Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Oracle, HPE, ViON, & Kaminario

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Oracle enhances its block volume offering. HPE unveils computer built for the era of Big Data. ViON and Kaminario partner to deliver Flash Storage as a Service (FSaaS) to the federal market.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NetApp, Canonical, WDC, Red Hat, TYAN, Virtual Instruments & More.

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. NetApp and Canonical collaborate to supply Open Cloud Solutions. WDC announces new iNAND EFD for connected, autonomous cars. Red Hat releases OpenStack Platform 11. TYAN showcases its new GPU-optimized platforms. Virtual Instruments releases VirtualWisdom 5.2. Cisco and NetApp are now strategic investors in Datos IO. Cavium accelerates adoption of NVMe over fabrics. Micron announces new all-flash Ceph storage reference architecture. Cisco announces intent to acquire MindMeld.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Unveils Pulse IoT Center

This year at Dell EMC World, VMware Inc. unveiled its new secure, enterprise grade Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure management solution, VMware Pulse IoT Center. This solution will give what VMware is calling complete control of IoT infrastructure and things to IT and OT teams. VMware Pulse IoT Center is the first solution in the new family of VMware IoT offerings and is all about more efficient management, operation, and scale as well as better protection for customers’ IoT projects.

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by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Releases Its Q1 2017 HDD Reliability Results

Backblaze has released its latest HDD reliability results, with the results are for the first quarter of 2017. This time Backblaze is looking at over 80,000 HDDs, increasing it from the previous 70,000. And a new addition to the testing is enterprise HDDs, (we covered the importance of the different drive types here).

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexsan Unveils Unity 2.0 Including An All-Flash Version

Today Nexsan introduced the latest version of its unified storage system, Unity 2.0. The latest version of the company’s unified storage system now offers up to 40% more performance over the previous model as well as more flexible configurations, and costs savings up to 36%. Unity 2.0 is available in both all-flash models, for the performance minded, as well as hybrid models for those needing more capacity.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC XtremIO X2 Announced

Dell EMC has announced XtremIO X2, the first major update to their mainstream enterprise all flash array in some time. While XtremIO was quick to hit $1 billion in sales and has added several new features like iCDM, there hasn't been a hardware leap in several years. XtremIO X2 now brings to bear an all-new custom chassis and core software update, XIOS 6.0. While there are plenty of performance gains, Dell EMC sees an improvement in response times by 80% for instance, the positioning for XtremIO X2 is as much about data efficiency and scalability as it is raw performance. There's also a massive cost savings, as the new X2 is as low as one third the cost of the prior generation ($/GB effective).

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Releases New All-Flash Unity Models

Today Dell EMC made several announcements updating their systems to all-flash versions, including their high-end, midrange, and unstructured storage systems. For its midrange, Dell EMC introduced four new, all-flash models to its popular Unity line. The new models keep the simple, modern, flexible, affordable storage that Dell EMC were aiming for while increasing density and performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC All-Flash VMAX 950F Released

Today Dell EMC made several announcements updating their systems to all-flash versions, including their high-end, midrange, and unstructured storage systems. On the high-end, is the all-new, all-flash VMAX 950F. This new high-end VMAX is stated as being four times faster than its nearest competitor and is designed to support the world’s most mission-critical workloads.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell EMC ScaleIO.Next Announced

Dell EMC has announced the next version of their data center SDS/HCI solution dubbed ScaleIO.Next. Of course we're already big fans of ScaleIO, after spending months running it through our testing both in HCI and two-layer modes. And for anyone who follows the podcast, this news isn't a huge surprise as we talked with Boaz Palgi about ScaleIO roadmap in early March. ScaleIO.Next will include several new features, highlighted by space efficiency, which will further drive value for ScaleIO deployments. 

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by Lyle Smith

Dell EMC SC5020 Storage Array Announced

Dell has announced the EMC SC5020, the latest offering in the economical, midrange SC Series. Unveiled during Dell EMC World 2017, the new SC5020 is the direct successor to the SC4020, a 24-bay storage array that marked a huge step forward for Dell Storage due to its ability to compete with other similar-performing systems at 1/10 the price point. The SC5020 is set out to do this and more, doubling down on Dell’s claim of “enabling modern technology advantages at the lowest cost.”

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