by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases Virtualization Station

QNAP systems has announced the release of Virtualization Station, a virtualization operating platform for the Turbo NAS that allows multiple virtual machines (VMs) to be hosted on one Turbo NAS. Users can create isolated VMs o a single server and install different operating systems and applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Commoditizes Market with Free Cloud Gateways

Panzura has announced that it is completely commoditizing the cloud storage gateway market by offering a free cloud gateway virtual appliance. This cloud gateway appliance provides cloud storage access for disaster recovery, backups and archiving. In a partnership with Google Cloud Platform, Panzura will provide two terabytes of free storage for a full year for users of Panzura’s cloud gateway.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-NT Review

The OneConnect OCe11102-NT is a high performance, dual-port 10GbE network adapter and a member of the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) family; this 10GbE card was most recently used in our NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 review. OCe11102-NT adapters are designed to support protocol offloads for TCP/IP and TCP Chimney Offload, allowing for maximum bandwidth all the while using minimum CPU resources. In addition, OneConnect protocol offloads to facilitate more virtual machines per server in virtualized server deployments, in which OneConnect claims that this will result in efficiency and optimized return on investment.

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by Lyle Smith

Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8100 and 8600, StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance Announced

Microsoft has announced two new, higher performing storage arrays and two new integrated management services, the StorSimple 8100 and 8600, which are two, new higher performing storage arrays with fasters connectivity (10G) and expanded workloads and Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance, which are two new integrated management services with consolidated management through Azure and Azure VM access to enterprise data.

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by Josh Linden

HGST Begins Shipping 10K RPM 1.8TB Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drives

HGST today announced that it is now shipping the first batches of its new Ultrastar C10K1800 hard drives in capacities up to 1.8TB. The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD with a 12Gb/s SAS interface and represents the first 10K drive to market at these capacities. HGST's new C10K1800 offerings are meant for applications which can leverage its low cost-per-GB, often as part of a storage infrastructure pools the Ultrastar C10K1800 with faster 15K hard drives or SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

EMC announced today the latest version of the software for their all-flash array, EMC XtremIO. The new XtremIO 3.0 software update comes with several new features and configurations, ecosystem integrations, and business programs. These new features are aimed at offering more scale, more capabilities, and more support for consolidated, virtualized, and performance-hungry workloads. Highlights include new features like inline compression and snapshots, support for additional X-Bricks per cluster and a new smaller-scale offering that starts at 5TB. 

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by Josh Linden

EMC Announces VMAX Family Re-architected for Enterprise Data Services and Hybrid Clouds

EMC today announced the VMAX3 family, which will shift VMAX towards what EMC describes as open enterprise data services. VMAX's enterprise data service model is an approach that can incorporate cloud access, data mobility, and data protection directly with local VMAX arrays. VMAX3 is built on the company’s new HYPERMAX OS and EMC’s Dynamic Virtual Matrix architecture and will leverage integrated cloud technologies via TwinStrata, who EMC announced the acquisition of today.

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Isilon OneFS Gets a Major Update; New Isilon Platforms Announced

EMC has announced a major upgrade to EMC Isilon OneFS and new solutions to reinforce their enterprise-grade, scale-out Data Lake. These new EMC products and capabilities, such as the support for HDFS, help customers improve their proficiency in ingesting, storing, protecting and managing massive amounts of unstructured data. By taking advantage of HDFS for the Data Lake, EMC gives customers the ability to bring Hadoop to their Big Data rather than the other way around, which avoids the time and costs inherent of moving petabytes of data. EMC also launched the new Isilon S210 and Isilon X410 platforms which feature 2X performance gains in addition to new SmartFlash capabilities and an EMC/Pivotal Data Lake Hadoop bundle. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSafe GS752TXS is a 52-port gigabit stackable Smart Switch designed specifically to work with the ever-growing adaptation of 10-gigabit servers. Its predecessor, the GS752TS, is no stranger in the StorageReview labs. We have used the first-gen NETGEAR Smart Switch in many of our NAS reviews due to its reliability and consistent performance. In this review, we will be focusing on its successor, the GS752TXS, NETGEAR’s 2nd Generation Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch that focuses on scalability, reliability, and performance for growing small- and medium-sized businesses looking for an affordable and easy-to-manage Smart Switch solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS & REXP-1000 Pro High-density Expansion Enclousre

Today QNAP systems launched new enterprise-class ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS and a new high-density expansion encloure, the REXP-1000 Pro, both feature a tower form factor. These new 8-bay and 10-bay Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 250TB (when combined with the REXP-1000 Pro), and high performance, throughput up 2,200 MB/s and 226,000 IOPS. 

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