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  1. StarWind offers a hyperconverged alternative to some of the more well-known and mainstream brands in the market. While seeming like a tough market to crack, StarWind is being smart and going after typical pain points. These include a single support point of contact for all their products without the premium costs. StarWind can give their turnkey appliances more flexibility than traditional HCI solutions as well as addressing budget challenges and complexity. StarWind has built in redundancy to help offer high availability and even includes a Veeam integration for backup and recovery. The appliances are also offered in performance (flash), capacity (spinning disks), and a hybrid (best of both worlds). StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Review
  2. The Lenovo ThinkPad P53 is a feat of engineering and design excellence wrapped up in a familiar sleek black Lenovo shell. The ThinkPad P53 isn’t the first laptop we’ve reviewed that features the power of the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 with Intel 9th Gen Xeon and Core CPUs, but it is the first 15 inch form factor laptop we’ve gotten our hands on with this tech packed inside. The spec and build offers enough customization without being excessive, and offers best of class component options, including 9th Gen Intel Core and Xeon processors with up to 8 cores, a NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000, up to 6TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage and 126GB DDR4 memory, and a 15” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR. When outfitted with even some of these components, it is an impressive machine. Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Review
  3. Samsung’s new technology stacks 12 DRAM chips in the same 720㎛thickness as their current 8-layer HBM2 products. Achieving this fifty percent increase in density requires more than sixty thousand TSV holes which presents a significant production challenged and Samsung has been understandably cagey about when exactly these new chips will be available for manufacturers to begin including them in their processing chips. The only thing Samsung has told us so far is that they will be able to mass-produce them soon, suggesting that they have not even finalized the production lines yet. Once manufacturers get their hands on them, it shouldn't take long for them to make their way into consumers' hands since they share the same thickness (and presumably other form factor dimension although Samsung didn't say so), as the current generation of HBM2 memory. Samsung Develops 24GB High Bandwidth Memory
  4. The NetApp AFA EF600 is an end-to-end NVMe array aimed at the midrange. The array is only 2U but can pack up to 367TB of capacity in its small frame and quotes performance that would rival much larger enterprise arrays. This includes 2 million IOPS, up to 44GB/s for bandwidth, and latency under 100μs. The array also comes with some built-in futureproofing with the support of 100Gb NVMe over InfiniBand, 100Gb NVMe over RoCE, FCP support, and 32Gb NVMe over FC. Like all NetApp arrays, the EF600 comes with high availability and several built-in data protection capabilities. NetApp AFA EF600 Review
  5. ClearCube has been a going concern for over 20 years and their VDI products have seen widely implementation in governmental and military installations but the C3Pi+ is clearly marketed for a far wider audience. ClearCube C3Pi+ VDI Client Review
  6. Backblaze has previously kept a 30-day version history of customers' backed up files to protect against accidental deletion. This feature is also useful for recovering back to a known good state when a customer makes a change they later decide they want to revert. It's probably this second use case that has been driving the many requests to extend the version history duration Backblaze has been getting. With version 7.0, Backblaze is giving customers the option of extending their version history back either one year or forever, at an increased cost compared to their current and still default behavior. With a charming attention to detail, Backblaze went to some lengths to make sure everyone knows that change will also have a small impact on current workflows. Previously Backblaze presented users with a drop-down menu to select the date to restore from. Since a customer using a forever list would be presented with an unusably long drop-down, they've added a date-picker to help with selecting a range of dates to show restore points between. Backblaze Releases Cloud Backup 7.0
  7. Dynatrace plans for their Digital Business Analytics software module to provide answers about conversions, orders, churn, release validation, and customer segmentation in a single place. Dynatrace likes to break down its modules into four key elements, and they've told us what their planned components are for Digital Business Analytics; transactions, analytics, conversions, and automation. The transactions component is exactly what it sounds like, but the conversions component is a bit more interesting. Dynatrace views conversions as including not just customer conversion rates, but also product revenue breakdowns, geolocation information, and all forms of customer categorizations. Analytics are provided by Dynatrace's AI algorithms. The last component, automation, is composed of Dynatrace's AI developing a baseline of performance for the customer's business and then alerting them when it detects anything outside that baseline. Dynatrace is also planning to provide APIs to allow customers to customize workflows and alert handling. Dynatrace Announces Business Analytics Software
  8. Orico is known for making solid products that work well, and their new hard drive dock station is no exception for light duty usage. The dock allows for an easy expansion of storage as well of a fast way to access information on old hard drives without the need to install the drive. The company quotes a maximum performance of up to 500MB/s that it achieves through its USB-C connection. ORICO 2-Bay Hard Drive Dock Review
  9. Also unveiled is Schneider Electric’s new 6U Wall Mount. This new mount is ideal for edge computing environments and for those with limited available real estate, as it uses no floor space and is “60 percent less intrusive” than other wall mount enclosures (says the company). With it, large/heavy edge servers, networking equipment, and UPS devices can be safely and securely mounted on a wall. It also features shock packaging, allowing partners and integrators to pre-install IT for easy and standardized rollouts, while its integrated dust filter and fan ventilation make it great for light industrial environments. Schneider Electric Announces New Edge Data Center Solutions and Partnerships
  10. The Dell Precision 7740 is a relatively portable high-end workstation optimized for creating VR and AI content. Built to last with a durable aluminum chassis, users are given an overwhelming amount of customization in the spec and build. The 7740 can be equipped with 9th generation Intel Xeon and/or Core CPUs with up to 8 cores and up to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU. Additionally, it can be configured with up to a massive 8TB of storage, 128GB of memory, a 6-cell 97Whr battery, and an UHD IGZO 100% Adobe display. Adding premium top-tier components comes with some steep costs. However, the Precision 7740 justifies the price with comprehensively powerful performance. Dell Precision 7740 Mobile Workstation Review
  11. Designed for midsized enterprises and supporting both modern applications and deep archive use cases, the EX500 is a flexible solution featuring a rack capacity that can scale from 480TB to 4.6PB. Dell EMC ECS EX500 specifications include: Clusters ranging from 480TB to 4.6PB per rack Front-accessible and hot-pluggable drives Improved performance via dual, 10-core processors Scale-out nodes: Up to 16 nodes per rack 12 to 24 drives per node 8TB and 12TB disk options Identical performance characteristics with every node Dell EMC ECS EX500 Appliance and Software Version 3.4 Now Available
  12. There are very few differences between the two Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs). Both designs share the same four basic elements: a data lake with Hortonworks Data Platform 3.1 or Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub 6.2; a Kubernetes / AI farm with Cloudera Data Science Workbench; a Hadoop Tiered storage with S3260; and a distributed AI/ML with Apache Submarine. The Performance version of both designs is identical. Cisco Releases Two CDIP Validated Designs Using Cloudera
  13. The new Toshiba products are quoted with faster speeds (i.e., 104MHz to 133MHz) compared to previous generations and feature a new command that loads data for programming in 4-bit (QSPI) mode. Toshiba indicates that the addition of an 8Gb device also brings improved NAND density. Toshiba Memory Announces 2nd-Gen Serial Interface NAND
  14. Dell also lead the traditional converged systems segment (Certified Reference Systems+ Integrated Systems (CRS+II)) segment once again, with a 59.5% revenue share. This was due to its VxBlock Systems, Ready Solutions and Ready Stack, which helped marked 30 consecutive quarters as the leader in this segment. Overall, the CRS+II grew 10.5% year over year (at $1.5 billion in 2Q19) and accounts for 37.5% of total converged systems revenue. For integrated platforms, sales declined 14.4% year over year during the second quarter of 2019, generating $626 million worth of sales and amounting to 16.0% of the total converged systems market revenue IDC Releases 2Q19 Worldwide Server Tracker for the Converged Systems Market
  15. Customers using the joint solution will be able to use both Cloud Data Management and StorageGRIDs policy engines to simplify data management, backup, and recovery. Speaking of data management, with the new collaboration, IT teams should find it easier to migrate data between the two ecosystems. Once data has been moved into StorageGRID, NetApp provides a solid suite of tools and supports industry-standard object APIs to move data anywhere in the cloud. Complimenting these capabilities, Rubrik’s Cloud Management software provides solid tools to move data from the edge or on-premise. Rubrik Announces Cloud Data Management for NetApp StorageGRID