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Intel Optane SSD 900P Series Review

The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series is a high-endurance NVMe SSD designed for the storage-demanding workloads in client systems. The series comes in PCIe and 2.5” form factors and has a range of different use cases such as engineering workloads, media creation (specifically game development), and gaming. Though the 900P has been available for quite some time, we have been working on a new CGI-rendering benchmark to properly illustrate Optane's performance profile. That test is fully online now; the results were worth the wait.

Veritas Announces New NetBackup & RestAPI

Today Veritas Technologies announced the latest version of its NetBackip, version 8.1.1. The company announced its NetBackup RestAPI, what it is calling the first extension of Veritas NetBackup with new APIs built for developers, partners and solution providers to natively integrate and customize data protection for business, and now highly-regulated public sector applications. Veritas also released a new study about the potential impacts of Cloud outage.

Dell EMC Networking Z9100-ON Z-Series Switch Review

The Dell EMC Networking Z9100-ON Z-Series switch is a 1U fixed, 10/25/40/50/100GbE network switch built for the highest performance in mind. To move this beyond a marketing term, the Z9100-ON powered SCinet, which is commonly referred to as the “World’s Fastest Network.” The Dell EMC Z9100-ON Z-Series switch, along with the Dell EMC Networking S4048 S-Series 10GbE Switch, are both part of the latest additions making up the networking refresh of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab. And again, our review here both looks at the Z9100-ON Z-Series switch, while at the same time gives the reader a look into why and how we are integrating the switch into our lab. 

Seagate DJI Fly Drive Review

Data growth and backup of footage is front of mind for every professional drone camera operator during a production setting. That’s why Seagate partnered with drone-maker DJI to create a 2TB drive designed specifically for this application. The DJI Fly Drive combines a 2TB external hard drive with a microSD card reader (card of choice for many drones) to make it a seemless process for prosumers and professionals alike to move footage off the drone after each use.

SolarWinds Updates SRM & SAM Both To 6.6

Today, SolarWinds updated two of its monitoring solutions. The company updated Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) to version 6.6 adding support to even more all-flash arrays (AFA) including Dell EMC Unity, HPE Nimble, IBM and INFINIDAT. SolarWinds updated its Server & Application Monitor (SAM) to version 6.6 now allowing for deeper visibility into how severs, running mission-critical applications, interact with one another.

Pivot3 Announces Compact Acuity X3 HCI Solutions For ROBO

Today Pivot3 announced a new version of its Acuity HCI Series, the Acuity X3 Series. This new series is designed to bring all of the benefits that enterprises enjoy to SMB, ROBO, and edge. According to the company, the new solution will allow organizations to confidently consolidate multiple, mixed-application workloads onto a single infrastructure to help lower cost and reduce datacenter footprint.

Panzura Expands Freedom Line With Private Secure Site Mode

Today Panzura announced that it was expanding it popular Freedom line with the addition of Private Secure Site Mode. This new function will install a private secure site (an installation with security restrictions that require absolutely no external communications) on Freedom to disable all public communications ensuring a new level of security. The private site will also help companies comply with strict regulatory requirements.

News Bits: Imanis, SonicWall, Kaminario, Commvault, MapR, Kubernetes, FUJIFILM, Sony, & 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. Imanis raises $13.5 million in funding. SonicWall releases its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. Kaminario and Commvault partner on automated operational backup and recovery. MapR extends data fabric for Kubernetes. Cloud Constellation Corporation and Wasabi announce cloud storage partnership. D-Link launches new line of multi-gigabit smart managed Ethernet switches. AHEAD announces new VMware Cloud on AWS offering. FUJIFILM wins another round in court against Sony.

Lenovo Announces New VX Series HCI Building Blocks

Lenovo has launched three new ThinkAgile VX Series products, all of which are powered by VMware vSAN. Lenovo’s new hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) “building blocks” are primarily aimed at addressing concerns users have as they look to deploy HCI in their data centers. The three new models are aimed at large enterprise, medium business, and smaller remote office users.

Microsoft Unveils Windows ML With Intel Movidius VPU

Microsoft unveiled a new OS aimed at machine learning, Windows ML. Microsoft announced that it would be including an Intel Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Units (VPU) for Windows ML hardware. This can help accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) workloads at the edge.