by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 800GB Z-SSD

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched a 800GB version of its Z-SSD, SZ985. This new drive is aimed at use cases such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, high performance computing (HPC), and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new 800GB, as well as the 240GB version, of the Z-SSD will be introduced at ISSCC 2018 in February 11-15 in San Francisco.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 2Q18 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported its financial results for the quarter ended December 29, 2017. Overall the numbers are looking good, continuing on the path we saw in the last earnings report. For the quarter, Seagate has seen its stock climb slowly but steadily to a high it hasn’t seen since 2015.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP's vQTS Now Available For TS-x77 NAS Series

QNAP has announced the immediate availability of their new vQTS virtualization technology, which allows users to run multiple virtual QTS operating systems on a QNAP NAS. vQTS is based on Virtualization Station and offers benefits for resource segregation, multi-tenant environments, and flexible application deployment coupled with savings on energy, costs and physical space. At this time, vQTS is only available for the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 NAS series.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: RAIDIX, Kaminario, Violin, Morro Data, Wasabi, Virtual Instruments, E8, SK Hynix, & Accelerite

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. RAIDIX releases version 4.6. Kaminario transitions to a software model. Violin expands its customers and partners and announces new patent. Morro Data and Wasabi partner to deliver cloud storage with NAS performance. Virtual Instruments expands its channel partner program. E8 Storage sets record-breaking benchmark. SK Hynix reports record revenue and profits. Accelerite announces general availability of Rovius Cloud Appliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates It HyperFlex Accelerating Multicloud Adoption

This morning Cisco announced new platform innovations and software updates for its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), HX 3.0. The newly updated software is said to deliver higher performance as well as greater simplicity for “any application, on any cloud, and at any scale.” This would make HyperFlex a platform that can enable deployment and development of both traditional and cloud native applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Introduces Clean Energy Automated Rack Integration Facility

Today, Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced its, as well as Silicon Valley’s, first 3-megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility. This facility will be an automated 60-rack burn-in facility with robotic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to expedite the processing, delivery and deployment of large-scale datacenter investments. Supermicro claims that this will be one of the world’s largest clean energy automated rack integration facilities.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Unity 450F All-Flash Storage Review

The Dell EMC Unity family of storage is designed to meet the needs of the midrange customer with a variety of options including hybrid, all-flash and VSA deployment options. Dell EMC Unity storage generally takes over for the previous EMC VNX family. To say it's an evolution of VNX, though, isn't entirely accurate; EMC completely revamped the interface and continued ease-of-use and deployment developments that largely got underway with the VNXe in 2014. The interface is totally new, and the underlying code has been updated as well. The Unity array consists of a 2U chassis with dual-active/active controllers powered by Intel Xeon processors and 25 2.5" drive bays (there is also an option for 12 3.5" bays for the hybrid version). Systems scale up for more capacity and Dell EMC leverages TLC flash in the SSDs to help drive affordability. The systems support block, file, and VMware VVols with concurrent support for native NAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel protocols. The all-flash systems (or hybrid with an all-flash pool) include data reduction features for further TCO gains. All Dell EMC Unity arrays can tier to the cloud easily and offer cloud-based analytics via CloudIQ with no additional investment. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Releases First 64-Layer Enterprise SATA SSD

Today Micron Technologies announced the new 5200 series of SATA SSDs aimed at enterprise use. The 5200 Series is the first enterprise SSDs leveraging Micron’s 64-layer 3D NAND technology. The drive will be released in two flavors: ECO for scalability and PRO for write-intensive workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cloudian Releases HyperStore 7

Today Cloudian announced the latest version of its HyperStore platform, version 7. The company states that the latest version allows companies to unify multiple clouds and on-prem storage to a single storage pool. The platform achieves this through its scale-out architecture providing a single management view and a single set of APIs and tools for managing data no matter where it is stored.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-473 NAS Review

Designed for use cases such as virtualization and HD video editing and sharing, the QNAP TVS-473 is the company’s newest high-performance business NAS highlighted by its support for 10GbE connectivity, M.2 expansion slots, and quad-core AMD R-Series APU. This energy-efficient NAS also features AES-NI hardware encryption engine, up to 64GB RAM, USB 3.1 (10Gbps), AMD Radeon R7 Graphics performance and can expand the total raw storage capacity up to 144TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure.

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