by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Releases ReadyNAS Operating System 6.2

Today NETGEAR Inc. announced today the release of its newest version of the ReadyNAS OS, version 6.2. The new version of the OS is for both desktop and rack-mount NAS devices. ReadyNAS OS 6.2 continues on NETGEAR’s mission to “provide the strongest data protection in the industry.” While ReadyNAS OS already had auto RAID, unlimited snapshots, real time anti-virus, and cloud-managed replication for data protection, the 6.2 version adds Bitrot protection as a key new feature. Storage media gradually decays over time. With Bitrot, NETGEAR can automatically detect and correct data corruption due to media degradation on the redundant RAID volumes. Bitrot can be enabled at the per Share level.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cray Launches Sonexion 2000

Cray Inc. announced the launch of the latest addition to its line of scale-out Lustre storage solutions, Cray Sonexion 2000 system. The Sonexion 2000 is designed for a broad rand of supercomputing workloads. The system can scale throughput performance around 2TB/s in a single file system and it features up to 360TB of useable capacity per Scalable Storage Unit.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Releases New Sizer Tool

Nutanix has released a new tool as part of their Nutanix "Nirvana" Service Delivery Platform, the Nutanix Sizer Tool. With this new tool customers will be able to know which Nutanix appliance model is best for running their specific workloads, how many nodes needed for optimal capacity and performance, and the rack layout, power, and cooling requirements for their Web-Scale data center without the complexity. This insight helps, especially those who are new to hyperconverged infrastucture, better understand the needs of their environment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Introduces ConnectX-4 Adapter

Today Mellanox Technologies introduced the ConnectX-4 Adapter, a single/dual-port 100Gb/s Virtual Protocol Interconnect (VPI) adapter, the final piece to the industry’s first complete end-to-end 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution. The ConnectX-4 will provide high-performance and low latency needs for high-performance computing (HPC), cloud, Web 2.0, and Big Data applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVM Express Delivers 1.2 Specification

Today NVM Express has released its 1.2 specification. NVM Express (NVMe) is already a high-performance standard for enterprise and client non-volatile memory based storage solutions (NVM developed the specification for accessing SSDs on a PCIe bus). NVMe 1.2 extends to a new level of enterprise and client functionality with new data center and client features. Along with the updated specification NVM is also announcing it is developing new specifications such as management interface for NVMe devices and NVM Express over fabrics.

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by Adam Armstrong

QLogic Enables 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Across Fujitsu Enterprise Product Portfolio

Today QLogic announced that its 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are now shipping in Fujitsu PRIMERGY and PRIMEQUEST servers. The collaboration allows Fujitsu customers to deploy end-to-end Gen 5 SANs in combination with ETERNUS Gen 5 Fibre Channel disk storage systems. This collaboration is the latest with QLogic that is aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and Brocade was aimed at increasing performance and simplifying management.

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by Adam Armstrong

Zadara Announces Advanced High-Availability And Data Protection Options

Today Zadara Storage announced its expanded high-availability and data protection options for its Virtual Private Storage Array. The service includes a unique, Multi-Zone HA capability. The new options run the gamut of data protection from application corruption all the way up to facility-level failure. The new features also enable customers to extend their data redundancy across metropolitan locations and ensure that mission critical applications will continue to function in the face of failures small to large.

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by Guest Author

Software-Defined Storage: Making the Benefits of the Hyperscale Clouds Available to the Masses

Computing has changed dramatically, particularly in the last ten years. According to IDC, the rise of web and mobile applications, and the commoditization of content creation tools, has increased endpoint content consumption and content creation by at least 30 times. As such, companies today are looking to get more value out of the petabytes of data they now commonly store. Truly self-service clouds, operating at application and infrastructure layers, are now multi-billion dollar businesses. Sensor networks and other machine-to-machine interactions promise another exponential jump in data movement and storage. Yet in spite of all of these monumental changes in the usage of both data and content, outside of increases in capacity and processor power, common storage architectures have remained basically unchanged over the past twenty years. We are trying to compute at multi-petabyte scale with architectures designed for terabytes.

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by Brian Beeler

HP Delivers More Flash Features/Performance To 3PAR StoreServ

HP has announced several enhancements to its HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage family to help customers get more out of both new and existing arrays by taking better advantage of SSDs. These enhancements are a combination of free software upgrades that unlock more performance within 3PAR arrays with intelligent flash management and performance tuning, along with analytics that provide actionable insight into data use patterns to determine where and how much flash to introduce into a system.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avere Announces Virtual FXT Edge Filer

Avere Systems has announced the release of its high-performance, scalable software NAS with its latest version of Avere Operating System (AOS 4.5), the Virtual FXT Edge Filer. The Virtual FXT Edge Filer provides complete flexibility to deploy and scale compute in the cloud, using both on-premises and cloud-based storage resources such as Amazon EC2.

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