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Micron Sees Huge SSD Sales, XPoint Products Shipping This Year

Micron reported their 2Q 2017 results last night and the quarter was a monster. Much of that is due to great traction in Micron's SSD business, thanks to 3D TLC NAND making Micron highly cost competitive. Micron also saw increases in their OEM, cloud and enterprise businesses, both in terms of capacity shipped and total sales. Micron is obviously benefitting from the shift away from HDDs as a capacity tier; perhaps in an outsized way as their strength right now is clearly in higher capacity SATA SSDs that are especially popular in software defined platforms like VMware vSAN.

News Bits: Unitrends, Marvell, CTERA, HPE, WD, Reduxio, Druva, Seagate, Synology, & 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. Unitrends adds ransomeware detection. Marvell expands its Passive Intelligent Port Extender (PIPE) family. Blue Medora sees its sixth consecutive record-braking quarter. CTERA joins HPE’s Complete Program. WD updates its My Passport Wireless Pro. Reduxio raises an additional $22 million in series C funding. Druva partners with Carahsoft for public sector cloud data protection. Seagate and Synology partner to bring IronWolf Health management to Synology’s NAS. Avere raises an additional $14 million in series E funding. Cisco completes its acquisition of AppDynamics.

Red Hat Announces Gluster Storage 3.2

Today Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of the latest version of its software-defined storage solution, Gluster 3.2. The 3.2 version comes with several new enhancements and features aimed at lower costs while improving small file performance and increasing data integrity. Gluster 3.2 will also have tighter integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. 

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

Intel launched its first Optane-based product for the enterprise last week, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series. Summarizing of the technical details, the P4800X in its first incarnation is a 375GB SSD in an add-in-card form factor. Software defined solutions like VMware vSAN are uniquely qualified to take full advantage of this new technology, as they're already architected to leverage advancements in hardware. VMware has done just that, offering launch support in both ESXi 6.5 and vSAN 6.5. 

Lexar Releases Durable JumpDrive Tough

Today Lexar announced the release of its new USB flash drive that is aimed to provide high-performance while being able to take a beating, Lexar JumpDrive Tough. The new flash drive has a USB 3.1 interface for faster speeds as well as a maximum capacity of 128GB. Not only can the drive take a few lumps in travel it also provides a level of security for its users.

IBM Announces New Storage Services & Partnerships At InterConnect

IBM has unveiled several new storage-related products at this year’s InterConnect conference, including the company’s new cloud storage service, IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex (Flex), and the powerful IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault (Cold Vault) service. Also announced is an expanded partnership with NetApp and a new agreement with Veritas.

NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution

Today NETGEAR Inc. launched what it is referring to as the industry’s highest density 10GbE single-node network storage solution, the ReadyNAS 4360X. This new ReadyNas is a 4U unit that accommodates up to 60 HDDs. With three EDA4000 expansion units, the 4360X can have a max capacity of 1.32PB (using 10TB HDDs). The new ReadyNas is aimed at SMBs.

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Enterprise SSD Launched

Back in July of 2015, Intel and Micron announced their partnership on a new type of NAND technology that they initially named 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point). The new technology promised several things including a big boost in performance. About a month later Intel announced that their version of 3D XPoint would be called Optane. Neither company had much to say until today, Intel is revealing its first enterprise Optane product, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series.

Dell Precision 5520 UHD Mobile Workstation Review

Dell's newest addition to its Precision line leverages workstation-quality componentry with top-of-the-line consumer features. The Precision 5520 UHD, which is boasted as the "world's thinnest, lightest and smallest 15-inch mobile workstation," is mostly geared towards mobile users who want both performance and aesthetics. When fully outfitted, the Precision 5520 features a 4K display (15.6" UltraSharp UHD IGZO), Intel Quad Core Xeon 3.00GHz CPU, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD storage, all weighing in at around 3.93lbs. Dell also outfitted the new Precision 5520 with a carbon fiber palm rest and a new (more sensitive) touchpad. With its range of specifications and use cases, the Dell Precision 5520 can stand up to any other premium notebook in its class.

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.X Review

At StorageReview we tend to talk highly of Synology’s operating system, DiskStation Manager (DSM). Many of us here have used, or currently use DSM on either a professional or personal level. Though we’ve reviewed numerous NAS devices from Synology, as well as a few of their applications (Surveillance Station and Cloud Sync), we had yet to actually take a deeper look into the OS itself. Now that Synology has released a major update to its DSM with 6.0 and up, we decided to take a closer look at the OS, all of its main apps, and what updates have come along.