by Brian Beeler

EMC Acquires DSSD for Rack Scale Flash Storage

At EMC World 2014, EMC has announced the acquisition of DSSD, which will operate as a standalone unit within EMC’s Emerging Technology Products Division. EMC envisions additional products being added to the flash storage portfolio in what they're terming "rack scale flash storage." The DSSD team is well versed in file systems, networking and storage technologies. Very little is public about what the company has been working on but the DSSD technology is thought to be a combination of hardware and software to better enable flash to perform well for big data. The transaction is expected to close sometime in the second quarter of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Data Domain DD2200 Deduplication Storage System Announced

EMC has announced the new Data Domain DD2200 deduplication storage system, which provides no-compromise data protection for midmarket customers. With the new DD2200 EMC, customers can now: backup 36TB of data in under 8 hours at 4.7TB/hr ingest performance using DD Boost; protect up to 860TB logical capacity in 2U with up to 17.2TB usable capacity; simultaneously support up to 60 backup/archive streams; support for 1 billion files specifically for large archive work loads.

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by Lyle Smith

EMC ViPR 2.0 Software-Defined Storage Announced

EMC has announced ViPR 2.0 at EMC World 2014, which is a Software-Defined Storage platform that dramatically simplifies the management of both existing and new storage infrastructure, while providing new data services to underpin next-generation applications and Big Data analytics. ViPR 2.0 removes the gap to the 3rd Platform by allowing customers to manage both existing and new storage infrastructures in a consistent, fully automated way. Additionally, ViPR plugs into higher-level management and orchestration tools from VMware, OpenStack, and Microsoft so that storage can be a part of broader data center workflows.

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Announces New Hybrid Cloud Innovations

EMC has announced new Software-Defined Storage products and technologies at EMC World 2014, which enable the blended benefits of both public and private clouds, offering Service Providers of all sizes and customers with the efficiency, agility, security and control of a hybrid cloud. 

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance (ECS) Announced

EMC has announced the EMC ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) Appliance (formerly known as Project Nile) at EMC World 2014, a hyperscale cloud storage infrastructure that redefines the economic benefits of cloud storage for service providers and customers of any size, in any industry. The 3rd Platform of IT is based on the mega trends of cloud, mobile, social and Big Data. Next-generation applications offer seamless experiences for customers to both interact and transact, which requires a new storage infrastructure to leverage analytics from the Big Data generated by these applications. EMC ECS Appliance is ideal for this scenario. Read more

by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

6TB HDDs Causing Problems for System Vendors - But Not the Way You Think

Hard drives have blossomed from 4TB to 6TB, which is a great thing for applications creating an ever increasing amount of data. However, as we've seen more 6TB hard drives come in from vendors, a peculiar problem has arisen. The 6TB hard drives aren't compatible with all of the platforms we test on. They're not compatible for a reason that's unexpected however. 

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by Lyle Smith

Nutanix Announces Comprehensive VDI Program

Nutanix has announced a comprehensive program that delivers simplicity and predictability to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) management. With this solution, Nutanix customers can purchase advanced web-scale infrastructure per desktop, and de-risk their VDI investment using the industry’s first and only VDI Assurance pricing option.

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by Lyle Smith

Actifio Sky Copy Data Virtualization Platform Announced

Actifio has announced a significant expansion of its product portfolio to increase the scope and scale of its enterprise class data virtualization platform with Actifio Sky. The new offering will improve the functionality of Actifio CDS (Copy Data Storage Platform), making a virtual instance of the company’s Virtual Data Pipeline technology available wherever application data may reside.  Actifio CDS allows information technology infrastructure to be more efficient and cost effective by reducing the copies of computer data an organization must keep.

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by Lyle Smith

HP 3PAR Online Import For EMC Storage Released

HP has introduced HP 3PAR Online Import support for migrating data from EMC VNX and EMC CLARiiON CX4 arrays to HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, giving its customers the ability to efficiently modernize legacy storage infrastructure. With EMC VNX and CLARiiON CX4 storage system support, customers can save time and money by performing self-directed platform migrations without professional services engagements or external hardware appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends 7.4 Generally Available

Unitrends has announced availability of Unitrends Release 7.4, the latest version of the software that powers the company’s Unified Data Protection physical and virtual backup and recovery appliances. With the release of 7.4, Unitrends has dramatically upgraded its Unified Enterprise Backup (UEB) and its Recovery Series.

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