by Adam Armstrong

HyperX Announces Gaming microSD Cards

Today HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, announced new gaming microSD cards. The cards come in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The new cards provide the capacity and speed needed for mobile gamers as well as those that enjoy the Nintendo Switch.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Releases Two New ThinkPads

Today Lenovo expanded its ThinkPad line with the release of two new models, the ThinkPad P1 and the ThinkPad P72. The P1 will be Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest mobile workstation to date, and still packing a 15.6” 4K screen. The P72 is a 17” mobile workstation with up to 6TB of storage offered.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Announces Radeon Pro WX 8200

Today at SIGGRAPH, AMD announced that it was expanding its powerful workstation, Radeon Pro WX, line with a new addition, the WX 8200. The WX 8200 is billed as the most powerful workstation GPU under a thousand dollars. The company is also announcing major updates to its Radeon ProRender technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Pivot3, NetApp, NVIDIA, Cisco, Nutanix, Fantom, Google, AMD, & 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. Pivot3 announces yet another strong quarter. NetApp and NVIDIA launch an AI architecture. Cisco announces intent to buy Duo Security. Nutanix acquires Frame. Fantom Drives launches G-Force Storage Suite. Google announces support for NVIDIA vGPUs. AMD releases new Radeon Pro software update. Teradici expands partnership with Google Cloud. Portworx partners with AWS ECS running Docker containers in production.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Expands Its Nytro SSD Family

This week at FMS 2018 in Santa Clara, Seagate Technologies announced that it was expanding its Nytro portfolio adding more SSD flash drives. Though the company has some SSDs for end users, it announced more enterprise SSDs including the Nytro 1000 SATA and Nytro 5020 NVMe. These new enterprise drives are aimed at data centers looking to upgrade their current storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

FMS 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2018 in Santa Clara there were a handful of announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. These announcements come from companies such as Yangtze Memory Technologies (YMTC), Toshiba, Attala Systems, E8 Storage, Kaminario, Western Digital, Marvell, and Intel.

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by Adam Armstrong

Newisys Announces NSS2560, 56 NVMe Drive 2U Sever

Newisys announced its new storage server that can fit 56, 2.5” (U.2) NVMe drives in a 2U form factor, the NSS2560. The NSS2560 offers high availability with dual, hot-swappable server modules. The company is also touting some performance numbers of 50GB/s and 12.5 million IOPS on the right configuration.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Now Available

This week Oracle, or rather Larry Ellison, announced that Oracle’s Autonomous Database Cloud Service now has a Autonomous Transaction Processing feature generally available. The new feature leverages ML and AI as well as existing Oracle Autonomous technology to deliver what the company calls unprecedented cost savings, security, availability, and productivity. This new Autonomous Transaction Processing is designed for use cases such as finance, retail, manufacturing, and government applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 660p Series Review

Released today, the Intel SSD 660p Series is the company's first client SSD to ship with 64-layer QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND. What this means to the end user is a less expensive SSD that has a reasonable performance profile. As will be true for most QLC SSD launches, the conversation is going to be about finally having an SSD that can replace HDDs both in terms of price and capacity. The 660p for its part is positioned as an NVMe SSD in a single-sided m.2 form factor that will accelerate the demise of HDDs and value-based SATA SSDs in client computing. The 660p is part of the larger Intel portfolio play that include faster drives based on TLC and Optane that hit mainstream and performance use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces OpenFlex Architecture

Today at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) in Santa Clara, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced its new comprehensive set of open standards, architecture and products under the OpenFlex banner. These new products and architecture are touted to address the ever-increasing demands of high-scale private and public cloud data centers. Aside from OpenFlex, WD is also announcing an API, Kingfish, and product specifications for the open community.

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