by Adam Armstrong

VMware Releases vSAN 6.6

Today VMware Inc. announced the first update to vSAN so far this year with version 6.6. The latest release of vSAN is packed full of new advanced enterprise features. According to VMware, these newly announced features are aimed at improving performance, saving costs, and increasing security.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Launches Several Next-Gen Storage Networking Innovations

Today Cisco announced the launch of several next-generation storage networking innovations. This announcement includes offering 32Gb Fibre Channel performance across Cisco MDS Storage Networking Director as well as across Unified Computing System (UCS) fabric, storage networking analytics, and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) over FC support for flash memory appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tegile Raises An Additional $33 Million In Funding

Today Tegile Systems announced that it has been able to raise an additional $33 million in funding. This latest round of funding brings the total raised to $178 million for the company. This round of funding was led by Western Digital Corp and additional investors include Meritech Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, and Cross Creek Capital. The newly raises funds will be invested in technology development and product innovation, and to expand worldwide market reach.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 3520 Mobile Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 3520 is a performance workstation that starts at an affordable price. Dell then offers a variety of build options, including Intel Core or Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The Precision 3520 features up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR NECC and ECC RAM and is equipped with USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 technology (through a Dell Thunderbolt Dock), making this a very flexible laptop. Not only has Dell made this workstation flexible performance-wise, Dell has also made the mobile workstation flexible when it comes to mobility, with its compact and lightweight build.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NETGEAR, NAKIVO, Dell, Linux, ODPi, Cisco, Scality, iboss, Microsemi, & 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. NETGEAR introduces new consumer WiFi system. NAKIVO releases version 7 with support for Hyper-V. Dell releases its lightest, smallest, and most power-efficient entry-level thin client. The Linux Foundation and ODPi launch a free intro to Apache Hadoop course. Scality RING is now validated by Cisco. iboss offers industry’s first distributed gateway platform offered as 100% SaaS subscription. Microsemi releases new storage I/O controllers. CTERRA’s Cloud Server Data Protection Platform is now available on-demand on AWS Marketplace. Quest Software unveils its virtualization management and data protection software, VROOM.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces 8TB HDD For Enterprise

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that it is now shipping in volume its highest capacity HDD to date, the MG05ACA800. New to the MG series of HDDs, the MG05ACA800 has increased its capacity by 33%, or from 6TB to 8TB, from the previous MG04ACA model. The new 8TB HDD is a SATA 6.0Gbit/s drive that Toshiba claims to have a 12% increase in sustained transfer rate performance over the previous model.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Unveils WD My Passport SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced a new My Passport, though this time its storage will be an SSD, a first for WD portable drive. Expanding WD’s portfolio of My Passport devices, the new My Passport SSD will have much better performance that it typically seen when going from disk to flash. The new My Passport SSD is aimed at content creators and tech enthusiasts that need high performance in their portable media.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Drobo 5N2 5-Bay NAS Review

The 5N2 is Drobo's 7th new product after undergoing an organizational management overhaul in 2015, which has represented their shift to an emphasis on simplicity and streamlined consumer experience. These new objectives are aptly addressed in their new 5-bay NAS, which seems to have been designed with the user in mind. While the importance of a streamlined user experience can't be understated, the market has come to expect strong performance numbers thanks to companies like Synology, QNAP, Netgear, Seagate and Western Digital. The 5N2 includes several novel features that are worth noting, including mixed drive size utilization and at-a-glance storage monitoring. Drobo also added a few of their business features to the 5N2, including SSD cache and dual Ethernet ports.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Bumps Up The Capacity Of The WD Purple To 10TB

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) announced that it had taken its surveillance drives, the WD Purple, and bumped the maximum capacity up to 10TB. Aside from the capacity boost, the WD Purple supports up to 64 high-definition cameras, always-on 24x7 video surveillance systems, and is now 4K ready.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Announces 4.0 & Raises $90 Million In Series C Funding

Today Cohesity announced fourth-generation offerings with Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0 and Cohesity DataProtect 4.0. These latest versions bring more formats and infrastructures to Cohesity’s hyperconverged platform including object storage and network-attached storage (NAS). Cohesity is also announcing that it has raised an additional $90 million in series C funding.

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