by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces 4Q17 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Today Cisco announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings for 2017. The stock saw a sharp drop in after hours trading and is still running under where it was last quarter. While the overall numbers were better than expected, the company reported that sales were down year-over-year, which most likely started the selloff.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datrium Introduces Split Provisioning For DVX

Today Datrium introduced what it is calling a fundamentally new and different method of scaling converged infrastructure for private clouds, DVX 3.0 with Split Provisioning. This new software will enable the server-powered converged infrastructure system to fully separate scaling of host storage speed and persistent capacity. This will match resources to the changing requirements. Datrium intends to demonstrate its DVX platform with Split Provisioning at the VMWorld conference in Las Vegas, Aug. 27-31, booth #618.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 is the company’s latest high-performing mobile storage solution powered by advanced V-NAND technology. The T5 is the long-awaited successor to the popular T3 (released way back in early 2016) and is designed for media professionals and enthusiasts who transfer massive amounts of data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Teradici Launches All Access Plans For Cloud Computing

Today Teradici launched four new All Access subscription plans. These end-to-end cloud-ready PCoIP solutions include software, support, resources, and cloud-ready options to help customers manage, optimize and futureproof their deployments and prepare for the next wave of cloud computing. Teradici is also announcing new professional services for cloud deployments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Backup Can Now Be Replicated To AWS

Today Barracuda Networks, Inc. announced that its Barracuda Backup can now replicate data securely and efficiently to AWS. This works for data that resides on either physical or virtual backup appliance. This gives customers more flexibility in their choice of replication targets and is especially beneficial to customers of both Barracuda and Amazon.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Unveils Quad-core Rackmount TS-x53BU NAS Series

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. unveiled a new series of quad-core, rackmount NAS devices, the TS-x53U Series. These new NAS are available in 4-, 8-, and 12-bay designs with both single and redundant power supplies in either 1U or 2U form factors. The new series also comes with 4 Gigabit LAN ports and expandability for M.2 SSD and 10GbE connections making it an ideal choice for SMB that need stable, secure, and high-performance storage.

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by Brian Beeler

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 for vSAN Review

VMware vSAN has delivered on the promise of HCI in large part by simplifying the purchase, deployment and maintanence of vSAN clusters, while still delivering on performance and data services requirements. In June VMware made sweeping updates to the intelligence side of the house, by adding or enhancing vSAN support for vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. vRealize Operations 6.6 now pulls together all management functions in one integrated platform. In this review we take a look at the new enhancements through the lens of vSAN, highlighting the new and updated features across the vROps spectrum that VMware identifies as; Ensure Readyness, Operationalize vSAN and Optimize and Scale vSAN. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall Upgrade

We are in the process of upgrading our networking fabric; a major part of that includes moving to the NSA 3600 from the SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) Midrange Firewall Series. Ideal for small to medium-sized corporate environments, this firewall series is highlighted by its advanced automated threat-prevention technologies. Previously, we used Sonicwall’s TZ500W, an easy-to-deploy, all-in-one SMB desktop firewall solution that is great for smaller-scale networks. Moving to an entry-enterprise rack platform, the NSA 3600 acts as a significant upgrade in our labs, offering 10G support with SFP+ ports and support for jumbo frames.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Excelero, Broadcom, E8, Intel, Microsemi, Attala, Mellanox, NodeSource, AppDynamics, & 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. Excelero’s NVMesh is validated on Broadcom NetXtreme BCM57414 NIC. E8’s X24 leverages Intel Optane SSDs. Attala and Microsemi partner on industry’s first NVMeF compliant with DMTF Redfish and SNIA Swordfish. NodeSource integrates with AppDynamics. WekaIO and Intel demo native scale-out NVMe-oF at FMS. Longsys launches world’s smallest SSD at FMS. Cloudistics releases version 3.2. Marvell ships over 50 million 88SS1074 SATA SSD controllers in 18 months. Cavium supports FC-NVMe standard.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS418j

Today Synology Inc. released their latest budget friendly, 4-bay NAS, the DiskStation DS418j. This new value series NAS is aimed at home users looking to manage, protect, and share data such as multimedia. As with all Synology NAS products, the DS418j is powered by the award winning DSM.

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