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Arcserve Releases All-In-One Disaster Recovery Appliances

Today Arcserve is releasing a series of appliances that they refer to as the first all-in-one, purpose-built appliances designed for disaster recovery and application availability.  The newly released models will be the third generation of their appliance series. When we reviewed one of the previous generation appliances, we found it to be straightforward to configure, require minimal ongoing management, and offering a range of useful mid-market backup and recovery functions.  For their newest foray, they are targeting the growing need of even small business to protect against data loss.

Seagate Reports 2Q19 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported financial results for the second quarter ended December 28, 2018. The company saw lower numbers in general this quarter compared to last or this time in the previous year. The company’s stock is down overall throughout the quarter. 

Dell EMC Announces the Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack

Dell EMC has announced the Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack, a ruggedized and field-deployable solution designed specifically for tactical edge environments in areas a such as government, military, energy and mining. It is based on the company’s all-flash Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, enabling Azure consistent-cloud to operating environments with limited or no network connectivity, fully mobile or high portability requirements and harsh conditions that need military-grade specifications. It also works well in applications that have high security requirements as it features optional connectivity to Azure Government, Azure Secret and Azure Top Secret. 

News Bits: Seagate, VIAVI, SwiftStack, QNAP, & SolarWinds

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Seagate releases 2TB drive for Sony’s PlayStation 4. VIAVI launches Observer GigaFlow. SwiftStack supports Veeam Cloud Tier. QNAP releases MediQPACS. SolarWinds unveils Flow Tool Bundle.

Maxta May Be Done

According to our good friend Chris Mellor at The Register, the HCI company Maxta looks as though it is going to shutter its doors. Mellor heard from four sources, one informed him that Maxta had given 65 employees their final paycheck and ended their healthcare benefits. Other sources reported to Mellor that the staff were told Monday of this week that Maxta was shutting down. 

Dell Partners With Secureworks & CrowdStrike On Endpoint Security

Today Dell introduced a new portfolio of next-generation endpoint security solutions, Dell SafeGuard and Response. This new portfolio represents collaboration with Secureworks and CrowdStrike. These new solutions are designed to prevent, detect and respond to the shifting threat landscape that modern IT environments face.

Pliops Raises $30 Million In Series B Funding

Today Pliops announced that it has received an additional $30 million in Series B funding. This funding round was led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, with participation from all Series A investors including Intel Capital, State of Mind Ventures (SOMV) and Viola Ventures, along with strategic investors Western Digital Capital and Xilinx Inc. This brings Pliops total funding to $40 million.

Samsung Announces Industry’s First 1TB Embedded Universal Flash Storage

Samsung has begun mass producing their 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, designed for use in next-gen mobile applications.  Just like the release of their 128GB version, this is an industry first. This new technology will also allow smartphone users to have similar storage capacity as a premium notebook PC, eliminating the need to supplement their storage with microSD cards.

VMware Introduces Elastic vSAN

VMware has introduced its next generation of storage in its VMware Cloud on AWS, Elastic vSAN. This new version combines VMware vSAN with Amazon's Elastic block storage. This will give users flexibility along with new scale and size for ever expanding workloads.

NVIDIA Brings Quadro Virtual Workstation To Azure

Today NVIDIA announced that its Quadro Virtual Workstation (Quadro vWS) would now be available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This latest availability brings all of the benefits of NVIDIA Quadro vWS to even more customers. And, of course, being cloud-based users can deploy it wherever they wish.