by Brian Beeler

Amazon EC2 i3.metal Review

There's little doubt that Amazon is the leader when it comes to a variety of cloud services offered through their EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) web service. With a relatively simple provisioning process and the ability to easily scale instances and storage needs up or down, EC2 aims to deliver all the promise of the cloud at cost-effective price points. For some, though, the cloud isn't just about flexibility and ease of deployment; it's about performance. The business benefits of being able to spin powerful environments up or down for critical applications like analytics can often vastly outweigh the expense of doing so through OPEX instead of the long-term investment of CAPEX. To that end, in May Amazon GA'd the i3 bare metal instance family that provides direct access to CPU and memory resources of the underlying server. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New 12TB & 14TB MN07 HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) announced the launch of a new series of HDDs for NAS Platform OEMs, the MN07 Series. This new series of HDDs are 3.5” form factor and come in capacities of 12TB and 14TB. The new drives leverage Toshiba’s 9-disk helium-sealed technology that results in a 55% improvement in power efficiency. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB Review

The Samsung 970 Pro 1TB is the largest capacity model of the company's newest high-performing consumer M.2 NVMe SSD line. We previously reviewed the 512GB version, and though it had a strong showing, we were expecting it to be a bit faster. To show best-case performance we've wrapped up testing of the larger 1TB model, which as you will soon find out impressed us even more.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Today Seagate Technology announced both its fourth quarter financial results (quarter ended June 29, 2018) and its year-end financial results. The company saw some pretty good numbers in both the quarter and full year. Seagate also announced the resignation of its CFO, David H. Morton, Jr., as he has taken a role at another company.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsemi Expands Its Storage Adapter Solutions

Microsemi announced that it was expanding its Adaptec Smart Storage 12Gbps SAS/SATA adapters family with two new additions, the SmartRAID 3162-8i and SmartRAID 3162-8i /e. The SmartRAID 3162-8i offers support for write cache data protection by putting a super capacitor on the adapter. The SmartRAID 3162-8i /e is purported to be the industry’s first raid adapter with maxCrypto, controller based encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Reports 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) reported its fourth quarter earnings as well as its year-end fiscal earnings for 2018 that ended June 29, 2018. Overall the numbers are good for the quarter and the report was able to beat expectations. The stock is down slightly today and down roughly 20 points from this time last year. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Review

The PowerEdge R640 is a scalable 1U rack server designed for computing and storage via a 2-socket platform. Described as a balance between performance, cost and density, the R640 is built to handle workloads from a range of different data center use cases--particularly dense software-defined storage, service providers, application tier, dense private cloud, virtualization and High Performance Computing (HPC). Moreover, Dell has built the PowerEdge R640 as an easily deployable server and that can seamlessly scale from 3 to 1000+ nodes for software-defined storage using Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces Availability of z1d & R5 EC2 Instances

Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new instances on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This week, AWS is announcing that the new high frequency instance, z1d, and the two new memory optimized instances, R5 and R5d, are now generally available. These new instances are designed for users that need massive performance and better price-per-GB in memory intensive applications. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7530 Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7530 is a high-end mobile workstation designed to excel during graphic or data-heavy applications. To emphasize its capabilities, Dell boldly claims that it is the world’s most powerful and first "Ready for VR" 15-inch mobile workstation to hit the market. That said, users can certainly outfit the 7530 with some pretty impressive builds, which is highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon 6-core processor options and Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs. The mobile workstation also supports up to a whopping 128GB of 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory with a maximum storage capacity of an impressive 6TB via up to three 2TB PCIe Solid SSDs or 2x and 1x 2.5” HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces Dual-Port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced what it is calling the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market, the new Ultrastar DC SS530. The new SAS drive expands capacity up to 15.36TB while retaining the 2.5-inch, 15mm form factor. The increase in performance and capacity will give customers better TCO in their data centers with the potential to consolidate servers and open up rack space. 

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