A lot has happened since my last post in the run-up to VMworld San Francisco, especially from a management standpoint. Now with VMworld Barcelona in full swing, I wanted to circle back and show how VCE’s investments are delivering value for customers and partners. The new version of VCE™ Vision Intelligent Operations provides exciting functionalities for our customers, specifically around leveraging the integrated management experience that VCE and VMware have developed together.The VCE Vblock System is the only converged infrastructure that delivers multi-vendor, API-driven, single point of visibility, inventory and reporting, but we aren’t stopping there. We’ve extended the Vblock System’s VMware vCenter Server plugin by coupling our “Intelligently Control” functionality with the “Intelligently Inform” functionality. Originally designed to verify the compliance of software and firmware versions, the updated plugin can now remediate any updates that need to be made from the same interface, providing full System Update Automation capabilities. Now, customers do not have to jump from siloed tool to siloed tool in order to update the storage, network, compute and virtualization components that are supporting their workloads – they can do it all from the one tool VCE customers use the most.Next, we’ve extended that same compliance engine to include a new Security Compliance and Validation feature. Our investors have a long tradition with security hardening practices, as well as allowing customers to validate and report that hardening practices are in place as the infrastructure evolves. Now, customers can complete this task from the same vCenter Server interface – a unique and much-requested feature. If you read between the lines, you’ll see that the combination of a real-time inventory, a full-fledged Vblock Object Model and a compliance engine will provide many beneficial possibilities for Vblock customers in the future!These features are the headliners of the new VCE Vision release, but certainly aren’t the only updates. We’ve also made updates to the API in the areas of Serviceability and Diagnostic Tools, giving customers more context in management data being generated by their Vblock Systems. Lastly, we’ve extended the roles-based access model to include more third-party management tools, allowing customers to better integrate their existing investments into the VCE Vision API.The new features and roadmap are exciting, but the feedback from partners, analysts and customers is equally important. Make sure you watch our new video on VCE Vision, below. The video shows Trey Layton, VCE’s chief technology officer, describing VCE Vision’s new features, as well as proof points from Ramin Sayar, VMware’s senior vice president and general manager of virtualization and cloud management, Mark Bowker, ESG senior analyst, and Russell Temple, the director of the data center practice group at Insight.
Why bother with 6AM conference calls and 14-hour flights? Because we are at the early beginnings of an era where imaginative thinkers are changing everything in sight – from thermostats to software.I’m talking specifically about design shifts in mobile enterprise software, the likes of which one day we will look back upon with awe. These past few weeks, I saw it in spades, as we launched Syncplicity’s mobile apps.What’s different now?In the first wave of mobile software development, incremental innovation simply brought old functionality to a new device. In the process, fundamentals were often missed.How frustrating to see a document for review on your mobile screen, yet be unable to edit it? Design was simply your desktop basic functionality, brought awkwardly to your smartphone.The second wave brought mobile on par with the desktop. Functionality was refactored amidst the new memory and added capabilities of our favorite gadgets. Fewer and fewer R&D teams argued if a mobile version of their software was next.But such design was still a parallel effort, a passenger alongside the driver of monolithic application development. SharePoint is now in the cloud? Interesting, but it doesn’t solve my problems.The reality is that mobile itself is the new design baseline, cleanly isolated and independent of any lingering PC notions. Mobile is the superset form factor, under which all functionality must be derived and considered.This third wave of design is what ignites our imagination and makes us want to drive 24/7 to brilliant new productivity solutions.Once we unleash imagination, it’s only a matter of time before the way we think about “productivity” will change in thrilling ways. Remember what “taking pictures” used to mean?It was a time-consuming and disparate routine of carrying camera equipment with you, buying film, configuring the camera settings, and at last, waiting to process the film.By rethinking “taking pictures” as “sharing moments,” however, those inefficiencies not only disappeared, but new worlds opened up. Ubiquitous devices brought image capture to the masses. Apps made photos easy and addictive to share. And social created a place where all the people to share photos with are constantly present.The same thing will occur as we rethink “productivity” from the mobile perspective. Many attributes of mobile are barely tapped today: proximity, location and personalization, for example.And already we see new segments quickly embracing the third wave as inklings of what’s to come:retail workers processing credit card payments without the customer ever waiting in line,flight attendants logging meal orders as they walk the aisle with their devices,citizens never bothering with the red tape to turn on a “land line” for making phone calls.It’s time to think: how else can we eliminate knowledge workers’ wasted time, speed their transactions, and heighten their ability to share value?Yes, mobile itself offers rich new design inspiration. But imaginative designers will rethink it all – the meaning of “productivity” included.
PARIS (AP) — Floodwaters that devastated vineyards and orchards are receding in southwest France but rising elsewhere, including in a French town where people were evacuated from flooded homes. In the Paris region, the Seine River overflowed its embankments for a fifth day. North of Bordeaux, the Charente River flooded dozens of streets and homes in the western town of Saintes, and was expected to keep rising. Mayor Bruno Drapron called on authorities Saturday to declare a natural disaster to facilitate aid and insurance payments. The local government says more than 2,000 residents may have to be evacuated. The 95 inmates at Sainte’s 19th century prison were evacuated Friday as a preventive measure and placed in other facilities.