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WandaVision (Disney +): who are Tommy and Billy, the twins of Wanda and Vision? Are they superheroes?
© Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. WandaVision (Disney +): who are Tommy and Billy, the twins of Wanda and Vision? Are they superheroes? With the shocking appearance of the end of episode 5 of WandaVision (available on Disney +), it is the other great event of said episode: the Wanda twins! Tommy and Billy are already making their mom see all the colors. But who are they really? And why are they important? Answers ... They were born a few episodes already ...
Mainframes entered the market in the early 1950's when IBM and the seven dwarfs (Burroughs, Unisys, NCR, Control Data, Honeywell, GE, and RCA) created the computing age and competed for critical applications, sophisticated modeling, and large-scale transactions and workloads among the largest of organizations. Over the past seven decades, compute power, storage, and networking have seen various waves of centralization and decentralization amidst each wave of disruptive technology adoption.
As with each wave, pundits, analysts, and industry watchers have forecasted the death of the mainframe. Yet, the venerable mainframe has prevailed. In a Q4 2020 update on mainframe usage, IBM shared the following statistics on mainframe adoption:
'WandaVision' finally gives Wanda her Marvel superhero name and fans are overjoyed
Episode eight finally introduces Wanda Maximoff's comic-book name that's been hinted at throughout the first season of "WandaVision."Instead, Agatha Harkness, agitated that Wanda's powerful magic comes to her naturally and without rhyme or reason, gives the Avenger her Marvel alias - the Scarlet Witch.
- 67 of the Fortune 100;
- 45 of the top 50 Banks;
- 8 of the top 10 Insurers;
- 8 of the top 10 Telcos;
- 7 of the top 10 Retailers;
- 4 of the top 5 Airlines;
use the mainframe.
While it may be one thing to tout usage of a technology by which organizations continue to adopt a technology, IBM has grown usage as measured by MIPS, a method of calculating the raw speed used, by 350% over the past ten years.
Many CIOs Have An "AND" Strategy Not An "OR" Strategy For Hybrid Cloud
The newest mainframes include the latestseries announced April 2018 along with Fujitsu Software GSS21sx V20 which supports connections with open systems. In September 2019, IBM launched the showcasing key capabilities such as encryption anywhere, cloud native development, and instant recovery. From many conversations with CIOs in healthcare, travel, financial services, and pharma, the mainframe continues to play a key role in their overall modernization strategies. For many of these organizations, they are working with public cloud vendors such as , , , and Alibaba Cloud while keeping their intense workloads on the mainframe for both cost and security reasons.
Elizabeth Olsen said that her mom has been accidentally calling her Red Witch instead of Scarlet Witch for years
Elizabeth Olsen's mom only found out she was called Scarlet Witch after episode eight of "WandaVision," where Agatha Harkness calls Wanda by the name.Olsen was talking to Jimmy Fallon about the finale of "WandaVision," which airs on March 5. Fallon was showing the Wanda Maximoff actress memes from dedicated fans who don't want the show to end.
In fact, many competitive industry leaders value a hybrid approach with cloud and mainframe as a trusted, efficient architecture for their enterprise organizations delivering intense hybrid workloads from securely filing a healthcare claim, making life-saving prescriptions, booking travel, initiating a credit check, and reducing fraud in banking online. A hybrid approach enables top businesses to apply the right technologies to the right workloads to reduce their risk. Why? Elasticity, distributed compute and storage, and shared infrastructure have continued to withstand the test of time. As the CIO of a Fortune 50 financial services entity noted, "The security, performance, reliability, and value equation of the mainframe give us confidence to continue with our hybrid approach. The cost of data movement and I/O costs would be punishingly expensive with our current public cloud contracts."
Disney+ Users Face Technical Difficulties Streaming ‘WandaVision’ Finale
The problems mostly affected the West Coast. Star Elizabeth Olsen alluded in an interview to a shocking guest appearance, which made fans even more ravenous to be among the first to view the episode.Screenshots from irked fans posted to social media showed their screens with a message reading: “We’re sorry, but we cannot play the video you requested. Please try again. If the problem persists, contact Disney+ Support (Error Code 39).
Moreover, investments by organizations such as Broadcom and IBM's in, enable all users to access an integrated and extensible open source framework for z/OS. Users can use one language to access open systems and open software through a set of common APIs and OS capabilities. Consequently, developers can use the same tools for the cloud and mainframe enabling a broader set of developers and resources to work on both. The numbers show this as well with 94 of the top 100 IBM Z Enterprises are running Linux on Z and able to modernize with the mainframe. In addition, a 2019 survey of mainframe professionals conducted by Forrester for IBM showed that nearly 90% of professionals in enterprise computing careers agree the job market for their skill set is growing, and 75% believe there is a high demand for their skills in mainframe.
Mainframe Usage Continues To Co-Exist And Expand In A Hybrid World
The growth of mainframe adoption has come at the same time the public cloud has expanded. Constellation estimates that 20% of the world's workloads are now in the public cloud. As adoption continues, co-existence of mainframe, on-premises, and cloud deployments will continue for at least the next decade. In a 2020 Deloittealso confirmed that mainframe usage continues to grow with:
- 74% believe the mainframe has a long-term viability as a strategic platform for their organizations
- 91% identified expanding their mainframe footprints as a moderate or critical priority in the next 12 months
- 72% are planning upgrades to their mainframe in the next three years
The Bottom Line: Take A Hybrid Approach With Your Compute Strategy
Whileusage has gained ground, hybrid cloud approaches have become mainstream among top organizations. Many business and technology leaders have expanded and grown their existing investments in mainframe for their critical next gen computing environments. In fact, businesses rely on both the cloud and mainframe to lead efforts built on trust to achieve peace of mind, with speed, security, versatility, elasticity, and scale on demand in a hybrid environment.
'WandaVision' director said there was a deleted scene in the finale where the rabbit turned into a demon
In the "WandaVision" deleted scene, Darcy, Monica, and Ralph would have found Agatha's rabbit - who then would have transformed into a demon.While appearing on Kevin Smith's podcast on March 8, Shakman talked about a plan they had for Agatha's rabbit, Señor Scratchy, that ultimately didn't make the cut "because the finale had so many different chess pieces.
As leaders move forward, they should focus on getting the most out of their cloud and mainframe investments to improve organizational ROI. Modernizing on the mainframe can be done in concert with distributed and cloud platforms. Balancing out data gravity and I/O costs will determine which technology to place transactional processing and critical workloads. In the meantime, teams can easily use the same tools and standards such as open source across all platforms including mainframe. Form always follows function and tech decisions must match the business use case. Constellation expects mainframe to play not only a key role for decades to come, but also to expand its footprint in the overall technology and business strategy of leading organizations.
Inside Pregnant Hilary Duff’s 'Special' Baby Shower Ahead of 3rd Child .
Baby bash! Pregnant Hilary Duff shared footage from her shower on Thursday, March 11. Hilary Duff's Baby Bump Album Ahead of 3rd Child's Arrival Read article “My sweet sweet [Sharmeen Bhamani], I can’t thank you enough for planning the most special day,” the Younger star, 33, captioned an Instagram post. “I seriously wasn’t planning on a party like this for baby No. 3 during these times, but you found a way to strong arm everyone into testing haha and honestly the day was so relaxing. I got quality time with many of my L.A. friends who I haven’t been able to see in one setting in so long and deeply missed my tried and trues who live far away. I love all of these women.” The actress thanked her loved ones “for showing up in [her] life through the thick and thin,” adding, “The thick being holy s–t I’m having a third child. Send help!” Lesley Anne Murphy, More Pregnant Stars Celebrate Baby Showers: Party Pics Read article In the photos, the Texas native cradled her stomach in a silky pink jumpsuit. Not only did husband Matthew Koma attend the event, but Duff’s kids — Luca, 8, and Banks, 2 — were there as well. The party featured colorful balloon bunches, star-shaped desserts and dried flower arrangements. During a Friday, March 12, Ellen DeGeneres Show appearance, the pregnant star joked that she feels “about how [she] looks, which is really, really big.” The Lizzie McGuire alum said, “I feel tired. Honestly it’s been the best pregnancy so far.