by Brian Beeler

Pure Storage Pounces on EMC XtremIO 3.0 Destructive Upgrade

There's little Pure Storage likes more than to pour salt into an EMC wound, smash it in there real nice and tight and secure the wound with a staple gun. As is the case now as Pure continues their onslaught against EMC around the XtremIO 3.0 destructive update. While EMC is providing swing gear and services at no cost to customers who need it while migrating to XtremIO 3.0, Pure is also getting in on the swing gear game. Their take is that while you're migrating to temporary gear anyway, why not give Pure a test drive while you're at it. 

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by Lyle Smith

Diablo Technologies Files Lawsuit Against Netlist

Diablo Technologies has announced is has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court against Netlist, producer of high-performance modular memory subsystems, for unfair business practices that violate Diablo’s Intellectual Property rights.  

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SM1715 3.2TB NVMe PCIe SSDs Now in Production

Samsung has announced that it has started mass producing the SM1715 3.2TB NVMe PCIe solid state drive based on the company’s 3D V-NAND flash memory technology, which is specifically designed for high-end enterprise server systems. Samsung has indicated that it SM1715 will accelerate the transition to the NVMe interface in the premium server sector, all the while expanding its 3D V-NAND SSD business to offer drives with more than 3TB of storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Releases StorageGRID Webscale Software

NetApp has released its software-defined object storage for the hybrid cloud, StorageGRID Webscale object-storage software. StorageGRID Webscale object-storage software is aimed at helping businesses leverage the hybrid cloud, allowing them to manage massive data-sets (enabling IT to store up to 100 billion objects in a single elastic container), reduce costs, and secure data management. The new software adds seamless integration of cloud applications with Amazon S3 and SNIA's CDMI support.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Offers 1TB VSA Software Free With Intel Xeon E5 v3-Based Servers

Today HP announced that it is offering a 1TB HP StoreVirtual Storage Appliance (VSA) license for businesses that purchase an Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based server. The servers that are included come from Dell, IBM, Lenovo, as well as HP's new ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) server models. The ProLiant Gen9 servers also now feature a single-click VSA deployment.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation Manager 5.1 Now in Beta

Synology has unveiled the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its operating system for NAS servers. DSM 5.1 beta gives users the opportunity to try the latest of DSM, which provides feature-rich backup and security tools, increased productivity, media functionality, and management.

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by Brian Beeler

The EMC XtremIO 3.0 Disruptive Update Debate - Customers Don't Care

Last week news quickly spread that the EMC XtremIO 3.0 update will be what's politely called a disruptive update (DU). What this means is the changes are so fundamental to how the flash arrays operate, that all data will be lost when upgrading to 3.0. All prior updates, the most recent being XtremIO 2.4, were on the other hand non-disruptive updates (NDU) meaning they could be done in-place with no damage to data. As a refresher, XtremIO 3.0 is due for GA this month and brings many improvements including online data compression, performance boost and increased scalability. For XtremIO customers, these are welcome enhancements but there's a cost. EMC had to make material changes to the way data is structured on the arrays, which is the core reason the DU is required for 3.0. For all the excitement that has spread about this update via Twitter, enthusiast blogs and XtremIO competitors, one fact remains; the online vitriol is largely one-way. XtremIO customers don't seem to care all that much about the update being disruptive. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces Wyse WSM 7

At the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell has announced the latest version of their desktop virtualization appliance, Wyse WSM 7. Wyse WSM enables almost any Windows application to run on a cloud client endpoint and a physical or virtual desktop. WSM offers high performance, easy maintenance (giving IT resources the option of reusing existing PCs, deploying Wyse cloud clients, or using a hybrid approach), and lower costs and increase security (WSM-provisioned desktops consume less power and none of or applications are stored locally making them easy to replace).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Baidu

Seagate has announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu--China’s largest web services firm--in the industries of low-cost online storage, archiving, and Big Data analysis.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Awarded Patent for Erasure Coding, Replication in Storage Clusters

Caringo has announced that it has been awarded a patent for erasure coding and replication in storage clusters. The patent covers the “combining of replication and erasure coding managed by the storage cluster in order to take advantage of the benefits of each without needing control computers or control databases.” Caringo’s patents are current deployed in its unified storage software, Caringo Swarm (formally called CAStor). Swarm is a mature object storage system for private and public cloud usage and a target archive system.

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