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  1. VMware first announced the beta of its vSphere Docker Volume Service at DockerCon in 2016. The idea was to leverage Docker’s containers with vSphere Storage. Using vSphere storage technologies such as VSAN, VMFS and NFS admins can manage container data volumes. Now with its certification by Docker, as well as Docker’s Managed Plugin System (introduced in 1.13), extending the benefits of Docker in vSphere are easier than ever. VMware Announces vSphere Docker Volume Is Docker Certified
  2. Cisco indicates this exact configuration is in demand by customers, driving them to respond with this latest all flash Ready Node. The most likely use case stems from VDI use cases, where customers want a powerful compute platform, but have a lesser need for cluster capacity given the advantages of linked clones within VMware. This need coupled with the systems management benefits Cisco offers via UCS Manager make for a compelling deployment of vSAN under the right set of conditions. Cisco Launches UCS Blade VMware vSAN Ready Nodes
  3. To no one’s surprise, Samsung has released yet another solid microSD line. In addition to all of the same features of the older models, Samsung has doubled the maximum capacity of the EVO Plus cards to 256GB (though it won’t be available right away) for a total of four different capacities. This allows consumers to choose a model that will best suit their needs. Like all Samsung SD storage, these small memory cards are also a rugged bunch, as they feature increased water, shock, magnet, X-ray and temperature protection. Samsung EVO Plus microSD Memory Card Review (128GB)
  4. It is not uncommon to see multiple vendors and types of storage in one shop. There may be one vendor for primary, a different one for backup, and a third for DR. There may even be different vendors for different tiers of storage. These different vendors in one shop can add to the TCO. ClearSky claims that they can save TCO costs by as much as 60% over three years by integrating primary, backup and DR capabilities in one service. ClearSky Data Expands Its Backup & DR Capabilities
  5. The Synology RackStation RS3617xs is able to deliver the performance needed for small to medium businesses that rely on an extensive range of business applications. Backed by a 5-year warranty, the RS3617xs is powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 and up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC RAM and features four 1GbE RJ-45 ports (default option) and dual PCIe 3.0 x8 slots. This impressive RackStation also support upwards of 36 HDDs or SSDs, allowing the NAS to store well over 200TB in maximum raw capacity when using two RX1217/RX1217RP expansion units. Like all RackStations, the RS3617xs runs Synology's powerful DSM operating system, which allows users to manage the enterprise-grade storage solution via a powerful (yet very intuitive) interface. Synology RackStation RS3617xs Review
  6. Enterprise IT wants the flexibility and economics offered by the cloud but they need the control and performance of on-premises solutions. On top of that, they are also looking for ways to save costs while simplifying their infrastructure, basically the best of all worlds. HPE is attempting to address all of these needs and concerns with its latest HCI solution. The HPE Simplivity 380 with OmniStack takes the best selling server platform on the market, the ProLiant DL380, and runs SimpliVity’s OmniStack on it combining hypervisor, compute, storage, storage network switching, backup, replication, cloud gateway, caching, WAN optimization, real-time deduplication, and more. HPE Announces SimpliVity 380 With OmniStack
  7. Intel Optane Memory sits in between the system's memory and the storage. According to Intel, user will see up to 28% faster overall system performance, up to 14 times the performance of storage, up to 6 times the performance on certain applications, and gamers can see games launch 18% faster and level loads up to 58% faster. Optane Memory speeds application and large file load times by ensuring the data contained in a PC’s storage is more readily accessible, which means an overall faster, more responsive experience. Intel Releases Optane Memory
  8. Turning to 3D XPoint, Micron had very little to say other than they expect initial shipments this year. Micron makes XPoint in partnership with Intel, who has already announced and started shipping their first XPoint products dubbed Optane. Micron did demo some of their XPoint line, dubbed QuantX, last year where they showed QuantX outpacing NAND-based SSDs quite handily in both 2.5" U.2 and HHHL add in card form factors. While QuantX-based SSDs will clearly be niche early on, from a thought leadership perspective, it's important for Micron to prevent Intel from taking all of the early attention. Intel did well at their launch to get major partners like HPE and VMware to throw their weight behind Optane. More near term, Micron did indicate plans to offer new enterprise NVMe SSDs that leverage high-density NAND. Micron Sees Huge SSD Sales, XPoint Products Shipping This Year
  9. While Gluster has several benefits, the latest update addresses the issue that NAS storage has with scaling metadata intensive operations, particularly with small files (under a few megabytes). The biggest benefit of this would be for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform registries’ storage. According to Red Hat, Container registries, the heart of any container platform, are critical to resident applications and need highly elastic, durable storage. In addition, faster metadata-intensive operations can improve day-to-day operations by as much as 8x, increasing the responsiveness of the storage system at scale and improving the overall end-user experience. Red Hat Announces Gluster Storage 3.2
  10. Synology’s DSM is one of the easiest NAS OS to use that can be found. On top of its overall ease-of-use and management, it is extremely comprehensive. Synology packs DSM with enough features that a media enthusiast, all the way up to a medium-sized business with surveillance needs, can use it. Before the 6.0 update, the OS was already a wonderful product and Synology just took what was working and improved upon it. While every feature in DSM isn’t clear-cut, the learning curve on most is small. Users who have the faintest familiarity with any of the programs offered (e.g., if one is familiar with a video streaming product, Video Station is fairly simple to figure out), they would easily be able to learn how to use them all. If there is any confusion, Synology does offer a free forum with more than enough useful advice. Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.X Review
  11. The IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex service leverages a new “pay as you use” model of storage tiers, indicating that this pricing model will lower the cost to store and access data by over 50 percent compared to other services such as AWS S3. This new, simplified pricing is especially attractive for clients whose data usage patterns are sporadic, as Flex users can benefit from the cost savings of cold storage for rarely accessed data all the while maintaining high accessibility to all their data. Flex is the result of the acquistion and integration of Cleversafe. IBM Announces New Storage Services & Partnerships At InterConnect
  12. The HP Z2 Mini solves the issue of getting a lot of power into a workstation without taking up precious real estate on the desk or in the ever-shrinking cubicles. Not sacrificing performance for size, the Z2 Mini can pack two drives (a PCIe SSD and an extra 2.5" drive 1TB—HDD or SSD), an NVIDIA Quadro M620-class GPU, and up to 32GB of RAM. The Mini can support up to 6 displays, which is ideal for those in the financial industry. Not only does the Z2 have a small footprint, but also it has multiple mounting options to further save space including: under the desk, off the back of a monitor stand, and, most interestingly, on display arms in between the arm and the back of the monitor. Aside from so many appealing options, the HP Z2 Mini starts at just $699. HP Z2 Mini Workstation Review
  13. Overall, the Precision 5520 is a great new addition to Dell's line of workstations, offering great components and performance with the flexibility of a laptop. Although the aesthetic (upgradeable to a 4K display) and portability (3.94lbs, 15.6" screen) of the Precision 5520 are its highlighted features, we also found that it stands up to any of the other recent Precision models that Dell has released in terms of performance. That said, the Precision 5520 also offers a range of components, so that users can tailor it to meet their specific needs (or budget). Dell Precision 5520 UHD Mobile Workstation Review
  14. Organizations with virtual environments (VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments) can use LiveBoot 2.0 to leverage already existing Barracuda Backup appliance or the Barracuda Cloud if the virtual environments go down. LiveBoot is ideal for customers that need to recovery from a primary storage failure. They can use Barracuda Backup as a storage source for VMware hypervisors, which allows them to quickly boot protected VMs directly from local backup. Cloud LiveBoot works for both VMware and Hyper-V environments and does similar to LiveBoot, only booting VMs directly from backups in Barracuda Cloud. Barracuda Releases LiveBoot 2.0
  15. SolarWinds is attempting to overcome some of the challenges pointed out by those in the survey with its SolarWinds Orion platform. SolarWinds states that this platform enables unified monitoring and management of cloud, on-premises, and hybrid IT services. SolarWinds addresses the challenges with several of its tools. With the SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) companies will be able to have deep visibility into the performance of business-critical applications and the infrastructure that supports them on-premises and in the cloud. With SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) businesses will be able to be provided with comprehensive network performance monitoring with the NetPath feature for critical path visualization on-premises and in the cloud. And with SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) companies will have a unique multi-dimensional performance analysis across on-premises and cloud database environments. SolarWinds Announces Several Updates
  16. In order to simplify deployment and management, the DX8200D will be offered as a pre-integrated appliance. According to Lenovo, the new SDS appliance will enable data centers to rapidly deploy a turnkey solution that harnesses the capabilities of existing SAN arrays. For data centers with heterogeneous storage infrastructure, the DX8200D can help with optimization, scaling as needed, and make it easier for companies to replace older equipment that will no longer be necessary. The DX8200D offers data protection, replication, de-duplication, compression, and other enterprise storage capabilities through a centralized interface. Lenovo Announces SDS DX8200D
  17. QNAP will demonstrate other NAS solutions that meet diverse consumer needs for various media applications, including the TVS-1282T, TVS-882ST2 and TVS-1282ST3, the latter which is the latest addition to the company’s Thunderbolt 3 NAS portfolio. It is designed as a companion for the current-gen MacBook Pros and allows Thunderbolt-enabled computers to connect to 10GbE networks for wider application scenarios. The TS-431X and TS-1635 will also be demonstrated at the show. These devices are cost-effective 10GbE-enabled business NAS solutions ideal for media professionals who create huge amounts of HD media as a part of their daily workflows. QNAP Demonstrates New NAS Solutions at the 2017 Photography Show
  18. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT is a ruggedly built USB flash drive that offers an industry-leading 2TB model. This high capacity-point gives those who work with huge amounts of data a physical alternative to the cloud (or a supplemental method to backing up data). It features a slick design, USB 3.1 compatibility and a gracious 5-year warranty. Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB 3.1 Flash Drive Review
  19. The Dell EMC SC9000 is one of the fastest, most capable, and scalable midrange storage systems we have evaluated at the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab. The SC9000, running SCOS 7 and managed by Dell Storage Manager (DSM), is a formidable combination that is hard to outperform or underprice. SC9000 systems can manage up to 960 drives with 3PB raw capacity and 2PB addressable capacity. This scalability is possible, in part, due to a variety of available enclosures including 5U enclosures with 84 drive bays and 12Gb SAS connectivity. Moreover, Dell EMC has made sure that adding a new enclosure is straightforward, with new capacity available for existing and new storage pools. With new integrated EqualLogic PS management support via DSM, Dell EMC has a lot to offer here for its existing customers, as well as for administrators evaluating the Storage Center family for new deployments. Dell EMC SC9000 Review
  20. The DCP1000 is the result of a close engineering partnership with Liqid Inc. The drive features hardware-based pFail, next-gen. ECC data protection, advanced error correction and advanced device monitoring. In terms of flash aggregation, the drive is similar to the older Intel SSD 910 or SanDisk ioDrive2 Duo PCIe SSDs, which present as individual drives to the operating system, requiring software RAID to group into one storage volume. Kingston Digital Launches DCP1000 SSD
  21. 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
  22. Increasing density (especially within the same physical footprint) has been a goal of the storage industry for some time now. Though we keep seeing HDDs climb in capacity, with PMR climbing to 8TB and helium drives as high as 12TB that are currently shipping, SSDs have really taken off with capacity as high as 100TB within a single 3.5” form factor. But this announcement by IBM would blow these other densities out of the water. The new technology could potentially yield storage density 1,000 times denser than today’s HDDs and SSDs. Not only does them mean that data centers could potentially take up much less space (1/1000th of the current space used for storage) it would mean other devices that use storage could be much smaller, like computers and mobile devices. IBM Puts 1 Bit Of Data On A Single Atom
  23. Seagate states that they worked closely with the world’s largest cloud providers and OEMs to really gain an understanding of some of the challenges they face as data continues to grow massively. OEMs and cloud providers want to be able to store more data and retrieve it quickly when needed all while keeping TCO in mind. Seagate’s answer to these concerns is the new 12TB drop in replacement enterprise drive. Seagate Launches 12TB Enterprise HDD
  24. Facebook has been and still is evolving. The social media and social networking service still holds its status and photo sharing capabilities that shot it to success; since its beginning, Facebook has added several other features. A few years ago Facebook acquired the photo and video sharing service Instagram. Today Facebook has 100 million hours of video watched daily, 95 million photos and videos being pasted to Instagram, and over 400 million people using voice and video chat on Facebook Messenger. To keep up with this pace and keep customers happy, Facebook needs to refresh its server fleet to improve performance and scale. Facebook Refreshes Its Server Hardware Fleet
  25. As far as architecture and performance, the AMD Naples will have 45% more cores, 60% more input / output capacity (I/O), and 122% more memory bandwidth that what is currently offered. According to AMD, the new CPU will deliver the highly regarded "Zen" x86 processing engine in industry-leading configurations of up to 32 cores. One of the ideal use cases for Naples will be in seismic analysis. AMD Previews Its New Naples Server Processor