by Adam Armstrong

Microsemi Introduces Smart HBAs & RAID Adapters

Today Microsemi Corporation announced the production of its new Smart Storage SAS/SATA adapters for data centers. The new portfolio, which includes the Microsemi Adaptec HBA 1100 family, SmartHBA 2100 family and SmartRAID 3100 family, is based on the company’s latest 28nm SmartIOC 2100 and SmartROC 3100 storage controller integrated circuits (ICs). These new adapters aim to deliver high performance, low power, reliability and feature-rich solutions tailored to a variety of server storage applications, including software-defined storage (SDS), cold storage and enterprise applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micro Focus Announces GA Of Its Service Management Automation-X

Today Micro Focus announced what it refers to as the industry’s first, container-based, multi-tenet, service management solution, Service Management Automation-X (SMA-X). The new solution is all about simplifying end user experience while at the same time driving down operation costs through the use of advanced analytics. SMA-X is available for deployment on premise virtualized, on bare metal, or on public cloud infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Announces New microSD Cards For Surveillance At The Edge

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced a new portfolio of microSD cards designed for video surveillance and storage at the edge. These new industrial microSD cards, with capacities as high as 256GB, are designed to be used in both commercial and enterprise surveillance with the promise of lower costs and speeding deployments. To accelerate the adoption of edge recording for surveillance, Micron is collaborating with Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association (SSPIA) and China channel partner, Jinyu Global.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.3.4 Beta Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of QTS 4.3.4 Beta for ARM-based QNAP NAS devices. In this new update, QNAP devices featuring AnnapurnaLabs processors with as low as 1GB of RAM can support snapshots making system protection more accessible for entry-level models. Moreover, users can now set snapshot reservation space so they can ensure that it has adequate dedicated space for saving snapshots.

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by Adam Armstrong

ONTAP Select Is Now Available On The IBM Marketplace

Today NetApp announced that the software-only data management version of ONTAP, ONTAP Select, is now available on the IBM Marketplace. The availability of the software on IBM’s marketplace brings all of the benefits to a new set of customers. These customers can use their IBM hardware and the proven capabilities of ONTAP Select.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Updates Its SkyHawk Drive For AI-Based Surveillance

Seagate Technology announced a new HDD designed for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions, SkyHawk AI. The new HDD takes all of the proven technology of the SkyHawk HDD and increases its performance to provide, what the company refers to as, the ability to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras.

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp HCI Hits General Availability

NetApp has announced that its HCI solution has hit GA. Announced back in June, NetApp HCI is trying to build on the success of the hyperconvergence movement, while addressing many of the core concerns. Chief amongst those is flexibility in scaling. While many HCI solutions scale with nodes that include compute and storage, NetApp HCI allows customers to add either storage nodes or compute nodes as needed. This provides more flexibility as application requirements change over time. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Commvault, Scale Computing, WinMagic, Kaminario, Seagate, & 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. Cisco enters into agreement to acquire Broadsoft. Commvault announces ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS. Scale Computing and WinMagic partner on HCI security. Kaminario enhances its Clarity platform. Seagate announces 4TB Game Drive for PS4. Paragon Software Group releases Hard Disk Manager Version 16. Spectra Logic announces certified LTO-8 Type M Media and LTO-8 Drives.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN

For as much work as we've done around VMware vSAN in terms of site content and reviews, it may come as a surprise to some that we hadn't been using any vSAN in production. With the refresh of our lab servers complete (12x Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd), we decided to solve this problem by repurposing a handful of PowerEdge R730 servers and extra SSDs we had on hand. The result is a modest vSAN 6.6 configuration that we will use to host VMs needed for testing, in addition to serving as a platform for testing out and reporting on new vSAN features. This deployment though brings up an immediate question that vSAN buyers are often curious about: how do I migrate existing workloads to vSAN?

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco & Virtual Instruments Join On Networking Innovations

Today Cisco announced it is working with Virtual Instruments new technology innovations for next-generation storage networking that aim to help customers better analyze SAN operational performance and move to cost effective 32Gbps solutions that grow as digital business expands. The companies will be combining Virtual Instruments App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management platform, VirtualWisdom, with several Cisco products for deep fibre channel (FC) SAN performance monitoring.

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