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by Michael Rink

Amazon Offers Rack Server Preloaded with AWS Storage Gateway

On September 18th Amazon started offering a Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Rack Server that is pre-loaded with AWS Storage Gateway software. The 1U, 19-inch rack mountable server has Intel Xeon processors, 128 GB of memory, 6 TB of usable SSD storage for your locally cached data, and redundant power supplies. AWS Storage Gateway service enables hybrid storage between on-premises environments and the AWS Cloud. It integrates on-premises enterprise applications and workflows with Amazon’s block and object cloud storage services through industry standard storage protocols as well as a host of other AWS services. Typical use cases include backup and archiving, disaster recovery, moving data to S3 for in-cloud workloads, and tiered storage.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Toshiba & Western Digital Celebrate The Opening Of FAB 6 & Memory R&D Center In Yokkaichi, Japan

Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital recently celebrated the opening of Fab 6, their new semiconductor fabrication facility, and the Memory R&D Center, located at Yokkaichi operations in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Scality Announces Zenko 1.0

Today Scality announced what they are calling the industry’s first and only cloud-native multi-cloud data controller, Zenko 1.0. Zenko, which is available in both open source and enterprise editions, seeks to address the issues of modern cloud application development and complex data management by giving users more control over their data while still leveraging the efficiencies of private and public clouds.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN Dual-Port 100GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

The Mellanox ConnectX-5 EN is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver extreme bandwidth at sub-600 nanosecond latency and a high message rate with its 100GbE transfer rate. With its advanced storage capabilities including NVMe-oF target offloads, this NIC is ideal for High Performance, Cloud, Data Analytics and Storage platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Supermicro, Samsung, QSAN, ATTO, Rubrik, Datrium, Quantum, Excelero, Wasabi, & 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. Supermicro’s 1U server is optimized with Samsung’s NF1 NVMe storage. QSAN’s XCube product series certified with ATTO HBAs. Rubrik announces Datos IO 3.0. Datrium raises $60 million in Series D funding. Quantum adopts Excelero’s NVMe-oF technology for Xcellis. Wasabi raises $68 million in funding. Pivotal reports second quarter earnings for fiscal 2019. ATTO ThunderLink Adapters and FastFram NICs certified with Avid Shared Storage. Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.2.

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by Michael Rink

Quest Releases Version 9.0 KACE

Quest Software announced today the general availability of KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) 9.0, a comprehensive, multi-platform endpoint and asset management solution running on Windows and Mac operating systems. KACE is intended to help businesses provision, manage, secure and service their growing endpoint environments. 9.0 features improvements to workflow and infrastructure, as well as updates to Service Desk, asset management, endpoint communications, and security functionalities.

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by Lyle Smith

HyperX Gaming MicroSD Card Review

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology known for their affordable products (memory, headsets, and storage devices), have unleashed microSD cards catered directly to gaming use cases. The new line of  HyperX microSD cards are available in capacities 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and meet the UHS-I, CL10, Speed Class (U3), A1 performance requirements.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Fast SSD Review

The boldly-named Seagate Fast is company's latest portable SSD to hit the market. It features a unique design, the latest USB-C connectivity, and much faster transfer rates over tradition external hard disk drives as per the norm with SSD technology. The Fast allows users to sync their files via the bundled backup and folder mirroring software, which automatically monitors target folders for any new files, deletions or modifications so files will always be latest version. The Fast comes with a fully-reversible USB-C cable, eliminating the often-frustrating attempts to connect your USB device to your computer. 

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Launches AI Data Center Platform

At GTC in Tokyo, NVIDIA announced the launch of its new AI data center platform, the NVIDIA TensorRT Hyperscale Platform. This new platform is stated as delivering the most advanced inference accelerator for voice, video, image, and recommendation services. The platform will leverage the company’s new Tesla T4 GPUs as well as a comprehensive set of new inference software.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Partners With NetApp To Aid With Digital Transformations

Today at the Lenovo Transfrom 2.0 conference in New York, Lenovo and NetApp announced a partnership of technology that helps customers modernize their IT, which in turn will aide in their digital transformation. The partnership will bring together the companies strengths in high-performance computing and flash storage. The two companies are also announcing a new joint venture in China delivering localized solutions there.

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