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by Brian Beeler

VMware vSAN First HCI To Support Intel Optane

Intel launched its first Optane-based product for the enterprise last week, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series. Summarizing of the technical details, the P4800X in its first incarnation is a 375GB SSD in an add-in-card form factor. Software defined solutions like VMware vSAN are uniquely qualified to take full advantage of this new technology, as they're already architected to leverage advancements in hardware. VMware has done just that, offering launch support in both ESXi 6.5 and vSAN 6.5. 

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by Lyle Smith

IBM Announces New Storage Services & Partnerships At InterConnect

IBM has unveiled several new storage-related products at this year’s InterConnect conference, including the company’s new cloud storage service, IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex (Flex), and the powerful IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault (Cold Vault) service. Also announced is an expanded partnership with NetApp and a new agreement with Veritas.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Enterprise SSD Launched

Back in July of 2015, Intel and Micron announced their partnership on a new type of NAND technology that they initially named 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point). The new technology promised several things including a big boost in performance. About a month later Intel announced that their version of 3D XPoint would be called Optane. Neither company had much to say until today, Intel is revealing its first enterprise Optane product, the Optane SSD DC P4800X series.

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by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution

Today NETGEAR Inc. launched what it is referring to as the industry’s highest density 10GbE single-node network storage solution, the ReadyNAS 4360X. This new ReadyNas is a 4U unit that accommodates up to 60 HDDs. With three EDA4000 expansion units, the 4360X can have a max capacity of 1.32PB (using 10TB HDDs). The new ReadyNas is aimed at SMBs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.X Review

At StorageReview we tend to talk highly of Synology’s operating system, DiskStation Manager (DSM). Many of us here have used, or currently use DSM on either a professional or personal level. Though we’ve reviewed numerous NAS devices from Synology, as well as a few of their applications (Surveillance Station and Cloud Sync), we had yet to actually take a deeper look into the OS itself. Now that Synology has released a major update to its DSM with 6.0 and up, we decided to take a closer look at the OS, all of its main apps, and what updates have come along.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Releases LiveBoot 2.0

Today Barracuda Networks Inc. announced the latest edition of its Barracuda Backup LiveBoot, version 2.0. The new version of LiveBoot includes Cloud LiveBoot for Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as VMware, which aims to give customers of both to see faster restores and minimized downtime. Other benefits of LiveBoot 2.0 include a backup and recovery option for larger virtual machines and a reduction of boot times.

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by Adam Armstrong

SolarWinds Announces Several Updates

Today SolarWinds announced several updates centered around its end-to-end hybrid IT management. These include updates to its modular and scalable SolarWinds Orion platform and related products. The new updates allow for deep visibility in both cloud and on-premises storage and a new dynamic drag-and-drop dashboard to visualize infrastructure and application relationships. These features will help simplify monitoring and troubleshooting, while improving the performance of the hybrid cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Announces SDS DX8200D

Today Lenovo announced its new turnkey software-defined storage (SDS) appliance, the DX8200D. The DX8200D leverages Lenovo’s x3650 M5 server platform and combines it with DataCore’s storage virtualization software, SANsymphony. The new DX8200D builds off of Lenovo’s other SDS offerings announced last year.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Hedvig, Cisco, Docker, Toshiba, Hitachi, Scality, Cavium, Dell EMC, & 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. Hedvig raises an additional $21.5 million in series C Funding. Cisco and Docker announced a partnership to automate containers for UCS. According to a recent IDC report, Toshiba was the fastest growing HDD and SSD vendor in 2016. Hitachi Content Platform has generated over $1 billion in revenue. Scality was named an Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level partner. Cavium and Microsoft have partnered to enable a variety of cloud workloads running on ThunderX2 ARMv8-A Data Center processor for the Azure cloud platform. Dell EMC shipped over an Exabyte of all-flash in 2016. Commvault partnered with Pure to bring its Data Platform to FlashStack.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #18: Boaz Palgi, Dell EMC

ScaleIO was one of the most exciting reviews we completed in 2016. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we instituted an Editor's Choice program on the site specifically because ScaleIO was such a standout. The blend of flexibility and performance was the highlight as tested in our lab, but ScaleIO has the ability to scale past 1,000 nodes without increasing complexity. In this podcast I talk with Boaz Palgi who was a founder of ScaleIO and runs the group today, nearly four years after EMC acquired them. Boaz discusses all the ways ScaleIO can be consumed, his vision for how data centers will look in the future, the impact of new hardware technologies on software defined solutions and we top it off with a little bit of a look forward at what to expect for ScaleIO later this year. 

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