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Quantum F-Series line expands with entry-level NVMe flash

Quantum Corp. expanded its F-Series line of NVMe flash arrays this week with an entry-level option for businesses that maintain large media and entertainment files.

The F-1000 is the second array in the Quantum F-Series product family, following the 2019 launch of its F-2000 NAS. The F-Series servers run Quantum StorNext file system software in a scale-out file storage cluster for unstructured data.

For the F-1000, Quantum said it reworked commodity server hardware to create a lower-cost option, reducing the amount of memory needed to compute RAID. The 1U server contains a single controller and supports up to 10 NVMe SSDs, with RAID 10. By comparison, the 2U F-2000 has two controllers and takes 24 dual-ported NVMe SSDs.

Quantum F-1000 is offered in two capacity models: 39 TB and 77 TB, with 32G Fibre Channel and 100 Gigabit Ethernet via iSCSI extensions for remote direct memory access

“This innovation stems directly from Quantum’s strategy of focusing on video data. They have tailored a cost-optimized offering for a specific solution, rather than trying to sell you a general-purpose NVMe storage server,” as other storage vendors have done, said Scott Sinclair, a storage analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

Quantum F-Series takes software-defined approach

Nonvolatile flash memory (NVMe) transmits data across PCI Express lanes instead hopping of between network components. NVMe provides faster data access and high parallelization, making it attractive for high-resolution video rendering and streaming media. NVMe flash media also comes with premium pricing, putting it beyond the reach of many organizations.

The Quantum F-Series marks the NAS vendor’s intention to adopt a software-defined storage approach, said Eric Bassier, a Quantum senior director of technical marketing. Quantum F-Series customers include major movie studios, government agencies and private corporations that need to capture, edit and store data for visual effects and computer-generated imagery.

This innovation stems directly from Quantum’s strategy of focusing on video data.
Scott SinclairStorage analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Quantum targets the F-1000 for IT teams that need NVMe flash performance, but with moderate density. “It’s pretty cool to be able to port the same [StorNext] software to bring F-1000 server to market so quickly” after its debut in April, Bassier said.

Storage for unstructured data still growing

Organizations are dealing with a surge in newly created data, much of it unstructured data. Media content, particularly image and video, is a prime contributor. According to an ESG report on storage trends, nearly one-quarter of organizations cite digital media as a top driver of projected on-premises storage growth over the next several years.

“The idea that the data center is dying because of the cloud is not the case,” Sinclair said.

Quantum bills the F-1000 as a lower-cost alternative for dense media. It did not disclose pricing, but Bassier said Quantum F-1000 NVMe storage will cost roughly the same as its hybrid SAS arrays.

“We believe SAS SSDs are going to become obsolete rather quickly,” Bassier said.

In addition to StorNext-powered storage, Quantum sells ActiveScale object storage, DXi backup appliances, R-Series storage for in-vehicle storage, VS-Series video surveillance systems and Scalar tape storage systems.

The F-1000 is Quantum’s first product launch since resolving a dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Quantum in December agreed to a $1 million settlement related to a series of earnings misstatements dating to February 2018. The SEC found that former Quantum executives booked revenue from multiyear contracts, but failed to disclose the revenue in financial reports. Quantum had previously agreed to pay $8 million to settle shareholder lawsuits arising from the probe.

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For Sale – Kingston A2000 M.2 SSD NVME 1TB

Got a brand new in box A2000 m.2 ssd nvme for sale. Looking for £100 posted via courier.

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For Sale – SOLD SOLD Desktop PC. Intel 7600k CPU, Asus Z270 Prime Motherboard, 24GB DDR4 RAM. 250GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro in Coolermaster HAF XB Case SOLD SOLD

Bought this here a while ago but never really used it. I added a 250gb NVME SSD and a better case. Runs very fast and quiet. For Sale – Intel 7600K, Z270 Full System £250 CPU 7600k I think the cooler is called deep Freeze or something like this Asus Prime Z270 Antec Modular 750w Power supply…

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Amazon buys NVMe startup E8 Storage to boost public cloud

Another NVMe flash startup has been acquired — this time by a public cloud storage giant.

Amazon confirmed it will acquire E8 Storage and deploy its rack-scale flash storage in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

Amazon said the transaction includes “some assets” that include hiring the E8 Storage team. E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori reportedly will join Amazon in an unspecified executive capacity.

Israeli news outlet Globes first reported the story, citing unnamed sources who estimated Amazon will pay between $50 million and $60 million to acquire E8 Storage. A separate report by Reuters said the purchase price is much less, citing another source with knowledge of the deal. Amazon did not publicly disclose the acquisition price.

Amazon’s move comes two weeks after its public cloud rival Google bought file storage software startup Elastifile and nearly one month after holding company StorCentric acquired NVMe array hopeful Vexata.

The Amazon-E8 Storage marriage signals growing interest in NVMe flash. There is widespread industry belief that the NVMe protocol will eventually replace traditional SCSI-based storage. SCSI traffic makes several network hops along the network. By contrast, NVMe allows applications to talk directly to storage across multilane PCIe devices.

For Amazon, the deal highlights the competition it faces from enterprises seeking an AWS-like alternative that costs less than AWS and is managed on premises. It will be worth watching to see if Amazon integrates E8 Storage gear with AWS Nitro compute instances, which use NVMe as the underlying media with Elastic Block Store.

By acquiring E8 Storage, Amazon gains a storage operating system optimized for NVMe flash, said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at analyst firm IDC.

“E8 has an NVMe-over-TCP implementation integrated in its software. It’s not that Amazon couldn’t have built that, but E8 already built it and it works. TCP is clearly the future of NVMe-over-fabrics-attached storage. That’s where the volume is going to be,” Burgener said.

Ori and Alex Friedman founded E8 Storage in 2014. Both previously had worked in management positions at IBM Storage. Friedman was E8’s vice president of R&D. E8 Storage emerged from stealth in 2016, with a dense block-based array that combines 24 NVMe SSDs in a 2U standard form factor.

The E8 Storage software targets analytics and similarly data-intensive workloads that require extreme performance and ultralow latency. E8 received more than $18 million in total funding, including a $12 million Series B round in 2016.

In addition to E8 arrays, customers have also been able to buy E8 Storage software on reference architecture with servers by Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo. The vendor this year added parallel file storage to target high-performance computing.

E8 Storage was an early entrant in end-to-end NVMe flash. The E8 architecture is based on industry-standard TCP over IP. Other NVMe startups include Apeiron Data, Excelero and Pavilion Data Systems.

Burgener said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more consolidation in NVMe storage. After ceding ground early, Burgener said legacy storage vendors have aggressively pushed into NVMe.

“Most of the majors have gotten their marketing acts together around selling NVMe for mixed workload consolidation, but they also want to go after the same kind of dedicated workloads” first targeted by NVMe startups, Burgener said.

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For Sale – Lenovo t480s

Totally brand new t480s i5 8th generation cpu
256 Samsung m2 nvme .8gig ddr4 full hd screen
Full 3 year warranty with fast charger please read specs on lenovo
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ThinkPad T480s |Thin, Light 14″ business laptop | Lenovo UK

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For Sale – Intel 760p 128GB SSD (m.2 PCIe NVMe)

I have this Intel 760p 128gb SSD for sale.

It is of the m.2 PCIe NVMe config.

It has been used under 5 hours and less than 10 boot ups (can’t confirm exactly at this stage). Was bought for my old laptop which is no longer in use and my new laptop won’t accept NVMe.

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For Sale – Intel 760p 128GB SSD (m.2 PCIe NVMe)

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Vexata fires up NVMe flash storage to tackle analytics

NVMe flash storage vendor Vexata has rewired its ignition to enable faster cognition of dense analytics.

The startup last week upgraded its VX-OS operating system for capacity and performance. VX-OS 3.5 allows customers to expand a VX array nondisruptively from 180 TB to nearly half a petabyte in 6U.

Vexata is among a handful of startups with NVMe flash array storage systems designed from scratch for nonvolatile memory express flash technologies. Its cut-through architecture offloads the data path on field programmable gate arrays. Vexata arrays store metadata in DRAM, and Vexata’s internal Ethernet fabric parallelizes all data in the system for distributed shared storage. 

NVMe is viewed as a faster alternative to the SCSI protocol. Most established array vendors allow customers to replace SAS and SATA SSDs with NVMe flash drives, although the market for rack-scale flash systems is evolving.

The next phase of development is a fully developed ecosystem for the NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) specification. NVMe-oF enables NVMe message commands to be transferred between a host server and storage array via Ethernet, Fibre Channel or InfiniBand. Today, PCIe-connected NVMe drives require Remote Direct Memory Access for data transfer.

“We are targeting this (product) to cognitive computing, where we increasingly are finding a number of large opportunities. Customers want to talk about AI, machine learning

and
autonomous systems. These aren’t fringe applications. Organizations are mainstreaming this stuff,” Vexata CEO Zahid Hussain said.

VX-OS 3.5 was engineered for improved latency on mixed read-write random workloads. Hussain said Vexata storage now can ingest writes at about 1.5 TB per minute, bringing it closer in line with its 3 TB to 4 TB per minute ingest rate on reads.

Most vendors design their all-flash and hybrid arrays with a dedicated clutch of SSDs to cache hot data, plus either disk or flash as back-end storage. Caching speeds performance, but it also limits the size of the working data set. 

Hussain said using up all the NVMe SSDs provides storage for denser computations and can modify data as it is being read.

“The strategy before was to add more controllers, but that would only activate a smaller number of the total available SSDs in the array. We have GPU-

ified
the whole architecture to solve that problem,” Hussain said.

VX-100 NVMe blades double up on capacity

The first iteration of Vexata’s array hardware scaled capacity to 180 TB.  VX-OS 3.5 lets existing customers scale capacity up to 64 NVMe SSDs, without re-cabling. Each array can support 16 storage blades that connect directly into the Vexata Ethernet midplane.

The upgrade expands VX-100 arrays to 435 TB in 6U. The system does not use an SSD cache for acceleration or inline data reduction for capacity. All capacity in the system is presented as raw storage.

VX-100 arrays include 16 ports for 32 Gbps Fibre Channel, NVMe over Fibre Channel or NVMe over lossless Ethernet. Each storage blade consists of four SSDs and embedded processing for local scheduling and metadata operations. Vexata supports clones, erasure coding, data protection with RAID 5 and RAID 6 and thin provisioning.

Hussain said customers will be able to get 1 PB in the 6U form factor by the end of 2018 by swapping in 8 TB

SSDs
.

“Conventional arrays still use x86 controllers and I/O paths that slow down the performance,” said Tim Stammers, a senior storage analyst at 451 Research in New York City. “The key thing Vexata is doing is to streamline the SAN architecture to get the most performance possible out of the NVMe storage.”

Vexata chief marketing officer, Ashish Gupta, said customers gain about 4 GBs of throughput when a blade is added to the array.

“We’re giving you the ability to scale performance and capacity with a single blade addition,” Gupta said. “That means you can maintain your cost structure without increasing a whole bunch of controllers, stitching them together, with the operational and computational complexities that come with that.”

The VX-OS release adds a feature for managing multiple Vexata chassis with a single pane.

About two dozen customers are using Vexata’s NVMe flash storage in production, Hussain said. They include the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, payroll processing outfit Tata Consultancy Services, and Oath Inc., the digital media subsidiary of Verizon Communications.

“They have managed to get some production deployments already,” Stammers said. “There are quite a few types of application for very fast purpose-designed NVMe storage. The market isn’t moving at a rapid pace at the moment, but there is demand [growing] for this type of extremely fast, purpose-designed NVMe storage.”

For Sale – Samsung 960 Evo 1TB NVME M.2 SSD 2280 / Mac Pro 256GB SSD/Samsung 34″ curved monitor

Samsung 960 Evo 1TB NVME M.2 SSD
Brand new, not used, unboxed. Only selling as I don’t need the space got as I got a 960 Evo 500GB one instead so will be shipped in its box.

This was originally for my 2013 Mac Pro so if you need an adapter and want to upgrade the OEM drive you can with this and literally double your speed and space. Extra £5.

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Mac Pro 2013 256GB SSD
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Removed from working Mac Pro 2013. Fully working and formatted. Replaced with the 500GB as above.

£145

Samsung S34E790C 34″ LED Ultra Wide Curved Monitor
Specs:

– Screen Size Class (diagonal): 34″ Curved
– Panel Type: VA
– Aspect Ratio: 21:9
– Resolution: 3440×1440
– Color Gamut (CIE1931): sRGB 100%
– Brightness (typical): 300 cd/m2
– Contrast Ratio(Original): 3000:1
– Response Time: 4ms
– Viewing Angle (CR>10): 178/178
– Colour Depth (Num of Colours): 16.7M (8-Bit)
– Pixel Pitch (mm): 0.2325
– Surface Treatment: Anti-Glare 3H
– Curve: 3000R
– Connectivity: 2x HDMI 1.4 (50Hz), 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (60Hz)
– USB 3.0 Hub: Yes x4 (1up 4down)
– Speakers: 2x 7W
– Tilt: -5 / +20
– VESA: 100×100

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Mint condition, had since new. Selling due to new iMac.
Boxed with everything. £500 inc P&P

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