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by Adam Armstrong

StorMagic Launches SvSAN Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM

Today StorMagic launched its SvSAN management pack and system management provider (SMP) for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). The new management pack enables users to centralize monitoring of their entire SvSAN through a single pane of glass. The pack also includes real-time alerts and monitoring capabilities, so issues can be identified and addressed quickly.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Unveils Next Phase Of Social Innovation Strategy

Today Hitachi Data Systems unveiled the next phase of its Social Innovation Strategy. HDS believes its Social Innovation Strategy will make societies safer, smarter, and healthier. HDS is also announcing new solutions and services to go along with its Social Innovation Strategy. These solutions and services include: Hitachi Live Insight for IT Operations, Hitachi Clinical Repository for connected health, and Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Unveils Lineup Of Software-Defined Infrastructure

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) unveiled its new lineup of software-defined infrastructure solutions that are designed for all transactional and analytic driven workloads. HDS is helping customers leverage information gathered through virtualized, hyper-converged and scale-out platforms to accelerate the journey to IT as a service (ITaaS). HDS is working on this by automating operations to simplify the technology, give customers better access to information, and turning fixed assets into flexible resources.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces the PowerEdge R930

Today Dell Inc. introduced its most powerful four-socket server, the Dell PowerEdge R930. The R930 is the next step up from the PowerEdge R920 we reviewed earlier. Like its predecessor, the Dell PowerEdge R930 is designed to handle nearly any workload and configuration. This new addition to Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge servers is ideal for customers migrating to x86 platforms. And Dell is further expanding its four-socket portfolio with PowerEdge FC830 and PowerEdge M830.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Expands PowerEdge FX Portfolio

Dell Inc. recently introduced three new modules to its PowerEdge FX Portfolio, the FC430, the FD332, and the FC830. These modules were first announced along with the rest of Dell’s next generation converged infrastructure in November. We had a chance to review the Dell PowerEdge FX2 at the time as well. Dell has also announced that its PowerEdge servers are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and are growing at two times the pace of the industry.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Now Available For Violin AFA

Today QLogic Corp announced that they are making their 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology available for Violin Memory Inc.’s all-flash array (AFA), Flash Storage Platform. The collaboration between the two companies will increase throughput and workload capacity for Violin customers. This is the latest in a string of collaborations aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and EMCQLogic and Brocade, and QLogic and Fujitsu.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Introduces Next Gen Fusion ioMemory PCIe Application Accelerators

Today SanDisk Corporation introduced the next generation of its Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators. This new generation of Fusion ioMemory is aimed at improving performance while driving datacenter consolidation, and lower total cost of ownership.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Remote Desktop While On the Go

Mobile remote access is something many labs need to work with when it comes to keeping tests operating smoothly, where physical access to the server isn't feasible. In the StorageReview Test Lab we work with remote access on a daily basis to keep our many tests operating smoothly, although a desktop or notebook isn't always the closest platform within reach. At times, be it in the grocery store or picking the kid up from daycare, work calls with sometimes exciting problems to quickly sort out. This is where an iPhone or iPad with an RDP app comes in to save the day and keep the lab operational. To that end we've used a number of RDP solutions, with Jump Desktop being at the top of our list.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Cloud Station Review

Synology has several NAS offerings for home, office, and even enterprise applications. All of their DiskStation NAS units are powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1 operating system, with 5.2 on the horizon. DSM offers lots of good, free apps to users, such as the recently reviewed Surveillance Station 7.0. Another free app that all users have access to is Synology Cloud Station. Cloud Station gives users and businesses their own cloud to save and sync files with. Users can work on a given file in the office, remotely, from home, or on a mobile device, save it to Cloud Station, and pick up from where they let off from any other device or location they choose.

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by Adam Armstrong

Iron Mountain and EMC Collaborate For Cloud Services

Today Iron Mountain Incorporated and EMC Corporation announced a strategic relationship to deliver cloud backup and replication services. This partnership will help customers optimize both their on and off-premises data protection strategy. The partnership also helps tackle the challenge of exploding data growth, stringent availability and security requirements, and tight IT budgets.

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