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  1. You lost the entire RAID?
  2. Toshiba has announced the new MQ04 Series 1TB HDD, a thin client drive designed for notebook PCs, gaming systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other use cases that require high-capacity and durable storage. Toshiba MQ04 1TB Thin Client HDD Announced
  3. Dubbed “the world’s most powerful workstation,” the new HP Z8 features an all new ID with ducting that routes fresh air to the second CPU rather than using the warm air expelled from the ducting on the first CPU. Additionally, it sports a split chassis architecture, which gives rear access to the massive 1700 W power supply, 24 DIMMs, and the 9 PCIe slots (7 full length, full height PCIe slots and two internal PCIe slots) for some pretty versatile customization. Compared to the Z840, HP indicates that the new Z8 Tower has 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity, 40 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth and 29 percent greater power supply capability. The Z8 also supports the latest professional graphics, 384GB of system memory, and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs, so users in the visual effects and design visualization industry will have the power they need. HP Announces Next Generation of Performance-Driven Z Workstations
  4. VMware has announced updates to its Cloud Provider Program today at VMworld 2017 in Barcelona; including the new VMware Cloud Provider Platform, which offers rapid deployment and scale up an environment to build value-added differentiated services; advancements to its cloud management platform to help customers deploy, operate and manage IT infrastructure and application services across a multi-cloud landscape; and the newest release of vSphere Integrated Containers v1.2, delivering new capabilities including provisioning native Docker Container Hosts. VMware Announces Major Updates to its Cloud Provider Program
  5. Dell EMC has announced the DSS 9000, an open and agile rack scale infrastructure designed to aid carriers and service providers in accelerating the adoption of software-defined data centers and cloud computing initiatives. The DSS 9000 offers organizations compute, storage, networking, power, cooling and open management in a pre-integrated rack with up to 96 nodes--as well as various Intel Xeon processors--to allow for unique builds based on customer needs. Dell EMC claims also that the DSS 9000 will promote a future of composable infrastructure, provisioning and managing at the rack level--and across the entire infrastructure--with a single interface. Dell EMC DSS 9000 Rack Scale Infrastructure Announced
  6. With this new raw multi-CPU and GPU power, the updated ThinkStations are set to boast fast processing of complex datasets and calculation intensive rendering, editing, and VR stitching, giving professionals the speed and performance they need for their specific use cases. In addition, the ThinkStation P920 and P720 both feature onboard M.2 NVMe SSD support, which offer some of the fastest I/O in the industry. Lenovo Announces ThinkStation P920 and P720 Desktop Workstations
  7. Another substantial upgrade to the HP ZBook is its dual Thunderbolt 3 ports via the USB-C connector, both of which support DP 1.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 and PCIe technology. The display can also be upgraded to FHD Touch UWVA and UHD DreamColor options, the latter which boasts a bright 4K resolution, making it ideal for those working video and photo editing industries. Moreover, with its support for HP Fast Charge, HP states the ZBook 15 G4 can go from 0 to 50% in charged capacity in just a half hour, which is rather impressive. HP ZBook 15 G4 Review
  8. Dell Technologies has announced that the newest version of its REX-Ray technology, the company’s open source container orchestration engine created by open source organization {code}, has marked a new breakthrough: version v0.10 offers the first-ever plugins enabled by the Container Storage Interface (CSI) that implement a pre-release of the CSI 0.1 specification. Dell indicates this means major cloud providers and software-based platforms are now immediately interoperable through CSI. Dell adds that REX-Ray is the first CSI plugin implementation acting as an early validation of the CSI specification, which will likely aid in mainstream industry adoption and container orchestrator implementations. Dell Announces Container Storage Interface Support for REX-Ray v0.10
  9. At Huawei Connect 2017, the company released its new-generation intelligent cloud hardware platform, Atlas. Atlas follows along with several other key cloud products announced at the event Along with new cloud products, Huawei is heavily investing in a strategy that will aide companies that are currently in the process of their own digital transformation. Huawei Releases Atlas, Its Intelligent Cloud Hardware Platform
  10. Digital Transformation is the buzzword (or words in this case) that has been used ad nauseam. While it is true that several organizations are in the throes of this transformation, many have moved beyond the transformation phase and are ready to start creating new value. In order to facilitate this, Huawei is taking its cloud technologies and adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. This techniques range from basic AI needs to more sophisticated aimed at satisfying all aspects of small to large enterprises including the supply chain, manufacturing, and management systems. Huawei Debuts Its Enterprise Intelligence Solution
  11. Helium will not dissipate in the lifetime of that drive. At 1TB it's probably traditional tech. They've done up to 2TB I think with SMR and not sealed.
  12. We've had a lot of conversations as to why this is and a lot of it comes back to the way government agencies procure hardware. There's a nuance of discounting that would be impossible if they started out by quoting a "real" price.
  13. As good as the advancements in storage and smartphone technology are, exposure to water can still damage them. How this service will work is DriveSavers will take one device per business or household and recovery the data. Since there is only one free one, make sure that it is the primary device of the household or business. DriveSavers will also offer 50% discounts on multi-disk devices such as RAID, NAS and SAN devices. DriveSavers Offers Hurricane Harvey Victims Free Data Recovery Of Wet Phones & Hard Drives
  14. I think that's why we're seeing action like the Tegile deal, where they couldn't IPO and couldn't continue operating at a loss. I haven't seen a concrete number of what WD paid, but it was certainly less than Tegile wanted to IPO for. We've already seen that with Nimble (HPE) and others.
  15. I've been thinking a lot about how to better socialize street prices for storage. The vendors will tell us, but of course don't want to let us post such things. That said, it seems like anyone who buys has a pretty good idea of what the street is anyway. I'd love to be able to anonymize the proposals and post them in a repository by vendor. For now, you guys chatting about it here is a good start.
  16. Brian

    News thread missing

    Thanks, will get this fixed.
  17. Huawei Connect is the company’s annual event held in Shanghai both this year and last. Much like Connect 2016, this year’s event focuses quite a bit of its attention on the cloud. The company has moved beyond providing hardware and software for the cloud, and has extending its reach into operational services as well. This plays well into the overall industry that is undergoing a massive digital transformation and is looking for new business models and tools to increase connection, engagement, and get a competitive advantage. Huawei Unveils Its Platform + Connection + Ecosystem Strategy At Connect
  18. Brian

    WD To Acquire Tegile

    I have no visibility into what WD's plans are from a systems perspective, but fighting against your OEM customers doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
  19. It's feasible in that if it meets your needs, so be it. But if you have highly compressible and dedupable workloads, there may be better options pending your reply to Mitch.
  20. You'd have to email Supermicro. Unfortunately we can't discuss the pricing of this system.
  21. Believe me, we'd love to test both. We're making progress with HPE, we have the hybrid MSA in for review now. Yes, it's entry level storage, but it's a good first step. In terms of a Pure Storage review, they've been very clear that they'll never let us review their systems. We've had a few chances to work on a POC system that we've been offered by Pure customers/prospects, but we don't want to get them into trouble. As to Fujitsu, we reviewed a prior model a year or two back also. They're trying to get more mindshare in the US, though they have a lot of marketing work to do. Huawei is doing the same thing, we're seeing a big push from the APAC OEMs trying to get more North American exposure. The good news is that there are a lot of options and hopefully for Fujitsu they'll get a couple more looks now.
  22. The new mobile thin clients are pretty impressive, looking forward to getting one of those in the lab for review.
  23. Brian

    Crucial M500 alternative

    That's the problem with embargos...
  24. We don't have it handy any longer. I presume you have some SAS drives sitting around. Probably best to ask them to see what its supports. I'd worry some about cooling depending on what else you have in there.
  25. Review of a nifty little Thunderbolt enclosure that provides access to three PCIe slots and 4x2.5" drive bays. Netstor TurboBox Review