by Alex Schuchter

How To Upgrade To 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

In the lab recently we worked on one of our Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd test platforms, performing an 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable CPU upgrade. We have an upcoming VDI project so we are upgrading the test platform to get ready. As we will detail below, it was a pretty simple process with a mixture of software and hardware updates.

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by Guest Author

What is Ansible?

Ansible is an agentless automation tool written in Python. It connects to your clients via SSH and allows you to automate the boring, repetitive tasks you don't want to do. It allows you to take a task done by a human that may take an hour to perform, and convert it into a single command that completes within minutes. This improves your performance and allows you to start work on the next big project.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba BG4 NVMe SSD Review

Back at CES this year, Toshiba announced its new BG4 lineup. BG4 stands for the fourth generation of the company’s ball grid array (BGA) SSD product line. These new SSDs come in the tiny M.2 2230 form factor making them ideal for ultra-mobile PCs, 2-in-1 notebook PCs, IoT/embedded devices, and server and storage array boot drives. Though the drives are small in size they do come in capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

The Importance of Hardware in Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

In a previous article we looked at Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, an on-premises implementation of Microsoft Azure cloud service, and how a Microsoft certified hardware vendor (DataON) has been integrating it with their hardware to provide a turnkey solution for it. In this article we will take a deeper look into that hardware and the relationship that DataON has built with their hardware provider to ensure that DataON customers have a platform that is built on reliable and technologically advanced components. Read more

by Guest Author

The Impact of NVMe SSDs on Vision-Based Data [Sponsored]

The demand to efficiently store high volumes of information from cameras is growing rapidly, from surveillance and factory automation to processing data for artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Market research firm Statistics MRC believes the global industrial machine vision market will expand from $8.54 billion in 2017 to $16.89 billion by 2026, while Allied Market Research predicts that the global automotive camera market will see annual growth of almost 10% to reach $24.1 billion by 2025.

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by Adam Armstrong

New iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Models Announced

Today iXsystems announced that it has expanded its FreeNAS Mini series of NAS devices with two new models. The models are the FreeNAS Mini XL+ that is aimed at larger organizations as well as the FreeNAS Mini E aimed at entry-level deployments. The new models have tighter integration with TrueNAS and cloud services and can be managed by the company's unified management system, TrueCommand.

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by Alex Schuchter

Apricorn Aegis Fortress L3 Review

The Aegis Fortress L3 is a portable SSD that offers external storage for organizations and companies that require the highest level of protection for their data. The drive is a compact sleek black vault for your data that utilizes a built in PIN authentication pad to unlock allowing you to take large amounts of sensitive data wherever you go. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Adds 10TB To Its Ultrastar DC HC300 Family

Recently, Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced that it was expanding its Ultrastar DC HC300 line with the addition of a 10TB model, Ultrastar DC HC330. While WD did have a 10TB DC HDD, the previous version as air filled while the Ultrastar DC HC330 is Helium filled meaning fewer disks and heads, while hitting the same capacity. WD goes on to state that the new HC330 comes with nearly a 40% performance boost on low queue random depth writes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Urges User Action Against Potential Ransomware Attacks

Today Synology announced that it had found several of its NAS users were under ransomware attack. These attacks saw admins’ credentials stolen brute-force login attacks, and users’ data was encrypted as a result. While Synology made the announcement, the attacks didn’t single them out. Several NAS vendors were targeted so all users should check their systems.

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by Adam Armstrong

Proxmox VE 6.0 Released

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH has announced the latest update to its open-source virtualization management platform, Proxmox VE 6.0.  The latest version if the solution is based on Debian 10.0 Buster. The update adds bug fixes as well as support for Ceph Nautilus and Corosync 3. 

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