by Brian Beeler

Hands On with HPE SimpliVity

Recently Kevin and I took a trip to Westborough, Massachusetts (unironically west of Boston) to visit the original, and still current home of what is now HPE SimpliVity. We met with Vinay Jonnakuti, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, and Chuck Wood in Product Marketing for HPE, both of whom were with the orignal SimpliVity team. SimpliVity started back in 2009 and was an original disruptor in what would come to be known as hyperconverged infrastructure. Now we're coming up on the two-year anniversary of HPE's purchase of SimpliVity. The match thus far appears to be working, as the SimpliVity team continues to develop the platform in their original offices, backed by the heft of HPE. More than just a big company though, HPE has leading server platforms which are fundamental to the success of HPE SimpliVity.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Samsung 983 ZET Review

Samsung has moved into the market that aims to fill the gap between system memory and storage with its new 983 ZET SSD. So far in this arena we’ve seen, not necessarily the most performant drives, but drives with very low latency. The 983 ZET is an NVMe SSD designed specifically for low latency (with claims Quality of Service (QoS) read/writes of up to 0.03ms at a minimal 20μs latency) for high-performance computing applications as well as emerging technologies that are becoming more common such as AI and IoT. 

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by Michael Rink

Broadcom Release Advanced SAN Software and Appliance

On December 20th, Broadcom released both the Brocade SANnav Management Portal software and the Brocade 7810 Extension Switch appliance. That company states that is new software is aimed at delivering a dynamic, comprehensive, and faster managment experience for SAN users. The new switch is aimed to better hit DR requirements through faster dater transfer over a distance. 

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by Michael Rink

QNAP Releasing Flexible NAS Appliances

On December 19th QNAP Systems Inc started releasing a new series of Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. Their new TS-x83XU enterprise NAS series boasts an impressively wide array of configurations and sizes. They have so many options almost any IT team is likely to find something that suits their needs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Advantech SKY-8101L Overview

The Advantech SKY-8101L is a series of 1U servers that leverage a single Intel Xeon Scalable processor. The family uses a 27.5" short-depth design, making them ideal for situations where density is critical. Storage configurations vary across the models with up to 8x 2.5" hot-swappable HDD/SSD drives and optional 2x 2.5" NVMe SSDs, or 4x 3.5" hot-swappable HDD drives. The servers also have a single M.2 2280 SATA slot for boot SSD. Additionally the servers support 6x DIMM sockets and two FHFL PCIe x8 Gen3 slots.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tintri releases TGC 4.0

Tintri by DDN launched the latest version of its Tintri Global Center, TGC 4.0. According to the company, this marks a major step forward towards creating a centrally managed and fully autonomous storage environment. This is also the first major release by Tintri since DDN’s acquisition.

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by Marshall Gunnell

LaCie Portable SSD Review

The LaCie Portable SSD is a light, easy to carry drive with a sleek, modern design. This compact portable SSD features the latest USB-C connectivity with impressive quoted transfer rates. It also makes a fantastic travel companion, being only 82g and 9mm thick, and drop-resistant of up to 2 meters. The LaCie is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. 

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by Lyle Smith

HyperX SAVAGE EXO Portable SSD Review

The HyperX SAVAGE EXO Portable SSD is a incredibly compact external SSD drive that leverages 3D NAND technology. Though the EXO Portable can certainly be used for every day applications, it is marketed as as a fast and effective device to install games for the PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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by Tom Fenton

ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ VDI Client Review

The ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ client is geared towards heavy duty security-conscious virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) user bases, such as governmental agencies, the military, financial institutions, or any other VDI users that need an especially robust and secure VDI client. While other VDI clients with a similar price point may be more feature-rich, the ClearCube CD7012 makes up for this with its ruggedness and security features. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-x72XU Rackmount NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has announced the availability of the 8th Gen Intel Core-based TVS-x72XU rackmount NAS series, which include 8, 12, 16, and 24-bay models. The new line also features a 9-bay hybrid storage model that supports four 3.5-inch HDDs and five 2.5-inch SSDs. All NAS solutions in the TVS-x72XU series are equipped with two 10GbE SFP+ SmartNIC ports, PCIe expansion slots, and HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz) output. They are designed for high-speed storage, collaboration, backup, disaster recovery, and iSCSI applications. With the latest version of QTS (4.4.0), the TVS-x72XU series provides businesses with a “well-rounded” NAS solution that focuses on performance, reliability, scalability, and comprehensive business-ready capabilities.

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