by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC & Big Switch Deepen OEM Agreement

Ahead of Dell Technologies World 2019 next week, Big Switch Networks announced it has entering into an OEM agreement with Dell EMC. The two companies will be working together to design Dell Ready Stack solutions. Big Switch networks will be showcasing its portfolio of Cloud-First Networking solutions with Dell EMC open networking on the show floor at Dell Technologies World, booth 702.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Releases AMD EPYC-Powered EC2 T3a Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced that its AMD EPYC-powered EC2 T3a instances are now available. First announced back in November, EPYC versions of EC2 Instances are designed to work for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications while being roughly 10% less expensive. 

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by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Management Suite Review

After having a chance to work with and review the Wyse 5070 Client, we thought we would dive in and take a look at the Dell Wyse Management Suite (WMS), Wyse’s VDI management offering. With the ability for administrators to configure, monitor and optimize their VDI clients in a systemized fashion from a centralized location, this management software is just as, if not more, important than the VDI client itself.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Releases Next-Gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS

QNAP has released their next-gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS featuring dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors and a dual OS system. It also comes equipped with ZFS-based QES, giving users a solution for enterprise-level, efficient and reliable storage for mission-critical tasks and the ability to install QTS for virtual machine applications, diverse applications and auto-tiered storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Announced 9300 Series NVMe SSDs

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced an expansion of its enterprise NVMe SSDs with the addition of the 9300 series. The new drives come in a performance and endurance model with capacities ranging from 3.2TB to 15.36TB in a U.2 form factor. The new series is aimed at AI/ML, OLTOP, NoSQL databases, Large Object, Small Random Block, and Big Data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lightbits Introduces SuperSSD

Today Lightbits Labs rolled out what it is calling the world’s first ultra-high capacity, higher performance SSD storage appliance, the SuperSSD. The company goes on to that the appliance is the industry’s first scalable, Ethernet-attached SSD solution that specifically addresses the data-storage speed, capacity and reliability needs of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) training systems.

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by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Converter On An Intel NUC Review (NUC7CJYS)

After having a chance to work with and review various VDI clients, we thought we would see what it takes (and if it makes sense) to create our own VDI client using a low-priced small form factor computer and VDI client software. This review will be different than our other reviews as we will cover how to assemble a system to act as a VDI client software, and then we will review that system as a VDI client.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review

Announced at CES this year, Intel Optane Memory H10 is the marriage of two technologies that brings Optane performance in a higher capacity SSD, without the higher associated costs. Intel Optane flash and Intel QLC 3D NAND are combined on a single M.2 2280 form factor in a hybrid storage configuration. Optane brings the performance for end user workloads, while QLC brings affordable capacity. 

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by Lyle Smith

PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 Review

The PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the company’s newest portable flash line that is available in a wide range of capacities. As its name indicates, it uses a USB 3.1 interface, supports both Windows and OSX and is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel’s New Speed Select and Single-Socket Optimized CPUs

In a recent article we discussed Intel’s new virtualization density optimized CPUs (located here). In this article we will discuss two other of Intel’s new “Cascade Lake” Second Generation Xeon Scalable CPUs designed with specific workloads in mind, those are single-socket optimized and Intel Speed Select CPUs.

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