by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Announces Dense, High-Performing, & Efficient AFA

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced that it was expanding its all-flash portfolio with its new Hitachi Flash Storage (HFS) A series family of all-flash arrays (AFA). The HFS A series of AFAs is designed to be a software-defined approach to infrastructure that is accelerated by flash technology. Hitachi believes that this will help customers tackle the emerging wave of next generation applications that demand data centers to be incredibly responsive, agile, accessible and automated.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta Introduces Application-Defined Storage

Today Maxta announced that it was introducing a new facet to its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), Application-Defined Storage. Maxta states that this will allow users to maximize the promise of hyper-convergence by allowing them to optimize their applications. Application-Defined Storage comes with the latest release of the Maxta Storage Platform (MxSP) and MaxDeploy appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

New WDC Survey Finds Reliability Is More Important Than Cost

Western Digital Corporation has once again run its global survey of CIOs and IT decision makers, this being its second annual. What was found this year is that cost is no longer the major consideration when it comes to data storage purchases. As organizations are mining their data more and more to gain insight, reliability is now the top factor when it comes to purchasing data storage. Another interesting items discovered is that IT budgets are actually increasing, perhaps showing that industries are beginning to understand the importance and value of their data now.

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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Releases Next-Gen UI For Copy Data Virtualization

Today Actifio released the new version of its front end software, Actifio Global Manager (AGM). This new version of software is intended to make it faster and easier to automate data management, access, and protection across the hybrid cloud. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Releases New Read-Intensive SAS SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronics Components Inc. released their latest very read-intensive enterprise SAS SSD, the PX04SL series. The PX04SL expands on Toshiba’s third generation SAS SSDs. The new SSD series is aimed at high read-intensive application workloads such as data warehousing, web servers, media streaming, and video on demand.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Begins Mass Production Of HBM2 4GB DRAM Package

Samsung Electronics has announced they have begun mass producing the industry’s first 4GB DRAM package based on the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) interface.  Designed for HPC, advanced graphics, network systems, and enterprise servers, Samsung indicates that it will boast more than seven times the speed of current DRAM performance limitations, resulting in faster responsiveness for high-end computing tasks. This follows the company’s introduction of a 128GB 3D TSV DDR4 RDIMM last October.

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by Adam Armstrong

More Market Woes For Violin Memory

Violin Memory makes a high performing all-flash array, in fact some of the best performance in the industry as we’ve seen with the Windows Array. However since going public in 2013, Violin’s stock has struggled. Starting off at $9 per share the stock has been floating under a dollar the last couple of months just popping over the dollar mark a few times. And now it looks as though the company could be delisted off of the NYSE due to its low common stock price.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC Surveillance Review (VNX-VSS100)

Cameras seem to be everywhere now and the number is only increasing. The omnipresent surveillance can be seen as either a blessing or a curse depending on one’s perspective, but it does provide information that can lead to finding answers to crimes, accidents, and mechanical failures. As camera technology is improving, with aspects such as better resolution, more and more data is being consumed. Surveillance data needs to be stored within a given time frame and with certain retention policies while at the same time video has to be accessed clearly and reliably when a request is sent. EMC sees these and coming concerns and is beefing up its own line of surveillance offerings, and products that serve the surveillance requirements or municipalities, events and large enterprises with complex needs and heavy compliance concerns. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Zerto Raises An Additional $50 Million In Series E Funding

Zerto announced that it has raised an additional $50 million in series E funding led by IVP. Zerto states that it plans on using the extra capital to support continued product development to increase the flexibility of software defined, hybrid cloud infrastructures for easier adoption and use by business leaders in a wide range of industries. Zerto is also announcing that it has achieved a fourth consecutive year of 100%+ sales growth.

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by Lyle Smith

Caringo Swarm Now Available For Microsoft Azure

Caringo has announced the immediate availability of its Swarm object storage software on Microsoft Azure. Swarm is designed to aid in the rapid deployment of highly reliable, scalable and compliant storage to developers and enterprises in any of the global network of managed data centers that Azure currently offers. In addition, applications using Amazon S3 much will be able to move to Azure much easier when using Caringo Swarm.

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