by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NETGEAR, NAKIVO, Dell, Linux, ODPi, Cisco, Scality, iboss, Microsemi, & 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. NETGEAR introduces new consumer WiFi system. NAKIVO releases version 7 with support for Hyper-V. Dell releases its lightest, smallest, and most power-efficient entry-level thin client. The Linux Foundation and ODPi launch a free intro to Apache Hadoop course. Scality RING is now validated by Cisco. iboss offers industry’s first distributed gateway platform offered as 100% SaaS subscription. Microsemi releases new storage I/O controllers. CTERRA’s Cloud Server Data Protection Platform is now available on-demand on AWS Marketplace. Quest Software unveils its virtualization management and data protection software, VROOM.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces 8TB HDD For Enterprise

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that it is now shipping in volume its highest capacity HDD to date, the MG05ACA800. New to the MG series of HDDs, the MG05ACA800 has increased its capacity by 33%, or from 6TB to 8TB, from the previous MG04ACA model. The new 8TB HDD is a SATA 6.0Gbit/s drive that Toshiba claims to have a 12% increase in sustained transfer rate performance over the previous model.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Unveils WD My Passport SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced a new My Passport, though this time its storage will be an SSD, a first for WD portable drive. Expanding WD’s portfolio of My Passport devices, the new My Passport SSD will have much better performance that it typically seen when going from disk to flash. The new My Passport SSD is aimed at content creators and tech enthusiasts that need high performance in their portable media.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Review

The 5N2 is Drobo's 7th new product after undergoing an organizational management overhaul in 2015, which has represented their shift to an emphasis on simplicity and streamlined consumer experience. These new objectives are aptly addressed in their new 5-bay NAS, which seems to have been designed with the user in mind. While the importance of a streamlined user experience can't be understated, the market has come to expect strong performance numbers thanks to companies like Synology, QNAP, Netgear, Seagate and Western Digital. The 5N2 includes several novel features that are worth noting, including mixed drive size utilization and at-a-glance storage monitoring. Drobo also added a few of their business features to the 5N2, including SSD cache and dual Ethernet ports.

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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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