Who doesn’t love roller coasters? Soaring above the ground in a feat of engineering, flying forward faster than seems as possible. If 2016 and 2017 witnessed hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) climbing that first big hill of customer adoption, 2018 has the industry racing down the other side. HCI continues to grow at an incredible pace—up 70% YoY*. And thanks to our awesome customers and partners, within that red hot market Dell EMC is riding in the front car—taking the No. 1 position in global hyper-converged systems revenue with continued growth more than double the market pace, not to mention VxRail topping $1 billion in total revenue in just 10 quarters.So here we are, racing together down the hill—but what’s waiting for us around the bend? Plenty! At VMworld Barcelona, we’re excited to announce a slew of new features, functionality, and choices designed to transform HCI networking and make the path to the VMware cloud even simpler.Let’s barrel roll through the highlights:Dell EMC VxRail, with Networking OS10 Enterprise Edition SmartFabric Services, is the first HCI appliance to deliver fully automated network awareness and configuration during set up, cluster expansion and during day-to-day management to help create IT certaintyVxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation will bring automation of VMware Validated Design deployments and hardware/software lifecycle management together with network flexibilityFull day-to-day operational transparency between VxRail Manager and VMware vCenter, will make VxRail even simpler to manage and help our customers accelerate agilityFor edge implementations at scale, 2-node direct connect will make VxRail more accessible for more organizations that can benefit from the simplicity of HCI with smaller deployments at each siteIncrease in customer choice through flexible vSAN licensing options, including the option to purchase VxRail with vSAN Enterprise, Advanced, or Standard editions for various capabilities to better meet customers’ own requirements and budgetsSynchronous releases between VxRail and VMware speed time to value with adoption of latest VMware releases within 30 days, starting with ESXi 6.7U1VxRail P-Series all-flash certified to run SAP HANA on HCI for productionSimple, push-button DRaaS available for VxRail customers through VMware site recovery servicesThat’s a lot! In the rest of this blog, I’ll share why I believe these advancements are game changers for our customers. And I’m not the only one! VxRail Product Technologist, Jeremy Merrill is hosting a webcast specifically designed to help customers take advantage of VxRail’s new capabilities. For another perspective, check out this recent CUBE session with VP of Product Management & Marketing, Chad Dunn discussing these new features and functionality. HCI Networking transformed.First, connectivity problems and poor network performance, including difficulty setting up networks on day 1, are top of mind infrastructure performance issues when considering HCI. Like all HCI appliances, VxRail requires BYO networking. For VxRail customers that choose Dell EMC Networking, SmartFabric Services is making networking simple by reducing network configuration and admin by 98%, providing near zero-touch network deployment and management for VxRail clusters. Not only does this streamline day 1 operations, but because customers are now working within a predictable and repeatable HCI and network fabric experience, the business can further reduce risk associated with standing up a VxRail cluster.VMware cloud simplified.Dell EMC and VMware are working more closely together than ever and continuing to make big investments in this joint offering. First in line, a hot tech preview: VxRail with VMware Cloud Foundation – the only jointly-engineered HCI appliance fully integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation – is coming (very) soon! Bringing the benefits of both the VMware Validated Design on VxRail together with the automation features of VCF, VxRail with VCF will deliver a seamless customer experience with automated deployment of VVD compliant SDDC architectures and LCM of the full end-to-end hardware/software stack along with choice of networking. This is the simplest way to deploy an HCI appliance-based software-defined data center with enterprise-rich features, with less risk.In the meantime, we’re breaking new ground with the level of integration between VxRail and vCenter. VxRail will soon be 100% operationally transparent with vCenter—so if you’re one of the 500,000 vSphere customers that have standardized on vCenter, you will have the ability to access all the VxRail Manager capabilities right from that familiar interface.Better together.The tight integration between Dell EMC and VMware also allows us to deliver a fast and easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies. For example, we’re delivering synchronous VxRail and VMware software releases. Now, not only is VxRail removing the burden of lifecycle management from the customer, we’re delivering those packaged updates—from one known good state to the next known good state—right in line with when VMware releases the software.Additionally, Project Dimension, powered by VxRail, will represent a new, transformational capability that combines HCI and a fully managed services approach to reduce the costs and complexity of distributed infrastructure. Project Dimension delivers edge and data center infrastructure as-a-service, combining VMware’s leading compute, storage, networking solutions with Dell EMC’s VxRail hyperconverged appliances, managed by VMware. This VMware Cloud service powered accelerates business innovation, while delivering enterprise-class security and reducing operationally complexity. It will provide an easy path for businesses with remote sites to accelerate innovation at the edge with zero-touch provisioning, enterprise-class security and easy connectivity from edge to cloud.Our “better together” ride with VMware doesn’t stop at production workloads. We’re also pairing VxRail with VMware Site Recovery Services to offer VxRail customers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With VMware Site Recovery Services, VxRail customers will have comprehensive, simple and reliable push button fail-over to VMware Cloud on AWS in the event of a disaster. VxRail customers can get elasticity and cloud simplicity combined with the on-premises simplicity and performance offered by VxRail, all while benefitting from the operational consistency of VMware vSAN that powers both VxRail and VMware Cloud on AWS. VxRail and VMware are better together with tight integration and a fast, easy consumption path for the latest VMware technologies from the core (such as SAP HANA and vSAN), edge (with Project Dimension) to the cloud (like VxRail with VCF).Join this exhilarating ride.So, back to roller coasters. I’ll leave you with this: if your business is the cart, zipping along through the market’s twists and turns, your infrastructure is the track that enables your journey. For decades, businesses have been content with status quo wooden track that got you where you were going, but left you reaching for a bottle of aspirin when you got there. Dell EMC and VMware’s collaboration on VxRail provides you with the opportunity to upgrade your infrastructure experience to the smooth modern metal ride the industry is queuing up for. If you’re in Barcelona for VMworld, stop by the Dell Technologies booth for details. Or visit us at http://DellEMC.com/vxrail.*Based on IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, September 25, 2018
Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, explored the life of Jesus and the way it is viewed by modern society in a lecture titled “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” on Tuesday as the 2014 Christian Culture Lecture at Saint Mary’s.In his lecture, based off of his New York Times best-selling book by the same name, Aslan said there are differences between the historical Jesus and Jesus the Christ. He said these distinctions demand public attention because different cultures interpret Jesus differently based on their own traits and histories.“You see, this is the thing about the Christ of faith: he is in many ways an infinitely malleable thing,” Aslan said. “He can be whatever a community that worships needs him to be and he has been for the last 2,000 years.“He can take on any ethnicity, he can absorb any history you may have. He can take on any politics you may have … this isn’t just an artistic representation; it is much more than that. This isn’t just a figure to be represented, this is a person of worship, a source of emulation. There are thousands more [representations] I could have shown you. They are attempt by various Christian communities around the world make Jesus their own.”Aslan said he wanted his book to explain to a faith-based audience what consequences come from believing Jesus was fully divine and fully human.“Part of the reason I wrote this book is because I wanted to say in particular to a faith-based audience that there is a consequence to this belief,” Aslan said. “That whatever else Jesus was, God incarnate, whether he was the Messiah, the Son of God, whatever else he was, he was also a man.“There is a consequence to that because if he was also a man, then he was product of his time and place,” he said. “If he was also a man, then he was addressing very specific social ills. If he was also a man, he was addressing very specific religious and political powers. If he was also a man, he was also whatever else he was, deeply influenced by the world he lived.“And so it was the knowledge of that world which makes him extraordinary. Thinking of him in his humanity doesn’t take away what is special about him; it makes him even more special.”Aslan said the “bare bones” of Jesus’ story as a human being is what sets him apart from the rest of mankind.“You are talking about a poor — and when I say poor I mean poorest of the poor — a poor, marginal, uneducated, very likely illiterate Jewish peasant from the backwoods of Galilee, who nowadays would be referred to as a country bum,” Aslan said. “Who despite all of that, through the power of his teachings, the power of his charisma, managed to launch a movement on behalf of the poor and the weak, the marginalized, the dispossessed, women especially — a movement which was seen as such a threat to the largest empire the world had ever known, that he was hunted down like a criminal, arrested, tortured and executed for sedition.“I don’t know about you, but that is the most interesting man in the world to me. If I just told you that — don’t call him Jesus; call him Fred if you want — if I just told you this story about this guy, wouldn’t you want to know who that guy is? To me, it’s the humanity of Jesus that makes him extraordinary.”Aslan said distinguishing the difference between spiritual truth and historical fact when reading sacred scripture is crucial because in the ancient world the Gospel writers were not concerned with allowing the Gospels to be factual and historically accurate.“It is a very difficult thing for us in the modern world to understand because we read the Gospels like we are reading the history of Napoleon and that is not what we are reading,” Aslan said. “Sacred history is not history, and I truly and honestly believe — and this is true of all scripture whether you are talking about a Hebrew Bible, the Quran or the Gospel — I truly believe we would have a more peaceful civilization, that we ourselves would be more spiritually fulfilled, which is to stop focusing so hard on the facts of your scripture and focus on the truth of your scripture.” Tags: Christian Culture Lecture, Jesus, Reza Aslan, saint mary’s, SMC
“Puyol is often ranked as one of the best centre backs of all time and with an average height, he has won most aerial battles against towering footballers either to defend or score crucial goals for his team and he is one of the legends of the Number 5 jersey.“Such a player fits into what we want to achieve by bringing the world’s best into our country for Nigerians to have a chance to meet him for the first time and have photo opportunities with him and the iconic UEFA Champions League Trophy too.“We are excited to be creating premium experiences for our consumers and this is just part of the package we have in the ongoing season of unmissable moments,” Mr. Oriakhi remarked.Although the UEFA Champions League trophy experience is in its third installment, this is the first time fans outside Lagos will have the rare opportunity to come very close to the trophy because consumers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and surrounding cities will enjoy the viewing experience courtesy of Heineken.The thrill in Uyo will see the former FC Barcelona captain involve in an “Unmissable” football match at the Uyo International Stadium and play with the Shine Shine Bobo team which would be made up of some of the brand’s most loyal consumers as well as past and present football players like former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.Active footballers in the domestic football scene largely from Akwa United, a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side will also have the privilege to flex muscle with the former international football star when team Shine Shine Bobo led by Okocha and a host of other former national team players take on the Chairman’s team at the Uyo Stadium on the 16th of April with kick-off time at 5pm.This window of opportunity provided by Heineken for consumers and passionate fans is in its 12th year and has reached 32 countries across Africa, Asia, North and South America. The tour will land in Nigeria for the third time since the 2009 and 2014 experiences.So far in the ongoing campaign, the UEFA Champions League trophy has visited South Africa, Namibia and Indonesia.The next leg would be Mozambique and then China before it will land in Nigeria from April 16th to 18th of April, 2019. The iconic trophy will then go to USA and finally touch down in Madrid, Spain for the final match on 1st of June.Heineken, whose partnership with the UEFA Champions League dates back to the 2005/06 edition and in the ongoing campaign has been sharing ‘Unmissable’ moments which is based on the belief that every match in the competition has unmissable moments of actions for everyone to enjoy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the clock ticks to the arrival of Spanish legend, Carlos Puyol with the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy on April 16th, 2019, International Premium Lager beer, Heineken, is poised to give Nigerian football fans a treat during the three-day activities in the country.Puyol, a three-time winner of the trophy with FC Barcelona in 2006, 2009 and 2011 was unveiled last month in Lagos and thousands of football fans especially those with affinity with the UEFA Champions League competition are already looking to the three days of loaded activities in both Uyo and Lagos.The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Emmanuel Oriakhi, described the coming of the Spanish legend with the iconic UEFA Champions League trophy to Nigeria as a way to reward long standing consumers of Heineken and fans of UEFA Champions League competition with a unique opportunity not only to have a feel of the trophy but a wonderful photo opportunity with the strong defender, courtesy of Heineken.