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by Tucker Mindrum

Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 JBOD Review

The ThinkServer SA120 by Lenovo is a 12-bay 2U JBOD that features an expansion capability to support four 2.5" drives (in addition to the 12 3.5" drives) with an optional SSD expansion pack for up to 51.2TB of storage. This positions the ThinkServer SA120 in a unique spot in the market, giving buyers the best of both worlds with flash cache plus high-capacity storage in a single compact storage shelf.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 6TB MG04ACA SATA and MG04SCA Enterprise HDDs Announced

Toshiba has announced the addition of 6TB SATA and SAS models to its MG04 series of 3.5-inch form factor enterprise capacity class of HDDs, which are specifically designed for midline and nearline business critical workloads. The new SAS interface models offer 12Gbit/s SAS transfer rate as well as enhanced power management features for easy integration into the latest generation of datacenter infrastructure. 

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Offers IT Predictions for 2015

IT manufacturers and vendors are beginning to make their predictions for 2015, an annual tradition which creates an opportunity to glimpse inside the planning process for some of the storage sector’s big names, albeit with more than a little bit of marketing and self-promotion in the mix as well. As part of this end-of-year rite, NetApp recently offered a series of predictions from Jay Kidd, the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

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by Josh Linden

EMC Avamar Virtual Edition 7.1.1 for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Released

EMC today announced the release of a new version of its Avamar Virtual Edition which integrates the company's Avamar solution with Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. EMC’s Avamar offers variable-length deduplication, daily backups and recovery, and support for virtualized environments. Avamar Virtual Edition can be deployed in a Hyper-V virtual machine in order to serve as a bridge between legacy backup functionality and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions.

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by Josh Linden

Mobile Devices and Software-Centric Data Centers: EMC Shares Technology Bets for 2015

In addition to inspiring “best of” lists across every sector and industry, the New Year is also often a time when technologists are called upon to make predictions about the coming year. Even though January is still a few weeks away, Jeremy Burton, EMC’s President of Products and Marketing, has gotten a jump on the New Year with a few prognostications about the future of storage and computing that caught our eye.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Gains Market Share In the Third Quarter Of 2014

According to results of Dell’Oro’s quarterly report on Switching Market Share, Cisco has come out as number one in both combined fibre channel + fiber-channel-over-Ethernet (FC + FCoE) revenue and they took the number one spot in FC Modular share. These gains in Cisco’s market share are due primarily to customer acceptance of the MDS product portfolio, ramp up of FCoE-capable products, and the substantial demand for 16G FC.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Netgear Ethernet Networking Infrastructure

One of the more integral components in any lab is its traditional Ethernet networking infrastructure connecting servers, storage, networking and related components. While high-speed interconnects such as 10/40GbE, Infiniband or Fibre Channel might be the primary production links for storage or other means, gigabit is still needed to make all that gear manageable. For every switch, server or storage array, the management or KVM ports are required for day to day upkeep. This article covers what makes the StorageReview Test Lab tick when it comes to Ethernet fabric.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Announces Acquisition of Skyera

HGST, a Western Digital company, ha announced they have completed an all-cash acquisition of Skyera, a developer solid-state storage systems specifically for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. This acquisition will have Skyera fully integrated into HGST to improve their existing solid-state storage capabilities and portfolio. The company also indicated that this will allow HGST to broaden its range of innovation, allowing them to develop new and growing opportunities in data center storage infrastructure. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Studio Photography of Large Equipment

Behind the scenes at StorageReview, we go to great lengths to offer detail-oriented photography you see published in reviews. To make this possible, we have an on-site studio where we can shoot devices as small as micro-SD cards and as large multi-shelf storage arrays. This setup includes three main components; a large light tent, a dSLR camera and a ton of continuous lighting... 1000 watts of CFLs or roughly 65,000 lumens. Those compnents along with some heavy lifting make our images possible.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Smart Cooling

As the StorageReview Test Lab continues to grow in terms of testing capacity and testing load at any given time, the cooling requirements and associated costs balloon as well. With 2,000-6,000 watts of compute activity throughout the week, or about 7,000 to 20,000 BTU of heating capacity, the costs just to cool the space can get quite hefty. The approach we've taken to address HVAC in our lab and building not only helps save us money, but literally heats our building during the heating months. While our needs may not be representative, most small data centers that start as telco rooms then grow into a rack or more of compute and storage, can have similar problems. 

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