AMD doesn't have a fantastic record when it comes to server processors, but its new EPYC products are finding favour among customers looking for more 'bang for the buck' -- especially when it comes to HPC (High Performance Computing) and, interestingly, storage applications. What customers want, customers get so, despite an initial lack of enthusiasm from vendors used to simply following Intel, we're seeing a growing number of new EPYC-powered servers being released. Before we look in detail at some of these, however, let's summarise the advantages for buyers of AMD EPYC compared to Intel Xeon servers. A lot of column inches have been devoted to the differences between two architectures, but the headline is in core count, with the Xeon Scalable Processor Family topping out at 28 cores per socket while AMD's EPYC 7000 Series processors can have up to 32. EPYC processors also benefit from eight memory channels and support for up to 2TB of memory per socket compared to 6 channels and … [Read more...] about AMD EPYC servers for HPC, virtualisation and software-defined storage
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Researchers have discovered over one and a half billion sensitive files including payroll information, credit card data, medical information and patents for intellectual property are exposed online, putting consumers and businesses at risk of theft, cyber crime and espionage.But the information exposed online - which amounts to a total of 12,000 terabytes of data - isn't there as a result of hacking or other cybercriminal activity, it has been stored in publicly available locations ranging from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets, rysnc, SMB and FTP servers, misconfigured websites and unsecured Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives.In just the first three months of 2018, a total of 1,550,447,111 exposed files have been detected by researchers at Digital Shadows, who outlined the findings in a new report.While data has been left exposed by organizations in almost all countries around the world, it's the US which is the country most affected by the problem, with … [Read more...] about 1.5 billion sensitive files exposed by misconfigured servers, storage and cloud services
Network-attached storage (NAS) is a category of file-level storage that’s connected to a network and enables data access and file sharing across a heterogeneous client and server environment.“Ideally, NAS is platform- and OS-independent, appears to any application as another server, can be brought online without shutting down the network and requires no changes to other enterprise servers,” says research firm Gartner in its definition of NAS.NAS history: the evolution of network-attached storageNAS evolved from file servers used in the 1980s to provide access to files for network clients. NAS devices typically consist of bundled hardware and software with a built-in operating system, and they typically use industry-standard network protocols such as SMB and NFS for remote file service and data sharing and TCP/IP for data transfer. In an enterprise setting, NAS can allow IT teams to streamline data storage and retrieval while consolidating their server and storage … [Read more...] about What is NAS and how do NAS servers excel at corralling unstructured data?
QNAP’s TVS-682T ($1,895 on Amazon) is a business-class storage device that’s best suited to business and high demand video editing environments. While it offers more horsepower than needed for most home users wanting media hosting or a file server, it offers excellent media and file serving tools that are so simple that someone with limited network, server, and storage experience will be able to use and manage it.The TVS-682T is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. It also has four memory slots, two of which QNAP fills with with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and which you can fill with up to 64GB of RAM. There are also six drive bays, two designed for 2.5-inch SSDs and four that support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives.The devices also has up to six ethernet connectors (two 10GBaseT ports and four gigabit ports) three HDMI ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and five USB 3 ports. (Note: the unit QNAP shipped to me for review did not have the 10GBaseT or Thunderbolt cards installed.) In … [Read more...] about QNAP TVS-682T review: Network-attached storage device ideal for video or as a file server
Watch our macOS Sierra preview from June. Still, let’s start with Siri. It's Siri! It's the virtual assistant with a helpfulness that's approximately inverse to the amount of public attention it's getting at any given moment. (Right as another celebrity showed up in a Siri ad, you were probably struggling to look something up.) But five years later, it’s actually starting to pick up some useful skills. On the Mac, Siri lives in a bunch of different places — dock, menubar, keyboard shortcut — and pops up as a black box on top of whatever you're looking at, ready to start fielding questions (notably, it is wholly distinct from Spotlight, despite their similar functionality). It can do all of the stuff you've been doing with Siri on the iPhone until now, like display sports scores, look up movie times, and solve math problems, Siri can also just open apps for you (e.g., "Open Contacts" or "Open Spotify"). And one of the most useful functions it has on … [Read more...] about macOS Sierra review: Apple reaches for the clouds