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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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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 Review

In August of 2018, Dell EMC announced the launch of its new high-performance, modular infrastructure, the PowerEdge MX7000. The 7U MX7000 is sort of an evolution of the company’s M1000e modular blade chassis. With the popular M1000e, users are able to quickly add in blades depending on there needs e.g. add more storage, compute, or extra networking. This technology allows users to easily grow if need be, say their workloads’ needs expand in storage or compute. Dell EMC customers love this flexibility but had been asking Dell EMC for a platform that can better take advantage of new technologies as they come to market be it CPUs, storage or interconnects. After several years of research and development, Dell EMC released a new blade server chassis and sleds with the MX platform (though not a replacement for the M1000e) to better adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces 1Q19 Results

Today Veeam announced its results for the first quarter of 2019. Being a private company we still don’t get any hard numbers. The company is however reporting double-digit growth for the quarter. 

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by Michael Rink

Quobyte Adds TenserFlow Support Via Plug-In

Today, April 16th, 2016, Quobyte announced the release of a TensorFlow Filesystem Plug-in that allows TensorFlow applications to integrate directly with Quobyte without passing through the operating system kernel. Quobyte was founded in 2013 and provides software-defined storage for a variety of customers including Yahoo! Japan. TensorFlow is a widely used open-source software library commonly used in machine learning applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 5nm FinFET Process Technology Ready for Customer Samples

Samsung has announced that its 5nm FinFET process technology is now ready for customer samples. Back in October of 2018, they began production of EUV-based 7nm LLP process, its first process node with EUV lithography technology. With the 5nm FinFET process, it provides up to a 25% more in logic area efficiency with 20 percent lower power consumption or 10 percent higher performance. Samsung can reuse the 7nm IP to 5nm as well, which allows its customers transitioning to 5nm to reduce migration costs, have a pre-verified design ecosystem and shorten their 5nm product development. 5nm uses EUV lithography in metal layer patterning and reduces mask layers while providing better fidelity.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Details Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Pricing

This week marks the start of order taking for most server vendors that announced support for Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs as well as Intel Optane DC persistent memory. At launch, Intel was quiet on suggested pricing for persistent memory modules, opting to give ultimate pricing control to their system provider partners. While we have seen grey market pricing for PMEM leak out over the last several days, Cisco is one of the first to publicly show pricing in their UCS server configurator. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Next 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 breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week the Google Next Show took place in San Fransico, California. While we covered the major announcement that relates to Google and Intel, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Portworx, NVIDIA, Hammerspace, Lenovo, and HYCU.

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by Adam Armstrong

OpenStack Releases 19th Version: Stein

Today the OpenStack community announced the release of its 19th version its open source cloud infrastructure software, Stein. The latest update enhances bare metal and network management while allowing the launch of Kubernetes clusters much faster. OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit is right around the corner in Denver, Colorado (April 29-May1). StorageReview will be in attendance at the show. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Brings 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable CPUs & Optane Persistent Memory To Google Cloud

Today at the Google Cloud Next 2019 Event in San Francisco, Intel and Google Cloud announced their new strategic partnership aimed at accelerating hybrid clouds through seamless deployment of applications on-prem and in the cloud. The two companies are working on a new reference design, Anthos, that is based on the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is working with Intel And SAP to offer virtual machines that support Intel Optane DC persistent memory (the first public cloud with support for this new memory class) for SAP workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

Cohesity Releases Backup Service for Google Cloud

Today Cohesity released a new software as a service solution that delivers backup and recovery for applications running on Google Cloud, Cohesity Cloud Backup Service for Google Cloud. Cohesity is a well-established provider of both software and converged appliance data management solutions. 

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