by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Upgrading to VMware ESXi 6.7U1 for Dark Theme

VMware just released their first update to ESXi 6.7, aptly named ESXi 6.7U1. This latest update brings a number of patches and updates, although as someone sitting in front of a vCenter Client window most of the day, you really only care about that awesome new Dark Theme people have been talking about. In this quick In the Lab I take you through the quick and easy way to udpate your hosts and VCSA to the newest version of ESXi.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) Review

NVMe SSDs are taking over the data center, quickly cementing themselves as the go-to technology for mission critical applications. The NVMe interface lets flash run free, getting past legacy bottlenecks of SATA and SAS interfaces. Removing the flash floodgates though introduces new architectural challenges that aren't easily solved with traditional HBA/RAID card server layouts. Intel has addressed this problem with a simplified solution for managing NVMe SSDs in servers. Virtual RAID on CPU, or Intel VROC for short, essentially allows the SSDs to have direct access to the CPUs, removing the need for an HBA entirely. This greatly simplifies both the data path and the components required to get the most out of NVMe SSDs in servers. In addition to enterprise-grade RAID, Intel VROC includes the expected serviceability the enterprise demands including pre-boot RAID management, hot plug support and LED management.

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube Announces First Raspberry Pi-Based VDI Client With VMware Blast Support

ClearCube has just released two new thin clients, the C3Pi and the C3Pi+. These are low-cost, and very small form-factor, VDI clients based on the Raspberry Pi B+ platform. ClearCube is positioning these products for use by state and local governments, hospitals, kiosk applications, and other environments where a low-cost, single monitor VDI client would be desirable.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases Cyber Recovery Software

In an effort to help tamp down ransomware and other cyber attacks, Dell EMC announced the availability of its new Cyber Recovery software and Dell EMC Cyber Recovery Services. According to Dell EMC, its new software includes innovative automation, workflow and security analytics tools to ensure gold copies of critical data are isolated yet available so business processes can be resumed as quickly as possible in the event of a destructive cyber attack.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Crucial P1 1TB SSD Review

Launched today, the Crucial P1 SSD is the company’s latest drive targeted towards end users who want the benefits of NVMe technology in a more affordable package. The Crucial P1 features QLC NAND, which promises to further drive down prices, at the expense of write performance when compared to TLC or MLC products. The P1 comes in 500GB and 1TB capacities (with a 2TB to be announced in the future) and, perhaps most importantly, comes with a 5-year warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Acquires X-IO Storage, Axellio Spun Off

Today Violin Systems and X-IO Technologies announced that Violin Systems, strengthening the company’s high performance solutions, would acquire the X-IO Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) business. X-IO will become Axellio, Inc. that will focus on edge computing and HCI business. While financial terms were not disclosed the transaction is expected to be completed within 30 days. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Zadara, SolarWinds, Kaminario, WD, Arcserve, Supermicro, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Zadara adds All-Flash Arrays. SolarWinds releases Data Performance Analyzer 12.0. Kaminario sets financial record. WD releases 96-Layer UFS 2.1 embedded flash drive. Arcserve launches Business Continuity Cloud. Supermicro announces Open SDN Platform for 5G. Riverbed updates SteelCentral. Synology announces Mesh Router and Active Backup.

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by Michael Rink

HP Updates Creative Z Product Line

At Adobe Max 2018, running October 15th-17th, HP announced upgrades to its Z Studio product line. Z by HP is targeted at creative professionals; placing it in competition with Apple's MacBooks and other products.The new Z by HP portfolio includes ZBook mobiles, Z desktops like the HP Z2 Mini or the HP Z8, and DreamColor displays.

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by Tom Fenton

It's Time to Refresh Your Thin Clients

Reviewing Dell’s Wyse 5070 thin client got me thinking about why organizations should consider updating their thin clients. Currently, I don’t believe as many companies have a refresh cycle for their thin clients as when VDI was just starting to take off, one of the initial selling points of VDI and thin clients was that the compute and storage for virtual desktops was done in the datacenter, as such, there would be no apparent reason to update the client that connects to the virtual desktop. Moreover, as most thin clients lack mechanical components, they seldom wear out, so it makes sense that an organization would avoid the expense of a refresh cycle for their thin clients. But, as mentioned above, after having worked with a new generation of thin clients, I have some reasons why you should consider refreshing your thin clients.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial DDR4 LRDIMM Server Memory Review

With all of the storage technology and new CPUs driving higher and higher performance, one piece of the puzzle that has been delivering on performance for a while is memory (DRAM/RAM). Typically speaking, if more performance is desired, simply throw in more RAM. This can get expensive fast. While Crucial is unable to do much about costs (as component parts are expensive, however the price is slowly softening) they have rolled out higher performing and high capacity RAM modules. That is what the company has done with its DDR4 LRDIMM Sever Memory modules.

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