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NSX Service Mesh Now On VMware Tanzu

Back in August, VMware announced its Tanzu portfolio that is aimed at changing how enterprises build software on Kubernetes. Not only would Tanzu change software build, it is said to help consistently run Kubernetes across clouds as well as help manage Kubernetes fleets from a single control point. VMware just recently announced that it has introduced NSX Service Mesh on VMware Tanzu. 

KubeCon 2019 On The Ground

We were able to spend 4 days at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019, which was put on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The event was held in San Diego at the Conference Centre from November 18th to 21st and drew in 12,000 attendees and 300 vendors. This conference is one of three annual meetings put on by CNCF to discuss Kubernetes (K8S) and computing in the cloud. Below is a summary of the announcements made at the convention as well as other items that we found interesting.

Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Review (Intel Scalable 2nd Gen)

The new PowerEdge R640 is Dell’s dual-socket server platform designed for use cases such as dense software-defined storage, application tier service providers, dense private cloud, virtualization and high-performance computing (HPC). This is not to be confused with the previous Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 we reviewed last year. The lastest version is outfitted with two 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, opening up uses cases such as HPC. 

HP mt45 Mobile Thin Client Review

The HP mt45 client is geared towards mobile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users that need a very powerful laptop form factor VDI client. To give a brief overview of its specifications, the HP mt45 is a laptop format, thin client that has a 14” screen, with multiple ports, is powered by an AMD Ryzen CPU with integrated Radeon GPU that runs HP ThinPro or Windows 10 IoT enterprise operating system. It supports all major VDI environments as well as a HP RGA. It has a few features that we have not seen on other VID clients such as an outward facing third microphone, loud speakers and collaboration keys.

StorageReview Podcast #23: KubeCon and SC19 Roundup

In this week's podcast the team discusses key happenings at KubeCon San Diego, where Tom once again avoided eating a steak to spite Brian. Kevin and Tom discuss some of their favorite finds including Dynatrace, Kioxia, NetApp and many more. Brian walks through the biggest news of the week from Dell Technologies, AMD, IGEL and NVIDIA. Most importantly there's a cowboy hat update and more complaining about it being cold in Austin. Also check out the new StorageReview subreddit

Zerto 7.5 Review

IT environments are making progress really fast, from physical servers, virtualization, software-defined data center to the now trendy cloud (private, hybrid, and public.) With all these flavors of IT available, planning for business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) can be a huge pain in the neck for companies working with multiple environments. Zerto IT Resilience Platform is a software-based platform designed to mitigate the challenges of evolving IT. Zerto provides BC/DR solutions in various environments, enabling workload mobility, migration, protection, and recovery.

AWS Makes Several Storage Announcements Ahead Of re:Invent

As AWS re:Invent is right around the corner, Amazon is starting to release some of its announcements before the event begins. The first slew of announcements center around a subject close to our hearts, storage. The company is launching several new features for Amazon Elastic Block Store {EBS), Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, Amazon Elastic File System (EFS,) AWS DataSync, AWS Storage Gateway, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). 

SC19 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 SC19 took place in Denver, Colorado. While we covered the major announcements from GIGABYTE,AMD,TYAN,NVIDIA, and Dell EMC, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Viking, DDN, NetApp, and Marvell.

TYAN Launches 2nd Gen Intel Xeon HPC & Storage Servers At SC19

This week at SC19 in Denver, Colorado, TYAN exhibited its HPC, AI, storage and cloud server platforms. As we covered earlier this week, TYAN released several new solutions leveraging AMD EPYC Rome CPUs. The company also announced new solutions based off of the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. 

Clumio Raises $135 million In Series C Funding

Clumio came out of stealth in August and reported $51 million in funding over its first two rounds. Today the company is announced that it has raised an additional $135 million in series C funding. The funding round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures managing director Mike Speiser and new investor Altimeter Capital. Existing backer Index Ventures participated in the latest raise, which brings the company’s total raised to date to $186 million.