by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS415play Announced

Synology has announced the DS415play, a four-bay successor to the two-bay DS214play. The DS415play is the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, delivers full 1080p HD video to virtually any media-streaming device, and comes with DiskStation Manager (DSM 5.0), allowing it act as a multimedia hub for any household.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Announces Unitrends Virtual Backup 8.0

Today Unitrends announced the availability of Unitrends Virtual Backup (UVB) 8.0 (formally known as PHD Virtual Backup), the only virtual appliance on the market providing protection for all three major hypervisors: vSphere, XenServer, and Hyper-V. UVB 8.0 features performance and management enhancements that simplify virtual data protection, speed up recovery and backup, and allow businesses to backup entire hypervisors in a few clicks.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches QGenie, a 7-in-1 Mobile NAS

Today QNAP systems announced the launch of their new pocket-sized mobile NAS, the QGenie. The QGenie works as a mobile NAS, personal cloud, phonebook backup, a power bank, a wireless AP, an in-vehicle media server, and a USB 3.0 SSD.

Read more
by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyRECOVER Backup Solution Launched

NETGEAR has announced the immediate availability of the ReadyRECOVER backup appliance, the newest addition to their ReadyDATA unified storage (NAS/SAN) platform and designed to run exclusively with the ReadyDATA line of storage appliances. ReadyRECOVER allows small and medium-sized businesses to create full backups of servers, desktops and laptops every 15 minutes, which can be independently used to quickly and reliably restore files, folders, databases or systems to any platform: physical or virtual.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Announces the Launch of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, OCZ Storage solutions announced the launch of their next generation SQL Server acceleration solution, the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5. The new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, 2012 and 2008 R2 versions expanding on the key flash-based storage features that improve I/O access performance. With version 1.5 also comes OCZ's newly redesigned Z-Drive, the 4500, which offers the same performance as the older R4, but in a FHHL form-factor.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Avere's Cloud Breakthroughs Help Them Raise $20 Million

Avere Systems has announced that they had raised an additional $20 million in venture financing. The funding was led by Western Digital Capital, and followed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital. Avere says the funding will be used for accelerating sales, marketing, and continued development of the company’s hybrid cloud storage solutions.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases Virtualization Station

QNAP systems has announced the release of Virtualization Station, a virtualization operating platform for the Turbo NAS that allows multiple virtual machines (VMs) to be hosted on one Turbo NAS. Users can create isolated VMs o a single server and install different operating systems and applications.

Read more
by Lyle Smith

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x51 Series And UX-500P and UX-800P Expansion Enclosures Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and home users, which includes the 2-bay TS-251, 4-bay TS-451, 6-bay TS-651, and 8-bay TS-851. Also announced are two economical tower storage expansion enclosure companions, the UX-500P and UX-800P. The TS-x51 series is equipped with a Dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor, 1GB of energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports dual LAN ports that boast upwards of 220MB/s for both read and write speeds all the while maintaining smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Commoditizes Market with Free Cloud Gateways

Panzura has announced that it is completely commoditizing the cloud storage gateway market by offering a free cloud gateway virtual appliance. This cloud gateway appliance provides cloud storage access for disaster recovery, backups and archiving. In a partnership with Google Cloud Platform, Panzura will provide two terabytes of free storage for a full year for users of Panzura’s cloud gateway.

Read more
by Lyle Smith

Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8100 and 8600, StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance Announced

Microsoft has announced two new, higher performing storage arrays and two new integrated management services, the StorSimple 8100 and 8600, which are two, new higher performing storage arrays with fasters connectivity (10G) and expanded workloads and Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance, which are two new integrated management services with consolidated management through Azure and Azure VM access to enterprise data.

Read more