by Lyle Smith

QNAP Releases Next-Gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS

QNAP has released their next-gen TDS-16489U R2 NAS featuring dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors and a dual OS system. It also comes equipped with ZFS-based QES, giving users a solution for enterprise-level, efficient and reliable storage for mission-critical tasks and the ability to install QTS for virtual machine applications, diverse applications and auto-tiered storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Announced 9300 Series NVMe SSDs

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced an expansion of its enterprise NVMe SSDs with the addition of the 9300 series. The new drives come in a performance and endurance model with capacities ranging from 3.2TB to 15.36TB in a U.2 form factor. The new series is aimed at AI/ML, OLTOP, NoSQL databases, Large Object, Small Random Block, and Big Data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lightbits Introduces SuperSSD

Today Lightbits Labs rolled out what it is calling the world’s first ultra-high capacity, higher performance SSD storage appliance, the SuperSSD. The company goes on to that the appliance is the industry’s first scalable, Ethernet-attached SSD solution that specifically addresses the data-storage speed, capacity and reliability needs of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) training systems.

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by Tom Fenton

Dell Wyse Converter On An Intel NUC Review (NUC7CJYS)

After having a chance to work with and review various VDI clients, we thought we would see what it takes (and if it makes sense) to create our own VDI client using a low-priced small form factor computer and VDI client software. This review will be different than our other reviews as we will cover how to assemble a system to act as a VDI client software, and then we will review that system as a VDI client.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review

Announced at CES this year, Intel Optane Memory H10 is the marriage of two technologies that brings Optane performance in a higher capacity SSD, without the higher associated costs. Intel Optane flash and Intel QLC 3D NAND are combined on a single M.2 2280 form factor in a hybrid storage configuration. Optane brings the performance for end user workloads, while QLC brings affordable capacity. 

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by Lyle Smith

PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 Review

The PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the company’s newest portable flash line that is available in a wide range of capacities. As its name indicates, it uses a USB 3.1 interface, supports both Windows and OSX and is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel’s New Speed Select and Single-Socket Optimized CPUs

In a recent article we discussed Intel’s new virtualization density optimized CPUs (located here). In this article we will discuss two other of Intel’s new “Cascade Lake” Second Generation Xeon Scalable CPUs designed with specific workloads in mind, those are single-socket optimized and Intel Speed Select CPUs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 Review

In August of 2018, Dell EMC announced the launch of its new high-performance, modular infrastructure, the PowerEdge MX7000. The 7U MX7000 is sort of an evolution of the company’s M1000e modular blade chassis. With the popular M1000e, users are able to quickly add in blades depending on there needs e.g. add more storage, compute, or extra networking. This technology allows users to easily grow if need be, say their workloads’ needs expand in storage or compute. Dell EMC customers love this flexibility but had been asking Dell EMC for a platform that can better take advantage of new technologies as they come to market be it CPUs, storage or interconnects. After several years of research and development, Dell EMC released a new blade server chassis and sleds with the MX platform (though not a replacement for the M1000e) to better adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces 1Q19 Results

Today Veeam announced its results for the first quarter of 2019. Being a private company we still don’t get any hard numbers. The company is however reporting double-digit growth for the quarter. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review (1TB, 2TB)

Seagate has released another update to their Backup Plus Slim portable hard drives. We first reviewed the Slim way back in 2014 and found it to be an excellent portable solution with great management software and a very affordable price. Seagate unfortunately did not include any new capacity models this time around, which is a bit disappointing, as we haven't seen an increase since it was first released. Nonetheless, the new Backup Plus Slim is built with a new modern design, supports the both USB 3.0/2.0 connections and works right out of the box with Windows and Mac systems. 

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