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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x53B Series NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the new TS-x53B series, which is highlighted by a PCIe expansion slot for high-performing scalability and functionality that SMB and SOHO users need. Available in 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay models, the TS-x53B series is equipped with the 14nm Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor, upwards of dual-channel 8GB DDR3L RAM, and SATA 6Gb/s drive support with integrated dual Gigabit LAN ports. QNAP quotes their TS-x53B series as having read and writes speeds upwards of 224MB/s during AES-NI accelerated encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 Announces Priority Aware HCI, Acuity

Today Pivot3 announcing what it is referring to as the industry’s first priority-aware hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software platform, Acuity. According to Pivot3, Acuity will allow companies to confidently consolidate multiple mixed-application workloads onto a single infrastructure. Acuity will also leverage NVMe PCIe flash to deliver ultra-high performance.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Intel Optane Memory Review

Optane Memory, formally 3D XPoint, is utilizing the first new class of NAND in nearly 25 years. The Optane Memory PC-caching solution works with Intel’s new 7th generation Intel Core processors and systems that support it, to accelerate large capacity HDDs. Coming in 16GB and 32GB modules, Optane Memory is packaged in an M.2 SSD that users can add into desktop systems. When paired with its software, Intel claims up to 28% faster overall system performance, 14x hard drive access, and 2x the task responsiveness.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Announces New Radeon Pro Duo

Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, AMD announced its Radeon Pro Duo, the world’s first dual-GPU graphics card designed for professionals. The Pro Duo is built off of the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and is designed to excel at media and entertainment, broadcast, and design and manufacturing workflows. AMD goes on to state that the new graphics card will deliver outstanding performance and superior flexibility.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces New SDS For IBM Spectrum Scale

Today at Lenovo's annual Accelerate Partner Forum, the company announced its new scalable software-defined storage (SDS) solution, Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G). The Lenovo DSS-G is designed to support dense scalable file and object storage suitable for high-performance and data-intensive environments. This new solution is aimed at helping customers deal with the explosion in both structured and unstructured data and the need to store both. This announcement is the first step of executing Lenovo’s HPC and AI commitment of bringing the benefits of SDS to HPC clusters.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Upgrades Several Devices To Thunderbolt 3

Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that its G-Technology line would be upgrading several of its products to Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. This update not only improves connectivity from G-tech’s product line to modern computers, it also brings faster transfer speeds that creative professionals will need as their content gains in resolution and takes up more capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases Its Fly Drive Specifically For Drones

Back at CES in January, Seagate Technology announced a strategic partnership with the drone (or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)) company DJI. The two companies were working together to solve the issue of data demands for UAVs. Today the two companies have announced their first product, Seagate DJI Fly Drive. The Fly Drive is designed to help drone pilots manage and store their data easier and on site.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Druva, Altaro, Silicon Power, DDN, Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Toshiba, Veeam, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Druva achieved FedRAMP Certification. Altaro announced the general availability of its VM Backup V7. Silicon Power announced new high capacity SD and microSD cards. DDN announced enhancements to its WOS platform. Virtual Instruments announced Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3. Dell EMC announced it would be incorporating Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs into its PowerEdge 13G servers. Veeam releases 1Q 2017 results. Scality expands support for its S3 Server. Dell announces its first 4K HDR monitor.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #19: Jeff Groudan, HP

We've built up a well-appointed virtual workstation testing lab, thanks in large part to our sponsors. HP has provided the 16 thin clients and displays to bring this lab to fruition. While thin client computing hasn't always been the most sexy or performance oriented part of IT, it's growing rapidly for a number of reasons. One reason involves a more forward thinking design for the thin clients themselves, including a variety of mobile options that look about the same as their full-fledged PC cousins. Another reason involves a much improved performance profile thanks to HP software initiatives, NVIDIA GPUs and features like Blast Extreme from VMware. In this podcast I talk with Jeff Groudan who runs the thin client business for HP who covers off on these topics and many more about the future of thin client computing.

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