by Adam Armstrong

Zadara Announces Advanced High-Availability And Data Protection Options

Today Zadara Storage announced its expanded high-availability and data protection options for its Virtual Private Storage Array. The service includes a unique, Multi-Zone HA capability. The new options run the gamut of data protection from application corruption all the way up to facility-level failure. The new features also enable customers to extend their data redundancy across metropolitan locations and ensure that mission critical applications will continue to function in the face of failures small to large.

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by Guest Author

Software-Defined Storage: Making the Benefits of the Hyperscale Clouds Available to the Masses

Computing has changed dramatically, particularly in the last ten years. According to IDC, the rise of web and mobile applications, and the commoditization of content creation tools, has increased endpoint content consumption and content creation by at least 30 times. As such, companies today are looking to get more value out of the petabytes of data they now commonly store. Truly self-service clouds, operating at application and infrastructure layers, are now multi-billion dollar businesses. Sensor networks and other machine-to-machine interactions promise another exponential jump in data movement and storage. Yet in spite of all of these monumental changes in the usage of both data and content, outside of increases in capacity and processor power, common storage architectures have remained basically unchanged over the past twenty years. We are trying to compute at multi-petabyte scale with architectures designed for terabytes.

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by Brian Beeler

HP Delivers More Flash Features/Performance To 3PAR StoreServ

HP has announced several enhancements to its HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage family to help customers get more out of both new and existing arrays by taking better advantage of SSDs. These enhancements are a combination of free software upgrades that unlock more performance within 3PAR arrays with intelligent flash management and performance tuning, along with analytics that provide actionable insight into data use patterns to determine where and how much flash to introduce into a system.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avere Announces Virtual FXT Edge Filer

Avere Systems has announced the release of its high-performance, scalable software NAS with its latest version of Avere Operating System (AOS 4.5), the Virtual FXT Edge Filer. The Virtual FXT Edge Filer provides complete flexibility to deploy and scale compute in the cloud, using both on-premises and cloud-based storage resources such as Amazon EC2.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation Manager 5.1

Synology has officially launched the latest version of its operating system for NAS, DiskStation Manager 5.1 (DSM 5.1). As mentioned in the beta announcement, DSM 5.1 provides feature-rich backup and security tools, increased productivity, media functionality, and management. DSM 5.1 also has a number of enhancements helping users complete their cloud solutions by providing an advanced private cloud “that works inline with the public cloud- allowing local storage, control, and peace of mind with convenience.”

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Cloud Marketplace Public Beta Program Launched

Dell has launched the Dell Cloud Marketplace public beta program. The marketplace will give both developers and IT managers a single unified console on dell.com where they can compare, purchase, use, and manage public cloud services from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Joyent. Dell is aligning itself with Delphix, Docker, and Pertino allowing users to subscribe to these solutions along with the public cloud infrastructure of their choice. Dell is also giving developers on-demand tools in order to improve cloud-based application performance with Foglight APM SaaS edition.

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by Josh Linden

Dell PowerEdge VRTX Refresh (13G)

The Dell PowerEdge VRTX is Dell's answer to the needs of ROBO and small offices that can benefit from the convergence of compute, networking and storage within a tower chassis with a footprint barely larger than a standard PC. Like its 12G-based predecessor, the 13G-enabled VRTX supports up to four server nodes (blades) with options for 25x 2.5-inch drive bays or 12x 3.5-inch bays. Some of the most significant advances for the VRTX platform are offered via the new 13G M630 server node which features increased performance, storage capacity, and management functionality over its 12G M620 predecessor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces PowerEdge FX Converged Architecture

Today Dell announced its new next-generation converged architecture, the Dell PowerEdge FX. This is one of the several new solutions Dell is introducing in order to bridge the gap between traditional IT requirements and new application requirements. All of these new solutions and appliances will help customers on their path to software-defined data centers (SDDC), with future-ready IT solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell XC Web-Scale Converged Nutanix Appliance Hits GA

Dell has announced the general worldwide availability of the XC web-scale converged appliance series featuring Nutanix technology. This series of appliances merge compute, storage, and hypervisors into a single offering giving customers enterprise-class storage for virtualized servers and VDI environments. In June of this year Dell had announced plans to offer a Nutanix appliance. Today's announcement launches five configurations of the appliance to the market at large. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces PS4210 Hybrid Arrays

Today Dell announced its new entry-level enterprise storage array series, the PS4210 series. This is Dell’s first hybrid storage array in the entry-level PS4000 series. The PS4210 series arrays are fully compatible and interoperable with Dell’s previous EqualLogic PS family. The PS4210 series is aimed at small-to-medium data centers and remote offices that want the benefits of EqualLogic storage but may not need the top-end capacity or performance requirements. 

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