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by Adam Armstrong

iXsystems' TrueNAS & FreeNAS Hit 11.3

Today iXsystems released both FreeNAS 11.3 as well as TrueNAS 11.3, for TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series systems. Unlike most venders that add a handful features when there is an update, iXsystems claim that they have added over 500. These updates build on the previous API and Web UI improvements and also introduce easy-setup wizards, major replication improvements, amongst other enhancements. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Several Announcement Made At Cisco Live! Barcelona

Today during Cisco Live! Barcelona, Cisco made several announcements. At the event, with nearly 20K attendees, Cisco unveiled and demonstrated its newest technologies that focused on IoT cybersecurity, networking, and collaboration with AI. The even runs through January 31, at Fira de Barcelona in Spain.

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by Adam Armstrong

IGEL Announces Linux Client Support For Windows Virtual Desktop

Today during their IGEL DISRUPT 2020 event in Nashville, Tennessee, IGEL announced the general availability of Linux client support for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. IGEL states that they are the first company to offer a Linux-based client that is validated for use with Windows Virtual Desktop. This support should make it easier for customers to migrate Windows workspaces to Azure.

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by Michael Rink

SIOS Technology Releases AppKeeper To North American Markets

Today, SIOS Technology Corp released AppKeeper. SIOS AppKeeper is intended to respond to Amazon EC2 service alerts automatically and is immediately available with a free 14-day trial for end-users and channel partners. SIOS was founded in 1999 that provides applications and services targeted at disaster recovery and prevention, or as they like to call it, IT resilience. SIOS Technology Corp.was created by the Japanese SIOS Technology Inc.to handle global marketing operations. Yes, it is a little hard to keep the names straight, but just remember that if the name ends in "Inc." we're talking about the Japanese company, and if it ends in "Corp." we're talking about the global company headquartered in the USA. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cloudera, Supermicro, Oracle, Plugable, AWS, IGEL, Datera, & HiveIO

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Cloudera adds support for Apache Flink. Supermicro Systems now certified with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Plugable launches 512GB Thunderbolt 3 NVMe drive. AWS Outposts available in more regions. IGEL expands alliance with Login VSI. Datera is now Veeam Ready. HiveIO releases Hive Fabric 8.0.

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by Alex Schuchter

Cisco Eases Day 2 Operations

Cisco is expanding its Data Center Network Assurance and Insights Suite. This expansion is aimed at making Day 2 Operations, running a network, easier for those in IT Operations. This portfolio of software analytics can comprehensively analyze all components of a data center to assure business intent, guarantee reliability, and identify performance issues in a network before they happen. The broad overarching goal of this capability expansion is to change the Day 2 Operation environment from reactive to proactive. The added capabilities are brought about as part of Cisco’s push to bring intent-based networking to customers. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #31

The team got together for the weekly podcast to discuss the news of the week highlighted by Dell EMC, VMware, QNAP, Samsung, NAKIVO and much more. We give many updates on the YouTube channel and Tom discusses almost dying twice on his journey to Israel. In Adam's Movie Corner we discuss American Psycho; his recommendation this week is a more current offering, Apostle, which is streaming on Netflix. 

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by Juan Mulford

Dell EMC Unisphere Review (Unity XT)

Among the significant challenges faced by storage administrators are the fast-paced evolution of technologies and the operation of the ever-growing storage environments. With these challenges, managing storage systems becomes more complex, and sometimes, even substantial training is required. Administrators are required to make quick provisioning decisions, generate reports, and ensure the health of all systems in the environment. Therefore, they need a simple, intuitive, and customizable cross-platform tool for managing storage environments. To address these concerns, Dell EMC Unisphere provides simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility; all of which are critical requirements for optimal storage management. Unisphere, specially designed for the Dell EMC Unity Family, serves the needs of storage administrators by providing advanced features and optimized performance for enterprise data.

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by Juan Mulford

How To: Expand a VMware vSAN Cluster with a New Host

Last week we started a new configuration in our lab using a 3-nodes vSAN cluster. You can check the introduction of this configuration here, and for more details, take a look and explore the video (and more to come) in our revitalized YouTube channel

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How To: Migrate To a New Synology NAS using Synology Migration Assistant

Here we take a smaller 2-bay Synology NAS, the DS712+, and migrate the data to a larger 4-bay Synology NAS, DS918+. This is less about capacity, as the need for capacity and the general use of the NAS were met by the 2-bay, and more about modernizing the technology. Aside from more bays, the DS918+ has a newer Intel Celeron J3455 CPU and up to 4GB of DDR3L RAM, versus the DS712+ that has an Intel Atom D425 CPU and only 1GB of DDR3 RAM. Another big benefit is that the DS918+ is two M.2 NVMe bays for caching, giving an extra performance boost.

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