by Brian Beeler

How To Connect Microsoft Azure Stack HCI to the Cloud

One of the biggest challenges that small and medium business (SMB) and remote offices/branch offices (ROBO) face is how to ensure business continuity if their primary site goes down. Typically, vendors and integrators suggest that they setup a secondary site that mirrors business critical applications to and/or send backups to a secure location so they can recreate their environment in the case of catastrophic failure. But these schemes have some serious drawbacks. For example, a secondary site can sit unused for weeks or months, or if you are very fortunate it may never be used at all. This secondary site must be maintained and functional if the primary site goes down. Having backups and a mechanism restore them can alleviate some of the cost of having a secondary site but it presents problems of its own as your plan to restore your compute infrastructure from backups must be tested and verified on a regular basis, that coupled with the downtime that your business will suffer from while doing this can be crippling to a business.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Xeon E-2200 Family Released

Today Intel released its latest processor family, the Intel Xeon E-2200 processors. This new CPU family is aimed at entry-level servers for small to medium businesses. Intel states that the E-2200 family can also enhance cloud security for service providers. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches Qmiix

QNAP Systems, Inc. launched its new benchmark automation solution, Qmiix. Qmiix is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution that is designed to help users to automate workflows that require interactions between multiple applications on different platforms. This is a good tool for those that have repetitive tasks on different platforms that need automated. Qmiix is in beta today with a user feedback program for further improvement.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Expands Support For Azure

SolarWinds released several updates across its IT Operations management offering, which, of course, includes its popular Orion Platform suite of products as well as their application performance management (APM) suite. The updates extend support for companies that are leveraging Microsoft Azure. The new SolarWinds’ updates offer Azure users a comprehensive ability to monitor, manage, and secure hybrid IT operations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cray Introduces ClusterStor E1000

This morning, Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, unveiled its new parallel storage platform for the Exascale Era, ClusterStor E1000. The E1000 is built to address the growth of data from converged workloads as well as the need to access that data at faster and faster speeds. Cray states that the ClusterStor E1000 has already been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for use at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Announces Data Protection For Microsoft Teams & Slack

Today Druva Inc. announced what it is calling the industry’s first SaaS-based data protection solution for today’s leading collaboration applications, including Microsoft Teams and Slack. On top of the collaboration applications, Druva is extending protection with new integrations with ServiceNow, Splunk and Okta, and new capabilities for AWS workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

NetApp Eats Its Own Dog Food

Recently, NetApp revealed that it uses its own services and appliances as part of its development process, something that is sometimes referred to as "eating your own dog food."  Their story of how they use their tools internally makes an interesting case study for anyone considering adopting NetApp.  This past year they have been a dynamo of new releases and updates. As just one example, they released an all-flash, end-to-end NVMe server rack, the NetApp AFA EF600, just last month. 

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp Launches New Midrange Arrays (AFF A400, FAS8300, FAS8700)

At NetApp Insight, the company has launched a new midrange controller designed to power the hybrid FAS8300 and FAS8700, along with the all-flash A400. The active/active chassis is 4U without drives, connecting to NetApp's wide variety of expansion shelves, including in the A400's case, the NVMe NS224 shelf. The decision to go with the larger chassis gives NetApp some design freedom, longtime ONTAP users will appreciate some of the day-to-day management benefits. For instance, fan modules are located in the front of chassis and hot-swappable without removing the controller. NetApp is also putting Intel's latest generation CPUs in the controllers, a first amongst the leading array vendors. The units will all ship with ONTAP 9.7 RC1 and should be available before the end of this year. 

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by Lyle Smith

NetApp ONTAP 9.7 Announced

NetApp has announced its next big update to its data management software, ONTAP, with version 9.7. ONTAP allows organizations to build a secure, powerful and intelligent storage infrastructure with the ability to deploy storage (via hardware storage systems, software-defined storage, and the cloud) while unifying data management across all of them.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Keystone Reinvents The Customer Experience Wheel

Today at NetApp INSIGHT in Vegas, NetApp rolled out what it believes to be a reinvention of the customer experience with NetApp Keystone. Keystone is touted as the best of all worlds from a customer perspective. Customers will have the flexibility to choose the build of the cloud infrastructure they need with a easy consumption model. 

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