by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Release New All-Flash & Hybrid RealStor 5 Arrays

Today Seagate Technologies announced that it has added two new additions to its RealStor 5 Series. Seagate has added the all-flash RealStor 5005 all-flash array (AFA) aimed at demanding data environments. And the RealStor 4005 hybrid array that for users that need high performance but still want to leverage HDDs for economic reasons.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo x3650 M5 (8871) ThinkServer Review

The Lenovo x3650 M5 ThinkServer is a 2U dual-socket rack server aimed at the mass market to run a multitude of workloads--either as bare-metal or in a virtualized fashion. The x3650 M5 can leverage Intel Haswell and Broadwell Xeon processors, and up to the 22-core E5-2699 v4 as the top offering. The server also offers plenty of configurability with support for 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, SAS, SATA, HDD, SSD, and NVMe PCIe drives. The x3650 supports up to 1.5TB of memory, with local storage configurations supporting up to a peak of 215TB in a 2U space (using 28 7.68TB, 2.5" SSDs).

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSphere Docker Volume Is Docker Certified

Today VMware announced that it has joined the Docker Certification program. VMware goes on to announce that its vSphere Docker Volume Service (vDVS) plugin will now be available in the Docker Store. The certifications proves that VMware vSphere Docker Volume service has been thoroughly tested and validated by Docker and confirms to customers that it is supported and built according to best practices while being evaluated for security as well.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Launches UCS Blade VMware vSAN Ready Nodes

Cisco has long been a VMware vSAN Ready Node partner with their more traditional rackmount servers available in all-flash configurations like the UCS C220 1U server and the UCS C240 2U server. Now Cisco has certified their popular UCS B200 blades in an all flash configuration for vSAN. Most vSAN deployments are heavier on drive count, hence the popularity of rackmount servers. The UCS B200 blades are targeting a very different use case, which is plain to see given the unbalanced CPU/Memory footprint to storage capacity. 

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by Adam Armstrong

ClearSky Data Expands Its Backup & DR Capabilities

Today ClearSky Data announced that it has expanded its data protection capabilities. The company is now able to offer complete offsite back and disaster recovery (DR) as part of its fully managed service. ClearSky states that organizations now only have to pay once for access to all of their data regardless of where it resides. ClearSky also points out potential cost savings by eliminating redundant infrastructure such as secondary infrastructure for DR, backup licenses and management.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3617xs is a 12-bay NAS solution built for high-performance for demanding business applications, and helps businesses centralize their storage, simplify data management, and seamlessly deploy virtualization solutions. The RS3617xs comes equipped with four Gigabit ports, dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots that can host 10GbE NICs, and supports SSD cache for improved throughput.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces SimpliVity 380 With OmniStack

A few months ago, HPE announced its plan to acquire SimpliVity for $650 million. The acquisition was made in an effort to strengthen HPE’s role in the fragmented HCI market. HPE is announcing the first product resulting from the acquisition, the HPE SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack.

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by Brian Beeler

Micron Sees Huge SSD Sales, XPoint Products Shipping This Year

Micron reported their 2Q 2017 results last night and the quarter was a monster. Much of that is due to great traction in Micron's SSD business, thanks to 3D TLC NAND making Micron highly cost competitive. Micron also saw increases in their OEM, cloud and enterprise businesses, both in terms of capacity shipped and total sales. Micron is obviously benefitting from the shift away from HDDs as a capacity tier; perhaps in an outsized way as their strength right now is clearly in higher capacity SATA SSDs that are especially popular in software defined platforms like VMware vSAN.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Unitrends, Marvell, CTERA, HPE, WD, Reduxio, Druva, Seagate, Synology, & 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. Unitrends adds ransomeware detection. Marvell expands its Passive Intelligent Port Extender (PIPE) family. Blue Medora sees its sixth consecutive record-braking quarter. CTERA joins HPE’s Complete Program. WD updates its My Passport Wireless Pro. Reduxio raises an additional $22 million in series C funding. Druva partners with Carahsoft for public sector cloud data protection. Seagate and Synology partner to bring IronWolf Health management to Synology’s NAS. Avere raises an additional $14 million in series E funding. Cisco completes its acquisition of AppDynamics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Announces Gluster Storage 3.2

Today Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of the latest version of its software-defined storage solution, Gluster 3.2. The 3.2 version comes with several new enhancements and features aimed at lower costs while improving small file performance and increasing data integrity. Gluster 3.2 will also have tighter integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. 

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