by Lyle Smith

PROMISE Technology's VTrak x30 and Vess R2000 Announced

PROMISE Technology has announced new additions to its VTrak and Vess lines of storage solutions: the VTrak x30 10G iSCSI and Vess R2000 10G iSCSI models. The new VTrak x30 10G iSCSI storage system meets the needs of enterprises for applications including virtualization, backup and cloud computing and offers customers high levels of reliability, performance and ease-of-use, making it ideal for IT infrastructures that need a cost-effective alternative to Fibre Channel. 

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by Lyle Smith

LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i Announced

LSI has announced an addition to its Nytro line with the introduction of the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i card, which is designed for scale-out server and storage environments with high disk counts and capacity requirements. The 8140-8e8i card provides 1.6TB of onboard flash and 16 SAS/SATA connections doubling the flash capacity as well as a 4x increase in the number of ports compared to previous Nytro MegaRAID cards.

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by Lyle Smith

Chenbro RM43260 New High-Density Chassis Solution Announced

Chenbro has announced the RM43260 at Interop 2014, their new high density storage JBOD chassis and sub-system 4U 60-Bay JBOD enclosure. The new RM43260 features data redundancy on a dual domain SAS controller and 80 Plus Gold PSU and PWM fans while the modular design and available accessories make it a reliable, easy-to-maintain, environmentally-friendly enclosure solution.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Announces New CloudSpeed SATA SSDs

SanDisk has announced four new additions to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA (SATA) line: the CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco SSDs. These new CloudSpeed SSDs are specifically designed to provide business-critical performance for the mixed-use, read and write-intensive application workloads that are becoming more and more important in today’s enterprise data centers and cloud computing environments. SanDisk combines its flash management Guardian Technology Platform with the new SSDs as well as its memory technology to become the first vendor to ship 10 full drive writes per day (DWPD), 19nm-based enterprise SATA SSDs, which gives customers longer-lasting drive operation at a better value. With the new CloudSpeed nomenclature, the drive families align more closely with the SAS-interface Optimus drives. 

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces Cloud-Managed, SDN-Enabled Unified Wired and Wireless Networking Solutions

HP has announced new cloud-managed software-defined networking (SDN) enabled unified wired and wireless network solutions which helps customers to increase the agility of their network all the while simplifying its management. These new HP solutions are specifically designed to support mobility initiatives for all types of businesses by providing improved mobile end-user experiences at triple the speed. Additionally, HP’s unified wired and wireless network products are combined with SDN, which provide new business opportunities and thus enabling IT professionals to draw business value from the network.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

How To Lower Virtualized Data Center Expense With USB Flash

One of the little known or little explored secrets with servers running VMware ESXi 5.x is they can be booted off of USB or SD flash media. In such a scenario, enterprises could dump HBAs or RAID cards and the hard drives or SSDs that are used to boot the servers. Going this route yields a CAPEX benefit for new systems, the cost of flash media for boot is insignificant compared to the drives and storage adapter cards required to spin up a server. There are also gains in OPEX; the implications of moving to USB or SD flash media have a big advantage when considering the power required for a small flash media drive for boot vs. the more common practice of adapters and drives. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar Helium 6TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

The Ultrastar Helium Platform (He6) hard drive family is HGST's latest effort to provide the next step up in capacity for enterprises that are faced with ballooning data volumes. The Helium drives are offered at a single 6TB capacity point, which offers a 50% boost over today's leading 4TB capacity offerings, and they are available with either a SATA or SAS 6Gb/s interface. The drives offer a spindle speed of 7,200 RPM, on disk buffer of 64MB and drive sustained throughput of 177MB/s. The fun technology part though is of course the fact that this is a sealed drive, with helium inside for reduced friction. HGST dubs this technology HelioSeal, which essentially reduces air disturbances caused by the disks and heads and allows for more platters to be sandwiched in the standard 3.5" hard drive form factor. The reduction in friction also means less power is required, 23% less at idle by HGST's measurements, netting cost of ownership benefits as well. HGST uses 7 platters, compared to four or five in most 4TB drives today, to drive the 6TB capacity in the Helium. Interestingly, this suggests there is more capacity up-side for the platform with more dense platters making Helium potentially a very compelling bridge to the next generation mainstream hard drives that will use HAMR technology (SMR has limited use cases) to increase density and drive capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 1.6TB NVMe SSD Featured In The New Dell PowerEdge R920 Server

Samsung has announced that its 1.6TB NVMe (non-volatile memory express) SSD is featured in the new Dell PowerEdge R920 server. Samsung and Dell, who both worked closely to optimize the storage capabilities of the PowerEdge R920, are the first companies in the world to ship PCIe SSDs using an NVMe protocol, allowing customers to get faster results.

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by Josh Linden

HP Expands Entry-Level MSA Storage Systems StoreEasy and StoreOnce Backup Solutions for SMBs

HP has announced a suite of storage devices, software, and other products engineered and priced for SMBs who are adopting shared storage or require scaling functionality in the future for IT initiatives such as consolidation, virtualization, application hosting. According to HP, the new MSA 1040 Storage system can achieve up to 50 percent better performance than its predecessor and will be offered at a 25 percent lower starting price.

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by Lyle Smith

Actifio Secures $100M in Oversubscribed Funding

Actifio has announced that it has secured an oversubscribed $100M funding round led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from current their investors: North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures. With these funds, Actifio plans hasten their expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and produce feature enhancements in data management solution for virtualized and Cloud IT architectures.

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