by Adam Armstrong

HP Releases LeftHand OS 11.5 for StoreVirtual

HP has updated the LeftHand OS to version 11.5; LeftHand OS powers the latest HP StoreVirtual storage platforms and virtual storage appliance (VSA). This upgrade comes with new features as well as enhancements to several existing features. The largest updates target VSA users, with the addition of Adaptive Optimization (AO) which is the auto-tiering functionality found in hybrid StoreVirtual solutions like the 4335 1U nodes. AO will also now come included with 10TB and 50TB VSA licenses. 

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar SSD1600MR, SSD800MH.B, and SSD1600MM Enterprise SSDs Launched

HGST has announced the next-generation of its Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, with capacities up to 1.6TB. The new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM, and Ultrastar SSD1600MR SSDs are designed for server and storage systems running today’s performance-sensitive enterprise applications and are capable of boasting sequential throughput up to 1100MB/s read and 765MB/s write as well as up to 130,000 read and 110,000 write IOPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 845DC PRO Review

The Samsung 845DC PRO is an enterprise-grade SSD designed to deliver high performance, especially in random write, and consistent low latency over the life of the SSD. The 845DC PRO has adopted the world’s first 24-layer 3D V-NAND technology for its storage, giving it up to 10 times higher endurance than conventional NAND. The drive has a cache memory up to 1GB, uses a Samsung3-core MDX controller and in-house firmware, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and boasts impressive performance numbers: sequential write up to 460MB/s and sequential read up to 530MB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces an Update to HP Data Protector

HP Autonomy announced that it has updated its flagship data protection solution, HP Data Protector, to now offer integration with HP Helion OpenStack and NetApp storage arrays. These two core enhancements will help businesses create and manage agile IT infrastructures that are able to adapt to the dynamic nature of always-on data centers.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro Review (4TB, NASware 3.0)

Alongside the launch of the larger 6TB capacity Red HDDs with NASware 3.0, WD also launched a new family of NAS drives dubbed Red Pro. The Red Pro HDDs spin at 7,200RPM, come in capacities of up to 4TB, and are designed for larger tower or rackmount NAS environments in the 8 to 16 bay range. Aside from support for larger environments, the Red Pro line of HDDs differentiates from Red in that the drives are faster, 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Launches Barracuda Backup 290 & Becomes VMware Ready

Barracuda Networks has announced the launch of a new option in its Backup appliance line, Barracuda Backup 290. The release of the Backup 290 will give customers more options when choosing a backup product. Barracuda also announced that the 390 will get an increase in capacity, taking it to 2TB. Along with the additions and enhancements of its backup line, Barracuda also achieved VMware Ready Status.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro and Expanded Capacities of WD Red HDDs Released

WD has announced the expansion of WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage as well as the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives, which are designed specifically for the medium to large business NAS market. The WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities, while the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities. 

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by Josh Linden

Quantum Announces DXi6900 Data Protection and Deduplication Appliance

Quantum today announced the latest addition its DXi deduplication family: the DXi6900 appliance, powered by StorNext 5 software and oriented towards enterprise deployments and service providers. The DXi6900 can scale from 17TB to 510TB, and according to Quantum, the DXi6900’s 16TB per hour ingestion rate will make it fastest single-stream backup and restore solution in its class due to DXi’s proprietary variable length deduplication technology.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM853T SSD Review

The Samsung PM853T is the latest entrant into the enterprise SSD space for the company. Like its sister SSD the 845DC EVO (they differ mostly in distribution channel), the PM853T leverages Samsung's TLC NAND and SATA interface. The result is a drive that's a capable alternative for entry-enterprise workloads that tend to be more read centric. The biggest draw however is not so much performance, though the drive excels there, it's drive cost that is the highlight. The PM853T gives the enterprise a solution that is cost effective enough with a performance profile and cost of ownership number that helps spell the end for high-speed 2.5" hard drives. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SM843T SSD Review

The Samsung SM843T is an enterprise-grade SSD that is designed to offer a consistent level of performance (99.9% reliable latency and QoS) over its lifespan, and is ideal for core enterprise use cases including Big Data systems, VDI and other high-performance enterprise platforms. The SM843T is a companion to the Samsung SM843 drive, which was originally reviewed approximately a year ago. Though both Samsung SSDs use the same MDX S4LN021X01-8030 Controller, the new SM843T is architected specifically for mixed data center use cases, while the SM843 is designed to be used in environments that require read-intensive behavior like server boot drives, higher-end enterprise client workstations and certain embedded applications. The other main difference between the two is that the SM843T uses enterprise NAND (eMLC), which focuses on prolonging the reliability of the drive, while the SM843 uses client MLC NAND.

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