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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro Review (4TB, NASware 3.0)

Alongside the launch of the larger 6TB capacity Red HDDs with NASware 3.0, WD also launched a new family of NAS drives dubbed Red Pro. The Red Pro HDDs spin at 7,200RPM, come in capacities of up to 4TB, and are designed for larger tower or rackmount NAS environments in the 8 to 16 bay range. Aside from support for larger environments, the Red Pro line of HDDs differentiates from Red in that the drives are faster, 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Pro 2500 SSD Review

Intel Pro 2500 Series are SSDs designed largely for enterprise client solutions (desktops, notebooks) that require reliability, power-efficient performance, enhanced data security, and remote manageability. While the Intel 730 SSDs are catered towards enthusiasts and the Intel 530's demographic is more mainstream consumer, the Pro 2500 series (and the Pro 1500 Series before it) are specifically architected for businesses who need to deploy a large number of drives into their organization. Intel's new Pro 2500 Series features quoted throughput up to 540MB/s and a random IOPs up to 80,000, all the while offering low-power modes to extend battery life and improve the mobility of the drives. For example, when the new Pro 2500 Series SSDs are combined with the Intel Core vPro Platform, Intel states that power consumption can be reduced by substantially: from milliwatts to microwatts.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Launches Barracuda Backup 290 & Becomes VMware Ready

Barracuda Networks has announced the launch of a new option in its Backup appliance line, Barracuda Backup 290. The release of the Backup 290 will give customers more options when choosing a backup product. Barracuda also announced that the 390 will get an increase in capacity, taking it to 2TB. Along with the additions and enhancements of its backup line, Barracuda also achieved VMware Ready Status.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro and Expanded Capacities of WD Red HDDs Released

WD has announced the expansion of WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage as well as the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives, which are designed specifically for the medium to large business NAS market. The WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities, while the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities. 

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by Josh Linden

Quantum Announces DXi6900 Data Protection and Deduplication Appliance

Quantum today announced the latest addition its DXi deduplication family: the DXi6900 appliance, powered by StorNext 5 software and oriented towards enterprise deployments and service providers. The DXi6900 can scale from 17TB to 510TB, and according to Quantum, the DXi6900’s 16TB per hour ingestion rate will make it fastest single-stream backup and restore solution in its class due to DXi’s proprietary variable length deduplication technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Fujifilm Reveals Dangers Of Re-Certified Tape Media

Today Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. announced the results of a study of re-certified tape media. The study was a joint analysis with Ovation Data Services that not only found security risks in selling used tape media to re-certifiers, but there is also a quality issue when buying tape media that has been re-certified. Fujifilm and OvationData joint analysis found that confidential data can be recovered through certain data recovery methods, exposing a wide range of data: personal, corporate, financial, or healthcare records. Of course the ultimate fear is that third parties can use this data maliciously against businesses or individuals.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Introduces NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure

NetApp has introduced NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure is a solution that creates a seamless hybrid cloud environment by enabling customers to extend their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure further builds on NetApp’s portfolio of Microsoft Cloud solutions such as FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud.

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by Josh Linden

Dell AppAssure DL1000 and DR2000v Backup Appliances Now Available

Dell today announced the availability of two new backup appliances along with updates to its AppAssure data protection software. Dell’s new AppAssure-based DL1000 backup, recovery, and restore appliance is intended for small business and managed service providers. The new DR2000v is a virtual deduplication appliance for remote and branch offices.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New NAS Lines

Today Seagate Technology announced a new line of NAS solutions specifically designed for small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The two new NAS lines are the Seagate NAS and Seagate NAS Pro. The Seagate NAS family is available in 2- and 4-bay configurations, comes with a Marvel Dual core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and runs in capacities from 2TB to 20TB. The Seagate NAS Pro line is available in 2-, 4-, and 6-bay configurations, debuts Intel's latest dual-core 1.7GHz C200 Series processor, 2GB of RAM and runs in capacities from 2TB to 30TB. Both NAS lines use a new operating system, NAS OS 4.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS415play Announced

Synology has announced the DS415play, a four-bay successor to the two-bay DS214play. The DS415play is the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, delivers full 1080p HD video to virtually any media-streaming device, and comes with DiskStation Manager (DSM 5.0), allowing it act as a multimedia hub for any household.

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