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  1. The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 4360x is both massive in size and in storage capacity and provides SMBs and smaller enterprises with an impressive solution to their huge storage demands via its 60 drive bays. It can even scale to a 132-bay single-node network (using three ReadyNAS EDA2000 12-bay or EDA4000 24-bay expansion chassis), offering more than a petabyte in total storage. The RR4360X features a rugged, premium metal build with seamless access to the 60 drives via the top panel, which easily slides off with the press of two buttons. Like all NETGEAR NAS solutions, the RR4360X also comes bundled with ReadyNAS OS, a powerful, yet easy-to-use, data management software. NETGEAR ReadyNAS 4360X Review
  2. Looking at the numbers, NetApp is reporting revenue of $1.33 billion, down slightly from last quarter’s $1.48 billion, but up around 10% from the same time last year. GAAP net income was $136 million or $0.49/share, again down from last quarter some but up considerably from this time last year where net income was $64 million of $0.23/share. Non-GAAP net income was $173 million or $0.62/share up from this time last year where non-GAAP net income was $129 million or $0.46/share. For the next quarter NetApp is expected revenue between $1.31-1.46 billion and earnings per share of $0.47 - $0.55 (GAAP) and $0.64 - $0.72 (non-GAAP). NetApp Reports 1Q18 Earnings
  3. Cloud platforms typically come with expensive to own and maintain dedicated hardware and storage infrastructure. Druva is side stepping this issue by offering its platform in a as-a-Service model. Though a single control plane, companies will have global visibility and policy management across all their data due to the platforms ability to have server, endpoint, cloud workload, and application data, uniquely optimized as a single, globally de-duplicated data set, and natively managed in the cloud. The new platform also includes features such as time-indexed metadata, global scale-out de-duplication, auto-tiering, RESTful APIs for access and ecosystem integration, and highly elastic search and analytics capabilities. Druva Announces Its DMaaS Cloud Platform
  4. NVIDIA makes very popular GPUs for computers, workstations, and servers. It is taking its proven track record and expanding on capabilities specifically for VDI with Quadro vDWS. vDWS will is available for over 120 systems from 33 system vendors to provide high performance to several users from the same GPU for, what NVIDIA is stating, a lower cost of ownership. Ideal use cases for Quadro vDWS are 3D, photorealistic rendering, virtual reality, and deep learning and the new software will help with collaboration on these projects. NVIDIA Announces Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software
  5. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Cisco is reporting a revenue of $12.1 billion, up from last quarter’s $11.9 billion. The company is reporting a GAAP net income of $2.4 billion (or EPS of $0.48) and a non-GAAP net income of $3.1 billion (or EPS of $0.61). Gross margin was 62.2% GAAP and 63.7% non-GAAP, both continuing to fall over the last quarter’s. Cash flow was $4 billion up from $3.8 billion in the last quarter. Cisco Announces 4Q17 & Fiscal Year Earnings
  6. HCI tends to use smaller clusters, keeping servers and workloads homogeneous (this is due to HCI maintaining persistent data on every server and the limitation of two or three simultaneous servers failures causing a loss of data). To get around this issue, Datrium’s new Split Provisioning will scale compute in both primary and secondary storage. Workloads will run in flash storage in Compute Nodes then write persistent data to the Data Nodes. The Data Nodes will act similar to backup appliances (optimized for cost efficiency and sequential IO). Datirum’s Compute Nodes are stateless, meaning any number can go down and high availability can be kept versus the 2-3 server failure in typical HCI. Datrium Introduces Split Provisioning For DVX
  7. The Samsung T5 is a welcomed addition to company’s mobile storage portfolio, as it enters the always-growing and highly sought-after portable SSD market. Compact and lightweight, the T5 improved on its predecessor in every way with the exception of a higher capacity point; it will certainly suit the needs of any on-the-go professionals or media enthusiasts that work with large volumes of data. Although Samsung indicated similar performance for all models in the T5 family, consistency between the lower and higher capacities points was a bit uneven. For example, the 2TB model had an impressive performance across the board, while the 500GB model ran about slower in writes. Lower capacities failed to achieve Samsung’s quoted performance numbers as well. That being said, they are still two of the fastest and most portable SSDs out there. Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review
  8. Organizations need to keep separate copies of the data in more than one site. But the smaller organizations (not to mention larger ones without the budget) can’t have multiple data centers spread across the world. This makes cloud solutions, such as Amazon’s AWS, more attractive. Users of Barracuda Backup will find that it is integrated as an end-to-end solution with the ability to replicate to customers’ AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket with minimal configuration. Users need not deploy compute recourses in AWS or have an expert understating of AWS infrastructure. Users with familiarity of both products will find that they can set up replication quickly. Barracuda Backup Can Now Be Replicated To AWS
  9. All Access allows users to choose their cloud provider, such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and VMware, to host their applications and workloads while accessing them from any endpoint via the PCoIP protocol. All Access can also be used to securely deliver remote VFX workflows, virtual CAD workstations, healthcare VDI, centralized training centers, Linux development environments in the cloud and other great remote user experiences. Teradici Launches All Access Plans For Cloud Computing
  10. The new series is powered by a 14nm Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor (burst up to 2.3 GHz), up to 8GB dual-channel DDR3L RAM, and SATA 6Gb/s storage. According to QNAP, the new series is able to hit up to 415MB/s read speed and up to 416MB/s read with Intel AES-NI 256-bit encryption. To further hit higher performance, the new series has a PCIe slot that allows users to install a QNAP QM2 M.2 SSD/10GbE LAN adapter. Or users can install a 10GbE/ Gigabit adapter or a USB 3.1 10Gbps adapter for diverse storage applications. QNAP Unveils Quad-core Rackmount TS-x53BU NAS Series
  11. To get access to all the operations goodies available to VMware vSAN users, vRealize Operations Standard is sold on a per CPU basis with a list pf $1250/CPU or per VM ($125/VM in 25 VM bundle). The benefits of vRealize Operations for vSAN are clearly a great value add, increasing for every vSAN cluster that needs to be administered. Admins that cover a large pool of remote/branch office locations will be even more happy to have this sort of actionable data at their fingertips without having to log into every cluster. Some of the best highlights in our view revolve around capacity planning and a clear indicator of data footprint savings with dedupe and compression for all-flash vSAN users. In the end though, this latest vROps update shows VMware's commitment to making admistration of vSAN both easier and more proactive. VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 for vSAN Review
  12. New in the lab about our upgrade to the SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall.
  13. After all of these workloads and the many weeks of testing in our lab, one thing is patently clear; the migration to all-flash systems has been transformational for NetApp. Some of the improvement is the uplift flash offers, but a lot of it is thanks to ONTAP improvements. Wherever the credit lies, the end product is absolutely fantastic. The midmarket segment for storage is amazingly competitive; there are a smattering of startups, software-defined options and the rest of the usual suspects. If you're looking to spend under six figures on storage, you could be forgiven for not looking at NetApp past a casual glance in this segment. That would however, be a tragic mistake, as the A200 simply crushes. Delivering phenomenal performance under a millisecond is one thing, but here's the important part, NetApp is doing it with data reduction services turned on to get to that 4:1 capacity guarantee. This is not trivial; many other arrays either fall very flat with data reduction on, or simply don't offer it. Our entry-level A200 with the lowest capacity drives offered up 15.5TB across two 7.75TB pools, meaning we'd have a top end capacity of 62TB if we hit that 4:1 target and over a petabyte with the 15TB drives NetApp offers; pretty impressive reach for a 2U midmarket box. Performance, combined with deep and mature set of data services make the A200 an easy choice as only our second Editor's Choice winner of 2017. NetApp AFF A200 Review
  14. The new NAS comes equipped with a 64-bit dual-core CPU and 1GB of DDR4 memory that allow it to hit performance numbers of 112 MB/s read and 87 MB/s write under a RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment. The NAS can have up to 40TB of total capacity with 4 x 10TB HDDs. Being geared toward home use, the DS486j has brightness controls for its LED indicator lights and only uses 21.22W in full operation and 8.97W in hibernation. Synology Introduces DiskStation DS418j
  15. The AIC OB127-LX utilizes a lot of the newly announced technology such as up to two Intel Scalable Processors and Samsung’s NGSFF SSDs. On top of that, the server has 24 DDR4 memory slots (though the total wasn’t given at the time of the release) and a total of 300 Gb/s Ethernet. According to AIC, the OB127-LX can hit 10 million IOPS (the same numbers Samsung was quoting at FMS) and hit 8 million IOPS over 300Gb/s Ethernet. This would make it an ideal solution for Scale-out, Scale-up, Database, Real-time analytics, Deep Learning, and/or Content Distribution Network. AIC Announces 1U 36-Bay Server Supporting Up To 576TB
  16. Getting more capacity in the same or smaller footprints has long been a goal of vendors and customers alike. While there have been several advancements around increasing the density of known form factors, there is always some sort of limitation, be it technology or price of the technology. Instead of cramming more NAND packs onto a 2.5” SSD or going for a larger 3.5” form factor, Intel is doing something completely different. Intel’s “ruler” SSD is a long skinny form factor that takes advantage of PCIe slots. The shape allows for much higher density (up to 1PB in a 1U space) and comes with low power and cooling needs. Intel will sell both 3D NAND and Optane drive in the ruler form factor. Intel Unveils New SSD Form Factors At FMS
  17. Data is exploding and it all has the potential to benefit companies so it must be stored so insight can be gained. Last year, Seagate announced a 60TB SAS SSD (though it doesn’t appear to be shipping in any volume of note). This year the company is demonstrating a 64TB NVMe SSD. The drive will be a FHHL AIC that has quoted speeds of 13GB/s. Using the M.2 form factor, Seagate was able to combine eight SSD controllers onto a single PCIe board. These eight controllers manage the flash capacity through a single PCIe slot. Seagate Announces 64TB NVMe SSD & New Nytro SSDs At FMS
  18. Every year at FMS, Samsung holds a Tech Day that allows it to showcase its latest developments in technology and lay down how it will address next-generation data processing challenges. This year the company is showcasing a wide variety of new V-NAND technology that stretches the gamut of various issues mainly confronting the enterprise. Samsung Introduces Several New V-NAND Solutions At FMS
  19. Founded in 2013, and headquartered in San Jose, California, Imanis Data (previously Talena) leverages machine learning in its backup and recovery software to handle massive datasets, to petabytes and beyond. Several of its customers include those on the Fortune 500 list including companies in the retail, financial services, and travel industries, among others. Imanis Data Launches Industry's Fastest Backup & Recover Software
  20. The ThinkStation P910 is a highly configurable workstation from Lenovo, both in design and performance. It gives users the option of up to 1TB of 2400Mhz DDR4 memory, Intel Xeon E5 processors ranging from 1.7 to 3.4Ghz, 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 capability, multiple 8TB 3.5" SATA HDDs for up to 56TB total storage, as well as numerous other expansion options. The P910 also has a plethora of professional graphics cards to choose from, ranging from the lowest-class 1GB NVIDIA NVS 310, to three of the wildly powerful 24GB NVIDIA Quadro P6000s. Lenovo ThinkStation P910 Review
  21. With ADAS people like to think about the flashy items like fully autonomous vehicles though this covers much more ground such as Adaptive Light Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, lane departure warnings, traffic sign recognition, automatic breaking, and self parking. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), there are six levels of automation (pictured in the chart above). Several companies are working through these levels as they focus on the final goal of self-driving cars. In the mean time, they are generating petabytes of data that needs to be stored and gone through to gain insights and speed up research and development. Dell EMC Attempts To Address Multi-PB Growth Of ADAS
  22. Sharing several of the same benefits and features of K2 and is powered by VisionOS, the new K2.N is a scale-out, active-active array that leverage NVMe drives for storage and a backend based on converged Ethernet and NVMeF. Along with NVMeF, the K2.N also supports fibre channel and iSCSI front-end connections. The array is comprised of controller nodes (referred to as c.nodes) and JBOFs (referred to as media nodes or m.nodes) all connected through a shared NVMeF fabric. To create an active-active cluster, customers need only to buy two c.nodes and any number of m.nodes. Kaminario Launches All-NVMe Version Of K2
  23. The new 9200 series is built from the ground up by Micron and combines 3D NAND with the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol to bring both cost-effectiveness and performance. The drives are ten times faster than the fastest SATA SSDs, use less power, and come in capacities as high as 11TB. The ideal use cases for the 9200 series are application/database acceleration, high frequency trading (HFT), and high performance computing (HPC). The Series will be used as the storage foundation for Micron's SolidState platform. Micron Introduces Its 9200 Series Of NVMe SSDs
  24. Kingston is referring to the DCU1000 as the industry’s fastest NVMe SSD for the U.2 form factor. Kingston goes on to claim that the new drive is ideal for meeting evolving data automation and performance requirements for Intel’s new Xeon Scalable processor family. The company states that Intel’s new processor family will drive more PCIe adoption Kingston Demos New NVMe SSD At FMS 2017
  25. In order to run analytics on either Hadoop or Spark or both, IBM Spectrum Scale storage software combines data from silos across the enterprise into a single view. The unification of file, object, and Hadoop HDFS data storage shortens time to results and reducing data capacity needs. The solution is powerful enough, from a performance perspective, to run complex applications from machine and deep learning clusters to image recognition of cancer cells. IBM Announces ESS For Hortonworks