by Tom Fenton

Formulus Black Deep Dive

In the datacenter, there is a never-ending race between processors and storage. Over the past decade, processors have increased the number of cores they contain from one or two to 8, 16, 32 or even 64. Storage technologies over this time have dramatically decreased their latency and increased data throughput. However, the reality is that far too many CPU cycles are being wasted waiting for data residing on PCIe devices or on network storage. We are reaching an inflection point with the emergence of a new type of storage hardware: Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM resides on the memory channel, which is not hampered by latency and data bandwidth limitations of peripheral storage. Being on the memory channel places SCM far closer to the CPU, meaning it has more concurrent "swim lanes" for shuttling data to modern CPUs. This significantly increases the speed at which data can be accessed by the processor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Gets Acquired For $5 Billion

Today it was announced that Veeam Software has entered an agreement of acquisition with the software investor group Insight Partners. Under the new ownership, Veeam will move from being a Swiss company to an U.S.-based company with a U.S.-based leadership team. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and is valued at roughly $5 billion. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Integrates Wasabi

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced a collaboration with Wasabi Technologies, Inc. that will integrate the Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage into several QNAP solutions, including HybridMount, VJBOD Cloud, and Hybrid Backup Sync 3 (HBS 3). This integration will give QNAP NAS users a cost-effective cloud object storage solution that also delivers performance as well as more options for use.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Unveils Its Lyve Drive Mobile System

Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Seagate Technology plc unveiled its new modular storage solution that is designed to manage enterprise, cloud, and edge data, Seagate Lyve Drive Mobile System. This new portfolio has several solutions form SD cards to larger mobile arrays so it can fit into just about any data workflow that needs it. The devices are said to be simple, secure, and efficient to “activate the datasphere” according to Seagate.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Begins Sampling DDR5 RDIMMS

Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Micron Technology, Inc. announced it has been sampling DDR5 registered DIMMs, based on its 1znm process technology, with key industry partners. Micron has over 40 years of experience and expertise in developing memory technology. It’s release of DDR5 SDRAM portfolio will help raise the bar on performance and bring about new technologies in the new decade. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #28

In this week's abbreviated podcast, thanks to Tom's absence due to Spanish Fly poisoning, the team recounts the latest news and reviews highlighted by a few WD SSDs, NetApp ONTAP 9.7, and VMware closing the Pivotal deal. Kevin discusses his plans to procrastinate when it comes to racking Qumulo and Adam still hates baby Yoda for reasons unknown. Warning, podcast likely contains adult language.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD Review

Looking for a solid-state drive for your NAS system? The WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD is purpose-built for NAS with Western Digital 3D NAND. Offering endurance needed for 24/7 environments, reduced latency improving responsiveness for demanding applications, 2.5” and M.2 form factors, and capacities from 500GB up to 4TB. This drive is ideal for home and medium to large NAS environments with best use cases including OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing, and virtualization. 

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by Juan Mulford

NetApp ONTAP 9.7 Review

A couple of months ago, NetApp announced an update to its data management software, ONTAP, with version 9.7. ONTAP includes many enhancements, where NetApp put the focus on FabricPool (auto cloud tiering of cold data), new SAN offerings, new scale-out capabilities, data protection, and security. Also, beginning with this new version, ONTAP presents a redesigned ONTAP System Manager, simplifying ONTAP management with an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). ONTAP 9.7 was announced on October 29, and it's been available to download from mid-November of 2019.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Acquires Pivotal

Today, in a move that is not surprising, VMware, Inc. announced that it had completed its acquisition of Pivotal Software, Inc. Pivot’s stock will be removed from the NYSE as the company becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of VMware. Pivotal was acquired for roughly $2.7 billion. 

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: Dive Into Storage

We’ve now got servers out of the way and if you’re like me, you’ve chosen some power-hungry beasts that heat your little home office. At some point I want to move back into a house that has basements as those seem to an awesome location for such things unless you have an actual wiring closet built in to your house. We will now go over another important piece to your home lab - storage. There are several decisions that need to be made regarding storage, and each one will affect your lab a little differently. In this post, we will go over the differences between disk types, controllers, storage, and storage protocols so you are completely prepared to make the best decision. 

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