by Lyle Smith

QNAP Updates QM2 PCIe Expansion Card Line

QNAP has added to its QM2 PCIe expansion card line with several new models. These new cards support up to four M.2 SSDs slots on a single card and either M.2 SATA SSDs or M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs, which allows for SSD caching and improved IOPS performance. They also allow users to create an auto-tiering volume. Moreover, the new additions to the QM2 line also maximize storage capacity and performance, as the M.2 SSDs do not populate any of the 3.5-inch drive bays. The new QM2 cards now support more QNAP NAS solutions.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE S451-3R0 Storage Server Now Available

GIGABYTE has released the new S451-3R0 storage server, featuring a dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors and configurations up to 36 x 3.5” + 2 x 2.5” SSDs/HDDs. As a result, the S451-3R0  provides businesses with performance, capacity and flexibility it needs to excel for block or object storage, streaming media, big data use cases, and when high performance during heavy workloads is required.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Announced Hyperconverged Infrastructure For Cloud

Today at the OpenStack Summit 2018 in Vancouver, Red Hat Inc. announced its solution for customers seeking to co-locate compute and storage functions in OpenStack environments, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud. The new solution is a combination of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 and Red Hat Ceph Storage 3. The new solution brings these to together in a single user experience to bring greater operational and organizational efficiency and innovation at the edge.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Begins Shipping Its 5210 ION Quad-Level Cell SSD

Today Micron Technology, Inc. began shipping its 5210 ION SSD, what it calls the industry’s first SSD built on revolutionary quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. First unveiled earlier this year at the company’s investor event, the latest SSDs will provide 33% more bit density than TLC, aiming to tackle the density normally reserved for HDDs. This will bring much better performance and better density to the enterprise markets that rely on spinning media still. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Announces Cloud-Scale BigTwin & SuperBlade Systems At OpenStack

Today at OpenStack Summit 2018 in Vancouver, Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced new cloud-scale, enterprise solutions including the multi-node BigTwin and SuperBlade along with a 1U Cloud Storage system. These proven systems are designed to deliver flexible cloud scale efficiency and performance to the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Unveils VMware Integrated OpenStack 5

Today at the OpenStack Summit 2018 in Vancouver, VMware Inc. unveiled the latest release of its OpenStack distribution, which is now based on the OpenStack Queens release, VMware Integrated OpenStack 5. This new version will be available in both Carrier and Data Center Editions and introduces new features aimed at helping customers simplify, scale, and secure production OpenStack environments.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ Now Available

Synology has released the new DiskStation DS1618+ 6-bay NAS solution. Specifically built for small to medium-sized businesses, the DS1618+ serves as an all-in-one solution for file serving, application hosting, data backup, and real-time collaboration.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: QNAP, Veritas, Dell EMC, ClearSky Data, Cohesity, Quest, Red Hat, 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. QNAP Enterprise NAS now support Veritas Backup Exec. Dell EMC reach $2 billion in Unity bookings in under two years. ClearSky Data introduces scale-up NAS capabilities. Cohesity expands integration with Azure. Quest Software releases NetVault Backup 12.0. Red Hat Virtualization 4.2 supports NVIDIA vGPU. DDN & Parabricks partner on GPU acceleration of genome analysis. Hitachi Vantara introduces HDID v6.5. Panzura achieves Veeam Ready Certification.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-1677X Ryzen NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has released the new TS-1677X series, an enterprise-class Ryzen NAS equipped with twelve 3.5-inch drive bays, four 2.5-inch drive bays, an AMD Ryzen 8-core processor (Turbo Core of up to 3.7 GHz), Qtier auto-tiering, and SSD caching. QNAP indicates that their new TS-1677X can also be used in AI-oriented big data storage use cases when equipped with a high-end graphics card and QNAP's “QuAI” AI developer package.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces 3Q18 Earnings

Cisco Systems Inc. reported its third quarter earnings for its fiscal 2018 year for the period ended April 28, 2018. Overall the numbers were good, especially compared to last quarter’s. After hours trading saw a sharp drop in the stock before a rebound. 

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