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DataCore ONE Launches To Accelerate SDS

Today DataCore Software announced its new vision of storage infrastructure with DataCore ONE. The company states that ONE aimes to accelerate the adoption of software-defined storage (SDS) in enterprise data centers, the cloud and edge computing; centralizing command and control of different classes of storage spanning primary, secondary and archive. Along with this, DataCore announces a new flexible hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliance, subscription-based licensing, a new cloud-based analytics service, amongst other enhancements. 

Synology DiskStation DS2419+ Review

The DiskStation DS2419+, launched in mid-February, is the latest edition of the 12-bay tower Plus Series family. Providing 192TB (384TB with expansion unit) or raw storage capacity, the DS2419+ is designed for small- to medium-sized businesses looking for an economical data storage solution that provides the option of expanding as their storage needs grow. 

VMware ESXi and vSphere 6.5 Update 3 Released

In early April VMware released Update 2 for vSphere 6.7, which is the latest version of their hypervisor code base. Some organizations are slow to adopt the latest hypervisor though, and for their part VMware does a good job at continuing maintenance releases for ESXi and vSphere. That's the case for the 6.5 release, which saw Update 3 be made generally available earlier this week.

VMWare Horizon 7.9 & CART 5.1 Released

VMware released the latest version of its VDI software, VMware Horizon version 7.9. The new release comes with several new features and enhancements including enhancements to Horizon Connection Server and Horizon Agent. VMware also released the latest version of CART, version 5.1, its client software used to connect to a Horizon desktop or application.

ADATA XPG SX6000 M.2 PCIe SSD Review

The ADATA XPG SX6000 is the latest in the company's line of M.2 PCIe SSDs. The drive is touted as being a better performer at the same costs, or offering a better cost-performance ratio. The drive comes in a M.2 (2280) form factor and leverages PCIe3x2 interface (NVMe 1.2 supported). The drive utilizes 3D NAND that gives it quoted speeds of 1GB/s read and 800MB/s write.

ORICO NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure Review

While there is still a limitation on NVMe portable devices available, there are, however, more and more enclosures for placing NVMe SSDs into. ORICO has released its line of clear NVMe M.2 SSD enclosures. While mostly clear, there is a polychrome aluminum alloy heat sink that comes in four different colors: red, blue, black, and sliver. The enclosure is highly compatible with many makes of PC and several mobile devices. 

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB Review

Released earlier this year, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus line is the latest NVMe SSD portfolio from the company. The 970 EVO Plus line comes in M.2 2280 form factor and is aimed at IT professionals, pro gamers, creative professionals, and general tech enthusiasts. Not part of the initial release, Samsung has now rolled out a 2TB capacity of the drive. The new version doubles the initial 1TB capacity and brings a few performance bumps with reported speeds of 3.5GB/s read 3.3GB/s write sequentially, and random (QD32) of 620K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write, with random (QD1) of 19K IOPS read and 62K IOPS write. 

How to Install Microsoft Hyper-V

In this edition of Before the Home Lab we'll look at Installing Microsoft Hyper-V. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s solution for virtualized systems. In modern Windows systems (8 and above) along with server editions, Hyper-V can be utilized to virtualize other operating systems. In the consumer OS side, you will need a Pro or Enterprise key for Hyper-V. There’s a easy wizard to deploy common OS (like Ubuntu and Windows). On the server side, Hyper-V has a 2 OS limitation, which can increased by purchasing extra ‘OSEs’. For a single host solution, running under a consumer OS is probably the best approach, but for live migrations, you may want to invest in a server license. Speaking of server licensing and things being easy to figure out, Windows Server 2019 licensing requires a PhD in Microsoft Licensing Computation so we’re just deploying Server 2016. 

QNAP ES1686dc NAS Released

QNAP has launched its newest network-attached storage (NAS) appliance, the ES1686dc. QNAP was founded in 2004 in Taiwan and primarily provides network-attached storage (NAS) appliances. The ES1686dc features dual active controllers with Intel Xeon Processors. Each controller has four 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports, eight RDIMM slots for up to 512 GB memory, two M.2 SSD slots for configuring SSD caching, and scalable design for up to 1 PB storage capacity. 

IDC Releases First Quarter '19 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker for the first quarter of this year. Converged systems revenue as a whole saw a healthy bump of 19% year over year to $3.75 billion, which is proportionally the same increase we saw last year for this quarter. When looking at the brand of the hyperconverged solution, Dell remains the leader in yet another category of IDC’s. Dell has 32% of the market share with a revenue of $586 million; more than twice the market share of second place, Nutanix. When looking at the market in terms of who owns the software providing the core hyperconverged capabilities, Dell-owned VMware retains its first place position from last year, with a staggering 41% of the market and $750 million in revenue. Nutanix again takes second place.