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HP ZBook 15 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 15 G6 is the newest addition to the company’s power-driven mobile workstation line. The next-gen HP laptop features a range of upgraded hardware over the G5 model, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (for complex, multithreaded applications), a generous 128GB of RAM, and three GPU options including the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features a wide range of connectivity including 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3  + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

QNAP TS-1277 & Mustang 200 Review

As we have covered nearly two years ago, Ryzen NAS solutions have changed the game by pairing the best desktop processors with solid NAS hardware. The QNAP TS-x77 comes in both Ryzen 5 and 7 varieties bosting 6 and 8 core (12 and 16 thread) skus. Most importantly these NAS solutions are expandable.

Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (1TB) Review

The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD (TBT3-NVME1TB) is a quick and easy way to add NVMe storage to one’s device. The portable drive is designed with those that need faster speeds in mind, including content creators and gamers. The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD is offered in multiple capacities, however, we will be looking at the 1TB for this review.

Cisco to Aquire Exablaze

Cisco has announced its intention to aquire Exablaze, a privately held, Australia-based vendor of low-latency networking equipment. Cisco indicates that, by integrating Exablaze’s products and technology into the their own portfolio, they will gain the latest Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology with the necessary flexibility and programmability their customers need. Among these Exablaze products are advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards, as well as Terminal Access Point aggregation packet brokers.

StorageReview Podcast #25

While Adam is galavanting around California, Brian, Kevin and Tom break down the most popular news including PFsense, the latest IDC converged systems tracker, the green data center, new NUC-based solutions and much more. Also there's big news about the cowboy hat, discussions of adult activities involving said cowboy hat, Tom wanders off on a conversation about dance movies and we come full circle to solve maritime collisions. Warning, this podcast contains explicit language.

NetApp AFF A800 NVMeOF Review

Those in the market for a high-performance all-flash storage array, would be well met with the NetApp AFF A800. The end-to-end NVMe array delivers massive performance and comes from NetApp’s strong line of AFF arrays. We have previously reviewed the A800 over Fibre Channel and found it to be a beast of a performer netting our Editor’s Choice award. For this review we are testing the same array only this time leveraging NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeOF). 

Dell EMC Adds Two Plugins To Unity XT

Dell Technologies released two plugins for Dell EMC Unity XT. Unity, in this case, does not refer to the popular video game software development environment, but to Dell's line of all-flash unified storage servers. The first plugin is for Kubernetes and is called the Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin. The second plugin is a VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) plugin.

IDC Releases Q3 2019 Worldwide Server Tracker for the Converged Systems Market

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the third quarter of the worldwide converged systems market, reporting an increase of 3.5% year over year to $3.75 billion, which was much lower than last quarter. Nonetheless, Dell has again posted top revenue and market share as the number one global provider of hyper-converged systems, showing a growth of 42.6% year over year (vs. +3.5% year over year of the overall industry) and capturing a 35.1% share, roughly 6% more than this time last year. At number two, Nutanix reported $262.2 million in branded revenue for a 14.2% share, though it declined once again by 6.8% year over year.

HYCU Releases Multi-Cloud Application Migration as a Service

HYCU released HYCU Protégé to general availability. HYCU Protégé is currently available on an as-a-service model and provides multi-cloud migration, data management, and disaster recovery services. Previously known as Comtrade Software of Comtrade Group, HYCU renamed itself after its most successful product HYCU just last year, around March 2018. HYCU currently provides application-focused data protection and monitoring software to support multi-cloud data centers.

Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station Review

The Orico Thunderbolt 3 Aluminum Docking Station is a multi-purpose accessory designed to add expanded functionality. Due to their size, notebooks are usually limited in the amount of connectivity and functionality they can offer, so docking stations such as these are extremely handy and provide users with wide range of connectivity so they can easily attach peripherals, hard drives, flash drives and mobile devices. The Orico docking station features one DisplayPort, one USB-A 3.0 port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, an SD card port, and an RJ45 network port as well as a power interface and Thunderbolt 3 input/output ports. Using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 port, for example, allows you to stream your laptop to devices like TVs and monitors in 4K, which is perfect for the travel-wary professionals. You can also use the docking station to daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices.