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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Arlo Unveils 4K Wire Free Security Cameras

Today Arlo Technologies, Inc. revamped its flagship wire-free security system with the introduction of Arlo Ultra. The new system will feature several of the great features Arlo has been know for color night vision and advanced image processing, as well as now coming with 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). The new system will come with a free one-year subscription to Arlo Smart Premier, that the company says will give users a more personalized, intelligent smart home security experience, powered by Arlo’s sophisticated AI and computer vision technologies.

Synology DS1819+ & RS1619xs+ NAS Solutions Now Available

Synology has added to new products to their massive portfolio of storage solutions: the RackStation RS1619xs+ 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS and the DS1819+ 8-bay NAS. Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses that run IO-intensive tasks, the RS1619xs+ offers flexible storage scalability and M.2 SSD support. It features a Quad-core CPUs, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and an optional 10GbE adaptor. The DS1819+ includes an Intel quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and can scale to a total of 18 drive bays (for a total of 216TB in raw capacity) when connected to two DX517 expansion units.

AWS Announces Satellite Download Service

On November 27th at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Ground Station. Ground Station is a new service that enables customers to download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of 12 ground station antennas located around the world. Using AWS Ground Station, customers can save up to 80 percent of their ground station costs by paying for antenna access time on demand. 

QNAP HS-453DX Silent NAS Now Available

QNAP has officially released the HS-453DX NAS, which is highlighted by an Intel Celeron quad-core processor, HDMI 2.0 (4K 60Hz) output, 4K real-time transcoding, and 10GbE high-speed connectivity. Sporting a unique modern design suitable for workstation areas at home, QNAP’s new NAS solution features a fanless cooling for silent operation.