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  1. Intel’s new value-driven SSD is part of a larger portfolio that consists of much faster drives; however, the 660p is designed specifically to replace HDDs and SATA SSDs as the most viable and least expensive option for client-based systems. With its current price point, it certainly makes this case, though the 660p’s performance is low enough to cater to only those looking for a minimal upgrade from an HDD-based workstation. Intel’s new line does offer some pretty decent reliability features as well, with endurance numbers quoted at 100TBW for the 512TB drive (~400TBW for the 2TB capacity) bundled with a 5-year warranty. Users also can leverage a boost mode using the Intel Toolbox software, which manually flushes the SLC cache so inbound workloads are prioritized. Intel SSD 660p Series Review
  2. Synology’s 4-bay DS918+ is the latest member of the DS9xx+ family. The DS918+ comes equipped with an Intel Celeron Quad-Core 2.3GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine. Out of the box, this NAS comes equipped with a 4GB DDR3L memory module but is expandable up to 8GB thanks to its additional memory slot. Also featured are two RJ-45 1GbE LAN ports with link aggregation and failover support. Finally, the DS918+ can support two M.2 NVMe 2280 SSDs. This allows users to take full advantage of the system cache without compromising precious storage space of the internal drives. Synology DiskStation DS918+ Review
  3. The most interesting news that we found in this release is that Leostreamhas partnered with Scale Computing, one of the earliest hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms. This partnership combines Leostream’ s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) prowess with Scale Computing’sHCI experience. This solution should play well in the SMB market as both companies have tailored their systems to be as hands off and maintenance free as possible thereby simplify the management of IT in users’ office or datacenter. Leostream 9.0.34 Released
  4. While most of our server reviews tend to be very performance focused with the latest and greatest hardware, it's still important to give light to the more value-oriented options available. As the need for edge computing continues to rise, the demand for servers as the edge to process data near where the data is collected is increasingly popular. The typical ROBO and retail use cases all fit here as well. There's a need for reliability and service from a trusted brand, but generally support for a flood of concurrent users is outside the scope. While even the entry-level servers can be specced out pretty well-equipped, the more modest offerings from the Lenovo ThinkSystem family do well to serve these other important use cases. Lenovo ThinkSystem Family Overview
  5. The Intel P4500 series is an NVMe SSD that leverages the company’s new 3D NAND and comes in 2.5-inch PCIe, HHHL PCIe, and “ruler” form factors, the former of which we looked at for this review. The drive comes with a maximum capacity of 4TB (for the 2.5-inch models, 8TB for the ruler version) and quotes speeds of 3,200 MB/s in sequential read performance and 490,000 IOPS read in random performance. As was made obvious in the charts above, the P4500 has been improved upon with the release of the P4510. Intel SSD DC P4500 Review
  6. Over the years WD has gone through several naming schemes, but their Blue line has consistently been a reliable workhorse sitting in the middle ground between the high-end performance of their Black drives and economy drives. The new Blue SN500 looks to continue that tradition supporting half the sequential reads of the Black line (1,700 MB/s vs. 3,470 MB/s), but also at only a little over half the price ($77.99 vs. $149.99 for the 500MB models). That's still more than three times as fast as the previous SATA Blue models. The write speed ratios are similar although a little more in favor of the BLUE SN500 which WD is reporting can manage 1,450MB/s of sequential writes. Blazing fast for anyone used to the speeds of SATA SSDs. In addition to the 500GB model there is also a 250GB model, both in the tiny 80mm x 22mm x 2.38mm M.2 form factor. WD lists the average active power at 75mW but does not break it by model. This is significantly less than the 110mW drawn by the high-end Black models, but a good 30% more than the old Blue SATA drives with the same capacity. Western Digital Adds NVMe To WD Blue
  7. The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR570 is a compact 1U, 2-socket server aimed at virtualization and cloud computing, infrastructure security, web serving, and application development. Of course these use cases run the gamut from small offices to larger enterprises. This small server can be outfitted with up to 1TB of ram, two Platinum Intel Xeon CPUs, and up to 76.8TB of capacity, depending on the drive configuration chosen. In addition to standard server use cases, the SE570 can find itself in a variety of software-defined solutions via Lenovo's ThinkAgile suite of offerings. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR570 Server Review
  8. ForsaOS aims to dramatically cut memory requirements by using proprietary algorithms to transform data into the company’s own language,Formulus Bit Markers. Formulus Black claims their language losslessly compresses memory by deduplicating repetitive bit patterns. A process similar in concept to the way .pngs provide high image quality with relatively low memory footprints, but applied more generally. Formulus Black Debuts De-Duplicating OS
  9. With Greenplum for Kubernetes, customers run the same Greenplum in Pivotal Container Service (PKS), Google Container Environment (GKE), or wherever Kubernetes is installed. This should make multi-cloud deployments easier. Pivotal opted to supplement standard Kubernetes deployment with what they are calling the Greenplum Operator. Pivotal says the Operator will create, configure and manage instances of complex stateful applications on behalf of a Kubernetes user as well as inform how Greenplum should be configured and deployed. Pivotal Announces Pivotal Greenplum 6
  10. Most in the enterprise have either switch to some type of hybrid cloud setup, or are considering it. A hybrid cloud offers several benefits, namely more flexibility when it comes to resource utilization. Another benefit is having part of users’ cloud on-prem for security and compliance reasons. Basically users can have the best of all worlds. However, setting up and using a hybrid cloud is complex and there are risks associated with it. Today’s announcement aims to deliver the benefits of the hybrid cloud while mitigating the risks. VMware Cloud Foundation Available On Dell EMC VxRail
  11. Leveraging the NVIDIA RTX platform, Unity is able to achieve, performant real-time ray tracing. This can deliver photorealistic image quality and lighting used in fields such as design, engineering, and marketing. Real-time ray tracing can speed up the completion of projects saving time and money versus rendering offline. Unity Technologies & NVIDIA Bring Real-Time Ray Tracing To Automotive, M&E, & Gaming
  12. The new VMware vCloud Director 9.7 release updates the extensibility framework to enable cloud providers to offer differentiated services on their multi-tenant platform from third-party solutions from ecosystem partners such as Cohesity, Dell EMC, and Rubrik. VMware vCloud Availability is also updating to version 3.0. The new version provides onboarding, migration and disaster recovery services to and between multi-tenant clouds. VMware Announces Updates to Cloud Services
  13. Direct-to-cloud data transfer provides the ability to archive data directly from source systems to the cloud destination of choice, with minimal local storage requirements. This substantially decreases the on-premises storage and compute requirements. Aparavi claims their updates to Active Archive's classification and tagging capabilities make it simple to classify data based on individual words, phrases, dates, file types, and patterns. This should make it easier to identify and tag data for compliance, reference, or analysis. Aparavi supports users defining their own classifications in addition to including pre-set classifications of "confidential," "legal," and "personally identifiable information." Aparavi Announces Active Archive Enhancements
  14. As more and more business are looking to AI and its potential, NVIDIA is releasing its CUDA-X AI to unlock the flexibility of its Tensor Core GPUs that are designed to address the end-to-end AI pipeline. CUDA-X AI is a series of specialized acceleration libraries that NVIDIA states can speed up machine learning and data science workloads by as much as 50x. GPUs can accelerate computing that is required for processing the large volumes of data associated with AI. NVIDIA Introduces CUDA-X AI At GTC
  15. These new workstations are purpose-built for data analytics, machine learning and deep learning all of which need extreme computational power provided by NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs and NVIDIA CUDA-X AI. The workstations are ideal for fields such as finance, insurance, retail and professional services. The workstations can also leverage accelerated data science software, such as RAPIDS, TensorFlow, PyTorch and Caffe. NVIDIA Introduces New High Performance Workstations
  16. Omniverse works by two-way tunnels its calls portals that maintain live connections between industry-standard applications such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. Omniverse allows artist on either end to see live updates made by the other artists, even though working in different applications, changes reflected in multiple tools can be seen at the same time. Basically, artists can use the tools they work best in and can work with other artists even using different tools. NVIDIA Unveils Omniverse
  17. Content is being creating and consumed faster than ever. And new technologies like 5G-enabled cloud gaming and VR streaming are going to drive the demand for high computational power even higher. NVIDIA is meeting these needs with their RTX servers. Not only do they state the server can eaisly provide rendering, gaming, VR and AR, and professional visualization applications, they state that now the severs can deliver cinematic-quality graphics enhanced by ray tracing for far less than just the cost of electricity for a CPU-based rendering cluster with the same performance. NVIDIA Expands Its RTX Server Lineup
  18. AI will be perhaps the most disruptive change over the next few years. AI comes with promises of making business more efficient to increasing treatment in healthcare with better diagnosis to making us all safer with autonomous vehicles. However, AI is not as easy as flipping a switch. Intelligent applications typically need massive amounts of data, which can be difficult to move around for compliance and security reasons. Part of this issue can be addressed by moving compute power closer to the data, but it can’t be solved through hardware alone. Lenovo Makes Several AI Announcements At GTC 2019
  19. With the performance promise and low latency of NVMe it is no shock that more and more client devices are going to start going this route. That is precisely the angle of attack Micron is using with the 2200. It will deliver better performance (up to 3GB/s read speed and up to 240K IOPS read) with lower latency and lower power usage than spinning disks, and better performance than SATA SSDs. The M.2 form factor makes it ideal for a world where client devices are getting thinner and lighter. The drive also comes in SED version that complies with TCG Opal 2.0 standards. Micron Introduces Client 2200 NVMe SSDs
  20. The Lenovo ThinkStation P920 is the company’s latest tower workstation that is designed with the most resource intensive applications in mind. Not only is the workstation easy to setup and deploy it comes with several configuration options including up to 2TB of DDR4, 2666MHz of RAM, and up to three NVIDIA Quadro P6000’s. The P920 also makes up part of the company’s AI workstations when equipped with the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs. Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower Workstation Review
  21. The enterprise SSD launched today, the DC500R, is an ideal choice for read-intensive applications such as boot up, web servers, virtual desktop infrastructure, operational databases, and real-time analytics. Kingston’s QoS is said to provide consistent performance and latency. The drive also comes with endurance of half a drive write per day and capacities up to 3.84TB in a 2.5” form factor. Next week the company is launching the DC500M that is ideal for mixed-use workloads such as the high-volume rack-mount server market for internal drive bay upgrades, hyperscale data center servers and Cloud service providers requiring low-cost, high-performance storage subsystems. The DC500M offers up to 1.3 DWPD and will come in a 3.84TB model in the second quarter of this year Kingston Launches New DC500 Series SSDs
  22. Previously, NetApp’s ONTAP AI combined NVIDIA's DGX-1 supercomputer, NetApp's AFF A800 storage, and Cisco's network appliances to provide a single converged appliance solution with a thoroughly tested architecture. In the coming year, the DGX-1 will be swapped out for the NVIDIA DGX-2, which reportedly offers ten times the power of the first generation system. NetApp has announced that they will be sharing real-world AI centric benchmarks for the new appliance next week at the show; something to look forward to. The DGX-2 platform leverages the full NVIDIA GPU Cloud Deep Learning Software Stack to get the most out of its 16 fully interconnected GPUs. NVIDIA says it provides 2.4 TB/s of bisection bandwidth. The AFF A800 is the same component as was used in last year's appliance, and presumably, so are the Cisco components. NetApp & NVIDIA Support AI Workloads
  23. The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 is one of the company’s newer GPUs based off of its Turing architecture. Turing is set to be a completely new take on GPU architecture as NVIDIA is looking to both change things up now with an eye on future developments. Aimed at creative professionals that have complex projects that need efficient and quick work, the RTX 5000 has impressive hardware under its hood including 3,072 CUDA cores, 384 Tensor cores, 48 RT Cores and 16GB GDDR6 memory. For those needing even more GPU performance, the RTX can scale with a second GPU through NVIDIA NVLink. NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Review
  24. The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 is the lower level Turing architecture GPU but that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. The RTX 4000 comes equipped with 2304 CUDA cores, and 8GB GDDR6 GPU. Like all of the Qaudro RTX, the 4000 is able to deliver accelerated ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading in its accessible single slot form factor. This can give creative professionals faster time to insight while allowing them to accelerate their creative efforts. The RTX 4000 also comes with VirtualLink that simplifies connectivity to next-generation, high-resolution VR head-mounted displays. NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Review
  25. The 2.5” XD5 SSD is built on the company’s 64-layer BiCS FLASH TLC (3-bit-per-cell) 3D flash memory and leverages a PCIe Gen3x4 interface. According to Toshiba, the XD5 is able to hit speeds up to 2.7GB/s read and 895MB/s write all with the power consumption of only 7 watts. Throughput numbers are quoted as 250K IOPS read and 21K IOPS write. The drive has 1 DWPD and can hit roughly 4TB of random data daily for five years at a consistent performance rate. The drive also comes with a 5-year warranty. Toshiba Expands XD5 SSD Series