by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSAN 6.7 Update 3

Today VMware Inc. announced the upcoming update to vSAN 6.7, update 3. The update delivers container-ready infrastructure to vSAN. VMware also announced the upcoming release of vSAN Enterprise Plus Edition, a bundle of vSAN Enterprise and vRealize Operations Advanced licenses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Announces Two New Ultrastar Storage Server Platforms

Today at FMS 2019, Western Digital announced two new server platforms, the Ultrastar Serv24-4N four-node NVMe all-flash, and the Ultrastar Serv24+6 hybrid storage server platforms. The company builds off of its proven track record to provide customer with these new building blocks for high-performance, data-intensive software-defined storage (SDS), hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), and edge environments.

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by Lazaro Herrera

How To Install oVirt Hypervisor

In this edition of Before the Home Lab we'll look at installing oVirt. oVirst is a free, open-source virtualization management platform. Full Disclosure: The knowledge I have seen indicates that this what people would migrate to if they wanted to move off of ESXi. This may mean I have rose tinted glasses. First thing we should do is download oVirt.
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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

The Importance of Hardware in Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

In a previous article we looked at Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, an on-premises implementation of Microsoft Azure cloud service, and how a Microsoft certified hardware vendor (DataON) has been integrating it with their hardware to provide a turnkey solution for it. In this article we will take a deeper look into that hardware and the relationship that DataON has built with their hardware provider to ensure that DataON customers have a platform that is built on reliable and technologically advanced components. Read more

by Adam Armstrong

Proxmox VE 6.0 Released

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH has announced the latest update to its open-source virtualization management platform, Proxmox VE 6.0.  The latest version if the solution is based on Debian 10.0 Buster. The update adds bug fixes as well as support for Ceph Nautilus and Corosync 3. 

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by Lazaro Herrera

How To Install Proxmox VE Hypervisor

In this edition of Before the Home Lab we'll look at installing Proxmox, the hypervisor for Proxmox Virtual Environment (PVE). PVE is an open-source server virtualization environment. PVE is a Debian-based Linux distribution with a modified Ubuntu LTS kernel and allows deployment and management of virtual machines and containers​.

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by Michael Rink

IDC Releases First Quarter '19 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker for the first quarter of this year. Converged systems revenue as a whole saw a healthy bump of 19% year over year to $3.75 billion, which is proportionally the same increase we saw last year for this quarter. When looking at the brand of the hyperconverged solution, Dell remains the leader in yet another category of IDC’s. Dell has 32% of the market share with a revenue of $586 million; more than twice the market share of second place, Nutanix. When looking at the market in terms of who owns the software providing the core hyperconverged capabilities, Dell-owned VMware retains its first place position from last year, with a staggering 41% of the market and $750 million in revenue. Nutanix again takes second place.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Expands Its Hybrid Cloud Portfolio

Today at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is expanding its integrated hybrid cloud portfolio. The company states that its expanded portfolio will deliver choice, consistent experience, and optimized workloads across clouds. At the crux of this expansion is HPE’s AI-driven operation, InfoSight, as well as composability that HPE uses in various other products. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Deep Dive

In March of 2019, Microsoft announced Azure Stack HCI, an on-premise implementation of their Azure cloud service. Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, in a blog post put it this way, “We are bringing our existing HCI technology into the Azure Stack family for customers to run virtualized applications on-premises with direct access to Azure management services such as backup and disaster recovery.” While both Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Azure Stack are both on-premise solutions, Azure Stack runs Azure OS with Azure Services, while Azure Stack HCI runs Windows Server OS with Azure Services. Azure Stack is an IaaS and PaaS solution while Azure Stack HCI allows you to efficiently run your virtualized workloads in the manner that you are used to with the added benefit of connecting to Azure cloud for additional services.

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by Adam Armstrong

Secondary Storage Solution, Nutanix Mine, Announced at .NEXT

Today at Nutanix’ annual conference, Nutanix . NEXT, in Anaheim, California, the company announced its new open solution that integrates secondary storage operations with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, Nutanix Mine. The introduction of Mine brings both primary and secondary storage to the private cloud for Nutanix. Nutanix will also be working with backup vendors such as Veeam, HYCU, Commvault, Veritas, and Unitrends that help customer mange HCI environments and backup through native integration. 

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