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  1. Many announcements were made by vendors during the event. A few that caught my eye are; Rancher Labs announced Rio, a MicroPAAS that runs on any conformant K8S cluster, VMware announced a CSI plugin that will allow for persistent volumes on vSphere storage and that it will support multi-vCenter and multi-Datacenter configurations with volume and raw mounts. VMware release Velero 1.0 an open source backup and restore, disaster recovery, Kubernetes migration tool. Velero comes to VMware via its Heptio acquisition and was formally known as ARK. Microsoft announced Service Mesh Interface (SMI) which defines a set of common, portable APIs that provide developers with interoperability across different service mesh technologies including Istio, Linkerd, and Consul Connect. Oracle, which had a large booth at the conference, announced that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Broker for Kubernetes clusters is now generally available as open source software. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019
  2. Over the last decade and more specifically the last few years, the concept of work has changed drastically. Where it was once common to go into the office and sit at an assigned desk or office and use the same hardware day after day, now employees can work from almost anywhere they happen to be. Not only that, they can work from a home desktop, work mobile through a laptop or tablet, or use any thin client they can sign into. Citrix Workspace App announced last year took this concept a long way. The App gave users secure access to their web, SaaS, Windows, Linux and mobile apps. The problem that has arisen recently isn’t the access, but too much access. Citrix Further Refines Workspace Increasing Productivity
  3. Though normally configured as a hybrid solution, Ceph is incredibly flexible. Moreover, Ceph is not just focused on storage and hyperconverged offerings, it is looking to promote meaningful hardware development as well. Version 6 is also focused on the reduction operational expense, including containerized and cloud workload support, improved integration with public cloud, and enhanced data protection capabilities. SUSE Enterprise Storage 6 Annouced
  4. Reduxio’s Magellan Cloud Data Platform is container-native and designed with Kubernetes in mind. Magellan Cloud Data Platform combines new patent-pending IP for data mobility that allows enterprises to unify multiple infrastructure islands into a single data cloud for applications with Reduxio’s current data management capabilities in a microservices-based platform. As a container-native, software-only solution built on a microservices architecture, Reduxio Magellan can deliver the portability and scalability cloud-native applications require, eliminating expensive and inefficient infrastructure that obviates the very portability advantage that drove teams to adopt containers. Reduxio hopes their new platform will help organizations overcome limitations in data and application portability and mobility. Reduxio Magellan Starting Customer Evaluation
  5. As we previously stated, Lights out Management solutions like HP’s iLO are superior to KVM solutions in that they add things such as power management to the remote management of the server. Some add considerably more capabilities such as: hardware performance control, health monitoring, and provisioning assistance. HP iLO also offers faster time to resolution due to its remote access and troubleshooting features, where users can remotely access the server using an industry standard scriptable interface, remote console, or Virtual Media features to perform various basic management functions. In addition, its embedded support (Direct Connect and Remote Support) reduces time, cost and complexity. HPE Releases iLO 4 2.70 Firmware Update
  6. The emerging technologies that are becoming more commonplace, AI, ML, IoT, and big data analytics, are changing the ballgame for what customers need moving forward. All of the above technologies are causing a tsunami of data that calls for more HPC type solutions to deal with them. Noting this, along with the expanding segment of the HPC market, HPE is expanding its HPC portfolio through the acquisition of Cray. Cray has been providing high-end supercomputing solutions for some time. Cray is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and has roughly 1,300 employees with the most recent revenue of $456 million. HPE To Acquire Cray Inc.
  7. IoT devices and the data they generate at the edge are exploding. Companies are struggling to manage this data in a way to make actionable insights. Atos is lending a hand to this struggle with its embedded BullSequana Edge server. The server is said to securely manage and process data generated by IoT devices at the edge where it is generated. The server leverages AI to gain “instant” insights that can be acted upon. The BullSequana Edge can overcome issues such as networking costs and connectivity, while also securing data where it is generated. Atos Launches BullSequana Edge
  8. Cloud-enabled and as a Service technologies are definitely gaining popularity and adoption. To better prepare customers for these new deployments, IGEL has released a more compact addition to its Universal Desktop endpoint solutions line in the UD2. Being half the size of the previous UD2 (ideal for space-constrained workplaces), the new version is more powerful coming with an integrated Intel Atom quad-core processor featuring turbo boost frequency of 1.04GHz to 2GHz. The UD2 has more connectivity options now with five USB ports, including USB 3.2, and the ability to add a second monitor via DisplayPort with 2K 60Hz resolution. New IGEL UD2 Desktop Solution Launched
  9. With the latest 2.1.0 update, QES leverages the new Write Coalescing algorithm, which gives drives an extra performance boost (QNAP indicates that their tests led to a 400% random write performance increase for their all-flash TES-3085U NAS). Its software-defined over-provisioning supports gives users the ability to allocate additional over-provisioning space to their SSDs and Storage Pools. QNAP believes this will help deal with write amplification, which degrades performance, while promoting a longer lifespan of SSDs. QNAP QES 2.1.0 Now Available
  10. Looking at the numbers, Cisco is reporting revenue of $13 billion, up 4% from this time last year. The company saw a GAAP net income of $3 billion or a gain of $0.69 earnings per share. For non-GAAP the company saw a net income of $3.5 billion or $0.78 diluted earnings per share. Cisco reported a total gross margin as 63.1% GAAP and 64.6% non-GAAP. Operating expenses for the quarter were $4.7 billion GAAP and $4.2 billion non-GAAP. Cisco Announces 3Q19 Earnings
  11. Acromove’s ServerPack 35 SP3B is one of several available models in the ServerPack family. The server comes encased in an extremely sturdy, durable, water/dustproof Pelican Case, providing enhanced protection for the critical components inside. The server can leverage 4, 8, or 16-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 128GB of ECC RAM, and has a storage capacity of up to 168TB. ServerPack 35 SP3B achieves up to 3TB/hour using HDDs, which makes it very efficient for transferring large datasets between datacenters and cloud upload sites. 100TB can be moved in about a week including shipping time. It is also available from Acromove on a short term rental basis. Acromove ServerPack 35 SP3B Review
  12. The 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is designed to provide faster app boots for Android smartphones, capturing fast-action photos with action cameras, and recording 4K UGH video with drones. It carries an impressive max capacity of 1TB, and quotes impressive performance figures up to 160MB/s reads and 90MB/s writes. 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Card Review
  13. A component of bringing intelligence to the edge, Lenovo ThinkReality is a newly launched sub-brand that offers a software and hardware solution to help the enterprise deploy augmented reality (AR). While common in industrial applications, AR is capable of much more. Generally speaking Lenovo sees AR as a way to help the enterprise deliver assistance, reduce repair time, eliminate errors, streamline complex workflows, improve training quality and offer news ways to collaborate. This is accomplished by letting users interact with 3D digital information in the real world, improving contextual awareness and efficiency. ThinkReality is device and cloud agnostic, simplifying the way customers can manage AR and virtual reality (VR) applications across operating systems, cloud providers, and devices. Lenovo ThinkIoT Ecosystem Expands Customer Validated Solutions
  14. Its focus on smartphone-like functionality is quite clear, as the Windows Modern Standby feature on the ThinkBook 13s allows users to download emails, receive Skype call alerts, and get Windows app updates when the lid is closed. It resumes from standby mode almost instantly via its Smart Power On button. Users can even use voice command in some cases, says Lenovo. The new S series also features dual-array microphones and HARMAN dual speakers for an effective and clear collaboration over VoIP calls, while its dedicated Skype Hot Keys allow for quick-and-easy answering and hanging up. Lenovo Announces ThinkBook 13s and 14s, ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 and Nano Workstations
  15. Supermicro is selling their new private cloud solutions under the name Supermicro Solution for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Their new products include integrated hardware, software and support packages built with Kubernetes to provide on-premises, private, and hybrid cloud environments. The starting kits for the servers come in three varieties all in a 42U form factor. Currently, their website lists only one option for the Master, Infra, and App nodes of which each kit has at least nine nodes. The key features of these 2U BigTwin nodes are four dual-processor server nodes and Simply Double SuperStorage systems supporting 24 hot-swap 3.5-inch hard drives in 2U. The processors are 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and the server includes high-performance NVMe and 25G Ethernet. These optimized solutions are designed for modern datacenters with easier deployment to improve OPEX. For demanding and complex applications such as AI (artificial intelligence) and Big Data, performance accelerated options are available to include Intel Optane DC persistent memory, GPU accelerators, and 100GbE networking. Supermicro Introduces Red Hat 8 Private Cloud Servers
  16. This SAP HANA solution also streamlines scale-up environment deployments by offering pre-tested and verified hardware designed by the collaborative efforts of Intel, SAP and Supermicro. Supermicro is also extending the solution by developing sizing options through the SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) model. This will be part of an upcoming Intel Select Solution for SAP HANA, which is slated for availability during the third quarter of 2019. Supermicro 2049U-TR4 SuperServer Solution for SAP HANA
  17. The ECO is the read-intensive model of Micron’s new 5100 family of data-center drives. This SATA drive comes in capacities up to 8TB for the 7mm 2.5” model and up to 2TB for the M.2 model. The drive has security features such as AES-256-bit encryption and users will be able to optimize the drive using Micron’s FlexPro firmware. According to Micron, the new drives are targeted for use cases such as Big Data, content delivery, database management, virtualized environments, and open compute. Micron 5100 ECO SSD Review
  18. On the surface QNAP QTS is intuitive, but there are enough knobs and buttons to make it more complicated if you like. You can easily manage a simple file share for home or deploy remote cloud backup for your laptop or install apps to expand the functionality indefinitely. While I've touched on many of the major features in QTS, there's much more there like SSD over provisioning tools and support for GPUs in data science use cases. Of course not all features are relevant or available in all models; QNAP has dozens of SKUs to choose from. QNAP QTS 4.3.X Review
  19. HCI is being leveraged more and more by enterprises that see the benefits as they related to modern applications. While HCI can lead to simplicity on some fronts, backup and data protection aren’t necessarily simplified, instead they are siloed from the core datacenter environment. Nutanix is looking to ease this with Mine by allowing customers to converge secondary storage operations into Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Mine will help customers choose the best data backup software for them and their needs while optimizing it with for their Nutanix HCI environment. Secondary Storage Solution, Nutanix Mine, Announced at .NEXT
  20. NetApp is expanding on its Data Fabric strategy with more cloud-connect flash solutions that are designed to provide the simplicity, operational efficiency and protection needed to support innovation. For emerging technologies, such as 5G and AI, these new solutions will have to bring new levels of performance and power as well. With today’s announcements, NetApp strengthens its position as the only vendor that enables users to build their own unique Data Fabric spanning public cloud, private cloud and on-premises environments. NetApp NVMe AFF A320 & ONTAP 9.6 Announced
  21. Hadoop big data workloads, NoSQL distributed databases, containers, and SaaS applications were once more niche solutions for specific users. That is not the case now as they become more and more common in enterprise IT. Now that these solutions are more common they will need data management and protection. Cohesity, through its acquisition of Imanis, will now be able to provide backup, recovery and data management capabilities for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) workloads and NoSQL distributed databases that were previously available only for traditional databases. Cohesity Acquires Imanis Data & Announces Backup & Recovery For Hadoop
  22. The NetApp AFF A800 is a 4U, all-flash storage array that is all about top performance. The A800 comes with all NVMe flash and is aimed towards the most demanding workloads. Aside from supporting all NVMe (and NVMe SSDs up to 15.3TB in capacity each), the AFF A800 also has optional 100GbE connectivity for when performance is an absolute must. According to NetApp, the AFF A800 should be able to hit 1.4 million IOPS at sub 500μs latency. As with other NetApp arrays in the A-series, the A800 is powered by ONTAP. NetApp AFF A800 Review
  23. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory. While most people who are familiar with Oak Ridge National Laboratory likely associate it with its nuclear research, it also works hard to sustain US leadership in high-performance computing. It is currently home to the world’s fastest supercomputer known as Summit. Summit has a peak performance of 200 petaFLOPS (one thousand million million FLoating-point Operations Per Second), which is almost twice that of the second place supercomputer, which is also owned and operated by the USA. The third-place supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, has virtually identical performance and is operated by China. The new supercomputer, named Frontier, that AMD & Cray have been contracted to build will blow them all out of the water with a targeted performance of 1.5 exaFLOPS (one billion billion FLOPS) which would be more than 7 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer and an entire order of magnitude faster than the second and third place supercomputers. AMD & Cray Secure 9-digit DOE Contract
  24. AI adoption is accelerating with no end in sight. According to Gartner, in the past four years AI implementation grew a whopping 270%. This all sounds promising but it isn’t as simple as choosing AI or analytics tool and going from there. Many customers leverage multi-vendor infrastructure and/or multi-cloud services. BlueData software (that was acquired by HPE in November of last year) is designed to address these particular issues. HPE Integrates BlueData Into Apollo Accelerating AI Capabilites
  25. Both new Lenovo workstations are powered by the new 2nd Gen family of Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, which makes them a good choice for I/O-intensive workloads across a range of industries. Intel’s new Xeon CPUs are optimized for purpose-built platforms and feature up to 28 cores and increased frequency of up to 4.4. GHz. Lenovo Announces Next-Gen ThinkStation P920 and P720