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by Michael Rink

Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine Goes Live

Today Canonical released Ubuntu 19.10, "Eoan Ermine." The new version is coming out right on schedule and primarily makes it easier to work on artificial intelligence and other machine learning (AI/ML) tasks and improved Kubernetes support. 19.10 has been in beta for some time now and the stable release is coming out right on schedule. Canonical was founded in 2004 specifically to support Ubuntu and other open-source software projects.

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by Michael Rink

SwiftStack and InfiniteIO Release Integrated Solution

SwiftStack and InfiniteIO announced and released an integrated solution that combines InfiniteIO’s hybrid cloud tiering and metadata acceleration with SwiftStack’s software to optimize capacity resources and increase performance. Swiftstack was founded in 2011 and sells on-premise storage and software. InfiniteIO was founded just a year later in 2012 and provides cloud data management software.

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by Lyle Smith

Cumulus Linux and NetQ Now Extended to Campus Networks

Cumulus Networks has announced the availability of Cumulus Linux and NetQ for enterprises, which is expected to bring the advantages of open and disaggregated data center networking to campus networks through a single fabric. Cumulus says that it will “modernize” the campus network by removing complexity, simplifying operations and improving reliability and performance, and will achieve this with DevOps practices such as Infrastructure-as-Code, deeper network visibility and standards-based infrastructure with a two-tier leaf-spine architecture.

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by Michael Rink

Openstack Adds More AI & ML Support With Train

Today the OpenStack Foundation released their 20th version since their initial release in 2010. Continuing their tradition of short but colorful, alphabetical names, the new release is named Train (as in always on time). The past two releases were Stein and Rocky respectively. Some of the highlights of Train, in addition to more Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) support, are improved resource management and enhanced security. The OpenStack Foundation is, as the name suggests, an open-source software community, and is supported by over five hundred companies.

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by Guest Author

What is EDSFF Form Factor?

Existing enterprise SSDs form factors are not a good fit in modern data centers. Servers and storage appliances, generally use several types of SSD for booting, performance, or capacity, and that usually requires using more than one SSD form factor (M.2, U.2, or PCIe card). Aiming to overcome the limitations of existing interfaces in the data center, a new storage form factor was created, the Enterprise & Data Center SSD Form Factor (EDSFF).

The EDSFF states the following challenges in today's data center.

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by Michael Rink

Mellanox Releases 200Gb/s Network Cards

Today Mellanox released ConnectX-6 Dx cards that are capable of 200Gb/s over NVMe/TCP. Mellanox was founded in 1999 and provides data center network solutions. NVIDIA is in the process of buying Mellanox for $6.9 billion by the end of the calendar year.

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by Brian Beeler

Clean Up Data Spills Quickly with NetApp Secure Purge

Recent surveys show that data security is one of the top concerns among executives and top-level government officials. Data security is a rather generic term and means different things to different people, but everyone agrees that in its most basic form it means protecting data from unwanted actions from unauthorized users. The data that needs to be protected ranges from data stored on a social network site to top-secret information about people and projects stored in a governmental datacenter. The consequences of this data being released ranges from people being mildly embarrassed to, in the case of top-secret governmental data, people being put in harm’s way.

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by Blaise Robitaille

What Is RAID1

RAID1 Mirrors the data across multiple disks (Minimum of 2). By spreading the data across more than one disk should you suffer a fault (Drive failure) your drive controller would simply send you an alert that a drive has failed and that you should replace the failed drive at your earliest convenience. There are speed benefits compared to a single drive however you loose the capacity of the mirrored drive. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault Launches Metallic SaaS Brand

Today at Commvault’s annual Commvault Go show in Denver, Colorado, the company announced a new brand, Metallic. Metallic will be Commvault’s new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio aimed directly at the midmarket and the most popular applications and workloads for that market including Core Backup & Recovery, Office 365 Backup & Recovery, and Endpoint Backup & Recovery. Metallic is said to deliver Commvault’s core protection technology, through an affordable, cloud-based model.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Review

StarWind offers a line of Microsoft Windows based HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) designed to meet the needs of SMBs and other use cases that are generally budget constrained. Their portfolio includes 20 unique solutions which fall into three broad model lines the HCA All-Flash, HCA Hybrid, and HCA Disk. The All-Flash is designed for small and mid-size SMB virtualized environments and this configuration provides the best performance. The Hybrid models are built to deliver high storage capacity and great performance without having to go all-flash. Additionally, the Hybrid models utilize automated storage tiering to handle performance-intensive workloads in a cost-efficient manner. This platform offers a balance between performance and cost. The Disk models are built to provide high storage capacity and moderate compute power for capacity-hungry applications. This is a high capacity option with the best cost per GB value. 

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