by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Compuverde, Kaminario, StrongBox, Spectra Logic, Panzura, SonicWall, & Cisco

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Compuverde reports a strong 2017. Kaminario launches Software-Defined Composable Data Platform. StrongBox’s StrongLink is now certified with Spectra Logic BlackPearl. Panzura sees 100% growth in 2017. SonicWall extends its firewalls to virtual. Cisco completes its acquisition of BroadSoft.

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by Mark Kidd

Dell EMC Networking S4048 S-Series 10GbE Switch Review

Two of the latest additions to the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab are a matched pair of Dell EMC S4048-ON switches. The S4048-ON is a 1U Open Networking switch that incorporates 48 dual-speed 1/10GbE SFP+ ports alongside 6 QSFP+ uplink ports at 40GbE. The switch also supports breakout cables on each of the QSFP+ ports, increaseing the available 10G connectivity to a total of 72 ports. This review serves as an introduction to Dell EMC's S-Series switches while providing a look at the way the S4048 is being incorporated into our lab.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases 3U RackStation RS2818RP+

Today Synology Inc. launched its first 3U Plus series rackmount NAS with the release of RackStation RS2818RP+. This new NAS centers around large storage capacity for lower TCO for SMBs. Along with the new NAS, Synology is also announcing that its next business-day replacement service, Synology Replacement Service (SRS), is now available in North America.

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp AFF A200 VMmark 3 Results Published

At the time of our initial NetApp AFF A200 review publishing, we were in the the process of finalizing our VMmark 3 test process and working through our first submission. We've since streamlined the VMmark 3 submission process and our audited submissions are approved at a regular pace. The recent approvals include the results from the NetApp AFF A200. What makes these results particularly interesting is that we have data with both data reduction services enabled and disabled. For most arrays enabling these services kneecaps performance; not so with the A200.

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by Adam Armstrong

E8 Storage Launches A Software Only Product

E8 Storage announced today that it is now offering a software only product, E8 Storage Software. This new product is the same software the company is using on its high-performance, high-availability shared NVMe storage solutions. Offering a software only product gives users more choice on the hardware to use (on pre-qualified servers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo) and potentially broadens E8’s customer base.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Updates its Wyse Thin Clint Software & Management Suite

Today Dell announced that it was updating its thin client software with an eye for easing setup, management, and the ability to scale VDI solutions. The updates include the latest version of the operating system for Wyse thin clients, ThinOS 8.5, and an update to Wyse Management Suite, version 1.1. Dell is also announcing two new solutions, the Wyse Converter for PCs and Wyse Easy Setup.

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by Adam Armstrong

Portworx Release Its Open Source Kubernetes Scheduler Extender, STORK

Today Portworx released its new STorage Orchestrator Runtime for Kubernetes or STORK. According to the company, this new open-source project that takes advantage of the extensibility of Kubernetes to allow DevOps teams to run stateful applications like databases, queues and key-value stores more efficiently on Kubernetes. STORK provides key hyperconvergence, failure-domain awareness, storage health monitoring, and snapshot features for Kubernetes while being delivering through a plugin interface enabling it tow work with any storage driver for Kubernetes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Releases Its UDP Cloud Direct DRaaS

Arcserve announced the release of what it is referring to as the first solution to cost-effectively deliver near-zero cloud recovery points with consumer-grade simplicity, Arcserve UDP Cloud Direct DRaaS. The company saw a market gap and the need for less downtime and capitalized on it. The new DRaaS and BaaS solution is available though UDP Cloud Direct.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 800GB Z-SSD

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched a 800GB version of its Z-SSD, SZ985. This new drive is aimed at use cases such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, high performance computing (HPC), and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new 800GB, as well as the 240GB version, of the Z-SSD will be introduced at ISSCC 2018 in February 11-15 in San Francisco.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 2Q18 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported its financial results for the quarter ended December 29, 2017. Overall the numbers are looking good, continuing on the path we saw in the last earnings report. For the quarter, Seagate has seen its stock climb slowly but steadily to a high it hasn’t seen since 2015.

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