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by Adam Armstrong

Axellio Announces FabricXpress Windows Server Software-Defined Solution

Today at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Axellio, a division of X-IO Technologies, announced its new FabricXpress Windows Server Software-Defined (FX-WSSD) solutions. The FabricXpress WSSD is an all-flash hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliance based on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and 2019. According to Axellio, the FX-WSSD is designed to “scale in” with NVMe over PCIe that will enhance the virtual workload CPU performance improvements in Windows Server 2019.

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by Lyle Smith

HP EliteDesk 705 Workstation Edition Announced

HP has unveiled the HP EliteDesk 705 Workstation Edition. Designed for power users, STEM Students, architects and engineers looking to upgrade to an accessible performance-driven workstation, the EliteDesk 705 is HP’s most affordable professional certified desktop to date. This workstation features up to an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X Eight-Core, 64 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SED Opal 2 TLC M.2 SSD, and professional graphics cards including the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Graphics and NVIDIA Quadro P1000.

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by Michael Rink

Nasuni Releases Cloud File Services Updates

Nasuni today announced an update to their Cloud File Services. The update will impact all of Nasuni's services which share a common core UniFS file system. UniFS stores files and metadata in object storage then caches active data wherever high-performance access is needed on Nasuni Edge Appliances – stateless virtual machines or hardware appliances that can be located on-premises or in the cloud. Nasuni plans to host a webinar about the changes on September 27th titled “Never Move Data Again: Combined NAS & Archive in One Cloud Solution.”

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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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