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  1. The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 has the power you need and the mobility that you want. At 3.74 pounds and 18.4 mm thin it is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch workstation. It brings new levels of power with the latest NVIDIA Quadro T1000 and T2000 GPUs. However, while the new graphics cards are built on Turing architecture they are not capable of supporting VR or AI. Display options have been elevated with the options of X-Rite Pantone Factory Color Calibration and the 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR OLED display panel. Durability is on par with expectation and MIL-STD810G certification plus Lenovo’s quality checks ensure suitability for even the most extreme environments. Connectivity options are comprehensive and highlighted by the existence of two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A 3.1 ports, and an HDMI. Although, connectivity isn’t dongle free due to the mini gigabit ethernet. You’ll need some sort of dongle, extender, hub, or dock for an ethernet connection. The 80 watt-hour battery provides up to 13 hours of use and with Rapid Charge capability you can have almost another full charge in 60 minutes. Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Review
  2. PowerOne runs a built-in, advanced automation engine. The general idea is to let IT focus on the core business while PowerOne takes care of the tedious odds and ends. The automation engines leverages Kubernetes microservices architecture and uses Ansible workflows to assist users by automating the component configuration and provisioning, delivering a customer-managed datacenter-as-a-service. PowerOne also provides a single system-level application programming interface (API). This API can be used with existing tools to deliver programmable IT operations. Dell goes on to state that through PowerOne, workload-ready VMware clusters can be created in a few simple clicks. Dell Technologies Unveils Dell EMC PowerOne
  3. Pay-as-you-go pricing has really gained traction in recent years. According to Gartner, by 2022, 15% of new deployments of on-premises computing will involve pay-per-use pricing, up from less than 1% in 2019. Capitalizing on this movement, Dell Technologies on Demand offers several flexible consumption options, including global support, deployment and managed services. Paying for what is used, when it is used can reduce the management of on-premises IT. Dell Technologies On Demand is stated to offer flexible payment options for an extensive range of technologies across the full infrastructure stack, including compute, storage, networking and virtualization. Dell Technologies on Demand Offers Consumption As-a-Service
  4. HYCU started in the monitoring and data protection business primarily focusing on Nutanix with a purpose-built data protection solution for Nutanix. The company slowly expanded what their solution could do in Nutanix, and gained a patent along the way. This year at Google Next, the company expanded its capabilities to include Google Cloud Platform as well. HYCU BaaS Enhancements Now Available on Google Cloud
  5. Powered by Intel a Xeon 4-core, 2.4 GHz CPU and up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC UDIMM RAM, the UC3200 is quoted to deliver over 140,000 4K random write IOPS in an aggregated 10GbE environment. It also supports up to 540TB of data when using two RX1219sas expansion units and is certified for VMware vSphere 6.5, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and OpenStack Cinder. Synology's new IP SAN solution supports their Snapshot Replication technology, which provides schedulable, near-instantaneous data protection for mission-critical services. In addition, it also supports upwards of 4,096 system-wide replications to offsite servers and local volumes. This allows users to gain application-aware snapshot protection and instant recovery of virtual machines in iSCSI LUNs in the event of unexpected disasters. Synology UC3200 Now Available
  6. The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 is a massive 4U server designed specifically for enterprises who deal with resource-intensive and mission-critical workloads on a consistent basis. Powered by (up to) 8 second-generation Intel Xeon Platinum processors with (up to) 28x cores per processor, the Lenovo server supports up to a generous 24TB of TruDDR4 RAM via the available 96x 256GB DIMM slots, and supports Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory. The SR950 is equipped with 24 x 2.5" bays that support SAS/SATA HDDs/SSDs, including 12 x 2.5" NVMe SSDs. looking to add PCIe devices have the option of installing up 14 Up ((11) x16 and (3) x8), 2x shared ML2 and PCIe x16) as well as two front dedicated-RAID slots. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 Review
  7. 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
  8. To help address the rapidly aging Microsoft Windows 7 endpoints, IGEL has partnered with both Citrix and Ingram Micro on a combined offering to simplify the migration of Windows desktops to Azure for the cloud workspace environment that improves security and control while lowering operational cost. This combined solution lets users take advantage of the Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) from Azure in the form of Windows Virtual Desktops (WVDs). The combined solution also includes Citrix Workspace that can really help employees get the most out of their work and increase productivity anywhere from nearly any device. Also featured is IGEL Workspace Edition software that is said to combine IGEL OS next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for legendary endpoint management and control simplicity. The combined offering is available from Ingram Micro. IGEL Makes Several Announcements This Week
  9. Reserve instances (RIs) work by offering a discount by the user purchasing the resources for a prolonged period of time, typically 1 to 3 years. Unlike their on-demand counterparts, users have to pay for the resources whether they are used or not. So with a little planning, organizations can save quite a bit taking this route. And since the landscape is dynamic by nature, AWS has made updates to make reserved instances more flexible with things like reginal benefits, convertible RIs (allowing users to change the OS or instance type when needed), and instance size flexibility. AWS Announces New Savings Plan For Compute Services
  10. VMware announced its new teclo cloud orchestrator, Project Maestro. This orchestrator aims to help communications service providers (CSPs) accelerate the time to market of modern network functions and services across clouds, from core to edge, and from private to public clouds. Project Maestro is stated to deliver a unified approach to modeling, onboarding, orchestrating, and managing virtual network functions and services. VMware Makes Several Product & Partner Announcements At VMworld Europe 2019
  11. In modern data centers, managing servers remotely requires powerful management tools to aid System Administrators to monitor, configure, and troubleshoot. These tools must support essential functions, including power on, power off, system updates, and other configurations. All the major server vendors provide some level of management tools, from free basic low-end tools to enterprise-class offerings. The iDRAC9, from Dell, with Lifecycle Controller, is designed to accomplish these enterprise-class management requirements. Dell EMC iDRAC 9 and Lifecycle Controller Review
  12. Dell EMC provides organizations with a variety of “value proposition” Azure Stack HCI Solutions designed for customers who have standardized on Microsoft Hyper-V and want to modernize their IT infrastructure (while still leveraging their existing "investments and expertise" in Windows Server). As such, Dell EMC has enhanced this portfolio with a focus on simplifying HCI cluster management, expanding out node offerings (particularly edge and ROBO applications) and adding new hardware technologies to help improve overall performance. Dell EMC Updates HCI Portfolio
  13. Leveraging the company’s 6-layer 3D NAND, the new Ultrastar DC SS540 is the 6th generation of Western Digital’s SAS SSDs. The drive is reported of performance as high as 470K IOPS read and 240K IOPS write as well as a mean-time-between-failure of 2.5 million hours. The SS540’s capacity ranges from 800GB to 15.36TB. Ideal use cases include all-flash arrays (AFAs), caching tiers, HPC and SDS environments. Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSD
  14. First announced in 2016 under the EMC banner, the VxRail was an appliance that was built with VMware, for VMware, and to enhance VMware environments. The appliance family worked as a way for companies to start off small into their virtualization journey and easily scale as needed. VxRail gives users an easier path for vSAN along with single vendor support. Back at the US VMworld, Dell Technologies added Kubernetes support as well as options for hybrid cloud infrastructure. Today the company is enhancing the product even further. Dell EMC VxRail Enhancements Announced At VMworld Europe
  15. VMware’s vSAN has had a huge impact on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and its adoption rates. As the benefits of the product help sell it, more and more users are taking the plunge. However, any change in technology hits bumps along the way. Unplanned downtime is a killer. Getting things back to working order as fast as possible is no longer enough; downtime has to be stopped before it starts. And that is what the new combined technology aims to do. VMware Skyline Health for vSAN Announced
  16. According to IDC the scale-out file storage market will more than double by 2022 to an $11B market. The two companies are looking to address this growing market with an ultra-dense rack-scale file storage, low total cost of ownership (TCO) in a 2U chassis form factor. Leveraging HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 servers, together with Qumulo’s hybrid cloud file storage users can see a few cost-optimized offerings for different environments. According to the company, geographically dispersed environments can leverage continuous replication to move data between data centers and the public cloud. Qumulo Expands Portfolio On HPE Apollo Gen10
  17. The Intel DC P4510 NVMe SSD Series is the company’s new data center drives designed with the cloud in mind. The drives come in a U.2 form factor with an impressive 8TB maximum capacity it hits leveraging Intel’s 64-layer 3D NAND. This capacity translates to broader cloud workloads, more users, and better service levels. The P4510 has an enhanced QoS that balances host and background reads and writes. It also monitors drive health and status to help ensure availability and data protection. Intel SSD DC P4510 Review
  18. Azure indicates that its customers will now have a consistent and unified approach when managing different environments via capabilities such as Azure Resource Manager, Azure Shell, Azure Portal, API, and Azure Policy. Developers can also choose their own tools when creating containerized apps, while IT will be able to ensure that the apps are deployed, configured, and managed uniformly via GitOps-based configuration management. In addition, Azure says it will be easier to implement cloud security across environments with centralized role-based access control and security policies. Azure Arc Announced
  19. Azure Synapse is integrated with Power BI and Azure Machine Learning, which will improve insights from all types of data and apply machine learning models to all intelligent apps. Moreover, it will reduce project development time for BI and machine learning projects considerably due to its limitless analytics service. Azure says that this will allow organizations to seamlessly apply intelligence over important data and easily share data. Azure Synapse Analytics Announced
  20. Everything is accelerating, or at least gives the outward appearance of doing so. And to this end customers want faster results and applications. Enterprises need to accelerate their innovation and data insights to keep up with customer demands. In order to give users what they need, enterprises have to leverage every and all tools in their toolbox: bare-metal, virtualization, containers, cloud-stacks, SDS, AI, and ML. Organizations are moving from a software-defined data center to an autonomous one, and need to apply all of the insights they have gathered over the years in order to meet the emerging needs. HPE Integrates Primera With Synergy & Composable Rack
  21. First up, the iOS version of Outlook is getting a new feature Microsoft is calling Play My Emails. The android version is scheduled for release in spring 2020. Play My Emails will allow Cortana to read out new emails. Users will be able to give voice commands to sort the emails or flag them for later follow up. Microsoft is also taking a stab at making the email playbacks sound more natural. Microsoft has trained up a neural network that will attempt to match the patterns of stress and intonation in normal speech while reading your emails to try to make Cortana sound more human. Microsoft Announces Masculine Cortana
  22. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a buzzword, and like all buzzwords, the meaning is fluid; depending as much on who is using it as on anything else. In Microsoft's case, adding RPA to Power Automate means adding a feature that can record a human filling out fields in different software systems like browser applications, legacy tracking programs, and billing process. This recording can then be used to repeat the task automatically, turning what used to be tedious and time-consuming duplication of information that still required a human, into a custom software script that can do the same process much more swiftly. We’ve seen other companies’ implementation of RPA tools for the last few years, and they generally work very well, as long as the process being automated doesn't have much ambiguity or depend on human-level decision-making ability. What makes RPA different from previous automation tools is that it requires less (but not no) software engineering skills because recording and then repeating actions bypasses the need for most API knowledge. Microsoft is calling their new RPA feature for Power Automate, UI flows, and notes that it is particularly good at setting up a script to digitize paper records. Microsoft Announces Robotic Process Automation for Power Platform
  23. With their next planned update, Nasuni intends to add support for Google Cloud Storage (GCS). This will make Nasuni more attractive to customers with existing dependencies on GCS or multi-cloud needs. Nasuni’s platform already supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure so with the addition of GCS, Nasuni will support the big three public cloud providers. Additionally, with the next update, Nasuni expects to provide support for a number of other storage systems including NetApp StorageGRID, Nutanix Objects, IBM COS, Hitachi Vantara HCP, and Scality RING. Nasuni Announces Google Cloud Storage Support & More
  24. Initially announced in 2016, Veeam Availability Orchestrator was said to provide businesses and enterprises of all sizes with the capabilities to ensure Availability for virtual, physical, and cloud-based workloads in the Hybrid Cloud. Veeam plans on doing this through three capabilities: Enterprise Continuity using recovery SLOs of less than 15 minutes for all applications and data and DR orchestration. Providing availability for workloads across any cloud or location, to maximize IT investments and increase flexibility. And proactive monitoring, reporting, testing and documentation to ensure business and regulatory requirements are met. Earlier this year, the company updated VAO to automatically test, document and reliably recover entire sites and individual workloads from backups in a completely orchestrated way. Veeam Announces NetApp Integrations
  25. DataCore is an industry veteran at 21 years of operation. While more known for its SANsymphony storage virtualization software, the company is growing and changing with the times and is now releasing HCI appliances with its DataCore HCI-Flex Appliance. HCI-Flex Appliance combines DataCore’s SDS with HCI to give users the full promise of their hyperconverged infrastructure. DataCore HCI-Flex comes pre-installed with either VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V that they claim will result in deployment in under an hour, though there are automation elements to this to speed the process. The appliances come in either 1U or 2U form factors and can scale up and out to 64 nodes. DataCore HCI-Flex Appliance Review