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by Lyle Smith

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-Flash Starter Kit Announced at $35,000

HP has introduced a new entry-level all-flash array, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 All-Flash Starter Kit. HP's new all-flash array allows for affordable application performance acceleration as well as high service-levels, which helps to remove cost barriers to flash storage adoption. With a starting price of $35,000, customers can benefit from all-flash performance at half the cost of some competing entry-level all-flash arrays. HP also announced that it is continuing to collaborate with VMware to integrate HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage on VMware’s planned Virtual Volumes (VVols) storage architecture.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New Storage Offerings for the Software-Defined Data Center

HP has announced new storage offerings for the software-defined data center (SDDC) that simplify the deployment of scale-out storage for cloud computing and virtual server environments. HP is building on its position in software-defined storage market by featuring HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) as a fully integrated storage option for HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition. HP has also updated and enhanced HP StoreVirtual Storage hypervisor integration and released a new HP StoreOnce VSA license, which can lower backup costs by 86 percent for small and remote sites. All of these enhancements and software-defined products are designed to let enterprises and service providers get more out of existing resources, ideal for cost-sensitive environments.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro and SS-x53 Pro Series Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, and 8-bay models) and their new 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (available in 4 and 8-bay models), which offer a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. With its exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series from QNAP are inexpensive PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, and XBMC digital entertainment.

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by Adam Armstrong

CommVault Introduces New Simpana Solution Sets

Today CommVault introduced new Simpana Solution Sets. These solution sets are designed for businesses from small to large to transform data protection, management, and maximize the value of business information. The new Simpana Solution Sets will do this by speeding cloud adoption, delivering next-generation software innovations that modernize data centers, support mobile productivity, and improve self-services access. As more businesses move toward cloud-based storage and computing, the Simpana solutions will help customers lower costs and reduce risks. The new solution sets can be individually deployed or combined giving customers the flexibility in their data management.

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by Josh Linden

Nexenta NexentaStor 4.1, NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, and NexentaConnect 3.0 for VMware Horizon Announced

Nexenta today announced NexentaStor 4.1, which includes a new all-flash mode for low latency all-SSD architectures along with closer integration with VAAI and vCenter Management. The company also announced the new NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, which adds SMB and NFS file services to VMware’s Virtual SAN solution. NexentaConnect for VMware Horizon 3.0 incorporates updates to improve automation and acceleration for VMware Horizon virtual desktop environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

ATTO Introduces Its New FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller

ATTO Technology Inc. has introduced its new FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller. The FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller is an accelerated storage platform, adding enterprise-level Fibre Channel SAN connectivity to SAS JBOD storage, creating a modular solution that forms an ideal platform for building out a virtualized, software defined data center.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Ultra II SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced their new Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The Ultra II is designed to deliver an inexpensive and easy upgrade solution for customers looking to improve performance, battery life, and power efficiency of their PCs. In addition, the enhanced SSD Dashboard offers tools and visibility for drive’s performance, security, and available firmware updates.

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by Josh Linden

Violin Concerto 2200 All Flash Array with Deduplication and Compression Announced

Violin has announced the availability of data deduplication and compression capabilities for its all flash arrays (AFA) in conjunction with the new Violin Concerto 2200 appliance. The new solution consists of two high availability Concerto 2200 systems which can deduplicate and compress data to target LUNs on either a Violin 6000 or 7000 series all flash array. This solution is oriented towards virtual desktop and virtual server environments where Violin expects customers to experience between deduplication rates between 6:1 to 10:1.

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by Adam Armstrong

GE and Pivotal Announce the First Industrial-Scale Data Lake

GE has announced that through their partnership with Pivatol, they have created the world's first industrial-scale data lake. The data lake will be able to take Big Data, store it in the form that it comes into the lake (saving a lot of time and effort that is generally spent getting it into a usable format) and offer a highly scalable and fast management for the data. Most importantly, the data lake will give businesses the ability to quickly analyze the metadata, allowing them to operate more efficiently, predict future problems and fix them before they happen.

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by Lyle Smith

Hitachi Data Systems Acquires Sepaton

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has acquired Sepaton, a company that manufactures scalable and cost-efficient purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA). Hitachi states that the addition of Sepaton as a wholly-owned subsidiary is part of their larger HDS data protection strategy that offers enterprise customers comprehensive data protection that is scalable and integrated. HDS customers now have access to a broad portfolio of data protection solutions, which allows Hitachi to tackle customer issues with a much more extensive selection of effective technology. 

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