In late-March, Ghost Light released their long-awaited debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets. The album has been in the works for the better part of two years. During their time on the road since work on the project began, Ghost Light has become one of the most exciting and in-demand live bands on the circuit.Recently, Ghost Light stopped by Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Studios for a special Echo Sessions performance. Presented by iAmAVL, the band—comprised of Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Dan Africano, and Scotty Zwang—worked through a majority of Best Kept Secrets material, including “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear”, “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”, “Best Kept Secret”, and “Diamond Eyes”, along with a cover of American Babies‘ “Streets Of Brooklyn”.Watch pro-shot video of Ghost Light’s lengthy Echo Sessions performance below:Ghost Light – Echo Sessions (Pro-Shot)[Video: Iam AVL]Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour continues on Thursday, May 9th with a performance at Hamden, CT’s Space Ballroom. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information and ticketing, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Ghost Light | Echo Sessions | Echo Mountain Studios | Asheville, NCSet: Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear, Best Kept Secret > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Diamond Eyes, Streets Of Brooklyn (American Babies ) > Best Kept SecretGhost Light 2019 Tour Dates:5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/6 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderlands Music Festival1/7 – 1/2, 2020 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseView Tour Dates
In today’s age of digital disruption, one of the greatest challenges that companies face is the need to keep up with evolving technology. Speed and agility are key to a successful IT transformation, and organizations that can handle transformational workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-native applications, have a significant advantage over those that can’t.On one end of the spectrum are the innovative companies, with modern data center infrastructure and IT automation in place. On the other end are older businesses with slow, outdated process. A recent ESG study focused on the differences between them describes these two stages as “modernized” and “aging.”One key difference between the two stages is that aging companies typically prioritize predictability and reliability, while modernized companies prioritize speed and agility.  In the past, IT departments were solely focused on traditional workloads like website, email, file, print, etc. They had to keep the basics up and running for the business to function. But the industry is shifting, and companies needs change as they move through their IT transformation. While reliability will always be important, the status quo is no longer enough. Today’s modernized companies must focus on speed and agility, so they can quickly process the enormous amounts of data that these transformational workloads require.The same ESG study identified another key difference between modernized and aging companies: the use of modular servers in their infrastructure. ESG found that modular servers make up an average of 20% of a modernized company’s total server infrastructure, compared to only 5% in aging companies.1 That’s a significant difference, and plays a huge role in setting modernized companies apart from their aging counterparts.How Modular Helps with Transformational WorkloadsBecause modernized companies favor speed and agility over predictability and reliability, they need to make sure they have modern data center infrastructure in place. New, data-intense workloads such as AI and ML have different hardware requirements. Modular servers can play a critical role here, because they are flexible, agile and easy to manage. Modernized companies understand this need, which is why so many already have a modular compute strategy in place.How Does Modular Help with Transformational Workloads?Modular infrastructure combines server, storage and networking – along with unified management software – so that users can easily tailor workloads and expand over time. It can meet the needs of both traditional and transformational workloads by providing the following benefits:Increased Scalability – Modular servers give you the flexibility to adjust resources to deliver the compute, storage, and network performance needed to accelerate both traditional and transformational workloads. In fact, an ESG study found that 57% of modular server users reported increased scalability benefits to the organization. 1Easier Management – Users can automate the management of compute, storage and networking resources with integrated, easy-to-use tools and spend less time on routine maintenance. Modular servers improved manageability for 50% of surveyed IT organizations. 1Faster Deployment – Modular infrastructure helps accelerate your time-to-value by quickly deploying traditional and transformational workloads. ESG found that the average benefit was a 35% reduction in deployment time among modernized organizations using modular. 1Improved Reliability – Users can adapt and respond with non-disruptive upgrades and minimal downtime. Modernized IT organizations are twice as likely as aging orgs to experience higher reliability with modular compute. 1Decreased OPEX – Modular is the original “pay as you grow” model, because it allows you to purchase only what you will use now, then add to it as your needs change. The average reduction in procurement costs by purchasing modular servers (compared to alternatives) was 32% among modernized organizations using modular. 1Once an organization has the right infrastructure in place, it can more easily adopt transformational workloads. These innovative technologies help companies save time, increase productivity, decrease operating costs, and increase revenue. Meanwhile their competitors will be left further and further behind. Aging companies simply can’t offer the same services or customer experiences and ultimately run much less efficiently.No matter what state of IT transformation your company is in, it’s worth considering whether modular servers can take your business to the next level. To learn more about modular infrastructure, read ESG’s full white paper Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact. Source: ESG White Paper Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact, commissioned by Dell EMC, August 2018
CHICAGO >> The red, white and blue flags extending from Wrigley Field’s top deck whipped fiercely in a westerly wind as lightning flashed in the distance Tuesday afternoon. A light rain pelted Chicago’s North Side. The bleak, gray sky foretold gloom and so did the Dodgers’ injury report — first Alex Wood flew to Los Angeles to get an MRI on his left elbow, then Yasiel Puig was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore left hamstring.A funny thing happened on the way to the Apocalypse.Scott Kazmir pitched better than he had in his last 10 starts, dating to his 2016 debut. The left-hander gave up one hit, one walk and hit one batter in six innings against the Chicago Cubs. Nobody scored, the bullpen preserved a slim lead and the Dodgers won 5-0.“He’s our No. 2 (starter),” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “and he’s had a lot of success at this level. So to now be healthy and to feel good, he’s seeing the results. He gave us a big lift tonight.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think the most important part of the game was getting those walks late in the seventh, driving (Arrieta’s) pitch count up,” Kazmir said.The Cubs hadn’t lost a regular-season game started by Arrieta since July 25 of last year, a streak of 23 starts. The Dodgers ended the streak one day after they put only two runners on base against five Cubs pitchers, losing 2-0.“We know we’re going to grind,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got a lot of professional hitters that can get the job done. For us it’s just about grinding out every at-bat like we always do, no matter who’s on the mound, and being able to take a team approach. Our plan was to try and get him out early and get to the bullpen. It wasn’t that early, but when we did get to the bullpen we took advantage.”Seager’s three-run home run off Trevor Cahill in the ninth inning provided the final score. The rookie shortstop has nine home runs this year, which leads the Dodgers.But the star of the game was Kazmir. The embattled veteran, who signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter, began the day with a 4.84 ERA. He hadn’t pitched without giving up a run since April 5 in San Diego. In nine starts in between, Kazmir went 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA and given up 12 home runs.Kazmir also had been dealing with an injury to his left hand in the area of his thumb. It was enough of a concern that the Dodgers have prohibited the pitcher from swinging a bat most of the season, but he’s been swinging more of late. A member of the Dodgers’ training staff checked on Kazmir at one point during Tuesday’s game, but the pitcher said he was dealing with a callous on his hand; not the thumb injury.With better health comes better results. In his last two starts, Kazmir has given up one run and struck out 19 batters in 12 innings.This one came against baseball’s best team and maybe its best pitcher.“Going into it you know you can’t make too many mistakes,” Kazmir said. “It was just a big win for us.” It’s more than a side note that Kazmir outdueled the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta. The weather abated in time for Arrieta to throw his first pitch 27 minutes after the scheduled start time.The Cubs’ right-hander was dominant in seven shutout innings. He held the Dodgers to two hits and four walks; one of the hits was a swinging-bunt single by Yasmani Grandal. But Arrieta opened the door a crack by loading the bases in the seventh inning on three walks, then slammed the door shut by striking out pinch hitter Justin Turner on three pitches, the last a 94 mph sinker at the knees. That was Arrieta’s 107th and final pitch of the game.Just when it appeared the Dodgers had wasted their only bullet, the Cubs bullpen took over and melted down.Clayton Richard gave up three consecutive singles to begin the eighth inning. The last of them, by Adrian Gonzalez, scored Chase Utley with the game’s first run. Later in the eighth, Corey Seager scored on a sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick.