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Druva Announces Additional Data Protection For AWS

Today, Druva announced plans to upgrade their software with improved data protection for Amazon Web Services (AWS) enterprise workloads. The company plans to release the upgrades in the first quarter of next year. Druva was founded in 2008 and provides data protection and management through a software as a service (SaaS) model.

Seagate Exos 2X14 Doubles IOPS For Microsoft

Seagate has a new HDD that leverages its MACH.2 multi-actuator technology, the Exos 2X14. While the technology was announced two years ago with the promise of doubling throughput, Seagate, along with its customer Microsoft, are able to show results of the technology and its performance breakthroughs. The technology is beneficial to applications such as content delivery networks (CDNs), video streaming, mail servers, backup/shuttle services, Hadoop, and cloud applications and is being tested for data center deployment now. 

iStorage Datashur PRO2 Review

The iStorage datAshur PRO2 is a USB flash drive that is hardware encrypted for those that need the highest level of security on the go. Like all iStorage products, the datAshur PRO2 uses a PIN authentication pad to unlock for use; users can select a 7-15 digit PIN. Extra security measures leveraged by this drive include real time data encryption using military grade aes-xts 256-bit hardware encryption and a uniquely incorporated Common Criteria EAL4+ ready secure microprocessor. The drive comes in capacities up to 512GB. 

AWS Announces Quantum Computing Service In Amazon Braket

Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), made a few announcments around new quantum computing services. This include a new service, Amazon Braket, that is said to fully managed AWS service that enables scientists, researchers, and developers to begin experimenting with computers from quantum hardware providers (including D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti) in a single place. The company announced the AWS Center for Quantum Computing to bring together experts to work on new quantum computing technologies. And they are launching the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab to connect customers with experts. 

News Bits: Liqid, DDN, KIOXIA, Igneous, Ryussi, Unisys, Rackspace, & NetApp

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Liqid announces $28 Million in funding. Tintri by DDN reports great third quarter for 2019 and DDN finishes its acquisition of IntelliFlash. KIOXIA introduces 512GB automotive UFS. Igneous DataProtect now supports Azure Blob. Ryussi releases MoSMB-S3 Gateway. Unisys launches CloudForte for ServiceNow. Rackspace and NetApp partner to reduce Costs of VMware Cloud on AWS. 

Home Lab Deep Dive: Hobby To Obsession

Homelabs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re running a business out of your home or simply are addicted to computers and related server hardware, the amount of joy it brings the individual can be limitless and forever lasting. For me, it’s purely a hobby, though I do serve some applications and media to friends and family. And that’s honestly where I get a lot of enjoyment, as top end equipment cannot possibly be more satisfying as sharing it with others who are close to you.

Brocade G620 Switch Review

The Brocade G620 6th-gen Fibre Channel switch focuses on application performance and scale-out network. It is a direct predecessor to the 6510 from several years ago, which we found to be a comprehensive enterprise SAN switch with a diverse range of connectivity options for Fibre Channel networks. The G620 integrates well into existing SAN fabrics and allows users to drive further with more performance and support next-gen storage trends such as NVMe-oF. It also features built-in instrumentation for some pretty extensive insight and control, which can potentially reduce cost for businesses, simplify management complexity and lower overall risk. With these tools, admins can also identify issues much more easily and fix anything the needs to be addressed. Like the G6510, this makes it an ideal choice for virtualized network environments that primarily use high-performance storage.  

QNAP Releases HybridMount File-based Cloud Gateway

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced the release of the official version of its new file-based cloud gateway for elastic hybrid cloud environments, HybridMount. This new cloud gateway is all about easing deployment of a highly cost-effective, elastic, and secure hybrid cloud storage environment. The official version of HybridMount now includes Transfer Resource function to improve cloud access though enabling users to allocate NAX processor resources and data transfer bandwidth. 

InfiniteIO Releases New Application Accelerator

InfiniteIO released a new application accelerator that they state will deliver dramatic performance improvements for critical applications by processing file metadata independently from on-premises storage or cloud systems. This new accelerator is ideal for use cases such as AI/ML, HPC, and genomics. The company released new tiering software features as well.

Intel Releases Its 665P QLC SSD

Today Intel announced the release of its latest QLC SSD, the 665P. This new 96-Layer SSD comes in capacities as high as 2TB and performance numbers quoted at 2GB/s sequential read and write and 250K IOPS. The new drive comes with 1.5x endurance compared to the Intel SSD 660P.