by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Makes Several Data Center Storage Enhancements

At its Media and Analyst event in San Jose, California, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) made several additions to its data center solutions. These new solutions include the ActiveScale 5.3 object storage system, expansions to its IntelliFlash N Series family of all-flash arrays, and the new Ultrastar Serv60+8 hybrid storage server platform. All-in-all, these solutions address object storage, NVMe, high-performance storage, and SDS server and storage solutions to drive up performance while creating a better TCO.

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by Lyle Smith

GIGABYTE H261-Z60 2U 4 Node Server Announced

GIGABYTE has announced the release of the 2U 4 Node H261-Z60, the first model from the Density Optimized Server Series that features an AMD EPYC processor. Each node supports dual AMD EPYC 7000 series processors with up to 32 cores, 64 threads and 8 channels of memory per CPU, meaning that they can feature up to 64 cores and 128 threads of compute power. The H261-Z60 also comes equipped with 4 individual hot pluggable sliding node trays that seamlessly slide in and out from the rear of the unit, and features shared cooling and power for the nodes with a dual fan wall of 8 (4 x 2) easy swap fans and 2 x 2200W redundant PSUs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Violin Systems FSP 7650 Review

Violin Systems isn't exactly a new company; we have been covering them for six years now. The company began as a pioneer in the all-flash arena and ran into a few woes after going public. However, the company has risen from the ashes with new investors backing the firm and has new deployment options along with the same cadre of high performing gear. We've been working with Violin in the lab for some time now; today we are looking at the 7650 array, which is the “extreme performance” all-flash model in the Violin Flash Storage Platform (FSP). 

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by Lyle Smith

Facebook Announces a Significant Storage Overhaul of Their Messenger App

Facebook has announced a huge overhaul to their Messenger application (which over a billion people currently use) with a range of improvements, including a modernization of their storage service to make it faster and more efficient. This update will also make it much easier to upgrade the app with new features.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Releases Unmanaged PoE Switches

NETGEAR Inc. has launched a new family of 16-port and 8-port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switches with what it is calling the industry’s first flexible Power over Ethernet (PoE) integrated technology. This new family allows SMB and SOHOs to deploy denser PoE+ devices and high-power PoE+ devices. This would lead to lower costs and better energy efficiency.

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by Lyle Smith

SonicWall Updates Portfolio for Mid-Tier Enterprises

SonicWall has announced 12 new products and solution updates to the SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform, which are specifically catered for mid-tier enterprises. The company indicates that this will enable an integrated cloud-scale management and true end-to-end security with protection for networks, email, endpoints, mobile and remote users.

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by Kevin OBrien

Samsung PRO Endurance Card Review (128GB)

Last month Samsung launched the PRO Endurance line of memory cards, specifically designed for intensive video recording use cases. Offered in capacities up to 128GB, the microSDHC/microSDXC cards deliver what Samsung states is the industry-best for continuous video recording. The 128GB card delivers 43,800 hours while the 64GB card offers up to 26,280 hours and 32GB card offers up to 17,520 hours. The cards offer read speeds of 100MB/s, but in this case the writes are more important. The PRO Endurance cards support 30MB/s writes, meaning the cards can ingest full HD (1920×1080) streams with 4K support, which requires 26 Mbps. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) Review

The U3818DW is another slick-looking curved monitor offering from Dell, with a generous 37.5-inch size with a 21:9 aspect ratio, roughly 25% more screen real estate than the company's 34-inch monitor (p3418hw). This thing is big and gives users a ton of space to work with. Moreover, it features a minimal bezel via the company’s InfinityEdge technology, which essentially means an “edge-to-edge” display surface. Dell believes that this design promotes efficient productivity by reducing user eye-movement across the screen while working, as users can easily fit multiple windows on the screen.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces VMware Cloud On AWS GovCloud

VMware Inc. announced that its popular VMware Cloud on AWS would soon also be on AWS GovCloud. This will allow United States public sector agencies to leverage common cloud infrastructure on premises and in the public cloud without forgoing security. This will give government agencies the ability to improve efficiency, lower costs, and operate within FedRAMP authority.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel is Leading With Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) Adoption

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) allow vendors to create their own reconfigurable digital circuits; whereas a logic gate has a fixed function, an FPGA has an undefined function when it is manufactured and thus must be reconfigured before it can be used in a circuit. Because the price has been driven down in recent years, moving the affordability from just the larger enterprise down to nearly all organizatoins, allowing even smaller businesses to leverage the technology.

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