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Crucial MX500 SSD Review

Crucial has expanded its MX line of SSDs with the addition of the MX500 SATA SSD. The drive comes in two form factors: either 2.5” or M.2. It also comes in several capacities ranging from 250GB up to 2TB, though the 2TB version is for the 2.5” form factor only. The drive is being billed as a drop in replacement for HDDs or a low cost flash alternative for system builders and OEMs. 

Dell's NextWave Initiative Launches to Help Reduce Ocean Litter

Now more than ever, technology companies are trying to do their diligence in curbing the effects of human footprint and consumption on the environment. Oceans are one of these areas that are extremely vulnerable to human waste, particularly with plastics. In fact, some experts believe that more than 86 million metric tons of plastics are in the oceans at this very moment, which translates to more than 5 trillion pieces in total. This is a serious concern, especially since the vast majority of these plastic pieces are said to be under 5mm in size. This certainly makes extraction difficult.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”).

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.