by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Acronis, Supermicro, Lexar, Inspur, Formulus Black, Intel, Atempo, Toshiba (Kioxia) & 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. Acronis Raises $147 million in investments. Supermicro releases new SAP HANA solution. Lexar announces CFexpress Type B Card. Inspur makes Open Compute announcements. Formulus Black partners with Intel and Packet on PMEM infrastructure. Atempo raises €8 million. Toshiba Memory rebrands as Kioxia. Data Dynamics partners with Lenovo on intelligent file management. RAIDIX releases ERA 3.0.

Acronis Raises $147 Million

Acronis announced that it has received $147 million in an investment round led by Goldman Sachs at a valuation of over $1 billion. The new funds will be used to expand the startup’s engineering team, build additional datacenters, grow its North America business, and pursue acquisitions.


Supermicro Releases New SAP HANA Solution

Supermicro expanded its server solutions for SAP HANA with the announcement of SYS-2049U-TR4. The new solution is powered by 4 or 8 with latest 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors in a single node architecture. The new solution is said to allow customers do analytics on transactional data, in memory, and in real-time.


Lexar Announces CFexpress Type B Card

Lexar announced a new Type B memory card, the Lexar Professional CFexpress. Features include:

  • Superior performance –– with transfer speeds of up to 1750MB/s read
  • Next-generation performance to capture high-quality images and RAW 4K video 
  • Backwards compatible with select XQD cameras
  • Utilizes PCIe 3.0 and NVMe protocol 
  • Sustained write speeds of 1000MB/s
  • Backed by expert support and a limited lifetime warranty

The card is available now for an MSRP of $199.99 USD (128GB), and $399.99 USD (256GB) with 64GB and 512GB to be announced at a future date.

Lexar Professional CFexpress

Inspur Makes Open Compute Announcements

At the OCP Summit in the Netherlands, Inspur announced it is working with Baidu for what is referred to as the world’s first OAI complaint Open AI computing solutions. This solution is a combination of Baidu’s X-MAN 4.0 AI computing product and Insupr’s OAI UBB system. Insupr also announced several contributions to the open computing field including: the OpenRMC Version 1.0, North Bound Management Application Programming Interface (API) specification.


Formulus Black Partners With Intel & Packet On PMEM Infrastructure

Formulus Black is working with Intel and Packet to develop high-performance persistent memory powered infrastructure solutions for test, validation, and optimization on Packet’s cloud platform. For those using Packet’s cloud platform, this partnership allows them to test, validate, and optimize data-intensive and real-time application workloads on Forsa, a memory-based storage and virtualization solution built by Formulus Black.

Packet and Formulus Black partner page

Atempo Raises €8 Million

The European data protection company, Atempo, announced that it has completed a funding round raising 8 million euro. The new funding will be put into the company’s R&D teams for is Miria platform. The Miria platform is a scalable data migration, backup and archiving solution for unstructured data. Miria protects and migrates very large volumes of data.


Toshiba Memory Rebrands As Kioxia

Effective today, Kioxia Holdings Corporation is operating under its new corporate identity, formally known as Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation. The company will offer the same products it is known for, just under its new name and new logo. 

Kioxia Holdings

Data Dynamics Partners With Lenovo On Intelligent File Management

Data Dynamics announced a global partnership with Lenovo that brings the former’s intelligent file management platform, StorageX, to Lenovo data center offerings. Benefits include:

  • Extract Business Insights with deep analytics and reporting
  • Mitigate Risk with policy-based data management and strong data governance
  • Unlock the Value of Data with a modernized data infrastructure
  • Faster Time to Value with automated policies for data analytics, migration, and movement
  • Save Costs with data location optimization


RAIDIX Releases ERA 3.0

RAIDIX released its latest software module used to build fast RAID arrays based off of SSDs, RAIDIX ERA 3.0. The latest version supports RAID 10, 50, 60, 70 levels of RAID arrays, email notifications, and is ideal for AI, HPC, IoT, VR/AR, high-load RDBMS, and NoSQL clusters. A free license is available RAIDIX ERA 3.0 for 4 drives.


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