by Adam Armstrong

DockerCon 2017 Roundup

2017’s DockerCon was held in Austin, Texas this past week. DockerCon is the annual conference centered on the container industry and community. Below is a round up of all the pressing news that was dropped at the event. We will be featuring news from StorageOS, TwistLock, Mesosphere, and Mirantas.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Introduces 2big Dock With Thunderbolt 3

Today LaCie announced an update to its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. The new 2big now supports Thunderbolt 3 technology granting the device the bump in performance that comes with the new interface. The device is yet another in the long line of beautifully designed devices from LaCie and designed by Neil Poulton. Aimed at creative professionals such as photographers and videographers, the 2big provides several ports to connect devices, when some modern notebooks do not.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo System x3550 M5 Server Review

The Lenovo System x3550 M5 is a 1U dual-socket server designed to handle intensive workloads in software-defined data centers. Featuring Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and TruDDR4 memory (high-end DDR4 memory that meets “strict” Lenovo requirements), the x3550 M5 is designed for use in small- and medium-business use cases. It fits nicely in areas such as database, virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, systems management, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media, web, and HPC. Lenovo’s focus is to keep business-critical applications and cloud deployments running safely with the x3550 M5. This cost-effective server is also built with an extensive set of systems-management tools to make deployment and maintenance easy.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Begins Shipping Its 9400 MegaRAID Controllers

Broadcom Limited announced today that it is shipping its new NVMe/SAS/SATA Tri-Mode SERDES MegaRAID family of controllers the 9400 series. The new 9400 series of MegaRAID controllers are all about performance, data protection, and power efficiency. The announcement today is aimed at OEMs, system integrators, and storage manufacturers.  

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.3.3 Now Available

QNAP has announced the official release of QTS 4.3.3, the company’s latest version of their smart NAS operating system for devices such as the TS-831XTS-453A and many more. Version 4.3.3 brings users a new streamlined interface as well as more “intelligence” to its NAS operations and applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Launches 8TB NAS HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. launched its latest consumer NAS 3.5” hard drive, the N300 Series. The drives come in capacities as high as 8TB. And the drives have been optimized to work in a NAS environment, which we go to some length about why this is important in our Pick The Right Drive For The Job article.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Completes Its Acquisition Of Nimble Storage

Last month, we reported that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was in the process of acquiring Nimble Storage for $1 billion and $200 million in unvested equity awards. Today, HPE announced that the acquisition is complete for the above mentions price and equity awards. This is HPE's second major acquisition this year, the first being SimpliVity in January.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Announces StorNext 6.0

Today Quantum Corp. announced a major update of its StorNext file system, version 6. The latest version of StorNext adds new advanced data management features aimed at increasing performance and easing management. Quantum has also added new features to improve collaboration. These new enhancements take StorNext past media and entertainment making it an attractive option for genomics, academic research, video surveillance, oil and gas, and government security.

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by Kevin OBrien

VMware Continues to Push the HCI Market with vSAN 6.6

VMware just launched version 6.6 of vSAN, bringing another round of new features and enhancements. With more than 7,000 customers, and growing rapidly, the sixth version of vSAN boosts performance of its all-flash configurations upwards of 50% in some situations. It also supports Intel's latest Optane flash technology at launch, further driving down latencies for demanding workloads. As vSAN hits version 6.6, I'm continuously reminded as to the fast pace development cycle brought by VMware, strengthening their leadership position in HCI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+, & Expansion Unit DX517

Today Synology Inc. launched two new DiskStation NAS, the DS1517+ and the DS1817+, along with the new expansion unit, DX517. The new NAS devices are the long-awaited 5- and 8-bay models. Synology states that the new models will offer high-performance, reliability, and versatility for tech enthusiasts and small/medium-sized businesses. As with all Synology NAS devices, the new models are powered by the powerful and award-winning operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM), currently in its 6.1 version.

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