Shares of Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) ended Wednesday session in green amid volatile trading. The shares closed up +0.29 points or 4.57% at $6.63 with 28.28 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $6.32, the shares hit an intraday low of $6.31 and an intraday high of $6.64 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $26.05 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 3.98 billion shares.
On September 7, 2016 Sprint (NYSE:S) now ranks second for wireless network quality performance in five out of six geographic regions of the U.S. according to J.D. Power, a leader in independent industry benchmark studies, in its 2016 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. Sprint has the second-highest network quality in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West Regions.
In the study’s Power Circle Ratings Sprint received “Better than Most” in the Southwest, and “Above Average” in the Northeast, Southeast, North Central and West. Sprint’s latest rankings are a significant improvement from just one year ago when Sprint finished last or tied for third in three segments and placed third in two. Even more dramatic is Sprint’s improvement since August 2014 when the company finished last in every region by a large margin.
Now in its 14th year, the semiannual study is based on 10 problem areas of the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web/app connection errors; slow downloads/apps; and email connection errors. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) connections, with a lower score reflecting fewer problems and higher overall performance.
“Following our ongoing investments and technological advancements in the Sprint network, our customers are having a significantly improved experience and our gap in performance to the market leader is smaller than ever before,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer. “While that gap is small, our customers know that there’s a huge difference in value. Wireless consumers no longer have to choose between a good network and one they can afford – at Sprint they can have both.”
EMC Corporation (EMC) on Aug. 25, 2016 announced the release of new application integration and management features in the EMC® XtremIO® all-flash storage platform for VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments. The new XtremIO features offer a rich set of workflow automation integrations that enable application and infrastructure teams to take full advantage of simplified resource provisioning and management workflows, automation and orchestration in virtualized environments. Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) functionality also helps reduce the need to purchase separate dedicated hardware and software to manage copy data sprawl.
Among more than a dozen updates to the XtremIO XIOS™ operating system, highlighted new features include:
EMC and VMware product integrations between XtremIO, EMC AppSync®, EMC VSI and VMware vCenter Web UI. This new integration enables the vCenter administrator to locally recover and restore virtual machines and datastores, and perform file-level restores from within the virtual machine. This also enables new iCDM workflows from the vCenter native user interface, allowing users to create and repurpose functional copies using XtremIO’s virtual copy technology.
New XtremIO vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in, which acts on its own or as a part of the VMware vRealize Automation workflow. The new vRealize Orchestrator plug-in allows infrastructure teams to build a self-service catalog of automated, end-to-end, infrastructure workflows for virtualization administrators, DBAs, and application owners. EMC will enable VMware users to fully leverage XtremIO with VMware vRealize Automation to automate and orchestrate storage management and provisioning tasks, such as compute and storage provisioning and iCDM capabilities natively within the VMware interface.
Native support for Microsoft PowerShell version 4.0 and 5.0 via the XtremIO Management Server. As a result, administrators can now benefit from a fully supported scripting environment, using PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI from XtremIO to automate and orchestrate any operation in a virtualized environment.
New XtremIO support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), allowing users to manage and provision XtremIO storage natively in their SMI-S user-interface of choice. SMI-S enables broad interoperable management and provisioning of heterogeneous multi-vendor storage systems from a variety of SMI-S enabled applications. For example, XtremIO includes new support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized environments via the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) SMI-S profile. Going forward, EMC will continue adding support for other SMI-S client profiles in XtremIO.