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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB Review

Designed for desktop PCs, workstations, and high-performance DAS devices, the Seagate Desktop SSHD is the company’s latest foray into the hybrid solid-state drive market. Its SSD-like qualities, coupled with the capacity benefits of hard disk drives, allows the Seagate Desktop SSHD to offer consumers unique features and capabilities over traditional HDDs, including the ability to achieve faster transfer speeds as well as quicker system boot ups. Though proper solid-state drives are continuing to lower their prices and increase in maximum capacity, hybrid drives still have a role to play in the storage market due to their cost effectiveness. The Seagate Desktop is certainly no exception in this regard.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SSHD 4TB Review

The WD Blue SSHD drives are the company’s newest hybrid offering that is designed for power-consumers such as gamers and content creators looking to increase the overall performance of their higher-end workstation. WD quotes the Blue SSHDs to boast sustained speeds of 150MB/s for the 4TB model and 100MB/s for the 1TB, which falls more in the range of HDD technology performance. Because of its size, the 4TB model was built with the 3.5inch form factor, limiting its use cases to desktop computers only. The 1TB model, on the other hand, uses a 2.5 inch form factor, allowing it to be used for use cases where size is an issue.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Blue SSHD 1TB Review

The WD Blue SSHD is a new hybrid drive in a 2.5” form factor. Being a hybrid drive it strives for the best of both worlds. The HDD aspect gives it the high capacity of 1TB, with the performance that falls closer in line to an SSD, with claims of speeds to and from the host of 100MB/s it doesn’t quite reach SSD performance. The WD Blue SSHD has a SATA interface and is compatible with both PC and Mac.

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Memory Flash Storage Platform Becomes VMware Ready

Violin Memory, Inc. announced that its Violin 7300 Flash Storage Platform has achieved VMware Ready Status. VMware Ready Status indicates that after a detailed validation process the Violin 7300 FSP has achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement. Violin is also announcing that they have been certified with VMware Horizon Fast Track 2.0 Proven Storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces RS18016xs+ and RX1216sas

Today Synology Inc. announced its new converged NAS server, RS18016xs+ and its expansion unit RX1216sas. The new NAS server come with a vast variety of features including expansion capacities, point-in-time data backup for enterprises, and high performance throughput. The RS18016xs+ runs DSM and comes with a 5-year warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Improves Hybrid Cloud Management

Microsoft announced several improvements and innovations today to help customers manage their hybrid clouds. Previously at their Ignite event, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Operations Management Suite. This hybrid management solution extended the value of System Center and helped manage corporate workloads. Back-up and migration functionality in Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery were also introduced at Ignite. Now Microsoft is adding a new OMS add-on for System Center, support for physical and VMware virtual machines in Azure Site Recovery, new capabilities in Azure Backup, and enhanced support for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Release DLm 4.3

EMC announced that it is released an update to its software for Disk Library for mainframe (DLm), version 4.3. The update includes significantly boosting the capacity of virtual tape libraries and enhancing data protection and disaster recovery testing. EMC’s new update is aimed at ease the pressure that Third Platform technologies are putting on mainframes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces New Storage Enhancements for v9

Veeam Availability Suite v9 is now on the horizon, though no exact date has been given. With the new version of its software, Veeam is starting to let some of what users can expect out. Veeam recently announced the support of storage arrays for its storage snapshots integration; these arrays include EMC’s VNX and VNXe. And today there are announcing a few more storage enhancements.

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by Adam Armstrong

Parsec Labs Releases HyperQ Storage Router

Today Parsec Labs LLC announced its new product, HyperQ Total Storage Management solution. The HyperQ Total Storage Management solution provides storage virtualization, bringing what Parec’s states as “the ultimate storage tiering solution to data centers.” HyperQ can add hybrid flash storage to any storage environment allowing data to cascade from flash to spinning disk to cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

451 Research Finds That Enterprises Are Increasing Investments In Datacenters

451 Research ran a survey on datacenter trends in for the second quarter of 2015 and found that a majority, 87%, of datacenter operators are maintaining or increasing their spending on their datacenter facilities. Not only are operators still spending on datacenter facilities, the study found that 25% are expected to increase their spending in the next 90 days. The survey was conducted on datacenters operators in North America and Europe. The results are somewhat surprising given all the recent investments in cloud and colocation providers.

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