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  2. The Samsung 860DCT is the company’s new data center SATA SSD. The 860DCT is a 2.5” form factor SSD with capacities as high as 3.84TB. The drive is built off of Samsung’s proven 3D V-NAND technology and is built for some serious endurance, 1,396 total TB written on the 3.84TB model. Samsung quotes sequential speeds up to 550MB/s read and up to 520MB/s write with random speeds of 98K IOPS read and 19K IOPS write. The drive is all about read-intensive and data-streaming data centers. Samsung 860DCT SSD Review
  3. The ThunderX2 is a 64-bit ARM CPU with a completely new architecture to the ThunderX, Cavium’s previous CPU offering. Both of GIGABYTE's newest servers run on dual BGA socket ThunderX2 CN9975-2000 processors. GIGABYTE is also hoping to offer models with higher end ThunderX2 CN9980-2200 (32 cores, 2.2 GHz clock speed) and CN9975-2200 (28 cores, 2.2 GHz clock speed) once customer demand has reached the threshold for production. Gigabyte Releases 1U & 2U Cavium ThunderX2 Arm Servers
  4. Sounds about right from my experience. OCE (online capacity expansion) is a slow process.
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  6. Thanks, that makes sense. As opposed to people not noticing a glitch for 8 months. I couldn't picture how you'd get such graphs by setting either axis, then measuring the other. You're actually setting values on a 3rd axis (% of capacity) then measuring both X and Y.
  7. Looking at the numbers, NetApp is reporting revenue of $1.47 billion up form 12% from this time last year but from the previous quarter’s $1.64 billion. GAAP net income was $283 million (or $1.05/share) up considerable from the same time last year ($131 million) and up some from last quarter’s $271 million. For non-GAAP net income the company is reporting $281 million (or $1.04/share) down from last quarter’s $288 million. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Investments equaled $4.8 billion with cash from operations being $326 million. NetApp Reports 1Q19 Earnings
  8. Looking at the numbers for the quarter, Cisco is reporting a revenue of $12.8 billion, up from last quarter’s $12.5 billion and a 6% increase year over year. The company is reporting a GAAP net income of $3.8 billion (or EPS of $0.81) and a non-GAAP net income of $3.3 billion (or EPS of $0.70). Total gross margin was 61.7% GAAP and 62.9% non-GAAP. Cash flow was $4.1 billion. The company’s GAAP results include an $863 million benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Cisco Reports 4Q18 & FY18 Earnings
  9. Kevin OBrien

    Intel SSD 660p Series Review Discussion

    Its not corruption, its a function of the test. Prior charts as posted are graphed on IOPS vs queue depth. The new charting method charts IOPS versus latency. With consumer drives as they get overloaded, latency spikes up and IOPS will actually pull back, causing the swinging motions. These are charted with VDbenches curve profile. unrestricted workload starts, measuring the "100%" performance of the drive, then it scales from 10-120%, plotting the bathtub profile up to and through peak saturation. Some drives peak more gracefully than others. Drive models that have very smooth and predictable lines are generally the highest performing. Drives that get bogged down and go nuts are the ones that lag on performance. For QLC drives we are actually working on an even smaller subset of tested drive surface to allow the drive to better cope with the workload. Those will be coming out soon.
  10. (sorry, I was trying to perform a search first before posting, but I couldn't find where the search button was) So I have server which has the following RAID5 configuration 8x HGST 6 TB 7200rpm SATA 6 Gbps drives LSI MegaRAID 9240-8i (and it's already using the latest firmware) I'm trying to replace the array one drive at a time from 6 TB drives to 10 TB drives (HGST He10 10 TB 7200rpm SATA 6 Gbps), and it's saying that the estimate time to rebuild an array that has no data on it is about 105 hours(!). The rebuild rate on the controller is already set to 100. Why it is so slow? Short of deleting the virtual drive configuration, switching all of the drives in the array from the 6 TB drives to the 10 TB drives, and then creating a new virtual drive; is there anything else that I can do to speed up the rebuild process? Thank you.
  11. Though professional photo/video editors and hardcore gamers with larger budgets will likely go for larger screens with higher resolutions, this family still has a lot to offer. Moreover, their diverse range in screen real-estate (21.5-inch to 27-inch) allows the P line to suit a wide range of use cases. As such, they are perfect for applications like general usage and preparing presentations due to their bright and high-quality screens. Gamers on a budget who are satisfied with a 1080p experience will also find these monitors well suited to their needs (it offers a decent response time of 5ms, grey to grey, as well). For our purposes, we used them for writing content and editing photos. We found that switching modes and brightness for writing versus photo editing was quick and seamless, allowing for an overall effective workflow. Dell Mid-Range Monitor Review: P2219H, P2319H, P2419H and P2719H
  12. continuum

    Huge project / How to Store & Workflow

    Evaluate who has better performance for you. Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, pCloud, Tresorit, Backblaze, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier (for long term only), etc. Keep in mind that many providers charge different rates to store vs. different rates to export data out (egress) for your calculations. Editing 4 years down the road, offload it off the cloud to a local drive, do your edits, then upload it back. I don't know your workflow/storage processes as far as optimal performance, so it's a little hard to say, but given the file sizes and bandwidth required I strongly suspect you're going to need to do all edits locally.
  13. Historically, creating tape backups with Veeam Backup and Replication required a dedicated external physical server to host the Veeam tape server. Quantum addressed this challenge by building a blade server directly into its Scalar i3 tape library platform. This approach eliminates the need to size, configure, procure and set up a dedicated external server, making it easier for end users to create tape backups in a Veeam environment. Users gain the benefits of tape for protecting against ransomware without complication. The converged appliance is offered as a single line item SKU, making it easier for VARs and distributors to provide a simple, one-stop solution for their customers. Quantum Introduces Converged Tape Appliance for Veeam Environments
  14. Tomasawyer

    Huge project / How to Store & Workflow

    thank you - in that case which cloud storage would you recommend? And how would you tackle editing once you commence on the project lets say 4 years from now with storing the edit changes on the HDD's then? Kind regards
  15. Huawei’s updated ES3000 line, V5, is a large step up from their first NVMe enterprise drive, the ES3000 V3. This new NVMe SSD leverages 64-Layer 3D TLC NAND and ranges in capacities form 800GB to 8TB. The drive uses Huawei’s latest generations of ASIC controllers and has potential speeds of 3.5GB/s sequential read and up to 825K IOPS random read. The drive is designed to be used in databases, for distributed storage, Big Data, content caching, HCI, and CAD/CAM. Huawei ES3000 V5 SSD Review
  16. The visual effects industry has exploded in the last decade or so, being an estimated $250 billion industry now. The new Turing technology can capitalize on this with promises of a new generation of hybrid rendering that enables cinematic-quality interactive experiences, amazing new effects powered by neural networks and fluid interactivity on highly complex models. NVIDIA Makes Several Announcements At SIGGRAPH 2018
  17. DR is a necessity; losing customer data, or one’s own, is unacceptable in this day and age. While there are several DR options out there of every stripe, cloud-based DR is one of the least embraced options. There are several reasons that cloud-based DR can raise concerns: bandwidth, latency, storage costs, restore points being too far apart, or just too much complexity from DR orchestration software requirements from several different vendors. Datrium’s CloudShift aims to address all of the above issues while lower costs and simplifying cloud-based DR. Datrium Introduces CloudShift
  18. Brian

    Toshiba L200

    We only have the 660p at the moment. Reworking the test plan too, industry pushback on the 5% test area. They want to see some 1% tests that are more gentle on the cache and perhaps more indicative of light consumer workloads.
  19. Brian

    Samsung 860 EVO SSD VS SAS HDD

    The problem is the vendors get grumpy with us when we start looking at that as they're not really supported and most consumer drives will do poorly in enterprise workloads. The cost delta between high end consumer and cheap SATA enterprise has also closed.
  20. swinster

    Samsung 860 EVO SSD VS SAS HDD

    Resolving oddities == fine Spending money on SSDs that are doomed to simply not work in this scenario != fine Thanks for the heads up.
  21. continuum

    Samsung 860 EVO SSD VS SAS HDD

    They should work just fine, but like anything with not-specifically-tested-as-compatible gear, if you get any weird behaviour, you may be on your own for solving it...
  22. It's not just this review. I started checking older reviews in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. It's the graphs, not the browsers. Here's a typical one: My personal favorite, resembling kindergarten scribbles: Am I the only person who noticed the corruption? Checking reviews, it began happening around January 2018. Dec 22, 2017. Crucial MX500 1TB review. Graph is clean. Jan 10, 2018. Crucial MX500 500GB review. Corruption present. It appears the graph data avoids an elliptical region in the upper right corner. But the ellipse size and proportions vary by graph.
  23. According to Mellanox, the two new BlueField storage controllers can hit over 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF. If the network is configured as either Ethernet or InfiniBand, the controllers are able to hit up to 200Gb/s of network and PCIe bandwidth. This level of performance gives the new controllers an edge over NVMe over RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet), InfiniBand, and TCP/IP. The BlueField SoC integrates the ConnectX-5 network adapter, which allows for a a fully-programmable environment for storage software such as compression, encryption, RAID, and virtualization. The BlueField BF1600 and BF1700 also include smart offloads for storage including NVMe-oF, erasure coding, and T10-DIF data integrity signatures. Mellanox Introduces New High-Performance BlueField Storage Controllers
  24. Mobile gaming has been expanding with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. Recreational users are on their mobile devise much more so than their consoles or gaming rigs. As the games improve in quality (graphics, story, and gameplay), they tend to take up more and more valuable space. For devices that are compatible (Android tablets, Kindles, and Nintendo Switch gaming systems), users can add microSD cards to keep from pulling space form needed daily applications. HpyerX is bringing new microSD cards for the sole purpose of gaming. HyperX Announces Gaming microSD Cards
  25. The new Lenovo ThinkPads can be equipped with 8th generation Intel Xeon and/or Core CPUs and with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. For the ThinkPad P1 users get a premium style 15” mobile workstation with ample power. Aside form the CPUs and GPUs (either NVIDIA Quadro P1000 and P2000), users get a 4K UHD touchscreen that represents 100% of the Adobe color gamut. The workstation also comes with up to 4TB of M.2 PCIe storage and 64GB of 2,667MHz RAM. Lenovo Releases Two New ThinkPads
  26. GPU needs are growing more and more in most fields but have been and continue to be high in fields such as design and manufacturing, media and entertainment, and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The new WX 8200 is based on the “Vega” GPU architecture with the 14nm FinFET process, which AMD states will allow the card to effortlessly accelerate design and rendering. The card is in the process of being certified on popular applications such as Adobe CC, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Revit. For those working on IP-sensitive materials, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 runs these tasks through the AMD Secure Processor for securing data while processing it. AMD Announces Radeon Pro WX 8200
  27. swinster

    Samsung 860 EVO SSD VS SAS HDD

    @brian , Indeed I have a very similar question. I have a small home ESXi server that I managed to get hold of - a Dell T430 which has a Dell PERC H730 RAID Adaptor and a 16 bay, 2.5" SAS/SATA enclosure. Currently, there are two small SAS drive as RAID 1 (1TB, mainly for booting vHDD of various VMs), so 14 bays are free. There is also an LSI 9260-8i RAID Adaptor with 4 x 3.5" WD Red drive as RAID 6 although this keeps mucking about on me and I think a drive is failing. This RAID 6 array is around 5TB, although less than 50% full. The workload for me is general IT labbing. I spin up different VMs to test various different integrations, but also have some general full time running AD workhorse stuff, such as Exchange (although the user count is negligible), a File Server to save data (mainly photos), and a couple of other VMs. In the first instance, I'm looking to use a couple of the 2.5" slots with some SATA SSDs (around 1TB each I think) as RAID 0, but might well look to increase these over time, so build a redundant array but get good speed, for both boot VMs and to store data. What I'm interested in is, should there be anything to look out for with the cheaper consumer SSDs (like the Samsung 860) when adding them to RAID controller such as the Dell PERC, and building a RAID array? Is this a no-no, or a viable option?
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