by Adam Armstrong

Plexxi to Announce Industry’s1st Programmable Network Fabric for CI and Storage

Today Plexxi is introducing a new suite of product integrations through its Plexxi Connect Open Integration Platform. These new integrations are what Plexxi is claiming, the industry’s first workload-responsive, programmable network fabric for converged infrastructure (CI) and storage environments. Plexxi’s new software enables enterprises that build clouds to do so in new ways with building blocks to enable the build-out of agile and dynamic converged infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces New 3PAR 20840 Converged Flash Array

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its latest 3PAR array, the HPE 3PAR 20840 converged flash array. The latest 3PAR is claimed to be the highest performing, most scalable converged flash array on the market. The array is designed to help customers utilize the best benefits of in an all-flash data center while shielding them from risks.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Offers New Protection Options

Along with its new 3PAR announcement today, HPE is also announcing new data protection options for the all-flash data center. These new protections options include two new StoreOnce options, the 5500 and 6600, and an assessment program aimed at saving customers capacity when migrating to all-flash, the HPE Get Thinner Guarantee.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS216j Now Available

Synology has announced the availability of the DS216j, a 2-bay NAS powered by a dual-core CPU with FPU and designed for home media streaming, file sharing and backup. The DS216j’s use of FPU speeds up thumbnail generation and is quoted to deliver file transfer speeds of 112.75MB/s read and 97.6MB/s writes when configured in RAID1. The main difference between the DS216j and the DS216 is mainly the CPU frequency, which boasts 1.0GHz and 1.3GHz, respectively.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Makes More Announcements At OCP Summit

Today at the Open Compute Project Summit Facebook made several announcements, from its new NVMe JBOF to its renewed focus on front-end server performance. Facebook is opening up its designs for its modular switch platform, 6-pack, and its next-generation TOR switch, Wedge 100. These two networking solutions are an important step for Facebook as it aims to support 100G connectivity throughout its data centers. They are also announcing that their OpenBMC software will now support storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Focuses On More Efficient Front-End Servers

Facebook has made a series of announcements today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) summit. While these announcements generally focus around innovation and increasing the use or utilization of emerging technology, Facebook is announcing something a little different. Facebook has worked with Intel to develop new processers for their front-end servers, but instead of using servers with more CPU sockets, Facebook and Intel have cut the number down.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Introduces A Flexible NVMe JBOF

At the Open Compute Project Summit today Facebook is announcing its flexible NVMe JBOF (just a bunch of flash), Lightning. Facebook is introducing Lightning as a flash building block, or flash sled. Lightning will allow data centers to better scale out flash capacity across multiple applications while tuning the compute-to-storage ratio. Facebook is contributing this new JBOF to the Open Compute Project.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Joins Open Compute Project

Google announced today that it has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP), which helps drive standardization in IT infrastructure. Google will be joining the ranks of other companies such as Facebook, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Rackspace, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, Lenovo and Bank of America. Google’s main focus in OCP will be a new rack specification that includes 48V power distribution and a new form factor to allow OCP racks to fit into its data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity & Pure Collaborate To Bring High-Performance, Cost-Effective Secondary Storage

Through a joint customer, Credit Acceptance Corporation, Cohesity and Pure Storage have worked together to combine Pure Storage’s All-Flash array with Cohesity’s consolidated secondary storage platform. The combination of the two technologies gives customers the best of both worlds with an increase in performance through the all-flash array while being able to maximize the value of the secondary data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault Rolls Out Its Latest Wave Of Innovation

Today Commvault has announced new innovations to its Commvault Data Platform. These newly announced innovations further enable customer choice, help eliminate vendor lock-in, and facilitate extensive data portability while extending the platform’s value to larger range of applications and software ecosystems. Commvault is also announcing enhancements to its Commvault integrated solutions portfolio. These new enhancements mark Commvault's first venture into handling big data.

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