Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2017’

Stormagic Sticks to the HCI Sweet Spot

I’ve long believed that HCI was the best solution for the “small-scale” systems in remote and branch offices and SMEs. In many cases, these sites have just a handful of workloads that could easily be handled by a single modern server. A pair of servers with a decent VSA sharing out their local storage devices provides plenty of capacity, horsepower, and …

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HyperThreading Bug in Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs


A warning appeared on the Debian Linux mailing list over the weekend that there is a bug in the hyperthreading logic in some of Intel’s latest processors codenamed Skylake and Kaby Lake. The good news for data center operators is that the E5 and E7 Xeons that populate the world’s 2 socket and larger servers are still using and older …

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vSAN 6.6 Matures with Encryption, Site Data Protection

VMware’s done an impressive job of bringing the Internet development cycle of incremental releases twice a year and applying it to the traditionally much stodgier world of enterprise storage where customers are used to waiting three to five years for the new features that come with an array’s generational update. The latest 6.6 release adds over 20 new features, and …

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AMD Attempts Epyc Return to the Data Center


AMD this week finally announced their new Epyc line of server processors and for the first time in a long time, it appears AMD has processors that can actually compete with Intel’s data center world dominating Xeons. While most of the attention so far has been on the top of the line 32 core model if Epyc has an epic …

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