by Kevin OBrien

Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd Server Review

In the spring of 2017, Dell EMC launched the much-anticipated refresh of the PowerEdge lineup, upgrading the PowerEdge lineup to Xeon SP from Broadwell. The refresh included the new R740 server family, which encompasses the mainstream R740 as well as the "extreme disk" version dubbed the R740xd, which we will be looking at in this review. This powerhouse server supports a wide range of storage options, stretching up to eighteen 3.5" or thirty-two 2.5" disks for incredible capacity, or up to twenty-four 2.5" NVMe SSDs, if breakneck storage I/O is more of your forte. Compute and DRAM aren't left in the backseat either, with the R740xd supporting up to dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors with 28 cores each and a peak memory footprint of 3TB max. There are few applications this new server wouldn't excel in, which is exactly the direction Dell EMC took when designing this ever-modular platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Reports 1Q18 Earnings

This week Micron Technology, Inc. announced its earnings for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year, which ended November 30, 2017. Overall, Micron is showing a marked improvement in sales and earnings for this quarter. This news also had a positive impact on its stock as it saw a sharp jump before leveling off slightly higher than where it was before the earnings report.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC ProSupport Enterprise Suite Review

Dell Services first launched its ProSupport service in 2008, and the response in the marketplace made it an award-winning service with high customer satisfaction. Five years later, Dell released its ProSupport Enterprise Suite to address the growing complexity in the converged IT enterprise environment. As the IT landscape evolves with virtualized systems, Big Data, Cloud, and converged infrastructure, the need for enterprise-class support is heightened. To address these needs, Dell EMC offers 3 tiers of support, as well as support for the Data Center.  Enterprise customers may choose from their Basic, ProSupport, or ProSupport Plus plans or select the ProSupport Enterprise Suite for the Data Center, which offers 4 levels of support.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 2nd-Gen 10-nanometer Class, 8Gb DDR4 DRAM Chips

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 2nd-generation 10-nanometer class (1y-nm), 8Gb DDR4 DRAM. Designed for high-end computing systems from now and in the future, Samsung’s new RAM is touted as the highest performing and most energy-efficiency 8Gb DRAM chip available coupled with the smallest dimensions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Updates Backup & Replication 9.5 With Update 3

Today Veeam released its third major update for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5. In this update Veeam has added some things that it was planning on waiting for the v10 such as agent management. This update also includes support for VMware Cloud on AWS and storage integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review (256GB)

Earlier this year SanDisk launched yet another massive portable flash drive with the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1. The latest version comes with capacities as high as 256GB (there is also a 128GB version available). The drive has also made a major leap in potential performance, this time with quoted speeds of 420MB/s read and 380MB/s write in a small package with retractable USB port.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial Releases MX500 SSD

Crucial has expanded its MX line of SSDs with the introduction of the MX500. This new SSD is being billed as an HDD replacement that seriously kicks up the overall performance of the system. Crucial is releasing the drive in two form factors, M.2 and 2.5”, as well as capacities up to 2TB (2.5”).

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7920 Rack Workstation Review

Dell’s Precision 7920 Rack is the company’s newest performance-driven, 2U-form-factor-desktop workstation designed for complex projects such as virtual-reality workflows. This powerful workstation provides datacenter protection, access to shared storage, IT management and control, security and more. It also features pretty much everything a server needs, including iDrac support (which allows admins to remotely deploy, update, monitor and maintain the Precision workstation seamlessly). Moreover, because the 7920 is of the 2U form factor, workers won’t have to deal with a noisy computer around their workspace, as the 7920 sits nicely tucked away in a server room among other rack devices.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Unveils Its Stratix 10 MX FPGA With Integrated HBM2

Intel unveiled its latest field programmable gate array (FPGA), the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA. What is most notable about this FPGA is that it is the indusry’s first to be integrated with High Bandwidth Memory DRAM (HBM2). Intel states that its new FPGAs will offer up to 10 times the memory bandwidth when compared with standalone DDR memory solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Cloudian, Axis, Rubrik, Archive360, Apposite, Toshiba, StreamSets, & Instana

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Cisco declares a cash dividend. Cloudian announces ConnectStore for Axis cameras. Rubrik achieves Common Criteria EAL2+. Archive360 announces its Archive2Azure supports Microsoft Archive Blob Storage Tier. Apposite announces 100Gb/s Network Emulator. Toshiba begins sampling its automotive UFS. StreamSets releases Control Hub. Instana secures $20 million in Series B funding.

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