by Lyle Smith

VMware, Cisco, NetApp and Equinix Announce the “OneStep” Adoption of Desktops as a Service

VMware has announced a new turnkey Desktops as a Service (DaaS) solution related to their ongoing efforts in aiding cloud providers who want offer simple and cost-effective DaaS. VMware's partnership with best-of-breed technology from leading cloud vendors are set to deliver the industry’s only turnkey solution for service providers offering DaaS.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware Virtual SAN Now Supports Broad Ecosystem

VMware has announced broad partner ecosystem support for VMware Virtual SAN, VMware's first Software-Defined Storage product. VMware Virtual SAN--which is currently in a very successful public beta--will be certified with hardware servers and devices from Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fusion-io, HGST, a Western Digital company, HP, IBM, Intel, LSI, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk and Seagate at general availability. This will provide customers with a fantastic range of options on which to run VMware Virtual SAN. 

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Announces New and Updated ioMemory Flash Solutions for Virtualized Environments

Fusion is announcing updates and enhancements across its ioMemory-based virtualization solutions, including new ioVDI software for virtual desktop infrastructure acceleration, updated ioTurbine caching software, a VMware Reference Architecture for the ioControl hybrid flash array, and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) certification. Each of these solutions uses ioMemory devices and software to target bottlenecks in virtualization performance.

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by Josh Linden

Atlantis Computing Releases ILIO Unified Software-Defined Storage Solution

Atlantis Computing today announced its new Atlantis ILIO USX (Unified Software-defined Storage) platform for virtualized environments. ILIO USX software can pool and tier combinations of inactive storage throughout the datacenter including from SAN, NAS, RAM, and DAS.  Atlantis ILIO USX is deployed via virtual machines that integrate with the hypervisor as an NFS or iSCSI datastore to present file and block based storage to applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review

The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS is configurable in capacities up to 16TB and as the name implies features the Windows Storage Server 2012 operating system. The Windows software gives Seagate an alternative offering to their other NAS products that leverage Seagate's own operating layer on top of Linux, making this particular NAS an easy plug and play option for small offices and branch offices that rely on a Windows IT environment that rely on key features like Active Directory.

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Launches ioVDI Acceleration Software for VMware Virtual Desktops

Fusion-io today announced general availability of its Fusion ioVDI software, which accelerates VMware View persistent virtual desktop (VDI) environments via high-performance flash for read and write caching engineered for the requirements of VDI storage. Fusion’s proprietary Write Vectoring technology directs session-based desktop writes to server-side flash, improving virtual desktop performance by only directing writes to slower shared storage when data needs to be persistent between sessions.

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Announces Hybrid ioControl and All-Flash ION Accelerator Appliances

Fusion-io has announced two new integrated solutions being sold through VARs that are part of the company's recent moves to make its flash acceleration solutions accessible to small and medium enterprises. These include Fusion-io's new ioControl Hybrid Storage Appliance as well as their ION Data Accelerator, which utilize ioMemory to accelerate application and virtualization storage workloads. A hybrid ioControl appliance is now shipping, with an all-flash ION Data Accelerator appliance expected to be widely available in spring 2014.

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by Josh Linden

PernixData Announces Flash Alliances and VMware vSphere 5.5 Integration

PernixData today announced PernixDrive, a partnership program for flash storage vendors that counts Intel, Kingston, and Toshiba among its initial members. PernixDrive vendors validate their flash storage for use in PernixData FVP hypervisor solutions that aggregate server-side flash across an enterprise to accelerate primary storage performance. PernixData also announced new support for VMware vSphere 5.5 and vSphere Web Client in the latest release of FVP.

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by Lyle Smith

Symantec NetBackup 7.6 Now Available

Symantec has announced that NetBackup 7.6, the latest version of their backup solution, is now available. The new update features new functionality to protect the largest scale VMware-based environments as enterprises move towards software-defined data center architectures. Being the only backup product designed specifically for the enterprise-level scale, NetBackup 7.6 can accommodate hundreds of thousands of virtual machines as well as petabytes of data, giving its customers 400 times faster virtual machine recovery than a standard restore. As a result, IT organizations can now simplify and automate the protection of massive and complex physical, virtual and cloud environments---the building blocks of a modern data center.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Adaptec Series 8 RAID Controllers Review

Adaptec’s Series 8 line are 12Gb/s RAID adapters featuring an end-to-end PMC architecture that incorporates PMC’s I/O protocol controllers, RoC controllers, SAS expanders, and software. The Adaptec Series 8 cards boast a significant performance improvement compared to its previous generation of adaptors, as they are quoted to be significantly faster than their predecessors. The Series 8 cards are also equipped with maxCache Plus technology, which supports both caching and tiering functionality and allows IT managers, system integrators, and ISV's to reap the fastest performance and best overall value from their storage systems. maxCache Plus also provides users the flexibility to configure their storage devices in server environments as well as allowing  the fastest media to be used as storage instead of only cache. As a result, this maximizes the potential of the newest 12Gb/s drives on the market.

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