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Why I think Windows 8 is the Correct Design Philosophy…

Now we have all seen and heard the new Windows 8 marketing and it looks very good, but in actual practice I was only impressed with the philosophy.

Let me clarify what I mean here, the “living tile” is how an OS should interface with the user. I am not interested in static app’s such as on Apple. Apple is a great OS but I feel they have not transformed it in a while and it is becoming stagnant.

Anyway back to Windows, I think they looked at the Flip board app (check it out on your app store) and thought how do we aggregate this in to an OS. The Living Tile collates all your feeds whether they be; news, social, media and anything in between in to one space which update constantly. So in one look of my screen I can decide which stream of information gets my attention. I don’t know about you but I spend most of my time looking at so many streams I never actually read and digest them as I fear I am missing something else where!

Anyway that’s my two pennies worth in the hat for why I think the design philosophy is better with the “Living Tile” and why static applications are a thing of the past! The new Nokia windows phone (if I can ever get my hands on it) should be good!


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EMC Releases VNX5300 Unified Storage with MPFS for SAP HANA

Product:VNX5300 Unified with MPFS for SAP HANA

General Availability Date: Nov 7, 2012

Product Overview

The VNX5300 for SAP HANA is part of a solution sold by EMC partners. The solution combines standard VNX5300 Unified hardware and software, Cisco UCS servers, and SAP HANA software. The VNX5300 Unified with MPFS and Cisco UCS blades have been certified to run the SAP HANA platform. The VNX5300 uses standard VNX hardware and software and is supported as a standard VNX5300 in the vast majority of cases.

The VNX5300 Unified is configured for MPFS. MPFS client for Linux runs on the Cisco UCS servers. SAP HANA software runs on the Cisco servers. The solution is certified for SAP HANA.

The installation is slightly different from standard VNX5300. The SAP HANA solution requires either an EMC or partner installation; it is not customer installable. An Installation Guide and scripts are available from the GS Service Partner Web to facilitate a successful VNX installation. This guide replaces the standard VNX Installation Guide. EMC will install and implement the EMC product. The configuration scripts optimize the installation and implementation. Cisco and SAP (or their installation partner) will install and implement the third party products.

Software upgrades may be restricted to a subset of all available VNX OE releases. The SAP HANA qualified code revision information is available in E-Lab. In order for the customer to receive support from Cisco and SAP for any Cisco or SAP issues, the end-user will have to ensure they are using code qualified for SAP HANA. A site message will be added to CSI to remind support personnel of the importance of the customer’s obligation to verify with E-Lab before the upgrade. There are currently no upgrade restrictions.

EMC and Cisco have a Collaborative Support Agreement (CSA) and Support Implementation Plan (SIP). These agreements can be leveraged to facilitate support for any joint customer, include SAP HANA customers.

New Feature Summary

· This is the first EMC product to be part of an SAP HANA solution. Go to for information on SAP HANA.

· VNX5300 models and Channel Express “Express Configurations” facilitate ordering the proper hardware, software, and services

· The solution resellers are joint EMC, Cisco, and SAP resellers allowing the customer to purchase the solution from a single vendor

An Installation Guide and configuration scripts are packaged together to simplify installation and implementation