by Brian Beeler

Starboard Storage to Cease Operations

Starbaord Storage, who sold hybrid storage arrays, has told StorageReview they're closing down. According to the company, "we have decided to cease operations, and have begun a process to wind down the business." Clearly not everyone in the hybrid storage business was going to survive, though Starboard certainly had hoped for a better outcome. The problem at its root is that many of these companies just aren't creating storage solutions that are terribly impressive over time. While the first movers added flash as a dynamic tier before most of the big guys, now everyone has a hybrid or flash-based tiered data solution and that feature on its own is regarded as table stakes for more advanced arrays. Starboard's issues run deeper unfortunately; their systems just weren't good enough.

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by Mark Kidd

Synology RackStation RS10613xs+ Review

The RackStation RS10613xs+ offers the greatest maximum capacity and performance in Synology’s network storage portfolio with the ability to manage total raw capacity as high as 424TB and maximum throughput specified at 2,000MB/s with 400,000 IOPS when both SSD caching and optional dual aggregated 10GbE interfaces are enabled. Running its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, Synology is marketing the device as a convergence of NAS and SAN capabilities. As with the RackStation RS3412xs we benchmarked at the beginning of the year, Synology’s approach with the RS10613xs+ is to unify file-level NAS storage with block-level SAN functions while providing hooks and integrations for a wide spectrum of common enterprise and SMB applications.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Infortrend EonNAS 3510 Review

The Infortrend EonNAS 3510 is a 12 3.5" bay unified storage offering that's designed to bring easy to manage and cost-effective storage to the SMB and branch/remote office. The EonNAS 3000 family runs on ZFS, which brings a wide range of enterprise features to the platform, without additional licensing fees and expense overhead. ZFS allows Infortrend to deliver features like snapshots, deduplication, thin provisioning, and replication via sync and data integrity throughout the systems. The EonNAS 3510 can also be configured with a variety of interconnect options like 1GbE, 10GbE and Fiber Channel, helping it slot into just about any environment.

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by Mark Kidd

Synology 2U RackStation RS2414+ and RS2414RP+ Now Available

Synology is now shipping two additions to its lineup of SMB storage devices, the RS2414+ and RS2414RP+, each featuring 12 drive bays. Used in conjunction with matched Synology RackExpansion RX1214 and RX1214RP units, each of Synology’s new 2U NAS units can manage up to 24 drives and 96TB of total storage. The new RackStations share many of their specifications with the Synology’s DiskStation SD1813+ NAS albeit with more processor power and SATA III connectivity to better leverage SSD performance.

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by Mark Kidd

LenovoEMC and Acronis Introduce Server, PC, and NAS Backup Solution

LenovoEMC today announced the launch of a NAS-driven data protection solution that unifies backup across servers and PCs as well as providing backup of the LenovoEMC px Series NAS itself to a network target. Acronis Backup & Recovery for Lenovo EMC NAS is available today worldwide as an add-on application download for existing Lenovo EMC px Series devices. In Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, a new Lenovo EMC px Series Acronis Backup Appliance product is also available in a desktop form factor with 2-6 drive bays, as well as 1U and 2U rackmount models wth up to 12 bays or 48TB.

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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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