen-printed event poster; exclusive Grateful Dead art exhibit (Scott Shapiro’s Grateful Dead Collection featuring 75 framed and mint condition pieces of Grateful Dead artwork plus classic concert posters); private balcony access with seating/viewing area; a 3-hour open bar; and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Earlier this month, Dead & Company finally arrived on all major streaming services. The popular Grateful Dead-inspired spinoff band comprised of original Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti announced their new “Digital Concert Series” rollout earlier this month. The fan-friendly initiative will see shows from their fall 2017 and winter 2018 tours gradually uploaded to all digital and streaming services every Friday over the next few months.Dead & Company recently shared a “Best Of: Live Shows” Spotify playlist, featuring 23 band-selected tracks from the seven D&C shows currently available on Spotify. The playlist is compiled of tracks from the band’s three shows at their 2018 Playing In The Sand destination event, as well as cuts from stops on their 2017 fall tour in Hartford, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Columbus. The playlist description promises newly added content every week, as Dead & Company will continue unveiling music through all major streaming services.Dead & Company’s “Best Of: Live Shows” playlist is highlighted by a 17-minute exploratory rendition of “Eyes Of The World” from Hartford, a deep, 18-minute take on “Playin’ In The Band” from Mexico, Dead & Co. live debuts of “Deep Elem Blues” and the Oteil Burbridge-led “If I Had The World To Give”, and so much more.Listen to Dead & Company’s Spotify playlist below, and make sure to check back weekly for regularly updated content.Dead & Company – “Best Of: Live Shows”Fans can click here to learn more about the digital rollout of the show recordings and reference the schedule below to see when each performance(s) will arrive in the coming months. Upcoming Digital Concert Series Releases:February 1stCapitol One Arena, Washington, DC (11/21/17)Spectrum Center, Charlottesville, NC (11/28/17)February 8thMadison Square Garden, New York, NY (11/12/17)Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (11/14/17)February 15thFrank Erwin Center, Austin, TX (12/02/17)American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX (12/01/17)February 22thBB&T Center, Sunrise, FL (2/26/18)Amway Center, Orlando, FL (2/27/18)March 1stPhillips Arena, Atlanta, GA (11/29/17)Smoothie Kind Center, New Orleans, LA (2/24/18)March 8thTD Garden, Boston, MA (11/17/17)TD Garden, Boston, MA (11/19/17)View Upcoming Releases[H/T JamBase]
Sitar virtuoso. Spiritual guide. Political leader. Humanitarian. Cultural icon. There is no shortage of ways to describe influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar.Shankar’s musical diplomacy helped bring Eastern music and cultural ideology to mainstream Western culture, mentoring high profile artists like George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar’s influence led to Indian instruments and musical styles permeating popular music throughout the 1960s as he toured the U.S. and Europe with his own various live projects. Today, on what would have been Ravi Shankar’s 100th birthday, we honor his musical legacy with a look back at one of his most famous performances.In June of 1967, Shankar made his way to Monterey, CA for the Monterey Pop Festival for his first major American performance. To this day, the landmark three-day event remains to one of the most famous popular music concerts of all time, and also showcased the first major U.S. performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Who, the first large-scale concert for Janis Joplin, and the debut of a young soul singer by the name of Otis Redding.Despite the abundance of incredible performances at the festival which would go on to shape a generation of fans, Shankar’s set remains one of the most memorable. Accompanied by his tabla player Alla Rakha, Shankar delivered an entrancing performance, showcasing his unparalleled technical skill and unique sound. The set was released in November 1967 as a live album, Live: Ravi Shankar at the Monterey International Pop Festival, which went on to be the best-selling record of his long career.Watch video of Shankar’s performance at Monterey Pop below, featuring some incredible crowd footage from the iconic event:Ravi Shankar – Monterey Pop Festival 1967[Video: Afwan Floyd]
It’s not every day that you get to attend a birthday party with more than 900 of your best friends.For Radcliffe Day on Friday, more than 900 alumnae and alumni, current students, fellows, faculty, and University leaders will celebrate a milestone anniversary: 15 years of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, founded in 1999, and 135 years of Radcliffe, founded as the Harvard Annex in 1879.“On Radcliffe Day, we reflect on the past, savor the present, and imagine the future. We celebrate what connects them all: the pursuit of knowledge, a dedication to excellence, and a spirit of inquiry,” said Dean Lizabeth Cohen RI ’02.A highlight will be when Cohen awards the Radcliffe Medal to Harvard President Drew Faust, whose combination of scholarship of 19th-century America and leadership of Radcliffe and Harvard establish her as “a historian who is making history.”Faust, the first female president of Harvard and the Lincoln Professor of History, was the founding dean of the institute. Her tenure built on the rich traditions and important legacies of Radcliffe College and the Bunting Institute to establish a vibrant scholarly, scientific, and artistic community.Radcliffe is a leading institute for advanced study where original thinkers engage in work across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences through three areas: an esteemed and highly competitive fellowship program; the renowned Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, whose research collections are used by students and scholars around the world; and an Academic Ventures program that creates unique opportunities for Harvard faculty members to develop areas of inquiry and collaboration. All three programs offer dynamic events — conferences, symposia, lectures, exhibitions, and concerts — that are free, open to the public, and shared online.Faust shaped the institute, but she has said that she was shaped by her tenure leading Radcliffe before she became president of Harvard in 2007. Speaking at the launch of the Radcliffe Campaign, “Invest in Ideas,” she said, “Many of the fundamental commitments I’ve made as president are lessons that I learned here at the Radcliffe Institute. Even though I didn’t graduate from Radcliffe, I got an education at Radcliffe.”The lunch in Radcliffe Yard will include remarks by Faust, Cohen, and former Harvard President Neil Rudenstine, who recruited Faust to Harvard. Panel discussions will draw on the institute’s broad range of intellectual commitments and its diverse community, with participants coming from College graduates, institute fellows, and the Harvard faculty.The morning panel, a tribute to Faust’s scholarly accomplishments and personal values, is called “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Unending Battle to Vote,” which will explore why and how the United States has long struggled over which of its citizens can vote.The second panel, “Gender and the Business of Fiction,” will engage writers, publishers, and critics in a discussion about who reads, who writes, who reviews, and what counts as literature.In the third panel, “What is Life? The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory,” scientists and ethicists will explore how recent discoveries in the biological sciences raise new ethical questions.Consistent with many of Radcliffe’s programs, these panels are being webcast live and will be available online in June: www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/.
Making ‘a case for the small’ Civil Rights progress isn’t just about breakthroughs, Allen reminds Related GAZETTE: Can you explain the role of race in the criminal justice system?ALLEN: We all know that drug laws and criminal justice, more generally, have been disproportionally enforced, with African-Americans and Latino-Americans bearing the brunt of the enforcement of the war on drugs. It’s certainly the case that the big growth in the criminal system has a racialized component, but I think it’s important to recognize that the excessive criminalization we’ve gotten used to has impact that goes well beyond racial lines. When I gave the Du Bois Lectures, I was surprised by the number of people who came up to me and said, “I’ve got a family member in prison, as well, and I have never told anybody.” And the folks who were coming up to me and saying that were white. The point is that our prison system is so big, it really touches everybody, and the magnitude of our criminalization and penal severity is a problem for everybody, even if its origins were racialized.GAZETTE: With regard to society’s responsibility, what changes could prevent the loss of other young people like Michael?ALLEN: Some want to focus on juvenile justice reform, which is important, and others want to focus on prison reform and rebuilding the capacity of our penal system to provide rehabilitation and not merely focus on deterrence. That’s important too, but my own view is that the single most important thing is to transition our approach of drug control from a criminal justice paradigm to a health paradigm. And what that means is to legalize marijuana across the board and decriminalize harder drugs, which means convert what are felonies for simple use and possession into misdemeanors, while maintaining felonies for trafficking. That way, you could bring drug use out of the shadows so that people can seek treatment.This has been tried in Portugal, where adolescent drug use has gone down, and more people have sought treatment. Taking the black-market dynamics out of the picture could bring an end to what is a war between the legal state and the other structure made up by cartels, street gangs, and other distributors that are fighting for the $100-billion-a-year drug market. I think that’s the thing that people miss. When the state uses probation, penalties, and so forth to tackle drug use and narcotics, it’s not as if there hasn’t been somebody pushing back on the other side. The folks who are reaping the benefits of this $100 billion business don’t want to give up power over their distributors, and so you have a ratcheting up of structures of sanctions and penalties inside the context of gangs, which has been a huge exacerbator of the violence in the cities.We have helped create the violence in the cities through the way we have prosecuted the war on drugs. To take the violence out of the cities requires ending the war on drugs. It’s not a silver bullet because, as economists would say, we’re in an equilibrium state now, where there is a high level of violence and a culture of violence attached to it. We can change the laws, and that’ll change the incentive structure. We’ll still have a culture of violence that needs to be addressed, but you can’t address the culture of violence if you haven’t changed the underlying incentive structure.GAZETTE: Going back to the book, how did it evolve during the process of writing it, and what message did you want to get across?ALLEN: This is a book that I spent a lot of time working on in my head before I put pen to paper. The moment it took its aesthetic form was the moment when the title came to me. The title is a one-word poem. I realized I had to call it “Cuz” because the driver for the book was my need to explain why, and also because Michael used to call me “Cuz.” The moment that I had that title, I had the structure for the book. The book is organized as a series of answers to key questions. Another important part was really going back to Michael’s own writings and figuring out how to weave his voice and my voice together. That is where the other evolutionary dynamic in the book comes from. It’s from knitting together two different voices. The message I wanted to get across is partly the humanity of people who are in prison and the utter devastation that has been wrought by our system of mass incarceration. And the writing was a joy, a complete joy, especially when I went back to Michael’s writings and worked them into the book. He was a beautiful spirit.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. In her latest book, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen delves into her own family to deliver a powerful memoir and a critique of mass incarceration, the criminal justice system, and the war on drugs. In an interview, Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor at the Department of Government and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, discussed the book she wrote about her beloved cousin Michael, whose death at age 29 left the family in despair. Her cousin spent 11 years in jail after he was tried as an adult at age 15 for attempted carjacking in Los Angeles in the 1990s, at the height of a tough-on-crime era that sent millions of African-American men to jail. Michael was released at age 26, but a year later went back to prison and served 14 more months. In 2009, a month after completing parole, Michael was killed by his lover. In the interview, Allen spoke with candor about how writing the book helped her and her family understand the circumstances of Michael’s life and come to terms with his death.GAZETTE: You have written books about political philosophy, citizenship, and the Declaration of Independence. This book is very personal. Why did you write it, and for whom?ALLEN: A few years ago, Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. invited me to give the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures, and I kept giving him very abstract titles for my prospective lectures: “Race and Justice in the 21st Century,” or “Political Equality and African-Americans in the 21st Century,” but I also kept deferring the dates. Finally, Gates told me, “You can’t keep deferring the dates, Danielle.” As I faced the prospect of giving the Du Bois Lectures, where you have the job of saying something about the state of affairs for African-Americans in this country, I realized I just couldn’t possibly give those lectures and speak honestly without understanding and sharing my cousin’s story. That was why I wrote it, in the first instance. But in working on the book, I also discovered that all the work I’ve done throughout my intellectual career has in some sense been related to these issues. My first book was on punishment in ancient Athens, and the reason I pursued that topic is because I was so struck by the contrast between Athens and its court records and modern America. In Athens, there was almost no mention of imprisonment as a punishment, and as an undergraduate and a kid from Southern California, I was really surprised by this idea of a democracy that didn’t have prisons. In a way, the questions of criminal justice have been with me constantly for my whole intellectual career. And it’s only at this point that I’ve come to deeply understand the way in which the intellectual and the personal are completely entangled.GAZETTE: And for whom did you write this book?ALLEN: I wrote it for the Du Bois Lectures originally. But before I started writing the lectures, the first thing I did was to ask my aunt and my cousins for permission. I wrote the book for my family members, and I wrote the book for Michael so that his voice had a way out. We all thought Michael would be able to tell his own story. He was an incredibly talented writer.GAZETTE: Did you see the book also as an attempt to come to terms with Michael’s death?ALLEN: There are tragedies in every family. Everybody is familiar with the experience of tragedy, and you’re just left with the “why?” question. Why did this happen? What could we have done? and so forth. When Michael died in 2009, we just all shut down, we never talked about it, we did not talk about what had happened to him and why. This was a chance, this was the moment to come to grips with what had happened, and why he had ended up dead, why he had been in prison for so long, why he had ended up holding a gun trying to take somebody’s car from them. Part of the urge for the book was to have answers to those questions.GAZETTE: What was your family’s reaction to the book?ALLEN: There are some variations in reaction. My aunt and cousins have been really with me every step of the way. It’s been a joint project. I spent a lot of time interviewing them. They read the final version, and they feel really happy that Michael’s voice and his story have made it out. I think that for all of us it has been peace-bringing. Further out in the more extended family, there are some people who are uncomfortable with “airing dirty linen.” There is that reaction, as well.GAZETTE: What other challenges did you face in writing this book?ALLEN: There were a lot. Just getting Michael’s court records was hard. I had to file a state-level equivalent of a Freedom of Information Act to get his basic legal documents. Reconstructing Michael’s story was hard because people’s memories don’t align. Eventually, by the time I got the court records, I had been able to reconstruct the story, and the court records validated what I found. But I had to do multiple interviews with family members and found myself effectively cross-examining them to try to clarify the facts. Interviewing my family members was the hardest part. There were lots of tears involved. And then, discovering things about my cousin that I hadn’t known was also hard. For me, the hardest detail in the book is the part about his running drugs into the prison while he was a firefighter. I didn’t know that until I was doing these interviews.GAZETTE: How did this new information change the view you had of Michael?ALLEN: The fact of the matter is that before I started writing the book I did not understand what had happened to my cousin. How a person with his gifts, abilities, resources, and the love of his family could have ended up where he did? I can understand it now. I didn’t know until I was working on this book that he had been flirting with gangs when he was 13, 14, and that’s what got him into trouble. His mother didn’t know. We’ve all come to understand that from working on the book. Also, I can see parts of his life that were important to him that I did not see before. It was only retrospectively that I understood the importance of his lover Bree in his life. I knew Bree was in his life, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of that relationship. Working on the book meant that I went back to all his writings, and then I was able to see the places where he was sharing his love story with me that I hadn’t seen originally.GAZETTE: You said your book tells three stories: the story of Michael’s responsibility, the story of Michael’s family’s responsibility, and the story of society’s responsibility. Can you explain?ALLEN: The first two are easy. Michael made some bad choices. That’s very straightforward. We, his family, did not see the small pieces of evidence that would have amounted to a pattern of “This is a kid who is on the verge of getting into big trouble.” We didn’t see those things. We didn’t help him when we should have helped him. And with regard to society, there are a couple of different ways to think about this. Fifteen-year-olds everywhere have boundary-testing impulses, and they’re trying to figure out who they are as independent people. Those impulses and behaviors at that stage of life are more dangerous for some young people than others because of where they happen to be. The kinds of danger that are presented to a kid in South Central Los Angeles are not of their own making, and they’re not even of their family’s making. They are made by society.My book on the Declaration of Independence taught me this: to scrutinize the health of a society, one of the things you have to scrutinize is how the laws either enable or hinder human flourishing. When you ask that question, and ask about the state of affairs in urban areas and cities, it just becomes blindingly clear that the war on drugs has had a huge distorting effect on our society. A kid growing up in an urban area faces a far different degree of difficulty than a kid in a suburb. And yes, kids in an urban area can master that degree of difficulty, sure they can. But if they don’t, they’re going to break their back. It’s like in gymnastics, the highest-degree-of-difficulty move has the consequence that if you don’t get it right, if you don’t land well, you can break your neck or your back, whereas the lowest-degree-of-difficulty move, if you miss it, the consequences are not that bad.
In a wide-ranging conversation Thursday at Sanders Theatre, surgeon-author Atul Gawande faced up to his own limits, including the mortality we all share. But it didn’t come easy.“I think I’m very uncomfortable with imperfection and in being fallible and how you live with your own imperfection,” Gawande told Harvard Divinity School Dean David Hempton. “I’m sure it’s driven by a sense of discomfort with the fact that [you can’t be] perfect, and then taking responsibility for other people, responsibility for making a difference in the world. How to know whether you’re making matters better or worse — how do you live with that?”Janet Gyatso introduces Gawande and Dean Hempton. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHempton spoke with the Brigham and Women’s surgeon and New Yorker staff writer about his latest book, “Being Mortal,” as well as his recent decision to take on the daunting challenge of designing more efficient health care systems for employees of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway. The 80-minute discussion, part of the annual Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality at the Divinity School’s convocation, extended to Gawande’s massive record collection and affinity for rock music.Asked about “Being Mortal,” Gawande noted that many people spend their final days in a desperate battle to stave off the inevitable, meaning that their last moments with family and friends are spent in a medical institution, hooked up to tubes and machines. Part of that reality stems from the assumption by many in the medical field that patients are most concerned with avoiding pain and extending life, he said.In fact, Gawande said, patients “have priorities in their lives aside from living longer. The goal isn’t just immortality; it isn’t just survival at all costs.”People are willing to sacrifice their health, their finances, even their lives for what’s important to them, he said, citing family, country, religion, beauty, and justice. Patients want to be at peace, often with a higher power, to have a sense of an arc to their lives, and to not be a burden to others. Some want to continue working as long as possible. Others want to enjoy simple pleasures and comforts. He told the story of one patient who said he should be kept alive as long as he was able to enjoy chocolate ice cream and watch football on television.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.The problem, Gawande said, is that patients and doctors are not communicating about these priorities. Such conversations are difficult and physicians aren’t well-trained in how to lead them. Instead, doctors present patients with facts about their diagnoses, potential treatment avenues, and probabilities of survival, and then tell them it is their decision.As a result, he said, patients feel abandoned and overwhelmed because the fact-based presentation doesn’t address the implications for their everyday lives. Were doctors to initiate conversations about what’s most important to patients in their final days, treatment could be tailored accordingly.“Just simply asking people: What are your priorities for your quality of life, as well as your minimum quality of life? What are you willing to sacrifice, as well as not willing to sacrifice?” Gawande said.Gawande said he realized as he wrote the book that it was not just about facing death but also about the everyday presence of mortality.,Ideas about aging and death have changed dramatically in the past century, he noted. Life expectancy in the early 1900s was just 47, a reflection of the fact that health threats loomed at every stage of life. Old age was not seen as something that increased your risk of dying, as it is today, but rather as a measure of good fortune.Psychologists have shown that if you can reasonably expect to live another 20 years, you behave as if you’re immortal, Gawande said. One consequence is that most of us don’t give enough thought to what’s most precious to us.When asked what excites him the most about the future, Gawande mentioned his decision to helm a new company that will provide health care to workers at Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, with the goal of improving quality and efficiency.The effort, Gawande said, will reach many employees and seek solutions that can be scaled up to improve health care more generally. Among his ambitious goals is to make the many medical advances of recent years available to the average patient.
A year of server stories you can read in 10 minutes. Includes key stats and a list of additional writing, audio, and video from the 72 blogs we published in 2018.Some hate to look back,but they are the few.For those who are battle-scarred,or those who are new,this blog’s for you.Before I start writing my new year’s resolutions, I like to reflect on where I’ve been. It helps me assess if I am on the right path as I prepare for a new beginning. So let’s look back on 2018. A year that IT historians are sure to refer to as the year of the server.The server industry was on fire in 2018.Through the first 3 quarters of 2018, the x86 server market grew about 40% year-over-year. That’s unbelievable growth in a relatively mature market. In January, we reported that we captured the #1 position in server units sold to make PowerEdge the world’s bestselling server brand. Later in the year, we solidified our leadership in the server industry, grabbing the top spot in server units and revenue. These were huge milestones, more than 20 years in the making.We attribute our success to innovative technologies, emerging workloads, and listening to our customers. Customers like Epsilon, a giant in the loyalty marketing space that built a multi-channel messaging platform with PowerEdge R740xd servers – sending a billion customized emails a day. Or Société Générale, who uses PowerEdge servers as part of the global bank’s infrastructure to modernize and automate, while staying in compliance with rapidly changing government regulations.Thankfully, the server industry wasn’t literally on fire. A zombie apocalypse didn’t happen either. But metaphorically, your server infrastructure should be prepared for both. We’ve got some survival tips for your servers if the world does come to an end…figuratively.PowerEdge is the bedrock of the modern data center.The year began with an announcement that the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers would now be the bedrock platform for our leading HCI offerings, including VxRail. Gartner confirmed our leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Hyper-converged Infrastructure.Edge computing is exploding and the driving force in new architecture innovation. We added two new one-socket AMD-based servers perfectly suited for the edge. We also released a new two-socket AMD-based server (R7425) with up to 64 cores, ideal for HPC workloads. Got a rough and tough environment where you need compute? The rugged PowerEdge XR2 is marine-certified and can operate in a wide-range of harsh conditions.Getting to a software-defined data center (SDDC) and becoming more cloud-like just got a lot easier with VMware vSAN and Dell EMC PowerEdge. We released our latest AMD-based servers as vSAN Ready Nodes. We also have vSAN Ready Nodes available for the PowerEdge MX. The cloud is vital to an organization’s strategy. Every company must have the capability to rapidly scale workloads across the private cloud. Rackspace is one of our customers that is helping many on their cloud journey with VMware Private Cloud Everywhere as a Service. This Rackspace solution is built on PowerEdge servers.We build servers for all sorts of workloads, use cases, and environments, with a dedication to caring for our environment and a commitment to sustainably produced electronics. This commitment benefits our OEM partners, too. Many tech companies use PowerEdge server technology with their own brand. Check out what you can do with your brand on our platforms.We ended a busy year with the launch of 5 new server platforms. The R740xd2 is built for data-intensive workloads with up to 364TB. That’s up to 500,000 high-definition hours of video. The new R240 and R340 one-socket rack servers can help IT sleep better knowing the office basics like file, print, mail, and collaboration are rock solid. The new T140 and T340 tower servers are quiet and built for small business because they make IT easy.Workloads are driving infrastructure decisions.In 2018, data became the new business currency. As companies upgrade their analytics capabilities, we learned why running new applications on old servers is a recipe for trouble. We outlined the top 3 reasons that make the combination of PowerEdge and Windows Server 2016 a powerful force. If you are an early Microsoft adopter, we are ready for you. You can get Windows Server 2019 factory installed on a PowerEdge server and when you do, you can get server OS support through your ProSupport for Software agreement.New AMD EPYC-based servers offer edge and ROBO customers with fresh new choices for HCI. Combined with the VMware HCI Acceleration Kit, there’s a lower-cost HCI entry point for ROBO and Edge use cases.Blockchain, Machine Learning, Cryptocurrencies – we covered them all at Dell Technologies World 2018 with practical demonstrations using our PowerEdge servers. We also launched two new 4-socket PowerEdge servers: the R840 and the R940xa – built for data analytics and high computations.AI is everywhere from healthcare and manufacturing to hospitality. We discovered that most companies are not completely ready for AI. But, there is good news. With some help from Forrester, we put together steps IT leaders can take to prepare for the AI tsunami. Ultimately, CIOs need to take the lead on AI to transform their companies. The advice is to take the time to research, analyze, and develop a strategic plan before deploying AI initiatives. When IT teams lead AI initiatives, the company deploys twice as many AI building blocks, compared with companies where the lines of business lead.11Intelligent server automation expands.Automation is a key component to freeing up IT staff time, reducing outages, and speeding time to delivery for new apps and services. We’ve long developed systems management software under the OpenManage brand to deliver more automation. OpenManage Enterprise and iDRAC can automate server management tasks and ultimately enable customers to free up IT resources and increase system uptime. As we like to say…don’t wait, automate.We gave the OpenManage Essentials console a huge upgrade and renamed it OpenManage Enterprise in 2017. But, we marked the occasion with an OpenManage Enterprise Tech Release download early in 2018. We followed it up with a release of OpenManage Enterprise v3.0 in September with a host of new features including scalability of up to 8,000 devices.We shared our OpenManage portfolio and strategy with 12 IT Bloggers as part of Tech Field Day 16. After Meltdown, updating the server BIOS became urgent. We walked through how to intelligently automate updates to one or hundreds of servers. We outlined how to combat data center sprawl with OpenManage Enterprise-Modular, the systems management software for the PowerEdge MX.DTK is going away and being replaced by RACADM. This expands our commitment to intelligent automation with a newer command-line tool that’s more robust. If your into DevOps, the OpenManage Ansible Modules automates provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. It’s open-source and available on the Dell EMC Github repository. We are active in the Redfish forum working on the Redfish standard. Redfish allows customers to enhance manageability through automation, and interface consistency across products, generations, and vendors, while reducing operational complexity. So many options with PowerEdge and OpenManage to automate and control your server infrastructure.Security is a now a hardware imperative.Security is not just a problem for networks and software. It’s an issue for hardware. But not every hardware vendor is equal. Some server vendors are security leaders and some are security laggards. Which led us to ask, how important is server security to the purchase of a server? It’s very important! Throughout all the research we did in 2018, security was the one topic that showed up everywhere in the survey data. The big takeaway is this: integrate security deep into the infrastructure and automate as much of this robust security as possible.It’s solved. Kinetic infrastructure is how you get to full composability.We introduced the world to PowerEdge MX and the first server platform built on a kinetic infrastructure. The history of how the PowerEdge MX came to be sheds light on the long-term commitment we have when we build modular infrastructure platforms. PowerEdge MX brings the benefits of a modular design but extends the flexibility of configuration down to the individual storage device and, in the future, all the way to memory centric devices (e.g., DRAM, storage-class memory, GPUs, FPGAs). Part of the future path to kinetic goes through Gen-Z, a moniker to describe removing memory from the motherboard, putting it somewhere else, and connecting the CPU to it via wire. Building a device now that can handle future advancements is a huge challenge. But, we are so confident about the design that PowerEdge MX comes with our multi-generational assurance to support 3 generations of compute nodes.We have moved from the pre-virtualization era, to the virtualization era, and now into the disaggregated era. These changes are key for organizations to fuel explosive growth. The PowerEdge MX can help take your company to the next level. In fact, the most advanced IT departments utilize modular infrastructure for 20% of their compute to run both traditional workloads and transformational workloads. Workloads that run on cloud services, containers, or traditional VMs. If your environment is built on VMware, PowerEdge MX can help simplify it.Want more?Our CTO office identified 17 server trends and observations.Did you know? Key stats embedded in our blogs87% of businesses who have adopted HCI say that it has made them more agile.IDC predicts that the total amount of data in the “digital universe” will grow to nearly 50 zettabytes (50 trillion gigabytes) by 2020. It’s estimated to more than triple by 2025, growing to 180 zettabytes.Gartner believes that by 2020, an astonishing ~50% of all enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of a traditional centralized data center or cloud environment – up from just 10% today.With analysts forecasting up to 66% annual growth, the world-wide HCI market will exceed $10B in 2021.71% of companies said they had already implemented AI or were planning to implement AI in the next 12 months.PowerEdge FX using the FC640 server sled easily delivered almost 9.5x higher performance running database workloads in a private cloud. Big data processing tasks in a private cloud showed great benefits, including 36 percent more throughput and 26 percent reduction in time versus a public cloud setup.Managing a private cloud provides savings of up to 34% faster management, enabling IT to configure and deploy faster.Lines of business completely bypass IT departments 15 percent to 20 percent of the time on their AI initiatives. Over half of the companies surveyed expect an ROI up to five times their investment in AI.1071% of organizations lack server automation, and 61% lack servers with GPUs/FPGAs/purpose-built processors.Almost half of the companies surveyed use a dedicated team responsible for providing server infrastructure security. Nearly 90% of firms have a documented recovery plan.76% of modernized IT organizations using modular server infrastructures believe those servers are improving ease of management. They also report reducing server administration time by a third, on average.Modernized IT organizations are adopting modular infrastructure at a rate 4x greater than their aging IT counterparts.1357% of modular server users reported increased scalability benefits to the organization.13Modular servers improved manageability for 50% of surveyed IT organizations.13PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.71% of IT organizations surveyed report that a lack of server automation is a key barrier to implementing AI initiatives.1550% or less of survey respondents say any one of nine server management tasks are more automated than manual. More reading, watching, and listening extracted from our blogsIT strategy to support the modern analytics-driven business – Optimizing the deployment of “analytics-ready” infrastructure (Tech Target)Top 10 Reasons to Partner with Dell EMC for Windows Server 2016 (Tech Target)Podcast: The Power of Compute… At the Edge (Luminaries)End-to-end Server Security: The IT Leader’s Guide (Dell EMC Business White Paper)Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers: Investing in a Cyber-Resilient Architecture (Enterprise Management Associates White Paper)Cyber Resilient Security in 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers (Dell EMC Technical White Paper)Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles (IDC White Paper)CIOs Need To Take The Lead On AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Company (Forrester)8 Steps CIOs Must Take To Transform With Artificial Intelligence (Forrester)The Artificial Intelligence Starter Guide for IT Leaders (Moor Insights & Strategy)The Value of a Secure Server Infrastructure (IDC White Paper)Dell EMC PowerEdge MX (YouTube Playlist)The Role of Modular Infrastructure in IT Transformation (Dell EMC eBook)Migrate VMs faster with a new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX solution (Principled Technologies Paper)Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact (ESG White Paper)How Dell EMC Kinetic Infrastructure Solutions Accelerate Business Innovation (Hurwitz & Associates Paper)Edge Computing: The Fourth Wave Rises (Moor Insights & Strategy)Introduction to the Fourth Wave of Computing (Video Conversation with Ravi Pendekanti and Patrick Moorhead)Rackspace embraces data for AI and ML with vSAN Ready Nodes and PowerEdge (Dell EMC Case Study Video)Introducing the Dell EMC PowerEdge Redfish API (Dell EMC Technical White Paper)Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate (Forrester Consulting)Automate IT Infrastructure for Speed, Security, and Efficiency (Enterprise Management Associates White Paper)PowerEdge Customer Profile: Société Générale (Dell EMC Case Study Video)  According to the IDC tracker, x86 server revenue grew double digits through the first 3 quarters of 2018: Q1: 39% YoY, Q2: 44% YoY, Q3: 41%. Based on Transform your Business with HCI – a 451 Research Advisory Pathfinder Report https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21721634-how-it-shaping-up-data-giving-rise-new-economy Forecast Analysis: Internet of Things — Endpoints, Worldwide, 2017 Update, Dec 2017, Gartner Gartner Forecast Analysis: Integrated Systems Worldwide, 1Q17 Update Forrester Data Global Technographics Data & Analytics Survey, 2017. Principled Technologies report, Update your private cloud and do more work in less space, November 2017, comparison over rack server, http://dellemc.com/FC640 Principled Technologies report, Run big data analytics on-premises and save money, February 2018; http://facts.pt/s4696b Principled Technologies report, Get advantages of on-premises cloud and use familiar tools, February 2018, http://facts.pt/UpcZP4 A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, January 2018. Source: CIOs Need to Take The Lead on AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Company Source: An IDC White Paper, Sponsored by Dell EMC; Nadkarni, Ashish; The Value of a Secure Server Infrastructure. Source: ESG Research White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute can Have a Big Impact, August 2018 Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report facts.pt/ctNcYN. Source: Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate, Forrester Consulting.
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8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both chambers of Congress are in session this week, and CUNA is engaged with several hearings as well as the House’s vote on the budget resolution passed last week by the Senate. Once the House votes in favor of the resolution, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release the text of its tax reform legislation, as well as dates for consideration.The Senate is expected to take up the House-passed emergency hurricane and wildfire supplemental spending bill, which includes significant debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program.CUNA is also engaged with a number of hearings this week, including:Wednesday, 10 a.m. (ET): House Financial Services housing and insurance subcommittee hearing titled “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform;” continue reading »