by Lyle Smith

IDC Releases Q1 2019 Quarterly Server Tracker Results

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the first quarter for worldwide server market, which reported an increase of  4.4% year over year to $19.8 billion during the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19). This was the first time in 6 months we’ve seen a single-digit revenue growth, so the market seems to have, for the time being, slowed down in 2019. Nonetheless, Dell EMC has once again retained its spot at the top, further extending its lead as the No. 1 provider of both total server revenue and units shipped globally.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD 3.84TB Review

The Seagate IronWolf SSD family was launched a few months ago near the end of April with the promise of improved reads and writes (and thus a longer life span) via the company’s Durawrite technology. We previously looked at the new IronWolf drive in a NAS environment with 8 samples of the 240GB SSDs in RAID 6. For this review, we are looking at a single 3.84TB capacity IronWolf 110 SSD within a server. As we mentioned in the previous review, the benefits of using SSDs in a NAS environment are significant if the cost, durability and capacity all match customer needs. 

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by Michael Rink

Datera Data Services Platform 3.3 Released

Datera announced what would be in the 3.3 version of its Data Services Platform. Datera was founded in June 2013 and provides data storage software and systems. The company posted a remarkable 400% growth in the first quarter of 2019, driven mainly by partner sales. This rapid growth is even more impressive coming on top of their 240% growth in the first half of 2018. Datera also recently saw a four-fold increase in total deployed petabytes of storage powered by the Datera software platform. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Deep Dive

In March of 2019, Microsoft announced Azure Stack HCI, an on-premise implementation of their Azure cloud service. Julia White, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure, in a blog post put it this way, “We are bringing our existing HCI technology into the Azure Stack family for customers to run virtualized applications on-premises with direct access to Azure management services such as backup and disaster recovery.” While both Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Azure Stack are both on-premise solutions, Azure Stack runs Azure OS with Azure Services, while Azure Stack HCI runs Windows Server OS with Azure Services. Azure Stack is an IaaS and PaaS solution while Azure Stack HCI allows you to efficiently run your virtualized workloads in the manner that you are used to with the added benefit of connecting to Azure cloud for additional services.

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Begins Shipping 16TB Hard Disk Drives

Today Seagate announced it has been actively shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drive as part of the Exos X16 family. The company also announced that the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage drive lines will be getting 16TB capacity models.

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by Michael Rink

SolarWinds Announces Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks

Today SolarWinds extended support of their Network Insight service to Palo Alto Networks and several updates to their existing services. SolarWinds’s Orion Platform is getting upgrades to improve scalability and transparency. SolarWinds was founded in 1999 and is a leading provider of IT infrastructure management software. Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005 and primarily provides firewalls as well as other cloud-based security services.

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by Michael Rink

Arcserve Announces Updates To Replication & High Availability Service

Today Arcserve announced the newest version of Arcserve Replication and High Availability (RHA). Arcserve Replication and High Availability delivers heartbeat-powered automatic failover, and continuous data protection for Windows and Linux applications and systems that are on-premises, remote, or in the cloud. With this release, Arcserve RHA adds full system high availability for Linux, extends its full system support of Windows and Linux workloads to Azure, and provides several enhancements including performance and usability improvements and new platform certifications. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series Review

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series is a family of storage arrays designed to meet the needs of the entry storage market, which is generally thought of in the sub-$25K price band. However, the PowerVault ME4 Series is exceedingly flexible. The system can be deployed in an HDD configuration to meet the needs of the entry market or edge with starting pricing below $10K, or it can be configured in hybrid or as all-flash to meet more demanding needs of a growing business. Regardless of how it's deployed, the PowerVault ME4 provides organizations with an easy-to-deploy and manage storage solution that offers a depth of features that are common in enterprise storage products.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is a consumer drive for users looking to leverage the NVMe interface inside their ultra-thin laptops, workstations, and desktop PCs, though it’s also available in a 2.5 SATA model. First revealed during CES 2019 in January, the BarraCuda 510 features 3D cTLC NAND and capacities up to 512GB. The new Seagate drive also comes bundled with SeaTools SSD, which is the company’s free software that tests and analyzes their drives for health monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD Review

The Kingston KC2000 SSD is the company’s next generation M.2 NVMe drive that is geared toward power users. The drive leverages 96-layer, 3D TLC NAND and the latest Gen 3.0 x 4 controller to deliver quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s read and 2.2GB/s write. With the drive’s performance and endurance, Kingston states it would be a good fit for desktops, workstation, and high-performance computing systems. 

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