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  1. SonicWall’s NSA 2650 is a 1U firewall with the aim of protecting mid-sized networks, branch offices, and distributed enterprises. With 22 connection ports (counting the console and management), the 2650 also offers significant connectivity improvments over its predecessor, the NSA 2600. The NSA 2650 also adds SFP ports for farther reaching areas, as well as 2.5Gbps ports for supporting newer and faster Wave2 access points that support greater connection speeds. In terms of performance, SonicWall has also made dramtic improvements across the board. Connection throughput has doubled with the newest model such as the Full DPI throughput, Application inspection throughput, and IPS throughput. In some instances the NSA 2650 support as much as 13 times the connections than the NSA 2600. At the heart of the firewall’s security is SonicWall’s patented RFDPI engine and the just-released SonicOS 6.5 operating system, which offers a huge step up in look and feel and ease of management. Overall the new NSA 2650 has a lot to offer, with plenty of room for expansion for a growing mid-size organization. SonicWall NSA 2650 Review
  2. Data is becoming more and more valuable, big data has the feeling of a new gold rush. However, this value doesn’t stop at the company that owns it. It can be valuable to less scrupulous sources. Noting this, Seagate has launched its new Secure program aimed to protect drives with one of two feature sets, Essential and Certified, depending on the type of security and threats a company may face. Seagate Announces Seagate Secure Across Its Enterprise Datasphere Fleet
  3. The HP ZBook x2 is powered by quad-core Intel Core processors and NVIDIA Quadro Graphics and features double the memory of other detachable PCs. Moreover, HP has equipped their new workstation with a quiet, dual-fan active cooling system to dissipate heat from these powerful components. It also features a customizable, application-aware HP Quick Keys to provide artists with 18 time-saving shortcuts. HP ZBook x2 Detachable PC Announced
  4. From a physical standpoint, the R1100 is a 1U rackmount unit with 16TB of cache drive capacity. Its small footprint allows it to easily slide in a rack to upgrade workflow. Part of upgrading the workflow comes form its Intel Xeon Quad Core processor, ECC memory, enterprise hard disk drives, and 10GbE networking. The R1100 also supports Microsoft Active Directory. Morro Data Releases CacheDrive R1100
  5. IT has been moving toward a hybrid environment across the board. Noting this, Commvault is releasing its Commvault HyperScale Software to both protect and move workloads across various infrastructures. The offerings take Commvault Data Platform and bring scale-out infrastructure to it in order to seamlessly integrate with storage arrays, hypervisors, applications and the full range of cloud provider solutions. The new offerings leverage a built-in operating environment, virtualization, and storage technologies from Red Hat providing a robust, enterprise-grade foundation. Commvault Launches HyperScale Appliance & Software
  6. Every other week or so, there is a high profile data breach. While this is frightening to most, another scary aspect to think about is the amount of data breaches that happen but don’t make the news. The latest version of HDID addresses the above issues while also reducing risks as well as administration costs. Cloud providers can rest a bit easier as well. HDID provides core capabilities to them supplying modern data protection services to their customers thus enhancing their competitiveness and profitability. Hitachi Vantara Release HDID v6
  7. Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile gives IT resources instant access to their servers on the data center floor or on the go through their mobile device. Users can connect through iDrac to manage, configure, and/or monitor the servers. On the latest version of PowerEdge Servers, 14G, users can use the Quick Sync bezel and WiFi to instantly connect and see what is going on inside their gear. This gives IT more access that in turn can lead to less down time and faster troubleshooting. Dell EMC OpenManage Mobile Review
  8. The QNAP TS-1685 is a desktop NAS packing more performance, capacity, and networking capabilities than is normally thought of in a midsize NAS. For starters the NAS can house up to 16 drives, twelve 3.5” and four 2.5” (or all 16 can be 2.5” drives). That can up to a lot of storage for such a small footprint, but here QNAP outdoes itself by adding six more M.2 bays internally; not as easy to get to but potentially up to 6TB more flash capacity. From a performance perspective, the NAS comes with an Intel Xeon D Processor and supports up to 128GB in RAM. On the network side of things, the NAS has four GbE and two 10GBASE-T ports. If users need more storage capacity or 40GbE connectivity, the NAS has four PCIe slots for expansion. QNAP TS-1685 NAS Review
  9. Those were my initial thoughts as well.
  10. MAMR is an energy-assisted technology, much like heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). However, HAMR presents new material science and reliability challenges, this isn’t the case in MAMR. The core of this new technology is the “spin torque oscillator” used to generate a microwave field that increases the ability to record data at ultra-high density without sacrificing reliability, according to WD. The company goes on to state that using this technology they will be able to offer over 4 terabits-per-square-inch in time with HDDs hitting capacity of 40TB or more by 2025. WD Unveils Its Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording Technology
  11. Data is growing at an almost alarming rate. While there are valuable insights to be harvested from this data, it mainly comes from a relatively small portion. A good example would be autonomous cars where there is important insights to avoid accidents, however, there is a massive amount of data generated just from everyday actions that provide little use. All of this data still needs to be stored. While the price of disk is dropping, it still can’t beat tape for price per gigabyte. And the LTO-8 drives the price down even farther. IBM Releases 30TB LTO-8 Tape Drive
  12. Synology’s DSM has been fairly popular with users for some time now (for an in-depth look into it once it passed the 6.0 threshold, checkout out our review here). DSM has always been intuitive and user friendly. The same OS stretches from home user to larger enterprise use making for an easy learning curve. The latest update features many improvements including advanced LUN, iSCSI Manager, and Storage Manager. Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 6.2 Beta
  13. The WD MyBook Duo 20TB gives users a massive amount of capacity, great for creative professionals that need it or for use as an easy backup solution. The device comes with support for both USB-A and USB-C, enabling it to work with most devices. Users are able to configure the MyBook Duo in RAID0, RAID1, or JBOD to tailor it to their specific use cases. The MyBook Duo easily opens for drive replacement/upgrade, and it leverages 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption as well as WD’s security software for added protection. WD My Book Duo 20GB Review
  14. NETGEAR’s Orbi Pro is a WiFi system aimed at SMBs that is easy to deploy and manage. Orbi Pro has three dedicated WiFi networks to separate traffic and add a layer of security. It also comes with wireless satellites that can expand coverage up to 10,000 square feet and are useful for wired connections without the need for extensive cabling. The Orib Pro supports up to 3Gb/s (1.7Gb/s from point to point) and can scale as the business grows. NETGEAR Orbi Pro WiFi System Review
  15. Seagate has continued to expand its Guardian Series with higher capacity drives, such as the 12TB BarraCuda Pro. The new BarraCuda Pro delivers the highest capacity desktop drive, while still aiming to deliver high performance. The drive is a 3.5” form factor, SATA drive with 7,200RPM spindle speed and a 256MB cache. The HDD is ideal for users who need lots of capacity, but don’t want to keep adding drives. Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Review