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Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Mobile Workstation Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is a performance-driven mobile workstation that features NVIDIA Quadro graphics and is ideal for engineers, designers, and prosumers looking for a powerful, yet compact, laptop. Lenovo also indicates that it is a VR-ready device. It also features a ton of connectivity including three USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data Transfer), and an HDMI 2.0 port. For those on-the-go professionals who find themselves in areas without Wi-Fi, the P52 comes with the option of having 4G-LTE, which can sync with mobile provider plans.

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Mobile Workstation Review

When in the market for a business-class workstation notebook, not much can compare to Lenovo’s ThinkPad. Historically, the ThinkPad has provided all one would need in a mobile workstation – durability, security, an easy management system, outstanding battery life, and extreme performance. One of the newer editions the ThinkPad line is the P72.

Vexata Announces The VX-Cloud Data Acceleration Platform

Today Vexata announced its new VX-Cloud Data Acceleration Platform. According to the company this platform can transform industry standard servers into hyper-scale data platforms that meet the extreme performance at scale demands of business-critical analytics, database and ML/AI applications. The Vexata VX-Cloud Data Accleration Platform is power by the company’s patented Accelerated Data Architecture software and FPGA firmware.

IDC Release 4Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker

International Data Corporation (IDC) ran its quarterly Worldwide Server Tracker for the fourth quarter of 2018. The numbers are still looking good for vendors as both revenue and shipments are trending up. While Dell is still technically on top of the market, they are now tied with HPE according to the metrics of the Server Tracker.

Dell EMC Unity 4.5 Upgrade & New Features Deep Dive

In days gone by, upgrades to EMC Storage Arrays were a major event, often requiring upwards of 4 hours to complete, after many more hours of planning. Thankfully, this has improved dramatically with the evolution of the Dell EMC Unity Arrays. It’s now perfectly acceptable to maintain a fast update cadence whether the goal is to maintain a security posture or implement a new feature or functionality. With Unity OS 4.5, simply read the release notes, download the update and follow the bouncing ball.

NGD Systems Announces First Scalable NVMe Computational Storage Platform

Today NGD Systems, Inc. announced its Newport Platform, what it calls the industry’s first scalable NVMe computational storage platform. NGD claims that the Newport Platform offers the highest capacity NVMe SSDs and leverages In-Situ processing to eliminate the need for data movement to main memory prior to processing. This means a major bottleneck can be removed allowing the implementation of edge and hyperscale environments at a lower cost. 

Lenovo Announces New AI Workstations

Today Lenovo announced its new Lenovo AI Workstation. According to Lenovo, the new workstation is an out-of-the-box, client workstation platform designed to decipher the complicated process of getting started with AI solutions and enhance the efficiency of many machine and deep learning workflows. The new workstation is built on two of the company’s most powerful workstations the ThinkStation P520 and ThinkStation P920.

Dell EMC Releases ECS 3.3

Today Dell EMC announced that latest version of its Elastic Cloud Storage, ECS 3.3. The latest version of the company’s enterprise-ready object storage is stated to accelerate and secure data-driven initiatives. Dell EMC also states that ECS 3.3 has cloud-like capabilities but lower TCO of public cloud services.

Brocade SAN Health Overview

A few years ago Brocade (now a division of Broadcom) released a tool that runs diagnostic checks on SAN devices, SAN Health. The tool looks at things such as storage network performance and inventory reports to help prevent possible issues and optimize operations for the SAN. The tool is free to use, takes one minute to install, three minuets to run an audit, and is said to have no impact on network performance. 

QNAP Qtier and SSD Cache Review

We review so many NAS systems that we rarely have time to explore all of the features available within these systems. From a QNAP perspective, they've been working to continue to enhance the ways flash can be taken advantage of within their systems. This is both in terms of aggressive hardware designs that allow for a ton of flash via 2.5" and/or M.2 slots, and within the NAS operating system itself (QNAP QTS). On the software side, QNAP offers two ways to accelerate NAS performance with SSDs. The first is their auto tiering mechanism dubbed Qtier, the second is via SSD cache. In this review we take a look at both options to illustrate the performance benefits of each technology.