by Adam Armstrong

WD Reveals New microSD Cards & New NVMe SSDs At MWC

Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, Western Digital revealed new mobile and computing solutions aimed at maximizing performance. These products include the 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXCT card (that WD is calling the world’s fastest UHS-I memory card) and new NVMe SSDs with a new NVMe storage architecture. WD will be demoing their new PCIe-enabled SD Card as well.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Pivot3, Cisco, Rubrik, Flexxible IT, Commvault, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Virtual Instruments rebrands Load DynamiX as WorkloadWisdom. Dell EMC announces availability of its Proven Professional Certifications. Pivot3 expands partnerships. Cisco expands its automation portfolio. Rubrik approaches $300 Million global bookings run rate. Flexxible IT launches channel program with HP. Commvualt and INFINIDAT partner on PB scale data protection. Packet deploys AMD EPYC CPUs in its Bare Metal Cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Reports 1Q18 Earnings

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reported its earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, that ended January 31, 2018. The company is reporting good numbers overall along with higher diluted earnings per share that it is partially attributing to the recent tax reform law. Stock performance has been trending upward this quarter with a large spike in after hour trading. 

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by Ed Hardy

ADATA Premier ONE SDXC UHS-II Card Review

ADATA’s latest SD cards designed for professional photographers promise a substantial speed increase, with read speeds up to three times faster than earlier versions thanks to UHS-II support. The new Premier ONE line was created with high-end cameras in mind, as it promises read/write speeds up to 290 MB/s, allowing photographers to capture Ultra HD 4K, 8K, or 3D video, or 360-degree images.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Unveils Efficient Water-Cooled ThinkSystem SD650 For HPC

Lenovo announce that its new ThinkSystem SD650 server with warm water cooling has been shown to improve efficiency, performance, and cost savings for a customer. The ThinkSystem SD650 server along with the NeXtScale n1200 Direct Water Cooling enclosure are ideal for High-Performance Computing (HPC) where cooling and power consumption are areas that need close attention. The SD650 server and its water cooling are the result of several years of working with Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) in Germany.

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by Lyle Smith

Compuverde & Microsoft Partner To Enable SMB File Transport Technology

Microsoft and data storage/cloud computing company, Compuverde, have announced a mutual license agreement that will enable access to Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) file transport technology for Compuverde’s software-defined storage (SDS) solution. This partnership is specifically meant to address the need for a comprehensive network file sharing protocol for enterprises as they continue to migrate some or all of their data and applications to the cloud. Moreover, both companies indicate that combining these two technologies will allow users to offload programs and files from multiple servers across multiple locations simultaneously.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-453B NAS Review

The TS-453B is the 4-bay model of QNAP’s completely redesigned line of versatile consumer and home business NAS devices. Powered by an Intel quad-core processor, the QNAP TS-453B is a QTS-Linux combo NAS that is well-suited for virtualization, centralized storage, backup, sharing, and disaster recovery. We previously reviewed the 2-bay TS-253B model, and found it to have a good mix of performance and capacity for SOHO and smaller businesses. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Updates Its SDS, Data Protection, & Storage

IBM Storage announced several new innovations around its software-defined storage (SDS), data protection, and storage systems portfolio. These announcements aim to help drive down costs, ease management, increase security, all the while helping users scale their storage to meet the needs of growing data volumes. This is the first major announcement from IBM Storage since hitting four consecutive quarters of growth.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Enhances Swarm & SwarmNFS Increasing Performance

Today Caringo, Inc. announced enhancements to both its Swarm Scale-Out Hybrid Storage, now in version 9.5, and SwarmNFS. The 9.5 release of Swarm increases interoperability between it and SwarmNFS 2.0 that in turn improves overall performance. Caringo will be exhibiting the new capabilities of Swarm 9.5 and SwarmNFS 2.0 at the JB&A pre-NAB Technology event April 8-9, 2018 as well as in booth number SL11807 of the NAB Show Expo in Las Vegas, NV April 9-12, 2018.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces Production Of the PM1643, The Industry’s Largest Capacity SAS SSD

Samsung Electronics has announced the production of the PM1643, touted as the industry’s largest capacity SAS SSD at 30.72TB, which is double the capacity and performance of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup released back in March 2016. The PM1643 uses Samsung's latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips.

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