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  1. OpenStack continues to be one of the most active open source projects, with 70K commits in the last year as well as 182 changes per day in the Rocky release. OpenStack is running on 10 million cores now, in a variety of use cases all over the world. OSF knows that there are a certain segment of users that will prefer open source for a myriad of reasons such as flexibility, avoiding vendor lock-in, and innovation. In order to spread the message OSF had ClearPath Strategies conduct a study that more or less proves the above points. The study also helps point OSF in its current direction of insuring better integration and implementation with its move to Open Infrastructure (infrastructure built on an integrated mix of open source components). The OSF is taking this one step further, rebranding the OpenStack Summit as the Open Infrastructure Summit beginning with the April 2019 Summit in Denver. OpenStack Summit Berlin On The Ground
  2. Only a little over a year since the first generation was released and the new version is already boasting some significant improvements. The tiny looking stick includes a beefy Intel Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit (VPU). Intel reports that the NCS2 with asynchronous plug-in enabled for two neural compute engines can process 8 times as many images per second as the previous generation. The new stick is also supported on a broader range of operating systems than its predecessor. Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (64 bit), CentOS 7.4 (64 bit), and Windows 10 (64 bit) can all host Intel NCS2. Like its predecessor, the NCS2 is designed to be used with the OpenVINO toolkit which currently supports TensorFlow, Caffe, & MXNet. Intel Releases Second Generation AI USB Stick
  3. Veritas trained their Predictive Insights AI on encrypted event data from thousands of Veritas appliances. One of the major obstacles facing creators of AI is finding a good training data set; Veritas’ in house data collection over the past three years puts them on firm footing in this regard. Based on this accumulated experience, Predictive Insights monitors system health to detect potential issues. A major concern when developing the new system was to avoid alert fatigue and highlight significant incidents. Some of the potential issues it raises alerts are: proactive maintenance, performance and capacity forecasting, and compliance determination. Veritas Technologies Launches Predictive Insights
  4. NETGEAR has continued to impress with additions in its Arlo line. Most recently, the company has introduced the Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Camera. The camera comes will all of the features that made the initial Arlo Pro great, such as ease of use and a small form factor that is simple to install, adjust, and move. The newest cameras come with higher quality video capture (up to 1080p now) and support for Amazon Alexa. The new support for Alexa allows for live monitoring of cameras from the Echo Show and TVs connected with Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. The new cameras also come with a wider-angle lends giving users an increased field of vision. Alro Pro 2 cameras have built in two-way speakers, ideal for listening in on motion-based events or communicating to someone through the camera. Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Security Camera Review
  5. For those attending Autodesk University, NVIDIA, booth C1201, will be demonstrating the Quadro RTX GPUs capabilities. Users are able to interact in real time with their complex designs and visual effects in ray-traced photo-realistic detail with increased throughput with rendering workloads, saving time and money. NVIDIA Introduces Quadro RTX 4000
  6. SonicWall Zero-Touch Deployment allows organizations to quickly configure firewall hardware at new locations without requiring costly on-site visits from IT staff. Once hardware is brought online in remote locations, administrators can manage it through a single pane-of-glass using Capture Security Center; SonicWall’s cloud-based management and analytics SaaS platform. SonicWall Updates for Enterprises
  7. The Ultrastar memory drive is drop-in ready and PCIe-device compatible with most Intel x86 servers. Available in 1TiB, 2TiB, and 4TiB, the solution requires no modifications to the operating system, system hardware, firmware or application stacks. WD recommendations a 1U server utilize no more than 24TiB of system memory from Ultrastar DC ME200 drives for in-memory compute clusters. Supported server interfaces are NVMe U.2 and PCIe AIC (add-in-card) HH-HL. Western Digital Announces Ultrastar Memory Drive
  8. NetApp released the impressive A200 all-flash array last year that earned one of our Editor’s Choice awards. The release of the more powerful NetApp AFF A300 doesn’t represent a replacement for the A200, it is a more powerful AFA for users that need additional capacity and performance. The A300 is a 3U form factor for the dual active-active controller setup, plus disk shelves. The A300 can pack quite a bit more capacity than it's smaller cousin: 140PB raw (560PB effective) in NAS and 70PB raw (280PB effective) as SAN. The A300 supports networking up to 40GbE and FC 32Gb. NetApp AFF A300 Review
  9. The Eaton 5P1550GR UPS provides very reliable battery backup through its 6 power outlets and is designed for small to medium sized businesses. This unit is a great solution for protecting networking equipment, storage devices, servers, and workstations. Its small form factor with the ability to be mounted on a wall or inserted into an existing rack allows it to be easily integrated into any environment. Eaton 5P1550GR UPS Review
  10. Intel’s new value-driven SSD is part of a larger portfolio that consists of much faster drives; however, the 660p is designed specifically to replace HDDs and SATA SSDs as the most viable and least expensive option for client-based systems. With its current price point, it certainly makes this case, though the 660p’s performance is low enough to cater to only those looking for a minimal upgrade from an HDD-based workstation. Intel’s new line does offer some pretty decent reliability features as well, with endurance numbers quoted at 100TBW for the 512TB drive (~400TBW for the 2TB capacity) bundled with a 5-year warranty. Users also can leverage a boost mode using the Intel Toolbox software, which manually flushes the SLC cache so inbound workloads are prioritized. Intel SSD 660p Series Review
  11. Applications are growing in complexity and capacity footprint, at the same time the cost of smart phones tend to be trending up, with the higher capacity models being more expensive. The new 633x microSDXC UHS-I card gives users an additional 512GB for storage of data and applications. The new card comes with quoted speeds of 2K IOPS minimum random write, 4K IOPS minimum random read, and transfer speeds as high as 100MB/s. Not only will users have the capacity for more advanced applications they’ll have fast performance as well. Lexar Announces 512GB A2 microSD Card
  12. Graphic demands are constantly evolving and data centers need to keep up. AMD’s new Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50 accelerators are ready to address workloads such as HPC and deep learning through their flexible mixed-precision capabilities, powered by high-performance compute units. The new accelerators are designed to deliver higher levels of floating-point performance and greater efficiencies. From a performance perspective, they new GPUs leverage HBM2 with up to 1TB/s memory bandwidth speeds and support for PCIe 4.0 interconnect. AMD Announces 7nm Data Center GPUs
  13. AWS is offering its memory optimized (R5) and general purpose (M5 and T3) instances now featuring 2.5 GHz AMD EPYC processors. This results in a 10% costs savings. The costs savings is more attractive in the R5 instance where the AMD EPYC reduces the price per GB of memory while allowing users to run high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, and real time big data analytics. AMD-based M5 and R5 instances are available in six sizes with up to 96 vCPUs and up to 768 GB of memory. AMD-based T3 instances will be available in 7 sizes with up to 8 vCPUs and 32 GB of memory. AWS Introduces AMD EPYC EC2 Instances
  14. After using the ViewSonic SC-T25 thin client for two weeks with Citrix-delivered applications and virtual desktops, we found the device to be a fast-booting, ultra-small thin client that is easy to configure. While we found the SC-T25 to work adequately with standard Office applications, graphic applications and videos did not display smoothly. Also, its 10/100MB ethernet connectivity may be inadequate if multiple displays are attached to it via the optional secondary monitor adapter, or if a user is displaying a lot of video. ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub Client Review
  15. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Seagate is reporting revenue of nearly $3 billion, up from last quarter’s $2.8 billion and up 14% from the same time last year. The company is reporting a GAAP net income of $450 million (or $1.54 diluted earning per share), an increase of 148% year over year. For non-GAAP net income, Seagate saw $496 million (or $1.70 diluted EPS) a 77% increase in year over year. Seagate is reporting gross margin of 30.5% GAAP and 31% non-GAAP and free cash flow of $410 million, up considerably form last year’s $113 million. Seagate Reports 1Q19 Earnings
  16. Built around AI optimization, the TS-2888X features an Intel Xeon W processor with up to 18 cores and 36 threads, and up to 4.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. To enable rapid workload and processing delivery, the TS-2888X supports up to 512 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM 2666 MHz RAM. It also supports mainstream NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel acceleration cards. 8PCIe slots are provided, along with a 2000W 80Plus Platinum PSU that can accommodate up to 4 high-end graphics cards for enhanced computing power. Scaling and performance requirements will always be a part of any data infrastructure. To accommodate this, the TS-2888X employs a hybrid storage architecture, supporting eight 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s HDDs, sixteen 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s SSDs, and four 2.5-inch U.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSDs. With this architecture, users are able to utilize advanced features such as SSD caching and auto-tiering. QNAP Introduces AI-Ready NAS, TS-2888X
  17. The Lenovo SR850 is a mainstream 2U server that seriously steps up its compute game from its predecessors. The SR850 can house up to 4 Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and up to 6TB of RAM, again, all within a 2U footprint. To top that off, the server comes with Lenovo AnyBay drives, allowing users to use SAS, SATA, or NVMe (though it can house fewer NVMe drives than the other two interfaces). While built for general business applications, it can run more powerful workloads by adding more CPUs and/or RAM. It also is designed to be inherently future-proof, as users can add more processors and RAM instead of replacing the entire server. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Review
  18. Morpheus is also adding support for execution of application blueprints using native AWS CloudFormation. This is in addition to existing support for HashiCorp Terraform, Microsoft ARM, and native Morpheus templates. With support for a full suite of IaC template languages, Morpheus lets IT operations teams enforce governance and standardize provisioning processes. Morpheus Enhances Award-Winning Cloud Management Platform
  19. Powered by an AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-324 1.7 GHz Cortex-A57 processor up to 16GB of RAM, the TS-332X is a solid entry into QNAP's new 3-bay NAS family. It comes equipped with three M.2 SSD slots, supports RAID5 and has diverse range of useful features SMBs and ROBOs need to get their server going, whether it's for private cloud, backup, sharing, and disaster recovery use cases. QNAP TS-332X NAS Review
  20. As more and more enterprises are adopting NVMe technology more teams will need ways to share NVMe resources. This is where Excelero comes in with NVMesh 2 that the company calls a complete web-scale software solution with the distributed data protection and storage provisioning that make shared NVMe storage practical, efficient and readily managed. Excelero Announces NVMesh 2
  21. Through acquiring Red Hat, IBM will have the resources to help its customers along their cloud journey, i.e. securely moving most to all of their business applications to the cloud. The combined company will be better positioned to accelerate hybrid multi-cloud adoption. IBM will retain Red Hat’s open governance, open source contributions, participation in the open source community and development model. The Red Hat team will be joining IBM in its Hybrid Cloud team as a distinct unit, preserving the independence and neutrality of Red Hat’s open source development heritage and commitment, current product portfolio and go-to-market strategy, and unique development culture. IBM To Acquire Red Hat
  22. Veeam's integration into Element snapshots, once complete, will allow IT engineers to quickly recover application items directly from the Storage Snapshot at a very granular level. Not just entire databases, but also individual Windows or Linux guest files and Exchange items (emails). Veem even expects to be able to recover Microsoft SharePoint items & Microsoft Active Directory items directly from the Storage Snapshot; which will be a pretty neat trick. The only requirement is that VMs need to be in the VMDK format. Veeam Announces Integration with NetApp HCI
  23. All technology is in a state of constant evolution, including computing. As the technology evolves so do customer needs and requirements. At the forefront of these needs is price and performance. With this in mind, Oracle and AMD have rolled out the E Series of instances, making Oracle first public cloud to have a generally available AMD EPYC processor-based compute instance. Leveraging EPYC CPUs gives Oracle the largest core count in production for a public cloud at 64 cores. The E Series offers a third more memory lanes, up to 269Gb/s memory bandwidth, and the lowest cost for a non-burstable compute instance in the public cloud. Oracle Announces AMD EPYC Instances
  24. Surveillance is changing along with several other industries. Not only are there more cameras and higher quality cameras and video, the information they generate can provide insights beyond just security (consumer or traffic patterns as well as predictive behavior). In order to do this, surveillance is moving beyond just cameras with IoT edge devices as well. And the edge storage needs to be high enough in capacity to retain all pertinent data, as well as fast enough and powerful enough to make decisions, real-time or long term. Western Digital is expanding its portfolio to address this evolving landscape. Western Digital Expands Its Surveillance Storage & Analytics Portfolio
  25. DC/OS 1.12 adds improvements to secure multi-cloud operations, performance at scale, and real-time operational visibility. Mesosphere DC/OS 1.12 gives IT organizations the security and control to operate edge and multi-cloud infrastructures from a single control plane. It pairs well with MEK to manage Kubernetes clusters spread across multiple cloud providers to be managed from a single platform. Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine Enters General Availability