by Blaise Robitaille

How To: Affordable 10Gb Ethernet

Whether you are a homelabber, home office power user or you want to bring your small/remote office up to snuff and share files at the speed of that SSD that you convinced your boss that you needed, now is the time to embrace 10GbE. Internet speed is getting faster and faster and we are working with exponentially more data daily. Providers around the country are scrambling to roll out fiber to homes and businesses to compete not only on speed but price. Not everything is dependent on the speed of the internet connection. Having a solid network allows for you to share files and media with very little latency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Mass Produces 1z Nanometer DRAM

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced a new advancement in DRAM scaling. Micron claims to be the first memory company to begin mass production of 16Gb DDR4 products using 1z nm process technology. The company is also announcing volume shipments of 16Gb low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) DRAM in UFS-based multichip packages (uMCP4).

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by Brian Beeler

RAID Calculator

Whether you are planning or designing a new storage solution, capacity is traditionally the first thing you need to consider; our RAID calculator is designed to help with this task. For storage appliances such as NAS, SAN, or others; a RAID type should be selected during the initial storage set up. Storage volumes are configured using RAID by grouping multiple drives; to gain capacity, and also to improve performance and redundancy. These volumes are later presented to operating systems (OS) and applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Inspur

Inspur Group Co., Ltd, know as Inspur, is a Chinese multinational information technology (IT) company. Its most important product is server hardware, but it also specializes in storage and other IT solutions. Inspur Group has four listed companies: Inspur Information, Inspur Software, Inspur International, and Inspur Huaguang. With these subsidiaries, Inspur covers the data center, cloud computing, big data, smart city, and smart enterprise solutions. Additionally, Inspur acts as a software developer and an outsourcing partner for the United States and Japan.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSphere 6.7 Update 3

Today VMware Inc. announced the latest update to vSphere 6.7, update 3. The updated virtualization platform comes with several enhancements to benefit users. The two most notable is the support for multiple NVIDIA vGPUs and the support for 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces vSAN 6.7 Update 3

Today VMware Inc. announced the upcoming update to vSAN 6.7, update 3. The update delivers container-ready infrastructure to vSAN. VMware also announced the upcoming release of vSAN Enterprise Plus Edition, a bundle of vSAN Enterprise and vRealize Operations Advanced licenses.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Pro 16TB NAS HDD Review

The IronWolf Pro is an NAS family of HDDs designed for 24×7 performance in a multi-drive environment. For this review, we will be looking at the new 16TB model, which expands on the 14GB Pro from earlier this year. This makes for a whopping 384TB inside an 24-bay NAS, allowing users to store a huge amount of data without having to add any expansion units. This is certainly great for creative professionals, SOHO users and all types of growing businesses that work with large datasets, as it offers them a more cost-effective way to scale as data requirements grow. The Seagate IronWolf line features the usual 6Gb/s SATA interface, 7200rpm spindle speed and 1.2 million hours MTBF.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro

Super Micro Computer, Inc, know as Supermicro, is an Information Technology (IT) company that specializes in a variety of IT devices such as servers, storage, blades, rack solutions, and networking for enterprise IT, data center, virtualization, cloud computing, high-performance computing (HPC), big data, and embedded markets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Exos X16 16TB HDD Review

Seagate continues to expand the capacity of their HDDs with the launch of the Exos X16 family earlier this year. As the second name implies, the capacity of these drives runs up to 16TB. The massive capacity in a 3.5” form factor can supply up to 33% more petabytes per rack, compared to 12TB drives. This would make the Exos X16 an ideal choice for hyperscale applications/cloud data centers, scale-out data centers, Big Data applications, and distributed files systems such as Hadoop and Ceph. The drives also have a 14TB version available. 

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by Blaise Robitaille

What is Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure (CDI)?

Composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) is the move away from complex configuration and management of IT infrastructure to an easier to manage and significantly more streamlined management and deployment model.

Disaggregation happens by pooling hardware fabrics such as network, storage and compute into “resource” pools that are then managed by software. This allows for real time allocation of infrastructure resources that is independent from one another and that can be scaled up and down based on the individual needs of the application.

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