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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #16: Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Riverbed Technology

Few understand the needs of the remote/branch office like Riverbed does. Riverbed's SteelFusion was the first hyperconverged infrastructure built for the purpose of efficient management of ROBO IT. They've been in the business for a while as well, launching their first WAN optimization appliance in 2004. To get another view on what's going on at the edge though, Riverbed surveyed attendees of EMC World this year to get their perspective on the challenges of remote IT. Interestingly, the data indicated ROBO is very important to the larger IT organization, coming in behind just the core data center in order of importance. In this podcast Brian Beeler sits down with Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard, Senior Director for Riverbed Technology, to discuss the survey results, the larger picture of IT at the edge and how Riverbed is helping their customers achieve impressive feats like standing up a remote office in 15 minutes or less.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar SN100 Series 2.5" NVMe SSD Review

At the end of last year, we reviewed the HGST SN150 and found it to be a solid, good performing NVMe drive. The SN100 is the 2.5" equivalent and comes in capacities up to 3.2TB like the SN150. HGST's aim then is to make NVMe adoption easy, providing a wide range of form factors and capacities to suit most needs. The HGST Ultrastar SN100 series is specifically designed for data center professionals who need high application performance at a low total cost of ownership. While support for 2.5" NVMe drives doesn't match SAS in the enterprise, the benefits of front-of-server serviceability are front of mind for those wanting a familiar deployment model for their latency sensitive applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba HK4R SSD Review

Back in February, Toshiba announced the HK4 series, the latest addition to its high-performance, enterprise SSDs. The HK4 series comes in two models: a value endurance model and a read intensive model. Toshiba has doubled the maximum capacity of the drives, running all the way up to a maximum of 1.92TB (the HK3s topped out at 960GB). As with the previous model, the HK4 is a 2.5” form factor that supports SATA 6Gb/s interface. The HK4 also features vital enterprise functionality, including full power loss and end-to-end protection, as well as proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error-correction technology, the latter which helps to protect and secure data from corruption caused by NAND flash memory media wear.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Memory Card Review

Samsung’s expansion of their EVO Plus memory card line marks them as one of the first vendors to offer 256GB of storage in a microSD form factor. As with most major memory card vendors, Samsung has added the 256GB model to accommodate the growing resolution of pictures and videos and devices that capture them such as GoPro cameras and drones; with the new EVO Plus, users can store up to 55,200 photos, 33 hours of HD video, or 12 hours of 4k UHD video.

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by Adam Armstrong

XIOS Version 4.2.0 Is Now Generally Available

The latest version of XtremIO’s OS, version 4.2.0, is now generally available. XtremIO has taken some customer suggestions and integrated them, along with other new features, into the new OS. Aside from the usual bug fixes one expects with an update the new OS now features PowerShell support, SMI-S support, serviceability enhancements, REST API improvements, VSS enhancements, XMS simulator, and WebUI tech preview.

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by Brian Beeler

Storage Deals

No one wants to pay list price for storage and with the rapidly falling prices of NAND, SSDs for instance are getting more affordable by the day it seems. We've set up this page to highlight some of the best deals available on SSDs, hard drives, NAS systems and more, but only for products we trust. Consider this a curated list of deals that's largely based on our consumer storage leaderboard that highlights our favorite products in each category. If you find a great deal, let us know about it.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Brings Its Undersea Fibre Optic Cabling Online

Today Google announced that its FASTER Cable system, an undersea fibre optic cable that runs from the US to Japan, is now online. Google states that this will give them up to 10 terabytes per second, which is a sixth of the cable’s total bandwidth. Google claims that this is the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built, roughly 10 million times faster than the average cable modem.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Releases Isolated Recovery Solutions To Combat Hackers

EMC recently commissioned a data protection index that highlighted various cyber threats. The study was conducted by the independent Vanson Bourne and looked at enterprise backup in 18 countries around the world. EMC states that the index shows business have been doing well at protecting against the best known threats but are unprepared for upcoming attacks. In order to help companies with these future attacks, EMC is releasing its new Isolated Recovery Solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Appoints New President And CEO

Today Veeam Software announced Peter C. McKay as its new COO and President. Peter C. McKay was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas with VMware. The company is also promoting their current Executive Vice President, William H. Largent, to its new CEO. Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, Veeam’s co-founders and directors, will remain active in the company with a shift toward market strategy and new product development. Veeam states that these new appointments will add further depth to an already accomplished executive lineup.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces Backup Plus Hub

Recently Seagate Technology announced a new product that, unlike most of its products, will tackle several uses at once including storage, the Seagate Backup Plus Hub. Based off of the Seagate Backup Plus, the new Backup Plus Hub will feature up to 8TB of capacity as well as two integrated USB 3.0 ports. The new device also contains Seagate Dashboard Software and includes up to 200GB of OneDrive storage for two years.

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