Month: February 2021

VCE’s First Distinguished Engineer

first_imgIn an industry like ours, to stand still would be to fall behind. VCE’s inception was the result of true innovation, as leaders from our three investor companies came together in a joint venture designed to disrupt the market and provide customers with a solution that truly fits their needs. More than four years later, we’d say this venture has been extremely successful, but we haven’t forgotten our roots. VCE is dedicated to recognizing the innovative individuals within the company that are moving VCE forward. To honor the people that are truly making a difference, VCE recently introduced its Distinguished Engineers Program and announced its inaugural honoree, Dan Butzer.The VCE Distinguished Engineers Program gives the company the ability to recognize engineers who have gone above and beyond what they do on a daily basis. Through a formal nomination process, these exceptional technical leaders are identified for having helped define and develop technology that solves customer challenges. This group will contain some of the best and brightest employees in the company that have directly contributed to its success.A VCE Distinguished Engineer not only demonstrates great technical skill, but also displays great leadership qualities, freely sharing their knowledge and wisdom for the betterment of those around them and the company at large. A Distinguished Engineer inspires those around them to put their best ideas forward. They are the “go-to” people for solutions and ideas.As a member of the program, Distinguished Engineers are given opportunities for further skills development, as well as greater access to key VCE executives. The program is focused on cross-business collaboration, giving participants a glimpse into things beyond their usual day-to-day activities. The goal of the program is to then create a highly technical and innovative group that looks at VCE across its lines of business.As such, I cannot think of a more deserving first inductee to the program than my colleague, Dan Butzer, senior principal vArchitect. Dan is a “change agent” for VCE – continuously setting the pace for innovation at the company. His dedication to the company stretches far beyond a single region, with Dan lending his expertise globally, across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) regions to help ensure the various teams are armed with any and all information needed to address customers’ needs.Dan is highly solution oriented, and is able to approach situations from unique perspectives to provide a solution that is not just acceptable, but exceptional. He is a trusted adviser who is generous with his knowledge and time, bringing those he works with up to a higher level of knowledge and understanding. As one of his colleagues wrote, “When it comes to the data centers of today, I live by the rule that if Dan doesn’t know ‘it’ or know who knows ‘it’, ‘it’ is probably not worth knowing.” For these reasons (and many more), Dan has earned his place as a Distinguished Engineer.Not only has Dan been my right hand for more than three years, he’s become a dear friend. Dan’s dedication to the enablement of VCE staff, customers, and partners would overwhelm most people. Dan always finds time to help, always teaches and shares his extensive knowledge. Dan amazes us all daily!I want to personally thank Dan for his contributions to VCE, its customers and his fellow employees. Dan, and his future fellow Distinguished Engineers, will no doubt do some remarkable things for the company. VCE prides itself on having a culture of innovation, and it is because of every employee here who throws the status quo out the window and gets their hands dirty. We are poised for a big year ahead, and with contributions and leadership from Dan and our Distinguished Engineer honorees, I can guarantee that no one will catch us standing still.last_img read more

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Pioneering Women Speak Out and Inspire at EMC World

first_imgThere are so many remarkable women who have played crucial roles in defining the world we live in and have contributed to making it a better place, whether through politics, science, medicine, sports or other industries. However, it still astounds me that there are fewer women in computer science and technology than men and less women taking STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.The Women of World event at EMC World is a celebration of inspirational women and a chance for women in technology to come together, to network and share experiences with like-minded individuals. I was fortunate enough to host the panel at Women of World this year and the panelists were three extremely inspiring and very unique women: Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of Epibone, a company that is literally growing human bone, Molly Fletcher, former sports agent who CNN described as the female “Jerry Maguire,” and Rosario Marin, former Treasurer of the United States. All three are also published authors.Each woman clearly has her own very distinct area of expertise, – spanning the diverse fields of biotechnology, sports and politics – but they all shared the common thread of having blazed new trails in their industries, meeting challenges head-on and coming out triumphant.Speaking to an audience of more than 240 female and male EMC World attendees, each described their own account of their journey to success. These often moving stories talked of facing fears, forgiveness of ones failings and reframing problems. They encouraged all of us to go out and do the same regardless of gender.I couldn’t help asking Molly how she dealt with athletes in the male-dominated sporting world who balked at the thought of working with a female agent. Her secret was to always have something up her sleeve that they wouldn’t expect her to know – like a wealth of baseball stats. She used the information as a conversation starter in order to reframe the situation from being perceived as an outsider to positioning herself as an equal and valuable person at the table. All the panelists agreed that ‘reframing’ the situation is a very powerful tool and applies to the world of business and technology just as well.Nina shared a poignant story about applying for a position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The role of a Director at the MIT Media Lab seemed a far reach from her scientific/biomedical lab research background, but mentors in her life encouraged her to do it. She ended up being one of the top three candidates for the position. She wasn’t selected, but the experience opened her eyes to her true potential and taught a life lesson about mentally reframing her sense of self. Don’t let yourself be limited by parameters that don’t actually exist.Similarly, Rosario encouraged the audience to aim high but also to give yourself a break. As she explained, everyone has done, regularly does, or will do something that doesn’t come out as expected and suddenly becomes their own worst critic, even a United States’ Treasurer. “We are our own worst critics. Learn to forgive yourself.”When I asked Rosario how she dealt with other critics, she said “You know I just don’t care about them. Do what you need to do and what you think is right.” The response from the audience was audible – everyone clearly agreed.Nina’s top tip was “Life is a marathon. Never forget the long view.” She explained that running and yoga can be a framework for understanding the world. “I ask myself, ‘what would I care about if I was 103?’” she said. This perspective ensures that she is minimizing the amount of regret in life.While this event was initially an opportunity to simply bring more female voices into the conversation at EMC World, the advice that Nina, Molly, and Rosario shared goes far beyond gender. Inspiration comes in many forms and from many sources.last_img read more

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The Business Value of Dell Technologies On Demand for Storage

first_imgToday we announced Dell EMC PowerStore, an innovative modern infrastructure platform engineered with data-centric design, intelligent automation and adaptable architecture – all to address challenges in the data era.PowerStore is supported by Dell Technologies On Demand, our portfolio of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across Dell’s entire end-to-end portfolio – from workforce solutions to data center gear– from edge to core and cloud. When it comes to storage, Dell Technologies On Demand delivers significant value such as clear cost savings with gains in efficiency, productivity and business agility.In a recent IDC study analyzing the business value of Dell Technologies On Demand, participants cited both cost and time savings as noteworthy advantages. Customers who moved to usage-based – or pay-per-use –  consumption models with Dell EMC storage saw a 23% lower cost of storage operations per year, 25% lower storage acquisition costs, and 92% faster time to deploy new storage capacity. See infographic here.The key driver of these benefits is our Flex On Demand model, ideally suited for environments where storage capacity requirements are highly dynamic or seasonal. It enables customers to scale with elastic capacity – as demands rise or fall – with payments aligned with usage.For instance, our customers tell us that Flex On Demand gives them the flexibility to increase capacity, and bring in cost predictability without having to buy it all at once. For them, the most evident advantage is accessing the newest technology at an affordable price and using it as a utility service.For those looking for shorter-term commitments, we recently announced the availability of a new one-year term for Flex On Demand – expanding the currently available three- or five-year term options – offered on all Dell EMC storage, as well as converged, hyperconverged, and data protection solutions.To help customers with additional financial assistance, we recently announced our new Payment Flexibility Program which extends $9B in financing, including 0% interest rates and up to a 180-day payment deferral.**For more than 14 years, we’ve been leaders in flexible consumption solutions. Our portfolio now approaches over $3.5B in assets under management. So, whether you choose to pay for technology as you grow, or as you use it, or as a service, we’ve got it covered. With Dell Technologies On Demand, customers can more effectively control costs, manage expenses, and optimize budgets to meet short-term requirements and long-range objectives.PowerStore and Dell Technologies On Demand continue our long-standing dedication to driving innovation for our customers. For more information on Dell Technologies On Demand, watch the short video below, read this brief overview, and contact your local sales representative.——————————————————————————————————————————————————-**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through July 31st, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Offers may change without notice, may be subject to minimum transaction size, and are subject to credit approval, product availability, applicable law and documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS. 0% Finance Lease: 24-month or 36-month term. Rate percentage does not include charges other than periodic rent payments. For purchases of qualifying Dell EMC infrastructure solutions (servers and storage).last_img read more

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Clashes break out in Tunisia after death of protester

first_imgTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Clashes in Tunisia between groups of young people and police have broken out, following the death of a local man in his 20s who participated in last week’s protests. He is reportedly the first fatality of the demonstrations that swept the North African nation. Angry residents fired projectiles at police and attempted to enter a security post in Sbeitla in the Kasserine region on Monday. They had blocked the town’s main road by setting tires on fire, according to state news agency TAP. Law enforcement responded with tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters, and a chase took place through city streets. TAP said that the army was deployed to calm unrest there and protect public buildings.last_img read more

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Record 4.2 tons of cocaine seized near French Caribbean

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials with the French army stationed in the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe say they seized a record 4.2 tons of cocaine in nearby waters. The Armed Forces of the Antilles said Wednesday that  it found the 177 bricks of cocaine aboard a fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 17. Eight people aboard the vessel were arrested. Authorities say the seizure was a result of close cooperation with several countries that it did not identify. No further details have been released.last_img read more

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Kitsch or artwork? Controversial monument unveiled in Serbia

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president has attended the unveiling of a grandiose monument to a medieval monk and historic ruler which has come under fire from critics who call it oversized and kitschy.  President Aleksandar Vucic’s allies say the 23-meter-high, 70-ton bronze sculpture of the legendary founder of the Serbian state, Stefan Nemanja, placed on a gilded egg-shaped construction in downtown Belgrade will be a new landmark of the Serbian capital.  Opponents think the monument is a megalomaniacal and pricy token of Vucic’s populist and autocratic rule that should be removed. The unveiling was on Wednesday night.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency: Asylum ‘under attack’ on Europe’s borders

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is warning that asylum is “under attack” at Europe’s borders, calling on countries to investigate and stop illegal “pushbacks” and expulsions. UNHCR said new arrivals to the European Union continue to decline each year, with 95,000 arrivals by sea and land last year — a drop of 23% compared to 2019 and by one-third compared to 2018 when over 141,000 arrived. UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Gillian Triggs said the situation should be manageable, expressing regret that the issue of asylum remains “politicized and divisive” despite the declining numbers.last_img read more

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72-year-old Scotch whisky fetches over $54,000 in auction

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) — A 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland has fetched more than $54,000 in an auction in Hong Kong. It is the first time that the 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, was offered in an auction. It was auctioned off by Bonhams, fetching a price of $54,300 including premium. The whisky, the oldest from the Glen Grant distillery, is in a Dartington crystal decanter with an American black walnut presentation box. Despite the economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic, interest in rare whiskies remains high.last_img read more

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