by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Makes Several Announcements At OOW London

At Oracle Open World London, the company made several announcements. The three key announcements include the availability of Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform. Oracle has created a new database that supports all data. And Oracle has expanded its interoperability partnership with Microsoft.

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by Adam Armstrong

New IBM FlashSystem Family Introduced

Today IBM introduced a new FlashSystem Family with the idea of keeping things simple while meeting the storage needs for entry-level to high-end systems. The new family leverages a common software platform that is said to work across all deployment types (bare metal, virtualized, container, and hybrid multicloud) and will support customers’ existing storage devices even if they are not IBM. 

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital SSD Dashboard Review

Western Digital SSD Dashboard is used to manage the company’s drives (which includes SanDisk products), featuring useful disk information, ways to optimize and sanitize/clean your SSD, and easy point-and-click firmware updates.  At first glance, we noticed that the interface has a much more modern look than most other SSD drive management tools we’ve looked at. It sports a nice blue background with an intelligent panel-layout design along the bottom. Navigating through sections is easy, responsive and intuitive.

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by Lyle Smith

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus Announced

HPE has announced the ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus, a powerful entry-level server in an ultra micro tower form factor. Organizations can customize the Gen10 Plus for on-premises, hybrid cloud or workloads that need datacenter performance. The server also features the latest Intel Xeon E and Pentium processors with 4x 1GbE onboard NICs and USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A connectivity. Measuring at only 4.6 in (11.7 cm) for height, the Gen10 Plus product is half that of the previous generation (MicroServer Gen10) and can be placed either horizontally or vertically to fit a range of different use cases.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #33: David Lundell, Intel

In this week's podcast we debut our new interview segment, starting with David Lundell from Intel’s' Client SSD division. David updates us on the momentum of QLC SSDs in the end user space and talks a little but about what to expect with 144-layer QLC SSDs later this year. The team also breaks down the new licensing deal from VMware, which targets CPUs over 32 cores and Brian provides an update on Eaton. We have significant updates surrounding porta potties, we see what havoc Kevin has wreaked in the lab and Adam updates us on the news that is starting to pick back up. Tom is up to his usual shenanigans. Adam's Movie Corner is pushed back a week due to time constraints, giving everyone's stomachs a break. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexsan Announces QLC-Powered E-Series 18F Storage Platform

Nexsan, part of the StorCentric family, released its new E-Series 18F (E18F) storage platform. The E18F leverages quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology that should allow for better performance than HDDs while providing a cost-effective flash method for workloads. Nexsan also announced that it was adding RoCE and private blockchain technology to its Assureon solution. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP ES2486dc 24-drive All-flash NAS Announced

QNAP Systems has announced the ES2486dc 24-drive bay all-flash storage solution, the newest addition new to the company’s enterprise ZFS NAS series. Designed to fulfill mission-critical file servers, virtualization servers, and commercial cloud applications, the new ES2486dc is QNAP’s first high-availability NAS that features all-flash arrays and is highlighted by dual controllers with Intel Xeon D-2142IT processors and 10GbE connectivity. The new storage solution also leverages the QES 2.1.1 operating system, which uses ZFS and supports of block-based inline data deduplication and inline compression.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dynatrace Announces Updates To Its Infrastructure Monitoring & Expands Kubernetes Support

Today at the Perform 2020 conference, Dynatrace announced the next generation of its Infrastructure Monitoring module in its all-in-one Software Intelligence Platform. The latest generation platform will include upgrades such as enhanced AI, expanded out-of-the-box observability and the ability to create custom metrics from log events. The company has also announced expanded support for Kubernetes with its explainable AI engine, Davis, now automatically ingesting additional Kubernetes events and metrics, enabling it to deliver precise answers in real time about performance issues and anomalies across the full stack of Kubernetes clusters, containers, and workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates Per-CPU Pricing

This week, VMware announced updates to its per-CPU pricing model. VMware has gone from a pricing per CPU to a pricing per 32 cores, or an additional license for CPUs that are over 32 cores. This seems to put a cost disadvantage for newer processors that have up to 64 cores, with the onus landing more on AMD and their gen 2 EPYC CPUs more so than Intel gen 2 Scalable.

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by Adam Armstrong

DataCore SANsymphony Integrates With Veeam

Today DataCore Software announced that it has integrated its SANsymphony software-defined storage platform with Veeam Software’s Universal Storage API Plug-In. According to the two companies, this integration will enable customers of Veeam Software Backup and Replication can take snapshots and backups of VMware data stores residing on SANsymphony virtual storage pools with minimum impact on production workloads. The combination of the two technologies is said to automate, simplify, and centralize data protection, while enabling greater choice of storage technologies. 

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