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

Clean Up Data Spills Quickly with NetApp Secure Purge

Recent surveys show that data security is one of the top concerns among executives and top-level government officials. Data security is a rather generic term and means different things to different people, but everyone agrees that in its most basic form it means protecting data from unwanted actions from unauthorized users. The data that needs to be protected ranges from data stored on a social network site to top-secret information about people and projects stored in a governmental datacenter. The consequences of this data being released ranges from people being mildly embarrassed to, in the case of top-secret governmental data, people being put in harm’s way.

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by Michael Rink

Samsung Develops 24GB High Bandwidth Memory

Samsung announced that is has developed the industry's first high bandwidth memory chip manufactured using 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) technology. High bandwidth memory (HBM) is used in lots of computer components used in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications like high-end graphics cards, FPGAs, CPUs, and networking devices. Previously, the best anyone could do was 8-layer. Samsung was founded in 1938 and is well known for its electronics products. They've been one of the major drivers in this area for some time. Impressively, this is the second advancement they've made in the HBM area this year; last March, they announced the development of a very high capacity HBM2E chip named Flashbolt with 410GBps data bandwidth and 16GB of memory.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NetApp AFA EF600 Review

Last month NetApp announced its latest midrange all-flash array with the EF600. While the EF600 is aimed at the same market as the EF570, it is not a replacement. While the EF570 does support NVMe, the EF600 is end-to-end NVMe, which brings new levels of flexibility and performance not previously seen in the midrange. Aside from the performance and price to performance ratio, the EF600 offers a level of future proofing that will be able to hit the demands of tomorrow without the need for forklift upgrades. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Datera & HPE Release Software-Defined Cloud Kit

Toady Datera, Inc. announced that it is expanding its partnership with HPE (that centers around go-to-market solutions) with the release of HPE Datera Cloud Kit. HPE Datera Cloud Kit are several Datera pre-packaged configurations for enterprises looking to bring the Datera software-defined platform to their hybrid and private cloud environments. This new kit is a package that can be bought “off-the-shelf” and contains all flash, software-defined, scale-out storage that delivers performance and availability along with simplicity for cloud, Tier 1 workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

Backblaze Releases Cloud Backup 7.0

Today, Backblaze released Backblaze Cloud Backup 7.0 The newest version of Backblaze’s cloud backup software includes additional version history options, better security including improved, Single Sign-on (SSO) support, and added support for Catalina. Backblaze will be slowly rolling out automatic updates to their customers over the coming weeks, but you can also trigger a manual update to get the new features immediately. Backblaze was founded in 2007 and provides software to back your data up to Backblaze’s B2 Cloud Storage. Backblaze also takes advantage of their cloud infrastructure to gather and publish some rather interesting information on HDD reliability.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Acronis, Supermicro, Lexar, Inspur, Formulus Black, Intel, Atempo, Toshiba (Kioxia) & 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. Acronis Raises $147 million in investments. Supermicro releases new SAP HANA solution. Lexar announces CFexpress Type B Card. Inspur makes Open Compute announcements. Formulus Black partners with Intel and Packet on PMEM infrastructure. Atempo raises €8 million. Toshiba Memory rebrands as Kioxia. Data Dynamics partners with Lenovo on intelligent file management. RAIDIX releases ERA 3.0.

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by Michael Rink

Cisco Releases Two CDIP Validated Designs Using Cloudera

Last Friday Cisco released two, nearly identical, new Cisco Validated Designs implementing Cisco Data intelligence Platform (CDIP). One of the designs runs Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub 6.2, and the other runs Hortonworks (recently purchased by Cloudera) Data Platform 3.1. Getting customers to be interested in the new systems is probably going to be an uphill battle for Cisco because Cloudera is moving to merge Hortonworks and their own software together. Cloudera has already released the first results of this merge, as we covered earlier this week. 

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by Michael Rink

Cloudera Releases Three New Cloud Services

Cloudera released three new cloud services as part of the run-up to the release of their much-anticipated Cloudera Data Platform. Cloudera was founded in 2008 as an open-source Apache Hadoop provider and currently provides a variety of data services and software.

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by Michael Rink

Western Digital Plans to Sell IntelliFlash Division to DataDirectNetworks

DataDirectNetworks (DDN) & Western Digital announced that DDN would be buying Western Digital’s IntelliFlash division as part of a new partnership. This comes as something of a surprise, Western Digital updated their IntelliFlash lineup only a few months ago, as we covered in both June and July. DataDirect Networks (DDN) was founded in 1998 and is privately held. It provides block and file storage platforms as well as associated appliances and tools.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Releases EC2 G4 Instances With NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the general availability of a new GPU-powered Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, the G4 Instance. This new instance is designed to accelerate machine learning (ML) inferencing while providing the most cost-effective ML inference in the industry for applications. The new instance are also great for graphics-intensive workloads in a cost-effective manner and would be ideal for building and running graphics-intensive applications, such as remote graphics workstations, video transcoding, photo-realistic design, and game streaming in the cloud.

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