by Adam Armstrong

HP Offers 1TB VSA Software Free With Intel Xeon E5 v3-Based Servers

Today HP announced that it is offering a 1TB HP StoreVirtual Storage Appliance (VSA) license for businesses that purchase an Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based server. The servers that are included come from Dell, IBM, Lenovo, as well as HP's new ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) server models. The ProLiant Gen9 servers also now feature a single-click VSA deployment.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation Manager 5.1 Now in Beta

Synology has unveiled the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its operating system for NAS servers. DSM 5.1 beta gives users the opportunity to try the latest of DSM, which provides feature-rich backup and security tools, increased productivity, media functionality, and management.

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by Brian Beeler

The EMC XtremIO 3.0 Disruptive Update Debate - Customers Don't Care

Last week news quickly spread that the EMC XtremIO 3.0 update will be what's politely called a disruptive update (DU). What this means is the changes are so fundamental to how the flash arrays operate, that all data will be lost when upgrading to 3.0. All prior updates, the most recent being XtremIO 2.4, were on the other hand non-disruptive updates (NDU) meaning they could be done in-place with no damage to data. As a refresher, XtremIO 3.0 is due for GA this month and brings many improvements including online data compression, performance boost and increased scalability. For XtremIO customers, these are welcome enhancements but there's a cost. EMC had to make material changes to the way data is structured on the arrays, which is the core reason the DU is required for 3.0. For all the excitement that has spread about this update via Twitter, enthusiast blogs and XtremIO competitors, one fact remains; the online vitriol is largely one-way. XtremIO customers don't seem to care all that much about the update being disruptive. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces Wyse WSM 7

At the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell has announced the latest version of their desktop virtualization appliance, Wyse WSM 7. Wyse WSM enables almost any Windows application to run on a cloud client endpoint and a physical or virtual desktop. WSM offers high performance, easy maintenance (giving IT resources the option of reusing existing PCs, deploying Wyse cloud clients, or using a hybrid approach), and lower costs and increase security (WSM-provisioned desktops consume less power and none of or applications are stored locally making them easy to replace).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Baidu

Seagate has announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu--China’s largest web services firm--in the industries of low-cost online storage, archiving, and Big Data analysis.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Awarded Patent for Erasure Coding, Replication in Storage Clusters

Caringo has announced that it has been awarded a patent for erasure coding and replication in storage clusters. The patent covers the “combining of replication and erasure coding managed by the storage cluster in order to take advantage of the benefits of each without needing control computers or control databases.” Caringo’s patents are current deployed in its unified storage software, Caringo Swarm (formally called CAStor). Swarm is a mature object storage system for private and public cloud usage and a target archive system.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces the Launch of FlashRay All-Flash Storage Array

Today NetApp announced the launch of their all-flash array (AFA), FlashRay and its operating system Mars OS. We first previewed FlashRay last year. FlashRay is NetApp's third all-flash storage array offering, the others being EF-series and the FAS series.

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by Josh Linden

HP ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Review

With the availability of Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 family of processors, a variety of server vendors are launching compute platforms that take advantage of the performance increases of the new Xeon architecture. The DL360 Gen9 is the new mainstream 1U compute platform in the HP ProLiant family, and in addition to featuring new E5-2600 v3 processors and DD4 memory, the DL360 Gen9 reflects several progressive advancements in HP’s server technology portfolio and the company’s overall vision for converged data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

A3CUBE Introduces Fortissimo Foundation for Ultra High-Performance Hyper-Convergence

A3CUBE Inc. introduced its new building block software solution, Fortissimo Foundation. Working in concert with A3CUBE's previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation will provide improvements in application performance and data center efficiency, and is particularly aimed at unstructured, Big Data environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

PMC Delivers 16-port Storage Controllers for Data Center Servers

PMC-Sierra Inc. announced today that the company is the first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O Controllers for data center servers. The new controller solutions are aimed at OEMs and ODMs who want to design low-cost customized server hardware for hyperscale deployment such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack, and Project Scorpio. The new product line contains three controllers, the above-mentioned two and 8-port 12Gb/s SAS controller.

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