by Adam Armstrong

Atlantis Announces ILIO for virtual SAN

Atlantis Computing announced today their new software, Atlantis ILIO for Virtual SAN. ILIO for Virtual SAN software delivers enterprise-class data services to VMware Virtual SAN, increasing the performance of VMs, and allows existing storage to support 10 times more desktops. The software will increase deployment flexibility with off-the-shelf servers, local storage components, and networks all while lowering the cost per desktop for VSAN capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Echostreams FlacheStreams SSD Flash Servers Now Available

Echostreams Innovative Solutions has announced the availability of its line of patented ultra-high performance SSD flash servers, FlacheStreams, which are capable of sustaining 11GB/s in Sequential Read in 1U with 20x SSDs - FlacheSAN1L, and 22GB/s in a 2U server with 48x SSDs - FlacheSAN2. We are currently using a FlacheSAN2 2u 48 bay model in our lab for long-term testing.

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by Brian Beeler

Fusion-io Atomic Series PCIe Flash Drives Announced

Fusion-io has launched their third-generation ioMemory platform. Collectively referred to as the Atomic Series, the family is comprised of two core products, the ioMemory PX600 and SX300. With the PX600 and SX300, Fusion-io has gone to a simple universal design that features a programmable FPGA and Fusion-io’s VSL (virtual storage layer) to manage the card and host integration respectively. The cards are then paired with 20nm MLC NAND to deliver high endurance for mixed workloads in the case of the PX600, or high performance and capacity for more read-centric workloads for the SX300. Previously Fusion-io has offered a variety of products with MLC and SLC NAND flavors and single or multiple controllers. With the new Atomic Series, Fusion-io is trying to make the decision tree easier to work through by offering two branches that are MLC-only with just a single controller and overall simplified design.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel PCIe with NMVe SSDs Announced

Intel has announced a new line of powerful SSD that combine PCI Express with NVM Express (NVMe) technology for substantial performance gains over SATA SSDs and traditional hard disk drives. The Intel SSD Data Center Family for PCIe are designed to meet the increasing needs for high-performance, consistent, and reliable storage solutions in the data center, all the while helping to lower total cost of ownership. The new line includes the Intel SSD DC P3700 Series for write-intensive applications, the Intel SSD DC P3600 Series for mixed workloads, and the Intel SSD DC P3500 Series for read-heavy uses.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Unveils Enterprise Vector 180 SSD

OCZ Storage Solutions is showcasing its storage portfolio including both enterprise and client applications, and is unveiling a new Vector 180 Series drive at Computex 2014 in Taiwan. The latest addition to the Vector family takes an enterprise slant, including an advanced feature-set specifically designed for entry-enterprise server workloads and enterprise client use cases. 

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by Lyle Smith

Tegile T3400 Hybrid Storage and T3800 All-Flash Array Now Available

Tegile Systems has introduced the two latest entries into their Hybrid Storage and All Flash Array lines, designed to balance data management, performance and economics: the T3400, which provides a flexible amount of high-density flash SSDs and metadata-accelerated high-density HDD storage; and the T3800, the company’s newest flagship all-flash array that eliminates the top three customer challenges associated with offerings from other all-flash vendors.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO Review

The Samsung SSD 845DC EVO line of drives are specifically designed to provide high performance and reliability--though cost-effective--solutions for today’s increasing data traffic in servers and data centers. Samsung indicates its new family of SSDs will deliver a very high level of sustained performance as well as consistent low latency over the life of the drive, giving it the ability to meet demands of increasing data handling. Under the hood, the 845DC Evo is equipped with Samsung's 19nm Toggle 3bit NAND, making it the first enterprise-class SSD to use TLC NAND. This new use of NAND combined with its MEX controller allows the Samsung 845DC EVO to be one more energy-efficient drives on the market, all the while maintaining the excellent performance. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivotal CF Version 1.2 Now Available

Pivotal has announced the latest version of their PaaS, Pivotal CF. While it has been less than two months since the previous update, the latest version is loaded down with new capabilities. Pivotal CF is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. Delivering an always-available, turnkey experience for scaling and updating PaaS on the private cloud, Pivotal CF features a complete, scalable runtime environment, extensible to most modern frameworks or languages running on Linux and the first turnkey enterprise PaaS with IaaS integration.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 SAS HDD Review (V.4)

The Seagate Enterprise Capacity SAS 6TB hard drive comes with a 7,200 RPM spindle speed and can be paired with either a 6Gb/s or 12Gb/s SAS interface. We recently reviewed the sibling 6TB SATA drive; this review will survey the drive with a 12Gb/s SAS interface. The SAS configuration is also available in 4TB and 2TB capacities, and Seagate boasts this drive as the fastest available nearline HDD, which they proved to be true with the SATA version. All that's left to discover is what effect the interface has on the drive, all other mechanics are the same eighth generation technology.

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by Brian Beeler

Violin Sells PCIe Business to Hynix

Violin Memory has entered into an agreement to sell off their shuddered PCIe flash storage business to SK hynix for roughly $23 million and the assumption of liabilities totaling $.5 million. In late February Violin announced they'd be exiting the PCIe storage business as part of a more broad restructuring. The PCIe business never made sense for Violin anyway, who's real value-add is in their high performance AFAs, not host-side integrations. 

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