by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its CI Line With VxBlock System 1000

Today Dell EMC announced that it was expanding its converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio with the introduction of its next-generation Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000. The new system is a pre-integrated, turnkey system that is all about simplification and offers storage and data protection from Dell EMC as well as compute and networking from Cisco. The company claims that customers can see data center footprint reduction by as much as 60%.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates It HyperFlex Accelerating Multicloud Adoption

This morning Cisco announced new platform innovations and software updates for its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), HX 3.0. The newly updated software is said to deliver higher performance as well as greater simplicity for “any application, on any cloud, and at any scale.” This would make HyperFlex a platform that can enable deployment and development of both traditional and cloud native applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports 1Q18 Earnings

Today Nutanix reported its earnings for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year that ended on October 31, 2017. Overall the company saw a strong quarter and a big jump in revenue. Nutanix was also able to beat expectations by reporting a smaller loss per share that what was expected.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Adds PowerEdge 14G To Its HCI Line

Today Dell EMC announced that its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio will now be powered by its newly designed Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers. Adding PowerEdge 14G servers will bring better and more predictable performance and they are designed and optimized for HCI. This will be especially beneficial and add new features to users of software applications on Dell EMC VxRail and XC Series appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Fujitsu & NetApp Launch NFLEX, Converged Infrastructure Solution

Today Fujitsu Limited and NetApp announced their new joint solution aimed at simplifying the implementation and operation of virtual environments, NFLEX Converged Infrastructure. NFLEX is the combination of 20 years of expertise, delivered ready to run, and includes modular sizing, preconfigured expansion packs, single-call support, and integrated management. Both companies state that the above features will be able to reduce operational expenses and accelerate positive business outcomes.

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp HCI Hits General Availability

NetApp has announced that its HCI solution has hit GA. Announced back in June, NetApp HCI is trying to build on the success of the hyperconvergence movement, while addressing many of the core concerns. Chief amongst those is flexibility in scaling. While many HCI solutions scale with nodes that include compute and storage, NetApp HCI allows customers to add either storage nodes or compute nodes as needed. This provides more flexibility as application requirements change over time. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN

For as much work as we've done around VMware vSAN in terms of site content and reviews, it may come as a surprise to some that we hadn't been using any vSAN in production. With the refresh of our lab servers complete (12x Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd), we decided to solve this problem by repurposing a handful of PowerEdge R730 servers and extra SSDs we had on hand. The result is a modest vSAN 6.6 configuration that we will use to host VMs needed for testing, in addition to serving as a platform for testing out and reporting on new vSAN features. This deployment though brings up an immediate question that vSAN buyers are often curious about: how do I migrate existing workloads to vSAN?

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its Commitment For Microsoft Customers

Today at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, FL, Dell EMC announced a series of updates further supporting Microsoft data center environments. These updates were included Dell EMC XC Series, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Microsoft SQL Server. The above mentioned products span hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to hybrid cloud and data analysis demonstrating Dell EMC’s commitment to customers operating in Microsoft environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Revamps Its SMB Flash Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new and enhanced storage offerings aimed at the SMB markets. These enhancements run across storage, server, and hyperconverged offerings. The offerings intend to bring cost-effective performance as well as secure infrastructure while increasing application performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Vantara Introduces Next-Gen UCP Software & CI Systems

Today at Hitachi NEXT 2017 in Las Vegas, Hitachi Vantara launched Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) CI, its new family of converged infrastructure. Also on its UCP front is the Hitachi UCP Advisor 2.0, the next generation of its management automation and orchestration software for the Hitachi UCP family of systems. Combining the new CI systems and software delivers a flexible, high-performance enterprise-class platform that support next-generation digital solutions.

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