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NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Review

The Quadro RTX 4000, announced in November of last year, is part of NVIDIA’s professional GPU family. The RTX 4000 is specifically designed for the CAD software professional, providing intense realism and immersive interaction with their designs. Consequently, this allows them to run advanced simulations and analyses on their local workstation.

Western Digital Adds NVMe To WD Blue SSD

Today Western Digital (WD) is releasing their first mid-range NVMe drive. We previously covered the announcement for the second generation of their high-end Black line NVMe SSDs due out in April. The first gen of their high-end NVMe's are available now, so its no surprise WD is transitioning their mid-range Blue line of drives to NVMe. With the industry-wide adoption of NVMe having been anticipated for some time, we expect to see their Green line make the jump sooner rather than later, although we've not yet heard anything suggesting an exact timeline for that. 

Toshiba Expands XD5 SSD Series

Toshiba Memory America, Inc. announced that it released the XD5 Series NVMe SSD in a 2.5-inch, 7mm form factor. The XD5 is a data center and cloud SSD that is optimized for low-latency and performance geared toward read-intensive workloads. Previously available as an M.2, the new form factor keeps the above features with the added benefits of a maximum capacity of 3.84TB.

Dell EMC Updates VxBlock 1000 & Introduces Ready Stack

Today Dell EMC announced it was updating and expanding its converged infrastructure (CI) line. The company has enhanced its popular VxBlock 1000 including higher scalability, broader choice of components, and the flexibility to incorporate new technology. The company added in its new portfolio of validated designs for those who seek to build their own infrastructure solutions, Ready Stack.

New Foundation To Support Continuous Delivery Collaboration

Today the open source Linux Foundation, announced a new, neutral, foundation for the development and support of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) software. The Continuous Delivery Foundation will serve as the vendor-neutral home for CI/CD products including Jenkins, Spinnaker, and Tekton. The Linux Foundation has many similar non-profit foundations like this one, so there is every reason to expect big things from the new foundation.

Marvell Prestera CX 8500 Switch Family Announced

Today Marvell announced its new Ethernet switch solution portfolio for edge and private data centers utilizing composable infrastructure, Marvell Prestera CX 8500 family. The new switch solutions range from 2 to 12.8Tbps and are designed with intelligence, edge computing and 5G applications in mind. Marvell will be showcasing this new solution as well as other solutions at the OCP U.S. Summit 2019 in San Jose, Calif. (booth A5) March 14-15, 2019.

SwiftStack Unveils New Multi-Cloud AI/ML Data Management Solution

SwiftStack has unveiled a new edge-to-core-to-cloud solution that supports large-scale Artificial Intelligence/Machine and Deep Learning (AI/ML) workflows. The multi-cloud data company specifies impressive storage parallelism and throughput for use cases such as ingest, training and inferencing; scale-out global namespaces; data services including tagging, search, and metadata management to support AI/ML workflows; and those who need Kubernetes and TensorFlow support.

NVIDIA To Acquire Mellanox For $6.9 Billion

Today NVIDIA announced that it has reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox. NVIDIA will acquire all outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125/share in cash, which comes out to $6.9 billion. The two companies have worked together for some time and now will be able to combine leadership, technology, and research. 

News Bits: RackTop Systems, Elastifile, SAP, Hammerspace, Datrium, & N2WS

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. RackTop Systems secures $15 million in Series A funding. Elastifile joins SAP PartnerEdge Program. Hammerspace announces seamless data management for hybrid multi-cloud Kubernetes services. Datrium introduces Datrium Forward Software Subscription Program. N2WS expands cost optimization for AWS.

Home Lab Deep Dive: U-NAS 800 Server Build (ESXi, FreeNAS)

I needed something compact for apartment life and to retire my aging thrown together server which has served me well for many years, but on it's last leg. I picked up some used parts off Reddit and my parts bin that I keep in my apartment, the goal pretty much is file storage for the time being, Plex eventually, but I'm also migrating my data from my old server to my new one which was just completed (per here).