by Kevin OBrien

Selecting the Best DRAM Configuration for SQL Server 2012

Building the ideal Microsoft SQL Server 2012 production server can be a daunting task, with variables such as storage, RAM, or processor selection stumping even seasoned IT administrators. We last posted an analysis around selecting the best Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPU for running SQL Server 2012 in non-virtualized environments. Aside from CPU, RAM is another key component when considering performance needs of SQL running on iron. For this testing we used the same testbed as the Intel processor study, this time focusing on stepping Micron PC3-12800 RAM with the best-performing CPU and storage to gauge its performance impact. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC Data Domain DD2200 Review (DD Boost for SQL)

The EMC Data Domain DD2200 is a deduplication appliance for backup and archive data that is designed for small to midrange data centers. A recent addition to the Data Domain line, the DD2200 consolidates backup, archive, and disaster recovery into one easy-to-manage 2U rack unit platform. The device is offered in two configurations: either a 7 drive system with 7.5TB of usable space or a 12 drive system with 17.2TB of usable space. The DD2200 supports up to 4.7TB per hour throughput and can support up to 860TB of logical capacity via expansion shelves. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Joins OpenStack Foundation And Releases Two New Solutions

Pure Storage has announced that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate sponsor and has pledged to actively participate in the development of the OpenStack codebase. Pure Storage also announced the release of two new solutions: OpenStack Cinder Driver that integrates OpenStack-based private and public clouds with Purity Operating Environment (OE), and Python Automation Toolkit, which extends Pure Storage’s FlashArray family of products out-of-the-box automation via Python scripts.

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by Adam Armstrong

Catalogic Software Introduces ECX Instant Copy Data Management Platform

At NetApp Insight US, Catalogic Software announced its new ECX Instant Copy Data Management Platform. The software is aimed at giving administrators control over the proliferating data copies. The software is extensible through plug-in providers: NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP, ONTAP 7-mode, CLOUD ONTAP, and VMware.

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by Adam Armstrong

DataDirect Networks Launches New S3 Gateway To WOS For Private Or Hybrid Clouds

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced WOS S3, a significant expansion to its accessibility program for WOS. The update adds support for Amazon S3 API, giving DDN the broadest range of supported interfaces for an object storage platform. DDN will also accelerate its WOS Partner Program.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Launches Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solutions

EMC announced today the launch of its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution (EHC). The new solution will enable IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) in just under a month. EMC also announced a number of services to accelerate deployment of the new solution within customers' IT environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Acquires Cloudscaling, Maginatics, And Spanning

Along with the announcement of EMC's new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, EMC is also announcing today the acquisition of three cloud technology companies: Cloudscaling, Maginatics, and Spanning. These acquisitions will further extend EMC's reach and capabilities in cloud technology as each company acquire brings its own expertise.

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by Lyle Smith

NetApp Delivering new Hybrid Cloud Solutions for the Enterprise

NetApp has announced new software, services, and partnerships at NetApp Insight North America 2014, all of which are designed to simplify data management across clouds. The announcement includes several new components including a new version of the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP operating system, Cloud ONTAP, OnCommand Cloud Manager, and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. These offerings allow customers to leverage the flexibility of the hybrid cloud, while maintaining control of their data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Fujitsu Launches Its New Hyper-scale Storage, ETERNUS CD10000

Fujitsu announced the launch of their new hyper-scale storage system, the ETERNUS CD10000. The ETERNUS CD10000 is designed specifically to handle the storage needs of Big Data as it crosses the "Petabyte divide."

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by Lyle Smith

WD Purple 6TB Surveillance-Class HDD Announced

WD has announced a 6TB version of its WD Purple line of 3.5-inch hard drives for video surveillance applications. The WD Purple hard drives are designed for new and existing home and small business security system environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition video cameras. WD’s surveillance hard drives are offered in capacities from 1 TB up to 6 TB.

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