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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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperSBB 2U/3U Cluster-in-a-Box Storage Solutions Announced

Supermicro has announced new 2U/3U Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) storage solutions, which are certified and preinstalled with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. With the SuperSBB hardware running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition, businesses have access to the latest storage innovations from Microsoft, such as Data Deduplication and Storage Spaces for maximizing and scaling your storage capacity; Storage Tiers, SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel, and NIC Teaming for maximum performance; and Enhancements to Failover Clustering and Hyper-V for improved reliability.

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by Tucker Mindrum

DreamWorks Details Partnership with HP for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The newest addition to the repertoire of DreamWorks Animation, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, has been made possible due to its partnership with HP. DreamWorks Animations notably utilized both in-house HP products (like HP Z820 towers and HP DreamColor monitors) and the HP Converged Infrastructure (converged storage). Having visited the DreamWorks Animation data center in the Fall of 2012, we are especially interested in the latter.

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by Brian Beeler

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) To Hit GA Next Week

In a webcast today, VMware announced their Virtual SAN (VSAN) software defined data center tools would be generally available next week, ahead of VMware's own schedule for release. VSAN was announced at VMworld in August of last year and has been well received by both storage vendors and the some 12,000 users that have enrolled in the VSAN beta program to date. VSAN gives unprecendented access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, layering into the virtualization environment that is managed through VMware's vSphere client. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate 1200 Enterprise SSD Review

The Seagate 1200 stakes a claim for the high-end enterprise SSD business as Seagate is part of the first wave of storage vendors to ship 12Gb/s SAS enterprise SSDs. The Seagate 1200 comes in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, a 7mm z-height, and capacities up to 800GB. The 1200 series is a performance-oriented SSD the growing number of host platforms and applications which can take advantage of its 12Gb/s interface. According to Seagate, the 800GB and 400GB models can attain peak sequential 128k throughputs of 750MB/s for read operations and 500MB/s for write operations.

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by Brian Beeler

Fusion-io Announces Yelp is Using ioMemory for Data Acceleration

While high-speed flash is one of the more alluring components of the storage market at large, most major companies that figure out how to use storage for a competitive advantage like to keep such accomplishments quiet. Thus we rarely hear about major deployments in any public way. Today though, Fusion-io has announced that Yelp, the popular location-based coffee/bar/restaurant finder app, is using ioMemory to accelerate their databases. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba AL13SXB and AL13SXQ Enterprise Capacity HDDs Announced

Toshiba America has announced new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives, the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. Toshiba's 2.5-inch form factor AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds of 15,000 RPM, which makes the AL13SX series ideal for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

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by Josh Linden

OCZ Announces Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSDs with Windows Accelerator Software

OCZ Storage Solutions today announced the availability the new Z-Drive 4500 PCIe series, an update to the successful Z-Drive R4. The Z-Drive 4500 uses 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash and is available in 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB. The Z-Drive 4500 integrates with OCZ’s new Windows Accelerator (WXL) Software, a flash management and caching solution for Microsoft Windows Server applications that can make the drive available as a local flash volume, a flash cache for HDD volumes, or both.

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by Josh Linden

Toshiba PX02SS Enterprise SSD Review

The Toshiba PX02SS is a 2.5-inch enterprise SSD designed for transaction-intensive workloads including OLTP database applications and features a dual-port 12Gb/s SAS3 interface. The PX02SS and is available in 100GB, 200GB, 400GB, and 800GB capacities and offers notable write endurance among its class due to an overprovisioned Toshiba 24nm eMLC architecture. The Toshiba PX02SS is specified for 5.48PB total bytes written for the 100GB edition up to 43.8PB TBW for the 800GB SSD.

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by Lyle Smith

BAE TeraStar System For Commercial Customers Now Available

BAE Systems has announced the launch of its TeraStar system for commercial customers, which focuses on redefining the economics of big data storage. The TeraStar system is a data storage solution specifically designed to meet the big data storage needs of next-generation government and military all the while accommodating the cost and size needs of small to medium sized businesses as well as cloud-based storage providers.

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