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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS415play NAS Review

The Synology DS415play is a 4-bay NAS for the media enthusiast. Like its smaller sister, the DS214play, the DS415play comes with video transcoding, that allows users to convert media files to usable extensions. The DS415play looks almost identical to the DS414 but it comes with a total capacity of 24TB, a dual core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and plenty of external ports, three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0, to connect and power multiple peripheral devices at the same time. The DS415play has four hot-swappable, tool-less drive bays accessed through the front of the device. And the DS415play uses Synology’s award winning DiskStation Manager OS.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC ScaleIO 1.30 Delivers Improved VMware Integration

EMC's ScaleIO 1.30, now has improved VMware integration, raising the bar and eliminating limits on what can be done with software-defined storage. ScaleIO is a single-layer, enterprise-grade storage product that is scalable and elastic. ScaleIO can scale from a couple of servers to thousands (scaling from a few terabytes to several petabytes), and businesses can shrink or expand capacity and performance as needed without data migration or capacity planning. Version 1.30 has many benefits across a wide variety of solution including bare metal deployments, hypervisor based deployments, use cases (including OLTP workloads), virtual storage infrastructure for both enterprises and service providers, as well as EMC's VSPEX based solution architecture.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology EDS14 Mini Rugged NAS Review

Synology has designed a new diskless and fan-less NAS specifically for law enforcement and military implementations. The EDS14 is an extremely durable and versatile (it is hailed as Synology's most versatile NAS yet) palm-sized NAS with a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Additionally, it can be used with a wide range of DC input voltages (7 to 24V), which allows it to function in a variety of powering situations (including the cigarette lighter of a car), making this rugged NAS an ideal option for all kinds of automotive use cases, particularly with law enforcement and military vehicles. The EDS14 also can also be powered over PoE using splitters and its compact design of 125 x 125 x 31mm makes it roughly 70% smaller than a typical 2-bay NAS server and perfect for areas where space is an issue.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Rebrands VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air

VMware Inc. has announced it is rebranding VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air. VMWare vCloud Hybrid Service used preexisting tools to extend customers data centers into the cloud and is available in three service offerings: disaster recovery, dedicated cloud, and virtual private cloud. Along with the rebranding comes new improvements that will provide greater choice and flexibility to businesses that want to capitalize on the advantages of the hybrid cloud. The name change underscores the company's commitment in delivering value as-a-service solutions to their customers' hybrid cloud platforms.

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by Josh Linden

ExaGrid Announces Forthcoming Version 4.7 Software Update

ExaGrid today announced details about updates to its core software offering with enhanced scalability for GRID backup storage deployments and expanded data center replication for disaster recovery. Version 4.7 also adds parallel replication and deduplication functionality and a new, integrated ExaGrid-Veeam data mover solution for virtualized environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Triples Customer Bookings In Second Quarter Following Launch Of K2 v5

Kaminario has announced unprecedented growth following the launch of their fifth-generation all-flash K2 array, just three months ago. In the second quarter, Kaminario achieved almost three times as many bookings as the previous year, all the while continuing its 100% customer satisfaction rate. Of their current customers, 80% have chosen to expand after their initial purchase.

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by Lyle Smith

PMC Adaptec 82885T 12Gb/s SAS Expander Card Announced

PMC has announced the industry’s first 12Gb/s SAS expander card, the Adaptec 82885T, to enable density-optimized servers. The Adaptec 82885T enables flexible, high-density server architectures with the ability to expand as the requirements for data center storage grow. PMC's new expander card provides 36 ports in a PCIe low-profile form factor along with internal connectivity for up to 24 SAS or SATA drives as well as an additional eight external ports to connect JBODs for even greater capacity expansion on a single RAID controller or Host Bus Adapter. The expander card also enables modular passive backplane architectures to reduce server variants and increase data center operating efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Scality Announces RING Version 5.0

At VMworld, Scality announced the latest version of their RING software, version 5.0. RING is a petabyte-scale, software-only storage solution that is designed to support file, object, and VM storage in a single storage pool without application customization, third party gateways, or storage appliance lock-in all at 50-70% lower cost. 

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by Lyle Smith

Nutanix Raises $140 Million in Series E Funding

Nutanix has announced it has closed a $140 million Series E funding round at over a $2 billion valuation, bringing the company’s total funding to $312 million. The round was led by two Boston-based public market investors with over $3 trillion in combined assets under management. The newly attained capital will be used to invest in sales, research and development, customer support and marketing, which will help enable Nutanix to achieve its vision of making web-scale infrastructure ubiquitous in enterprise datacenters.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 Now Available

LaCie has announced the availability of their LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. Originally announced back in April, the 8big Rack is the fastest, highest–capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on today’s market, with LaCie quoting speeds upwards of 1,330MB/s when equipped with eight Seagate 6TB 7200 RPM enterprise hard drives. The 8big Rack is also designed with 4K video workflows in mind, allowing it to deliver ample bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage so that videographers can work directly from RAW files in video editing software all the while seeing edits in real time. 

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