by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #17: Luke Wignall, NVIDIA

VDI clearly isn't a new concept in the enterprise, but many of us have a limited world view when it comes to virtual desktops. Workrooms jammed with customer service reps or medical office use cases are familiar visions, but VDI is much more. With GPU-enabled servers, virtual workstations are replacing high-end PCs in a wide range of organizations including those in media and entertainment, engineering and design functions. NVIDIA is the clear leader here, driving the conversation about what's possible with virtual workstations and providing best practices for deployment. Their line of GRID cards enables more flexibility, performance and control than has even been available. With new thin client designs from HP, Dell and others resembling the best-looking all-in-ones and notebooks, and included features like support for multiple 4K displays, most users don't even realize they're using a virtual instance. In fact, there's plenty of upside when it comes to performance, file loads and design renders are often faster with a more fluid user experience. Luke Wignall from NVIDIA joins me in this podcast where we dive into the state of VDI in the enterprise and discuss the benefits of modern virtual workstations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom To Acquire Brocade For Roughly $6 Billion

Today Broadcom Limited announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. The acquisition is set to go through in an all-cash transaction at the price of $12.75 per share or approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt, for a total of $5.9 billion. Broadcom will use a combination of debt financing and cash available on its balance sheet to fund this acquisition.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces New All-Flash & Software Defined Solutions

Today IBM announced new hybrid cloud, all-flash storage solutions that, according to the company, are developed to modernize and transform storage deployments, providing a strong bridge to the development of cognitive applications. These new solutions are all about storing data where it makes the most amount of sense for customers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces New UCS S-Series Servers & Enterprise Cloud Suite

Today at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco, Cisco introduced two new solutions to help enterprises tackle the emerging technologies such as Big Data, streaming media and collaboration applications, software-defined storage, and Cloud adoption. To address the data intensive workloads above, Cisco is introducing a new sever category in its Unified Computing System (USC) portfolio, the UCS S-Series. The UCS S-Series is designed specifically for uses such as Internet of Things (IoT), video, mobility, collaboration and analytics. Cisco is also introducing its new ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite to help companies utilize hybrid clouds more efficiently.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC ECD Announces InfoArchive 4.2, Documentum 7.3, & Introduces The LEAP Platform

Today the Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division (ECD) made a few announcements today. ECD announced another new version of InfoArchive (GA of 4.1 was announced last month), version 4.2. ECD announced a new version of its enterprise content management repository, Documentum 7.3. And Dell EMC ECD announced a new next-generation content management platform, the Dell EMC LEAP platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces New Data Fabric Solutions

Today NetApp announced new data fabric solutions and services that the company claims will maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. NetApp is also announcing new and updated version of several of its popular products including NetApp AltaVault, StorageGRID Webscale, and SnapCenter. NetApp states the newly updated technologies will be able to help their customers to extract the value of their data from anywhere in the hybrid cloud.

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by Brian Beeler

Violin Delisted, Heading Toward Bankruptcy

Violin Memory’s future is looking fairly bleak at the moment, and that may be framing it in a positive light. Violin Memory has been struggling for some time now and all indications are pointing to the company not surviving too much longer. VMEM has been delisted from the NYSE and now trades over the counter. This in itself isn't a problem, but the more glaring issue is the company is now valued at roughly $6 million now which is a good indicator that the company's assets and net cash aren't in good shape. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces SSD For Xbox

Today Seagate announced that it would be releasing a portable SSD for Xbox. The new drive will offer gamers faster load and boot times and comes with Xbox branding making it fit right in with any model of Xbox One or Xbox 360. The drive is compact and can allow users to store several games for portability and faster performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: LaCie, Dell EMC, Seagate, Datera, Lenovo, Nimble, Barracuda, DDN, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. LaCie has introduced what it calls the world’s fastest desktop storage. Dell EMC announced the GA of its Documentum for Life Sciences. Seagate launched what they are calling the world’s fastest HDD for mission critical workloads. Datera announced integration with Openstack FUEL. Lenovo is partnering with Nimble and DDN on two separate projects. All this is among a few other announcements.

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by Guest Author

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliances: Making Software-Defined Data Center Architecture Ubiquitous

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is all the rage these days. Why? Because it is allowing CIOs to get out of the infrastructure business so they can focus on adding value to the core business. IT service used to be a component-level conversation about building solutions. But just as the underlying architecture of a smartphone is rarely on a consumer’s mind, the same is becoming true for the underlying elements of IT systems. The conversation is now centered around “How can I most efficiently deliver the needed service level?”

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