It’s time again for Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, or Gartner Data Center for short. For VCE, that means another great opportunity to connect with customers, partners, and others face to face. But this year we wanted to make sure no one is left out. For that reason, we will be sharing as much of the conference as we can with you. That includes live tweets from CTO Hyper-Convergence John Lockyer (@Johnloc), Social Manager Paul Young (@youngp2), and myself (@JayCuthrell). In addition we will be running a live blog here on the Vblog with summaries and big takeaways from key sessions. So follow along and let us know in the comments if there is anything you would really like to hear about.So what will we be covering? Here are just a few examples.Solution ShowcaseDon’t miss your chance to speak with the VCE team at our booth (#324) in the Solution Showcase. There will be great learning and hands on opportunities. Talk with the team and get your badge scanned for a chance to win an Apple Watch. For those at home you can still get a walkthrough of the booth here on the Vblog.Booth staff presenting to packed audience at VMworldLeveraging Convergence and Cloud in the Agile Digital EnterpriseIf you are at the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to see VCE, John Lockyer talk with CenturyLink’s Director of Product Management for Cloud Solutions, Michael Joffe on the benefits of converged infrastructure for hybrid IT solutions. Sessions like this are particularly interesting because of the opportunity to hear the customer and solution provider perspectives.The Journey to Best-in-Class, Enterprise-Defined Data Center Starts NowThis opening keynote from Gartner VPs will be a great way to set the perspectives for the conference. It promises to touch on the core competencies required to be successful in the age of the “enterprise-defined data center” no matter what new technologies or services come along.The Integrated Systems Magic QuadrantGartner takes a look at their famous magic quadrant analysis. This session promises to take a look through the challenges and opportunities for vendors in the integrated systems market. It will be interesting to hear how expectations have changed since the 2015 report first came out.VCE Users Group DinnerSome of the best information you can get a conference is had over a late night dinner. There will be an ‘Ask VCE’ discussion panel with guests including CEO Praveen Akkiraju. We will also let you know what users are excited about and what use cases are interesting.2016 CIO Agenda: Implications to I&OAnother great keynote by Gartner, we will get a view into CIO priorities in 2016. Will they match your expectations? Are you prepared for the increase of decrease in spend? This should be a great conversation starter.Your best bet to stay connected is subscribe to this blog and follow along with our Twitter accounts (@VCE, @Johnloc, @youngp2, @JayCuthrell). Again if there is anything that you would like to see specifically, leave a note in the comments or message us on Twitter. See you at the show!
In a quest for the ultimate upset, the Trojans start off the annual Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas this week as the No. 12 seed. The Trojans will face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils, the No. 6 seed, on Wednesday.The Trojans hope that this tournament will be a bright spot in a season that saw the Trojans finish last in the conference for the second consecutive year. They ended their season with a loss to their crosstown rivals UCLA by a final score of 85-74. The Trojans allowed the Bruins to go on a 25-7 run in the first half, and they could never catch up. Redshirt sophomore Katin Reinhardt led the way in the loss with 22 points off the bench; the Trojans will rely on his scoring in the tournament during which they will continue to be underdogs every night.The Trojans are one of the youngest teams in the entire country; among the power five conferences, the Trojans have the youngest roster in terms of minutes played by class. Head coach Andy Enfield knows that his team is young, but he also knows they will go out ready to compete.“We understand that from a physicality standpoint and from an age difference, they’re much older and a little stronger than us physically,” Enfield said. “We feel that if we go compete, we have a great chance.”Arizona State will come into the tournament having won five of its last seven games, a run that catapulted them to the five seed in the tournament. Their last win was over California by a margin of 74-70 in which they were led by senior forward Shaquielle McKissic, who scored 21 points in his last home game for the Sun Devils. McKissic is the leading scorer for the Devils with an average of 11.5 points per game.The last time these USC and ASU faced off, the Sun Devils came away on top, 64-59. The Devils had to rally late to beat the Trojans, who had led for the majority of the game. In this game, USC was led by reserve sophomore guard Kahlil Dukes who scored a career-high 18 points. Dukes kept the Trojans in a game where they were missing three of their players. Reinhardt, junior guard Chass Bryan and sophomore guard Devon Pflueger were all sent home from the Arizona road trip for violating team rules.USC will not head into Vegas at full strength, as freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin is out for the season with a shoulder injury. McLaughlin was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team on Monday. On the season, McLaughlin averaged 12.1 points, three rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He led all Pac-12 freshman in assists and steals per game, and he is the first Trojan to be named to the team since Maurice Jones back in 2011.Without McLaughlin, the Trojans will lean on their two dynamic sophomores against Arizona State. Sophomore guard Julian Jacobs has proven lately why he was named captain of the squad, both with his production on the court and through his leadership on such a young team. In the last seven games for the Trojans, Jacobs averaged 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and seven assists per game. Jacobs has also been able to entertain the crowd as he leads the team with 18 dunks on the year. USC will also routinely go down low to sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic, who averaged 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Trojans during the regular season. Jacobs stressed preparation when he talked about the pending tournament.“You have to have a chip on your shoulder when you play in these kind of tournaments where it’s win or go home,” Jacobs said.The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The winner of the game will go on to face the UCLA Bruins, who earned a first round bye by placing fourth in the conference during the regular season. USC lost to UCLA in both matchups this year while the Sun Devils won the only meeting with the Bruins earlier in the year.
A South Florida teenager is about to change his name, which he shares with the defendant charged in last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.Ivonne Moran, the mother of Nikolas Marciel Cruz, says that her 18-year-old son is tired of being confused for Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the 20-year-old who is accused of killing 17 people and injuring an additional 17 at the school in Parkland. Moran adds that reporters called their house after the shooting thinking that her son was the killer.She explains that her son has high-functioning autism and wants to have a different name for his upcoming college career.He has applied to change his name to Nikolas Rene Moran.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016)–With favored Treasuring begging for racing room at the rail, lightly raced Everqueen, under Joe Talamo, shot clear a furlong out and took Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ½ lengths, as the 3-year-old filly by Colonel John got six furlongs in 1:09.34.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Everqueen showed good early speed as she sat a close second just to the outside of longshot Princess Katie around the far turn before opening up on her competition.Off at 5-1, she paid $12.60, $4.60 and $3.60. Trained by Ron Ellis and owned by McShane Racing, LLC, Everqueen was an impressive maiden $75,000 claiming winner here on Jan. 24 and was making her fourth start today. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $59,410.Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Treasuring, who came off a close fourth place finish in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 2, was full of run at the rail but by the time she was able to split horses a furlong out, the winner had all the momentum and she had to settle for second money. Off at 4-5 in her seventh career start, Treasuring paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Asian’s Way raced just to the outside of the favorite around the turn and despite getting first run on her, she proved third best. Off at 9-2, Asian’s Way paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.14 and 57.91.First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.