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Dell EMC Announce 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 is an on premise extension of Microsoft Azure public cloud. What this means is that essentially you can have the Microsoft Azure experience (or a subset of it) in your own data center or data infrastructure, enabling cloud experiences and abilities at your own pace, your own way with control. Learn more about Microsoft Azure Stack including my experiences with and installing Technique Preview 3 (TP3) here. What Is Azure Stack Microsoft Azure Stack is an on-premise (e.g., in your own data center) private (or hybrid when connected to Azure) cloud pl... (more)

Server Storage I/O Data Infrastructures | @CloudExpo #SDN #AI #DataCenter

HPE Continues Buying into Server Storage I/O Data Infrastructures This past week HPE continued 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 had traded at. As a refresh, or overview, Nimble is an all flash shared storage system leverage NAND flash solid storage device (SSD) performance. Note that Nimble also partners with Cisco and Lenovo platforms that compete with HPE servers for c... (more)

New family of Intel Xeon Scalable Processors enable software defined data infrastructures (SDDI) and SDDC

Today Intel announced a new family of Xeon Scalable Processors (aka Purely) that for some workloads Intel claims to be on average of 1.65x faster than their predecessors. Note your real improvement will vary based on workload, configuration, benchmark testing, type of processor, memory, and many other server storage I/O performance considerations. Image via Intel.com In general the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors enable legacy and software defined data infrastructures (SDDI), along with software defined data centers (SDDC), cloud and other environments to support expanding wo... (more)

Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano Life cycle Updates

Microsoft Windows Server, Azure, Nano and life cycle Updates For those of you who have an interest in Microsoft Windows Server on-premise, on Azure, on Hyper-V or Nano life cycle here are some recently announced updates. Microsoft has announced updates to Windows Server Core and Nano along with semi-annual channel updates (read more here). The synopsis of this new update via Microsoft (read more here) is: In this new model, Windows Server releases are identified by the year and month of release: for example, in 2017, a release in the 9th month (September) would be identified as v... (more)

Part II Revisting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment)

Part II Revisiting AWS S3 Storage Gateway (Test Drive Deployment) This Amazon Web Service (AWS) Storage Gateway Revisited posts is a follow-up to the AWS Storage Gateway test drive and review I did a few years ago (thus why it's called revisited). As part of a two-part series, the first post looks at what AWS Storage Gateway is, how it has improved since my last review of AWS Storage Gateway along with deployment options. The second post in the series looks at a sample test drive deployment and use. What About Storage Gateway Costs? Costs vary by region, type of storage being used (... (more)