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  1. The Samsung 860DCT is the company’s new data center SATA SSD. The 860DCT is a 2.5” form factor SSD with capacities as high as 3.84TB. The drive is built off of Samsung’s proven 3D V-NAND technology and is built for some serious endurance, 1,396 total TB written on the 3.84TB model. Samsung quotes sequential speeds up to 550MB/s read and up to 520MB/s write with random speeds of 98K IOPS read and 19K IOPS write. The drive is all about read-intensive and data-streaming data centers. Samsung 860DCT SSD Review
  2. The ThunderX2 is a 64-bit ARM CPU with a completely new architecture to the ThunderX, Cavium’s previous CPU offering. Both of GIGABYTE's newest servers run on dual BGA socket ThunderX2 CN9975-2000 processors. GIGABYTE is also hoping to offer models with higher end ThunderX2 CN9980-2200 (32 cores, 2.2 GHz clock speed) and CN9975-2200 (28 cores, 2.2 GHz clock speed) once customer demand has reached the threshold for production. Gigabyte Releases 1U & 2U Cavium ThunderX2 Arm Servers
  3. Looking at the numbers, NetApp is reporting revenue of $1.47 billion up form 12% from this time last year but from the previous quarter’s $1.64 billion. GAAP net income was $283 million (or $1.05/share) up considerable from the same time last year ($131 million) and up some from last quarter’s $271 million. For non-GAAP net income the company is reporting $281 million (or $1.04/share) down from last quarter’s $288 million. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments equaled $4.8 billion with cash from operations being $326 million. NetApp Reports 1Q19 Earnings
  4. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Cisco is reporting a revenue of $12.8 billion, up from last quarter’s $12.5 billion and a 6% increase year over year. The company is reporting a GAAP net income of $3.8 billion (or EPS of $0.81) and a non-GAAP net income of $3.3 billion (or EPS of $0.70). Total gross margin was 61.7% GAAP and 62.9% non-GAAP. Cash flow was $4.1 billion. The company’s GAAP results include an $863 million benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Cisco Reports 4Q18 & FY18 Earnings
  5. Though professional photo/video editors and hardcore gamers with larger budgets will likely go for larger screens with higher resolutions, this family still has a lot to offer. Moreover, their diverse range in screen real-estate (21.5-inch to 27-inch) allows the P line to suit a wide range of use cases. As such, they are perfect for applications like general usage and preparing presentations due to their bright and high-quality screens. Gamers on a budget who are satisfied with a 1080p experience will also find these monitors well suited to their needs (it offers a decent response time of 5ms, grey to grey, as well). For our purposes, we used them for writing content and editing photos. We found that switching modes and brightness for writing versus photo editing was quick and seamless, allowing for an overall effective workflow. Dell Mid-Range Monitor Review: P2219H, P2319H, P2419H and P2719H
  6. Historically, creating tape backups with Veeam Backup and Replication required a dedicated external physical server to host the Veeam tape server. Quantum addressed this challenge by building a blade server directly into its Scalar i3 tape library platform. This approach eliminates the need to size, configure, procure and set up a dedicated external server, making it easier for end users to create tape backups in a Veeam environment. Users gain the benefits of tape for protecting against ransomware without complication. The converged appliance is offered as a single line item SKU, making it easier for VARs and distributors to provide a simple, one-stop solution for their customers. Quantum Introduces Converged Tape Appliance for Veeam Environments
  7. Huawei’s updated ES3000 line, V5, is a large step up from their first NVMe enterprise drive, the ES3000 V3. This new NVMe SSD leverages 64-Layer 3D TLC NAND and ranges in capacities form 800GB to 8TB. The drive uses Huawei’s latest generations of ASIC controllers and has potential speeds of 3.5GB/s sequential read and up to 825K IOPS random read. The drive is designed to be used in databases, for distributed storage, Big Data, content caching, HCI, and CAD/CAM. Huawei ES3000 V5 SSD Review
  8. The visual effects industry has exploded in the last decade or so, being an estimated $250 billion industry now. The new Turing technology can capitalize on this with promises of a new generation of hybrid rendering that enables cinematic-quality interactive experiences, amazing new effects powered by neural networks and fluid interactivity on highly complex models. NVIDIA Makes Several Announcements At SIGGRAPH 2018
  9. DR is a necessity; losing customer data, or one’s own, is unacceptable in this day and age. While there are several DR options out there of every stripe, cloud-based DR is one of the least embraced options. There are several reasons that cloud-based DR can raise concerns: bandwidth, latency, storage costs, restore points being too far apart, or just too much complexity from DR orchestration software requirements from several different vendors. Datrium’s CloudShift aims to address all of the above issues while lower costs and simplifying cloud-based DR. Datrium Introduces CloudShift
  10. According to Mellanox, the two new BlueField storage controllers can hit over 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF. If the network is configured as either Ethernet or InfiniBand, the controllers are able to hit up to 200Gb/s of network and PCIe bandwidth. This level of performance gives the new controllers an edge over NVMe over RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet), InfiniBand, and TCP/IP. The BlueField SoC integrates the ConnectX-5 network adapter, which allows for a a fully-programmable environment for storage software such as compression, encryption, RAID, and virtualization. The BlueField BF1600 and BF1700 also include smart offloads for storage including NVMe-oF, erasure coding, and T10-DIF data integrity signatures. Mellanox Introduces New High-Performance BlueField Storage Controllers
  11. Mobile gaming has been expanding with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. Recreational users are on their mobile devise much more so than their consoles or gaming rigs. As the games improve in quality (graphics, story, and gameplay), they tend to take up more and more valuable space. For devices that are compatible (Android tablets, Kindles, and Nintendo Switch gaming systems), users can add microSD cards to keep from pulling space form needed daily applications. HpyerX is bringing new microSD cards for the sole purpose of gaming. HyperX Announces Gaming microSD Cards
  12. The new Lenovo ThinkPads can be equipped with 8th generation Intel Xeon and/or Core CPUs and with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. For the ThinkPad P1 users get a premium style 15” mobile workstation with ample power. Aside form the CPUs and GPUs (either NVIDIA Quadro P1000 and P2000), users get a 4K UHD touchscreen that represents 100% of the Adobe color gamut. The workstation also comes with up to 4TB of M.2 PCIe storage and 64GB of 2,667MHz RAM. Lenovo Releases Two New ThinkPads
  13. GPU needs are growing more and more in most fields but have been and continue to be high in fields such as design and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The new WX 8200 is based on the “Vega” GPU architecture with the 14nm FinFET process, which AMD states will allow the card to effortlessly accelerate design and rendering. The card is in the process of being certified on popular applications such as Adobe CC, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Revit. For those working on IP-sensitive materials, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 runs these tasks through the AMD Secure Processor for securing data while processing it. AMD Announces Radeon Pro WX 8200
  14. The Seagate Nytro 1000 SATA SSD ranges in capacity form 240GB up to 3.82TB. Being SATA, the drive works well as a HDD replacement. The 1000 (and the 5020) come with DuraWrite technology. DuraWrite reduces data stored on the flash to increase dynamic over-provisioning. This can lead to greater performance and longer endurance. The 5020 is an NVMe drive that offers consistent, predictable IOPS and claims to have the lowest IOPS and MB/s per Watt in the industry. Seagate Expands Its Nytro SSD Family
  15. NVMe technology has brought massive performance boosts to SSDs while dramatically reducing latency. NVMe promises even great density in the future but for now, users will need to just fit more drives into the same space. Newisys answer to this is its new 2U server, NSS2560, that can fit 56 U.2, NVMe drives through side-loading. Not only does this bring greater density and potentially higher performance, the company states the server is highly available with hot-swappable server modules and as well as fully redundant architecture. Newisys Announces NSS2560, 56 NVMe Drive 2U Sever