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Cisco and Pure Announce FlashStack – a Joint CI Solution

Last week, Cisco and Pure Storage announced FlashStack. FlashStack is a jointly-developed Converged Infrastructure (CI) solution bundle / reference architecture. The FlashStack solution uses Cisco network and compute hardware, Pure Storage storage hardware, and VMware for the hypervisor and virtualization … Continue reading

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VMware Announces vExperts for 2017

Yesterday, VMware announced their list of 2017 vExperts. The vExpert program is VMware’s way of recognizing those people who have made valuable contributions to the overall VMware and virtualization community. The program was started several years ago as a way … Continue reading

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Cisco Announces Champions for 2017

Today, Cisco started sending out “Welcome” emails to folks they’ve named as Cisco Champions for 2017. The Cisco Champions program is a community recognition program. It’s intended to recognize people who are making valuable contributions to the IT community through … Continue reading

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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is now GA

Today, Pure Storage, an All-Flash storage vendor, announced the General Availability (GA) of their FlashBlade, a scalable, All-Flash, NFS storage platform, as well as the GA of version 1.2 of Elasticity, the software that runs the FlashBlade. I wrote about … Continue reading

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HPE Acquiring SimpliVity for a Bargain Basement Price

Yesterday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that they had entered into an agreement to acquire hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity for $650 Million in cash. This number comes in significantly lower than the rumors that had been going around, valuing SimpliVity as … Continue reading

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What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5

The big virtualization news from the past week or so was definitely the release and General Availability of VMware vSphere version 6.5, available for download now. New features include: Improvements to vCenter Server 6.5 Transition to Web Client-only Improved host … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the All-Flash Isilon, aka Nitro

On 19 October, Dell EMC made an announcement about the All-Flash Isilon nodes. This product line has been code-named “Project Nitro”. The announcement was timed to occur during the first-ever Dell EMC World event. I’ll walk through what was announced, … Continue reading

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Qumulo Core 2.5 is Now GA

On 15 November, Qumulo announced the availability of version 2.5 of their Qumulo Core software layer for their scale-out NAS platform. I’ve been involved with Qumulo since they came out of stealth approximately 18 months ago — I actually helped … Continue reading

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Cisco Announces New Storage Building Blocks — UCS S3260

Today, Cisco made some storage-related announcements that may have sounded confusing. On a first read, you might think that Cisco is attempting to re-enter the storage market. Personally, I view their announcement as wanting to ensure that they become — … Continue reading

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The Name Has Changed, but the Job Remains (Mostly) the Same

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been working for a great VAR and systems integrator, Accunet Solutions, for the past 4.5 years or so. Recently, that’s changed. The Announcement

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