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  1. Flash adoption has really been taking off over the last two years, especially as more and more data centers go all-flash. The price dropping has been one of the driving factors but the performance benefits that flash provides over disk have gone from being nice to have, to being demanded by customers. As companies moved toward all-flash, IT is seeking ways to maximize on their new investments. HPE intends to tackle these concerns but updating its flash portfolio for both the large enterprise as well as the midrange crowd. HPE Updates Its Flash Portfolio For A Broader Range Of Customers
  2. Sony's line of Professional RAID HDDs aims to deliver reliable storage to videographers. By building the PSZ-RA4T with a reinforced enclosure (including rubber padding surrounding the drives as well as rubber padding surrounding the enclosure itself), Sony ensured that on-the-go users can trust that their data will remain safe during use. Sony also built the PSZ-RA4T with an emphasis on speed, which is evidenced in our performance benchmarks: the Sony Professional RAID HDD handedly outperformed the LaCie Rugged HDD in both RAID0 and RAID1 configurations. The hard drive is also easy to use, with configuration options on the back (RAID0, RAID1, and JBOD), and a retractable handle on the top. The only downside to this line of HDDs is that it lacks a Thunderbolt 3 port, which we will probably see in subsequent models. Sony Professional RAID HDD (PSZ-RA4T) Review
  3. Overall, the new Lexar Professional 1000x is a nice addition to the company's memory card portfolio and to the general microSD market. With its 256GB capacity, this Lexar card can store a massive amount of media in high-end mobile devices (such as cameras, smartphones, and tablets) while reducing the need to switch out memory cards when space becomes limited. This is particularly useful for professionals on the go and those who have limited access to their devices when in use like drones and GoPros. Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC UHS-II Review (256GB)
  4. As the future of work is changing, organizations need to harness the full potential of this change by supporting virtual work and mobile business. The innovations announced this morning aim to provide the tools to take full advantage of this shift. Citrix is announcing a new unified, secure digital workspace that includes mobile, software-defined networking and analytics services in the Citrix Cloud and advanced document workflows. On top of this, the company is also introducing a new security framework to secure and simplify access and control of what people need in the new digital transformative age, apps and data. Citrix Announces New Unified, Secure Digital Workspaces At Synergy 2017
  5. The HP Thin Client Conversion Suite allows IT administrators to “confidently secure and control” devices, giving them the ability to customize the end-user experience. Moreover, it uses all existing management tools and has an identical management interface across all repurposed PCs and thin clients. HP indicates that their Thin Client Conversion Suite offers seamless device management as well as the ability to be quickly deployed in specific user-defined configurations on many devices, simultaneously, at multiple locations. HP adds that this software also limits local changes and prevents unauthorized software installations. HP Thin Client Conversion Suite Announced
  6. More and more organizations are using clouds such as Azure. And as more make the switch, either partially or completely, they need cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) options. The cloud, with its pay-as-you-go and on-demand nature, needs high availability. At the same time, this very nature can make DR affordable for businesses of any size. The solutions announced here leverage backup and DR based on Microsoft Azure and Veeam “Always-On Cloud” Availability Platform. Veeam & Microsoft Extend Backup & DR In Azure
  7. The latest version of Veeam’s flagship product, Veeam Availability Suite Version 10, provides enterprises with complete end-to-end availability and cross-cloud data management platform by supporting virtual, physical or cloud workloads on any infrastructure in multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments—whether it’s private, public, managed or SaaS. Also added to the newest version is Veeam Availability for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, and Extended Veeam ‘Always-On Cloud’ Availability Platform. Veeam New Innovations For Multi-Cloud & Hybrid-Cloud Environments
  8. Looking at the numbers, Cisco is reporting a revenue of $11.9 billion down slightly from last year’s $12 billion. On net income, the company is reporting a GAAP new income of $2.5 billion (up some from this time last year, $2.3 billion) and a non-GAAP of $3 billion (again up slightly from last year’s $2.9 billion). This works out to diluted earnings per share of $0.50 and $0.60. Gross margin for this quarter was 63% GAAP and 64.4% non-GAAP. Operating income was $3.2 billion GAAP and $3.9 billion non-GAAP. Cash and cash equivalents were down to $68 billion at the end of the quarter from last quarter’s $71.8 billion. Cisco Announces Its 3Q17 Earnings
  9. The ADATA XPG SX8000 is the company’s premium SSD offering designed for resource-intensive applications on high-end machines such as gaming and graphics rendering. Its small form factor also allows it to fit nicely inside ultra-thin notebooks and in desktops that have limited physical space under the hood. Ranging in capacities from 128GB to 1TB, ADATA’s drive is NVMe 1.2 certified and supports the latest Intel platforms. It also features 3D NAND Flash, SLC Caching, DRAM Cache Buffer and LDPC ECC technologies. ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe M.2 SSD Review
  10. IoT is growing rapidly. According to IDC there were 12.1 billion IoT endpoints in 2015 and five years later there will be over 30 billion. Gartner estimates that in the next few years nearly all IoT projects will use some sort of IoT gateway. IoT will become more and more prevalent in enterprises meaning companies will need an easy way to manage, monitor, and keep secure both their infrastructure and data. Enter VMware’s Pulse IoT Center. VMware Unveils Pulse IoT Center
  11. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, such as Deep Learning, have been gaining attention, both good and bad, in recent months. AI can bring benefits to sectors such as financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, energy, government, and retail. Leveraging the capabilities from HPE’s recent acquisition of SGI, the new innovations will, in HPE’s words, offer greater choice for larger scale, dense GPU environments and addresses key gaps in technology integration and expertise with integrated solutions and services offerings. HPE Announces Innovations Around Deep Learning
  12. As with the last time we looked at it, the annualized failure rate (annualized failure rate is computed by ((Failures)/(Drive Days/365)) * 100) has crept up slightly again, this time to 2.07%, or just over 1,700 drive failures out of over 82,000. Again Seagate has the highest annualized failure rate of a single drive, ST4000DX000, though it was 7.51% this go round versus the nearly 20% we saw in the same model number last time we looked at the results. The drive with the least amount of annualized failure was the HGST HMS5C4040ALE640 with just 0.64%. Failure in this study is defined as 1) The drive will not spin up or connect to the OS. 2) The drive will not sync, or stay synced, in a RAID Array. 3) The Smart Stats used show values above Backblaze’s thresholds. Backblaze Releases Its Q1 2017 HDD Reliability Results
  13. Though we won't have all of the specifics until the summer, Intel has indicated their new Xeon Processor family will boast huge architecture and platform advancements and promises a workload-optimized performance for compute, network, and storage. Intel also claims that it will be the foundation for next-gen cloud infrastructure and the frontrunner for powering a variety of advanced applications including analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, high-performance computing, and network transformation. Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family Announced As An Evolutionary Step Forward
  14. BiCS FLASH is a 3D flash memory stacked cell structure designed for high capacity and performance use cases including enterprise and consumer SSDs. Enhancing the reliability of write/erase endurance as well as boosting write speeds, the new BiCS FLASH technology leverages the third generation 64-layer stacking process, boasting 65% more in bit density per mm compared to Toshiba’s 48-layer, 256GB (32 gigabyte) device. Toshiba indicates that they chose the new XG Series SSD to launch the 64-layer flash memory because the drive’s broad adoption, maturity and robustness has been “honed” over a series of PCIe/NVMe client SSD product releases. Toshiba Demonstrates 64-layer BiCS Technology On A Client NVMe SSD
  15. SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring is based on the OpenStack Monasca project. Its main goal is to make it easy for operators and users to monitor and analyze the health and performance of complex private clouds, delivers reliability, performance and high service levels for OpenStack clouds. Through automation and preconfiguring, SUSE OpenStack Cloud Monitoring is also aimed at reducing costs. SUSE Unveils OpenStack Cloud Monitoring & Supports TrilioVault
  16. As we previously stated, NetApp's approach to object storage is with the StorageGRID Webscale software. The software will address a range of use cases, managing data placement according to cost, compliance, availability, and performance requirements, delivering the storage needed with speed, security, and scalability. StorageGRID Webscale runs on a virtualized server infrastructure with either NetApp E-series data storage systems or with third-party storage arrays. And is purpose-built for large archives, media repositories, and web data stores. NetApp Releases Version 10.4 Of StorageGRID At OpenStack Summit
  17. Last month at DockerCon, Mirantis revealed its Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) 1.0. MCP is a commercially-supported distribution of OpenStack and Kubernetes, and is delivered in a single, integrated package. The two companies will help deliver the MCP through Fujitsu’s hardware, software, and support capabilities. Through the agreement, Fujitsu will embrace Mirantis’ build-operate-transfer delivery model. Fujitsu & Mirantis Partner On Delivering Private Managed OpenStack Cloud
  18. The market for SATA enterprise SSDs is thriving, in good part thanks to software defined storage and HCI deployments that can effectively manage SATA drives and still provide the storage services organizations expect. VMware vSAN for instance takes a cache-based approach where the majority of the SSDs in a deployment will be SATA drives. Thanks to data reduction technologies (compression, dedupe) a 1.92TB SATA SSD (or 1.6TB if you're Intel) can offer an effective capacity of 2-5 times that amount while maintaining a lower-cost profile. The explosion of these more flexible storage systems certainly bodes well for the entire SATA SSD category. Enterprise Read Intensive SATA SSD Roundup Review
  19. The Intel Optane Memory is a M.2 SSD paired with its own caching software that will accelerate HDDs, especially high capacity HDDs, in a desktop PC. While Intel says this is good news for certain crowds such as gamers that want to keep several games on their system with more cost-effective HDDs, that argument goes out the window with cost effective SSDs completely saturating the market. It also introduces some issues. For one, the Optane Memory isn’t something that can just be dropped into existing computers or gaming rigs. In order to get the benefit, users would buy a new supported platform, instead of buying just an SSD and dropping it into any computer. Another issue is how much the performance will actually make a difference in most use cases. With just 16GB or 32GB of flash capacity, not everything will always be in cache the first time. That means for many users their daily routine will take a step back in time, almost decade to be precise, to before even the Intel X25-M came to the market and hard drives ruled the land. Intel Optane Memory Review
  20. Combining Dell EMC’s leadership in worldwide cloud infrastructure with its long history of partnering with Microsoft, the new platform complements other existing platforms such as Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud. The Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack leverages Dell EMC PowerEdge R730XD and PowerConnect switches. The new platform will deliver a consistent experience to customers using Azure public cloud and private with Azure Stack. The consistent experience gives users what Dell EMC refers to as a “true hybrid cloud” that would speed application development and deployment. Dell EMC Announces Its Cloud Platform For Microsoft Azure Stack
  21. Adding hardware options gives Nutanix a much broader pool for deploying its software. Nutanix has been able to extend its reach past its OEM partners, Dell and Lenovo, to the newly announced vendors above. While this is good for the company, it also benefits customers by increasing their flexibility. Users will soon have the ability to use Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software either installed on an appliance or as a software license on x86 platforms on the above mentioned server vendors. Nutanix Expands Hardware Support For Its Enterprise Cloud Platform
  22. Over the next decade worldwide data will grow into the hundreds of zettabytes. This will present a few issues to enterprises moving forward. For one, they will need more and better storage in order to store all of this data. They will also have a need to access this data in order to gain insights. Updating storage only will present new problems as all other aspects of the infrastructure will cause bottlenecks. Micron’s SolidScale leverages SSD coupled with NVMe and NVMe over Fabric (NVMeoF) to scale at near linear performance rates. Micron Introduces SolidScale Architecture
  23. The new drive series are a combination of a new Intel controller, firmware innovations, and Intel’s 3D NAND. The new drives are aimed at cloud and software-defined infrastructures to act as a caching agent. To this end, Intel does state that it will work well in combination with its Optane P4800x SSD, accelerating caching. Of the two drives, the P4500 is for capacity scaling and cost-effective read performance for mainstream storage while the P4600 has more endurance, better mixed workload performance, and improved QoS for caching. Intel Releases Two New Data Center SSD Series
  24. After two years of design and engineering, X-IO’s Axellio, with its high-bandwidth, low-latency, and high density, is made for the emerging edge-computing market. As stated, this new converged server leverages NVMe FabricXpress architecture giving it very high performance and low latency to meet some of the most demanding workloads. From a hardware perspective, the 2U Axellio has dual Intel dual-CPU server modules (with 4 socket Intel E5-26xx v3 & v4 CPUs, up to 88 cores), 32 DIMMS with up to 2TB of RAM (with optional 2x NVDIMMs), up to 1PB of flash leveraging 16TB NVMe SSDs, and it is Optane ready. X-IO Announces All NVMe Axellio Edge
  25. All companies, large and small, are looking for a competitive edge. There is now a large promise of an advantage on the IT side of a business from both new technologies and better utilization of existing technology and data. While users now expect access to these new technologies, there is a gap in what is desired versus what is deliverable, an Availability Gap. A majority of the businesses polled report that they suffer from such Availability Gap. This gap isn’t just a nuisance, according to the ESG report, the gap impacts the bottom line of businesses by $21.8 million per year and stifles innovation. Veeam Commissions Report Looking At The Availability Gap