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Micron Begins Sampling DDR5 RDIMMS

Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Micron Technology, Inc. announced it has been sampling DDR5 registered DIMMs, based on its 1znm process technology, with key industry partners. Micron has over 40 years of experience and expertise in developing memory technology. It’s release of DDR5 SDRAM portfolio will help raise the bar on performance and bring about new technologies in the new decade. 

StorageReview Podcast #28

In this week's abbreviated podcast, thanks to Tom's absence due to Spanish Fly poisoning, the team recounts the latest news and reviews highlighted by a few WD SSDs, NetApp ONTAP 9.7, and VMware closing the Pivotal deal. Kevin discusses his plans to procrastinate when it comes to racking Qumulo and Adam still hates baby Yoda for reasons unknown. Warning, podcast likely contains adult language.

WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD Review

Looking for a solid-state drive for your NAS system? The WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD is purpose-built for NAS with Western Digital 3D NAND. Offering endurance needed for 24/7 environments, reduced latency improving responsiveness for demanding applications, 2.5” and M.2 form factors, and capacities from 500GB up to 4TB. This drive is ideal for home and medium to large NAS environments with best use cases including OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing, and virtualization. 

NetApp ONTAP 9.7 Review

A couple of months ago, NetApp announced an update to its data management software, ONTAP, with version 9.7. ONTAP includes many enhancements, where NetApp put the focus on FabricPools, new SAN offerings, new scale-out capabilities, data protection, and security. Also, beginning with this new version, ONTAP presents a redesigned ONTAP System Manager, simplifying ONTAP management with an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). ONTAP 9.7 was announced on October 29, and it's been available to download from mid-November of 2019.


The ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB is an M.2 SSD that is designed for those looking for performance at a good price as well as a little bit of Wow in their drive design. The S40G leverages an NVMe interface, as well as SLC caching and a DRAM buffer, for quoted speeds of 3.5GB/s read and 3GB/s write as well as throughput as his at 300K IOPS read and 240K IPS write. The drive is marketed toward gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and graphic professionals. 

VMware Acquires Pivotal

Today, in a move that is not surprising, VMware, Inc. announced that it had completed its acquisition of Pivotal Software, Inc. Pivot’s stock will be removed from the NYSE as the company becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of VMware. Pivotal was acquired for roughly $2.7 billion. 

WD Blue SN550 SSD Review

The WD Blue SN550 is the company’s newest mainstream NVMe SSD and successor to the SN500, which we reviewed earlier this year. The new WD drive is a consumer, entry-level drive all packed inside the small M.2 2280 form factor. This includes an in-house controller, firmware, and their latest 3D NAND. As such, this makes it ideal for PC users looking to improve overall system performance over traditional SATA SSDs and especially HDDs, for jobs including booting and application load speeds. It’s also perfect for those looking to move to an NVMe-based SSD at a very affordable cost.

Home Lab Deep Dive: Dive Into Storage

We’ve now got servers out of the way and if you’re like me, you’ve chosen some power-hungry beasts that heat your little home office. At some point I want to move back into a house that has basements as those seem to an awesome location for such things unless you have an actual wiring closet built in to your house. We will now go over another important piece to your home lab - storage. There are several decisions that need to be made regarding storage, and each one will affect your lab a little differently. In this post, we will go over the differences between disk types, controllers, storage, and storage protocols so you are completely prepared to make the best decision. 

StorageReview Podcast #27

In this weeks podcast the abbreviated team dives into the wonders of Silly Putty, the benefits of a warm Christmas day and waxes nostalgic on the shopping mall. We do get around to some tech news as well including the latest large capacity hard drives from WD and a few new SSD reviews the team produced over the break. Join us on another adventure that's tangentially related to enterprise IT! Warning, this podcast may contain explicit language.

Atrust s101C Server Review

The system in this review is an Atrust s101C which is a moderately-priced, mini-server form factor server.  The s101C has an Intel Xeon E3-1268L v3 processor, integrated on-board RAID, has Intel AMT for out of bound management, supports up to 32GB of RAM, and two 2.5” SATA drives. It has multiple ports for USB and video and audio connectivity. It also supports various versions of Windows, Linux, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, and Userful Multiplatform.