by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-951X NAS Review

The 9-bay QNAP TVS-951X is a compact, performance-driven multimedia NAS with 10GbE connectivity. Described as a "budget-friendly" option for SMBs, the TVS-951X features the usual suspects for QNAP NAS devices; this includes three USB 3.0 ports (1 in the front and 2 on the back panel), a USB One Touch Copy button, an HDMI port, an a gigabit Ethernet port. It is also compatible with 3.5-inch, 2.5-inch hard drives, and 2.5-inch solid state drives.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announced Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4

Today Veeam Software announced the general availability for its Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, Update 4. Veeam also made announcements around its upcoming Veeam Availability for AWS and Veeam Availability Console v3. According to the company these new cloud data management capabilities will deliver cost effective data retention, easy cloud migration and data mobility, cloud-native backup and protection for Amazon Web Services (AWS), portable cloud-ready licensing, increased security and data governance, and solutions to make it easier than ever for service providers to deliver Veeam-powered services to market.

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by Tom Fenton

Atrust t176L VDI Client Review

The Atrust t176L client is geared towards virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) knowledge workers looking for an unobtrusive VDI client that supports dual monitors. To give a brief spec overview, the Atrust t176L is a small form factor thin client that has 4 USB and 2 DisplayPort ports that is powered by an Intel CPU that runs a bespoken Linux operating system. It supports two monitors at 3840 x 2160 @30Hz or 2560 x 1600 @60Hz. It supports all of the major VDI environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

New Bits: Datera, HPE, XenData, Zadara, VMware, Pivotal, Excelero, NVIDIA, & 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.  Datera joins HPE Complete. XenData launches LTO Tape to Cloud Migration Service. Zadara announces Virtual Private Storage Array for VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware named validated partner for Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended for EMMs. Pivotal releases PKS 1.3. Excelero announces 4x revenue growth for 2018. Google Cloud makes NVIDIA GPUs available in new regions. Rackspace delivers end-to-end management for AWS Database Services. Kingston releases Managed Model of IronKey D300 Serialized Encrypted USB. HP unveils new HP Education Edition Chromebooks.

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by Adam Armstrong

JetStream Migrate Review

Migrating VMs can be a huge pain in the neck for companies wanting to move from traditional architectures to the cloud; live migration is even worse. From the service provider perspective, they need a quick and relatively painless way to migrate VMs to both make customers happy, but perhaps more importantly in their view, get to the point of billing. JetStream Migrate is designed exactly for this purpose, helping service providers migrate customer VMs to the cloud completely, reliably, and without appliction service interruption.

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by Michael Rink

Eaton Launches High-Density Rack Power Distribution Unit

Eaton announced the North American launch of its High-Density Rack Power Distribution unit (PDU). The new PDU is the latest addition to Eaton’s ePDU G3 line and has everything you have come to expect from rackmount PDUs with the bonus of configurability.

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by Adam Armstrong

Amazon Web Services Announces AWS Backup

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced a fully managed, centralized backup service for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises, AWS Backup. AWS Backup protects storage volumes, databases, and file systems while making it easier for customer to meet their business and regulatory backup compliance requirements. Users will have a single service that allows them to configure and audit the AWS resources backed up, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores. 

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE TO22-Z61 & TO22-Z62 AMD EPYC Compute Nodes Now Available

GIGABYTE has announced the addition of two new AMD EPYC compute nodes to their RACKLUTION-OP line. These new products are based on the Open Compute Project's Open Rack Standards, a set of open source hardware design guidelines originally created by Facebook then adapted into an open source project in 2011. The TO22-Z61 and TO22-Z62 feature dual AMD EPYC Naples processor sockets for compute nodes with high core counts and memory capacity. The new models have flexible storage options (including all flash or mixed SATA / SAS + flash), up to 3 additional PCIe expansion slots, and each node can fit into a three bay, 2OU tray.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam & Rubrik Take In Massive Funding Hauls

This week both Veeam and Rubrik announced massive funding hauls. Veeam secured a $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners (with strong participation from strategic investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)). Rubrik announced a $261 million yield from Series E funding. 

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate IronWolf Health Management Brief

Seagate has been making NAS-specific hard drives for over five years, rebranding as IronWolf in 2016 to reinforce messaging around the drives being “tough, ready, and scalable.” It's not enough though to architect a drive for a specific application like NAS though, Seagate wants to differentiate themselves in the market by offering more. In this case that means IronWolf Health Management (IHM). NAS vendors can integrate with Seagate's IHM gain more visibility into drive health and usage indicators like temperature, shock, vibration, intermittent connections, and signal integrity. From here, the NAS vendor or the user themselves can take action to ensure their data is always safe and secure.

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