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

Micron Mass Produces 1z Nanometer DRAM

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced a new advancement in DRAM scaling. Micron claims to be the first memory company to begin mass production of 16Gb DDR4 products using 1z nm process technology. The company is also announcing volume shipments of 16Gb low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) DRAM in UFS-based multichip packages (uMCP4).

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSphere 6.7 Update 3

Today VMware Inc. announced the latest update to vSphere 6.7, update 3. The updated virtualization platform comes with several enhancements to benefit users. The two most notable is the support for multiple NVIDIA vGPUs and the support for 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors

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by Michael Rink

Amazon Releases AWS Lake Formation

On August 8th, Amazon Web Services released AWS Lake Formation, a data lake service. Many customers were already using Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services) for their data lake, so Lake Formation might best be viewed as a set of tools to make an Amazon data lake less expensive and more user-friendly. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD EPYC Rome 7002 Series Launched

Today at a launch event in San Francisco, AMD announced the launch of its second generation EPYC Processors, EPYC Rome 7002 series. The new CPUs are 7nm and have up to 64 “Zen 2” cores, 128 threads and leverage PCIe Gen4, making them the first x86 server processor to do so. Along with greater performance, the AMD EPYC Rome 7002 processers come with silicon embedded protection for added security. 

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by Michael Rink

International Computer Concepts Releases Strata With Lightbits

International Computer Concepts and Lightbits Labs released STRATA storage at the Flash Memory Summit on August 6th, 2019. STRATA storage is the first product to come from the two companies’ partnership and provides an NVMe over TCP storage rack unit running Lightbits Labs' LightOS. ICC was founded in 1993 and primarily partners with other companies to simplify their IT purchasing process. Lightbits Labs was founded more recently in 2016 and is one of the most ardent proponents of NVMe over TCP technology.

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by Michael Rink

MemVerge Works With Tencent to Accelerate Data Warehousing

Today, at the 2019 Flash Memory Summit, MemVerge announced that they had secured Tencent as a customer. Tencent was founded in 1998 in Shenzhen, China, and its Sparkling Data Warehouse Suite is a petabyte-level distributed cloud data warehouse.

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by Michael Rink

Intel Announces 56 Core Single-Socket Cooper Lake Processor

Today Intel announced that its future Intel Xeon Cooper Lake processor family will have server-centric versions with up to 56 cores per socket. The new processors have built-in, AI training acceleration.

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by Michael Rink

Dell Announces Disk Library for Mainframe 5.1

Today Dell EMC announced Disk Library for mainframe (Dlm) 5.1 at the SHARE 2019 conference. Disk Library for mainframe is Dell EMC's virtual tape library for IMB z systems and Unisys ClearPath Dorado mainframes. Dell EMC (EMC Corporation prior to their acquisition by Dell in 2016) provides data center services and products including servers, storage, and converged infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Drives Greater Support For CDI

Today at FMS 2019, Western Digital announced new innovations and initiatives to drive support and adoption of open, composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI). To this end, the company announced its new Open Composable Compliance Lab, a multi-vendor ecosystem of compute, storage and networking to help test and validate end-to-end interoperability among solutions, ensuring enterprise customers have a choice when designing next-generation, disaggregated IT infrastructure.  Western Digital will be showcasing its OpenFlex NVMe-oF architecture, an open API and open composable flash platform that the company claims is the fastest available in the F3100. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS To Acquire E8 Storage

According to Globes, an Israeli Business News site, Amazon intends to buy E8 Storage. The acquisition is stated to be for as much as $60 million sources suggest, though the actual number is not known and can be higher or lower. Once Amazon acquires E8, it will have the latter’s employees join AWS development center in Tel Aviv.

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