Megaport trusts Brocade Innovation to transform Network Services

Megaport is aiming to become a leading provider of network interconnection services across the Asia-Pacific region by leveraging the power of Brocade MLXe Core Routers. The platform, implemented for Megaport by Brocade partner ASI Solutions, features the first delivery of 100 Gbps network services in the region from Brocade. The solution is based on Brocade 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cards, which provide routing capacity along with cost-effective support.

Bevan Slattery, Chief Executive Officer, Megaport, said,We want to revolutionize the way communications networks connect. Megaport’s offering is based on a massive interconnection fabric designed to allow providers to use a single physical Ethernet interface to seamlessly connect with other parties. We aim to make a significant positive impact towards the operating costs borne by network operators, content hosts and cloud service providers.

Since its launch in July 2013, Megaport, which currently extends to 18 major data centers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, has connected over 700 Gbps in bandwidth as customers embrace its groundbreaking solutions.

Greig Guy, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Brocade, stated, With Megaport publicly stating it is using 100 GbE in its core and providing 100 GbE ports in a very flexible and cost-effective manner, we believe there will be plenty of organizations that will now be influenced to make the leap as well.

Megaport’s strategy is to drive a step-change in the network interconnection industry by rolling out 100 GbE network technologies across Australia before expanding to other locations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, according to Slattery.

Time Management Techniques For Effective Studying And Concentration

Lots of people find studying difficult, but the following time-management techniques will help you study more effectively and efficiently.

Planning. Be systematic in your studying – plan out what you will do when. Whether it is writing an essay or revising for exams, plan what needs to be done and roughly how long you are going to spend on each section of the work. That way, no one thing gets too much attention and another too little.

Each time you sit down to study decide what you are going to do, and for how long. Stick to the deadline.

Avoid overload. You need time for study and time for rest, relaxation, sleep, eating, exercising and socializing.

People who are good at time-management don’t wait until the last minute to complete their projects. Make sure you allow enough time for the unexpected, so plan your study in advance.

If you have exams coming up, plan your revision so you cover all the material necessary, and do practice papers, questions or similar to help you memorise information.

Know yourself. Good time-management means studying at the times of day when you are freshest. If you are up with the lark then this will be early morning and late morning/early afternoon. If you are an owl, try late morning and late afternoon/early evening. Study difficult subjects first, when you are fresh.

Don’t shy away from material which you find most difficult to understand – tackle it when you are fresh.

Physical environment. Stop interruptions. Find a nice quiet place to study, switch off your phone. Turn off the email alert on your computer. In fact, setting up a regular study place will help get you in the mood.

Sit at a desk, rather than lounging on the bed or floor. And make sure you sit in a reasonably comfy chair, set at the right height and with good lighting.

Psychology. Don’t forget the big picture. Why are you doing all this work? To reach your long term goals, so don’t forget them! Good time-management teaches us to links short term activities to long term goals, so that we never lose sight of the big picture. Be positive – you will get there!
Stop studying when you are no longer being productive. It’s not the time itself that you spend on studying; it is the quality of the studying.

If you get tired or bored, switch task/activity – you will pay more attention to something that’s different. Some people have 3 tasks on the go at any time, and rotate around them in 30 minute blocks. Once one is finished, add a new task in so you are still working on 3 topics.

If you are procrastinating, ask yourself why. Perhaps the task is unclear, in which case clarify it. Do you have all the information to hand? If not, make finding the information the first thing you do. If it’s an unpleasant task, it will only seem even more unpleasant the longer you leave it, so just get stuck.

Recognise that you have a limited concentration span – for most people it’s around 40 minutes, so have regular breaks.

Learning strategies. Play to your strengths – we all learn in different ways so find what suits you best and capitalise on it. Try:
* read and then question yourself; pair up with someone else and question each other
* make notes
* highlight key words
* use mind maps
* make a list of questions you need to find the answers to.

Read for comprehension not to get to the end of the chapter.

Alternate reading with more active learning exercises, such as note taking, test questions

If you are still struggling, try this rescue remedy. Stand up and walk around, preferably outside for 5 minutes. Go back to your study place. Set a timer for 10 minutes and start somewhere – anywhere. At the end of 10 minutes you will be engrossed and will have clarified where you are going.

Good luck!

Mobile Application Lifecycle Management Post Launch

A lot of people believe in the myth that once a mobile application is developed and launched (either on the public stores or for an enterprise), the job is complete. This cannot be farther from the truth. In fact, the quantum of work required to manage the lifecycle of a mobile product after its launch is way higher than what went into creating it. It is like having a baby. The real work of parenting starts after the delivery of the child. You don’t see the new parents coming out of the labor room and thinking, -That’s it, our job is done, and the baby will grow up on its own-. Similarly, the application development team cannot orphan their creation once it is launched. The need to invest time and effort in keeping it relevant to ensure growth.

Unlike the traditional client-server or web applications that go live as full – featured products, mobile software has a more iterative development cycle, with incremental improvements following in short cycles. Therefore, managing mobility product lifecycles is very different from the traditional software. Since the functionality is incrementally added to the core code, the support requirements post launch are much more intense compared to traditional products. There are a number of tasks that need to be performed for the post launch lifecycle support.

1. Adding features and functionality – The software will need to be kept relevant. In today’s world of fast paced technology evolution, what’s exotic today will become commodity tomorrow. The very features that your customers downloaded your application for, and that were your differentiator, will very soon be imitated and even enhanced by your competition. In order to stay relevant and continue to be valuable to your existing and potential customers, you need to keep innovating.

This means constantly improving the existing features of your app, and adding new ones. This will require on – going development effort, along with a core strategy team to guide and govern the development group. You need to constantly evaluate your competition, and their strategy, to create a counter – strategy.

2. Supporting new devices – there is a flood of new devices in the market, courtesy the myriad of device vendors. There are new devices with different form factors and specs getting added to the mix every now and then. It is very challenging to create code that will work on all the possible device and OS combinations that are available in one go. Therefore, you need to keep adding to the certified device list even after the launch. To do this, you need to test, modify, re – code (if required) and certify your app to work on additional hardware.

This is not just important for marketing. It gives you and your software access to a larger community of potential customers, which means a new and ever expanding revenue stream.

3. Updates and bug – fixes – It is not just about adding capabilities. Despite the most rigorous testing routines, any code can have unresolved issues, known and unknown. As your users report issues and concerns, you need to remedy them, and release updates to distribute the new code to the existing users. If your app is a paid app, you also need to set up a mechanism for the users to contact you for support. Depending on the volumes, this might mean an investment in a full time helpdesk.

The author holds a content writer positions with one of the top mobile apps development companies. The mobile application companies in Noida with its team of mobile banking app developers has created mobile apps to meet customized demands of clients.

Scentsy Opportunity – Do Not Join Until You Read This

Did someone just invited you to join Scentsy to earn extra income? Can this really work for you? I would like to give you an overview on this company and its opportunity and some advice on what you will need to achieve your financial goals.

1. Scentsy, a Direct Sales MLM Company

Based in Meridian, Idaho, Scentsy was founded in 2004. The company offers various types of candle warmers, or wick-less candles, which is safer than the regular candles.
The candle warmers simply release highly scented Fragrances within the wax, without creating fire risk associated with lighting a candle.
Scentsy is an MLM company that sells their product using Direct Selling. As an independant consultant, you will sell the product directly to the customers. When you sell above certain sales amount, you will receive commissions. Leadership Bonus are also paid out to team/group leaders who built teams of consultants, and these bonuses becomes the residual income.

2. How to Join Scentsy as a Consultant?

To begin, you will purchase a $99 starter kit, which includes selected Party Fragrance Testers, demonstration products and a good range of business supplies such as party/training DVD, Brochures, Business Cards, etc.

There after you will need to remain active by maintaining $150 Personal Retail Volume(PRV) every 3 months.

You can also subscribe to a replicated webstore/website for US$10 per month, which your customers can visit to purchase products.

3. Commission and Bonus Structure

As a start you will be paid 20% of your PRV. In the beginning, you get paid 20% of your PRV
Upon reaching the $1,000 PRV, you will be able to receive a 25% commission for your subsequent sales. Furthermore, you can stand to receive 2-9% of the wholesale volume based on your minimum PRV and Group Wholesale volume, once you have built a team of consultants.

4. Party Plan and Scentsy

Scentsy is a big fan of party plan and had been using this marketing strategy since its inception, although it has allow its independent consultants to decide their own marketing approach. This strategy had been successful for a handful of consultants and helped them to realize their financial goals. The downside of party plan is that it requires a lot of time and manual effort to organize and follow up. Alternatively there are also many top earners in Scentsy leveraging on online automated tools and systems to put them on the fast track of success.

5. Inexpensive products

Scentsy products are not high ticket, which makes it is easier to sell. However it also mean that you would need a very high volume to achieve a significant commission amount.

6. How much commission can you make?

As an example, here is what you need to make a $1000 commission:

A Sampler Multi Pack cost $105, your commission will be 20% at $21.

You will receive about $210 for first 10 sales.

You will receive $813.75 for the next 31 sales.

In total you will need to sell 41 sets of Sampler Multi Pack to receive $1023.75 commission.

This is totally workable if you can invite 5 new friends to a Scentsy party each time, organize 8 Scentsy parties and make sure each of your friends buy at least 1 sampler Multi pack.

Although this might seem easy, it does involve a lot of hardwork, new contacts and time. Fortunately, Scentsy does allow you to market your products online and thus leveraging your time and effort to promote the products and services. However what Scentsy does not provide is a Marketing System that will help you to generate new leads and convert these leads to customers or independent consultants.

A good system will be able to generate endless leads for your business, and convert these leads to cashflow even if they do not buy your Scentsy product or join your business.

If you really want to learn how to market online successfully, visit the below link to access this information:

Jindal Steel And Power Ltd. Unveils New Retail Identity, Jindal Panther

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. Unveils New
Retail Identity, Jindal Panther

~ Introduces TMT Rebars as the first product under new brand name ~
~ Jindal Panther TMT Rebars come with a higher degree of strength, ductability, malleability and superior seismic resistant properties ~

New Delhi, August 5, 2013: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL), Indias leading steel and power company today announced the launch of a new retail brand, Jindal Panther in India. The brand is inspired by the Black Panther, a powerful feline synonymous with strength, agility and rebirth.
The first product to be launched under Jindal Panther is the Jindal Panther TMT Rebars, signifying the company’s foray into the retail product segment. The new generation premium quality ribbed Thermo Mechanically Treated (TMT) Rebars have a higher degree of strength, ductility and malleability, yielding the best results for all constructions needs.

Speaking at the launch of Jindal Panther, Mr Ravi Uppal, MD and CEO, Jindal Steel and Power , At JSPL, our brand values are rooted in excellence, innovation and commitment to world class quality as envisioned by our founder Sh. O.P Jindal. Our entry into retail is spurred with an aim to provide top quality reinforced bars to the housing segment. Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have been inspired by the strength and agility of the powerful Panther and promises to empower every Indian home by offering strength and purity to its construction. With this we aspire to serve the emerging needs of infrastructure in the country.

Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have been made with superior quality steel billets with a restricted level of Sulphur and Phosphorus, a maximum of 0.055% to comply with the latest BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) specifications. The manufacturing process uses the worlds most advanced Morgan Rolling Mill deploying HYQST (High Yield Quenching & Self Tempering) TMT technology, making it more strong and ductile.

Jindal Panther TMT Rebars aims to break the acronym mould of the category, and engage with the end customers to cater to varying housing and construction needs. The high strength, bendability and weldability factors allow the TMT rebar to withstand shock loading and cyclic loading conditions making it an ideal choice for buildings in high seismic zones. Made with consistent mechanical and chemical properties for both residential as well as industrial projects, the TMT rebars have been made available across retails outlets, integrated with a channel network of 40 distributors and over 1000 dealers.
The TMT rebar is being produced at the TMT Rebar mill at Patratu, Jharkhand with a production capacity of 1.0 MTPA, using the leading Siemens rebar production technology from USA.

The mill produces high strength rebars confirming to IS 1786:2008 in Fe 500D, Fe 550D & Fe 600 grade in normal, EQR & CRS quality.
About Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL)
Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) is one of Indias major steel producers with a significant presence in sectors like Steel, Mining, Power Generation and Infrastructure. With an annual turnover of over US$ 3.5 billion, JSPL is a part of the over US$ 18 billion diversified O. P. Jindal Group. In the recent past, JSPL has expanded its steel, power and mining businesses to various parts of the world particularly in Asia, Africa and Australia.

The company produces economical and efficient steel and power. From the widest flat products to a whole range of long products, JSPL today sports a product portfolio that caters to major infrastructure & housing projects in the country. It also has the distinction of producing the worlds longest 121 metre long rails and large size parallel flange beams, high strength angle irons for transmission towers and high strength earthquake-resistant construction rebars.

The company is equally concerned about the environment and is committed towards restoring natures balance by maintaining a clean and green environment. JSPLs Corporate Social Responsibility policy aims at bringing about a radical transformation in the quality of peoples lives in and around the operation areas of the company through positive intervention in social upliftment and revenue generation programs.

Note:
Panther TMT Rebars Features that Distinguish
1) Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have precise, uniform and parallel rib pattern engraved through computer controlled notch making machines, which results in excellent bond strength with concrete. Parallel ribs on Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have been produced by a high-speed finishing block which is an ultra-heavy-duty block using Tungsten Carbide rings that imparts close dimensional tolerance and superior surface finish.
2) Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have been proven to have higher resistance to cyclic loading and are recommended for earthquake prone areas due to their superior seismic resistant properties. The TMT Rebar meets international specifications for the UTS/YS ratio imparting high ductility and strength. Higher UTS/YS ratio and more percentage elongation signify that the steel is capable to strain harder, in the event of an earthquake.
3) Jindal Panther TMT Rebars have excellent bendability (in spite of their high strength) facilitating easy bending, making work easier and faster at construction sites. This coupled with low carbon content leads to superior corrosion resistant properties as compared to any ordinary rebars.
4) The quenching at 1050 degree celsius and the self-tempering treatment at a temperature of approximately 650C results in a consistent and thick layer of tempered martensitic-ring on the outer surface of the rebar imparting higher capacity to retain strength at elevated temperatures.

For further information, please contact:
Atul Malikram
+91 9827092823