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EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review

In June of 2013, EMC made a $200 million investment in ScaleIO, adding to their portfolio of storage offerings with a webscale software-defined scale-out solution. The ScaleIO stack has grown in flexibility and capabilities since then and now EMC offers ScaleIO in a variety of configurations to solve a wide variety of enterprise and service provider use cases. It's important to understand the wide variety concept as it pertains to ScaleIO. The software can be installed on any hardware or purchased as an engineered solution via VCE (VxRack System or VxRack Node). ScaleIO can run in two-layer mode where it's treated and performs just like a SAN, or it can run hyperconverged, combining compute and storage together. It can also run bare metal OS, integrated with all major hypervisors including VMware, Hyper-V and KVM, or OpenStack. Lastly, ScaleIO supports a wide variety of drive configurations including all-disk, all-flash and hybrid combinations in between, scaling near linearly as the number of nodes grows. The net result is that ScaleIO can deliver top-tier performance that can be consumed in just about every way possible with impressive economics.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

Unveiled during this year’s CES, the new Trion 150 SSD line has finally hit the market. Described by OCZ as the “ultimate HDD replacement” for both mainstream notebooks and desktops, the Trion 150 is specifically designed for first-time SSD buyers who are looking for an affordable way to update their HDD-based system to solid-state technology. The Trion 150 is also the direct successor to the Trion 100, which we found to be a fairly impressive drive for its price point with its excellent real-world performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces Broadest Portfolio of Shipping Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Thin Clients

Today HP Inc. announced that they now have the broadest portfolio of shipping Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Thin Clients for desktop, mobile and tablets. HP’s portfolio includes the HP t520, t620, t620 PLUS, t730mt42, and both ElitePad 1000 G2 thin client tablets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veritas Releases Study Results On Data Management Along With Product Announcements

Today Veritas released their inaugural Data Genomics Index. This study is what Veritas is calling the “first accurate view of the composition of enterprise data.” The study was performed with Veritas’ extensive customer base of 50,000 enterprise customers worldwide, including 86% of the global Fortune 500, and analyzing tens of billions of files. Veritas is also announcing two new products, Enterprise Vault 12 and Data Insight 5.1.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Data Platform

Today Cohesity released the latest version of its Cohesity Data Platform, version 2.0. This latest version contains several new features surrounding performance, management, and security for enterprise customers. The Cohesity Data Platform is hyperconverged secondary storage that consolidates use cases such as data protection, test and development, and file services. Version 2.0 now features site-to-site replication, cloud archive, and hardware-accelerated, 256-bit encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces VSAN 6.2 With An Eye On All-Flash

Today VMware Inc. is announced the latest version of its Virtual SAN (VSAN) enterprise-grade native storage for vSphere, version 6.2. Though the numbering is a bit confusing this actually marks the fourth-generation of VSAN. This new release is aimed at introducing new advanced data efficiency capabilities for all-flash storage, in addition to new Quality of Service (QoS) and performance and capacity monitoring capabilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces vRealize Suite 7

Today VMware Inc. announce the latest version of its vRealize Suite, version 7, which includes new releases of VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight along with VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7. These announcements also come with pricing and packaging enhancements that aim to address customers use cases as they move into the cloud.​

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Introduces Starter Kits To Ease Migration To An All Flash Data Center

Today Violin Memory Inc. launched two new starter kits that are geared toward getting customers to migrate toward all flash data centers and the benefits that come along with it, such as increased performance and high availability. Both starter kits feature Violin’s Flash Storage Platform (FSP) 7700 and have two different focuses, scalability and stretch cluster. The FSP 7700 is fully-integrated with Violin’s Concerto OS 7.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Enhances Its Entry-Level Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it would help SMB customers with limited budgets by enhancing its entry-level storage portfolio. HPE is introducing new MSA Storage options that they claim will enable the most affordable dual-controller hybrid flash array from a major vendor. HPE is also introducing a new StoreEasy solution, StoreEasy 1650 Expanded. These new additions are aimed at helping customers with limited budgets harness content and accelerate applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Acquires IronKey USB Technology From Imation

Today the flash affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Kingston Digital, Inc., announced that it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp. Kingston has been making encrypted portable drives for some time; these drives include its DataTraveler. One of Kingston main competitors was the IronKey brand from Imation. Now that Kingston has acquired IronKey it can offer its customers a broader range of secure portable drives.

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