by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces HGST Ultrastar SAS SS300 SSD

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced its highest-performing SAS SSD to date, the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300. This new addition to the Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSD family is designed, like the rest of the family, to meet the rigorous data demands of many of the world’s largest companies. The drive was designed in partnership with Intel and has random performances of 400K IOPS read and 200K IOPS write.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NetApp, Canonical, WDC, Red Hat, TYAN, Virtual Instruments & 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. NetApp and Canonical collaborate to supply Open Cloud Solutions. WDC announces new iNAND EFD for connected, autonomous cars. Red Hat releases OpenStack Platform 11. TYAN showcases its new GPU-optimized platforms. Virtual Instruments releases VirtualWisdom 5.2. Cisco and NetApp are now strategic investors in Datos IO. Cavium accelerates adoption of NVMe over fabrics. Micron announces new all-flash Ceph storage reference architecture. Cisco announces intent to acquire MindMeld.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Unveils Pulse IoT Center

This year at Dell EMC World, VMware Inc. unveiled its new secure, enterprise grade Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure management solution, VMware Pulse IoT Center. This solution will give what VMware is calling complete control of IoT infrastructure and things to IT and OT teams. VMware Pulse IoT Center is the first solution in the new family of VMware IoT offerings and is all about more efficient management, operation, and scale as well as better protection for customers’ IoT projects.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces Innovations Around Deep Learning

This week Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced several comprehensive computing innovations aimed at accelerating Deep Learning analytics. The innovations will also help to accelerate insights across all organizations with innovations spanning systems design, partner ecosystem collaboration, and expertise including flexible consumption models from HPE Pointnext Services. HPE will be addressing GPU technology integration and Deep Learning expertise challenges through its collaboration with NVIDIA.

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by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Releases Its Q1 2017 HDD Reliability Results

Backblaze has released its latest HDD reliability results, with the results are for the first quarter of 2017. This time Backblaze is looking at over 80,000 HDDs, increasing it from the previous 70,000. And a new addition to the testing is enterprise HDDs, (we covered the importance of the different drive types here).

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family Announced As An Evolutionary Step Forward

Intel has finally unveiled information on the Xeon news that has been hinted at over the past several weeks, with a full-blown announcement detailing complete capabilities and specifications expected in late June or July. Previously codenamed “Skylake,” Intel’s next-generation Intel Xeon processor family is set out to be the one of the biggest steps forward in data center platform advancement in the past 10 years, citing breakthrough performance, security and agility. In short, we can expect a game-changing overhaul of their powerhouse enterprise processors.  As such, Intel has appropriately dubbed this new platform the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Demonstrates 64-layer BiCS Technology On A Client NVMe SSD

Toshiba Storage will demonstrate its new 64-layer BiCS FLASH 3D technology via an XG Series client NVMe PCIe SSD at Dell EMC World 2017. Toshiba’s latest BiCS FLASH combines performance, cost, and endurance for all types of SSDs. Back in August of 2015, Toshiba began developing the first (i.e., 48-layer) iteration of BiCS 3D technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexsan Unveils Unity 2.0 Including An All-Flash Version

Today Nexsan introduced the latest version of its unified storage system, Unity 2.0. The latest version of the company’s unified storage system now offers up to 40% more performance over the previous model as well as more flexible configurations, and costs savings up to 36%. Unity 2.0 is available in both all-flash models, for the performance minded, as well as hybrid models for those needing more capacity.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC XtremIO X2 Announced

Dell EMC has announced XtremIO X2, the first major update to their mainstream enterprise all flash array in some time. While XtremIO was quick to hit $1 billion in sales and has added several new features like iCDM, there hasn't been a hardware leap in several years. XtremIO X2 now brings to bear an all-new custom chassis and core software update, XIOS 6.0. While there are plenty of performance gains, Dell EMC sees an improvement in response times by 80% for instance, the positioning for XtremIO X2 is as much about data efficiency and scalability as it is raw performance. There's also a massive cost savings, as the new X2 is as low as one third the cost of the prior generation ($/GB effective).

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases New All-Flash Unity Models

Today Dell EMC made several announcements updating their systems to all-flash versions, including their high-end, midrange, and unstructured storage systems. For its midrange, Dell EMC introduced four new, all-flash models to its popular Unity line. The new models keep the simple, modern, flexible, affordable storage that Dell EMC were aiming for while increasing density and performance.

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