by Brian Beeler

What is Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)?

In the simplest terms, Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) is a new hard drive technology that allows the tracks on a platter to be layered on top of each other, just like roof shingles on a house, to increase platter density or tracks per inch (TPI). Current technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), uses a parallel track layout. By increasing TPI with SMR technology and decreasing the space between tracks, SMR offers tremendous potential for overall hard drive capacity gains. The end product physically looks and feels like a standard PMR drive, with higher capacity in the same physical footprint. However, the architecture change means the user experience from a performance perspective will be dramatically different.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Provides Automated Backup Certification & Disaster Recovery For Hyper-V And vSphere

Unitrends has announced the general availability of the industry’s first automated disaster recovery failover and testing solution for Microsoft Hyper-V environments, ReliableDR 4.0. Unitrends will now be able to deliver recovery assurance to Hyper-V administrators that it had only been delivering to businesses running VMware vSphere Hypervisors.

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by Tucker Mindrum

HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD Review

HGST has expanded their line of Deskstar NAS HDDs to include a 6TB model, which is optimized for small enterprise, SOHO, or consumer environments leveraging up to 8-bay NAS systems. HGST has promised both reliability and performance from these 7,200RPM 3.5" drives, maintaining 1 million hours of use between failures and delivering seek times of less than 12ms. The new 6TB offering is a boost in capacity of 50% compared to HGST's previous top of the line 4TB drives. 

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware And Google Announce Integration Of Google Cloud Platform Services Into vCloud Air

Google and VMware announced today that they would be integrating selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud Air. The selected services include: Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore, and Google Cloud DNS. VMware expects to add other services in the future to further enhance the hybrid cloud market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Deepens VMware Integration

Pure Storage announced the availability of a new Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and an enhanced VMware vSphere Web Client Plug-in. The new solutions, used in conjunction with the FlashArray 400 series, will deliver “a simple and seamless storage and virtualization management experience, comprehensive disaster recovery protection, and scalable availability for VMware environments.”

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 Hybrid Review

Dot Hill has long made storage controllers and systems that were capable of handling both traditional disk and SSD volumes. In November they released a major software update though that amongst other things, optimizes their 4004 controller architecture for hybrid configuration. The 4004 is what's inside the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Ultra48 that we reviewed previously, and turning our HDD configuration into a hybrid just means swapping out HDDs for SSDs. The SSDs can be used as a real time tiering configuration or in a cache mode as an extension of the storage controller cache.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel DC S3710 and DC S3610 Data Center SSDs Released

Intel has announced two new additions to their data center family of SSDs, the Intel SSD DC S3710 Series and the Intel SSD DC S3610 Series. The Intel SSD DC S3710 Series is 2.5” form factor and comes in 200GB, 400GB, 800GB, and 1.2TB capacities. The Intel SSD DC S3610 Series comes in both 2.5” and 1.8” form factor with the 2.5” coming in 200GB, 400GB, 480GB, 800GB, 1.2TB, and 1.6TB capacities and the 1.8” coming in 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacities. Both of the new SSDs will use 20nm NAND, SATA interface and will deliver greater write performance compared to their prior models.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC CloudArray 5.0 Launched

EMC has announced the launch of CloudArray 5.0 the latest update of CloudArray since EMC acquired TwinStrata, and the first major release of CloudArray designed for EMC. EMC has kept the previous features of CloudArray while adding in a few new features, additional supported clouds, an updated user interface, and a refreshed line of software and hardware appliances. This release represents an even deeper cloud-integration with EMC's product portfolio.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VNX5200 Review

EMC's VNX5200 storage controller is the entry point for the company's VNX2 offerings and features block storage with optional file and unified storage functionality. The VNX5200 can manage up to 125x 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SAS and NL-SAS hard drives and SSDs and is built with EMC's MCx multicore architecture. Kevin O'Brien, Director of the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab, recently traveled to EMC's data center in Hopkinton, MA for some hands-on time and benchmarks of the VNX5200.

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by Lyle Smith

Avere Announces Cloud Snapshots

Avere Systems has announced the introduction of Cloud Snapshots to the Avere 4.5 operating system. This new feature allows IT to use snapshots as a disaster recovery solution in the cloud with a familiar NAS-style user interface. In addition, Cloud Snapshots uses the flexibility of cloud storage all the while protecting user data against disk, controller, array and entire site failures.  Avere OS can be offered as a software-only solution or a physical, hardware-included appliance, and is designed to satisfy demanding NAS environments that require full-featured NFS and SMB/CIFS functionality as well as scalable performance. 

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