by Adam Armstrong

Fusion-io ION Accelerator gets SAP Certification

Fusion-io announced today that its all-flash Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now SAP certified. The certification enables the ION Accelerator to participate in SAP’s program for SAP HANA. Fusion-io's participation in the program allows customers to leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments. The ION Accelerator appliance has been SAP certified to scale to 32 HANA nodes, making it one of the industry’s leading storage solutions for HANA.

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by Mark May

EMC XtremIO Version 2.4 Hits GA

EMC has announced the general availability of version 2.4 of its all flash array (AFA), XtremIO. XtremIO is an all-flash storage array which is purpose built to deliver on the full potential of flash with all the array-based capabilities required of a mature storage platform. Until now EMC has done a great job with the performance aspects of XtremIO but has lagged behind in some of the array-based capabilities. This new version looks to remedy that problem.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate to Acquire LSI Flash Storage Business from Avago

In the last few weeks Avago Technologies closed on their acquisition of LSI and now Avago has agreed to sell off the LSI flash storage assets to Seagate for $450 million. Formally the groups are referred to as the Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and the Flash Components Division (FCD) which accounts for the SandForce controller business and Nytro PCIe flash drives. The move comes as Seagate has been forced into action to react to the growth in the client and enterprise flash markets. They've also been flat out bludgeoned by WD, who has invested roughly a billion dollars in flash companies like STEC and Virident, the latter of which Seagate had just invested in when WD took out the entire company.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST FlashMAX II Now Available In Oracle Validated Configuration

HGST (Virident) has announced the availability of an Oracle Validated Configuration for FlashMAX II in addition to HP ProLiant running Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle Database 12c. With the Oracle Validated Configuration program, system implementation and deployment is simplified with its pre-tested and validated architecture, including software, hardware, storage, and network components. Virident FlashMAX Connect software suite allows Oracle administrators to confidently configure Oracle Real Application Clusters distributed across multiple FlashMAX II PCIe cards. This combination provides a flexible, all-flash server-side storage pool of up to 72TB per node, which reduces storage performance bottlenecks and creates a distributed and reliable storage architecture.

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by Brian Beeler

SanDisk FlashSoft Caching Software Review (Windows)

SanDisk FlashSoft is a software package designed to leverage small amounts of flash to accelerate hard drive based workloads. Like other caching software packages, the reasoning goes that within most applications, like a database, there is only so much data that is very active at any given time. Rather than place all of that application data on an expensive flash tier, size your flash for the percentage of active data and let smart software decide when to promote hot data to the flash cache. Intuitively the argument makes sense as many enterprises would rather stretch out the life of existing arrays and server hardware or make smaller new hardware investments, and can leverage FlashSoft to do so relatively economically. FlashSoft estimates enterprises can gain 3-5 times the performance of applications like SQL Server thanks to the huge gains in overall latency and responsiveness of the most in demand data. 

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by Lyle Smith

ASUSTOR AS-204RS 4-Bay Rackmount NAS Released

ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 4-bay rackmount AS-204RS NAS device which supports up to 24TB of raw storage with 6TB hard drives. The new NAS is designed for small to medium enterprises and is equipped with a Intel Atom 1.2 GHz dual-core processor as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory. In addition, the AS-204RS comes with 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Users can also take advantage of the USB ports to attach external devices including printers, UPS, or external hard drives. All AS-204RS devices come built-in with ASUSTOR’s ADM operating system, offering IT administrators a wide range of complete backup solutions and a variety of business applications. 

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by Brian Beeler

IBM to Stop Reselling NetApp Storage

According to a report from Bloomberg, IBM is ending their reselling relationship with NetApp. The report indicates that IBM will stop selling NetApp units tomorrow, opting instead to try to drive sales of the rebadged IBM N series arrays to something else within the IBM portfolio. IBM was the largest OEM customer of NetApp accounting for roughly 2% of NetApp's revenue; the deal had been in place since 2005. The move comes at a time where both companies are struggling to keep pace with the market, IBM in particular is hurting the worst. Despite their claims around investing $1 billion in flash and deploying niche products like SSD storage in the memory channel, IBM's product lines aren't resonating with the enterprise at large. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review

The Netgear ReadyNAS 716x is a 6-bay NAS designed to meet the needs of small businesses or small/remote offices that need fast speeds and scalability. Billed at the time of launch as “the world’s fastest desktop NAS,” the Netgear ReadyNAS 716x (RN716x) comes with some pretty impressive features. The RN716x is a 6-bay desktop NAS with a max internal capacity of 24TB (4TB) but is scalable up to 84TB. It has a quad core 2.5GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) processor, 16GB of ECC memory, and runs ReadyNAS OS 6.0. The RN716x has all types of connectivity with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, LAN, eSATA, HDMI, and the RN716x was the first off the shelf NAS to come with built in 10GBase-T ports.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MC Series 5TB 7,200 RPM Enterprise HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the MC Series, Toshiba’s first enterprise high-capacity hard disk drives specifically designed for bulk storage systems and servers that support cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Its 3.5-inch form factor allows the MC Series to offer up to 5TB of storage with 7,200 RPM performance making it particularly suitable for workloads and storage requirements generated by cloud computing.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VMAX FlashBoost Released

EMC has announced VMAX FlashBoost software which allows VMAX arrays with SSD to operate more efficiently, driving performance gains by up to 75%. EMC is also offering their customers larger SSDs and making flash easier to buy by offering pre-configured bundles and discounts for both new and existing customers. 

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