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Dell PowerEdge R630 Review

At this point the Dell PowerEdge R630 isn't exactly new, but there is definitely renewed interest in the 1U server platform as the Dell EMC continues to fold together. The R630 makes for an excellent node in software-defined deployments ranging from vSAN to ScaleIO. While diminutive in rack footprint, don't let the R630 fool you; it's a full-fledged dual-socket PowerEdge supporting the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, up to 1.5TB RAM and configurations with up to 24 1.8" SSDs. Our configuration is a bit more conventional with a twist, ten 2.5" bays; six supporting SATA/SAS drives as well as four NVMe bays supporting the latest in high-performance storage.

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QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an M.2 SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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Dell EMC SC9000 Review

The Dell EMC SC9000 is Dell’s highest-performing all-flash and hybrid-storage-server solution of the SC Series, built on the legacy of the PowerEdge family and leveraging the latest Storage Center Operating System 7. During the last several months, the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab has put the SC9000 through our application benchmark protocol to understand how it performs with real-world workloads. Our review also explores the ways that the SC9000 and SCOS 7 fit into Dell EMC’s evolving midrange storage ecosystem, which includes the SC Series and Unity products.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches New RackStations & Expansion Units

Today Synology Inc. announced that it was launching new RackStations and expansion units. The new RackStations are the RS18017xs+ and RS4017xs+ and the new expansion units are RX2417sas and RX1217sas. The upgrade centers around delivering more processing power and higher scalability.

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by Adam Armstrong

Exablox Acquired by StorageCraft

Today StorageCraft Technology Corporation announced that it has acquired Exablox Corporation. The new combined company will focus on helping businesses analyze, protect, and store their data. StorageCraft will use its acquisition of Exablox to focus a new approach to what it calls “the disappearing lines between primary and secondary storage as well as between data availability and data protection.”

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by Adam Armstrong

Cumulus Introduces Its Turn-Key Appliance, Cumulus Express

Today Cumulus Networks announced its first turn-key appliance, the Cumulus Express. According to Cumulus, its new appliance will include feature-rich Cumulus Linux, 1G through 100G hardware platforms, and compatible cables and optics. This combination of open networking software and switching hardware hits all ends of the spectrum from new organizations just now adopting web-scale networking principles to enterprises that already use their networking gear as appliances.

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by Brian Beeler

Simplivity Deal Highlights HCI Market Bubble

Last night HPE added to their HCI portfolio by picking up Simplivity for $650 million. On its face the deal sounds encouraging, but in context, it's actually pretty poor. According to Crunchbase, Simplivity has $276 million invested in them since their start in 2009, with the last round in March of 2015 sucking in $175 million at a reported company valuation at $1 billion. This exit appears to be more out of duress than anything and it's hardly a strategic buy for HPE as Simplivity was pushing their Cisco integration more than anything else. HPE is likely interested in parts of the underlying technology, and sees Simplivity as a route into the enterprise where their HC 380 is more of an SMB/midmarket play. Additionally, HPE offers vSAN Ready Nodes, which is yet another arrow in their HCI quiver as they build a wider portfolio that is designed to compete with the newly combined Dell EMC assets. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity for an estimated $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is a provider of software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This adds yet another piece of the HCI pie that HPE has been building over the last few years. The HCI market is estimated to be $2.4 billion today and grow to $6 billion by 2020.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cavium QLogic Releases New FastLinQ Ethernet & Gen 6 FC Adapters For HPE

Today Cavium Inc. announced the release of new I/O adapters for both server and storage connectivity for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) ProLiant and Apollo Gen9 servers. The new adaptors are based off of Cavium's QLogic Fibre Channel and Ethernet technology. The new adaptors, HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 4-port 536FLR-T Adapter and the HPE StoreFabric SN1600Q 32GFC HBA, are designed to reduce costs and accelerate applications for enterprise, telecommunications, and the Cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Alluxio Releases Analytics Solution For Itself & Dell EMC

Today Alluxio, Inc. (formerly Tachyon) announced a new data analytics solution. The new solution is for Big Data workloads and is designed to work with Alluxio Enterprise Edition (AEE) and Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). As the case with most analytic solutions, Alluxio’s solution is designed to enable Dell EMC ECS customers to gain key insights from their data and can prove to be valuable in several ways.

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