by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces Mass Production of 5th-Gen V-NAND

Samsung has begun mass producing its fifth-generation of 90-layer 256Gb 3D TLC NAND V-NAND memory as the industry's first company to use the Toggle DDR 4.0 interface. The company went on to say that, due to this new interface, the data transmitting speed between storage and memory via their new V-NAND hit a whopping 1.4Gbps, which is a 40% improvement over Samsung's 64-layer predecessor. Additionally, because of improvements to V-NAND's atomic layer deposition process, Samsung was able to increase manufacturing productivity by roughly 30% and reduce the height of each cell layer by 20%.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces FlashSystem 9100

Today IBM announced the latest addition to its FlashSystem all-flash storage solutions with the FlashSystem 9100. The latest edition to the FlashSystem line is built with NVMe from “end-to-end.” The system comes with several of IBM’s software technologies to address several needs.

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by Michael Rink

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a Now Available

It was some time ago when Veeam released the last major update for its Backup & Replication 9.5; update 3 was released back in December. While the company used its annual event, VeeamON, to showcase its upcoming update 4, the update is not slated until later this year. The rest of the industry is changing still and Veeam is responding to these changes through a smaller update 3a released this week. This smaller release focusing on both new features as well as more platforms supported.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Launches The SR2000 Enterprise-Class SSD Series

ADATA has propelled itself into the enterprise market with the launch of its new SR2000 SSD series. Featuring two models, the SR2000SP U.2 PCIe and SR2000CP PCIe HHHL AIC, these new enterprise-class drives leverage 3D eTLC NAND Flash technology for a potential transfer rates boost, higher capacities and more endurance. Because ADATA’s new drive seems to use the same controller and NAND as certain Memblaze drives, it looks like another rebrand. Nonetheless, the SR2000 series feature a wide range of capacities from 2TB to 11TB, making them ideal for use cases such as enterprise servers, hyperscale computing, data centers and big data analytics.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-877 NAS Review

The QNAP TS-877 is the 8-bay model from the company’s TS-x77 line, which is touted as the industry’s first Ryzen-based NAS and designed specifically for video editing and other high-demand multi-threaded applications. Announced back in November 2017, the TS-877 features up to 8-cores/16-threads (Turbo Core up to 3.7 GHz), SSD caching and is specifically designed to perform well under resource-intensive workloads such as with VDI, server virtualization, private cloud and 4K use cases. It features USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps Type-A and Type-C ports, and three PCIe expansion slots, the latter which supports PCIe devices such as graphics cards, 10GbE/40GbE NICs, PCIe NVMe SSD, USB 3.1 expansion cards, and QM2 cards.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: NetApp ONTAP 9.4 Upgrade

NetApp announced ONTAP 9.4 in May and last week it became generally available. It's our preference to keep production systems up to date so we can explore the new features/enhancements that come in each release. In this case that means taking the resident NetApp A200 that handles the bullk of our storage needs from ONTAP 9.3 to ONTAP 9.4. The NetApp software upgrade process is as easy and foolproof as they come and is non-disruptive, meaning the storage stays online during the upgrade process. The process stages the files on each controller, updates one, brings it back online, and once it is confirmed safe, starts the process again on the other controller. In this walkthrough we take you through the steps of upgrading our A200 to ONTAP 9.4, without skipping a beat.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Announced

Seagate has announced the newest addition to their BarraCuda portfolio, simply dubbed the BarraCuda SSD. Designed for speed, reliability and versatility, this affordable 2.5” form factor SATA 6GB/s drive is built for everyday computer use and for those looking to upgrade their system to solid-state technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies To Go Public Again

Dell Technologies announced that it is once again looking to go public (the company, then just DELL, went private in 2013). The company intends to exchange outstanding V tracking stock for Class C common stock of Dell Technologies or an optional cash choice. This will bring common stock of Dell Technologies to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company has already reached an agreement with its Special Committee of independent directors about the exchange.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-1635AX NAS Now Available

QNAP had announced the immediate availability of their TS-1635AX NAS, directly replacing the versatile TS-1635. The new NAS solution is highlighted by its slick-looking build, 16 drive bays (twelve 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch), dual 10GbE SFP+ ports, Marvell ARMADA 8040 ARMv8 Cortex-A72 64-bit quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and two M.2 SATA SSD slots (2280 form factor). It also supports Linux virtualization, SSD caching, and Qtier 2.0, which opens it up to a range of different use cases.

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by Michael Rink

NetApp's ONTAP 9.4 Hits GA

Announced back in May 2018, NetApp ONTAP 9.4 has officially entered General Availability (GA). It is now available for download at support.netapp.com. ONTAP 9.4 is a data management software designed for cloud-based enterprise all flash systems. Touted as a non-disruptive upgrade ONTAP 9.4 provides new business capabilities in three main categories: new intelligent cloud services with FabricPool; fast all-flash performance with enterprise end-to-end NVMe support; as well as efficient and secure enterprise storage.

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