by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces New Savings Plan For Compute Services

Amazon EC2 reserved instances are popular and have been so over the last decade since they were announced in 2009. Reserved instances gave users a new way to consume EC2 on AWS. Recently AWS has announced a new savings plan for their compute services similar to how they bill reserve instances. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Ignite 2019 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 Microsoft Ignite 2019 took place in Orlando, Florida. While we covered the major announcements from Microsoft, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Tenable, Scality, Intel, Cloudera, SIOS, and Unisys.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Makes Several Product & Partner Announcements At VMworld Europe 2019

Today at VMworld Europe 2019 in Barcelona, VMware Inc. made a slew of announcements around various products and partnerships. The product announcements include security updates, new features for Workspace ONE, and a new teclo cloud orchestrator, Project Maestro. On the partner front, VMware is deepening its relationships with AWS and Microsoft. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC iDRAC 9 and Lifecycle Controller Review

In the past, we had reviewed some of the based management controller (BMC) solutions from major server manufacturers, including HPE iLO 5 and Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC). These embedded server management technologies allow a system administrator to monitor and manage servers and other network-attached equipment by remote control regardless of whether the machine is powered on or whether an operating system is installed or functional. Each of these solutions has similar functionality to the others, and each has been improved over the years to add new functions and capabilities. In this review, we take a close look at the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, on the current version 9, which is included in generation 14 of PowerEdge servers.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC Updates HCI Portfolio

Dell EMC is expanding and enhancing their offerings for Microsoft customers across Dell EMC VxFlex, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and Dell EMC Azure Stack HCI Ready Nodes to address explosive data growth, emerging technologies and constantly changing IT requirements. This announcement comes at this year’s Microsoft Ignite annual conference in Orlando.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSD

Today at Microsoft Ignite, Western Digital was showcasing various technologies they have released over the last few months. Along with already announced technology the company also rolled out a new SAS SSD in the Ultrastar DC SS540. This new SSD, as the name implies, is aimed at the data center where, according to Western Digital, SAS is still alive and well. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC VxRail Enhancements Announced At VMworld Europe

Today at VMworld Europe, Dell Technologies announced several enhancements to its Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure system. These new enhancements center around automation, analytics, and workload support. The company is also announcing two all-NVMe based platforms.

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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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