by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkServer RD550, RD650, and TD350 Announced

Lenovo has announced its next-generation enterprise-class server portfolio, the ThinkServer RD550 and RD650 as well as the ThinkServer TD350, which are designed to provide flexibility and reliability for traditional and software-defined data center environments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R920 Review

Dell has been on the forefront of creating servers that combine innovative features to create industry-leading products. Such was the case with the PowerEdge R720, the first mainstream server to include 2.5" PCIe SSDs. This time we take a look at the PowerEdge R920, a server duty-built to drive mission critical applications like databases, large virtual infrastructures and other intensive workloads. To prepare the R920 for such a task, Dell has engineered the 4U server with four Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 with up to 15 cores each and 96 DIMM slots to support up to 6TB of RAM. Storage capabilities are highlighted by 24 2.5" drive bays that may be configured in a variety of different ways including 12Gbps SAS drives and up to eight NVMe Express Flash SSDs, for access to some of the fastest flash available. The system also offers Up to 10 PCIe Gen3/Gen2 slots to give enterprises a wide variety of options when it comes to interconnect or storage expansion via PCIe slots. In aggregate, the R920 is one of the beefiest servers available in the market with the flexibility to handle nearly any workload and configuration. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces Significant Innovations To Its Unified Computing System

Today Cisco UCS introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco has broadened their portfolio with new products aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The new portfolio of technologies is aimed at helping customers capitalize on the rapidly changing landscapes in compute needs and massive data storage. Cisco has launched several new offerings, but the highlight is the new M-Series of modular servers that dramatically shifts how compute deployments are made in large-scale environments. 

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Temporarily Halts Flash Array Shipments

Word began quickly circulating this week that Cisco has halted shipments of their UCS Invicta all flash arrays. Cisco picked up the Invicta technology from Whiptail for $415 million a year ago, but hasn't been outwardly communicative about their plans for the AFAs. Apparently now multiple customers are complaining of quality issues relating to scalability of the arrays. For their part Cisco paused sales of the product and is furiously working to address the issues, with plans to start shipping again in October, presumably after a new OS turn is made available to their customers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate NAS Pro (4-Bay) Review

The Seagate NAS Pro line is a 2, 4, or 6-bay small desktop form factor NAS designed with power users and small to medium businesses with up to 50 employees. The Seagate NAS Pro comes with an Intel dual core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and can run up to 30TB of capacity (6x 5TB HDD). The NAS also comes with Seagate’s new operating system, NAS OS 4 and ships with Seagate HDDs. Having all of the software, hardware, and drives made by Seagate enables the system to work together seamlessly. The NAS come preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Initiates NVM Express Over Fabrics

NVM Express Inc. announced today that it is initiating an effort to specify a standard for NVM Express (NVMe) over Fabrics. NVMe over Fabrics will extend the benefits of NVMe to where usage over fabric is more appropriate than using PCIe. NVM Express also announced a revision of version 1.2 of its NVM Express Specification.

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by Josh Linden

HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers Will Ship in September 2014

HP has announced details about the forthcoming Generation 9 of its ProLiant Server family. The ProLiant Gen9 lineup is optimized for convergence, cloud, and software-defined environments with an architecture based on a pool of processing resources that is geography- and workload-agnostic. ProLiant Gen9 servers can take advantage of proprietary HP PCIe application accelerators and the company’s DDR4 SmartMemory technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Zadara Announces iSER VPSA STaaS

Zadara Storage announced its new high-perfromance storage as a service solution, the Zadara iSER VPSA (iSCSIExtensions for RDMA for Virtual Private Storage Array). iSER VPSA is a new private cloud storage solution that is using a first of its 40 Gigabit Ethernet to boost performance at a lower cost than Fibre Channel. Zadara is the first vendor offering a storage array that supports 40GbE.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC ScaleIO 1.30 Delivers Improved VMware Integration

EMC's ScaleIO 1.30, now has improved VMware integration, raising the bar and eliminating limits on what can be done with software-defined storage. ScaleIO is a single-layer, enterprise-grade storage product that is scalable and elastic. ScaleIO can scale from a couple of servers to thousands (scaling from a few terabytes to several petabytes), and businesses can shrink or expand capacity and performance as needed without data migration or capacity planning. Version 1.30 has many benefits across a wide variety of solution including bare metal deployments, hypervisor based deployments, use cases (including OLTP workloads), virtual storage infrastructure for both enterprises and service providers, as well as EMC's VSPEX based solution architecture.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Rebrands VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air

VMware Inc. has announced it is rebranding VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air. VMWare vCloud Hybrid Service used preexisting tools to extend customers data centers into the cloud and is available in three service offerings: disaster recovery, dedicated cloud, and virtual private cloud. Along with the rebranding comes new improvements that will provide greater choice and flexibility to businesses that want to capitalize on the advantages of the hybrid cloud. The name change underscores the company's commitment in delivering value as-a-service solutions to their customers' hybrid cloud platforms.

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