by Adam Armstrong

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”).

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by Lyle Smith

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.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Unveils Its Stratix 10 MX FPGA With Integrated HBM2

Intel unveiled its latest field programmable gate array (FPGA), the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA. What is most notable about this FPGA is that it is the indusry’s first to be integrated with High Bandwidth Memory DRAM (HBM2). Intel states that its new FPGAs will offer up to 10 times the memory bandwidth when compared with standalone DDR memory solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Cloudian, Axis, Rubrik, Archive360, Apposite, Toshiba, StreamSets, & Instana

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Cisco declares a cash dividend. Cloudian announces ConnectStore for Axis cameras. Rubrik achieves Common Criteria EAL2+. Archive360 announces its Archive2Azure supports Microsoft Archive Blob Storage Tier. Apposite announces 100Gb/s Network Emulator. Toshiba begins sampling its automotive UFS. StreamSets releases Control Hub. Instana secures $20 million in Series B funding.

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by Adam Armstrong

StorageReview Success Story: Canyon ISD

At StorageReview we frequently mention large enterprises and small to medium markets without elaborating on them to any real degree. The reason for this is that these terms can be applied to a wide range of businesses and organizations. One that would definitely fit in the SMB group would be a school. For this success story we look at Canyon Independent School District in the Texas Panhandle and how they have migrated to new gear over the last year. A special guest author, Michael Keough, has written this piece. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases FS1018, DS218, & Virtual Machine Manager

Today Synology Inc. announced the release of two new desktop NAS devices as well as the official launch of Virtual Machine Manager. Of the two new NAS, one is the FlashStation FS1018, Synology’s first all-flash Desktop NAS. The company is also releasing the 2-bay DiskStation DS218. And Synology announced that Virtual Machine Manager has moved out of beta to its official release.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario & Splunk Partner To Accelerate Autonomous Data Center Deployment

Today Kaminario released a K2 App for Splunk Enterprise. This application is designed to provide enterprise customers with intuitive dashboards and sophisticated analytics for the Kaminario K2 all-flash array. The two companies are also announcing a partnership that shows the benefits of running Splunk Analytics on the Kaminario K2 storage platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba & WD Stop Suing Each Other & Decide To Work Together

Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corporation announced that they would hang up the gloves and end ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration. The agreement the two companies entered into not only ends the disputes they have been having but increases the relationship. The two companies will be working together more closely on flash memory in the future.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba's Storage Node Software Obtains Industry-First NVMe-oF Certification

Toshiba Memory America (TMA) Inc. announced that its storage node software was the first to be certified by the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL). The software is billed as enabling low latency networked flash storage for cloud architectures. The software was thoroughly tested during NVMe Plugfest with RoCE NIC in the storage node. This marked the first Plugfest to test NVMe-oF (NVM Express over Fabrics) components, including NVMe-oF software.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1817 is a high capacity, full-featured NAS solution that promises to bring high-end functionality and performance to the SMB market, all at an affordable price point. Whereas the DS1817+ is optimized for encryption and intensive tasks, the DS1817 is specced to potentially deliver higher data-transfer rates. It comes equipped with built-in, dual 10GbE LAN and dual Gigabit ports, and support for link aggregation and failover functions. Moreover, with its 8-bay configuration, the DS1817 is a very scalable device as it supports a maximum of 18 drives using two DX517 Synology expansion units for a whopping total of 216TB via 12TB drives.

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