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
The Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___12:30 p.m. Associated Press The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___ More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 11, 2020
LOS ANGELES >> Three days after going on the DL with a back injury for the second consecutive season, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said it was a “big relief” when an examination showed it wasn’t the same herniated disc that sent him to the sidelines for 75 days last season.But this injury (a lower back strain) will sideline Kershaw for an undetermined length of time. He denied that any timetable has been placed on his return.“There’s no timetable. Whoever said that is very much mistaken. False source,” he said, referring to reports (tacitly endorsed by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday) that pegged his recovery time at four to six weeks. “People just tend to run with stuff these days. No timetable. Could be sooner. We’ll see how it goes.”Kershaw insisted there were no warning signs or issues with his back before the second inning of Sunday’s start. Regardless, he said “it’s miserable” being injured and unable to pitch “even more so this year with all I’ve done to maintain it.” “That’s how it worked out last year. I didn’t really have a choice,” he said. “Ultimately, I’d just like to pitch every fifth day until the postseason and then pitch. That’s not what’s going to happen so I’m going to make this work.”Ravin steps upIt’s been a rough but ultimately rewarding few days for Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin.The 29-year-old right-hander sat on a bus driving from Iowa, where the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers were wrapping up a road trip, to Oklahoma for five hours in the small hours Monday morning. Ravin and pitcher Edward Paredes then waited for another bus to take them to the airport. There, they waited through an hour-long delay before takeoff, then another hour-long delay upon landing in California.When Ravin finally got into a game and pitched three scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, he did the Dodgers a tremendous service. Their regular long reliever, Brock Stewart, moved into the starting rotation Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts was bracing for the possibility of a “bullpen game.” He needed someone to eat innings.“Those are conversations that we had this past winter,” Roberts said, “where looking at what Josh did for us in September and potentially how our ’pen would be constructed, and the value of a person who could go two or more innings, would be huge for us. I think if you look at stretching guys like (Brandon) Morrow out, (Josh) Fields is not really a two-inning guy – he’s maybe a one-plus. So to have Ravin be able to eat up six outs and pitch him in leverage spots is huge.“(Tuesday) was a big night for us, for him.”Ravin needed only 33 pitches to record nine outs.AlsoThe Texas Rangers had two evaluators in attendance in Oklahoma City to scout a game started by pitcher Walker Buehler on Wednesday. The Dodgers have expressed interest in Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s trade deadline approaches, and Buehler is regarded as the Dodgers’ best pitching prospect. … Outfielder Alex Verdugo, second baseman Willie Calhoun and one of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top-10 prospects were also in the lineup for the game. … Roberts acknowledged the possibility that the Dodgers would add an extra bench player for the weekend series against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers played with a three-man bench for the third consecutive day Wednesday. … The probable starting pitchers for the Giants series: Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will face Giants left-hander Matt Moore on Friday, Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill will face Giants left-hander Ty Blach on Saturday, and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will face Giants righty Matt Cain on Sunday.J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this story Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The fact that he has had none of the more severe symptoms that accompanied last year’s disc issue does give Kershaw, and the Dodgers, reason for optimism that he can “get back quick.”“It’s definitely not as painful this year,” he said. “Every-day life isn’t really affected right now, which is good. Last year, I couldn’t sit, couldn’t really bend in anyway. This one is not nearly like that, so I’m just trying to play that balance of wanting to do a lot but making sure I don’t make it worse before it heals. That’s where we’re at.”Kershaw is taking medication and doing physical therapy at this point with, again, no target date to begin baseball activities. Roberts said Kershaw has to be symptom-free before any of that can begin. Because this year’s back injury occurred a month later than last season, Kershaw could sit out the disputed four to six weeks and return in a similar time frame as last year when he made five starts before the postseason.“I’m thankful that our team looks like we’re in a pretty good spot to play in the postseason right now,” he said. “You obviously can’t take that for granted. It gives me something to shoot for I guess. I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season. But I’d definitely like a few before October.”Having been through that experience a year ago, Kershaw acknowledged he knows how to plot his return this time. But he would not put any specifics on how many starts he felt would be necessary to prepare him for the postseason.