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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Hybrid Review

Dot Hill has long made storage controllers and systems that were capable of handling both traditional disk and SSD volumes. In November they released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. The 4004 is what's inside the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 that we reviewed previously, and turning our HDD configuration into a hybrid just means swapping out HDDs for SSDs. The SSDs can be used as a real time tiering configuration or in a cache mode as an extension of the storage controller cache.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VNX5200 Review

EMC's VNX5200 storage controller is the entry point for the company's VNX2 offerings and features block storage with optional file and unified storage functionality. The VNX5200 can manage up to 125x 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SAS and NL-SAS hard drives and SSDs and is built with EMC's MCx multicore architecture. Kevin O'Brien, Director of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab, recently traveled to EMC's data center in Hopkinton, MA for some hands-on time and benchmarks of the VNX5200.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel DC S3710 and DC S3610 Data Center SSDs Released

Intel has announced two new additions to their data center family of SSDs, the Intel SSD DC S3710 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3610 Series. The Intel SSD DC S3710 Series is 2.5” form factor and comes in 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.2TB capacities. The Intel SSD DC S3610 Series comes in both 2.5” and 1.8” form factor with the 2.5” coming in 200GB, 400GB, 480GB, 800GB, 1.2TB, and 1.6TB capacities and the 1.8” coming in 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacities. Both of the new SSDs will use 20nm NAND, SATA interface and will deliver greater write performance compared to their prior models.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC CloudArray 5.0 Launched

EMC has announced the launch of CloudArray 5.0 the latest update of CloudArray since EMC acquired TwinStrata, and the first major release of CloudArray designed for EMC. EMC has kept the previous features of CloudArray while adding in a few new features, additional supported clouds, an updated user interface, and a refreshed line of software and hardware appliances. This release represents an even deeper cloud-integration with EMC's product portfolio.

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by Lyle Smith

Avere Announces Cloud Snapshots

Avere Systems has announced the introduction of Cloud Snapshots to the Avere 4.5 operating system. This new feature allows IT to use snapshots as a disaster recovery solution in the cloud with a familiar NAS-style user interface. In addition, Cloud Snapshots uses the flexibility of cloud storage all the while protecting user data against disk, controller, array and entire site failures.  Avere OS can be offered as a software-only solution or a physical, hardware-included appliance, and is designed to satisfy demanding NAS environments that require full-featured NFS and SMB/CIFS functionality as well as scalable performance. 

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Begins Shipping All-Flash EF560 and Hybrid EF5600 Arrays

NetApp has announced general availability of the company’s new EF560 all-flash array along with its E5600, a new hybrid array offering. According to the Storage Performance Council, a membership organization for storage manufacturers and vendors, the EF560 has achieved the best AFA price-to-performance result to date in the SPC-1 benchmark. The new NetApp E5600 hybrid array is built with the same flash architecture as the EF560 but utilizes a combination of flash and hard drive storage media. Both arrays take advantage of the latest Intel CPUs and SSDs ranging from 400GB to 1.6TB in capacity, for up to 38TB raw capacity in a single chassis.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro 1U/2U Ultra Series SuperServers Now Available

Super Micro Computer has released new 1U/2U Ultra Series SuperServers, which feature more flexibility and higher bandwidth I/O in 4x 40G QSFP+, 10G SFP+, 10GBASE-T and 1G configurations. The new servers are equipped with better energy efficiency due to its innovative airflow optimized cooling architecture and redundant 1000W Titanium level, high efficiency (96%+) digital power supplies that support dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 up to 160W. In addition, memory performance has improved by 14% and the new series features the latest in NVMe technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Simplifies IT Infrastructure Deployments With EMC VSPEX

Lenovo announced that its Flex System can now be used to power EMC VSPEX reference architecture for private cloud and VDI. The new solutions are aimed at lowering total cost of ownership, faster deployments, and simplifying management, all of which are key concerns of enterprise and mid-market customers. Lenovo will offer three solutions for customers: EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud, EMC VSPEX by Flex System for VDI, and EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud and VDI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Simplivity Introduces OmniCube CN-2200

Simplivity has introduced a new addition to their OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure, the OmniCube CN-2200. The CN-2200 is an upgraded replacement for the CN-2000. This new device offers broader scalability, more use cases, and starts at a lower price point.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Teams With Anthem To Strengthen IT Performance

IBM announced today that it has a new strategic technology service with Anthem Inc. The deal is valued at $500 million USD and will run for the next five years. IBM will provide Anthem with operational services for their mainframe and data center server, as well as provide operation services for Anthem's storage infrastructure.

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