Gen-Z – An Open Fabric Technology Standard on the Journey to Composability

first_imgOver the last few blogs I’ve touched on Composable Infrastructure – the value and challenges.2 Jun 2016 Reality Check: Is Composable Infrastructure Ready for Prime Time?30 Nov 2015 A Practical View of Composable InfrastructureWe highlighted the three major challenges that must be resolved before the industry can truly achieve composable infrastructure:1)      Lack of software-defined intelligence2)      Lack of new industry standard around a modern IO/Memory fabric at rack scale, which is needed for full composability3)      Lack of industry standard around openness, allowing customers to allocate resources across multiple vendors’ technology.We’ve made positive progress on these fronts.  We continue to address software standards and APIs through:DMTF Redfish(TM) APIScalability in today’s data center is increasingly achieved with horizontal, scale-out solutions, which often include large quantities of simple servers. The usage model of scale-out hardware is drastically different than that of traditional enterprise platforms, and requires a new approach to management.SNIA Swordfish™The SNIA Swordfish™ specification helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. SNIA Swordfish is an extension of the DMTF Redfish specification, so the same easy-to-use RESTful interface is used, along with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Open Data Protocol (OData), to seamlessly manage storage equipment and storage services in addition to servers.Chinook spawns and expands RedfishDell, through work in the industry group codenamed Chinook (Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, VMware, and Intel), submitted work in PCIe Switch, BIOS and local storage models to the DMTF SPMF (RedFish).  Chinook submissions to the SPMF for Redfish expand coverage with the goal of addressing all the components in the data center with a consistent API enabling customers and operators to better deal with the velocity of deployment and management of constantly evolving technologies.DMTF Shares Redfish In-Band Host Interface PlansDMTF’s innovative Redfish standard continues its fast progression, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Scalable Platforms Management Forum (SPMF). Now on version 2016.2 (recently released in final form), Redfish work to date has focused on defining a TCP/IP-based out-of-band interface between a client and a management controller.  As SPMF continues its open approach, responding to feedback and addressing the needs of the industry, the group’s Host Interface Task Force is working to add an in-band host interface to Redfish. This will allow applications and tools running on an Operating System (both deployment and production) to communicate with the Redfish service, which is managing the system using the Redfish API.Today I’m happy to report progress on #2) lack of new industry standard around a modern IO/Memory fabric at rack scale, which is needed for full composability.Introducing Gen-Z – New Gen-Z consortium to develop scalable, high-performance fabric technology aimed at simplifying data access at rack scale.On October 11, 2016 – A group of leading technology companies announced the Gen-Z consortium, an industry alliance working to create and commercialize a new scalable computing Interconnect and protocol. This flexible, high-performance memory semantic fabric provides a peer to peer interconnect that easily accesses large volumes of data while lowering costs and avoiding today’s bottlenecks. The alliance members include AMD, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Cray, Dell EMC, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, IDT, Lenovo, Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., Microsemi, Micron, RedHat, Samsung, Seagate, SK Hynix, Western Digital and ilinx.Modern computer systems have been built around the assumption that storage is slow, persistent, and reliable while data in memory is fast but volatile. As new Storage Class Memory technologies emerge that drive the convergence of storage and memory attributes, the programmatic and architectural assumptions that have worked in the past are no longer optimal. The challenges associated with explosive data growth, real-time application demands, the emergence of low latency storage class memory, and demand for rack scale resource pools require a new approach to data access.Gen-Z provides the following benefits:High Bandwidth, Low Latency: Simplified interface based on Memory Semantics, scalable to 112GT/s and beyond with DRAM class latenciesAdvanced Workloads and Technologies: Enables data centric computing with scalable memory pools and resources for real time analytics and in-memory applications. Accelerates new memory and Storage innovation.Compatible and Economical: Highly software compatible with no required changes to the Operating System. Scales from simple, low cost connectivity to highly capable, rack scale interconnect.Why do we need Gen-Z?System memory is flat or shrinkingMemory bandwidth per core continues to decreaseMemory capacity per core is generally flatMemory is changing on a different cadence compared to the CPUData is growingData that requires real-time analysis is growing exponentiallyThe value of the analysis decreases if it takes too long to provide insightsThe industry needs an open architecture to solve the problemsMemory tiers will become increasingly importantRack-scale composability requires a high bandwidth, low latency fabricMust seamlessly plug into existing ecosystems without requiring OS changesWhat is a Memory Semantic Fabric?Handles all communication as memory operations such as load/store, put/get and atomic operations typically used by a processorMemory semantics are optimal at sub-microsecond latencies from CPU load command to register storeUnlike, storage accesses which are block based and managed by complex, code intensive, software stacksWhy Now?The emergence of low latency, Storage Class Memory (SCM) and the demand for large capacity, rack scale resource pools, and multi node architecturesGen-Z Consortium MissionCreate a next generation interconnect that will bridge existing solutions while enabling new unbounded innovationDevelop in an open, non-proprietary standards body where adoption, differentiation and innovation is promoted as an industry standard.About the Gen-Z ConsortiumA Transparent Organization: Gen-Z has been formed as a not-for-profit organization, its ongoing development occurs on the basis of an open decision-making procedure available to all interested parties.Wide availability: The Gen-Z standard will be published and available free of charge.End-User Choice: There are no constraints on the re-use of the standard. Gen-Z creates a fair, competitive market for implementations of the standard.Equality: Gen-Z does not favor one implementer over another.As I have said in previous blogs, the path to composability will be a journey that requires new thinking and new technologies.   With Gen-Z in place, along with continued advancement on Open & Standard Software APIs, the industry is now one step closer to enabling a future composable data center.  Now it’s time to get busy and build the future based on these new technologies.In conclusion, truly composable infrastructure is becoming more possible in the future.  At Dell EMC, we’re actively working to make true composable infrastructure a reality in the long run – expanding Redfish/Chinook and now Gen-Z are great examples of Dell EMC working with industry leaders on the journey. We’ve already delivered innovative and transformative solutions like Active System Manager, PowerEdge FX architecture, Open Networking, and G5/DSS 9000 that make progress towards the desired end state.  We are working hard to address the key issues to deliver a true “fully composable infrastructure”.last_img read more

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Dell EMC Opens Up New Brownfield Opportunities for Energy Organizations

first_imgIn the energy industry, shrinking margins driven by competition and new sources of energy are forcing an increased focus on improving operational efficiency. Organizations must center their attention on activities that prolong the life of their existing assets, known as ‘brownfield projects’, as a key to remaining viable.Today at Momentum 2016 in Barcelona, we introduced a new solution and a new consulting service, as well as the evolution of other solutions for the energy and engineering (E&E) industry.With these releases, we are reinforcing our commitment to providing content solutions which enable services that range from streamlining exploration efforts to bridging asset operations and brownfield projects and beyond, all designed to create greater functionality and lower TCO.Dell EMC Documentum Asset Operations Many energy enterprises deal with disconnected data management silos that prevent fast and accurate access to key information, while others still rely on manual records and processes that are slow, error-prone and result in increased costs. Further complicating the accuracy of and access to organizational operations and maintenance documents is of the manual transfer from recurring brownfield projects.The new features included in EMC Documentum Asset Operations 2.1 simplify concurrent engineering and seamless handover by managing operations and project documents together, breaking down information management silos. Asset Operations 2.1 enables an organization to manage operations and project information on a single platform so every user can access important information whenever and wherever needed. Asset Operations 2.1 also supplies consistent access and user interfaces across the entire asset lifecycle, simplifying the user experience and increasing adoption.Dell EMC Documentum Supplier Exchange Asset Operations compliments Dell EMC Supplier Exchange, the cloud computing solution that streamlines distribution and approval of transmittals and deliverables within a global network of suppliers, vendors, and partners. Supplier Exchange offers simple, intuitive user interfaces, structured workflow and notifications and secure access to content in a centralized space versus using email and shared drives.ExplorationDell EMC also provides extensive industry support through ECD Professional Services to tailor the solution to a customer’s need, reducing project timelines and total cost of ownership, which is the genesis of the Exploration solution. Companies frequently engage in a lengthy, multi-faceted oil exploration process, which includes multiple evaluations from assorted teams, before initiating a drilling project. The organization and management of complex research and activity can be further complicated by inaccurate and duplicate documentation, a lack of traceability, accountability, auditability of information, inefficient collaboration amongst work teams and the inability to mitigate risk and meet regulatory requirements.Dell EMC Documentum Exploration addresses these challenges, supporting oilfield projects with industry-standard functionality that includes:Streamlined document management – for controlling documents throughout the exploration and production processVisibility into document and exploration status – for revealing the relationships between exploration documentsFast access to critical documents – for reducing reliance on SharePoint or shared drives, removing information silosEnhanced team collaboration – for eliminating organizational boundaries without sacrificing processes or securityBetter decision-making – by providing fast, reliable access to accurate informationBuilt-in templates and industry-standard workflows – for providing a rapid, repeatable setup to avoid delaysAs a leader in enterprise content management for the E&E industry, Dell EMC has focused on helping customers address the challenges of improving operational efficiency for years. With today’s announcements, we believe we have taken a few more dramatic steps forward in making it easier than ever to access information, whenever, wherever, from within critical business systems, or in the field.Additional Resources:Learn more about Dell EMC Documentum Asset Operations.Learn more about Dell EMC Documentum Exploration.last_img read more

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Navigating the Nuances of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Appliances and Rack Systems

first_imgThe term appliance is loaded because it implies something that is usually single-purposed, something that doesn’t scale, ergo “a toaster”In truth, a modern turnkey IT appliance relies on a lot of sophisticated engineering to create a truly elegant IT management experience across multiple application scenarios. It’s not a toaster, it slices, it dices, it can handle anything you can throw at it!As hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances become more robust, the decision as to when to employ appliances versus more monolithic systems is moving from a debate to a conclusion.It shows in the numbers. As we approach the first anniversary of the merger of Dell and EMC, the value of the Power of One approach we provide has never been clearer. In fact, Gartner just observed that Dell EMC was the one among the top five server vendors to gain market share in the first quarter of 2017 – and the strength of open, industry standard rack mount PowerEdge Platforms has been a huge part of that.The other huge part has been the incredible growth in the last two years has been turnkey HCI appliances for a variety of applications across the data center, and there is a feedback loop with the strength of the PowerEdge server familyDoes VxRail scale? You bet it does.VxRail Appliances from Dell EMC can scale to 64 nodes to create a cluster with up to 98TB of memory, over 2800 processor cores and more than 2.9 PB of raw storage. That’s enough IT infrastructure horsepower to support most enterprise IT applications, and of course, there’s nothing stopping customers from having multiple VxRail clusters (and many do).Organizations are adopting HCI appliances to run traditional applications that need enterprise resiliency at the same time as they invest and deploy more cloud-native applications.In both cases the ability to scale rapidly to provisioning of resources in a heartbeat is important. In addition, the ability to run multiple traditional and cloud native applications on a single appliance or cluster enables significant consolidation across the data center – and more importantly simplification.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BLZ13PbvykSimplification is the key to realizing improved operational efficiencies, better infrastructure availability, and increased IT agility. Ease of management and significant reduction in administrative tasks enables IT specialists to now focus on more strategic business initiatives rather than lower level functions that are now automated.However, not all HCI appliances are created equal. *Principled Technologies recently put VxRail to the test against HCI appliances from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE). First, they tested VxRail against the HC 380 in a lab environment and the results were very compelling: VxRail enables you to transact business up to 70 percent faster and support up to 50 percent more customer requests than HPE HC 380 while reducing your storage footprint by 1/3.**Principled Technologies followed that test with another test, this time against HPE’s latest high-profile acquisition, SimpliVity. We found that VxRail runs your databases up to 177% faster, processes up to 104% more orders per minute, and delivers up to 85% faster response times than HPE SimpliVity 380. Frankly, the results surprised us too.To find out more about the Principled Technologies test of VxRail vs. SimpliVity, visit DellEMC.com/Compare-VxRail.One of the biggest reasons Dell EMC is gaining market share at the expense of rivals is that a HCI appliance from Dell EMC running VMware software supports 177 percent more database transactions that a similarly configured HCI appliance from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) running software HPE gained when it acquired Simplivity.This is rooted in a simple fact. VxRail is the HCI Appliance that VMware and Dell EMC have jointly engineered. It’s built by one team, and it leverages vSAN as its software-defined storage. Not only is vSAN uniquely integrated into the vSphere kernel, but with VxRail also means that there is never a question about vSphere release timing, hardware/software validation, the details of lifecycle management is handled, the way to integrate data protection (it’s included!). Perhaps most importantly, with VxRail you never get stuck between vendors on roadmap or support.For customers who are ready to move beyond HCI Appliances, HCI Rack Scale systems like VxRack – in both VMware Cloud Foundation and FLEX variations bring the physical and software defined networking domain into the HCI system. And yes, there are some applications and workloads that need a traditional converged stack – and those use cases are very important to customers. It’s not about HCI Appliances vs. HCI Rack Scale Systems vs. Converged Infrastructure – it’s about the right tool for the job, and partners with the simple portfolio to help you.Regardless of the platform employed, fully integrated management allows IT generalists to accomplish so much more than ever before. The goal is to eventually standardize all data center infrastructure using HCI and rack servers. In the meantime, organizations should be looking for an HCI solution that can easily coexist in the data center full of rack-based servers with the eye towards, phasing in more modern infrastructure whenever possible.We’re committed to make it possible to unify the management of HCI appliances and rack-scale systems as rapidly as possible. Dell EMC has invested a lot of time and money to developing a unique infrastructure management framework that makes managing our HCI platforms significantly simpler than any rival offering. Over the last year we’ve been transferring those capabilities to our CI platforms as well. There may even come a day soon when we completely unify the management of our VMware integrated HCI/Rack Scale systems (VxRail and VxRack using VMware Cloud Foundation), and also unify the management model of our horizontal, multi use cases HCI (VxRack FLEX) and CI (VxBlock) platforms – hint, hint, nudge, nudge.All application workloads are not created equal. There’s always going to be a need for different classes of IT infrastructure to right size applications. Dell EMC uniquely provides our customers with a full portfolio of pre-integrated HCI and CI offerings optimized to make running any class of application workload required. That means IT organizations no longer need to spend their own precious time tinkering with IT infrastructure. As critical as IT infrastructure is, the business value any organization derives from IT is inherently provided by the applications they run. Every minute an IT organization spends fiddling around with IT infrastructure results in applications taking longer to be deployed in a production environment.Every IT organization that has ever configured systems on their own also knows that the documentation for how those systems are configured is spotty at best. It’s not uncommon for the institutional memory associated with how those systems are configured to walk out the door every time an IT administrator takes a new job. Our single-minded focus at Dell EMC is to reduce the mean time to achieving business value from IT by reducing the amount of time it takes to stand up an application environment using modern IT infrastructure.Whether it’s an appliance or rack-based system the HCI platforms Dell EMC manufactures come pre-integrated with software stacks optimized for VMware, integrated data protection – and a partner who is responsible for everything in the stack, not just at deployment, but through its full lifecycle. We’re confident experienced IT professionals will appreciate all the IT infrastructure capabilities our engineers have baked into Dell EMC platforms. You can always go the DIY route… but why the heck would you?____________________________________________________________[1] Principled Technologies report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Empower your databases with strong, efficient, scalable performance,” June 2017, comparing a similarly configured Dell EMC VxRail P470F vs. HPE Hyper Converged 380, using 50ms think time and 36 VMs. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage, and manufacturing variability.2 Principled Technologies report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Handle more orders with faster response times, today and tomorrow,” July 2017, comparing a similarly configured Dell EMC VxRail P470F vs. HPE SimpliVity 380, using 50ms think time and 36 VMs. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage, and manufacturing variability.last_img read more

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At Dell, Veterans Get by With a Little Help From Their Friends

first_imgEmployee Resource Group Provides Strong Support NetworkPrior to 2011 when the Veterans & Supporters Employee Resource Group (ERG) was formally started, Air Force Veteran Tina Schroer, contracts program manager within Federal Sales Operations at Dell, saw firsthand the benefit of supporting the veteran community in the workplace. While attending an event aimed at helping veterans assimilate back into the civilian culture after a deployment, one individual stood out to her.“I just had a feeling that he wasn’t really comfortable with what was going on,” she said. “I was noticing his body language. Afterward, I was talking with him and he explained that he was in the National Guard and he had just returned from about two years on active duty. He was working to get his adrenalin down and make sure that his family and his work environment were taken care of.”Schroer reached out to one of her Dell colleagues who was also in the National Guard to connect the two with one goal: to help one another.“I asked them if they could meet to share pointers on assimilating back home,” she said. “They did, and then every so often, I would touch base with both of them just to see how it was going.”All told, they met with each other for about a year and it really helped them both to have a confidante at work.Fast forward to present day, and Dell now has a vibrant Veterans & Supporters ERG that is growing in membership every year. The group formalizes many supports for its members; one component is mentoring veterans who are transitioning into civilian life.“Ever since we started the Employee Resource Group, we’ve incorporated ensuring that we support our members both during deployment and when they return,” Schroer said. “We now have individuals that managers can reach out to in order to help returning veterans assimilate back into the workforce.”Marine Corps Veteran Matt Koskinen, an associate test engineer at Dell, appreciates the opportunity to continue his relationships with fellow veterans through the Veterans & Supporters ERG.“Having that involvement and tie with your fellow veterans is certainly something you miss when you leave the military,” he said. “It’s more than having your college roommates or a sports team. It was your family. You work with these people every day. It’s not often understood by civilians, so it’s good to have that unspoken bond with someone at work.”Koskinen has enjoyed judging a high school STEM competition and assembling care packages for troops overseas with the Veterans & Supporters ERG. In addition to participating in community events, and local volunteer efforts, the ERG hosts sessions that would be of interest to its members.“We have guest speakers that are Dell veterans. They come in and talk to veterans and veteran supporters as part of the ERG,” Army Veteran Alejandro Rivas, a learning and development Consultant at Dell, said.Topics covered at sessions range from assimilating into civilian culture to what benefits are available to veterans; both from Dell and from the military. Dell has engaged the Federal Veterans Administration to educate ERG members on their military benefits, for example. There are a lot of benefits that veterans may not even be aware that they have access to at the local and state level. Bringing those resources into the workplace to give veterans and veteran supporters greater access to that knowledge is a fundamental part of the ERG.Beyond the real need for support of veterans, the community that continues to flourish is a lot of fun for ERG members.“We had a bowling event,” Rivas said. “Our teams were divided between Air Force, Army, Marine and Navy, and of course we had a healthy competition there.”Find out more at https://jobs.dell.com/military.last_img read more

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How Collaboration and a Multi-Cloud Strategy Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

first_imgIt’s amazing to think that within my lifetime I will travel to work in a self-driving car; I’ll have conversations with my fridge about what’s for dinner; and I’ll receive customer service from Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered chat bots. Developments in technology are taking these once-fictional scenarios and planting them in our very near future.As we innovate tirelessly to bring these solutions to life, we will fundamentally change the way we interact with machines. In fact, our recent study, ’Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future’, shows that most business leaders (80 percent) in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) believe humans and machines will work together as integrated teams within five years.APJ organizations are embracing new technologies as they digitally transform, and these new technologies create the path to more human-machine partnerships. Take AI for example – the research showed that 81 percent of business leaders expect to use AI to pre-empt customer demands within five years. This is encouraging, but for organizations to fully realize the value of emerging technology it’s essential they make the right IT transformation decisions around their cloud computing approach.As I meet with business and IT leaders from around the region, I realize many of them still live with the baggage of past decisions; with cloud adoption having often been a tick in the box rather than part of a wider strategy. Over the years, we’ve seen high public cloud adoption but are now also witnessing a shift to private or hybrid clouds and partnerships with cloud service providers to meet varied business requirements and workloads. In fact, we’ll see more than 70 percent of enterprises in APJ turning to a multi-cloud strategy by 2018, according to IDC.So, although it is clear that the future is multi-cloud, organizations are facing significant challenges managing the complexity and demands that this multi-cloud world brings.Managing this complexity to truly realize the value of emerging technologies requires a strong focus on collaboration. Let me explain why, and share some thoughts on building the right collaborative approach in your organization:Put the customer at the centre Customer experience is a key competitive differentiator in today’s market and multi-cloud environments are increasingly being used to transition to new customer engagement models. In fact, making customer experience a boardroom concern is a priority amongst almost 9 in 10 businesses in APJ, according to our Realizing 2030 research. With IT departments and CIOs taking on more strategic roles as facilitators between various internal and external partners, keeping all parties focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience will help foster collaboration and partnership.Recognize it’s all about the dataCloud native apps are key to delivering innovation, an enhanced customer experience, and driving differentiation across all industries. No wonder 45 percent of APJ leaders are already investing in technology to bring apps into the cloud, whether public or private (e.g. hybrid cloud) – with another 47 percent planning to invest over the next five years.However, it’s not just about technology, it’s also about investing in the right talent and skills, and in this multi-cloud world we are seeing the need for DevOps to evolve beyond just delivering cloud native apps. With data volumes increasing thanks to emerging technologies, it will be the organizations that recognize the arrival of DataOps and find effective ways to collaborate to manage data that will accelerate their digital transformations.Form future-focused partnershipsMulti-cloud is just the beginning. As our CTO John Roese shared in his 2018 predictions, the future is the mega cloud, where a system of clouds collaborate and interwork. This is the next generation of IT infrastructure and it will require even closer collaboration between IT and the business; with a strong focus on building true strategic partnerships internally.For IT leadership, Hemal Shah, our APJ CIO, nicely sums up how he is seeing this partnership approach evolve in a recent IDG ‘The Connected CIO’ eBook sponsored by Dell EMC: ‘Smaller, self-sufficient, dedicated teams are emerging in larger enterprises and are focused on innovation and providing opportunities for application developers, data scientists and others in IT to partner with senior executives in identifying new opportunities.’By focusing on building strong collaboration foundations today, organizations will be able to accelerate their transition to mega cloud in the years ahead.Emerging technologies will bring many incredible transformations to our lives, and the cloud will play a vital role in making this future a reality. The way we use cloud infrastructure is changing – and quickly – and this evolution needs to be paired with the right culture in order to realize the true value of these new technologies. By focusing on collaboration, APJ leaders will put their organization on a smoother and faster path to digital transformation.last_img read more

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[The Source Podcast] Global Partner Summit

first_imgPriority #1: Help our Partners Help our Customers!The conference inside the conference, The Dell Technologies Global Partner Summit was hosted by Global Channel, OEM and IoT President, Joyce Mullen (@Joyceatdell).The theme ROARED off the stage as Joyce highlighted our 2017 accomplishments and new Programs and Solutions specific to our channel partners for 2018.  Our #1 Priority is helping our Global Partners and OEMs help our joint customers.I caught up with Joyce just a few minutes after the Global Partner Summit Keynote.  From the Dell EMC Ready Stack Certified Reference System to the Dell EMC MyReward Program, the excitement is clearly contagious.Looking to learn more about becoming a Dell Technologies partner?  Visit dell.com/partner and be sure to follow @DellEMCPartners.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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Judge denies bail for Arkansas man charged in Capitol riot

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has denied bail for a 60-year-old Arkansas man who posed for photos with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Chief Judge Beryl Howell said Thursday that Richard Barnett’s behavior was “brazen, entitled, and dangerous,” and she called him “one of the stars of this assault.” Barnett is charged with entering a restricted building while carrying a dangerous weapon; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property or records. Prosecutors say Barnett was caught on video carrying a 950,000 volt stun gun during the raid.last_img read more

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Slain FBI agents worked to protect children from abusers

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI has identified the child pornography suspect who fatally shot two FBI agents at a Florida apartment complex as 55-year old David Huber. Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in Tuesday’s shooting. The agents were part of a group serving a search warrant on Huber’s apartment. Three other agents were wounded. Huber killed himself after a standoff. Florida court records show Huber with only minor traffic violations. He had no listing as a sex offender and no Florida prison record. Records show he owned computer consulting businesses from 2008 until last year.last_img read more

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Biden dogs to make appearance during Puppy Bowl

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s dogs will make an appearance during the Puppy Bowl this weekend. The two German Shepherds, Champ and Major, will appear alongside first lady Jill Biden in a public service announcement focused on mask-wearing set to air during Puppy Bowl XVII. The event, which features a group of rowdy puppies playing in a model stadium and airs as an alternative to the Super Bowl every year, is focused on raising awareness about adopting shelter pets — something the Bidens’ have experienced themselves. They adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association, and he is the first shelter dog to move into the White House.last_img read more

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