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by Lyle Smith

Pure Storage Raises $225M in Series F Funding

Pure Storage has announced it has closed a $225 million Series F funding round with a pre-money valuation of over $3 billion. The round comprised of contributions from previous public market investors, such as T. Rowe Price Associates, Tiger Global, and new investor, Wellington Management Company. In addition, the round also included participation from prior venture capital investors, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. This new funding puts Pure Storage’s total capital raised to $470 million, which will support the continued acceleration of its market course and international business expansion through increased investments in engineering, sales, marketing and channel partner enablement to meet the demand for their Pure Storage FlashArray.

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by Lyle Smith

HP XP7 Storage Disk Array Announced

HP has announced XP7 Storage, an enterprise-class storage disk array that provides customers with lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for traditional storage workloads in mission-critical environments. HP XP7 Storage offers a combination of six 9s (i.e. 99.9999 percent) uptime, meaning less than 31.5 seconds of application downtime per year as well as always-on disaster recovery protection, increased system density and ultra-high, flash-driven performance. HP XP7 Storage is capable of delivering 3 million IOPS with submillisecond response times, which is the highest performing, full-featured, enterprise-class disk array on the market, delivering three times the performance of the previous generation of XP Storage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Micron M500DC Enterprise SSD Review

Micron today announced the availability of its new M500DC Enterprise SSD, a light-enterprise SSD designed and manufactured entirely in-house by Micron at a price point designed to make flash easier to adopt. Like its M500 cousin, the M500DC is built with Micron’s 20nm MLC flash and is offered with a SATA interface. The big change is the new M500DC increases the endurance from the M500, guaranteeing two drive fills per day for five years and a mean time between failures of 2M hours. The endurance figures are sufficient to deliver on enterprise use cases with fewer writes that still need advanced data path protection and features like power fail protection.

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by Lyle Smith

HP and Samsung Announce the HP Z Turbo Drive

HP, in collaboration with Samsung, has announced the HP Z Turbo Drive, an ultra-fast, affordable and efficient PCIe drive for workstations. Designed to address industry dramatic change to accommodate larger files as well as the amount of big data, the HP Z Turbo Drive is a small, extended capacity PCIe SSD that addresses this file storage bottlenecks associated with extremely large files to enhance the efficiency of HP’s Z desktop workstations.

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by Lyle Smith

Violin Memory's Windows Flash Array Now Generally Available

Violin Memory has announced the general availability of the Windows Flash Array (WFA), which was jointly developed with Microsoft. The Violin WFA is the industry’s first all-flash high-performance storage array powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, providing feature-rich functionality and data services for the enterprise. With its impressive speed and efficiency, Windows Flash Array transforms datacenters by significantly reducing server overhead as well as application response times through improved storage performance which fundamentally alters the cost structure of enterprise applications. 

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD Line Adds 240GB and 480GB Capacities

Kingston Digital has announced the addition of 240GB and 480GB capacities to the SSDNow mS200 mSATA family of SSDs. Kingston’s SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD allows system builders and enthusiasts to gain an economic performance boost, including quicker boot times and application loads while requiring less power than HDDs. The mS200 boasts read speeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 520MB/s.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware VSAN Posts 2 Million IOPS

Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product, was released last month and has been very well received by enterprises looking to get more out of traditional compute servers. VSAN essentially gives users access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, while layering into the virtualization environment that is all managed through VMware's vSphere client. According to VMware’s internal benchmarks, VSAN has the capability of reaching 2 million IOPS in a 32-node cluster. How did VMware accomplish this and what are the details of the configuration they used to reach this feat?

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Announced

VMware has announced vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers while seamlessly extending DR to the public cloud. This announcement makes way for a new approach to DR by VMware, as very few applications are continuously protected in the business world because it is either too expensive or too complicated to include them in a DR plan. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces Industry's Fastest microSD Cards

Toshiba has introduced the world's fastest microSD memory cards and the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II interface standard as well as being UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled. Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, Toshiba’s new microSD cards also offer high-quality 4K video capture at constant minimum write speeds of 30MB/s, allowing 4K/2K video, live broadcast and content can be recorded on high-performance cameras.

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by Lyle Smith

Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 Announced

Riverbed Technology has announced Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0, the first branch converged infrastructure that centralizes data in the datacenter all the while delivering local performance and virtually instant recovery at the branch. With SteelFusion 3.0, branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure are combined into a single solution that reduces the average amount time to provision branch services by 30x (e.g. from five hours to ten minutes) and recovery from branch outages by 96x (e.g. from 24 hours to 15 minutes).

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