by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Introduces Free Backup Capacity And Storage Inventory Reporting Tools

Unitrends has introduced two new free tools, Unitrends Backup Capacity Tool and Unitrends Storage Inventory Tool. The new pair enables businesses to identify significant cost savings by offering complete visibility into storage and file capacity and utilization. The tools are designed to help determine how much storage needs to be allocated for backups and which files are critical for backups.

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Capital Makes $10 Million Investment in Amplidata

Amplidata has announced that Western Digital Capital has made a $10 million strategic investment in the company. In addition, HGST has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions in order to help tackle the rapidly growing demand to store data in both public and private cloud data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Announces Data Protection Plus Initiative

Barracuda Networks Inc. announced today its new Data Protection Plus strategic initiative aimed at helping customers protect, manage, and share data through any device they use and from anywhere they are. Along with the new initiative they are announcing several new releases and major enhancements cross their portfolio of cloud-connected backup solutions, as well as their acquisition of C2C Systems.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New Z Desktop and ZBook Workstations

HP has introduced their new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 Desktop Workstations and HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory, multicore updates, and access to the latest technologies to help customers future-proof their systems. The HP Z Desktops and HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, such as with media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. The new desktop workstations feature the latest Intel Xeon processor product family, with NVIDIA and AMD professional graphics options, while the new HP ZBook G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations take advantage of powerful processing, including optional Intel quad-core processors paired with NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z620 Workstation Review

Like all HP workstations, the Z620 is designed to satisfy the ever-growing demands of professionals who work with large and complex datasets, complex 3D models, require multiple displays, or for businesses that just need a high-performance and reliable system for their employees. The HP Z620 Workstation is quoted to having four times the memory capacity compared to last generation systems, a larger power supply, and support for single- or dual-socket processor configurations. It is also equipped with (up to) 24 discrete processor cores, making the Z620 seems quite a powerhouse when it comes to computing and visualization horsepower. It offers all of this while having an unobtrusive build and footprint as well as producing very little noise when the workstation is doing its thing.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/1600 v3 Families Announced

Intel has introduced the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-1600 v3 product families, which are designed to tackle diverse workloads and the rapidly growing needs of data centers. The new line of processors offer numerous enhancements including an increase in performance of 3x over the previous generation, energy efficiency, and enhanced security. The E5-2600/1600 v3 product families will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge 13G R730xd Review

Today Dell announced the specifications and availability information for its new 13th Generation PowerEdge R730 and R730xd servers which feature the new Intel Haswell Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family (which was also announced today). The R730xd is a 2U storage server solution built on Intel’s Grantly platform, which consists of Intel Xeon Haswell processors and a Wellsburg C610 chipset with DDR4 memory. These processors incorporate embedded PCIe lanes for improved I/O performance. Certain E5-2600 series processors can also perform DDR4 operations at a data rate of 2,133MT/s, and the R730xd supports three DIMMs per channel at 1,866MT/s with these processors. The R730xd also boasts impressive storage-centric configurations; our review model has a unique combination of 1.8" SSD bays, 3.5" hard drive bays and 2.5" flexible drive bays in the rear of the chassis.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge Gen13 Servers Released

Dell has unveiled its most advanced portfolio of PowerEdge servers to date, which was designed to help customers address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The 13th generation of Dell PowerEdge servers are also built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise, and hyper scale applications, and features advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with systems management capabilities.  The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio offers customers a choice in how they tackle industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

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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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