by Adam Armstrong

EMC Releases Service Pack 1 For NetWorker 8.2

EMC has released a Service Pack, SP1, for the latest version of its unified backup and recovery software, NetWorker 8.2. The service pack is designed to enhance and expand on the new features in the 8.2 update that was released in April of last year.

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by Josh Linden

Actifio Launches Cloud-based Application Resiliency Service

Actifio today announced the launch of Actifio One, a cloud-based application resiliency service that offers a unified approach to data protection for applications across physical servers, VMware, Windows, Hyper-V, Linux, Oracle, and SQL Server. Actifio One is designed not only to provide redundancy and recovery for application data but to host the applications themselves during a disaster recovery scenario in the production environment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HP iLO 4 Review

There have been several methods of Out-of-Band (OOB) Management for server assets over the years.  The two that are still quite popular are KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switches that are often IP-enabled, and some form of Lights Out Management such as HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights-Out Management.)  All Out-of-Band Management solutions can make maintaining and supporting servers elsewhere more convenient whether located across a building or on the other side of the world. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs Review

The RS3614RPxs is a network attached storage solution with an emphasis reliability and performance. Its main intent is to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and deploy virtualization solutions, all of which, Synology indicates, can be performed with as little time wasted on setup and maintenance as possible. Synology also offers two versions of this RackStation: the RS3614xs and the RS3614RP, the latter which is equipped with dual power supplies.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA And VMware Deliver Scalable Rich Graphics Applications To Remote Desktops

Since VMware released their new vSphere 6 with its new features, we have mentioned Dell and HP's support for vSphere 6. Now NVIDIA announced that NVIDIA GRID vGPU has been introduced to VMware Horizon 6 built on vSphere 6. NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon 6 will enable customers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in remote desktops. This partnership will bring workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avago Announces Two New 12Gb/s Syncro High-Availability Storage Solutions

Today Avago Technologies announced two new additions to its family of high-availability (HA) shared storage solutions, the Syncro 9380-8e and the Syncro 9361-8i. Both of the new devices are now available with 12Gb/s SAS technology deliver twice the performance of previous generations.

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by Mark May

What is Converged Infrastructure?

When organizations evaluate options for hardware and software infrastructure, they must decide whether they would rather choose the emerging hyper-converged infrastructure category or build their own solution using handpicked vendors of their choice. A big driver for the former option is the “single throat to choke” argument, which has been heard and made so many times – and for good reason! Oftentimes enterprises that choose the latter option are left dealing with vendors that are playing the finger pointing game when an infrastructure goes down. The real value in hyper-converged infrastructure is more about the ease of deployment, central management, and hyper-optimization of the system. In other words, it’s about simplifying and streamlining the infrastructure, allowing administrators to refocus their energy on more important things. Performance is generally a lower-level concern when hyper-converged is being considered. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces Surveillance Station 7.0

Today Synology America announced the launch of Surveillance Station 7.0, the latest version of its awarding winning NVR solution. Surveillance Station was designed to turn any DiskStation or RackStation into a network video recorder. Surveillance Station 7.0 has a redesigned user interface, integration for other connected devices, expanded support for specialized cameras, and ONVIF 2.4 compliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Announces VSPEX BLUE Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance

Today EMC Corporation announced its new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA), the EMC VSPEX BLUE. VSPEX BLUE delivers compute, storage, networking, and management all in a 2U/4-node form factor and is powered by VMware EVO: RAIL and EMC software. VSPEX BLUE offers a simple to use solution for customers that are looking to consume infrastructure in a hyper-converged manner.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Delivers Day 1 Storage For vSphere 6

With VMware's new releases in vSphere 6, HP will be delivering Day 1 support and certification for vSphere 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) across midrange, high-end, and all-flash arrays. HP will allow customers to upgrade vSphere as soon as they are ready on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage arraysHP StoreVirtualMSA, and XP storage platforms.

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