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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba PX04S Enterprise SSD Review

The Toshiba PX04S Series is a third generation enterprise SAS SSD. The PX04S Series are 2.5”, 15mm SSDs with the largest capacity currently available of any 12Gbps SSD, at 3.84TB. The Toshiba PX04S family is comprised of 4 different models that cater to specific needs. There is a High-Endurance, Mid-Endurance, Value-Endurance, and Read Intensive model. The new PX04S also comes in a self-encrypting drive model that has instant secure erase and supports pin-3 power disable. The PX04S is dual ported and comes with a performance option that enables users to increase write performance by as much as 47%.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: SQL Server Performance

Continuing on the path of VMware VSAN performance testing, the next test looks at Microsoft SQL Server TPC-C running across the cluster. This test uses SQL Server 2014 running on Windows Server 2012 R2 guest VMs, being stressed by Dell's Benchmark Factory for Databases. While our traditional usage of this benchmark has been to test large 3,000-scale databases on local or shared storage, in this iteration we focus on spreading out four 1,500-scale databases evenly across our VSAN cluster to better illustrate the aggregate performance of the 4-node cluster. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual

Today HP announced a new addition to its ConvergedSystem line, HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). Like the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual, the CS 250 is a hyper-converged appliance that offers highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure. HP claims that CS 250 can be configured in minutes and is almost half the price of its competitors. The CS 250 is designed for virtual desktops and remote offices and offers companies an easy path to the hybrid cloud.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Passport Cinema Announced

In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, WD has announced the new My Passport Cinema 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movie storage solution, specifically designed to organize and store high-definition digital movies and TV shows on VIDITY-enabled devices such as Samsung SUHD TVs. Compatible content also includes new releases in full 4K UHD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR).

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by Adam Armstrong

Virtual Instruments Releases VirtualWisdom 4.3

Today Virtual Instruments announced that they have released the latest update to its Infrastructure Performance Management software, VirutalWisdom 4.3. The latest version of their software offers its services up to an even wider range of virtualized environments including Microsoft Hyper-V and IBM PowerVM. 4.3 also comes with enhancements in histograms, application profiling, and visibility into VAAI. Virtual Instruments is also announcing that it will soon launch wire-data performance probes for NAS and FCoE.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Releases New SAS SSD Line, S600DC

Today Micron Technology announced a new series of SAS SSDs, The S600DC series. The new series builds off of Micron’s established reliability and is workload-optimized for continuous availability of 24/7 enterprise applications. This is Micron’s first product as a result of their strategic partnership with Seagate announced in February.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New Enterprise SAS SSD With Speeds Of 1800MB/s

Today Seagate Technology announced that through its collaboration with Micron Technology Inc. it is releasing a new enterprise SAS SSD, the 1200.2. The collaboration brings NAND technology to Seagate and access to SAS drive technology for Micron. The drives run in capacity up to 3.84TB and Seagate claims a single drive can hit speeds of 1800MB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

Infrascale Guarantees Entire Site Failover in 15 minutes

Today Infrascale announced the general availability of its new all-in-one disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solution, Infrascale Cloud Failover Appliance (CFA). Infrascale CFA enables companies of all sizes to stay productive in the result of a disaster, be it a server failure, outage, or natural disaster, in single push-button failover.

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by Adam Armstrong

ioFABRIC Introduces Fully Automated, QoS-Driven SDS Solution

Today ioFABRIC Inc. released its flash-optimized, software-defined storage solution, Vicinity. Vicinity features storage automation that delivers application level QoS in order to unify storage resources, simplify flash deployment, centralize management, and improve storage utilization. These benefits will help customers become more agile while cutting costs in a multivendor data center.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces 256 Gigabit 3-bit-per-cell 48-layer 3D NAND Chip and 3D NAND Pilot Line Operations

SanDisk has announced the world’s first 256Gb 3-bit-per-cell (TLC) 48-layer 3D NAND chip using BiCS technology as well as the beginning of 3D NAND pilot line operations in Yokkaichi, Japan, in a joint effort with its partner, Toshiba. SanDisk’s 256 Gb X3 BiCS chip is built for wide range of use cases including consumer, client, mobile and enterprise products. Both companies initially announced the development of 48-layer 3D NAND back in late March of this year.

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