by Adam Armstrong

Virtual Instruments Releases The Latest Version of Load DynamiX TDE

Today Virtual Instruments announced the latest version of its Load DynamiX Test Development Environment (TDE), version 5.6. The company also announced new Load Generation Appliances that include new 32Gb Fibre Channel Series Appliances and new 40Gb Ethernet Series Appliances. With theses newly announced updates, Virtual Instruments is calling its Load DynamiX platform, “the industry’s most comprehensive solution for workload modeling, testing, validation and performance analysis for enterprise storage deployments.”

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces Its Largest Data Center Portfolio

Today Lenovo unveiled its new and largest end-to-end data center portfolio. This new portfolio is designed to help its customers to harness the power of the “intelligence revolution” and create a strong technology foundation that supports transformative capabilities such as data analytics, high-performance computing, hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Lenovo is also launching new sets of brands including ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Releases The Smallest ISV-Certified Workstation

Today at its TRANSFORM commercial summit in New York, NY, Lenovo made two announcements around its PC offerings. Lenovo announced what it refers to as the smallest Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified workstation, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny. Levono states that the P320 Tiny can run critical applications reliably in a one liter form factor. The company is also announcing a PC as a Service (PCaaS) offering to provide a fully-managed, fixed monthly cost subscription model combining hardware and services into a single solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New HPC & AI Solutions

Today at the ISC HPC conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new High Performance Computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems, software and services aimed at accelerating scientific, engineering, and business innovation. These new systems will include the HPE Apollo 6000 Gen10, HPE SGI 8600 and HPE Apollo 10 Series. According to HPE, the new systems are workload-optimized to deliver faster, more efficient insights while reducing vulnerability to cyber-attacks and improving economic control.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-882ST3 Thunderbolt 3 Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the TVS-882ST3, a 2.5 inch 8-bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS powered by a 6th Generation Intel 14nm Core i7/i5 quad-core processor. The new NAS also features AES-NI encryption, 10GbE 10GBASE-T dual networking ports, USB 3.1 10Gbps Type-C/Type-A ports, and 4K HDMI output. QNAP indicates that it is specifically designed to house an all-SSD configuration to improve workflow collaboration between Thunderbolt 3-enabled Macs and Windows users.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft Review (Azure Pack)

The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft debuted in late 2015 as the first validated hybrid cloud system that implemented Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) Standard. The Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft combines PowerEdge hardware, Dell EMC Networking, and a software stack built with Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2. Dell EMC's vast engineering resources focused on creating a turnkey experience for new Dell EMC hybrid cloud administrators with a unified interface and a variety of licensing schemes. This was the company's second collaboration with Microsoft on Azure-based cloud systems. Prior to CPS Standard, the companies worked together to offer Microsoft CPS Premium, targeted at much larger deployments.  The Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is on deck as the company's next Azure-based offering, expected to be available later this year.

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by Brian Beeler

AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Review

At the beginning of the month, AMD launched a pair of new GPUs that address the entry-class performance needs of professionals in popular fields like design and manufacturing, media and entertainment and finance. And while AMD has plenty of specs that show where the new WX 2100 and WX 3100 stand out, they're really leading with a value-based message. Not just in terms of the $199 MSRP for the WX 3100, but also the fact that they offer a three year warranty (7 optional) with 24/7 local language support and a commitment to quarterly feature, performance and stability improvements. Of course the WX 3100 also has the popular application certifications including SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, and CATIA. 

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

WD My Passport SSD Review

The WD My Passport SSD marks the brand's first foray into portable SSD storage. Building off of the extensive My Passport line, the SSD variant is available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities and promises to give speeds up to 515MB/s using the USB Type-C port. For those without USB-C, WD includes a USB 3 adaptor. As usual WD includes bundled software to give the drive a little more value, in this case that includes backup software and drive health monitoring. The My Passport SSD can also be protected with built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption and the drive includes a three year warranty. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Rubrik Releases Alta

Today Rubrik released the 4.0 version of its Cloud Data Management platform, Alta. The latest version provides what Rubrik is calling instant application availability anytime, anywhere regardless of infrastructure. Alta also features support for key modern operating environments in the enterprise, including: VMware, Hyper-V, AHV; physical environments such as Linux and Windows; and AWS, Azure and private clouds.  And Alta can deliver support for physical or virtualized Oracle and SQL. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New 15K, 900GB HDD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced a new series of 15K RPM, 2.5” hard disk drives (HDDs), the AL14SX series. This new drive is designed for mission critical servers and storage. The AL14SX replaces the AL13SX with better performance and power efficiencies as well as a 50% increase in capacity, now up to 900GB.

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