Space-funk pioneers Lettuce brought the Purple Hatter’s Ball to a wildly satisfying conclusion with jam after jam that shook the very foundations of the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park. After days of music featuring Breaking Biscuits, Spafford, Toubab Krewe, Southern Avenue, Roosevelt Collier, and more, the funkateers from NYC came correct and had the crowd bumpin’ and jumpin’ from the first note to the last.It made sense though—thanks to the event’s promoter Paul Levine, Lettuce has been no stranger to the venerated festival site. Between their numerous performances at Suwannee parties like Bear Creek and Hulaween over the years, it’s safe to say Lettuce knows their way around the beloved Amphitheater Stage.Bassist Jesus Comes stalked the front and center, letting his deep round sound play off the incredibly wide assortment of funky beats provided by his rhythm section partner and drummer supreme Adam Deitch. The band’s other dynamic duo, trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (also known as the Shady Horns), used their brass with style, punctuating the highs and drawing out the psychedelic lows. Guitarist Adam Smirnoff acted as a free agent, filling the sonic nooks and crannies with his signature slinky lines, while keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall served as a soulful center to Lettuce’s galactic sounds.All this amazing music was being made for more than just another excuse to party til the wee hours; it was a celebration of a fallen friend and a call to arms for justice. The story of Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, who was murdered following the police’s mishandling of informants, is a tragic one that has ended up a cautionary tale for everyone dealing with the legal system. Please check out the foundation that has been set up to honor her loss, and then give the Lettuce clips below a play after you have adjusted the volume to maximum earth-shaking levels! Enjoy!“KHRU”“Ready To Live”“Purple Cabbage”“Your Royal Highness”
We have some exciting news for those interested in NAS (Network Attached Storage), which includes two products in our Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012R2 based PowerVault NX lineup. We are upgrading our NX NAS appliances to allow our Windows NAS customers to take advantage of the improved performance, energy efficiency and manageability options of our powerful new line of PowerEdge 13th Generation servers.The NX3200 and NX3300 NAS appliances currently based on PowerEdge 12G server technology are now being upgraded to 13G hardware. They will inherit all the efficiency and performance features of the new server platforms, including the benefits of the new Haswell microarchitecture.Best of all, this time around we went a step further than just changing nuts and bolts under the hood. We added a cool new feature called RASR– Rapid Appliance Self Recovery Tool. RASR will allow the end user to restore the NAS appliance to its factory shipping state. RASR is using a bare metal restore process, where the operating system drives are rebuilt to the exact default factory image. This is especially useful in test environments where machines are re-imaged often, or if you are notorious for misplacing your system restore DVD.How else does this benefit our customers?More CPU cores: The NX3230 entry configuration and the NX3330 Optimum trim level will both move from four to six cores. For larger configurations, both the NX3230 and NX3330 will move from six to eight cores, providing additional CPU cycles for more demanding applications.PERC: The Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers shipping with the NX3230 and NX3330 will now support 12G SAS and the new generation backplanes. In addition, the H730, which is part of our NX3230 default configuration, will double the cache from 512MB to 1GB to accelerate performance.Chassis Flexibility: We have now moved the NX3330 (gateway appliance) from a 2PCI to a 3PCI slot chassis which will provide our customers freedom to add additional IO cards.Memory: The new architecture for both the NX3230 and NX3330 will allow for higher memory clock speeds. The two units are shipping with 1600 MHz RAM configurations, compared to 1333MHz of the previous generation. In addition, we added a 64GB RAM option for the NX3330 Performance configuration, answering customer demand for a higher performing solution, especially in large home-share environments.Keep in mind that Windows Storage Server based NAS can be an extremely efficient, fast and feature rich platform when it comes to SMB file sharing. Especially if you have Microsoft admin expertise in-house, there will be a zero learning curve with Windows- based NAS products and a seamless integration with AD (Active Directory) or Microsoft based systems management.Finally, we have a new name for this portfolio of NX NAS appliances, which were previously known as the PowerVault series. Going forward, we will refer to them as Dell Storage NX NAS series of products as part of an update across our portfolio that is moving under a common “Dell Storage” naming. So, go online to check out the new Dell Storage platforms at dell.com/us/business/p/powervault-nx/pdTo learn more and stay updated, follow @Dell_Storage on Twitter.