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  1. This week NetApp released the AFF C190 all flash storage array. Targeted at the needs of SMBs, the AFF C190 is designed to be a partner-led offering that enables NetApp to be more competitive down market where their exisiting storage arrays for the midmarket, like the A200 and A300, are simply too much. The NetApp AFF C190 runs on NetApp ONTAP software, meaning smaller organizations will have access to enterprise-class data services, hybrid cloud support, and data reduction technologies, which provides critical value for all-flash arrays.

    NetApp AFF C190 All-Flash Storage Array


  2. I don't think consumers care what controller is in their SSD. That used to be a big deal, but now they're buying the drive, not the controller. If the controller is better and the SSD is faster, that's great, or if the controller is cheap and the drive is cheap, that's fine. I just don't think many people outside of enthusiasts care any more. And that's assuming you're upgrading. If buying a new system, it's even less of a concern. 


  3. The marketing is hard for the QLC drives, that's why you see Intel playing with the Optane hybrid drives, to figure out a way to get more our of the super cheap NAND. For the sub-$700 Best Buy special notebook, a 240GB QLC drive is probably fine. Most people won't notice when browsing Facebook for hours on end. But as soon as you start talking about installed apps, or even several tabs running web apps, the QLC can get overwhelmed. PCIe lanes aside, that kind of marketing has been happening forever. NASs with multiple Ethernet ports would just add up all the bandwidth and claim that as their top end capability. 


  4. Overall though the ME4 knows what it's trying to be. Our results looked at both HDD and all flash pools. Most use cases will sit in between as a hybrid ME4 configuration. A few SSDs go a long way in accelerating HDD volumes. Should there be an application that can benefit from all-flash, organizations can easily pin volumes to a flash tier. While the performance story is strong for the entry market, the rest of the package is there as well. The GUI is easy to understand and configure, expansion options can take our review model up to 3PB, with the ME4084 topping out at 4PB, and there's a deep set of enterprise features. This price band has a lot of options, but not a lot of very good options - the PowerVault ME4 is a clear leader in the entry storage market.

    Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series Review


  5. The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is the newest addition to the company’s 3D cTLC NAND SSD portfolio designed for those looking to upgrade their home PCs with speedy NVMe technology. Available in two capacities of 512GB and 256GB, the 510 comes a range of useful software like SeaTools SSD and Rescue Data Recovery Services plan to ensure your data is protected while featuring decent endurance specs with 1.8M hours MTBF and up to 320 terabytes written. In our review, we tested the 512GB capacity, which is likely to show a slightly better in performance compared to the smaller capacity model.

    Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review


  6. For those looking for a cost effective NVMe SSD, the Kingston KC2000 would make a fine choice. Its not the strongest performer in this category, but the lineup is also dominated by some incredibly strong options that can be considerably more expensive. The KC2000 will be more of a cost-play for most buyers, where performance expectations are in line with the user's needs.

    Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD Review


  7. Computex 2019, an annual event held in Taipei which focuses mainly on AI & IoT, 5G, Blockchain, Innovations & Startups, Gaming & XR, Computing Technologies, Storage, and so on, took place this week and we were on the show floor. Over 1,600 exhibitors were there with more the 5,500 booths, all showcasing their latest technology. In addition to what was going on at the Nangang Exhibition Center where Computex is held each year, some companies opt to rent suites at the Grand Hyatt Hotel or showcase their products at their local office. This means that it’s nothing short of a Herculean effort to see everything there is to see, especially since the event lasts only 5 days.

    Computex 2019 Roundup


  8. Announced at VeeamON 2019, Orchestrator v2 is now able to automatically test, document and reliably recover entire sites and individual workloads from backups in a completely orchestrated way. Veeam believes that this will significantly lower the total cost of ownership of disaster recovery. Moreover, Veeam has “democratized” disaster recovery, as all types of organizations can achieve comprehensive and compliant disaster recovery for all their applications and data regardless of what type of protection they’ve used.

    Veeam Launches Availability Orchestrator v2, "with Veeam" Program and Tops $1 Billion


  9. Overall, the 9SX3000 is another solid addition to Eaton’s vast portfolio of UPS solution. Its tower build (opposed to many UPS models which use a rackmount design) allows IT to place it in areas where other UPS devices cannot like at the edge or in remote offices. Because it can fit and stand on its own much easier, its use cases are more geared towards non-datacenter applications; that is, environments where racks are not used. This is certainly a point of sales for their stated target demographics of infrastructure, industrial, medical, IT, networking, storage, and telecom. When it comes down to it, however, it’s really the same UPS as the 9PX series. It’s just molded in a different shape while featuring the same fit and finish we'd normally expect with Eaton models.

    Eaton 9SX3000 UPS Review