by Lyle Smith

Toshiba XG6 SSD Review

The Toshiba XG6 is the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory, joining the company`s impressive mid-range client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe drive.  Announced back in July, the XG6 replaces the highly-impressive XG5, a drive we really liked that would work well inside client PCs, high-performance mobile devices, gaming segments and embedded applications. Though the XG6 is certainly built for these use cases as well, it is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Datera, Cloudian, Dell EMC, Lenovo, Pivot3, infinite io, NVIDIA, QNAP, & DDN

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Datera announces 240% growth for the first half of 2018. Cloudian announces largest funding round yet. Dell EMC to power the fastest academic supercomputer. Lenovo and Pivot3 optimize smart city security. infinite io raises $10.3 million in Series B funding. NVIDIA GPU Cloud adds support for Microsoft Azure. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers obtain EPEAT registry. QNAP releases QTS 4.3.5 Beta. DDN completes acquisition of Tintri.

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by Marshall Gunnell

QNAP TS-332X 3-Bay 10GbE NAS Now Available

QNAP recently announced the worldwide availability of the second member of its multifaceted 3-bay NAS family, the TS-332X. The new NAS solution is simple in form yet provides a comprehensive array of features including SSD Caching and Auto Tiering and comes equipped with 10GbE SFP+ port and three M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, making it a seamlessly integrable device for the startup and SMB environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Unveils Data Center SSD Lineup

Today Samsung Electronics America, Inc. unveiled its new lineup of solid-state drives (SSDs) aimed directly for data center use, the 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, and 983 ZET. The new drives aim to address the needs of SMBs that need higher performance and capacity in the Big Data Era. The drives are also designed to take on the challenges of Super Computing, AI, and IoT.

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by Michael Rink

Netgear Releases Insight VPN Router

Netgear has released an Insight VPN Router (BR500). They are targeting this router and bundled VPN annual subscription at small and medium-sized businesses. The router is designed to interconnect up to 3 offices as if they were connected locally, regardless of their geographical location.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 5530 Review

The Precision 5530 is the successor to Dell's sleek, stylish and powerful Precision 5520 mobile workstation, claiming an even lighter and thinner design. The new Dell workstation has also been upgraded with impressive component options, including support for both Intel Core and the Xeon 6-core processors, the latter which will certainly add a ton of potential in the performance category. The 5530 also offers Thunderbolt type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, Quadro professional graphics, and memory and storage options, making it a viable mobile workstation for a range of different applications. If you have the budget, the Precision 5530 can be outfitted to compete against most mid-to-high-end workstations on the market.

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by Michael Rink

HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation is the next generation up from the Z240. HP is targeting the Z2 at entry and mid-range creators needs in AEC/Product Dev (e.g., CAD), Higher Education (e.g., Engineering labs), as well as Media and Entertainment (e.g., Maya). It is 13% smaller but with options for graphics packages providing 60% more power than the Z240.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports 4Q18 & FY18

Today Nutanix Inc. reported earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter as well as its fiscal year that ended July 31, 2018. The numbers reported overall weren’t bad, however the company did lower its expectations for next quarter. Its stock is up slightly for the quarter, though it saw a sharp drop off in after hour trading. 

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by Adam Armstrong

VMworld 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas there were a handful of announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. These announcements come from companies such as Asigra, Lakeside, Morpheus Data, Quest Software, VMware, and NVIDIA.

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by Michael Rink

Toshiba Announces 14TB & 12TB SAS HDD Models

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announced sampling of their new Enterprise Capacity 14TB and 12TB Helium-sealed SAS HDD models. The MG07SCA Series features 7,200 rpm performance, a SAS 12Gbit Interface, and Advanced Format Sector Technology. The hard disk drive boasts a 9-disk Helium-sealed design and 14TB of Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) capacity for optimum compatibility. Toshiba’s Helium-sealed design fits into industry standard 3.5-inch (26.1 mm) heightdrive bays. 

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