by Michael Rink

Actifio Launches Copy Data Management SaaS Platform

Today Actifio unveiled Actifio Go, a multi-cloud Copy Data Management (CDM) Software as a Service (Saas) platform. Actifio Go is designed to make it faster and less expensive to backup, restore, and meet regulatory/compliance requirements for applications both on-premise and distributed across multi-cloud environments. Actifio has been a leading provider of CDM and cloud services for a number of years. Most recently we covered their Actifio Sky platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Unisys, Actifio, IBM, Quantum, vArmour, Quest Software, Cisco, & 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. Unisys launches CloudForte for Microsoft Azure. Actifio announces OEM agreement with IBM. Quantum unveils latest Xcellis appliance. vArmour raises $44 million in Series E funding. Quest Software joins Veeam Partner Program. Cisco completes acquisition of Luxtera. NetApp powers Ducati’s Data-Driven Team. Veritas achieves AWS Storage Competency status. Carbonite to acquire Webroot.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD Review

As Samsung updates its Data Center line of drives it is easy to get enamored by the fastest or largest drives that come along, namely NVMe drives. There is, however, still a large market for SATA interface drives. For this segment Samsung has released its new Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD. The new drive is aimed at meeting the demands of server storage systems while giving the assurance of end-to-end data protection.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-932X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-932X is a 9-bay NAS that can be outfitted with five 3.5-inch hard drives and four 2.5-inch SSDs and is the company's first ARM-based NAS that supports Qtier technology. This compact, hybrid NAS is highlighted by dual 10GbE SFP+ ports and is ideal for small and medium organizations and home offices. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates Unity OS To 4.5

Today Dell EMC announced updates to its popular Unity OS Operating Environment, updating to 4.5. The updates feature new data reduction, protection, and management functions. The company is also announcing UnityVSA Cloud Edition now runs on AWS Cloud and that Unity has been validated with VMware Cloud Foundation.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 512GB microSDXC EVO Plus Announced

Samsung has announced the new 512GB microSDXC EVO Plus, doubling the size of its previous highest capacity. It is designed as a premium storage solution for high-performing smart phones and other current mobile devices with microSD card slots. Just last week, Samsung indicated it has begun mass producing their 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, which will be used in next-gen mobile applications.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Eaton 9PX Battery Replacement

There is nothing more certain in a datacenter than End of Life product management, where old equipment needs to be cycled out and replaced with newer hardware. This is especially true with battery backup systems, where the core component is generally a sealed lead acid (SLA) battery, which has a usable life between 3-5 years. While you can't rip out the guts of a server and make it "new" again, you can do just that with an enterprise battery backup system. In this In the Lab article, we replace the battery pack in an Eaton 9PX UPS that has been serving our lab for the past six years.

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by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Announces 4 Socket, Optane Server

Today Super Micro Computer Inc. announced that its four-socket servers now support both Intel Xeon Scalable processers and Intel Optane DC persistent memory. The combination of the two Intel technologies in a Supermicro server, can deliver a huge performance boost while still keeping costs in check.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Updates Its Storage Portfolio

A week out from its annual Think event (this year in San Francisco) IBM has made a handful of enhancements to its storage portfolio. These enhancements run the gamut from containers to blockchain to IBM’s Cloud Private. The company has also made enhancements to its AI tools and data protection portfolio. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its Data Domain & IDPA Portfolio

Today Dell EMC announced new and enhanced capabilities to its portfolio of backup storage appliances, Dell EMC Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). The added and enhanced capabilities aim to improve performance and add flexibility and value in the multi-cloud world. The new enhancements are also good for SMBs giving them more choice and options in obtaining enterprise-level data protection.

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