by Brian Beeler

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 for vSAN Review

VMware vSAN has delivered on the promise of HCI in large part by simplifying the purchase, deployment and maintanence of vSAN clusters, while still delivering on performance and data services requirements. In June VMware made sweeping updates to the intelligence side of the house, by adding or enhancing vSAN support for vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. vRealize Operations 6.6 now pulls together all management functions in one integrated platform. In this review we take a look at the new enhancements through the lens of vSAN, highlighting the new and updated features across the vROps spectrum that VMware identifies as; Ensure Readyness, Operationalize vSAN and Optimize and Scale vSAN. 

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by Brian Beeler

VMworld 2017: Top 10 vSAN Sessions

VMworld 2017 is around the corner; I've just booked the travel and look forward to another year of learning, cultivating relationships and kicking off new reviews. We're getting busy with vSAN content in the lab again, which reminded me to check out the vSAN specific sessions at VMworld this year. The good news and bad news of it though, is that there are currently 119 vSAN sessions listed. While far too many for any one sane person to attend, I've done the legwork for you and identified the Top 10 vSAN sessions to consider. These cover everything we love about vSAN ranging from intro-level content for the uninitiated, to sessions on performance testing and tuning (Kevin's favorite). I also selected a few future looking vSAN sessions, be it via emerging hardware, or a fun personality, like Chad Sakac's session on how Dell Technologies views cloud, converged and analytics. Whatever you choose it will be hard to go wrong; VMworld is always one of the event highlights of the year and vSAN is rightfully a massive focus this year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Unveils Its Open Source HCI

Today Red Hat Inc. announced that it was jumping into the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market with what it is calling the industry’s first production-ready fully open source HCI solution, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The new HCI solution is all about taking data center capabilities and squeezing them into smaller spaces such as branch offices and other remote facilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces Its Largest Data Center Portfolio

Today Lenovo unveiled its new and largest end-to-end data center portfolio. This new portfolio is designed to help its customers to harness the power of the “intelligence revolution” and create a strong technology foundation that supports transformative capabilities such as data analytics, high-performance computing, hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Lenovo is also launching new sets of brands including ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft Review (Azure Pack)

The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft debuted in late 2015 as the first validated hybrid cloud system that implemented Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard. The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft combines PowerEdge hardware, Dell EMC Networking, and a software stack built with Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2. Dell EMC's vast engineering resources focused on creating a turnkey experience for new Dell EMC hybrid cloud administrators with a unified interface and a variety of licensing schemes. This was the company's second collaboration with Microsoft on Azure-based cloud systems. Prior to CPS Standard, the companies worked together to offer Microsoft CPS Premium, targeted at much larger deployments.  The Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is on deck as the company's next Azure-based offering, expected to be available later this year.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates Its vRealize Cloud Management Platform

VMware Inc. announced major updates to its vRealize cloud management platform. These updates can improve software-defined data center (SDDC), cloud operations, and accelerate application, and infrastructure service delivery across hybrid clouds. The updates include VMware vRealize Operations 6.6, VMware vRealize Automation 7.3, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3, vRealize Log Insight 4.5, and vRealize Network Insight 3.4. Along with these updates VMware is increasing its support for containers and configuration management solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces Several IoT Innovations

This year at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it was expanding its Edgeline Converged Edge Systems to better tackle the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. HPE is expanding its current convergence with a new software product category called Software Defined OT. The first three solutions in this category are HPE Edgeline Services Platform, HPE Edgeline Data Aggregation App, and HPE Edgeline Address Translation App.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Unveils Its Next-Generation HCI

Today NetApp announce the industry’s first enterprise-scale hyper converged solution, NetApp HCI. The new HCI is part of NetApp's larger hybrid cloud offerings that were introduced today. NetApp is stating that its HCI will unlock the full potential of HCI while surpassing the current limitations that come to mind when one thinks of HCI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports 3Q17 Earnings

For the second time in a row, Nutanix has reported, “record revenue” in its quarterly financial report. This marks the third report since going public, again making it a bit easier to hit a record but is still impressive for the company to hit relative high revenue multiple times in a row. It is also worth noting that Nutanix was able to beat analysts’ expectations this quarter causing a spike in the after hours trading price.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Enhances Its HCI & Announces Cloud-Like Consumption Model

Today Dell EMC announced enhancements and upgrades to its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio. This portfolio includes its Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems and XC Series. Along with the enhancements and upgrades, the company intends to aid adoption with new flexible consumption models, similar to cloud consumption models.

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