by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Bumps Up The Capacity Of The WD Purple To 10TB

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that it had taken its surveillance drives, the WD Purple, and bumped the maximum capacity up to 10TB. Aside from the capacity boost, the WD Purple supports up to 64 high-definition cameras, always-on 24x7 video surveillance systems, and is now 4K ready.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Announces 4.0 & Raises $90 Million In Series C Funding

Today Cohesity announced fourth-generation offerings with Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0 and Cohesity DataProtect 4.0. These latest versions bring more formats and infrastructures to Cohesity’s hyperconverged platform including object storage and network-attached storage (NAS). Cohesity is also announcing that it has raised an additional $90 million in series C funding.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datrium Introduces Data Cloud Software & DVX Rackscale Systems

Today Datrium made two new announcements. Its new suite of scalable, secure cloud data management tools (that, of course, is integrated with its Datrium DVX Open Convergence platform), Data Cloud Software. Datrium also is announcing its new turnkey system nodes for virtualization administrators to speed infrastructure deployment and simplify end-to-end support, DVX Rackscale systems.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Release New All-Flash & Hybrid RealStor 5 Arrays

Today Seagate Technologies announced that it has added two new additions to its RealStor 5 Series. Seagate has added the all-flash RealStor 5005 all-flash array (AFA) aimed at demanding data environments. And the RealStor 4005 hybrid array that for users that need high performance but still want to leverage HDDs for economic reasons.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo x3650 M5 (8871) ThinkServer Review

The Lenovo x3650 M5 ThinkServer is a 2U dual-socket rack server aimed at the mass market to run a multitude of workloads--either as bare-metal or in a virtualized fashion. The x3650 M5 can leverage Intel Haswell and Broadwell Xeon processors, and up to the 22-core E5-2699 v4 as the top offering. The server also offers plenty of configurability with support for 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, SAS, SATA, HDD, SSD, and NVMe PCIe drives. The x3650 supports up to 1.5TB of memory, with local storage configurations supporting up to a peak of 215TB in a 2U space (using 28 7.68TB, 2.5" SSDs).

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar JumpDrive Tough Review (128GB)

Last week, Lexar announced the release of its latest JumpDrive thumb drive, the JumpDrive Tough. The new JumpDrive Tough is a USB 3.1 thumb drive with stated transfer speeds of 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write and a maximum capacity of 128GB. To top it off, it is also built to be rugged enough to take a few bumps along the way, without the price increase typcially seen in rugged devices.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSphere Docker Volume Is Docker Certified

Today VMware announced that it has joined the Docker Certification program. VMware goes on to announce that its vSphere Docker Volume Service (vDVS) plugin will now be available in the Docker Store. The certifications proves that VMware vSphere Docker Volume service has been thoroughly tested and validated by Docker and confirms to customers that it is supported and built according to best practices while being evaluated for security as well.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Launches UCS Blade VMware vSAN Ready Nodes

Cisco has long been a VMware vSAN Ready Node partner with their more traditional rackmount servers available in all-flash configurations like the UCS C220 1U server and the UCS C240 2U server. Now Cisco has certified their popular UCS B200 blades in an all flash configuration for vSAN. Most vSAN deployments are heavier on drive count, hence the popularity of rackmount servers. The UCS B200 blades are targeting a very different use case, which is plain to see given the unbalanced CPU/Memory footprint to storage capacity. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung EVO Plus microSD Memory Card Review (128GB)

Samsung has released the newest generation of their immensely successful EVO Plus microSD card line, citing various performance improvements, a new Grade 3 (U3) speed class, and more capacity. Available in capacities from 32GB to 256GB, the new EVO Plus line is designed for consumers looking for a performance-driven storage on their high-end smartphone as well as professionals who deal with high-resolution photography, videos and other media files. The revamped EVO microSD cards are also, unsurprisingly, one of the best dollar-per-GB ratio options on the market; a feature which seems to be par for the course over the past 5 years for Samsung as they continue to dominate this market.

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by Adam Armstrong

ClearSky Data Expands Its Backup & DR Capabilities

Today ClearSky Data announced that it has expanded its data protection capabilities. The company is now able to offer complete offsite back and disaster recovery (DR) as part of its fully managed service. ClearSky states that organizations now only have to pay once for access to all of their data regardless of where it resides. ClearSky also points out potential cost savings by eliminating redundant infrastructure such as secondary infrastructure for DR, backup licenses and management.

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