by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Adds New Capacities To N300 NAS & X300 HDD Series

Toshiba has unveiled new 12TB and 14TB models to both its N300 NAS and X300 HDD series. These drives sport a 3.5-inch mechanical form factor using laser welding technology, while their helium-sealed case is designed to keep the helium securely inside the enclosure. Both models also operate at 7,200rpm, feature an ultra-high 256MB data buffer, and use Toshiba’s advanced Stable Platter Technology to minimize vibrations. The latter technology stabilizes the motor shaft at both ends for improved tracking accuracy and maximum performance during read and write operations. 

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by Michael Rink

Broadcom 1st To Ship 7th Gen Fibre Channel HBA

Today Broadcom announced the industry’s first family of Gen 7 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) designed for accelerating today’s mission-critical enterprise workloads and emerging mission-critical applications including artificial intelligence-based business analytics. The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) only announced the specifications for 7th generation fibre last month so this is quick work.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-x72XT NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has announced the availability of the new TVS-x72XT NAS series, which comes in models of 4, 6, and 8 drive bays. Highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core processors and both 10GBASE-T and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the new TVS series is ideal for resource-intensive workloads as well as for transferring, displaying and editing 4K videos in real-time. It also supports M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs and graphics cards for those who work in a high-speed file sharing and collaborative environments.

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by Michael Rink

Portworx Releases PX-Enterprise 2.0

Portworx released the second generation of their comprehensive cloud-native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production, PX-Enterprise 2.0. The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption by allowing teams to manage and protect containerized applications from a single platform.

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by Michael Rink

Dell EMC Releases PowerEdge R740xd2

Dell EMC released the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd2. We reviewed the original R740xd last year, and the new R740xd2 is even more laser-focused on storage. It offers even higher total storage capacities; the largest in Dell’s PowerEdge lineup.

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by Lyle Smith

Memblaze PBlaze5 910 AIC NVMe SSD Review

The Memblaze PBlaze5 910 is a high-performing NVMe SSD designed to significantly enhance application performance. Equipped with 64-layer 3D NAND, the PBlaze5 features massive single-disk capacity up to 15.36TB, which is 40% more than previous models. Memblaze indicates that this will allow their new SSD to increase rack density in storage server applications, saving space and lowering energy costs. Adding ever more energy efficiency to data centers, the 910 series is also reported to increase performance by 38% per watt and supports 16 power mode settings, ranging from 10W to 25W.

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by Michael Rink

NVIDIA Promises Titan RTX Before The End Of 2018

NVIDIA announced that it planned to make their new GPU; the Titan RTX, available in the USA and Europe by the end of the month. It will use NVIDIA’s Turing architecture and deliver 130 TFLOPS of tensor performance.

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by Michael Rink

Hitachi Vantara Updates Pentaho

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Pentaho 8.2 will be generally available on December 6, 2018; just a few short days away. Pentaho is the company’s data integration and analytics platform software. 8.2 brings improvements in integration with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP); better support for third-party tools; unstructured data pipelines; and improved JSON support.

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Achieves 16TB HAMR HDD

Seagate announced it has made the first formatted and fully functioning 16TB hard disk drive in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, which makes them the producer of the highest capacity hard disk drives yet. The drive utilizes Seagate’s heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) process, and Seagate expects to make drives with even higher capacities soon. They expect to have a 20TB drive in 2020.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array Review

The Dell EMC SC5020 fits with Dell EMC's midrange storage portfolio and is available in a range of configurations including HDD, SSD and hybrid. Billed as a flexible workhorse for SMBs, the SC5020 doesn't drop features/functionality to be price competitive. In fact, in terms of capabilities, the SC5020 is on par with the all-flash SC9000 we reviewed last year. The differences are mostly around top-end performance specifications, as the SC9000 has more RAM and CPU in the controllers and thus will have a much higher performance threshold. For its part, the SC5020 uses a 3U chassis with two hot-swappable controllers in an active/active configuration and 30 2.5" drive bays. The system can be expanded with additional drive shelfs to support an additional 192 drives, topping the SC5020 out at over 2PB of maximum raw capacity. 

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