by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New 15K, 900GB HDD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new series of 15K RPM, 2.5” hard disk drives (HDDs), the AL14SX series. This new drive is designed for mission critical servers and storage. The AL14SX replaces the AL13SX with better performance and power efficiencies as well as a 50% increase in capacity, now up to 900GB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Announces Freedom 7 Family

Today Panzura announced the latest update to its Freedom family, Panzura Freedom 7 Family. The new family is designed to allow businesses to combine the economics of cloud storage with the performance of flash, lowering costs while increasing performance. Underpinning Freedom 7 is the company’s scale-out, distributed file system for object storage, the Panzura Cloud File System (PCFS).

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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

News Bits: Red Hat, Workspot, Druva, MapR, Cisco, Scality, Cloudistics, HPE, & Zerto

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Red Hat releases the latest version of its Ceph Storage. Workspot is now available in Azure Marketplace. Druva joins CSA. MapR creates Cloud-Scale Data Fabric. Cisco declares cash dividend. Scality releases RING7. Cloudistics announces new Cloud Computing Program. Zerto joins HPE Complete Program.

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by Adam Armstrong

Aruba Announces New Aruba 8400 Core Switch & ArubaOS-CX

At HPE Discover 2017, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, announced a new enterprise core and aggregation switch, the Aruba 8400 Core Switch Series, and what it is calling the industry’s most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX. Both the switch series and the OS are an effort to improve what Aruba is referring to as today’s antiquated switching platforms. The new switch series and OS are also purpose-built for emerging mobile-cloud business applications and changing traffic patterns driven by IoT.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces The Machine User Group

Last year Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced its memory-driven computing architecture, The Machine. Last week the company revealed its first prototype 160TB of memory spread across 40 nodes. This week at HPE Discover, the company announced The Machine User Group. This user group will enable technologists, developers, and industry experts training and the ability to offer feedback.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Introduces SH2200 Ethernet Switch Module For HPE Synergy

Today at HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas, Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced its Spectrum Ethernet switch ASIC will power the first Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Synergy Switch Module supporting native 25, 50, and 100 Gb/s Ethernet connectivity. The SH2200 switch module connects HPE Synergy with an Ethernet switch fabric that the companies state has unmatched performance and latency, which is ideal for cloud, financial services, telecommunications, and HPC. Mellanox states that the SH2200 can deliver up to 6.4Tbps of non-blocking throughput.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Aims To Grow Smart Cities

Today at HPE Discover 2017 in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) showcased its partnerships in creating and expanding smart cities. HPE is partnering with Tata Communications to convert the “Steel City” of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, India, to a smart city. HPE is also partnering with PwC (a long time global strategic alliance partner) to bring its Universal IoT Platform to support development, testing, and management initiatives of IoT applications in PwC’s Smart Cities Experience Center.

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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 Lyle Smith

Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor S2718D Review

Touted as world’s overall thinnest profile in its class measuring just .25" at the edge, the Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor (S2718D) is designed for media professionals looking for a high-end monitor with a modern build. The slim profile extends to the sturdy metal base and pivot arm, which both use very little real-estate on a desk surface. The Ultrathin monitor helps users de-clutter their desks with USB-C charging capabilities, so those who have a notebook that supports USB-C charging (i.e. the Dell XPS 13) only need one cable to drive their monitor and charge at the same time.

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