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What is Aquaponics? How it Works & Why an Aquaponic Setup Can Fail


I have another exciting episode for you and
we’re here in Hawaii, on Oahu actually, and today we have a special episode for you
guys all about aquaponics man I’m excited for this episode actually to share with you
guys. This place here is actually called Aquaponics Place. This is a store that specializes in
aquaponics, all the different parts you’ll need for aquaponics, the plants, the fish,
the different, you know, tubs, bins, totes. Everything you need to do an aquaponics system
in your home so that you can start growing your own food today. You know, especially
here in the islands it’s very important to, you know, have a backup plan in case the
ship doesn’t come in. To be able to grow your own food and as much as I like growing
food in the soil and dirt, you know, or the red dirt here, aquaponics systems are great
because now instead of just having vegetables you can also grow your own fish. Whether you
want to keep fish as pets or whether you want to have them as a food source they can grow
a lot of fish and a lot of vegetables to eat, a very well balanced diet. So anyways, what
we’re going to do today is we’re going to go into the aquaponics place and share
with you guys exactly what aquaponics is if you don’t know about it and share with you
some of the components of the system and share with you guys some of the fish that they offer
here. Share with you guys some of the pre-made and pre-built systems you can actually buy
and bring home, anywhere here on Oahu. So we’re here inside the aquaponics place
and if you guys are an aquaponics geek, this is your hang out man. They got all these different
valve things and siphon things and screens and they got all kinds of fittings and they
got basically everything you need to do aquaponics at home. I mean even on the mainland, a store
like this is just unheard of. I’ve never seen a store dedicated to aquaponics. I think
there should be a store like this in every city across the nation so that people can
actually start growing their own food and it makes it easy for people to get all the
supplies and parts, fittings, all this stuff you know because normally you have to go around
to five stores, maybe a plumbing store, a hardware store, a swimming pool store and
a pond store to get all the different things to get a system together. I like that this
is literally a one stop shop to get all your aquaponics needs met. And I’m glad they’re
here on Oahu so that everybody on this island can be growing some food today. What we’re going to be doing next is actually
share with you guys how the aquapoincs system works specifically, so that you’ll be able
to know how it works, and then more importantly be able to set one up and grow food for you
and your family. So now we’re going to share with you guys
what an aquaponics system is and it’s pretty much right here as you guys can see we got
a big tank on the bottom and this is simply a fish tank. It’s holding fish, there’s
lots of fish growing in there. The tilapia that you can eat or just keep as pets and
then what happens is the fish are living in the fish tank and they are getting fed with
the fish food which is the only input in this system. The fish eat the fish food and then
guess what, they create waste much like us right. The fish make the pee and poop and
then that basically gets in the water and then what they do is they take the water and
they pump it up into this top bed. They pump the water up and then the water filters through
this rock here, the cinder, and it basically filters down and goes back in and comes back
out and strains back into the tank there. You can see where it’s all spraying out.
What the plants do is the plants actually filter the fish pee and poop and put it back
into the water. So that’s the simplified version we’re going to talk about in a little
while the more complex version and how this system and why this system really works. It’s
actually a, there’s one big lynch pin that many people may not be aware about in an aquaponics
system that we’ll cover in just a little bit. So next we’re going to show you guys
some of the different edibles that you can grow in an aquaponics system to feed you and
your family. Alright so in this system they got a couple
cool things. First soybeans, yes you can grow soybeans in an aquaponics system. They got
some little Kales right there in addition some mizuna, one of my favorite leafy greens,
especially to grow in the winter time. Also the lettuces, of course the lettuces will
do well in an aquaponics system but they can’t be in full sun. They like it a little bit
shady. Let’s see here, in addition they got some of my favorite, this is the shiso
or also known as perilla and this is a purple shiso. I grow this in my garden every year
and evidently it will do well under an aquaponics, in the cinder right here, check it out, this
basically acts like a bio filter here and this cinder actually unlike other metas that
can be used for the aquaponics has a lot of surface area because they’re literally like
little sponges. In addition it looks like they got a little tomato over there and a
whole bunch of chives growing in this bed. So, this aqauponics system here they got a
whole bunch of strawberries that are currently in the greenery or leafing stage. They’re
seasonal so they’re not producing berries at this time. In addition they have a nice
large egg plant that’s been there a while and also they’re growing lilikoi or passion
fruits that’s growing out of the aquaponics system over and over and over and up the chain
link fence. I think it will be great one day when they have all this lilikoi or passion
fruit with hanging fruits to eat and also show the massiveness of the plant after it’s
been growing a while in the aquaponics system. Other plants that can be grown in aquaponics
are something like this, the basil, looks like it’s doing quite well. They also have
some parsley here and besides the parsley they got the red Russian kale, one of my favorite,
the kales right here. In addition they got the green malabar spinach. I like the purple
Malabar spinach but they got the green Malabar spinach so it’s planted maybe about a month
ago. It’s doing really excellent, this is definitely one of my picks for what I would
grow in the aquaponics system because the Malabar spinach is what’s called a perennial,
edible vegetable. You know some vegetables and some plants actually go through their
life cycle like the lettuce or like the kales but with this guy, this will continue to grow
and keep putting on food for you so you can eat day after day, year after year without
having to continually replant like you do with the lettuce. Over next door here we got
things like more basil, and look at this, this basil’s been growing here a while and
this basil straight up has like woody stems on it. It’s quite old, doing quite well,
although it looks like it does have some still (06:44?) on there that they may want to do
something with but doing quite well and it’s nice and tall there. In addition they’ve
got the Calo or the Taro here which is also grown in the aquaponics system in addition
they got a few beets over there and some rosemary. I know one of my favorite things to grow in
Hawaii for sure is this guy right here, this is the okra, look at those little babies man,
fresh okra, fresh okra is absolutely delicious and I love eating them, especially when they’re
young babies. So over to this bed a few more things they
are growing, things like celery right here. Definitely looking really nice and vibrant
here. Also they got this plant, look at this guy, this guy’s a nice woody stock, really
thick, it’s going to seed and these seeds are actually high in Omega 3 fatty acids as
are the leafy greens that you can eat. This is also the shiso or the perilla. This the
green variety, definitely would encourage you guys to grow the shiso green and the purple
as well as basil as like an herb bed but also don’t forget to grow your leafy greens.
So here’s some collard greens here, I would probably choose the Georgia southern collards
here in Hawaii if I was growing them and let’s see here, here’s a nice large parsley plant,
looks super delicious, looks like it’s growing quite well. So you guys just saw some of the different
leafy greens and edibles that you can grow in an aquaponics system and I always want
to encourage you guys to try and grow different things and experiment because that’s what
this is all about. See what you can get away with, of course some plants are going to do
better than others and of course that depends on how big your system is, how well it’s
draining or not draining which we’ll talk about in a little bit. Also how much sun you’re
getting or how much sun you’re not getting. Very important factors are considered when
selecting different vegetables and herbs to grow in your system. Now besides just the
leafy greens and you guys know that I’m all about my leafy greens, my show is called
growing your greens and I want to encourage you guys to eat two pounds of leafy greens
a day. You know they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. The most nutrition with
the least amount of calories. As you guys know, standard American food, fast food, junk
food, is very high in calories but low in nutrition the greens are very high in nutrition.
Another thing that’s actually pretty good in nutrition for the calories specifically
and for the protein are the fish here. So whether you want to grow your fish and eat
them or you want to have them as pets, you can definitely do that in the aquaponics system.
In just about 10 months, on average, and it depends on the size of your tank and how much
you’re feeding them and what not. Your fish, the tilapia will grow into full size and you
can catch them and eat them. I think they’re fun we’re going to go ahead and go fishing,
see if we can catch a fish here. Think you got to be pretty quick to get one of these
suckers. Not that quick. Alright, I’ll try number 2 let’s see if we can do it. I got
a strategy this time. I’m going to corner them against the wall. Alright! Check it out,
I caught a fish! But I’m going to be nice and let him go. I think if I had the aquaponics
here. I would mostly grow the fish for my pets instead of eating them. I got enough
greens to get enough protein a lot of other nutrients in my garden besides the fish personally. Alright, so now that you guys saw what you
could potentially grow, the plants and the fish. We’re going to kind of dive more in
and explain how exactly an aquaponics system works and the different methods of growing.
We have two different kinds of set ups here. They have like, basically a system that has
just like a flood and drain, kind of floods it and then it drains it maybe some of you
have the system where they’re just constantly feeding it water and the system that you choose
to have is going to have is going to be dependent on the plants you’re growing so for example
some crops can be grown in a system where the roots are constantly in water such as
the lettuce or such as water crest. Whereas most plants are not going to like that level
of water and have the roots wet all the time. They need to get proper aeration. So there
needs to be a flood and drain system where the roots aren’t constantly staying wet.
So now we’re going to go ahead and show you guys both those different systems and
how they do it here at the Aquaponics Place. So this is the first system that we’re going
to show you guys and this is the easiest system to make. If you think of your bathtub, if
you fill up your bathtub with water and it gets too high it has that overfill valve right
so you can never overflow your bathtub and it won’t like leak on your bathroom floor.
Well, this system, growing the lettuce in constant water works pretty much the same
way. So what many systems use is they may use like some kind of raft system and they
generally put this on like some kind of Styrofoam but they choose not to use the Styrofoam here
because the Styrofoam beads will break off, get into the water and contaminate your system.
So they actually have a nice piece of plastic here and let’s go ahead and lift this guy
up. So what’s happening is water is getting pumped in over here on this side and if you
look on the backside, I don’t know if you can see that there but there’s basically
like that overfill drain on your bathtub that’s sucking the water in so water never overflows
but always stay a constant height. The water is kind of being a little bit aerated due
to the flow of the water in and out and you can see in these little net pockets they have
here these little lettuces are growing these little root hairs out and in these net pods
the plants are just set in the cinder and that’s actually just to hold the soil and
also another reason that we’ll talk about in a little bit but these lettuces will grow
really well like this and another thing that will grow well like this also is the water
crest that likes to have it’s roots wet. So now we’re going to show you the 2nd kind
of system they have here. This is a system that actually drains out the water and actually
drains it fairly fast so that the roots are not staying wet because most plants do not
like their roots wet. They will succumb to root rot, possibly other diseases if you that
and that’s all made possible with this guy right here. It’s actually called a bell
siphon and how this works is simple. So we’re going to go ahead and give you guys a close
up to show you exactly how this works. Alright, so how this system works is we got
a grow bed with all the little cinders in here and then they got this little, kind of
mesh thing that does not allow the cinders to go in and they have their overflow tube,
much like the other overflow tube in the lettuce bed. So when the water level that gets pumped
into this bed gets high enough, which is almost there now, what’s going to happen is the
water levels going up and if we look, pull these rocks back here, you can see the water
level right here is getting higher and higher and higher and if we just let it get this
high and go into the overflow tube which it’s almost going to reach in a minute, it’s
always going to stay at that level. Now, this is what happens exactly in the lettuce bed,
the water always stays at a certain level and it’s almost overflowing now. And it’s
just about overflowing now so can check it out so you can see the water running over
the top into the tube there which then returns the water to the fish tank down below and
now you have the water always at this constant level. So what this guy does which is the
bell siphon valve, it basically creates a vacuum or a suction to pull the water faster
than it would just normally drain out. So, for example the water’s draining out here
but it’s never going to go below this exact level that you’re seeing. Now this is the
standard bell siphon that they offer here. Just looks like that it’s basically just
some pvc with a cap on the top. They put some little holes on the bottom, you know, in a
nice shape but actually they have a cool one which is for display purposes only which actually
has a clear top on it. So I don’t know if you’ll be able to see this on the camera
but what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and put this guy over the drain
tube and once again it has cut outs on the bottom. We’re going to put that over the
top and I don’t know if you guys can look in there but what’s happening is this is
creating a massive suction. Look at this water draining out very quickly right. This water’s
draining out very quickly so now the roots are not sitting in a constant water supply
so that they will not get the root rot and it’s a special siphon that siphons the water
out until it’s all siphoned out and then basically it will slowly fill up again until
it’s full. When it gets full again then it siphons all the water out fast again. So
this way you’re getting a drain and flow without any additional appliances or electricity
or anything. It’s all happening on suction. This is definitely an ingenious way to make
this happen and then it’s just kind of cool to look at the water as it’s working in
there and see if it’s sucking or if it’s filling or if there’s air bubbles or if
it’s sucking air or what man. Definitely so cool. Let’s go ahead and fill this guy
back up so this can continue to work how it should. So you guys just learned what you can grow.
Then you learned how to do it are the 2 ways you can accomplish this. Next I want to get
into the Nitti gritty the bare bones of how the aquaponics system works. It’s actually
fairly simple but yet complex on some levels so pay attention to this part. It’s probably
the most important part of this video in my opinion. So as you guys know what happens is you feed
the fish, the fish poop and then the poop is pumped up through and then put into the
top here so that it can filter down and there’s a few components to this system. Number 1
is they got a very simple screen here. So this screen catches all the solid waste you
know cause we don’t want that solid waste going into the gravel bed and get all funky
and stuff like that right. You can then take the solid waste and this is solid fish poo.
(Joking) But this is solid fish waste you can probably wash this out. I’d probably
put it in your garden and use it as a fertilizer. So this is going to catch all that stuff.
Now the non-solids then are going into the cinder bed and what happens is the plants
just don’t absorb those nutrients directly. There’s a middle man involved you know,
when buying things I like to cut out the middle man whenever possible but in this system I’m
afraid you cannot cut out the middle man or the system will not work and it will crash.
So the thing that you’ll need to know for this system to work is, and the middle men,
what they are, are in this bottle here. It jumps starts the system. Now the middle man
will occur naturally but by jump starting the system, you’re guaranteed a system that’s
going to work more effectively and work right the first time. This is actually simply called
organic digesture. So this product reduces the ammonia, phosphate, nitrites and nitrates
actually in there and they do this by a very special way using beneficial microbes, bacteria
and enzymes will break down the bad stuff in the fish poop and make it bio available
for the plants to absorb. So without this critical component, that will also occur naturally
if you don’t want an add it like this. Your aquaponics system can work properly and flourish. The other thing that’s very important is
the medium so they got this cinder here and you know the cinder if you look at that closely,
kind of looks like a sponge. There’s all different cracks and crevices, so this gives
the bacteria and the mirobes a place to live in this system so that they can flourish and
break down the solids from the fish to make it plant absorbable. So yeah, as you guys
know that have been watching me for a while, I’m really into microbes and beneficial
fungi and bacteria and that is truly what makes the aquaponics possible but if you’re
also a home gardener in the ground it also makes a standard garden in your ground possible
and will thrive as well. So now that you guys learned how this system
works, let’s talk about the inputs required to grow the fish and all your plants. Basically
what you need to do is you need to feed the fish so that they can create their bio solids
or their poop to feed your plants plus you need to have the bacteria so all these things
are pretty much a one-time investment. Once you got all those guys going, you’re only
going to need to buy 3 additional things to keep your system going. Number 1 (00:19:00)
you’re going to need the fish food of course, so you know, the fish pellets. They’re maybe
$33.00 for about 40 pounds of food at this time in bulk and I always encourage you guys
to buy it in bulk for the best price. And you’re literally just going to take some
and you’re going to feed the fish. We’re going to throw a little bit of it out there
and check it out, they’re eating back there. But you know the fish food’s all you’re
going to need to keep the fish happy so that they create their poop and their pee because
they are living in water so you’re not going to need to provide that but the few other
things you will need are Number 1 you’re going to need what’s in this little
bag here and what’s in this bag is some special stuff and let’s go ahead and put
the bag back in there for you guys but what’s in the bag is this stuff right here. This
is actually oyster shells so it’s often used, oyster shell, for like (00:19:44?) and
gardening but what this is, this is a PH balancer. So you can use the oyster shells which acts
as a PH balancer so that the fish have the right PH to live in properly. Another thing
you may need depending on where you live are heaters. The tilapia like to grow and live
in the temperature that Hawaii is naturally so you do not need additional heating in Hawaii
but in other places in the country, you may need to actually use heaters to keep your
water warm enough or your fish are not going to do well, they’re not going to grow fast
and they’re not going to make it at all. Another thing you will probably need here
and what they recommend at this aquaponics place is the iron chelate so the iron chelate
helps keep your foliage green. It’s a nutrient that is not provided by the fish food that
will encourage and ensure your plants ae healthy. Now the other thing that I would personally
experiment with that they’re not yet doing here, and hopefully one day they will, is
the rock dust minerals. I would experiment with the aquaponics and adding rock dust minerals,
which will add 70 plus different trace minerals into the water which will also give nutrition
and provide nutrition for your fish but also more importantly for the plants, you know
and for them and so the plants and the fish will have more minerals and be more healthy.
When their more healthy they’re going to grow bigger, grow larger their also going
to be more bug resistant in the case of the plants. Probably disease resistant and have
a stronger immune system in the case of the fish. So I don’t know exactly how much of
that stuff to add but it can be done cause I have heard about people doing it before
and I would highly encourage you guys to look into that and add some rock dust, even in
small amounts to add some of those trace minerals back into your system so that you can grow
some of the most nutritious food ever. So now that you guys know how this system
works, we’re going to explain the anatomy of the system or the parts that you need to
do it and you know here at the Aquaponics Place they’ll supply you with everything
you need including the plants, the fish the containers and the pumps and everything to
do that and as you guys can see behind me, there’s a standard system behind me. Now
the system prices can range from a couple hundred dollars to a thousand or more dollars
depending on how large you want your system. Of course I would always encourage you guys
to buy the biggest system possible because the biggest system that you can buy will produce
more fish and more greens for you to eat faster just in case you need to eat out of your garden
exclusively and not the grocery store. So it’s really simple how these systems work.
You got 2 big tanks, you got the bottom tank which is where the fish live and then you
basically got some concrete blocks that they stack up to make legs like a table. Then they
have basically a 2×4 wooden frame that’s of course the grow bed up top. They have the
bed up top they fill it with the cinder and you plant your plants, I mean really aquaponics
is really that simple. Now whether you buy a constructed set up like this which is all
looking nice and professional or whether you get a standard, what’s called an IBC tote
on Craigslist for $100 dollars, $200 dollars depending on where you live, and cut it down,
it’s really that easy to do an aquaponics system. Even if you’re renting, have a condo
or you know, don’t have land or in ground space, aquaponics system is an excellent way
to use some of the extra space that you have and you don’t necessarily need a nice full
sun spot if you want to grow tomatoes yes, you will need a nice full sun spot but even
in the shade here in Hawaii something like the lettuce and the herbs are going to do
quite well so that you can start providing food for you and your family instead of being
dependent on the grocery store. So did I tell you that the Aquaponics Place
will sell you everything you need including your kit, your fish and yes even your plants.
They got starter plants here for sale and what I’m going to show you guys next is
actually how they start their starter plants actually in an aquaponics system. This is
actually unique cause I’ve never seen this being done anywhere I visited with all the
different aquaponics systems I’ve seen. I’ve never seen anybody do it like this.
So it’s really cool so pay attention to this section if you’re going into aquaponics
and you want to start your own plants from seed. Aquaponics makes it really easy. Alright so this is how they start their seeds
in the aquaponics system. Really cool so you don’t have to use any space, use any kind
of soil. What they got is they got standard seed slot here, standard slat and what they’ve
done is they’ve filled it with Rockwell which is a poplar hydroponics growing medium
that they also do sell here and in the poplar they basically just put the seeds in the little
holes and because this is a flood and drain table, the, you know, this gets wet and then
it drains out so it’s not constantly sitting in water which then you could get, you know,
seed rot but in this way this will get just enough water so that the little seeds can
germinate into little baby plants. Once they germinate, get a little big then they’re
going to transplant them into little individual containers that are next door. So let me go
ahead and show you those guys next. So once they got those little baby plants
started from seeds or actually you can do cuttings like this you’re going to basically
put plants in the little containers here, right, check it out, little containers and
these containers once again have the little holes at the bottom and it’s just growing
in the cinder there and then you just basically bury this down in the aquaponics bed here
just deep enough so that it gets enough water. Enough plants will get fed and once again
they got that bell siphon valve here that’s flooding and draining this so like the roots
aren’t staying constantly drenched in water, it’s getting enough water and this is literally
an automatic watering system for all the baby starts. This is super ingenious. So it looks
like they got, they got here water crest probably my top pick for growing in an aquaponics system.
Water crest is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables on the planet. In addition they
got the kale another yet nutrient dense vegetable. I believe you guys should be eating at least
several times a week. They got the shiso, I love the shiso especially the purple one.
You guys can’t see that, oh there it is. They got a green shiso, they got the chives,
they got some corn growing under the aquaponics. Now probably my favorite crop to grow if I
was here in Hawaii. I’d the water spinach or the Ung Choy. It’s actually, classified
as, from the USDA, as an evasive obnoxious weed so you’re probably not or supposed
to grow it anywhere else in the United States cause it could get in the waterway, all this
kind of stuff but you can grow it here in Hawaii and it will grow fabulously under an
aquaponics system like this and you can literally just take cuttings and replant it. You’ll
have a whole mass of food that will continue to grow day after day, year after year and
the great thing about the Ung Choy is that it will have the nice mild flavor it’s not
strong or bitter, you know, like kale. Some people might not like and it grows real simple
and real easy. I’m all about like sharing with you guys and the best of what I know
to make gardening and make growing food at home really easy. So hopefully after watching this episode,
you now know what aquaponics is, what you can grow, how to grow it and why it works.
I think these are very important fundamental pieces of knowledge that everybody should
know how to grow their own food in this day and age. Whether you live in Hawaii and food
might stop coming in or whether you want to have a backup plan in case trucks stop running,
there’s a financial collapse or whether you just want to eat the healthiest food possible.
Based on the current agriculture system, in my opinion, they’re not growing the healthiest
food possible. To do that you must do it yourself at home, pick it and eat it fresh for higher
levels of nutrition, plus you can add things in like the trace minerals that are not in
foods today. If you are here in Oahu and are interested in getting your own aqauponics
system, I would highly recommend the aquaponics place and you can check them out and learn
more about them on the aquaponicsplace.com. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode coming
at you from Oahu, Hawaii. Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
We’ll see you next time, and remember keep on growing.

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My name is Lars Nygren, and I am CTO at RG19. We are a managed service provider based in the Nordics, and pride ourselves on going beyond solution delivery to act as proactive advisors to our customers. The Nordic managed services marketplace is highly competitive, so you need to stand out to win market share. When an acquisition left us with more than one backup solution (storage management environment we saw an opportunity rather than a challenge. By taking advantage of the IBM partner ecosystem, we could team up with a backup specialist to bring an integrated solution to market together. That is where we come into the picture. I am Magnus Thunberg, from the Marketing and Sales department within Cristie Nordic, a gold-accredited IBM Business Partner with the highest technical know-how in data protection and storage. Like IBM, we realize that today, data is a company’s most valuable resource, so reliable backups are now a business essential rather than a “nice-to-have”. To the end user, the component parts of our new offering are invisible. But behind the scenes, they are benefiting from a combination of RG19 and Cristie’s unique expertise and services, with rock-solid IBM technology – blending the best of all three. We now rely on IBM Spectrum Protect for all of backup our (storage management) needs. With IBM Spectrum Protect, we can offer clients the same security as a major worldwide bank at an extremely competitive price point, bringing enterprise data protection to everyone. Within our value-added model, Cristie’s customers’ data is backed up incrementally so back-up times are very short, and we can automatically send them reports on the success of backups as frequently as they like. Critically, we can also offer automated restore tests and totally transparent pricing on a “pay-for-what-you-use” model. As a result, Cristie can empower its clients with greater control over backups than ever before. Taking advantage of the RG19 solution, powered by IBM Spectrum technology, we can give our clients true peace of mind when it comes to data protection. Now that we have a single backup (storage management) solution, we can achieve greater internal efficiency and increase our business volumes. Both Cristie and RG19 commit to delivering a non-stop service that customers can rely on and that does not break the bank – IBM Spectrum Protect plays a key role in making this possible.

The benefits of certifying IBM Spectrum Scale with the Hortonworks Data Platform by Par Hettinga


So what is IBM launching with Hortonworks in 2Q 2017? We are certifying IBM Spectrum Scale with the Hortonworks Data Platform. We certified IBM Power Systems for the Compute part of HDP in April 2017. What we are now certifying is that the Hortonworks Data Platform can run Spectrum Scale as the Storage layer instead of the default Hadoop Distributed Filesystem, on both Power Systems and x86 using the Spectrum Scale Transparent HDFS Connector. Since this certification is for the Spectrum Scale software, it applies to both the software only version of Spectrum Scale and our integrated appliance called Elastic Storage Server that runs on 2 Power Servers with the Spectrum Scale software and storage hardware in a single node. The main client benefit for running Hortonworks HDP with IBM Spectrum Scale instead of HDFS is the big cost savings resulting from the reduction in the data footprint at the customer site and the ability to do in-place analytics. What happens with the Hadoop Distributed File System in a traditional application environment is that data is stored in multiple NAS boxes and you have to move the data from these NAS filers to the Hadoop Distributed Filesystem before you can run your Hadoop analytics and when this is completed, you will need to move the results back to your NAS filers. As the amount of data that needs to be analyzed grows into the multi Terabyte and Petabyte range, the moving of data from the NAS filers to HDFS becomes not only cumbersome but a very time consuming process potentially taking many hours or even days resulting in stale data being used to generate results because of the long copy process. Because IBM Spectrum Scale supports multiple Storage protocols like POSIX, NFS, SMB/CIFS, iSCSI plus SWIFT and S3 for Object Storage, we are able to build a huge Data Lake and run in-place analytics without the need to copy data as in a typical Hadoop HDFS workflow. What happens is that the applications can store the data in the Spectrum Scale filesystem which is the same place the Hadoop analytics jobs are performed, because now data can be accessed using the Spectrum Scale Transparent HDFS Connector. The second major client benefit is that HDFS normally does a default 3 way replication for data protection and performance. So if you have 5 PBs of data, with a 3 way replication you will need 15PB of storage. Using the IBM Elastic Storage Server running IBM Power Servers and Spectrum Scale software, plus GPFS Native Software RAID you eliminate the need for 3 way replication. So for 5PBs of data you will only need 6.5 PB of Storage. So a cost saving in Storage capacity of more than 40%. In summary, eliminating the need to move data from NAS filers to HDFS, and reducing the amount of storage needed for running Hortonworks HDP, provide compelling reasons for clients to move to an IBM Spectrum Scale or Elastic Storage Server based analytics solution. To get more information on this offering please visit the IBM Spectrum Scale Website.

NREL Spectrum of Innovation


There are many voices calling for a future
of abundant clean energy. The choices are difficult and the challenges daunting. How
will we get there? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory integrates the entire spectrum
of innovation including fundamental science, market relevant research, systems integration,
testing and validation, commercialization and deployment. The innovation process at
NREL is interdependent and iterative. Many scientific breakthroughs begin in our own
laboratories, but new ideas and technologies come to NREL at any point along the innovation
spectrum to be validated and refined for commercial use. NREL’s leadership role in clean energy analysis
informs every stage of the innovation process. Fundamental science. Our scientists unlock
the secrets of energy related physical and biological materials. Market relevant research.
Our researchers couple scientific discovery with market need, focusing on transformative
technologies. Systems integration. NREL experts provide analysis and techniques to help integrate
renewable technologies into existing energy systems. Testing and validation. We help transition
products rapidly from development into production by demonstrating and validating working prototypes
and systems. Commercialization. NREL collaborates with companies to develop successful clean
energy products. Deployment. NREL helps communities, industry,
and government bring proven products and technologies into widespread use. Our state of the art
laboratory of the future in Boulder, Colorado is a model of sustainability, demonstrating
the effectiveness and value of cutting edge technologies. Transforming our energy systems
requires an integrated, market-oriented approach. NREL is at the center of this transformation,
leading across the spectrum of clean energy innovation to advance a future of cost effective,
secure, and sustainable energy systems. [End of Audio]

MSP Databalance Case Study: Business decisions in real time based on fast data-driven Analytics


In our modern datacenters, we prefer IBM infrastructure. For our environment we have a mixed platform from Intel, Linux, Power i and AIX.
For this we use the various IBM Power P, Power i and Intel servers. All these systems are linked using the capabilities of the IBM San Volume Controller, FlashSystem V840 and V7000. As central storage solutions we use the V3700, V7000 and V840 storage systems, because of their excellent speed, reliability and low operating costs. The San Volume Controller is used to easy tier, real time compression and mirroring. With these standard techniques present at our systems we are redundant and thus high available. To insure continuity, we are using Tivoli Storage Manager software on most platforms, fully integrated with our SVC solutions. Together with IBM we can offer all possible cloud solutions for our customers, IAAS, PAAS, SAAS. The SAP platform used by Beeztees is hosted by Databalance Services. Databalance advised Beeztees to put the database servers on IBM Flash Storage. This IBM V840 Flash Storage delivers more than 400 thousand IOP’ s. The other servers have been placed on Easy Tier Storage, resulting in an optimal mix of speed and capacity. In practice the generation of reports, lookup jobs and batches are processed much faster. Databalance is a key partner of Beeztees in the field of automation. Throughout the whole migration Databalance has been involved and has advised and supported us. The result of the last months is a very modern and “state of the art” ERP platform based on SAP software and IBM hardware, which enables Beeztees to stay a few steps ahead of the competition. IBM Spectrum is based on software-defined storage and it enables users to obtain increased business benefits from their current storage products whether from IBM or another vendor. IBM has pioneered in this field since 2003 and supports more than 265 storage systems from several brands. This give you more value from earlier storage investments. Databalance is making use of the IBM Spectrum family in serving its clients. The IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a giving maximum flexibility and reliability by virtualizing the storage. You can also get more benefits by using features like Real Time Compression and Easy Tier. And of course you can create a disaster recovery environment by implementing remote mirroring. With IBM Spectrum Protect you enable a reliable, efficient data protection and resiliency for software defined, virtual, physical and cloud environments.

Ubiquity to enable IBM Spectrum Storage in Containers (Docker & Kubernetes) by Robert Haas


As the CTO for Storage Europe in my previous update I had mentioned I had mentioned that we intended to deliver a way to integrate our Storage in container environments such as Docker Swarm and Kubernetes. Well, this is now a reality, and it is called Ubiquity, thanks to the hard work of a team involving our Research and Development labs across the world. Ubiquity is available as open source, in experimental status at this time. Let me briefly explain here where we see the adoption of containers, and what is this Ubiquity technology enabling in a bit more detail. Many surveys are showing that the adoption of containers, and more specifically Docker, is accelerating, also in the enterprise environments. You may have noticed the announcements by many large companies intending to adopt container for most of their infrastructure. This covers many use-cases, such as traditional applications, HPC, cloud, and devops, for instance. In HPC, the portability of containers ensures that a workload can go from the testing laptop of a scientist to the big supercomputer without changes, that is from quality assurance, to staging, to production, with the same code. In a cloud environment, whether on-premise or not, containers are attractive because they deliver the best resource utilization and scalability, with the smallest footprint and the highest agility. Finally, for devops, containers simplify and accelerate application deployment through the reuse of components specified as dependencies, encouraging a micro-service architecture strategy. In summary, containers are a standard way to package applications and all its dependencies; they are portable between environments without changes; they isolate unique elements to enable a standardized infrastructure; all of that in a fast and lightweight fashion. Now, with the adoption of containers increasing beyond just stateless things such as a load balancer or a web application server, there is a need to provide support for persistent storage, that is, storage that remains after containers stop, so that data sets can be shared, so that the output of analysis can be retrieved by other processes, and so on and so forth. For many adopters of container technology, the persistent storage and data management are seen as the top pain points, hence storage vendors have started to support ways to enable their products in the Docker and the Kubernetes container environments using what is called plug-ins. With the technology we call Ubiquity, because it is targeted to support all of the IBM Storage, in all of the types of container environments, we have now released this ability as well. As I said, it is available at the moment in experimental status, so we’re welcoming feedback, and you can download it as open-source from the public github. In a nutshell, Ubiquity is the universal plug-in for all of IBM Storage. With this plug-in, and the underlying framework, storage can be provisioned, and mounted directly by the containerized applications, without manual interventions. This is key to enable the agility in an end-to-end fashion. This allows you to take advantage, for instance, of our Data Ocean technology such as Spectrum Scale in container environments. This way, you can also take advantage of the unique capabilities of Scale, in terms of performance, scalability, and information lifecycle management. And you can also seamlessly integrate our block storage such as Storwize. We are convinced that containers are going to play a role as important as VMs, if not more. Containers are already the norm in the IBM Bluemix offerings, and have been adopted by our Power and Z products. With Ubiquity we’re now able to close the loop with Storage. We’re collaborating with a number of clients testing Ubiquity already now, so that we can develop this technology to match our clients’ needs. Among many other things, we intend to adapt Ubiquity to the rapid changes occurring in the container frameworks such as the CSI (for Container Storage Interface), currently worked on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) storage working group. To conclude, with this you will get the best of new generation applications with the performance and enterprise support of IBM Storage.

7 Steps To Building A Million-Dollar Business – Systemize Your Business Ep. 3


– These are the seven key
areas you need to master in order to have a successful business. – [Voiceover] The King
of High-Ticket Sales. World’s Highest-Paid Consultant. Media Celebrity. Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneur. Acclaimed TEDx Speaker. International Best-Selling Author. Dan Lok. – The very first step is
what I call attraction. What is it called? – [Audience Members] Attraction. – It means attracting
clients, attracting customers. What do you do? Now notice, I didn’t chase customers. I didn’t say cold-call customers, right? Yes, Ethan.
– [Ethan] Build a sales model. – Yeah, some kind of a system, a marketing system that
attracts your ideal clients. Attraction. If as a business owner, as an entrepreneur I always say if you don’t have
a predictable consistent way of attracting clients,
you don’t have a business you have an expensive hobby. If you don’t have a way
that you can buy customers, you know exactly your
acquisition cost per a customer. You don’t have a way to do that you don’t have a
business, you have a hobby because you’re relying on hope. You’re relying on the phone
hopefully it might ring, and it might ring this month, it might ring six months from now. That’s not a business, that’s
not how you grow a business. So attraction. Second thing is retention. It’s good to get those customers, but what’s the point of
getting those customers if you can’t keep them? Does that make sense? Keeping those customers,
retaining those customers. Client retention, second step. Third step is client optimization. Meaning you’re maximizing,
optimizing the value of each customer that
comes in through your door. For example, a customer comes in, typically they spend $1,000
with you a year, let’s say. If you can optimize the value
and instead of spending $1,000 and they’re spending $1,500 with you, you’re optimizing the value of the client. There are only three
ways to grow a business. How many ways? – [Audience Members] Three.
– Three. Increase the number of
customers that you get. Increase the frequency of each purchase. Increase the transaction size. That’s it. There are only three ways,
it’s not that complex. Increase the number of clients. Increase the frequency. Increase the transaction size. Increase the frequency, if they buy from you two times a year. Can they do three times a year? Can they do four times a year? If they’re spending 1,000
can they spend 1,500? Can they spend 2,000? Then it’s systematization and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. I’ve always talked about
attraction, retention, optimization but today we’re going to
focus on systematization. Now notice, I didn’t put
systematization as the first step, it’s the fourth step. Why is that? Why is that? Ethan. – [Ethan] You need something to systemize. – You need something to systemize. And the last thing you
want is to systemize stuff that doesn’t work. Could you have a system
that actually doesn’t work? Yeah, we could. We could. You’re doing this, “I don’t
know, let’s just systemize it.” Well, what system is
designed to do is to design to create a predictable result. If you have a lousy
result, you systemize it what are you going to get? Yeah, you’re going to get
lousy results predictably. That’s not what you want. So systematization. Then once you systemize it,
then you can delegate it. That’s when you’re building a team. Getting out of that
technician role and say, “You know, I’m going to build a team.” Now, the challenge here is if you try to delegate without system what’s going to happen? [Audience Member] Chaos. – Chaos. [Audience Member] You lose lots of money. – You lose a lot of money, yes. What’s going to happen? – [Audience Member] Inconsistent. – Inconsistent. And that’s why entrepreneurs
sometimes complain, “How come they don’t care like I do? “How come they don’t do things my way? “How come they can’t think like me?” Well, here’s the thing,
if they think like you they won’t be working for you. Let’s face it. So that doesn’t work. If you don’t have a
system for them to follow and you hire someone, you’re depending on their personality to perform. Let me say this, people
are very hard to manage. How many agree with that? People are, it’s a bitch
to try to manage them. Don’t manage them, manage your system and have your people run the system. Have them run the system. That’s why I challenge
you, go to McDonald’s and say, “Hey, you know what? “Where’s your owner?” “She ain’t here.” “What do you mean?” “She is not here.” “You mean she’s not flipping the burgers?” “No.” “She’s not at the cash register?” “No. No.” “She’s not mopping the floor?” “No.” “Where is she?” “I don’t know.” Why does the McDonald
franchise cost a million bucks? Does the burger taste so good? How many like McDonald’s? Good, a couple of people. What’s wrong with you? (audience laughs) What’s wrong with you, man? Now, I do like the fries, the
fries are good, I love those. But I mean, come on man, the burger. Okay, how many of you can think of a place that can make a better
hamburger than McDonald’s? Yes. Now how many of them make
more money than McDonald’s? So it’s not because their
product is so superior, but they do have a superior system. They can take a college kid,
they can take high school kids. And they have high school
kids, retired citizens, baby boomers, running a
multi-million dollar operation. Because they systemized it to that degree and that’s why it’s a money machine, that’s why it costs that much money. Most other franchises,
you’re buying a fucking job. As a franchise I’m going to buy, I want to buy a money machine. I don’t want to buy a job. I don’t want to be working in there. I have a friend of mine who … Well, I won’t name names, but it’s another sandwich franchise. Another sandwich franchise. More like a healthy type stuff and … (audience laughs) And struggling. He’s in there working
five, six days a week, long hours and cooking
the stuff and doing, and he couldn’t get out. I asked him, “Why did
you buy that franchise?” “Well, because it’s cheap.” (audience laughs) I said, “Show me your financials?” I looked at the financials,
he wants my feedback. I said, “You’re making
less than minimum wage. “You’re making less than minimum wage. “You’re working way longer hours. “You’ve put in all this investment. “You just bought yourself a job.” That’s the challenge
most businesses owners, they don’t have a
business, they have a job. They have a job. You could say, “Oh, I have control. “I have this, I have that.” Well, but you have a job. It’s not a business. The first step, we have to look at that and that’s look at it as it is and say, “You know what,
how can we solve this?” Then the next step is automation. Once you’ve delegated,
now you can automate it. That means having technology, using tools to automate your process. Automate your process. Once you have that then you can expand. You can open up a second location, you can hire more people. There’s so many duplicator,
you can do so many things. Let’s say in internet marketing business. Once I figure out how I
can generate quality leads, once I know how to convert those leads, once I automize the value of my client, once I systemize it, it’s
like a funnel that works. Then I can delegate to my team
so they can scale my business and automate using technology. No different when running
a business, it’s the same. You follow this. Let me show you … Actually, you know what, forget it. Let me show you a clip I was in … To give it a little bit of context. I was in Japan for about three weeks, I was away basically for five weeks and I just came back just
beginning of November. This is a little video,
it’s a three-minute video. It’s just for fun., can I show … Can we do some fun stuff?
– [Audience Member] Yes. – Just a fun vlog, a video
that I made on the trip, so check it out. (travel documentary video) Marvelous! (audience claps) When I first came back I was
like, “Where’s everybody?” Because it was so packed
in Japan and you walk like, you know people like that, right. You don’t have to walk, because people will push you, literally. Like you’re just, “What’s going on?” You just have so many people. In the subway they actually have these people called professional pusher. They push you into the train. I’m like, “I can’t get in.” They just, they push you in
and by the time you get in, your face is like on the
mirror right there, right. I was like, “Holly shit!” I’ll tell you a quick
story, it’s kind of funny. In Japan they have these hot springs. You know hot springs? Like Carson Hot Springs, right. Hot spring and you’re in a … They have male and female
and with a beautiful scene. It could be in front of a lake and you have your own hot tub thing. In Japan, when you go
into your hot spring, it’s actually very impolite if you wear swimming suits and trunks
and stuff like that, it’s all naked, like all naked. I’m not used to that, right. I showed up and we went
to this hot spring. It’s a bunch of seniors,
right, you got to imagine. I’m like, “I’m not very
comfortable with this,” but you’re just not
supposed to wear anything. They have this like a towel
that’s about this size. (audience laughs) I’m like, I’m trying to be cool. I cover myself and then I
was just trying to look cool and sitting in a hot tub and like (sighs). And then you see these elderly people just walking around in
front of me like that. “That’s not very pleasant.” (audience laughs) “That is not what I signed up for, right. “It’s unbelievable.” And my friends, because I went
with a couple of my friends it’s the first time we see
each other naked, like guys. Guys, have you ever seen like when you go to swimming with friends, you try to hide and
stuff, it’s really weird? Because you’re trying
to carry a conversation without looking, right. (audience laughs) You’re just trying to look at the face, “Yeah, hey man, it’s cool. “It’s cool. What’s going on?” You try to, you want to look
and you don’t want to look and you’re like, “Yeah, yeah.” I saw two guys who were talking like this, “Hey man, yeah, it’s nice here.” “It’s nice, right?” And, (laughs) and after a while the first 10 minutes I was like, “No, this is not very comfortable, “because I’m in a bunch
of old people, naked.” I’m like, “This is not so good.” But somehow it’s very
liberating, there’s a feel to it. Then I went up to the top
floor which is on a balcony. A top floor and you can see the city, and you’re in a hot spring. I’m like, “Oh, fuck it! “I’m just going to walk around
naked and doing my stuff.” My friends in the hot tub would see me walking around like that. Then I’m like, “Ah, shit! “I’m going to do some yoga.” (laughter) Just imagine. Me naked, I’m doing sun salutation and my friends are like,
“Dude! That’s way too much.” And from then on they don’t
go to hot spring with me I’ll go by myself. That’s the end of that story. What’s interesting, why I
showed that video is when I … I was away for five weeks, right. When I came back I sat
down with my bookkeeper and I wanted to review some numbers, what’s happening with my
companies and the revenue. The five weeks that I
was away total revenue among all my companies actually
went up when I was away. Isn’t that interesting? Total revenue actually
went up when I was away, when I was not here in the five weeks. Now, although when I was away
because I was on vacation, there were some projects
that I wanted to complete that wasn’t done, yes,
because I wasn’t driving it. There’s things that wasn’t being done. When I got home, we worked on those and a lot of stuff got done,
but total revenue was up. The reason for that is because within my companies I have what? Systems in place, so it’s
less people dependent but more system dependent
and there’s a lesson there. The question you have to ask yourself, do you have a job or
do you have a business? Can you walk away? Write this down. Can you walk away from your
business for five weeks and come back and find it more profitable? That’s the test. Can you walk away from
your business and come back and find it more profitable,
or maintain the same revenue. If the answer yes, it means
you have systems in place. If the answer is no, it means you don’t have systems in place. It’s a very, very simple test. Very, very simple test. You’ve been watching my
videos for some time now and you might be wondering, “Then how do I go to the next level?” or “How could I be mentored by you?” Here’s what I want you to do. My very first assignment
to see if you qualify. I want you to go to fumoney.com to download a copy of my book. You can’t even do that,
I cannot be your mentor. The second step is, after
you download my book I want you to read it and
you also get invitation to register for one of
my upcoming webinars. I want you to register and
show up for that webinar. During the webinar I go
through all the details of how you can possibly be mentored by me. Go there right now, fumoney.com