Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies World 2019 Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week the Dell Technologies World 2019 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. While we covered the major announcements from the Dell and VMware, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Dell EMC, Faction, Apstra, and Unisys.

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by Michael Rink

VMware Collaborates with Microsoft

VMware and Microsoft announced that they would be collaborating to deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure at the Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas. VMware is a well-known provider of virtualization services. They even already offer a similar product through Amazon Web Services. The new services were developed in collaboration not only with Microsoft but also with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC Launches New Storage and Data Protection Solutions

Today at Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC launched several new products and updates for their storage and data protection families. On the storage side of the house, Dell EMC has launched their next generation midrange platform, Unity XT, which is headlined by improved data reduction capabilities, a big performance boost as well as being NVMe ready. Dell EMC Isilon gets an operating system update with OneFS 8.2, and a new hybrid node, the Isilon H5600. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provide unique access from Dell EMC storage solutions to the cloud. PowerMax arrays now support Intel Optane dual-ported NVMe SSDs. Turning to backup and recovery, Dell EMC is launching a new backup appliance dubbed PowerProtect X400, which comes with a new PowerProtect Software Platform. The IDPA DR4400 is also now available in a smaller capacity offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 Releases At Open Infrastructure Summit

Today at the OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver, Colorado, Red Hat, Inc. the general availability of the latest version of Red Hat’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3. The latest version comes with several improvements including greater security, easier interoperability and improved integration across enterprise IT environments. Red Hat states the new version of platform can power modern systems, reduce costs, and remain fully open.

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by Adam Armstrong

New Cloud Solutions From Dell & VMware Announced At Dell Tech World 2019

Today at Dell Technologies World 2019 in Las Vegas, Dell Technologies announced its new cloud infrastructure solutions to make hybrid cloud environments simpler to deploy and manage, Dell Technologies Cloud. VMware, Inc. announced that its cloud service, VMware Cloud, is now on Dell EMC. The companies state that this will provide Dell EMC customers simple, secure and scalable infrastructure delivered as a service on-premises data center and edge locations. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC combines vSphere, vSAN and NSX with Dell EMC’s sever platforms. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is part of Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center as a Service offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

OpenStack Highlights From Open Infrastructure Summit 2019

OpenStack renamed its biannual summit to Open Infrastructure Summit, and StorageReview is onsite here in beautiful Denver, Colorado for the first summit. A few weeks ago OpenStack made the major announcement of its latest, 19th, version Stein. At the summit, the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) went over advancements in projects such as Kata Containers and Zuul, momentum of projects like Ironic, the release of Airship 1.0, and open source 5G and edge computing use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Releases AMD EPYC-Powered EC2 T3a Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced that its AMD EPYC-powered EC2 T3a instances are now available. First announced back in November, EPYC versions of EC2 Instances are designed to work for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications while being roughly 10% less expensive. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Releases Next-Gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS

QNAP has released their next-gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS featuring dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors and a dual OS system. It also comes equipped with ZFS-based QES, giving users a solution for enterprise-level, efficient and reliable storage for mission-critical tasks and the ability to install QTS for virtual machine applications, diverse applications and auto-tiered storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lightbits Introduces SuperSSD

Today Lightbits Labs rolled out what it is calling the world’s first ultra-high capacity, higher performance SSD storage appliance, the SuperSSD. The company goes on to that the appliance is the industry’s first scalable, Ethernet-attached SSD solution that specifically addresses the data-storage speed, capacity and reliability needs of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) training systems.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel’s New Speed Select and Single-Socket Optimized CPUs

In a recent article we discussed Intel’s new virtualization density optimized CPUs (located here). In this article we will discuss two other of Intel’s new “Cascade Lake” Second Generation Xeon Scalable CPUs designed with specific workloads in mind, those are single-socket optimized and Intel Speed Select CPUs.

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