Headlines on August 19, 2020
Citrix and Microsoft partner to migrate on-premises Citrix customers to Azure cloud. Experts expect a new Citrix-Microsoft partnership to result in an easier path to the cloud and greater integration between Workspace and Office. Both moves could help companies deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft will select Citrix Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution, and Citrix will select Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform.
Microsoft contemplates new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) product called Cloud PC, could launch in 2021. A Microsoft job posting hints at the existence of Microsoft Cloud PC, a desktop-as-a-service product at a flat per-user price. Experts say the new offering would appeal to companies as remote work continues.
Microsoft puts Universal Print in public preview. Microsoft said Universal Print will simplify printer management by placing it in the cloud and eliminating the need for on-premises infrastructure and drivers. Microsoft Universal Print will available through Office365 on Windows 10 devices.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked highlighted Microsoft partnership. New features announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked would let workers share data, notifications and messages across phones and Windows 10 PCs. The latest enhancements included the ability to run Galaxy phone apps on a Windows 10 PC and sync to-do lists between the phone and the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
Microsoft Lists store and tracks selected info in 365 productivity suite. Microsoft Lists, the new Microsoft 365 app aims to centralize and track customer-selected data across Microsoft’s productivity suite.
Google Meet features counter Zoombombing, streamline mobile. Google wants its video meeting platform to compete with Zoom, Cisco and Microsoft. The latest Google Meet features announced this week should make the platform better, analysts said.
Mediatek Dimensity 800U, New Dual Sim 5G Processor is coming soon. Mediatek has now announced 5G enabled processor called Mediatek Dimensity 800U, based on the 7nm architecture to offer high-performance in multi-core applications and dual-sim 5G Dual Standby (DSDS) technology.
MediaTek Dimensity 800U- ultra-connected dual #5Gchip with the perfect balance of immense CPU speeds & an efficiency-focused design. #Dimensity800U provides 5G-CA (2CC 5G Carrier Aggregation) + #Dual5GSIM; technologies that outmatch competitor solutions. https://t.co/Z0xdF37QgG pic.twitter.com/30VYxvfe7l
— MediaTek (@MediaTek) August 18, 2020
Pure Storage partnership with Cohesity to launched FlashRecovery, all-flash backup appliance. Pure Storage’s new FlashRecover appliance combines FlashBlade hardware with Cohesity DataProtect backup software in response to customers’ needs for faster restores.
Data storage vendors face ‘uncertain’ future during the pandemic. COVID-19 has thrown IT and storage spending into the pandemic mode, making it hard for vendors and IT teams to get a handle on when they’ll rebound. Recent earnings reports for the second quarter of 2020 showed even data storage vendors that have maintained decent sales still don’t know what to expect — although they are cautiously optimistic.
IBM storage GM Walsh leaves Big Blue for startup ChaosSearch. IBM recruited Ed Walsh in 2016 to revive its flagging storage division. Analysts credit Walsh for prioritizing all-flash and cloud data services. Walsh is now left his post as IBM storage general manager to become CEO of ChaosSearch, a startup that does log analysis for cloud-based data.
NetApp Data Fabric aids manufacturer’s gene-sequencing gear. Pacific Biosciences makes equipment and systems for gene sequencing and life sciences. PacBio uses NetApp Data Fabric to scale capacity and performance for shared storage, mixes cloud and on-premises storage from NetApp and data movement software from startup Komprise.
Nutanix launches clusters for AWS, enabling common management of applications and workloads on-premises and in the public cloud. Nutanix Clusters on AWS gives the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) vendor’s customers to move data and applications between on-premises nodes and bare-metal Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in the public cloud.
Flexible Metal bends toward Arcserve backup. Flexible Metal’s IT manager was trying to do site-to-site replication for backup and DR using Veritas Backup Exec but found it too slow. Arcserve was faster and more reliable.