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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces the Launch of FlashRay All-Flash Storage Array

Today NetApp announced the launch of their all-flash array (AFA), FlashRay and its operating system Mars OS. We first previewed FlashRay last year. FlashRay is NetApp's third all-flash storage array offering, the others being EF-series and the FAS series.

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by Josh Linden

HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Review

With the availability of Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 family of processors, a variety of server vendors are launching compute platforms that take advantage of the performance increases of the new Xeon architecture. The DL360 Gen9 is the new mainstream 1U compute platform in the HP ProLiant family, and in addition to featuring new E5-2600 v3 processors and DD4 memory, the DL360 Gen9 reflects several progressive advancements in HP’s server technology portfolio and the company’s overall vision for converged data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

A3CUBE Introduces Fortissimo Foundation for Ultra High-Performance Hyper-Convergence

A3CUBE Inc. introduced its new building block software solution, Fortissimo Foundation. Working in concert with A3CUBE's previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation will provide improvements in application performance and data center efficiency, and is particularly aimed at unstructured, Big Data environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

PMC Delivers 16-port Storage Controllers for Data Center Servers

PMC-Sierra Inc. announced today that the company is the first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O Controllers for data center servers. The new controller solutions are aimed at OEMs and ODMs who want to design low-cost customized server hardware for hyperscale deployment such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack, and Project Scorpio. The new product line contains three controllers, the above-mentioned two and 8-port 12Gb/s SAS controller.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

VMware Inc. has announced the general availability of new solutions as well as updates to some of their current solutions. The new solutions and updates are aimed at helping businesses build, manage, and protect their software-defined data center environments. They include: VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite 6, and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8. VMware also announced the availability of VMware vSphere Remote Branch Office to allow businesses with multiple sites to take advantage of virtualization.

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by Josh Linden

Permabit SANblox Fibre Channel SAN Inline Data Efficiency Appliances Now Available

Permabit today announced the general availability of its new Albireo SANblox, a 1U data efficiency appliance for Fibre Channel primary storage. SANblox utilizes Permabit’s Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) and HIOPS Compression software to implement inline data efficiency processing that can be selectively applied to data that can benefit from deduplication or compression as it is written to the array.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M600 Client-Class SSD Announced

Micron has announced their next-generation client-class M600 SATA SSD, which offers low-power, high-performance storage for personal computers. The M600 is specifically designed to leverage Micron’s NAND Flash technology to addresses the storage demands of modern mobile computing applications, such as Ultrabook platforms and tablets, as well as performance-oriented PC desktops and video capture systems. The M600 also offers class-leading SSD power efficiency consuming less than 2 milliwatts (mW) in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use.

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by Brian Beeler

Hybrids Moving to All-Flash Configurations

Often we neatly categorize storage into a few convenient buckets; Big Storage, All-Flash Arrays and Hybrids. Each has a connotation of its own, big storage includes the usual suspects like EMC, Dell, HP, IBM and the like. AFAs generally include startups or recently acquired efforts like Pure Storage, XtremIO and at times flash offerings from big storage. The hybrid category is one of the most interesting because even though all the big storage vendors offer hybrid products, this loosely refers to the startups in the space like Nimble, Tegile and StorTrends. Definitions are perpetually changing though; the idea of hybrid itself is on the move. Initially designated as a combination of some small amount of flash to accelerate disk, the term is morphing to refer to arrays that are entirely made out of different types of flash, as high speed HDDs lose relevance. 

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology G-SPEED Studio XL Announced

G-Technology has announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL. The company’s new storage solution expands on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions that were released earlier this year. The G-SPEED Studio XL houses up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offers upwards 64TB in capacity, and is quoted to boast up to 1,350MB/s in RAID 0 performance for the demanding digital content creation applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Riverbed Launches Free SteelStore Solution for Amazon Web Services

Riverbed Technology has announced a free version of Riverbed SteelStore virtual edition, Riverbed’s cloud-integrated storage solution. Not only is Riverbed offering their SteelStore solution for free, they have partnered up with Amazon to also offer 6 months of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) at up to 8TB per month capacity, or 48TB total to select customers who sign up between September 9 and October 9 2014.

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