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by Alex Schuchter

Cisco Eases Day 2 Operations

Cisco is expanding its Data Center Network Assurance and Insights Suite. This expansion is aimed at making Day 2 Operations, running a network, easier for those in IT Operations. This portfolio of software analytics can comprehensively analyze all components of a data center to assure business intent, guarantee reliability, and identify performance issues in a network before they happen. The broad overarching goal of this capability expansion is to change the Day 2 Operation environment from reactive to proactive. The added capabilities are brought about as part of Cisco’s push to bring intent-based networking to customers. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #31

The team got together for the weekly podcast to discuss the news of the week highlighted by Dell EMC, VMware, QNAP, Samsung, NAKIVO and much more. We give many updates on the YouTube channel and Tom discusses almost dying twice on his journey to Israel. In Adam's Movie Corner we discuss American Psycho; his recommendation this week is a more current offering, Apostle, which is streaming on Netflix. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC Unisphere Review (Unity XT)

Among the significant challenges faced by storage administrators are the fast-paced evolution of technologies and the operation of the ever-growing storage environments. With these challenges, managing storage systems becomes more complex, and sometimes, even substantial training is required. Administrators are required to make quick provisioning decisions, generate reports, and ensure the health of all systems in the environment. Therefore, they need a simple, intuitive, and customizable cross-platform tool for managing storage environments. To address these concerns, Dell EMC Unisphere provides simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility; all of which are critical requirements for optimal storage management. Unisphere, specially designed for the Dell EMC Unity Family, serves the needs of storage administrators by providing advanced features and optimized performance for enterprise data.

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by Juan Mulford

How To: Expand a VMware vSAN Cluster with a New Host

Last week we started a new configuration in our lab using a 3-nodes vSAN cluster. You can check the introduction of this configuration here, and for more details, take a look and explore the video (and more to come) in our revitalized YouTube channel

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How To: Migrate To a New Synology NAS using Synology Migration Assistant

Here we take a smaller 2-bay Synology NAS, the DS712+, and migrate the data to a larger 4-bay Synology NAS, DS918+. This is less about capacity, as the need for capacity and the general use of the NAS were met by the 2-bay, and more about modernizing the technology. Aside from more bays, the DS918+ has a newer Intel Celeron J3455 CPU and up to 4GB of DDR3L RAM, versus the DS712+ that has an Intel Atom D425 CPU and only 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Another big benefit is that the DS918+ is two M.2 NVMe bays for caching, giving an extra performance boost.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Enhances Isilon Adding Kubernetes Support

Today Dell EMC announced new platform enhancements for its Dell EMC Isilon and new capabilities for Dell EMC Isilon OneFS. These new enhancements include using CloudIQ to monitor for issues across Dell EMC storage environments. Isilon will support Kubernetes through a CSI. With OneFS, users will be able to scale-out to cloud in Microsoft Azure with Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services. Isilon OneFS can now reduce storage footprint by delivering up to 3x greater effective capacity and support for 4x larger file sizes.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC Unity XT Hardware Overview and System Configuration Video

The Dell EMC Unity XT storage array is the tip of the Dell EMC midrange storage spear. With a big boost in performance over the prior generation Unity arrays, the XT can deliver over 2.5 million IOPS and support 16PB in the top end configuration. Our particular model in for review is the Unity XT 480F, with the F standing for all-flash. In this video we do a detailed hardware overview of the system, highlighting the drives, I/O modules and what’s inside each controller. The second portion of the video walks through the Unity XT configuration wizard in Unisphere and ultimately the setup of a datastore for VMware vSphere.

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by Adam Armstrong

NAKIVO Releases Backup & Replication v9.1

Today NAKIVO announced that version 9.1 of its Backup & Replication is out. The latest version introducing some interesting features like native backup to tape, physical Linux Server backup, physical workstation backup, and instant verification. This extends NAKIVO’s previous backup footprint that focused on virtualized and cloud environments.

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by Brian Beeler

GIGABYTE R281-NO0 24 NVMe Bay Server Hardware Overview Video

The GIGABYTE R281-NO0 is a 2 processor, 2U server designed for demanding enterprise applications. Because of its 24 NVMe bays across the front and plenty of expansion options in the back, the server is also ideally suited for software defined storage as well. The platform supports 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, along with persistent memory and 24 DIMM slots. Our system is configured with Micron 9300 NVMe SSDs for the primary pool, with 2 2.5" drive bays in the back for server boot duty. In this video we provide an overview of the system and the configuration we've built for review. Read more

by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Adds Teradici PCoIP Technology

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced that they have added support for Teradici PCoIP (PC-over-IP) technology. The company has also added Teradici Cloud Access Software that QNAP states will provide a secure, smooth and flexible end-to-end hybrid cloud solution. The addition of Teradici technology will give users a secure, remote way to access their Virtual Machines.

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