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Thinking Evergreen: Is Your Hardware Aging Faster Than Your Christmas Tree?

One of the highlights of the holiday season is bringing home the tree. Whether you chop it down yourself or purchase it from the local tree lot, when your Christmas tree was new it filled your home with the sweet scent of evergreen boughs. It’s a similar experience when you get new hardware in your office or data center—it’s fresh, new, and does just what you need it to. But then it gets old. Like your Christmas tree, which drops pine needles and starts turning brown by January, your hardware can age just as quickly. A few technology vendors now offer “evergreen” hardware programs, plans that replace products at scheduled intervals for a cost lower than purchasing replacements outright. But are those programs worth the cost? And do they deliver on their promises of lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing uptime?

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Unveils Its Cloud Platform

Today Druva unveiled its new information management platform designed to accelerate the full enterprise cloud-first ecosystem, the Druva Cloud Platform. This new platform is aimed at accelerating cloud-first strategies while addressing issues such as data risks that come from fragmentation and data growth. Druva’s new platform will also be addressing issues such as extracting greater value, compliance, retention, legal and analytics across disparate sources through its use of open architecture and APIs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Announces StorNext 5.4

Today Quantum Corp. announced the latest version of its scale-out storage platform comprised of a wide range of advanced data management capabilities optimized for demanding workflows, StorNext 5.4. Version 5.4 will include the ability for customers to integrate their existing public cloud storage accounts (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud) wand third-party object storage (NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING) as tiers in a StorNext-unified namespace . 5.4 also provides embedded application deployment in StorNext appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Stratoscale Introduces Symphony 3, An On-Prem AWS Region

Today Stratoscale announced the availability of the latest version of its comprehensive cloud infrastructure software, Stratoscale Symphony 3. The new version of Symphony expands its software-defined infrastructure solution to enable a hybrid and AWS-based strategy. Stratoscale claims that the new version with its new cloud services help companies achieve agility, flexibility, mobility and short time-to-market.

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Data volume, especially Big Data, continues to grow at amazing rates, however, IT budgets are not growing at the same rate. Organizations are looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to help them tackle the growing data volume. HGST’s latest helium drive, He10, is an effective tool companies can use to do just that. The He10 is a 10TB HDD that utilizes PMR technology and HGST’s proven HelioSeal technology. This new HDD is designed to deliver capacity, efficiency, reliability, and reduced power usage to the data center.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Editor's Choice Winners

StorageReview has launched a new program in 2016 to honor products that we believe represent the best of the best in enterprise IT. During a review or hands on evaluation process, SR will determine if the product under consideration has excelled to a point where an Editor's Choice Award is warranted. There are several reasons why a product could earn an award, including but not limited to:

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta Introduces NexentaEdge DevOps Edition

Nexenta has announced a new edition of its NexentaEdge, its file and object storage platform. The new NexentaEdge DevOps Edition is designed to work with scalable on-premise container-converged infrastructure as a high-performance storage solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its HCI Portfolio

Today Dell EMC is expanding its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) by combining the former two companies technologies once again. Dell EMC’s is taking its VxRack software-defined data center (SDDC) and is now basing it on PowerEdge servers. According to the company, this combination will enhance flexibility while increasing performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Launches Industry’s First ‘Network-as-a-Fabric’

Today Cisco announced that it would be expanding its Cloud-Scale Networking solutions. These expanding solutions are designed to help service providers and web companies get the most out of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as they transition their central offices to next-generation data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Unveils New Storage Technologies At Its Investor Day

Today at Western Digital Corp.’s Investor Day 2016, WDC introduced several new storage technologies. WDC introduced a new NVMe-over-PCIe fabric advanced flash platform for cloud-scale data center infrastructures. Along with this WDC introduced new SSDs (including their highest capacity to date at just under 8TB and a new NVMe SSD) as well as the highest capacity HDD at 12TB.

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