by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances Review

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure includes a wide variety of service offerings including compute, storage, networking, database, and load balancing--in effect, all the infrastructure necessary to construct a cloud-based data center. In the context of this review, we're interested in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute category, with a very specific focus on their bare metal instances. Like most cloud providers, Oracle offers virtualized compute instances, but unlike most other virtual offerings, Oracle can back these with shapes that contain up to ~25TB of NVMe storage for applications that need low latency. As great as those are, Oracle has further upped the ante for cloud compute performance by offering the industry's first high-performance bare metal instances, ideal for mission-critical applications where latency is paramount. Instances come with up to 52 OCPUs, 768GB RAM, dual 25GbE NICs and up to 51TB of locally attached NVMe storage. For those that desire more, up to 512TB of network-attached NVMe block storage is available as well as GPU options. All the different Oracle compute offerings run on a highly-optimized software-defined network tuned to minimize contention and maximize performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its HCI Portfolio With XC Core

Dell EMC announced that it was expanding its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio, specifically its XC line, with the introduction of the XC Core. Unlike the rest of the XC line, the XC Series and Xpress appliances, the XC Core leverages Dell EMC hardware and integration software but the core software is licensed and supported directly by Nutanix. The XC Core will still be supported by Dell EMC ProSupport.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Expands Its Cloud Services

Today VMware, Inc. announced that it has expanded its portfolio of cloud services to better serve all the needs of its customers. The company is also announcing that VMware Cloud on AWS is expanding to Europe. And VMware is expanding its partner programs for VMware cloud on AWS.

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by Lyle Smith

Veeam Management Pack v8 Update 5 Now Available

Veeam Management Pack (MP) v8 Update 5 is now available, which extends and adds new features from Update 4 of last year.  Highlights include a new built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows; morning coffee Dashboard for at-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments; monitoring for VMware Cloud on AWS; and additional VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veritas Unveils Two New Appliances For Healthcare

Today Veritas Technologies unveiled two new appliances that are specifically aimed at protecting healthcare data. The company states that this new technology enables software-defined storage approach to data management from on-premises to the multi-cloud for the backup and recovery of healthcare data. These new turnkey appliances include the Veritas Flex Appliance and Veritas Access Appliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Scality, Cloudistics, Cloudian, Cisco, NAKIVO, INFINIDAT, AMD, & Citrix

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Scality reports a great 2017. Cloudistics launched its Application Marketplace. Cloudian raises over $120 million with Digital Alpha. Cisco launches 5G Now portfolio. NAKIVO previews its Backup & Replication v7.4. INFINIDAT launches code.infinidat.com community. AMD’s MxGPU is now available on Citrix XenServer 7.4.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7820 Tower Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7820 Tower (T7820) is a powerful workstation designed to handle data-intensive workloads, delivering dual-socket performance through Intel’s current gen Xeon processor Scalable Family (up to 28 cores per processor). Though it uses a fairly compact design, the T7820 is a fully customizable workstation that can be scaled as your needs grow. For example, the T7820 can be outfitted with a massive 384GB of 2666MHz memory and up to 24TB in storage capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Reports 4Q18 & FY18 Earnings

VMware, Inc. reported its financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2018. Overall the company saw a good quarter and a good fiscal year. It’s stock did somewhat better throughout the quarter seeing spike and sell off but a general increase.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Reports 4Q18 & FY18 Earnings

Pure Storage reported its fourth quarter earnings and full fiscal year for 2018 that ended on January 31, 2018. The company is claiming yet another record quarter and over $1 billion in revenue for the year. Pure’s stock has continued a fairly steady climb over the last quarter.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports 2Q18 Earnings

Nutanix Inc. reported its earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal year that ended January 31, 2018. The company saw a modest increase in its revenue from the previous quarter as well as a small increase in net loss. Overall the company’s stock improved slightly over the quarter.

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