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by Josh Linden

Dell PowerEdge 13G R530 Review

The Dell PowerEdge 13G R530 is a 2U rack server engineered for midrange and virtualized workloads with two sockets for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors. The R530 is built with Intel’s Grantly architecture and a Wellsburg C610 chipset that supports 12 DDR4 DIMM slots, 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, and 3 PCIe 3.0 slots. With a single chassis layout option that features 3.5-inch drive bays, the R530 is oriented towards use cases that require storage density over storage performance.

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by Josh Linden

Dell PowerEdge 13G R430 Review

The PowerEdge R430 packs Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge compute platform into a 2-socket short-depth 1U rack server. The 13G R430 is built on Intel’s Grantly platform with a Wellsburg C610 chipset that utilizes Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors with 12 DDR4 DIMM slots. The R430 has four chassis options with up to 10 2.5-inch hard drives and two PCIe Gen3 slots, making it attractive for deploying additional compute power to a rack that is tight on space or for use as the foundation for a PowerEdge deployment that is expected to scale over time.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 JBOD Review

The ThinkServer SA120 by Lenovo is a 12-bay 2U JBOD that features an expansion capability to support four 2.5" drives (in addition to the 12 3.5" drives) with an optional SSD expansion pack for up to 51.2TB of storage. This positions the ThinkServer SA120 in a unique spot in the market, giving buyers the best of both worlds with flash cache plus high-capacity storage in a single compact storage shelf.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Announced

​CalDigit has announced the Thunderbolt Station 2, their successor to the original Thunderbolt Station, which now features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual eSATA 6G ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio in/out. The Thunderbolt Station 2 also has the unique ability to be in either a horizontal or vertical position, which is ideal for people who have to manage with limited desk space.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta Enables Hyper-Convergence for OpenStack

Maxta has announced solutions that enable hyper-convergence for OpenStack, allowing service providers and enterprise customers to build private and public clouds based on OpenStack orchestration software and their choice of x86 server platforms, eliminating the need for complex and expensive storage arrays. Maxta also announced the expansion of its relationship with Mirantis and that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 6TB MG04ACA SATA and MG04SCA Enterprise HDDs Announced

Toshiba has announced the addition of 6TB SATA and SAS models to its MG04 series of 3.5-inch form factor enterprise capacity class of HDDs, which are specifically designed for midline and nearline business critical workloads. The new SAS interface models offer 12Gbit/s SAS transfer rate as well as enhanced power management features for easy integration into the latest generation of datacenter infrastructure. 

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Offers IT Predictions for 2015

IT manufacturers and vendors are beginning to make their predictions for 2015, an annual tradition which creates an opportunity to glimpse inside the planning process for some of the storage sector’s big names, albeit with more than a little bit of marketing and self-promotion in the mix as well. As part of this end-of-year rite, NetApp recently offered a series of predictions from Jay Kidd, the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

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by Josh Linden

EMC Avamar Virtual Edition 7.1.1 for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Released

EMC today announced the release of a new version of its Avamar Virtual Edition which integrates the company's Avamar solution with Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. EMC’s Avamar offers variable-length deduplication, daily backups and recovery, and support for virtualized environments. Avamar Virtual Edition can be deployed in a Hyper-V virtual machine in order to serve as a bridge between legacy backup functionality and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions.

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by Josh Linden

Mobile Devices and Software-Centric Data Centers: EMC Shares Technology Bets for 2015

In addition to inspiring “best of” lists across every sector and industry, the New Year is also often a time when technologists are called upon to make predictions about the coming year. Even though January is still a few weeks away, Jeremy Burton, EMC’s President of Products and Marketing, has gotten a jump on the New Year with a few prognostications about the future of storage and computing that caught our eye.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Gains Market Share In the Third Quarter Of 2014

According to results of Dell’Oro’s quarterly report on Switching Market Share, Cisco has come out as number one in both combined fibre channel + fiber-channel-over-Ethernet (FC + FCoE) revenue and they took the number one spot in FC Modular share. These gains in Cisco’s market share are due primarily to customer acceptance of the MDS product portfolio, ramp up of FCoE-capable products, and the substantial demand for 16G FC.

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