by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Releases 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Today Seagate Technology announced both its fourth quarter financial results (quarter ended June 29, 2018) and its year-end financial results. The company saw some pretty good numbers in both the quarter and full year. Seagate also announced the resignation of its CFO, David H. Morton, Jr., as he has taken a role at another company.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsemi Expands Its Storage Adapter Solutions

Microsemi announced that it was expanding its Adaptec Smart Storage 12Gbps SAS/SATA adapters family with two new additions, the SmartRAID 3162-8i and SmartRAID 3162-8i /e. The SmartRAID 3162-8i offers support for write cache data protection by putting a super capacitor on the adapter. The SmartRAID 3162-8i /e is purported to be the industry’s first raid adapter with maxCrypto, controller based encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Reports 4Q18 & Fiscal Year Earnings

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) reported its fourth quarter earnings as well as its year-end fiscal earnings for 2018 that ended June 29, 2018. Overall the numbers are good for the quarter and the report was able to beat expectations. The stock is down slightly today and down roughly 20 points from this time last year. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 Review

The PowerEdge R640 is a scalable 1U rack server designed for computing and storage via a 2-socket platform. Described as a balance between performance, cost and density, the R640 is built to handle workloads from a range of different data center use cases--particularly dense software-defined storage, service providers, application tier, dense private cloud, virtualization and High Performance Computing (HPC). Moreover, Dell has built the PowerEdge R640 as an easily deployable server and that can seamlessly scale from 3 to 1000+ nodes for software-defined storage using Dell EMC VxFlex Ready Nodes.

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by Adam Armstrong

AWS Announces Availability of z1d & R5 EC2 Instances

Last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new instances on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This week, AWS is announcing that the new high frequency instance, z1d, and the two new memory optimized instances, R5 and R5d, are now generally available. These new instances are designed for users that need massive performance and better price-per-GB in memory intensive applications. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7530 Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7530 is a high-end mobile workstation designed to excel during graphic or data-heavy applications. To emphasize its capabilities, Dell boldly claims that it is the world’s most powerful and first "Ready for VR" 15-inch mobile workstation to hit the market. That said, users can certainly outfit the 7530 with some pretty impressive builds, which is highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon 6-core processor options and Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs. The mobile workstation also supports up to a whopping 128GB of 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory with a maximum storage capacity of an impressive 6TB via up to three 2TB PCIe Solid SSDs or 2x and 1x 2.5” HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Introduces Dual-Port Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced what it is calling the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market, the new Ultrastar DC SS530. The new SAS drive expands capacity up to 15.36TB while retaining the 2.5-inch, 15mm form factor. The increase in performance and capacity will give customers better TCO in their data centers with the potential to consolidate servers and open up rack space. 

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Adds 2 New 52-Port Switches To Its Insight Cloud Managed Family

Today NETGEAR Inc. announced that it was expanding its Insight Cloud Managed Family with two new switches. Both of the new switches add more capacity for growing businesses by being 52-ports. The company also updated its Insight cloud management system with better functionality and PoE controls.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC SCOS 7.3 Firmware Review

Today Dell EMC announced an updated version of SCOS, the operating system used in the SC storage family. SCOS 7.3 is a free update and brings several new features and fixes to the table as any point release would, but in this case there's also a major performance update as well. Due to code optimizations and a move to distributed sparing, Dell EMC has been able to secure boosts across the board. The SC9000 for instance is now capable of 2 million IOPS per array, 20 million IOPS in federated environments. All of the SC systems benefit though, with a 2X increase in all supported systems in 4K 100% read IOPS. Further there's a boost of 50-100K mixed workload IOPS in every system (80/20 4K).

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates Unity & SC Series Storage Software

Today Dell EMC announced major software updates to its Unity and SC Series. For Unity, the company is updating to Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 that brings a boost in file-based replication and data mobility as well as new security capabilities for block and file workloads. Dell EMC is also announcing that it has shipped 1 Exabyte of raw flash storage capacity since its May 2016 debut. For its SC Series Operating System (SCOS) 7.3, users gain a new Unisphere HTML5 interface and a big boost in performance.

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