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  1. The UDP 8400 is a deliberate move on Arcserve's part to move farther towards the enterprise end of the mid-market that has been the focus of their UDP appliances in the past. With only the baseline 4x1GbE network interfaces on our review unit, this has been a chance to focus on the experience of setting up and working with the UDP 8400 in the kind of mid-market environment where it has been designed to excel. In reality, 4x1GbE is often adequate bandwidth to serve the backup and recovery needs of the mid-market. Arcserve UDP 8400 Appliance Review
  2. The Toshiba TR200 will act as an upgrade from HDDs for both notebooks and/or desktops. Toshiba states that the drive will be affordable (though they didn’t give any pricing information yet) and easy to set up. The drive claims sequential performance numbers of 550MB/s read and 525MB/s write and random performance of 80K IOPS read and 87K IOPS write, all while using much less power than a standard HDD. Toshiba Announces New Value SATA TR200 SSD
  3. Advantech has figured out how to cram sixteen 2.5” NVMe SSDs into a 1U form factor and produce an extremely high-performance server with it. A unique feature to this server is the fact that there are 8 front-loading bays for hot-swap NVMe SSDs, with a second set of 8 bays right behind the first that can be accessed by flipping up the section at roughly a 45-degree angle. Aside from this, the small footprint server has dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 CPU, up to 512GB of RAM, IPMI support, and two PCIe slots for further expansion. For our particular build, Micron supplied sixteen 800GB 9100 NVMe drives and 512GB of DDR4 ram (16 x 32GB DIMMs). Advantech ASR-3100PP Review
  4. The Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD comes in enough endurance types it can hit most data center needs. For this review we looked at the highest capacity, 3.84TB, mixed workload light endurance model. The model supports 3 DWPD for endurance and comes with fairly good performance claims of 1.85GB/s sequential read and an average latency of 115μs. The 1200.2 SAS SSD also comes in a secure SED configuration. Seagate 1200.2 SAS SSD Review (3.84TB, 3DWPD)
  5. It doesn’t look terrible for Seagate, but the company missed estimated EPS by nearly 30 cents. Steve Luco, the CEO, stated that the company saw short-term fluctuations in demand for Seagate's data storage technology amid higher prices in the memory market. He also announced that he would be transitioning away from the CEO position to executive chairman, while Dave Mosley, the current President and COO, will be appointed CEO. On top of this, Seagate announced that it would be cutting 600 jobs. Seagate Releases 4Q & Year End Financial Results
  6. The Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP is a PCIe NIC that can be easily added to most servers that have an open slot. As with most Mellanox NICs, the ConnectX-4 Lx is all about high bandwidth, low latency, and high message rate. Though it has two 25GbE ports it is backward compatible with 10GbE for those that are looking to futureproof their network but have yet to upgrade. The NIC comes with several features aimed at improving performance as well as improving ROI while lower CAPEX and OPEX. Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review
  7. Western Digital has a long track record of industry firsts surrounding flash technology, going back nearly 30 years. These first include multi-level cell (MLC) flash technologies using two bits (X2) and three bits (X3) per cell. Utilizing the company’s deep vertical integration capabilities (including silicon wafer processing, device engineering to provide sixteen distinct data levels in every storage node, and system expertise for overall flash management) the company was able to bring this new X4 technology to market. The new BiCS3 X4 technology is stated to deliver storage capacity of 768 gigabits on a single chip, a 50% increase from the prior 512 gigabit chip that was enabled with the three bits per cell (X3) architecture. This increase in capacity will still be able to deliver performance comparable to the BiCS3 X3 technology, according to WD. WDC Announces Four-Bits-Per-Cell 3D NAND Technology
  8. Designed specifically for Dell PowerEdge Servers, the Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx offers high bandwidth and low latency, all without taking away a single PCIe slot from other add-on devices. The NIC supports RDMA over Converged Ethernet, Ethernet stateless offload engines, Overlay Networks, and GPUDirect Technology making it an ideal choice for several different use cases. Furthermore, the NIC can reduce CAPEX and OPEX through LAN and SAN unification, and can lower CPU overhead giving the data center better server utilization in general. Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Review
  9. To say Veeam had a good quarter is a bit of an understatement. This quarter the company saw 27% year-on-year (YoY) total bookings revenue growth (53% YoY bookings growth on $100K+ deals). Veeam added 13,000 new customers, averaging over 4,000 per month, bringing their total customer count to 255,000 worldwide. Veeam increased its Net Promoter Score (NPS) by 11 points to 73, which is more than twice the industry average. And the company saw a big uptick in customers through the reseller agreement it entered with HPE. Veeam 2Q17 Shows Major Market Share Gain
  10. Along with the new cloud editions, SoftNAS is also offering new capacities including 50TB, 100TB, 250TB, 500TB and 1PB. The full-featured SoftNAS Cloud NAS includes patented high availability, replication, deduplication and compression, encryption (at-rest and in-transit), storage snapshots, and data synchronization. And all editions of SoftNAS Cloud NAS 20TB or greater are now bundled with 24x7x365 Gold Support. SoftNAS Introduces New Cloud Editions
  11. With the new era of the cloud, data management is becoming the main area of concern for IT (previously infrastructure management was a higher concern but now much of the infrastructure is being managed by someone else). As data and applications are migrating to various clouds, organizations need to know what data is where for regulation reasons as well as cost savings (low priority data needs to be on more cost-effective storage) and they need to protect data as it moves. The new Veritas 360 Data Management Suite addresses these concerns while allowing companies to focus on moving forward and worrying about their data less. Veritas Releases 360 Data Management Suite
  12. Our take on the top 10 breakout sessions that will be offered at VMworld 2017. VMworld 2017: Top 10 vSAN Sessions
  13. The DS1817+ is powered by a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine and up to 16GB in dual-channel DDR RAM. This scalable NAS solution offers up to 80TB in storage on a single system (8 x 10TB drives), which can be expanded to a healthy 180TB via expansion units. That said, the DS1817+ is somewhat of a mixed bag overall--something you don't hear very often when we review a Synology product; performance lacked in several areas where it should have excelled, which certainly due to the design flaw where the add-on card slot is poorly ventilated, thus leading to overheating and sluggish performance. Because the PCIe slot is a huge selling point for the newer Synology NAS solutions, this makes for a significant issue. Synology DiskStation DS1817+ NAS Review
  14. While Huawei certainly faces challenges in breaking into North American markets, the updated Dorado flash arrays hold a great deal of potential. We’ve already reviewed the prior gen array and several of Huawei’s home-grown SSDs. We intend to do deeper dives into their storage systems to further explore the performance and data services offered as we expand our coverage. Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 Overview: Flash Native Storage
  15. The NComputing RX300 thin client combines the company’s vSpace Pro desktop virtualization solution with a Raspberry Pi 3 base bring a good VDI deployment on a low-cost base. The deployment can be done by nearly anyone in less than five minutes. The RX300 can be used as a thin client or switched to Raspian Linux Mode as a general Raspberry Pi. NComputing RX300 Thin Client Review