by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: An Educator's Perspective

My lab started with a need to simplify my work load, but had big ideas attached to it. A single server purchase started it off, then it quickly snowballed as I learned more about what was possible on a budget. The lab grew bigger as the ideas became clearer. My home lab hasn’t reached the bottom of the hill just yet, but I ready to start telling the story of how it came to be and what lies ahead. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Kingston DC500R Enterprise SSD Review

The Kingston DC500R, announced in mid-March of this year, is an enterprise-grade SSD, ideal for read-intensive applications such as server boot, web serving, virtual desktop infrastructure, operational databases, and analytics. This 2.5” form factor SSD is optimized for read-intensive applications and is the first to implement Kingston’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance and low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads.

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by Michael Rink

Violin Systems Doubles Capacity of XVS 8

Violin Systems LLC announced that it had virtually doubled the capacity of its XVS 8 storage platforms. Earlier versions of the XVS 8 from last October had usable capacities ranging from 14 to 88TB. The current models now boast usable capacities ranging from 25 to 151TB, a little less than twice the previous. This is such a significant upgrade that I’m surprised they’re not changing the name.

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by Adam Armstrong

Open Infrastructure Summit 2019 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 breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week the OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit took place in Denver, Colorado. While we covered the major announcements from the OpenStack Foundationand Red Hat, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Trilio, SoftIron, Canonical, and Rook.

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by Michael Rink

Formulus Black Partners with Nth Generation

Formulus Black and Nth Generation announced a new partnership. Nth Generation, an IT consulting and services company, has agreed to assist with deploying Formulus Black's ForsaOS. Nth Generation has been providing IT consulting and security services since 1991. Formulus Black, previously known as Symbolic IO, is a much younger company created to develop and release their memory management software. We covered ForsaOS when Formulus Black debuted it last March.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Cloud Backup (UCB) Announced

Today Unitrends, a Kaseya company, announced its direct to cloud backup, Unitrends Cloud Backup (UCB). UCB allows small and mid-sized companies, as well as MSPs, to directly replicate data on servers and end point devices to Unitrends Cloud. Unitrends states that this allows for data protection without the hassle of managing local physical storage devices. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies World 2019 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 breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week the Dell Technologies World 2019 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. While we covered the major announcements from the Dell and VMware, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Dell EMC, Faction, Apstra, and Unisys.

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by Michael Rink

VMware Collaborates with Microsoft

VMware and Microsoft announced that they would be collaborating to deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure at the Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas. VMware is a well-known provider of virtualization services. They even already offer a similar product through Amazon Web Services. The new services were developed in collaboration not only with Microsoft but also with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).

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by Michael Rink

Arcserve Extends Unified Data Protection

Today, May 1st, 2019, Arcserve announced the next version of Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP). Arcserve Unified Data Protection uses an image-based approach to provide data protection for a wide range of workloads. The new release will add support for Microsoft Office 365 and Nutanix AHV. Arcserve was founded in 1983 and provides both cloud and on-premise data protection services including an all-in-one appliance we covered earlier this year.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC Launches New Storage and Data Protection Solutions

Today at Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC launched several new products and updates for their storage and data protection families. On the storage side of the house, Dell EMC has launched their next generation midrange platform, Unity XT, which is headlined by improved data reduction capabilities, a big performance boost as well as being NVMe ready. Dell EMC Isilon gets an operating system update with OneFS 8.2, and a new hybrid node, the Isilon H5600. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provide unique access from Dell EMC storage solutions to the cloud. PowerMax arrays now support Intel Optane dual-ported NVMe SSDs. Turning to backup and recovery, Dell EMC is launching a new backup appliance dubbed PowerProtect X400, which comes with a new PowerProtect Software Platform. The IDPA DR4400 is also now available in a smaller capacity offering.

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