by Lyle Smith

Virtana Announces VirtualWisdom 6.3

Virtana has announced the latest version of VirtualWisdom, the company’s hybrid IT infrastructure management and AIOps platform for mission-critical workloads. With version 6.3, Virtana further delves into capacity management with global storage array analytics, expanded range of integrations, and new portable reports and dashboards.

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by Lyle Smith

IGEL Announces IGEL OS Workspace Edition version 11.03

IGEL has announced IGEL OS Workspace Edition version 11.03, which is highlighted by advanced security capabilities like signed OS partitions that are designed to extend IGEL’s secure “chain of trust” at the device processor level. IGEL Workspace Edition is a comprehensive, software-defined endpoint that offers organizations all the essential capabilities they need to transform any compatible x86 device into a secure, highly-functional IGEL-powered endpoint. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD Now Available

Western Digital (WD) has announced their newest high-performance drive, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD. Released as a successor to the SN500, the new WD drive is a consumer-focused, entry-level NVMe M.2 2280 M.2 drive. As such, it is ideal for PC users looking to improve application, transfer and booting speeds over tradition SATA SSDs and HDDs and those who want to make the big jump to an NVMe-based system without having to dive deep in their pockets.

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by Michael Rink

XenData Releases X1 Archive Appliance

Today, XenData Released their new archive appliance, the X1. The X1 appliance will initially have three models to support archiving file-based applications to different mediums. XenData was founded in 2001 and focus on public cloud and on-premises data storage systems.

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by Michael Rink

McAfee Releases New Enterprise MVISION Solution

Today, McAfee released McAfee MVISION Cloud for Containers. McAfee’s all capitalized MVISION line includes several solutions, the new Cloud For Containers solution is focused on identifying vulnerabilities in container applications during development. McAfee has gone through several changes since it was founded in 1987 by John McAfee. Intel purchased the company in 2011 and renamed it to Intel Security Group three years later in 2014. More recently, Intel converted the company to a joint venture with TPG Capital and changed the name back to McAfee in 2017. McAfee is a software security provider.

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by Lyle Smith

HPE Announces Critical Firmware Update for Specific SAS SSDs to Prevent Drive Failure

HPE has announced a critical update to its HPD8 firmware, which fixes a bug that results in data loss after 32,768 hours (3 years, 270 days 8 hours) of operation. Those who do not follow through with the update will require complete restoration of their drive(s) after the failure occurs, as both the SSD and data cannot be recovered. HP notes that SSDs put into service during the same time are also expected to fail simultaneously.

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by Lyle Smith

Schneider Electric Announces Integrated Rack for Data Centers with Immersed, Liquid-Cooled IT

At this year’s Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference in Las Vegas, Schneider Electric has announced a partnership with Avnet and Iceotope to produce the industry’s first commercially-available integrated rack with chassis-based, immersive liquid cooling. The new solution uses a high-powered GPU server combined with Iceotope’s liquid cooling technology to increase energy efficiency and thus ideal for compute-intensive applications, such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine-learning algorithm training development.

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by Michael Rink

Diamanti Announces Kubernetes Platform with GPU Support

Today, Diamanti announced their first enterprise platform with GPU support for running containerized workloads under Kubernetes. The new platform is targeted at the artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI\ML) markets. Diamanti was founded in the early 2010s and provides open-source Kubernetes platforms.

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: PFSense

I grew up during the days of dial-up and ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network). If you’re old enough to know what that was, consider yourself unlucky.  Back in those days, phone modems were all the rage. We had a separate phone line to handle faxes and internet, and it was amazing. The first connection we had was 14.4 kbps which back then was LIGHTNING fast! We could get any image we wanted off of the internet. We could send mail back and forth to any of our friends and family and within minutesthey would receive it! Take that USPS! Those were the days (ok, boomer). All it took back then to get on the internet was an ISDN router, ethernet hub and then the “family” Windows 95 (then Windows 98 SE) PC to access the internet and hear the beloved “You’ve Got Mail” on a daily basis. The internet was different back then. Smaller, but so open to possibilities. Little did I know that it would be the greatest invention mankind had come up with to that point.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #24

Brian, Kevin, Adam and Tom break down the most popular news since the last podcast from Zerto, Dell EMC, HP, Intel, Seagate and Proxmox. Brian provides a cowboy hat update and a rant about Hertz car rentals. Kevin updates the lab status including Dell EMC, Faction, Qumulo and Formulus Black. Baby Yoda is declared universally cute. And there's music! Thanks to Kevin's dutiful work and blackmail of his musician cousin, the podcast now has bumper music. If we could only find a sponsor for this fiasco all would be well. Warning, this podcast contains explicit language.

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