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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by Josh Linden

QLogic 8300 Series Converged Network Adapter Review

QLogic’s 8300 series is the company’s fourth generation of converged network adapters, offering 10Gb Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel  connectivity via single- and dual-port models with support for SFP+ direct attach copper cables and SR (short reach) optical transceivers. Administrators can utilize QLogic’s I/OFlex technology to convert 8300 series adapters between a 10Gb converged Ethernet and 16Gb Fibre Channel in the field. The 8300 series is able to offer CPU-offload capabilities for FCoE, iSCSI and TCP/IP traffic across a 10Gb Ethernet connection combined with the consistent, predictable performance and security of multi-port isolation which ensures that workload or error issues on one port do not affect the operation of the other port.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBA Review

The Supermicro LSI SAS3008 HBAs (which share the same controller as the LSI 9300-8i HBAs) are engineered to deliver maximum performance. Delivering over a million IOPS and 6000+MB/s, the cards are designed to meet the growing demands of enterprises that require even more robust throughput in a range of applications that includes transactional databases, Web 2.0, data mining, and video streaming and editing. The LSI SAS 3008 controller supports 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0 and provides SATA/SAS links at rates between 3 and 12Gb/s and supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 in the IR version. 

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by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic SX-HS-15-R Review

The SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic is the new generation of surge protectors designed with state-of-the-art microprocessor protection technology. They protect equipment from power anomalies that can confuse the circuitry in digital equipment and cause degradation over time. Its professional-grade Power Conditioning System allows technicians within organizations to troubleshoot and diagnose power anomalies both on and off site and offer the ability to customize power protection settings. Ultimately the SurgeX is positioned to be the best solution on the market to protect sensitive equipment from fluctuations in power that can damage or destroy servers, storage arrays and the like.

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by Josh Linden

Synology DS1813+ NAS Review

The Synology DS1813+ is an eight-bay NAS system in Synology’s DiskStation lineup of desktop storage appliances, offered as a successor to the Synology DS1812+ which we reviewed in early 2013. The DS1813+ offers four gigabit NICs which can be aggregated, and in addition to its maximum internal capacity of 32TB, the DS1813+ can manage up to 72TB of storage when used with two 5-bay DS513 expansion units. The DS1813+ offers straightforward configured for access via SMB/CIFS shares or iSCSI, which in conjunction with the DiskStation Manager operating system make the DS1813+ a highly adaptable storage platform for small and medium enterprises.

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