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  1. As with many Dell PowerEdge solutions, the R630 is a versatile and feature-rich server platform. The PowerEdge R630 specifically, is ideal for a wide range of use cases in software-defined environments where the nodes fit a fixed configuration and generally remain static over the long haul. Users have the option of equipping the R630 with the latest Intel E5-2600 v4 CPUs, up to 1.5TB RAM and configurations with up to 24 1.8" SSDs (though our build was comprised of a 10-drive configuration). All of this is intelligently packed into a small 1U form factor. Size certainly doesn’t matter with the R630, however, as this server showed some impressive performance during our Sysbench and SQL Server tests despite its small physical footprint. Dell PowerEdge R630 Review
  2. QNAP has its eye on the SMB/SME markets as it introduces the ES1640dc NAS. The NAS is 16-bay (160TB max capacity before expansion units are added) and comes with dual controllers, battery-backed with flush to NVRAM controller cache, as well deduplication and compression capabilities . Two of the main focuses of this NAS are its high availability through its active/active controllers, and its new enterprise operating system QES which brings with it rich enterprise features such as data-reduction, snapshots and end-to-end data integrity. QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review
  3. The RS18017xs+ uses its hardware (Intel Xeon D-1531 six-core 2.2GHz processor—burst up to 2.7GHz—with up to 128GB of DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory) to power its performance. Synology is quoting the performance at more than 4,800MB/s sequential read throughput and sequential read IOPS of 568K (with 6 x 10GbE Link Aggregation enabled). The RS18017xs+ is a 2U rackmount NAS with 12 bays that support both 3.5” and 2.5” SAS or SATA drives. With the RX1217sas expansion unit the new NAS can scale up to 96 drives and with the RX2417sas it can scale up to 180 drives. On the networking side of things, the RS18017xs+ has two 10GBase-T and four 1GbE ports, with optional 10GbE Network Interface Cards (NIC) support. Synology Launches New RackStations & Expansion Units
  4. Exablox created scale-out NAS solutions based off of its innovative object storage architecture, such as their OneBlox Appliance. The company also had several Fortune 500 companies as customers. StorageCraft provides backup, disaster recovery, system migration, and data protection solutions as well as data analytics. The two companies technology compliment each other and will offer several combined benefits to their customers. The companies recognized their complementary benefits earlier on when they announced a distribution agreement. This agreement took StorageCraft’s software, ShadowProtect, and combined it with the above mentions OneBlox Appliance from Exablox. Exablox Acquired by StorageCraft
  5. On top of a stellar year for the company, Cumulus has decided to join the hardware game with the Cumulus Express. More and more companies are looking to adopt web-scale networking. Realizing this trend, Cumulus is providing a simple turn-key option to accelerate adoption. Cumulus Express is a switch that comes loaded with Cumulus Linux Network Operating System license. The Express also has a list of certified cables and optics for customers. Cumulus states that the Express comes with a complete portfolio of networking switches, ranging from 1G to 100G platforms. Cumulus Introduces Its Turn-Key Appliance, Cumulus Express
  6. Gartner identified nearly 20 integrated systems providers in their October Magic Quadrant report. HPE and Simplivity of course are on that list, but so is most every other storage and server vendor, as well as several niche HCI players. What's interesting however as you dig through each vendor's press releases is that innovation in the HCI space has slowed to a crawl. Sure there are the typical customer wins and the like, but meaningful progress, in aggregate, isn't there. The scramble to gain mind share through innovation by startups a few years ago has stagnated as the smaller HCI vendors realize operating a profitable company after the first 1,000 customers is a lot different than disrupting an industry that's been slow to adopt change. Simplivity Deal Highlights HCI Market Bubble
  7. HPE has made several HCI investments in recent years including HPE vSAN ready nodes and their own VSA products such as the HC 380. The acquisition of SimpliVity will strengthen HPE’s role in the HCI market (if not push them up to the lead). HPE notes that acquiring SimpliVity will strengthen its road map that is all about delivering Hybrid IT strategy and accelerating the company’s ability to deliver a modern, multi-cloud, multi-IaaS platform, powered by automation software and composable infrastructure. HPE intends to continue to offer its HCI products and qualifying the ProLiant DL380 servers for SimpliVity’s Omni Stack software within 60 days of closing. HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million
  8. The Dell EMC SC9000 is one of the fastest, most capable, and scalable midrange storage systems we have evaluated at the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab. The SC9000, running SCOS 7 and managed by Dell Storage Manager (DSM), is a formidable combination that is hard to outperform or underprice. SC9000 systems can manage up to 960 drives with 3PB raw capacity and 2PB addressable capacity. This scalability is possible, in part, due to a variety of available enclosures including 5U enclosures with 84 drive bays and 12Gb SAS connectivity. Moreover, Dell EMC has made sure that adding a new enclosure is straightforward, with new capacity available for existing and new storage pools. With new integrated EqualLogic PS management support via DSM, Dell EMC has a lot to offer here for its existing customers, as well as for administrators evaluating the Storage Center family for new deployments. Dell EMC SC9000 Review
  9. The first adaptor designed for HPE ProLiant and Apollo Gen9 servers is the HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 4-port 536FLR-T Adapter. It is the first 4-port 10GbE offering for Apollo and ProLiant servers. In order to help reduce costs, the adaptor is built using HPE's Flexible LOM form factor with 10GBASE-T connections. Instead of using 10GbE SFP+ optic, customers can use Cat6a cables and RJ-45 connections. A further benefit is that the new adaptor uses standard Ethernet NIC connectivity and is backward compatible with 1GbE for HPE servers. Cavium QLogic Releases New FastLinQ Ethernet & Gen 6 FC Adapters For HPE
  10. First announced as Tachyon in April 2013 as an open source project, the company was ventured-backed by Andreessen Horowitz and founded by those that created the project to become Alluxio, Inc. Alluxio states that they are the world's first system that unifies data at memory speed. The “memory speed” would enable businesses to access data quickly across disparate storage systems, which in turn means that they can manage their data more efficiently, discover valuable insights faster, and ease their adoption of the hybrid cloud. Currently, Alluxio runs critical workloads for companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, Barclay's Bank, CERN, ESRI, Huawei, Intel, and Juniper. Alluxio Releases Analytics Solution For Itself & Dell EMC
  11. The Spectra Verde Family is a 2U or 4U NAS designed specifically for archiving and for large data storage. The Verde with Archive Drives leverages SMR HDD technology using Seagate’s 8TB Archive HDDs. The company leveraged SMR technology and integrated it with its own archive technology to unlock the full potential of SMR. What's interesting is that Spectra saw the perfect use case for SMR and adopted this use case into its matching technology to deal with increasing footprints of this data type without changing the way storage is consumed in the enterprise. Not to be confused with their earlier nTier version. Spectra Verde Review
  12. As the workloads become more demanding, companies must in turn develop more powerful means of handling them. IBM’s DS8880 family not only aims to deliver the performance needs for demanding applications, and delivering them specifically to the class where they are needed, the family can also assure uptime. The IBM DS8880 family ensures six nines (99.9999%) of availability, meaning neat continuous uptime. Aside from HA, IBM will also provide data protection, remote replication and optimization for midrange and large enterprises in its new solutions through software derived from a deep integration between IBM Storage and IBM z Systems. IBM Announces New Family Of DS8880 All-Flash Systems
  13. The all-flash array market is exploding. On top of that, there is a massive increase in applications that benefit from the performance flash has to offer. While the all-flash market went from only a few players to a bit crowded in a few years, these expanding demands set up all-flash array companies to reap some benefits. Kaminario, with its built-for-flash, software-defined architecture in its K2 array, makes it an attractive option for those entering the market looking for an all-flash array. Kaminario arrays are already in several industries including retail, healthcare, finance, and manufacturing. Clearly the increased funding will help ease any customer concerns about the viability of the comapny as similar concerns have plauged competitors who were either unable to raise new cash or maintain positive momentum in public markets. Kaminario Raises An Additional $75 Million
  14. 2016 was a productive and rewarding year for Panzura. The company reported that it has added over one hundred new enterprise customers and an expansion of its channel and alliance presence. The year saw several release for Panzura including its Freedom Archive, Inside, Next-Gen Hybrid Cloud Controllers, SMART Sync, and an in-Cloud NAS on Azure. On top of this, Panzura also added 26PB of data to its enterprise storage. Several of Panzura’s customers have adopted a cloud-first strategy and have been able to reduce their costs by up to 70%. Panzura Raises $32 Million In A Growth Capital Round
  15. NVIDIA is almost synonymous with high quality GPUs at this point, so getting into the cloud may seem a bit odd at first glance. However, more and more applications have graphic needs. Since 2011 the amount of applications requiring graphics has doubled. NVIDIA is using its new partner program to deliver GPU-accelerated clouds that will in turn be ideal for desktops, apps and workstations that need accelerated graphics. Not only will end-users had an experience that is as good as being on a physical computer or workstation; the company will have all the benefits of the cloud. Service providers will b able to build their IaaS, DaaS, and Cloud Application services and offer NIVIDIA GRID technology along with these services. NVIDIA Announces CSP Partner Program & New HCI Support