May 23, 2017 by
7 wonders of the ancient world   The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt the Hanging Gardens of Babylon the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus the Colossus of Rhodes the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt The Seven Wonders were first defined as themata (Greek for 'things to be seen’ which, in today’s common English, we would phrase as 'must sees’) by Philo of Byzantium in 225 BCE, in his work On The Seven Wonders. Other writers on the Seven Wonders include Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene and Antipater of Sidon. Of the original seven, only the Great Pyramid exists today. Great pyramid at Giza The Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed between 2584 and 2561 BCE for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (known in Greek as `Cheops') and was the tallest man-made structure in the world for almost 4,000 years. Excavations of the interior of the pyramid were only initiated in earnest in the late 18th and early 19th centuries CE and so the intricacies of the interior which so intrigue modern people were unknown to the ancient writers. It was the structure itself with its perfect symmetry and imposing height which impressed ancient visitors. Hanging Gardens of Babylon The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, if they existed as described, were built by Nebuchadnezzar II between 605-562 BCE as a gift to his wife. They are described by the ancient writer Diodorus Siculus as being self-watering planes of exotic flora and fauna reaching a height of over 75 feet (23 metres) through a series of climbing terraces. Diodorus wrote that Nebuchadnezzar's wife, Amtis of Media, missed the mountains and flowers of her homeland and so the king commanded that a mountain be created for her in Babylon. The contoversy over whether the gardens existed comes from the fact that they are nowhere mentioned in Babylonian history and that Herodotus, `the Father of History', makes no mention of them in his descriptions of Babylon. There are many other ancient facts, figures, and places Herodotus fails to mention, however, or has been shown to be wrong about. Diodorus, Philo, and the historian Strabo all claim the gardens existed. They were destroyed by an earthquake sometime after the 1st century CE. Statue of Zeus at Olympia The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was created by the great Greek sculptor Phidias (known as the finest sculptor of the ancient world in the 5th century BCE, he also worked on the Parthenon and the statue of Athena there in Athens). The statue depicted the god Zeus seated on his throne, his skin of ivory and robes of hammered gold, and was 40 feet (12 m)  tall, designed to inspire awe in the worshippers who came to the Temple of Zeus at Olympia.  Not everyone was awestruck by the statue, however. Strabo reports, “Although the temple itself is very large, the sculptor is criticized for not having appreciated the correct proportions. He has shown Zeus seated, but with the head almost touching the ceiling, so that we have the impression that if Zeus moved to stand up he would unroof the temple” (Seven Wonders). The Temple at Olympia fell into ruin after the rise of Christianity and the ban on the Olympic Games as `pagan rites’. The statue was carried off to Constantinople where it was later destroyed, sometime in either the 5th or 6th centuries CE, by an earthquake. Temple of Artemis at Ephesos The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, a Greek colony in Asia Minor, took over 120 years to build and only one night to destroy. Completed in 550 BCE, the temple was 425 feet (about 129 m) high, 225 feet (almost 69 m) wide, supported by 127 60 foot (about 18 m) high columns. Sponsored by the wealthy King Croesus of Lydia, who spared no expense in anything he did (according to Herodotus, among others) the temple was so magnificent that every account of it is written with the same tone of awe and each agrees with the other that this was among the most amazing structures ever raised by humans. On July 21, 356 BCE a man named Herostratus set fire to the temple in order, as he said, to achieve lasting fame by forever being associated with the destruction of something so beautiful. The Ephesians decreed that his name should never be recorded nor remembered but Strabo set it down as a point of interest in the history of the temple. On the same night the temple burned, Alexander the Great was born and, later, offered to rebuild the ruined temple but the Ephesians refused his generosity. It was rebuilt on a less grand scale after Alexander’s death but was destroyed by the invasion of the Goths. Rebuilt again, it was finally destroyed utterly by a Christian mob lead by Saint John Chrysostom in 401 CE. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was the tomb of the Persian Satrap Mauslos, built in 351 BCE. Mauslos chose Halicarnassus as his capital city, and he and his beloved wife Artemisia went to great lengths to create a city whose beauty would be unmatched in the world. Mauslos died in 353 BCE and Artemisia wished to create a final resting place worthy of such a great king. Artemisia died two years after Mauslos and her ashes were entombed with his in the mausoleum (Pliny the Elder records that the craftsmen continued work on the structure after her death, both as a tribute to their patroness and knowing the work would bring them lasting fame).  The tomb was 135 feet (41 m) tall and ornately decorated with fine sculpture. It was destroyed by a series of earthquakes and lay in ruin for hundreds of years until, in 1494 CE, it was completely dismantled and used by the Knights of St. John of Malta in the building of their castle at Bodrum (where the ancient stones can still be seen today).  It is from the tomb of Mauslos that the English word `mausoleum’ is derived. Colossus of Rhodes The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the god Helios (the patron god of the island of Rhodes) constructed between 292 and 280 BCE. It stood over 110 feet (just over 33 m) high overlooking the harbor of Rhodes and, despite fanciful depictions to the contrary, stood with its legs together on a base (much like the Statue of Liberty in the harbor off New York City in the United States of America, which is modeled on the Colossus) and did not straddle the harbour. The statue was commissioned after the defeat of the invading army of Demetrius in 304 BCE. Demetrius left behind much of his siege equipment and weaponry and this was sold by the Rhodians for 300 talents (approximately 360 million U.S. dollars) which money they used to build the Colossus. The statue stood for only 56 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BCE. It lay in impressive ruin for over 800 years, according to Strabo, and was still a tourist attraction. Pliny the Elder claims that the fingers of the Colossus were larger than most statues of his day. According to the historian Theophanes the bronze ruins were eventually sold to “a Jewish merchant of Edessa” around 654 CE who carried them away on 900 camels to be melted down. LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA The Lighthouse at Alexandria, built on the island of Pharos, stood close to 440 feet (134 m) in height and was commissioned by Ptolemy I Soter. Construction was completed sometime around 280 BCE. The lighthouse was the third tallest human-made structure in the world (after the pyramids) and its light (a mirror which reflected the sun’s rays by day and a fire by night) could be seen as far as 35 miles out to sea. The structure rose from a square base to a middle octagonal section up to a circular top and those who saw it in its glory reported that words were inadequate to describe its beauty. The lighthouse was badly damaged in an earthquake in 956 CE, again in 1303 CE and 1323 CE and, by the year 1480 CE, it was gone. The Egyptian fort Quaitbey now stands on the site of the Pharos, built with some of the stones from the ruins of the lighthouse. OTHER WONDERS The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were, by no means, a comprehensive agreed-upon list of the most impressive structures of the day. Rather, the list was very much like a modern-day tourist pamphlet informing travelers on what to see on their trip. Those masterpieces listed above are the traditionally accepted 'wonders’ as first set down by Philo of Byzantium but there were many writers who followed him who disagreed on what was a 'wonder’ and what was only of passing interest. Herodotus, for example, cites the Egyptian Labyrinth as being far more impressive than even the pyramids of Giza, stating,

May 23, 2017 by
New Seven Wonders of the World The following list of the New Seven Wonders is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage. dowell / Getty Images In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage. Great Wall of China (China) Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world's longest manmade structure. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro) Sam Valadi via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming over the Brazilians from upon Corcovado mountain in an awe-inspiring state of eternal blessing since 1931. The 130-foot reinforced concrete-and-soapstone statue was designed by Heitor da Silva Costa and cost approximately $250,000 to build - much of the money was raised through donations. The statue has become an easily recognized icon for Rio and Brazil. Machu Picchu (Peru)  Bruce Tuten via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite precariously perched between 2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, this mountain citadel was later abandoned by the Incas. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site can only be reached by foot, train or helicopter; most visitors visit by train from nearby Cusco. Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico) Pavel via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 The genius and adaptability of Mayan culture can be seen in the splendid ruins of Chichen Itza. This powerful city, a trading center for cloth, slaves, honey and salt, flourished from approximately 800 to 1200, and acted as the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. The most familiar ruin at the site is El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory. The Roman Colosseum (Rome) Sam Valadi via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 Rome's, if not Italy's, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum. Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years. The elliptical structure sat nearly 50,000 spectators, who gathered to watch the gladiatorial events as well as other public spectacles, including battle reenactments, animal hunts and executions. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists, and its design still influences the construction of modern-day amphitheaters, some 2,000 years later. Taj Majal (Agra, India) Brandon Price via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 A mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Majal was built between 1632 and 1648. Considered the most perfect specimen of Muslim art in India, the white-marble Taj Majal actually represents a number of architectural styles, including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian. The Taj Majal also encompasses formal gardens of raised pathways, sunken flower beds and a linear reflecting pool. Petra (Jordan) Dennis Jarvis via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create an pseudo-oasis. A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheater and the El-Deir monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.  

May 22, 2017 by
With his noble appearance, long coat, appealing colors, and beautiful tail, the Tibetan Mastiff is sure to be a conversation starter and traffic stopper as you walk him down the street. But if that's all you're looking for in a dog, this is not the breed for you.   Before considering the drawbacks, here's what we love about this breed. The Tibetan Mastiff is loving, gentle, patient, and understanding. His centuries of working closely with humans have made him very sophisticated in the ways he understands people. He's a hard worker, protective of his family, fearless, and loyal. His large size and substance makes him a wonderful guard dog, and centuries of breeding for that specific task has perfected him as a protector. As attractive as that sounds, it's essential to weigh carefully the other qualities that can make him a challenging proposition. This is an independent guardian breed who will not always look to you for guidance. He will enjoy your company and bond with you, but he won't always obey you, especially in a situation in which he believes he's right. The Tibetan Mastiff is stubborn and usually doesn't do well in obedience or agility competitions. Tibetan Mastiffs are generally quiet dogs when their needs and living conditions are met, but if left outdoors at night they can be barkers. Of course there's an easy solution: bring your dog inside. If you use a yard, make sure it's well-fenced; Tibetan Mastiffs have been known to climb fences to escape. And be sure not to leave these dogs outside for very long because they may start to dig and become territorial and aggressive.   Under certain conditions, Tibetan Mastiffs are tolerant with children in their own families, especially if raised with them. But they're generally not well suited to homes with young children. Tibetan Mastiffs can mistake the yelling, screaming, and playing of visiting children as a sign of aggression and often won't allow your child's friends to come visit. This territorial drive can affect not only your children's social life but also your own. If you are a social person with many people coming and going, this breed is probably not for you, as the Tibetan Mastiff may try to limit the number of people allowed into the house. Socialization is essential for this breed. It's important to take your Tibetan Mastiff puppy and adult dog to as many dog-friendly stores, parks, and events as possible. Let him meet new people, but understand if he's wary of specific people. Tibetan Mastiffs have a strong instinct concerning people, and if they don't get over their initial dislike of a particular person, there's usually a reason. Tibetan Mastiffs cannot be walked off leash and should be taken on several different routes during their daily walks to prevent them from becoming territorial of their walking route.   The Tibetan Mastiff can be a wonderful breed for the proper owner and home, but he can't fit into just any lifestyle. If you're interested in this breed, do your homework and talk to breeders and other Tibetan Mastiff owners.    One thing is certain: if you do acquire a Tibetan Mastiff, your life is sure to be an interesting adventure with this beautiful, loyal companion. Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/tibetan-mastiff#choJjuHQgIZbmega.99

May 18, 2017 by
How to start a web design from home Welcome to a world of uncertainty, of irregular income, of blurred lines between work and home. Where, instead of having just one boss telling you what to do, you have 20 bosses across 3 different time zones who want their logo bigger now, dammit! The truth lies somewhere in between, of course - but you're more likely to achieve the success you would like (and the balance you strive for) if you can create a plan and structure for your freelance business early on. In this post you'll learn the main issues you need to consider to set up your freelance web design business. Up front though, I'm going to make some assumptions about you - I'm going to assume that you're motivated to do this. It's not something you want to fall into by accident. I'm going to assume that you have some basic skills in web design - that you've learned your craft and that you're ready to promote your services to potential paying clients. And I'm going to assume that you have a little business savvy, a good amount of time, and a real commitment to doing this. Okay? Okay! Let's get started. Step 1: Calculate Start Up Costs Everything has costs associated with it - how much will a move to freelancing cost you? Make a list of the basic equipment you're going to need. At first, it might just be a computer and a phone. You'll want to factor in the cost of registering your domain name and hosting your own website. You might want to get business cards printed, a dedicated desk, stationery supplies and so forth. You'll need new pajamas for sitting around in all day (optional). I know people who hopped from one free trial to another for the first 6 months of their freelance career. Will you need new software? As you start out, download free trials of popular web design software - like Espresso, Coda, Aptana, or Adobe Dreamweaver - it'll give you 30 days to get familiar with it. I know people who hopped from one free trial to another for the first 6 months of their freelance career. When you have the money, purchase the one you liked the best. Do you need health insurance? Do you need personal liability insurance (yes, if you are taking office space)? Do you need any other insurance, or to pay any kind of taxes before you start out? Finding a good accountant early on who can help you with this is essential. Most accountants won't charge you for an initial meeting, so meet up with a few local ones, and glean as much advice as you can up front as regards your tax position and any other liabilities you might have. Step 2: Establish Your Brand How are you going to brand yourself? Many freelance web designers use their name as their brand - this is great and can lend real personal attachment - clients know that they're getting an individual, someone who maybe has a bit more flexibility in their availability, someone they can hire probably a bit cheaper than a fully fledged agency. Alternatively, like I did, consider using a more formal name for your fledgling business, especially if you envisage your business becoming more robust in the future. If you have plans to maybe turn yourself into a studio, with a couple of people working for you, you might want to start out with a more formal company name. Think about how you would like to be perceived - as an individual brand, or as a young company. Think about what your potential clients will read into this and ask yourself whether that fits in with your view as a freelancer. Step 3: Create Your Own Portfolio Website You're going to need something to point people to - to show off your expertise, to seal the deal, to… well, you know why you need your own website: who's going to buy a website from someone who doesn't have one? That's right. Nobody. Your website should at the very least clearly state the services you offer, provide a clear means for people to contact you, and wherever possible, showcase some of your work. 'Ahh,' I hear you say, 'but how can I showcase work if I'm just starting out?'. 'Well, ' you hear me answer, 'let me count the ways…' I bet there are organizations or groups in your local community who could benefit right now from your services. Do work for free. I don't mean take on spec work, or enter design competitions, or get your hopes up with the guy who says 'look, just do this one little project for me and I'll give you more work than you can handle in the future'. (Put the phone down on that guy. Now.) I bet there are organizations or groups in your local community who could benefit right now from your services. Charity organizations, social clubs, church groups, community sports, local schools… whoever they are, they'd likely be extremely grateful to you if you could provide them with a new website, a Facebook page, some banner ads, a blog, or whatever. You can do it for free or very low cost, you're helping a worthy cause, and you're generating a portfolio piece. Do 3 or 4 of these and suddenly your new portfolio is looking quite respectable. Nobody puts all the work they've ever done in a portfolio - so just having a few pieces in there might be enough for you. Step 4 - Figure Out How Much to Charge This is a whole separate debate in itself, but you need to at least have a framework for establishing your rates up front or else you'll end up working for peanuts, find it difficult to ever raise your rates, and it will take much longer for your freelance web design business to get off the ground. Figure out your monthly costs - rent, heat, power, phone bill, travel, insurance, tax liability, etc. Multiply that by 12. Add on what you'd like your annual salary to be. Divide that whole thing by 48 to figure out how much you need to make in a week (allowing for 4 weeks vacation). Then, assume that you'll be able to do billable work for about 20 hours a week at first. That's a good place to start for your hourly rate. You should try and get as specific as you can - although this can be difficult as you’re looking for your first client. But the resources below will help. Step 5: Develop a Sales Cycle Notice how I haven't talked about the actual 'doing web design' bit? That's because you're not really in the business of web design at all. You're in the business of selling. From now on, your only real job is to promote your services. Being a fabulous web designer might make you feel all tingly inside, but it means nothing if you’re unable to sell your services. Being a fabulous web designer might make you feel all tingly inside, but it means nothing if you're unable to sell your services. It won't put food on the table, that's for sure. So, you need to formalize a sales cycle: a process for finding prospects, cultivating your relationship with them, educating them about your services, offering your services to the right ones, fulfilling their expectations, and developing that relationship with them. You're going to need ways to find good prospects. Start by identifying your ideal client, who are they, what do they do and where do they hang out (either in person or online)? Start hanging out there too and engaging them in conversation. Work on your elevator pitch - that little burst of information that explains clearly to potential clients how you can help their business and why they should hire you to do it. Use your elevator pitch to summarize who you offer your services to, identify the biggest concerns facing those people, explain how you solve those problems, show how you've helped similar people in the past. In conversation it might go something like this: You know how small businesses often struggle to get the most out of their websites? Well, what I do is create websites that really engage browsers and work hard to convert them into customers - with measurable results. One company I worked with recently was able to increase online sales by 40% over 3 months. You've told people your target market, and what their concerns are. You've explained how you tackle the problem, and you've given an example of how you've achieved it. Step 6 - Organize a Routine Your day is going to need structure. It'll help you if you can have a consistent structure for your working day. Have a daily schedule mapped out which works around when you are most productive and when you are more likely to get things done. I try and group like tasks together - if I have a bunch of phone calls to make, I try and do them all mid-morning (after my 2nd cup of coffee). Emails I typically handle mid-afternoon. If I'm coding, I find that easiest to do first thing in the morning when my brain is fresh, and, oddly, last thing in the evening when I get a second wind. Go with whatever works for you. But being able to stick to a similar routine each day will help you. Step 7 - Find Your Community and Work It The great thing about being a freelance web designer is that there is a tremendous community of professionals who can support you in what you do. It's a very open, communicative bunch of people. So start following people on Twitter, getting to know them on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media hang outs. There are other people out there in similar situations and they have a lot to offer. Be sure to get involved in the communities where you customers are. LinkedIn offers a number of groups for freelance professionals. Many are great places to network. Answering questions on LinkedIn is another great way to network - both with fellow professionals and potential clients. Sign up to receive RSS updates on questions from web development boards and spend 10 minutes each day helping out people in need. You establish your expertise and help people out who may be looking for your services. Be sure to get involved in the communities where you customers are. If you're targeting a specific niche, what online forums do they use? Are there newsgroups that you should belong to? Are there regular meetups that you should be attending? Immerse yourself in the communities in which you operate and you'll build up a really strong network - not just of other web designers but of potential clients and referrals. Step 8 - Sign Up and Use Learning Sites There are a wealth of web design conferences and other opportunities out there for you to keep on learning your craft. Fabulous resources with a wealth of information to share - some free, some paid for. The important thing is to make time for yourself to develop your craft, to continue learning and to share what you learn with others. Something often overlooked though is to continue learning the art of freelancing itself - not just web design. There comes a point where, for most of us, continuing to learn more about web design is 'only' about our own professional and personal development. It becomes less valuable to the majority of our clients that we know XYZ about latest technology ABC. (It is still valuable to us, but the salable value of the skill becomes diminished). It is at this point that becoming a better freelancer is more important than becoming a better web designer - so never stop learning that also. Step 9 - Get Set up with the Tools You'll Need Of course, as you go on you’ll need more bits and pieces. I use software to track time, keep on top of task management, you might use tools for project management or for managing your finances. Here, I’ve listed out a few for each main category of my day to day freelance existence. Most are paid for services, but some are free or have very cheap entry level plans. One word of advice, take an audit of all your monthly web app payments at the end of each year (or every 6 months) You may well be surprised at how many things you’ve signed up for - and how much it’s costing you! Time Tracking On the job - I use this to track time. It will also create invoices for you, but I personally don’t use it for that. I like this because it’s a stand alone app - rather than a web service. I sync the data via Dropbox (although that is not officially supported, I’ve never had any problems with it) and so it’s available on all my machines. Harvest - Full featured online service for time tracking and invoice generation. Toggl - A relatively new player, but it’s a smooth interface and looks cool with its iOS / Android apps. Finances / Invoicing Free Agent - This is an impressive piece of software. Use it to track time, send estimates, send invoices, integrate with your bank accounts, make cups of tea. (It may not actually make tea). For me, I prefer to separate these processes, but I can see the appeal for many. Freshbooks - Is more of a bookkeeping / invoicing solution. It does less than Free Agent and, in my opinion, is better for it. Xero - Another full online financial management and accounting system. Project Management 37Signals products - I can’t go through this without mentioning 37Signals product. Basecamp, their project management tool, is probably their most popular. Podio - This is my favorite solution, since it incorporates some CRM elements and, get this, is free up to 5 users. Team Box - This is another good solution for team collaboration and project management. Task Management My favorite apps are always task management apps, and I’m genetically incapable of limiting this to just 3 items. Currently, I use three of the below - Things, TeuxDeux and Omni Outliner. I’ve tried all the others though and they’re all fab. It depends on what fits your needs the best, but check them all out: Things - This is Mac only but integrates nicely with iPhone and iPad apps. Not cheap, though very slick. TeuxDeux - Very simple, very effective, very free. It’s a simple to do list, and all the better for it’s simplicity. OmniOutliner - Strictly speaking this is an ‘idea organization tool’ (no, me neither). Since it’s release OmniGroup have put out an app specifically for task management OmniFocus, but OO came first and it’s what I’ve been using for organizing to-do’s on projects for the past 5 years. I can’t fault it - but I haven’t tried hard to. Remember The Milk - This is a strong online task management tool. Another that benefits from the ‘do one thing, and do it well’ philosophy. Great integration with mobile phones and iPad. Ta Da List - A free product from 37Signals - very simple online to do lists. So, there it is. A by no means comprehensive, easy to disagree with, guide to the things you’ll need to start your freelance web design business. Don’t take my word for it though - get out and do it! And if you need a pro theme for your next project, then browse through our Web Templates. There's are lots of comprehensive themes on ThemeForest that you can use for your client project. They can help you build your web design business and serve your clients well.

May 18, 2017 by
A data center is a facility that centralizes an organization’s IT operations and equipment, and where it stores, manages, and disseminates its data. Data centers house a network’s most critical systems and are vital to the continuity of daily operations. Consequentially, the security and reliability of data centers and their information is a top priority for organizations. Although data center designs are unique, they can generally be classified as Internet or enterprise (or “internal”) data centers. Internet-facing data centers usually support relatively few applications, are typically browser-based, and have many users, typically unknown. In contrast, enterprise data centers service fewer users, but host more applications that vary from off-the-shelf to custom applications. Data center architectures and requirements can differ significantly. For example, a data center built for a cloud service provider like Amazon EC2 satisfies significantly different facility, infrastructural, and security requirements than a completely private data center, such as one built for the Pentagon that is dedicated to securely maintaining classified data. Regardless of classification, an effective data center operation is achieved through a balanced investment in the facility and equipment housed. The elements of a data center breakdown as follows: Facility – the location and “white space,” or usable space, that is available for IT equipment. Providing around the clock access to information makes data centers one of the most energy consuming facilities in the world. A high emphasis is placed on design to optimize white space and environmental control to keep equipment within manufacturer-specified temperature/humidity range. Support infrastructure – equipment contributing to securely sustaining the highest level of availability possible. The Uptime Institute defined four tiers data centers can fall under with availability ranging from 99.671% - 99.995%. Some components for supporting infrastructure include: Uninterruptible power sources (UPS) – battery banks, generators, and redundant power sources Environmental control – computer room air conditioners (CRAC), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and exhaust systems Physical security systems – biometrics and video surveillance systems IT equipment – actual equipment for IT operations and storage of the organization’s data. This includes servers, storage hardware, cables, and racks, as well as a variety of information security elements such as firewalls Operations staff – to monitor operations and maintain IT and infrastructural equipment around the clock Data centers have evolved significantly in recent years, adopting technologies such as virtualization to optimize resource utilization and increase IT flexibility. As enterprise IT needs continue to evolve toward on-demand services, many organizations are moving toward cloud-based services and infrastructure. A focus has also been placed on initiatives to reduce the enormous energy consumption of data centers by incorporating more efficient technologies and practices in data center management to minimize environmental impact. Data centers built to these standards have been coined “green data centers.”

May 17, 2017 by
You don't need to pay a timeshare postcard company $3,500 to take your timeshare. You can sell it yourself online or in your local paper. As long as your understand what your timeshare is really worth and have a little patience, selling it yourself won't be a problem. One of the biggest problems that timeshare owners have is that often they don't understand what their timeshare is really worth. You may have paid a lot of money when you bought it from the developer, but once they sell out a property, the floor for prices drops out. This can leave you with a timeshare that is worth pennies on the dollar compared to what you paid for it. If you are determined to get rid of it, it pays to find out what that timeshare is now worth. You can look up prices paid for timeshares on eBay. If you find your own resort, that should give you exact figures. But if you can't find your own resort, look for comparable resorts in the same destination. That should give you some numbers to start with when you think about pricing your own listing. When you are ready with a competitive price for your timeshare, eBay might be a good bet for you if you are comfortable with the format. They have an escrow system set up so both the buyer and seller are safe. You can also post a listing on Craigslist or use your local newspaper or Pennysaver. Then it is only a matter of exchanging title and making sure all of the paperwork is handled properly. Contact your timeshare home office and find out what they need to transfer title to a new owner. With many points-based timeshares, this is very easy. In the case of a deeded fixed week, you may want to hire a timeshare closing company to handle the paperwork as they will save you time and make sure you have all the correct paperwork. Just like when you buy a house, there is a lot of documents involved in the process. Alternatively, a real estate lawyer can help you with this part of the sale as well. Even while selling your own timeshare, it makes sense to use professional services for the legal documents. This will make your buyer more comfortable with the process and you will be able to make sure you are complying with the law. If you have any sort of questions concerning where and the best ways to make use of cancel my timeshare contract, you could call us at our internet site.

May 17, 2017 by
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