by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Announces Its Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition

Today Cohesity announced a new product that extends the benefits of its on-premises consolidated secondary storage solution to public cloud infrastructure, Cohesity DataPlatform Cloud Edition (CE). Cohesity’s new DataPlatform CE allows organizations to reap the benefits of the cloud including scalability, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. The Cohesity DataPlatform CE will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nimble Announces Its 3Q 2017 Earnings

Today Nimble Storage reported its third quarter 2017 earnings and once again saw an overall improvement. While Nimble’s stock has been a bit more stable than some of the other earnings we cover, it has seen a modest increase since its last earnings report. Nimble saw an increase in revenue and an decrease in net loss but it saw a decrease in gross margin.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar C1 microSD Reader & JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive Review

USB-C is a new interface that has the benefit of being omnidirectional (meaning it can face up or down and still work, just not sideways). On top of that several devices can be powered through the port including a new slew of notebooks, mostly from Apple. The biggest drawback has been lack of adoption and therefore lack of third parties making USB-C compatible devices. With the new release of Apple’s current generation MacBook Pro along with releases form Dell, Lenovo, and HP, USB-C is more prevalent and more devices are coming on the scene. Lexar has recently added a handful of USB-C devices including the Lexar C1 microSD Reader and Lexar JumpDrive C20c Flash Drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches Its New Quad-Core, 16-Bay SMB NAS

Today QNAP Systems, Inc. released a new 16-bay NAS aimed at the SMB market, the TS-1635. This new NAS supports up to 12 3.5” drives and 4 2.5” SSDs. On top of this, the TS-1635 also comes with two 10Gbe ports and two Gigabit ports helping companies meet the demands of next-generation networks. QNAP states that all of this comes in a cost-effective NAS, though there doesn’t appear to be a price listed at the moment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Phoenix Now Available On AWS Marketplace

Today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, Nevada, Druva announced that its Phoenix solution is now available via Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. The availability in AWS marketplace will make it easier for companies to access and deploy Phoenix for their disaster recovery needs. On top of speeding deployment and increasing ease of access, Druva states that the availability of Phoenix on AWS is also more cost-effective for companies wishing to take advantage of its unified backup, archival, and disaster recovery for server workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD Review

The Toshiba OCZ TL100 is an entry-level, budget-friendly SSD first announced in September. Toshiba is positioning the SSD as an HDD replacement and touting benefits one would expect from an SSD over HDD. This inculdes dramatic improvement in boot times and overall performance, with lower power consumption resulting in longer battery life. The TL100 uses Toshiba’s TLC NAND flash memory technology, and has one of the lowest suggested retail prices on the market for an SSD.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf HDD 10TB Review

The new Seagate IronWolf HDD is designed for all types of NAS use cases, including those that leverage multi-RAID environments, with capacities spanning up to 10TB. Seagate has had a lot of success with their purpose-built drives in the past, such as the Seagate EnterpriseSeagate NAS, and Seagate SkyHawk Surveillance HDDs. And their new line is certainly specced to follow in their footsteps. Featuring multi-tier caching technology, this uniquely named drive is built to handle the constant vibration that is inherent in 24/7 NAS spindle drives and thrives under heavy user-workload rates in a high data-traffic network. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Veritas NetBackup 5240 Backup Appliance Review

Veritas merged with Symantec back in 2004 only to be spun back off last year as its own data management company. Symantec kept its security and Veritas gained NetBackup. NetBackup is an enterprise heterogeneous backup and recovery suite that that provides backup for several operating systems, physical systems, cloud, and virtualization such as VMware and Hyper-V. Veritas takes this one step farther and offers NetBackup on an appliance for what it calls an efficient, turnkey solution for backup, storage, and deduplication. Currently the NetBackup appliances are offered in two solutions: the 5200 series (which we will be looking at in this review) that is designed to be cost-optimized, and the 5300 series that is more performance-optimized.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series (SFF) Review

The Dell OptiPlex 7040 Series is a small form factor (SFF) computer that can pack quite the power punch per square inch. The OptiPlex 7040 comes equipped with the latest sixth generation Intel Core Processor. The OptiPlex 7040 is offered in two form factors: the mini tower and the SFF. Both of these form factors have been scaled down from the previous models. For our review we will be looking at the SFF.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN 6004 Review

We've long been fans of the Dot Hill arrays, looking at a few over the years including the AssuredSAN 4824 and the AssuredSAN Ultra48 in both HDD and hybrid configurations. In fact, the Ultra48 never made its way home; it's been in our lab serving as a primary capacity array for some time now. Dot Hill was good about continuing to add features to their controllers, making them some of the best in midrange storage. After the Seagate purchase of Dot Hill mid last year (podcast on the topic), the updates have continued flowing; at the end of last year Seagate pushed out a release that dramatically improved the performance of the 6004 series controllers, amongst several other material updates. This got us to thinking about how much more performance could be squeezed out of the Ultra48 with a relatively simple controller swap. Given Seagate's interest in delivering a fully vertically integrated storage array, the timing seemed right to give it a try. 

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