After less than 3 years from the introduction of Generation 13 of PowerEdge series, Dell has announced the new 14th generation of DellEMC servers (and will be the first server line with the new name).

The newly designed 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio forms a secure, scalable compute platform that is the ideal foundation for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.

The new portfolio delivers innovation in three key areas:

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The Dell EMC World 2017 will be at Las Vegas (The Venetian hotel) during May 8-11 and will be the first big event after the definition of Dell Technology: one huge event that include companies like Dell, (Dell)EMC and VMware!

A good opportunity to learn how those companies can really work together to build better products and solutions.

4 days. 500+ topics. 3 unique breakout tracks. 10+ session formats. 20+ technical certifications. 13+ expo hours. 5+ artists. It all adds up to the one conference you don’t want to miss.

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Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, has announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M.

With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments.

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NAKIVO Backup and Replication has a scalable architecture, that consists in some components (Director, Transporter and Backup Repository), and could be installed in several different way: including on Linux server and abbedded in NAS appliances.

Until today there was only an official integrations with Synology and WD NAS, but potentially, using the Linux installer, you can install the transport role also on other Linux x86 based NAS.

Now NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 is available in QNAP App Center, and can be installed on x86-based QNAP NAS servers.

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During the last Red Hat Summit (May, 2-4 2017 at Boston), there were a lot of news showing how Red Hat is moving from the Linux business to new business in the OpenSource and the cloud computing area (OpenStack it’s probably one big case, but, funny, was not part of relevant news).

The most interesting news are:

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Interesting European IT events:

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StorMagic has announced the full release of StorMagic SvSAN 6.1 that takes the several capabilities of SvSAN 6.0 and augments it with a host of new features including predictive caching, automated storage tiering and a range of new management capabilities.

By triangulating your compute and storage requirements with the patent pending caching features within SvSAN 6.1, you can simultaneously:

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Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, the latest release of the company’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform.

Providing an open source infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

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The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes.

Some interesting news are related to security aspects and how data-at-rest could be protected: one option could be new vSphere 6.5 VM encryption format but now it’s also possible use the native vSAN encryption. Duncan’s post explains the difference of those two approaches.

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The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes.

Most of those aspects are related to data and cluster resiliency (as expected by a storage solution), including:

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If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication to protect a Microsoft Exchange 2016 environment, you should not (yet) apply the Cumulative Update 5 (KB4012106) patch to avoid mailbox item-level recovery issue.

In the weekly newsletter, Veeam notes that a couple of customers who already upgraded to CU5 reported some restore failures in Veeam Explorer for Exchange, caused by the significant change in one mailbox database structure.

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