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StorageReview Podcast #20: The Future of Flash in the Data Center

When it comes to SSDs in the data center, there are a handful of products that stand well above the rest. Samsung has quite a few top performers, highlighted by their 15TB 2.5" SAS beast (PM1633a 15.36TB) that's being used in several storage arrays from NetApp, HPE and others. The net effect is shrinking data center footprints as the enterprise takes advantage of high capacity SSDs, in addition to major software advances that offer much better data reduction (dedupe, compression) technology with less of a CPU hit. In this podcast I talk with Richard Leonarz about these trends in addition to his views on the adoption of NVMe, next-gen 64-layer V-NAND and one place where even Richard doesn't think flash will be deployed.

Veeam Commissions Report Looking At The Availability Gap

Veeam has commissioned an ESG report to look at the availability gap (a gap between user expectations for availability and what IT can deliver) and how much this gap can actually costs enterprises. The report took a survey of 1,060 ITDMs from private and public sector organizations with a minimum of 1,000 employees, in 24 different countries, in late 2016. Countries included in the survey include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the UAE, UK, and the US. This is the sixth annual availability report from Veeam.

Seagate Release 3Q17 Financial Results

Seagate Technology announced its third quarter 2017 financial results. Though in recent quarters Seagate has been on the rise, this earnings report was a bit flat if not down some from the previous results. Seagate’s stock has shown a fairly strong performance over the quarter with a high of 50.51 before a sharp sell off after this quarter’s results were released.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.