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by Brian Beeler

Hybrids Moving to All-Flash Configurations

Often we neatly categorize storage into a few convenient buckets; Big Storage, All-Flash Arrays and Hybrids. Each has a connotation of its own, big storage includes the usual suspects like EMC, Dell, HP, IBM and the like. AFAs generally include startups or recently acquired efforts like Pure Storage, XtremIO and at times flash offerings from big storage. The hybrid category is one of the most interesting because even though all the big storage vendors offer hybrid products, this loosely refers to the startups in the space like Nimble, Tegile and StorTrends. Definitions are perpetually changing though; the idea of hybrid itself is on the move. Initially designated as a combination of some small amount of flash to accelerate disk, the term is morphing to refer to arrays that are entirely made out of different types of flash, as high speed HDDs lose relevance. 

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by Josh Linden

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Review

Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN Ultra48 is the capstone of Dot Hill’s lineup of high density storage arrays, with a unique chassis layout that houses 48 2.5-inch hard drives, SSDs or a combination of such across three rows of trays in a 2U rack mount form factor. The Ultra48 leverages dual AssuredSAN 4004 controllers and can be deployed with swappable Fibre Channel and iSCSI transceivers, including deployments that incorporate both transceiver types. The Ultra48 is also available with 12Gb SAS connectivity, adding to the flexibility in storage deployment.

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology G-SPEED Studio XL Announced

G-Technology has announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL. The company’s new storage solution expands on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions that were released earlier this year. The G-SPEED Studio XL houses up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offers upwards 64TB in capacity, and is quoted to boast up to 1,350MB/s in RAID 0 performance for the demanding digital content creation applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Riverbed Launches Free SteelStore Solution for Amazon Web Services

Riverbed Technology has announced a free version of Riverbed SteelStore virtual edition, Riverbed’s cloud-integrated storage solution. Not only is Riverbed offering their SteelStore solution for free, they have partnered up with Amazon to also offer 6 months of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) at up to 8TB per month capacity, or 48TB total to select customers who sign up between September 9 and October 9 2014.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Ships 10 Million SSHDs

Seagate has announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid hard drive. Seagate was the first to release SSHDs on the market and has experienced a growing demand for their hybrid solutions since its inception, as it offers the speed and performance of SSDs combined with the industry’s highest storage capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Announces Updates To Its VNX-F All Flash Arrays

Today EMC announced updates to their VNX-F all flash array.  The new updates are the VNX-F5000 and the VNX-F7000 models that are designed for mission-critical apps that need their own dedicated storage arrays. The new offerings deliver higher density at lower entry prices and are targeted for both physical and virtualized application environments.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces New Cloud and Enterprise Storage Solutions

Seagate has announced several significant product updates as well as the release of its new Cloud Systems and Solutions group (CSS), which delivers scalable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud service architectures and solutions. Seagate storage products that have been updated include their PCIe flash accelerator cards and enterprise HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced the latest addition to the d2 desktop storage line, featuring a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. The new LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 is designed to be upgradable to the fastest SSD solution on the market, which boasts speeds upwards of 1150 MB/s. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD Ae Cold Data Storage HDDs Announced

WD has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters. WD Ae drives are purpose-built archive HDDs with extreme areal density on a high volume mechanical platform, operating with the lowest possible power consumption possible while using a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Virident Space Announced

HGST has announced Virident Space, which allows the clustering of up to 128 servers and 16 PCIe storage devices to deliver one or more shared volumes of high performance Flash storage, totaling over 38TB of usable capacity. The High Availability (HA), mirrored cluster is easily configured and managed using an advanced graphical user interface. 

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