by Adam Armstrong

VMware Cloud Foundation Available On Dell EMC VxRail

Building off of the news from VMware this morning, Dell EMC announced the arrival of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail. The combination of these two technologies is said to give customers a quick and easy path to deploy and operate hybrid cloud through a fully integrated platform. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates VxBlock 1000 & Introduces Ready Stack

Today Dell EMC announced it was updating and expanding its converged infrastructure (CI) line. The company has enhanced its popular VxBlock 1000 including higher scalability, broader choice of components, and the flexibility to incorporate new technology. The company added in its new portfolio of validated designs for those who seek to build their own infrastructure solutions, Ready Stack.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Rolls Out New Intelligent Edge Products

Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI) announced new edge systems built for artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G workloads. These new solutions are designed to handle all the data volumes demanded by 5G using AI inferencing. Supermicro will be showcasing this technology at booth at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, Booth #5J70.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta & Cisco Partner On Enterprise Files Services For HCI

Nexenta announced that it is partnering with Cisco putting its software-based enterprise file services on Cisco’s HyperFlex solution. This new solution has been tested, validated, and is ready to deploy offering HyperFlex benefits such as independent scaling and flexible cluster scaling that in turn should accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The new use cases would include VDI, ROBO, and backup/DR.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta May Be Done

According to our good friend Chris Mellor at The Register, the HCI company Maxta looks as though it is going to shutter its doors. Mellor heard from four sources, one informed him that Maxta had given 65 employees their final paycheck and ended their healthcare benefits. Other sources reported to Mellor that the staff were told Monday of this week that Maxta was shutting down. 

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces Elastic vSAN

VMware has introduced its next generation of storage in its VMware Cloud on AWS, Elastic vSAN. This new version combines VMware vSAN with Amazon's Elastic block storage. This will give users flexibility along with new scale and size for ever expanding workloads.

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by Brian Beeler

Hands On with HPE SimpliVity

Recently Kevin and I took a trip to Westborough, Massachusetts (unironically west of Boston) to visit the original, and still current home of what is now HPE SimpliVity. We met with Vinay Jonnakuti, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, and Chuck Wood in Product Marketing for HPE, both of whom were with the orignal SimpliVity team. SimpliVity started back in 2009 and was an original disruptor in what would come to be known as hyperconverged infrastructure. Now we're coming up on the two-year anniversary of HPE's purchase of SimpliVity. The match thus far appears to be working, as the SimpliVity team continues to develop the platform in their original offices, backed by the heft of HPE. More than just a big company though, HPE has leading server platforms which are fundamental to the success of HPE SimpliVity.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC VxRail P570F Review

The Dell EMC VxRail family of appliances are hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) underpinned by VMware vSAN. VxRail has long been the lead product when VMware talks about vSAN, as the concept of deploying and managing the VxRail appliance is appealing to many. Of course, Dell EMC and others sell vSAN Ready Nodes for those who want a little more control over server configuration. VxRail isn't new to the lab as we wrote about the features like streamlined deployment and rigorous compatibility testing that Dell EMC brings to the table in early 2017. Much has changed since then; primarily Dell EMC has migrated off whitebox servers to PowerEdge servers. This is not an insignificant change, primarily because PowerEdge servers bring additional management and reliability features to the table that VxRail appliances can benefit from, further strengthening the Dell EMC/VMware value proposition when discussing the benefits of the VxRail appliance vs. Ready Nodes or roll your own options.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMworld Europe 2018 News 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 breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as VMware, Dell Technologies, IBM, AWS, Kubernetes, and Heptio.

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by Michael Rink

Dell EMC Announcements From VMworld Europe

Dell EMC will be showing off a number of Vmware related enhancements at VMworld Europe this week; starting with several enhancements and new options for their VxRail HCI appliances. Likewise, Dell EMC Cloud Marketplace is getting several new options and features. Rounding out the announcements; Dell's latest 25GbE-enabled S5200-ON top-of-rack open networking switches are available now.

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