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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD Review

Earlier this year, Western Digital announced the second generation in its WD Black line of enthusiasts SSD, the WD SN750 NVMe. The SN750 is an M.2 2280 SSD with the option of a heatsink for longer peak performance, though it will take up more space. The drive is quoted of hitting speeds in the upward of 3.47GB/s read, 3GB/s write with throughput of 515K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Introduces 5 New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released five new EC2 bare metal instances. Bare metal instances are ideal for workloads that need direct access to the process and memory resources. AWS also released lower cost storage, EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA).

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review

The latest edition to the Synology Plus line of NAS devices is the Synology DiskStation DS1019+. Typically the name of the device is indicative of how many bays it has plus the model year, in this case 10 bays in 2019-model year. The DS1019+ is a 5 bay NAS but is expandable to 10 bays. The DS1019+ is aimed at SOHO or home users that need some extra performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

DigitalOcean Launches Managed Databases

Today DigitalOcean announced the launch of its Managed Databases. The first offering released under their Managed Databases is PostgreSQL. Through this service developers will be able to create fully managed database instances in the cloud quickly and efficiently.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces 2Q19 Earnings

Cisco reported its second quarter earnings for its fiscal 2019, which ended on January 26, 2019. Overall the numbers are looking pretty good, especially compared to this time last year. The stock had a bit of a mixed day as it was downgraded from Morgan Stanley; it did however spike up in after hours trading.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta & Cisco Partner On Enterprise Files Services For HCI

Nexenta announced that it is partnering with Cisco putting its software-based enterprise file services on Cisco’s HyperFlex solution. This new solution has been tested, validated, and is ready to deploy offering HyperFlex benefits such as independent scaling and flexible cluster scaling that in turn should accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The new use cases would include VDI, ROBO, and backup/DR.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces FY 2018 Results

Today Veeam Software announced record results for its fiscal year 2018. The company is claiming $963 milling in total bookings, up 16% year-over-year. Veeam also stated that it has added roughly 4,000 new customers per month over the last year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Launches All-Flash Isilon F810

Today Dell EMC announced that it has expanded its flagship unstructured data storage system, Isilon, with another new all-flash version. The new Dell EMC Isilon F810 will bring all-flash performance to help users unlock the full potential of their unstructured data. The company also released new data management software, Dell EMC ClarityNow, to give users better visibility into their unstructured data both in the cloud and on-prem.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services Announced

Today Lenovo announced what it is calling the first true ‘pay-as-you-use data center’ as-a-Service offering, TruScale Infrastructure Services. As one might have guessed, this service allows users to use and pay for data center hardware and servers, at their locations is an aaS manner. This gives new levels of flexibility to customers as they grow. 

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Home Lab Deep Dive: A Networking Student's Cisco-Centric Home Lab

My lab started about a year ago largely with Cisco networking gear. I'm a networking student; so among other things I'm taking classes for the CCNA. The way we have it broken up is into 4 parts. Cisco 1 and 2 cover the CCENT, and 3 and 4 cover the rest of what you need for the CCNA. I'm in Cisco 4 right now, so I'm just finishing up. In our labs, we have a rack full of gear for 2 people. It's really hard to properly learn networking in Packet Tracer. It's possible, but there's things it can't do, and you also don't learn what cables to use and such with it, since you can just have it select the best cable for you. I like to work with physical gear, and when we had labs that we didn't have class time for, I didn't like being stuck there later at night, since I'm 45 minutes from home. 

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