by Lyle Smith

Actifio Secures $100M in Oversubscribed Funding

Actifio has announced that it has secured an oversubscribed $100M funding round led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from current their investors: North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures. With these funds, Actifio plans hasten their expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and produce feature enhancements in data management solution for virtualized and Cloud IT architectures.

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by Josh Linden

SolidFire Announces Element OS Version 6 “Carbon”

SolidFire today announced Element OS 6 Carbon, the latest version of the operating system that powers the company's lineup of all-flash storage arrays. The enhancements include an optimized metadata layout for increased usable capacity, reatime replication, integrated backup and recovery with a REST-based API, 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity, as well as VAAI primitives XCopy and ATS to offload data management operations to SolidFire arrays in VMware environments.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Now Generally Available

VMware has announced the general availability of VMware Virtual SAN, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product. A webcast event was held last week which detailed new information and pointed to this week for GA, however VMware did not release licensing and pricing information. Today VMware makes good on last week's promises by announcing pricing VMware Virtual SAN which is priced at $2,495 per processor and Virtual SAN for Desktop at $50 per user.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fusion-io ioDrive2 Duo MLC Application Accelerator Review

The Fusion-io ioDrive2 Duo MLC is a full-height half-length (FHHL) application accelerator that provides up to 2.4TB of capacity via x8 PCI Express slot. Fusion-io cards are notorious for their throughput performance as well as their low latencies, the combination of which drives some of the best responsiveness in the industry. Fusion-io's ioDrive2 cards are all fundamentally all the same, with hardware differences that differentiate. In this case, the ioDrive2 Duo combines a second controller and doubles the NAND pool compared to a standard ioDrive2. Fusion-io is also using MLC in this iteration, meaning users can get twice the capacity when compared to the SLC versions of the drives. Performance wise the MLC and SLC ioDrive2 Duo cards perform pretty similarly, the most obvious differences come in read latency, 68µs for the MLC and 47µs for the SLC, and endurance.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Partnership With Seagate and New Turbo NAS Solutions Announced

QNAP Systems has announced at a partnership with Seagate Technology at CeBIT 2014 to demonstrate a new series of Turbo NAS and storage expansion solutions with its new QTS 4.1 NAS operating system, VioStor NVR firmware QVR 5.0, and more. 

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by Josh Linden

Panasas Releases PanFS 5.5 for ActiveStor NAS Appliances

Panasas today released PanFS 5.5, the architecture, filesystem, and operating system for its ActiveStor lineup of NAS appliances. PanFS 5.5 features improved support for Windows environments, including the replacement of open-source Samba components with a licensed Microsoft CIFS/SMB implementation to improve interoperability with Windows storage and application infrastructures.

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by Lyle Smith

Nimble Storage InfoSight Updated With New Performance Analytics Capabilities

Nimble Storage has announced new performance analytics capabilities within Nimble Storage InfoSight. These new capabilities are key improvements to the predictive analytics InfoSight has offered providing real-time monitoring, reporting, forecasting and planning capabilities to customers. InfoSight eliminates the time-consuming and manual process of determining how and where performance bottlenecks originate by providing an automatic diagnosis and correlation of leading factors that impact performance or latency. This results in customers being better positioned to implement specific tasks in real-time to keep their storage infrastructure running at full efficiency.

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by Josh Linden

Synology Releases DSM 5.0 Operating System

Synology today announced general availability of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, the operating system that runs the company’s broad lineup of DiskStation and RackStation storage appliances. DSM 5.0 incorporates a new interface and updates to Synology’s Cloud Station that allow the management client to configure full or selective synchronization between multiple Synology storage devices. The new Central Management System can also aggregate and manage multiple Disk or RackStations from a single interface across petabyte-scale DSM clusters.

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by Josh Linden

DDN Announces Availability of WOS 360 Object Storage Platform and WOS Scale-Out Archive Nodes

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has released its new WOS 360 scale-out object storage solution, named in reference to full lifecycle support for unstructured data storage. In conjuction with the WOS 360 release, DDN has announced new Archive Nodes to scale active archives in conjunction WOS’s new Global ObjectAssure technology. A new WOS Connect partner development program will also increase opportunities and support for third party WOS 360 integrations.

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by Kevin OBrien

LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-8i Review

The LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i SAS3 RAID controller is a 12Gb/s storage adapter featuring PCIe 3.0 host interface, 1GB DDRIII cache memory, 1.2GHz PowerPC 476 dual core 12Gb/s ROC, and 8 12Gb/s SATA+SAS ports. With twice the maximum data transfer rate of 6Gb/s SAS solutions, the 9361-8i delivers enough bandwidth to fully saturate the PCI Express Gen3 bus. Along with superior data transfer rates, the 9361-8i offers enterprise-class data protection and security and supports CacheVault flash cache protection. LSI first-to-market 12Gb/s SAS solutions, such as the 9361-8i, are geared for the performance and security demands of next generation of enterprise data storage.

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