by Adam Armstrong

Google Announces Beta Of 2nd Generation Cloud SQL

Google first launched SQL for its Cloud platform in 2011. Google maintains that the service is easy-to-use and helps companies build applications by managing mundane tasks such as applying patches and updates, managing backups and configuring replications. Google Cloud SQL was not only easy to use it was easy to connect to as well. Google is now announcing the beta of its new Cloud SQL for Google platform.

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Improves Open Source Community With RackHD, CoprHD 2.4, & REX-Ray 0.3

EMC has made several announcements pertaining to their open source community including the release of RackHD, which is a platform-agnostic technology stack designed to address managing and orchestrating server and network resources at hyper-scale. In addition, the company also announced new updates to Project REX-Ray, their open source storage orchestration engine used by containers from Docker, Mesos and others. Lastly, CoprHD Community has announced the release of CoprHD 2.4 and new collaborations with Intel and Oregon State University.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Introduces A 2-Node Hyper Converged 250 Appliance

Back in August, HPE (then branded HP) introduced its cost-effective Hyperconverged appliance the HPE HC-250 StoreVirtual. The initial release saw a 4-node followed quickly by the release of a 3-node configuration. HPE has now announced that they are releasing an even more cost-effective 2-node version of the HC-250 that is aimed at SMB and ROBO deployments.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung AutoCache To Be Sold By HPE For Its Gen9 Servers

Samsung has announced that HPE has selected its AutoCache host-based caching software to be made available to end users as an add-on to HPE’s Generation 9 server family. HPE server models include the DL360, DL380, DL560, DL580 and ML580. The Samsung AutoCache complete caching solution will allow HPE customers to improve application performance and overall storage efficiency.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces Complete Active Directory Backup & Recovery For Azure Cloud Environments

Dell has announced the latest update to Dell Recovery Manager for Active Directory and Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest (RMAD) with Edition 8.7, which allow businesses running hybrid Active Directory environments with Azure AD Connect to back up, view and restore changes to AD objects in both real-time on-premises and in the cloud. RMAD also allows for on-premises automated forest-level recovery and the ability to create of a fully functional virtual lab environment.   

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by Lyle Smith

IBM Announces Object Storage for Bluemix

IBM has announced their new Cloud service called IBM Object Storage, which gives developers the ability to interactively compose and connect object storage into their apps. Available in beta on Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud Platform, Object Storage also offers app creators a fully scalable, API-accessible platform to store and retrieve unstructured data, while giving access to this valuable data from external apps. IBM indicates that this will allow developers to build and scale their apps around this content, creating new ways to tap into its value.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces Enhancements To Its AssuredSAN RealStor Family

Seagate Technology announced major enhancements its recently acquired AssuredSAN RealStor Family of hybrid and all-flash storage arrays. Seagate states that these new enhancements will enable OEMs to provide customers with greater options for cost-competitive, high-performance midrange enterprise-class storage. Seagate is also adding new features to their highest performing solution in the family, the RealStor 6004.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Intends To Power The Internet With Renewable Energy

Google has laid out the goal to power 100% of its operations through renewable energy, and has made the first major step toward completing that goal earlier this month. Google made the largest, and most diverse, purchase of renewable energy ever made by a non-utility company. Google’s investment will add 842 megawatts (MW, or 842 million watts) of renewable energy to power its data centers worldwide.

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by Adam Armstrong

PMC Introduces Smart HBA 1000 Series

Today PMC-Sierra announced its first smart family of solutions aimed at high-performance cloud and enterprise server storage connectivity, the HBA 1000 series of 12Gb/s SAS/SATA Host Bus Adapters. The new series is stated to deliver maximum resiliency and the industry’s lowest power using field-proven Smart intellectual property (IP) from the most widely deployed server storage stack and PMC’s SmartIOCTM controller. The HBA 1000 series comes in five models and provides a native server connectivity solution that can handle the most demanding workloads and configurations with up to 16 internal or external SAS/SATA ports in a low-profile MD2 form factor.

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by Brian Beeler

StorageReview Podcast #2: Josh Goldstein, EMC

In our second podcast, I interview Josh Goldstein, the VP Marketing & Product Management of the XtremIO Business Unit at EMC. In this podcast we look at the evolution of XtremIO over the years, it’s use of flash and the market’s adoption of it, and its ease of use. He shares his views on converged infrastructure with us as well. 

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