Sought after side man Asher Fulero is stepping out of the shadows and making his mark with a new band and a decidedly jammy sound. Having worked with dozens of artists in the studio and onstage Fulero has honed his keyboard skills to razor sharpness and it shows on his new live release, Airborne. Playing tunes from his band’s 2015 studio release, Catching Air, Fulero shows a dynamic sound and a deep commitment to musical exploration.Fans of his most visible current gig as part of the Emancipator live band will be pleased to hear elements of that sound present throughout the disc. To help celebrate the release, the band is releasing a series of videos from the show, all edited together by Fulero himself. “I taught myself Final Cut Pro and set out to edit all the footage together myself. I really enjoyed getting to learn another way to bring my music to the people,” said Fulero in a recent chat.Airborne (Live) was recorded at the venerable Goodfoot Pub & Lounge in Portland, Oregon, the band’s home base where their previous studio album was recorded. The show is a wild and exploratory take on the material, with each song well over ten minutes in length. ‘That’s what I love about the jam scene in articular, and why I wanted to form a jam project. Stretching things out, taking the time to find the magic in each piece, is extremely rewarding to me.”With the fourth video segment from the show launching this week and the album finally being made available to the public Asher is excited for fans to hear how the music translates to the stage. Luckily, you can listen and watch for yourselves!Here’s a link to the songs from Airborne, filmed live at the Goodfoot. Enjoy!Check out the Asher Fulero Band’s Bandcamp page for new tracks and tunes including this latest release!
In previous posts, I’ve discussed how scale-out storage needs to live up to its promise to scale out, in performance as well as capacity. Along with storage capacity and performance, enterprise-grade scale-out storage distinguishes itself with functionality. It’s a significant capital and resource investment, and the payback should be solving your storage problems, currently and as your needs grow.Dell EMC Isilon is currently in the eighth generation of its OneFS software on its sixth-generation hardware platform. Since just 2014, customers have deployed over 100,000 Isilon nodes with more than 10 Exabytes of capacity. Over Isilon’s product lifetime, we have engineered a vast list of features that our customers depend on. By comparison, Pure FlashBlade provides little more than basic file services. Let’s take a look at some key differences.Isilon was designed from the ground up to protect your data. This functionality includes snapshots, which allow quick access to read-only copies of older, changed file and directory versions. We’re proud of the power and flexibility of our snapshot implementation, but for network attached storage (NAS), snapshots have become table stakes, required for a “real” product. Pure FlashBlade is shipping without snapshot capabilities, leaving customers dependent on a promise that it will be available at the end of 2017.Moving onto Disaster Recovery / High Availability (DR/HA) capabilities, Isilon-integrated SyncIQ goes beyond simple replication. File systems, directories and individual files can each be replicated at your desired intervals based on their business criticality. Inactive data can be automatically remote archived to reclaim valuable capacity in your production system.By comparison, Pure FlashBlade has no integrated replication at all, leaving it as the customer’s responsibility to handle externally. A separate, attached server, requiring extra support, runs file synchronization software like “rsync,” knowing nothing about file usage or ensuring that files aren’t changing in the midst of replication. Integrated replication, like SyncIQ, uses its privileged system knowledge to assure your data and replicas remain consistent.Customers are enthusiastic about Isilon seamless tiered storage. This enables their data to be automatically and transparently migrated between high performance, economical archive and public or private cloud. This functionality allows Isilon clusters to be built from a mix of nodes of differing performance characteristics – speed and size – providing both high performance and cost-effective overall TCO. Pure FlashBlade offers no tiering at all, as their blades differ only in capacity. That works if your workload requires a separated flash silo, but most are more efficiently conducted as part of the enterprise.The “N” in NAS stands for network, and a mix of standard network protocols are used by clients to talk to that storage. Given the varied nature of NAS workloads, supporting multiple data access protocols on the same storage platform is critical for enterprise customers.Isilon supports Network File System (NFS) v3 and v4, along with Server Message Block (SMB). SMB is a very complex protocol to implement, with many versions and lots of special cases. Thanks to our own highly functional SMB protocol stack, Isilon supports SMBv2 and the newer, more performant and available, SMBv3. Isilon rich support for SMB also includes SmartConnect, providing automatic load balancing and failover of client connections across Isilon nodes.Pure FlashBlade was introduced only supporting NFSv3, but lacking the ability to properly support NFS file locking, a notable deficiency for many workflows. Recently Pure is attempting to remediate these deficiencies by adding NFS Network Lock Manager support and basic support for legacy SMBv2.Given the immensely long and deep list of Isilon features, especially security and compliance – so critically important these days – this posting could go on and on. If you listen to Pure Storage, this isn’t a features race. And we at Dell EMC strongly agree – when looking at highly functional scale-out storage, there’s only one choice: Isilon.
A host of stage and screen favorites will help bring the off-Broadway hit Hello Again to the big screen. Emmy winner Martha Plimpton, Emmy nominee T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Underwood and Glee alum Jenna Ushkowitz have boarded the cast of the film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical. They join the previously speculated Audra McDonald; the six-time Tony-winner will star as Sally (billed as “The Actress” in the stage show).The film will be directed by Tom Gustafson, with Cory Krueckeberg penning the screenplay. No word yet on a release date. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde, Hello Again follows a string of affairs among ten characters through each decade of the 20th century. The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1993 and was revived in 2011 with a cast that included Max von Essen, Elizabeth Stanley and Rachel Bay Jones.Plimpton won an Emmy for her guest performance on The Good Wife. She recently appeared on Broadway in A Delicate Balance and earned Tony nods for Pal Joey, Top Girls and The Coast of Utopia. Knight received an Emmy nomination for his performance on Grey’s Anatomy; he last appeared on Broadway in It’s Only a Play. Willis, winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20, recently made her Broadway debut in Chicago. Funk’s credits include Glee and Awkward on TV and Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway. Underwood has appeared on the small screen in The Following, Dexter and Homeland. Ushkowitz, best known for her role of Tina on Glee, has appeared on stage in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl and Spring Awakening on Broadway.The film is also set to feature Al Calderon and Tyler Blackburn. View Comments