by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7000 Review

In August of 2018, Dell EMC announced the launch of its new high-performance, modular infrastructure, the PowerEdge MX7000. The 7U MX7000 is sort of an evolution of the company’s M1000e modular blade chassis. With the popular M1000e, users are able to quickly add in blades depending on there needs e.g. add more storage, compute, or extra networking. This technology allows users to easily grow if need be, say their workloads’ needs expand in storage or compute. Dell EMC customers love this flexibility but had been asking Dell EMC for a platform that can better take advantage of new technologies as they come to market be it CPUs, storage or interconnects. After several years of research and development, Dell EMC released a new blade server chassis and sleds with the MX platform (though not a replacement for the M1000e) to better adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces 1Q19 Results

Today Veeam announced its results for the first quarter of 2019. Being a private company we still don’t get any hard numbers. The company is however reporting double-digit growth for the quarter. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review

Seagate has released another update to their Backup Plus Slim portable hard drives. We first reviewed the Slim way back in 2014 and found it to be an excellent portable solution with great management software and a very affordable price. Seagate unfortunately did not include any new capacity models this time around, which is a bit disappointing, as we haven't seen an increase since it was first released. Nonetheless, the new Backup Plus Slim is built with a new modern design, supports the both USB 3.0/2.0 connections and works right out of the box with Windows and Mac systems. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB Drive Review

Seagate recently launched its latest edition to its portable drive family, the Backup Plus Portable. Offered in a 4 and 5TB capacity, this drive is an ideal solution for those looking to backup large digital media libraries. It features USB 3.0 (also compatible with USB 2.0) connectivity and can be used with both Mac and Windows. Additionally, the drive provides automatic file synchronization, allowing you to effortlessly backup your files.

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by Michael Rink

Quobyte Adds TenserFlow Support Via Plug-In

Today, April 16th, 2016, Quobyte announced the release of a TensorFlow Filesystem Plug-in that allows TensorFlow applications to integrate directly with Quobyte without passing through the operating system kernel. Quobyte was founded in 2013 and provides software-defined storage for a variety of customers including Yahoo! Japan. TensorFlow is a widely used open-source software library commonly used in machine learning applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces Sure Sense, New EliteBooks, & Mobile Workstations

Today at its third annual EMEA Innovation Summit in Barcelona, HP Inc. announced new solutions, both hardware and software, geared around security. From a software side, HP announced its AI-based malware defense solution, HP Sure Sense. The company also announced two new EliteBooks (x360 and 800) and new ZBooks, the 14u and 15u. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 5nm FinFET Process Technology Ready for Customer Samples

Samsung has announced that its 5nm FinFET process technology is now ready for customer samples. Back in October of 2018, they began production of EUV-based 7nm LLP process, its first process node with EUV lithography technology. With the 5nm FinFET process, it provides up to a 25% more in logic area efficiency with 20 percent lower power consumption or 10 percent higher performance. Samsung can reuse the 7nm IP to 5nm as well, which allows its customers transitioning to 5nm to reduce migration costs, have a pre-verified design ecosystem and shorten their 5nm product development. 5nm uses EUV lithography in metal layer patterning and reduces mask layers while providing better fidelity.

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: Migrating Data From Synology To QNAP

I was recently lucky enough to take possession of a new QNAP NAS thanks to the team at StorageReview.com. I previously had a smaller Synology unit that while excellent, was starting to show some age after five years of service. One key problem though, how best to migrate all of my data from one NAS to the other with as little disruption possible. In this article I will be documenting my migration process from my old Synology DS1513+ to the QNAP TS-932X.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 workstation is a versatile hybrid notebook that is ideal for those working in fields like 3D developing, architecture, and design. All you have to do is glance at the spec sheet to know it is well-suited for resource-intensive workloads, as it can be decked out with options such as a range of next-generation six-core Intel Core i9 or Xeon processors, an ample  amount of RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The new ZBook’s build also makes it easy to use in collaborative environments: the aptly named x360 features a 360-degree hinge for some pretty seamless maneuverability.

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Details Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Pricing

This week marks the start of order taking for most server vendors that announced support for Second Generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs as well as Intel Optane DC persistent memory. At launch, Intel was quiet on suggested pricing for persistent memory modules, opting to give ultimate pricing control to their system provider partners. While we have seen grey market pricing for PMEM leak out over the last several days, Cisco is one of the first to publicly show pricing in their UCS server configurator. 

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