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by Josh Linden

HGST 4TB Deskstar NAS HDD Review

The HGST Deskstar NAS is built on HGST’s 3.5-inch 7,200RPM Deskstar consumer drive platform and is intended for consumer and small business NAS appliances which are typically sold diskless. While the NAS designation implies a priority on reliability and capacity over performance, HGST has used a 7,200RPM platform rather than the typical 5,400RPM for drives in this class and reports seek times of less than 12ms in manufacturer benchmarks. The 7,200 RPM spindle speed is primarily employed in order to reduce the amount of time the drive must remain active in order to complete I/O operations, potentially giving small NAS users a higher-performance alternative to the standard 5K NAS drives or much more expensive enterprise-class HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware VSAN Posts 2 Million IOPS

Virtual SAN (VSAN) 5.5, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product, was released last month and has been very well received by enterprises looking to get more out of traditional compute servers. VSAN essentially gives users access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, while layering into the virtualization environment that is all managed through VMware's vSphere client. According to VMware’s internal benchmarks, VSAN has the capability of reaching 2 million IOPS in a 32-node cluster. How did VMware accomplish this and what are the details of the configuration they used to reach this feat?

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Hyper ISE 710 Review

The X-IO Hyper ISE 710 hybrid storage array leverages an unprecedented level of hardware integration between its dual controller system and tiered SAS HDD and SSD media in order to guarantee industry-leading performance and longevity. The 7.2TB Hyper ISE 710 makes use of X-IO’s Continuous Adaptive Data Placement (CADP) engine and proprietary In-Situ Remanufacturing technology though a partnership with Seagate to optimize hard drive performance and durability at the individual platter scale in order to offer five years of operation without requiring any drive replacements.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Announced

VMware has announced vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solution that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers while seamlessly extending DR to the public cloud. This announcement makes way for a new approach to DR by VMware, as very few applications are continuously protected in the business world because it is either too expensive or too complicated to include them in a DR plan. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces Industry's Fastest microSD Cards

Toshiba has introduced the world's fastest microSD memory cards and the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II interface standard as well as being UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled. Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, Toshiba’s new microSD cards also offer high-quality 4K video capture at constant minimum write speeds of 30MB/s, allowing 4K/2K video, live broadcast and content can be recorded on high-performance cameras.

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by Lyle Smith

Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 Announced

Riverbed Technology has announced Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0, the first branch converged infrastructure that centralizes data in the datacenter all the while delivering local performance and virtually instant recovery at the branch. With SteelFusion 3.0, branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure are combined into a single solution that reduces the average amount time to provision branch services by 30x (e.g. from five hours to ten minutes) and recovery from branch outages by 96x (e.g. from 24 hours to 15 minutes).

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by Lyle Smith

Fusion ioMemory Now Optimized For SQL Server 2014

Fusion-io has announced that their Fusion ioMemory platform has now been optimized for performance with SQL Server 2014, building upon the in-memory innovation in SQL Server 2014 by offering up to 4x improvements in transactions per second as well as a significant reduction in data latencies. The transactional performance from Fusion-io flash memory products drives real-time insights for faster business decisions. Incidentally, improved SQL performance is impressive considering ioMemory devices already own three of the top five spots in our SQL 2012 benchmark.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Compellent Storage Center 6.5

Dell Compellent storage systems offer all-flash and hybrid storage for large-scale enterprises with multiple automated tiers that can incorporate a variety of storage media, speeds, and interfaces. Updates slated for the Compellent Storage Center 6.5 software are designed to improve performance, enhance Dell’s Data Progression tiering technology, and add new features including block-level compression and support for self-encrypting drives. Compellent also of course supports the new Fluid Cache for SAN release.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Fluid Cache for SAN

Dell Fluid Cache has been used to create pools of low-latency PCIe flash in order to provide intelligent caching within servers. Today, Dell announced Fluid Cache for SAN (expanding on the technology preview at Dell World last fall), which offers a solution that bridges Fluid Cache technology with scalability and other benefits from SAN storage infrastructure for both Dell and third-party hardware platforms. Fluid Cache for SAN is oriented towards online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and cloud applications which can also leverage its enterprise SAN capabilities including automated tiering, cache-aware snapshots, replication, and compression.

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by Josh Linden

Dell Announces Updates to OpenManage Portfolio and PowerEdge VRTX

Today Dell has announced a spectrum of updates to its enterprise storage portfolio, including updated version of OpenManage Essentials, OpenManage Mobile, and iDRAC. Dell also announced updates to the PowerEdge VRTX ‘cluster in a box’ solution in addition to Compellent Storage Center 6.5 and Fluid Cache for SAN which we are covering separately.

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