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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. 

NetApp Announces Combined Solutions For VMware Platforms

Today at VMworld 2019, NetApp announced several new combined solutions for VMware platforms that can accelerate VMware workloads while easing the ability to run applications in any environment. These include a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, NetApp HCI for VDI with VMware Horizon 7 and NetApp Kubernetes Service (NKS) and NetApp HCI Implementation Services for VMware Private Cloud. 

VMware Unveils New Innovations For Workspace ONE

Today at VMworld 2019, VMware, Inc. rolled out new innovations for its popular VMware Workspace ONE digital workspace platform. These new innovations aim to engage employees from their first day with improvements in their productivity. The innovations also allow IT teams to leverage automation to improve management and security for, as VMware states, any app, on any cloud, delivered to any device.

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-6 Dx & BlueField-2 SmartNICs & IPU Solutions

Today at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, Mellanox Technologies Ltd. introduced next-generation cloud SmartNICs and I/O Processing Unit (IPU) solutions with ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2. Mellanox claims the new SmartNICs and IPU solutions are able to deliver unprecedented data center security, performance and efficiency at massive scale, for any workload. Mellanox will be showcasing its technology at VMworld 2019 at their booth, #1463.