Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cloudera, Supermicro, Oracle, Plugable, AWS, IGEL, Datera, & HiveIO

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Cloudera adds support for Apache Flink. Supermicro Systems now certified with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Plugable launches 512GB Thunderbolt 3 NVMe drive. AWS Outposts available in more regions. IGEL expands alliance with Login VSI. Datera is now Veeam Ready. HiveIO releases Hive Fabric 8.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Enhances Isilon Adding Kubernetes Support

Today Dell EMC announced new platform enhancements for its Dell EMC Isilon and new capabilities for Dell EMC Isilon OneFS. These new enhancements include using CloudIQ to monitor for issues across Dell EMC storage environments. Isilon will support Kubernetes through a CSI. With OneFS, users will be able to scale-out to cloud in Microsoft Azure with Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services. Isilon OneFS can now reduce storage footprint by delivering up to 3x greater effective capacity and support for 4x larger file sizes.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC Unity XT Hardware Overview and System Configuration Video

The Dell EMC Unity XT storage array is the tip of the Dell EMC midrange storage spear. With a big boost in performance over the prior generation Unity arrays, the XT can deliver over 2.5 million IOPS and support 16PB in the top end configuration. Our particular model in for review is the Unity XT 480F, with the F standing for all-flash. In this video we do a detailed hardware overview of the system, highlighting the drives, I/O modules and what’s inside each controller. The second portion of the video walks through the Unity XT configuration wizard in Unisphere and ultimately the setup of a datastore for VMware vSphere.

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by Adam Armstrong

VAST Data Releases Its CSI

Today VAST Data announced the general availability of its new Container Storage Interface (CSI). The company claims that the new CSI will enable users to programmatically deploy and manage storage services for a variety of container platforms that have adopted the CSI standard. VAST Data goes on to claim that the new CSI can bring affordable all-flash infrastructure to containerized applications while eliminating performance issues caused by simplicity, scale, affordability, and speed. 

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by Michael Rink

Red Hat Announces OpenShift Container Platform 4.3

Today, Red Hat announced plans to release OpenShift Container Platform 4.3. OpenShift Container Platform, sometimes shortened to just OpenShift, is Red Hat's Kubernetes based open-source software container application. When Red Hat says open-source, they mean open source. You can find the current full release notes here alongside the source code in their GitHub repository. Red Hat was founded in 1993 as an open-source software provider and advocate. Today it provides a wide range of home and enterprise software products and services, including a Linux operating system and 24/7 support subscriptions. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Introduces F1000 Line

Today Quantum Corp. announced it is expanding its award-winning Quantum F-Series with the new F1000. Like the rest of the rest of the series, the new F1000 is an NVMe storage appliance that leverages software defined architecture. The F1000 series is all about faster performance at lower entry prices. The ideal use cases are capturing, editing, and finishing high-definition content, and speeds VFX and CGI render performance by 10x-100x, to develop cutting edge augmented and virtual reality.

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by Brian Beeler

Qumulo C-72T Video Overview

Qumulo offers a distributed file system (NAS) that offers customers tremendous flexibility in deployment. Qumulo can be consumed via pre-configured hardware platforms from the company itself, pre-qualified hardware platforms from Dell EMC or HPE, or natively in the public cloud with AWS or GCP. Last week our team worked with Qumulo to rack five C-72T nodes in our Cincinnati lab, setting the scene for a comprehensive performance and capabilities review. The Qumulo C-72T nodes are hybrid, with each node containing twelve HDDs and four SSDs as cache. In this video we provide an overview of our configuration, along with a quick look at the Qumulo UI, which offers an impressive set of analytics and planning tools. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: HyperX, Plugable, Phison, Enmotus, Cumulus Networks, & HPE

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. We are also adding in the smaller news stories from this year’s CES that we feel are most relevant to our readers. First up is the CES stuff: HyperX releases new DDR4 RAM. Plugable releases new docking station. Phison and Enmotus demonstrate QLC enhancing technology. Cumulus Networks partners with HPE on open networks. 

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by Tom Fenton

Formulus Black Deep Dive

In the datacenter, there is a never-ending race between processors and storage. Over the past decade, processors have increased the number of cores they contain from one or two to 8, 16, 32 or even 64. Storage technologies over this time have dramatically decreased their latency and increased data throughput. However, the reality is that far too many CPU cycles are being wasted waiting for data residing on PCIe devices or on network storage. We are reaching an inflection point with the emergence of a new type of storage hardware: Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM resides on the memory channel, which is not hampered by latency and data bandwidth limitations of peripheral storage. Being on the memory channel places SCM far closer to the CPU, meaning it has more concurrent "swim lanes" for shuttling data to modern CPUs. This significantly increases the speed at which data can be accessed by the processor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Unveils Its Lyve Drive Mobile System

Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Seagate Technology plc unveiled its new modular storage solution that is designed to manage enterprise, cloud, and edge data, Seagate Lyve Drive Mobile System. This new portfolio has several solutions form SD cards to larger mobile arrays so it can fit into just about any data workflow that needs it. The devices are said to be simple, secure, and efficient to “activate the datasphere” according to Seagate.

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