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

Portworx Releases PX-Enterprise 2.0

Portworx released the second generation of their comprehensive cloud-native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production, PX-Enterprise 2.0. The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption by allowing teams to manage and protect containerized applications from a single platform.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array Review

The Dell EMC SC5020 fits with Dell EMC's midrange storage portfolio and is available in a range of configurations including HDD, SSD and hybrid. Billed as a flexible workhorse for SMBs, the SC5020 doesn't drop features/functionality to be price competitive. In fact, in terms of capabilities, the SC5020 is on par with the all-flash SC9000 we reviewed last year. The differences are mostly around top-end performance specifications, as the SC9000 has more RAM and CPU in the controllers and thus will have a much higher performance threshold. For its part, the SC5020 uses a 3U chassis with two hot-swappable controllers in an active/active configuration and 30 2.5" drive bays. The system can be expanded with additional drive shelfs to support an additional 192 drives, topping the SC5020 out at over 2PB of maximum raw capacity. 

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by Michael Rink

AWS Announces Satellite Download Service

On November 27th at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Ground Station. Ground Station is a new service that enables customers to download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of 12 ground station antennas located around the world. Using AWS Ground Station, customers can save up to 80 percent of their ground station costs by paying for antenna access time on demand. 

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by Michael Rink

HPE Announcements From Discover Madrid 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is using HPE Discover Madrid 2018 to announce advancements in its Artificial Intelligent (AI) ops platform, HPE InfoSight; global expansion of HPE Cloud Volumes, a multicloud storage service; HPE Memory-Driven Flash, a new class of enterprise storage built with storage class memory (SCM) and NVMe.

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by Michael Rink

Amazon Trials Compute Focused Snowball Variations

Amazon recently announced limited availability of two new versions of their Snowball Edge devices in select regions. In addition to AWS's existing storage optimized edge Snowball appliances they are adding the Snowball Edge Compute Optimized and Snowball Edge Compute Optimized with GPU.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supercomputing 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at Supercomputing 2018 (SC18) in Dallas, Texas, there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as DDN, Excelero, Atos, Penguin Computing, Panasas, Supermicro, and Lenovo, which was named the number one supercomputer systems manufacturer this year. 

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by Michael Rink

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar Memory Drive

Western Digital Corp (WDC) announced its foray into the in-memory computing market segment. It is allowing select customers to sample a new Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive. The Ultrastar is WD's first product designed to provide near DRAM performance from a PCIe device.

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by Adam Armstrong

Linux Foundation Launches Ceph Foundation

Today during Ceph Day in Berlin, the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. This new foundation will help support the Ceph open source project community. The project aims to develop a unified distributed storage system providing applications with object, block, and file system interfaces. The new Ceph Foundation is the successor framework to the Ceph Advisory Board, announced a few years back.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NetApp AFF A300 Review

In August of 2017, we posted our review of the NetApp A200 all flash array. We really enjoyed the performance and feature set; ultimately it earned one of only five Editor's Choice Awards we gave out in 2017. It was with much excitement then that we obtained the next system from NetApp for review. The A300 was launched in the fall of 2016, and firmly targets the midrange storage customer. This isn't entirely different than the A200's target; the A300 just adds more performance and scalability oomph over its smaller cousin. The A300 of course runs the latest version of ONTAP and supports SSDs up to 30TB and is just as easy as the A200 to set up.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Introduces AMD EPYC EC2 Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced new EC2 instances that leverage AMD EPYC processors. AWS is rolling EPYC version of its M5, T3, and R5 instances. The AMD versions will be about 10% less expensive and are ideal for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications.

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