by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases 4Q & Year End Financial Results

Today Seagate Technology reported its fourth quarter 2017 financial results (quarter ending on June 30, 2017) and its year-end financial results. While the results in and of themselves weren’t terrible their stock plunged more than 16% after their earnings were out as the company missed expectations. Further, long time CEO, Steve Luczo, will be transitioning out of his position.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

Much like the recently reviewed Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx, today we will be looking at the traditional HHHL version of this NIC. The NIC is designed to add high bandwidth with low latency and a high message rate with its 25GbE transfer rate (though it is compatible with 10GbE as well). The NIC is ideal for next-generation web, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platform use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell 3D NAND Technology

Today Western Digital Corp. announced that it has successfully developed four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. WD has taken its innovation of X4 technology on its 2D NAND, built off of that (both form a technological and commercial aspect) and developed the new X4 technology for 3D NAND. WD will be showcasing new SSDs with the BiCS3 X4 technology in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California.

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News Bits: Samsung, Cavium, HPE, Datrium, Red Hat, Scale Computing, SUSE, & Supermicro

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Samsung to increase production of its 8GB HBM2 DRAM. Cavium FastLinQ Ethernet 25/50GbE technology will power HPE Synergy. Datrium Adds Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Virtualization and Docker Containers. Scale Computing releases two new HCI appliances. SUSE and Supermicro are partnering to bring innovative new enterprise IT solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP rNDC NIC Review

The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver high bandwidth and low latency with its 25GbE transfer rate. What is interesting about this NIC is that it is designed specifically for the Dell PowerEdge line of servers (specifically the R630, R730, R730xd, and R930), slotting into the motherboard without taking up a traditional PCIe slot. The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx aims to bring about all of the performance promise of the PowerEdge servers while not letting networking be the bottleneck that slows everything down.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam 2Q17 Shows Major Market Share Gain

Veeam Software has released its second quarter for 2017 results showing that it has continued to gain market share over legacy backup providers. In fact, Veeam has seen 36 straight months of double digit growth and, according to the company, has overtaken Commvault in marketshare and industry leader recognition.

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by Adam Armstrong

SoftNAS Introduces New Cloud Editions

Today SoftNAS introduced new SoftNAS Cloud NAS products. The company claims that the new offerings will see improvements in read and write performance up to 400%. The new products include the Developer Edition, General Purpose Edition, High Performance Edition, and the Extreme Performance Edition.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veritas Releases 360 Data Management Suite

Today Veritas Technologies released its new offering that is a combination of its entire data management technology portfolio, Veritas 360 Data Management Suite. First introduced last year, Veritas' 360 Data management has been all about making it easier for customers and channel partners to transform their organizations. Today the company simplified the process further with the entire portfolio under a single subscription license.

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by Brian Beeler

VMworld 2017: Top 10 vSAN Sessions

VMworld 2017 is around the corner; I've just booked the travel and look forward to another year of learning, cultivating relationships and kicking off new reviews. We're getting busy with vSAN content in the lab again, which reminded me to check out the vSAN specific sessions at VMworld this year. The good news and bad news of it though, is that there are currently 119 vSAN sessions listed. While far too many for any one sane person to attend, I've done the legwork for you and identified the Top 10 vSAN sessions to consider. These cover everything we love about vSAN ranging from intro-level content for the uninitiated, to sessions on performance testing and tuning (Kevin's favorite). I also selected a few future looking vSAN sessions, be it via emerging hardware, or a fun personality, like Chad Sakac's session on how Dell Technologies views cloud, converged and analytics. Whatever you choose it will be hard to go wrong; VMworld is always one of the event highlights of the year and vSAN is rightfully a massive focus this year. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS1817+ is another comprehensive 8-bay NAS system from Synology designed to centralize storage for small growing businesses. At the center of the DS1817+ is a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine and up to 16GB in dual-channel DDR RAM, components that should allow the NAS solution to work well in most demanding environments (upwards of 1,179MB/s in sequential reads). The DS1817+ can store a maximum of 80TB in storage on a single system using eight 10TB drives, which can be upped to a massive total of 180TB via expansion units. This scalable solution also features four 1GbE LAN ports.

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