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

EchoStreams Announces High-Density NVMe Platform, FlacheSAN2N

This year at Computex 2017 in Taipei, EchoStreams Innovative Solutions LLC. announced what it refers to as the “world’s fastest” 2U NVMe Platform, the FlacheSAN2N. In a 2U form factor, EchoStreams has figured out a way to get up to 24 NVMe SSDs and the performance that would bring. This ultra-high level of performance would be ideal for use cases ranging from artificial intelligence and edge computing to graphically intensive military deployments in harsh conditions and media-heavy entertainment implementations.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: NVIDIA, Citrix, Microsoft, Login VSI, Cisco, Workspot, Cohesity, & 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. NVIDIA GRID has been expanded in Azure and integrated into Citrix. Login VSI announces Login PI 2.0. Cisco announces IoT Threat Defense. Workspot achieves Microsoft Gold Certification. Cohesity partners with HPE and releases DataPlatform Cloud Edition on Azure. Crucial Announces 128GB DDR4 LRDIMM Server Memory. DDN launches machine learning at scale.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Releases Its 1Q18 Earnings Report

Pure Storage has announced its first fiscal quarter of 2018 earnings report. The company is reporting lower revenue and a higher net loss from the previous quarter. However, same quarter year over year showed a 31% increase in revenue and better operating margins. Overall the stock fluctuated a bit throughout the quarter to end near where it started.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Reports 4Q17 Earnings

NetApp Inc. announced its earning for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 as well as its fiscal year earnings. Overall NetApp put up some fairly good numbers. They have seen a bit of turbulence in their stock over the last quarter but it more or less where it started. NetApp also pointed to fact that it has shipped over an exabyte of flash in the fiscal year of 2017. According to CEO George Kurian, when comparing all-flash business to competitors: “we're up 140% year-over-year as compared to others who are in the 30% range.”

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Updates Its Flash Portfolio For A Broader Range Of Customers

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a major update to its flash portfolio adding new products and data protection solutions. These new solutions will aid customers as they transition to an all-flash data center. The new products and solutions include a midrange HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash array, primary and secondary all-flash Nimble arrays, fifth generation HPE MSA Storage, and high-speed, cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.

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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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