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  1. Designed to maximize the performance of block storage, KumoScale software pools NVMe storage together to deliver the right amount of capacity and IOPS that can be shared by thousands of job instances thorugh NVMe-oF. This gives cloud users more flexibility, scalability, and efficiency. While KumoScale can be used in several different hardware options (Toshiba recommends Intel Xeon CPU E5-2690 v4 @2.30GHz or equivalent and 64GB of DRAM), we used the Newisys NSS-1160G-2N dual node server. Not only will NVMe-oF bring storage to near-peak performance, KumoScale also works with multiple orchestration frameworks including Kubernetes, OpenStack, Lenovo XClarity, and Intel RSD. Toshiba KumoScale NVMe-oF (Newisys NSS-1160G-2N) Review
  2. Looking at the numbers, Nutanix reported revenue of $289.4 million up 41% from the same time last year while reflecting the elimination of roughly $52 million in pass-through hardware revenue. The company saw a net loss of $85.7 million GAAP ($0.51/share) and $34.6 million non-GAAP ($0.21/share), both an improvement over the same time last year. Nutanix reported cash and short-term investments at $923.5 million; up significantly form the same time last year. The company saw a dip in operating cash flow, $13.3 million, and free cash flow, $800,000 compared to this time last year. Nutanix Reports 3Q18 Earnings
  3. Updates to the company’s network management portfolio improve other SolarWinds innovations, including NetPath, which measures the performance characteristics of each network node and link across hybrid IT landscapes and into the public cloud. SolarWinds recently started to deploy NetPath onto its Managed Service Provider platforms to provide another means to access this technology. SolarWinds Updates Its Network Management Product Line
  4. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, NetApp is reporting revenue of $1.64 billion up 11% from this time last year, $1.48 billion. For net income the company is reporting $271 million GAAP ($0.99/share) and $288 million non-GAAP ($1.05/share), both numbers improved over last year’s. NetApp is reporting cash from operations at $494 million. And the company returned $397 million to shareholders through stock repurchase and dividends. NetApp Reports 4Q18 & Full Year Earnings
  5. Coupled with the company’s continuous data protection technology, Zerto claims that their IT Resilience Platform will help fix many digital-transformation challenges by converging backup, disaster recovery and cloud mobility solutions into one single, simple and scalable platform. Orchestration and automation are built in, which allows organizations to modernize and innovate. Moreover, analytics and control will give users complete visibility across multi-site, multi-cloud environments, eliminating the need for separate backup, replication, orchestration and migration tools along with the complexities and costs to come with them. Zerto IT Resilience Platform Announced
  6. Looking at the numbers, Pure is reporting a revenue of $255.9 million up from the same time last year but down from last quarter. Gross margin was 65% GAAP and 66.3% non-GAAP. The company reported a net loss of $64.3 million GAAP and $16.2 million non-GAAP, significantly worse than the $11.9 million GAAP and $31.8 net income non-GAAP reported last quarter. This works out to a net loss of $0.29/share GAAP and $0.07/share GAAP. Pure Storage Announces 1Q19 Earnings
  7. The M.2 SSD thermal sensors support real-time temperature monitoring, while the quiet cooling module (which includes the heatsink and smart fan) help to minimize overheating risks and sustain constant high performance. Th QM2 models that support four M.2 SSDs via the PCIe slots bring SSD caching to QNAP NAS solutions as well as higher storage capacity to optimize IOPS-demanding applications. They also support RAID 5/RAID 6/RAID 10 drive configurations. QNAP Updates QM2 PCIe Expansion Card Line
  8. The S451-3R0 also has a pretty impressive storage capacity via its front-loaded 24 x 3.5” hot-swappable HDD/SSDs and 12 x 3.5” and 2 x 2.5” hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays located on the back of the server (the rear bays can be used as an OS boot device). Users can also attach a storage adapter via the 4 x PCIe (Gen3 x 16) slots and 1 x OCP (Gen3 x16) mezzanine slot. GIGABYTE gives you the option of using one of their storage adaptors or your own legacy storage adaptors or RAID cards. As far as networking goes, the S451-3R0 comes equipped with standard dual 10Gb/s SFP+ LAN ports, an additional 2 x 1Gb/s LAN ports and a dedicated management LAN port. The S451-3R0 also features a chassis design that uses a standard E-ATX form factor motherboard, giving users the option to choose an alternative motherboard solution instead (e.g., Intel Xeon D or AMD EPYC based solutions) for further customization needs. GIGABYTE S451-3R0 Storage Server Now Available
  9. Marking the second component of the company’s hyperconverged portfolio (the first being Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization) Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud is an open platform aimed at improving application portability between the datacenter and the edge. For nodes in OpenStack deployments, this gives users the ability to use non-hyperconverged nodes across their networks with hyperconverged nodes at the edge. That company goes on to state that its new Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud will provide a smoother customer experience from procurement to day three operations by delivering a pre-packaged solution with socket-pair pricing. Red Hat Announced Hyperconverged Infrastructure For Cloud
  10. HDDs have been the go to when organizations need capacity at an affordable price. However, HDDs are hitting their upper limit of performance, barring some new technology like multi actuator. Flash provides much better performance and increasingly better density. Another part of the equation is that workloads have evolved to need the performance of flash. Flash can better be leveraged for data insights and analytics as well. Micron is using its QLC NAND (that it states can hit 1 terabit with its next-generation 64-layer 3D NAND structure) to optimize performance and capacity. Micron Begins Shipping Its 5210 ION Quad-Level Cell SSD
  11. Based on the Intel C622 chipset, these system configurations by Supermicro have already been deployed around several data center environments including cloud service providers (CSPs), media streaming, e-commerce, social, telecommunications, semiconductor, OpenStack, artificial intelligence (AI), content delivery networks (CDN), and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). The systems come standard with integrated dual 10G ports per node and support for add-on cards and Supermicro’s flexible SIOM network modules, these servers can be also equipped to support 100/40/25G high-speed networking options. Supermicro Announces Cloud-Scale BigTwin & SuperBlade Systems At OpenStack
  12. The first commercially available OpenStack distribution to comply with the 2018.02 interoperability guidelines, VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 packages, tests, and supports all major components of the distribution, including the full open source OpenStack code in a multi-cloud architecture. Customers looking to leverage VMware’s NFV and/or SDDC infrastructure will be able to do so faster and more efficiently with VMware Integrated OpenStack 5 automation and onboarding. Existing customers can upgrade seamlessly with the built-in upgrade capability, assuming they are eligible. VMware Unveils VMware Integrated OpenStack 5
  13. The DS1618+ is comes equipped with a quad-core Intel Atom processor C3538 (which is also found in RS2818RP+ and RS2418+/RS2418RP+) and 4GB of DDR4 non-ECC SODIMM, the latter which can be upgraded to a hefty 32GB (ECC SODIMMs). The maximum storage capacity can also be expanded to an impressive 192TB when using two DX517 expansion units, allowing growing companies to plan ahead with their data growth. Moreover, the DS1618+ supports Synology's M2D17 PCIe adapter card, which can be outfitted with a dual M.2 SATA SSD so users can leverage SSD cache to increase maximum throughput and reduce I/O latency. Users can also install a network interface card in the PCIe slot with up to two 10GbE ports for a maximum throughput of 1,551 MBps reading and 586 MBps writing. Synology DiskStation DS1618+ Now Available
  14. The QNAP TS-1677X series features a variety of different AMD Ryzen processors, including an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8-cores/16-threads), AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (6-cores/12-threads) and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4-cores/4-threads), and supports AES-NI encryption acceleration up to 64GB DDR4 RAM. Every model comes with two 10GBASE-T RJ45 ports that support 10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M speeds as well as three PCIe slots that can be populated with a graphics card, 10GbE/40GbE NICs, USB 3.1 expansion cards, and QM2 cards. QNAP TS-1677X Ryzen NAS Series Now Available
  15. Looking at the numbers, Cisco is reporting revenue of $12.5 billion, up 4% from this time last year. The company saw a GAAP net income of $2.7 billion or a gain of $0.56 earnings per share. For non-GAAP the company saw a net income of $3.2 billion or $0.66 diluted earnings per share. Cisco reported a total gross margin as 62.3% GAAP and 63.9% non-GAAP. Operating expenses for the quarter were $4.6 billion GAAP and $4.0 billion non-GAAP. Cisco Announces 3Q18 Earnings
  16. Big data is still growing and becoming increasingly more valuable. With the explosion of IoT devices and their uses, more data is being collected than ever before with the ability to garner insights that will lead to new business or revenue. The industry has been making leaps and bounds to increase density but have yet to deliver on the 1PB per 1U so far. While it is true one could take 128TB SSDs and put ten in one array, it would be extremely cost prohibitive. Dell EMC has come up with a new solution. Dell EMC Takes A Stab At 1PB/1U With High Density M.2 Sleds
  17. HP ZBook x2 G4 is a mid-range workstation that executes a unique combination of performance and mobility due to some intelligent hardware design. This is mostly due to HP’s choice of putting all the components in the tablet itself (and not some in the keyboard), which allows it to boast the same performance with or without the keyboard. Moreover, another smart decision by HP was giving users a variety of different ways to use the x2, including the traditional Tablet mode, a detatch mode that separates the screen and the wireless keyboard, a dock mode so you can connect to another monitor and the normal a laptop mode. HP ZBook x2 G4 Review
  18. Container adoption is soaring with Kubernetes leading the way in container orchestration technology for managing production workloads. While Kubernetes is extremely valuable they do take expertise to leverage effectively. Rackspace’s new Kubernetes-as-a-Service allows organizations to reap the benefits of Kubernetes without the resource investment in learning them. Rackspace offers operations management and support for the entire technology stack, from the hardware to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to Kubernetes, including the containers and cluster application services such as monitoring, logging, analytics and other functions. Rackspace Launches Comprehensive Kubernetes-as-a-Service Solution
  19. These announcements include: IBM Cloud: Veeam has expanded its partnership with IBM Cloud, announcing a 1,000% increase in workloads protected by Veeam in IBM over the course of 2018. Moreover, Veeam Agents are now available on IBM Cloud on both physical and virtual workloads running on Windows or Linux. To enhance IBM mid-market and enterprise data protection for on-premises customer workloads, IBM Business Resiliency Services now features managed services on Veeam hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Veeam also revealed a noticeable growth in IBM business partners that sell Veeam on IBM Cloud. AWS: A big focus for Veeam is expanding our portfolio to support protection across AWS environments. And Veeam demonstrated that commitment with the acquisition of N2WS earlier this year, strengthening our ability to protect AWS workloads. N2WS: Since the acquisition of N2WS in January 2018, N2WS has reported a 153% increase in Q1 2018 bookings as well as a 100% growth in installed trials and POCs. N2WS also added Amazon DynamoDB to its serverless computing portfolio and new disaster recovery options for Amazon Aurora in its Cloud Protection Manager version 2.3. VCSPs (Veeam Cloud and Service Providers): Lastly, Veeam unveiled that it now has 18,900 partners, among which are three new platinum-level VCSP partners: Equinix, Involta, Nexon and ISG. In addition, 2,000 VCSP partners have opened licenses of the most recent Veeam solutions including Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. Veeam Multi-cloud Solutions Announcements At VeeamON
  20. Veeam has had its Virtual Labs for some time, the ability to create production-like instances of virtual environments on-demand. Veeam DataLabs takes this functionality and expands it to include use cases and business value. DataLabs creates isolated sandboxes where new things can be tried out in an effort to accelerate innovations without risking actual workloads. Like the greater purpose of Hyper-Availability, DataLabs also takes reactive data protection and attempts to transform it into proactive value-added service. Veeam Introduces Veeam DataLabs
  21. Policy-based data management doesn’t cut it in a world of hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl. Customers need a new type of solution that leverages behavior-based data management making it more autonomous while maintaining mission critical data and delivering insights. Veeam posits that its Hyper-Availability Platform will tackle the above while helping its customers move to Intelligent Data Management. Veeam Unveils Its Vision For The Hyper-Available Enterprise
  22. The TS-832X is powered by an AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-324 quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A57 processor and features upwards of 16GB DDR4 RAM and SSD caching and Qtier for optimizing storage performance and utilization. The available two PCIe slots make this NAS a versatile system, giving users a way to further expand the system and increase overall performance QNAP TS-832X 8-bay Now Available
  23. I believe the low-cost of these things are their bright spots. One of them has a list price of somewhere around $7. Though the middle of the road one had better performance.
  24. Professionals need quick storage cards, and that's what the Canvas React offers, though our real-world benchmark tests showed it doesn't live up to Kingston's speed promises. The card also didn't always outperform two of this manufacturer's less expensive cards. But a closer look at the data turns up an important point: for photography, saving images and video is more important than displaying them, and the Canvas React almost always outperformed the Canvas Select and Go! in this area. Kingston Canvas React SD & microSD Card Review
  25. Targeted towards professional photographers and videographers, the Kingston Go! UHS-I Card offers mid-range performance of 92.0MB/s read and 85.2MB/s write in sequential 2MB transfer speeds, the latter number which was well beyond what was quoted by Kingston. Though Kingston indicates this is the mid-range card of the Canvas line, it did beat out the higher-class React in sequential writes and fell a hair short of matching its read performance throughout our tests. The Go! also has the benefit of offering a 512GB model, which the other two from the Kingston Canvas line do not. Moreover, though it was expected to boast performance slower than professional-grade UHS-II cards in the 2MB transfer tests, it did show comparable performance in our 4K random IOPS benchmark. The Kingston card, however, did not reach the 104MB/s theoretical top speed for UHS-I cards. Kingston Canvas Go! SD & microSD Card Review