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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 Ed Hardy

WD My Cloud EX4100 Review

WD created the My Cloud EX line for prosumers who want network-attached storage (NAS) that can be accessed from many different types of computers, including tablets and phones. The newest addition, the EX4100, can hold up to 24TB in four drive bays. It is powered by a Marvell ARMADA 388 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of DDR3 RAM -- the amount of RAM can't be increased. This is an improvement over the 1.3GHz Marvel processor and 1GB of RAM in the dual-bay My Cloud EX2100.

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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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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Releases Latest Version Of UDP

Today Arcserve LLC, announced the newest version of its Unified Data Protection (UDP). The latest version is said to deliver continuous availability and simplicity from within a multi-platform solution set. UDP introduces advancements such as data protection for Linux environments, instant VM recovery and instant Bare Metal recovery, unified installation and enhancements for third party integration.

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