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  1. Exos 14 is based on eight PMR platters and uses TDMR heads. -From Seagate
  2. Amazon's cloud services are typically thought of as the most versatile around. While the compute and storage are certainly varied, Amazon has performance options as well. Amazon offers a plethora of performance options on its EC2 web service, including its i3 bare metal instance. These instances leverage the AWS Nitro system of purpose-built hardware and software. The i3.metal instances provide better performance through direct access to the CPUs and memory while still offering users the ability to take advantage of other features such as AWS EBS attached storage and local NVMe storage. Amazon EC2 i3.metal Review
  3. Diamanti's previous platforms have been in the form of on-premise hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances that provide both the HW and SW needed to support containerized applications. With Spektra, Diamanti aims to combine their hardware-accelerated x86 platform with cloud-based infrastructure to provide Kubernetes-as-a-Service, along with built-in disaster recovery of workloads and application data. While Diamanti claims that they will be able to provide a single control pane spanning both their on-premise hardware and public clouds, they have provided no details on what that might look like or how it would work. Someone seems to believe their solution is worthwhile though. On November 7th the company announced the close of a $35 million Series C funding round. Diamanti Announces Hybrid Cloud Kubernetes Platform
  4. Dell Technologies is expanding its portfolio of Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC Storage with two new, turnkey solutions. The first solution is for ThinkParQ's BeeGFS. ThinkParQ's software-defined parallel file system, speeds-up input/output-intensive workloads with the ability to scale from small clusters to enterprise-class systems on-premises or in the cloud. The second solution is for ArcaStream's PixStor file systems. This solution offers a high-performance parallel file system, enabling data management at scale with the ability to perform archive and analytics in place. Both of these new solutions are immediately available. At the same time, Dell EMC is also releasing a 400GbE networking switch called the PowerSwitch Z9332F-ON. Dell EMC Server Announcements from SC19
  5. The reference design platform includes both hardware and software building blocks and was designed in response to the HPC community’s need for a more diverse range of CPU architectures. As such, it gives supercomputing centers, hyperscale-cloud operators and enterprises the ability to combine NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform with the latest Arm-based server platforms. NVIDIA Announces New Reference Design Platform
  6. NVIDIA partnered with industry leaders in networking and storage to develop Magnum IO, including DataDirect Networks, Excelero, IBM, Mellanox and WekaIO. This software suite release is also highlighted by GPUDirect Storage, which gives researchers the ability to bypass CPUs when accessing storage for quick access to data files in applications such as simulation, analysis or visualization. NVIDIA Magnum IO Software Suite Now Available
  7. To build this new scalable GPU-accelerated supercomputer, Microsoft and NVIDIA engineers used 64 NDv2 instances on a pre-release version of the cluster to train BERT in approximately three hours. This was possible due to the multi-GPU optimizations provided by NCCL, an NVIDIA CUDA X library, and high-speed Mellanox interconnects. NVIDIA Announces Scalable GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer in the Microsoft Azure Cloud
  8. There have been many announcements around AMD EPYC Rome CPUs today, and now TYAN has released advancements in its Transport HX and SX Product lines. For the HX, TYAN rolled out three new platforms powered by AMD. The Transport HX TN83-B8251 is a 2U server platform that supports up to eight 3.5” hot-swap SATA or NVMe U.2 tool-less drive bays, and is ideal for AI training and inference applications deploying 4 double-width or 8 single-width GPU cards, and 2 PCIe 4.0 x16 high-speed networking cards. The Transport HX TS75-B8252 and Transport HX TS75A-B8252 are 2U server platforms with support for 32 DIMM slots and up to 9 PCIe 4.0 slots. These server platforms are ideal for HPC and virtualization. TYAN Launches AMD EPYC HPC & Storage Servers At SC19
  9. Since the release of AMD EPYC Rome CPUs, the industry has seen a pretty good adoption. The new CPUs came out and shattered world records and can deliver better performance in a single socket versus its competition’s dual socket setup. A big advantage of the AMD EPYC Rome is that it allows servers to leverage PCIe 4.0 devices. In a world that is leveraging GPUs more and more, this is a huge leg up over the competition. With these Advantages, AMD is pushing its way into the HPC/supercomputing market where the above will be leveraged quickly. AMD Makes Several Announcements At SC19
  10. GIGABYTE has offered several GPU dense servers in its G-Series of server family. Today they are expanding this with seven new server, including five more 2nd Generations AMD EPYC severs (bringing their AMD total to 28 servers). The newly announced servers leverage GIGABYTE Management Console as standard, which is based on an AMI MegaRAC SP-X web-browser based platform and is compliant with the latest standards of Redfish API. Also available as a free download is GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM), GIGABYTE’s multiple server remote management software platform, and includes both a desktop and mobile APP. GIGABYTE Releases 7 GPU Servers
  11. With this fourth-generation release, Cumulus believes that customers will have everything they need to meet modern network challenges, as this networking software is specifically designed to run and operate today’s data center and campus environments. Cumulus Linux 4.0 and NetQ 2.4 Announced
  12. With ZCentral, HP claims that IT departments will gain predictable and dedicated remote performance coupled with an easy way to securely manage these connections. Moreover, ZCentral is designed to lessen both the hurdles and costs that are inherent in managing various platforms and devices while offering secure remote access to users. HP adds that it will boast 16%-33% higher performance, at 59%-72% of the cost compared to “today’s virtualized workstations”. HP Announces HP ZCentral
  13. The Seagate Nytro 3530 is part of the company’s newest high-performance and endurance-drive line of enterprise SATA SSDs. While certain models from the 2.5-inch Nytro 3000 family offer range of capacities up to 15TB, the 3530 goes as high as 3.2TB which addresses most mainstream enterprise workloads. The drive leverages the 3D eMLC NAND for some pretty impressive performance and endurance. Seagate quotes sustained sequential speeds up to 2,100MB/s read and up to 1,400B/s write with random speeds of 98K IOPS read and 19K IOPS write (for both the 3.2TB and 1.6TB models). Seagate Nytro 3530 SSD Review
  14. While TrilioVault is a well-established software solution, we haven’t previously covered it in depth so it is worth briefly reviewing what it is. The core TrilioVault technology is an agentless, software-only model that is self-service for multi-tenant environments that support high degrees of scale. It uses an open and incremental point-in-time backup scheme, and the company boasts it can support any storage target. TrilioVault Achieves Red Hat’s Container Certification
  15. This collaboration is part of the U.S.A. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of energy, and water used by data centers. In 2016 NREL even installed a prototype closed-loop cooling system in their own datacenter. You can see the real-time performance of the cooling system on NREL’s website. At the time of writing, the closed-loop system was providing about half of the cooling provided by the evaporative cooling towers, effectively cutting the water used at the facility by a little less than a third. HPE Collaborates With National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  16. HPE appears to be attempting to provide a package suitable for all enterprise environments and any conceivable use case with their HPE Container Platform. According to the company, the platform will be able to deploy application environments on any infrastructure, any public cloud, and at the edge. HPE specifically lists support for bare-metal deployments, virtual machine deployments, and cloud instance deployments. Astonishingly, HPE also claims their upcoming new platform will provide a unified Kubernetes-based software platform for both traditional and cloud-native application workloads. The company even says they'll be able to modernize non-cloud-native monolithic applications and elevate them to modern cloud standards. Which would be an astonishing achievement if true. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Announces Container Platform
  17. Kubernetes has been widely popular since it was announced in 2015. Since its release it has seen wide and quick adoption across the board. However, many of the touted benefits tend to overlook issues that are still present when leveraging the technology. In order to deal with these arising challenges D2iQ has released Kommander. Kommander provides role-based visibility and unified operational control for a wide variety of in-the-cloud and on-premises Kubernetes distributions, including D2iQ’s Konvoy. Kommander also enables multi-cluster governance and centralized supervision without interfering with the day-to-day business functions and individual team requirements that different clusters support. D2iQ Introduces Kommander
  18. First announced in 2017, PKS is a commercial release of the open source Kubo technology that is aimed at helping Global 2000 companies operationalize Kubernetes. As containers become more accepted as units of deployment, software teams will need a reliable, scalable container orchestration platform like Kubernetes. Enter PKS that intends to help operations teams deliver a hardened, maintainable container platform, while giving developers on-demand access to a production-ready environment featuring high availability, security, and multi-tenancy across private and public clouds. VMware Enterprise PKS 1.6 Hits General Availability
  19. We were surprised by how well this small form-factor and low-priced computer performed as a VDI client. We were pleased with the polish and performance of IGEL Workspace and how capable it was as a VDI client. We have tested this NUC with another VDI solution that used MS Windows as the base OS and noticed that IGEL Workspace had better performance, this could be as IGEL uses a bespoken version of Linux that has been optimized to work as a VDI client rather than relying on a general purpose OS. IGEL Workspace on an Intel NUC
  20. Kubernetes has seen acceptance by smaller companies and is now maturing into a technology that most, if not all Fortune 500 companies, are looking at and, some of the more forward-thinking ones, are starting to implement. Kubernetes has only been around for 5 years but has passed the innovators tranche on the technology adoption curve and is solidly in the early adopter’s camp. This positioning on the technology adoption curve matters as the Kubernetes community has figured out how to get Kubernetes to run and are now focusing on getting it to run well and we hope that tests such as these will help Kubernetes consumers in deciding what vendors to go with and help the vendors by giving them a standard to compare themselves against. Diamanti D10 Container Appliance Review
  21. The new vFilO software is stated to provide both a scale-out file system for unstructured data, as well as the ability to virtualize existing storage systems. Files is now spread out more than ever and vFilO gives users the ability to assimilate it under a global namespace accessible via standard NFS, SMB and S3 protocols, without changing the data. DataCore says this allows data to be accessed independent of its location. More in depth, with a policy-based approach to performance, resiliency, cost, and aging, vFilO dynamically places data across available resources, ensuring proper access controls and load balancing in the process. DataCore Announces vFilO
  22. The quick rise and adoption of Kubernetes can offer several benefits while injecting quite a bit of complexity into everything. Now, the industry is seeing thousands of edge nodes running Kubernetes, and hundreds of cloud Kubernetes clusters. Canonical is looking to shake out some of the complexities with its new Kubernetes offerings as well as embrace standard corporate SQL databases for Kubernetes data stores. Canonical Enhances Kubernetes Reliability At The Edge
  23. Docker Enterprise Platform is widely used. One third of Fortune 100 companies use Docker Enterprise. The idea behind the platform was to enable developers to seamlessly build, share and safely run any applications anywhere - from public cloud to hybrid cloud to the edge. The two companies will continue to work together contributing to open source development and ensuring integration between their products. Mirantis Acquires Docker Enterprise
  24. StackRox dashboards highlight security vulnerabilities in Kubernetes and the contents of the containers. For Kubernetes vulnerabilities, StackRox claims to both provide alerts on risks disclosed by the Kubernetes team and from unnamed other channels. StackRox also announced that they scan container images so that they can provide alerts on language-dependent vulnerabilities. StackRox Releases Version 3 Of Kubernetes Security
  25. When Datrium Connect is rolled out in the first quarter of 2020, Datrium's disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) will support any vSphere infrastructure on-premises including SANs, NAS, HCI, and DHCI and any VMware workload on-premises as well as in the public cloud. According to the company, Datrium Connect takes just minutes to set up. Datrium Connect, like the baseline DRaaS we covered in August, still relies on low-cost Amazon S3 to store the deduplicated data for later recovery. Datrium focuses very heavily on minimizing the amount of data sent to or retrieved from the S3 data store. Not only is data deduplicated before storage, but the disaster recovery process checks for changes from the stored state and only replaces what it needs to during recovery. The company hopes this will minimize both costs and time to recovery. Datrium Announces Disaster Recovery as a Service for On Premise vSphere