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by Josh Linden

Arcserve UDP 8400 Appliance Review

The Arcserve UDP 8400 packages a suite of backup and restore functionality into a 2U rack-mounted appliance aimed at the mid-market. The 8400 promises a comprehensive set of backup features from individual appliances, or as part of a larger deployment with multiple Arcserve 8000 units. Arcserve is promoting the fact that their new generation of appliances has not only brought higher capacities and density, but also features hardware improvements across the board to meet higher expectations in enterprise environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Value SATA TR200 SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its latest SATA SSD aimed at the consumer market, the TR200. This new drive will feature Toshiba’s latest 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH. The TR200 will be geared for those on a budget that want to take advantage of 64-layer 3D flash memory.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech ASR-3100PP Review

The Advantech ASR-3100PP is part of the larger ASR-3100 series which is comprised of storage-heavy 1U servers. Each server offers up 16 bays of 2.5" storage, in a double-stack format, with 8 bays in the traditional front of the box and another 8 that pop up right behind those near the front of the chassis. The ASR-3100PP variant is unique in that it is NVMe throughout, which offers a tremendous performance profile in just a single rack unit. To ensure customers get to use all of their NVMe storage for important applications, Advantech includes two M.2 2242 SATA slots on the motherboard for OS installation, with optional RAID1 mirror. Additionally the system offers 16 DIMM slots for up to 512GB RAM, dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 CPU slots, two PCIe x8 expansion slots (one FHHL, one HHHL), redundant 1100W redundant power supplies and IPMI support. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD Review (3.84TB, 3DWPD)

Seagate and Micron co-launched SAS SSDs at the end of 2015 in a partnership to accelerate sales of enterpise SSDs for the two companies. In the initial review, we looked at the 1.6TB capacity in the light endurance category which has an edurance rating of three drive writes per day (DWPD). Seagate offers 1200.2 SSDs across five endurance categories ranging from 1DWPD to 25DWPD. In this review we stick with the mainstream mixed workload light endurance category but pick up with the highest capacity 3.84TB model. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases 4Q & Year End Financial Results

Today Seagate Technology reported its fourth quarter 2017 financial results (quarter ending on June 30, 2017) and its year-end financial results. While the results in and of themselves weren’t terrible their stock plunged more than 16% after their earnings were out as the company missed expectations. Further, long time CEO, Steve Luczo, will be transitioning out of his position.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

Much like the recently reviewed Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx, today we will be looking at the traditional HHHL version of this NIC. The NIC is designed to add high bandwidth with low latency and a high message rate with its 25GbE transfer rate (though it is compatible with 10GbE as well). The NIC is ideal for next-generation web, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platform use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell 3D NAND Technology

Today Western Digital Corp. announced that it has successfully developed four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. WD has taken its innovation of X4 technology on its 2D NAND, built off of that (both form a technological and commercial aspect) and developed the new X4 technology for 3D NAND. WD will be showcasing new SSDs with the BiCS3 X4 technology in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

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News Bits: Samsung, Cavium, HPE, Datrium, Red Hat, Scale Computing, SUSE, & Supermicro

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Samsung to increase production of its 8GB HBM2 DRAM. Cavium FastLinQ Ethernet 25/50GbE technology will power HPE Synergy. Datrium Adds Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Virtualization and Docker Containers. Scale Computing releases two new HCI appliances. SUSE and Supermicro are partnering to bring innovative new enterprise IT solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP rNDC NIC Review

The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver high bandwidth and low latency with its 25GbE transfer rate. What is interesting about this NIC is that it is designed specifically for the Dell PowerEdge line of servers (specifically the R630, R730, R730xd, and R930), slotting into the motherboard without taking up a traditional PCIe slot. The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx aims to bring about all of the performance promise of the PowerEdge servers while not letting networking be the bottleneck that slows everything down.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam 2Q17 Shows Major Market Share Gain

Veeam Software has released its second quarter for 2017 results showing that it has continued to gain market share over legacy backup providers. In fact, Veeam has seen 36 straight months of double digit growth and, according to the company, has overtaken Commvault in marketshare and industry leader recognition.

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