by Michael Rink

NetApp's ONTAP 9.4 Hits GA

Announced back in May 2018, NetApp ONTAP 9.4 has officially entered General Availability (GA). It is now available for download at support.netapp.com. ONTAP 9.4 is a data management software designed for cloud-based enterprise all flash systems. Touted as a non-disruptive upgrade ONTAP 9.4 provides new business capabilities in three main categories: new intelligent cloud services with FabricPool; fast all-flash performance with enterprise end-to-end NVMe support; as well as efficient and secure enterprise storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

IDC Releases 1Q18 Converged Systems Tracker; Dell EMC/VMware Remain At Top

The International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Converged Systems Tracker this quarter and saw that worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 19.6% year on year to $3.2 billion for the first quarter of 2018. This shows a slightly faster uptick in HCI over the last quarter’s 9.1% jump. Dell EMC continues its lead slightly pulling away from the other competitors and VMware pulls even farther away from Nutanix to keep its lead.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Makes Several Data Center Storage Enhancements

At its Media and Analyst event in San Jose, California, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) made several additions to its data center solutions. These new solutions include the ActiveScale 5.3 object storage system, expansions to its IntelliFlash N Series family of all-flash arrays, and the new Ultrastar Serv60+8 hybrid storage server platform. All-in-all, these solutions address object storage, NVMe, high-performance storage, and SDS server and storage solutions to drive up performance while creating a better TCO.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE H261-Z60 2U 4 Node Server Announced

GIGABYTE has announced the release of the 2U 4 Node H261-Z60, the first model from the Density Optimized Server Series that features an AMD EPYC processor. Each node supports dual AMD EPYC 7000 series processors with up to 32 cores, 64 threads and 8 channels of memory per CPU, meaning that they can feature up to 64 cores and 128 threads of compute power. The H261-Z60 also comes equipped with 4 individual hot pluggable sliding node trays that seamlessly slide in and out from the rear of the unit, and features shared cooling and power for the nodes with a dual fan wall of 8 (4 x 2) easy swap fans and 2 x 2200W redundant PSUs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Violin Systems FSP 7650 Review

Violin Systems isn't exactly a new company; we have been covering them for six years now. The company began as a pioneer in the all-flash arena and ran into a few woes after going public. However, the company has risen from the ashes with new investors backing the firm and has new deployment options along with the same cadre of high performing gear. We've been working with Violin in the lab for some time now; today we are looking at the 7650 array, which is the “extreme performance” all-flash model in the Violin Flash Storage Platform (FSP). 

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Releases Unmanaged PoE Switches

NETGEAR Inc. has launched a new family of 16-port and 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switches with what it is calling the industry’s first flexible Power over Ethernet (PoE) integrated technology. This new family allows SMB and SOHOs to deploy denser PoE+ devices and high-power PoE+ devices. This would lead to lower costs and better energy efficiency.

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by Lyle Smith

SonicWall Updates Portfolio for Mid-Tier Enterprises

SonicWall has announced 12 new products and solution updates to the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform, which are specifically catered for mid-tier enterprises. The company indicates that this will enable an integrated cloud-scale management and true end-to-end security with protection for networks, email, endpoints, mobile and remote users.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces VMware Cloud On AWS GovCloud

VMware Inc. announced that its popular VMware Cloud on AWS would soon also be on AWS GovCloud. This will allow United States public sector agencies to leverage common cloud infrastructure on premises and in the public cloud without forgoing security. This will give government agencies the ability to improve efficiency, lower costs, and operate within FedRAMP authority.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel is Leading With Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) Adoption

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) allow vendors to create their own reconfigurable digital circuits; whereas a logic gate has a fixed function, an FPGA has an undefined function when it is manufactured and thus must be reconfigured before it can be used in a circuit. Because the price has been driven down in recent years, moving the affordability from just the larger enterprise down to nearly all organizatoins, allowing even smaller businesses to leverage the technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 8TB SSD In NF1 Form Factor

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. launched the highest capacity Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF), an 8TB NF1 SSD. Designed for the data center, the new 8TB NF1 SSD is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications. The company goes on to state that customers can put up to 72 NF1 drives in a 2U space and with 8TB can hit density of 576TB. 

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