by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 Review

The Lenovo 4U ThinkSystem SR950 is a built for the most resource-intensive and mission-critical workloads. This massive iron is considered one of the company’s flagship servers, focusing heavily on continuous operation and “always-on” reliability coupled with several levels of resiliency to protect data. This enterprise-class server is designed for those that need four or more processors, a ton of memory, and a range of I/O connections. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Data Dynamics, Seagate, OpenStack, Rackspace, Diamanti, Quantum, Schneider & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Data Dynamics to acquire Infintus. Seagate reports first quarter 2020 earnings. OpenStack builds momentum in greater China. Rackspace acquires Onica. Diamanti closes Series C Round. Quantum reports second quarter 2020 earnings. Schneider Electric partners with Scale Computing. NVIDIA announces world’s smallest supercomputer for AI. Alluxio Announces integrations with AWS and GCP.

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by Adam Armstrong

IGEL Makes Several Announcements This Week

IGEL made a handful of announcements this week that got lost in the tsunami of news with Microsoft Ignite and VMware Europe we were covering. IGEL announced a Linux-based IGEL OS will support Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop customers. IGEL announced that it is working with Citrix and Ingram Micro to offer a bundle that combines best-in-breed products from the companies to simplify the delivery of high performance end user computing with “anywhere access” in the cloud. IGEL also made updated its IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) to version 6.03. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces New Savings Plan For Compute Services

Amazon EC2 reserved instances are popular and have been so over the last decade since they were announced in 2009. Reserved instances gave users a new way to consume EC2 on AWS. Recently AWS has announced a new savings plan for their compute services similar to how they bill reserve instances. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Ignite 2019 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 breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week Microsoft Ignite 2019 took place in Orlando, Florida. While we covered the major announcements from Microsoft, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Tenable, Scality, Intel, Cloudera, SIOS, and Unisys.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Makes Several Product & Partner Announcements At VMworld Europe 2019

Today at VMworld Europe 2019 in Barcelona, VMware Inc. made a slew of announcements around various products and partnerships. The product announcements include security updates, new features for Workspace ONE, and a new teclo cloud orchestrator, Project Maestro. On the partner front, VMware is deepening its relationships with AWS and Microsoft. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC iDRAC 9 and Lifecycle Controller Review

In the past, we had reviewed some of the based management controller (BMC) solutions from major server manufacturers, including HPE iLO 5 and Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC). These embedded server management technologies allow a system administrator to monitor and manage servers and other network-attached equipment by remote control regardless of whether the machine is powered on or whether an operating system is installed or functional. Each of these solutions has similar functionality to the others, and each has been improved over the years to add new functions and capabilities. In this review, we take a close look at the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, on the current version 9, which is included in generation 14 of PowerEdge servers.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC Updates HCI Portfolio

Dell EMC is expanding and enhancing their offerings for Microsoft customers across Dell EMC VxFlex, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and Dell EMC Azure Stack HCI Ready Nodes to address explosive data growth, emerging technologies and constantly changing IT requirements. This announcement comes at this year’s Microsoft Ignite annual conference in Orlando.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSD

Today at Microsoft Ignite, Western Digital was showcasing various technologies they have released over the last few months. Along with already announced technology the company also rolled out a new SAS SSD in the Ultrastar DC SS540. This new SSD, as the name implies, is aimed at the data center where, according to Western Digital, SAS is still alive and well. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC VxRail Enhancements Announced At VMworld Europe

Today at VMworld Europe, Dell Technologies announced several enhancements to its Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure system. These new enhancements center around automation, analytics, and workload support. The company is also announcing two all-NVMe based platforms.

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