IBM announces new Power9 processor based E950 E980 server systems

August 7, 2018 – 3:25 pm
IBM announces new Power9 processor based E950 E980 server systems IBM announces new Power9 processor based E950 E980 server systems.As a single server or node, the Power9 E950 supports up to four (4) CPU processor sockets each with multiple cores. An E980 system comprises up to four E950 based systems as a solution. The new E950 succeeds Power E850 and E850C, its machine type model number is 9040-MR9 that is a 4U single enclosure with two or four processor modules. Power9 Processor image via IBM.com IBM Power9 E950 and E980 As a refresher, leveraging IBMs proprietary processor chip technology called Power, which are used in their various mid-range and higher end server solutions. The Power9 E950 and E980 systems support PowerVM virtualization, along with virtual machine (VM) mobility as well as optimization for OpenStack among other workloads. IBM touts Power9 E950 (AIX and Linux) ...

July 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

July 30, 2018 – 4:54 pm
July 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 18, Issue 7 (July 2018) Hello and welcome to the July 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter. In cased you missed it, the June 2018 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter can be viewed here ( HTML and PDF). In this issue buzzwords topics include Dell Technology and VMware, AWS and Google public, private and hybrid cloud, machine learning, 3D XPoint, SCM, SSD, NVMe, data infrastructure management tools among other topics. 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 July 2018 data infrastructure, server, storage, I/O network, hardware, software, cloud, converged, and container as well as data protection industry activity includes among others: Amazon Web Services AWS July ...

Amazon Web Services AWS July 2018 Updates

July 30, 2018 – 11:17 am
Amazon Web Services AWS July 2018 Updates Amazon Web Services AWS July 2018 Updates Amazon Web Services AWS July 2018 Updates continue to expand feature, functionality, service capabilities of the public cloud providers capabilities across various geographies. Recent AWS updates include Snowball Edge (SBE) that adds local, on-site, on-premises aka on-prem EC2 compute capabilities as part of the Snowball appliance. Previously Snowball was a data and storage migration only appliance, now with the new capabilities, compute is also enabled as part of a turnkey converged platform. Read more about SBE here. In other updates, AWS has extended its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) capabilities (besides Snowball Edge) with new instance types, along with leveraging their next generation hypervisor as part of Nitro enabled systems. New EC2 instances span from on-prem Snowball Edge (SBE) to AWS Dedicated aka bare metal instances, ...

Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving

July 25, 2018 – 2:57 pm
Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving Intel Micron 3D XPoint Evolving Major memory classes or categories timeline (Image via Intel and Micron) Co-Creators of 3D XPoint the next generation of non-volatile memory (NVM) also known as storage class memory (SCM) or Persistent Memory (PMEM) have announced they will complete joint development of second-generation technology, then pursue their separate paths. Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D XPoint three years (July 2015) as a new technology with the first generation of products have appeared in the market or past year or so. Various Adoption Deployment Timelines for different focus areas For those in the industry who measure technology on shorter months vs. years adoption and deployment scenarios, or time from press release until new news, some would say 3D XPoint is late, behind schedule, which perhaps it is based on some timelines. On the other hand, IT customers tend to be on a ...

Broadcom buying CA, Brilliant or a Brainbuster?

July 24, 2018 – 10:28 pm
Broadcom buying CA, Brilliant or a Brainbuster? Broadcom buying CA, Brilliant or a Brain buster? For some in the IT industry as well as financial markets, there is skepticism about Broadcom (formerly known as Avago) making an announcing that they are buying CA Technologies (CA) for USD 18.9 Billion (cash). For example, the Broadcom stock ( AVGO) took a significant negative hit (13%) on the news. Broadcom Stock upon announcing buying CA (via Google) Broadcom aka Avago and CA rewind Why the backlash over buying CA? a couple of reasons, CA is not exactly the most loved software vendor by customers in the industry, and, Broadcom (Avago) has been traditionally focused on hardware. However, to understand this better, lets take a step back. After digesting the likes of Broadcom, Brocade, and LSI among others, as well as after failing to capture Qualcomm in a USD 117 Billion takeover attempt, ...

AWS Snowball Edge SBE Converged Cloud Storage Appliance

July 24, 2018 – 2:34 pm
AWS Snowball Edge SBE Converged Cloud Storage Appliance AWS Snowball Edge SBE Converged Cloud Storage Appliance As part of extending their cloud platform reach, recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcements include AWS Snowball Edge SBE Converged Cloud Storage Appliance. Snowball Edge (SBE) has evolved from its previous focus as a data transfer, migration platform appliance to now include support for on-prem compute. SBE has previously been available as an appliance that ships from AWS to your location as a service to enable bulk data movement to the public cloud (e.g. AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket). With this new capability, AWS is enabling SBE to support on-prem compute similar to Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) cloud instances. AWS Snowball Appliance Image via AWS.com What is AWS Snowball Snowball is a bulk physical data migration appliance that AWS ships to your location. You use Snowball by setting up a copy job with AWS, when the device ...

Google Cloud Platform GCP announced new Los Angeles Region

July 24, 2018 – 10:09 am
Google Cloud Platform GCP announced new Los Angeles Region Google Cloud Platform GCP announced new Los Angeles Region Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has announced a new Los Angeles Region (e.g., uswest-2) with three initial Availability Zones (AZ) also known as data centers. Keep in mind that a region is a geographic area that is made up of two or more AZ's. Thus, a region has multiple data centers for availability, resiliency, durability. The new GCP uswest-2 region is the fifth in the US and seventh in the Americas. GCP regions (and AZ's) in the Americas include Iowa (us-central1), Montreal Quebec Canada (northamerica-northeast1), Northern Virginia (us-east4), Oregon (us-west1), Los Angeles (us-west2), South Carolina (us-east1) and Sao Paulo Brazil (southamerica-east1). View other Geographies as well as services including Europe and the Asia-Pacific here. How Does GCP Compare to AWS and Azure? The following are simple graphical comparisons of what Amazon ...

2018 Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors to Watch

July 23, 2018 – 1:05 pm
2018 Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors to Watch 2018 Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors to Watch Here is the 2018 Hot Popular New Trending Data Infrastructure Vendors To Watch which includes startups as well as established vendors doing new things. This piece follows last year’s hot favorite trending data infrastructure vendors to watch list (here), as well as who will be top of storage world in a decade piece here. Data Infrastructures Support Information Systems Applications and Their Data Data Infrastructures are what exists inside physical data centers and cloud availability zones (AZ) that are defined to provide traditional, as well as cloud services. Cloud and legacy data infrastructures are combined by hardware (server, storage, I/O network), software along with management tools, policies, tradecraft techniques (skills), best practices to support applications and their data. There are different types of data infrastructures to meet the needs of various environments that ...

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 ...