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Open Infrastructure Summit 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 the OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit took place in Denver, Colorado. While we covered the major announcements from the OpenStack Foundationand Red Hat, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Trilio, SoftIron, Canonical, and Rook.

Formulus Black Partners with Nth Generation

Formulus Black and Nth Generation announced a new partnership. Nth Generation, an IT consulting and services company, has agreed to assist with deploying Formulus Black's ForsaOS. Nth Generation has been providing IT consulting and security services since 1991. Formulus Black, previously known as Symbolic IO, is a much younger company created to develop and release their memory management software. We covered ForsaOS when Formulus Black debuted it last March.

Unitrends Cloud Backup (UCB) Announced

Today Unitrends, a Kaseya company, announced its direct to cloud backup, Unitrends Cloud Backup (UCB). UCB allows small and mid-sized companies, as well as MSPs, to directly replicate data on servers and end point devices to Unitrends Cloud. Unitrends states that this allows for data protection without the hassle of managing local physical storage devices. 

Dell Technologies World 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 the Dell Technologies World 2019 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. While we covered the major announcements from the Dell and VMware, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Dell EMC, Faction, Apstra, and Unisys.

VMware Collaborates with Microsoft

VMware and Microsoft announced that they would be collaborating to deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure at the Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas. VMware is a well-known provider of virtualization services. They even already offer a similar product through Amazon Web Services. The new services were developed in collaboration not only with Microsoft but also with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).

Arcserve Extends Unified Data Protection

Today, May 1st, 2019, Arcserve announced the next version of Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP). Arcserve Unified Data Protection uses an image-based approach to provide data protection for a wide range of workloads. The new release will add support for Microsoft Office 365 and Nutanix AHV. Arcserve was founded in 1983 and provides both cloud and on-premise data protection services including an all-in-one appliance we covered earlier this year.

Dell EMC Launches New Storage and Data Protection Solutions

Today at Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC launched several new products and updates for their storage and data protection families. On the storage side of the house, Dell EMC has launched their next generation midrange platform, Unity XT, which is headlined by improved data reduction capabilities, a big performance boost as well as being NVMe ready. Dell EMC Isilon gets an operating system update with OneFS 8.2, and a new hybrid node, the Isilon H5600. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provide unique access from Dell EMC storage solutions to the cloud. PowerMax arrays now support Intel Optane dual-ported NVMe SSDs. Turning to backup and recovery, Dell EMC is launching a new backup appliance dubbed PowerProtect X400, which comes with a new PowerProtect Software Platform. The IDPA DR4400 is also now available in a smaller capacity offering.

Dell Announces New Slate of Workstations

Dell has made it clear that the company is focusing on "unified workspace" for end users more than ever with their latest slate of mobile workstation announcements at this year's Dell World. They’ve also expressed enormous interest in the “new economy,” which translates to worker productivity and inspired workforces as key to a successful business. And Dell believes that IT plays an important role in it. The challenge is that IT isn't necessarily equipped to deliver an inspired, productive work environment: there can be a lot of troubleshooting, unneeded hassles and issues, and not much flexibility. End users (or workers) might not be able to seamlessly transition between to device to device to access their data. Dell sees a big opportunity here and has certainly shown a lot of innovation with their newly announced line up, which promises to address all of these efficiency issues that affect today's workplace.

Dell EMC Announces New VxFlex Nodes and VxFlex OS Update

Dell EMC is announcing several new services and products at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas. Included in those is the creation of the Dell EMC VxFlex family (previously ScaleIO and VxRack FLEX) of appliances and related products that target the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market.

Seagate Reports 3Q19 Earnings

Seagate Technology has released their financial results for the third quarter ended December 29, 2019. Like in the previous quarter, the company saw lower numbers in general this quarter compared to last or this time in the previous year. The company’s stock is down overall throughout the quarter.