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.
The phase-one re-opening of Florida begins today, but that does not include schools and colleges. Students will continue to learn on-line at least until the fall.Palm Beach State College is a public college in Lake Worth, Florida. It has five campuses which won’t be opening until the fall due to COVID-19.Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker is the first female president in the history of the institution, which opened in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college. She says the majority of courses are now being offered on-line except for classes such as welding which simply can’t be taught on a computer.The College now offers more than 130 programs of study, including bachelor’s and associate degrees, professional certificates and career training. Serving 49,000 students annually. Those students who are graduating in the fall will be able to take part in a virtual graduation and then a formal ceremony will be held in August.Parker says that face-to-face learning will resume in the fall as well.Under President Parker’s stewardship, the college opened in 5th campus in Loxahatchee Groves in 2016 and reached its highest enrollment in the institution’s history. Palm Beach State College enrolls nearly 49,000 students in over 100 programs of study including bachelor of applied science, associate in arts and associate in science degree programs, and short-term certificates, as well as continuing education and avocational courses. Parker also wants students to know that Palm Beach State College has received federal funds that she can pass on to students in need. Listen to the full interview with Ava Parker here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Ava-Parker-Palm-Beach-State-College.mp3
AUBREY BRUCEThere is only one positive thing that I can take from the MLB American League defeating the National League in the 2014 All-Star game. The Pirate that can “man” all of the battle stations, Josh Harrison may be a perfect DH, (designated hitter) when needed for the Buccos if they happen to advance to the 2014 World Series.Anyway, using Harrison to fill the DH position would probably cause little or no fanfare. Why? Because the potential move just makes sense, even to those who don’t.Ladies and gentlemen did you guys see the way Adam Wainwright, the ace of the pitching staff of one of the Pirates NL Central Division rivals St. Louis Cardinals got rocked by the crème de la crème of the American League sluggers? Now the Pirates as well as the rest of the NL Central can at least pick their jaws up off the ground. They should all now realize that they don’t need kryptonite or may not be required to remove all of the nation’s phone booths because contrary to popular belief, Wainwright is not Superman and doesn’t remotely resemble Clark Kent. Wainwright told mlb.com before the game that, “he will prepare for the All-Star start just like he does all others.” He found out very quickly that the starting assignment for the All-Star game is a bit different than facing the Chicago Cubs. Judged on his performance, the scouting report had to be severely flawed or he was over confident in his pitch repertoire. Wainwright even had the gall to suggest that he “allowed” Yankees future hall-of-famer shortstop Derek Jeter to get a hit (Jeter hit a double) almost as a show of honor. Wainwright was quoted by Jeff Passan the MLB columnist for Yahoo sports as saying, “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”