Archive for October 4, 2019

What You Should Do Before Upgrading To macOS Catalina….. And Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Just Yet

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2019 by itnerd

Apple is expected to release their latest OS which is macOS Catalina sometime next week. Before we go on, here’s a list of what macOS Catalina will run on:

  • 12-inch MacBook
  • MacBook Air, 2012 and later
  • MacBook Pro, 2012 and later
  • Mac mini, 2012 and later
  • iMac, 2012 and later
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro, 2013 and later

If your Mac isn’t on this list, you’re out of luck. But assuming that it is, here’s some tips on what you might want to do before you pull that trigger and upgrade. And a couple reasons why you shouldn’t.

  1. Don’t Upgrade… At least not yet. Part I: macOS Catalina has a major new change to it. It only supports 64-bit apps. Which means apps that you might depend on won’t work because they are 32-bit and not 64-bit apps. That alone is a great reason to sit this one out. Or at least sit it out until your apps get updated. Which means you have to check to see if you have any 32-bit on hand. Here’s how you do it:
    1. Select About This Mac
    2. Select System Report
    3. In the left menu, scroll down to software and select Applications
    4. Click and drag the lower right corner of the screen to expand the window, so that the 64bit apps column appears.
    5. Click 64bit apps, to sort the apps. Anything that has a “NO” needs to be upgraded. Thus you should pester the app vendor for an 64-bit version (app vendors have been told that this was happening since 2017 so they should have been ready for this) or find an alternative.
  2. Don’t Upgrade… At least not yet. Part II: The other reason why you shouldn’t upgrade is that Apple’s initial releases tend to be buggy. But they get better after they release an update or two. So you may want to wait until at least the first update hits the streets before making the jump.
  3. If you Must Upgrade, Make A Backup: Needless to say, making a backup of your current setup is vital before upgrading. That way you have a way to go back to where you were if things don’t work out. There’s plenty of backup solutions out there from Apple’s own Time Machine to third party utilities such as Carbon Copy Cloner that can be used for this purpose.
  4. Upgrade Your Software BEFORE You Upgrade: You should ensure that all your application software is up to date before you pull the trigger on upgrading. Ditto for the current version of macOS that you’re using. That will reduce the risk that something might go sideways during the upgrade.
  5. Run Disk Utility BEFORE You Upgrade: The last thing I would do is boot of the Recovery Partition and run Disk Utility to verify the volume that you plan to install the upgrade on. It likely wouldn’t hurt to do a permission repair as well.

At this point you should be good to go. Key word being SHOULD. Upgrading an operating system isn’t a trivial process. But if you take these steps beforehand, you should reduce the risk of any issues. Or you can take my first suggestion which is to wait a bit. Then follow the rest of my advice.

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PowerVault ME4 Celebrates One Year Anniversary, Introduces New Features including CloudIQ

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2019 by itnerd

Dell EMC is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the PowerVault ME4 Series – Dell EMC’s entry storage array, with an industry award and new features.

Delivering simplicity, performance and affordability to combine with advanced functionality, PowerVault has simplified our entry storage portfolio from four platforms down to ONE exceptional offering – without disrupting our customer’s businesses.

During the past year, PowerVault has demonstrated consistent growth with close to 11,500 systems shipped worldwide (100+ AFAs) representing over 1,400 PB+ of capacity including 35PB+ Flash and 22 million production runtime hours. This tremendous success has been balanced relatively evenly around the world proving the global appeal of PowerVault.

In Q4, PowerVault will join Dell EMC Unity XT, SC Series, XtremIO, VMAX, PowerMax and Connectrix switches with support for CloudIQ. CloudIQ delivers infrastructure insight in the palm of your hand. This cloud-based storage analytics application uses ML and predictive analytics letting you easily monitor, analyze, and troubleshoot your storage environment from anywhere. Users easily connect to CloudIQ via their favorite browser or mobile device to see anomalies, alerts, efficiency ratios, comprehensive health scores and more – for all their connected systems. The best IT issue is the one you proactively prevent from ever happening.

And, in recognition of PowerVault ME4’s strong worldwide customer appeal and success, we gave it to StorageReview to examine. In June 2019, StorageReview posted their PowerVault ME4 Series Report, naming it their 2019 Editor’s Choice for Entry Storage – reinforcing Dell EMC’s leadership position in its market. Here are some of the StorageReview comments from the report:

  • “The PowerVault ME4 is a clear leader in the entry storage market.”
  • “PowerVault ME4 provides organizations with an easy to deploy and manage storage solution that offers a depth of features.”
  • “The eye opener is just how well ME4 performs in our application tests focusing on SQL Server and MySQL performance…”

Customers are enjoying PowerVault’s built-in simplicity, incredible performance, flexible connectivity and impressive scale – allowing them to apply the array to a diverse set of use cases with ease and simplicity. Over 5,700 PowerVault customers – and counting – are implementing these systems to run workloads such as:

  • HPC: Parallel File Systems, NFS, Capacity Expansion
  • Surveillance/CCTV
  • Cost effective virtualization leveraging PowerEdge, Hyper-V and VMware
  • Storage consolidation in SAN environments without complexity or cost
  • Direct Attach Storage for improving Read/Write operations without a network
  • Remote Office / Branch Office environments
  • And many more.

PowerVault’s momentum and innovation is moving forward with additional capabilities:

  • New 3.84TB SAS SSD: Customers can use this flash drive for read intensive operations
  • New Software and Host OS support:
    • XenDesktop 7.1
    • OME 3.2
    • RHEL 8
    • VMware 6.7 U2
    • SRM 8.1.x
    • vCenter Plugin 6.7

In one year, PowerVault has proven that it’s the ideal entry level storage solution to address customer SAN and DAS challenges – affordably. Customers trust and expect Dell EMC to deliver high quality and reliable products that meet their business needs. We consistently bring these attributes to all our products. PowerVault is no exception.

 

Aiwa Launches The New Exos-X8, The Ultimate Party Speaker

Posted in Commentary on October 4, 2019 by itnerd

Aiwa Corporation announced today that it has reached its funding goal for the Exos-X8, an innovative party speaker that comes with four wireless microphones as well as a unique app for building and sharing music playlists. Aiwa is continuing to take pre-orders for the speaker at a special introductory price of $219 via an Indiegogo campaign that runs through October 20.

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The Exos-X8 features one 8-inch woofer, one 3-inch tweeter and a bass reflex port delivering up to 106 dB sound with minimal distortion. The speaker offers multiple options for connectivity, including Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 3.5 mm auxiliary port and an FM radio tuner, plus two 6.35 mm ports for wired microphones and a wireless mic adapter.

The unit comes with four professional-grade wireless UHF microphones. A 12-hour rechargeable battery ensures the music will last as long as the party does, and one of the USB ports doubles as a 5V/1A charger for phones and other devices.

The key innovation for parties and karaoke nights is Aiwa.FM, a new service that makes it simple for everyone at the party to share and edit the playlist.

Once the host logs in and sets up a free account, Aiwa.FM creates a custom email address that guests can send song suggestions to. The songs are automatically added to a playlist viewable online, and can be moved up or down either by the host or through guest voting. Partygoers can view the lyrics on the host phone, tablet or TV as they sing.

The Exos-X8 is 24 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. It’s designed for rugged portability with a telescoping handle and shock-absorbing rear wheels.

Backers of the highly successful Indiegogo campaign who pledge in time may choose delivery in December in time for the holidays. Once the first shipment sells out, the next delivery will happen in January. The Exos-X8 will retail for $269 when officially launched in 2020, and will be available on Amazon as well as the Aiwa website, aiwa.co. It comes with a two-year warranty and Aiwa’s industry-leading customer service.