Grab your hover board and power on your flux capacitor—we’re going back in time. The date is February 16, 2016. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) didn’t know it yet, but she was in for a wild day. HCI’s morning started routine enough… she woke up to find a handful of friend requests from start-ups. Several established players liked a pic she had just posted. And her latest blog was getting tons of shares (especially from analysts). But this type of thing didn’t get her HDDs spinning… HCI was fairly used to being the center of attention.Then everything changed… Her phone buzzed as someone tweeted to her:@DellEMC launches #VxRail Appliances; sets new standard for #hyperconverged. Jointly developed, optimized, and built with @VMware.HCI set down her coffee and surfed over to Dell EMC’s page to see what all the fuss was about. It was a huge announcement, and everyone she knew was commenting about VxRail. “…creates certainty for customers; leverages a proven building block powered by vSAN; customers can continuously modernize; it’s a simple, agile way to scale on demand; leverages existing tools and processes…”It was new. It was transformative. And one thing was clear. VxRail was about to change everything. HCI then did something that she had never done before. She sent her first friend request.And…. we’re back. Today is February 16, 2017 and one year has passed. From the moment we launched VxRail, we knew it was going to be big. But even we were surprised by its out of the gates success—more than 8,000 nodes sold to over 1,000 customers in more than 70 countries—all in the first year!Even more exciting is that when the dust settles on end-of-year industry numbers, we believe VxRail is the most rapidly adopted HCI appliance ever, and that Dell EMC will be the market leader for hyper-converged.More organizations than ever (over 60% of them) are looking to deploy HCI, if they haven’t already.1 Without question, many of them are choosing VxRail. In fact, with the addition of VxRail in 2016, the Dell EMC HCI portfolio outgrew one of the fastest growing IT markets by more 2x, and now represents more than a quarter of all hyper-converged systems sold.2We see customers that span across industries deploying VxRail for more and more use cases within the data center. Notably, this includes enterprise applications, which aligns to industry research that shows three out of four organizations are already deploying HCI in the core.1So what’s next? I’m glad you asked…Hybrid cloud is fast becoming the new operating model for most IT departments. Sure, transient workloads will continue to benefit from the elastic economics offered by the public cloud. But for long-lasting on-premises workloads, VxRail delivers enterprise performance and ease of manageability at half the total cost of ownership versus leveraging the public cloud.3Today, in addition to celebrating VxRail’s first birthday, we are thrilled to announce Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) on VxRail Appliances . This turnkey hybrid cloud platform helps organizations start small and grow on their journey to transform IT. With EHC on VxRail, customers with smaller deployments can now enjoy the same benefits as larger enterprises—automation, self-service, freeing up resources, minimizing costs, and reducing risk.For more information about this announcement, read the Press Release.Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible through collaboration. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” 30,000 times. In each of the 1,000+ companies who invested in VxRail this past year, there were about 10 stakeholders who contributed to that decision. And each VxRail order was further supported by 20 individuals within Dell EMC and our partner organizations. So that is 30,000 people I need to thank.Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to what we will create together in 2017 and beyond.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Graphic.BUFFALO – Western New York is one step closer to reopening after meeting 6 of the 7 guidelines on Sunday.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the region is one step closer to phase one of the process after meeting all hospitalization metrics.The governor says more contact tracers are needed to reopen and he is working with local leaders to meet that goal.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the names of 291 employees have been provided to New York State to be trained as contact tracers. “Per the 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents we would need 276 contact tracers for Erie County,” explained Poloncarz in a tweet. “So our 291 identified employees is greater than our allotment, but if we have to do more to meet all of WNY’s counties requirements we will. I guarantee it.”On Friday, officials in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County announced they are seeking to reopen as a sub-region, separate from the Buffalo Metro area.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says Chautauqua County meets all seven of the state’s reopening requirement metrics, when judged independently.
The Northwest Seaport Alliance has approved a USD 52 million purchase of four more container cranes to join four others already on order for Husky Terminal in the South Harbor.Additionally, the alliance approved of an additional investment of USD 2.9 million in Seattle and Tacoma terminal improvements at Terminal 18 in the North Harbor and the West Hylebos Log Yard and Pierce County Terminal in the South Harbor.“As the alliance, we can invest holistically in our facilities to ensure they remain competitive in this fast-changing industry,” Dick Marzano, co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, said.“These improvements will help us serve our customers better and continue to create the trade-related jobs so vital to our state,” Marzano added.The new cranes, to be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC) in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck.Construction is underway at Husky Terminal to reconstruct Pier 4 to align it with Pier 3, creating a contiguous 2,960-foot berth. These improvements will allow two 18,000-TEU ships to dock at the same time.The reconstructed berth will also include conduit for future shore power to allow ships to plug into electricity while at dock.Construction and the first four cranes are estimated to be concluded in 2018, and the additional four cranes are scheduled to arrive in 2019.
Plumtree has been head coach at Super 15 outfit the Natal Sharks since 2008, overseeing triumphant Currie Cup seasons in 2008 and 2010. The 48-year-old Kiwi also has experience of the Welsh League with Swansea and guided the Wellington Lions to play-off finals in 2003, 2004 and 2006 in New Zealand’s NPC. Press Association Ireland have appointed John Plumtree as their new forwards coach, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced. “I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the Irish coaching set-up,” said Plumtree, who was named South African coach of the year in 2012. “Having watched a number of recent Test matches there are some really positive challenges in front of us. “I’m conscious of the responsibility we have and will be working hard to play my part in driving the team forward.” Plumtree will arrive in Dublin in early September and will work beneath new Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, who replaced Declan Kidney in the wake of the RBS 6 Nations. “It’s great to have John joining us as part of the Irish coaching team,” Schmidt said. “His proven success and broad experience across a number of competitions along with his ability to provide quality direction will add real value to the team.”