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  1. Glad you're happy, should serve you well.
  2. While we didn't hit the WD posted performance of the My Passport SSD, we did see aggregate performance that puts the drive in a very favorable position at the head of the class. As professionals and consumers do more on the go, the portable SSD segment is going to rapidly grow in importance to vendors that deal in flash. WD is well positioned then with this effort not just in terms of performance, but in other elements like the software package for PCs they include and a design that is appealing. WD My Passport SSD Review
  3. In quantity of one, it probably doesn't matter honestly. Buy on price is my suggestion.
  4. The DHCS comes with some configurability for users that want more or less of certain aspects. For example, the minimum configuration is one S4048 switch for networking, one PowerEdge C6320 server for compute, and a cluster of four PowerEdge R730 servers for storage. The minimum configuration comes with no backup Data Protection Manager (DPM) servers. On the flip side, if users need the maximum of everything, the DHCS can be configured with two S4048 switches for redundancy, four PowerEdge C6320 servers (16 sleds for compute), three backup DPM servers, and six PowerEdge R730 servers (two storage hosts and four storage enclosures, all accessible to the compute nodes). Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft Review (Azure Pack)
  5. You're definitely right, it's just what we had on hand. Expect more GPU reviews coming up, it's an increasingly important niche for workstations and servers. As we do more the comps will get better.
  6. The WX 3100 is based on the 14nm Polaris GPU architecture and is equipped with eight compute units (512 stream processors), 4GB GDDR5 memory (96GB/s bandwidth) and offers 1.25 TFLOPS single precision compute. In aggregate, the WX 3100 is expected to perform 2.3 times better than the prior iteration. AMD maintains a focus of efficiency, the WX 3100 draws a max of 50W with power monitoring and management that is designed to reduce power consumption at idle. The WX 3100 includes three outputs (1xDP, 2x mini DP 1.4) capable of driving three 4K displays at 60Hz or one 5K 30Hz. AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Review
  7. As more organizations move to the hybrid cloud, the need for a cloud-scale application data management platform increases. Rubrik states that Alta will simplify management, maintain agility over evolving environments, and free organization’s application data from the underlying infrastructure. Rubrik Releases Alta
  8. LOL - I didn't even catch that the first time, but you're likely right.
  9. Available in three capacities, 300GB, 600GB and 900GB, the new AL14SX series is made for mission critical storage and comes in a 15mm, 2.5” form factor to save space and reduce footprint of this storage. The new drive series supports 512 native, 4K native or emulated 512 sector length technologies and is compatible with industry standard applications and operating environments. Aside from having more capacity than the previous version, the AL13SX, the AL14SX also shows a 19% increase in maximum sustained transfer rate and a 28.7% improvement in power efficiency (W/GB). Toshiba Announces New 15K, 900GB HDD
  10. Yeah, the forums aren't as active these days but there's still a lot of great support here if needed.
  11. All forms of data are growing fast, but unstructured is doubling every two years. According to Gartner, by 2021, more than 80% of enterprise unstructured data will be stored in scale-out file system and object storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers. On-prem solutions may not be able to handle such growth, while the cloud could be too slow for most business demands. So, why not have both? Panzura Announces Freedom 7 Family
  12. We're just now seeing some of the 10's in the lab. I don't have any more details about availability unfortunately.
  13. Agreed, really no reason outside of capacity to replace a more or less modern SSD.
  14. We've talked about it but just haven't put the time in to create one.
  15. Really depends on your workflow, but I'd go straight to the NAS if the transfer times work for you.
  16. They're really all about the same honestly. I'd buy the one that looks nice to you and fits in the budget. I will say though that you need to be sure to back this drive up. If you're more paranoid you could get a dual-bay RAID enclosure that offers a little more redundancy. Better yet, get a NAS.
  17. This new integration with the Veeam Data Mover Service (VDMS) enables DXi deduplication appliances to support the full breadth of advanced Veeam features such as synthetic full backup creation and instant VM recovery. The two companies state that using Veeam with DXi deduplication appliances can both maximize availability of production environments while minimizing backup storage costs. Aside from the above mentioned benefits, DXi appliances will also be added to the Veeam user interface in the next software release. Quantum Announces Tighter Integration With Veeam
  18. The new VM Backup and Recovery offers the “full experience” of Commvault’s software to back up and recover virtual machines and structured/unstructured data. Users can also leverage physical machines as the destination. In addition, it provides customers with a both the simplicity and cost of down-market solutions all the while offering comprehensive capabilities and features, and integration with cloud and on-premises solutions. Commvault VM Backup and Recovery Trial Software for Customers Launched
  19. The main use cases for the new Ultrastar SS300 drives are virtualized storage systems, databases, and private and hybrid cloud environments. The drive come in capacities up to 7.68TB, enabling customer to consolidate their data centers a bit and get the same data in a smaller footprint. Not only does the new drive have high random performance and high capacity, it is also offered in several endurance classes and power settings (high power consumption for more performance and lower for energy savings). The levels of variety give OEMs lots of flexibility as they create data center gear. WDC Announces HGST Ultrastar SAS SS300 SSD
  20. We use what we've been sampled. Unfortunately that means we don't always have all the capacities.
  21. Intel wants "Optane Memory" to be used with their cache software, though you can use it without as a tiny SSD if you want. I'm just saying I think the idea is dumb and they should have just waited to launch a proper SSD. That's probably what Micron will do, instead of trying the interim step that Intel is taking. My read is that the Optane media is just not ready for prime time yet but Intel is trying to build it's brand in the interim.
  22. Agreed, though I'd probably just add a second drive rather than migrating OS and such to a new one.
  23. I think Micron will forgo this silly cache idea and just go straight to a traditional SSD package.
  24. What are you doing that you're hoping to see a performance gain in? I can't get behind what WD is doing with SSD right now, there are many other better options.