by Lyle Smith

OCZ Unveils Enterprise Vector 180 SSD

OCZ Storage Solutions is showcasing its storage portfolio including both enterprise and client applications, and is unveiling a new Vector 180 Series drive at Computex 2014 in Taiwan. The latest addition to the Vector family takes an enterprise slant, including an advanced feature-set specifically designed for entry-enterprise server workloads and enterprise client use cases. 

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by Lyle Smith

Tegile T3400 Hybrid Storage and T3800 All-Flash Array Now Available

Tegile Systems has introduced the two latest entries into their Hybrid Storage and All Flash Array lines, designed to balance data management, performance and economics: the T3400, which provides a flexible amount of high-density flash SSDs and metadata-accelerated high-density HDD storage; and the T3800, the company’s newest flagship all-flash array that eliminates the top three customer challenges associated with offerings from other all-flash vendors.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD Released

SanDisk announced today the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is an enthusiast class SSD with sequential speeds up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write and having an upper capacity around 1TB. Using SanDisk's two-tiered caching architecture, nCache, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD can optimize its speed and endurance for heavy workloads, multi-tasking, and fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. nCache enables 24/7 consistant high performance. To top it all off, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD comes with a 10-year warranty. That's not a typo, the warranty covers ten years and is the longest in the industry.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Demonstrates First PCIe Hard Drives

WD is demonstrating the first PCI Express hard drives at Computex Taipei, which takes place on June 3rd through the 4th. WD’s prototype introduces the new SATA Express interface, a form of PCI Express technology, which is available on the recently launched Intel series-9 chipset motherboards. The SATA Express interface offers a path to improved speeds, lower power consumption, and increased flexibility for future OEM designs. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivotal CF Version 1.2 Now Available

Pivotal has announced the latest version of their PaaS, Pivotal CF. While it has been less than two months since the previous update, the latest version is loaded down with new capabilities. Pivotal CF is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. Delivering an always-available, turnkey experience for scaling and updating PaaS on the private cloud, Pivotal CF features a complete, scalable runtime environment, extensible to most modern frameworks or languages running on Linux and the first turnkey enterprise PaaS with IaaS integration.

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by Brian Beeler

Violin Sells PCIe Business to Hynix

Violin Memory has entered into an agreement to sell off their shuddered PCIe flash storage business to SK hynix for roughly $23 million and the assumption of liabilities totaling $.5 million. In late February Violin announced they'd be exiting the PCIe storage business as part of a more broad restructuring. The PCIe business never made sense for Violin anyway, who's real value-add is in their high performance AFAs, not host-side integrations. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Fusion-io ION Accelerator gets SAP Certification

Fusion-io announced today that its all-flash Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now SAP certified. The certification enables the ION Accelerator to participate in SAP’s program for SAP HANA. Fusion-io's participation in the program allows customers to leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments. The ION Accelerator appliance has been SAP certified to scale to 32 HANA nodes, making it one of the industry’s leading storage solutions for HANA.

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by Mark May

EMC XtremIO Version 2.4 Hits GA

EMC has announced the general availability of version 2.4 of its all flash array (AFA), XtremIO. XtremIO is an all-flash storage array which is purpose built to deliver on the full potential of flash with all the array-based capabilities required of a mature storage platform. Until now EMC has done a great job with the performance aspects of XtremIO but has lagged behind in some of the array-based capabilities. This new version looks to remedy that problem.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Launches New SSDs Based on 2nd Gen 3D V-NAND

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, its second generation V-NAND offering.‚Äč Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND (or Vertical NAND) requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND; however, it still delivers much greater production efficiency as Samsung will essentially be using the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate to Acquire LSI Flash Storage Business from Avago

In the last few weeks Avago Technologies closed on their acquisition of LSI and now Avago has agreed to sell off the LSI flash storage assets to Seagate for $450 million. Formally the groups are referred to as the Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and the Flash Components Division (FCD) which accounts for the SandForce controller business and Nytro PCIe flash drives. The move comes as Seagate has been forced into action to react to the growth in the client and enterprise flash markets. They've also been flat out bludgeoned by WD, who has invested roughly a billion dollars in flash companies like STEC and Virident, the latter of which Seagate had just invested in when WD took out the entire company.

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