by Adam Armstrong

Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse Review

The Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse is a rackmount virtual workstation solution built atop the Precision Rack 7910, and is designed to deliver high performance user workspaces to remote users. The appliance comes in two configurations – pass-through and vGPU. In the pass-through configuration, the appliance comes with three NVIDIA K4200 cards and three Teradici 2220 host cards. In the vGPU configuration, the appliance comes with two NVIDIA K2A cards. The appliance has enough compute power for some of the most demanding workloads with two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 v3 family with six, ten or twelve cores per processor and up to 512GB of 2133Mhz DDR4 memory. The appliance also comes with either four or eight 900GB SATA RAID 10 HDDs or 400GB RAID 10 SSDs. The configuration that we reviewed is the vGPU configuration of the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse.

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by Lyle Smith

Broadcom Announces 24-and 16-port HBA Models

Hot on the heels of Avago's acquision, Broadcom Limited has announced the addition of new 24-and 16-port models to their line of 12Gb/s SAS+SATA HBAs, all of which are designed to meet the needs of hyperscale data centers that deploy high-end server and storage systems. Named the Broadcom SAS 9305 series, the 12Gb/s 24-port model on a single chip is an industry first, offering users increased performance, extended system scalability and decreased per-port power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

Avago Completes Acquisition of Broadcom

The acquisition of Broadcom by Avago Technologies has finally been completed in accordance with Singapore law while subject to certain filings with the Office of the Secretary of State of California. The deal was originally announced last May for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares. Previously, Avago has had also acquired companies Emulex and LSI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Updates Its MDS Storage Network Portfolio

Today Cisco announced a few new Fiber Channel (FC) solutions for its MDS line. These new announcements include the MDS 9718, which Cisco is calling the industry’s highest port density Storage Area Networking Multi-layer Storage Director. Cisco is also announcing the new 40 Gigabit FCoE Line Card for Cisco MDS Storage Directors, Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Data Center Switch and Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extender, and the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect 6300 Series and Fabric Extender 2304.

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by Lyle Smith

Druva Adds Disaster Recovery to Their Backup and Archival Solution, Phoenix

Druva has announced new Disaster Recovery (DR) functionality for Pheonix to further increase the efficiency of their converged cloud-based data protection solution for enterprise infrastructure. Phoenix was first announced back in October of 2014, which was the industry’s first backup and archival solution for both physical and virtual server environments direct to cloud. The new DR functionality creates a single platform supporting multiple, often disparate data protection capabilities, helping to remove the need for software, expensive hardware, tapes and process complexity all the while saving enterprises total operating costs. Based on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Druva Phoenix leverages the public cloud’s flexibility, global presence and security.

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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Releases Latest Version Of UDP

Today Arcserve LLC, announced the newest version of its Unified Data Protection (UDP). The latest version is said to deliver continuous availability and simplicity from within a multi-platform solution set. UDP introduces advancements such as data protection for Linux environments, instant VM recovery and instant Bare Metal recovery, unified installation and enhancements for third party integration.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM & Catalogic Combine Solutions For Hybrid Cloud & DevOps

Today IBM and Catalogic announced that a new set of solutions that combines Catalogic’s flagship product, ECX, with several of IBM’s products. The new joint solutions are aimed at modernizing IT infrastructure including automation of storage and data management, self-service capabilities, and complete RESTful API management.  This modernization should deliver superior results while lowering OPEX. The joint solutions will enable companies to accelerate implementation of new use cases and workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Eaton Releases New HDNR For Increased Cable Capacity

Eaton Corporation has released a rack that is flexible and space efficient along with a cable management solution for high-density network equipment and data center applications. The new rack series is called the Eaton B-Line series High Density Network Rack System. While that is quite a mouthful, they call it HDNR for short. Compared to other vertical cable managers, Eaton’s HDNR uses its patented 4-Dimension structural support system to get more in cable management capacity.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #4: Paula Long, DataGravity

In this podcast we interview Paula Long, CEO and Co-Founder of DataGravity. DataGravity offers insight, analysis and protection of data via their combination of hardware and software. Primarily targeted toward organizations that have a large amount of unstructured data, especially if they're regulated, DataGravity is unique in their ability to understand what is being stored on the array. The StorageReview team spent a few days with the DataGravity team in Nashua, NH and recently published a review of the system (DataGravity Review). Paula dives into their system, philosophy and covers off on several use cases and real customer benefits...including details of one cutomer who found employees storing personal Lego movies on company storage. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Release 2Q Earnings, With Revenue Down Year-To-Year

Seagate Technology released its second quarter earnings for 2016 with revenue being up from the previous quarter but down from this time last year. Seagate’s second quarter earnings are about on par with WDC’s 2Q. In other words, their results are not fantastic but they are leaning more positive than say Nimble’s Q3 or Violin Memory’s Q3.

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