2014 was a historic year for VCE with unprecedented industry and company growth, and VCE continues to define and lead the converged infrastructure CI space. We surpassed a $2 billion annualized demand run rate1 and achieved greater than 50 percent year-over-year growth.Last year, we made a significant investment in the VCE partner ecosystem, focusing much of our efforts on increasing engagement and deepening relationships with our partners. We evolved the VCE Partner Program to include greater incentives and rewards while introducing new certifications, specializations and enablement tools aimed at better preparing our partners to market, sell and support VCE converged infrastructure. These endeavors resulted in a 56 percent increase in partner-driven sales and a record number of new customer acquisitions.So it is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to announce the global VCE Partner of the Year awards for 2014. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the VCE Partner Program, these partners have demonstrated a high level of commitment to VCE, overall value to customers, in-depth knowledge of the converged infrastructure market, and outstanding sales performance.The award recipients were evaluated in three key areas:Success in incremental growth: Overall achievement with adding new customers through the VCE value propositionVCE Partner Program achievements: Achieving and maintaining a high level of program specializations and services through certifications and training earned with VCEBusiness relationship strength: Overall advancement in partner’s business relationship and investment with VCE, along with a deep understanding of the converged infrastructure industryThe VCE Partner of the Year recipients are:Global Partner of the Year: AHEAD, a solutions provider that helps customers move to optimized IT service delivery models serving over 400 enterprise clients in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Legal, and other industries.Global Systems Integrator Partner of the Year: Canopy – the Atos Cloud, an end-to-end cloud services provider enabling customers to drive transformational IT via the cloud by leveraging world-class data center and consulting servicesAmericas Partner of the Year – World Wide Technology Inc., an award-winning systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider that brings an innovative and proven approach to how organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement technologyEurope, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Partner of the Year – Computacenter UK, is a leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services in Europe, advising organizations on IT strategy, implementing the most appropriate technologies, optimizing its performance, and managing customers’ infrastructuresAsia-Pacific Japan (APJ) Partner of the Year – Telstra, a leading telecommunications and information services company in Australia, offering a full range of telecommunications services.Congratulations to this year’s partner award winners!1 Demand run rate is an annualized calculation of orders received in the applicable period by VCE, VMware, EMC and Cisco for the sale of VCE Vblock and Vblock-related products and related services.
A West Palm Beach man’s beauty sleep landed him in jail for ten days!Deandre Somerville, 21, learned the hard way, why you can’t miss jury duty.“After going through that, my life will never be the same again,” said Somerville.In August, he was sworn in as a juror on a civil case.He understood he was to return the next day for the continuation of the trial, but he overslept.Somerville figured he missed the trial and opted not to call.He was later served with a subpoena ordering him to appear in court.Somerville appeared before the judge and explained that he had fallen asleep and apologized.The judge, however, did not seem to have much empathy for Somerville and sentenced him to 10 days in jail and 150 hours of community service.According to court records, the trial Somerville missed was delayed by 45 minutes as court officials tried to reach him.Somerville served ten days in jail, is on probation for a year, and has to complete 150 hours of community service as well as write a letter of apology.According to reports, the case is still pending.
Reports that rivals were furious with what they see as City’s disregard for the rules have circulated for some time.And when proceedings do begin, the body will not only have City’s legal team to contend with – but also their rivals’.The Mail quote one source as saying: “For too long, City have been able to get away with breaching the rules at the expense of at least one other club that has been unable to get into the Champions League.”The fear is that they will be able to delay any punishment and — should they win the appeal — get off scot-free, which would be outrageous.”City were accused of attempting to deceive financial officials by covering up millions of funding by their Emirati owners as legitimate sponsorship income.Coach Guardiola has always maintained that his bosses have been open and honest, giving him confidence of overturning the ban.latest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossGuardiola said in February: “We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season.“We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.”However all CAS cases are currently suspended until May 1, at least, due to the coronavirus pandemic.José Mourinho jokes Man United should be awarded 2017-18 title after finishing second to FFP breach Man City AT LEAST eight Premier League clubs reportedly want to stop Manchester City from gaining a stay of execution in next season’s Champions League.Rivals including Manchester United and Arsenal are said to have lodged an application to prevent City putting off the ban while their appeal is heard.1 Pep Guardiola has asserted his confidence that City played by the rulesCredit: PA:Press AssociationUefa banned Pep Guardiola’s side from the competition for two years and handed down a fine of £25million for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play regulations in February.City immediately denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear their name – but domestic rivals are now throwing their weight behind the authorities.According to Daily Mail, eight of the Premier League’s top ten have submitted a joint application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to ensure City cannot play in the Champions League while their appeal is heard.A CAS statement in March confirmed last season’s Premier League champions had begun the appeal process and they can apply to have their punishment held off until their case is heard.That could gain them entry to next season’s competition, should that begin before the process is completed.Of the top ten, only City and Sheffield United are said to have not signed the application, with the standings completed by Liverpool, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley.