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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by Lyle Smith

Fujitsu ETERNUS JX60 Storage Subsystem Now Available

Fujitsu has announced the availability of the FUJITSU ETERNUS JX60, a new high-density and easy-to-use storage subsystem to help businesses of all sizes optimize their ICT systems from end to end. The new storage system is an ideal extension for servers including the Fujitsu Primergy server systems. For businesses with limited resources or administrative knowledge (as well as datacenter farms managing massive amounts of data), the Eternus JX60 offers low investment cost and easy handling. Additionally, it provides the capacity to support different disk sizes with its 2TB, 3TB and 4TB options. The new storage system also offers basic data protection with built-in resilience, which can be managed using Fujitsu’s ServerView software. 

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by Brian Beeler

Independent Storage Reviews Are All The Rage, Glad We're Already There

What a fun few days it's been for those that enjoy watching the storage industry turn on itself. Historically, the way enterprise IT gets talked about is when a company pays an analyst or media outlet to publish a report of one kind or another. In the storage world what this often means explicitly is that a vendor will pay an analyst to write a "validation report" showing that the vendor's claims are true, fair and accurate. These reports are then used by said vendor's sales team to extoll the virtues of their SAN or whatnot, pointing to the implicitly independent analyst report as proof. Storage buyers who have not the time or expertise in most cases to properly test products themselves (we recently saw a company testing a hybrid array with CrystalDiskMark for crying out loud) take the report as valuable, without knowing the report is a fraud. Fraud may be a broad brush to paint the industry with, but if the reports are being touted as independent, they're usually not and that's a deceptive practice.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell AppAssure 5.4 Now Available

Dell has announced the launch of AppAssure 5.4, the latest version of the company’s all-in-one backup, replication, and disaster recovery software solution. The exponential growth of volume relating to business-critical data and applications continues to be an important issue among organizations, so the need for modern backup and recovery solutions that eliminate prolonged periods of downtime is more important than ever. AppAssure 5.4 meets this demand while further improving Dell Software’s complete portfolio of innovative and disruptive data protection solutions. As a result, this allows customers to match their backup and recovery implementations to their specific business needs. 

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by Lyle Smith

Nexenta's NexentaStor 4.0 Now Generally Available

Nexenta has announced that NexentaStor 4.0 is now generally available, worldwide, at their product website. The latest version of NexentaStor provides users with significant improvements to performance, reliability and functionality of the SDS solution. Like the previous version, NexentaStor will be available in two editions: A Community Edition (a free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB), and an Enterprise Edition (licensed by the size of the storage pool). Additionally, NexentaStor 4.0 is Citrix and VMware Ready and certified to run on a variety of reference hardware configurations from strategic technology and channel partners.

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