by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 workstation is a versatile hybrid notebook that is ideal for those working in fields like 3D developing, architecture, and design. All you have to do is glance at the spec sheet to know it is well-suited for resource-intensive workloads, as it can be decked out with options such as a range of next-generation six-core Intel Core i9 or Xeon processors, an ample  amount of RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The new ZBook’s build also makes it easy to use in collaborative environments: the aptly named x360 features a 360-degree hinge for some pretty seamless maneuverability.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Details Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Pricing

This week marks the start of order taking for most server vendors that announced support for Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs as well as Intel Optane DC persistent memory. At launch, Intel was quiet on suggested pricing for persistent memory modules, opting to give ultimate pricing control to their system provider partners. While we have seen grey market pricing for PMEM leak out over the last several days, Cisco is one of the first to publicly show pricing in their UCS server configurator. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

PNY 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

PNY’s 1TB PRO Elite USB 3.0, which was announced in mid-March, is a large capacity, high-performance USB flash drive. The PRO Elite USB 3.0 is an optimal solution for transferring, sharing, and storing large files, all the while sporting a nice design. Not only is it designed to be aesthetically pleasing – it was designed to be functional. The PNY PRO Elite USB 3.0 utilizes the cap-less, metal sliding collar design. This successfully removes the chances of losing that annoying cap while still providing protection for the USB head.

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by Marshall Gunnell

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD Review

The WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD, announced mid-March, is the first SSD in the WD Blue family that utilizes NVMe technology, whereas the previous WD Blue models used SATA technology. The WD Blue SN500 is an M.2 form factor, consumer-focused, entry point NVMe SSD, ideal for those looking to gain a performance boost by upgrading from their HDD or older SATA SSD. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Next 2019 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 week the Google Next Show took place in San Fransico, California. While we covered the major announcement that relates to Google and Intel, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Portworx, NVIDIA, Hammerspace, Lenovo, and HYCU.

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by Adam Armstrong

OpenStack Releases 19th Version: Stein

Today the OpenStack community announced the release of its 19th version its open source cloud infrastructure software, Stein. The latest update enhances bare metal and network management while allowing the launch of Kubernetes clusters much faster. OpenStack Open Infrastructure Summit is right around the corner in Denver, Colorado (April 29-May1). StorageReview will be in attendance at the show. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Brings 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable CPUs & Optane Persistent Memory To Google Cloud

Today at the Google Cloud Next 2019 Event in San Francisco, Intel and Google Cloud announced their new strategic partnership aimed at accelerating hybrid clouds through seamless deployment of applications on-prem and in the cloud. The two companies are working on a new reference design, Anthos, that is based on the new 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is working with Intel And SAP to offer virtual machines that support Intel Optane DC persistent memory (the first public cloud with support for this new memory class) for SAP workloads. 

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by Michael Rink

Cohesity Releases Backup Service for Google Cloud

Today Cohesity released a new software as a service solution that delivers backup and recovery for applications running on Google Cloud, Cohesity Cloud Backup Service for Google Cloud. Cohesity is a well-established provider of both software and converged appliance data management solutions. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Bacula Announces First Automated Backup For Docker

Today Bacula Systems announced the first fully automated backup and recovery for Docker with its Docker Container module. The company states that this will increase its leadership in high performance backup and recovery for enterprises and managed services providers. This is the first of several significant technology announcements around Container technology they intend to make this year.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Z6 & Z8 G4 Workstations Refreshed with Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs & Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

HP has announced updates to its HP Z6 and Z8 G4 Workstations withthe new Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory technology. With this new support, the HP Z6 and Z8 G4 will be able to combine the necessary memory and storage for compute-intensive workflows such as machine learning, multi-media and VFX.

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