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Dell EMC Expand VxBlock 1000 Integration Across Servers

Dell EMC has made several announcements at this years at Cisco Live that expand VxBlock 1000 integration across servers, networking, storage, and data protection. This includes NVMe Over Fabrics, Extending Integrated Data Protection to the Cloud and Simplifying Cloud Operations with VxBlock Central 2.0.

NetApp AFF C190 All-Flash Storage Array

This week NetApp released the AFF C190 all flash storage array. Targeted at the needs of SMBs, the AFF C190 is designed to be a partner-led offering that enables NetApp to be more competitive down market where their exisiting storage arrays for the midmarket, like the A200 and A300, are simply too much. The NetApp AFF C190 runs on NetApp ONTAP software, meaning smaller organizations will have access to enterprise-class data services, hybrid cloud support, and data reduction technologies, which provides critical value for all-flash arrays.

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory NoSQL Performance Review

Earlier this year we posted Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory data in our review of the Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT platform. Supermicro was one of the first out of the gate with Intel persistent memory support and the dual-processor 2U system has done great work as a persistent memory test bed. Looking at Optane DC persistent memory speed in the traditional block storage way is instructive, but the real value of persistent memory is revealed by applications that can natively take advantage of this new medium, intelligently placing data in DRAM, persistent memory or onboard storage as the application needs. To better understand the performance profile of Optane DC persistent memory, we put the Supermicro server to work using a leading NoSQL platform, Aerospike.

iland Autopilot Managed Recovery for DRaaS Announced

iland has announced iland Autopilot Managed Recovery, the newest addition to their Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) portfolio. Autopilot Managed Recovery is a fully managed business continuity solution integrated with Veeam and Zerto, which is designed to accelerate application recovery when organizations suffer from data loss or significant downtime. iland claims that their solution is perfect for customers with limited internal disaster-recovery resources and experience, as well as those who are looking a complete recovery strategy.

IDC Releases Q1 2019 Quarterly Server Tracker Results

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the first quarter for worldwide server market, which reported an increase of  4.4% year over year to $19.8 billion during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19). This was the first time in 6 months we’ve seen a single-digit revenue growth, so the market seems to have, for the time being, slowed down in 2019. Nonetheless, Dell EMC has once again retained its spot at the top, further extending its lead as the No. 1 provider of both total server revenue and units shipped globally.

Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD 3.84TB Review

The Seagate IronWolf SSD family was launched a few months ago near the end of April with the promise of improved reads and writes (and thus a longer life span) via the company’s Durawrite technology. We previously looked at the new IronWolf drive in a NAS environment with 8 samples of the 240GB SSDs in RAID 6. For this review, we are looking at a single 3.84TB capacity IronWolf 110 SSD within a server. As we mentioned in the previous review, the benefits of using SSDs in a NAS environment are significant if the cost, durability and capacity all match customer needs. 

Datera Data Services Platform 3.3 Released

Datera announced what would be in the 3.3 version of its Data Services Platform. Datera was founded in June 2013 and provides data storage software and systems. The company posted a remarkable 400% growth in the first quarter of 2019, driven mainly by partner sales. This rapid growth is even more impressive coming on top of their 240% growth in the first half of 2018. Datera also recently saw a four-fold increase in total deployed petabytes of storage powered by the Datera software platform. 

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Deep Dive

In March of 2019, Microsoft announced Azure Stack HCI, an on-premise implementation of their Azure cloud service. Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, in a blog post put it this way, “We are bringing our existing HCI technology into the Azure Stack family for customers to run virtualized applications on-premises with direct access to Azure management services such as backup and disaster recovery.” While both Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Azure Stack are both on-premise solutions, Azure Stack runs Azure OS with Azure Services, while Azure Stack HCI runs Windows Server OS with Azure Services. Azure Stack is an IaaS and PaaS solution while Azure Stack HCI allows you to efficiently run your virtualized workloads in the manner that you are used to with the added benefit of connecting to Azure cloud for additional services.

Seagate Begins Shipping 16TB Hard Disk Drives

Today Seagate announced it has been actively shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drive as part of the Exos X16 family. The company also announced that the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage drive lines will be getting 16TB capacity models.

SolarWinds Announces Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks

Today SolarWinds extended support of their Network Insight service to Palo Alto Networks and several updates to their existing services. SolarWinds’s Orion Platform is getting upgrades to improve scalability and transparency. SolarWinds was founded in 1999 and is a leading provider of IT infrastructure management software. Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 and primarily provides firewalls as well as other cloud-based security services.