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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 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 Lyle Smith

Samsung EVO Plus microSD Memory Card Review (128GB)

Samsung has released the newest generation of their immensely successful EVO Plus microSD card line, citing various performance improvements, a new Grade 3 (U3) speed class, and more capacity. Available in capacities from 32GB to 256GB, the new EVO Plus line is designed for consumers looking for a performance-driven storage on their high-end smartphone as well as professionals who deal with high-resolution photography, videos and other media files. The revamped EVO microSD cards are also, unsurprisingly, one of the best dollar-per-GB ratio options on the market; a feature which seems to be par for the course over the past 5 years for Samsung as they continue to dominate this market.

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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 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 Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Optane Memory

Last week Intel released the first product in its Optane family (previously 3D XPoint), the Optane SSD DC P4800X, an enterprise SSD. Today Intel is revealing the second product in its Optane line, the Intel Optane Memory. This new product is aimed more at PC users as a way to increase performance and responsiveness while allowing end users to still have large capacity HDDs as their primary storage.

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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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by Brian Beeler

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

Intel launched its first Optane-based product for the enterprise last week, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series. Summarizing of the technical details, the P4800X in its first incarnation is a 375GB SSD in an add-in-card form factor. Software defined solutions like VMware vSAN are uniquely qualified to take full advantage of this new technology, as they're already architected to leverage advancements in hardware. VMware has done just that, offering launch support in both ESXi 6.5 and vSAN 6.5. 

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