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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by Lyle Smith

QNAP's vQTS Now Available For TS-x77 NAS Series

QNAP has announced the immediate availability of their new vQTS virtualization technology, which allows users to run multiple virtual QTS operating systems on a QNAP NAS. vQTS is based on Virtualization Station and offers benefits for resource segregation, multi-tenant environments, and flexible application deployment coupled with savings on energy, costs and physical space. At this time, vQTS is only available for the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 NAS series.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: RAIDIX, Kaminario, Violin, Morro Data, Wasabi, Virtual Instruments, E8, SK Hynix, & Accelerite

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. RAIDIX releases version 4.6. Kaminario transitions to a software model. Violin expands its customers and partners and announces new patent. Morro Data and Wasabi partner to deliver cloud storage with NAS performance. Virtual Instruments expands its channel partner program. E8 Storage sets record-breaking benchmark. SK Hynix reports record revenue and profits. Accelerite announces general availability of Rovius Cloud Appliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Fujitsu Announces New All-Flash & Hybrid ETERNUS Systems

Fujitsu America, Inc. announced two new version of its ETERNUS Storage systems, a new all-flash model, ETERNUS AF S2, and a new hybrid version, the ETERNUS DX S4. The new all-flash model is aimed at organizations that need to maximize performance for digital business growth, continuity and efficiency. The hybrid model is aimed more that the midrange that need a good balance between performance and cost.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates It HyperFlex Accelerating Multicloud Adoption

This morning Cisco announced new platform innovations and software updates for its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), HX 3.0. The newly updated software is said to deliver higher performance as well as greater simplicity for “any application, on any cloud, and at any scale.” This would make HyperFlex a platform that can enable deployment and development of both traditional and cloud native applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Introduces Clean Energy Automated Rack Integration Facility

Today, Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced its, as well as Silicon Valley’s, first 3-megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility. This facility will be an automated 60-rack burn-in facility with robotic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to expedite the processing, delivery and deployment of large-scale datacenter investments. Supermicro claims that this will be one of the world’s largest clean energy automated rack integration facilities.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC Unity 450F All-Flash Storage Review

The Dell EMC Unity family of storage is designed to meet the needs of the midrange customer with a variety of options including hybrid, all-flash and VSA deployment options. Dell EMC Unity storage generally takes over for the previous EMC VNX family. To say it's an evolution of VNX, though, isn't entirely accurate; EMC completely revamped the interface and continued ease-of-use and deployment developments that largely got underway with the VNXe in 2014. The interface is totally new, and the underlying code has been updated as well. The Unity array consists of a 2U chassis with dual-active/active controllers powered by Intel Xeon processors and 25 2.5" drive bays (there is also an option for 12 3.5" bays for the hybrid version). Systems scale up for more capacity and Dell EMC leverages TLC flash in the SSDs to help drive affordability. The systems support block, file, and VMware VVols with concurrent support for native NAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel protocols. The all-flash systems (or hybrid with an all-flash pool) include data reduction features for further TCO gains. All Dell EMC Unity arrays can tier to the cloud easily and offer cloud-based analytics via CloudIQ with no additional investment. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 760p Review

Intel is expanding its 3D NAND SSDs and its NVMe footprint with today’s release of the Intel SSD 760p Series. This M.2 SSD leverages an NVMe interface and the benefits that one would expect from it: mainly a performance increase and lower power consumption. The M.2 form factor also makes it ideal for mobile platforms such as ultra-thin notebooks.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review

The Samsung 860 PRO is the company’s latest and greatest consumer SSD that’s ready to make an impact on the market. The Samsung SSDs have been the most popular and easily the best price/performance drives over the past several years, with the last model (Samsung 850 PRO) setting a new bar in performance and capacity in a consumer drive. Featuring the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller, the Samsung 860 PRO is specced to deliver the same results. Samsung states that their new MJX controller allows for faster communication with the host system, has improved Linux compatibility, and can effectively handle workstation storage.

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