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Seagate IronWolf Health Management Brief

Seagate has been making NAS-specific hard drives for over five years, rebranding as IronWolf in 2016 to reinforce messaging around the drives being “tough, ready, and scalable.” It's not enough though to architect a drive for a specific application like NAS though, Seagate wants to differentiate themselves in the market by offering more. In this case that means IronWolf Health Management (IHM). NAS vendors can integrate with Seagate's IHM gain more visibility into drive health and usage indicators like temperature, shock, vibration, intermittent connections, and signal integrity. From here, the NAS vendor or the user themselves can take action to ensure their data is always safe and secure.

QNAP Backup and Recovery Solutions Brief: Accelerating Data Availability with Veeam and Flash

Over the last several weeks we've been working with QNAP, Veeam and Samsung to develop a set of best practices to unleash the power of NAS when it comes to the problem of data availability and recovery. For small businesses, ROBO, retail and others, the idea of backup is generally well understood. But recovery is where the pain really is, when it comes to restoring files or standing up an environment after something like a ransomware attack. Flash is often overlooked for backup environments though either because of cost concerns or because the backup application can't take advantage of SSDs. 

Veeam & Rubrik Take In Massive Funding Hauls

This week both Veeam and Rubrik announced massive funding hauls. Veeam secured a $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners (with strong participation from strategic investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)). Rubrik announced a $261 million yield from Series E funding. 

QNAP TBS-453DX M.2 SSD NASbook Now Available

QNAP has announced the immediate availability of the TBS-453DX NASbook, a compact storage solution ideal for mobile workers and those with limited workspaces. It is highlighted by its ultra-compact design, four M.2 SATA SSDs slots, support for more than 20 mapped cloud storage spaces and local caching, the TBS-453DX features HDMI 2.0 4K 60Hz output, hardware transcoding and streaming. 10GbE N-BASET connectivity is also provided, which based on Aquantia's Multi-Gig controller.

News Bits: Veeam, N2WS, Supermicro, Quantum, QNAP, & Virtual Instruments

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Veeam acquires N2WS. Supermicro announces Early Shipment Program. Quantum announces new DXi backup appliances. QNAP introduces Fibre Channel connectivity. Virtual Instruments has a record year going into 2019. 

Lexar Releases New M.2 Line & A 1TB SD Card

Today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Lexar announced its new family of M.2 SSDs, the NM Series. The NM series leverages SATA (III) interface for the NM200 as well as NVMe interface for the rest of the family. The company also introduced the Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card with 1TB of capacity. Lexar will be exhibiting at this year’s CES, Las Vegas, Nevada January 8th – 11th.

Baidu Announces OpenEdge

Today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Baidu, Inc. announced its open source intelligent edge computing platform, OpenEdge. OpenEdge is stated as being able to enable developers to build light, secure, and scalable edge applications and solutions with more flexibility to accelerate AI applications. Along with OpenEdge, the company announced two other intelligent edge computing technologies: BIE-AI-BOX and BIE-AI-Board. 

Intel Announced Optane Memory H10

Today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Intel announced its latest SSD, the Intel Optane Memory H10. As the name implies it is an Optane drive, but wait, there is a twist, the drive also combines Intel’s QLC 3D NAND technology. Putting both technologies onto a single M.2 form factor give users bother performance and capacity in a tiny footprint. 

Intel Makes CPU Announcements At CES

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Intel made several announcements including a few around processor innovations. The company announced details on its first volume 10nm PC processor, Ice Lake. Intel previewed Lakefield, its hybrid 10nm CPU architecture with Foveros 3D packaging. The company is also expanding its 9th Gen Core desktop CPUs as well.

Toshiba Unveils Its 1TB BGA SSD

Today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Toshiba Memory America Inc. introduced its fourth generation ball grid array (BGA) SSD product line, the BG4 series. The BG4 is the company’s first 96-Layer BGA SSD. The tiny BG4 leverages NVMe interface and puts the storage and controller into a single package making it ideal for mobile devices or sever boots where space is limited.