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by Lyle Smith

PernixData FVP Updated With New Features

PernixData has announced the availability of the newest version of PernixData FVP, software for virtualizing server-side flash memory, with new features designed for ubiquitous storage acceleration.  With the updated FVP software, companies can accelerate any virtualized application using server RAM and/or flash, making it ideal for deployment in any server environment. FVP can also be deployed in conjunction with file, block, or direct attached storage, which allows for seamless integration with all existing (and future) SAN, NAS and DAS devices.

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by Lyle Smith

HP XP7 Storage Disk Array Announced

HP has announced XP7 Storage, an enterprise-class storage disk array that provides customers with lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for traditional storage workloads in mission-critical environments. HP XP7 Storage offers a combination of six 9s (i.e. 99.9999 percent) uptime, meaning less than 31.5 seconds of application downtime per year as well as always-on disaster recovery protection, increased system density and ultra-high, flash-driven performance. HP XP7 Storage is capable of delivering 3 million IOPS with submillisecond response times, which is the highest performing, full-featured, enterprise-class disk array on the market, delivering three times the performance of the previous generation of XP Storage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Micron M500DC Enterprise SSD Review

Micron today announced the availability of its new M500DC Enterprise SSD, a light-enterprise SSD designed and manufactured entirely in-house by Micron at a price point designed to make flash easier to adopt. Like its M500 cousin, the M500DC is built with Micron’s 20nm MLC flash and is offered with a SATA interface. The big change is the new M500DC increases the endurance from the M500, guaranteeing two drive fills per day for five years and a mean time between failures of 2M hours. The endurance figures are sufficient to deliver on enterprise use cases with fewer writes that still need advanced data path protection and features like power fail protection.

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by Brian Beeler

SanDisk and Toshiba Announce 15nm NAND Flash

SanDisk and Toshiba have announced they expect to begin volume shipments of 15nm NAND in the second half of this year. Thus far production quality NAND has largely crept down to the 19/20nm range. The joint venture will ramp the 15nm flash technology into two bits-per-cell and three bits-per-cell NAND flash memory architectures. The work will be done in Fab 5, replacing 19nm NAND fabrication. A second stage of Fab 5 is currently under construction that will also handle 15nm NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

Pure Storage Raises $225M in Series F Funding

Pure Storage has announced it has closed a $225 million Series F funding round with a pre-money valuation of over $3 billion. The round comprised of contributions from previous public market investors, such as T. Rowe Price Associates, Tiger Global, and new investor, Wellington Management Company. In addition, the round also included participation from prior venture capital investors, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. This new funding puts Pure Storage’s total capital raised to $470 million, which will support the continued acceleration of its market course and international business expansion through increased investments in engineering, sales, marketing and channel partner enablement to meet the demand for their Pure Storage FlashArray.

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by Lyle Smith

Violin Memory's Windows Flash Array Now Generally Available

Violin Memory has announced the general availability of the Windows Flash Array (WFA), which was jointly developed with Microsoft. The Violin WFA is the industry’s first all-flash high-performance storage array powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, providing feature-rich functionality and data services for the enterprise. With its impressive speed and efficiency, Windows Flash Array transforms datacenters by significantly reducing server overhead as well as application response times through improved storage performance which fundamentally alters the cost structure of enterprise applications. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Atto FastFrame NT12 Review

The Atto FastFrame NT12 is a dual port 10GBASE-T network adapter built on industry standard Intel silicon that offers faster speeds than 8Gbs Fibre Channel while being wire structured familiar for networking professionals. The NT12 provides improved iSCSI service with Lossless Ethernet (CEE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) support. The Atto FastFrame NT12 uses the Intel (X540 chipset) silicon to give it broad support for Windows and Linux servers The NT12 is especially geared for high performance I/O connectivity for Mac OS X environments, offering Xtend SAN (an iSCSI initiator for OSX). This makes the NT12 great for creative ventures that use exclusively Macs for their business, such as a graphic design firm, a recording studio, or video editing. Not only is the NT12 great for Macs, it is also backward compatible to Gig-E allowing for stage-upgrades. Additionally, the NT12 uses about 30% less power than competing NICs, which allows for lower energy and maintenance costs. 

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by Lyle Smith

VMware VSAN Posts 2 Million IOPS

Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product, was released last month and has been very well received by enterprises looking to get more out of traditional compute servers. VSAN essentially gives users access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, while layering into the virtualization environment that is all managed through VMware's vSphere client. According to VMware’s internal benchmarks, VSAN has the capability of reaching 2 million IOPS in a 32-node cluster. How did VMware accomplish this and what are the details of the configuration they used to reach this feat?

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by Tucker Mindrum

Thecus N8810U-G NAS Review

The Thecus N8810U0-G is an 8-bay NAS that uses an Intel Pentium 2.9GHz dual core processor and 4GB RAM to provide up to 48TB of raw storage capacity. The N8810U0-G includes an array of features making it an interesting contender in the small office/home NAS market thanks to a mix of business and home user features. These range from the inclusion of 10GbE, VMware Ready certification and iSCSI thin-provisioning to iOS/Android apps and HDMI out. 

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Announced

VMware has announced vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers while seamlessly extending DR to the public cloud. This announcement makes way for a new approach to DR by VMware, as very few applications are continuously protected in the business world because it is either too expensive or too complicated to include them in a DR plan. 

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