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WD Releases 20TB External Desktop Storage

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) launched what it is calling the world’s highest capacity external desktop storage system, the updated My Book Duo. With upwards of 20TB of capacity, the new My Book Duo can give both consumers and most professionals the storage they need for their ever-expanding digital content libraries. The new RAID storage system offers enough room to back up photos, videos, music, work, and important documents while providing fast transfer speeds.

SolarWinds Updates & Enhances Its Management Product Portfolio

Today SolarWinds announced that it has made significant updates and enhancements to its SolarWinds Orion Platform and its systems management product portfolio. The enhanced products in the portfolio include SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor, and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor. The goal of these updates and enhancements is to enable IT professionals to better manage application-centric performance across hybrid IT infrastructures.

In The Lab: Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch (S3148P)

As the StorageReview networking fabric overhaul continues, an important but unsung member of the family includes the Dell Networking S3100 Series Switch. While not as glitzy as the 25GbE networking cards or as fast as the S4048 and Z9100 workhorses soon going into place, the S3100 provides a critical role for the lab. Though our office is relatively small, just over 4000SF, we have technology that can benefit from the PoE ports the S3148P version offers. Primarily this includes a dozen or so security cameras that are always keeping a watchful eye over the lab. We also have an assortment of IP phones and wireless access points that mainline into the 48 Ethernet ports the S3100 offers.

Zerto Release Virtual Replication 5.5

Today Zerto released that latest version of its Zerto Virtual Replication, version 5.5 or ZVR 5.5. With this release, Zerto is introducing Microsoft Azure bi-directional replication, faster AWS recovery, and Zerto Analytics capabilities to gain IT environment insights. ZVR 5.5 provides replication and recovery of enterprise applications, both to and from cloud environments adding to companies’ flexibility and speed when utilizing the cloud to drive IT resilience.

Cisco To Acquire Springpath

Today Cisco announced its intent to acquire the hyperconvergence software company, Springpath, Inc. Cisco will acquire the company for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives. The acquisition is expected to close in Cisco's first quarter of fiscal year 2018, following customary closing conditions and regulatory review.

Rackspace Announces GA Of Private Cloud Powered By VMware

Today Rackspace announced that its Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware in generally available. Aside from being generally available today, the company is also announcing that the solution will now be built on VMware Cloud Foundation. This new solution can aide customers as they move to the cloud by now enabling them to use the newest VMware capabilities. It will also enable full software defined data center capabilities such as compute, storage, and networking spanning private and public clouds.

Tegile Launches All-NVMe N-Series Of Storage

Today Tegile Systems announced that it had launched its new all-NVMe storage, the IntelliFlash N-Series. Tegile is calling its N-Series, the first unified All-NVMe array on the market that delivers full enterprise functionality, including robust data management capabilities. Leveraging the performance of NVMe, these new arrays should be able to exponentially accelerate enterprise applications by incorporating the latest generation of solid-state media with NVMe technology into Tegile’s portfolio of IntelliFlash storage systems.

WD My Passport Ultra Review (4TB)

The My Passport Ultra drive is a portable HDD that features USB 3.0 connectivity and the company’s usual slick-looking design. Designed for consumers and professionals on the go who to store large amounts of data, the new My Passport Ultra is available in a maximum capacity of 4TB. This new release features an updated design, higher capacity, and improved performance compared to the previous generation.

News Bits: HPE, StarTech, ClearSky Data, Apposite, Panzura, Unitrends, Nutanix, Cisco, & VMware

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. HPE helps SpaceX launch a supercomputer into space. StarTech releases U.2 to PCIe adaptor. ClearSky Data partners with major cloud vendors. Apposite releases high-density 10Gbps emulator. Panzura releases mobile client for Freedom line. Unitrends and Nutanix announce product integrations. Zensar enters partnership with Cisco around CloudCenter. VMware releases vSAN 6.6.1 upgrade guide.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 4360X Review

The ReadyNAS 4360X is a 10 Gigabit (copper) 60-bay 4U Rackmount NAS designed for SMBs that have massive storage needs and uses cases such as backup, large capacity file servers, collaboration and virtualization environments. Powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 3.3GHz Quad Core Processor, the 4360X supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and comes equipped with two USB3.0 ports, four Gigabit LAN ports and dual internal 700W power supply units.