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How can GPUs help Solve Woes when Tableau Slows, keep Researchers from being Foes, or turn anyone into Work from Home Pros?

Nvidia’s annual GTC Conference has come and gone, and with it, some of the most amazing announcements ever packed into a single year. Nvidia and their technology partners have long since been just a gaming card company, and are now a key component in any future-ready datacenter in the Enterprise. In fact, Nvidia revenue has switched from gaming systems to datacenter products being the majority.

At the heart of all messaging were Nvidia’s latest technology release; the Ampere-based A100 GPU and DGX-A100 GPU server.

The DGX A100 is Nvidia’s one system for ALL AI Infrastructure. The 3rd Generation NVLink & NVSwitch interconnect between GPUs is 2x faster than previous generations at rates of 600GB/sec, and the new TF32 tensor cores are up to 20x faster than the previous generations Turing-based GPUs.

We at High Availability have seen the benefit of moderning datacenters with GPUs for the last decade, and have been honored to be one of a few partners in the country authorized as an Nvidia DGX Solution Provider. It’s always a great day when we see customers look beyond the legacy way of doing business, and step into products that will drive them towards the future. We hear lots of questions and concerns around GPUs / AI / ML and new technologies. We want to walk with you down the right path of proven software and technologies to make your business more productive, more proactive, and more profitable.

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My IoT Home Products – Raves & Reviews

I have an obnoxiously connected home, all built around a Gen1 SmartThings Hub.   I mix ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wifi and home-grown RPi or Arduino controlled devices.  Hopefully this post will show some of the available options out there, and some of my recommended products

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Now Available: Pumpkin Spice Machine Learning

Recently, High Availability was accepted as a Nvidia East Coast partner to sell and manage their Nvidia DGX-1 GPU platform, as well as reseller of PureStorage’s new ARIA (AI Ready Infrastructure) and the Cisco UCS 480 ML M5 GPU Server.  

When you think about PureStorage Orange, Winter time, and High Availability, what comes to mind?  Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Why not ‘Pumpkin Spice Machine Learning’?

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BSidesLV & DEFCON Conference Tips ** UPDATED 2018! **

Often before conferences, I tend to make a post for first timers. I never created one for BSidesLV or DEFCON before.

These are just my experiences and recommendations.

Do your own thing! Make the conference about what YOU want it to be about!

(That was tip #1)

I’ll be adding to this often as my brain remembers stuff.

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Big Data – A Need for Speed – Hello PureStorage FlashBlade!

Fast does not always mean high IOPs. Sometimes hundreds of thousands of IOPs just is not enough. Big data applications such as machine learning, real time data processing, and backups of big data workloads needs high throughput and massive scaleout. Enter PureStorage’s FlashBlade!

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Thoughts on Education.

I was thinking about education today. The ‘modern’ education system in America. How much it misses the mark in bringing out something special in those whom are our futures. Thinking about how I want my children to learn. I reflected back upon my own experiences, in many different schools across the country.

Some random thoughts on the topic…

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Netapp Innovation Awards 2016 – Shanghai FESCO Cloud: Scaling China’s Startup Businesses Human Resources

All around the world, storage geeks, management, and analysts are gearing up for Netapp Insight 2016. In just a few short weeks, Las Vegas NV (Sept. 26-29, 2016), and Berlin Germany (Nov. 14-17, 2016) will be painted blue in lights, and the sound of shoes adorned with snazzy red SolidFire socks will be on their way to the first session. The halls will be rumbling with thousands of conversations about Data Fabric, Non-disruptive Operations, All Flash FAS, and of course the Cloud.

Insight is also when Netapp announces the winner of their Innovation Award! While the many thousands of customers are all doing amazing projects, the Innovation Award nominees were selected by a panel of Netapp engineers and executives for undertaking endeavors this year which go above and beyond in terms of creativity and use of technology. The key categories for judging were Flexibility, Business Results, and Simplicity. Though each of the 4 companies were vastly different, the trend among them all was Flash!

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Storage Field Day 8 – Here I come! #SFD8

It is a great honor that I get to announce today! The awesome crew at Tech Field Day have invited me back for another round! A special thanks to Stephen @SFoskett for the consideration once again, and “delegate wrangler” Claire for making sure everything runs smoothly.

It is an amazing experience being able to sit with great minds of the storage industry, listening to and talking about the future of the storage market.

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Netapp: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

Now, we have all seen the blog posts, the Register article, the StorageMojo article, the anti-NetApp’ers on Twitter. Calling NetApp a one-trick pony or that they have not innovated or they are almost dead.

When you look at NetApp’s Data Fabric vision, the NaySayers couldn’t be more wrong!

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An idea for File Integrity Monitoring a powered off View Gold Template

Today I had an interesting question posed to me by a customer.

“What’s a way we can verify file integrity compliance of our VMware View gold image, at regular intervals, WITHOUT powering it on? Because powering it on would force us to recompose all VMs once it’s powered down again”

In order to verity file integrity of a VM, there will need to be a file integrity check at some point in time. [PCI DSS 11.5] This is not a point in doubt. The question arose regarding regular scheduled checks on file integrity, at a pre-set interval. That’s the key. They need to ensure it weekly or monthly.

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