by Lazaro Herrera

How to Install Microsoft Hyper-V

In this edition of Before the Home Lab we'll look at Installing Microsoft Hyper-V. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s solution for virtualized systems. In modern Windows systems (8 and above) along with server editions, Hyper-V can be utilized to virtualize other operating systems. In the consumer OS side, you will need a Pro or Enterprise key for Hyper-V. There’s a easy wizard to deploy common OS (like Ubuntu and Windows). On the server side, Hyper-V has a 2 OS limitation, which can increased by purchasing extra ‘OSEs’. For a single host solution, running under a consumer OS is probably the best approach, but for live migrations, you may want to invest in a server license. Speaking of server licensing and things being easy to figure out, Windows Server 2019 licensing requires a PhD in Microsoft Licensing Computation so we’re just deploying Server 2016. 

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by Michael Rink

QNAP ES1686dc NAS Released

QNAP has launched its newest network-attached storage (NAS) appliance, the ES1686dc. QNAP was founded in 2004 in Taiwan and primarily provides network-attached storage (NAS) appliances. The ES1686dc features dual active controllers with Intel Xeon Processors. Each controller has four 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports, eight RDIMM slots for up to 512 GB memory, two M.2 SSD slots for configuring SSD caching, and scalable design for up to 1 PB storage capacity. 

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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 Michael Rink

Scality RING8 Launched

Today, Scality launched RING8, a software-defined solution for large-scale on-premises storage of unstructured data. Scality was founded in 2009 and has two major products: RING, an object storage software platform; and the Zenko multi-cloud controller, available in open source and enterprise editions.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400 Review

Launched in the summer of last year, the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400 is designed to bring several Dell EMC backup and recovery technologies into a single converged solution. The DP4400 leverages a 2U Dell EMC PowerEdge server chassis that delivers two capacity options. DP4400 systems come fully populated in either 24-96TB or 8-24TB options. It's designed so that users can start small and unlock additional capacity via software key as needed. Even when selecting the 24TB or smaller versions, Dell EMC will offer a non-disruptive field upgrade in the second half of 2019 to bridge from 24TB to larger capacities. Should even more capacity be required, the DP4400 can add a 192TB cloud tier for disaster recovery or long term retention. 

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by Michael Rink

Qumulo Introduces Three Flash-Centric Platforms

Today Qumulo is releasing one new flash-centric hardware platform and announcing two others that will be out next month. At the same time, they’re also announcing software updates that improve their write performance by up to 40% on all-flash platforms like their new hardware. Qumulo was founded in 2012 and primarily provides hybrid cloud products.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Odake BladeX Pro 4K Battery Powered Monitor

Managing a lab requires quite a bit of work in person and remote; deploying new hardware as well as managing devices once they are up and running. Deploying hardware still requires a crash cart and when it comes to managing multiple interfaces when configuring a new appliance, more screen real estate is never a bad thing. A new device we are testing out in the lab is the BladeX Pro battery-powered monitor, packing a 4K resolution panel with HDMI and USB-C DisplayPort inputs. As nerds who like to test out new hardware that might improve old processes, this is an interesting offering.

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by Michael Rink

Supermicro Introduces EDSFF Appliances

Today Super Micro Computer launched the industry's first family of server and storage systems that support EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor) NVMe drives. Supermicro (Super Micro Computer Incorporated, SMCI) was founded in 1993 and is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the world. Supermicro provides a wide range of products and servers; most focused around cloud software and hardware.

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by Michael Rink

Cloudian Announces HyperStore Xtreme

Today Cloudian announced HyperStore Xtreme their newest private cloud storage offering. Cloudian was founded in 2011 and primarily provides file and object storage software. This has been a productive month for Cloudian, just last week, we covered the announcement of their object storage solution for VMware Cloud.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Expands HC Series Availability

Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had expanded the availability of their HC series virtual machines (VMs) to Azure's East US region. The series was previously available only in West US 2, so HC series VMs are now an option in two regions, East US and West US 2. 

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