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  1. The SonicWall SonicWave series of Access Points are designed to deliver secure wireless Internet without sacrificing performance to do so. They come in three flavors: two indoor versions (one with external antennae and one with internal) and one outdoor version. In terms of performance, the SonicWave 432i is able to push greater than gigabit speeds over traditional wiring, supporting 2.5Gb/s connectivity over standard CAT5e wiring. This helps drive value for users looking to push greater wireless performance in a campus or similar commercial setting where upgrading infrastructure wiring can be cost prohibitive. SonicWall SonicWave Wireless Security Series Review
  2. The TS-253B is yet another solid release by QNAP that brings the company’s comprehensive NAS features to the Linux open-source platform. With a redesigned exterior, the NAS comes with a current-gen 14nm Intel Celeron quad-core 1.5GHz processor, up to 8GB of DDR3L RAM, and dual Gigabit LAN ports. According to QNAP, the TS-253B is able to hit 255MB/s even with Intel AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption enabled. The new NAS also has a PCIe slot for either adding a QM2 dual M.2 SSD card or 10GbE connectivity. QNAP TS-253B NAS Review
  3. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Cisco is reporting revenue of $12.1 billion down 2% from the same time last year and even with last quarter’s revenue. The company is reporting a GAAP net income of $2.4 billion or $0.48/share (and even with last quarter) and non-GAAP net income $3 billion or $0.61/share (down slightly from last quarter’s $3.1 billion). Gross margin was 61.2% GAAP and 63.7% non-GAAP, down slightly on GAAP from 62.2% last quarter. Cisco Announces 1Q18 Earnings
  4. The new NA611TB3 fits in the palm on one’s hand and can be loaded with two M.2 NVMe drives. As of this writing that would bring the total capacity up to 4TB (though higher than 2TB capacity for consumer M.2 NVMe drives is most likely right around the corner). The device can be setup in no RAID, RAID1, or RAID0, for the right amount of capacity, performance, and data protection needed. According to the company, the new device leverages Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe to be over seven times faster than the external USB 3.1 Gen1 SSD storage device. Netstor Releases Portable NVMe Drive
  5. Through a survey Barracuda sponsored, the company found that over 40% of organizations run at least some portion of their infrastructure in the public cloud. The reasons why include easy integration with legacy technology (61%), strong protection of applications (54%), and strong protection of access to applications in the public cloud (48%). While there are many benefits in moving to the public cloud, there are also threats. Of the same organizations surveyed, half reported being hit with a cyberattack. Barracuda intends to protect customer data wherever it may reside with its new firewalls. Barracuda Enhances Its Firewalls For the Cloud-Generation
  6. The ThinkStation P520 provides architects, designers, and engineers with a high clock-speed for running single-threaded CAD apps and multiple cores for multi-threaded compute tasks and professional graphics for tasks such as accelerated CAE analysis, rendering and VR workflows. Its optimized storage gives professionals access to speedy data retrieval of large design models while offering comprehensive expansion options and dual M.2 support directly on the motherboard. For creative professionals, Lenovo indicates that it “pushes the limits” of 3D animation and visual effects. Lenovo Announces Three New Workstations
  7. HPC and AI have moved from the fringes to the mainstream. These technologies are now being used for use cases such as financial trading, computer-aided design and engineering, video surveillance, and text analytics: all of which can drive new revenue streams and more efficient operations. However these areas need parallel processing of large, unstructured data sets. Another issue that needs to be contended with, is the massive amount of data being generated and efficient means of storing it. HPE has expanded its Apollo line to address the above issues. HPE Announces New Apollo Systems For AI & HPC
  8. Designed for AI and HPC, TYAN’s Thunder HX product line now takes advantage of the performance benefits of the Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. For AI and machine learning, TYAN’s Thunder HX FA77-B7119 and Thunder HX GA88-B5631 are attractive choices. The HX FA77-B7119 is a 4U unite that supports two Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, 24 DIMM slots and up to 11 PCIe x16 (or 21 PCIe x8) slots. The 1U GA88-B5631 sever supports up to 12 DIMM slots, up to 5 PCIe x16 slots, and a single Intel Xeon Scalable Processor. TYAN Introduces HPC & Storage Solutions Powered by Intel Scalable CPUs
  9. Accelerated computing can be hugely beneficial to many customers, especially when systems are deployed to be optimized for accelerated workloads. IBM’s Spectrum Computing family has been around fro some time and is designed to match workloads to platforms to get the right amount of performance needed. The family offers support for mixed environments including both x86 and IBM POWER platforms, and is also ready for the next generation of IBM PowerSystems. IBM Announces New HPC Software
  10. Moving to the cloud, or several clouds, is all the rage at the moment. It can save companies money and Software as a Server (SaaS) can give them access to new technology as soon as it is ready to use. The biggest problem with companies migrating to the cloud is knowing where their data is and how to protect it. The newly enhanced Backup Exec is designed to protect this data in the cloud while making it easier to adopt cloud based storage methods. Veritas Enhances Backup Exec
  11. With the latest version, the company is continuing on the same software-optimization path. One of the new key features is an advanced, performance-optimized synchronous replication capability that delivers RPO=0 at ultra-low latency and nominal bandwidth consumption, as well as a fully configurable automated fallback to asynchronous replication in the event of a network failure. INFINIDAT has also created a new QoS that allows users to control resource allocation and consumption at a very granular level, while providing a graceful, non-disruptive governance model based on tokenization of resources, and including a “burst allowance” for optimal SLA management. INFINIDAT Announces InfiniBox Storage Software 4.0
  12. Breakthroughs that were once thought to be a long way off into the future seem to be happening left and right. These breakthroughs have been possible with the massive computational scale of advanced, highly distributed software running on modern, standard hardware, both in the data center and in the public cloud. Noting that there was a need for file-storage system that can meet these high performance workloads, Qumulo extended QF2 to all-flash instances with massive performance gains and helping said market continue making breakthroughs. Qumulo Announces All-Flash QF2 Instances
  13. Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as deep and machine learning, has been a big buzz recently. While there are many benefits to deploying this type of technology, Dell EMC argues that many vendors don’t possess the expertise to help organizations deploy and manage AI. Dell EMC will leverage its ecosystem to help customers gain the most insights using HPC. On top of this, the company will help customers choose HPC solutions tailored to their use cases. Dell EMC Releases New HPC Solutions & PowerEdge Server
  14. The storage needs in data centers are only going up. On top of that, business are requiring higher availability meaning access speeds to key datasets have to be improved. One way to do this is to place these datasets in memory, however, DRAM is expensive and if power goes out the data is lost. Companies that want near-memory speeds but the persistence of NAND are turning to NVDIMMs as a stepping stone that can reduce the bandwidth gap between memory and storage. Micron is now offering a new NVDIMM with twice the capacity as pervious models and speeds up to 2933MT/s. Micron Announces 32GB NVDIMM
  15. Optane technology is all about performance. Intel claims that users can see 5 to 8 times the performance at low queue depth workloads and the drives can hit a throughput of 500K IOPS or 2GB/s at a queue depth of 11. The drive is able to hit these numbers while keeping latency under 30μs. Performance gains such as the above were mighty enticing but the drive was initially only offered in a 375GB capacity and HHHL form factor. Today Intel has given potential customers more capacity and form factors to allow the drive to fit in their data centers. Intel Doubles Capacity For Its Optane DC P4800X SSD