by Brian Beeler

Embattled Violin Responds To Investors

Violin, which trades under the symbol VMEM, has been largely under fire since it went public in September, 2013 at $9 per share. Shortly after the company found itself battling a potential class action lawsuit over disclosure of sales data regarding government contracts that were cancelled. Things haven't improved for the company as investor Clinton Group Inc. last summer launched an effort to engage with the company on how best to go forward. Apparently Violin didn't align with the Clinton Group and now both the Clinton Group and shareholder Imation are trying to do something about it by nominating three new board members at the company's 2016 annual meeting to address the sub $1 stock price and market capitalization of just $70 million.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces Two Additions To Its Cloud Client-Computing Portfolio

Today at the Citrix Summit in Las Vegas, Dell introduced two additions to its cloud client-computing portfolio aimed at optimizing communication for thin client users and for more cost-effective and efficient deployments of Citrix environments. Dell is releasing the latest version of its thin client software, Wyse ThinOS 8.2 that will now offer Lync 2010, Lync 2013 and the Skype for Business client for Lync 2015 (UI mode) via the Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack. Dell is also releasing a new version of its Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix.

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by Brian Beeler

Citrix to Sell CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager to Accelerite

Citrix has agreed to sell their CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines to Accelerite. Accelerite is a provider of infrastructure software for cloud, mobility and endpoint solutions, which should make them a good fit. CloudPlatform is powered by Apache CloudStack designed to orchestrate both traditional enterprise and cloud-native application workloads within a single unified cloud management platform. CloudPortal Business Manager is a unified cloud services delivery and business management platform.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro 6TB Review

The 6TB Red Pro builds on WD's portfolio of purpose-built hard drives for NAS, offering a 50% capacity boost over the previous highest capacity model (4TB WD Red Pro). The Red Pro family is designed to address the needs of those using storage systems up to 16 bays, ideal for SMBs and remote/branch offices that rely on NAS storage. Red Pro drives differentiate form the Red line with faster 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty. Read more

by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

PMC NV1604 Flashtec NVRAM Drive Review

PMC’s NV1600 Flashtec series are non-volatile memory (NVRAM) drives that use NVMe interface through PCIe. The NV1600 Flashtec NVRAM drives are all about performance with claims of over 10 million IOPS and sub-microsecond latency. Unlike SSDs, NVRAM has near unlimited endurance, leveraging DRAM that is battery-backed to flash in the event of power loss. The NV1600 Flashtec series comes in three capacities 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-463 NAS Review

The TVS-463 is a NAS solution designed for home to business applications with the ability to expand the total raw storage capacity up to 160TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure. In addition, the TVS-463 is 10GbE-ready when using the optional PCI-E network expansion, which allows for high performance and persistent throughput.  The TVS-463 comes equipped with a AMD 2.4GHz quad-core x86 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB) as well as five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, and two Gigabit LAN Ports. This functionality allows the TVS-463 to be used as a PC via its QvPC Technology; users simply plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and they are now able to operate the NAS using HybridDesk Station on the screen. Users can also run multiple Windows, Linux, Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron First Quarter Results Fall Short Of Estimates

Micron released their first quarter results for 2016 and missed revenue expectations. Analysts were looking for $3.46 billion in revenue and Micron reported $3.35 billion (Micron’s revenue was $4.57 billion this quarter last year). Not only that, Micron’s revenue prediction for this quarter, which is between $2.9 billion and $3.2 billion, is under what analysts are anticipating, $3.5 billion. The stock immediately took a hit dropping down to near its overall low for the year.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Files Paperwork For Purposed IPO

Yesterday Nutanix announced that it has filed its S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the first step of going public. Nutanix will be traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “NTNX.” A specific time frame isn’t available yet but it seems that the IPO will be in the next few weeks.

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by Josh Linden

Cloudian HyperStore Review

Cloudian’s HyperStore is a software-defined storage platform built on native support for the Amazon S3 API, with integrations with several other cloud storage APIs. Cloudian offers HyperStore in the form of storage appliances and a HyperStore Operating Environment software solution for commodity hardware. HyperStore's tight cloud integrations underline the platform's tiering, backup, replication, cold storage, and other functionality. This also allows Cloudian to support a variety of deployment options that can take advantage of a combination of local, remote, and cloud storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp To Acquire SolidFire For $870 Million

Today NetApp Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. NetApp has a few all-flash arrays (AFA) including its EF560, however the company is not known for its AFAs. SolidFire on the other hand is a market leader in AFAs that are built for next-generation data centers. The acquisition of SolidFire will combine the performance and economics of all-flash storage with a webscale architecture.

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