by Brian Beeler

Independent Storage Reviews Are All The Rage, Glad We're Already There

What a fun few days it's been for those that enjoy watching the storage industry turn on itself. Historically, the way enterprise IT gets talked about is when a company pays an analyst or media outlet to publish a report of one kind or another. In the storage world what this often means explicitly is that a vendor will pay an analyst to write a "validation report" showing that the vendor's claims are true, fair and accurate. These reports are then used by said vendor's sales team to extoll the virtues of their SAN or whatnot, pointing to the implicitly independent analyst report as proof. Storage buyers who have not the time or expertise in most cases to properly test products themselves (we recently saw a company testing a hybrid array with CrystalDiskMark for crying out loud) take the report as valuable, without knowing the report is a fraud. Fraud may be a broad brush to paint the industry with, but if the reports are being touted as independent, they're usually not and that's a deceptive practice.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell AppAssure 5.4 Now Available

Dell has announced the launch of AppAssure 5.4, the latest version of the company’s all-in-one backup, replication, and disaster recovery software solution. The exponential growth of volume relating to business-critical data and applications continues to be an important issue among organizations, so the need for modern backup and recovery solutions that eliminate prolonged periods of downtime is more important than ever. AppAssure 5.4 meets this demand while further improving Dell Software’s complete portfolio of innovative and disruptive data protection solutions. As a result, this allows customers to match their backup and recovery implementations to their specific business needs. 

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by Lyle Smith

Nexenta's NexentaStor 4.0 Now Generally Available

Nexenta has announced that NexentaStor 4.0 is now generally available, worldwide, at their product website. The latest version of NexentaStor provides users with significant improvements to performance, reliability and functionality of the SDS solution. Like the previous version, NexentaStor will be available in two editions: A Community Edition (a free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB), and an Enterprise Edition (licensed by the size of the storage pool). Additionally, NexentaStor 4.0 is Citrix and VMware Ready and certified to run on a variety of reference hardware configurations from strategic technology and channel partners.

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by Lyle Smith

AMI StorTrends iDATA Performance Analytics Tools Now Available

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has announced the release of the StorTrends iDATA (Intelligent Data Analysis Tracking Application), a free software tool that is specifically designed to offer an accurate assessment of IT infrastructure performance, capacity, and throughput requirements. With these essential measurements, the StorTrends iDATA tool can assess pain points in an environment before they become an issue all the while providing the details needed to make informed storage decisions. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 6TB HDD Now Available

Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world’s fastest 6TB hard disk drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 is a significant step forward in scale-out data infrastructures, providing supersize storage and enterprise reliability to meet the exponential growth of corporate and cloud-based data centers.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 5big With Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced the latest version of its 5big, which now features Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity. The new LaCie 5big is nearly twice as fast as its predecessor, boasting speeds quoted up to 1050MB/s and is equipped with Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks, which allows for a 20% capacity increase making it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these enhancements, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals a huge boost in capacity as well as ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced its first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution, the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2. The LaCie 8big Rack sports a compact build and stylish design, featuring up to eight 6TB 7200RPM HDDs from Seagate for an impressive 48TB in only a 1U size. Additionally, it boasts speeds up to 1330MB/s and is one of the market’s most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EqualLogic PS6210XS Review

In December, Dell launched their new series of EqualLogic SANs, the PS6210 family. The updates are significant and highlighted by both performance and usability enhancements. On the performance side, Dell promises up to three times random read performance improvement compared to predecessor PS6110XS arrays. This is due in large part to the larger capacity SSDs and code enhancements to better handle the flash. Dell also introduced EqualLogic Array Software 7.0, EqualLogic SAN Headquarters 3.0, and new support for the Fluid File System (FluidFS) v3 on EqualLogic FS7610/7600 NAS appliances.

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by Lyle Smith

ATTO Thunderbolt 2 ThunderLink Desklink Devices Announced

ATTO Technology has announced their the newest addition to the Desklink Device line, the ATTO Thunderbolt 2 ThunderLink Desklink Devices, which boast transfer speeds at 20Gbps making it ideal for professionals who need reliable, accelerated access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications. 

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by Josh Linden

EMC Announces Data Protection Portfolio Refresh

Today EMC announced a major suite of updates and new solutions for the company's data protection offerings. The announcement outlines enhancements throughout the EMC Data Protection Suite, a new Data Domain operating system, and new releases of VPLEX and RecoverPoint that overall are meant to align EMC’s data protection portfolio across physical, virtual, and cloud storage environments. Newly announced technologies underscore EMC’s approach to promoting its comprehensive data protection-as-a-service functionality for software-defined storage environments.

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