EMC World is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a great opportunity to spend solid time with thousands of customers, partners, and fellow EMCers in one place.It’s also the time of year in our calendar where we bring a lot of mojo to bear on the industry – all at once. In fact, there’s often SO much you can lose sight of the big picture.If you want to see the trees – check out Virtual Geek here, where I’ve posted a set of detailed posts on Unity, on Project Nitro, on the latest on VxRack System 1000, the new EMC Copy Data Management products, and much more.Any one of the Modern Datacenter Architectural pillars: Flash, Scale-out, Software-Defined, Cloud-Enabled – all wrapped in trust…. Well – they are well represented!But – here – I want to zoom out and see the forest. This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. 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EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release. The first “big picture” element that I see every day with every customer is an important recognition that things are changing. A recognition that they need to focus on where they differentiate and innovate versus their competitors. That means that while all the cool point innovations EMC launched at EMC World today are powerful – customers increasingly want to consume/buy the necessary outcome. Customers are less and less interested in building it themselves – even if optimizing the ingredients has some marginal benefit. This is being accelerated by the stark contrast of SaaS and Public Cloud models – which offer NO “best of breed” configurability, but in exchange deliver speed and agility.The second “big picture” element is the emergence of the “Digital Enterprise” agenda in every customer. Every customer is realizing they need to digitize their business, build new ways of engaging with their customers with an “any time, any way, any scale” way. This creates huge pressure for customers to re-learn what it means to be a software company and innovate faster – versus simply using off-the shelf enterprise software.That’s why I think two of the biggest announcements at EMC World are the new Native Hybrid Cloud platform and VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes.Both are focused on this new Cloud Native world. Both are delivered in turnkey form, engineered stacks that are built holistically, supported holistically, and sustained holistically. They are platforms – not solutions. You don’t “assemble” them – you consume them.First – VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes. For the last 2 years, we’ve been looking at how to make the deployment and all the “day 2” operations for Cloud Stacks completely turnkey. Why? Simple – customers really, really, REALLY struggle to get sustained value and leverage out of the open source projects like OpenStack, Apache Hadoop, Photon Platform, Mesos and others. It’s not that they can’t or they aren’t smart enough. Rather – it’s that the skill base in the market is very shallow, and the technology stacks are moving REALLY fast. If they successfully build a stack and get it up and running – and then lose the one employee who knows how it all works – POOF – back to square one. The other driver is that each of those open source ecosystem projects are working to make their products a better fit for the enterprise – but each are building management tools that only impact THEIR stack, and in many cases these management tools cause the community to split (because these are often commercialized differently from one stack to another. Enter Neutrino Nodes. Neutrino Nodes are a combination of industry standard server hardware coupled with an organic EMC innovation – the Neutrino software stack that is built to enable multiple different cloud native stacks to be deployed, managed, lifecycled – all things one needs to do after deployment. Together they deliver a turnkey Cloud Native IaaS that can be deployed in less than a day out of the gate. The first stack which is fully integrated with Neutrino is OpenStack – specifically the Kilo OpenStack project trunk. It’s the vanilla (but current) OpenStack codebase – delivered in a turnkey way. Simple. This is valuable, but where Neutrino Nodes will start to sing is as they support multiple different Cloud infrastructure stacks – with VMware Photon Platform – a true Cloud Native IaaS optimized for elasticity, APIs, and container abstraction models as the next stack on Neutrino Nodes In addition, our plan is to also make deploying the broad Apache Hadoop ecosystem on Neutrino Nodes simple and easy. Neutrino Nodes are deployed in the VxRack System 1000 – which makes for a turnkey Cloud Native IaaS, making the complex simple and easy. If you want to read more about Neutrino Nodes – you can see my blog post on them here!Second – the Native Hybrid Cloud Like VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes – the Native Hybrid Cloud is focused on delivering a turnkey outcome – but for an even higher-order idea. No one – I repeat – no one, consumes infrastructure for its own sake – even cool turnkey Cloud Native IaaS like VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes J There’s always a higher-order thing – the application, the use case that consumes infrastructure. In the world of the digital enterprise – those would be new Cloud Native Applications – built in new ways, using new tools. The most popular tool to do that is Cloud Foundry, and the best Cloud Foundry distribution is Pivotal Cloud Foundry. What developers want is to get going faster; to code and innovate faster; to worry about infrastructure less. The Native Hybrid Cloud does that – it’s a turnkey developer’s stack that makes getting going with Pivotal Cloud Foundry faster – 96% faster than building it yourself. It helps developers innovate faster – 3x faster. It helps the infrastructure become invisible and more efficient – up to 10x more efficient.But – the Native Hybrid Cloud does more than help the developer – it helps the other half of the DevOps cultural and operational model – the IT Operations team. Normally IT operations can be in conflict with the goals of the Developers – but the Native Hybrid Cloud makes them a hero again with control, reporting, chargeback and programmatic API-driven elastic infrastructure that the Developers building new Cloud Native apps need.The Native Hybrid Cloud joins the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud as EMC’s two highest order platforms – things for customers to consume versus build. They both are designed to be hybrids – deploying on-premises, and leveraging off-premises clouds like Virtustream, AWS, Azure, and the vCloud Air Network.Enterprise Hybrid Cloud optimizes for traditional IT-as-a-Service, and is commonly deployed on Vblocks – and it optimizes around traditional IT needs: deep resilience, infrastructure availability, backup, DR and more. You can absolutely deploy Pivotal Cloud Foundry on top of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (many do!) for “one stack for traditional and cloud native”, but it is optimized to service traditional enterprise application workloads.Native Hybrid Cloud optimizes for Cloud Native PaaS and new applications, and is deployed on VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes (leveraging OpenStack and soon the VMware Photon Platform). Native Hybrid Cloud can also deploy VxRack System 1000 using Flex Nodes for customers who want to leverage vSphere).You can read more about the Native Hybrid Cloud at my post on Virtual Geek here!The march towards the IT endgame continues – consume vs. build, and get smart about where and how you as a customer innovate faster. The Native Hybrid Cloud and VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes both represent powerful new turnkey capabilities at the Cloud Native IaaS and PaaS layers for customers to go further, faster.
US-based container carrier Matson has started the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems on six vessels deployed in its Hawaii and China-Long Beach Express services.The company said that three of the vessels would receive the new equipment in 2019 and the remaining three in 2020, as part of Matson’s strategy to reduce fleet emissions in line with the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap.While new low-sulfur fuels designed to meet the new IMO emission standard have been in development for years in anticipation of the change, there is still uncertainty about their costs and availability, the company explained. While liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an alternative, Matson said that the infrastructure for production and distribution is insufficient to support its operations in the Pacific.“Because of unpredictability in the way fuel markets may develop over the next few years, Matson’s IMO compliance strategy retains the flexibility to implement the most economical solution as conditions evolve,” said John Lauer, senior vice president and chief commercial officer.Matson embarked on a fleet renewal program, replacing older vessels with four new ships that are equipped with dual-fuel engines designed to run on new low-sulfur fuels or LNG. The other main component of Matson’s strategy involves expanded use of scrubbers, which enable vessels to achieve compliance with the new IMO regulations while continuing to use existing higher sulfur fuels. Matson installed scrubber systems on three vessels in its Alaska fleet in 2015 and 2016.“Similar to the systems Matson deploys in Alaska, the scrubber technology being installed in the six additional vessels will reduce sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions to levels at or below the limits set by the new IMO regulations, and below those of vessels using low-sulfur fuel.”With the deployment of dual-fuel engines in new ships and scrubbers in additional vessels, the company expects to be able to meet or exceed the IMO 2020 emission standard while mitigating the expected higher cost of low-sulfur fuel over more than half of its current fleet.
TONIGHT ON AM-1300 KGLO:— NCAA men’s national championship game — Texas Tech vs. Virginia — pre-game 5:30, tipoff 8:20 MASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team dropped three of four games at home against Kirkwood over the weekend. The Trojans suffered a pair of one-run losses on Saturday, with Kirkwood scoring in the final inning of both games to take 4-3 and 5-4 wins. Shane Kelleher and Will Sturek each had solo homers for NIACC in the opener, with Kelleher and Gabe Denton going deep in the nightcap. On Sunday, NIACC won game one 10-4, but gave up six runs each in the second, sixth and seventh in the nightcap for an 18-6 loss. NIACC is now 13-16 overall and 4-8 in the conference. The Trojans travel to Pella on Wednesday to face the Central College JV before hosting Southeastern on Saturday and Sunday in a four-game conference series. MASON CITY — The NIACC softball team won three of their four conference games at home this weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Trojans picked up a pair of five-inning wins over Northeast Community College. After winning the first game 8-0, Kylie Sherwood fired a no-hitter in the second game, winning 9-0. On Sunday, NIACC split their doubleheader with Iowa Central. In the opener, Kaci Sherwood, Alyssa Larson, Kristen Peka and Marissa Norby each drove in three runs in a 15-1 win. Iowa Central took game two by a 4-2 margin. NIACC is now 16-8 overall and 8-2 in the conference. They’ll host Marshalltown on Thursday before returning to conference play at Southwestern on Saturday and at home against Iowa Lakes on Sunday. MINNEAPOLIS — Former Loras College head basketball coach Brad Soderberg will be coaching in tonight’s NCAA National Title game in Minneapolis. He is a top assistant coach at Virginia for Tony Bennett. Soderberg was head coach at Loras in Dubuque from 1988 through 1993 He also had head coaching stints at South Dakota State, St. Louis University, and Lindenwood. Soderberg played for Tony Bennett’s father at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and later coached under Dick Bennett at Wisconsin, where he eventually was the interim head coach. Soderberg says he is a “Division Three” guy at heart and always thinks back to his days at that level, including coaching at Loras. Soderberg says his time as a head coach, including his stop in Dubuque, has helped him be a top assistant for Virginia.Soderberg says he has learned something important about being a head coach in observing BennettSoderberg says Bennett is great at keeping his team calm.Soderberg says he’ll never forget his roots and he remembers his time as a head coach at Loras.He also served a stint as the interim athletic director at Loras College in 2008. DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin broke open a scoreless game with two third-period goals, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Saturday night to take the Western Conference’s top wild-card spot. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his career-high seventh shutout of the season, and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Stars. Dallas will open the postseason against Nashville. The Wild end the season with a 37-36-9 record, finishing in last place in the Central Division. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-126. Paul George also scored 27 points and Dennis Schroder had 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as the Thunder remained a half-game ahead of San Antonio for seventh place in the Western Conference. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Zach Eflin threw seven sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday.Eflin (2-0) allowed a leadoff homer to Max Kepler and five singles, striking out five.Jose Berrios (1-1) gave up only an infield hit before Hoskins connected. He had seven strikeouts in six innings.Bryce Harper was 0 for 2 with two walks and stole a base. Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen made a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to prevent Marwin Gonzalez from scoring on Ehire Adrianza’s single in the third.David Robertson got two outs in the eighth and Adam Morgan finished the inning. Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth for his first save since last Sept. 18 against the Mets.Kepler gave the Twins a 1-0 lead when he drove a fastball into the seats in right-center for his first career leadoff homer. He went deep in each game of the series.Hoskins fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches in the sixth before launching his third homer into the flower bed just over the left-center field wall.After averaging 8.2 runs in their first six games, the Phillies have only scored four in the last two.