Get Ready for VMworld: be_Tomorrow

first_imgThere are only a few days left until this year’s VMworld (August 28 –September 1) and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been working hand in glove with VMware to develop jointly engineered and integrated solutions for the virtualized environment that will help our customers optimize their VMware investments. VCE the Converged Platforms Division of EMC will be out in full force at the event to demonstrate how customers can modernize their data center through converged platforms and solutions, built on a solid foundation of VMware technologies, to reduce IT complexity and drive business value.The amazing success of the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division is based on our ability to constantly evolve our product and solutions portfolio in keeping with the needs of our customers. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases. Ahead of VMworld we will make two significant announcements regarding Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud which will further simplify customers’ journey to cloud. Watch this space for more details.At the show itself we have an action packed agenda with the highlight being Chad Sakac’s breakout session – The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native and Software Defined, on Tuesday, August 30 from 1-2 p.m.Another not to be missed and popular session will be the Ask the Experts panel discussion – Titans of Tech, on Wednesday, August 31 from 11:30 – 12:30. The discussion will focus on insights from experts who have reshaped the tech industry. Participating panelists are our very own Chad Sakac, Kit Colbert from VMware, and Rick Scherer from EMC. Bring your questions, learn about what drives their excitement for technology and have some fun in the process.If you are joining us in Las Vegas, be sure to visit us on the show floor, booth number 1223 where you can check out a wide range of our latest solutions including converged systems (VxBlock, VxRack and VxRail) and solutions (Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud), and hear directly from our customers such as NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Rent-a-Center, Energy Future Holdings, and Insight. These customers will explain how they have partnered with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division to drive IT transformation strategies which result in simplified IT operations, lower operational costs and reduced risk.In keeping with our firm focus on customers and their feedback we will also host our annual VMworld VCE User Group (VUG) meeting on Monday, August 29, 2-5pm at Red Square in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The VCE User Group (VUG) is an independent, user-run organization dedicated to helpingmembers maximize the value of their VCE deployments. These meetings are a great opportunity for customers and prospects to interact with other customers, and the Converged Platforms and Solutions team members, in order to share best practices and learn what their peers are doing with converged platforms and solutions. Customers such as Rent-A-Center and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union will be sharing their experience of partnering with the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division of EMC.As always we will provide you with latest updates, developments and insight from the show and post-show commentary via Chad Sakac’s Virtual Geek blog posts and other subject matter experts’ blogs on Vblog. Our social media team will live tweet from the converged platforms and solutions sessions at the main booth and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @youngp2, @sakacc, @JohnPaul_G, @VCE and more!I’m tremendously excited about our presence at the show and believe that it will be an insightful and thought provoking look into how the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division can maximize the value of your investments in VMware.We’re ready for tomorrow…… are you?last_img read more

FC Basel shock Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool’s hopes of making the Champions League knockout stages were dented as they succumbed to a 1-0 Group B defeat at Basel.Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli both had goals ruled out for offside, but Liverpool rarely threatened.Instead the visitors’ defensive problems were exposed as Martin Skrtel headed towards his own goal and Marco Streller swept home the loose ball.Steven Gerrard came close to a late leveller, but his free-kick was saved.While Liverpool roused themselves to apply some concerted pressure in the final five minutes, it was not enough to merit an equaliser that would have denied the hosts victory.Champions League Group B table PlayedWonDrawnLostGDPointsReal Madrid 22005 6Basel210 1-33Liverpool2 10103 Ludogorets2002 -20Instead manager Brendan Rodgers returns to Merseyside without a point and with more concerns over the disjointed attack and dysfunctional defence that have undermined the start of their Premier League campaign.Basel themselves looked vulnerable when they were beaten 5-1 by Real Madrid in their Group B opener, and they were cut open inside five minutes by the Reds.However Sterling strayed carelessly offside before turning in Lazar Markovic’s cross, and Liverpool struggled to create a chance of similar quality for the rest of the match.Instead full-backs Jose Enrique, preferred at left-back to Alberto Moreno, and Javi Manquillo were frequently exposed as their team were penned back.Geoffroy Serey Die, exploiting space on Enrique’s flank, came closest to scoring in the first half, slamming a shot into Simon Mignolet’s shins.While Liverpool looked vulnerable out wide in the first half, it was their deficiencies in the centre of defence that were exposed by the Swiss side’s goal.Martin Skrtel, more concerned with grappling with his man, inadvertently headed the ball against Dejan Lovren and, while Mignolet got down sharply to prevent an own goal, the goalkeeper succeeded only in palming the ball into Streller’s path for a simple finish.Without the injured Daniel Sturridge and the departed Luis Suarez, Liverpool were stripped of the interplay and invention of last season and struggled for a response.Only Mario Balotelli’s long-range free-kick, blocked by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík’s shoulder, and Sterling’s clumsy mis-control when clean through gave the home crowd cause for concern.With back-to-back meetings against holders Real Madrid to follow in Group B, Liverpool will need a vast improvement to progress to the knockout stages.And they will certainly need to play better to ensure a return to the competition next season.last_img read more