by Adam Armstrong

Fujifilm Reveals Dangers Of Re-Certified Tape Media

Today Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. announced the results of a study of re-certified tape media. The study was a joint analysis with Ovation Data Services that not only found security risks in selling used tape media to re-certifiers, but there is also a quality issue when buying tape media that has been re-certified. Fujifilm and OvationData joint analysis found that confidential data can be recovered through certain data recovery methods, exposing a wide range of data: personal, corporate, financial, or healthcare records. Of course the ultimate fear is that third parties can use this data maliciously against businesses or individuals.

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by Adam Armstrong

Echostreams DuraStreams DSS320 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Echostreams DSS320 is a redundant storage server platform, part of the DuraStreams family. The DSS320 is designed specifically for SMB verticals, integrating the LSI Syncro CS solution for HA storage access. The DSS320 supports two hot-swap compute nodes with different motherboard options to support either uniprocessor (UP) or dual processor (DP) configurations. Unlike traditional approaches to high-availability, there is no need to cluster multiple separate servers together as both nodes are housed in the same chassis in a single CiB solution.

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by Josh Linden

Memblaze PBlaze3H and PBlaze3L Application Accelerator Review

Memblaze offers a dizzying array of configurations for PBlaze3 across 38 different capacities as part Memblaze's Pianokey technology. In addition to the MLC-based drives evaluated for this review, both drives are also available in SLC editions. Pianokey and other core components of the PBlaze3 platform are built with Memblaze's own proprietary technologies which is one reason to keep an eye on their emerging new product lines. One of the advantages that Memblaze argues for its products over comparable drives is that the card provides most of the computational and DRAM requirements for its operation, reducing PBlaze3's operational overhead to the host system.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quanta MESOS CB220 With LSI Syncro CS Review

The Quanta CB220 with LSI Syncro CS is a 2U 2-node network storage appliance tailored for SMB applications. The CB220 is powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition (preloaded for rapid out-of-the-box-deployment) and LSI Syncro CS solution. The two redundant compute nodes are in an active/active cluster enabled by a gigabit Ethernet interconnection. Each node is equipped with two Intel Xeon Processors E5-2609, 64GB of memory, and two GbE ports plus an optional 10GbE port. In order to lower the footprint, both nodes are housed in the same chassis, share the same power supplies, and share the same fans. The device also has an external SAS port for JBOD expansion. The net result is the CB220 is a highly available, fully redundant and fault-tolerant Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) solution that is simple for businesses with growing data demands to deploy. 

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Introduces NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure

NetApp has introduced NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure is a solution that creates a seamless hybrid cloud environment by enabling customers to extend their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure further builds on NetApp’s portfolio of Microsoft Cloud solutions such as FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI Syncro CS HA DAS Storage Overview

LSI (an Avago Technologies company) Syncro CS has been shipping for over a year now as a self-supported kit and integrated cluster-in-a-box (CiB) solutions are rapidly becoming available. Syncro CS essentially brings high-availability (HA) features to directly attached storage (DAS). Historically DAS architecture has been limited to a single server accessing a single JBOD. With Syncro CS, LSI has enabled a more resilient solution as two server nodes can be connected to DAS storage via Syncro CS, enabling failover in the event a server node goes offline. For those who want to build their own, LSI sells Syncro CS in a kit form that's easy to deploy across existing or new hardware. OEMs are also bringing product to market that leverages Syncro CS via CiB solutions that makes putting a complete solution to work seamless.

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by Josh Linden

Dell AppAssure DL1000 and DR2000v Backup Appliances Now Available

Dell today announced the availability of two new backup appliances along with updates to its AppAssure data protection software. Dell’s new AppAssure-based DL1000 backup, recovery, and restore appliance is intended for small business and managed service providers. The new DR2000v is a virtual deduplication appliance for remote and branch offices.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New NAS Lines

Today Seagate Technology announced a new line of NAS solutions specifically designed for small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The two new NAS lines are the Seagate NAS and Seagate NAS Pro. The Seagate NAS family is available in 2- and 4-bay configurations, comes with a Marvel Dual core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and runs in capacities from 2TB to 20TB. The Seagate NAS Pro line is available in 2-, 4-, and 6-bay configurations, debuts Intel's latest dual-core 1.7GHz C200 Series processor, 2GB of RAM and runs in capacities from 2TB to 30TB. Both NAS lines use a new operating system, NAS OS 4.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Announces Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0

Today Unitrends announced the availability of Unitrends Virtual Backup (UVB) 8.0 (formally known as PHD Virtual Backup), the only virtual appliance on the market providing protection for all three major hypervisors: vSphere, XenServer, and Hyper-V. UVB 8.0 features performance and management enhancements that simplify virtual data protection, speed up recovery and backup, and allow businesses to backup entire hypervisors in a few clicks.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyRECOVER Backup Solution Launched

NETGEAR has announced the immediate availability of the ReadyRECOVER backup appliance, the newest addition to their ReadyDATA unified storage (NAS/SAN) platform and designed to run exclusively with the ReadyDATA line of storage appliances. ReadyRECOVER allows small and medium-sized businesses to create full backups of servers, desktops and laptops every 15 minutes, which can be independently used to quickly and reliably restore files, folders, databases or systems to any platform: physical or virtual.

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