by Lyle Smith

HGST FlashMAX II Now Available In Oracle Validated Configuration

HGST (Virident) has announced the availability of an Oracle Validated Configuration for FlashMAX II in addition to HP ProLiant running Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle Database 12c. With the Oracle Validated Configuration program, system implementation and deployment is simplified with its pre-tested and validated architecture, including software, hardware, storage, and network components. Virident FlashMAX Connect software suite allows Oracle administrators to confidently configure Oracle Real Application Clusters distributed across multiple FlashMAX II PCIe cards. This combination provides a flexible, all-flash server-side storage pool of up to 72TB per node, which reduces storage performance bottlenecks and creates a distributed and reliable storage architecture.

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by Lyle Smith

ASUSTOR AS-204RS 4-Bay Rackmount NAS Released

ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 4-bay rackmount AS-204RS NAS device which supports up to 24TB of raw storage with 6TB hard drives. The new NAS is designed for small to medium enterprises and is equipped with a Intel Atom 1.2 GHz dual-core processor as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory. In addition, the AS-204RS comes with 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Users can also take advantage of the USB ports to attach external devices including printers, UPS, or external hard drives. All AS-204RS devices come built-in with ASUSTOR’s ADM operating system, offering IT administrators a wide range of complete backup solutions and a variety of business applications. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Announced

Synology has announced the DS414slim, a 4-bay NAS that fits in the palm of your hand. Using 2.5" drives, the DS414slim has a max capacity of 6TB (1.5TB x 4). The DS414slim using the DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 OS, twice as much RAM as its predecessor (DS411slim), a floating-point unit, and has the ability to serve up to 128 active connections. All this can be achieved with a surprisingly small footprint.

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by Brian Beeler

IBM to Stop Reselling NetApp Storage

According to a report from Bloomberg, IBM is ending their reselling relationship with NetApp. The report indicates that IBM will stop selling NetApp units tomorrow, opting instead to try to drive sales of the rebadged IBM N series arrays to something else within the IBM portfolio. IBM was the largest OEM customer of NetApp accounting for roughly 2% of NetApp's revenue; the deal had been in place since 2005. The move comes at a time where both companies are struggling to keep pace with the market, IBM in particular is hurting the worst. Despite their claims around investing $1 billion in flash and deploying niche products like SSD storage in the memory channel, IBM's product lines aren't resonating with the enterprise at large. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MC Series 5TB 7,200 RPM Enterprise HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the MC Series, Toshiba’s first enterprise high-capacity hard disk drives specifically designed for bulk storage systems and servers that support cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Its 3.5-inch form factor allows the MC Series to offer up to 5TB of storage with 7,200 RPM performance making it particularly suitable for workloads and storage requirements generated by cloud computing.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VMAX FlashBoost Released

EMC has announced VMAX FlashBoost software which allows VMAX arrays with SSD to operate more efficiently, driving performance gains by up to 75%. EMC is also offering their customers larger SSDs and making flash easier to buy by offering pre-configured bundles and discounts for both new and existing customers. 

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by Josh Linden

Kaminario Announces K2 v5 All-Flash Primary Storage Arrays

Kaminario today announced the release of its fifth-generation K2 primary storage array, which uses the company’s software-defined Scalable Performance Storage Architecture (SPEAR) to leverage commodity hardware for all-flash deployments. According to Kaminario, K2 v5 solutions average two dollars per gigabyte of usable capacity, perhaps the lowest cost per GB in the AFA arena. K2 v5 offers scale-up and scale-out functionality alongside selective global inline deduplication and a range of other mid-market enterprise functionality.

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by Lyle Smith

Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 Beta Version Now Available

Asustor has announced the release of the Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 beta version for all of its NAS devices (i.e. 2, 3, and 6 series). All Asustor NAS users can download the beta firmware from the official ASUSTOR website, which have a host of new features and functions.

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by Lyle Smith

NexentaConnect View Edition Version 2.3 Announced

Nexenta has announced the general availability of NexentaConnect View Edition version 2.3 during Cisco's annual IT and communications conference. This announcement follows the debut of NexentaConnect for XenDesktop, and with it, this product portfolio will now give customers VMware and Citrix end-to-end VDI storage solutions.  

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD Now Available

ADATA has announced that its Premier SP610 2.5” SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD is now available. ATADA's new SSD is designed to maintain high read/write speeds consistently for stable performance with its SMI controller as well as featuring the advanced BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) technology. The Premier SP610 is also ideal for PC builders looking to move away from mechanical drives to the high performance of solid state drive technology. ADATA’s new SSD line comes in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

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