by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Announces Container-Native Storage 3.6

Today Red Hat Inc. announced its new solution supporting containerized applications and infrastructure in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform clusters, Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6. The latest version of Container-Native Storage comes right after the announcement of the companies enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6. Red Hat states that the new Container-Native Storage will see a three-fold increase in persistent storage volumes per cluster.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Adds New 12TB Guardian Series HDDs

Today Seagate Technology expanded its popular Guardian Series of HDDs with new 12TB drives, IronWolf, IronWolf  Pro, and BarraCuda Pro. These new drives will have the highest capacity of currently shipping NAS and Desktop drives, along with Seagate’s proven reliability and performance. With the addition in capacity size, Seagate’s Guardian Series expands its capabilities to handle the growing data needs seen by SMBs, SOHOs, and prosumers.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces Several Updates To Accelerate Data Fabric

Data Fabric is an integral part of NetApp, with over 300,000 systems and software deployments. Today the company announced that it is making some major upgrades and enhancements to its Data Fabric with new software releases including NetApp SolidFire Element, NetApp StorageGRID Webscale, NetApp ONTAP and OnCommand Insight. According to NetApp, these solutions are key elements to its Data Fabric and deliver consistent and integrated hybrid cloud data services to help customers to accelerate and protect data, reduce cost and easily build next generation architectures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Announces BlueField Software-Defined SmartNIC Adaptors

Today Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced the addition of the BlueField family of software-defined SmartNIC adapters to its portfolio. Designed for scale-out server and storage applications, these new adaptors bring new capabilities with their embedded ARM processor cores and accelerators. Based off of Mellanox’s BlueField SoC, the new SmartNIC adaptors are stated to have up to 200Gb/s of low-latency throughput.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Aims To Unleash The Full Potential Of Data Fabric

Today NetApp announced its new AI-enabled virtual support assistant, Elio, and its new Active IQ cloud-based analytics. These new features are designed to deliver an insight-driven digital customer experience informed by its deep knowledge base, predictive analytics, proactive support, and cognitive computing. NetApp goes on to claim that these new solutions enable customers to gain the full potential of data fabric, both on premises and in the cloud, while being able to focus more or their core business and worry less about infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp & Microsoft Partner On Azure Enterprise NFS Service

Today NetApp announced that it would be the data services technology behind first-of-its-kind cloud- centric capabilities for the hybrid cloud. NetApp will be powering the first Network File System (NFS) service in the cloud, the Microsoft Azure Enterprise NFS Service. On top of that, NetApp and Mircosoft are announcing a handful of other deeper integrations surrounding Azure, Office 365, and AltaVault.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Releases World’s First 14TB Enterprise HDD

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC), under its HGST brand, released the world’s first enterprise 14TB HDD, Ultrastar Hs14. The Hs14 is designed for cloud and hyperscale data centers that need more density. The Hs14 is host-managed, and leverages shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology. Not only does the new Ultrastar drives deliver 40% more capacity, with its 14TB, WD states that it has more than twice the sequential write performance of its SMR predecessor.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x31P2 & TS-431X2 SMB/SOHO NAS Now Available

QNAP has announced the release of their TS-x31P2 (available in 2-bay and 4-bay) and TS-431X2 (4-bay) NAS solutions featuring quad-core processors. Designed for SMB and SOHO users, both new series support Snapshots so users can restore the NAS to a previous state in the event of hardware failure or when suddenly hit by ransomware/malware attacks. The TS-431X2 also comes equipped with a budget-friendly 10GbE SFP+ port for “empowering containerized applications” through 10GbE networks.

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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Releases Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0

Actifio unveiled the largest software release of the company’s history with Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0. The latest version enables organizations to deploy Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) across multi-directional, multi-cloud, and hybrid Cloud environments to further accelerate the pace of enterprise digital transformation. Actifio states that the release if the culmination of over two and a half years of research and collaboration with enterprises, partners, and analysts.

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub Review

The CalDigit AV Pro 2 Storage Hub is the newest generation of the company’s single drive solution line designed specifically for Thunderbolt 3-compatible computers. The AV Pro 2 supports both full size 3.5" and 2.5” solid state drives, which can easily be removable via the hubs module design so users can seamlessly expand their systems as their storage needs change. Though the AV Pro 2 is marketed for use with Thunderbolt 3 machines, it can also to connect to laptop or desktop via its USB-C port while supporting USB Micro B connectivity. These ports also allow users to connect USB peripherals--including external drives, card readers, and Apple SuperDrives--with the ability to also daisy chain to another AV Pro 2.

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