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News Bits: Seagate, Synology, X-IO, Ascolta, Dell, DDN, Druva, Pivot3, Excelero, & Comtrade

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Seagate releases 8TB Game Drive Hub for Xbox and a 2TB Game Drive for PS4. Synology releases two new NAS, the DS1817 and the DS1517. Ascolta and X-IO partner to deliver HPC at the edge. Dell launches world’s first 4K laser projector. DDN named to $1 billion+ valuation Storage Unicorn list. Druva extends Data Protection and Governance capabilities to SharePoint Online. Pivot3 receives Common Criteria certification. Excelero wins first patent for SAN leveraging NVMe. Comtrade introduces data protection solution built for Nutanix.

Toshiba XG5 NVMe SSD Review

Announced last month, Toshiba’s XG5 is the company’s newest M.2 form factor (2280) NVMe SSD. The XG5 is also the first SSD from Toshiba to leverage the company’s 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory (TLC) which delivers the highest layer count in the market. The XG5 comes in three capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB and uses a single-sided form factor to enhance deployment flexibility in devices like ultra-thin computers or embedded/edge computing devices. The XG5 is targeted at mainstream client computing use cases where there's a clear need for performance, while still respecting a balance of power consumption and overall drive cost. For organizations with an enhanced security need, the XG5 comes in an SED flavor, supporting TCG Opal Version 2.01.

Dell Wyse 3040 Review

Dell recently announced the Wyse 3040, its smallest, yet still powerful, thin client to date. Size wise, it is only 1.1 inches tall, 3.75 inches wide and deep, and weighs 0.53lbs. Though diminutive in size, the 3040 sports an Intel Atom X5 1.44GHz quad-core processor that supports up to 2GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB flash. The system also includes four USB ports (one that is USB 3.0) and two DisplayPort connections. Of course the Wyse 3040 is compatible with all major virtualization software including Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware Horizon.

ADATA SU900 SSD Review

ADATA recently added to their 3D NAND SSD line with the SU900, a larger capacity option (2TB) that also includes performance improvements. Other than the newly added high speed SMI controller and the aforementioned changes, the SU900 is almost identical to its predecessor (the ADATA SU800 SSD). That said, the SU900 is being marketed as a good option for casual users looking to upgrade the storage of their ultrabooks, notebooks, or game consoles.

Reduxio Systems Unveils Reduxio V3

Today Reduxio Systems unveiled what it is calling the world’s first unified primary and secondary storage platform with built-in disaster recovery (DR) and copy data management capabilities, Reduxio V3. The latest version is a step toward a highly available, self-healing, and self-recovering system designed to deliver near-zero RPO (recovery point objective) and RTO (recovery time objective). While that seems like a pretty tall order, Reduxio goes on to state that the latest version will simplify the data protection process while providing built-in data replication for disaster recovery.

Red Hat Unveils Its Open Source HCI

Today Red Hat Inc. announced that it was jumping into the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market with what it is calling the industry’s first production-ready fully open source HCI solution, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. The new HCI solution is all about taking data center capabilities and squeezing them into smaller spaces such as branch offices and other remote facilities.

Pure Storage Makes Several Announcements At Accelerate

At Pure Storage Accelerate 2017, the company made several announcements. These announcements include new software and hardware innovations to “redefine Tier 1 storage for the cloud era.” The company updated its FlashBlade blade system for higher performance and capacity. And Pure announced its artificial intelligence (AI) platform, Pure1 META.

NVM Express Releases 1.3 Specification

Today NVM Express, Inc. announced that it has completed and has released its NVMe 1.3 specification. NVM Express made a commitment to Enterprise, Cloud, and Client customers and it has delivered on that commitment by adding capabilities that meet specific needs of the above markets as well as Virtualization and Streams. NVM Express also expanded the reach of the interface to the Mobile sector by adding the Boot Partitions feature, which enables bootstrapping of an SSD in a low resource environment.

Riverbed Updates SteelCentral

Today Riverbed Technologies announced the latest version of SteelCentral, its integrated Digital Experience Management solution. Riverbed states that the latest updates to SteelCentral will help companies to measure and troubleshoot all parts of the digital experience, from the user’s experience on the device to the back-end network, infrastructure, cloud and application.

Datos IO & NetApp Partner To Deliver Cloud Data Protection

Today Datos IO announced a new data protection solution that combines NetApp’s SolidFire array technology and ONTAP software with its RecoverX software. The solution will be able to extend NetApp’s Data Fabric with next-generation backup and recovery for next-generation databases and cloud applications. The two companies will be demonstrating this new technology at MongoDB World ’17 at booth #20.