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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Review

StarWind offers a line of Microsoft Windows based HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) designed to meet the needs of SMBs and other use cases that are generally budget constrained. Their portfolio includes 20 unique solutions which fall into three broad model lines the HCA All-Flash, HCA Hybrid, and HCA Disk. The All-Flash is designed for small and mid-size SMB virtualized environments and this configuration provides the best performance. The Hybrid models are built to deliver high storage capacity and great performance without having to go all-flash. Additionally, the Hybrid models utilize automated storage tiering to handle performance-intensive workloads in a cost-efficient manner. This platform offers a balance between performance and cost. The Disk models are built to provide high storage capacity and moderate compute power for capacity-hungry applications. This is a high capacity option with the best cost per GB value. 

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by Alex Schuchter

Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Review

Lenovo launched the next generation of its ThinkPad P Series portfolio in June, unveiling, amongst other units, the ThinkPad P53. With the release of the new NVIDIA Quadro GPUs a wave of highly-powerful laptops have been coming out featuring the innovative hardware. The ThinkPad P53 is made for engineers, architects, and designers with ISV certifications and support for work with AR, VR, and AI. In addition to being outfitted with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs up to the Quadro RTX 5000 and 9th Gen Intel Core and Xeon processors with up to 8 cores, the ThinkPad P53 also features up to 6TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, up to 128 GB DDR4 memory, a 15” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR, and dual Intel Thunderbolt 3. 

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by Michael Rink

Samsung Develops 24GB High Bandwidth Memory

Samsung announced that is has developed the industry's first high bandwidth memory chip manufactured using 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) technology. High bandwidth memory (HBM) is used in lots of computer components used in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications like high-end graphics cards, FPGAs, CPUs, and networking devices. Previously, the best anyone could do was 8-layer. Samsung was founded in 1938 and is well known for its electronics products. They've been one of the major drivers in this area for some time. Impressively, this is the second advancement they've made in the HBM area this year; last March, they announced the development of a very high capacity HBM2E chip named Flashbolt with 410GBps data bandwidth and 16GB of memory.

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NetApp AFA EF600 Review

Last month NetApp announced its latest midrange all-flash array with the EF600. While the EF600 is aimed at the same market as the EF570, it is not a replacement. While the EF570 does support NVMe, the EF600 is end-to-end NVMe, which brings new levels of flexibility and performance not previously seen in the midrange. Aside from the performance and price to performance ratio, the EF600 offers a level of future proofing that will be able to hit the demands of tomorrow without the need for forklift upgrades. 

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube C3Pi+ VDI Client Review

The ClearCube C3Pi+ is a low-cost, and very small form-factor, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) client based on the Raspberry Pi B+ platform. ClearCube is positioning this product for use by state and local governments, medical organizations, kiosks, and other environments where a low-cost, single monitor VDI client is desirable.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datera & HPE Release Software-Defined Cloud Kit

Toady Datera, Inc. announced that it is expanding its partnership with HPE (that centers around go-to-market solutions) with the release of HPE Datera Cloud Kit. HPE Datera Cloud Kit are several Datera pre-packaged configurations for enterprises looking to bring the Datera software-defined platform to their hybrid and private cloud environments. This new kit is a package that can be bought “off-the-shelf” and contains all flash, software-defined, scale-out storage that delivers performance and availability along with simplicity for cloud, Tier 1 workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

Backblaze Releases Cloud Backup 7.0

Today, Backblaze released Backblaze Cloud Backup 7.0 The newest version of Backblaze’s cloud backup software includes additional version history options, better security including improved, Single Sign-on (SSO) support, and added support for Catalina. Backblaze will be slowly rolling out automatic updates to their customers over the coming weeks, but you can also trigger a manual update to get the new features immediately. Backblaze was founded in 2007 and provides software to back your data up to Backblaze’s B2 Cloud Storage. Backblaze also takes advantage of their cloud infrastructure to gather and publish some rather interesting information on HDD reliability.

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by Michael Rink

Dynatrace Announces Business Analytics Software

Today, Dynatrace announced its plans for a new business analytics tool named Digital Business Analytics. The new software will build on Dynatrace’s existing application performance management and digital experience monitoring modules to generate AI-derived answers to market questions. Dynatrace’s main product is a cloud-centric software monitoring and analysis platform and is available in a free 15-day trial.

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by Lyle Smith

ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock Review

The ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock is a dual hard-drive reader that features speedy HDD switching and the ability to simultaneously read and write a dual 24TB HDDs. This is certainly a huge capacity point and opens up a lot of different applications and benefits to using a docking station like this.

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by Lyle Smith

Schneider Electric Announces New Edge Data Center Solutions and Partnerships

Schneider Electric has made a few new announcements at Innovation Summit Barcelona, including new data center solutions designed for edge computing challenges in hybrid IT environments. These solutions include a micro data center hardware designed to maximize space and resiliency as well as four secure, fast, flexible and configurable solutions that use the latest management technology. Also announced is a new strategic partnership with Avnet and Iceotope, creating a joint venture to develop liquid cooling solutions for data centers.

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