by Brian Beeler

ClearSky Data Review

The enterprise storage market is often viewed as a bifurcation between some form of traditional data center architecture or cloud-based solutions. ClearSky Data plays in the space in between, offering data center style responsiveness and data controls, with the scalability and economic benefits of the cloud. ClearSky leverages what they call "Smart Tiered Caching" to keep hot data near the enterprise via a caching appliance, while offloading cold data to cloud providers. Combined with an intuitive web-based interface, this approach gives ClearSky customers a unique level of control over their data that neither on-premises nor cloud solutions can offer on their own. 

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by Guest Author

Four Ways to Avoid an Epic Disaster Recovery Fail – What You Need To Know Before It’s Too Late

Backup and recovery is a bit like snowboarding. When the time comes to speed down the mountainside or keep your business running in the event of a disaster, a little bit of preparation will make the difference between a smooth landing or ending up face-first in a snowdrift. Here are four ways to avoid an epic fail.

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by Adam Armstrong

DDN’s All-Flash IME14K Is Powered By Toshiba’s ZD6000 Dual Port NVMe SSDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announced that it is collaborating with DataDirect Networks (DDN) on its IME14K appliance. Toshiba’s dual-port ZD6000-series Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid state drives (SSD) are now being used in the IME14K to enable application acceleration and burst buffer technologies of DDN. The two companies claim that by combining the these technologies the appliance can deliver game changing performance, offer critical redundancy, and a low latency profile at the application layer, providing impressive compute ROI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 4Q and FY 2016 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported its results for both its fourth quarter and its fiscal year ending on July 1, 2016. Tech stocks have been on a bit of a bumpy path recently including Seagate. However the numbers reported today show a small increase pointing the company in a better direction. Seagate’s stock has been doing much better since their 3Q earnings were announced back in April.

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by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Releases Its 2Q HDD Reliability Results

Backblaze has released its latest HDD reliability results, this time the results are for the second quarter of 2016. This go round, Backblaze has added some 8TB Seagate drives to the mix while retiring some smaller capacity, 2TB, HGST drives. This quarter Backblaze looked at nearly 70,000 hard drives for almost 6 million drive days or roughly 16,000 years.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datos IO Joins AWS Partner Network

Today Datos IO announced that it has joined Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Partner Network (APN) as a Standard Partner. With its new partner status, Datos IO states that is will be able to use its flagship software, RecoverX, to protect  next-generation SaaS applications or applications (such as Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics, eCommerce, and others) hosted on IaaS and PaaS architectures natively deployed on AWS against data corruption, disasters and human errors.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Gold Datacenter 10TB HDD Now Available

Western Digital has announced the addition of a high-capacity 10TB model (WD101KRYZ) to their WD Gold line of datacenter hard drives, which were unveiled back in April. Built mainly for modern enterprise storage systems, the 10TB WD Gold features HelioSeal helium-technology for high capacity, power efficient storage datacenter environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panasas Launches ActiveStor 20

Today Panasas introduced its latest hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, ActiveStor 20. Panasas states that this new version of ActiveStor sports a 65% increase in flash and a 25% increase in hard drive capacity. The new ActiveStor is utilizing high density SSDs and 10TB HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based HDDs to gain more capacity and performance. In fact, Panasas is claiming performance of 360GB/s and over 2.6 million IOPS with up to 45PB of capacity in a single namespace.

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by Adam Armstrong

Virtual Instruments Releases Load DynamiX With 40GbE & 32GFC Support

Virtual Instruments announced the latest version of its Load DynamiX appliance operating environment, version 5.2. This update features support for 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 32 Gigabit Fibre Channel (32Gb FC) capable Workload Generation Appliances. According to Virtual Instruments, this update makes the Load DynamiX product suite to offer the first and only storage performance validation and analytics solution that support 40GbE and 32Gb FC workload generation within the same appliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Reports First Fiscal Quarter 2017 Results

Today Quantum Corp. reported its first fiscal quarter results for 2017. Comparing these results to 2016 first fiscal quarter has things looking up, or at least better, for Quantum in a time where most tech companies are struggling. After reporting the first quarter results Quantum’s stock saw a small uptick but is still trading for around $0.50/share.

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