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Tyan Announces Thunder SX TN76-B7102 Edge Server

TYAN announced today at the annual Computex event in Taipei the completion of its GPU server line with the release of the Thunder SX TN76-B7102 edge server. The TN76-B7102, a 2U dual-socket 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based storage platform, supports up to four NVIDIA T4, 24 DDR4 DIMM slots, and maximum expansion up to 8 standard PCIe slots. It aims to provide improved process and response times to data through its low-latency architecture between device and analytics endpoints.

QNAP QTS 4.4.1 Beta Released

QNAP has announced the immediate release of QTS 4.4.1 Beta, focusing on high-efficiency backup and hybrid cloud storage. Version 4.4.1 is highlighted by HBS 3 with QuDedup technology, which deduplicates backup data at the source and increases backup and recovery efficiency. It also now features CacheMount, giving users local caching for connected cloud storage to speedier access to cloud data. Also released with 4.4.1 is the AI-based photo management and sharing application, QuMagie, featuring customizable folder covers and a powerful search tool. Moreover, QNAP NAS solutions will support Fibre Channel SAN so users can seamlessly add them to existing SAN environments as an inexpensive storage and backup solution.

NVIDIA Quadro GPUs for Mobile Workstations Released

NVIDIA announced today at Computex 2019 in Taipei, a full range of mobile workstation Quadro GPUs, the Quadro RTX 5000, 4000, and 3000, which leverage Turing architecture. These GPUs will be used by system providers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

GIGABYTE Bigtera VirtualStor Scaler Deep Dive

GIGABYTE, a well-regarded manufacturer of computer-related hardware components and systems, has jumped into the data storage market by partnering with Bigtera to offer a unique high-performance, software-defined storage solution. GIGABYTE supplies the hardware, pairing with Bigtera's VirtualStor software platform to offer a range of storage appliances to meet different capacity and performance requirements. While most people will be familiar with GIGABYTE (which has been in business for over 30 years), Bigtera may be a new name for some. Bigtera, founded in 2012, has two development centers and over a hundred customers running VirtualStor in production environments.

Measuring Storage Performance Based On Real-World Applications

Imagine if your exercise app only recorded you doing a simple regimen that never changed or required any adjustment in your level of effort. The 2D graph plot of your workout would look like the flat line on a heart monitor, providing little enlightenment about your overall performance. Unfortunately, that's what a plot line of a synthetic benchmark for workstation storage performance looks like. These types of benchmarks are designed to extract peak values out of the storage device using access specifications that are heavily optimized across firmware, drivers and hardware.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019 Wrap-up

I was able to spend 4 days at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019, which was put on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The event was held in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via Conference Centre from May 20th to 23th and drew in 7,700 attendees. 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 I found interesting.

iXsystems Recertifies TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series for VMware

iXsystems has announced the recertification of their TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series platforms for VMware vSphere and ESXi, adding a new plugin for vCenter 6.5 and 6.7 and support for the VMFS6 file system release. With TrueNAS, organizations can have both all-flash and hybrid builds. Separate systems can be used in large scale deployments, while a single system can have both an all-flash pool and a hybrid pool in smaller-scale deployments.

Zerto 7.5 Announced and new Zerto Subscription Licensing Launched

Zerto made several announcements at its annual conference, ZertoCON, regarding further updates, enhancements, and details of its roadmap. Among these announcements include the availability of a term-based licensing option via a subscription model for the Zerto IT Resilience Platform, integration with the VMware VAIO framework, enhancements to long-term repositories, as well as its latest development efforts for Zerto and Microsoft Azure.

Citrix Further Refines Workspace Increasing Productivity

Today at Citrix Synergy in Atlanta, Georgia, Citrix announced new refinements to its digital workspace solutions centered around increasing the employee experience. The enhancements announced today all center around improving the workers’ flow and productivity. Citrix also announced that it has launched Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud. 

Veeam Launches Availability Orchestrator v2, "with Veeam" Program and Tops $1 Billion

Veeam Software has announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2. With the newest release, Veeam brings orchestration and automation feature support to an increased range of applications and VMs, helping organizations with even more operational and disaster recovery and data migration scenarios. These new Orchestrator capabilities allow the Veeam Availability Platform to give users comprehensive disaster recovery, operational recovery and platform migrations. Veeam also launched their "with Veeam" partnership program and announced they've topped $1 billion in revenue.