by Lyle Smith

Kingston DC1000B M.2 NVMe SSD Now Available

Kingston Digital has announced the availability of the DC1000B M.2 NVMe 3D TLC NAND SSD, a drive designed for servers with one or two boot-dedicated M.2 NVMe slots as well as for caching and logging use cases. The new DC1000B includes onboard power-loss protection while featuring 0.5D DWPD endurance to help promote an extended service life. Kingston says their new drive will deliver enterprise-level performance consistency and low-latency features.

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by Brian Beeler

Qumulo C-72T Video Overview

Qumulo offers a distributed file system (NAS) that offers customers tremendous flexibility in deployment. Qumulo can be consumed via pre-configured hardware platforms from the company itself, pre-qualified hardware platforms from Dell EMC or HPE, or natively in the public cloud with AWS or GCP. Last week our team worked with Qumulo to rack five C-72T nodes in our Cincinnati lab, setting the scene for a comprehensive performance and capabilities review. The Qumulo C-72T nodes are hybrid, with each node containing twelve HDDs and four SSDs as cache. In this video we provide an overview of our configuration, along with a quick look at the Qumulo UI, which offers an impressive set of analytics and planning tools. 

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: HyperX, Plugable, Phison, Enmotus, Cumulus Networks, & HPE

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. We are also adding in the smaller news stories from this year’s CES that we feel are most relevant to our readers. First up is the CES stuff: HyperX releases new DDR4 RAM. Plugable releases new docking station. Phison and Enmotus demonstrate QLC enhancing technology. Cumulus Networks partners with HPE on open networks. 

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #29

The team got together for the weekly podcast to discuss the important things in life like overflowing a rental car gas tank, annoying hotel neighbors and the fact that Adam still hates baby Yoda. Brian highlights his trip around Boston with visits including Dell EMC, Zerto, HYCU, VMware, Actifio and Wasabi. As a result of the trip, we picked up our first apron sponsor thanks to HYCU! And snuggle in for another heartfelt discussion from Adam's Movie Corner as we discuss Bone Tomahawk. Adam's movie corner for next week, Brawl in Cell Block 99.
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by Alex Schuchter

Synology Announces New NAS Solutions

Synology has introduced new products to satisfy both home and enterprise users with the release of the DS420j and SA3600. With these new products, Synology is adding to both their DiskStation and SA NAS portfolios. 

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by Tom Fenton

Formulus Black Deep Dive

In the datacenter, there is a never-ending race between processors and storage. Over the past decade, processors have increased the number of cores they contain from one or two to 8, 16, 32 or even 64. Storage technologies over this time have dramatically decreased their latency and increased data throughput. However, the reality is that far too many CPU cycles are being wasted waiting for data residing on PCIe devices or on network storage. We are reaching an inflection point with the emergence of a new type of storage hardware: Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM resides on the memory channel, which is not hampered by latency and data bandwidth limitations of peripheral storage. Being on the memory channel places SCM far closer to the CPU, meaning it has more concurrent "swim lanes" for shuttling data to modern CPUs. This significantly increases the speed at which data can be accessed by the processor.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 17 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 17 G6 is the largest model of HP’s new-generation mobile workstations. The 17-inch notebook features some of the same upgraded components as ZBook 15 G6, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (as high as the 2.4 GHz Xeon E 2286M vPro processor with up to 5.0 GHz via Turbo Boost and support for up to eight cores) and up to 128GB of RAM. One of the biggest advantages of the 17-inch model, however, is the GPU, which features up to the powerful NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 with ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Gets Acquired For $5 Billion

Today it was announced that Veeam Software has entered an agreement of acquisition with the software investor group Insight Partners. Under the new ownership, Veeam will move from being a Swiss company to an U.S.-based company with a U.S.-based leadership team. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and is valued at roughly $5 billion. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Integrates Wasabi

QNAP Systems, Inc. announced a collaboration with Wasabi Technologies, Inc. that will integrate the Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage into several QNAP solutions, including HybridMount, VJBOD Cloud, and Hybrid Backup Sync 3 (HBS 3). This integration will give QNAP NAS users a cost-effective cloud object storage solution that also delivers performance as well as more options for use.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Releases Portable SSD T7 Touch

Today Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the release of the Portable Solid State Drive (SSD) T7 Touch. The latest version of the company’s flagship portable memory device keeps with Samsung’s beautiful design while adding even more performance through the USB Gen 2 standard. The T7 Touch also comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor for added security. 

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