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  1. 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
  2. QLC stands for quad-level cells and is the next step beyond the already common triple level cells (TLC). As the name indicates, QLC packs in 4 bits per cell, one more than TLC. Alongside packing in 33% more bits per cell (and twice as many possible states), we can reasonably expect a further decrease in write speeds and program-erase cycles as well as an increase in power consumption and error-rates; likely necessitating the development of new error-correcting code and controls. Unfortunately, neither company has been forthcoming with specifications for their new memory so we have very little idea what the exact rates or other specifications will eventually be. Western Digital & Toshiba Separately Announce QLC 96-Layer NAND
  3. QLC stands for quad-level cells and is the next step beyond the already common triple level cells (TLC). As the name indicates, QLC packs in 4 bits per cell, one more than TLC. Alongside packing in 33% more bits per cell, we can reasonably expect a further decrease in write speeds and program-erase cycles as well as an increase in power consumption and error-rates; likely necessitating the development of new error-correcting code and controls. Back in January, we got a peek at the specifications for Intel’s planned products for the year. Intriguingly, the chart including the 660p utilizing QLC technology and specified random read/write speeds of up to 150K/150K IOPS and sequential read/write speeds of up to 1800/1100 MB/s. In the absence of any verifiable details about the SSD Intel teased on Twitter we can only speculate if its performance will be in the same ballpark, but at least both drives will have PCIe interfaces. Intel Now Producing QLC PCIe SSDs
  4. Though customizing the ZBook 15u G5 may seem a bit limited compared to HP's other mobile workstations, this budget friendly mobile workstation still has enough flexibility to satisfy its intended applications. It features up to an Intel Core i7-8550U and 32GB of DDR4 non-ECC memory, and supports a range of different high-performance storage options including the HP Z Turbo Drive G2 PCIe NVMe SSD (up to 1TB). The 15u G5 also comes equipped with the usual connectivity options, including one USB Type-C, which supports Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort 1.2, and USB 3.1, while offering a decent upgrade in GPU over the previous generation with the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100. HP ZBook 15u G5 Review
  5. The CP Series currently has two models available; the ThinkAgile CP4000 and the ThinkAgile CP6000. Lenovo also boasts that the CP series features fully integrated high availability, backup, remote replication, usage metering, live help and support and multilayered, multitenant security. Customers can leverage a curated application marketplace (which they can extend with their own offerings) for rapid deployment and enjoy simple, plug-and-play scale-out of disaggregated units of computing and storage capacity Lenovo & Cloudistics Launch ThinkAgile CP Series
  6. As technologies rapidly change so do workflows. This typically results in better hardware in order to keep up. But constant workstation refreshes can be costly. HP’s new entry workstations (the HP Z2 Mini, HP Z2 Small Form Factor and HP Z2 Tower, as well as the HP EliteDesk 800 Workstation Edition) offer the performance needed while being priced to where they won’t break the bank. The refreshed workstations have HP’s end-to-end security as well as a self-healing BIOS and endpoint security controller. The new workstations have also been designed for 24/7 reliability standards and all can now connect through Thunderbolt interface. As with all workstations from HP, there are several customizations options for users’ given needs. HP Refreshes Its Z Family Of Entry-Level Workstations
  7. Seagate has released their latest end-user drive with the BarraCuda SSD. The drive is being pushed as a cost-effective drop in upgrade for PCs or laptops that still use HDDs; the drive will definitely offer more performance than HDDs with quoted speeds of up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write. The SSD comes in capacities up to 2TB, which should keep users from having to choose between capacity or performance. Not only is the drive backed by a 5-year limited warranty, but it also brings 20 years of Seagate experience to it. Seagate BarraCuda SSD Review
  8. While the cloud has been adopted more and more there is a lingering thought that, while it is a cost-effective method of storage, the cloud is not generally thought of as fast. This perception isn’t entirely unfounded as early uses of large public cloud, like AWS, were for cheap bulk storage and archive; speed wasn’t needed. But as more applications are born and live, they need performance and AWS is happy to oblige. AWS Announces High-Performance EC2 Instances Updates
  9. The newly-developed 8Gb LPDDR5 is the latest addition to Samsung’s premium DRAM lineup, which includes 10nm-class 16Gb GDDR6 DRAM (in volume production since December 2017) and 16Gb DDR5 DRAM (developed in February). The 8Gb LPDDR5 boasts a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is 1.5 times as fast as the mobile DRAM chips used in current flagship mobile devices (LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s). With the increased transfer rate, the new LPDDR5 can send 51.2 gigabytes (GB) of data, or approximately 14 full-HD video files (3.7GB each), in a second (assuming a 64-bit memory bus as is common in high-end mobile platforms). Samsung Announces First 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM
  10. Not only is Commvault combining several products, it is updating the new packages with innovations that center on artificial intelligence (AI) that will learn and adapt automatically. This would make the new packages meet evolving needs better while simplifying backup management. The new package offerings come with what one would expect along with several features that were previously only available as add-ons such as Commvault IntelliSnap for snapshot management, hardware replication support, reporting, synchronization of virtual machines across locations, and file sharing. Commvault Updates & Simplifies Product Packaging
  11. Unitrends has taken its Recovery Series appliances and expanded it to 15 different models. These models range from 2TB to 120TB depending on customers’ needs. The above-mentioned efficiencies are stated to deliver 20% more density in the same form factor along with up to 60% reduction in power and cooling costs. The appliances also have a new self-healing storage to monitor and correct hardware issues. The new appliances can automatically notify customers and open support tickets if they detect something wrong. Unitrends Releases Recovery Series Gen 8
  12. While Cloud, NVMe, and SDS usually dominate the headlines in storage (including our own), there is still a need to store enormous amounts of data in a cost-effective manner that can be easily retrieved if needed. This is where tape libraries, and companies like Spectra Logic, neatly fit into the enterprise storage equation. While tape is not as exciting as some of the super fast technologies, it is still integral to several users listed above, and Spectra Logic continues to innovate this technology to increase its performance, availability, all the while lowering total storage costs. Spectra Logic Enhances Its Enterprise Tape Library Offerings
  13. Fujitsu is both an Oracle Platinum Partner and a global Managed Services Provider (MSP). Building on their 35-year alliance, the deepening relationship provides enterprises that run Oracle workloads and applications with greater agility and enables those with any type of on-premises infrastructure with a simple path to Oracle public or private cloud, including SPARC and Intel-based workloads. Fujitsu provides and fully manages Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on Oracle Cloud and on-premises infrastructure globally. The company offers a broad range of Oracle Cloud Services including migration, integration, orchestration and managed services, all powered by Fujitsu’s end-to-end hybrid IT portfolio. Fujitsu Expands Partnerships With Cloud Providers
  14. Supermicro's newest IoT system is the 1019C-HTN2; a well fleshed out offering that supports up to three independent displays and is well suited for digital signage, DVR/NVR, POS, office server and network security applications. With a depth of 11.3 inches, this 1U system is powered by Supermicro's X11SCZ-F micro-ATX motherboard and supports two hot-swap and two internal 2.5-inch hard drive bays, up to 64GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 memory, two GbE LAN ports, four USB 3.1 devices, a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, M.2 slot, and a dedicated IPMI 2.0 remote management port. Support for socket-based processors like Intel’s brand new Xeon E-2100, makes it easy for customers to select a CPU based on their specific requirements, while the single PCI-E x16 slot empowers customers to further expand the feature set. Supermicro Launches Xeon E-2100 Optimized Workstation & IoT Systems
  15. As organizations, both established and modern cloud-based businesses, move into heterogeneous and high-distributed environments, they can struggle to manage their data as it spans these new technological horizons. Datera’s 3.2 Platform aims to ease these struggles with data automation, self-driving orchestration, the ability to maximize consistent performance, and the ability to scale with operational control. The company states that all of this can be done while still allowing users to mix and match applications and infrastructure to hit their specific needs. Datera Releases Version 3.2 Of Its Platform
  16. Initial testing has shown very promising results. As we began stress testing the platform with early firmware, we were pushing in excess of 450k IOPS 4K read and over 200k IOPS 4K write. Bandwidth has also been fantastic, helping us push the limits of our 10Gb interconnects, with large-block 64K read speeds measured over 5GB/s and write over 1GB/s. As we continue to optimize and come closer to our final build we expect these numbers to change and improve. VMware vSAN with Intel Optane Preview
  17. The Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 is a single-socket server that features a CPU from AMD’s new EPYC line. With the new processor, Dell EMC and AMD claim that users will see a performance bump accompanied by lower TCO through socket licensing and power needs. The R7415 comes with an ample amount of space to add devices to boost performance. For instance, users can add 16 DDR4 DIMMs that can hold up to 2TB of memory and can add up to 24 NVMe SSDs--all within the small 2U footprint. The PowerEdge R7415 comes with all of the features that make PowerEdge servers attractive for potential buyers such as LifeCycle Controller, iDRAC, and OpenManage Mobile, as well as the company’s new built-in security features such as cryptographically trusted booting and silicon root of trust. The PowerEdge R7415 is designed mainly for use in SDS and business analytics, though it could certainly be used for other use cases. Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 Server Review
  18. Lenovo has completely redesigned the ThinkStation P330 Tower and SFF, shrinking the size of the workstation by up to 30% compared to previous models. Lenovo states that despite its small form factor, the new workstation still boasts outstanding performance. Moreover, designers, engineers and other pro-users will benefit from the Tiny version, which is equipped with a range of accessories and mounting options for a ton of versatility. With support for the Intel Xeon E processor and 8th Generation Intel Core processors, Lenovo claims a (up to) 44% increase in performance due to support for up to six cores per CPU and an impressive clock speed of up to 4.7 GHz. Lenovo Unveils New ThinkStation P330 Desktop Workstations
  19. The 7th-generation Kaby Lake 14nm Intel Celeron 3865U features low-power funcationality via its dual-core 1.8 GHz processor. The TVS-951X sports a hybrid drive bay design (i.e., five 3.5-inch drive bays and four 2.5-inch SSD slots) and comes equipped with built-in 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) network port. Users looking to leverage the hybrid storage support can maximize both capacity and performance through SSD caching and Qtier auto-tiering storage. QNAP TVS-951X 9-Bay Hybrid NAS Now Available
  20. So how does one go from being a start up founded by three guys to four years later having over a 1,000 customers and being worth over a billion dollars? By simply seeing a need and finding a better way to address it for a much lower cost. Snowflake’s architecture is compatible with Oracle, Teradata, Netezza, SQL Server, and Vertica. The company states that its service is completely self managing, provides essentially unlimited data sizes and concurrency, and supports both structured and machine generated, semi-structured data. And it can do all this for as little as $2/hour, yep, just two bucks an hour. Snowflake Now Available On Azure
  21. Featuring 96 spinning disks in a 4U enclosure, the SBJ 4:96 active archive, permanent true disk library offers 1,344TB of raw capacity complete with a full complement of featured data services. With Active-Audit functionality, the SBJ series allows organizations to complete a user definable, recurring 100% total archive, background, data integrity audit to guarantee total data integrity. Combined with their claim of 100% zero power, Storbyte is offering the certainty of knowing one’s data is still there with much of the cost savings from tape. Storbyte Introduces Its Active On-Line 4:96 Hard Disk Storage System
  22. DDN intends to enhance its portfolio with the purchase of Tintri’s assets. This would give DDN best in class enterprise virtualization, real time analytics and VM automation. DDN is working with Tintri to develop a pathway that not only benefits them with the above technology, but also helps out Tintri’s customers. DDN Intends To Buy Tintri Assets
  23. Even with this significant boost in performance, Samsung claims that the new V-NAND is still comparable to the 64-layer in power efficiency, as the operating voltage has been reduced from 1.8 volts to 1.2 volts. Moreover, Samsung adds that their next-gen V-NAND has the industry's fastest data write speed at 500μs (a 30% improvement over the previous generation). They were also able to reduce read-signal response times to 50μs. Samsung Announces Mass Production of 5th-Gen V-NAND
  24. As more and more organizations move on to a multi-cloud strategy they are having more data-driven needs such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and containers. All of these new needs require a storage solution that is powerful enough to address all the needs while being built on proven technology, supporting both the existing and changing data centers. IBM’s solution to these issues is the expansion of its FlashSystem to include the new 9100 NVMe end-to-end solution. IBM Announces FlashSystem 9100
  25. As far as performance goes, Seagate claims a decent 540MB/s and 520MB/s in sequential reads and writes, respectively, with a potential to hit 90,000 IOPS in random reads. The BarraCuda SSD also includes reliability features such as 1.8M hours MTBF, up to 1092 TBW, a 5-year warranty, and access to the company’s Global Technical Support. In addition, the BarraCuda SSD comes in a range capacity options (250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB) and features ultra-low power mode support for reduced power consumption. Seagate BarraCuda SSD Announced