Looking back at press coverage coming out of EMC World last week there’s one phrase that pops up time and time again – “Not your father’s EMC”. This clearly struck a chord with many of our customers and employees alike and a number of you have asked me for more.First of all, there are many great things about EMC that don’t need to change! There is a great heritage inside the company of doing what it takes to the keep customers happy… we have great relationships with many of the world’s largest companies and governments… and we have an expansive best-of-breed technology portfolio.But the world is changing.The way products will be built, evaluated, marketed, sold, used, serviced and supported is different in the 3rd platform. These changes force us to reevaluate everything we know about the traditional product lifecycle.Let’s start with building products. EMC’s traditional products – storage arrays – will be used for many years to come underneath traditional data center applications, Oracle databases and the like. But for new 3rd platform applications, much of the value within the infrastructure will be delivered entirely through software… running on common off-the-shelf hardware. We believe that much of this software will be created using community-based development – “open source.”The benefits to the customer are clear – more features, more quickly, without lock-in. “And free?” I hear you say. Not necessarily. I still believe that most customers will want to buy a complete working system (hardware + software + service) and for that they will be happy to pay. I do not believe we are heading back to a world where organizations buy component parts to spend days and weeks doing self-assembly.With that in mind, last week, we announced the CoprHD open source project, essentially a release of the ViPR Controller source code into the community. I’ve been very clear that this project is merely the first we’ve picked and it is a part of a much more expansive open source effort you’ll see roll out over the next year.Releasing the intellectual property of one of EMC’s mainstream products into the world of open source is not something we’ve ever done before. It’s a first – this is clearly not your fathers’ EMC.Next, evaluating products. I’ve long believed that the people who evaluate and use our products are not the people who buy them. Usually the ‘buying’ is done by corporate procurement. As the infrastructure world moves increasingly toward software it should be much easier for folks who evaluate and use our software to simply download the binaries and get going. They should not have to wait for a license agreement to be in place before doing so.With that in mind, last week, we announced the free download of ScaleIO – a software-defined block storage offering. It isn’t time-bombed. It isn’t feature-limited. It’s free for non-production use. Our belief is that if the users of our software like it, then they’ll recommend it and their procurement team will buy it for production use. Like open source, you should consider this free download as merely a first step and look forward to a much more expansive set of downloads over the next year.Releasing unlimited, full featured commercial software onto EMC.com for free download is not something we’ve ever done before. It’s a first – this is clearly not your fathers’ EMC.But we’re not stopping there. We’re moving aggressively towards online/social marketing, quoting and transacting through our web store, publishing our product documentation so it’s searchable by Google, educating through MOOCs and supporting through online discussion forums and communities. The goal? To eliminate as much friction as possible at every stage in the product lifecycle – making it easier for our customers and our partners to interact with EMC.Three years from now, I expect some parts of EMC will be the same as today, but many parts will look and feel very different from what we’ve always known. We’ll have the same high standard for quality, close relationships with customers, and we will continue to be a trusted place where people send their data for safe keeping, because their data is going to be their business. Those are the traits we want to keep. But the way we develop our products, the way we release our products, the way we sell them and the way we market them will be different. In the coming months and years, we’re going to adopt more digital techniques to give our customers the kind of experience they want. And that experience will not be your father’s EMC.
Chelsea hero Hazard has begun to make more of an impact for Madrid (Picture: Getty)‘If you want to make a horse lose a race, putting two kilos on a horse of 500 kilos is enough.’Hazard has begun to make a bigger impact under Zinedine Zidane and has revealed how he turned his poor form around for Real Madrid.He said: ‘I was not good, simply. I said to myself ‘start playing well’. The first two months, in what I was proposing, it was not enough.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I thought, I can do better, I’ve felt better for a month now. I dribble, I accelerate and I try to make others play well.‘I do not do everything right but I try The first two months, I said to myself ‘you’re new, be simple’. Too many passes, people waited for me to dribble.’Hazard scored a brace for Belgium during the international break and will hope to help Real Madrid defeat La Liga rivals Real Sociedad on Saturday.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino urged to snub Man Utd for Arsenal following Tottenham sacking Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 Nov 2019 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Eden Hazard agrees with Arsene Wenger over the reason for his Real Madrid struggles (Picture: Getty)Eden Hazard has admitted he was overweight when he joined Real Madrid after Arsene Wenger said his physical fitness was one of the reasons the Chelsea hero struggled at his new club.Belgian superstar Hazard won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, the FA Cup and EFL Cup during his hugely successful seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.The 28-year-old completed a dream move to Real Madrid in the summer, however, with the Spanish giants spending over £100million to secure his signature from Premier League club Chelsea. Eden Hazard agrees with Arsene Wenger over reason for Real Madrid struggles Wenger felt Hazard arrived at Real Madrid ‘too heavy’ (Picture: Getty)Hazard endured a sluggish start to his career at the Bernabeu, taking six appearances to register his first Real Madrid goal, and Wenger felt his underwhelming performances were a result of weight gain over the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked whether he put on weight before joining Real Madrid, Hazard told L’Equipe: ‘It’s true. I’m not going to hide it, but when I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation.‘I had put on five kilos, I’m the type to put on quickly and lose so quickly if I’m careful.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When I was 18, in Lille, I was 72 or 73 kg. Muscle mass was 75 kg, on a bad day, 77 kg. I was 80 kg this summer, I lost it in 10 days.’Speaking earlier in the month, Arsenal legend Wenger said Hazard had arrived at Real Madrid ‘too heavy’ and would take time to rediscover his top form.‘I think it was more down to physical reasons,’ Wenger said. ‘He came too heavy, like we read in the papers. Comment Advertisement
O’Connor, 33, is currently in his second spell with Connacht, having returned to Galway from Wasps in 2007. He won 12 Test caps, including being part of Ireland’s 2006 Triple Crown-winning team, while his Wasps career featured two Heineken Cup final victories and two Premiership titles. “I am happy with this decision I’ve come to following 14 years playing professional rugby, and my body is telling me that it’s ‘my time’ now,” O’Connor said. “I’ve enjoyed my playing career massively, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all the people who have supported me along the way. “All the coaches and support staff I’ve worked with at both Connacht and Wasps have pushed and moulded me into the player and person that I am today. “Looking ahead to my future, I hope to remain working in the rugby industry and keep an involvement with Connacht. “I have a degree in strength and conditioning and wish to apply that knowledge, along with my first-hand experience, in a sports performance capacity.” Former Wasps and Ireland flanker Johnny O’Connor has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. Press Association
Auto Parts Ltd, importers of Nissan cars in Ghana has for the fourth year running collaborated with Mercury Ghana, dealers of Mercury Outboard Motors and Accessories and Quicksilver Boats to support this year’s Ada Sailing Race.The annual event which attracts the expats and diplomatic community as well as Ghanaians who love water sport promises to be very exciting this year.Already the sailors, all of whom are members of the Ada Sailing Race are warming up for this keenly contested race.Just as it was done last year, fisher folks would be roped into the race in canoe peddling to compete for the AR Accad (the demised chairman of the Accad Group of companies) Award to spice up the programme.The Group Marketing Manager of Auto Parts Ltd, Mr Chris Tsegah says driving a Nissan is just as fun and adventurous as water sports is.He said it is the vision of the company to revive water sports and make it just as exciting as the other major sports in Ghana such as Football. For this year’s sailing race, there are 18 boats taking part (the most ever) with each boat having a crew of 2, but there are a few taking their families on the adventure. The race is expected to start at the Ada Sailing club. The boats will sail up the Volta River up to 25 kilometres through the Ada Estuary, past divers and fishing villages to Sogakope.The 18 boats will sail from Sogakope to a private island in the mouth of the estuary with the help of the wind.Mr Tsegah expects this year’s competition to be more exciting with the boats going upwind often with one hull clean out of the water and the possibility of few cap-sizes. The boats will finish with a circuit of the private island for the spectators including media to cheer them up, after which the MD of Auto Parts Ltd, Mr Subhi Accad will be joined by other senior management personnel of the company plus other diplomats to present trophies to the winners.