9:57 am PTFathers: vCloud Air is VMware’s hybrid cloud platform.Customers stated that they’re using the vCloud Air for scalability, disaster recovery, speed to delivery for new services, existing applications and more. There’s coverage in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia. VMware has 3,900 partners in 100 countries, which is the world’s largest hybrid cloud network!10:03 am PTVMware vCloud Air will include:DevOps Services – available later this yearDatabase as a Services – MySQL, SQL serverObject Storage – based on ViPR (beta in September)Mobility Services – Airwatch, PivotalCloud Management – vRealize air automationUsers can get in the beta program by visiting vCloudAir on demand. 9:23 am PTPat Gelsinger just noted that Apollo Education Group can sleep easy at night because they’re running their IT infrastructure on a Vblock System.9:28 am PTThe path of the software defined enterprise will come the power of “and,” rather than having only traditional apps or cloud -native apps. Gelsinger wants to bridge the gap between the two columns below. 9:32 am PTVMware is announcing several new ways of moving into the cloud, including a key feature with VCE!VCE and VMware Expand Strategic Partnership to Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud Solutions 9:20 am PTPat Gelsinger is discussing how companies and people have to be brave to leap ahead in technology. VCE is one of those brave companies, we’ve spearheaded the converged infrastructure industry and we’re driving the evolution of the marketplace. The brave will certainly thrive. 9:12 am PTVMware will be spending up to $250,000 for several children, education, environment, human’s rights and women and girls. Attendees can build paper airplanes to fly and will represent the amount of money donated by VMware. 10:09 am PTPat Gelsinger closes out the first keynote by asking customers to “Go Bravely” into the next evolution of IT.10:19 am PTCarl Eschenbach just stepped up to set the stage for customer spotlights. The first customer is Medtronic, who focused on automation and the software defined data center. Customer advice: Do more with less and bring capabilities to market that are truly transformational.10:24 am PTThe next customer to take the stage is from MIT, who provides IT services as a platform as a service for their community of 1,000 small businesses. They’re working with VMware to virtualize their platform – they’re 99% virtualized. 10:29 am PTVMware welcomes its last customer – Ford Motor Company – to the stage to discuss innovation in IT. Ford needed the ability to rapidly provision services and applications. Their infrastructure couldn’t handle the needs of the company. Therefore they needed to rebuild for scale.10:38 am PTVMware closes out the keynote by discussing how IT is about the power of “and” . Together, there are no limits. 9:00 am PTVMware: The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible. The company kicks off the show with a brilliant dance routine and light show. 9:42 am PTVMware is also announcing strong momentum in IT security. Gelsinger relates security to a hard boiled egg – hard on the outside, soft on inside. 9:45 am PTVMware sees the Hybrid Cloud as the future, not a way to the future. They rebranded their offering as the vCloud Air. VCE will be supporting the vCloud Air offerings.Gelsinger: “The future is Hybrid”9:48 am PTBill Fathers, EVP and GM of Hybrid Cloud at VMware, just took the stage to give us an update of where VMware is with the hybrid cloud, look at customer use cases and then discuss the future. 9:51 am PTCustomers are moving to the public cloud for agility, efficiency, and cost savings, causing public cloud adoption to increase. There are four phases of cloud adoption: experimental, professional, mass market and legacy. But the public cloud environments do not scale, customers need the hybrid cloud to scale into the professional phase. 9:36 am PTGelsinger is also announcing a common platform for all applications – containers without compromise – with Docker, Google and Pivotal.9:41 am PT VCE is getting ready to listen to the VMworld keynote in San Francisco. I’m looking forward to hearing VMware discuss the software defined data center, end user computing, virtualization, and more!Below is a live blog from the VMworld keynote.8:53 am PTPeople are filing into the VMworld keynote. There’s a lot of eager VMware fans waiting to find out the latest news from the company. 9:14 am PTPat Gelsinger just took the stage at VMware and is comparing discussing the fluidity of transformation and evolution. He’s discussing how key customers, including Metro Health and Lufthansa, are being more fluid and innovative in how they use technology.
Trust. We look at trust in two major ways: 1) One of the problems with some hyper-converged offerings is support. Since these appliances and solutions pull pieces together from multiple vendors, who does the customer call if something goes wrong? With VSPEX BLUE, there is single point of contact global 24/7 service. 2) We build data protection and security right into the appliance along with instant access to EMC software titles directly from the VSPEX BLUE Market.IDC estimates that sales of hyper-converged solutions will grow at triple digit rates (and did, in fact, grow by 150% in 2014, compared to overall IT spending growth rate of 3-4%).Customers and partners are crying out for simplicity and hyper-converged solutions can help them break out of the squeeze. To balance the seemingly incompatible needs of “keeping the lights on” and investing in the future, IT leaders are driving changes in how their organizations consume IT. They are demanding solutions that not only meet the requirements of growing businesses for performance, provisioning and rapid scaling, but ensure efficiency and resource optimization via automation, ease of use and deployment.Hyper-converged infrastructure is one highly promising response to these demands. By collapsing core compute, storage, management and networking functions into a single appliance, vendors are able to drive the era of virtualization and software-defined everything. EMC is in this market with VSPEX BLUE, an appliance powered by VMware EVO:RAIL software, and our own software and hardware.What are the advantages of hyper-converged infrastructure?Agility. By eliminating hundreds of separate processes, reducing the time required to deploy and simplifying operation and management, IT departments can focus on driving strategic initiatives, rather than constant planning and maintenance. For example, a customer can take VSPEX BLUE from power on to provisioning VMs in <15 minutes. Scalability. Advanced planning ceases to be a requirement with hyper-converged infrastructure. A customer can start with a single appliance and grow as needed. Using VSPEX BLUE again – adding a new appliance is just a matter of launching the initial appliance. Everything is automated and fast.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting three male patients. Prosecutors said U.S. District Judge Frank Volk sentenced Jonathan Yates to the prison term and three years of supervised release Monday. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty last September to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which means the crimes were committed while on duty. Yates worked at the Beckley VA Medical Center as a doctor of osteopathic medicine, which involves hands-on treatments.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg, newly sworn in as transportation secretary, is urging his 55,000 employees to embrace “imaginative, bold, forward thinking” as the Transportation Department embarks on a vital mission to rebuild America’s infrastructure and foster equality. In an email message to employees, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Buttigieg said the department will continue to prioritize safety. But he says he looks forward to working with them to “break new ground” to help the economy rebuild, fight the climate crisis and and make sure “transportation is an engine for equity in this country.” Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was sworn in as transportation secretary Wednesday morning by Vice President Kamala Harris.
BEIJING (AP) — Ten panda cubs made their debut in China’s leading panda reserve Wednesday morning to mark the coming Lunar New Year. One appeared shy and covered its face with both paws when it saw the crowd. Another went rogue and crawled away from its keeper before being caught. The black-and-white fluff balls made their first public appearance in a playground with New Year’s decorations including lanterns, traditional Chinese knots, paper cars and flags at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least one corner of Caracas is feeling a splash of Carnival excitement despite the global pandemic that struck when Venezuela was already years into crisis that put a damper on life. Neighbors in a hillside barrio called Antimano stepped into the street Friday to pick their child queen for carnival festivities. They cheered, shouted and blew whistles. The title went to 11-year-old Rosario Gutierrez. She wore a bright red dress and says she didn’t expect to wind. She’ll lead an upcoming neighborhood parade of children. Organizers say they hope the event brings a little cheer at amid tough times in Venezuela and around the world.