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A3 Communications helps organisations in the data storage and virtualisation industries to significantly increase their brand awareness and create leading reputations among their target audiences through unparalleled expertise, reliability, and results thanks to bespoke PR, AR and SoMe programmes. Every day A3 Communications helps larger and smaller players, established and emerging ones alike, increase their share of voice, mindshare and ultimately market share.

Today A3 Communications has a direct presence in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and USA and a proven network of partners in the rest of the world.

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Recently a new VMware vExpert Sub-Program has been announced: the vExpert PRO program. But compared with the vExpert program and the other vExpert sub-programs, is slightly different.

A vExpert Pro is a current vExpert who excels in their local region, adding value to the program and giving back to the community. This person has a strong relationship with the local IT community in general, and works as an advocate for the vExpert program, recruiting, mentoring and training people.

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As promised some months with the Windows Server 2019 preview build, the new Windows Server 2019 is now available in GA.

This is a huge milestone after the Windows Server 2016 version released just 3 yeas ago!

Lot of information about this new version are available on demand at the Ignite event page.

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This was the year of the reborn of Violin Systems with a new name but still the all-flash storage area.

Now Violin® Systems LLC has announced the latest addition to the Violin Extreme Performance Storage Platform family, the Violin XVS™ 8, which delivers consistent high performance with low latency and enterprise-class data services, enabling customers to accelerate business-critical workloads while significantly reducing IT infrastructure costs. continue reading…

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Interesting European IT events:

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After one year from the release of VMware Workstation 14 and VMware Fusion 10, VMware has just released VMware Workstation 15, VMware Player 15 (for Windows and Linux PCs) and VMware Fusion 11 (for MacOSX).

A good celebration of VMware’s 20th anniversary, considering that the first product was VMware Workstation.

And a good news, considering that two year ago there were some rumors and doubts about the future of Workstation and Fusion products, due to the laying off some employees from the related teams.

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VMware NSX-T Data Center is the next generation product that provides a scalable network virtualization and micro-segmentation platform for multi-hypervisor environments, container deployments and native workloads. It has not yet features parity with NSX-v, but the gap is closing faster and there are also several new features and capabilities available ONLY on NSX-T.

And the product is growing faster: on June was release the NSX-T Data Center 2.2.0 and now there is the new NSX-T Data Center 2.3.0 release (see the release notes).

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VMware vSphere 5.5 is really close to its End of Support, that will mean no more updates and possible limited support from VMware.

The End of General Support for vSphere 5.5 is September 19, 2018. To maintain your full level of support and subscription services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5, or to a newer version.

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Veeam and N2WS are giving away the ultimate AWS re:Invent experience 2018 to THREE lucky winners!

AWS re:Invent is becoming a huge event with deeper technical content, more hands-on learning opportunities, keynote announcements and more. The AWS re:Invent 2018 will be at Las Vegas, from November 26 to 30. Don’t miss the largest cloud gathering in the industry!

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OpenIO is a startup founded in 2015 by a team of 7 co-founders, experts in mail and data infrastructures. The headquarter is located in Lille, France, and there is also an OpenIO office in San Francisco.

Their product OpenIO SDS is an interesting Object Storage solution very service and application oriented with several “connectors” for different cases.

They are growing quite fast and on September 13 they will host the second big event: OpenIO Summit 2018

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Dell EMC has probably a storage portfolio too rich and with some overlaps, due to the EMC acquisition, and I was quite sure that the Dell PowerVault MD storage series was destined for early obsolescence to be replaced by the Compellent series.

But obviously, I was wrong. Dell EMC announced a new PowerVault line: Dell EMC PowerVault ME4.

As the previous PowerVault MD series, also the new PowerVault ME4 (very strange name) is targeted for the specific SMB market.

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Just a few weeks ago, VMware has released NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.2 and now it’s the turn of a new version: NSX Data Center for vSphere v6.4.3.

NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.3 addresses a number of specific customer bugs. See Resolved Issues for more information.

The release notes describe other aspects, but there aren’t new features or specific improvement in this new release.

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