by Lyle Smith

Brocade G620 Switch Review

The Brocade G620 6th-gen Fibre Channel switch focuses on application performance and scale-out network. It is a direct predecessor to the 6510 from several years ago, which we found to be a comprehensive enterprise SAN switch with a diverse range of connectivity options for Fibre Channel networks. The G620 integrates well into existing SAN fabrics and allows users to drive further with more performance and support next-gen storage trends such as NVMe-oF. It also features built-in instrumentation for some pretty extensive insight and control, which can potentially reduce cost for businesses, simplify management complexity and lower overall risk. With these tools, admins can also identify issues much more easily and fix anything the needs to be addressed. Like the G6510, this makes it an ideal choice for virtualized network environments that primarily use high-performance storage.  

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by Lyle Smith

Schneider Electric Announces New Edge Data Center Solutions and Partnerships

Schneider Electric has made a few new announcements at Innovation Summit Barcelona, including new data center solutions designed for edge computing challenges in hybrid IT environments. These solutions include a micro data center hardware designed to maximize space and resiliency as well as four secure, fast, flexible and configurable solutions that use the latest management technology. Also announced is a new strategic partnership with Avnet and Iceotope, creating a joint venture to develop liquid cooling solutions for data centers.

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by Michael Rink

Intel Ships Early Access Stratix 10DX FPGAs

Today Intel announced they have started shipping Intel Stratix 10 DX field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). So far, they are only shipping to early access program participants like VMware. Unlike the rest of the Stratix line, the new Stratix 10 DX FPGAs do not support third-gen PCI-Express (PCIe), only PCIe Gen4x16.

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by Brian Beeler

Lenovo ThinkIoT Ecosystem Expands Customer Validated Solutions

Lenovo is well known for their endpoint solutions as well as their infrastructure solutions like ThinkSystem servers and the ThinkAgile software-defined portfolio. Lenovo ThinkIoT encompasses all of what Lenovo has learned over the years at the edge, as well as the infrastructure required to support smart workloads in retail, fulfilment, logistics and other key use cases. From the hardware perspective, the ThinkIoT portfolio includes edge computing devices such as the ThinkCentre Tiny as well as the ThinkCentre Nano IoT that was launched today. Additionally though, the ThinkIoT portfolio includes a variety of sensors and dedicated IoT devices including high-powered smart cameras, motion-enabled lighting, machine vision cashier and facial recognition devices.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Introduces CUDA-X AI At GTC

Today at the GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA introduced its CUDA-X AI platform, what it calls the only end-to-end platform for the acceleration of data science. Along with this, several major vendors have announced NVIDIA T4 servers architected to run CUDA-X AI accelerated data analytics, machine learning, and deep learning. NVIDIA T4 GPUs instances paired with NVIDIA CUDA-X AI are coming to AWS Marketplace. And NVIDIA CUDA-X AI Acceleration libraries are now available on Microsoft Azure.

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by Lyle Smith

In The Lab: Netstor NP631N M.2 NVMe to PCIe Host Adapter

The Netstor NP631N is a PCIe 3.0 m.2 adapter that brings m.2 SSD compatibility to just about every desktop and server, and does so while delivering up to 32Gbps in performance via any PCIe x4, x8, and x16 slot. M.2 adapter cards are a great way for users to get the speedy NVMe performance if they don`t have a modern motherboard with a built-in M.2 slot. They're also handy for those looking to install more than one M.2 drive, as most new consumer-grade motherboards only have one or two slots available. In the enterprise space, M.2 adapters bring cost-effective boot-drive alternatives to servers without taking a front-mount slot and offer higher performance than other alternatives.

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by Marshall Gunnell

NVIDIA Announces Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Enhancements

NVIDIA announced today the latest enhancements to the Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstations (Quadro vDWS), aimed to accelerate demanding graphics and compute workflows by delivering high performance of a virtual workstation.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Eaton Launches 9PXM UPS

Eaton recently announced its latest scalable, modular tower/rackmount backup power solution, the 9PXM UPS. Through its 4 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) plug-and play, hot swappable power modules, the 9PXM UPS aims to provide IT managers and data center operators a highly efficient and reliable solution with the lowest TCO in the 4-20 kVA range.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Introduces Radeon PRO V340

As VMworld 2018 is about to kick off tonight and into the next few days, AMD announced a new vGPU for high-performance graphics in the datacenter, the AMD Radeon PRO V340. The new virtual GPU is designed to tackle the most demanding datacenter visualization workloads, including CAD, design, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and rendering. AMD will be demoing the vGPU at booth #2501 at VMworld.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Makes Several Announcements At SIGGRAPH 2018

This year at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA made several announcements. These announcements include a new Graphics architecture, Turing, as well as the world’s first ray-tracing GPU, the Quadro RTX. NVIDIA is happy to announced endorsements from some of the top graphics software companies and it has made its Material Definition Language SDK available as open source.

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