by Lyle Smith

Azure Synapse Analytics Announced

Azure has announced Azure Synapse Analytics, which is described as a limitless analytics service that combines enterprise data warehousing with Big Data analytics to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs. With it, organizations can query data on their own terms at scale via serverless on-demand or provisioned resources.  Organizations will be able to make their data work more quickly, productively, and securely, with the ability to gain insights from all data sources, data warehouses, and big data analytics systems. Azure adds that their partners will continue to collaborate with them on Azure Synapse, including Databricks, Informatica, Accenture, Talend, Attunity, Pragmatic Works, and Adatis.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Integrates Primera With Synergy & Composable Rack

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that is combining its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning-driven HPE Primera storage platform with the composability in HPE Synergy and HPE Composable Rack. This integration is all around helping its customers propel their businesses forward by helping them rapidly develop applications and innovations. According to HPE, this unique combination allows customers to deliver services on an intelligent cloud platform, offering the flexibility to support any application and service level agreement (SLA) with cloud-like agility, extreme resiliency, and seamless scalability.

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by Michael Rink

Nasuni Announces Google Cloud Storage Support & More

Nasuni announced that it plans to update its platform at least one more time before the end of the year. They just released a set of upgrades at the end of September, so this is an impressively fast update tempo. The new update will include support for Google Cloud Storage (GCS), improved cloud migration tools, and new analytic tools. Nasuni was founded in 2009 and is primarily a file services platform (software and appliances) for the cloud. Their UniFS software essentially treats on-premise network-attached storage (NAS) devices as fast access caches while keeping the bulk of the data in the cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces NetApp Integrations

Veeam announced that it will be partnering with NetApp on new integrations for its Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO). These integrations will be part of the upcoming release of VAO version 3. The two companies state that with VAO v3, users will have full recovery orchestration for NetApp ONTAP Snapshots including automated testing and reports.

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by Adam Armstrong

DataCore HCI-Flex Appliance Review

In July, DataCore announced DataCore ONE, the company’s vision for the software-defined storage (SDS) industry. As part of the launch, DataCore released a new turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliance. The HCI-Flex appliance merges the flexibility of hyperconverged with the flexibility of SDS into a single appliance that comes pre-installed with either VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as DataCore’s advanced data services including smart caching, thin provisioning, dynamic-auto-tiering, and Parallel I/O acceleration.

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by Brian Beeler

How To Connect Microsoft Azure Stack HCI to the Cloud

One of the biggest challenges that small and medium business (SMB) and remote offices/branch offices (ROBO) face is how to ensure business continuity if their primary site goes down. Typically, vendors and integrators suggest that they setup a secondary site that mirrors business critical applications to and/or send backups to a secure location so they can recreate their environment in the case of catastrophic failure. But these schemes have some serious drawbacks. For example, a secondary site can sit unused for weeks or months, or if you are very fortunate it may never be used at all. This secondary site must be maintained and functional if the primary site goes down. Having backups and a mechanism restore them can alleviate some of the cost of having a secondary site but it presents problems of its own as your plan to restore your compute infrastructure from backups must be tested and verified on a regular basis, that coupled with the downtime that your business will suffer from while doing this can be crippling to a business.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Xeon E-2200 Family Released

Today Intel released its latest processor family, the Intel Xeon E-2200 processors. This new CPU family is aimed at entry-level servers for small to medium businesses. Intel states that the E-2200 family can also enhance cloud security for service providers. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches Qmiix

QNAP Systems, Inc. launched its new benchmark automation solution, Qmiix. Qmiix is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution that is designed to help users to automate workflows that require interactions between multiple applications on different platforms. This is a good tool for those that have repetitive tasks on different platforms that need automated. Qmiix is in beta today with a user feedback program for further improvement.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Expands Support For Azure

SolarWinds released several updates across its IT Operations management offering, which, of course, includes its popular Orion Platform suite of products as well as their application performance management (APM) suite. The updates extend support for companies that are leveraging Microsoft Azure. The new SolarWinds’ updates offer Azure users a comprehensive ability to monitor, manage, and secure hybrid IT operations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cray Introduces ClusterStor E1000

This morning, Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, unveiled its new parallel storage platform for the Exascale Era, ClusterStor E1000. The E1000 is built to address the growth of data from converged workloads as well as the need to access that data at faster and faster speeds. Cray states that the ClusterStor E1000 has already been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for use at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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