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  1. Both of the new NAS devices run Synology’s award winning DiskStation Manager (DSM). DSM can run as a virtual machine on Virtual Machine Manager via Virtual DSM. Synology goes on to state, that by separating multiple Virtual DSM virtual machines on a single Synology NAS, users can achieve NAS server virtualization while creating a highly resilient, easy-to-manage, and multi-tenant environment. Synology Releases FS1018, DS218, & Virtual Machine Manager
  2. Everyone is now looking for a way to get a leg up on the competition. In recent years it has been discovered that extremely valuable insights can be gained through analytics. The new K2 App will not only give users actionable insight into real-time operational infrastructure it will do so by automatically streaming syslog, audits and log-on information into dashboards, alerts and reports. Kaminario & Splunk Partner To Accelerate Autonomous Data Center Deployment
  3. The agreement means that Toshiba and WD will jointly invest in the state-of-the-art memory fabrication facility now under construction at Yokkaichi, Fab 6. Fab 6 will be devoted entirely to producing BiCS FLASH, 3D flash memory. The two companies will also work together on a new flash wafer fabrication facility, which will be constructed in Iwate, Japan. Toshiba & WD Stop Suing Each Other & Decide To Work Together
  4. NVMe-oF is a network protocol enabling faster access between hosts and storage technologies. This protocol allows infrastructures to fully leverage the capacity and performance of NVMe SSDs. The certification of its NVMe-oF by UNH-IOL is Toshiba's first step in making NVMe-oF truly deployable in cloud data centers. Toshiba's Storage Node Software Obtains Industry-First NVMe-oF Certification
  5. Unfortunately, the DS1817 is an underwhelming release from Synology. This is certainly a surprising trend that's been following the company's SMB solutions like the previously reviewed DS1817+, which also took a hit on performance compared to competing models. On the positive side, the DS1817 has a lot to offer, much of which comes standard with the feature-rish DSM OS. Synology has grown the DSM environment into one of the nicest looking in the market, making it very easy to use and set up. On the hardware side, the DS1817 offers on-board 10GbE connectivity via two 10Gbase-T ports, whereas the DS1817+ supports 10G only through an add-on card, which is optional. The main difference though between these two models is the CPU and chipset; the DS1817+ leverages a standard Intel line, whereas the DS1817 uses one from Annapurna Labs. This allows it to offer quite a few on-board hardware elements such as the faster networking interfaces, but performance takes a huge hit. Synology DiskStation DS1817 Review
  6. As we have previously stated, Avere FXT Edge Filers create cloud gateways into object storage and support remote office collaboration through WAN caching for centralized data access. The FXT 5850 is aimed at the really large markets such as simulating financial trading algorithms at hedge funds, analyzing large genomic sequence files in cancer research, or rendering high resolution visual effects in movies. Avere Introduces Its Biggest FXT Edge Filer Yet
  7. Quantum’s new Xcellis Scale-Out NAS aims to address the above issues. The new NAS leverages Quantum’s StorNext parallel file system and data management platform. According to the company, it is also the only NAS solution that comes with integrated artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, thus enabling customers to create more value from new and existing data. The AI will help users by actively interrogating data across multiple axes to uncover events, objects, faces, words and sentiments, automatically generating custom metadata that unlocks new possibilities for using stored assets. Quantum Unveils Its Enterprise-Class Xcellis Scale-Out NAS
  8. ShareInsights can run natively atop any Hadoop cluster, and this can be done without making any changes. It also leverages existing Spark instances. These two abilities mean that the software can enable machine learning and predictive analytics along with self-service data discovery. ShareInsights uses interactive visualization and dashboards to enable on the spot exploration or enabling insights on other visualization tools such as Tableau. The software allows users to easily collaborate sharing datasets, data flows, and insights from multiple sources. Accelerite Releases ShareInsights 2.0
  9. "Disk" was Toshiba's wording. I was walking the balance of using the nomenclature of the company versus traditional usage. A bit odd, and we will revert to using platter when discussing platters in the future.
  10. While SMR has allowed for much higher densities on HDD, it will be some time before the enterprise at large fully adopts the technology. However, the need for higher capacity drives is here now. The new MG07ACA comes in two capacities: a 14TB 9-disk and a 12TB 8-disk model. These helium HDDs are sealed using Toshiba Group’s laser welding technology. From a performance perspective, the drives utilize a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and 7,200rpm access performance. The new drives mark a 40% increase in capacity (up from the previous MG06ACA 10TB models) and a 50% improvement in power efficiency. Toshiba Launches The Industry’s First 14TB CMR HDD
  11. Kasten is out of stealth to address the above issues. As stated above, K10 is a application-centric data management platform. K10 is all about balance, from the application and throughout the infrastructure. It is beneficial to both operators and developers balancing the needs of both. Operators are able to control data protection and mobility of the entire application stack while developers can focus on core application logic. The company goes on to state that their platform will give enterprises the freedom to fully adopt and reap the benefits of cloud-native platforms regardless of the type of workload. Kasten Comes Out Of Stealth With Its K10 Platform For Stateful Containers
  12. The WD MyBook Duo 20TB gives users a massive amount of capacity, great for creative professionals that need it or for use as an easy backup solution. The device comes with support for both USB-A and USB-C, enabling it to work with most devices. Users are able to configure the MyBook Duo in RAID0, RAID1, or JBOD to tailor it to their specific use cases. The MyBook Duo easily opens for drive replacement/upgrade, and it leverages 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption as well as WD’s security software for added protection. WD My Book Duo 20GB Review
  13. As stated, there are two new drivers for CSI for on-prem platforms. The new ScaleIO driver is for container environments that need to leverage the type of high-performance that ScaleIO can bring. This driver is good for software-defined storage services for bare metal environments, where persistent applications will highly benefit from leveraging containers. On the vSphere side of things, the driver will enable stateful cloud native applications on all vSphere supported storage vendor ecosystem including VMware vSAN. These new drivers should lead to a higher adoption rate of containers moving forward. Code Announces New Updates For CSI
  14. VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 also brings results from the collaboration between VMware and Intel to deliver the capabilities of the Intel Xeon Scalable processors to the platform. This partnership will give mutual enterprise customers a “fast, easy and optimized way to build on-premises environments based on VMware Cloud Foundation.” In addition, Intel Select Solutions for VMware Cloud Foundation allows enterprises to choose from verified configurations by major OEMs for running VMware Cloud Foundation. VMware Cloud Foundation 2.3 Announced
  15. A traditional NAS system comes with several features that are seen as essential as they reach into enterprise; these include snapshot, WORM, non-disruptive failover, scale-out performance, POSIX compliance and Active Directory integration. HyperFile has all of those features in addition to limitless scalability of Cloudian HyperStore enterprise storage. Markets that can benefit most from HyperFile include home directory, workgroup collaboration, medical imaging, engineering files, legal documents, financial records, media and entertainment assets, and video surveillance data. Cloudian Announces GA Of HyperFile
  16. The new Cloud DVX provides a simple one-click setup with AWS for seamless backup instance storage and recovery as a SaaS-based offering, eliminating any necessary complicated setup. The service includes automated software upgrades and proactive support related to AWS resources. It will also deal with any EC2 service outages so users don’t have to. To further simplify public cloud backup and recovery, Cloud DVX provides direct-to-host restore, which eliminates the management of an additional on-premises backup or cloud gateway device--along with their costs. Datrium Cloud DVX Announced
  17. The Datrium DVX family has been updated to support the latest generation of storage and compute resources. In this case, we took a look at the end-to-end flash configuration, which includes a flash cache in the compute nodes, along with all-flash data nodes for persistent storage. Datrium's "open convergence" platform also includes the data services generally found on more mature products; with Datrium DVX, data is always compressed, globally deduped, and erasure coded with double fault-tolerance. Customers can opt to use Datrium's compute nodes, but as is the case in this review, that isn't required (our testing leveraged 32 Dell PowerEdge nodes). These compute nodes handle the IO processing and cache with minimal overhead of up to 20%. For instances demanding more storage performance, however, DVX can be put in Insane Mode where DVX can utilize up to 40% of compute resources. Datrium DVX with Flash End-to-End Review
  18. Looking at the numbers, Nutanix reported a revenue of $275.6 million up from last quarter’s $226.1 million and up significantly from last year’s $188.6 million. The company saw net losses of $61.5 million GAAP and $24.7 million non-GAAP, an improvement over last quarter’s $90.7 million GAAP and $50.6 million non-GAAP. This comes out to net loss per share of $0.39 GAAP and $0.16 non-GAAP beating the non-GAAP expectations of $0.26 loss per share. Nutanix is reporting cash and short-term investments of $349.1 million, deferred revenue of $526.1 million, operating cash flow of $5.9 million, and free cash flow of $6.5 million. Nutanix Reports 1Q18 Earnings
  19. P for premium, the new drive is Toshiba’s first 2TB NVMe M.2 drive (though it comes in 1TB capacity as well). Toshiba was able to double the capacity while still retaining the same 2.23mm thick single-sided M.2 2280 module form factor. This form factor is ideal for ultra-thin devices such as tablets and the thinner notebooks that have become popular in recent years. And having the same form factor across the entire XG5 portfolio means that designers don’t have to make changes to their products for various capacities. Toshiba Announces XG5-P 2TB M.2 NVMe
  20. Dell EMC is looking to blow past these numbers by adding all the benefits of its newly released PowerEdge 14G server line as the foundation of its HCI portfolio. Adding the server line will bring about greater performance and scalability and with the ability to customize the servers, customers will have new levels of flexibility and agility. This could potentially expand use cases for HCI in the data center for certain customers. Having software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, the new PowerEdge servers are ideal for HCI. Also beneficial to HCI is the servers improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments; faster initialization and streamlined data storage management; increased drive cooling for improved reliability; and, optional, common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities. Dell EMC Adds PowerEdge 14G To Its HCI Line
  21. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Pure is reporting revenue of $278 million up 41% from this time last year and up from $224.5 million last quarter. Gross margin was of 65.5% GAAP and 66.4% non-GAAP down on both from the previous quarter but up from this time last year. The company is also reporting a GAAP operating loss of -$41.8 million and a GAAP net loss of -$41.6 million (non-GAAP -$2.1 million and -$1.9 million respectively). Pure Storage Announces 3Q18 Earnings
  22. Toshiba will be releasing four capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. All of the devices will integrate flash memory and a controller in a single, JEDEC-standard 11.5x13mm package. According to the company, the controller performs error correction, wear leveling, logical-to-physical address translation, and bad-block management – allowing users to simplify system development. Toshiba Announces UFS Devices Leveraging 64-Layer BiCS Flash
  23. As data continues to grow at an ever-increasing rate, organizations will need to be able to access the data even if it is distributed across clouds and on-premises. One of the main clouds for storing data is Amazon Web Services (AWS). To give AWS customers the same visibility and insights into their data that they would get with ONTAP, NetApp has introduced its NFS Hybrid Service for AWS. The new service will be available in the Amazon Marketplace and enables both NFSv3 and NFSv4 with fully featured snapshots and is available in cloud-only and hybrid cloud deployment. The NFS service will offer high performance and availability while integrating with on-premises systems and seamless data migration and synchronization between on-premises and cloud. NetApp Announces New NFS Hybrid Service On AWS
  24. VMware’s new DRaaS, Site Recovery, is designed to protect workloads between on-premises datacenters and VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as between different instances of VMware Cloud on AWS. This new service can help reduce costs by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site. The service is designed to be simple to deploy and manage and has simple one-click failover. VMware & AWS Announced Expanded Capabilities Of VMware Cloud
  25. The numbers overall look pretty good, however, for the fourth quarter, the company reported that its enterprise group revenue was flat. Sever revenue was down 5%. On the flip side, networking revenue was up 21% and technology services were up 2%. The seemingly abrupt announcement of the CEO stepping down also jarred the price of the stock. Whitman has been the CEO since September 22, 2011. As recently as July, Whitman said, “We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere."* So her announcing that she is stepping down is a bit of a shock HPE Reports 4Q17 & Full Year Earnings