A network is just like a snowflake. It’s a unique a beautiful thing, right? Except when it’s not unique or beautiful. Snowflakes may all look different, but in the end they are all made of frozen water in a crystalline structure. They look different but behave very similarly. Networks aren’t complicated if you follow some […]
Excellent management tools aren’t enough to sell an expensive server, but they certainly differentiate it in the face of similarly-specified competitors. Watch the video and see what you can do using the Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile iPhone app! Features like this set the newest Dell EMC servers, like our test PowerEdge R7415, apart from the competition.
If it’s really going to be a revolution, Intel and Micron have got to start talking about it more seriously and enterprise vendors have to start delivering 3D XPoint-powered products.
There’s incredible interest in Docker right now. Most people use an image from the Docker Hub, but sometimes you have to create your own Docker container to meet your needs. This is especially true in networking, since there aren’t many specialized images for network functions in the Hub yet.
With support for SMB3, StarWind Virtual SAN makes a cost-effective solution for those that need a scale-out file server. Vladan SEGET reviews the possibilities in this piece.
This post by Jen Maidenberg does a great job outlining how not to lose your sanity while working as a freelancer. Anyone that regularly works from home can relate to some of these rules.
Persistent storage is still a developing story with containers. It’s still a bit of the Wild West, there’s no consensus on how the problem will be solved. Docker took some steps to address this down the road with the acquisition of Infinit in 2016. But StorageOS has been at this for a little while, and have put together a solution that’s cloud-native and well thought out.
Cloudian recently made an interesting move by scooping up Infinity Storage. This is more than a little curious. The big draw around Infinity Storage is that they provide file storage, whereas Cloudian has made it’s name as an object storage provider. Except that as we’ve covered, Cloudian now offers file services via HyperFile. So… why spend the money on the acquisition?
The Surface Book 2 is an interesting device. Microsoft boldly moved from making tablets that can kind of by laptops into laptops that can also be really big tablets. But with the 15-inch model, I have to question if the device category really makes sense anymore. After reading impressions from Thomas Maurer on the device, the performance certainly seems up to par. But the form factor is less certain.
Most attempts to bring enterprise-class data services into the cloud fall into two opposite extremes: Transplanted legacy systems or truly native cloud storage solutions. Stephen Foskett recently spoke to Kasten about something of a middle ground, providing a platform with classic data management capabilities like snapshots, replication, and backup but re-thought for the cloud-native world.