by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces New SDS For IBM Spectrum Scale

Today at Lenovo's annual Accelerate Partner Forum, the company announced its new scalable software-defined storage (SDS) solution, Distributed Storage Solution for IBM Spectrum Scale (DSS-G). The Lenovo DSS-G is designed to support dense scalable file and object storage suitable for high-performance and data-intensive environments. This new solution is aimed at helping customers deal with the explosion in both structured and unstructured data and the need to store both. This announcement is the first step of executing Lenovo’s HPC and AI commitment of bringing the benefits of SDS to HPC clusters.

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by Adam Armstrong

G-Technology Upgrades Several Devices To Thunderbolt 3

Today at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that its G-Technology line would be upgrading several of its products to Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. This update not only improves connectivity from G-tech’s product line to modern computers, it also brings faster transfer speeds that creative professionals will need as their content gains in resolution and takes up more capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases Its Fly Drive Specifically For Drones

Back at CES in January, Seagate Technology announced a strategic partnership with the drone (or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)) company DJI. The two companies were working together to solve the issue of data demands for UAVs. Today the two companies have announced their first product, Seagate DJI Fly Drive. The Fly Drive is designed to help drone pilots manage and store their data easier and on site.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Druva, Altaro, Silicon Power, DDN, Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Toshiba, Veeam, & 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. Druva achieved FedRAMP Certification. Altaro announced the general availability of its VM Backup V7. Silicon Power announced new high capacity SD and microSD cards. DDN announced enhancements to its WOS platform. Virtual Instruments announced Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3. Dell EMC announced it would be incorporating Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs into its PowerEdge 13G servers. Veeam releases 1Q 2017 results. Scality expands support for its S3 Server. Dell announces its first 4K HDR monitor.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 Review

Fresh on the heels of the new MacBook Pro release, LaCie brought several Thunderbolt 3 storage devices to market, the largest being the 12big Thunderbolt 3. Equipped with 12 drive bays that house 7200RPM 3.5" hard drives, the LaCie 12big is the company’s largest RAID storage model to date. Designed for media professionals who work with bandwidth-intensive content, this massive storage solution boasts up to an impressive 120TB of storage when configured in RAID5.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #19: Jeff Groudan, HP

We've built up a well-appointed virtual workstation testing lab, thanks in large part to our sponsors. HP has provided the 16 thin clients and displays to bring this lab to fruition. While thin client computing hasn't always been the most sexy or performance oriented part of IT, it's growing rapidly for a number of reasons. One reason involves a more forward thinking design for the thin clients themselves, including a variety of mobile options that look about the same as their full-fledged PC cousins. Another reason involves a much improved performance profile thanks to HP software initiatives, NVIDIA GPUs and features like Blast Extreme from VMware. In this podcast I talk with Jeff Groudan who runs the thin client business for HP who covers off on these topics and many more about the future of thin client computing.

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by Adam Armstrong

DockerCon 2017 Roundup

2017’s DockerCon was held in Austin, Texas this past week. DockerCon is the annual conference centered on the container industry and community. Below is a round up of all the pressing news that was dropped at the event. We will be featuring news from StorageOS, TwistLock, Mesosphere, and Mirantas.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Introduces 2big Dock With Thunderbolt 3

Today LaCie announced an update to its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. The new 2big now supports Thunderbolt 3 technology granting the device the bump in performance that comes with the new interface. The device is yet another in the long line of beautifully designed devices from LaCie and designed by Neil Poulton. Aimed at creative professionals such as photographers and videographers, the 2big provides several ports to connect devices, when some modern notebooks do not.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo System x3550 M5 Server Review

The Lenovo System x3550 M5 is a 1U dual-socket server designed to handle intensive workloads in software-defined data centers. Featuring Intel's Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family and TruDDR4 memory (high-end DDR4 memory that meets “strict” Lenovo requirements), the x3550 M5 is designed for use in small- and medium-business use cases. It fits nicely in areas such as database, virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, systems management, enterprise applications, collaboration/email, streaming media, web, and HPC. Lenovo’s focus is to keep business-critical applications and cloud deployments running safely with the x3550 M5. This cost-effective server is also built with an extensive set of systems-management tools to make deployment and maintenance easy.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Begins Shipping Its 9400 MegaRAID Controllers

Broadcom Limited announced today that it is shipping its new NVMe/SAS/SATA Tri-Mode SERDES MegaRAID family of controllers the 9400 series. The new 9400 series of MegaRAID controllers are all about performance, data protection, and power efficiency. The announcement today is aimed at OEMs, system integrators, and storage manufacturers.  

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