by Lyle Smith

WD Announces Gaming SSD, Refreshed Passport Line, SanDisk Products

Western Digital has announced that it will be showcasing several new products at IFA 2019, including the latest offerings from its WD Black line of gaming products, WD and SanDisk brands.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk EAX80 and Updates to its Insight Management Solution

NETGEAR has announced the new Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender (EAX80) and new features to its Insight management solution in addition to the (approximate) worldwide release dates for the Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh System and Meural Canvas II. All of these new technologies will be showcased at IFA 2019, Europe's biggest tech show.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NETINT, Cisco, Cloudian, Dell, Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Samsung & Fujifilm

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. NETINT Codensity SSDs achieve PCIe 4.0 compliance. Cisco to acquire CloudCherry. Cloudian announces general availability of HyperStore Xtreme. Dell Technologies announces second quarter earnings. Virtual Instruments releases VirtualWisdom 6.2. Dell EMC releases OneFS 8.2.1. Samsung develops KV SSD prototype. Fujifilm releases LTO Ultrium 8 data cartridge.

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by Alex Schuchter

HP ZBook 14u G6 Review

HP has released the HP ZBook 14u G6, the 6th generation of their mobile workstation line. It features a thin and light design with beefed up specs and a stunning display. Designed to meet the demands of modern workflows the HP ZBook 14U G6 offers high performance without the weight. It is geared towards power users and designers who need daily dependability running resource intensive applications like Adobe or Solidworks while on the go. A look at the specs show a range of options notably 8th gen Intel Quad-Core i7 processors, up to 64 GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 3D Graphics (4GB). Multiple on board features aid in collaborative work as well. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Lowers Price on Amazon EFS Infrequent Access

AWS announced the largest price reduction in AWS Cloud’s history. The price reduction is specifically for customers leveraging Infrequent Access (IA) with Lifecycle Management with Amazon Elastic File System (EFS). With the new price reduction customers can utilize the technology for as little as $0.08/month.

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by Adam Armstrong

Scale Computing & Acronis Partner On Data Protection, Continuity, & DR

Today Scale Computing and Acronis announced a partnership for OEMs that will offer Acronis Backup through Scale Computing channels. This can bring all of the benefits of Acronis Backup (including archiving, enhanced data protection, disaster recovery, and threat mitigation) to the Scale Computing HC3 platform. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault Acquires Hedvig

Today Commvault announced its first-ever acquisition. Commvault has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the software-defined storage (SDS) company, Hedvig. The deal is set to be for around $225 million and will include employee retention.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital My Passport (2019) 5TB Review

Today Western Digital released the latest version of its popular My Passport portable HDD device. The new My Passport is redesigned with a slimmer build and higher capacity, up to 5TB. According to the company, this would make the My Passport the slimmest portable 5TB Hard Drive in its portfolio. Western Digital has released two versions one for Windows 10 with USB 3.0 and one for Mac (macOS Mojave) that leverages USB-C. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Announced 18TB CMR & 20TB SMR HDDs For 2020

Today Western Digital (WDC) announced that is has begun accelerate the development its nine-disk mechanical platform and leveraged energy-assisted recording technology in or to deliver the highest capacity HDDs yet. The company stat that it will have a 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDD and a 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDD sampling to select customers by the end of the year with larger production aimed at the first half of 2020. These new massive capacity HDD’s will be aimed at OEM and hyperscale data center customers.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Acquires LITE-ON's SSD Business

Toshiba has announced today that it will be purchasing LITE-ON Technology’s solid-state drive business. In a signed definitive agreement, the purchase is estimated at 165 million USD and is expected to close by the first half of 2020. The announcement of the deal indicates that it will be subject to customary closing adjustments and regulatory approval.

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