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  1. Kubernetes has really taken off in a big way, and shows no signs of cooling. Since its release, it has become particularly important as part of cloud infrastructure. A big drawback is that many organizations still see Kubernetes as complex. Pivotal has been working to make Kubernetes more approachable with its Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which enables small teams of operators to manage numerous Kubernetes clusters at scale. The company is now taking all its learned over the years to make it easier for developers to deploy and run software on Kubernetes. Pivotal Announces Alpha PAS On Kubernetes
  2. This update to Barracuda's CloudGen Firewall is focused on improving the security of Azure Virtual Wan. With the update, the Office 365 policy set in Azure Virtual WAN by the customer is now automatically configured and enforced in every Barracuda CloudGen Firewall connected to Azure Virtual WAN. Now that the firewall respects Office 365 breakout policies, customers can specify Office 365 traffic categories that they trust and allow network traffic to bypass proxies so they can route directly to the nearest Microsoft network location. This should improve network flow. Connection and configuration of Barracuda CloudGen Firewall with Azure Virtual WAN is fully automated as well, making it easy to get started with the solution. Users need only to fill out authentication information and click "connect." Barracuda Firewall Now Enforces Office 365 Breakout Policies
  3. QoreStor version 6.0 adds additional support and services for cloud services. The new features should work across both Microsoft Azure and AWS cloud storage platforms to provide secure, long-term data retention. QoreStor 6 adds two new cloud-centric tiers; Cloud Tier and Performance Tier. Cloud Tier is a policy-driven, cloud extension to QoreStor. Cloud Tier offers access to move and recover data from cloud storage. Performance tier is a high-speed Storage Group that allows for faster backup and instant recovery technologies. Performance Tier also provides 2x recovery point objectives (RPOs) that enable quick recovery. Quest Releases QoreStor Version 6
  4. The SecureData SecureUSB BT is a portable drive for those that need extra security. It comes with the regular security features such as FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Complaint Design, AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption. It can also take a beating and is resistant to dust and water. The more interesting aspect is that users will leverage their mobile device to unlock and use various features on the drive. SecureData SecureUSB BT Review
  5. Cloud breaches happen. According to Gartner, by 2020, 80% of cloud breaches will be due to customer misconfiguration, mismanaged credentials, or insider theft, and not cloud provider vulnerabilities. Developers need to focus on building applications not spending all their time worrying about security and compliance. This is where Barracuda Cloud Security Guardian for Microsoft Azure comes in. Barracuda Launches Cloud Security Guardian For Azure
  6. File storage is a critical component to enterprises and those that are going through their digital transformation prioritize it. Users of SAP need access to highly available and consistent file storage and developers that leverage Kubernetes need file storage for their stateful workloads. More and more workloads are migrating or starting in the cloud and need natively compatible file storage options. Elastifile has been a pioneer of enterprise-grade file storage at cloud scale. Google To Acquire Elastifile
  7. The product that the funding is directly related to is the Prodigy Processor Universal Chip. Tachyum claims its new chip is faster than Xeon and smaller than ARM. On top of that claim, Tachyum also states its 64-core processor requires 10x less power and reduces processor cost by 3x. The company has found a way to reduce the amount of hardware found in a typical processor that relates to faster speeds at a lower cost. The company says the new chip can enable an Exaflop supercomputer using a mere 250,000 Prodigy processors. Tachyum also states that its new processor will allow users to simulate, in real-time, human brain-sized neural nets beginning in 2020, instead of 2028. Tachyum Aims To Compete With Intel, AMD, & NVIDIA
  8. DataCore ONE is all based around the company’s new cloud-based predictive analytics engine, DataCore Insight Services (DIS). DIS is said to provide actionable insights from a 360-degree view of infrastructure-wide storage. Going more in-depth, DataCore quotes the new technologies to use the “The SaaS control plane draws on telemetry and the collective learnings from thousands of customers around the globe for early problem detection, best practice recommendations and capacity planning.” DataCore ONE leverages AI and ML to find possible issues and sends out corrective actions to users though some are highly automated and may be executed remotely from the same web user interface. This should result in less downtime which in turn will save costs. ONE also leverages auto-tiering that moves data to the appropriate class of storage not only increasing savings but increasing benefits particularly for containerized applications, virtual machines and bare metal hosts DataCore ONE Launches To Accelerate SDS
  9. Synology’s 12-bay DS2419+ is the latest member of the DS24xx+ family. The DS2419+ comes equipped with an Intel Atom C3538 quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine. Out of the box, this NAS comes equipped with a 4GB DDR4 memory module but is expandable up to 32GB when taking advantage of the additional memory slot the NAS provides. Also featured are four RJ-45 1GbE LAN ports with link aggregation and failover support. Synology DiskStation DS2419+ Review
  10. Other changes to Horizon Connection Server include enabling users to configure additional options in Horizon Administrator such as "Always", "Log to file on error (default)", and "Never" to enable event log messages to be generated and stored in Syslog format in log files. Users can publish and launch UWP applications now. And users are now able to select when they want to refresh the OS disks on their instant clones. VMWare Horizon 7.9 & CART 5.1 Released
  11. ORICO has released a stylish enclosure (in multiple colors) that allows users to carry around up to 2TB of NVMe storage. The enclosure is highly compatible and doesn’t get in the way of the underlying NVMe SSDs. The installation only takes a few seconds and then it is ready to go. The enclosure supports SSD TRIM command and the company claims speeds up to 992MB/s. ORICO NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosure Review
  12. Samsung has doubled the capacity of its latest M.2 NVMe SSDs with the introduction of the 970 EVO Plus 2TB. The drive comes with all of the same benefits as its smaller brethren as well as a modest bump in random performance. The company quotes sequential speeds at 3.5GB/s read and 3.3GB/s write and random performance at 620K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write. Like the rest of the line, the 2TB version is aimed at power users and gamers that need both performance and storage. Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB Review
  13. Micron c200 microSDXC card is available in capacities up to a massive 1TB and is designed to significantly increase available storage of Android smartphones and to handle 4K HDR video capture/playback. Micron quotes above-par performance with 100MB/s reads and 95MB/s writes in sequential transfer speeds and 4,000 IOPS reads and 2,000 IOPS writes in random transfer speeds. Micron c200 microSDXC Card Review
  14. The DS419slim is a great NAS for those looking for a personal 24-hour cloud solution that takes up very little space. This 4-bay DiskStation uses a minimalist design, comes with the usual suspects for connectivity (dual USB 3.0 and 1GbE RJ-45 ports), and is powered by a dual-core processor. The DS419slim also comes packed with software via their DSM OS. With Synology Drive, users can sync all their files living on the DS419slim across Windows, macOS and Linux computer platforms. It also gives access to their files on mobile devices. Moreover, Cloud Sync keeps all content on Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Baidu, and Box storage in sync with the DS419slim as well. Synology DiskStation DS419slim NAS Review
  15. The HC series is one of three options in Microsoft Azure's high-performance computing (HPC) VM offerings. The H series offers a wide variety of general-purpose nodes. The HB series is designed for applications that are memory bound. In contrast, the HC series has only a single configuration and targets applications that are computationally bound while remaining more cost efficient than some of the other computationally focused Azure offerings. Some use cases MS Azure recommends for the HC are fluid dynamics, explicit finite element analysis, and weather modeling. Microsoft Expands HC Series Availability
  16. Enterprise Data Services Platform uses Veritas's long-established NetBackup, currently on version 8.2. Version 8.2 added additional support for virtual infrastructure in the form of fully agentless architecture for VMware as well as support for RedHat KVM and OpenStack. NetBackup is also Docker certified for backup and recovery of containers. Impressively, Veritas is claiming 8.2 can backup to the cloud twice as fast as the previous version as well as automating disaster recovery. NetBackup 8.2 also adds support for third-party services like AWS Glacier, AWS Deep Archive, and Wmware vRealize plugins. Veritas Announces New Services Platform
  17. NetApp has added NetApp Cloud Data Services to their Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) offerings. Included in Cloud Data Services is NetApp Kubernetes and Cloud Volumes. NetApp Kubernetes service on NetApp HCI provides an automated Kubernetes deployment engine, Application Marketplace, and Application Orchestration. Both now treat NetApp HCI as a deployable region. NetApp Releases Slew of Hybrid Cloud Services
  18. Xilinx's Versal units are adaptive compute acceleration platforms (ACAP). An ACAP is a highly integrated, multicore, heterogeneous compute platform that can be changed at both the hardware and software levels to adapt to the needs of a wide range of applications and workloads in data center, automotive, 5G wireless, wired and defense markets. Through a host of tools, software, libraries, IP, middleware, and frameworks, ACAPs enable dynamically customizable accelerated computing solutions through industry-standard design flows. The Versal ACAP is built from the ground up to be software programmable. Xilinx's Versal architecture features a flexible, multi-terabit per-second network-on-chip (NoC). The NoC integrates all engines and key interfaces, making the platform available at boot and easily programmed by software developers, data scientists, and hardware developers alike. Xilinx Ships First Versal ACAPs
  19. Data is becoming ever more important, often touted as the new or future currency. However, unlike currency, data has to be easy to find and actionable for it to have immediate value. With the sheer volume of data being generated it is difficult for any organization to easily manage and retrieve data. As companies expand into hybrid environments, it becomes even more important for the data to be appropriately managed. This is where an intelligent data strategy can give customers a leg up on their competitors. High-End Storage Platform, HPE Primera, Unveiled At Discover
  20. Businesses need to innovate to stay competitive and relevant. Many are embracing digital transformation in order to improve their processes and give their customers better experiences. Doing so comes with many advantages but also introduces several complexities that make data and processes hard to manage. Not only that, embracing digital transformations can increase costs through software licensing or get customers stuck in vendor lock-in. HPE Expands Its Hybrid Cloud Portfolio
  21. The spread of as-a-Service offerings over the last few years has been dramatic. While aaS offering so many more benefits, users need a consistent cloud experience to get the most out of it. A consistent cloud experience allows users to effectively manage all of their critical apps and workloads while having the performance needed to innovate. HPE claims that the current paradigm for enterprise technology underserves the market, inconsistent experiences can lead issues using services, limited choice, and higher costs. HPE GreenLake is looking to quell fears of the above with a robust as a Service portfolio that gives customers choice, flexibility, and speed to market. HPE Expands Its GreenLake Offerings
  22. The edge becomes increasingly more important as the Internet of Things (IoT) is leveraged more and more. IoT can change the way companies interact with the world while generating trillions in revenue. Organizations know that they have to not only work at the edge but to do so intelligently, hence the implementation of the Intelligent Edge (an architecture that is fully connected, secure, distributed and autonomous). The problem that arises is scaling the Intelligent edge while keeping it secure and not making it overly complex to manage. HPE is taking several steps in ensure the Intelligent Edge can scale securely and simply. HPE Delivers Innovations To The Intelligent Edge
  23. HP’s new line-up is also highlighted by its protection against evolving malware threats with self-healing, hardware-enforced, and manageable security solutions including HP Sure Sense, HP Sure View Gen3, HP Privacy Camera, HP Sure Start for AMD, and HP Sure Click. Moreover, the HP EliteBook 735 G6 and HP EliteBook 745 G6 offer collaboration functionality, featuring HP Noise Cancellation, an integrated world-facing microphone with top-firing speakers, and collaboration keyboard keys. HP Announces New EliteBooks & Mobile Thin Client
  24. Parallels indicates the following new and key features of version 17: Session Pre-Launch: Uses machine learning to map users’ computing habits, applications used and login time, enabling it to pre-launch everything for increased productivity. Google Authenticator: This will provide an additional layer of security using a time-based one-time password. Granular Permissions for Administrators: IT administrators can configure specific permissions to different administrators and delegate control of Parallels RAS objects, including RAS infrastructure components, Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), and session management. Windows Server 2019 Support: This allows Parallels RAS to leverage the advanced features of the latest version of Microsoft RDS and Hyper-V. Web-based Helpdesk Console: This gives administrators and delegated admins access to manage RDSH sessions, VDI and applications. REST API: This new API means easier integration with scheduling and workflow applications, alongside the existing PowerShell API, which enables larger enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs) and SPs to quickly integrate Parallels RAS into their ecosystem. Improved VDI Security: Parallels RAS now prevents unwanted access to VDI by dynamically managing users' remote access rights as required, enabling remote access permissions during login and revoking permissions during logoff. Simplified VDI and RDSH Deployment: IT admins can now easily manage, rapidly deploy and quickly scale out their end-user computing (EUC) environment with the improved management capabilities of Parallels RAS for larger deployments. Additionally, version 17 supports Scale Computing's KVM-based hypervisor, HC3 Extended HTML5 White-Labeling Capabilities: Expanded white-labeling options for the Parallels RAS HTML5 Client enable SPs and enterprises to easily implement specific branding requirements for customers, such as color, logo, language and more. New Reporting and Monitoring Capabilities: New reports related to application usage and gateway sessions can be made available for managers, business owners and tenants to consume. In addition, administrators can now create and view their own custom reports, improving day-to-day administration and management efficiencies. Parallels RAS 17 Released
  25. The public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market has been growing rapidly over the last few years with no end in sight. The S3 API is more or less seen as the de facto standard for cloud storage and the common language for integrating on-premises and cloud storage. Cloudian is working with VMware to capitalize on these two phenomena with its new object cloud storage solution. The new solution allows customers to start off where they need and grow over time. The solution has multi-tenant resource pooling, integrated management tools such as billing and quality of service controls, data encryption and Write Once, Read Many (WORM) for security and compliance, and geo-distribution for easily managing storage across multiple data centers. Cloudian Announces Object Storage for VMware vCloud Director