by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Updates to OpenManage Portfolio and PowerEdge VRTX

Today Dell has announced a spectrum of updates to its enterprise storage portfolio, including updated version of OpenManage Essentials, OpenManage Mobile, and iDRAC. Dell also announced updates to the PowerEdge VRTX ‘cluster in a box’ solution in addition to Compellent Storage Center 6.5 and Fluid Cache for SAN which we are covering separately.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214+ Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214+ is a 2-bay NAS server designed for small to medium businesses that need to share files across multiple platforms. The DS214+ has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.33GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the business-oriented Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214+ comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and eSATA ports.

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by Lyle Smith

Fujitsu ETERNUS JX60 Storage Subsystem Now Available

Fujitsu has announced the availability of the FUJITSU ETERNUS JX60, a new high-density and easy-to-use storage subsystem to help businesses of all sizes optimize their ICT systems from end to end. The new storage system is an ideal extension for servers including the Fujitsu Primergy server systems. For businesses with limited resources or administrative knowledge (as well as datacenter farms managing massive amounts of data), the Eternus JX60 offers low investment cost and easy handling. Additionally, it provides the capacity to support different disk sizes with its 2TB, 3TB and 4TB options. The new storage system also offers basic data protection with built-in resilience, which can be managed using Fujitsu’s ServerView software. 

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by Brian Beeler

Independent Storage Reviews Are All The Rage, Glad We're Already There

What a fun few days it's been for those that enjoy watching the storage industry turn on itself. Historically, the way enterprise IT gets talked about is when a company pays an analyst or media outlet to publish a report of one kind or another. In the storage world what this often means explicitly is that a vendor will pay an analyst to write a "validation report" showing that the vendor's claims are true, fair and accurate. These reports are then used by said vendor's sales team to extoll the virtues of their SAN or whatnot, pointing to the implicitly independent analyst report as proof. Storage buyers who have not the time or expertise in most cases to properly test products themselves (we recently saw a company testing a hybrid array with CrystalDiskMark for crying out loud) take the report as valuable, without knowing the report is a fraud. Fraud may be a broad brush to paint the industry with, but if the reports are being touted as independent, they're usually not and that's a deceptive practice.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell AppAssure 5.4 Now Available

Dell has announced the launch of AppAssure 5.4, the latest version of the company’s all-in-one backup, replication, and disaster recovery software solution. The exponential growth of volume relating to business-critical data and applications continues to be an important issue among organizations, so the need for modern backup and recovery solutions that eliminate prolonged periods of downtime is more important than ever. AppAssure 5.4 meets this demand while further improving Dell Software’s complete portfolio of innovative and disruptive data protection solutions. As a result, this allows customers to match their backup and recovery implementations to their specific business needs. 

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by Lyle Smith

Nexenta's NexentaStor 4.0 Now Generally Available

Nexenta has announced that NexentaStor 4.0 is now generally available, worldwide, at their product website. The latest version of NexentaStor provides users with significant improvements to performance, reliability and functionality of the SDS solution. Like the previous version, NexentaStor will be available in two editions: A Community Edition (a free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB), and an Enterprise Edition (licensed by the size of the storage pool). Additionally, NexentaStor 4.0 is Citrix and VMware Ready and certified to run on a variety of reference hardware configurations from strategic technology and channel partners.

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by Lyle Smith

AMI StorTrends iDATA Performance Analytics Tools Now Available

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has announced the release of the StorTrends iDATA (Intelligent Data Analysis Tracking Application), a free software tool that is specifically designed to offer an accurate assessment of IT infrastructure performance, capacity, and throughput requirements. With these essential measurements, the StorTrends iDATA tool can assess pain points in an environment before they become an issue all the while providing the details needed to make informed storage decisions. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 6TB HDD Now Available

Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world’s fastest 6TB hard disk drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is a significant step forward in scale-out data infrastructures, providing supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the exponential growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 5big With Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced the latest version of its 5big, which now features Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity. The new LaCie 5big is nearly twice as fast as its predecessor, boasting speeds quoted up to 1050MB/s and is equipped with Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks, which allows for a 20% capacity increase making it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these enhancements, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals a huge boost in capacity as well as ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced its first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution, the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2. The LaCie 8big Rack sports a compact build and stylish design, featuring up to eight 6TB 7200RPM HDDs from Seagate for an impressive 48TB in only a 1U size. Additionally, it boasts speeds up to 1330MB/s and is one of the market’s most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

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