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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Personal Cloud Review (2-Bay)

The Seagate Personal Cloud is a small home or office NAS that acts as a private cloud for users when they are home or away. All the user's personal media be it photos, videos, or multimedia collections can be stored on the Personal Cloud and streamed to a television, mobile device, or DLNA compatible device such as a gaming console. The Personal Cloud can also be used as a backup and sync device for mobile devices, PCs, and Macs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Blackmagic MultiDock Review

The Blackmagic MultiDock is a 4-bay SSD dock that enables users to insert multiple SSDs from a production video camera and then edit files directly from a Thunderbolt enabled computer. The MultiDock installs quickly by using the drivers already installed on Thunderbolt enabled computers. Users can mount up to 4 2.5” SSDs by simply plugging them in and then the drives will be mounted to the computer the same as regular hard disks. The BlackMagic MultiDock is compatible with both Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 connections on both PC and Mac platforms. 

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by Mark May

VMware VSAN 6.0 Overview

A few years ago while attending EMC World, I had the chance to meet with Chuck Hollis and several other VMware employees to talk about an idea they had. They wanted to make use of untapped local storage resources inside an ESX host. Rather than simply holding the ESX boot image, they wanted to make the resource usable for virtual machines inside the entire ESX cluster. We talked over what seemed like a clustered file system that could protect data across ESX hosts. I pointed out that spinning disks are slow and they talked about using SSD drives to accelerate I/O operations. It was an interesting idea and I was curious if anything would ever come of it. As you might have guessed something did come of it: Virtual SAN. With the initial release of VSAN I was interested but, admittedly, a bit underwhelmed. Here we are, a year after general availability, and VSAN has taken a leap forward with the latest update to VSAN 6.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Unveils InfiniFlash All-Flash Array For Big Data

Today SanDisk Corp, unveiled its new storage platform, the SanDisk InfiniFlash. The InfiniFlash creates an entirely new category in the IT industry as it geared toward and dubbed “Big Data Flash.” InfiniFlash comes in three configurations that are all aimed at delivering high capacity, high performance, and reliability for big data and hyperscale workloads.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST to Acquire Amplidata

HGST has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Amplidata, a privately-held developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers. This acquisition is in line with the company’s current focus on expanding into higher value data storage platforms and systems that offer value and scalability as well as tackling the constant growth in storage requirements in cloud data centers. Financial specifics were not released.

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by Lyle Smith

Google Cloud Platform Adds Status Update Dashboard

Google has added status update functionality to their Status Dashboard of the Google Cloud Platform, acknowledging that even small interruptions can cause issues with users and businesses and lack of information pertaining to what’s going on only adds to the problem. This new transparency helps to improve their current tools and services, such as Google Cloud Monitoring, which monitors the health of a service. As such, Google hopes that these augmented services will help to make disruptions more manageable by presenting users with the latest information on all issues as well as the ability to help find workarounds to these issues.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Releases LeftHand OS 12.0 for StoreVirtual

HP has released the latest version of the operating system for its HP StoreVirtual storage platforms, LeftHand OS 12.0. Like the update to 11.5, the latest version comes with several new enhancements as well as a few fixes for the previous version of LeftHand OS.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces 200GB microSD Card, Portable Flash Storage

SanDisk has announced various new products to their storage portfolio including two new microSDXC cards: the 200GB SanDisk Ultra UHS-I card, which is the industry’s highest capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices, and the company’s first high endurance microSDXC memory card built to withstand up to 10,000 hours of Full HD Video recording.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Expert and Business Series Announced

WD has announced additions to their portfolio of network attached storage solutions with the new My Cloud Expert Series, which includes the My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) as well as the My Cloud Business Series, which includes the My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay), and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay). These four new products are designed to address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among consumers.

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by Brian Beeler

Avago To Acquire Emulex

Avago Technologies has announced it is acquiring publicly traded Emulex for $8/share, in an all cash transaction topping $606 million. Avago has been busy the last year or so, buying LSI in December 2013 for $6.6 billion, before selling off LSI's storage business to Seagate in May of last year for $450 million. The combination of Emulex's interconnect solutions and Avago's existing storage adapters and fiber optics make for a broad solutions portfolio. Emulex is expected to operate as a business within Avago's enterprise storage segment.

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