by Josh Linden

Dell AppAssure DL1000 and DR2000v Backup Appliances Now Available

Dell today announced the availability of two new backup appliances along with updates to its AppAssure data protection software. Dell’s new AppAssure-based DL1000 backup, recovery, and restore appliance is intended for small business and managed service providers. The new DR2000v is a virtual deduplication appliance for remote and branch offices.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New NAS Lines

Today Seagate Technology announced a new line of NAS solutions specifically designed for small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The two new NAS lines are the Seagate NAS and Seagate NAS Pro. The Seagate NAS family is available in 2- and 4-bay configurations, comes with a Marvel Dual core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and runs in capacities from 2TB to 20TB. The Seagate NAS Pro line is available in 2-, 4-, and 6-bay configurations, debuts Intel's latest dual-core 1.7GHz C200 Series processor, 2GB of RAM and runs in capacities from 2TB to 30TB. Both NAS lines use a new operating system, NAS OS 4.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Announces Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0

Today Unitrends announced the availability of Unitrends Virtual Backup (UVB) 8.0 (formally known as PHD Virtual Backup), the only virtual appliance on the market providing protection for all three major hypervisors: vSphere, XenServer, and Hyper-V. UVB 8.0 features performance and management enhancements that simplify virtual data protection, speed up recovery and backup, and allow businesses to backup entire hypervisors in a few clicks.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyRECOVER Backup Solution Launched

NETGEAR has announced the immediate availability of the ReadyRECOVER backup appliance, the newest addition to their ReadyDATA unified storage (NAS/SAN) platform and designed to run exclusively with the ReadyDATA line of storage appliances. ReadyRECOVER allows small and medium-sized businesses to create full backups of servers, desktops and laptops every 15 minutes, which can be independently used to quickly and reliably restore files, folders, databases or systems to any platform: physical or virtual.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Announces the Launch of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, OCZ Storage solutions announced the launch of their next generation SQL Server acceleration solution, the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5. The new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, 2012 and 2008 R2 versions expanding on the key flash-based storage features that improve I/O access performance. With version 1.5 also comes OCZ's newly redesigned Z-Drive, the 4500, which offers the same performance as the older R4, but in a FHHL form-factor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avere's Cloud Breakthroughs Help Them Raise $20 Million

Avere Systems has announced that they had raised an additional $20 million in venture financing. The funding was led by Western Digital Capital, and followed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital. Avere says the funding will be used for accelerating sales, marketing, and continued development of the company’s hybrid cloud storage solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases Virtualization Station

QNAP systems has announced the release of Virtualization Station, a virtualization operating platform for the Turbo NAS that allows multiple virtual machines (VMs) to be hosted on one Turbo NAS. Users can create isolated VMs o a single server and install different operating systems and applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Commoditizes Market with Free Cloud Gateways

Panzura has announced that it is completely commoditizing the cloud storage gateway market by offering a free cloud gateway virtual appliance. This cloud gateway appliance provides cloud storage access for disaster recovery, backups and archiving. In a partnership with Google Cloud Platform, Panzura will provide two terabytes of free storage for a full year for users of Panzura’s cloud gateway.

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by Lyle Smith

Emulex OneConnect OCe11102-NT Review

The OneConnect OCe11102-NT is a high performance, dual-port 10GbE network adapter and a member of the Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) family; this 10GbE card was most recently used in our NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 review. OCe11102-NT adapters are designed to support protocol offloads for TCP/IP and TCP Chimney Offload, allowing for maximum bandwidth all the while using minimum CPU resources. In addition, OneConnect protocol offloads to facilitate more virtual machines per server in virtualized server deployments, in which OneConnect claims that this will result in efficiency and optimized return on investment.

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by Lyle Smith

Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8100 and 8600, StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance Announced

Microsoft has announced two new, higher performing storage arrays and two new integrated management services, the StorSimple 8100 and 8600, which are two, new higher performing storage arrays with fasters connectivity (10G) and expanded workloads and Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance, which are two new integrated management services with consolidated management through Azure and Azure VM access to enterprise data.

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