by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces ESS For Hortonworks

Recently IBM had announced that it is combining all-flash and storage software and optimizing it for Hortonworks Elastic Storage Server (ESS) with Spectrum Scale. Certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), this new ESS solution is built for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale big data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The solution will give clients more choice in platforms for their big data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark, while delivering a 60% improvement in data throughput and over 55% reduction in storage capacity required.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Introduces First Enterprise-Class 64-Layer 3D SSDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) continued on with its announcements of new products that feature its 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell BiCS Flash technology (the other two being the TR200 and the BG3). Unlike the value drive and client NVMe SSD announced over the last few weeks, the drives announced today will feature the company’s 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell enterprise-class TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS Flash. The new drive series are the TMC PM5 12Gbit/s SAS series and the CM5 NVM Express (NVMe) series.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Sets New Capacity Record For Tape At 330TB In A Single Cartridge

IBM Research announced, with the help of Sony Storage Media Solutions, the have achieved a capacity breakthrough in tape storage. IBM was able to fit 201 Gb/in^2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density on a prototype sputtered magnetic tape. This marks the fifth capacity record IBM has hit since 2006.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Red Hat, Cisco, Quantum, Pivot3, Intel, Attala, & Apposite

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Red Hat announces that it acquired Permabit. Cisco acquires Viptela. Quantum’s StorNext 6 is shipping. Pivot3 HCI is now certified on VMware Horizon Cloud. Intel will feature its FPGA storage technology at FMS. Apposite releases its Netropy WAN Emulator version 3.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Goes To Kickstarter With Its New Computing Accelerator

QNAP Systems, Inc. is primarily know for the NAS devices that range from home use up to varying levels of enterprise. Some of these NAS device have some odds and ends making them unique, such as remote controls and Blu-ray players for media. QNAP has taken the path of other unique devices with the introduction of a computing accelerator, the Mustang-200. And they are taking a different path to bring it to market as well by crowdsourcing through Kickstarter.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x73U NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has announced the availability of their new business-class TS-x73U series of NAS solutions. Available in 8, 12 and 16-bay models, this new line is powered by an AMD Embedded R-Series RX-421ND quad-core CPU and comes equipped with a dual-port 10GbE SFP+ network card and two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots. The rack-mountable TS-x73U series also features single and redundant power supply options and is designed for organizations that require a secure private cloud and efficient IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks. The TS-x73U series supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 and other advanced virtualization applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Morro Data Announces CloudNAS

Today Morro Data introduced two new service offerings that aim to replace the need of having a local NAS, CloudNAS and CloudNAS Business. According to Morro Data, these new service offerings can deliver the benefits of cloud storage with the performance and reliability of local NAS, all in a cost-effective manner. Morro states that the solutions will save users productivity while operating costs by as much as 80%.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Launches Orion 5.0

Today Cohesity launched what it is calling the industry’s first storage platform that combines end-to-end data protection and big data storage on distributed, infinitely scalable architecture, Cohesity Orion 5.0. According to Cohesity, this new platform will perform both as a backup solution and searchable archive for large amounts of structured and unstructured data. The latest version of Orion is set to help companies simplify administration, reduce overall data copies, accelerate search and retrieval, all while lowering storage costs.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD DC S3610 Series Review

Launched back in early 2015, the Intel DC S3610 Series is a line of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs intended for applications such as virtualization and e-commerce. These SSDs are equipped with 20nm Intel NAND Flash Memory technology designed and offer a blend of endurance and performance. Intel quotes the DC S3610 with sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 520 MB/s, and random 4k speeds up to 84,000 OPS and 28,000 IOPS for reads and writes, respectively. Intel also claims a Quality of Service of 500 μs for random 4KB reads measured at a queue depth of 1.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review

Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5” Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the pervious versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications. One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn’t nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5” drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities.

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