Dell Technologies Announces Class V VMware Tracking Stock exchange for stock or cash

July 2, 2018 – 8:05 am
Dell Technologies Announces Class V VMware Tracking Stock exchange for stock or cash Dell Technologies Announces Class V VMware Tracking Stock exchange for stock or cash. Image via Dell Technologies Summary of Dell transaction announcement includes: VMware declares an $11 Billion USD cash dividend pro rata to all VMware stock holders. Given ownership percentage of VMware, Dell Technologies will receive approximately $9 Billion USD cash dividend. Dell plans to list its Class C common stock shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Dell plans to use the VMware dividend proceeds to fund cash consideration to be paid to Class V (tracking stock) shareholders. For each Class V share (e.g. VMware tracking stock) shareholders can choose to receive: 1.3665 shares of Dell Technologies Class C common stock, or $109 in cash per DVMT (Class V share) a 29% premium per share Image via Dell Technologies Additional ...

June 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

June 30, 2018 – 10:51 am
June 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 6 (June 2018) Hello and welcome to the June 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. In cased you missed it, the May 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter can be viewed here (HTML and PDF). In this issue buzzwords topics include AI, All Flash, HPC, Lustre, Multi Cloud, NVMe, NVMeoF, SAS, and SSD among others: Data Infrastructure Industry Activity News Commentary and Tips Server StorageIOblog posts Recommended Reading Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Data Infrastructure and IT Industry Activity Trends June data infrastructure, server, storage, I/O network, hardware, software, cloud, converged, and container as well as data protection industry activity includes among others: Check out what’s new at Amazon Web Services (AWS) here, as well as Microsoft Azure here, Google Cloud Compute here, IBM Softlayer here, and OVH ...

Solving Application Server Storage I/O Performance Bottlenecks Webinar

June 9, 2018 – 4:40 pm
Solving Application Server Storage I/O Performance Bottlenecks Webinar Solving Application Server Storage I/O Performance Bottlenecks Webinar The best I/O is the one you do not have to do, the second best is the one with least server I/O and storage overhead along with application performance bottleneck impact. Fast applications need fast servers, storage, I/O networking hardware, and software. Merely throwing more hardware as a cache at application performance bottlenecks can help. However, throwing more hardware at performance problems can also cost much cash. On the other hand, a little fast memory and storage in the right place, with robust software performance acceleration can have significant application productivity benefits. Fast hardware also needs fast software to help boost application and user productivity. As application workloads activity increases, by implementing server software, performance acceleration along with additional fast memory and storage including flash, Storage Class Memories (SCM) among other SSD along with NVMe accessed ...

Announcing Windows Server Summit Virtual Online Event

June 7, 2018 – 9:52 am
Announcing Windows Server Summit Virtual Online Event Announcing Windows Server Summit Virtual Online Event Microsoft will be hosting a free (no registration required) half day virtual (e.g. online) Windows Server Summit Virtual Online Event June 26, 2018 starting at 9AM PT. As part of its continued focus on supporting hybrid strategy spanning on-premises Windows Server to Azure (among others including AWS) cloud based, Microsoft is preparing for the launch later this year of Windows Server 2019. There is no registration required, you can just show up without concern of getting email or other spam, however you can also click here to save the date, as well as here to get updates on the event. Windows Server 2019 is now in insider preview (get it here) and is the next Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) release following Windows Server 2016. In the past, Microsoft would have called Windows Server 2019 something such as Windows Server ...

May 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

May 24, 2018 – 1:42 pm
May 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 5 (May 2018) Hello and welcome to the May 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. In cased you missed it, the April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter can be viewed here (HTML and PDF). May has been a busy month with a lot of data infrastructure related activity from software-defined virtual, cloud, container, converged, serverless to legacy, hardware, software, services, server, storage, I/O and networking along with data protection topics among others. In this issue buzzwords topics include GDPR, NVMe, NVMeoF, Composable, Serverless, Data Protection, SCM, Gen-Z, MaaS: Data Infrastructure Industry Activity News Commentary and Tips Server StorageIOblog posts Recommended Reading Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Data Infrastructure and IT Industry Activity Trends May has been a busy month, some data infrastructure, server, storage, I/O network, hardware, ...

Dell Technology World 2018 Announcement Summary

May 9, 2018 – 7:41 pm
Dell Technology World 2018 Announcement Summary This is part one of a five-part series about Dell Technology World 2018 announcement summary. Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). There were several announcements along with plenty of other activity from sessions, meetings, hallway and event networking taking place at Dell Technology World DTW 2018. Major data infrastructure technology announcements include: PowerMax all-flash array (AFA) solid state device (SSD) NVMe storage system PowerEdge four-socket 2U and 4U rack servers XtremIO X2 AFA SSD storage system updates PowerEdge MX preview of future composable servers Desktop and thin client along with other VDI updates Cloud and networking enhancements Besides the above, additional data infrastructure related announcements were made in association with Dell Technology family members including ...

Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details This is Part II Dell Technology World 2018 Modern Data Center Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part III here, part IV here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Dell Technology World DTW 2018 Event and Venue What was announced at Dell Technology World 2018 included among others: Dell Technologies World 2018 keynote kick off by Michael Dell Partner business growth for Dell Technologies with broader offerings and incentives Dell Technologies Capital (venture capital) first year out of stealth progress Customer award winners of Dell Technologies Dell PowerMax next-generation enterprise-class tier 0 ...

Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details This is Part III Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part IV (PowerEdge MX Composable) here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Dell Technology World 2018 Storage Announcements Include: PowerMax – Enterprise class tier 0 and tier 1 all-flash array (AFA) XtremIO X2 – Native replication and new entry-level pricing Back view of Dell PowerMax Dell PowerMax Something Old, Something New, Something Fast Near You Soon PowerMax is the new companion to VMAX. Positioned for traditional tier 0 and tier 1 enterprise-class applications and workloads, PowerMax is optimized for dense server virtualization and SDDC, SAP, ...

Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure

May 9, 2018 – 7:40 pm
Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure This is Part IV Dell Technology World 2018 PowerEdge MX Gen-Z Composable Infrastructure that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part III here and part V here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). Introducing PowerEdge MX Composable Infrastructure (the other CI) Dell announced at Dell Technology World 2018 a preview of the new PowerEdge MX (kinetic) family of data infrastructure resource servers. PowerEdge MX is being developed to meet the needs of resource-centric data infrastructures that require scalability, as well as performance availability, capacity, economic (PACE) flexibility for diverse workloads. Read more about Dell PowerEdge MX, Gen-Z and composable infrastructures (the other CI) ...

Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details

May 9, 2018 – 7:39 pm
Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details This is Part V Dell Technology World 2018 Server Converged Announcement Details that is part of a five-post series (view part I here, part II here, part III here and part IV here). Last week (April 30-May 3) I traveled to Las Vegas Nevada (LAS) to attend Dell Technology World 2018 (e.g., DTW 2018) as a guest of Dell (that is a disclosure btw). What was announced: PowerEdge gen 14 four-socket rack mount servers Preview of PowerMX Gen-Z enabled composable data infrastructure resources Converged Infrastructure (CI) and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) updates Wyse 5070 Thin Client and other VDI related updates VMware and NSX Cloud Updates PowerEdge Servers Updates PowerEdge servers enhanced with generation 14 technologies initially announced last May at Dell EMC World 2017, along with Intel July 2017 technology announcements. New PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840 ...

April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

April 30, 2018 – 5:09 pm
April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 4 (April 2018) Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Hello and welcome to the April 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. In cased you missed it, the March 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter can be viewed here (HTML and PDF). In this issue themes include life beyond world backup day, focus on recovery, restoration and resiliency, as well as getting ready for GDPR. Also covered in this issue are themes of NVMe along with NVMe over Fabric (NVMeoF), Storage Class Memories (SCM) and related technologies covered in the March 2018 newsletter. Recent VMware public, private and hybrid cloud along with vSphere v6.7 are covered as well as other topics including: News Commentary and Tips Server StorageIOblog posts Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Server StorageIO Commentary in the news, ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 SDDC Update Summary

April 25, 2018 – 6:02 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 SDDC Update Summary VMware announced last week vSphere vSAN vCenter version 6.7 among other updates for their software-defined data center (SDDC) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions. The new April v6.7 announcement updates followed those from this past March when VMware announced cloud enhancements with partner AWS (more on that announcement here). VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 For those looking for a more extended version with a closer look and analysis of what VMware announced click here for part two and part three here. What VMware announced is general availability (GA) meaning you can now download from here the bits (e.g., software) that include: ESXi aka vSphere 6.7 hypervisor build 8169922 vCenter Server 6.7 build 8217866 vCenter Server Appliance 6.7 build 8217866 vSAN 6.7 and other related SDDC management tools vSphere Operations Management (vROps) 6.7 Increased the speeds, feeds and other configuration maximum limits For those not ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details

April 25, 2018 – 6:01 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details of announcement summary focus on vCenter, Security, and management. This is part two (part one here) of a three-part (part III here) series looking at VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 SDDC details of announcement summary. Last week VMware announced vSphere vSAN vCenter v6.7 updates as part of enhancing their software-defined data center (SDDC) and software-defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions core components. This is an expanded post as a companion to the Server StorageIO summary piece here. These April updates followed those from this past March when VMware announced cloud enhancements with partner AWS (more on that announcement here). VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 What VMware announced is generally available (GA) meaning you can now download from here the bits (e.g., software) that include: ESXi aka vSphere 6.7 hypervisor build 8169922 vCenter Server 6.7 build 8217866 vCenter Server ...

VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements

April 25, 2018 – 6:01 pm
VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements This is part three of a three-part series looking at last weeks v6.7 VMware vSphere vSAN vCenter Server Storage I/O Enhancements. The focus of this post is on server, storage, I/O along with deployment and other wrap up items. In case you missed them, read part one here, and part two here. VMware as part of updates to, vSAN and vCenter introduced several server storage I/O enhancements some of which have already been mentioned. VMware vSphere Web Client with vSphere 6.7 Server Storage I/O enhancements for vSphere, vSAN, and vCenter include: Native 4K (4kn) block sector size for HDD and SSD devices Intel Volume Management Device (VMD) for NVMe flash SSD Support for Persistent Memory (PMEM) aka Storage Class Memory (SCM) SCSI UNMAP (similar to TRIM) for SSD space reclamation XCOPY and VAAI enhancements VMFS-5 is now default file system VMFS-6 SESparse vSphere snapshot ...