by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces New SDS Offerings As Well As Storage Solutions And Updates

IBM has announced two new Software Defined Storage offerings, Elastic Storage Server on Power and Elastic Storage for Linux on System z. These offerings will be available in three flexible models: Storage as Software, Integrated software and hardware storage solutions, and storage via the cloud. IBM also announced a handful of other storage solutions and updates.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Emulex LPe16202 Dual-Port CFA Review

The Emulex LPe16202 dual-port Converged Fabric Adapter (CFA) is based on the same hardware as the LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) cards we reviewed in December of last year, with the addition of supporting Ethernet as well as FC modes. The LPe160202 provides the flexibility to run Gen 5 (16Gb), Advanced-8 (8Gb) Fibre Channel, or 10GbE Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity with one adapter. The new Gen 5 Fibre adapters (as well as the LPe16004 quad-port Gen 5 (16GFC) FC HBA and LPe15004 quad-port low-profile Gen 5 (8GFC) HBA) can be used as either host initiators or storage targets in order to achieve superior latency. Additionally, with its claimed reliability and maximized I/O performance and bandwidth, it has the ability to fully realize the power of virtualization, private cloud, and emerging flash cache solutions in servers, arrays, and appliances.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

LSI SAS 9300-8i and 9300-8e HBAs Review

The LSI SAS 9300 HBAs are specifically designed for high performance in high-end servers that connect to large scale storage enclosures as well as for internal drive connectivity in 1U/2U servers and workstations. At the heart of the SAS 9300 HBA line is the LSI SAS 3008 IO controller, which takes advantage of the latest advances in SAS and PCI Express technology while reaching over 1 million IOPs from a single IOC. Additionally, each HBA from the 9300 line supports 8 or 4 individual SAS ports, which operate at 12Gb/s and are backward compatible with previous PCIe and SAS generations using automatic negotiation.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Review

The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is an extension of their popular MicroServer platform that's been available since 2010. The MicroServer idea is pretty simple, bring enterprise-style server features to SMBs that either don't want or don't need a larger more traditional rack-based infrastructure. There's also a large market of first time server buyers that operate retail outlets, small medical practices and professional offices that need a server to coordinate their operations, but don't have an IT staff or need to scale up to a more complex infrastructure. The ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 brings these use cases a simple to deploy, cost effective solution that can scale with the business as needs change in a convenient "front-of-office" form factor. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP QTS 4.1.1 Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of QTS 4.1.1, their new Turbo NAS firmware that features full NAS encryption by volume-based technology to improve data security, which addresses growing cloud security challenges. QTS provides users with numerous applications, including enhanced multimedia apps for photos, music, and videos, as well as surveillance, file management, and virtualization functionality; all with a huge focus on privacy.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

ExaGrid EX21000E Disk Backup Appliance Review

The ExaGrid EX21000E Backup Appliance provides for a full backup of 21TB, includes 42TB of usable backup storage (48TB raw) and specializes in fast restoration. The EX21000E, as well as all of ExaGrid's backup appliances, divides its storage into two major portions: one is specified as the "Landing Zone" (which uses about half of the total usable storage) and the other is allocated for deduplicated backups (which uses the other half of the usable storage). The Landing Zone is what allows this appliance to accomplish such fast restorations, as 90% of restorations utilize the most recent backup. In addition, the Landing Zone stores a full uncompressed backup, whereas comparable appliances that automatically deduplicate backups have to decompress the files before restoration, slowing time to recovery as a result.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

OCZ Intrepid 3600 SSD Review

The OCZ Intrepid 3600 is an enterprise-class SSD designed specifically for workloads like transaction processing, VM infrastructure, and email servers, while featuring advanced enterprise-grade functionality with a focus on performance, endurance, and reliability. The Intrepid 3000 Series also supports the industry standard 2.5-inch form factor and consists of two configurations: the Intrepid 3600 line, which takes advantage of reliable and cost-effective MLC NAND media, and the Intrepid 3800 line which features high endurance eMLC NAND media. OCZ has also put an emphasis on sustained performance and consistent I/O responses both of these SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Makes Several Announcements In Conjunction With Oracle Open World

EMC Corp. has made several announcements in conjunction with Oracle Open World. These announcements include: a new VNXe-Based VSPEX Architecture for Oracle 12c customers, tests results showing how EMC XtremIO redefines simplicity and agility for Oracle DBAs, and deeper integration with Oracle 12c through a number of plug-ins and projects.

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by Adam Armstrong

DataDirect Networks Introduce Industry’s First Enterprise Scale-Out Parallel File System Appliance with Cloud Tiering

Today DataDirect Networks (DDN) introduced the industry’s first enterprise scale-out parallel file system appliance, the GS7K. The GS7K is complete with enterprise-class features, NAS access, and Cloud tiering capabilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Introduces VNX-VSS100 And Isilon Enhancements For Surveillance Storage

Today EMC Corporation is introducing its new purpose-built storage system solution for surveillance needs at the edge, the VNX-VSS100. Along with the VNX-VSS100 array, EMC is also announcing new capabilities for its Isilon scale-out NAS storage, new test and validation capabilities in its labs, and expanded partnerships with security solution providers such as Axis, Genetec, Milestone, Verint, and others.

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