by Josh Linden

SanDisk Introduces ZetaScale Flash Optimization Software for Enterprise and Cloud Applications

SanDisk today announced the availability of ZetaScale software, a hardware-agnostic solution designed to optimize enterprise applications for use with flash storage. ZetaScale provides access to flash storage for applications such as in-memory computing, analytics, and NoSQL databases which have not necessarily been architected to take advantage of flash memory. ZetaScale can be deployed within data centers without making other changes to the existing environment.

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by Josh Linden

Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array with New Data Services Shipping

Violin Memory has today announced availability of an integrated solution featuring the Concerto 7000 AFA alongside a complimentary new software suite providing enterprise data services. The Concerto 7000 offers 70TB of raw storage across 3U and can scale up to 280TB in 18U, with a rated power requirement of 500W per rack unit. According to manufacturer benchmarks, the Concerto 7000 can achieve over 500K sustained IOPS at less than 0.5ms with a mixed workload. Customers can also upgrade existing 6000-series Violin arrays solutions with a Concerto 7000 upgrade kit.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Book Duo Now Available

WD has announced the availability of the My Book Duo, the newest addition to its line of desktop storage solutions for the home and office. Equipped with two drives, hardware-level RAID, and USB 3.0, the My Book Duo offers consumers the capacity and file transfer speeds that are absent from single-drive solutions. The My Book Duo also ships with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection and is available in 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP ECx80U-RP Turbo NAS Series Launched

Today QNAP systems launched four new business-class Turbo NAS models: TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, and TS-EC2480U-RP. These new Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 680TB, and high performance with throughput up 3,700 MB/s and 410,000 IOPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Announces Next-Generation Intel Xeon Phi Processors

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, Intel announced new details for its next-generation Intel Xeon Phi Processors, coded-named Knights Landing, which includes a new high-speed fabric, Intel Omni Scale fabric. The fabric will be integrated in the next-generation processors to address performance, scalability, reliability, power, and density requirements to accelerate the rate of scientific discovery.

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by Josh Linden

Mellanox Announces Switch-IB 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand Switch

Mellanox today announced its forthcoming Switch-IB, slated to be the first 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect solution available on the market. The Switch-IB represents the 7th generation of Mellanox’s InfiniBand offerings and will incorporate 36 ports rated at 100Gb/s each for a total 7.2Tb/s of rated throughput. It incorporates 144 SerDes modules that operate between 1Gb/s and 25Gb/s per lane and can deliver 5.4 billion packets per second.

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by Brian Beeler

If Your Databases Aren't on Flash, You're Doing it Wrong

The title isn't meant to be incendiary, though it may come of as such. It's simply meant to communicate the point that the benefits of flash in the data center are so proven that if you're not taking advantage of flash in some capacity there are two main reasons why. Either one, you're afraid, or two, your data is low value and no one wants to access it. That's about it, the long-standing concerns over price and endurance have been mitigated and for certain applications like databases, flash delivers a better experience with lower cost of ownership. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM and Pure Storage Announce Patent and Cross-License Agreements

IBM and Pure Storage have announced that Pure Storage has acquired over 100 storage and related technology patents from IBM. Both companies have signed a patent cross-license agreements without disclosing financial terms.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS, an all-in-one industrial, 2.5” SSD/HDD compatible four-bay NAS designed for reliable operation. Built with a rugged fanless design, the new Turbo NAS is built specifically for factories, warehouses, vehicles, shop floors, and other non-office settings looking for a reliable NAS and surveillance solution with high performance, durability, and persistent throughput. The IS-400 Pro is equipped with a dual-core 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron Processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, providing speeds of up to 221MB/s read and 214MB/s write.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP And DreamWorks Bring How To Train Your Dragon 2 To Life

DreamWorks Animation and HP have collaborated for over a decade on various animated movies. The release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the culmination of years of technical innovation. The movie was the most ambitious work from DreamWorks so far consisting of 700 million digital files that utilized for than 400 terabytes of data, over 130,000 individual, computer-generated frames, 270 billion pixels, and 90 million render hours with servers processing an average of 500,000 render jobs per day.

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