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Dell EMC Updates Unity & SC Series Storage Software

Today Dell EMC announced major software updates to its Unity and SC Series. For Unity, the company is updating to Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 that brings a boost in file-based replication and data mobility as well as new security capabilities for block and file workloads. Dell EMC is also announcing that it has shipped 1 Exabyte of raw flash storage capacity since its May 2016 debut. For its SC Series Operating System (SCOS) 7.3, users gain a new Unisphere HTML5 interface and a big boost in performance.

Druva Integrate CloudRanger Into Druva Cloud Platform

Today Druva announced that it is integrating its recently acquired CloudRanger into its Data Management-as-a-Server Solution, Druva Cloud Platform (DCP). Now DCP will unify all of the company’s product offerings into a single point of management that Druva states will enable organizations to centrally protect, manage and gain visibility into their entire data footprint. With the integration, all 4,000 customers will have access to the benefits around enterprise data sources, including AWS workloads. 

HPE Adds AI & Automation To 3PAR

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it is adding new features to its popular 3PAR storage. HPE is adding its new version of InfoSight that leverages AI and automation for the data center. The company states that this will lead to better productivity and efficiency while unlocking the economic value of data.

Toshiba XG6 96-layer 3D TLC Client SSD Announced

Toshiba has announced the XG6, the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory. The XG6 fits right in the middle of Toshiba’s client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe entry, replacing the impressive XG5, targeted towards client PCs, high-performance mobile device, gaming segments and embedded use cases. The XG6 is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage. Toshiba indicates their new SSD boasts an increase of roughly 40% per unit chip size compared to the 64-later 3D flash memory.

Western Digital & Toshiba Separately Announce QLC 96-Layer NAND

Both companies announced QLC, 96-Layer, FLASH memory chips on July 19th. Toshiba and Western Digital are both expecting 1.33Tb (terabits) of storage per chip. Western Digital’s announcement covers that the chip was jointly developed with Toshiba in Yokkaichi, Japan. However, Toshiba’s announcement makes no mention of Western Digital at all. Possibly a sign of lingering poor relations between the two companies despite it having been more than half a year since Toshiba dropped its 120 billion Yen lawsuit against Western Digital in December 2017. In any case, the differences between the two announcements are a significant divergence from their behavior when Toshiba first began publicly speaking about QLC technology in 2016.

Intel Now Producing QLC PCIe SSDs

Intel did a curious thing July 19th. It announced that they were now producing their QLC PCIe SSD on their Twitter news account with almost no accompanying details. Since then, Intel has released little additional information but it has confirmed that this will be part of Intel’s new D5 product family for data centers. We expect to learn more at next month’s Flash Memory Summit (August 6th-9th) in Santa Clara. One of Intel’s Sr. Vps, Robert B. Crooke, will be giving a keynote partially about 3D NAND on August 8th.

HP ZBook 15u G5 Review

HP has released the ZBook 15u G5, the 5th generation of their popular mobile workstation line. Announced back in April of this year, HP describes the 15u G5 as an entry-level, performance-driven workstation that is ideal for professionals on the go, which is pretty much in line with other 15u models we looked at over the past few years (we found that they are generally solid mobile rigs that offer a good bang for their lower price tag). The new 15u is highlighted by an optional 4K, touch display, quad core Intel Core processors and 3D professional graphics, all packed inside a thin mobile workstation.

Lenovo & Cloudistics Launch ThinkAgile CP Series

Lenovo – together with Cloudistics – is further expanding its ThinkAgile portfolio with the CP series. Billed as a composable cloud platform or a ‘cloud-in-a-box’; the CP series aims to offer customers looking for the agility of the public cloud and the security of a private cloud all the conveniences and ease-of-use of a public cloud environment secured behind the customer’s own data center firewall.

HP Refreshes Its Z Family Of Entry-Level Workstations

Today HP Inc. unveiled what it is calling the world’s most powerful entry workstations, with its updated HP Z Workstation lineup. These new entry workstations are aimed at product designers, architects, creative professionals, OEMs, educators, and financial workers. HP states that the new workstations will provide enhanced productivity and performance while being cost-effective and secure. 

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Review

Last week Seagate Technologies announced their latest SSD, simple named BarraCuda SSD. The naming follows in line with the rest of the company’s Guardian Series of drives and naming scheme. The BarraCuda SSD will serve as a drop in HDD SATA replacement that, due to the change in faster technology, will boost PC and laptop performance.