by Adam Armstrong

NGD Systems Announces First Scalable NVMe Computational Storage Platform

Today NGD Systems, Inc. announced its Newport Platform, what it calls the industry’s first scalable NVMe computational storage platform. NGD claims that the Newport Platform offers the highest capacity NVMe SSDs and leverages In-Situ processing to eliminate the need for data movement to main memory prior to processing. This means a major bottleneck can be removed allowing the implementation of edge and hyperscale environments at a lower cost. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases ECS 3.3

Today Dell EMC announced that latest version of its Elastic Cloud Storage, ECS 3.3. The latest version of the company’s enterprise-ready object storage is stated to accelerate and secure data-driven initiatives. Dell EMC also states that ECS 3.3 has cloud-like capabilities but lower TCO of public cloud services.

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by Adam Armstrong

Brocade SAN Health Overview

A few years ago Brocade (now a division of Broadcom) released a tool that runs diagnostic checks on SAN devices, SAN Health. The tool looks at things such as storage network performance and inventory reports to help prevent possible issues and optimize operations for the SAN. The tool is free to use, takes one minute to install, three minuets to run an audit, and is said to have no impact on network performance. 

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by Brian Beeler

QNAP Qtier and SSD Cache Review

We review so many NAS systems that we rarely have time to explore all of the features available within these systems. From a QNAP perspective, they've been working to continue to enhance the ways flash can be taken advantage of within their systems. This is both in terms of aggressive hardware designs that allow for a ton of flash via 2.5" and/or M.2 slots, and within the NAS operating system itself (QNAP QTS). On the software side, QNAP offers two ways to accelerate NAS performance with SSDs. The first is their auto tiering mechanism dubbed Qtier, the second is via SSD cache. In this review we take a look at both options to illustrate the performance benefits of each technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Micro Focus, Veeam, TYAN, Cohesity, Samsung, Pivot3, Zadara, & 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. Micro Focus completes acquisition of Interset. Veeam achieves backup certification for SAP HANA. TYAN introduces new embedded server motherboards. Cohesity announces new capabilities. Samsung begins mass production on 512GB eUFS 3.0. Pivot3 reports 40% revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2018. Zadara increases features for its Virtual Private Storage Array on AWS. Sony announces CFexpress Type B Memory Card. Veritas Backup Exec Certified For Microsoft Azure and Windows Server 2019.

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R Review

In 2018, QSAN rolled out its XCubeNAS XN8000R series of next generation, high efficiency NAS products. The XN8000R series is aimed at SMBs that leverage enterprise applications. There are two types in this series, the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8008R and the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R. The last two digits, -08 and -12, are reflective of how many LFF bays (3.5") the NAS has. In this review we will be looking at the QSAN XCubeNAS XN8012R, with 12 front facing bays and 6 rear facing bays.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies Announces 4Q and FY19 Financial Results

Today Dell Technologies Inc. announced its fiscal fourth quarter and full years results for 2019. This is its first earnings report since going public back in December of 2018. Overall the numbers look good as does the company’s stock performance that has steadily climbed since its return to trading. 

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by Lazaro Herrera

Before the Home Lab: Selecting the Best Hypervisor

Today begins a new "Before the Lab" training series. This training series will provide a beginner’s overview on common lab operations and will detail how to get the related operations done. This first series handles hypervisor download, installation and deployment. The expected outcome is to give those in the lab the ability to deploy one, or many, hypervisors for evaluation and long term usage. For the purposes of this guide I will be considering VMware ESXi (vSphere), Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Proxmox and oVirt. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 Review

The Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 is a 2U server and part of the company’s 14th generation of its server line. The R840 is a four-socket server that offers Intel Xeon Scalable processors for up to 112 cores. Users can leverage up to 24 direct attached NVMe drives as well as up to two double-wide GPUs or up to 2 FPGAs, and up to 48 DIMMs for a max of 6TB of memory (12 NVDIMMs can be used for a max of 384GB). This hardware is great for applications that need high-performance and for data analytics and other emerging compute-heavy workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

Western Digital Releases CL SN720 SSD

Today Western Digital released a new NVMe SSD, the CL SN720. Western Digital also announced a new Ultrastar NVMe SSD, the DC SN630, which they expect to release in April. Both drives use Western Digital's 64-layer 3D NAND technology. 

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