by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces SDS DX8200D

Today Lenovo announced its new turnkey software-defined storage (SDS) appliance, the DX8200D. The DX8200D leverages Lenovo’s x3650 M5 server platform and combines it with DataCore’s storage virtualization software, SANsymphony. The new DX8200D builds off of Lenovo’s other SDS offerings announced last year.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Demonstrates New NAS Solutions at the 2017 Photography Show

QNAP is set demonstrate a range of new NAS solutions at this year’s Photography Show on March 18 to March 21. These specific NAS models are designed to suit the needs of amateur and professional photographers involved with heavy image and video production.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review

Announced during CES 2017, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT) is a USB flash drive that provides a whopping 2TB in maximum capacity--the highest we’ve seen on the market to date. With such a large storage pool, this GT gives consumers and professionals a viable alternative to Cloud storage for transporting and storing huge amounts of data.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Hedvig, Cisco, Docker, Toshiba, Hitachi, Scality, Cavium, Dell EMC, & 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. Hedvig raises an additional $21.5 million in series C Funding. Cisco and Docker announced a partnership to automate containers for UCS. According to a recent IDC report, Toshiba was the fastest growing HDD and SSD vendor in 2016. Hitachi Content Platform has generated over $1 billion in revenue. Scality was named an Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level partner. Cavium and Microsoft have partnered to enable a variety of cloud workloads running on ThunderX2 ARMv8-A Data Center processor for the Azure cloud platform. Dell EMC shipped over an Exabyte of all-flash in 2016. Commvault partnered with Pure to bring its Data Platform to FlashStack.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #18: Boaz Palgi, Dell EMC

ScaleIO was one of the most exciting reviews we completed in 2016. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we instituted an Editor's Choice program on the site specifically because ScaleIO was such a standout. The blend of flexibility and performance was the highlight as tested in our lab, but ScaleIO has the ability to scale past 1,000 nodes without increasing complexity. In this podcast I talk with Boaz Palgi who was a founder of ScaleIO and runs the group today, nearly four years after EMC acquired them. Boaz discusses all the ways ScaleIO can be consumed, his vision for how data centers will look in the future, the impact of new hardware technologies on software defined solutions and we top it off with a little bit of a look forward at what to expect for ScaleIO later this year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Puts 1 Bit Of Data On A Single Atom

IBM has announced that it has created the world’s smallest magnet, the size of only one atom, and has placed 1 bit of data on it. In contrast, today’s technology uses roughly 100,000 atoms to store 1 bit of data. This is a major development in terms of data storage density. An example IBM gives is that an iTunes library of 35 million songs will be able to be stored in a space no larger than a credit card. This breakthrough is the result of 35 years of nanotechnology history at IBM, including the invention of the Nobel prize-winning scanning tunneling microscope.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Digital Launches DCP1000 SSD

At the OCP Summit 2017, Kingston Digital, Inc. announced that it has begun shipping its Data Center PCIe 1000 SSD (DCP1000). The new SSD is aimed at the emerging flash-based data center. The DCP1000 aggregates four individual 8-channel SSDs together to deliver up to a reported 1.25 million IOPS when stressing each of the SSDs in aggregate.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Launches 12TB Enterprise HDD

Today at the OCP Summit 2017, Seagate Technology announced it plans to start volume shipping its new 12TB helium enterprise drives for production availability in the June quarter of 2017. The new 12TB drive, Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, is designed to address the ability to locate and organize the increasing amount of unstructured data and make it available quickly and reliably for customers. This is a critical issues for hyperscale customers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Refreshes Its Server Hardware Fleet

Today at the Open Compute Summit (OCP) 2017, Facebook is announcing an end-to-end refresh of its server hardware fleet. This announcement includes all new storage chassis, GPU servers, and compute servers, as well as the latest version of Yosemite, Facebook’s multi-node compute platform. All design specifications are available through the Open Compute Project site, and a comprehensive set of hardware design files for all systems will be released.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Previews Its New Naples Server Processor

AMD is giving the world a peak at its upcoming high-performance CPU for servers, codenamed "Naples.” This new CPU is built to scale across the cloud datacenter and traditional on-premise server configurations. The new CPUs are stated as being able to deliver superior memory bandwidth and the number of high-speed input / output channels in a single-chip, making it stand apart from other sever CPUs available now.

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