by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 970 PRO Review

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the third generation of its popular M.2 NVMe SSDs. Again releasing a high-performing 970 PRO and a higher capacity 970 EVO. As with previous versions, the 970 is pushing performance levels even higher with quote speeds of 3.5GB/s read, 2.7GB/s write, and up to 500K IOPS in both read and write. This level of performance is ideal for prosumers and tech enthusiasts as well as those that work with 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (SanDisk Extreme Pro) Review

Recently Western Digital released a new high performance PCIe NVMe SSD with the second generation WD Black. Being a “Black” drive it is intended for general, higher-end PC use. The drive come in a M.2 2280 form factor making it ideal for notebooks and ultrabooks. With the advancements in speed and capacity, the drive is made with gaming, video editing, and VR in mind. A parallel offering from the SanDisk brand in the Extreme Pro family is also available and is essentially the same drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Morro Data, Azure, Panzura, E8 Storage, Scality, Portworx, Intel, & 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. Morro Data now supports Azure active directory. Panzura announces Mobile 2.0. E8 Storage announces InfiniBand support. Scality raises $60 million in funding. Portworx and Intel announce reference architecture for containerized applications. Virtual Instruments extends its integration with Cisco. Commvault expands AWS GovCloud solutions. Pivotal goes public.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Announces New TVS-882BR-RDX Models

QNAP has announced the addition of two new TVS-882BR-RDX models that integrate the Tandberg RDX QuikStor internal SATA 5.25-inch docking station (8813-RDX) for installing removable and portable RDX hard disk cartridges. The Tandberg RDX cartridge offers a more robust, dust-proof build that protects data for longer periods of time compared to traditional external hard drives. Users can also seamlessly move their data with these cartridges.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7

With the recent launch of VMware's vSphere 6.7, we used some time last night to upgrade our main testing equipment. This included many of our Dell PowerEdge R730s and Dell PowerEdge R740xds which received firmware upgrades at the same time. To make all of this as painless as possible, we leveraged Dell's Lifecycle Controller for all things firmware on our servers, and VMware's upgrade tools for our vCSA and ESXi hosts. In this article we cover the steps we used to update and upgrade our servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces 14TB CMR HDD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its highest capacity conventional magnetic recording (CMR) HDD with the Ultrastar DC HC530. The HC530 comes in capacities up to 14TB introducing a new, lower level of TCO for the cloud and enterprise guys. The new drive leverages WD’s fifth-generation HelioSeal technology to help deliver density, and better power usage per TB, and price per TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates vSphere & vSAN To 6.7

Today VMware rolled out new updates to both VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN, bringing both up to version 6.7. vSphere and vSAN are the industry’s leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions. These new sets of updates are stated as enhancing user experience, security, application support, and hybrid cloud management features.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Surveillance & Video HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that it would be expanding its consumer HDD line up with new surveillance and video streaming drives, the S300 and V300. The S300 comes in capacities up to 10TB and offers support for up to 64 HD camera streams, making it an ideal choice for surveillance. For home streaming, the V300 comes with capacities up to 3TB and is also well suited for video recording.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Digital Now shipping UV500 SSDs

Kingston Digital is now shipping their UV500 line of SSD products, which is available in three different form factors (2.5″, M.2 2280, mSATA) to accommodate a wide range of client systems. UV500 is also the company’s first 3D NAND-enabled SSD with full-disk encryption. Featuring Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller and 3D NAND Flash, the UV500 is quoted to deliver read and write speeds up to 520MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: ClearSky Data, Faction, VMware, Micron, WD, Commvault, Iron Mountain & 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. ClearSky Data and Faction partner to deliver on-demand disaster recovery with VMware. Micron announced new edge storage microSD cards. WD announced security microSD cards. Commvault expands integration with Azure. Iron Mountain announces Iron Cloud for Video. SonicWall updates its portfolio. Cisco updates its routing portfolio. SecurityFirst enhances its DataKeep. SIOS awarded two patents.

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