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VMware Makes Several Product & Partner Announcements At VMworld Europe 2019

Today at VMworld Europe 2019 in Barcelona, VMware Inc. made a slew of announcements around various products and partnerships. The product announcements include security updates, new features for Workspace ONE, and a new teclo cloud orchestrator, Project Maestro. On the partner front, VMware is deepening its relationships with AWS and Microsoft. 

Dell EMC iDRAC 9 and Lifecycle Controller Review

In the past, we had reviewed some of the based management controller (BMC) solutions from major server manufacturers, including HPE iLO 5 and Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC). These embedded server management technologies allow a system administrator to monitor and manage servers and other network-attached equipment by remote control regardless of whether the machine is powered on or whether an operating system is installed or functional. Each of these solutions has similar functionality to the others, and each has been improved over the years to add new functions and capabilities. In this review, we take a close look at the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, on the current version 9, which is included in generation 14 of PowerEdge servers.

Dell EMC Updates HCI Portfolio

Dell EMC is expanding and enhancing their offerings for Microsoft customers across Dell EMC VxFlex, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and Dell EMC Azure Stack HCI Ready Nodes to address explosive data growth, emerging technologies and constantly changing IT requirements. This announcement comes at this year’s Microsoft Ignite annual conference in Orlando.

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSD

Today at Microsoft Ignite, Western Digital was showcasing various technologies they have released over the last few months. Along with already announced technology the company also rolled out a new SAS SSD in the Ultrastar DC SS540. This new SSD, as the name implies, is aimed at the data center where, according to Western Digital, SAS is still alive and well. 

Dell EMC VxRail Enhancements Announced At VMworld Europe

Today at VMworld Europe, Dell Technologies announced several enhancements to its Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure system. These new enhancements center around automation, analytics, and workload support. The company is also announcing two all-NVMe based platforms.

VMware Skyline Health for vSAN Announced

VMware announced the combination of two of its products in the release of VMware Skyline Health for vSAN. This will take all the benefits of VMware Skyline, including its proactive notifications to stop issue before they take root, and apply this to the very popular VMware vSAN. All of the benefits of VMware Skyline Health for vSAN including self-service findings for configuration, patches, upgrades, and security will be available for vSAN 6.7 and later. 

Qumulo Expands Portfolio On HPE Apollo Gen10

Today Qumulo announced a refresh of its fully integrated file storage solutions. Qumulo will be leveraging Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Apollo 4200 Gen10 servers and the performance they can bring. The two companies state that the combined solutions will provide enterprise organizations scalable, software-defined file storage with deep data visibility into unstructured data workloads that scale-across on-prem, hybrid and cloud environments.

Microsoft Announces Masculine Cortana

Today, Microsoft announced that they would be adding a masculine voice to their Cortana digital aid for the first time ever. Microsoft also announced several other enhancements for Microsoft 365, but let's be honest, what everyone is excited about is that they'll finally have the option of changing the voice of Microsoft's answer to Alexa and Siri to sound more masculine. 

Azure Arc Announced

Azure has announced Azure Arc, which is designed to enable new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing the company’s services and management to any infrastructure. Specifically, it brings Azure management capabilities to Linux and Windows servers and Kubernetes clusters on any infrastructure across on-premises, multi-cloud and edge.

Azure Synapse Analytics Announced

Azure has announced Azure Synapse Analytics, which is described as a limitless analytics service that combines enterprise data warehousing with Big Data analytics to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs. With it, organizations can query data on their own terms at scale via serverless on-demand or provisioned resources.  Organizations will be able to make their data work more quickly, productively, and securely, with the ability to gain insights from all data sources, data warehouses, and big data analytics systems. Azure adds that their partners will continue to collaborate with them on Azure Synapse, including Databricks, Informatica, Accenture, Talend, Attunity, Pragmatic Works, and Adatis.