by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces Dual-Port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced what it is calling the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market, the new Ultrastar DC SS530. The new SAS drive expands capacity up to 15.36TB while retaining the 2.5-inch, 15mm form factor. The increase in performance and capacity will give customers better TCO in their data centers with the potential to consolidate servers and open up rack space. 

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Adds 2 New 52-Port Switches To Its Insight Cloud Managed Family

Today NETGEAR Inc. announced that it was expanding its Insight Cloud Managed Family with two new switches. Both of the new switches add more capacity for growing businesses by being 52-ports. The company also updated its Insight cloud management system with better functionality and PoE controls.

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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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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces High-Performance EC2 Instances Updates

Today at its annual AWS Summit in New York, AWS announced a new high frequency instance for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon EC2 Z1d. Z1d is designed for users that need the highest single-thread performance with a large amount of memory (such as electronic design automation (EDA), relational databases, and financial simulations). AWS is also releasing two other instances for memory intensive applications, the R5 and R5d.

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