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by Brian Beeler

Buyer Beware: Black Friday SSD and Storage Deals

Most of the country is about to get wrapped up in shopping hysteria that ranges from new cars to SSDs and everything in between. Bricks and mortar and online retailers both will be pitching hard drives, SSDs and portable storage of all types this holiday season. But not all deals are good deals, lining up a .25/GB SSD on Black Friday is only a good deal if the SSD itself is a good drive. This time of the year is ripe for off brand manufacturers to cash in on unsuspecting consumers. Let StorageReview help take the guesswork out of the equation. If you're cross-shopping storage deals this season, here's a cheat sheet to help you win at buying storage tech this season.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-253 Pro Review

The QNAP TS-253 Pro is a two-bay NAS optimized for small offices, workgroups and enthusiasts. It is a feature-intensive system that provides transfer speeds of up to 415MB/s, DDR3L RAM of up to 8GB (with upgrade), military-grade AES 256-bit encryption technology (70MB/s), video transcoding, third-party application compatibility, and virtualization. The TS-253 Pro supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 and can be scaled up to 60TB with QNAP’s UX-800P expansion enclosure. QNAP loaded the TS-253 Pro with a 22nm quad-core Intel Celeron 2GHz processor as well as 512MB of flash memory.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Launches Latest Version Of ArchiveOne, Version 7.0

Today Barracuda Networks announced the launch of the latest version of its comprehensive archiving, eDiscovery, and information management software, ArchiveOne 7.0. This is the latest step of Barracuda rolling out their Protection Plus Initiative.

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by Josh Linden

PMC Announces ThinkServer SAS Adapter Partnership with Lenovo

PMC-Sierra has announced that its 12Gb/s Adaptec SAS adapter technology will be available for external storage expansion throughout Lenovo's ThinkServer offerings. The Lenovo 8885E is a PCIe HBA that leverages PMC's Adaptec technologies to provide expansion opportunities Lenovo’s rack and tower servers. The 8885E card provides eight SAS/SATA ports for 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s JBOD connectivity in a MD2 form factor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Announces Release 8.0 Software

Unitrends announced the upcoming availability of Unitrends Release 8.0, the latest version of the software that powers the company’s Unified Data Protection physical and virtual backup and recovery appliances. With the release of 8.0, Unitrends has majorly upgraded its Unified Enterprise Backup (UEB) and its Recovery Series.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Saber 1000 Enterprise SSD Series Announced

OCZ Storage Solutions has announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD Series, which is designed for read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments such as online archiving, web browsing, media streaming, and indexing. The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is equipped with an enterprise-optimized feature set, large storage capacities, and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

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by Adam Armstrong

DataDirect Networks Make A Series Of Announcements At SC14

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has made a series of announcements this year at SC14. These announcements include a collaboration with Intel, combining Intel’s Enterprise Edition for Lustre software with DDN’s EXAScaler solution. The validation of DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine burst buffer and application accelerator through continued customer adoption and the release of the latest performance tests. And the results of TechValidate’s HPC trends survey that highlights customers’ concerns with HPC/Big Data solutions and why DDN is best fit to address these concerns. 

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by Josh Linden

Primary Data Announces Data Virtualization Platform

Primary Data officially came out of stealth today, announcing preliminary details about its new platform to virtualize data throughout a datacenter environment with a single global dataspace. The new solution, currently in testing by early access partners, is an attempt to decouple storage management from the data residence by use of a policy engine that automatically places data on appropriate storage resources across file, block, and object in real time. The Primary Data Platform represents the efforts of a startup venture that has been created specifically to advance a vision for the roles and functionality for software-defined storage as part of a broader virtualized, converged datacenter infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium Releases New Specification

Today Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) announced the finalized and publicly available of its new specification HMCC 2.0. The new specification is a commitment to evolving a family of specifications aimed at all high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta Provides First Hyper-Converged Solution Certified For Cisco UCS

Maxta announced that its hyper-converged solution is the first to be certified by Cisco and will be running on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-Series Rack-Mount systems. The solution will also support clusters spanning metro distances.

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