by Michael Rink

Red Hat Announces OpenShift Container Platform 4.3

Today, Red Hat announced plans to release OpenShift Container Platform 4.3. OpenShift Container Platform, sometimes shortened to just OpenShift, is Red Hat's Kubernetes based open-source software container application. When Red Hat says open-source, they mean open source. You can find the current full release notes here alongside the source code in their GitHub repository. Red Hat was founded in 1993 as an open-source software provider and advocate. Today it provides a wide range of home and enterprise software products and services, including a Linux operating system and 24/7 support subscriptions. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab Video: How to Safely Ship Hard Drives with Foam

Sneakernet isn't talked about as much these days, but it is still the fastest way to move data between two points. This is the term for physically moving a device or appliance from point A to point B. Shipping a hard drive might be needed for multiple reasons, either seeding backup data or sending a freshly shucked hard drive to someone. Getting it to its destination in one piece though is where some skill comes in, or money depending on how you want to approach it. In this quick How To video we cover how to ship a hard drive safely, on a budget, using common household spray foam from a home improvement store.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Introduces F1000 Line

Today Quantum Corp. announced it is expanding its award-winning Quantum F-Series with the new F1000. Like the rest of the rest of the series, the new F1000 is an NVMe storage appliance that leverages software defined architecture. The F1000 series is all about faster performance at lower entry prices. The ideal use cases are capturing, editing, and finishing high-definition content, and speeds VFX and CGI render performance by 10x-100x, to develop cutting edge augmented and virtual reality.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Announces New PoE+ and PoE++ Ethernet Switches

Another announcement that slipped by from NETGEAR surrounds unmanaged and smart managed Gigabit Ethernet switches. NETGEAR has made several additions to its Unmanaged and Smart Managed Pro switch series with new Gigabit Ethernet PoE+ and Ultra60 PoE++ models. Amongst the models announced is the industry’s first Cloud managed Ultra60 PoE++ switch.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston DC1000B M.2 NVMe SSD Now Available

Kingston Digital has announced the availability of the DC1000B M.2 NVMe 3D TLC NAND SSD, a drive designed for servers with one or two boot-dedicated M.2 NVMe slots as well as for caching and logging use cases. The new DC1000B includes onboard power-loss protection while featuring 0.5D DWPD endurance to help promote an extended service life. Kingston says their new drive will deliver enterprise-level performance consistency and low-latency features.

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by Brian Beeler

Qumulo C-72T Video Overview

Qumulo offers a distributed file system (NAS) that offers customers tremendous flexibility in deployment. Qumulo can be consumed via pre-configured hardware platforms from the company itself, pre-qualified hardware platforms from Dell EMC or HPE, or natively in the public cloud with AWS or GCP. Last week our team worked with Qumulo to rack five C-72T nodes in our Cincinnati lab, setting the scene for a comprehensive performance and capabilities review. The Qumulo C-72T nodes are hybrid, with each node containing twelve HDDs and four SSDs as cache. In this video we provide an overview of our configuration, along with a quick look at the Qumulo UI, which offers an impressive set of analytics and planning tools. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: HyperX, Plugable, Phison, Enmotus, Cumulus Networks, & HPE

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. We are also adding in the smaller news stories from this year’s CES that we feel are most relevant to our readers. First up is the CES stuff: HyperX releases new DDR4 RAM. Plugable releases new docking station. Phison and Enmotus demonstrate QLC enhancing technology. Cumulus Networks partners with HPE on open networks. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #29

The team got together for the weekly podcast to discuss the important things in life like overflowing a rental car gas tank, annoying hotel neighbors and the fact that Adam still hates baby Yoda. Brian highlights his trip around Boston with visits including Dell EMC, Zerto, HYCU, VMware, Actifio and Wasabi. As a result of the trip, we picked up our first apron sponsor thanks to HYCU! And snuggle in for another heartfelt discussion from Adam's Movie Corner as we discuss Bone Tomahawk. Adam's movie corner for next week, Brawl in Cell Block 99.
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by Alex Schuchter

Synology Announces New NAS Solutions

Synology has introduced new products to satisfy both home and enterprise users with the release of the DS420j and SA3600. With these new products, Synology is adding to both their DiskStation and SA NAS portfolios. 

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by Tom Fenton

Formulus Black Deep Dive

In the datacenter, there is a never-ending race between processors and storage. Over the past decade, processors have increased the number of cores they contain from one or two to 8, 16, 32 or even 64. Storage technologies over this time have dramatically decreased their latency and increased data throughput. However, the reality is that far too many CPU cycles are being wasted waiting for data residing on PCIe devices or on network storage. We are reaching an inflection point with the emergence of a new type of storage hardware: Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM resides on the memory channel, which is not hampered by latency and data bandwidth limitations of peripheral storage. Being on the memory channel places SCM far closer to the CPU, meaning it has more concurrent "swim lanes" for shuttling data to modern CPUs. This significantly increases the speed at which data can be accessed by the processor.

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