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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Twistlock, Kingston, Cisco, Virtual Instruments, SoftNAS, Veeam, & Code42

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Twistlock launches version 2.3. Kingston launches 7-in-1 USB-C hub. Cisco and Hyundai reduce time to market of the connected car. Virtual Instruments reports record revenue and customer growth. SoftNAS announces Cloud Essentials version 3.7 for Veeam. And Code42 announced enhancements to its Data Security solution.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces The New HGST Ultrastar 7K6 HDD

WD has announced HGST’s new Ultrastar 7K6 HDD, the company’s latest enterprise-class hard disk drive. The Ultrastar 7K6 is an air-based drive catered to the mid-range capacity enterprise segment and provides an array of system options and price points.

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by Lyle Smith

NetApp Announces General Availability of ONTAP 9.3

Announced back in October 2017, NetApp ONTAP 9.3 has officially gone GA today. Touted as a free and easy non-disruptive upgrade, NetApp’s comprehensive proprietary operating system is used in a range of storage disk arrays such as NetApp FAS and AFF, ONTAP Select and ONTAP Cloud. With the GA release, organizations will be able to save time and money coupled with impressive performance and security upgrades.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Begins Producing Its New 8GB HBM2 Memory

Today Samsun Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has begun mass production of its 2nd-generation 8GB High Bandwidth Memory-2 (HBM2). The new product, Aquabolt, is claimed to be the fastest data transmission speed on the market with 2.4 Gbps data transfer speed per pin. This would make it ideal for supercomputing and graphic rich applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial MX500 SSD Review (500GB)

A couple of weeks ago we received and review the 1TB version of Crucial’s new MX500 SSD. As we stated then, this new 2.5” drive is being marketed as a drop in replacement for HDDs or a low cost flash option for OEMs. The drive was released in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and both 2.5” an M.2 form factors (though the M.2 tops out at 1TB).

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Details Its Nytro 3000 SSD Line

Announced back in August of 2017, the Seagate Nytro 3000 SAS SSD line came with lots of promise but few details. A replacement for the 1200.2, the new line had capacities as high as 15TB and performance claims of 2.2GB/s sequential read. The company has finally released a more details about the drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Releases vSphere Integrated Containers 1.3

VMware Inc. announced the latest release of vSphere’s Integrated Containers solution, version 1.3. This latest version is all about making container deployment easier. Version 1.3 comes with a create and delete wizard as well as a new GUI to make it easier for users to create a Virtual Container Host (VCH).

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP And Netgate Partner To Improve NAS Network Security

QNAP Systems and Netgate will be showcasing a joint solution at CES 2018 (QNAP Booth No. 40955) with the implementation of pfSense software on QNAP NAS devices. Coupled with QNAP’s participation in the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and support of McAfee Antivirus services, both organizations indicate that this will create a new comprehensive security and networking deployment.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware Horizon 7.4 & Horizon Client 4.7 Gets User Experience, Linux, & Collaboration Enhancements

VMware has announced the release of VMware Horizon 7.4 and VMware Horizon Client 4.7, both of which are designed to add innovation in new user workflows, desktop administration and user experience areas. This new update includes improvements to Linux and published-application (RDSH), better collaboration opportunities, and an enhanced user experience.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Unveils Storage Solutions For AI, IoT Mini Server, & Companion Robot At CES 2018

QNAP will be showcasing its “full-throttle” NAS innovations focused on artificial intelligence at CES 2018. These new technologies include: a new AI developer package along with a GPU-accelerated NAS for AI machine learning, the next-generation single-board IoT mini server for small-scale/private IoT applications or large-scale/public IoT deployments, and a new companion robot that acts as an AI assistant for the home.

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