by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Releases "Guru" SSD Management Tool

Today OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, released a new SSD management solution, Guru. Guru allows user to do the usual monitoring and maintenance of their SSDs, but it also gives them enough information to “unlock their SSD’s full potential.”

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by Adam Armstrong

HGST Deploys Over A Million Helium-Filled HDD Units

HGST, a Western Digital company, has announced a new milestone as they have deployed over a million of their helium-filled hard drive disks (HDD). With this news, HGST believes that its helium filled drives will become the mainstream choice for data centers where storage density, reliability and power efficiency are paramount. HGST is now shipping its second generation of HelioSeal Platform drives and is shifting its volume mix, increasing helium drive production, as demands for these drives are increasing in cloud and data center applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

OnApp Announces DRaaS For Cloud Providers

Today OnApp announced a new Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service capability for the OnApp cloud platform. OnApp DRaaS enables customers to using OnApp’s integrated storage system to create resilient local cloud storage on the hardware they are already using for their cloud. Customers will then be able to replicate in real-time to a remote OnApp DRaaS site without impacting performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Rubrik Aims To Shake Up the Backup and Recovery Industry

Today Rubrik announced $10 million in Series A funding from investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, John W. Thompson, Frank Slootman, and Mark Leslie. Rubrik’s aim is to offer live data access for recovery and application development. Rubrik will use enterprise data management with web-scale IT, to eliminate backup software through what they are referring to as a "Time Machine for the enterprise." They claim it “installs in record time, is easy to manage, and eliminates the need for backup software or globally deduplicated storage.” Rubrik’s new Converged Data Management platform is being offered as an alternative to stitched together legacy pieces that IT has been using. Rubrik says that its new platform will save business significant costs while increasing management efficiencies.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Federation Announces Federation Business Data Lake

Today the EMC Federation announced a new hardware and software solution that enables businesses to deploy big data at scale, quickly and securely, across the enterprise, the Federation Business Data Lake (FBDL). The Federation consists of EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II), VMware, Pivotal, VCE, and RSA. The Data Lake is a new solution from EMC, Pivotal, and VMware.

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by Kevin OBrien

In The Lab: Dell UltraSharp 32" 4K Monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD Monitor (UP3214Q) is designed for video editing, animation, application and game development as well as other use cases where having fine detail on your monitor is imperative. With a native resolution of 3840 x 2160, four times as much space as 1080p, the UP3214Q has exceedingly high pixel-density, allowing us to see the smallest of details in GUI, videos, and images. The Dell 4K monitor also features PremierColor technology, which provides reliable, true-to-life color as well as factory-tuned Adobe RGB and sRGB modes; all without requiring extensive calibration.  In addition, the UP3214Q also works well in dark areas due to its color depth of 1.07 billion colors. The monitor itself is 31.5 inches with a 176°/176° viewing angle, allowing us to have ample room for most of interface and monitoring needs. In addition, digital workspace management is aided by the Dell Display Manager’s Easy Arrange feature, allowing users to easily display windows side by side. The monitor also enables us to quickly and easily adjust it when needed using the tilt, swivel, and height-adjust functionality.

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by Adam Armstrong

Amazon Elastic Block Storage Now Available With 16TB And 20,000 IOPS

Amazon.com had previously  announced that they were enhancing their Elastic Block Storage (EBS) with SSDs last year. Amazon just announced that that in addition to the SSD enhancements, users can now choose between a Provisioned IOPS SSD volumes with 16TB of capacity, can process up to 20,000 IOPS, and has a maximum throughput of 320MB/s and General Purpose SSD volumes with 16TB of capacity, can process up to 10,000 IOPS, and has a maximum throughput of 160MB/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces Easy Shell For Customized User Experience With HP Thin Clients

HP has announced a Windows-based application that will make HP Thin Client Windows Embedded user experience easier than before, HP Easy Shell. With an interface that is easy for administrators and end users, HP Thin Client users can control, customize, and protect their Windows Embedded user experience.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Unveils Precision Virtual Workstation Appliance For Wyse

Today Dell Inc. announced the industry’s first ISV-certified virtual workstation appliance solution, Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse. This new appliance is aimed at a variety of organizations from media and entertainment to exploration and energy industries to engineering firms. These organizations and others can now utilize workstation-class computing virtually without compromising on user experience or performance

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by Josh Linden

Nutanix Launches Nutanix Platform Expert Certification Program

Nutanix today announced a new hyper-converged enterprise certification, the Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) certification, which will serve as the company’s flagship educational program. NPX focuses on web-scale technology, hyper-convergence, and multi-hypervisor theory in order to provide a pathway for datacenters and cloud service providers to identify new talent.

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