by Marshall Gunnell

NetApp Announces New Solutions at Insight 2018

NetApp announced today at its annual NetApp Insight event the release of several new solutions that to provide support for applications across hybrid cloud and multicloud environment, which should improve business growth and provide data-driven outcome for its users.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Updates Its Cloud Infrastructure

Today at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, Oracle announced significant enhancements to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The company also updated its global data center region roadmap, which will increase the company’s reach and help bring features such as its Autonomous cloud to even more customers.  

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by Michael Rink

Virtual Instruments Announces VirtualWisdom 6.0

Virtual Instruments has set October 31, 2018, as the release date for the next generation of their hybrid infrastructure management and AIOps platform; VirtualWisdom 6.0. VirtualWisdom discovers and maps applications to the infrastructure to understand where each application lives and how it behaves on top of the infrastructure.

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by Lyle Smith

IBM Announces A Slate Of New Storage Enhancements & Products

IBM has announced a range of new enhancements over the weekend designed to offer end-to-end NVMe technology, faster performance, and increased capacity. These updates include a new NVMe enabled all-flash storage system, flash storage and NVMe networking enhancements, modern data protection and security improvements, new storage solutions, and a brand new offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Unveils Business-Ready Blockchain Applications

Today and Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle released a slew of new applications and new suites including new Blockchain Applications Cloud. This suite of SaaS applications is tailored around enhanced traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain. Built using Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, the Oracle Blockchain Applications seamlessly connect with Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) Cloud and other Oracle Cloud Applications.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Samsung Begins 7nm EUV Production, Unveils Next Generation NAND SSD & DRAM

Samsung announced today at their annual Tech Day event the release of its next generations of NAND SSD and DRAM memory technologies. Additionally, Samsung Foundry announced it has begun production of EUV-based 7nm LLP process, claiming to provide up to a 40% increase in area efficiency with 20% higher performance or 50% lower power consumption, resulting in better yields with fewer layers.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Cray Inc. Announces Haas F1 Team Cooperation

Cray Inc. recently announced a cooperation with Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The third-year American team has stated the will be working with the computational capacity of a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer, using AMD EPYC 7000 processors to handle the large computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations, starting with the 2019 season.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.7U1 for Dark Theme

VMware just released their first update to ESXi 6.7, aptly named ESXi 6.7U1. This latest update brings a number of patches and updates, although as someone sitting in front of a vCenter Client window most of the day, you really only care about that awesome new Dark Theme people have been talking about. In this quick In the Lab I take you through the quick and easy way to udpate your hosts and VCSA to the newest version of ESXi.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) Review

NVMe SSDs are taking over the data center, quickly cementing themselves as the go-to technology for mission critical applications. The NVMe interface lets flash run free, getting past legacy bottlenecks of SATA and SAS interfaces. Removing the flash floodgates though introduces new architectural challenges that aren't easily solved with traditional HBA/RAID card server layouts. Intel has addressed this problem with a simplified solution for managing NVMe SSDs in servers. Virtual RAID on CPU, or Intel VROC for short, essentially allows the SSDs to have direct access to the CPUs, removing the need for an HBA entirely. This greatly simplifies both the data path and the components required to get the most out of NVMe SSDs in servers. In addition to enterprise-grade RAID, Intel VROC includes the expected serviceability the enterprise demands including pre-boot RAID management, hot plug support and LED management.

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube Announces First Raspberry Pi-Based VDI Client With VMware Blast Support

ClearCube has just released two new thin clients, the C3Pi and the C3Pi+. These are low-cost, and very small form-factor, VDI clients based on the Raspberry Pi B+ platform. ClearCube is positioning these products for use by state and local governments, hospitals, kiosk applications, and other environments where a low-cost, single monitor VDI client would be desirable.

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