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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by Lyle Smith

Synology Moments, Drive, and Office Software Packages Now Available

Synology has announced the official release of Drive, Office, and Moments--three significant packages that run on the company’s line NAS products. These new applications give users the ability to securely and privately store, back up, and synchronize their files.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases The New RS818+/RS818RP+ RackStation

Today Synology announced that it has new RackStation, the RS818+/RS818RP+. Built with a quad core processor and optional 10GbE, the new NAS packs a powerful punch in a small form factor. This new 1U NAS is aimed at the SMB market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Produces 16Gb GDDR6 For Advanced Graphic Systems

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it is producing the industry’s first 16- gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory. This new memory is designed to be used in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network, and artificial intelligence systems.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-x73e SMB NAS Series Now Available

QNAP Systems released their high-performance SMB NAS TVS-x73e series today, which is comprised of the TVS-873e (8-bay), QNAP TVS-673e (6-bay) and QNAP TVS-473e (4-bay) models. These new NAS devices are highlighted by an AMD RX-421BD quad-core APU, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots (for SSD cache acceleration with Qtier auto-tiering), a QuickAccess port, dual 4K HDMI output, and hardware-assisted 4K video transcoding acceleration.  The TVS-x73e series is both secure and scalable, and is equipped with two PCIe slots that support 10GbE NICs, QM2 cards or USB 3.1 10Gbps cards. This allows small and medium businesses to build a private cloud for applications such as high-speed data transfer rates, backup/recovery, virtualization, media playback, and graphics display.

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