by Lyle Smith

OCZ Releases SSD Reliability Data

OCZ has become very open recently about total failure rates on their new SSDs. This is pretty unprecedented, making them a unique player in the market as no other company releases this type of data to the public. If you follow the storage industry closely, you will know that OCZ has recently produced some high-quality, performance-heavy drives, such as the Vertex 460 and the OCZ Storage RevoDrive 350. But you will also find that their drives have recently been trending as being much more reliable than in the past. Though it’s not known what their reliability numbers were before this recent openness, we do know their numbers have improved significantly.

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by Adam Armstrong

Catalogic Software Announces General Availability Of ECX 2.0

Catalogic Software has announced the general availability of the latest version of its copy data management platform, ECX 2.0. The software gives administrators control over the proliferating data copies. Once administrators can effectively manage, orchestrate, and analyze their copy data they can leverage it to lower costs while enabling mission critical business operations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces Availability Of BeyondCloud Bundles

Synology America Corp has announced the availability of its BeyondCloud Bundles in North America only. As we mention before, the BeyondCloud bundles come with everything preconfigured: the units, the disks, the OS, and various features preinstalled. Users should be able to take the units out of the boxes, plug them in, and get to work. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces New EVault Backup Target Appliance

Seagate Technology has announced a new backup device, the Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance (BTA). The Seagate BTA is part of the company's EVault Backup and Recovery Appliances that are aimed at data centers requiring up to 100TB of usable capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Releases Service Pack 1 For NetWorker 8.2

EMC has released a Service Pack, SP1, for the latest version of its unified backup and recovery software, NetWorker 8.2. The service pack is designed to enhance and expand on the new features in the 8.2 update that was released in April of last year.

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by Josh Linden

Actifio Launches Cloud-based Application Resiliency Service

Actifio today announced the launch of Actifio One, a cloud-based application resiliency service that offers a unified approach to data protection for applications across physical servers, VMware, Windows, Hyper-V, Linux, Oracle, and SQL Server. Actifio One is designed not only to provide redundancy and recovery for application data but to host the applications themselves during a disaster recovery scenario in the production environment.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA And VMware Deliver Scalable Rich Graphics Applications To Remote Desktops

Since VMware released their new vSphere 6 with its new features, we have mentioned Dell and HP's support for vSphere 6. Now NVIDIA announced that NVIDIA GRID vGPU has been introduced to VMware Horizon 6 built on vSphere 6. NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon 6 will enable customers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in remote desktops. This partnership will bring workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avago Announces Two New 12Gb/s Syncro High-Availability Storage Solutions

Today Avago Technologies announced two new additions to its family of high-availability (HA) shared storage solutions, the Syncro 9380-8e and the Syncro 9361-8i. Both of the new devices are now available with 12Gb/s SAS technology deliver twice the performance of previous generations.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Announces Thunderbolt 2 Compatibility for Windows

‚ÄčLaCie has announced their Thunderbolt 2 products; 8big Rack Thunderbolt 25big Thunderbolt 2, 2big Thunderbolt 2, and d2 Thunderbolt 2, are now compatible with Windows 7 and 8. Users need to simply have a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port, download the Thunderbolt drivers from the LaCie website and install them on their Windows-based computer. Previously LaCie (and most others) only supported Mac OS. 

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by Mark May

What is Converged Infrastructure?

When organizations evaluate options for hardware and software infrastructure, they must decide whether they would rather choose the emerging hyper-converged infrastructure category or build their own solution using handpicked vendors of their choice. A big driver for the former option is the “single throat to choke” argument, which has been heard and made so many times – and for good reason! Oftentimes enterprises that choose the latter option are left dealing with vendors that are playing the finger pointing game when an infrastructure goes down. The real value in hyper-converged infrastructure is more about the ease of deployment, central management, and hyper-optimization of the system. In other words, it’s about simplifying and streamlining the infrastructure, allowing administrators to refocus their energy on more important things. Performance is generally a lower-level concern when hyper-converged is being considered. 

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