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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Enhances Its Entry-Level Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it would help SMB customers with limited budgets by enhancing its entry-level storage portfolio. HPE is introducing new MSA Storage options that they claim will enable the most affordable dual-controller hybrid flash array from a major vendor. HPE is also introducing a new StoreEasy solution, StoreEasy 1650 Expanded. These new additions are aimed at helping customers with limited budgets harness content and accelerate applications.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology Network Video Recorder NVR216 Review

Synology has designed a storage solution that is optimized for easy PC-less surveillance in offices and small shops looking to leverage up to 4 IP cameras (or up to 9 with an upgraded unit). The NVR216 somewhat resembles one of Synology's 2-bay NAS units, but with an emphasis on providing HD video output with a small energy footprint and storage scalability (up to 7 drive bays with Synology's DX513) for future growth. Users can either connect the NVR216 directly to a monitor, or view camera feeds remotely with the DS cam mobile app (footage can be streamed in 720p/30FPS in either case).

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Acquires IronKey USB Technology From Imation

Today the flash affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Kingston Digital, Inc., announced that it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp. Kingston has been making encrypted portable drives for some time; these drives include its DataTraveler. One of Kingston main competitors was the IronKey brand from Imation. Now that Kingston has acquired IronKey it can offer its customers a broader range of secure portable drives.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Releases Its New Trion 150 SSD Line

At CES this year, OCZ (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation) showcased several of its next-generation SSDs including the Trion 150. OCZ is now releasing the new Trion 150 line in what it dubbed as the “ultimate hard drive upgrade” for mainstream notebooks and desktops. The new SSD line uses Toshiba’s 15nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash technology and will serve as a replacement for the Trion 100.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Completes Its Acquisition Of SolidFire

Last month we reported that NetApp Inc. had announced that it was going to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. This week NetApp closed the deal and will be combining SolidFire into its line of products. As we previously stated, the acquisition of SolidFire will combine the performance and economics of all-flash storage with a webscale architecture.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Next-Generation Hyper-Converged, Scale-Out Platform

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced its next-generation Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), the HSP 400 series. The new HSP 400 series comes with native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform. This native integration will help the HSP deliver a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. Supporting big data blending, embedded business analytics and simplified data management, the HSP 400 combines compute, storage, and virtualization to deliver seamless infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

WDC & Avere Partner To Enable A New Massively Scalable Storage For Private And Hybrid Clouds

Today Western Digital Corporation announced that its HGST Active Archive System has been certified with the FXT 5000 Series Edge Filer family from Avere Systems. This new combined system will combine the strength of the two products in order to enable enterprises to leverage the scalability and economics of cloud architectures, while preserving investments in file storage and applications. HGST's Active Archive System provides exabyte scalability with 15-nines of data durability, while the Avere 5000 FXT Series Edge Filers provide effortless storage tiering between high performance NAS and the HGST Active Archive System.

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by Lyle Smith

Broadcom Announces 24-and 16-port HBA Models

Hot on the heels of Avago's acquision, Broadcom Limited has announced the addition of new 24-and 16-port models to their line of 12Gb/s SAS+SATA HBAs, all of which are designed to meet the needs of hyperscale data centers that deploy high-end server and storage systems. Named the Broadcom SAS 9305 series, the 12Gb/s 24-port model on a single chip is an industry first, offering users increased performance, extended system scalability and decreased per-port power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

Avago Completes Acquisition of Broadcom

The acquisition of Broadcom by Avago Technologies has finally been completed in accordance with Singapore law while subject to certain filings with the Office of the Secretary of State of California. The deal was originally announced last May for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares. Previously, Avago has had also acquired companies Emulex and LSI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates Its MDS Storage Network Portfolio

Today Cisco announced a few new Fiber Channel (FC) solutions for its MDS line. These new announcements include the MDS 9718, which Cisco is calling the industry’s highest port density Storage Area Networking Multi-layer Storage Director. Cisco is also announcing the new 40 Gigabit FCoE Line Card for Cisco MDS Storage Directors, Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Data Center Switch and Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extender, and the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect 6300 Series and Fabric Extender 2304.

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