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

AMD & Cray Secure 9-digit DOE Contract

Today AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and Cray announced that they had a contract to deliver what will be the world’s fastest supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the DOE (Department of Energy). While rarely taking top place, AMD has been one of the biggest names in processing and graphics chips. Cray used to be a household name, and while its successes rarely make it into mainstream media anymore, it remains one of the premier providers of supercomputers as it has been since 1976.

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by Adam Armstrong

DDN Announces Intent To Acquire Nexenta

Today DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced its intent to acquire Nexenta, the market leader in Software Defined Storage (SDS) for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). The acquisition will help broaden DDN’s AI and multi-cloud management while bringing in Nexenta’s 5G, IoT, and SDS to DDN’s customers. The new division created will be Nexenta by DDN.

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: An Educator's Perspective

My lab started with a need to simplify my work load, but had big ideas attached to it. A single server purchase started it off, then it quickly snowballed as I learned more about what was possible on a budget. The lab grew bigger as the ideas became clearer. My home lab hasn’t reached the bottom of the hill just yet, but I ready to start telling the story of how it came to be and what lies ahead. 

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by Michael Rink

Violin Systems Doubles Capacity of XVS 8

Violin Systems LLC announced that it had virtually doubled the capacity of its XVS 8 storage platforms. Earlier versions of the XVS 8 from last October had usable capacities ranging from 14 to 88TB. The current models now boast usable capacities ranging from 25 to 151TB, a little less than twice the previous. This is such a significant upgrade that I’m surprised they’re not changing the name.

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by Michael Rink

Formulus Black Partners with Nth Generation

Formulus Black and Nth Generation announced a new partnership. Nth Generation, an IT consulting and services company, has agreed to assist with deploying Formulus Black's ForsaOS. Nth Generation has been providing IT consulting and security services since 1991. Formulus Black, previously known as Symbolic IO, is a much younger company created to develop and release their memory management software. We covered ForsaOS when Formulus Black debuted it last March.

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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 DP4400 (IDPA DP4400 Review) 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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