by Adam Armstrong

NetApp EF570 All-Flash Array Review

Around this time last year, NetApp introduced several new offerings into its Big Data analytics portfolio. Among the offerings announced was the company's latest all-flash array (AFA), the NetApp EF570. The EF570 is a midrange AFA that is designed for high performance, high availability, simplicity, and a strong price-to-performance ratio for a 2U system. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Announces Extreme Performance XVS 8

Today Violin Systems announced a new addition to its Extreme Performance Storage Platform family, the Violin XVS 8. The XVS 8 offers to give users what they have come to expect form Violin gear, namely high performance coupled with low latency as well as enterprise-class data services. The XVS8 is aimed at uses cases such as financial services, healthcare, government, education, transportation, and media and entertainment.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New, Simplified Hybrid Cloud Data Protection

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new hybrid cloud data protection and copy data management solutions for its storage portfolio. These new solutions include the next generation of StoreOnce backup appliances, HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) 6.0, HPE StoreOnce with Commvault, and HPE GreenLake Backup enhanced with next-generation HPE StoreOnce and Commvault software integration. The new features and solutions certain around reducing costs, improving performance, and decreasing operator time. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

QNAP Releases QTS 4.3.5

QNAP Systems, Inc. recently announced the release of QTS 4.3.5, its latest proprietary OS update. QTS 4.3.5 aims to provide better support in demanding, high-speed networks by unleashing the full potential of SSDs through SSD Extra Over-Provisioning and support for Virtual & Network Switch. In addition to the software-defined network architecture and added functionality, QTS 4.3.5 delivers a performance-driven experience to users.

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by Michael Rink

Engineering Samples Of Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA Card Available

Intel recently extended its field programmable gate array (FPGA) acceleration platform portfolio with the addition of the new Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The Stratix 10 SX is manufactured on Intel's 14nm process and leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be the first OEM to incorporate the Intel PAC with Stratix 10 SX FPGA along with the Intel Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon Scalable processor with FPGAs into its server offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kubernetes Announces Version 1.12

This week Kubernetes announced its third release of the year, version 1.12. As with all new versions, 1.12 adds improvements and graduating stability. This release also introduces new security features, support for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS), and Kubelet TLS Bootstrap.

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by Marshall Gunnell

AWS Announces New EC2 High Memory Instances For Large In-Memory Databases

Amazon Web Service, Inc. (AWS) recently announced the availability of new High Memory instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Current Amazon EC2 High Memory instances, aimed to run large in-memory databases including production deployments of SAP HANA, deliver 6TB, 9TB, and 12TB of memory – with 18TB and 24TB instances expected to arrive in 2019. Amazon EC2 High Memory instanced give customers the ability to scale their in-memory database deployments and integrate them with the rest of AWS, including storage, networking, IoT, analytics, and machine learning by combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the dexterity and reliability of AWS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Ignite 2018 News 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 breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. At Microsoft Ignite 2018 there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as VMware, Cohesity, Snowflake, Riverbed, and Komprise.

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by Michael Rink

Highlights From Hitachi Vantara At Next 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) announced a host of updates and enhancements at Next 2018. We covered some of their appliance updates here. This article will cover three of their other major announcements; Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) Container Platform enhancements, Smart Data Center updates, and the addition of Lumada Maintenance Insights to their Lumada portfolio.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Forrester Names VMware A Leader In HCI

VMware, Inc. announced that it has been positioned as a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Q3 2018.” The product strategy criterion, compromised of the sub-criteria of value proposition and vision in the strategy category, was mastered by VMware, according to Forrester’s report, where they achieved the highest possible score. Forrester evaluated each vendor’s foresight and relative plans, pricing options, R&D, account management feedback from customers, and implementation and operational support.

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