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Western Digital Announced 18TB CMR & 20TB SMR HDDs For 2020

Today Western Digital (WDC) announced that is has begun accelerate the development its nine-disk mechanical platform and leveraged energy-assisted recording technology in or to deliver the highest capacity HDDs yet. The company stat that it will have a 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDD and a 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDD sampling to select customers by the end of the year with larger production aimed at the first half of 2020. These new massive capacity HDD’s will be aimed at OEM and hyperscale data center customers.

Toshiba Acquires LITE-ON's SSD Business

Toshiba has announced today that it will be purchasing LITE-ON Technology’s solid-state drive business. In a signed definitive agreement, the purchase is estimated at 165 million USD and is expected to close by the first half of 2020. The announcement of the deal indicates that it will be subject to customary closing adjustments and regulatory approval.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI for the Edge (2-Node HCI)

In a previous article we looked at the implementation of Microsoft Azure Stack HCI on DataON hardware. DataON is an Intel premier partner and Microsoft certified hardware vendor that has been integrating Microsoft solutions for the past 20 years to provide enterprises with turnkey Microsoft solutions. In this article we look at a specific implementation of the Microsoft Azure Stack HCI; a two-node cluster (2NC).

Synology DiskStation DS620slim Review

The Synology DS620slim is another compact 6-bay NAS from the company. Designed for workplaces and home offices with limited space, the DS620slim is described as an all-purpose file management solution for professionals in need of advanced data protection (AES-NI) and reliable media streaming. Synology’s new NAS features SSD read/write cache and is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports and two RJ-45 1GbE LAN ports with Link Aggregation / Failover support. It also supports “near-instantaneous” snapshots and real-time 2-channel 4K H.264/H.265 video transcoding.

Toshiba Announces Enterprise- & Data Center-Class PCIe Gen 4.0 SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit Toshiba made several announcements including a new Storage Class Memory in XL-FLASH, and a new form factor with XFMEXPRESS. Another announcement that went under my radar was the introduction of two new PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The company announced and demoed the CM6 Series SSDs for enterprise and announced the CD6 Series SSDs for the data center.

VMworld 2019 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breathe even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This week VMworld 2019 took place in San Francisco, California. While we covered the major announcements from the VMware and Dell Technologies, there were several other smaller announcements. These announcements come from vendors such as Apstra, Lightbits Labs, Cohesity, Rackspace, Supermicro, and Check Point.

QNAP TVS-x72N NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has released the new TVS-x72N 5GbE, the latest addition to their NAS portfolio focusing on cost-effective hybrid cloud storage environments. Equipped with an 8th Generation Intel Core i3 processors and available in both 6-bay and 8-bay models, the TVS-x72N features a 5GBASE-T port for seamless 4K video transfer, display, and editing. It also comes outfitted with two built-in M.2 SSD slots for SSD caching (and supports two 2.5 inch SSDs), features HBS 3 with data deduplication for faster data backup and recovery, and provides cloud storage gateway functions. Users can add additional M.2 SSDs using the PCIe expansion slot via QNAP’s QM2 expansion card to create a low-latency, high-performance cloud storage access.

Dell EMC & VMware Announce SmartFabric Director

Today, at VMworld 2019, Dell EMC and VMware announced SmartFabric Director. Dell EMC SmartFabric Director is intended to streamline the creation of an open network fabric based on Dell EMC PowerSwitch Series switches.

VMware Re-Introduces NSX Advanced Load Balancer

Today, at VMworld 2019, VMware introduced NSX Advanced Load Balancer and announced NSX Intelligence along with other NSX enhancements. NSX Advanced Load Balancer is a distributed application delivery controller. NSX Intelligence is a security analytics engine for VMware's NSX-T platform. 

VMware Expands Its Telco & Edge Cloud Portfolio

Today at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, VMware Inc. announced that is has expanded its Telco and Edge Cloud portfolio. The new portfolio is stated to drive real-time intelligence for telco networks, as well as improved automation and security for telco, Edge and IoT applications. Another reasons for the new portfolio is for VMware to give communications service providers (CSPs) the ability to more efficiently deploy and monetize their 4G and 5G network investments.