by Adam Armstrong

Cray Announces Tiered Storage Solution

At the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Cray Inc. has announced the launch of a new data management and protection solution for Lustre file systems. Using Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS), this new capability is designed to simplify the management and preservation of data stored on Lustre, that has up until now been impractical to backup or protect with enterprise-class technology.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell Announces SC4000 Mid-Tier Flash and Hybrid Arrays

Dell Storage has announced the global release of a new lineup of SC4000 enterprise storage arrays engineered to integrate many of the company’s high-end storage technologies at price points within reach of mid-tier enterprise customers. The SC4000 series reflects Dell’s ongoing transition away from distinct Compellent and EqualLogic lines by drawing on both technology portfolios. From the Compellent side, this means intelligent data progression and placement technologies and write-optimized SLC and read-optimized MLC flash integration to optimize costs and performance along with all of the other data services Compellent is known for. EqualLogic contributes the iSCSI software stack. The net result is a fully-featured storage array that firmly targets the midmarket with a powerful, flexible array with an aggressive price point.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces a Series of Appliances and Integrated Systems

Today at Dell User Forum 2014, Dell introduced a series of appliances and integrated systems: Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases, Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database, and Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise. These new appliances are designed to speed deployment, management, and time to results for companies and help businesses of all sizes quickly stand up workload-specific applications and infrastructure.

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by Josh Linden

SanDisk Introduces ZetaScale Flash Optimization Software for Enterprise and Cloud Applications

SanDisk today announced the availability of ZetaScale software, a hardware-agnostic solution designed to optimize enterprise applications for use with flash storage. ZetaScale provides access to flash storage for applications such as in-memory computing, analytics, and NoSQL databases which have not necessarily been architected to take advantage of flash memory. ZetaScale can be deployed within data centers without making other changes to the existing environment.

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by Josh Linden

Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array with New Data Services Shipping

Violin Memory has today announced availability of an integrated solution featuring the Concerto 7000 AFA alongside a complimentary new software suite providing enterprise data services. The Concerto 7000 offers 70TB of raw storage across 3U and can scale up to 280TB in 18U, with a rated power requirement of 500W per rack unit. According to manufacturer benchmarks, the Concerto 7000 can achieve over 500K sustained IOPS at less than 0.5ms with a mixed workload. Customers can also upgrade existing 6000-series Violin arrays solutions with a Concerto 7000 upgrade kit.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP ECx80U-RP Turbo NAS Series Launched

Today QNAP systems launched four new business-class Turbo NAS models: TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, and TS-EC2480U-RP. These new Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 680TB, and high performance with throughput up 3,700 MB/s and 410,000 IOPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Announces Next-Generation Intel Xeon Phi Processors

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, Intel announced new details for its next-generation Intel Xeon Phi Processors, coded-named Knights Landing, which includes a new high-speed fabric, Intel Omni Scale fabric. The fabric will be integrated in the next-generation processors to address performance, scalability, reliability, power, and density requirements to accelerate the rate of scientific discovery.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox Announces Switch-IB 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox today announced its forthcoming Switch-IB, slated to be the first 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution available on the market. The Switch-IB represents the 7th generation of Mellanox’s InfiniBand offerings and will incorporate 36 ports rated at 100Gb/s each for a total 7.2Tb/s of rated throughput. It incorporates 144 SerDes modules that operate between 1Gb/s and 25Gb/s per lane and can deliver 5.4 billion packets per second.

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by Brian Beeler

If Your Databases Aren't on Flash, You're Doing it Wrong

The title isn't meant to be incendiary, though it may come of as such. It's simply meant to communicate the point that the benefits of flash in the data center are so proven that if you're not taking advantage of flash in some capacity there are two main reasons why. Either one, you're afraid, or two, your data is low value and no one wants to access it. That's about it, the long-standing concerns over price and endurance have been mitigated and for certain applications like databases, flash delivers a better experience with lower cost of ownership. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM and Pure Storage Announce Patent and Cross-License Agreements

IBM and Pure Storage have announced that Pure Storage has acquired over 100 storage and related technology patents from IBM. Both companies have signed a patent cross-license agreements without disclosing financial terms.

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