by Adam Armstrong

Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 S2 Review

Earlier this year Fujitsu announced updates to its ETERNUS all-flash (AF) line, with the introducing of AF250 S2 And AF650 S2. Having previously looked at the ETERNUS AF250 and found it to be a strong performer (winning our Editor’s Choice award) especially compared to its pricing. Now we are taking a good look at the updated version to see what improvements have been made and how they stack up.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Expands MDS Storage Networking Portfolio

Today Cisco announced that it was expanding its MDS Storage Networking Portfolio with the introduction of two new 32G MDS FC-NVMe switches, updates to the MDS Diagnostics Suite, and simplified SAN management through new DCNM 11.0 features. These new solutions are aimed at increasing storage network performance, visibility, and reducing costs. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Announces GA Of Storage One

Today Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Storage One. Storage One is Red Hat’s approach to web-scale enterprise storage with the best of both worlds: a hardware-optimized turnkey solution with the flexibility and scale of software-defined storage. Storage One is built on the rest of Red Hat’s storage portfolio. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Morro Data, Azure, Panzura, E8 Storage, Scality, Portworx, Intel, & 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. Morro Data now supports Azure active directory. Panzura announces Mobile 2.0. E8 Storage announces InfiniBand support. Scality raises $60 million in funding. Portworx and Intel announce reference architecture for containerized applications. Virtual Instruments extends its integration with Cisco. Commvault expands AWS GovCloud solutions. Pivotal goes public.

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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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