by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Moves To Split Off Memory Business

All industries have companies that float up and down within them. A new company, such a Violin Memory, can shoot up to the top in a given niche within the industry, all-flash arrays, only to be facing their demise a few years later. Toshiba has been a major player in the storage arena for a several years now. The company has stumbled through a number of pitfalls recently and announced that it intends to split, separating its memory business.

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by Adam Armstrong

The Final Nail In Violin’s Coffin Gets Bent, Goes In Crooked

We have been covering Violin Memory for years now at StorageReview. While we reported on several of their releases and even reviewed their WFA-64 Windows Flash Array, our recent reporting has leaned more toward their financial woes. Last month Violin threw in the towel and filed for Chapter 11. It looks as though the Violin saga is ended this month as the auction of its assets has begun, though buyers have yet to show up.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers

Today VMware Inc. reported both its fourth quarter earnings for 2016 as well as its full year results. VMware is one of the top players in the virtualization and cloud business mobility. Not only is VMware reporting some terrific earnings numbers, they are also announcing 7,000 customers for the Hyper-Converged, software powered infrastructure solution vSAN.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Release Software Update 6.3

Today Panzura announced new software, hardware, and support services as part of its expansion in enterprise grade functionality. This functionality and new services are designed to meet the growing demand for hybrid cloud storage in the enterprise space. Today’s release will enhance Panzura’s primary use case of active archive, hybrid cloud NAS, and cross-site collaboration.Panzura is also releasing a new hybrid cloud controller model, the 5550.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cavium, Cisco, Linux, Commvault, Cumulus, Apstra, & Pure

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Cavium will contribute the first programmable Wedge 100C Switch design to the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation. Cisco has a handful of announcements including a new data and analytics training portfolio, all-in-one, cloud based meeting room product, and its intent to acquire AppDynamics. The Linux Foundation has several conferences around the world and will now have conferences in China in 2017. Commvault has launched reference architecture for AWS. Cumulus’s Linux network OS will run on Facebook’s backpack switch. Apstra announced integration with Facebook Wedge 100. And Pure Storage announced general availability of its FlashBlade product.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports Its 2Q 2017 Earnings

Today Seagate Technologies reported on its financial results for the second quarter of 2017. Seagate is continuing to show some overall improvement of its stock and its earnings. Its stock has shown an upward trend in the last three months. For a company that still has major focus on spinning disks in a world where flash will soon take the throne, Seagate is doing pretty well.

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by Adam Armstrong

Riverbed Announces “One-click” Cloud Networking Solution For Azure

Today Riverbed Technology announced that its app-defined SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect, now offers an instant, “one-click” provisioning of SD-WAN connectivity into Microsoft Azure cloud networks. Riverbed is also announcing that it has attained Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency. To attain this competency means that Riverbed has demonstrated “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs and distinguished itself within the Microsoft partner ecosystem.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell 24 Monitor For Video Conferencing Review (P2418HZ)

The Dell P2418HZ is a 24-inch monitor bundled with built-in functionality to make video conferencing a more seamless experience. Remote meetings are a standard practice, so there certainly is a lot of appeal for a purpose-built monitor that is ready out-of-the-box and optimized for sound and video recording. While most business monitors are frugal when it comes to built-in conferencing tech (or are devoid of it altogether), the P2418HZ includes a 2 megapixel full HD image sensor camera with a privacy shutter, noise-cancelling microphone, 5W integrated front-firing speakers and call-centric hardware buttons.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell PowerEdge R630 Review

At this point the Dell PowerEdge R630 isn't exactly new, but there is definitely renewed interest in the 1U server platform as the Dell EMC continues to fold together. The R630 makes for an excellent node in software-defined deployments ranging from vSAN to ScaleIO. While diminutive in rack footprint, don't let the R630 fool you; it's a full-fledged dual-socket PowerEdge supporting the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, up to 1.5TB RAM and configurations with up to 24 1.8" SSDs. Our configuration is a bit more conventional with a twist, ten 2.5" bays; six supporting SATA/SAS drives as well as four NVMe bays supporting the latest in high-performance storage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

QNAP ES1640dc NAS Review

The QNAP ES1640dc is a dual-controller NAS positioned as what the company is calling “real business-class” cloud computing data storage. In order to up its game, QNAP is going HA, leveraging better hardware, software to this device as well as deduplication and data compression. Each node inside the ES1640dc comes equipped with an Intel Xeon 6-core E5-2420 v2 Processor, 32GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA SSD for NVRAM cache and comes preloaded with the FreeBSD-backed QNAP QES operating system. The new QES OS supports ZFS, which can lead to better data protection and higher storage capacities. The ES1640dc offers 16 3.5" drive bays with SAS 12Gb/s capabilities, supporting the latest in high-performance SAS SSDs and high-capacity HDDs.

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