by Adam Armstrong

Google Offers Limited Time 75% Discount On Local SSD

Google Cloud Platform announced a trial discount off of its Local SSD. The discount will take 75% off of their standard pricing. This promotion is aimed at getting potential customers to try it out and see the performance difference compared to a different vendor such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Sponsors Survey Showing Data Security Concerns

Today Druva Inc. announced the results of a global survey that examined data privacy in the enterprise. The survey specifically looked at protecting sensitive data, the challenges of ensuring data privacy, and views on protecting data privacy in the cloud. The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Druva.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dot Hill Announces RealSure Software

Dot Hill announced its RealSure software built into it RealStor storage operating system used in Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN storage arrays. This new software is designed to address the performance demands of Big Data Analytics. It was also announced that the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 is being integrated into the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2800.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar Helium He8 8TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Back in September 2012, HGST first announced their Helium Hard Drive Platform. The Helium drives began to ship the following year in November and as of last month, HGST has deployed over a million drives. We had previously reviewed the Ultrastar He6 6TB helium drive. Now HGST has taken their helium technology and expanded capacity even further with the Ultrastar Helium He8 8TB Enterprise Hard Drive. The He8 is available in either SAS 12Gb/s or SATA 6Gb/s interface. The drives offer a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, on disk buffer of 128MB and drive sustained throughput of 205MB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

ExaGrid Upgrades Software Which Increases Capacity And Improves Replication

Today ExaGrid Systems Inc. announced the general availability of the latest update to its software, version 4.8. The new updates will enable up to 25 appliances in a single scale-out GRID. This will increase full backup capacity by 78% while adding bandwidth throttling and encryption during replication.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Now Available for EMC VNX Series

Today QLogic Corp announced that they are making their 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology available to order for EMC VNX Series of hybrid arrays. The collaboration between the two companies will increase levels of application performance, storage efficiency, and data availability for EMC customers. This is the latest in a string of collaborations aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and Brocade and QLogic and Fujitsu.

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by Adam Armstrong

Methods of SMR Data Management

SMR uses a mapping system for LBAs that want to get written randomly to only writing them sequentially. Similar to SSD’s Flash Translation Layer (FTL), SMR HDDs use what is sometimes called a SMR (or Shingle) Translation Layer (STL), which is a similar concept. With SMR, however, much more is to be gained by making the host aware of the underlying SMR technology. The industry is in the final stages of the standardization process for SMR with ZBC (Zoned Block Commands) being the standard for SAS and ZAC (Zoned ATA Commands) being the standard for SATA. These standards define a Zoned Block Device in which the LBA space is divided into independent Zones. Within each Zone, writes should be sequential. In order to overwrite data, it is necessary to first reset the zone, similar to an erase block in an SSD. What happens when non-sequential writes are sent to a Zone varies depending on the type of SMR implementation.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Azure Introduces Service Fabric

Today Microsoft announced a new offering that provides a high control platform enabling developers and ISVs to build highly scalable and customizable cloud services, Azure Service Fabric. Service Fabric provides the foundational technology that Azure core infrastructure runs on. Service Fabric also powers service such as Skype for Business, InTune, Event Hubs, DocumentDB, Azure SQL Database, and Bing Cortana.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Cluster

For organizations leading the way with the business-critical solutions, technology refreshes are a fundamental part of doing business. Leading-edge applications can't wait for legacy infrastructure; be it storage, interconnect, or compute related. The StorageReview Lab faces the same fundamental issues as application workloads become larger and more intense to take advantage of the newest generation of storage and networking products. Last week we took delivery of a dozen Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 servers specifically earmarked to test the latest virtualization and latency-sensitive workloads that face tier zero storage. 

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by Lyle Smith

Four Cray Customers To Implement Seagate’s Latest HPC Storage Technology

Seagate has announced that four Cray customers will be among the first to implement Seagate’s latest high performance computing storage technology. The four Cray customers that will be using the new techology are comprised of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Petroleum Geo-Services, and the U.K.’s Met Office, all of which who currently use the Cray Sonexion 2000 system.

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