by Adam Armstrong

VMware Skyline Health for vSAN Announced

VMware announced the combination of two of its products in the release of VMware Skyline Health for vSAN. This will take all the benefits of VMware Skyline, including its proactive notifications to stop issue before they take root, and apply this to the very popular VMware vSAN. All of the benefits of VMware Skyline Health for vSAN including self-service findings for configuration, patches, upgrades, and security will be available for vSAN 6.7 and later. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Qumulo Expands Portfolio On HPE Apollo Gen10

Today Qumulo announced a refresh of its fully integrated file storage solutions. Qumulo will be leveraging Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Apollo 4200 Gen10 servers and the performance they can bring. The two companies state that the combined solutions will provide enterprise organizations scalable, software-defined file storage with deep data visibility into unstructured data workloads that scale-across on-prem, hybrid and cloud environments.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Announces Masculine Cortana

Today, Microsoft announced that they would be adding a masculine voice to their Cortana digital aid for the first time ever. Microsoft also announced several other enhancements for Microsoft 365, but let's be honest, what everyone is excited about is that they'll finally have the option of changing the voice of Microsoft's answer to Alexa and Siri to sound more masculine. 

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by Lyle Smith

Azure Arc Announced

Azure has announced Azure Arc, which is designed to enable new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing the company’s services and management to any infrastructure. Specifically, it brings Azure management capabilities to Linux and Windows servers and Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge.

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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 Michael Rink

Microsoft Announces Robotic Process Automation for Power Platform

Today, at Microsoft Ignite 2019, Microsoft announced a slew of new features and updates to the company’s Power Platform. The new features include the addition of Robotic process automation (RPA) added to Power Automate (previously named Microsoft Flow) and an even lower code approach to creating automated processes called Power Virtual Agents.

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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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