by Adam Armstrong

HPE Unveils New 3PAR Innovations

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced what it is calling its most significant innovations to its 3PAR storage system to date. These new innovations include a new update to the HPE 3PAR Operating System, which should provide a futureproof foundation for Hybrid IT, a new Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) for 3PAR, increasing DR over greater distances, and expanded copy management and automation capabilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates Horizon 7 & Introduces Horizon Cloud & Horizon Apps

VMware Inc. has made several updates and innovations to its VMware Horizon portfolio. Not only has Horizon been updated to 7.1, VMware is introducing Horizon Cloud, the next generation of virtual desktop and application cloud services from VMware, and Horizon Apps, a on-premises solution. VMware states that these new updates and innovations should drive down costs and complexity for those looking to deliver and manage VDI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Releases HyperFlex 2.0

Cisco has released the latest version of its hyperconverged system, HyperFlex 2.0. This new update is all about maximizing performance of applications in the data center. Cisco is also announcing two new, all-flash nodes for HyperFlex, the HyperFlex 220c All Flash and HyperFlex 240c all flash nodes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Unveils Its 6th Gen K2

Today Kaminario announced the latest version (sixth generation or Gen6) of its all-flash array (AFA), K2. The company states that with this new array they will be able to deliver multi-petabyte scale storage with the performance one expects from AFA. The Gen6 K2 is powered by Kaminario’s VisionOS operating system, which in their words “optimizes best-of-breed commodity hardware resources.” The new K2 is designed to deliver applications on highly scalable private clouds or as-a-service infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Unveils FileFly Secondary Storage Platform

Caringo has introduced its new secondary storage platform for tackling Windows Server storage bloat. Caringo Swarm and FileFly 2.0 power the new platform. The idea behind the FileFly Secondary Storage Platform is to take infrequently accessed unstructured data off of primary storage onto a more cost-effective tier.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In The Lab: Eaton 5PX & EBM Battery Replacement

In the StorageReview Enterprise Lab we use a variety of power management tools and battery backups. If a data center is not generating their own power or has sufficient backup generators, an interruption in power supply is inevitable (in the cases above, interruptions are still a possibility). For our testing environments we use Eaton gear from 5PX UPS  for managing a subset of systems up to the BladeUPS and its ability to power several racks. The 5PX UPS has been running in our lab for over 5 years and the time has finally come to perform some scheduled maintenance on it and the connected EBM (Extended Battery Module). In this In the Lab we go over the steps required to swap out the batteries in the UPS and replace the EBM.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Announces SanDisk Skyhawk NVMe SSD Series

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC) introduces their new Skyhawk Series of NVMe SSDs. The new series of drives are aimed at cloud providers, bringing all of the performance benefits of NVMe to cloud computing. The drives will come in two flavors, the Skyhawk which is a read-intensive drive and the Skyhawk Ultra for mixed-use workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Adds Advanced Anomaly Detection Capabilities

Today Druva announced it was adding new monitoring and detection capabilities to its data protection platform. The new capabilities are designed to proactively find anomalies that could potentially be dangerous and alert companies before something happens. With the new capabilities, Druva would be able to protect against threats such as ransomware.

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by Adam Armstrong

Acronis Adds Office 365 To Its Backup 12 Solution

Today Acronis announced the latest addition to its Acronis Backup 12 solution. Acronis added Microsoft Office 365 functionality to Backup 12. Acronis states that with this solution, Acronis Backup 12 is now the most complete, small business backup solution, enabling businesses to protect all data, local and in the cloud, with a single solution, single configuration, and a single interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Introduces 512Gb, 64-Layer 3D NAND Chip

Today Western Digital Corp. introduced what it is referring to as the world’s first 512Gb 64-layer 3D NAND chip. WD states that it has begun its pilot production of the new NAND chip and intends to enter mass production in the second half of this year. The release of this chip, the first of it’s kind to market, is the result of nearly 30 years of flash technology development.

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