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How Cisco HyperFlex + Intel Optane SSDs = the power of partnering

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Batman & Robin. Ben & Jerry. Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock.

That's the power of partnering.

Now add to this impressive list a new pair: Cisco HyperFlex and Intel Optane SSDs.

You may know that HyperFlex is Cisco’s fully engineered hyperconverged platform. Delivered as a cluster that combines hardware based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and software designed by Cisco, HyperFlex runs Oracle, SAP HANA and Microsoft SQL database deployments quickly and at relatively low cost, and it’s simple to manage.

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Partners get pandemic boost from Intel, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft

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You’re probably ready for some good news. To help your tech provider business during the coronavirus pandemic, Intel, Dell, Lenovo and Microsoft are beefing up their partner programs.

Intel

To reduce your costs related to Intel’s warranty process, the company is now covering your shipping costs and providing a prepaid UPS e-label for Standard Warranty Returns (SWR) in the U.S. and Canada. Return product shipping costs are also being prepaid in the APAC, EMEA, and Latin America regions. 

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AI: keep it simple — and fast — with help from Intel

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Intel Optane Technology: When to use it as memory or storage

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Research roundup: How the pandemic will likely affect demand for PCs, 5G, WFH, services, gaming

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With the world working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the IT market will need to work hard too. Demand for PCs could fall, as could demand for IT services. 5G expansion plans will likely slow. Sony expects to sell fewer gaming devices. The only thing going up, it seems, is the number of employees working from home.

That’s some of the latest from the IT industry’s leading market watchers. Here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

PCs

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Refreshed 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer more — at no extra cost

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Simplify complexity: Join the Intel Solutions Marketplace

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Today’s IT solutions are complicated — often too complicated for one tech provider or reseller to fulfill alone.

The solution? Collaborate with other tech providers. Especially those who specialize in technologies and approaches your customers want, but you can’t handle.

Until recently, tech providers would find each other at industry conferences, meetups and other live events. But not now, not in the middle of a global pandemic.

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NVMe over PCIe: your datacenter interface for storage innovation

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Think there’s nothing new going on in data-center storage? Think again.

NVM Express, a relatively new interface protocol, is the place for innovation in solid state drives (SSDs). It allows host software to communicate with both enterprise and client SSDs via the PCI Express (PCIe) interface. And PCIe is now pretty much standard on most modern servers.

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Pandemic & the IT channel: Q&A with Alex Smith of Canalys

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New weapons against the pandemic: PCs and AI

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Two technologies — one decades old, the other still emerging — are being enlisted to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Plain old PCs could help scientists find a cure. And chatbots powered by artificial intelligence are freeing up human healthcare workers, so that they can better serve seriously ill patients.

PC power

In a new project designed by IBM and Scripps Research, users of ordinary Windows and Apple PCs can help researchers hunt for a COVID-19 cure.

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