Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) Overview Preview Review Perhaps you are aware or use Microsoft Azure, how about Azure Stack? This is part one of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack providing an overview, preview and review. Read part two here that looks at my experiences installing Microsoft ...

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview Review Part II

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Azure Stack TP3 Overview Preview (Part II) Install Review This is part two of a two-part series looking at Microsoft Azure Stack with a focus on my experiences installing Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3) including into a nested VMware vSphere ESXi environment. Read part one here that provides a ...

Dell EMC Announce Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Solution

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Dell EMC Azure Stack Hybrid Cloud Solution Dell EMC have announced their Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud platform solutions. This announcement builds upon earlier statements of support and intention by Dell EMC to be part of the Microsoft Azure Stack community. For those of you who are not familiar, Azure Stack ...

HPE Continues Buying Into Server Storage I/O Data Infrastructures

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Updated 1/16/2018 HPE expanded its Storage I/O Data Infrastructures portfolio buying into server storage I/O data infrastructure technologies announcing an all cash (e.g. no stock) acquisition of Nimble Storage (NMBL). The cash acquisition for a little over $1B USD amounts to $12.50 USD per Nimble share, double what it ...

Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Supermicro CSE-M14TQC Use your media bay to add 12 Gbps SAS SSD drives to your server Do you have a computer server, workstation or mini-tower PC that needs to have more 2.5" form factor hard disk drive (HDD), solid state device (SSD) or hybrid flash drives added yet no expansion ...

Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Breaking the VMware ESXi 5.5 ACPI boot loop on Lenovo TD350 Do you have a Lenovo TD350 or for that many other servers that when trying to load or run VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 u2 (or other versions) and run into the boot loop at the “Initializing ACPI” ...

Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 StorageIO lab Review

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Server and StorageIO lab Review Earlier this year I did a review of the Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 in the StorageIO Labs (see the review here), in fact I ended up buying a TS140 after the review, and a few months back picked up another one. This StorageIOlab ...

Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is a review that looks at my recent hands on experiences in using a TS140 (Model MT-M 70A4 - 001RUS) pedestal (aka tower) server that the Lenovo folks sent to me to use for a month or so. The TS140 is one ...

Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Part II: Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review This is the second of a two-part post series on my recent experiences with a Lenovo TS140 Server, you can read part I here. What Did I do with the TS140 After initial check out in an office type environment, I moved the ...

Lenovo buys IBM’s xSeries aka x86 server business, what about EMC?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Lenovo buys IBM's xSeries x86 server business for $2.3B USD, what about EMC? Once again Lenovo is new owner of some IBM computer technology, this time by acquiring the x86 (e.g. xSeries) server business unit from big blue. Today Lenovo announced its plan to acquire the IBM x86 ...

What does new EMC and Lenovo partnership mean?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The past several weeks have been busy with various merger, acquisitions and collaborating activity in the IT and data storage world. Summer time often brings new relationships and even summer marriages. The most recent is EMC and Lenovo announcing a new partnership that includes OEM sourcing ...

Kudos to Lenovo: Customer service redefined, or re-established?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Kudos to Lenovo who I called yesterday to get a replacement key for my X1 laptop keypad.After spending time on their website including finding the part number, sku and other information, I could not figure out how to actually order the part. Concerned about calling and getting routed ...