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Rubrik Announces Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID

Today, Rubrik announced a new joint solution in collaboration with NetApp, Rubrik Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID. Or to say that another way, companies can now use Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management software on NetApp object stores. StorageGrid is NetApp's software-defined object storage solution for large archives, media repositories, and web data stores. Rubrik's core product is its Cloud Data Management software and appliances.

Dell Announces PowerProtect DD Series Appliances

Today, Dell Technologies announced new PowerProtect DD series appliances. This is a rather curious decision as Dell already has both a PowerProtect appliance line and a DD (Data Domain) appliance line. It would appear that Dell is attempting to merge the two product lines. The Dell EMC Data Domain DD3300 appliance is rebranded to the Dell EMC PowerProtect DD3300 effective today.

Igneous Announces DataProtect Backup as-a-Service

Today Igneous, Inc. announced a new version of its DataProtect, a software only version that writes data directly to any Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 storage (S3, Standard-IA, Glacier, Glacier Deep Archive). Igneous makes the claim that its DataProtect was already the only backup and archive solution architected for the massive scale of unstructured, machine-generated file, and object data. Now, this software only version, will give users a simple and cost-effective strategy for protecting file and object data at scale, directly to any AWS tier of public cloud storage.

Western Digital Plans to Sell IntelliFlash Division to DataDirectNetworks

DataDirectNetworks (DDN) & Western Digital announced that DDN would be buying Western Digital’s IntelliFlash division as part of a new partnership. This comes as something of a surprise, Western Digital updated their IntelliFlash lineup only a few months ago, as we covered in both June and July. DataDirect Networks (DDN) was founded in 1998 and is privately held. It provides block and file storage platforms as well as associated appliances and tools.

AWS Releases EC2 G4 Instances With NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the general availability of a new GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, the G4 Instance. This new instance is designed to accelerate machine learning (ML) inferencing while providing the most cost-effective ML inference in the industry for applications. The new instance are also great for graphics-intensive workloads in a cost-effective manner and would be ideal for building and running graphics-intensive applications, such as remote graphics workstations, video transcoding, photo-realistic design, and game streaming in the cloud.

Intel Ships Early Access Stratix 10DX FPGAs

Today Intel announced they have started shipping Intel Stratix 10 DX field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). So far, they are only shipping to early access program participants like VMware. Unlike the rest of the Stratix line, the new Stratix 10 DX FPGAs do not support third-gen PCI-Express (PCIe), only PCIe Gen4x16.

Red Hat Releases OpenStack Platform 15

Today Red Hat released Red Hat OpenStack Platform 15, the latest version of its cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. Based on the OpenStack community’s “Stein” release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 15 adds performance improvements, cloud security enhancements, and expands the platform’s ecosystem of supported hardware. Stein was released just a few months ago, in April. Getting OpenStack Platform 15 out so soon afterward is an impressively quick turnaround for enterprise-grade software. 

Kubernetes 1.16 Released

Kubernetes has announced its third release this year with Kubernetes 1.16. The latest version has 31 enhancements in total: 8 enhancements moving to stable, 8 enhancements in beta, and 15 enhancements in alpha. The main this of the current release are customer resources, overhauled metrics, and volume extension. Some companies, such as Canonical, announced full enterprise support for 1.16. 

Synology 2020 NYC Sees Several Announcements

At its annual event at TheTimesCenter in New York City, Synology Inc. held its gathering to showcase its technologies. The company is celebrating its past 20 years of innovations this go around looking back at how it evolved along the way. And there were a few announcements made as well. 

GIGABYTE Expands AMD EPYC Rome Server Systems

GIGABYTE has announced the expansion of its AMD EPYC 7002 Series Server Family. Six new unique single socket AMD EPYC 7002 server systems have been unveiled. This release follows the launch of 17 new AMD EPYC 7002 Series server platforms that were announced simultaneously with AMD’s official launch of the new generation data center processor last month. These new models have been created specifically for the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC 7002 Series processor with each system featuring unique configurations and components.