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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 1

X-IO made their name in enterprise SAN storage by figuring out a way to ensure hard drives and in the case of hybrid configurations, SSDs, never needed to be serviced in the warrantied five-year window. To help achieve this goal, X-IO uses twin DataPacs that are inserted and locked into the fully redundant chassis, delivering a "set it and forget it" style of storage. In March of this year X-IO added to the family of hard drive and hybrid arrays, with a new series of all flash configurations and an updated third generation architecture (G3). The ISE 800 G3 series of all flash arrays includes three models ranging from 6.4TB to 51.2TB of raw capacity. Each brings with it the promise of dramatically reducing the frequency of service calls, along with performance of up to 400,000 IOPS, 5GB/s bandwidth and one of the more robust QoS engines. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance

After looking at the performance levels of the VMware VSAN cluster with a traditional Sysbench OLTP workload, we wanted to find out how well the platform responds with an increased workload for more demanding use cases. The initial deployment was four Sysbench VMs, 1 per node, but that workload didn't bring the disk I/O to a high enough range where we felt resources were being fully utilized. This is similar to a customer running a POC, testing it under a subset of their current workload, but not measuring how well the platform responds as workloads grow over time or as more application data is migrated over. To better understand how this VSAN cluster responds under ever-increasing MySQL workloads, we scaled the four Sysbench VM (1 per node) benchmark up to 8 and 12 total VMs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tegile To Unveil IntelliFlash HD Flash Platform For Any Workload At VMworld

Tegile Systems announced that it will be unveiling its new flash storage platform its states will bring hyperscale performance and economics to the enterprise data center, IntelliFlash HD. In a single rack IntelliFlash HD can provide up to 5 million IOPS, up to 10PB of capacity, and do these at $.50/GB. With the addition of IntelliFlash HD, Tegile joins SanDisk in accelerating the migration to an all-flash data center.

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by Brian Beeler

Key Takeaways From HP Big Data 2015

HP held its third annual big data conference earlier this month in Boston. A broad mix of organizations large and small participated, gaining insights on the future of big data via keynotes from the likes of Facebook, Michael Stonebraker, Nate Silver and many more. There were also over 40 breakout sessions that were driven by customers who were highlighting various projects and war stories. While HP certainly had news at the event with updates to Vertica and a new startup initiative, the conference was very much about execution of big data initiatives more than anything else. Here are a few key takeaways from the conference that shed some light on the future of big data from those in the trenches.

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by Adam Armstrong

Primary Data Unveils DataSphere Platform

Today Primary Data unveiled a storage-agnostic data virtualization platform that allows data mobility across multiple different storage tiers (including server flash, SAN, NAS and cloud storage), DataSphere. DataSphere takes existing storage tiers from isolated silos pinned to an application and transforms it into globally available, infinitely scalable resources that enables applications to access the data as needed. DataSphere claims it can achieve unlimited scalability without impacting performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

XtremIO Achieves $1 Billion In Bookings In Just 588 Days

EMC Corporation has revealed that its XtremIO product line has achieved $1 billion in aggregate booking in 588 days or six quarters. In 2012 EMC acquired XtremIO and has since offered several flash product within the XtremIO line.  EMC speculates that this makes XtremIO the fastest growing product in IT history (thought they have yet to do research to confirm this speculation).

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Introduces New Reference Architecture For VSAN 6

Today SanDisk Corporation introduced three new reference architectures designed for VMware Virtual SAN 6.0. These solutions utilize SSDs and Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators include: Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop and Applications Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, and Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN. SanDisk’s SSD and PCIe technologies combined with VSAN enables customers to deploy business critical applications, databases, virtual desktops and other IT workloads with less effort and gain greater performance.

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by Lyle Smith

HP mt42 Thin Client Announced

HP has announced the mt42, dubbed the world’s thinnest, lightest and most powerful quad-core mobile thin client weighing in at just 3.41lbs and measuring only .74 inches in thickness. Offering up to 3.0 GHz with AMD quad-core processing technology, the HP mt42 provides 10% higher clock speed as well as an additional two cores of processing power than the previous generation.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Container Engine Is Now Generally Available

Back in June of this year, Google Cloud Platform released their Container Engine into beta. Now after several months and several users having a chance to try it out and provide feedback, Google is launching its Container Engine to general availability. This follows the pattern Google recently set with the release of its NearlineDataflowPub/Sub, and the release of its container orchestration system Kubernetes.

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by Lyle Smith

SimpliVity OmniStack 3.0 Announced

SimpliVity has announced its new OmniStack 3.0 Data Virtualization Platform, indicating that its release is the most significant product launch since the company was founded. OmniStack is the transformational technology behind SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, offering multi-site deployments with a new Unified Protected ROBO solution and a new optimized platform.

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