by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-332X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-332X is the second model of the company's multifaceted 3-bay NAS family, featuring three M.2 SSD slots and support for RAID5. Like all QNAP consumer devices, the TS-332X seems simple on the outside. However, the new NAS comes equipped with a comprehensive range of useful features. This includes SSD Caching, Auto Tiering, a 10GbE SFP+ port and three M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, all of which help to make this an integrable device for new businesses and SMB environments looking for a NAS solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Excelero Announces NVMesh 2

Toady Excelero announced the latest edition of its software-only storage solution, NVMesh 2. Excelero states that NVMesh is the lowest latency block storage platform with the new version to only improve upon this. According to the company, NVMesh 2 will make it easier for enterprises and service providers to deploy shared NVMe storage at local performance across a far wider range of network protocols and applications.

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by Lyle Smith

In The Lab: Netstor NP631N M.2 NVMe to PCIe Host Adapter

The Netstor NP631N is a PCIe 3.0 m.2 adapter that brings m.2 SSD compatibility to just about every desktop and server, and does so while delivering up to 32Gbps in performance via any PCIe x4, x8, and x16 slot. M.2 adapter cards are a great way for users to get the speedy NVMe performance if they don`t have a modern motherboard with a built-in M.2 slot. They're also handy for those looking to install more than one M.2 drive, as most new consumer-grade motherboards only have one or two slots available. In the enterprise space, M.2 adapters bring cost-effective boot-drive alternatives to servers without taking a front-mount slot and offer higher performance than other alternatives.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM To Acquire Red Hat

Over the weekend IBM announced that it would be acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion. I believe this is the largest tech acquisition of 2018 and perhaps the largest software acquisition to date. The acquisition will make IBM the largest Hybrid Cloud Provider in the world. 

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by Michael Rink

Veeam Announces Integration with NetApp HCI

Veeam announced that Update 4 of Veeam Backup & Replication, expected later this year, will add native storage integration with Element Software,the storage operating system that powers NetApp HCI and SolidFire. Veeam first joined NetApp's Alliance program four years ago, in 2014. Since then they've been steadily increasing support and integration. Earlier this month the two companies worked together to allow NetApp to resale Veaam Availability Solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Announces AMD EPYC Instances

During Oracle Open World 2018 in San Francisco, Oracle announced, through collaboration with AMD, a new set of instances. Oracle and AMD will provide a new “E” series of compute instances on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The new instances leverage AMD’s EPYC CPUs to bring higher core count, memory bandwidth, I/O bandwidth, advanced security features, and value. The first instance available is the Compute Standard E2 platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lexar Announces 512GB A2 microSD Card

Lexar announced the largest A2 microSD card yet with the 512GB Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I card. The card is ideal for high-end smartphones and mobile devices. Lexar will be demoing the card at PhotoPlus Expo held at Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York, from October 25th - 27th.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Expands Its Surveillance Storage & Analytics Portfolio

Western Digital Corp (WDC) announced that it has expanded its portfolio for surveillance with new storage and analytics options. The company has expanded the capacity of the previously announced WD Purple SD cards to 256GB. WD is also introducing a new 3D NAND UFS-Based EFD for Surveillance, what they claim to be an industry first, and the Western Digital Device Analytics for gathering information from the new surveillance devices.

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by Michael Rink

Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine Enters General Availability

Today, Mesosphere announced the general availability of Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine (MKE) as part of the update to 1.12 for Mesosphere DC/OS. Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine delivers pure Kubernetes-as-a-Service on multi-cloud and edge with resource pooling. We covered it in September 2017 when the beta was initially released. Mesosphere’s distributed cloud operating system (DC/OS) aims to deliver any software technology “as-a-Service” across multi-cloud, datacenter, and edge.

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by Michael Rink

NetApp Unveils Cloud & HCI updates

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a new verified architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on NetApp HCI, updates to Trident, its automated provisioner solving the persistent storage challenge for containers, as well as enhanced flexibility for DevOps on both NetApp Cloud Volumes for Google Cloud Platform and NetApp Cloud Volumes for AWS.

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