by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its CI Line With VxBlock System 1000

Today Dell EMC announced that it was expanding its converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio with the introduction of its next-generation Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000. The new system is a pre-integrated, turnkey system that is all about simplification and offers storage and data protection from Dell EMC as well as compute and networking from Cisco. The company claims that customers can see data center footprint reduction by as much as 60%.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate & RackTop Systems Partner On SDP2

Today Seagate Technology and the software-defined storage company, RackTop Systems, announced a new partnership on a joint product, the Secure Data Protection Platform (SDP2). Targeted at governments, the SDP2 is designed to solve key cyber security and compliance issues. The SDP2 is a drop-in data storage solution that specifically addresses NIST 800-171 and GDPR security and compliance requirements.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Makes Several Announcements At its CloudWorld New York

Today in NYC, Oracle made several announcements around its cloud offerings. These include a demonstration of the company’s Autonomous cloud focused on autonomous operations. Oracle announced what it is referring to as the industry’s strongest and most comprehensive cloud guarantee. And the company announced aggressive global expansion of its Oracle Cloud.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z38c Curved Display Review

The new 37.5-inch HP Z38c Curved Display is HP’s widest curved monitor to date. It has an impressive 21:9 aspect ratio inside a very thin bezel, measuring just .25" at the edge. Designed for media enthusiasts and professionals looking for a high-end monitor with a ton of real estate, the HP Z38c features one HDMI port, one DisplayPort 1.2 and a response time of 5ms. The new curved monitor also has USB-C charging capabilities for notebooks that support USB-C charging, so professionals only have to plug in one cable to use their monitor and charge at the same time.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Subtree, Zerto, Teradici, AWS, Rubrik, Datos IO, IBM, Cloudian, NVIDIA, & 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. Cisco announces its Global Cloud Index as well as being selected to provide NBC Olymipcs with networking and video applications. Subtree announces $10 million seed investment. Zerto announces ZVR 6.0. Teradici Cloud Access is now on AWS. Rubrik announces intent to acquire Datos IO. IBM updates its tape storage. Cloudian enables S3-compatible storage access for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning GPU System. Seagate launches Sea Of Thieves Game Drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies Forms A Wide-Ranging Partnership With McLaren

Today Dell Technologies and McLaren Racing Limited announced a multi-faceted, long-term partnership. This will help bring the full range of Dell’s technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware, to McLaren and all of its groups including McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies, as well as benefitting McLaren’s esports programme, World’s Fastest Gamer.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Mass Produces Its 256GB eUFS

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has began mass production of its 256GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution. This is a capacity bump from the eUFS it was producing last year. This is the first eUFS to be based on the new automotive specifications from the JEDEC UFS 3.0 standard.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Revamps Its Mobile Workstations & Notebooks

Today HP announced that it has refreshed its mobile workstation line as well as its EliteBook line of business notebooks. This includes new additions to its HP EliteBook 800 Series, new 14u and newly refreshed 15u HP ZBooks (with the 14u being the thinnest mobile workstation in the world), and tools such as new endpoint security solutions and a new Thunderbolt dock. The company also announced four new 4K displays.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Adds AMD EPYC CPU-Based PowerEdge Servers To Its Portfolio

Today Dell EMC announced new 14th generation PowerEdge serves with the AMD EPYC processors instead of Intel. The three new servers, PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415, and PowerEdge R7425, are designed for software-defined environments, the edge, and high-performance computing (HPC). The company states that the new servers can offer up to 20% better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 860 EVO SSD Review

Along with the Samsung 860 PRO that was announced at CES 2018 for high-end users, the company has also released a new 860 EVO. The EVO line is aimed for more mainstream uses for notebooks and desktops. Making improvements on the 850 EVO, the 860 EVO has six times the sustained performance of the 850 and has quoted speeds of 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write, which is only a hair over the quoted speeds of the 850 EVO on read and the same on write.

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