by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC Upgrade (Dell EMC PowerEdge R730)

We previously reviewed the Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC 25Gb NIC, which is a custom form-factor card designed to slot into Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. This card is unique compared to traditional PCIe edge-cards, in that it is designed to integrate with the server in the same way as any other OEM part and not take up any precious PCIe real-estate. This is very valuable for 1U servers, where PCIe slots are in short supply. In this In the Lab article, we show the process of installing one of these cards into a Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 13G.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Certifies Over 100 Market-Ready Devices

Today NVM Express Inc. announced that over one hundred market-reay products have been NVMe certified in the last four years. These devices certified include SSDs on a PCI Express (PCIe) bus as well across Fabrics. With a recent test conducted at University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), 21 new devices were added to the list (as well as 6 new NVMe-MI devices) bringing the total over 100.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Reports 4Q17 & Year End Financial Results

Western Digital Corp (WDC) announced it financial results for its fourth quarter (ending on June 30, 2017) and for the year. Though the overall numbers look pretty good, the company was able to beat estimates by twelve cents, its stock price still took a bit of a fall today. The drop in stock price had more to do with the company’s projected outlook than its previous performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: CTERA, Cavium, Seagate, Toshiba, Lenovo, Cray, & VMware

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. CTERA releases Enterprise File Services Platform 6.0. Cavium releases XPliant 10GbE/25GbE optimized programmable Ethernet switches. Seagate has begun shipping its Nytro 141 SSD. Toshiba and Lenovo announce partnership integrating NVMe SSDs into ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. Cray partners with Seagate to expand its storage portfolio. VMware updates vSphere 6.5 and vSAN to 6.6.1

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by Josh Linden

Arcserve UDP 8400 Appliance Review

The Arcserve UDP 8400 packages a suite of backup and restore functionality into a 2U rack-mounted appliance aimed at the mid-market. The 8400 promises a comprehensive set of backup features from individual appliances, or as part of a larger deployment with multiple Arcserve 8000 units. Arcserve is promoting the fact that their new generation of appliances has not only brought higher capacities and density, but also features hardware improvements across the board to meet higher expectations in enterprise environments.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech ASR-3100PP Review

The Advantech ASR-3100PP is part of the larger ASR-3100 series which is comprised of storage-heavy 1U servers. Each server offers up 16 bays of 2.5" storage, in a double-stack format, with 8 bays in the traditional front of the box and another 8 that pop up right behind those near the front of the chassis. The ASR-3100PP variant is unique in that it is NVMe throughout, which offers a tremendous performance profile in just a single rack unit. To ensure customers get to use all of their NVMe storage for important applications, Advantech includes two M.2 2242 SATA slots on the motherboard for OS installation, with optional RAID1 mirror. Additionally the system offers 16 DIMM slots for up to 512GB RAM, dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 CPU slots, two PCIe x8 expansion slots (one FHHL, one HHHL), redundant 1100W redundant power supplies and IPMI support. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD Review (3.84TB, 3DWPD)

Seagate and Micron co-launched SAS SSDs at the end of 2015 in a partnership to accelerate sales of enterpise SSDs for the two companies. In the initial review, we looked at the 1.6TB capacity in the light endurance category which has an edurance rating of three drive writes per day (DWPD). Seagate offers 1200.2 SSDs across five endurance categories ranging from 1DWPD to 25DWPD. In this review we stick with the mainstream mixed workload light endurance category but pick up with the highest capacity 3.84TB model. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases 4Q & Year End Financial Results

Today Seagate Technology reported its fourth quarter 2017 financial results (quarter ending on June 30, 2017) and its year-end financial results. While the results in and of themselves weren’t terrible their stock plunged more than 16% after their earnings were out as the company missed expectations. Further, long time CEO, Steve Luczo, will be transitioning out of his position.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

Much like the recently reviewed Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx, today we will be looking at the traditional HHHL version of this NIC. The NIC is designed to add high bandwidth with low latency and a high message rate with its 25GbE transfer rate (though it is compatible with 10GbE as well). The NIC is ideal for next-generation web, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platform use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell 3D NAND Technology

Today Western Digital Corp. announced that it has successfully developed four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. WD has taken its innovation of X4 technology on its 2D NAND, built off of that (both form a technological and commercial aspect) and developed the new X4 technology for 3D NAND. WD will be showcasing new SSDs with the BiCS3 X4 technology in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

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