by Adam Armstrong

AWS Introduces AMD EPYC EC2 Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced new EC2 instances that leverage AMD EPYC processors. AWS is rolling EPYC version of its M5, T3, and R5 instances. The AMD versions will be about 10% less expensive and are ideal for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMworld Europe 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 VMworld Europe in Barcelona, there were several 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 VMware, Dell Technologies, IBM, AWS, Kubernetes, and Heptio.

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by Michael Rink

Dell EMC Announcements From VMworld Europe

Dell EMC will be showing off a number of Vmware related enhancements at VMworld Europe this week; starting with several enhancements and new options for their VxRail HCI appliances. Likewise, Dell EMC Cloud Marketplace is getting several new options and features. Rounding out the announcements; Dell's latest 25GbE-enabled S5200-ON top-of-rack open networking switches are available now.

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by Tom Fenton

ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub Client Review

The ViewSonic SC-T25 Citrix Workspace Hub, based on the Raspberry Pi 3, is a low-priced thin client designed to deliver virtual desktops and applications to end-users. The SC-T25 is advertised to support Citrix’s HDX remote display protocol and is certified as Citrix Ready. Its ultra-small form factor minimizes the space it takes up on a desk and can even be mounted on the back of a monitor using an optional VESA mount. The client has a single HDMI port, 4 USB connectors and built-in Bluetooth.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: DDN, Arlo, Quest, Rackspace, Cisco, GIGABYTE, FalconStor, & Druva

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. DDN sets SPC SFS Benchmark record. Arlo announces AI-based detection features. Quest launches Spotlight Cloud. Rackspace expands its cloud services. Cisco launched line of 400G switches. GIGABYTE expands its EPYC line. FalconStor awarded patent for RecoverTrac. Druva’s Cloud Platform now available on AWS Snowball Edge.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Eaton 5PX1000RT UPS Review

Time is money, and for businesses experiencing downtime due to electrical outages, the money lost can be astronomical. Power management and protection is paramount for small businesses and enterprises alike. StorageReview is no exception. We depend on a UPS that offers comprehensive management and power protection for the testing we do in our lab, including all servers and connected hardware, and also for accurate data testing results. The Eaton 5PX1000RT UPS is just one among many UPS products we rely on to keep our lab up and running.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 1Q19 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported financial results for the quarter ended September 28, 2018. Overall the company had a fairly strong quarter, which is good news as the tech sector has been a bit sluggish as of late. It’s stock started off with a fairly sharp drop and some bouncing back and forth. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Review

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 is a 2U server that offers a lot of flexibility under the hood that can lead to massive performance for demanding applications. Announced earlier this year, the S850 is set to go leaps and bounds over previous Lenovo servers with 233% more cores with the addition of up to four Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs, 400% more memory, and 76% faster performance. The SR850 is built for general business use cases, but with all of that performance, it can also handle the most demanding database, virtualization and artificial intelligence workloads.

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by Marshall Gunnell

QNAP Introduces AI-Ready NAS, TS-2888X

QNAP today released it’s AI-Ready NAS, the TS-2888X. The TS-2888X provides a complete solution for machine learning AI, allowing organizations to implement AI applications through combining robust storage and a ready-to-use software environment. This unit comes equipped with next-generation Intel Xeon W processors with up to 18 cores. Additionally, it sports a hybrid storage architecture with twenty SSDs (including 4 U.2 SSDs) and eight hard drives. The TS-2888X also supports 4 high-end graphics card installations and runs QuAI, QNAP’s proprietary AI developer package.

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by Michael Rink

Morpheus Enhances Award-Winning Cloud Management Platform

Morpheus Data won the Best of VMworld Award for Agile Operations and Automation this year (2018). Not content to rest on their laurels; they are rolling out enhancements to their multi-cloud management platform (CMP) that won them the award. The new release adds simplified OpenStack support, better AWS CloudFormation, and integration with Dell Technologies storage and cloud.

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