There 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?
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury will forever be tied to Rams counterpart Sean McVay.Had McVay not found near-immediate success as a young, offensive innovator, Arizona likely wouldn’t have pulled the trigger in handing the franchise keys to a recently-fired Texas Tech head coach with no NFL coaching experience.The two coaches are also good friends — good enough friends that McVay recently pulled quite the prank on his buddy while the two shared a dinner with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 5 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, and Rams head coach Sean McVay, right. (AP photos) “I kind of tricked him into thinking he was going to be in trouble with the league with tampering and stuff like that,” McVay told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I think his assistant got all wigged out. He was worried about losing (draft) picks.”Related LinksCardinals to host DE Nick Bosa in Arizona, per reportArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Alright, we need details, Sean.“We have a mutual friend that I put his name in my phone as (NFL commissioner) Roger Goodell,” McVay told Schefter. “I had this friend send me a text saying, ‘I can’t believe you’re at dinner with Kingsbury and Mahomes. You know better than this. This is tampering. You’re both losing picks.’ And I showed Kliff the text. He saw a ghost.”That’s pretty innovative! It turns out McVay’s secret sauce of leading an NFL team to the Super Bowl doesn’t include a Belichickien aversion to hanging out with friends and having a little fun.Next up: Let’s wait to see if and how Kingsbury might get McVay back.“I’m pretty proud of that one, Adam,” the Rams coach said of his relatively elaborate prank. “(Kingsbury) said, ‘That’s messed up. I’m getting you back.’” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact