by Michael Rink

Engineering Samples Of Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA Card Available

Intel recently extended its field programmable gate array (FPGA) acceleration platform portfolio with the addition of the new Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The Stratix 10 SX is manufactured on Intel's 14nm process and leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be the first OEM to incorporate the Intel PAC with Stratix 10 SX FPGA along with the Intel Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon Scalable processor with FPGAs into its server offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kubernetes Announces Version 1.12

This week Kubernetes announced its third release of the year, version 1.12. As with all new versions, 1.12 adds improvements and graduating stability. This release also introduces new security features, support for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS), and Kubelet TLS Bootstrap.

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by Marshall Gunnell

AWS Announces New EC2 High Memory Instances For Large In-Memory Databases

Amazon Web Service, Inc. (AWS) recently announced the availability of new High Memory instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Current Amazon EC2 High Memory instances, aimed to run large in-memory databases including production deployments of SAP HANA, deliver 6TB, 9TB, and 12TB of memory – with 18TB and 24TB instances expected to arrive in 2019. Amazon EC2 High Memory instanced give customers the ability to scale their in-memory database deployments and integrate them with the rest of AWS, including storage, networking, IoT, analytics, and machine learning by combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the dexterity and reliability of AWS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Ignite 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. At Microsoft Ignite 2018 there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as VMware, Cohesity, Snowflake, Riverbed, and Komprise.

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by Michael Rink

Highlights From Hitachi Vantara At Next 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) announced a host of updates and enhancements at Next 2018. We covered some of their appliance updates here. This article will cover three of their other major announcements; Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) Container Platform enhancements, Smart Data Center updates, and the addition of Lumada Maintenance Insights to their Lumada portfolio.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Forrester Names VMware A Leader In HCI

VMware, Inc. announced that it has been positioned as a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Q3 2018.” The product strategy criterion, compromised of the sub-criteria of value proposition and vision in the strategy category, was mastered by VMware, according to Forrester’s report, where they achieved the highest possible score. Forrester evaluated each vendor’s foresight and relative plans, pricing options, R&D, account management feedback from customers, and implementation and operational support.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Hitachi Vantara Updates Its Converged & Hyperconverged Systems

Today at NEXT 2018 Hitachi Vantara announced the release of technology enhancements across its IT infrastructure portfolio. Among these enhancements include Hitachi’s first all-NVMe hyperconverged system which provides Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) customers with improved performance and efficiency. Additionally, more converged infrastructure server options, functionality, and applications infrastructure solution updates, aimed to address multi-cloud environment workloads, have been added to Hitachi’s solution portfolio.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Announces Virtual Desktop on Azure

At their Ignite event this week Microsoft announced a host of updates to their Azure cloud services; prominent amongst them was Windows Virtual Desktop which will enter public preview later this year. Windows Virtual Desktop delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience allowing customers to deploy and scale Windows and Office on Azure, with built-in security and compliance. Desktop virtualization like Windows Virtual Desktop can be an important component in regulation compliance schemes, and Microsoft is planning on making it surprisingly easy to start using their new service. Once you sign up for Windows Virtual Desktop with an Azure subscription, the only additional cost is for the storage and compute consumption from the virtual machines themselves, which will live in your Azure subscription. 

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by Lyle Smith

IDC Releases 2Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker for the Converged Systems Market

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the second quarter, this time for worldwide converged systems market, which reported an increase of 9.9% year over year to $3.5 billion during the second quarter of 2018.

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by Michael Rink

Intel Reaches 1.5TB On New Optane SSD

Intel has been steadily working to increase the storage capacity of their Optane (3D XPoint) line of SSDs. Like the rest of their Optane line, the new drives are blisteringly fast with read/write latencies under eleven microseconds. Most recently, they released 905p models in both Half Height Half Length (HHHL) Add-in-Card format and 2.5 x 15mm, Small Form Factor U.2. Both form factors have versions boasting capacities of 960GB and 1.5TB. Large enough to be seriously tempting for enthusiast home consumers and enterprises.

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