by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC S3610 Series Review

Launched back in early 2015, the Intel DC S3610 Series is a line of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs intended for applications such as virtualization and e-commerce. These SSDs are equipped with 20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory technology designed and offer a blend of endurance and performance. Intel quotes the DC S3610 with sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 520 MB/s, and random 4k speeds up to 84,000 OPS and 28,000 IOPS for reads and writes, respectively. Intel also claims a Quality of Service of 500 μs for random 4KB reads measured at a queue depth of 1.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review

Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5” Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the pervious versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications. One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn’t nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5” drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Introduces TVS-882BR Blu-ray NAS Series

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. released its new TVS-882BR Blu-ray NAS series, which includes two models the TVS-882BR and TVS-882BRT3. QNAP is also announcing a partnership with Fengtao Software that will provide an all-in-one backup solution with its DVDFab software. The DVDFab software enables disc-based files to the NAS for more convenient storage while also enabling NAS-based files to be written to discs for disaster recovery purposes.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC Upgrade (Dell EMC PowerEdge R730)

We previously reviewed the Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 rNDC 25Gb NIC, which is a custom form-factor card designed to slot into Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. This card is unique compared to traditional PCIe edge-cards, in that it is designed to integrate with the server in the same way as any other OEM part and not take up any precious PCIe real-estate. This is very valuable for 1U servers, where PCIe slots are in short supply. In this In the Lab article, we show the process of installing one of these cards into a Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 13G.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Certifies Over 100 Market-Ready Devices

Today NVM Express Inc. announced that over one hundred market-reay products have been NVMe certified in the last four years. These devices certified include SSDs on a PCI Express (PCIe) bus as well across Fabrics. With a recent test conducted at University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), 21 new devices were added to the list (as well as 6 new NVMe-MI devices) bringing the total over 100.

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by Lyle Smith

NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Review

We previously reviewed the NVIDIA Quadro P1000 and P4000 GPUs, and though they certainly aren’t nearly as powerful as the company’s highest-end workstation GPUs, both of these cards performed well enough to suit most general professional use cases--and at a very affordable to boot. The P2000 offers much of the same, lying somewhere in between those two cards in the performance spectrum. Touted as the perfect balance of performance and features, this compact form factor GPU offers the power needed for creative professionals who work with intensive 3D applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Reports 4Q17 & Year End Financial Results

Western Digital Corp (WDC) announced it financial results for its fourth quarter (ending on June 30, 2017) and for the year. Though the overall numbers look pretty good, the company was able to beat estimates by twelve cents, its stock price still took a bit of a fall today. The drop in stock price had more to do with the company’s projected outlook than its previous performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: CTERA, Cavium, Seagate, Toshiba, Lenovo, Cray, & VMware

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. CTERA releases Enterprise File Services Platform 6.0. Cavium releases XPliant 10GbE/25GbE optimized programmable Ethernet switches. Seagate has begun shipping its Nytro 141 SSD. Toshiba and Lenovo announce partnership integrating NVMe SSDs into ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. Cray partners with Seagate to expand its storage portfolio. VMware updates vSphere 6.5 and vSAN to 6.6.1

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by Josh Linden

Arcserve UDP 8400 Appliance Review

The Arcserve UDP 8400 packages a suite of backup and restore functionality into a 2U rack-mounted appliance aimed at the mid-market. The 8400 promises a comprehensive set of backup features from individual appliances, or as part of a larger deployment with multiple Arcserve 8000 units. Arcserve is promoting the fact that their new generation of appliances has not only brought higher capacities and density, but also features hardware improvements across the board to meet higher expectations in enterprise environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Value SATA TR200 SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its latest SATA SSD aimed at the consumer market, the TR200. This new drive will feature Toshiba’s latest 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH. The TR200 will be geared for those on a budget that want to take advantage of 64-layer 3D flash memory.

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