by Adam Armstrong

Data Dynamics Releases StorageX Version 7.5

Today Data Dynamics Inc. announced the release of the latest version of its intelligence-based storage management solution, StorageX 7.5. StorageX is a proven solution, with over ten years of use, which has been optimized for use in heterogeneous storage resources in hybrid and cloud datacenter environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Code42 Strengthens Security And Increases Productivity Features in EDGE Platform

Code42 has announced enhanced security and productivity features in its Code32 EDGE Platform. The EDGE Platform powers both CrashPlan, an enterprise endpoint backup, and SharePlan, an enterprise file sync/share. These new enhancements are aimed at increasing productivity without compromising endpoint data security.

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by Lyle Smith

Login PI VDI Performance Tool Released

Login VSI has announced Login PI, the Release Candidate for its newest solution. This is the second product from the company (the first being appropriately called named Login VSI) and introduces a new take on monitoring and alerting IT administrators to performance issues in their virtualized desktop environment, whether it be VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, or Microsoft RDS.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: On-Site Testing Toolkit

At StorageReview, almost all reviews on the site are tested with hardware in our own lab on-premises in Cincinnati. As we grow and expand to testing larger storage systems, the need for proper on-site testing equipment grows. Rather than use gear supplied by a vendor for in-lab visits, we prefer to keep as much control as possible in these environments to ensure data reliability. Of course taking our lab on the road isn't possible, so we've endeavored to create the next best thing, a mini-lab built around an EchoStreams Innovative Solutions very short depth 1U dual-proc server that is easy to transport between locations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches DiskStation DS2015xs

Today Synology Inc. announced the launch of two new DiskStations, the DS2015xs and the DS3615xs (initially a non-US launch). Both of the new DiskStations are expandable with the 12-bay DX1215 expansion unit that has a 6Gb/s connection allowing connected drives to operate as internal drives. The DS2015xs is aimed at small to medium businesses while the DS3615xs is aimed large-scale businesses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra nTier Verde Review

The Spectra nTier Verde is either a 2U or 4U rack mountable NAS that serves as a secondary storage system. The Spectra nTier Verde is designed for ultimate simplicity, cost effectiveness, and data reliability. The simplicity message is key for this tier of storage, even those with no previous storage experience can easily install the Spectra nTier Verde in less than 30 minutes, from box to production. The nTier Verde starts as low as 24TB raw capacity but can be scaled all the way up to 1.7PB. As user scale up the price per GB drops, starting at around $0.75/GB and dropping all the way to $0.35/GB at maximum capacity.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Bulk SSD Secure Erasing

When reviewing large batches of SSDs for a certain project, the time always comes where to get back to a clean state, a bunch of SSDs need to be secure erased. This process can't be overlooked, since depending on the workload, not putting a drive back into its factory fresh condition can cause problems switching between workloads. In this lab tip we've documented how to secure erase SSDs by streamlining the process. We've created bulk erasing scripts for Linux server environments, which handle up to 23 SSDs at a time in a Supermicro SuperStorage Server 2027R-AR24NV.

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by Adam Armstrong

Coho Data Launches Cloud-Inspired Storage

Coho Data has recently “emerged from stealth mode” and announced their core storage product, Coho DataStream. Coho DataStream is an on-premises solution but it has the advantages of the public cloud: pay-as-you-grow economics, rapid scaling, and high resiliency. The Coho DataStream uses a software-defined approach as opposed to traditional legacy hardware; Coho used commodity hardware and combines it with software that is tuned for PCIe flash technologies that can deliver twice the price/performance of all-flash arrays. This unique architecture gives Coho a level of scale and predictable high-performance that up until now was uncommon.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Toshiba HK3R2 Review

The Toshiba HK3R2 series is the company's new line of high-performance enterprise SSDs and direct successor to the HK3R eSSD family. Specifically designed for read intensive workloads, the HK3R2 has a maximum capacity of 960GB in a 2.5" form factor, supports a SATA 6Gb/s interface and leverages Toshiba's second-generation A19nm MLC NAND. The HK3R2 also features vital enterprise functionality, including full power loss and to-end protection as well as proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error-correction technology, the latter which helps to protect and secure data from corruption caused by NAND flash memory media wear. Its counterpart, the HK3E2, was also announced by Toshiba this week, though it's demographic targets businesses looking for value-oriented intensive workload SSDs instead.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Review

Synology's new DiskStation DS1515+ is a 5-bay NAS that houses up to 30TB of raw storage, a quad-core 2.4GHz CPU, and up to 6GB RAM (with upgrade). It was designed for demanding use-cases and serves reported transfer speeds of 450MB/s and 396.5MB/s (read and write, respectively). Like many of Synology's offerings, it also prioritizes security, providing AES-NI encryption with very little decrease in read speeds, in addition to a suite of other features. Each DS1515+ server is scalable up to 90TB (with two Synology DX513 expansion units), and multiple DiskStation servers can be consolidated through Synology's Central Management System (CMS) for enhanced administrative efficiency. Account integration is easily done thanks to support for Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust.

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