by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LenovoEMC px12-450r NAS Review

The LenovoEMC px12-450r is designed primarily for the SMB though it could easily fit the bill as a network storage workhorse for many organizations with specs including a quad-core Intel Xeon processor, redundant hot-swappable power supply, link aggregation across four gigabit Ethernet interfaces and an optional dual-interface 10GbE NIC expansion card. The px12-450r marries EMC enterprise storage technology with a hardware platform and interface designed for streamlined configuration and use. It is the flagship NAS device in Lenovo’s joint venture with EMC, which, until 2013, had been marketed under the Iomega brand.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Arkeia Fourth Generation Appliances Announced

WD is announcing its fourth generation Arkeia appliances which are backup and recovery solutions designed for SMBs that feature updated WD Arkeia 10.1 software. New in the v10.1 software is seed and feed technology that supports hybrid cloud backups so that organizations can move backups offsite via replication instead of shipping tapes. On top of that, the new appliances are composed of four rack-mount appliances that now feature greater memory and internal disk capacities, faster processors and integrated SSDs for maximum performance in backup and recovery. Select appliances can also be bundled with optional tape drives for even greater integration configurations and maximum ROI.

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by Josh Shaman

HP Announces Enhanced Storage for SMB

HP has announced the next generation of its MSA entry disk array, updates to the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio and a new program for HP channel partners. The enhanced HP offerings are designed to make storage deployment and management simpler for SMBs and government agencies who often don't have the resources or expertise in the field to utilize their system for maximum performance and availability. In particular, according to HP their MSA 2040 Storage system performs up to 4x competing models, and the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio makes it easier to manage file data without specialized expertise. Organizations will be able to obtain these enhanced HP offerings via HP's new Simply StoreIT program. The program is for HP channel partners and provides training, marketing and incentives to the channel to assist them in addressing customers' needs and in finding new revenue.

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by Josh Shaman

Exablox Announces OneBlox NAS

Exablox has announced the release of their OneBlox scale-out NAS with SMB and CIFS network protocols that includes cloud-based management as well as features such as inline deduplication, zero-configuration expansion and continuous data protection. With OneBlox, Exablox is trying to eliminate long installation times, flaky security and upgrades that require lots of configurations and changes. Instead, OneBlox offers an initial 5 minute installation with upgrades essentially on-the-fly while offering automatic AES-256 encryption and a host of other enterprise features. Exablox designed OneBlox to gather the best features from existing devices on the market together with their own enhancements. All of this can be managed using a multi-tenant cloud-based management service from Exablox called OneSystem.

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by Josh Shaman

Nimble Storage Announces Private Cloud Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage is announcing its new validated reference architecture called SmartStack for private cloud deployments on Microsoft’s technology  which consists of a Nimble Storage CS200 Series 3U system, Cisco USC C-Series rack-mount server platform, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center 2012. Microsoft's private cloud Fast Track is a reference architecture for building private clouds that helps to deliver the starting point for the building using validated configurations. Nimble's SmartStack has been validated in the Fast Track reference architecture for use with up to 75 virtual machines, and it leverages Nimble's CS-Series flash-optimized hybrid design and Cisco's UCS platform.

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by Josh Shaman

AC&NC Announces JetStor 712U Unified Storage Systems

AC&NC announced the JetStor 712U suite of ZFS-based unified storage systems that can function simultaneously both as NAS and SAN and are designed for SMBs. These systems support both SAS and SATA drives so that businesses can achieve performance and capacity to meet the needs of archiving and application speeds. These 12-bay 2U Jetstor platforms offer real-time data compression, thin provisioning and block-level data deduplication which takes place in the cache. The devices are designed to be a truly unified storage system and as such offer lots of compatibility. The JetStor 712U work with both clients and servers in VMware, Windows, UNIX, Mac, Novell or even mixed environments. They also support several protocols (Windows CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, WebDAV, iSCSI) which helps users to reduce costs - a significant factor for budget-conscious SMBs who don't want to purchase servers for each protocol.

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by Josh Shaman

Promise Technology Announces VTrak A-Class

Promise Technology announced its new turnkey SAN storage device, the VTrak A-Class designed to be used by creative professionals in storage-intensive applications such as post-production, broadcast, data asset management and archiving. Multiple clients running a variety of operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) can access a shared SAN over Fibre Channel. To meet the needs of users who want to integrate their storage devices using a simple system, the idea behind the VTrak A-Class is that users won't have to buy a separate RAID subsytem, servers and storage devices. Instead, users can easily deploy the VTrak A-Class.

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by Kevin OBrien

Aberdeen AberNAS N31L Review

The Aberdeen AberNAS N31L is among Aberdeen's ultra-dense NAS storage arrays that are all designed to offer maximum capacity levels at more affordable prices than the upper echelon providers. The AberNAS is packed with features including capacity for up to 64TB of storage via 16 3.5" bays. The 3U form factor NAS also features Intel Xeon E5 family processors, up to 512MB RAM, and exceptional connectivity via 10GBe LAN and six standard PCI Express 3.0 slots. The Aberdeen N31L also features LSI SAS 6G RAID and extra compatibility via full support for Aberdeen's SAS 6G 4U/45Bay and 3U/28Bay JBOD for users that need to expand their array's capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo and EMC Joint Venture Completed

Lenovo and EMC Corporation have announced they have completed the formation of LenovoEMC Ltd, which was previously announced in August 2012, in addition to a wider strategic partnership in industry standard servers and networked storage solutions. The deal will bring co-branded NAS solutions to distributed enterprise, remote branches, and small and medium businesses all the while incorporating the core assets of EMC's Iomega business. This joint venture is a significant step for Lenovo as prior to this deal they had no branded storage options. Rather than buying a SAN/NAS company, Lenovo went straight into the storage business with what amounts to be basically a lighter version of EMC's enterprise storage portfolio.

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by Kevin OBrien

Synology RackStation RS3412xs Review

The Synology RackStation RS3412xs and RS3412RPxs 2U rack mount NAS units offer 10 3.5" drive bays and Synology's robust DiskStation Manager 4.1 (DSM). Synology offers several enterprise-class features, note the RP in the RS3412RPxs stands for redundant power supply, and Synology offers an optional 10GbE card to take advantage of top-line performance of 100,000+ IOPS using SSDs in RAID5. The chassis supports up to 40TB natively with 4TB hard drives, and can scale to 136TB of total capacity using the RX1211 or RX1211RP expansion shelves.

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