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by Lyle Smith

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 With Broad Industry Support Announced

NVIDIA has announced NVIDIA GRID 2.0 with broad industry support at VMworld, helping it to deliver the most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually. Major server vendors, such as Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo, have all qualified the GRID 2.0 to run on 125 server models. To achieve this, NVIDIA collaborated with both Citrix and VMware, which resulted in a superior graphics experience to end-users on virtualization platforms. This is significant release by NVIDIA, as virtualizing enterprise workflows has previously suffered from low performance, poor user experience and limited server and application support.

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by Brian Beeler

VMworld 2015 News and Announcements

VMworld 2015 takes place August 30th through September 3rd at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A flurry or news and announcements will come from VMware and their over 240 exhibitors. To help keep you tuned in, we will link all of the coverage on this page. You may also follow the events as they unfold by following @BMBeeler and @TestLabNut on Twitter or keep an eye on the official hashtag #VMworld and the other VMworld social media channels and points of engagement

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Supermicro 1028U-TNR4T+ Lab Integration

After reviewing the Supermicro SuperServer 1028U-TNR4T+, we've added it into our test lab in a role hosting VMware vCenter as well as other VMs that keep tests working smoothly in the background. As part of this integration, the SuperServer has received some upgrades and add-ons, including an Emulex 16Gb FC card as well as an LSI/Avago 9361-8i SAS3 RAID card. The RAID card gives us support for SAS devices connected inside the front-mount drive bays, which the platform ships enabled for from the factory. The Emulex 16Gb FC card helps us connect to traditional SAN components in our lab, whereas the onboard 4 x 10GbE handles vMotion and iSCSI storage connectivity. In this In The Lab piece we'll cover the upgrade steps as well as the background on why this server is well suited for a virtualized environment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tegile To Unveil IntelliFlash HD Flash Platform For Any Workload At VMworld

Tegile Systems announced that it will be unveiling its new flash storage platform its states will bring hyperscale performance and economics to the enterprise data center, IntelliFlash HD. In a single rack IntelliFlash HD can provide up to 5 million IOPS, up to 10PB of capacity, and do these at $.50/GB. With the addition of IntelliFlash HD, Tegile joins SanDisk in accelerating the migration to an all-flash data center.

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by Brian Beeler

Key Takeaways From HP Big Data 2015

HP held its third annual big data conference earlier this month in Boston. A broad mix of organizations large and small participated, gaining insights on the future of big data via keynotes from the likes of Facebook, Michael Stonebraker, Nate Silver and many more. There were also over 40 breakout sessions that were driven by customers who were highlighting various projects and war stories. While HP certainly had news at the event with updates to Vertica and a new startup initiative, the conference was very much about execution of big data initiatives more than anything else. Here are a few key takeaways from the conference that shed some light on the future of big data from those in the trenches.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance

After looking at the performance levels of the VMware VSAN cluster with a traditional Sysbench OLTP workload, we wanted to find out how well the platform responds with an increased workload for more demanding use cases. The initial deployment was four Sysbench VMs, 1 per node, but that workload didn't bring the disk I/O to a high enough range where we felt resources were being fully utilized. This is similar to a customer running a POC, testing it under a subset of their current workload, but not measuring how well the platform responds as workloads grow over time or as more application data is migrated over. To better understand how this VSAN cluster responds under ever-increasing MySQL workloads, we scaled the four Sysbench VM (1 per node) benchmark up to 8 and 12 total VMs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Primary Data Unveils DataSphere Platform

Today Primary Data unveiled a storage-agnostic data virtualization platform that allows data mobility across multiple different storage tiers (including server flash, SAN, NAS and cloud storage), DataSphere. DataSphere takes existing storage tiers from isolated silos pinned to an application and transforms it into globally available, infinitely scalable resources that enables applications to access the data as needed. DataSphere claims it can achieve unlimited scalability without impacting performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

XtremIO Achieves $1 Billion In Bookings In Just 588 Days

EMC Corporation has revealed that its XtremIO product line has achieved $1 billion in aggregate booking in 588 days or six quarters. In 2012 EMC acquired XtremIO and has since offered several flash product within the XtremIO line.  EMC speculates that this makes XtremIO the fastest growing product in IT history (thought they have yet to do research to confirm this speculation).

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Introduces New Reference Architecture For VSAN 6

Today SanDisk Corporation introduced three new reference architectures designed for VMware Virtual SAN 6.0. These solutions utilize SSDs and Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators include: Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop and Applications Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, and Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN. SanDisk’s SSD and PCIe technologies combined with VSAN enables customers to deploy business critical applications, databases, virtual desktops and other IT workloads with less effort and gain greater performance.

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by Lyle Smith

HP mt42 Thin Client Announced

HP has announced the mt42, dubbed the world’s thinnest, lightest and most powerful quad-core mobile thin client weighing in at just 3.41lbs and measuring only .74 inches in thickness. Offering up to 3.0 GHz with AMD quad-core processing technology, the HP mt42 provides 10% higher clock speed as well as an additional two cores of processing power than the previous generation.

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