When EMC launched the VCE VxRail Appliance Family I spoke to journalists, analysts and customers passionately about how this turnkey hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) would extend and simplify VMware environments. Today, five months later and with sales of 1700 nodes — which translates to 25000 cores, 400TB RAM and 16PB of storage — in more than 90 countries, I am even more confident that we will have the #1 HCIA offering sooner than later. When I meet with customers and potential customers, that’s when I truly experience their enthusiastic response to VxRail Appliances. They’re amazed by all the ways VxRail Appliances can help achieve their IT and business outcomes. Examples include Convergys, Dimension Data, Fujifilm Medical Systems, and Land Rover BAR.I am proud of the industry recognition we are receiving, including most recently EMC’s position as a “Strong Performer” by Forrester Research, Inc. in its August 2016 report The Forrester Wave™: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Q3 ’16. Forrester evaluated 12 of the most significant hyper-converged providers across 28 criteria and recognized EMC as a “Strong Performer” scoring among the top three in the Market Presence category. What makes this result even more impressive is the fact that this report was based upon data compiled on or before May 1, 2016, when VxRail Appliances had only been in the market for approximately 11 weeks and the all-flash VxRail Appliances weren’t even generally available at that time.The tremendous market traction/momentum the product has experienced in approximately one and half quarters coupled with being positioned as a “Strong Performer” in the Forrester Wave Report in short order makes it clear, in my opinion, that the feature functionality, price point and execution strategy are winners. I couldn’t be happier that EMC is well positioned to participate in the industry-wide shift toward software-defined infrastructure environments.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is launching an animated film and game aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer. The project, called “Reset Earth,” was produced by the U.N. Environment Program’s Ozone Secretariat. The ozone layer is a thin part of the atmosphere which protects the Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation. The secretariat said the film and game, launched Sunday, explore the story of efforts starting in the 1980s to reverse damage to the ozone layer and restrict or ban use of ozone-depleting substances used for refrigeration, in air conditioners and aerosol sprays.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Hammer made one last trip to the spot where he hit No. 715. Hank Aaron’s funeral service in Atlanta featured two former presidents and baseball’s longtime commissioner. Afterward, the hearse detoured on its way to the cemetery to swing through the site of the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. That’s where Aaron broke one of America’s most iconic records when he passed Babe Ruth on April 8, 1974. The stadium is long gone, but a modest marker remains in what is now a parking lot. The police-escorted procession passed through the lot on its way to historic South-View Cemetery.