by Adam Armstrong

Citrix Announces XenApp “Express”

Back in January Citrix made several announcements at its Citrix Synergy Summit. Most of these announcements focuses on the release of XenApp 7.7 and XenDesktop 7.7, however the company touched on both its expanded partnership with Microsoft and its comprehensive Citrix Cloud strategy. Now Citrix is working with Microsoft to develop of next-generation of the Azure RemoteApp service. This partnership will help make Citrix XenApp “express” that will, according to the companies, revolutionize app delivery from the cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces Enterprise Capabilities For SMBs

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new solutions aimed at modernizing small and midsized businesses’ (SMBs) IT. HPE is introducing cost-effective, sub $10K, hybrid flash and software-defined storage platforms that can bring enterprise capacity and capabilities to SMBs. To help SMBs take full advantage of what is available HPE is releasing StoreVirtual 3200 storage systems, HPE MSA 2042 storage systems, and HPE StoreVirtual Migration Manager.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

StorageReview Success Story: The Watershed

It’s an oft-repeated and widely accepted notion that IT administrators in the enterprise are being asked to do more all the time, without additional resources. Perhaps nowhere is this notion more prevalent than at The Watershed, based in Delray Beach, Florida, where a team of just three handle the infrastructure needs for a highly mobile, geographically dispersed staff of over 600 in Palm Beach County, Florida and Houston, Texas. As the organization continued to grow in both headcount and locations, IT was faced with the stark reality that the current way of delivering applications and support via traditional PCs simply wasn’t working. So they did what any forward-thinking organization would do; they took a hard look at the existing systems, employee needs and business requirements, and came up with a plan. The net result was a plan to simplify infrastructure, move to virtualized desktops, and ensure the employee experience was beyond compare. The goal for this small dynamic IT team was to spend more time proactively impacting business outcomes, rather than being mired in support tickets.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces That It Plans To Acquire SGI For $275 Million

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is stepping up its HPC game through a definitive agreement to acquire SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. The acquisition is reported as being for $7.75 per share in cash, a transaction valued at approximately $275 million, net of cash and debt. HPE expects the acquisition to be neutral to its earnings in the first full year following close and accretive thereafter. And the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of HPE's fiscal year 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces RackStation RS3617xs and RS816

Synology has announced two new high-performing NAS solutions, the RackStation RS3617xs and RS816. Robust and scalable, the RS3617xs is designed to provide greater agility and higher efficiency to support large-scale businesses, while the RS816 is a compact 1U 4-bay server rackmount server built for growing businesses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Rebrands XPoint As QuantX & Releases Performance Numbers

At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Micron Technology announced its own branded version of the new NAND based off of 3D XPoint, QuantX. This announcement mirrors Intel announcing its own product based off of the same technology, Optane Technology. Micron also released some performance numbers to give the industry a closer look at what XPoint technology is capable of.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cloudian Announces HyperStore Is Now Available In AWS Marketplace

Today Cloudian, Inc. announced that HyperStore, its flagship software, is now available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace). This means that customers can now purchase HyperStore directly from AWS Marketplace, deploy it in their infrastructure and centralize visibility of usage and billing through their AWS monthly invoice.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 64-Layer V-NAND & A 32TB SAS SSD

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. made several announcements around its 4th generation 64-layer vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology. These new solutions include a 32TB SAS SSD, an ultra-light 1TB BGA SSD, and a new high-performance Z-SSD. The blueprint introduced today shows how Samsung intends to create next-generation flash products to meet the ever-growing demands of increasing data.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Huawei ES3600 v3 NVMe SSD Review (2.5”)

The Huawei ES3000 v3 is a series of NVMe SSDs (Non-Volatile Memory Express Solid State Drives) that marks the sixth generation of Huawei’s enterprise-level SSDs. The ES3000 v3 series is Huawei first NVMe drive however. The series comes in two form factors: 2.5” (15mm z-height) and Half-Height, Half-Length add-in card (HHHL AIC). The drive comes in a variety of capacities from 1.2TB to 3.2TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor Announces SANConnect Fabric Bridge Technology

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Mangstor Inc. announced a new technology that enables NVMe over Fabric (NVMf) storage arrays to connect to existing iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) SANs as a fast storage caching layer, SANConnect. Mangstor claims this new technology can boost performance of existing SANs by layering an intelligent, higher performance non-volatile memory cache paired with the low latency, high performance characteristics of Mangstor NVMf storage software.

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