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Scality RING8 Launched

Today, Scality launched RING8, a software-defined solution for large-scale on-premises storage of unstructured data. Scality was founded in 2009 and has two major products: RING, an object storage software platform; and the Zenko multi-cloud controller, available in open source and enterprise editions.

Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400 Review

Launched in the summer of last year, the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) DP4400 is designed to bring several Dell EMC backup and recovery technologies into a single converged solution. The DP4400 leverages a 2U Dell EMC PowerEdge server chassis that delivers two capacity options. DP4400 systems come fully populated in either 24-96TB or 8-24TB options. It's designed so that users can start small and unlock additional capacity via software key as needed. Even when selecting the 24TB or smaller versions, Dell EMC will offer a non-disruptive field upgrade in the second half of 2019 to bridge from 24TB to larger capacities. Should even more capacity be required, the DP4400 can add a 192TB cloud tier for disaster recovery or long term retention. 

Qumulo Introduces Three Flash-Centric Platforms

Today Qumulo is releasing one new flash-centric hardware platform and announcing two others that will be out next month. At the same time, they’re also announcing software updates that improve their write performance by up to 40% on all-flash platforms like their new hardware. Qumulo was founded in 2012 and primarily provides hybrid cloud products.

In the Lab: Odake BladeX Pro 4K Battery Powered Monitor

Managing a lab requires quite a bit of work in person and remote; deploying new hardware as well as managing devices once they are up and running. Deploying hardware still requires a crash cart and when it comes to managing multiple interfaces when configuring a new appliance, more screen real estate is never a bad thing. A new device we are testing out in the lab is the BladeX Pro battery-powered monitor, packing a 4K resolution panel with HDMI and USB-C DisplayPort inputs. As nerds who like to test out new hardware that might improve old processes, this is an interesting offering.

Supermicro Introduces EDSFF Appliances

Today Super Micro Computer launched the industry's first family of server and storage systems that support EDSFF (Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor) NVMe drives. Supermicro (Super Micro Computer Incorporated, SMCI) was founded in 1993 and is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the world. Supermicro provides a wide range of products and servers; most focused around cloud software and hardware.

Cloudian Announces HyperStore Xtreme

Today Cloudian announced HyperStore Xtreme their newest private cloud storage offering. Cloudian was founded in 2011 and primarily provides file and object storage software. This has been a productive month for Cloudian, just last week, we covered the announcement of their object storage solution for VMware Cloud.

Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYS Review

The system in this review is an Intel NUC7CJYS which is a low-priced, small form factor kit computer.  It is considered a kit as it only comes with a limited amount of storage and RAM. We used the 7CJYS in an article that we wrote about building your own VDI client but thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of the capabilities of this system.

Micron c200 microSDXC Card Review

The Micron c200 microSDXC UHS-I card is dubbed the world’s highest-capacity microSD card at an impressive 1TB (though that makes it tie between other cards like the 1TB SanDisk Extreme). With Micron’s 96-layer, quad-level cell (QLC) 3D NAND and a UHS Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 ratings, the c200 is designed for 4K HDR video capture/playback use cases inside cameras and high-end tablets and Android mobile phones.

Microsoft Expands HC Series Availability

Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had expanded the availability of their HC series virtual machines (VMs) to Azure's East US region. The series was previously available only in West US 2, so HC series VMs are now an option in two regions, East US and West US 2. 

Veritas Announces New Services Platform

Today is the summer solstice. It was also when Veritas announced their Enterprise Data Services Platform.Veritas's Enterprise Data Services Platform is designed to provide applications with protected and recoverable data, as well as metrics that can drive operational efficiency and assist with regulatory compliance.