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SonicWall NSA 2650 Review

The SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 (and the rest of the NSA line) provides threat prevention and security to mid-sized networks, branch offices, and distributed enterprises. Like the full NSA line, the 2650 leverages SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) engine and the new SonicOS 6.5 operating system. The NSA 2650 has ample connectivity with 22 ports: one console and 1GbE management port, four 2.5GbE SFP ports, four 2.5GbE ports, and twelve 1GbE ports. The firewall also comes with room for expansion, consisting of an expansion module as well as a 16GB storage module with room for an optional power supply to add further redundancy.

News Bits: Cisco, Virtuozzo, DataCore, LTO Program, Ubuntu, Cloudera, Cloudian, & 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. Cisco announced predictive services powered by AI. Virtuozzo announces its Storage for Kubernetes. DataCore announces a new version of its software-defined infrastructure products. LTO Program announces LTO-8 Cartridge specifications. Ubuntu releases version 17.10. Cloudera, Cloudian, Ingeous, and Datos IO partner. Dell EMC support Microsoft Azure Stack with its 14G PowerEdge line. Virtual Instruments partners with Gigamon on monitoring NAS deployments. Lenovo announces support for Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs for ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack.

Seagate Announces Seagate Secure Across Its Enterprise Datasphere Fleet

Seagate Technology launched a stringent collection of security features rolled out across the entirety of Seagate’s Enterprise Datasphere Fleet, Seagate Secure. This new set of features aims to keep all of the drives under the banner secure with specific feature sets. This will add even more security to the company’s proven technology. Seagate is also announcing its Exos line of high capacity enterprise HDDs.

HP ZBook x2 Detachable PC Announced

HP is set to showcase the new performance-driven HP ZBook x2 detachable PC today at the 2017 Adobe MAX conference. Built for artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need a powerful mobile solution that excels Adobe Creative Cloud and other professional applications, the HP ZBook x2 is dubbed the world’s first detachable workstation.

Morro Data Releases CacheDrive R1100

Today Morro Data announced its first rackmount cache file server, CacheDrive R1100. Advancing its CloudNAS Enterprise solution, the CacheDrive R1100 is stated to allow SMBs with hundreds of users to scale cloud capacity, manage files across multiple offices, and collaborate on large file formats without disrupting workflow. Combining the two technologies will offer a 3-in-1 global file services solution for “unlimited” file storage, multiple office sync, and disaster recovery.

Commvault Launches HyperScale Appliance & Software

Today Commvault launched two new secondary storage offerings, Commvault HyperScale Appliance and Commvault HyperScale Software. According to the company, these new offerings provide simplicity, elasticity, resiliency, flexibility and scale for managing secondary data while fitting a wide range of customer needs and environments. The new solutions will be offered as either all-in-one appliance or a reference architecture, allowing customers to pick the best fit for their organization.

Hitachi Vantara Release HDID v6

Today Hitachi Vantara announced the general availability of the latest version of its Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID), version 6. HDID v6 can help companies deliver recovery and DRaaS while also helping to eliminate the backup window. Hitachi Vantara states that HDID v6 modernizes IT environments and how data is protected. It also improves data availability something that is becoming increasingly critical.

Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile Review

Dell EMC knows that the data center needs to be monitored and managed at all times. If a company’s IT resources are always in the office or remote connected through a notebook at home, they are covered. However, many companies have a limited amount of IT resources or they don’t have a computer nearby at all times. Enter Dell EMC’s OpenManage Mobile (OMM) app. The OMM app supports Android and iOS in conjunction with Quick Sync 2 the new 14G PowerEdge servers.

News Bits: IBM, Spinbackup, Nutanix, Cloudera, Zadara, Excelero, Boston Limited, & AC&NC

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. IBM announces two new features for Cloud Object Storage. Spinbackup leverages Blockchain technology for data protection. Nutanix certifies on Cloudera Enterprise. Zadara offers STaaS disaster relief for those hit by the recent hurricanes. Boston and Excelero announce NVMe-based Flash-IO Talyn server. AC&NC announces JetStor X RAID based on QSAN technology for American markets.

QNAP TS-1685 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-1685 is a 16-bay NAS with a somewhat unconventional configuration. The desktop form factor houses twelve 3.5" bays designed for hard drives and four 2.5" bays for SSDs. Better yet, QNAP has included six M.2 bays internally, which means users can load six more SATA SSDs should they like. Powering the TS-1685 is an Intel Xeon D Processor and support for up to 128GB in RAM. Turning to connectivity, the NAS has four GbE and two 10GbE ports on board. There are also three PCIe expansion slots that enable further connectivity options or add-on cards like more SSDs, graphics cards, audio cards and the like. Given all this flexibility and the myriad storage options, it's hard to pin down exactly the best place for the TS-1685. QNAP sees it as a great option for SMBs that need a combination of file shares, virtualized storage, backup targets, and application storage -- essentially making it a "jack-of-all-trades" for a growing small business or ROBO location.