by Adam Armstrong

Plugable USBC-NVME USB 3.1 Gen 2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review

While there are a ton of options when it comes to portable storage, there are very few when it comes to portable NVMe. Plugable is offering a good compromise that allows users to take full advantage of NVMe SSD in a portable manner and allows users to choose their drive. The able USBC-NVME Enclosure is small and stylish fitting various M.2 form factors and leverages USB Type C interface.

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by Brian Beeler

Mistakes Were Made: Home Lab Horror Stories

In partnership with /r/homelab we gave away a Synology RS214 recently. The mission was simple, just post an anecdote about that one time you made a mistake in your home lab. There were over 150 replies with stories that ranged from funny to depressing. Below are a few of our and the community's favorites. 

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by Michael Rink

Veeam Introduces Instance Licensing

Veeam is converting their subscription licenses to an instance licensing scheme. This does not affect perpetual licensing, but for the first time, Veeam will now allow customers to have both Perpetual and Instance Subscription licensing in the same centrally managed environment.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: AMD, WinMagic, Snowflake, Carbonite, & Veritas

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. AMD released the new AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 driver. WinMagic releases SecureDoc Enterprise Server 8.3. Snowflake triples revenue and customer base. Carbonite and Veritas announce reseller partnership.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD Review

Earlier this year, Western Digital announced the second generation in its WD Black line of enthusiasts SSD, the WD SN750 NVMe. The SN750 is an M.2 2280 SSD with the option of a heatsink for longer peak performance, though it will take up more space. The drive is quoted of hitting speeds in the upward of 3.47GB/s read, 3GB/s write with throughput of 515K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write. 

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Introduces 5 New Amazon EC2 Bare Metal Instances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released five new EC2 bare metal instances. Bare metal instances are ideal for workloads that need direct access to the process and memory resources. AWS also released lower cost storage, EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA).

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by Adam Armstrong

DigitalOcean Launches Managed Databases

Today DigitalOcean announced the launch of its Managed Databases. The first offering released under their Managed Databases is PostgreSQL. Through this service developers will be able to create fully managed database instances in the cloud quickly and efficiently.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review

The latest edition to the Synology Plus line of NAS devices is the Synology DiskStation DS1019+. Typically the name of the device is indicative of how many bays it has plus the model year, in this case 10 bays in 2019-model year. The DS1019+ is a 5 bay NAS but is expandable to 10 bays. The DS1019+ is aimed at SOHO or home users that need some extra performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces 2Q19 Earnings

Cisco reported its second quarter earnings for its fiscal 2019, which ended on January 26, 2019. Overall the numbers are looking pretty good, especially compared to this time last year. The stock had a bit of a mixed day as it was downgraded from Morgan Stanley; it did however spike up in after hours trading.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta & Cisco Partner On Enterprise Files Services For HCI

Nexenta announced that it is partnering with Cisco putting its software-based enterprise file services on Cisco’s HyperFlex solution. This new solution has been tested, validated, and is ready to deploy offering HyperFlex benefits such as independent scaling and flexible cluster scaling that in turn should accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The new use cases would include VDI, ROBO, and backup/DR.

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