EMC has publicly declared 2016 as the year of All-Flash – how apropos that Gartner has again placed EMC solidly in the “Leaders” quadrant of the latest Solid State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant (ME); a position we’ve held since its inception three years ago achieved on the shoulders of EMC’s market-leading XtremIO all-flash array (AFA).Since its market debut in November 2013, XtremIO has gone on to outsell every all-flash enterprise storage array on the market. But selling more isn’t enough to land you in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors on both “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” According to Gartner, a “Leader” has the market share, credibility, marketing, and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. A “Leader” demonstrates a clear understanding of the market needs and is an innovator and thought leader. We believe EMC’s sales success with XtremIO is a direct result of these characteristics. What we believe may be most impressive about EMC’s placement in the MQ is that our results are based almost exclusively on XtremIO. We can only imagine the results in next year’s SSA MQ when Gartner will be able to consider EMC’s entire all-flash portfolio including VMAX All Flash, Unity, and DSSD.Gartner Magic Quadrant For Solid State Arrays:EMC released XtremIO 4.0 at EMC World 2015, supporting new larger all-flash array configurations, expanding on-demand capabilities, and consolidating workloads at unprecedented levels of performance and availability. It leverages XtremIO’s breakthrough scale-out architecture, which more than doubled previous density with 40TBs per X-Brick, and offers configurations of up to eight 40TB X-Bricks.As the fastest-growing product in EMC’s history, we see customers choosing XtremIO over competing all-flash arrays for its ease-of-use and unique architecture that enables consolidation of mixed tier-1 workloads while delivering consistent and predictable performance at scale. Thousands of customers have deployed XtremIO to take advantage of its always-on, always inline data services (e.g., deduplication and compression), enterprise-class availability, as well as integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) that enables customers to accelerate and improve IT and business productivity.Although XtremIO makes EMC #1 in AFA market share according to IDC[i], it’s just one of several products in EMC’s all-flash portfolio. Earlier this year, we launched brand-new all-flash products including VMAX All Flash, Unity, and DSSD, offering customers a compelling and comprehensive portfolio of all-flash enterprise storage products on the market. We expect each of these new all-flash solutions to help expand EMC’s leadership position by addressing new market segments and helping customers tackle almost any data center use case, providing customers the most AFA choices in the industry.Our customers value and acknowledge that the power of the EMC portfolio extends well beyond primary storage. EMC also has an extensive portfolio of innovative, best-in-class solutions built and designed for all-flash. A few examples include EMC RecoverPoint for replication, EMC VPLEX for continuous availability, EMC ProtectPoint and EMC eCDM (enterprise Copy Data Management) for streamlined data protection, EMC ViPR for resource management and automation, and EMC AppSync for iCDM. This rich portfolio enables entire workflows to be accelerated, streamlined, protected, and automated, from the storage through the hypervisor and into the application itself, all with unique optimizations for flash storage.2016 is the year of all-flash and EMC’s all-flash product ecosystem is built to accelerate mission-critical workloads. We believe these analyst rankings confirm and validate EMC as a trusted and able leader to help our customers modernize their data centers.[i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, June 3, 2016http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS41282316This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from [insert client name or reprint URL].Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
As children, our dreams and aspirations are far-reaching, but as years go by, those dreams for many women fall short. Why is that? As children we saw no fear, heard no evil; we felt anything and everything was possible.As adults, we can learn a lot from the fearless child we once were. If we did, would there be more than a 12 percent female mix working in technology? Would society be more inclusive overall?As a female working in the tech industry, I often wonder why so few women take the risk to embark on careers in technology. Last year I project managed a mentoring program called STEM Aspire at Dell which aims to motivate, inspire and empower females studying technology at 3rd level.The students are matched with female Dell role models with the objective to encourage these students to remain in third level and assure them of endless opportunities in the tech industry. The program helps to boost confidence to perform at third level and ultimately succeed in careers in STEM. I am passionate about this program and hope we can inspire and empower female students in STEM to push themselves out of their comfort zone, to challenge norms and to be successful.This brings me to ask, so is the real issue that girls are more conservative when it comes to taking risks and making decisions? Why not take the risk? Why not become the next IT guru or entrepreneur? Why not become the scientist, the engineer or data scientist you dreamt of being when you were a child?The fact is that unless we as females take the risk and make the choice to work in the STEM field, then society will never change. To quote a line from a STEM Aspire book club book author, Susan Jeffries, “Feel the Fear and do it anyway…take the risk and it’s ok if you feel you don’t succeed because the real success is taking the risk.”Last year I also attended a VMWare Diversity & Inclusion event which answered many of my questions as to why women take less risks in careers. The bottom line is that women tend to be more self aware and less confidant. However when women are treated equally in the workplace, when they are included in social groups; they tend to come out of their shell, speak up and gain more confidence. We as employers need to be mindful of this and inspire women to progress equally their careers.As Susan Jeffers says, “Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.” Don’t let the margins between men and women in STEM continue to grow, make that childhood dream come true, take that risk, challenge the norm in society and achieve your potential. Find out more about Dell’s efforts to involve girls and women in STEM fields.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck. The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa says 48-year-old Keith William Nicoletta pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to launder stolen COVID relief funds. Prosecutors say Nicoletta falsely claimed on a loan application last May that he had a scrap metal business with 69 employees and a monthly payroll of more than $760,000. Authorities say none of the money he received was used for payroll.
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares have fallen as a reality check sets in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China declined Thursday. The region is looking ahead to earnings season for a read on how companies are faring amid COVID-19 infections, which have been relatively low in some nations such as New Zealand, compared to other global regions. Selling Wednesday was broad, including Facebook, Netflix and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The Federal Reserve’s sobering assessment of the gradual recovery ahead also has dimmed buying sentiment.