by Brian Beeler

Violin Memory To Lay Off Over 100 Employees, Exit PCIe Business

Violin Memory has announced plans to lay off over 100 employees as they continue along the path of restructuring. Violin has recently swapped out much of their executive leadership team to try to turn the ship around after a series of failures since going public last year. The latest announcement of trimming staff comes as the company tries to focus their product line offerings on what made them successful in the beginning. To this end it looks like their flash solutions for in-host systems may be coming to an end. 

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist Now Available

VMware has announced their vSphere Mobile Watchlist is now available, allowing users to remotely monitor important virtual machines in their vSphere infrastructure with a smartphone. Users can also discover diagnostic information about any alerts on their VMs with VMware Knowledge Base Articles and the web as well as remediating problems from a smartphone by using power operations or delegating the problem to someone on their team who is back at the datacenter.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family Announced To Help Improve Storage Performance

‚ÄčIntel has announced the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family to aid companies in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, banking, and transportation, to turn data into actionable insights. The new Intel family is also designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on vast amount of diverse data.

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by Lyle Smith

Barracuda Upgrades Copy With Security and Collaboration Features

Barracuda Networks has announced a number of new features, updates, and integrations to its file sync and share platform, Copy, their solution to simplifying the way organizations collaborate and work, from anywhere or any device. Copy, which was designed for both consumers and businesses in order to provide a more robust and feature-rich option, brings powerful capabilities and control to users and administrators to safely access, sign ,and share critical business data.

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by Josh Linden

TwinStrata Announces Updates to CloudArray Software-Defined Storage

TwinStrata has announced the general availability of its updated CloudArray software, with improvements to file sharing across sites, bulk ingestion, and cloud-to-cloud migration. CloudArray is available as an all-in-one subscription that incorporates cloud storage, bandwidth, and unlimited software licenses, or as individual software licenses. Physical appliances are available for both editions.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD Review

The Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD is a 2.5" 15K SAS HDD coupled with 32GB of eMLC flash that focuses on exceptional dollar-to-IOPS performance and capacity. With an estimated performance increase of 300% over a 15,000 RPM HDD, the Enterprise Turbo SSHD specializes in business-critical transactional environments (OLTP, VDI, SAP HANA), while also being considerably more cost-effective than a comparable SSD solution. The advantages of a marriage between HDD and SSD is made clear with the Enterprise Turbo SSHD: the performance and speed increases one would expect from an SSD, with a price point and capacity of an HDD. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HGST Ultrastar SSD800MM SAS3 Enterprise SSD Review

When we originally reviewed the HGST Ultrastar SSD800MM, at the time we were limited to showing SAS 6Gb/s performance in our primary enterprise testing platforms. Though we did run a synthetic data performance data at 12Gb/s using a custom cable harness, it didn't follow our standard protocol of testing on enterprise-ready platforms and hardware. The results represented more of a technology preview than an actual performance review. Now with the Supermicro SuperStorage Server AR24NV SAS3 certified platform, we’ll be able to capture real world results of this and future SAS3 drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces the MG04 Series of 5TB 3.5-Inch Enterprise HDDs

Toshiba has announced the next generation of high-capacity 3.5-inch form factor enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is engineered for midline and nearline business critical workloads and is the industry’s first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies. It also supports persistent write cache technology, which improves both performance and reliability. Additionally, the series is specifically designed for the high-capacity demands of mid-tier servers and cloud application workloads as well as for capacity-optimized data center storage systems that benefit from high capacity per spindle.

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by Josh Linden

LSI Announces Converged VDI Appliance for VMware Horizon View

LSI Corporation has announced a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance for use in VMware Horizon View environments. Developed in collaboration with EMC, Mellanox, and Supermicro, the appliance features LSI Nytro 3.2TB PCIe flash accelerator cards, Mellanox’s 40GbE interconnect solution, and Supermicro servers powered by EMC ScaleIO. The appliance is designed to support new deployments and provides a means for linear scaling of capacity and performance via additional nodes.

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by Josh Linden

WD Sentinel DS6100 Review

The WD Sentinel DS6100 is a 8 x 9 x 6-inch pedestal which can serve up to 16TB of unified NAS and iSCSI storage. The DS6100 and its sibling the DS5100 are two recent additions to WD’s growing Sentinel Series lineup of small business network storage appliances, which consolidate primary server and storage solutions for small businesses and branch offices. The DS6100 offers simple deployment with quick access to Microsoft Windows Server 2102 Essentials, allowing the integrated server and storage device that can provide services and applications on the network alongside storage.

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