Archive for June 16, 2020

The Countdown Is On To The Rainbow Six Siege North American League

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2020 by itnerd

I wanted to share with you the latest details regarding play dates, registered teams, talents and prize pools and everything else as we come closer to the kickoff of the brand new Rainbow Six Siege North American League!

The inaugural season kicks off June 22nd and everything you need to know about getting involved in the action and which teams to follow is all listed out on in a recent blog post. 

Make sure to tune into the first North American playday which kicks off June 22nd at 6:00 PM EDT. You can catch all the action at

Apple Has A New Graphic Option For The 16″ MacBook Pro…. Is This A Refresh?

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2020 by itnerd

Yesterday, Apple released an new option for buyers of the 16″ MacBook Pro where they are now offering up a Radeon 5600M graphics chip which comes with 8GB of HBM2 memory. This graphic chip promises a roughly 75% speed increase over the base 5500M that the 16″ MacBook Pro comes with. It’s also a graphics option that only a handful of people need. Specifically if you do 3D rendering or edit 4K Red video or 8K video, you are a candidate for this graphics chip. For the other 98% of you, this isn’t for you.

So, this main question is if this is a refresh or not? Many in the tech media are calling it a refresh. But I disagree with that. Here’s why:

  • This iteration of the 16″ MacBook Pro was released 216 days ago as I type this. While that would indicate that a refresh is due as 216 days was last November, Apple has gone much longer without a refresh. Thus I think that this was simply an option that was being added to the lineup rather than being a refresh.
  • This 16″ MacBook Pro is currently using 9th generation Intel processors. The rest of the MacBook lineup uses the 10th generation processors. Thus logic says that 10th generation Intel processors must be coming to the 16″ MacBook Pro…. Assuming that it doesn’t get replaced by an A series processor first. The other possibility is that Apple may not want to pop the 10th generation Intel processors as the ones that would go into this MacBook Pro are 14 nanometer chips. The ones that I suspect that Apple would want to use would be 10 nanometer chips as those would be more power efficient and generate less heat while being powerful. Except that Intel hasn’t delivered those chips. Thus Apple may not think it’s worth their while to make that move.
  • No other options were added to the MacBook Pro. That seems to imply that a larger refresh is still coming as Apple tends to make more significant changes when they do a refresh. Such as replace processors or tweak the amount of storage and RAM that comes with a MacBook.

So in short, I don’t think this is a refresh.

That takes me to the next point, which is should you buy this MacBook Pro or not? I say that unless you need the power provided by the new 5600M graphic chip, or your current MacBook Pro is nearing the end of its life, then I would wait for Apple to actually do a refresh that (hopefully) includes 10th generation Intel processors which may come later this year. If you do need a new 16″ MacBook Pro now, and you don’t need the 5600M, might I suggest that you look at the Apple refurbished website which offers factory refurbished Apple products at a discount with the ability to add AppleCare. That would be a good way to get the computer that you want at a lower cost.

Element AI Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With Union Bank Of The Philippines

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2020 by itnerd

Element AI, a global developer of artificial intelligence-powered (AI) solutions and software, today announced a new collaborative relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank). Element AI will be contributing to the development of a governance framework for the responsible adoption of AI as UnionBank looks to develop trusted & fair AI solutions for its customers.

Element AI will work with the UnionBank’s AI and Data Policy Unit, which is dedicated to leading the development of ethical and business standards for artificial intelligence, to ensure proper data governance, respect for human rights, fairness and accountability for AI systems. Initially Element AI will conduct specific research that will inform a whitepaper which will act as the roadmap to evaluate fairness in the context of various financial services use-cases, such as fraud detection in retail credit card transactions. The ultimate outcome will be the development of technical measures and solutions that ensure that the principals of the fairness framework for the use of AI and data are embedded in all of UnionBank’s digital products and services at an operational level.

To learn more about Element AI advisory & enablement, and AI-powered solutions, visit:

Dell EMC Unveils PowerScale, A New Family of Storage Systems

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 16, 2020 by itnerd

Dell Technologies announces Dell EMC PowerScale, a new family of storage systems engineered with industry-leading storage software and server hardware to set a new industry standard for how organizations capture and capitalize on unstructured data, such as documents, images, videos and social media content.

The leader in enterprise storage unlocks the potential of unstructured data

Dell EMC PowerScale runs on the next generation of OneFS, the operating system best known for powering Dell EMC Isilon. The PowerScale family features new 1U PowerEdge-based PowerScale nodes and existing Isilon all-flash, hybrid and archive nodes running the PowerScale OneFS 9.0 operating system.

PowerScale delivers the performance that customers need to handle demanding AI, analytics, IOT, digital media, healthcare and life sciences workloads. It can deliver up to 15.8 million input-ouput operations per second (IOPS), and new all-flash PowerScale nodes are up to five times faster than its predecessor. Enhanced inline data reduction makes the platform up to four times more efficient.

Simplicity at any scale

PowerScale can start small and grow to massive, petabyte scale while remaining simple and easy-to-use:

  • Scale without disruption: PowerScale clusters can scale from 11TB to 50PB and millions of file operations without disruption or costly downtime for customers. Nodes can be added to either PowerScale or an existing Isilon cluster in just 60 seconds.
  • Intelligent automation: With smart scale-out capabilities, PowerScale distributes resources effectively so that customers can get the most performance out of a cluster. 
  • Resilient and efficient: Through flexible failover policies, PowerScale delivers 80% storage utilization across a cluster and can sustain multi-node failures.
  • Programmable infrastructure: With support for a number of leading management and container orchestration frameworks, such as Kubernetes, Ansible and OpenShift, customers can streamline application development and reduce deployment timeframes. 

Intelligent insights

Dell Technologies makes it easy for customers to understand their data and storage infrastructure health:

  • Put data to work: The introduction of Dell EMC DataIQ software helps companies extract business value from unstructured data, typically uncategorized and found in siloes throughout businesses. DataIQ breaks down data siloes by delivering a single view of file and object data across Dell EMC, third-party and public cloud storage. Users can gain better control over their data, ensure the right teams have access to it, and make the most of their investment by ensuring data is stored on the right tier within their storage environment. 
  • Proactive health monitoring: Dell EMC CloudIQ infrastructure monitoring and analytics software, included with PowerScale, combines machine learning and human intelligence to provide customers with real-time performance and capacity analysis as well as historical tracking for a single view of Dell EMC infastructure.

Any data, anywhere

PowerScale supports a wide variety of file protocols and customers can easily deploy it to meet their infrastructure needs:

  • Any applications: PowerScale OneFS 9.0 features broad multiprotocol support, including new S3 support for modern apps relying on object storage. Additional support for protocols, such as NFS, SMB and HDFS, allows customers to run a large number of traditional and modern applications without compatibility concerns.
  • Deployment flexibility: PowerScale is easily deployed in core data centers, in edge locations or as part of a multi-cloud strategy. The compact 1U footprint and minimum cluster size of new all-flash and NVMe PowerScale nodes make it an ideal option for edge deployments.
  • Multi-cloud supportPowerScale for Multi-cloud can directly connect to all major public clouds as a managed service, ideal for customers looking to move or deploy demanding apps in the cloud. Google Cloud customers looking to save time and management complexity can choose Dell Technologies Cloud PowerScale for Google Cloud, a native cloud service that combines the performance, scale, and consistent experience of PowerScale with the economics and simplicity of Google Cloud.

Flexible consumption with Dell Technologies On Demand

With Dell Technologies On Demand, PowerScale customers can respond to workload spikes and new service requests with elastic capacity and cloud economics. Several flexible pay-per-use choices with short-and-long term commitment options are available, including a one year term for flexible consumption.


  • Dell EMC PowerScale OneFS 9.0, PowerScale nodes and DataIQ are now generally available globally.