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

Seagate Releases 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Today Seagate Technology announced both its fourth quarter financial results (quarter ended June 29, 2018) and its year-end financial results. The company saw some pretty good numbers in both the quarter and full year. Seagate also announced the resignation of its CFO, David H. Morton, Jr., as he has taken a role at another company.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Reports 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) reported its fourth quarter earnings as well as its year-end fiscal earnings for 2018 that ended June 29, 2018. Overall the numbers are good for the quarter and the report was able to beat expectations. The stock is down slightly today and down roughly 20 points from this time last year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces Availability of z1d & R5 EC2 Instances

Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new instances on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This week, AWS is announcing that the new high frequency instance, z1d, and the two new memory optimized instances, R5 and R5d, are now generally available. These new instances are designed for users that need massive performance and better price-per-GB in memory intensive applications. 

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC SCOS 7.3 Firmware Review

Today Dell EMC announced an updated version of SCOS, the operating system used in the SC storage family. SCOS 7.3 is a free update and brings several new features and fixes to the table as any point release would, but in this case there's also a major performance update as well. Due to code optimizations and a move to distributed sparing, Dell EMC has been able to secure boosts across the board. The SC9000 for instance is now capable of 2 million IOPS per array, 20 million IOPS in federated environments. All of the SC systems benefit though, with a 2X increase in all supported systems in 4K 100% read IOPS. Further there's a boost of 50-100K mixed workload IOPS in every system (80/20 4K).

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates Unity & SC Series Storage Software

Today Dell EMC announced major software updates to its Unity and SC Series. For Unity, the company is updating to Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 that brings a boost in file-based replication and data mobility as well as new security capabilities for block and file workloads. Dell EMC is also announcing that it has shipped 1 Exabyte of raw flash storage capacity since its May 2016 debut. For its SC Series Operating System (SCOS) 7.3, users gain a new Unisphere HTML5 interface and a big boost in performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Integrate CloudRanger Into Druva Cloud Platform

Today Druva announced that it is integrating its recently acquired CloudRanger into its Data Management-as-a-Server Solution, Druva Cloud Platform (DCP). Now DCP will unify all of the company’s product offerings into a single point of management that Druva states will enable organizations to centrally protect, manage and gain visibility into their entire data footprint. With the integration, all 4,000 customers will have access to the benefits around enterprise data sources, including AWS workloads. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Adds AI & Automation To 3PAR

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is adding new features to its popular 3PAR storage. HPE is adding its new version of InfoSight that leverages AI and automation for the data center. The company states that this will lead to better productivity and efficiency while unlocking the economic value of data.

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by Michael Rink

Western Digital & Toshiba Separately Announce QLC 96-Layer NAND

Both companies announced QLC, 96-Layer, FLASH memory chips on July 19th. Toshiba and Western Digital are both expecting 1.33Tb (terabits) of storage per chip. Western Digital’s announcement covers that the chip was jointly developed with Toshiba in Yokkaichi, Japan. However, Toshiba’s announcement makes no mention of Western Digital at all. Possibly a sign of lingering poor relations between the two companies despite it having been more than half a year since Toshiba dropped its 120 billion Yen lawsuit against Western Digital in December 2017. In any case, the differences between the two announcements are a significant divergence from their behavior when Toshiba first began publicly speaking about QLC technology in 2016.

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by Michael Rink

Intel Now Producing QLC PCIe SSDs

Intel did a curious thing July 19th. It announced that they were now producing their QLC PCIe SSD on their Twitter news account with almost no accompanying details. Since then, Intel has released little additional information but it has confirmed that this will be part of Intel’s new D5 product family for data centers. We expect to learn more at next month’s Flash Memory Summit (August 6th-9th) in Santa Clara. One of Intel’s Sr. Vps, Robert B. Crooke, will be giving a keynote partially about 3D NAND on August 8th.

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by Michael Rink

Lenovo & Cloudistics Launch ThinkAgile CP Series

Lenovo – together with Cloudistics – is further expanding its ThinkAgile portfolio with the CP series. Billed as a composable cloud platform or a ‘cloud-in-a-box’; the CP series aims to offer customers looking for the agility of the public cloud and the security of a private cloud all the conveniences and ease-of-use of a public cloud environment secured behind the customer’s own data center firewall.

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