by Lyle Smith

QNAP Announces New TVS-882BR-RDX Models

QNAP has announced the addition of two new TVS-882BR-RDX models that integrate the Tandberg RDX QuikStor internal SATA 5.25-inch docking station (8813-RDX) for installing removable and portable RDX hard disk cartridges. The Tandberg RDX cartridge offers a more robust, dust-proof build that protects data for longer periods of time compared to traditional external hard drives. Users can also seamlessly move their data with these cartridges.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Upgrade to VMware vSphere 6.7

With the recent launch of VMware's vSphere 6.7, we used some time last night to upgrade our main testing equipment. This included many of our Dell PowerEdge R730s and Dell PowerEdge R740xds which received firmware upgrades at the same time. To make all of this as painless as possible, we leveraged Dell's Lifecycle Controller for all things firmware on our servers, and VMware's upgrade tools for our vCSA and ESXi hosts. In this article we cover the steps we used to update and upgrade our servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces 14TB CMR HDD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its highest capacity conventional magnetic recording (CMR) HDD with the Ultrastar DC HC530. The HC530 comes in capacities up to 14TB introducing a new, lower level of TCO for the cloud and enterprise guys. The new drive leverages WD’s fifth-generation HelioSeal technology to help deliver density, and better power usage per TB, and price per TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates vSphere & vSAN To 6.7

Today VMware rolled out new updates to both VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN, bringing both up to version 6.7. vSphere and vSAN are the industry’s leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions. These new sets of updates are stated as enhancing user experience, security, application support, and hybrid cloud management features.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: ClearSky Data, Faction, VMware, Micron, WD, Commvault, Iron Mountain & 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. ClearSky Data and Faction partner to deliver on-demand disaster recovery with VMware. Micron announced new edge storage microSD cards. WD announced security microSD cards. Commvault expands integration with Azure. Iron Mountain announces Iron Cloud for Video. SonicWall updates its portfolio. Cisco updates its routing portfolio. SecurityFirst enhances its DataKeep. SIOS awarded two patents.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE Refreshes AMD EPYC Server Line

GIGABYTE announced that it has refreshed their AMD EPYC 1U and 2U server family, adding the 1U form factor R181-Z90, R181-Z91 and R181-Z92, and the 2U form factor R281-Z91 and R281-Z92 models. Various updated options that support a range of different storage device combinations, as well as further NVMe connectivity to integrate denser, high bandwidth storage, have been added.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC Announces Enhancements To Its Integrated Data Protection Appliance

Dell EMC has announced updates to their Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), touting simpler management and monitoring, increased cloud-readiness with cloud disaster recovery and improved data protection for VMware workloads. Released roughly a year ago, IDPA is a purpose-built, pre-integrated and turnkey appliance that converges protection storage, software, search and analytics in a single appliance and features cloud tiering for long-term retention.

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by Adam Armstrong

NAB 2018 News 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 breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2018 Show there were a handful of announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as Attala, Western Digital, Spectra Logic, Seagate, and Excelero.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Introduces RSD 2.1 With Pooled NVMe Storage

Today Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced its latest Rack Scale Design (RSD), version 2.1, now with pooled all-flash NVMe composable storage support. This new pooling ability can bring Peta-scale NVMe storage that is shared by up to twelve hosts. This would be ideal for applications such as high throughput ingest, HPC, data analytics, video streaming, CDN, and software-defined storage (SDS) environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Broadcom Announces New NVMe & Automation For Brocade Switches

Today Broadcom Limited announced new capabilities for NVMe and automation in its Brocade Gen 6 switch and port blade, Brocade G630 switch and Brocade FC32-64 port blade for the Brocade X6 director. The new high-density switches are purpose-built for flash storage. The company states that the switches can accelerate business operations, respond to dynamic demands, and eliminate complexity all the while increasing scalability, drive storage innovation, and simplifying operations.

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