Next week, thousands will descend upon San Diego hoping for a glimpse of the future of IT. Cisco will be hosting its annual Cisco Live! conference in sunny Southern California, where IT decision-makers will have front row seats to discover the technology that will impact the IT environments of tomorrow. Between the Internet of Things, Software-defined Networking and the growth of cloud computing, IT environments are becoming increasingly complicated but converged infrastructure from VCE provides the simplified environments that allows today’s IT pros to prepare for tomorrow’s innovations. We are excited to illustrate just how we are doing this at next week’s show!Since our inception, Cisco has played an important role in helping us pioneer the converged infrastructure market. This continues today as VCE’s cornerstone offering Vblock Systems – which are exclusively Cisco UCS servers and Nexus Data Center Switches – are playing a key role in driving growth for our company. As we move up the stack to include management, orchestration, new applications and an expanded portfolio of platforms, Cisco continues to be an important partner in enabling VCE to deliver complete solutions in an accelerated timeframe, allowing our customers to be nimble and address current market trends. The newly announced Vscale Architecture is built on Cisco spine and leaf, and serves as the building blocks for what we see as the data center of the future. Through VCE’s expanded offerings, customers have more options than ever in how they choose to deploy the latest Cisco innovations. VCE solutions are ACI and InterCloud-ready, and offer IT departments an impressively simplified path to SDN and the cloud.“Click to Tweet: [email protected] and @VCE – simplifying IT to build tomorrow today faster #CLUS http://bit.ly/1FWb0DbShareIf you are lucky enough to be joining us in San Diego next week, we invite you to visit our booth (#1801) on the show floor for a first-hand look at the latest from VCE. Be sure to stop by any one of our four information kiosks or sit in on a theater presentation in the booth to gain knowledge about VCE Foundation for Cisco UCSD, the VCE Vscale Architecture, VCE Vision Intelligent Operations and Policy Defined Converged Infrastructure. We also have some great sessions planned – at the booth and elsewhere around the conference – that you won’t want to miss, including:At 4:30pm on Tuesday (6/9) in the Cisco Campus Theater, Dave Hayward will discuss the agility afforded through the VCE Vscale architecture. In a time of flux, a highly flexible data-center infrastructure is required to adapt to business change without compromising availability, security, operational simplicity or total cost of ownership.VCE’s Steve Phillips is presenting a breakout session on Wednesday (6/10) from 3:30 – 4:30pm at 11B Upper Level – H on how the Vblock System architecture enables an accelerated time to market with increased application mobility and simplified management for the hybrid cloud. VCE is also participating in a Chalk Talk in the Cisco booth on Tuesday at 3:30 – 3:40pm.On Tuesday, June 9 at 11:30am on the East/West Mezzanine Outdoor Terrace, 2nd Floor – Table 33 – Keith Quebodeaux is leading a Table Topic talk on the Vscale Architecture and its use of ACI to provide a revolutionary approach for IT and business transformation. The power of ACI coupled with the industry-leading VCE lifecycle and management and support ultimately leads to an unparalleled customer experience.Cisco Live! is one of the industry’s best chances to glance into the future of networking, and we are excited to showcase how the world’s most advanced converged solutions help organizations accelerate their journey towards the cloud. Through our work with Cisco, customers can completely transform their business through IT. We hope to see you there!Follow @VCE on Twitter to stay up to date with what’s happening at the sessions and on the show floor and participate in the #VCEDon’tSweatIT contest to win an iPad mini and other great prizes. If you are at the show, make sure to stop by booth #1801 to say hello.
Each year, as part of EMC World, the Enterprise Content Division (ECD) hosts its annual Momentum user conference, where 1,000 customers and partners gather to share best practices, network, and hear what’s new and on the roadmap.This year, we’ve taken the theme “BEYOND” to the extreme. From our #BeyondExcited pre-show Mo & Tim video series and extreme rock-climbing and mountain-elevated booth, to our virtual reality demo and 3D-like keynote, we’re going beyond anything we’ve done before.But more importantly, we’re also going beyond tradition – breaking the norm for the enterprise content management (ECM) industry – and dramatically reinventing the way we support our customers and help them digitally transform.BEYOND TRADITIONToday, I’m incredibly proud to announce EMC LEAP, the realization of our vision for next-generation content management, previously known as “Project Horizon”. It’s a fundamentally different approach to ECM and to other solutions currently in the market.Typically ECM systems have been feature-rich, monolithic and on-premises platforms, heavily focused on business and IT requirements. But with EMC LEAP, we’re taking an un-ECM approach; we’re focused on targeted, purpose-built and modular apps that are designed cloud-first and address both business and user requirements. Specifically, we have announced the following new capabilities:A suite of intuitive, purpose-built enterprise content apps that provide effortless engagement with content and solve digital business challenges.A new product family – including both EMC and third-party content apps, a modular platform – that transforms interactions with business content and accelerates digital transformation.Five apps that are designed to work with any content repository, but are engineered to work “better together” with the Documentum family of content management products.A new customer and partner program that includes a revolutionary customer loyalty benefit, providing free access to specific apps for existing Documentum customers.Our goal with the EMC LEAP family is to humanize the experience of interacting with business content. We believe that beautiful, intuitive, and purpose-built apps drive engagement across customers, employees, partners and suppliers. This level of engagement enables superior customer service, greater agility and new business opportunities, and is a key marker of a successful digital business.We believe this new product family and ECM approach will delight our customers and open up new opportunities for them to begin digital transformation. I encourage you to read the press release to hear what our beta customers and partners have to say.BEYOND LIMITSWith data being created at an estimated rate of 2500PB per day, organizations are struggling to keep up. There are also increasing regulations causing organizations to maintain data longer periods of time. And, as enterprises modernize their data center and applications, a solution that archives legacy apps to reduce costs – while continuing to make data available to the organization – is required.That’s where the new InfoArchive 4.0 comes in. EMC InfoArchive 4.0 is a unified enterprise platform that powers extreme compliant archiving scenarios at petabyte scale. Its newly architected platform is scalable, yet, also comes in a small footprint. It delivers enhanced user experience with increased time to value, compliance and accessibility. It’s designed to address enterprise data challenges, particularly around regulated industries such as Financial Services and Healthcare.Also new is our support for SAP data and systems. With InfoArchive 4.0, we can help customers reduce costs of migrating, upgrading, and supporting data and systems.InfoArchive 4.0 still offers the same application decommissioning, cost-saving, and data insight benefits as before. Our customers love that we’re pushing the limits for them, from scale and cost savings, to compliance and better user experiences.BEYOND EXPECTATIONSAnd finally, we’ve spent a lot of time with our Documentum customers to understand where we could go beyond expectations for them. Their feedback has been that Documentum is feature-rich, but that sometimes customers are challenged with deploying, upgrading and maintaining it.So what we’re doing is taking a new, cloud-first approach to our existing products and solutions. With the next version EMC is expecting to dramatically reduce the TCO of operating and maintaining Documentum by leveraging state-of-the-art container technology and implementing in-place rolling upgrades. We expect to run it in our production cloud environment and make it generally available later in the year thereby reducing the risk and burden off our customers.On top of this, we’re identifying Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) metrics that we believe can be achieved, testing them, and then delivering results to our customers before they buy or upgrade. This approach – plus our cloud-choice offerings available through Documentum as a Service – is going beyond what customers expect from typical ECM vendors.I’m beyond excited for this year’s Momentum (#MMTM16) and our ability to help our customers on their digital transformation journey. Through our years of experience, challenger mindset and extensive portfolio – comprising of Documentum, InfoArchive and now LEAP – we are going beyond boundaries and reinventing the ECM market.
This is the ninth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. If you haven’t read the previous blog entries from Samantha Harper and Marek Omilian detailing their adventures thus far, you may want to start from the beginning. Those entries are all in the “Sport & Recreation” section of Direct2Dell. For background on Dell’s involvement in this incredible event, read our initial blog here.Clipper Race Update: Through the Panama Canal and on to New YorkThe final stretch of Leg 7 has seen us arrive in New York City after a transit of the Panama Canal. Although the journey up from Panama was relatively short by sailing terms, for most of us on board it felt like forever – New York is probably the most anticipated of all stops, and most of the crew had friends and family eagerly waiting to meet them upon arrival.The sailing itself, in contrast to smooth downwind conditions to Panama, was a bit rougher than some of our new ‘leggers’ had expected.As can be seen in the photo below, we endured an upwind beating for much of it, which had a few people feeling a bit seasick. Fortunately, the ‘green monster’ abated relatively quickly and folks began to settle into a routine. It helped that the previous race had been quite long, which meant plenty of experience for the crew that had joined us in Seattle.The race started again in Le Mans style, with all the boats lined up on an invisible starting line, sails down and crew at the back of the boat. Then the countdown – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Sails go up and we start sailing off at the same time – similar to the start of sprinting events at the Olympics. We did reasonably well in the Le Mans but the fleet split up and tacked in a few different directions almost immediately, so we ended up with very few nearby rivals as the days went on.In contrast to the Pacific coast, there was a paucity of wildlife in the Western Caribbean but an overwhelmingly large amount of Sargasso grass (seaweed). Our netting was a constant seaweed garden and ‘gardening’ the high side of the boat became the new way to keep boredom away. Yes, ocean racing is not all thrills! There are plenty of days where the same sails might be up all day, and neither our course nor the wind changes ergo lots of sitting on the deck, observing, keeping lookout, helming, tidying – and now gardening.Highlights of this race were the amount of shooting stars we saw, some late night freshly popped popcorn courtesy of watch leader Matt, and a treat of Coca-Cola that the victuallers (myself and Mick) had hidden away on board. As we neared New England, the wind shifted and we could sail downwind, under spinnaker. This meant a flat boat and happier times for all!Ultimately, after coming off a victory from the previous race, our sprint up from Panama did not yield a great result. We made a few poor tactical decisions in the first few days (hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it?) dodging islands through the Caribbean and never quite made up enough distance in the remaining time to pose a threat to the frontrunners. Either way, the arrival into New York was memorable for all, with a sail-by of the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park on a crystal clear, sunny Manhattan morning.It was great to meet up with staff from our race partner Dell as well as members of the media at both the on-shore event in Manhattan and the sail day afterwards. Winds were light enough to experience life with a slight heel but not rough enough to make anyone queasy. I think our guests got a taste of what life is like on board and the role our Dell products play in getting us where we need to be safely, in all kinds of weather.New York has been a fun stop but at this stage of the game thoughts are now turning to the race finish and home. Upon departure for Leg 8, it will be just over a month until we return to Liverpool, England, where we set off in August 2017. That being said, the North Atlantic promises to be cold and rainy two-week slog, so now is not the time to be letting our guard down. We’d love one last podium finish before this is all over!About Samantha Harper, crew member, Dare To LeadSamantha is a 37-year-old doctor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop was made for people like Samantha; when she is not sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world on board Dare To Lead, Samantha splits her time between working in remote communities as a GP, and pushing herself to the limits mountaineering and running ultra-marathons (she has done the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 250 kilometre race in the Sahara Desert, five times). However, the Clipper Race is Samantha’s first sailing experience, and after initially considering only doing three legs, she signed up for the whole circumnavigation, knowing that once she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop until she completed and experienced the entire thing.
NEW YORK (AP) — The teen abortion drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” landed a leading seven nominations, Chadwick Boseman was posthumously nominated and women dominated the best director category in the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations Tuesday. The 36th annual Spirit Awards, like most awards shows during the pandemic, are adjusting to the difficult circumstances. Tuesday’s nominees were announced virtually, with taped messages from Olivia Wilde, Laverne Cox and Barry Jenkins. Nominated for best feature film were “Minari,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Nomadland,” “First Cow” and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” The awards will be held April 22.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Wednesday freed on bail journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who had spent nearly three weeks in prison — his third detention in five months. Chin’ono repeatedly expressed fears of catching COVID-19 in jail due to the overcrowded conditions in Chikurubi prison and charges that his repeated imprisonments are harassment by a government rattled by his social media posts exposing alleged corruption. A magistrate had initially denied him bail mid-January, saying Chin’ono could commit similar crimes if released, citing two other cases in which, like the current one, the journalist was arrested for items he posted on Twitter. His lawyers appealed to Zimbabwe’s High Court.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration’s final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses and did not perform any contact tracing. The Associated Press is not identifying the journalists but has confirmed they both received positive tests following the executions earlier this month at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. One of the reporters promptly informed officials about the diagnosis on Jan. 21, just four hours after the positive test. But the Bureau of Prisons said it decided not to contact any other media witnesses and did not attempt to conduct a contact tracing investigation.