by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital/HGST Release 10TB PMR Helium HDD

Today Western Digital announced that it is shipping the world’s first 10TB perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) HDD, the HGST Ultrastar He10. Though a 10TB drive was announced earlier this year it was an SMR drive. The He10 is drop in ready and currently has the highest capacity, lowest power consumption per TB, and highest reliability rating on the market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Permabit Releases Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer 5.2

Today Permabit Technology Corporation released the latest version of Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO), version 5.2. The latest release will deliver increased efficiency and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 support.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Introduces New Workstations Including A Tablet-Esque Model

At Autodesk University today in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced a new set of workstations including the ThinkPad P40 Yoga. The ThinkPad P40 Yoga is the first workstation that allows sketching directly onto the screen through a stylus similar to a tablet. Lenovo states that this ability gives creative professionals will be able to sketch their designs onto a high performance and reliable mobile workstation. Lenovo is also introducing two other workstations, the ThinkPad P50s and ThinkStation P310.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate & Newisys Demonstrate Flash Storage Architecture Capable Of 1TB/s

Today Seagate Technology and Newisys, a division of Sanmina Corporation, announced that they have broken the 1TB/s threshold in a single rack. The two companies announced that 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. This marks the industry’s fastest flash storage design. Each individual 2U Newisys supports up to 60 Seagate SSDs and has a bandwidth up to 49GB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces Synergy Hybrid Infrastructure

HPE announced today a new composable infrastructure, HPE Synergy. This new platform will run both traditional and cloud native applications by leveraging fluid resource pools, software defined intelligence, and a unified API. HPE Synergy will help enterprises tackle new services and markets while reducing overprovisioning and lower costs.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology NVR216 Compact NVR Solution Announced

Synology has introduced the NVR216 compact NVR solution designed for small shops, offices and other places where space is an issue. The NVR216 is equipped with a dedicated 1080p HDMI output, which allows users to directly connect to a monitor for easy surveillance, as well as the ability to manage cameras and recordings. Available in both a 4 or 9 channel configuration, each channel can run at 720p/30FPS for smooth video feedback. Additionally, NVR216 can be expanded to 4 drives when leveraging the DX213 expansion unit, which gives the new NVR solution a “future proof” build; something that growing businesses often desire.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Begins Production Of 128GB DDR4 Modules For Enterprise Servers

Samsung has announced that it will be mass producing the industry’s first through silicon via (TSV) DDR4 memory in 128GB modules for enterprise servers and data centers. Samsung’s new TSV RDIMM technology paves the way for ultra-high capacity memory at an enterprise level. The new TSV DRAM module is touted as the largest capacity and the highest energy efficiency of any DRAM modules currently available, all the while performing at high speeds and with a focus on reliability. The 128GB TSV DDR4 RDIMM is equipped with 144 DDR4 chips arranged into 36 4GB DRAM packages, each of which contain four 20-nm-based 8Gb chips assembled with advanced TSV packaging technology. Last week, the company announced a partnership with Netlist to produce a new class of memory solution, NVDIMM-P (NV-P)

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS EC2 Dedicated Hosts Now Available

Amazon Web Services has announced that is Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) now has dedicated hosts. Amazon announced last month that this feature would be coming to AWS soon. With EC2 Dedicated Hosts users will be able to control the mapping of their EC2 instances to the underlying physical servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nimble Misses Q3 Expectations & Its Stock Takes A Beating

Nimble Storage reported its third quarter earnings Thursday and the news wasn’t exactly terrific. While their revenue was up 37% over this same quarter last year it was about $7 million under analysts expectations. Nimble also reported a greater loss than expected at $11 million. And the final bit of bad news was that fourth quarter estimates are also going to be lower than expectations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Is Increasing Speed Of Its Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform customers rely on Google’s global network for their service. With the modern media-rich and web applications customers need great network performance. Google has made several announcements around improving network performance including the general availability of HTTPS Load Balancing, a software-defined network virtualization stack, Andromeda, and the introduction of Cloud Router and Subnetworks.

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