by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Exos 2X14 Doubles IOPS For Microsoft

Seagate has a new HDD that leverages its MACH.2 multi-actuator technology, the Exos 2X14. While the technology was announced two years ago with the promise of doubling throughput, Seagate, along with its customer Microsoft, are able to show results of the technology and its performance breakthroughs. The technology is beneficial to applications such as content delivery networks (CDNs), video streaming, mail servers, backup/shuttle services, Hadoop, and cloud applications and is being tested for data center deployment now. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces Quantum Computing Service In Amazon Braket

Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), made a few announcments around new quantum computing services. This include a new service, Amazon Braket, that is said to fully managed AWS service that enables scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from quantum hardware providers (including D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti) in a single place. The company announced the AWS Center for Quantum Computing to bring together experts to work on new quantum computing technologies. And they are launching the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab to connect customers with experts. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Liqid, DDN, KIOXIA, Igneous, Ryussi, Unisys, Rackspace, & NetApp

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Liqid announces $28 Million in funding. Tintri by DDN reports great third quarter for 2019 and DDN finishes its acquisition of IntelliFlash. KIOXIA introduces 512GB automotive UFS. Igneous DataProtect now supports Azure Blob. Ryussi releases MoSMB-S3 Gateway. Unisys launches CloudForte for ServiceNow. Rackspace and NetApp partner to reduce Costs of VMware Cloud on AWS. 

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: Hobby To Obsession

Homelabs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re running a business out of your home or simply are addicted to computers and related server hardware, the amount of joy it brings the individual can be limitless and forever lasting. For me, it’s purely a hobby, though I do serve some applications and media to friends and family. And that’s honestly where I get a lot of enjoyment, as top end equipment cannot possibly be more satisfying as sharing it with others who are close to you.

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by Lyle Smith

Brocade G620 Switch Review

The Brocade G620 6th-gen Fibre Channel switch focuses on application performance and scale-out network. It is a direct predecessor to the 6510 from several years ago, which we found to be a comprehensive enterprise SAN switch with a diverse range of connectivity options for Fibre Channel networks. The G620 integrates well into existing SAN fabrics and allows users to drive further with more performance and support next-gen storage trends such as NVMe-oF. It also features built-in instrumentation for some pretty extensive insight and control, which can potentially reduce cost for businesses, simplify management complexity and lower overall risk. With these tools, admins can also identify issues much more easily and fix anything the needs to be addressed. Like the G6510, this makes it an ideal choice for virtualized network environments that primarily use high-performance storage.  

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases HybridMount File-based Cloud Gateway

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the official version of its new file-based cloud gateway for elastic hybrid cloud environments, HybridMount. This new cloud gateway is all about easing deployment of a highly cost-effective, elastic, and secure hybrid cloud storage environment. The official version of HybridMount now includes Transfer Resource function to improve cloud access though enabling users to allocate NAX processor resources and data transfer bandwidth. 

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by Adam Armstrong

InfiniteIO Releases New Application Accelerator

InfiniteIO released a new application accelerator that they state will deliver dramatic performance improvements for critical applications by processing file metadata independently from on-premises storage or cloud systems. This new accelerator is ideal for use cases such as AI/ML, HPC, and genomics. The company released new tiering software features as well.

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by Adam Armstrong

NSX Service Mesh Now On VMware Tanzu

Back in August, VMware announced its Tanzu portfolio that is aimed at changing how enterprises build software on Kubernetes. Not only would Tanzu change software build, it is said to help consistently run Kubernetes across clouds as well as help manage Kubernetes fleets from a single control point. VMware just recently announced that it has introduced NSX Service Mesh on VMware Tanzu. 

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by Tom Fenton

KubeCon 2019 On The Ground

We were able to spend 4 days at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019, which was put on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The event was held in San Diego at the Conference Centre from November 18th to 21st and drew in 12,000 attendees and 300 vendors. This conference is one of three annual meetings put on by CNCF to discuss Kubernetes (K8S) and computing in the cloud. Below is a summary of the announcements made at the convention as well as other items that we found interesting.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Review (Intel Scalable 2nd Gen)

The new PowerEdge R640 is Dell’s dual-socket server platform designed for use cases such as dense software-defined storage, application tier service providers, dense private cloud, virtualization and high-performance computing (HPC). This is not to be confused with the previous Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 we reviewed last year. The lastest version is outfitted with two 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, opening up uses cases such as HPC. 

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