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Drobo Presents 5-Bay 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Storage

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The Drobo Direct Attached Storage (DAS) portfolio gets an addition-- the 5-bay Drobo 5D3, a storage solution featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for a 2X performance boost over the previous Drobo 5D.

Drobo 5D3According to the company, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also allows users to connect a pair a 4K monitors (or one 5K display) to the 5D3, or daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices, all with enough power to (slow) charge a laptop. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, together with a USB-C port.

Designed for prosumers and small businesses, the 5D3 fits up to five 3.5-inch SATA II/III drives. It also offers an mSATA accelerator bay for what Drobo claims is a performance boost of up to 30% on frequently accessed data. Further increasing speed and throughput is an upgraded processor, while BeyondRAID technology allows for simple storage and easy expansion.

Luxul Ships Epic 5 Router

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Luxul announces the availability of the Epic 5-- a high-performance gigabit router aimed at custom installers, with superior WAN-to-LAN performance and advanced capabilities beyond the traditional router.

Luxul Epic 5Epic routers come in two basic configurations, the Epic 4 series and the Epic 5 series. While Epic 4 routers offer 600+ Mbps WAN to LAN performance, the Epic 5 supports gigabit WAN to LAN (900+ Mbps) speeds, making them ideal for customers with access to gigabit service or future-proofing for when local ISPs start offering gigabit service.

In addition, the Epic 5 features dual-WAN capability with load-balancing and failover control, advanced security and remote access features, and a console port for local configuration. Also included is a platform optimising the user experience in smart homes, workplaces, retail establishments and more, as delivered through Luxul and 3rd party applications running on the Epic platform.

Microsoft Joins Cloud Foundry

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The Cloud Foundry Summit hosts a surprise announcement-- Microsoft is a Gold Member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the group taking care of the open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) originally developed by VMware.

Microsoft cloudThe foundation already counts a number of big names, including Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, SUSE and SAP, whose Platinum membership puts them on a tier above Microsfot. In the Gold ranks are the likes of SAS, GE Digital, Huawei, Capgemini and Google. The search giant in fact joined Cloud Foundry last year in a bid to make its cloud platform more open.

“Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry community are deeply aligned around our mutual understanding of enterprise business and technical requirements, and our commitment to help organizations modernize their applications without vendor lock-in," Microsoft says. "By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, we will be able to work with members to contribute to Foundation initiatives and bring a wider range of solutions to Microsoft Azure for our customers and the community.”

Lenovo Aims ThinkSystem Products at Datacentre

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Lenovo presents its largest datacentre product portfolio yet at Tech World Transform 2017-- one replete with servers, switches, SAN arrays and converged systems, in a showing the company is serious about enterprise.

Lenovo launchThe product launch represents the first major refresh of Lenovo enterprise product lines since the company acquired the IBM x86 server business back in 2014. It is also the first product launch for the Lenovo Data Center Group, following its creation back in April.

New Lenovo servers include the ThinkSystem SR950, designed for mission-critical workloads such as in-memory databases, large transactional databases, real-time analytics, ERP and CRM systems, and virtualised server workloads. It comes in a 4U form factor, and is scalable from 2 to 8 processors.

Record 2017 for InfoComm Show

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InfoComm welcomed over 44000 visitors this year-- a record for the trade show, marking a 13% increase since the last time it was held in Orlando, Florida in 2015 and 14% over InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas.

InfoComm 2017“It’s a watershed year for InfoComm,” said Jason McGraw, InfoComm International CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Expositions says. “The technology on display was amazing again, and we’re thrilled with the tremendous response, but we’re especially excited that guest after guest told us this InfoComm offered new and different experiences for our growing, innovative audience.”

By the time the doors closed for the week InfoComm 2017 logged 44077 attendees. Visitors came from 117 countries, with 17% of attendees coming from outside the US. Exhibitors counted 950, filling an expo space spanning over 545000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms and special events space, making the biggest InfoComm ever.

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