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  1. While Cloud, NVMe, and SDS usually dominate the headlines in storage (including our own), there is still a need to store enormous amounts of data in a cost-effective manner that can be easily retrieved if needed. This is where tape libraries, and companies like Spectra Logic, neatly fit into the enterprise storage equation. While tape is not as exciting as some of the super fast technologies, it is still integral to several users listed above, and Spectra Logic continues to innovate this technology to increase its performance, availability, all the while lowering total storage costs. Spectra Logic Enhances Its Enterprise Tape Library Offerings
  2. Fujitsu is both an Oracle Platinum Partner and a global Managed Services Provider (MSP). Building on their 35-year alliance, the deepening relationship provides enterprises that run Oracle workloads and applications with greater agility and enables those with any type of on-premises infrastructure with a simple path to Oracle public or private cloud, including SPARC and Intel-based workloads. Fujitsu provides and fully manages Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on Oracle Cloud and on-premises infrastructure globally. The company offers a broad range of Oracle Cloud Services including migration, integration, orchestration and managed services, all powered by Fujitsu’s end-to-end hybrid IT portfolio. Fujitsu Expands Partnerships With Cloud Providers
  3. Supermicro's newest IoT system is the 1019C-HTN2; a well fleshed out offering that supports up to three independent displays and is well suited for digital signage, DVR/NVR, POS, office server and network security applications. With a depth of 11.3 inches, this 1U system is powered by Supermicro's X11SCZ-F micro-ATX motherboard and supports two hot-swap and two internal 2.5-inch hard drive bays, up to 64GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, two GbE LAN ports, four USB 3.1 devices, a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, M.2 slot, and a dedicated IPMI 2.0 remote management port. Support for socket-based processors like Intel’s brand new Xeon E-2100, makes it easy for customers to select a CPU based on their specific requirements, while the single PCI-E x16 slot empowers customers to further expand the feature set. Supermicro Launches Xeon E-2100 Optimized Workstation & IoT Systems
  4. As organizations, both established and modern cloud-based businesses, move into heterogeneous and high-distributed environments, they can struggle to manage their data as it spans these new technological horizons. Datera’s 3.2 Platform aims to ease these struggles with data automation, self-driving orchestration, the ability to maximize consistent performance, and the ability to scale with operational control. The company states that all of this can be done while still allowing users to mix and match applications and infrastructure to hit their specific needs. Datera Releases Version 3.2 Of Its Platform
  5. The Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is a single-socket server that features a CPU from AMD’s new EPYC line. With the new processor, Dell EMC and AMD claim that users will see a performance bump accompanied by lower TCO through socket licensing and power needs. The R7415 comes with an ample amount of space to add devices to boost performance. For instance, users can add 16 DDR4 DIMMs that can hold up to 2TB of memory and can add up to 24 NVMe SSDs--all within the small 2U footprint. The PowerEdge R7415 comes with all of the features that make PowerEdge servers attractive for potential buyers such as LifeCycle Controller, iDRAC, and OpenManage Mobile, as well as the company’s new built-in security features such as cryptographically trusted booting and silicon root of trust. The PowerEdge R7415 is designed mainly for use in SDS and business analytics, though it could certainly be used for other use cases. Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 Server Review
  6. Lenovo has completely redesigned the ThinkStation P330 Tower and SFF, shrinking the size of the workstation by up to 30% compared to previous models. Lenovo states that despite its small form factor, the new workstation still boasts outstanding performance. Moreover, designers, engineers and other pro-users will benefit from the Tiny version, which is equipped with a range of accessories and mounting options for a ton of versatility. With support for the Intel Xeon E processor and 8th Generation Intel Core processors, Lenovo claims a (up to) 44% increase in performance due to support for up to six cores per CPU and an impressive clock speed of up to 4.7 GHz. Lenovo Unveils New ThinkStation P330 Desktop Workstations
  7. The 7th-generation Kaby Lake 14nm Intel Celeron 3865U features low-power funcationality via its dual-core 1.8 GHz processor. The TVS-951X sports a hybrid drive bay design (i.e., five 3.5-inch drive bays and four 2.5-inch SSD slots) and comes equipped with built-in 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) network port. Users looking to leverage the hybrid storage support can maximize both capacity and performance through SSD caching and Qtier auto-tiering storage. QNAP TVS-951X 9-Bay Hybrid NAS Now Available
  8. So how does one go from being a start up founded by three guys to four years later having over a 1,000 customers and being worth over a billion dollars? By simply seeing a need and finding a better way to address it for a much lower cost. Snowflake’s architecture is compatible with Oracle, Teradata, Netezza, SQL Server, and Vertica. The company states that its service is completely self managing, provides essentially unlimited data sizes and concurrency, and supports both structured and machine generated, semi-structured data. And it can do all this for as little as $2/hour, yep, just two bucks an hour. Snowflake Now Available On Azure
  9. Featuring 96 spinning disks in a 4U enclosure, the SBJ 4:96 active archive, permanent true disk library offers 1,344TB of raw capacity complete with a full complement of featured data services. With Active-Audit functionality, the SBJ series allows organizations to complete a user definable, recurring 100% total archive, background, data integrity audit to guarantee total data integrity. Combined with their claim of 100% zero power, Storbyte is offering the certainty of knowing one’s data is still there with much of the cost savings from tape. Storbyte Introduces Its Active On-Line 4:96 Hard Disk Storage System
  10. DDN intends to enhance its portfolio with the purchase of Tintri’s assets. This would give DDN best in class enterprise virtualization, real time analytics and VM automation. DDN is working with Tintri to develop a pathway that not only benefits them with the above technology, but also helps out Tintri’s customers. DDN Intends To Buy Tintri Assets
  11. Even with this significant boost in performance, Samsung claims that the new V-NAND is still comparable to the 64-layer in power efficiency, as the operating voltage has been reduced from 1.8 volts to 1.2 volts. Moreover, Samsung adds that their next-gen V-NAND has the industry's fastest data write speed at 500μs (a 30% improvement over the previous generation). They were also able to reduce read-signal response times to 50μs. Samsung Announces Mass Production of 5th-Gen V-NAND
  12. As more and more organizations move on to a multi-cloud strategy they are having more data-driven needs such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and containers. All of these new needs require a storage solution that is powerful enough to address all the needs while being built on proven technology, supporting both the existing and changing data centers. IBM’s solution to these issues is the expansion of its FlashSystem to include the new 9100 NVMe end-to-end solution. IBM Announces FlashSystem 9100
  13. Update 3a brings improvements for Microsoft users too. In addition to the new platforms supported listed above, Veeam Backup & Replication now supports Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure for environments with ExpressRoute or site-to-site VPN connectivity to Azure. Direct restore on Azure should also now process Linux machines with EFI boot more reliably. Critically, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows’ jobs should no longer fail when the backup server uses a custom certificate. Veeam has also tweaked Windows file level recovery (FLR) to now process large numbers of NTFS reparse points faster and more reliably. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a Now Available
  14. The SR2000SP version is expected to hit some pretty good random speeds for a 2.5” drive, quoting up to 830,000 IOPS read and 140,000 IOPS write, while sequential read and write are anticipated to reach upwards of 3,500MB/s. For the SR2000CP, ADATA states sequential read and write speeds of up to an impressive 6,000MB/s and 3,800MB/s, respectively, while random read and write speeds are expected to reach upwards of 1 million and 150,000 IOPS, respectively. Moreover, the new drives feature LDPC ECC technology and DRAM cache buffer. ADATA Launches The SR2000 Enterprise-Class SSD Series
  15. The TS-877 had a solid showing as the industry’s first Ryzen-based NAS. Designed for VDI, server virtualization, private cloud and 4K and other high-demand multi-threaded applications, the TS-877’s performance was highlighted by its Turbo Core CPU (up to 3.7 GHz at 8-cores/16-threads) and double SSD caching bays. It also features the USB 3.1 and 3.0 ports while adding a ton of flexibility with its three PCIe expansion slots, which support PCIe devices such as graphics cards, 10GbE/40GbE NICs, PCIe NVMe SSD, USB 3.1 expansion cards, and QM2 cards. QNAP TS-877 NAS Review