by Lyle Smith

Synology DS1819+ & RS1619xs+ NAS Solutions Now Available

Synology has added to new products to their massive portfolio of storage solutions: the RackStation RS1619xs+ 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS and the DS1819+ 8-bay NAS. Ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses that run IO-intensive tasks, the RS1619xs+ offers flexible storage scalability and M.2 SSD support. It features a Quad-core CPUs, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and an optional 10GbE adaptor. The DS1819+ includes an Intel quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and can scale to a total of 18 drive bays (for a total of 216TB in raw capacity) when connected to two DX517 expansion units.

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by Michael Rink

AWS Announces Satellite Download Service

On November 27th at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced AWS Ground Station. Ground Station is a new service that enables customers to download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of 12 ground station antennas located around the world. Using AWS Ground Station, customers can save up to 80 percent of their ground station costs by paying for antenna access time on demand. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP HS-453DX Silent NAS Now Available

QNAP has officially released the HS-453DX NAS, which is highlighted by an Intel Celeron quad-core processor, HDMI 2.0 (4K 60Hz) output, 4K real-time transcoding, and 10GbE high-speed connectivity. Sporting a unique modern design suitable for workstation areas at home, QNAP’s new NAS solution features a fanless cooling for silent operation.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 860 QVO SSD Review

Today Samsung released its own take of quad-level cell (QLC) NAND with the 860 QVO SSD. Samsung continues to do its own thing, even with naming conventions, and refers to the technology as 4-bit. The 860 QVO is aimed at maintaining Samsung’s 3-bit performance while lower the costs and thus creating a more efficient and cost-effective product. 

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by Michael Rink

HPE Announcements From Discover Madrid 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is using HPE Discover Madrid 2018 to announce advancements in its Artificial Intelligent (AI) ops platform, HPE InfoSight; global expansion of HPE Cloud Volumes, a multicloud storage service; HPE Memory-Driven Flash, a new class of enterprise storage built with storage class memory (SCM) and NVMe.

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by Michael Rink

Amazon Trials Compute Focused Snowball Variations

Amazon recently announced limited availability of two new versions of their Snowball Edge devices in select regions. In addition to AWS's existing storage optimized edge Snowball appliances they are adding the Snowball Edge Compute Optimized and Snowball Edge Compute Optimized with GPU.

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by Adam Armstrong

Memblaze PBlaze5 910 U.2 NVMe SSD Review

During their Step Ahead event in Beijing, Memblaze launched a new series of 500 NVME drives as well as an expansion of its 900 line to 910 and 916. We will be looking at the 910 series in this review. The new 910 drives are offered in two form factors and leverage 64-Layer 3D NAND, which allows the drives to come in capacities as high as 16TB. This higher density can lead to denser racks or rack consolidation in the data center.

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by Lyle Smith

AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review

The AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 is a GPU solution designed for professionals who work with high-end graphics applications such as design, manufacturing, media and entertainment. It is also ideal for those who do their gaming on a notebook. Last year, we looked at a range of professional graphics cards, including high-end (NVIDIA Quadro P6000), mid-range (NVIDIA Quadro P1000) to low end (Radeon Pro WX 3100) options. The WX 8200 fits nicely in the upper part of this range with its 8GB of HBM2 memory and high bandwidth controller. AMD also boldly describes their new performance-driven card as the most powerful workstation GPU under $1000, that means it claims to have a better price to performance than NVIDIA's Quadro P4000.

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by Adam Armstrong

OpenStack Summit Berlin On The Ground

Last week OpenStack held its second summit of the year in Berlin, Germany. StorageReview was on the ground in Berlin as the OpenStack Foundation (OSF) continued to make and strengthen its case for open source. OSF expressed the need for what it call Open Infrastructure, allowing users to fully take advantage of the benefits of open source. They also went over their continued momentum and updated the community on where their pilot projects were in terms of progress, roadmaps, and use cases. 

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by Michael Rink

Intel Releases Second Generation AI USB Stick

Intel hosted its first artificial intelligence (AI) developer conference in Beijing on Nov. 14 and 15. The company kicked off the event with the introduction of the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS2); designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge. The NCS2 has the form factor of a standard USB thumb drive and is every bit as plug and play as the form factor suggests. It is even expected to scale performance linearly with additional NCS2s.

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