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  1. After using the ClearCube CD7012 client for three weeks, with both on-premise and cloud-based virtual desktops, we found the device to be an extremely well-built and robust VDI client that is easy to configure and use. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the ClearCube CD7012 can be configured to use an optical network connection. Using an optical connection can make intercepting the network stream more difficult and optic connections handle non-normal conditions, such as a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or other electromagnetic interference (EMI) attacks with more resilience than a standard copper wire connection. These factors make the ClearCube CD7012 a good candidate for businesses that need a secure, reliable and well-built device for task workers who need one or two monitors to complete their day-to-day tasks, even under adverse conditions. ClearCube CD7012 ZERO+ VDI Client Review
  2. The TVS-x72XU features up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 memory, AES-NI encryption acceleration and integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 for 4K (H.264) video transcoding. The equipped PCIe slots also give users the option to install 10GbE/ 25GbE/ 40GbE network cards for bandwidth-demanding applications, QM2 cards for more M.2 SSDs, and graphics cards for use cases that involve heavy GPU tasks. QNAP TVS-x72XU Rackmount NAS Series Now Available
  3. The Intel SSD DC P4610 Series offers a new and improved model to the performance-driven line of NVMe data center drives. The new P4610 features 64-Layer 3D NAND, comes in the U.2 form factor and is available in capacities of 1.6TB, 3.2TB, 6.4TB, and 7.68TB, the former which we tested for this review. Intel claims improved performance over the last-gen line with quoted read and write speeds up to 3,200MB/s and 2,100 MB/s, respectively, and random read and writes of 620,000 IOPS and 200,000 IOPS. Intel has built the P4610 SSD line to excel specifically in demanding service levels while supporting larger cloud workloads to drive down costs. Intel SSD DC P4610 Series Review
  4. The QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D is the company’s latest SAN and first all-flash SAN. The 2U SAN is built around high availability with redundancy built in and offers six 9’s of availability. The XF2026D has the Cache-to-Flash technology that moves cached data to an M.2 module in the case of a power outage. Overall the device is built to be simple to use and deploy, easy to integrate into any environment, and to be affordable regardless of the company’s size. QSAN XCubeFAS XF2026D Review
  5. Looking at the market as a whole, enterprise storage systems saw revenue increase by 19.4% year over year to $14 billion this quarter. Shipment by capacity was up 57.3% year over year with 113.9 exabytes shipped during this quarter. 27.7% of the total of enterprise storage investments from this quarter came through ODMs selling directly to hyperscale data centers. ODMs to data centers came to a total of $3.9 billion this quarter that is an increase of 45.8% year over year. Sever-based storage was up 10.1% year over year to $3.8 billion in revenue. External storage systems were up 12.5% this quarter to about $6.3 billion. And an interesting note, All Flash Arrays generated $2.15 billion in revenue an increase of of 39.3% year over year. IDC Releases 3Q18 Worldwide Storage Systems Tracker
  6. The Dell EMC VxRail P570F is an all-flash (F) HCI appliance that is geared toward performance (P). These new versions of VxRail bring easy to deploy HCI that are now built off a Dell EMC PowerEdge backbone. PowerEdge servers offer a slew of benefits for customers that are looking to use HCI, and the VxRail platform makes it easier than ever for customers to stay updated at the OS or even host level. As with most Dell EMC offerings, there is a massive variety of configurations giving it the flexibility to hit just about any need. Being aimed at performance, the Dell EMC VxRail P570F can be outfitted with up to 3TB of memory per node, supports NVMe storage, and networking up to 25GbE. Dell EMC VxRail P570F Review
  7. Although we didn't dive into the full power of CloudIQ and all of its functionalities, we have been impressed by how intuitive it is to use and expect it to get better with age. Tools that use predictive analytics tend to get more useful as they collect historical data and thereby can detect pattern, trends and identify what is normal for particular systems. Additionally CloudIQ is painless to install and seeing how it is a free service that has a high level of security wrapped around it, Dell EMC storage customers should see if it fits in with their datacenter management plan. Is CloudIQ perfect? No, it is still maturing and is constantly adding features, which is the beauty of a SaaS design. For instance, one limitation we noticed and would like to see improved on is its RBAC scheme; it now only supports three categories of users. Finer-grained RBAC controls would be a good improvement in the future. It also doesn't yet support the entire Dell EMC family of storage. Dell EMC CloudIQ Review
  8. Overall, the Precision 3930 is an extremely powerful rack workstation that can handle most graphical-intensive workloads and is small enough to fit in nearly any environment. As with most other workstations by Dell, the 3930 can be outfitted to take on any task while still maintaining an affordable price for users. The Dell Precision 3930 Rack is a small, powerful, reasonably priced rack workstation that can easily be integrated into any environment and handle most graphics-intensive workloads. Dell Precision 3930 Rack Workstation Review
  9. The server market overall did well seeing a year over year market increase of 37.7% up to $23.4 billion this quarter. Server shipments are up as well with 3.2 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 18.3%. According to IDC, volume server revenue increased by 40.2% to $20.0 billion, while midrange server revenue grew 39.4% to $2.0 billion. High-end systems grew 6.9% to $1.3 billion. IDC Release 3Q18 Worldwide Server Tracker
  10. Elastifile partnered with Google Cloud to deliver a fully-managed, cloud-native file service, complete with a full suite of enterprise NAS features.Elastifile Cloud File Service allows users to flexibly select a service class that aligns with their storage budget and performance requirements, with pricing for provisioned capacity as low as $0.10/GB/month. Service classes can later be upgraded or downgraded on-demand, as desired, enabling customers to start small and expand performance or capacity later. The cost of the service is fully integrated into Google Cloud’s pre-existing billing infrastructure, so customers do not need to change their existing payment process, which removes many of the barriers to adoption. Google lists two tiers currently; a standard tier and an SSD tier. Elastifile made a serious effort to remove all barriers to adoption; so ECFS delivers file storage via standard protocols (e.g. NFS), with no need for OS kernel modifications or client-side software installs. This native compatibility with existing applications and workflows eliminates the need for costly refactoring projects. As a result, Elastifile Cloud File Service is an efficient solution for supporting enterprise use cases spanning a wide range of industries such as Media & Entertainment, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and more. Elastifile’s new service is also well-suited for horizontal use cases such as persistent storage for Kubernetes, data resilience for preemptible cloud VMs, HPC file storage, and scalable NAS for cloud-native services. Elastifile Announces Cloud File Service For Google
  11. IBM’s Spectrum Scale is a well-known cluster file system. Originally called IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) it was renamed to Spectrum Scale three years ago. It provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. It supports nodes that are SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a nothing shared cluster configuration. On each node in the cluster, IBM Spectrum Scale consists of three basic components: administration commands, a kernel extension, and a multithreaded daemon. These three components combine to provide a global namespace, shared file system access among IBM Spectrum Scale clusters, simultaneous file access from multiple nodes, high recoverability and data availability through replication, and the ability to make changes while a file system is mounted. IBM Announces Spectrum Scale On NVIDIA DGX-1 Server
  12. The Element AIC is a showcase of Liqid’s PCIe switching technology, showing incredible performance and is not locked in to a specific SSD, giving users more freedom to choose which SSD they’d like to use. The low profile, standard form factor HHHL card provides extreme performance, high-grade reliability, power loss data protection, active telemetry monitoring, thermal throttling, power management, and a low overhead architecture. Liqid Element AIC Review (7.68TB)
  13. Equipped with dual Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10GbE network ports, the new QNAP NAS provides users with high-speed connectivity and network deployment flexibility. Moreover, the PCIe slot can be outfitted with a QM2 expansion card, USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) card, wireless network card or a low-profile entry-level graphics card. QNAP TS-977XU Now Available
  14. Istio is an open source service mesh supported by industry heavy hitters including Google and IBM. Istio layers transparently onto existing distributed applications to provide greater security, logging, and control. A service mesh in this context is an interface layer that intercepts the communications between a network of microservices. This gives IT teams a way to unify disparate services and architectures into one control pane to reduce the cost and complexity of future deployments. New services just need to know how to communicate with the service mesh and don’t need to worry about the unique architectures of the other services. Istio also provides Automatic load balancing for HTTP, gRPC, WebSocket, and TCP traffic; access controls, rate limits and quotas; control of traffic behavior with rich routing rules, retries, failovers, and fault injection; and several other control mechanisms. VMware Announces Service Mesh
  15. The N300 NAS models include rotational vibration sensors and are quoted with sustained data transfer speeds up to 260MB/s for the 14TB drive and up to 253MB/s for the 12TB version. The N300 model supports up to 8HDD multi-RAID systems and are described as "highly scalable" for user NAS configurations. Toshiba Adds New Capacities To N300 NAS & X300 HDD Series